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6 Mistakes You Must Avoid on Your Website

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Website creation can seem to be a field where it is easy to make mistakes. WebSelf’s first and most important goal has always been to help you create a website that will answer your needs. Over time, we found some frequent mistakes that can harm your website’s credibility. Since no one is safe from mistakes, we suggest you take a look at our list!

The Domain Name

Whether you are choosing to do a free website or a premium one, you will need to select a domain name. A domain name is the address of your website on the web. It works similarly as a physical address. It allows people to find you easily. A common mistake is to choose a domain name that is not related to the rest of your website. Another mistake is to leave some grammar or spelling mistakes in it. 

Nevertheless, one of the mistakes you need to avoid is to choose a domain name adding www in front of the wanted domain name during the selection or the purchase. You need to know that www, which means worldwide web, will appear automatically when someone will look for your website. If you buy a domain name with www, it will give results like this: www.wwwdomainnameexample.com. It is not very credible. It is a mistake that you can avoid easily, and that can cost you a few dollars if you need to change it.

Not Linking Badges and Buttons

Another common mistake that we see on websites made with WebSelf is that the buttons have not been customized. In other words, when one of your visitors clicks on one of the buttons on your website, it does not bring him anywhere. It is quite easy to add a destination link on your buttons. Start by clicking on the button and then on edit. Then, click on Link and Modify a link. You can choose to add another website, a page of your website, an anchor, or another article of your blog, for example. Do not forget to do the same with your social media badges. It would be a pity that your social media badges or buttons do not bring your visitors to the right place.

Not Adding Meta Descriptions for Your Website Indexing     

In sum, your website indexing is related to its relevance, according to search engines. To analyze this, Google must be able to read your website and to index it. During a search, the goal is to be in the first results. How can you manage to achieve this? One of the ways you can help search engines read your website is by completing the page title (title tag), the page description (meta description), keywords on the SEO settings page of your website. Click on the PAGES tab located left and then on the page to complete. Then fill the title of your page, the description, and the keywords sections. Of course, if you use the same terms in the title, the description, and the keywords, search engines will understand that it is relevant to your website. Fill the SEO settings page of all your website pages to increase your chances of success.  

If you do not know what to write as a description of your page, here is an interesting article on meta descriptions.

Publishing Your Website Before It Is Ready

You probably want to show your website to everybody as soon as possible. Nonetheless, we suggest you publish it only when it is completed. Take the time to fill all your website pages and sections. Your website will then answer your customers’ needs at their first visit. As mentioned above, make sure that all your links and buttons work. You surely can show your draft to friends and family to have their comments too. Do not forget to add a place with your contact info or a contact form if you want people to contact you. Thus, a completed website will increase your credibility.

Adding Too Much Content on the Same Page

Another common mistake is to add too much content on the same page. Unless you want to make a one-page website, we suggest you gather all similar content on different pages. Besides decreasing the loading speed of your page, the user experience will be improved. You can create a page on your story, another one on your services or recommendations. Your visitors should not have to search too long for the information they are looking for. Furthermore, you can use anchors to send your visitors to the right place on your website. 

Not Using Alt Text on Your Images

Did you know that Google also takes a look at your website images when it indexes your site? Indeed, these pictures could then appear on Google Image. How can you do this successfully? In the editor, click on the picture and change its name by clicking on the little pencil. Then, fill the Alt Text section with a summary of the image. It will allow search engines to understand what it is about and to better index your website. Your images Alt Text can also be used by screen readers, which are tools used by visually impaired people. Your website will then be more accessible too

In conclusion, it is not the end of the world if you have made one of these common mistakes. You only have to correct it. Keep always in mind that you need to answer your potential customers and search engines needs when creating your website. The final result will then be more professional and will help you to reach your goals.