Is being a DIYER (do-it-yourselfer) by building your website really saving your business money?
Just because you can does not necessarily mean you should.
The fact is, being a DIYER may actually be costing your business more. That is, in terms of time and money without the results you may expect.
That’s energies which could best be spent elsewhere – doing what you do best – like running your business!
It May Not be Rocket Science but…
What you don’t know may hurt you…
There are now countless website building tools available which anyone can give a go with. From Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy’s website builder, Squarespace, Shopify (for e-commerce) and WordPress for the more advanced to name a few. And yes, being a DIYER can be a rewarding experience. But you still need to know what you’re doing.
There is a learning curve and some platforms are more customizable than others. Pay attention to the theme you choose and plugin options. You want a design that best highlights your services or products. Make sure it’s clean and easy to navigate – mobile friendly or “responsive” so that it’s accessible on both web and mobile devices.
Current estimates are that 89% of customers search the web before making a purchasing decision. So you need high-quality, intelligent content and pictures, images and graphics for your web pages that display your company and its products in the best possible light.
Elements that Need to be Included
Your site needs to be branded with your logo. (You do have a logo don’t you?) You need great well thought-out relevant content. Don’t forget images, photos or graphics. Visual content is easy for your audience to consume.
Want to be found online? Well you gotta get SEO (search engine optimization) right if you actually want folks to find you online via an organic search. You need to know which keywords to target and how they come into play.
Another thing is that site structure (if not done correctly) can hurt your SEO. So how you set-up your site including navigation can work for or against you.
Search visibility takes time. Suffice to say, it does not happen overnight. But SEO is a biggie in terms of your marketing strategy and DIYERs are rarely well-versed in SEO. In fact it’s what often trips them up and/or they are not aware of it’s importance.
Who’s Going to Maintain It?
Keeping things fresh with site maintenance, you gotta keep this up too. Like SEO, a website is NOT a one time set-it and forget-it thing. You need to keep your content fresh and updated if you want to remain competitive. A stale website can work against you.
Using WordPress? You should stay up-to-date with the latest WP version. Very often these include security updates to protect your site. Most importantly, your database needs to be backed-up on a regular basis. Trust me you CAN LOSE ALL YOUR WP SITE CONTENT!
Most importantly, your website is an important business tool and hub. So please do not let your site take a back-seat to your Facebook page!
Very often there is a control freak mentality with DIYERs. Either they feel they need to do everything themselves or they’re the only one fit for the task at hand. Again, this is likely not very time or cost effective as the burden is too large to bear alone.
You will gain much more by relinquishing your controlling nature and trusting a creative professional to work with you as a strategic partner. One who’s focused to help your business grow while you focus on running your business.
Changing Your Mindset from Cost to Investment
Websites are essentially the digital brand ambassadors for your business. In today’s digital landscape, a website is likely the first interaction people may have with your business.
And websites today need to agile, engaging, and highly visible online with the ability to generate leads and sales — ultimately converting visitors into customers.
So before you launch into “our budget does not allow us to hire someone to create a website for us”, perhaps you need to shift your mentality on design services from expenses/costs to investments. A properly created website is a business asset and tool. It’s not only an investment in your business, but in your customers. And your customers are what count.
If you have the time, energy and where-with-all to be a DIYER with building your business website – not to mention properly maintaining it too – you have my blessing! But don’t deny speaking help cuz it will likely save you time and money in the long-run 🙂
A the quote below from one of my clients sums things up quite nicely…
“i’m glad you do all this stuff, cuz i know it would be difficult — if not impossible — for me. thanks!”
Written by Barbara Rogers of Future Primitive Graphics. Helping businesses grow through better design and search visibility solutions. From creating your business identity, designing and maintaining your print/digital assets to the importance of SEO for your website.
Creatively collaborating with those who genuinely want to make the world a better place with their products or services.