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About Jamie Kiley

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Site review: CARFAX.com

CARFAX (http://www.carfax.com) specializes in selling vehicle history reports on used cars. After spending some time browsing around the site, I’ve identified three major areas in which the site could be improved.

The Details Rule in Web Design

When it comes to websites, the details matter. Although many site owners believe the important thing is merely to get a website up, that’s only a small part of the job. Efffective sites take a lot of planning–and a lot of concentration on the details.

Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Web Designer
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If you’re in the market for a new website, one of the first things you’ll need to do is hire a web designer. As in any field, there are good web designer and bad web designers, and it’s important to know how to determine which is which. Here are 5 tips to get you started:

5 Tips To Make Your Site Research-Friendly

Due to the wealth of information available online, the internet is a great place for people to research purchases before they buy. Consumers often want to explore their options by comparing various products and vendors before they make a decision.

Make Your Navigation Highly Visible

Effective navigation stands out. It’s clear, obvious, and highly visible.

Keep Your Navigation Consistent!

One of the single most important aspects of effective navigation is consistency. Why? There’s a simple reason.

Top 7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Web Design

It’s been three and a half years since my brother and I first launched our web design business in 2000. I admit that we were pretty primitive back then, and it’s a bit scary to go back and look at the very first sites I created.

26 tips to Prevent “Stuckitis” on Your Site

“Stuckitis,” for those unfamiliar with the term, refers to the condition of being “stuck.” That’s the condition that results when visitors encounter difficulties on your site or lack enough information to move ahead with their purchase.

What’s Your Most-Desired Action?

The whole point of a website is to get visitors to take action. If there isn’t a particular action you want visitors to take, then you probably don’t need a website.

The Immutable Laws of Effective Navigation

Effective navigation stands out. It’s clear, obvious, and highly visible.

3 Case Studies on Using Color for Organization

One of the aspects of web design that fascinates me the most is color. Color is a very useful tool that can be used with powerful effects in a website. It’s particularly useful in organizing elements effectively and in creating well-designed page layouts.

Can Visitors Figure our What your Product is?

In the past few weeks, I’ve become increasingly aware of a major problem among websites: It’s very difficult to figure out what the site is actually selling.

Anticipate How Visitors Search and Evaluate

If you want a truly successful site, it’s imperative that you learn to anticipate how your visitors operate. After all, your site is dependent on how your customers think, not how you think.

Is it Wrong to Have a Goal-Oriented Home Page?

Not too long ago, a client asked me to create a new design for his company’s home page. As I was getting ready to work on the design, I asked my client what the homepage needed to accomplish. In other words, what were the page’s primary goals? What did the company want clients to do when they got to the home page?

Do They Know What They Need?

When visitors first come to your site, it’s important for you to anticipate how they are approaching your site.

Help! My Site isn’t Selling Anything!

A few weeks ago, I received a question from a reader who saw one of my articles in WebProNews. Howard wrote to tell me that his site receives over 30,000 visitors per month, but he’s not making sales. His question is pretty basic: Why?

3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Homepage

Everyone who has a website struggles at one time or another with how to improve their home page. Although many visitors enter through pages deeper in your site, your home page is often a visitor’s first introduction to your company or organization. For that reason, it’s important to start off on the right foot.

Hide and Seek is a No-No!

A lot of times, browsing a website is sort of like playing hide and seek.

Tons Of Traffic And No Sales? — 3 Solutions

A few weeks ago, I received a question from a WebProNews reader. Howard wrote to tell me that his site receives over 30,000 visitors per month, but he’s not making sales. His question is pretty basic: Why?

Help Visitors Buy: High-Profit Tips

How do I find the information you are asking for?
Sometimes, you will have to ask visitors for information for which they don’t immediately know the answer. For example, if they are looking for replacement parts for a widget, you may have to ask what model of widget they own. If you need to ask for such details, make sure you tell visitors where they can get the answers.

4 Tips To Get Visitors To Click

On many sites, it’s impossible to lead visitors straight to your primary goal on the home page. Getting visitors to take your most-desired action often means you have to use your home page to channel them down a certain path. You have to guide visitors through a set of choices before they can actually complete the action you want them to take.

Design Advice: 5 Solutions To Common Problems

Question: How can I make my home page (www.gendertraining.com) more inviting to have visitors look at more content?

Answer: Overall, your site has a very nice, professional design. I like it! Here are two quick tips on making the main page more compelling:

Design Your Site Around The Buying Process

“Stuckitis,” for those unfamiliar with the term, refers to the condition of being “stuck.” That’s the condition that results when visitors encounter difficulties on your site or lack enough information to move ahead with their purchase.

2 tips on effectively organizing your navigation

Not all links are created equal.

While all of your links may be important, you must sort and prioritize to come up with an effective navigation scheme.