Planning, Developing, and Promoting Successful Small Business Websites

Table of Contents

Website Planning
Plan Your Web Site Effectively for Max Success

Types of Websites
Explore the types of Web Site Business Models

Site Types 2
More information on the strategic types of sites

Strategic Planning
Strategy Planning is essential to Success

Strategic Planning 2
Make sure your strategy is up to snuff

Strategic Planning 3
Technical Strategic Planning an Outsourcing Contract Work

Strategic Planning 4
More on Outsourcing Contract Work

Content Planning
Deciding what will go on your business site and who will provide it

Content Planning 2
Determing a schedule for content management

Content Planning 3
Automation for Content Syndication

Keyword Planning Suggestions on preparing keyword research for your site.

Information Architecture
Brainstorming and organizing the architecture of your website.

Information Architecture 2
More discussion on the lower tiers of site heirarchy

Technology Planning Scaleability considerations for large and growing sites.

Tech Planning 2Weighing the value of flash technology.

Budgetary Planning
Creating a budget and using it effectively

Budgetary Planning 2
What type of web host will you need?

Budgetary Planning 3
Labor related expenses for site creation

Budgetary Planning 4
Measuring financial success and ROI

Developing a Web Site

Design and Development
Establishing the importance of credibility in design.

Form Versus Function
Establishing the design priorities of a site.

Writing the Initial Code
Programming considerations for when you get down to programming.

Web Design Coding

Design and Layout


Psychology Considerations

Website Colors

User Satisficing

Validation and Usability Testing

Usability Testing

Search Engine Friendly

Webpage Development

Title Tags

SEO Variables

Promoting a Web Site

Promotion and Analysis

Offline Promotion

Pay-Per-Click Advertising


PPC Tools

Search Engine Optimization

SEO History

Google History

E-mail Marketing

Website Analysis


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Pay-per-click Tools

There are many tools available to aid developers in their PPC management. Overture offers a variety of tools to aid in bid management, and there are several third party tools to monitor the costs and successes of a site’s bids. Using these tools effectively can greatly increase the likelihood for success in a PPC campaign.

Some of the tools that Overture offers include a ROI calculator, a CPM calculator, a term suggestion tool, and a view bids tool ( These tools are very helpful in the PPC process. The ROI calculator will determine return on investment by taking total monthly click-throughs (TMC) times average cost per click times the customer conversion rate times the average cost per customer (TMC x Est. Ave. CPC x Conv. Rate x Profit/ Conversion). This tool can be helpful in determining estimates for maximum cost per clicks. The CPM calculator measures the ROI (return on investment) of a CPM (cost per thousand) impressions advertising model, such as many banner and button buys. The term suggestion tool should be used during the keyword development in the planning phase and throughout the website creation process. This tool will tell a developer about related searches that include given search term and how many times that term was searched for in the last month. The view bids tool is essential once a PPC campaign has begun. (See Appendix 3-11) This tool will tell a developer the selling prices for each keyword phrase. This can be important information when a “bid-war” starts between two sites. Google offers some similar tools for PPC bid management within the interface of their advertising program “Adwords”. These tools are constantly being improved and should be monitored and utilized by developers closely.

There are also several third-party programs for PPC management. Some of the most well known programs include Go Toast (, and Bid Rank ( These programs allow developers to manage hundreds of keywords at one time and track their performance. Good PPC ad campaigns utilize obscure niche keywords and can include many, many phrases. In order to use the best phrases with justifiable ROI it may be necessary to use a third party program to reduce valuable time spent managing these campaigns. These programs allow users to set up automated bidding systems based on time, price, and budget that would otherwise take significant man-hours to maintain. The developers of serious PPC advertising campaigns will immediately recognize the value of such analysis and improved management.

PPC campaigns can be a very good short-term solution, and in some cases a long-term solution as well. The key to successful PPC campaigns is close monitoring of statistics to deduce which phrases offer the necessary ROI to justify their costs. PPC campaigns can help improve customer awareness of a company’s site and serve as a good solution for obtaining traffic until rankings through unpaid listings can be achieved. PPC campaigns may also help drive traffic during periods where free listing positions suffer due to the sometime unstable nature of free search engine rankings. PPC campaigns can certainly help in the promotion of a website if managed appropriately.


(All in a single document) Appendix 1-1: Overture Search Term
Research Tool

Appendix 1-2: Wordtracker Search Query Research Tool

Appendix 1-3: Google Sets Website Theme Research Tool

Appendix 1-4: Reach/ Acquire/ Convert/ Retain

Appendix 2-5: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Information Architecture Flowchart

Appendix 2-6: Search Engine Themes Pyramid Information Architecture Example

Appendix 2-7: Webpage Download Time by File Size Chart

Appendix 2-8: Expected Locations for Common E-commerce Elements

Appendix 2-9: Website Usability Checklist

Appendix 2-10: Text Vs.Code Ratio/ Content Near the Top of Souce Code Examples

Appendix 3-11: Overture Bid Price Tool

Appendix 3-12: Webalizer Website Visitor Tracking Tool

Appendix 3-13: AW STATS Website Visitor Tracking Tool

3-14: Clicktracks Website Statistics
Analysis Tool


Author Notes

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