How to Keep Users on Your Site Longer

Did you know that 70 to 96% of your website visitors will never return once they leave after visiting your site for the first time? So how do you make the most of that short amount of time with you? The answer is to keep them engaged with what they find on your website. Here are a few of our favorite tips to keep your visitors on your site longer.

1. Design

Keep It Simple

When someone visits your site for the first time, they should still be able to intuitively navigate around it without feeling lost or unsure of what to click to find what they are looking for. Each page of your website should have one, singular purpose – no more, no less. 

Essentially, no one should have to guess or feel like they’re being subjected to a deductive reasoning test to navigate around your site. There are certain design format principles that all sites adhere to, make sure your site follows suit. 

Doing this will kill a lot of birds with a single stone. First off, it saves your site from abysmal bounce rate numbers. Secondly, keeping pages simple contributes to faster load times. Overall, minimalism is ‘in’ when it comes to web design. All of these tweaks will keep people on your site longer. 

Prioritize Visuals

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. It also gives a nice mental break between chunks of text on your site. But, even the greatest hero image in the world isn’t going to keep visitors from leaving a cluttered, overly busy page. Instead, focus on making your pages just as visually appealing as informative. There are a lot of different schools of thought when it comes to the “correct” visual design, but to paint things with a broad brush: choose a base color, a couple of accent colors, and call it a day.

Keep With the Times

This one feels obvious, but we’ll mention it anyway. A site that hasn’t been reimagined since 1997 isn’t going to inspire much confidence or excitement. A site should feel current to be effective. In summation, your site should feel fresher than a craigslist ad. Make sure your aesthetic fits modern times to earn credibility with new audiences.

2. Content 

Quality over Quantity

A goldfish’s attention span is about 9 seconds long- that is about 2 seconds longer than your online audience. If they start reading and don’t immediately feel won over by your content, odds are they’re going to move on to the next thing in search of the information they’re after. So, instead of a lot of fluff, get right to the point. Intrigue them with a catchy hook, then offer real information. People will appreciate you for it.

Readability

Your site doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t!) look like a scholarly article. Big walls of text are intimidating and unappealing. That is not to say you can’t have a lot of text on your site, in fact the Google algorithm encourages it. However, it would behoove you to present that big chunk of text in digestible bits. Include a series of facts in a listicle. Break up big paragraphs into quick, concise sentences. Your copy should be easy, and dare we say: fun to read. 

eCommerce Marketing Guidance

Jump-starting an eCommerce business is no small feat. However, you’ve got friends in the fight. At Boxwood, we’ve helped eCommerce companies up their conversion rates by 42% and can help your business reach the same goals. 

Get your eCommerce site off the ground today. 

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