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Writing homepage content is different than writing content for other pages on a site.
A homepage, too, provides information. But it has two additional jobs to do:
Whether a website has five pages or five hundred, the homepage serves as the site’s main entry point. Here is a quick tutorial that will help you write homepage content so that the visitor feels at home and so she knows how to get around your site.
When a visitor lands on your homepage, she is looking for something. Because readers go online for information.
Your homepage content needs to quickly communicate what information your site offers. This way, your reader knows she is in the right place.
The most compelling way to do that? Write a clear headline.
Your homepage headline explains your site’s value to your target reader and why your site is different, better, or unique from other similar sites. Since your site cannot be all things to all visitors, write your headline to the audience you want most to reach.
You want the visitor to stay for a while, right? It’s important that your homepage content not read as a sales page but more like a friend giving a friend information.
Write introductory text that expands on your headline and gives an overview of what you do. You can use your tagline and a short description that explains the different sections of your site. What are your target reader’s main pain points? Highlight solutions to those problems in your introductory text.
Write clearly and simply so the reader knows you have her in mind. Homepage content is usually 300-1000 words. Less than that, and your visitor won’t know who you are and what you do. More than that and your homepage gets cluttered.
Friends help friends get to where they need to go. Use your site to point out other areas of the site that might be useful to your reader.
Think of it like this: your website homepage content acts like the hub of a wheel. It is the center of activity on your site, from which other pages radiate. You can guide readers to those other spokes on the wheel – other content on your site – in a variety of ways:
When I write a homepage for a website, I try to put myself in the shoes of a visitor.
If I can answer yes, then I’ve got a good start on homepage content.
And readers get a good start engaging on the website, too.
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