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Professional vs. Web2.0 Style layout for offline business

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by SuperNoobInc, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    I am in the process of getting my site developed. (SEO company)

    I know this can be a debatable topic, and can be based on many scenarios.
    But I would like to know what you guys find best for offline business.

    Will they find a professional-looking style too traditional & boring?
    At the same time, will that gain more trust?

    or will they find a web2.0 style over creative and cheesy?
    At the same time, will this show more innovative and out of the box style?

    Any inputs will be appreciated.


    Example: Professional-style: Real people images, traditional grid etc.
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    Example: Web2.0-Style: Use of graphics, animation, icons, mascot etc.
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  2. boom1

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    they both look good to me, its the content that will sell it to the end user
     
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  3. mark27

    mark27 Regular Member

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    I had this whole thing typed up and it refreshed, here's the revised version.

    I think those look too corporate. Google "location seo" and look at the top 10 results for your area, most of them are white and blue. 9/10 in my area are white/blue. What's going to make your white and blue website stand out from the other 9 white and blue websites? Nothing.

    You want to stand out and get noticed, so make sure your website looks nothing like those in your area.

    Sorry for being harsh, I'm in the process of making my business website and this might be directed at myself.
     
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  4. iiaok

    iiaok Regular Member

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    Neither of these has it's own true flavor, IMO.

    The one you deem "professional" is too informal to be professional (girl in casual clothes, no business-types in the image, college-type feel).

    And the theme you are calling "web 2.0" isn't by any means edgy or creative. Both of these themes are web 2.0, by definition. But honestly, neither would offend anybody.

    So go with whichever one will leave you less likely to want a redesign in six weeks. Because your visitors aren't going to give two shits.
     
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  5. SuperNoobInc

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    Thanks for the response guys.

    To be honest, I am simply using them as an example to show how i define 'professiona' and 'creative' style. None of them are my taste neither.

    I literally took less than 1 min, went on templatemonster to grab those examples.
     
  6. futurestic06

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    the second one looks more preferable to me.
    i liked it because its not too much traditional and also not too much professional but attractive. so you can choose it without any doubt.
    thanks
     
  7. mark27

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    If they're not your taste then do something completely different. There are no rules that say you need to have a certain look for your website. You can literally do anything you want.
     
  8. iiaok

    iiaok Regular Member

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    Mark makes a good point here. But trying to be different simply to be different isn't always going to be good, either.

    Go with whatever expresses YOU and your business.

    Good luck.
     
  9. dichotom

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    Between the two you posted, I could toss a coin and use either one honestly. They both look good.