Is a Website necessary for Local Businesses?

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Having a website for your business is accepted as a mandatory thing in today’s times. No one can neglect the power and reach of the internet. For someone who is starting their local business, many people will straightaway advise them to make a website, and more often than not, they will go ahead.

But, is it compulsory to own a website for a local business? Do you get good online visibility only through a website? Aren’t there other ways to market businesses online? These and many such questions should pop-up in your mind before seriously considering a website. After all, it doesn’t come cheap.

Reasons to not go for a website:

  • If a business is a “Brand,” then a website is needed. Not every small or local business should go for having a website for them.

  • A Website can sometimes be just a nominal online presence. It may not drastically enhance your visibility, but be just another contributing factor. Sometimes, other options may give more (or required) online presence at a lesser cost than a website.

  • For local businesses having a physical store, a website only turns out to be an extra online presence. The majority of customers will only want a direction to their store, an address, a contact number, or an appointment. Such information can be given by other means too.

  • With reference to the above point, a Google My Business profile will be a powerful alternative to a website for a local business. With its help, all the required information of a local business gets readily available in the search results in the form of a knowledge snippet or graph; which will be more than enough for searchers.

  • What are the future plans of the business, their goals, their projected growth, vision & mission, etc. are also factors that should decide whether a local business will need a website or not and when will be the appropriate time, if they need it.

Why Local businesses should get a website for themselves:

  • If a local business is only an e-commerce one, a website is compulsory! It doesn’t have a better alternative.

  • Having a website will help optimize the search result ranking of your business. It will also help in enhancing the possibility of a good ranking in local search queries.

  • Because of a website, you will get to show blog content & FAQs to people, thus customer service problems could be tackled with these extra resources. You will create a good knowledge base for people about your business offerings.

  • A website will greatly help in providing accurate business information to the search engines and people in general. All possible ways of contacting you, phone numbers, address, name, working hours, discounts, offers, etc. can be easily available and displayed.

  • Even if your business is a physical store, you can still sell your products online, another way to sell and generate income. Besides, a website will greatly help in managing your customer service, giving an extra option for communication.

One big reason for local businesses to seriously weigh the pros and cons of having a website is money. Every penny is crucial and needs to be invested wisely to avoid going in losses. Explore the alternatives to a website that can do its job well; until really a website is required and won’t incur losses.

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