Let's consider the carousel: unless you’re still young enough to be picked up and perched onto one of the horses, you’re only on it because someone else is making you go along for the ride. You’re over it before you even make a full rotation, and that’s exactly how web sliders make people feel. Whether it’s online or IRL, there is nothing “merry” about making people go around in circles.

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It’s easy to be satisfied with a site that “gets the job done.” For a business whose site maybe isn’t their biggest driver of sales, or who doesn’t count on a digital storefront as the natural first point of contact, the thought of putting time and money into a website redesign may seem unnecessary. That’s a perfectly fine assessment - unless, of course, you actually want your business website to continue to grow, succeed, and reach new customers. If so, then improving your user experience isn’t just a great idea - it’s imperative, and failing to do so can leave your site struggling to keep up with the competition.

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It seems like anytime we discuss content creation, there’s one overarching idea that goes almost unquestioned: everything should go on the blog. But in the face of an evolving Google and changing SEO practices, the classic “everything-on-the-blog” approach may not stand the test of time - and that’s where content silos come in.

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A well-executed call-to-action - part of any solid inbound marketing strategy - offers a unique value to your website: although built to be unobtrusive, a good CTA slyly grabs your attention precisely when you start looking for it. Unfortunately, this vital tool has also been debated, re-created, and overused ad nauseam, and failure to keep up with best practices for CTAs may actually end up doing your business more harm than good.

If for some reason converting leads isn’t what your business is after, close your browser and take a breather - you won't be getting much out of this article. If, however, your business is looking to engage with the billions of potential customers out there on the internet and advance the story around your brand, then there are a few things about proper CTA usage you really ought to know.

Read more: The Science of a Well-Placed Call-to-Action