It’s time to audit your website to verify you have these six must have pages on your website.
Service and Products Landing Pages
I’ve seen far too many community bank and credit union websites lately with combined pages for all service offerings. For instance, if an institution has a page for consumer products, the page simply has a listing of all the consumer products listed on it.
Instead, create a detail page for each product or service under their respective landing pages. Here is an example focusing on business products and services. For clarity, let’s say this institution uses the words “Business Services” to categorize them.
First, we would create what is known as a landing page for “Business Services”. This page would be off the root of the website in the structure as:
Why do we use the entire phrase “business-services” in the URL structure? This is so we can attract search engines with some words which describe the content on this page and all pages underneath it. If the page has “business services” on it, you should use that phrase in the URL structure, the title of the page, the H1 header of the page, in the body of the text on the page, and in the ALT text on any photographs on the page. All of this is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and is a critical part of how well your website is indexed by search engines such as Google.
The content of this page should describe the various business services you offer in a table, graphic or some other way to provide links to details about each business service. I have seen everything work from a table of icons to custom graphics. Just make sure it is mobile friendly.
Once you have the landing page built (/business-services/), it is time to start building service detail pages which describe each of your services in detail.
For instance, say you offer a service called “Business Checking”, this service would have a service detail page located at:
There are many reasons for creating service detail pages, but the most important of them all is to attract search engines to the page. If someone is searching for business checking accounts and you have a page specifically built for responding to the query “business checking”, it is more likely that a search engine will offer that page in a search result.
Create each service detail page with an eye toward search engine friendliness (see the page tips paragraph above about the URL structure, the title of the page, the H1 header of the page, the body of the text on the page, and the ALT text on any photographs on the page). In addition to these elements of the page, the text on the detail page should be somewhere between 500 and 1500 words – the longer the better.
Here is what your “Business Services” page URL structure should look like”
I think you get the point here. Create a page for each of your services so the search engines know where to find the proper information on your website.
Your site needs a dedicated page for reaching your staff. If you have different contact methods for consumer and business customers, list them on this page. This page should have contact forms, email addresses (if applicable), phone numbers, hours of operation, physical addresses, mailing addresses and any other thing you can add to make contacting your institution easy and friendly.
Terms & Conditions
This page is a great place to showcase your institution’s founding and history. The more detail, photos, and stories you can add to this page, the better.
The reason you need a location page (even if you have only one location) is to make it E-A-S-Y for your customers to find you. The location page should have your addresses, photos of the site and a Google or other map link the site visitor can click on for mapping detail. If you have multiple locations, I recommend building out a /landing-page/detail-page/ structure for each of your locations to help the search engines and your customers find each of your locations.
While this is not an exhaustive listing of everything you need on your website, we feel this core list is a great place to evaluate the six must have pages on your website.