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Can Changing Your Website’s Color Make More Sales?

What is Your Website’s Color Saying To Shoppers?

The color of your website or blog may have a big impact if people are coming to purchase or stick around to read your blog. I had written about the psychology of colors people wear before on different blogs but the person in charge (hubby) of the retail sites really loves black backgrounds. And so the website’s color experiment began.

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One of our sites, the lingerie site has had the black background for 2 years and sales very slowly picked up. The other site for medical scrubs was in blue and always had good sales. We decided to change it to a black background last week. It did look sharp but maybe hard to read. Once launched we did not receive a sale for days. After 5 days I could not take it any longer and changed to a lighter blue. Within less than an hour of the color change sales started to come back. What is your website’s color doing for you?

What Colors Mean

Black – Elegant, fear, seductive – great for luxury products but cannot be overdone.

Blue – Trustworthy, peaceful, integrity are the meaning for blue. Blue is the most popular website’s color used across the web. (Color we had for medical scrubs that we changed to black and went back to a light blue)

Gray – Traditional and dull. We used this as a highlight color with the pink for lingerie. (There was no choice with our store builder from Stores Online but it does look nice)

Green – Calmness, color of wealth and green is easy on the eyes. (Maybe use for another site in the future)

Orange – Stimulating and a call to action color. This color us used for impulse purchasing type of products by marketers.

Pink – Feminine, love, sexuality and a call to buy color especially for the ladies. (This is the color we went to for the background from a black background on lingerie)

Purple – Creative and soothing – used more in beauty product marketing.

Red – Excitement, danger and can make one’s blood pressure rise. Red is sometimes used for sales. You will see the prices or sale word in red. Red is definately used to draw attention to something. (Ladies, red clothes will do this too!)

Yellow – Optimistic and youthful color. Window shoppers like yellow (We want buyers, right?)

White – Purity, used to wipe the slate clean. White is also an encouraging color and many websites have a white background making the text easy to read.

Other Factors Affecting A Website’s Sales

  • Speed – A slow site will not help your website sell more even if the website’s colors are the best.
  • Functionality – A website that is hard to find what you are looking for will make readers go elsewhere.
  • Pricing – A beautiful site with the wrong pricing will probably have higher bounce rate and no sales.
  • Small Text – There is nothing worse than tiny text when you are shopping online, a color can’t save you there.

 

What colors would you now choose for your website’s color or for your blog?

Are you happy with your current website’s color?

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44 Responses to Can Changing Your Website’s Color Make More Sales?

  • Sonia
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    I think it could make a huge difference providing it’s designed right. Colors have so many different meanings, but I remember learning what some of them meant early on. When I worked for an IT consulting firm, they used orange as a symbol to get buyers to shop, while green was used to educate customers interesting in taking a course. Funny how it all worked out and it did for many years when we had our education program.
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  • Layne says:

    For affiliate websites, what I do is use same background colour as the merchant site.

  • Mitch Mitchell
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    I always knew that color could have an effect on visits and sales. I think lots of photography sites love black because it highlights the images better. However, I always thought that the standard color was white, although I only have one website that’s white; now that’s something to really think about. lol
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  • Jeevan Jacob John
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    I have played a lot with colors (in fact, early on in my blogging career, I used to change my template every 3-4 months). But, these I stick with simplicity (Mainly like three colors: Blue, Red and White).

    Hmm, I think I need to think about the colors I am going to use for my new blog (I was thinking of sticking with blue, but your post gives me something to think about; never knew colors had this deep of a meaning).

    As with font size, I like using 14 pt or more (not much strain to the eye and clearer to read).

    • Lisa
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      I love size 14 Jeevan, I don’t like reading blogs that have delicate fonts in small sizes. A big turn-off. I would keep the colors pretty simple or with a light shade to not distract.

  • anshul says:

    Hi Lisa!
    i agree with you that color image and design make a good impression o the blogger and they attract to the bloggers.i like it.thanks for sharing this blog lisa.
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  • Liz says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I think a website’s color scheme definitely has an effect on conversions and bounce rate. It is all subconscious, but very important. The initial impression that your website has on a reader can make or break their “trust” level. As you mentioned above, different colors mean different things, and there is always a right color for everyone but generally speaking people like colors that elicit a trust, response and I find that blues, greens, and oranges (with white) work very well.

  • Bishwajeet says:

    UI plays a great part in popularity of a ecomm website or any other website ,so if you want to have sales then you should have an awesome UI.

  • Samantha Gluck
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    Interesting post, Lisa. My FWD site is primarily white with black and red accents. I guess it’s like a newspaper (black and white and red *read* all over) – LOL. Of course, the home page features a LOT of images, much like a digital magazine. Does that make some sort of psychological difference?
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    • Lisa
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      If the images are too crazy which I’m sure yours are not Samantha it should be fine. Some photos could take away readers from reading content. I know I don’t like flashing images and pop-ups. I tend not to stick around those kind of websites. Thanks for the input today 🙂

  • Adrienne
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    Now that was interesting Lisa and thanks for sharing with us about your little experiment.

    You know I’m a lover of white because I can read it so much better. I personally don’t find any of the colors entice me into buying something or not. Now if a site is too loud for me I won’t stick around to even finish reading a post. So I know that for me, colors are important in that respect.

    I’ve always heard that some entice buying more then others but I guess I can only go by what works or doesn’t work for me. Interesting though and I might give this a try. I’m creating another blog as we speak so since it’s not even launched yet I might test this little theory.

    You’re the woman, thanks Lisa.

    Have a great week and enjoy your day too.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Adrienne, I do think white is the most popular and I think Jan found that too – I just like to be a little different 🙂 I bet one of the sites we had was too loud (black with red lettering) sales have really picked up since the change there. Another blog? Do tell Adrienne, can’t wait to read. Enjoy your day and week too. I’m off one more day from the day job this week.

  • Jan Bierens
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    Hi Lisa,
    Great post. Colors of a website are important. The wold of Internet is always changing, and one of the things I like to do is to take a look at the site of the real big players.
    There’s a trend going on to the ‘all white’ site color scheme for the background and primary colors for the headlines and other details. (Google+).
    Some of the aspects that can play a role are readability (On a computer screen, but also on a mobile device), simplicity (less is more) and the purpose of a website. Websites that display pictures (Photography sites) very often have a 50% grey background, so the pictures show better.
    A bright red background with a green font? I wouldn’t do that…
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    • Lisa
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      Thanks Jan, so you think white may be best huh? I somehow wanted ours to be different but did go lighter shades of pink on one and light blue on the other. Sales have come daily since the changes 🙂 Maybe I’ll go to white on one, time will tell.

  • Lauren
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    Fascinating article, Lisa.

    I’ve heard that green is used a lot in product packaging, or at least it was. Interesting results with blue vs. black. I was also surprised that slow sites helped to drive sales.I would think the opposite would be true.
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  • Jens P. Berget
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    This is a very interesting topic Lisa. I have read about colors and that they have different meanings, and that people will react different to different colors. But, I haven’t thought much about it when it comes to my own website. I just wanted a minimalistic design, and good structure. And then use the content to build relationships. On the other hand, I might get more customers if I start adding some new colors to the site 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing this.
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  • gregory urbano says:

    what a timely post for me, i just changed my blog color and will observe the results over the next month! thanks for the insight!

  • Tim Bonner
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    Hi Lisa

    I changed my blog theme a while back as it was all getting a little bit fussy.

    I went for a more minimalistic look and with that a white background with a blue border.

    I just had an experiment in creating a header graphic too in blue.

    I’m happy with the colours I’ve chosen. I previously had a red theme and it seemed a little harsh.
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  • Kita says:

    I love that i have a blog that I can change the color scheme anytime I want the last oen I had I could not do that as easily. I like change right now I have some different colors I like something bright and something that people will remember the blogsite for.
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  • Raaj Trambadia
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    Wow! This was quite a research Lisa! Wanted to ask you a question – Does dark or light have a difference on the effect? For example, my blog has a very darker red color which doesn’t harm the readers’ eyes. But if I had a very brighter red, it might just annoy the reader, isn’t it?
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  • Corina Ramos
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    Hi Lisa,
    I’ve heard this myself when I started building my website but I really liked how you defined the colors! Great post!! Have a great Friday!

    Corina

  • Brenda
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    Love the post Lisa! I’ve read several blogs in the past about dark backgrounds and like text. There are certain people, especially color blind people, that have difficulty reading it. When I first started blogging, I loved dark with light. When I changed up to lighter colors, I noticed me readers and comments. Funny how it works that way. I love what you’ve done with all your blogs. Very professional. :mrgreen:
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    • Lisa
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      Thanks Brenda, I appreciate the feedback and what you had done too. I’m so glad I changed them even if I spent hours doing so. And I’m still finding things along the way. Even the typefaces I did all one way with Arial.

      • Brenda
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        You’re welcome! Anytime I can help, you just holler! There is another thing that I hate on a blog, if the paragraph font is very cursive or squirrelly and it’s hard to read. I don’t care about the blog title. That’s usually big enough you can still read it. But a paragraphs of lucinda handwriting? Ewwww…. you’ve done well! They all look fabulous! :mrgreen:
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  • Harleena Singh
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    Interesting Lisa!

    Never really knew there is so much more to color that meets the eye. 🙂

    Yes, I had read about the colors and how they affect you and more of what you mentioned long back. And we read about it so often in other places too. But what effect it has on your website or the sales part of it is news to me. Guess I would any-day go with the pink I have at present, not for anything else but the fact that I love that color after deep red. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing more about colors with all of us. 🙂
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  • Mayura
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    Hi Lisa,

    Very NICELY done 🙂 That’s really a wonderful post. As I go through colors, I’ve visualized blogs of my friends 😉 It goes with most used color in the site or can we apply qualities of other colors if there are two major colors appearing on a site? 🙂

    On the web design aspect, color and flow of the website really matters. Sometimes user feedback on website colors can help find user friendly color for site if they have no idea. However I think readability matters. Personally, I’m not much into darky colored sites if they haven’t done well with the colors. It’s just my likeness and that’s what matters to drive, right? 🙂

    Cheers…
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Mayura, thanks and the sales have kept coming in with these color changes – really amazing to me. Now I’ll be checking out many sites too to see if their colors are good or not. I think the black we had was not readable to many – especially on different browsers. Thanks for commenting.

  • qasim
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    Hi Lisa,

    Website color and design have huge impact on website or blog success, the big challenge for any website owner is to make the perfect design and choose the best color of his website while keeping it simple and easy to navigate, thanks for the tips and recommendations on choosing the website color.
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Qasim, I believe it sure does now 🙂 A lesson learned. I should have added not too flashy – and pops ups. I will go back and add it, thanks for comment on this post.

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