It’s the start of the new year, and high time to whip your website into ideal conversion-optimized shape. No regrets! Carpe diem! Here are some of the most important conversion resolutions you can make – and keep – for your site this year. Resolution 1: Get Fit Every second of every day, your site is in competition, often standing toe-to-toe with bigger, stronger, better-funded challengers. To succeed, a site must essentially be as fit on the Internet as an elite athlete is on the field. But what does fitness mean, exactly, for a website? In a word – fast. Fast page load time, fast app response time, fast demo streaming time, fast everything. If you’re serious about conversion optimization, speed is no longer optional, it’s a basic requirement. This means those sites truly committed to conversion fitness will (dare I hope) turn their attention from button design and instead invest in the highly technical, behind-the-scenes deal-makers such as … [Read more...] about 4 New Years Resolutions For Conversion Optimization In 2011
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Let’s face it. You may not be Mashable, and your best content very likely won’t get as popular as the random stuff you find on the web on a highly popular website. I’m not necessarily fond of ‘the cat video’ argument, but it does apply now. However powerful your articles are, they won’t generate as much clickbait as mindless entertainment does. This can get a little frustrating, especially when your business is serious and your content powerful. As it seems that it’s not enough to provide high quality as long as people haven’t heard about you, content amplification is a great strategy for long-term, quality businesses. I’m not going to advertise changing your site profile into something that generates views without necessarily having something important to say, niche-related and with a professional takeaway. Instead, in this article I am going to advocate a results-focused approach, that’s hands on and could make your articles … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Boost Your Sharing
Small business owners who promote thin content thinking readers don’t have the time, energy, or patience required to filter their content pieces are seriously underestimating their audiences. These days, crafting in-depth relevant content is not just necessary – it’s actually required. Long content ranks better in search engine results, allowing its creators to improve their online presence, boost conversions, and gain superior social engagement and authority. If you’re dying to find out what Google is looking for in today’s content world, you should know that in-depth, relevant content is an indispensable asset that will always stay in fashion for a number of reasons. Numerous company owners erroneously think that a content marketing strategy is as flexible and easy to set up and maintain as a conversation between two close friends. In this case, they are deliberately ignoring the fact that even the most basic forms of social conversations compel … [Read more...] about Why You Need to Create Long, Evergreen Content
One of the functions of your website is to help alleviate many of the fears visitors may have about doing business with you. You have to make them confident and comfortable with making the purchase. Failure to earn their trust is a failure to earn their business. All things being equal, web users will make purchases from sites they feel confident about. All things not being equal, this confidence often trumps other “important” factors, such as pricing. It is often difficult for small business owners to see their websites objectively. A handful of people throw a few compliments their way, and they assume everyone else feels the same. This then prevents them from making important and necessary changes because they “get compliments on that a lot.” However, when a more objective viewpoint is applied, you can get past the few compliments and finally see the glaring omissions that may be preventing them from earning even more customers. Below I have outlined five … [Read more...] about Why Your Website Needs Trust Symbols
Maybe your new campaign wasn’t performing well. Maybe you’d inexplicably spent a ton on AdWords and had nothing to show for it. Maybe it was just more bad news in a losing fight for profitability. Regardless of your particular situation, if you’ve been in paid search for long, you’ve probably had that gut-wrenching feeling at some point. Turns out, there’s more to that feeling than you might have thought. After a series of rather extraordinary events, it’s become clear to me that there is a reason why so many companies struggle with search engine marketing. There be monsters out there… Fighting the good fight It seems like there are monster shows everywhere these days (The Walking Dead, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, just to name a few). I’d always thought this was just a pop culture trend, but it turns out that there’s something to this fascination. Though it might seem a bit far-fetched, we face these monsters on … [Read more...] about Are there PPC monsters lurking inside your paid search account?