Reflecting On Your Website
We often lose sight of what the initial goal of our website was, months after the website has been launched and has become commonplace. It’s important to reflect on your website from time to time. With some brief consideration, most business owners will find their website can be improved in at least a few ways quite easily. There are a few things that you can do to ensure your website is performing to it’s greatest potential, some even without the help of a developer.
By following all of these steps we will help increase your conversions and traffic to your website.
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#1: Collect Customer Data
The most successful websites are the ones that use clear call-to-actions and data forms to collect as much information as possible about potential customers.
Making sure your website has a contact form that’s easy to find is the first step. Many companies go further, doing things like asking for the visitor’s name and email address before showing pricing, or using services like HubSpot to track IP addresses of business and individuals.
#2: Get Listed On Business Search Directories
One of the easiest ways to get to the top of Google is to create a Google Places (now integrated into Google Plus) account for your business. This method is especially effective for local businesses, but some larger brands will also find value. Follow our listing on Google+ by clicking here!
Place accounts are like online storefronts, offering those searching for your company everything from your business’ hours, to your office location and phone number. And the best part is that Bing and Yahoo both offer similar listing sites, allowing you to gain visibility and quality backlinks at the same time.
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#3: Don’t Forget Bing!
Many pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns forget about Bing entirely. Instead, they pump all of their marketing budgets right into Google Adwords (also known as “putting all your eggs in one basket”). What they don’t realize is that Google Adwords only reaches around 75% of web users.
Bing advertising is a much more cost-effective use of your advertising budget, because the competition is much lower than on Adwords and per-click costs are almost always less expensive. Not to mention, Bing is a part of a major affiliate network including Yahoo and Ask.com — some of the smaller search engines — giving you much more reach for your buck. A combination of 75% Adwords, 25% Bing marketing allocation usually does the trick.
#4: Have Call To Actions
Even huge businesses with massive marketing budgets can miss this one, so don’t feel bad.
When you want someone in your audience to take some action (sign up for your email list, buy something, sign a petition, go for a walk, etc.), tell them what to do. Copywriters call this a call to action, and it’s the fastest way to make your copy more effective. Tell them clearly and succinctly. Please in the name of all that is good, don’t be “clever.”
If you want someone to click a link to sign up for your awesome email course and library of valuable ebooks, use the words “Click here to sign up for our awesome email course and library of valuable ebooks.”
#5: Your Homework This Week:
Look through the key pages on your site. Do you have clear calls to action on each page? Are they simple and unambiguous? Could they be a little stronger?
How would a normal person describe what you do? What specific keywords would they use to find your website? When was the last time you updated your website?
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