Anatomy Of A Landing Page and Infographic Showing Correct Landing Page Optimization

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A landing page is any page that users see first on your website, so it must be optimized for their specific browsing experience.

All landing pages need these fundamentals

  1. Fast – Load time must be under 5 seconds
  2. Attention Grabbing Headline – If you spend 3 hours writing copy for your landing page, spend 2.5 hours on the headline
  3. Clear Call To Action – Make it easy for visitors to take the next step
  4. Focus On Them – Clearly state benefits and use testimonials, logos and third party verification sources to substantiate your claims

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Landing Page Optimization – What You Need to Know

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landing page optimization results What if I told you that by using these proven techniques, you could increase conversions up to 300% while lowering traffic costs by 50%?

If this interests you then keep reading.
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The Progression of Search Engine Optimization

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search Over the past 10 years the search engine game has never failed to remain in flux. The internet is a change medium, and I expect this to occur for at least the next 10 years.

Henry Ford didn’t invent the car, but he figured out how to let everyone have access to one. When the automotive industry first blossomed in the early 20th century, many styles and manufacturers flourished and it wasn’t until the 1940’s and 50’s that industry consolidation occurred and several large manufacturers took over the car making business.

The same will likely happen to web companies.

When I began as a web designer in the late 1990’s, our philosophy was I used to think build it and they will come. We created websites with a reverse L design (logo on top left, open header and navigation on the left column) and hoped visitors would come and buy. To our joy, they did.
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Test Your Conversion Rate Knowledge

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Conversion testing and landing page optimization is a never ending job. It is a challenge to get the best converting webpage and we love testing different versions to see what works best.

Below is a landing page test of a software sales page with real world results. See if you can choose the winning version.
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Mad Libs Form Style Increases Conversions Up To 40%

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How to you encourage more people to fill out your landing page forms?

Vast.com tested a form using a narrative format and presented input fields to people as blanks within sentences, Mad Libs style.

I haven’t done MadLibs since elementary school, but it worked: they realized an increase in conversions of 25% to 40%.

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Finding The Best Web Design Conversion Elements

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What are the best web design conversion elements to implement on your website?

I’m looking to compile a great list of conversion elements that can be included in a website. This is not for landing pages (although it could be used for them) but regular site pages, with emphasis on the homepage.

I approach every site design with conversion in mind – your design should help the visitor take desired action on your site. Keep out the fluff that will distract or alter the focus of your visitor.

Actions

  • phone call
  • completing a contact form
  • subscribing to newsletter
  • buying product
  • tweeting/sharing page with friend
  • downloading free ebook/whitepaper
  • anything that captures an email address

I am defining conversion elements as anything that will strongly persuade a visitor to remain on your site and want to learn more about you.

Conversion Elements

  • testimonials
  • 3rd party logos: BBB, truste, D&B, chamber of commerce
  • logos of good sized companies you have worked with or places you have been quoted: latimes, any inc5000, hollywood reporter etc.
  • stats showing success: client sales increases, new orders, new engagements
  • large and clear contact button – can be tastefully animated
  • photos – (founder, real staff, highly targeted to your niche)
  • short sales video
  • phone number/address

For shopping sites that sell products directly, the required elements to gain users trust are more specific. Below are elements that increase online sales in descending order of importance.

E-commerce Elements

  • product overview
  • merchant guarantee
  • availability
  • image quality
  • customer service available
  • product specific description
  • long description
  • size chart
  • toll free phone
  • ratings & reviews

The above list is from the e-tailing group/ARS ecommerce

Landing Page Know-How

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Your landing page on your website has an important job to do: Convert Traffic

The objective is to keep new users focused and have them complete the desired goal. A landing page is tailored for a specific visitor and should only contain information directly relevant to them. A successful landing page will have one prominent call to action and use every text and image element on the page to direct the user to completing this goal.

Landing Page Goal Examples

  1. Newsletter Signup
  2. Subscribing to a Service
  3. Purchasing a Specialized Product
  4. Filling out a Form
  5. Making a Comment
  6. Giving you their e-mail/phone
  7. Calling for more information
  8. Send to a Friend

Your site visitors could arrive at your landing page from these online sources

  • A banner advertisement link prepared to appeal to your specific niche audience;
  • An optimized link contained in your Pay Per Click (PPC) ad from the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Microsoft;
  • A related affiliate sales page or an offer to subscribe to your mailing list,
  • An internal link contained in your email campaign,
  • A blog post or comment, forum posting, or social media link;
  • Organic search engine results.

Maximize Your Investment

Design the page so that your visitors can immediately find your offer and any additional information about your product or service that helps them take action.

Optimize Your Landing Page

Once the visitors arrive at your landing page, they must immediately see the keywords that relieve their pain. Use keywords on your landing page to provide a customized solution that makes your visitor accept your offer.

Make Your Landing Page like Plymouth Rock

plymouth rock

Keep your visitors on your website long enough to hear your elevator pitch.

Learn more about the design and testing of landing pages. Know the essential elements of successful landing pages.

Go beyond search engine optimization. Let your landing pages do a better job, convert more traffic and encourage repeat visits. Find out how other people have increased conversions 100%.

More Landing Page Resources

Let’s Talk Landing Pages

Top 5 Best Worst Landing Pages

Landing Page Tutorials and Case Studies

Convert Customers With a Perfect Landing Page

11 Ways to Improve Landing Pages

The Art of the Sign Up Page

Aligning Keywords and Landing Pages

Organic Landing Pages: A Case Study

Google Website Optimizer

25-Point Landing Page Optimization Review

Create Different Landing Pages for the Same Product

10 Factors to Test that Could Increase the Conversion Rate of your Landing Pages

The Landing Page Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Tips and Resources

PPC Firms Making 45x More than SEO Campaigns

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In a great piece of research from the Search Insider Summit in Park City, UT showing the disparity of spending between pay per click and natural search engine optimization campaigns.

Even though SEO is more cost effective, drives more traffic and is sustainable for the long term, it receives less of the marketing budget than paid search.

  • For every 1 click on a paid search result, the organic results generate 8.5 clicks (this is on a keyword parity basis, not counting those search results that have no paid ads)
  • Based on action/conversion tracking, paid search clicks convert, on average, at 1.5X the rate of organic clicks (no surprise, since that ad text and landing page is custom optimized by the advertiser)
  • From the numbers above, we can see that the opportunity from organic search is 5.66X that of paid search

Across the board ad spending (via SEMPO):

  • 2004 was 85% PPC vs. 12% Organic
  • 2005 was 87% PPC vs. 11% Organic
  • 2006 was 87% PPC vs. 12% Organic
  • 2007 was 88% PPC vs. 10% Organic

Pay per click marketing budgets are increasing while natural search budgets are slowly declining.

  • Spend on SEO is 1/8th of PPC
  • Paid Search Agencies earn, on average 10% of their clients’ PPC spend (this number may actually be low)
  • By this logic, SEO Agencies earn 1/45th {1 / 5.66 x 8} as much as paid search agencies (from a direct keyword-to-conversion path perspective)

PPC is easier for clients to value and agencies to measure. As a result, online marketing agencies are devoting the lions share of their budget to Adwords, Adcenter and YSM and businesses are spending more dollars to get that traffic.

This should help convince SEO firms that they bring true value to the internet marketing world and easily prove it is a good long term investment.
other studies with traffic studies

See the full report from SEOmoz here.

Landing Page Optimization Webinar

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The kind folks at Omniture.com have created an informative webinar focusing on landing page optimization. This is a service from the Omniture Marketing Experts On-Demand series 2008 summit.

Keyword and langing page strategies are key to paid search campaigns and PPC ad budgets.

Landing Page Optimization Strategy depends on a detailed knowledge of all the keywords in your campaign and how well they convert. Generally, keywords should be directed to a specific landing page.

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Landing Page Optimization Book

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 Images Wiley Cover Checkout the new book “Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide to Testing and Tuning for Conversions”. This was written by Tim Ash from SiteTuners.com the search engine marketing firm. This book covers the strategy and tactics of optimizing for conversions from PPC. It examines the skill-sets necessary, as well as the internal company support needed to make conversion testing a success for paid search.
How much money are you losing because of poor landing page design? In this comprehensive step-by-step guide you will learn all of the skills necessary to dramatically improve your bottom line:

  • Identify mission critical landing pages & their true economic value
  • Gain insight on customer decisions & make your pages friction-free
  • Uncover problems with your page & decide what elements to test
  • Understand the power & limitations of common tuning approaches
  • Develop an action plan & get buy-in from all key players
  • Avoid common real-world pitfalls that can sabotage your test

With pages of case studies, practical strategies, a detailed review of Google Website Optimizer tool, this one-of-a-kind resource will help you make your landing pages more profitable. Get this book now.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Wiley Press – Sybex (January 29, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0470174625
ISBN-13: 978-0470174623