80% of Websites have Adequate Traffic
Don’t Throw Money at a Bad Site
80% of websites have adequate traffic to achieve their goals, they just don’t handle it well. Without a website that can handle traffic, there is no sense of giving it any. So often companies get caught in the idea that sending more traffic to a site will result in more sales, and they are normally right, but not normally making profiting off of it the way they could be.
You Know Where to Find the Yogurt.
A good website is like a grocery store. People coming in have a sense of where items they want might be located and easily follow directions and conventions to getting what they want. This is no accident. Retail Strategists lay out stores be easy to navigate and promote. Sound familiar?
Website Optimization is getting the most out of people visiting an online property. This might be apply to a landing page, micro-site, website, online catalogue, online slide deck, Interactive tool etc. If your web presence is not handling visitors well, then paying to sending qualified traffic to it in large part a waste of money.
Good website optimization often starts with the website homepage strategy and how site visitors handle people once they arrive at it. The best place to start is to look at your website analytics and see were the top “landing pages” are (what pages people are entering your site) and then optimizing your landing pages.
Focus on Website Optimization
Focus on website optimization as your primary web focus. This starts off by making sure the site is simple and well organized from the user’s perspective. Then it goes further into “giving people what they want”, when they want it and how they want it. It also means spending time on statistics and testing out different things.
Achieve your Customer’s Goals, Forget Your Own (for now)
Your customers have their own goals when they are your site (forget about your site’s goals for a minute). Once your site is organized from your site audience’s perspective, you need to set up analytic goals and track the “Goal Funnel” to see where visitors are falling off in trying to achieve THEIR goals. Once see where they are dropping off, you can critically look and very likely see why. Then you can fix it.
Now lets talk about your company’s and its site’s goals. These are really just the goals of the site visitor. If you achieve their goals, you will achieve yours. (This needs to become your mantra. Design it from your visitor’s perspective, give them what they want and help them achieve their objectives, you’ll profit from it, have faith).
Try User Testing
It is so easy these days to get user testing (We have partnered with UserTesting.com for this) there is no excuse not to watch people trying to achieve their goals on your site on a regular basis. This is the catalyst to website optimization because after watching your target audience trying and failing at core basic stuff, you will be compelled to do something about it.
Your site needs “Core Metrics”. These are what you need to measure. These metrics need to be from analytics, sales (or leads) figures, feedback data, and anything else that you could measure that would show that website optimization is working.
Website Optimization Summary
Give people what they want, do it from their perspective, make it easy and test test test. You likely have an SEO program. Now you need a Website Optimization program. They two have a lot in common. Neither give immediate results, seem simple but are not, and require a strategy and lots of work. There are there are website optimizing companies that provide such services, and even pair them with an SEO company. I suggest getting website optimization services before sending paid clicks at your site. So many companies build something and leave it. In reality, you can often get 100% better performance out of a page or navigational path through optimization.