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Impatience Key To Optimizing Landing Pages

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Passive is for the old ways of taking in media content. Active Internet users seek what they want, when they want it, and expect to find it fast.

It, of course, may be one of a multitude of things. When someone wants ‘it’ and hits that online connection to track it down, the sites that should fare the best at serving that need know to get the heck out of the way of their visitors.

As the Google Website Optimizer blog discussed ways of doing this, they pointed out several useful resources for helping webmasters tweak their sites for a little bit better chance at converting the visitor. Tim Ash of SiteTuners.com received a mention for his advice on optimization; our talk with him about his book, Landing Page Optimization, appears here.

Google also cited a trio of excellent tips published at WiderFunnel. Those tips nudge webmasters to aim for brevity and directness with the pages arriving visitors hit.

WiderFunnel called for clear guides that call for action on the bottom of the content page. That provides a better option than forcing someone to hunt through a navigation bar for their next action.

Copy should be focused. Cut it in half, then do it again, WiderFunnel advised. And each page needs to present what they called persistent calls to action, like a contact link or a list of recommended products. Visitors don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for the next action choice (that impatience thing comes into play.)

Though a lot of people may be sweltering in the July heat, it’s time to start thinking about later in the year, when the important holiday shopping happens in the fourth quarter. Testing now can help later, and for anyone looking for more advice, SES San Jose will offer sessions on landing pages and a host of other search-related topics in August.

Impatience Key To Optimizing Landing Pages
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  • rusty

    … these tips sound like pages should be similar to the ‘short format’ Internet Marketing pages.

    1) Wow headline
    2) Subheading to build on wow
    3) paragraph
    4) call to action
    5) paragraph
    6) call to action
    7) ending paragraph
    8) call to action
    9) final offer
    10) call to action

    That’ll really add to the users experience… not…

  • http://www.googlegeeks.co.uk Google Consultant

    I do like the content comment of ‘cut it in half and do it again’ – it’s what we’ve been telling clients for years. Let’s face it, we have seven seconds to grab the user after he’s landed on a page. Reading what I’ve just written will take you seven seconds so now I may as well wander off or just stop…

    Keyword density? 3.3% of little is exactly the same as 3.3% of a lot.

    So, is design important? Looking at the design of Knol, evidently not.

  • http://www.rankbetterseo.com/questions/ seo questions

    Great article David. I agree there is an need for information fast and people dont want to wait to get their questions answered or to buy a product.

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  • http://www.semwisdom.com/blog Maria

    In fact, I think the key is consistency. Check out the ten tips that I’ve seen work miracles for my clients: http://www.semwisdom.com/blog/featured-article but, again, these require quite some patience and consistency. Oh, and time!

  • http://www.thegooglegurus.co.uk Bolton Web Design and SEO

    Although it may not provide the best user experience (as it can be a bit obvious to the user that they are being sold to), you really need to point out what you want the user to do a few times and add some calls to action, otherwise people who skim your pages could potentially leave if it isn’t made clear exactly what they should do next.

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