5 Tips to Instantly Boost Conversion Rates

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SEOPlanter2A low conversion rate will waste your efforts to drive traffic to your website. If you can get a thousand people to visit a landing page, you’ll only get 10 new leads if your conversion rates are at 1%.

Typically, if you’ve got low conversion rates, there are just a few areas that need to be tweaked. By making a few small adjustments, you can instantly begin improving the percent of people that complete the desired action on your landing page.

Here’s 5 tips for instantly boosting your conversion rates.

Get Rid of the Jargon

You first need to get rid of the jargon on your landing page. People don’t respond to phrases and words that they don’t understand.

When you’re writing sales copy, you want people to understand your message. Keep it simple.

You need to get rid of the fluff. Here’s a few examples of jargon that needs to be eliminated:

  • State-of-the-art
  • High-quality
  • Powerful
  • Ultimate

These fluff words don’t need to be added, if you have a real value to offer your visitors. Instead of stating that you’ve got a “high-quality product”, you might state that you’ve got a “product that will change how you handle…”

Decide How Your Product is Different

You also need to know how your product or offer is different from your competition. You should never state the obvious in your copy. Instead, focus on what sets you apart. Otherwise, you’re focusing on what makes you the same as everyone else.

For example, if you sell tax preparation software, you wouldn’t list “helps you prepare taxes” as one of the benefits of your software. This is a given.

By focusing on the strengths, you can set yourself apart from the rest of your competition.

Address the Most Common Objections

Write a list of reasons why people may be hesitant to make a purchase on your website. Be honest and come up with the most common objections.

For example, people may be hesitant to purchase from an unqualified source. To address this, you need to explain why you’re qualified to offer your product or service.

Another common objection is that your product may not work for every customer. To address this objection, you should include a variety of customer testimonials.

Write the list of objections and then address them, one at a time. Use this list as a checklist that you go over before going live with your landing page.

Keep it Short

Keep it short. This applies to everything on your landing page. The words, sentences, and paragraphs should all be short. This makes your content easier to read.

Most people don’t read every single line in a sales ad or landing page. They skim through it. Break up your content and use shorter paragraphs.

Make it Easy to Complete the Next Step

Another solution for improving conversion rates is to make it easy for your visitors to complete the next step. Whether you’re having them subscribe to your email list or register for a webinar, the form they fill out needs to be short.

Typically, you should only include the required fields in your form. This includes name and email address. You really shouldn’t require more than 3 or 4 fields. Beyond this, conversion rates start to drop.

These are just a few tips for increasing your conversion rates. You should also try using A/B split testing to try different headlines and calls to action.

Along with these tips, you can gain even more internet marketing suggestions, and a way to generate more sales leads, by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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Start Increasing Your E-commerce Conversion Rates in 4 Steps

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SEOPlanter1After you’ve spent money and time to generate traffic, you need conversions.

Your conversion rates are instrumental in your success. So, how do you increase the percentage of people that complete the desired action? By targeting the right people and rethinking your existing strategy.

Generally, if you’re having trouble converting traffic, there’s a reason behind the problem. Find out how to solve this problem and start boosting your conversion rates.

#1 Change the Intended Action

The first component that you might need to change is the intended action that you want from visitors to your landing page. For example, if you’re expecting these visitors to make a purchase, you’re taking the wrong approach.

Instead, you should focus on getting your traffic into a sales funnel. Don’t give visitors the hard sell on your landing page.

Give them an irresistible offer, such as a downloadable guide, so that you can capture their email address or contact information.

By itself, this step should lead to higher conversion rates on your landing pages. People are more willing to give away their email address in exchange for a free offer than they are to make a purchase on their first visit.

You’ll then follow up these leads with emails, encouraging them back to your site to make a purchase.

#2 Improve the Speed of Your Website

The speed of your site can also impact your conversion rates. It makes it hard for people to scroll through the page and view all the elements. Though, the real problem is that people don’t want to wait. Every 1-second delay leads to a further drop in conversion rates.

Check the speed of your landing pages. The page should load in less than 3 seconds. After 4 seconds, over 25% of your traffic will leave.

To improve speed, remove elements. Keep your page simple. You don’t need a sidebar and an abundance of plugins. A landing page should have a single focus, so there’s no reason to include anything unrelated to the main purpose of the page.

A landing page typically includes a headline, text, a few images and videos, and a form. Don’t clutter the page and slow down the speed.

Another way to improve the speed is to optimize your images. If an image is only going to display at 200 pixels, you don’t need the original image to be 1200 pixels. Determine the maximum viewing size of each image and scale them to those dimensions.

Also, reduce the DPI to 72. When viewing an image on a web page, there’s no need for a higher resolution.

#3 Improve Your Audience Targeting

If you’re having trouble with conversions, your target audience could be to blame. You should make sure that you’re targeting the right people.

Use the demographic data in your website analytics to analyze your traffic. Look for the traffic that converts. Find out what makes these visitors different from the ones that don’t convert. You might find that a particular region, age range, or gender results in higher conversions.

You can then use this data to improve the copy used on your landing pages. Then, adjust your PPC ads to reflect the data. Change your targeting options to focus on the right regions and target your audience based on demographics.

#4 Don’t Use Too Many Fields in Your Forms

Another factor that could result in lower conversion rates is the form on your page. Whether you’re collecting email addresses or offering a product or service, your form should be easy to fill out. If people need to stop and think about what they’re doing, they may change their mind.

The form should only contain fields that are necessary to complete the action. For example, if you’re getting people to join your mailing list, you really only need their email address. Though, you might want to get their name, so that you can personalize their emails.

But, if there’s no need to ask for their phone number, address, country, and other data unless it’s needed to complete a purchase.

If you want to increase conversion rates, you’ll need to look at what you’re doing. Make sure that you’re choosing the right goal for each landing page. Along with these tips, you can get even more marketing suggestions and a conversion-ready internet marketing system. Just click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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5 Ways to Find Content to Share on Social Media

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SEOPlanterIf you want to succeed with internet marketing, you need to make the most of the social media landscape. This means attracting more followers with the help of shared content.

Curated content, or found content, should comprise the majority of your social media posts. The profiles that only put out promotional posts never gain traction.

At the same time, you should try to post at least once per day, during the weekdays. This means that you need at least 5 posts per week. It can be hard to find enough relevant content to keep up this schedule, especially if you choose to post several times per day.

But, there are ways to find content and simplify this process.

#1 Search for Content on Twitter

The first place to look for content is Twitter. Simply scrolling through your Twitter feed and seeing what people have shared recently could give you a few ideas. You might find at least one article that you could share with your followers.

When you do find an article worth sharing, visit the actual article and retweet the initial tweet. Then, share the article with your other social media profiles, such as Facebook or Instagram.

#2 Personalize Your News Feed

The next solution for finding content is to personalize your news feed. Google and other news aggregators make it easy to add categories for specific terms. You can include a category for your niche market.

For example, if you’re involved in internet marketing, you can add an “internet marketing” category in your news feed. The news aggregator should then grab the latest news headlines related to internet marketing each day.

#3 Search a Sub-Reddit for Content

Reddit is a great source of content. There is a subreddit for everything. Find the subreddit related to your niche and scroll through the latest entries.

#4 Check Facebook for Content

Of course, Facebook is also a good place to look for content. It’s the most used social media network, with over a billion users.

Look for unconventional sources of news and content. Don’t rely on the businesses and brands that you follow. There’s a good chance that some of your followers will follow these same accounts. You don’t want to just repeat the same content to the same people.

You can use the search feature on Facebook to browse niche categories. If possible, look for content hosted on a website, instead of an individual Facebook post. Then, visit the link and share the article from the original source.

#5 Use Buzzsumo to Search for Trending Topics

The final solution for finding content is to use Buzzsumo. You can test it out for free, but it requires a monthly fee after 14 days. Though, you’ll have quick access to the most shared content related to any topic.

All you need to do is enter a keyword or topic in the search bar. Buzzsumo will present you with a list of search results. They are listed in order of total shares. But, you can adjust the search criteria to fit your needs. You can limit the results to posts within the past day, past month, or longer.

The bottom line is that you need content to share with your followers. You can’t just rely on your own content unless you have the time or money to generate new content on a daily basis. Use these solutions to quickly find content and stick to your social media posting schedule.

Make social media a priority, if you want to grow your sales potential. For even more marketing tips to help you succeed, along with a proven system for generating conversion-ready traffic each month, click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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Easy Solutions to Help Boost Your Email Open Rates

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AJ CannIf you use email marketing, then you understand the importance of email open rates. Only a portion of the people that you send emails to will actually open the email.

This is why you need to grab their attention with the subject line. Unfortunately, creating an effective subject line isn’t always easy. People get a lot of emails and don’t have time to read everything that comes through their inbox.

You don’t need to rethink your entire email marketing strategy. With a little bit of tweaking, you can learn how to improve your email open rates.

Your Subject Line Needs to Be Short

Your subject line should contain no more than 8 words. If the subject line is too long, it’ll take too long to read, which will result in lower open rates.

Keeping the subject line short also forces you to strip away unnecessary words. You’re forced to create a clear, direct message with your subject line.

Leave the Recipient Wanting More

While you should be direct with your subject line, you also don’t want to give everything away. The email recipient should want to read more. Leave a little bit of mystery to the subject.

For example, you might state, “Your best online marketing tips are ready.”

With this subject line, the reader knows that the email will contain marketing tips or a link to tips. But, they don’t know much else. This is easy to do. Typically, you just need to cut your headline in half.

A full headline might’ve read, “Discover the best online marketing tips for increasing conversion rates.”

By removing the last half of the headline, and personalizing the beginning, you’re left with a short, effective subject line.

Use Alliteration in Your Subject Lines

Alliteration is the repeated occurrence of the same letter. It makes headlines, titles, and subject lines stand out. They’re more fun to read and more likely to result in an opened email.

Using the previous example, “More marketing tips to help you make money.”

The repetition of the same letter draws your eye to the subject line. When you’re scrolling through multiple emails in your inbox, this small difference can have a big impact on whether or not you open an email.

Use Second-Person Narrative

You should craft your subject lines using second-person narrative. The words that you’re reading right now are written in the second person. This is the use of “you” and “your” in your subject line and copy.

Second-person narrative is a little more personable than third-person, where there is no pronoun. Look at the following two examples:

  • Your best online marketing tips are ready
  • The best online marketing tips are ready

The second example doesn’t have the same impact as the first one. It doesn’t make any connection to the reader.

Basically, you need to include “you” somewhere in your subject line.

Always Test Multiple Subject Lines

You should always test two separate subject lines when you send out a round of emails. A/B split testing allows you to compare two variations of the same email. You can look at the results and easily see which subject line worked best.

Every time you check these results, make a note of the difference between the two subject lines. This will help you learn what works and what doesn’t.

Crafting effective subject lines requires practice. You won’t always get the results that you want. Remember to test multiple subject lines, keep them short, and speak to your reader.

In addition to these ideas, you can find even more online marketing tips, and a way to generate conversion-ready prospects each month, by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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How to Monetize Your Site and Increase Your Influence Using Sponsored Posts

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We Need to MonetizeSeveral years ago, if you could receive thousands of visitors each month, you could make decent money thanks to your on-page ads. But, people have become blind to the ads.

It’s more difficult to monetize a site with the use of advertising. So, it’s time to start looking at alternative ways to make money from your internet traffic.

At the same time, adopting a new approach for monetization can help increase the user experience provided by your website and your overall influence.

The approach that you should think about using is the use of sponsored posts.

What are Sponsored Posts?

Sponsored posts are blog articles that businesses pay you to publish on your website. This includes articles that you write or that they submit. They can also cover any format, including reviews, informative posts, and videos.

The main idea is that these posts help the business obtain backlinks and increase their online presence. Meanwhile, you benefit by getting paid to add more content to your site.

But, in order to get paid for these posts, you first need to find businesses that are willing to pay for this service.

Finding Businesses That Need Sponsored Posts

Reach out to businesses related to your niche market. Send them an email with your pitch. You should mention that you’re opening up the chance for businesses to have their articles published on your website. Include the fee that you charge for publication.

Obviously, some businesses will turn you down. Though, as with anything, you’ll get a few bites.

Once you start publishing these sponsored posts, you’ll be able to track the stats related to each published post. Keep track of the number of visitors that the article receives and the number of social media shares that it gets.

You can then use these details in future pitches to other businesses. Basically, the more of these posts you publish, the easier it will become to find new businesses.

 Make Sure That the Sponsored Posts Match Your Brand

You shouldn’t publish any posts that don’t correlate with the brand image that you’re trying to promote. While you can disclose that you don’t necessarily agree with the views or opinions of the author, you’re publishing their post on your website.

So, any negative response that the post receives will also be directed to your website.

When you start publishing sponsored posts, you’ll need to create a standard agreement for your customer to sign. This should include a stipulation that all articles must receive final approval before publishing and that you can choose to deny and refund any post that you don’t want to publish.

Don’t Forget to Continue Releasing Your Own Content

You can’t fill your website with sponsored content. After a while, your regular readers will stop showing up. You should use this sponsored content as a source of additional income and supplement your own content.

Using a calendar can help you avoid publishing too many sponsored posts. For example, if you stick to a blogging schedule of one new blog each week, you could take on one sponsored post each month.

Sticking to around 75% original content and 25% sponsored content should be sufficient to keep your readers happy.

If you’re careful with the use of sponsored posts, this can also help increase your influence. Your site can become a go-to source of beneficial information related to your niche. You just need to be a little selective with the quality of the content that you publish.

Sponsored posts provide a simple alternative to ad placement for monetizing your site. If you’d like even more marketing tips and suggestions and a way to generate high-converting traffic, then click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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How to Boost Your YouTube Video Views and Conversion Rates

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Perzonseo WebbyraIf you’re not already using video marketing to acquire new customers, then you’re missing out. Video drives traffic and provides higher engagement rates.

You can use video to showcase customer testimonials, product details, or demos. It’s a simple way to communicate your message in a format that people enjoy. In fact, internet users on mobile devices tend to prefer video over text.

In order to drive traffic to your site from a video on YouTube or posted to social media, you need to have a clear goal. You need to decide on what you’re trying to accomplish.
After you’ve set your goal and created your video, there are a few steps you can take to boost conversion rates and get more views.

Choose the Right Thumbnail

Perhaps the most important element of your video is the thumbnail. This is the first thing that most people will see when your video appears in a search result. More than anything else, this determines whether someone chooses to click play.

When you upload a video to YouTube, you can choose a thumbnail from a selection of screen grabs. Instead of using these random images, you should take the time to create your own.

Make sure that the thumbnail is a clear image. Place the title or a relevant keyword over the image, so that anyone that sees the thumbnail immediately knows what your video is about.

Use a Consistent Brand Image

It always helps to establish a brand image, when you’re trying to make money online. Even if you’re selling affiliate products, having an identifiable brand helps you attract more leads.

In keeping with this concept, you should use a consistent brand image across your website, social media profiles, and the use of video.

For example, if you use specific colors on your website and social media profile, then incorporate these same colors in your video. You can insert title cards between scenes or on-screen messages using a theme that matches your brand.

Pay Attention to the Video Length

Viewer engagement peaks at 2-minutes and then starts to drop. So, you’ll want to keep most of your videos to 2-minutes or less. Generally, the only time that you want to create longer videos is when you have more information to provide.

For promotional videos and testimonials, shorter is better. Use these short videos to enhance your landing pages. Instead of just showing quotes from customers, show their video testimonial. Showcase the features of the product or service that you’re selling.

Include a Clear Call to Action

The final step in boosting conversions from videos is to include a call to action. You need a call to action to let people know what to do next. Though, most people make the mistake of placing the call to action at the end of the video.

You should actually place a call to action toward the middle of your video. The CTA could appear as an on-screen annotation or an embedded text overlay. Then, include another call to action at the end.

Make sure that your CTA is clear and direct. Remember that it needs to describe an action, such as “call me, book an appointment, click this link, complete this form, order today, or visit this page.”

Increasing video conversions begins with the thumbnail. This grabs attention. Then, you need to think about branding, video length, and your call to action. In addition to these steps, don’t forget to include the appropriate metadata, such as an attention-grabbing title and an informative description.

Along with these suggestions, if you want to get more marketing tips and a way to generate your own conversion-ready marketing prospects, then click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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Burying Bad Reviews with Better Reputation Management

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R. Crap MarinerYour online reputation can make or break your chances of success. You need to maintain a positive image, whether you’re selling affiliate products or producing your own items.

When a customer leaves a negative review, it can cause potential prospects to reconsider their decision. You could lose sales due to these negative responses, which is why you need to bury them as quickly as possible.

Typically, you can’t make bad reviews go away. Once they’re posted online, they are there to stay.

But, with better reputation management, you can start to bury these reviews and limit their impact on future business.

Dealing with Negative Responses on Social Media

One of the biggest forums for negative feedback is social media. People love to share their experiences on Twitter and Facebook. You should have an email alert to let you know when someone mentions your brand in a post.

When you notice a negative response on social media, you should respond quickly. A fast response can diffuse the situation and this could be one of the few opportunities that you’ve got to actually remove a negative response.

Respond to the person leaving the negative response by sending them a direct message. Send them a message to find out how you can resolve their issue. If corrective action is taken, and they’re happy with the results, then you can publicly comment on their initial comment.

This public comment shows that you’ve resolved the issue, but it doesn’t include any details of the conversation that you’ve had with the customer.

Dealing with Negative Responses on Review Sites

If the negative response was left on a review site, you probably won’t be able to get the review removed. But, you may be able to keep the customer.

As with the previous tip, you’ll want to respond to these reviews as soon as possible. Always respond in a friendly manner and ask how you can solve their problem. You may need to offer a refund or a discount. But, that’s a small step when it comes to your online reputation.

Encourage Satisfied Customers to Leave Positive Reviews

The next step for burying bad reviews is to encourage your happy customers to leave good reviews. When you send an invoice to a customer, it should include a small thank you, along with a reminder for them to leave their feedback online.

You don’t have to directly ask your customers to leave a good review. But, you can encourage them. You can also leave these reminds on your order confirmation page or contact page.

Make a List of Negative Responses

You should also start compiling a list of negative responses to the products or services that you’re trying to sell. Make notes about the most common complaints.

If you start to see similar feedback from multiple customers, then there could be a problem with the items that you’re selling. These notes will help identify the main issues with your products or services.

If you’re responsible for the development of your products or services, you can use this feedback to improve your offerings. By delivering a better product or services, you can gain more positive reviews and comments.

In the end, the best way to overcome negative reviews to get positive reviews. At the same time, you can attempt to keep your customers happy. Respond to their negative comments in a timely manner. And, remember to encourage your satisfied customers to leave their feedback.

Along with these reputation management suggestions, you can find even more marketing tips and ideas, along with a system for generating conversion-ready internet prospects, by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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