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Turning Website Visitors into Buyers

turning visitors into buyersMany online website owners have the impression that all they have to do is attract more traffic and sales for their business will rise.  As a result, website owners with this mentality will often increase marketing spending in an effort to drive more traffic to their websites.  They soon find out that the effort did indeed generate more traffic, but resulted in no more sales and thus their advertising dollars were wasted.

They can’t help but ask questions like “why isn’t this working?” or “what’s missing?”  Turning website visitors into buyers isn’t always about the traffic and it’s never JUST about traffic.  It is a combination of the right traffic mixed with the proper onsite alterations that actually generates the sales.  Here are four strategies to help you turn those visitors into buyers.

#1        Building Your Website’s Foundation

The following points will mean nothing if you don’t have a solid foundation.  A solid foundation consists of an RSS enabled website, search engine optimization, and social media integration.  A solid foundation is the most overlooked aspect of the websites I run across yet it involves some of the most basic and necessary elements.  Once the framework of your foundation is in place, you can begin focusing on the design and your target market.  Things like easy navigation, an easy to use check out process, readily available customer service links, and quality content all help build on your foundation and all these things together, enable your customer to buy your product.  A weak foundation won’t make for a successful site, and before long, the business owner will begin to think that the internet just isn’t for them.  Before you do anything else, step back and ensure your foundation is built to address your ideal customers needs.  Doing so will ensure future efforts get rewarded.

#2        Website Analysis & Analytics

I’m a big fan of analytics.  My philosophy is: if you can’t track it, don’t do it.  You cannot build a lasting business without knowing exactly how it is performing.  Analytics provides the data you need to make informed decisions.  Just having analytics in place, is not enough.  You must gather data you can act on and implement into your website to improve the performance.  I see too many website owners with a desire to make changes to their website based on what they “think” is going on.  They have no real reason for suggesting the changes, just a hunch that making them different in some way will hopefully alter the current course of their business, preferably for the better.  This is not good business

Using a tool such as Google Analytics, will allow you to find out what keywords visitors used to arrive at your website.  You can drill down even further to determine the sales generated from each keyword.  In this way, you can make better decisions on using keywords within the website to attract even more visitors.

#3        Provide Optimized Landing Pages

In this instance, it’s not search engine optimization on the page but instead optimizing the page in such a way that the visitors who will arrive at the pages are better able to take the action you want them to take.  The action could be adding an item to a shopping cart, starting the checkout process, reading information they need to make a buying decision or deciding to sign up for your newsletter.

Optimizing page titles for example, is a commonly neglected task in page optimization.  Doing this increases relevancy in your visitor’s mind and relevancy is a key to making them take action.  Landing page optimization is critical.  You can read more about Landing Page Optimization here.

#4        Engage Your Visitors

Any shopping cart can deliver a product page and any store owner can provide a product description.  That being said, how do you provide a product page that contains the necessary content to persuade the visitor to make a purchase?  Engage them!  An engaging product page offers information to the visitor that helps them make an informed decision.  A product description merely listing the features and specifications of your product just won’t make the grade.

Make sure all descriptions don’t just list the features and specifications of your products, but list the benefits of the product.  A benefit gives the visitor the information that they need to know to convince them that using the product will help them solve the problem that made them search for the information in the first place.  For example, the feature/spec description might be ” 132 page Dog Training Guide”.  The benefit description would be “Easy dog training guide that will help your dog learn all the obedience basics plus how to stop barking, digging and pulling on the leash”.  It’s easy to see if this is what they are looking for from a description like the latter.

Another way to engage the visitor is to use customer reviews.  Amazon is amazing at this.  By letting your visitor know what others think about your product, they feel secure in their buying decision.

These four strategies are just a small sampling of the many option you have in turning visitors into buyers.  Because all markets and businesses are different, ideally you should develop a strategy that fits within your overall objective.

If you are serious about turning more visitors into buyers, contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation, consultation and find out how e-Edge Marketing can help you develop an internet marketing strategy that works for your business.

To Your Success,


Avoid the Most Common Mistakes In Article Writing

Avoid the Most Common Mistakes In Article WritingIn the business world, your credibility is all that you have to fall back on!  Avoid the most common mistakes in article writing. Article marketing can be effective and easy, but in order to be successful you need to follow some simple ground rules. Making just one of these mistakes can cost you your credibility.

People are not stupid!

Your readers can recognize sales letters and ads. Do not try to make your otherwise informative article into a sales letter or stock it full of affiliate links. This will immediately turn your readers away and most likely they will not return.

Please your readers.

Your article should be between 300-750 words. Anything less than 300 words isn’t really even considered an article at all and may not be taken seriously. Once you’ve reached about 750 words you may want to market that article as an eBook. People like to know what their getting into before they read something. If you make your article too long, your readers may get impatient.

Dot your i’s and cross your t’s.

Checking your grammar usage and spelling before you submit your article is very important! This can ultimately make or break your reputation in your field. You could have the most informative article on a specific subject but unfortunately nobody will take the time to read it if it’s written poorly. Always check and double check your article before posting it!

Submitting to directories.

If you have the opportunity to fill out an author’s resource box, DO NOT use this space for an advertisement! This box is used for information about the author, not a sales pitch. Once you have filled out the required information, you may add a link for more information on the specific topic, pointing to your website.

Keep it simple.

Do not use facts that you yourself have not researched. A reader that knows the true facts regarding your article will surely call you out on your fabricated facts. This will definitely ruin your credibility. Also try to avoid using too much excitement in your article as well as the headlines and summaries. If your article doesn’t live up to the hype this can hurt you.

Do not plagiarize!

If you didn’t already know, plagiarism is copying work word for word or paraphrasing and taking credit for it as your own. Research what you want to write about, then based on what you have learned write an article in your own words. You may however, use someone else’s words if you use them as quotes and acknowledge your source.

Following these basic guidelines when writing an article will be sure to credit you as an expert in your specific field. Using great articles is a great way to keep your visitors coming back to your site wanting more information. So be sure to add content regularly.


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