Four Ways to Improve Your Landing Page

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    Like any sales or financial report, your website analytics is another tool every business owner should consider. One of the reports that you should be looking at, outside basic stats like sessions, bounce rate, and key phrases used to find your website, is the report that helps you determine your best-performing landing pages.

    It looks like this when viewing it from Search Engine searches, meaning these are the pages that are most popular from basic searches:

    landing page analytics

    You can see how the first three listings are pages are blog posts. I can see that, most likely, my homepage gets the most traffic while a blog post, ‘How Your Website Drives Your Marketing Strategy,’ and our portfolio. Then it’s my post on the latest changes to the Yoast plugin and a post on blogging, then 6th is the page about our web hosting services.

    After this, I like to look at another set of landing page stats that shows me which pages and posts are getting ‘hits’ from all channels like referral pages, social media, or a direct link from a PDF or email, as well as searches.

    landing page channels

    If your website goals are falling flat, these are the stats you might want to look at. These pages can you tell what folks are most interested in learning more about. It can help drive your blogging strategy.

    So let’s get to the reporting and what to look for on your landing page.

    1. First, which landing page serves as a homepage?

    Many of our web design clients spend so much time working on their homepage; the index page. But, the homepage maybe gets about 50 – 70% of your traffic. The rest go to interior pages or landing pages. So as yourself, “Does my landing page capture my audiences’ s attention?” Everything on that page needs to support the purpose of the page.

    2. Then, are the landing pages performing?

    This is important to decide after you’ve identified which pages are your top ten pages or posts. Bounce rates and whether a goal was accomplished can help determine if a landing page needs some help. Some indicators include:

    • bounce rate
    • time spent on the page
    • percentage of new visitors
    • goal completion

    3. Ask them how well your SEO campaign is working?

    These numbers are key if you are specifically advertising on different websites or working on certain keyphrase sets. The landing page can tell you if either is working. For example, I can tell on my website that the phrase ‘houston web design’ is sending about 7% of my traffic while I have optimized my homepage for this phrase and worked hard on my blogs to send traffic to it. I’ve also included the phrase ‘web design firm’ in various websites that link back to me.

    4. Finally, who or what is sending you traffic?

    What is sending you traffic is just as important as who. The referral traffic from different websites and social media and email marketing can help you determine your landing page effectiveness while attached to a goal. For example, if you’re running a social media campaign, you’d expect to see more referral traffic from the social networks you use, like Facebook or Twitter. I can see the traffic from when I shared a blog post with fans. I can see the click-throughs to my landing pages and how long they stayed.

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    Christina Hawkins

    Christina Hawkins is CEO of GlobalSpex, Inc. and a Fractional CMO for her clients. A seasoned digital marketer since 1999, Christina has designed and built exceptional websites partnering with small businesses to help them grow and increase revenue. She understands that digital marketing is a constantly evolving technology and works to stay on top of the latest changes. She is always looking for the best route for clients' lead generation needs and revenue. In addition to her ability as a digital marketer, Christina is a coach and mentor with Agency Mavericks to other digital marketing freelancers, helping them grow their businesses. She is also a sponsor and co-leader of Houston's WordPress Meetup.

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