5 Landing Page Mistakes You Absolutely Need to Avoid
Just about everyone knows the importance of having a website. And, the landing page is the first thing a visitor will see on your website. So, it’s essential to have it reader and search engine optimized.
As a website owner there are certain mistakes you need to look out for - below are five of them:
1. Overwhelming content
Your website landing page shouldn’t have too much information. Keep it simple and to the point. The visitor needs to very quickly ascertain what your site is about and the benefit it has for her.
In addition, search engines don't like long landing pages.
Read your content carefully and get rid of extraneous content.
2. Too many call-to-actions (CTAs)
Everything on your website should be short and sweet, especially your landing page. Give the visitor only ONE option (CTA) at a time. Too many choices creates ‘visitor anxiety’ - this is always a no-no.
Anxiety or confusion always leads to a ‘NO’ response on the part of the visitor.
You want to make the process as easy as possible.
Note: A call-to-action is the action you want the visitor to take. It may be to sign up for your mailing list, to sign up for a special event, to buy your product or service, or some other desired action.
3. Your landing page heading doesn't reflect the website's theme/niche/industry
Suppose you came across a website titled Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.
Now, quickly, what do you think the site is about?
Investment? Real Estate? Health? Sports?
Get the idea? The title is non-specific. It's confusing.
Your domain URL, website name, page titles, and so on, should all reflect the topic of the site.
This matters for two major reasons: (1) lack of clarity or focus makes the search engine's job more difficult to define and categorize your website and (2) it's confusing for the visitor.
4. Your sidebar is jam-packed
It’s not wise to distract or confuse your visitor by having too many sidebar tidbits or ads. Again, keep it simple. Keep only essential sidebar content. Eliminate ads.
You might also consider getting a one-column theme – it has no sidebars. Heavy-hitter marketing sites are now using this type of theme.
5. Your color design has a dark background.
The best color scheme for your website is a light background with dark text. It's much easier to read, which makes it more reader friendly.
Use these five tips to make your website landing page reader and search engine optimized.
Karen has published 12 writing and marketing eBooks, the most recent, Article Marketing: Increase Website Traffic with Properly Formatted and Search Engine Optimized Content.
In addition to this, Karen’s website, Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing, was named Writer’s Digest Website of the Week, June 25, 2012.
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