The Landing Page
EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE
“SECRET INGREDIENT” INTERNET MARKETERS
USE TO MAKE MILLIONS!
By Tyson Quick | InstaPage CEO
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Who’s Landing Where:
What’s a Landing Page?
Type the term “landing page” into Google and you’ll be bombarded with an
overwhelming 141,000,000 search results. With so many references online, it’s
likely you’ve heard this term before. But how much do you really know about this
Ok, so calling it a “magical creature” may be a bit of a stretch, but I’d say it’s a
ﬁtting title for something so simple, yet powerful enough to have helped Internet
marketers make billions over the past few years. Don’t believe me? Stop by
Clickbank.com where they claim to have already paid out over $2 Billion Dollars
to their community of “landing page obsessed” Internet Marketers.
Simply put, a landing page is a standalone website or page on your website
where trafﬁc is sent speciﬁcally to prompt one certain action or result.
Visualize a golf course... a landing page is the putting green that you drive the
ball (potential customer) to. Once on the green, the only goal is to get the ball into
the hole. Likewise, the goal of the content and design of a landing page is to get
the potential customer to take your desired action.
I Already Have a Website, What’s
So you’ve taken the time to get a website put together that you’re proud of, now
you’re probably wondering if you really need to spend valuable time building a
landing page. To make this decision a lot easier, simply ask yourself if you’d like
to make more money online? If the answer is yes, then YES, you absolutely need
to set aside time to put together a landing page. If no, then you aren’t human and
should pat yourself on the back for acquiring the ability to read.
Your goal is to close the deal, make a sale, or acquire an email address- not con-
vince somebody to click on that cute twitter logo. Your online advertisements (or
your afﬁliates) can bring an interested web surfer your way, but if your landing
page isn’t good enough to turn those visitors into customers, then you’re literally
wasting money, time, and credibility. A convincing landing page with a single call
to action is by far your number one asset as an Internet Marketer.
Now that I have your attention, the ﬁrst thing you’ll need to decide is what type
of landing page is right for your business.
Landing Page Face Off: Squeeze
There seems to be a never ending debate going on in the Internet marketing world
about how to make money online, using a Squeeze (Lead-Gen) Page versus a Sales
The main difference being, a squeeze page typically gives just enough informa-
tion and normally some kind of give away to entice readers to opt-in to your email
list. The visitor does not see any kind of sales pitch unless they ﬁrst provide you
with their contact information. Using a sales page, the visitor sees exactly what
you’re offering, but you do not capture their information unless they make a pur-
chase ( you make a sale, but are not building an email list ).
Standard Squeeze Page Layout:
The worlds most successful squeeze page now has more then then a TRIL-
LION conversions, and chances are you’re one of them!
Yes, I’m talking about Facebook. As you can tell by looking at the image below,
the Facebook homepage includes all three fundamental elements that make up a
standard Squeeze Page.
A lot of Internet marketers choose squeeze pages simply because - More Leads
Means More Money ( MLMMM ). I just made that acronym up!
Sure, having that initial sale is great, but having a list of people that you can
market to over and over again can be even better.
A well made squeeze page that also offers an incentive (free ebook, sweepstakes,
coupon, etc.) will easily acquire new email subscribers. This Lead-Gen focused
landing page might have a funny name, but its ability to make you money is noth-
ing to laugh at.
Consider this, if you had an email auto-responder series that sent an email a
day over the course of a year, that’s 365 opportunities to get your message (sales
pitch) out to people. This is just the basic principle of follow up. The more you
follow up with your email subscribers, the higher percentage of responsiveness of
your list you’ll see.
Obviously you don’t have to write 365 emails to make this work. You can start
out with, say eight or ten, and then commit to writing one new email a day. If you
don’t get them all written, but you even get half of them done, that is still 182
emails that will go out. Not a bad number, and considering it’s on autopilot, it’s a
Another great thing about this is you’re training your list to receive emails from
you on a frequent basis. If you make sure that each email that you send out di-
rects your reader to valuable information, either free or paid, you will increase the
probability that they will open future emails from you.. AND.. you will increase
Standard Sales Page Layout:
This type of Landing Page has been around almost as long as the internet it-
self. A sales page can be extremely effective if you know what your doing.
Busy people frequently scan through a sales page that has captured their atten-
tion. They want to gather the essence of the content and offer so they can make a
quick decision; "Is this interesting enough to read through or shall I just dump it?"
If your offer is strong and very relevant, they may read the entire page. People
who are interested in your offer and prefer details, just might read every single
word of your letter, provided of course it’s not boring.
Other people though who are not so “detail orientated”, read as much as they
need to understand what is being offered, how it beneﬁts them, what it does for
them, and what it costs.
They may not read every single word after they've gathered the relevant detail -
and this is where your sales page “sub-headlines” help, because they draw the
reader into the important sections they also need to be aware of.
Either way, to be successful your sales page has to satisfy both types of readers.
Follow the above outline and then “ﬂesh it out” with more details, beneﬁts, exam-
ples, testimonials, fact, and multiple call-to-actions.
Attention please! The Infamous
Call to Action
Let’s face it, most people like to be told what to do. A clear Call to Action (CTA)
is what makes a good landing page GREAT and more importantly it will make
you more money! The psychology behind this concept has been studied for years,
proving the importance of the infamous CTA.
Nearly ﬁfty years ago, the social psychologist Howard Leventhal conducted ex-
periments with a goal to convince Yale University students to get a tetanus shot.
Leventhal initially separated the seniors into multiple groups, and gave each
group different versions of a seven-page booklet on the disease and its effects.
According to Malcom Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point, there was a
“high-fear” version of the booklet, with dramatic descriptions and photographs of
the disease, and a “low-fear” version with toned down descriptions and no pic-
A few months later, Leventhral
redid the experiment, with one
change: this time he included a map
of the campus, with the university
health center building circled and
the times the tetanus shots were
available clearly listed. This is his
Call to Action.
The change, by itself, increased
the vaccination rate from 3% to 28%. Nine times as many students got the shot
when they were told where and when to do so.
“…Of the 28% who got inoculated, an equal number were from the high-fear and
low-fear group. Whatever extra persuasive muscle was found in the high-fear book
was clearly irrelevant…the call to action is what really made the difference”
“The students needed to know how to ﬁt the tetanus stuff into their lives; the addition
of the map and the times when the shots were available shifted the booklet from an
abstract lesson in medical risk… to a practical and personal piece of medical advice
that encouraged them to take action. And once the advice became practical and
personal, it became memorable.”
Like Leventhal, your goal when you advertise is to persuade your potential cus-
tomers to do something.
Your chances of success will increase greatly when you make your message
practical, personal, and memorable by telling them exactly what to do, and how to
do it through a clear Call to Action.
Now it’s time to get your hands dirty building your own Landing Page. We’ve
included a thorough list of principles you should follow while making your master-
piece in Chapter 2.
The Fun Part: How to
Make a Landing Page
Lucky for you, you’re not the ﬁrst person to build a landing page. Over time and
through trial and error, online marketers have discovered what works and what
They continue to reﬁne the art of building great web content that converts poten-
tial trafﬁc into solid customers. Their successes come from the result of imple-
menting these fundamental steps. Applying them should be your top priority, as
they’ll greatly enhance the initial and ongoing success of your landing pages.
Following the Basics
What is Your Goal? Before you even start thinking about building a landing
page, you need to ask yourself one thing, “What is my goal?”
Your goal should be the prevailing factor in every decision you make regarding
your landing pages. It’s your purpose for creating the landing page in the ﬁrst
place. Whether it be to generate email leads or to make a sale, continue to make
your reason for visitors to be there as prevalent, clear, and obvious as possible. Re-
member, you’re on the green, just putt the ball into the hole.
Before publishing your landing page it’s also important to get some unbiased
feedback. Have someone you know (who is uninvolved with the project) look over
your design and ask them what they think the purpose of your landing page is.
Then, use the 5-second rule to determine if it’s doing its job. If your friend can
pinpoint your ﬁnal goal within ﬁve seconds of looking at your page, then you’re
good to go.
1. Clear Call to Action
What do you want your visitors to do? How are you going to get your visitors
to do it? If you want them to ﬁll out a form, ask them to ﬁll out the form.
Simple and clear directions go a long way. Help your visitors know exactly
what their next step should be. Don’t make them guess.
Your call to action needs to be your focal point, regardless of the design of
your page. Take a step back every once in a while and look to see what your eye is
drawn to. If it isn’t your call to action, then you have some reﬁning to do.
2. Know Your Audience
This is one of the most important aspects of marketing. If you don’t know
who you’re selling to, how do you put yourself in their shoes? How do you know
know what they’re looking for, or what questions or fears they might have? Being
able to think in the perspective of your visitors is crucial. It will allow you relate to
them and preemptively address their concerns in your landing page copy.
3. Know Your Competition
Whether you want to admit it or not, the reality is that you’ve got competition
in almost every niche market. Do your research and know who they are and what
they’re doing. Check out some of their landing pages to get a better feel of what
you’re up against and to gather potential design ideas for your own pages.
This will help tremendously as you develop your game plan and give you a bet-
ter insight into what your visitors are expecting. Be original, but don’t be afraid to
implement and use your competitor’s strengths to your advantage.
4. Direct Hit (Message Matching)
A lot of marketers give their visitors the beneﬁt of the doubt and believe that
they are willing to take the time to navigate an entire website. That they’ll land on
a home page, read about a product/service, and either sign up or make a purchase
without a hitch. This rarely works.
It may sound repetitious, but the more steps you add to the equation, the less
likely you are to get the conversion. Don’t complicate the process.
For example, if you perform a search for a new way to watch movies, let’s say,
“stream movies online,” you are hit with 212,000,000 results. That’s a lot of en-
tertainment options. How do you decide which service to try? You scan them
looking for A.) the one with the most simple directions and the least number of
steps and B.) something that you can try right away, without breaking the bank.
The same theory applies here. A.) give your visitors as few simple steps to fol-
low, and B.) make your content relevant to what they are looking for. The best
thing that you can do to help potential customers is to serve them exactly what
they were looking for.
Your landing page headline and message should match exactly with the crea-
tive you used to get them to your page. (I.E. “Stream Movies Online” is the title/
link to your simple signup for movie streaming) This helps visitors know that they
are in the right place.
Whether it be a visitor who ﬁnds you through an AdWords link or banner ad, a
single, targeted landing page that matches the message of your ad is a welcome
sight and a crucial step to any successful conversion.
5. Keeping it Clear & Simple
A clear and obvious message is your most powerful converting tool. This is
how landing pages can be so effective. You have one message, one page, and one
goal. Your visitors should only have to decide between one of two choices, to
leave or continue.
6. Congruence: Keeping Your Message Consistent
Congruence refers to keeping everything on your landing page consistent with
your primary goal and message. Constantly evaluate what you put on your page
to ensure that everything is in sync with what you’re trying to accomplish. If it
doesn’t make sense or doesn’t help your achieve your goal, it’s not worth putting
7. Sell With Beneﬁts
This step seems to give marketers the most trouble. By simply explaining what
a product is, or what it does, people will be chomping at the bit to buy it, right?
Wrong. Customers want to know how they are going to “beneﬁt” from giving you
their money, time, or email address.
Beneﬁts are about the buyer. They’re the “What’s in it for me?”, or “How is it
going to make my life better?” aspects of whatever you’re trying to sell. Think
about how important beneﬁts are to you when considering a job, an insurance
change, etc. They are THE REASON you make the decisions you do. They are
also going to be the motivation for your consumers. Don’t cut the importance of
Even if you have the most amazing product, the coolest designs or the catchiest
ad copy, no one is going to buy it until they know that it will save them money or
make their lives easier in some way.
8. Write in the Second Person: “You” & “Your”
The people that see your landing pages aren’t going to care as much about you
or your company as they are about how your product is going to beneﬁt them. If
they wanted to research who you are, they would have searched for your “about
Keep your writing style in second person. It helps your reader be engaged in
the conversation and helps them personalize your message.
9. Beginnings and Endings are Important!
Remember back in high school when you had to give an oral report in class.
Who always went ﬁrst?
The popular kids that weren’t afraid of speaking in public and the smart kids
wanting to make a good impression on the teacher. They usually had some over-
the-top presentation with a cool topic and great visual aid. Memorable. The class
clown (who wasn’t really prepared, but was funny enough to wrangle at least a B
grade on the project) ended things off. Also, memorable.
The 40 minutes in between was left to the shy kids that didn’t want to be no-
ticed by anyone. How many of those presentations do you remember, even
through the end of the school day?
The same principles apply to writing good ad copy. The fact is that your
headers/intros and conclusions have the greatest impact. What do you really
want your readers to take with them, what facts are crucial that they remember?
Make sure to keep your most important and persuasive arguments in these posi-
10. Keep Your Paragraphs Short
No more then 1 - 2 lines at ﬁrst! People are bombarded with massive amounts
of information everyday, most of which they never read. Your job is to make your
ﬁrst 1-2 lines of copy so interesting and captivating they will want to keep reading.
Be creative, ask questions, give statistics, and relate to them personally.
Your paragraphs should also be short. No more than 4-5 lines long. This will
make your content easier to read and introduce some visual dissonance between
blocks of text. White space and graphics are much less overwhelming than a page
full of words.
11. Keep Your Landing Page Skimmable
Using a powerful master headline and sub headings can help visitors skim the
most important topics and quickly get a better understanding of what your land-
ing page is all about. These need to follow the topic ﬂow of your page and drive
your message home.
12. Remove Choices
To some, this might sound counterproductive. By limiting the ability of the
user to navigate to other sections of your site, are you hurting your chances to
make a sale? Rest assured, this is not the case. You’re landing pages work differ-
ently than your web site and have completely different trafﬁc sources.
If people have multiple options they will be less likely to choose to click on your
CTA button or ﬁll out your form. All you’re doing is adding unnecessary distrac-
tions to the equation. Keeping your message as clear and as simple as possible is
your ticket to more conversions.
13. Be Positive, Not Negative
Also known as using “up-words”. Basically, writing about what something is
rather than what it isn’t to help your reader visualize the beneﬁts as purely positive
without them being tied to negative words like “fail,” or “expensive.”
- Instead of saying “fail,” or “failure,” use “success”
- Instead of saying “inexpensive,” use “economical”
A good thesaurus can help you ﬁnd your “up-words” and help you stay in a
positive writing style.
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If You Build it (right), They will
After putting the basics into practice there are some additional design steps you
should follow if you want to take your landing pages to the next level. How and
where your message and call to action are displayed can be the deciding factors of
victory or defeat.
1. Don’t be loud
Having a brightly-colored landing page with ﬂashy colors and big buttons will
guarantee you nothing. They only act as a distraction, and distractions kill conver-
(Two Graphics, a simple, productive landing page vs. a loud, overdone landing
page, explain “less is more”...)
Remove every aspect of your landing page that could potentially inhibit its abil-
ity to convert. Images are good only when they directly support your conversion
goal and are the best alternative of displaying your message.
Remember, if a visitor is on your page, you’ve already got their attention. Now
you need to focus on the sell.
2. Short & Sweet: Minimize Text
If you can say the same thing in one sentence as you can in one paragraph, do
it. Remember, quality over quantity. The strength in your landing page lies in its
simplistic and focused message. If you bury the important stuff in a bunch of
other content (whether it be well-written, or not) you’re diluting your message and
the effectiveness of your landing page.
Always use your best judgement. In some circumstances, longer, more descrip-
tive, landing pages may work to your beneﬁt, as visitors may need the extra infor-
mation to make a decision. However, The main point still holds true in this argu-
ment. Don’t use text just to ﬁll space.
3. Above or Below the Fold?
“The fold” is the bottom of the screen for the average browser resolution. Any-
thing “above the fold” would be anywhere a visitor sees without having to scroll
Your visitors are going to treat your landing page like a newspaper article, skim-
ming the headline/sub-headings, graphics, and maybe your ﬁrst paragraph. Good
copywriting practice suggests putting your most important content and call to ac-
tion in the area that will be seen ﬁrst.
Traditionally, a good landing page requires very little from its visitors, except
for the simple decision of whether to click or bounce. By placing key elements be-
low the fold you are inherently creating more work for people, and potentially hurt-
ing your chances for conversions.
Longer landing pages have a slightly different method for presenting your mes-
sage, but, if done right, can be just as powerful.
If you’re interested in experimenting with non-traditional content placement,
read Paddy Donnelly’s article “Life Below 600px”. In it he gives some really great
insight as to the concept of “the fold” and why you shouldn’t be afraid of using
longer landing pages.
4. A Single Column Layout
There is good reasoning behind this. Take a look at a traditional 3-column
web page. Your eye wanders from each column in a top-to-bottom, left-to-right
pattern. The content in each column may all be related, even the same informa-
tion, but your mind automatically separates the three columns. Compiling them
all into one column uniﬁes the page and helps your visitors focus on the core mes-
It also gives you more control over the ﬂow of your content and how visitors
view your page.
5. Professional Grade
When it comes to landing pages, image is everything. This is the ﬁrst impres-
sion your visitors are going to get about you. You want to look good, don’t you?
The more professional, clean and organized your page is, the more likely people
are going to believe your message.
6. Video Media
Video is one of the most, if not the most, persuasive forms of communication.
It allows you to capture the attention of your visitors and retain their attention
longer, resulting in higher conversion rates. You should try to utilize video on
your landing page whenever possible.
Experiments done by EyeView, a digital media consulting ﬁrm, showed that
conversion rates increased by over 80% in some cases simply by adding video con-
tent supporting the call the action of the landing page.
Your video needs to be well thought out, look professional and match the qual-
ity of the rest of your landing page. If you don’t have the technical skills to create
high quality video, don’t worry. You have options.
Professionally made videos are great and can really boost your brand and im-
age if you can afford them, they can be a bit costly.
Another alternative is to use a service like SnagIt to create promotional or tuto-
rial screencasts of your online product or service.
Once you’ve got your video content made, don’t forget to upload it to YouTube
and get some extra credit for all the work you put into them.
7. Kill the Navigation Bar
A navigation bar only adds to the distractions of a landing page. It offers po-
tential “outs” that are not directly related to your call to action. Once you’ve lost a
visitor, (even to a different page on your site), you’ve lost the conversion.
If it’s not needed in the conversion process, leave it out.
8. Forms & How to use Them
If your primary call to action is lead generation, then you’ll need to use a form
to capture your visitor’s information. If not, don’t use them. Forms can scare peo-
Although it would be nice to get an email for every person that clicks on your
CTA button, if it isn’t critically important to your conversion process, you
shouldn’t ask for it. People are the most leery about giving out their personal infor-
mation, and rightly so.
Some marketers simply link their landing page to web forms found on their
website. This is just creating more work for your visitor, and an unnecessary step
for them in giving you their information. It’s best to embed your landing page
with the actual form. That way the conversion is made on the landing page.
It’s extremely important to be as upfront and transparent as possible with your
prospective leads in telling them what they can expect after they’ve ﬁlled out your
What will happen next?
What are the beneﬁts of signing up?
Why you need their information, How you intend to use it?
Will you sell/share their information?
Will they be able to Opt-out?
Remember, being honest and open is one of the most important keys to using
If you have the resources, there are certain aspects of your form that your can
tweak to help streamline the process and guide your visitor along the way.
9. Visually Point Your Visitors in the Right Direction
Consider the ﬂow of your message, where you want each text block and CTA
to be placed, and how much of your landing page will be seen above the fold.
Wire-framing the layout of your page can help keep your design focused on the
Doing this step will help to answer some of the major questions down the road
and give you clear image of how you’re going to point your visitor in the right di-
10. Have Multiple Targeted Landing Pages
Fact; targeted landing pages convert. The more targeted and speciﬁc your con-
tent is to the exact search and mindset of your visitor, the more likely they are to
read your message and act on your call to action. You probably have more than
one keyword that you’re targeting for your landing pages. The simple solution is
to have multiple, very targeted landing pages unique to each keyword. Each
might differ only slightly with variations of the same content, just organized differ-
ently or they might have a completely different design and feel.
The point is that having more than one landing page for your campaigns frees
you to customize each one to the type of visitor that’s going to see it.
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Trust and Security: Getting Your
Visitors to Like You
For most of your visitors, your landing page will be their ﬁrst impression of you
and your product/service. Your highest priority should be to build that initial trust
so they don’t bounce before they read what you have to say.
1. Reduce Anxiety
The biggest issue people have with landing pages is that they see them as scams
just trying to farm their email address and throw a bunch of pop-ups in their face.
Sadly true, there are some pages out there that give the rest of them a bad name.
All of us, at some point in our lives have come across one of the “bad ones”, and
for some reason or another, it left a nasty taste in our mouth.
On the ﬂip side, there are millions of legitimate landing pages on the web that
are run by professional marketers who have done their research, haeve a great deal
(for their visitors and for themselves), and wish to promote it.
You job is to prove to your visitors that they have nothing to fear. The follow-
ing points will help to identify the best ways to build trust with your prospective
customers and give them a great landing page experience.
2. Co-Branding & Endorsements
These are great, if you can get them, or have them already. They help to build
credibility by showing some other names in your industry that your visitors might
be more familiar with. Don’t use fake endorsements though, they could get you in
3. Show Your Contact Email & Phone Number
This may sound like a simple step, and yes it is. But, it means a lot to your visi-
tors. It dispels their fear of not being able to contact anybody if they have an issue
The second part to this step is to be available. Answer the phone, or respond
to voice mails and emails, when your visitors do try and contact you.
As with all important information on your landing page, your phone number
should be accessible and visible in an obvious place above the fold. (It doesn’t do
anything unless your visitors can see it.)
4. Add Testimonials from “Real” Happy Customers
People will trust other people before they will trust a business. That’s why word
of mouth advertising is so effective. Satisﬁed customers pass their trust in you and
faith in your product/service to others. You can leverage this idea on your landing
page simply by adding testimonials or success stories from your customers.
You might be tempted to just make up some testimonials from your user perso-
nas that make you look good and inﬂate your image. However, you don’t want to
look unauthentic. The best thing you can do is to use real feedback from real cus-
5. Add Reviews from the Media
Just like an endorsement, reviews from the media can give your page a real
boost in the trust arena. People look to the media as a source of important infor-
mation. If a news site takes the time to research and write a review on your
product/service, it shows potential customers that your are legit and that they can
6. Brand Consistency
This goes along with a previous point about matching your landing page to
your creatives. As people go from banner to landing page to website, they should
never have to wonder if they are in the right place.
Your brand, design, typography, color palette, and core message should be eas-
ily recognizable in each step of the process. Continue to repeat this theme
throughout your conversion funnel to minimize bounce rates and increase user
conﬁdence that they are on the right page.
7. Be Upfront & Honest
This is pretty self-explanatory, but extremely important. Tell them upfront ex-
actly what they can expect to receive and where they’ll be taken after they’ve
signed up or clicked your CTA button. If there’s a fee involved, let them know be-
forehand, don’t hide the “ﬁne print”. That way, they won’t be surprised at the end
and bounce. Honesty is the best policy, so stick with it.
8. Make Believable & Keep Your Promises
This step is tied directly with the previous one. As you write your ad copy, be
careful not to exaggerate the facts and inﬂate your image. People know when
you’re lying, or when it’s beyond believable. If you promise them millions in the
ﬁrst few months, then you better deliver.
9. Add a Guarantee
Your visitors are still going to be somewhat skeptical.
(Good ‘ol “Buyer Beware”) They fear that things might
not be exactly you promised. They need a “safety net” to
fall back on, something to mitigate the risk of giving you
their information or purchasing the product.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to include a guarantee on your landing
page, proving to customers that they have absolutely nothing to worry about.
SEO: Getting Google to Like You
Unless Google (and the other search engines) are on your side, you won’t have
many visitors or conversions to your long term campaigns. That’s why SEO is
such a critical part aspect of any online marketing project. Getting search engines
to recognize your landing pages as informative and relevant sources of content
may sound a bit overwhelming, but chin up, it’s a bit easier to do for landing pages
than it is for entire websites. Google wants highly relevant and targeted content,
which is exactly what your landing page should be.
1. Text Headlines
Yep, you’ve heard it before, and you’re going to hear it again. Headlines are
the most critical element of your landing page, (next to your CTA). They capture
the attention of both people and search engines and announce to them what your
page is about.
Place your ﬁrst headline in an H1 tag, <h1>, with all sub headings as H2, H3,
etc. This will give your page an extra boost of SEO power for the keywords found
in your headline.
2. Think Like a Searcher
As you continue to research new keyword possibilities and trends, always be
thinking about ways you can adjust and reﬁne your campaigns.
3. Clean, Optimized HTML
By default, external landing pages follow Google’s desired HTML format more
closely and are actually preferred over full websites because they are not affected
by the overlying structure or functionality requirements.
Pay close attention to SEO-speciﬁc HTML tags like, the Title and H1 header
(see above), as well as, the Alt attribute for links and images. Always remember to
follow W3C standards.
4. Keywords & Content
How often do you use your target keywords in your ad copy? You should in-
clude them at least once or twice within the ﬁrst 100 words of your message, and
should be placed above any images, ﬂash content, forms, etc. Any keywords found
in your headers should also be found in the paragraphs to follow.
Your keywords should be your core focus. By optimizing your AdWords text
and landing page copy you’ll also be cutting PPC costs. The more closely they
match up, the higher your relevancy score gets, the cheaper it is to attain your de-
sired ad ranking.
5. Everything Else...
Although you may be just starting out experimenting with landing pages,
chances are you’ve already spent a good deal of time reﬁning the SEO or PPC of
your website or blog. If that’s the case, you actually know a lot more than you
think about optimizing your landing pages. A website is actually an organized col-
lection of landing pages with a broader focus. Follow the same steps and use what
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Warning! What Not to Do
We’ve covered many of the steps you need to be taking in order to fully optimize
your landing pages and make them worth the time you spent into their design.
There are, however, a number of things that you should avoid at all costs. By do-
ing them you not only hurt your chances of ever making a conversion, you also
make yourself look like a desperate car sales man. These DO NOT beneﬁt you in
the slightest and will only tarnish your image, so don’t do them.
1. Don’t Go Overboard With Text
Too much text can be intimidating and will quickly discourage people from
reading any part of your page. Focus on the core message, the main points and
only the stuff that a person might need in order to make a decision. If they want
more information, they’ll google you and ﬁnd it.
2. Don’t Use Popups
Bad landing pages are notorious for popups. We’ve all seen them. You start
reading a page and 10 seconds into it a window pops onto your screen, abruptly
interrupting you to promote free shipping in exchange for signing up for their
newsletter. How the crap are you even supposed to know if you want to buy yet,
you haven’t even ﬁnished reading the ﬁrst text block.
Or, better yet, the browser message asking, “Are you sure you want to leave this
page?” after attempting to close the tab or window. (/facepalm) I wouldn’t have
clicked close if I didn’t want to leave. And no, free expedited shipping isn’t going
to change my mind.
Even Google hates popups. Quoting from the AdWords Editorial Guidelines,
"We do not allow links to landing pages that generate pop-ups when users enter or
leave your landing page.” This includes any new window opened by some event
on the parent landing page.
Best advice. Don’t use popups, or popunders.
3. Don’t Oversell Yourself
Using bloated adjectives like: Amazing!
Awesome! Kick-Ass!!! Generally speaking, us-
ing exaggerated and emotive adjectives are just
going to be annoying to your visitors. You
might think that your product is “Awesome!”
and want to include that in your copy, but the
real proof of “awesome-ness” comes from the
beneﬁts your product/service brings to users.
So, focus on those instead.
4. Don’t Hide the Option to Opt-Out
If the goal of your page is to generate leads, and you offer a newsletter or some
kind of subscription service, let your visitors know that they have the option to
opt-out if they want.
5. Automatic Sound is an Automatic Fail
Those people that ﬁnd your landing page at work with their speakers turned up
are going to hate you. There’s no quicker way to get people to click the “back”
button or close the window completely in a panic to turn the sound off. If your
page relies on sound or if it’s part of your video content, let your visitor be in con-
trol of when it plays.
Practice Makes Perfect:
Testing What Works
You’ve probably heard this before, but testing is one of the most important things
you can do to ensure success and improve the performance of your landing pages.
You can know exactly what your audience wants, and follow every proven practice
and tutorial out there, but chances are, your landing page is still going to have deﬁ-
ciencies. It’s your job to ﬂush them out.
Testing allows you to ﬁnd out what’s not working and ﬁx it. Setting up a report-
ing and analytics system is not that complicated, but is deﬁnitely worth the effort.
Reporting, Metrics, & Analytics are
1. Assume Nothing. Test Everything
You might have a pretty good idea of what your visitors want in a landing
page, but it’s fool-hearted to think that you will get it 100% right the ﬁrst time. As-
suming that your page design is exempt from testing is a dangerous and costly mis-
take. Who knows, the smallest changes could mean the difference of a hundred
Test everything, and we mean everything. Making your CTA more conspicu-
ous could be a simple color change or increasing the size of your buttons by 50%.
Even switching to different images and graphics can help boost your conversion
rate. This is where testing comes in. You won’t know until you start experiment-
ing and trying different variations of your landing page.
2. Use Analytics
In order to test, you need analytics. This will show you which of your landing
pages convert more, and which ones need help. Some of the more commonly
used web analytics programs are Google Analytics and Omniture. Google Analyt-
ics is probably the one most people will use, mainly because it’s free and more ac-
cessible to individual marketers.
Google Analytics is simple and quick to setup. It only requires a small tracking
code that you can copy/paste onto your landing page. Once implemented, you’ll
be able to get a better understanding of visitor behavior and how long they’re stay-
ing to read your message. You can also setup conversion funnels to see how well
your landing page is working.
3. Understanding Basic Metrics
Your KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are the speciﬁc metrics or events
that show you how well your page is doing its job. Some of the more commonly
followed KPI’s include:
- Conversion Rate: How many visitors actually did what you wanted them to.
- Time On Site: The average amount of time people spend on your site.
- Bounce Rate: How many visitors left your page without fulﬁlling your CTA.
Landing page analytics is a whole lot simpler than website analytics. It’s much
more black and white, because there really should only be two choices your visi-
tors have to make; the call to action, or bounce.
4. Granular Analytics
The deeper you can dig into your analytics, the better. It allows you to make
connections with the countless variables that affect the ability of your landing page
to convert. Knowing that conversions on your vacation package sales page spike
during November and February (winter and spring break), you can increase your
marketing campaigns and capitalize on the season rush.
5. Multivariate Testing
Once you know what elements of your page to focus on you can start testing.
Multivariate testing is basically testing multiple variants of your page at the same
time. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Altering the position, color or image of your CTA
button, the surrounding text, and your master header all at once in an attempt to
increase conversions. Multivariate testing is most helpful with pages that get more
than ~1,000 weekly views.
6. A/B Split Tests
Another way to test is A/B, or split, testing. This is where you change only one
aspect at a time and run both variations of your page side by side to see which one
performs better. If variation A, with the large yellow button, converts 9.8% of
your visitors, and variation B, with the large purple button, converts only 9% of
your visitors, you can easily tell that the yellow button is the way to go. A/B tests
offer a clear cause and result that you can easily base your optimization decisions
7. Don’t End the Test too Soon
You can’t base your conclusion as to which variation is the better from the ﬁrst
two people that visit your landing page. You need to have a large enough sample
size to prove that one version consistently performs better than the other. This all
depends on the amount of trafﬁc you get, and the complexity of your test, but a
good estimate to follow is about 100 conversions per page tested.
8. Eye Tracking & Heat maps
Both of these tools offer valuable insight into how people follow your message
and how the layout of your landing page affects your conversion rate. If your
CTA isn’t getting very many clicks, it might be worth moving it closer to the areas
with the most trafﬁc.
9. Test Odd Pricing
Odd pricing uses prices that end in 9’s and 7’s, which tend to sell better. It
sounds kind of funny that people are more likely to make a purchase when it costs
$7.99 instead of $8.00. But, this phenomenon has been proven over and over
again and is used everywhere. It’s deﬁnitely worth testing on your own sales pages.
Optimization: Saving the Best for
If your visitors aren’t doing what you want them to, ie. your CTA, then it’s past
time you changed a few things to your landing page. Testing lets you know what’s
wrong, but optimization is what increases your conversions.
1. Remove Clutter
As you continue to reﬁne and test different variations of your landing pages,
don’t be afraid to just throw out some things. You’ll be glad you did.
Even if it’s directly supporting your call to action, content can still be consid-
ered clutter if there’s just way too much of it. You might be tempted to replace
that content with something else, but it’s better to just leave it. The whitespace
you create from removing the clutter actually increases the visual importance of
your key message and call to action.
2. Be Flexible
Although you might hate to admit it, sometimes your ﬁrst design isn’t going to
work as well as you’d hoped. Be ﬂexible so you can quickly respond to user feed-
back. Remember that your landing page should be centered around your visitor,
not yourself. Be open-minded about what they want.
3. Customer Feedback
All of the decisions you make involving the optimization of your pages should be
strictly centered on what your visitors want. What are they expecting? What
made them leave, or stay? What they were looking for?
Your visitors are your best sources for new ways to improve your page.
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