#2 – A Well-Thought-Out Strategically-Placed Headline
When the homepage for AwesomeWeb was being designed, a headline was needed for a Home page. The Home page needed to be so distinctly structured that when a site visitor landed on the page, they instinctively understood what the site delivered, and know to use the prominently displayed search feature. Diagram 2 was the final output of a lot of brainstorming.
The headline is succinct, and the site search feature beautiful in its simplicity.
Once the headline copy was fixed, the first line was coloured red because it’s the first colour you see AND Awesomeweb wanted people to start at the headline.
The next challenge was positioning the headline and tying it to the Call To Action. To direct site visitors to the CTA, an arrow was added from the headline to the search box as shown in diagram 2.
Every webpage needs a beautifully succinct headline that explains the what & why. The webpage headline should be laid as the very first thing seen, that leads into its Call To Action.
#3 – An Eye-popping Call To Action
All digital marketers should ensure eye-popping calls to action. Whatever the purpose of the current web page is, it’s Call To Action must be more obvious than any other feature or design element on the page. An example of this would be buttons that tell users what actions they need to take.
The Call To Action used by Popup Domination is both eye popping and awesomely lucid in its simplicity. How to I know. Hey I purchased Popup Domination myself.
Some examples of CTA displayable on a button:
Sign Up Now
Get Instant Access
Download the PDF
Register for the Webinar
Show me the Video
Great examples of landing pages that have obvious calls to action are:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ as shown in diagram 4
All three of these sites make sure that the site visitor clearly notice the 1 thing they want them to. Far too many digital marketers forget this simple tactic. This can crush your conversion rate.
#4 – The Email Capture Form
It’s true that 95% of the site visitors will never do business with you in any capacity.
Hence, capturing email Ids while prospects are on your website increases your chances to successfully tap into and do business with the 5% who are willing and able to do business with you.
There’s a possibility that you could increase the % of leads who actually do business with you engaging with them via your value packed newsletters.
Adding a simple name and email Id pop-up or slide out capture form to your website will without a doubt double or triple your effectiveness at capturing leads with minimal effort. Be sure to make an offer on the pop-up or slide out that that site visitor will find irresistible, that is what really attracts the type of people you want to do business with.
For example, if you’re website creator and want to attract entrepreneurs needing a website created write a beautifully laid out and formatted report entitled “7 Costly Mistakes Every Website Owner Makes Which Reduces Their Income Dramatically” – making the opt-in offer this specific will help pre-qualify your leads even before you ever send them your first newsletter.
I recommend a two prong approach lead conversion approach.
#1 – Add an email capture form to the web page template sidebar for all pages
#2 – Use an exit popup with the same offer
Using software like Popup Domination as shown in diagram 5.
#5 – Threaded Comments And Comment Upvotes
Using a threaded commenting system on your site’s Blog posts and page is a subtle improvement, but it does help connect with your readers. Threaded comments really help follow how a conversation built over time, visually.
Always answer every (genuine) comment left on your site. Ask follow up questions to help sustain the engagement.
This helps in your comment count (i.e. a perceived value). It adds to your content and is indexed by Google and other search engines.
Subscribe to comments is also a big help, especially when you have a bustling website with a lot of engagement covering topics that are of real value to site visitors.
Comment Upvote is really helpful to mop up the input from those site visitors who skim through your Blog post content and its comments. These people, like the article, read the comments but do not really want to engage by leaving their own comment.
Somehow they seem to enjoy up voting or down voting comments made if they agree or disagree with the comment content. Using a comment Upvote plugin helps capture their engagement.
#6 – Improve Text Readability
Text styling is often one of the most over looked parts of web design. Regretfully, it’s also the most important. If a site visitor finds it difficult to read the content on your webpage how can you expect them to become paying customers?
Here’s some examples:
Text links used to be blue and underlined. This is how text links should look on a website.
Designers started changing how text links looked simply because they knew how to do this. Unfortunately the further you get away from the standard look and feel of a text link, the less site visitors will click your links. Which simply means less money earned via the website.
If you visit all the top websites today, the majority will use blue text links. Some may have shifted away from underlining the link. This could be because they are big brands and their site visitors people know their what their links look like.
Black text on a white background, it’s the most readable format. Now a day’s designers seem to be a bit biased towards using dark grey text on white background. This is often harder to read, especially by an older audience.
Paragraphs should be small. Maximum of three to four lines. It makes the paragraph more appealing to read. This is probably why I’ve written all this in a list format, it’s easier to consume.
Headlines should stand out. Site visitors skim blog posts, trying to find what they are looking for. Use the H1 to H7 HTML tags judiciously, to make your headlines and subhead line stand out from body text.
Sans Serif fonts are much easier to read than Serif fonts on display screens. Use a sharp Sans Serif font (Open Sans Serif from Google fonts being an example) with a font weight of 300.
#7 – Make Sure Your Site Has Great Usability
When you are creating your website, ask yourself WHO will be using it?
The navigation bar is a great place to start because this helps clarify how the content on your website’s can and will be accessed. Organize the navigation links in their order of importance going from left to right (or top to down).
Once you’ve got the site navigation sorted, turn your attention to the content of each page.
Font colors have an effect on the site visitor.
- Dark red and bright yellow cause people to take action
- Blues and greens help build trust
- Black font colour on white paper helps in great readability
If your site visitors experience difficulty reading a sentence, they’ll simply exit your site and head on over to your competitors.
Keeping sentences to 15 words max. Paragraphs to around 2 to 3 sentences top. This maximizes engagement and keeps your website readability around those of a 5th grader. Remember you’re writing for web users not university professors.
You can check your website / article readability by using this tool.