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The 17-Point Landing Page Optimization Checklist

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Since the beginning to the online sale, a landing page has always been referred to (in digital expert circles anyway) as a website page – or social network sub-page that’s specifically designed to accomplish ONE objective.

They’re used to capture leads from traffic.

Landing pages are also used to convert those leads into new customers…and if you’re semi-smart as a business owner, you’ll use them to drive the people who want to buy from you…

…to buy more of what they already like.

Landing Pages are fundamental to online conversions of any kind.

Each time you build one, go through this 16-point checklist to give your landing page the best chance to succeed.

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The 17-Point Landing Page Optimization Checklist

  1. 1. 17-Point Landing Page Optimization Checklist
  2. 2. Contents Title of the book2 3 4 5 8 11 14 18 19 Letter from the author First and foremost This is the title of the second chapter Fourth chapter is also fun Is it fifth chapter already? Sixth chapter Seventh chapter, right here! Eighth chapter for the end
  3. 3. 3Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 1 – Kill the Navigation The landing page should not distract the visitor with the ability to navigate away from the page.
  4. 4. 4Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 2 – Gives a Shout Out to a Specific Target You have realistically about 2-4 seconds to let the visitor know they came to the right place. Call them out – be it direct or indirect with familiar imagery or dialogue.
  5. 5. 5Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 3 – For the Body, Apply K.I.S. S…. S. When inbound lead generation is the objective, I’ve never seen a single landing page design using more than one single message and offering more than one single promise…
  6. 6. 6Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 4 – Create A Killer Headline You need a clear, concise, benefit-rich headline that grabs your reader’s attention and tells them they’ve come to the right place.
  7. 7. 7Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 5 – CTA = ATF Most of your visitors won’t scroll below the fold, so if you’re make a free offer, give them an easy to click, highly visible call to action without scrolling.
  8. 8. 8Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 6 – Action Colors & CTA Buttons with Contrast There’s a lot of debate about button colors, but one constant is that the button color should contrast (NOT blend in) with the surrounding design elements.
  9. 9. 9Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 7 – Specific CTA Button Messaging “Submit” is not good enough. Test button text that gives a specific command or speaks to the end result (i.e. “Free Instant Access”).
  10. 10. 10Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 8 – Leverage Social Proof “As seen on” logos, social media share buttons, testimonials, or referencing the number of downloads/ subscribers all let your visitors know they’re making a smart decision by opting-in.
  11. 11. 11Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 9 – Use Directionals and Visual Cues The landing page should incorporate arrows, boxes and other visual devices to draw the eye to the call-to- action area. Even a simple arrow pointing at the desired call-to-action can boost conversions… like it has for our friend at the newly launched UX AUDIT.
  12. 12. 12Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 10 – At Least ONE Hero Image Typically an image or graphical representation of the lead magnet will bump conversions, but not always. So start with it as a control, but make a note to test without it also.
  13. 13. 13Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 11 – Don’t Ask for More than you Need [Minimize form fields] Don’t ask for information you don’t need! If you only plan to followup via email, just ask for name and email, at most. (In fact, test dropping the name field, too, if you don’t plan to personalize your followup messages.)
  14. 14. 14Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 12 – Source Messaging to Landing Page Match The text and imagery on the landing page should match (almost exactly) the ad copy and imagery that was in the creative that brought the visitor to the landing page from a traction channel.
  15. 15. 15Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 13 – Be Social While landing pages don’t typically go viral, some of your more altruistic visitors will click Facebook and Twitter share buttons, so make it easy and obvious for them to do it.
  16. 16. 16Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 14 – Be Consistent with the Brand You don’t have to stick your logo on every landing page, but the overall look and feel should be consistent with your core brand.
  17. 17. 17Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 15 – Privacy & Terms Not only are privacy policies and terms of service required to advertise on some sites (including Google), they’re also good for conversions.
  18. 18. 18Landing Page Optimiization Guide Step 16 – DYNAMIC CONTENT! If you have an inbound marketing software or tool similar to Hubspot (if not, you can try it FREE for 30 days here)… dynamic content not only enables you to reduce form size dramatically for repeat visitors and customers – but it also can use tracking to change up the messaging based on the user’s past behavior!

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