Once your web site is getting at least some traffic from organic search queries you can help increase conversions (inquiries, signups, purchases, phone calls etc) by investigating what happens once people reach your website from the search results.
You can use Google Analytics to choose what keywords to focus on and to check the entrance pages (landing pages) for issues hurting conversions.
Many website owners obsess over organic keyword rankings. Our clients often tell us, “We have to improve our rankings for “keyword X!”. However, focusing on rankings as the primarily goal of SEO will not likely deliver the results most site owners want which is to increase business from their websites.
In this example, we will use a client’s Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics to choose the best keywords to focus on first, those bringing searchers to the website who are converting into leads.
You wouldn’t think a major brand like JC Penny would allow itself to be lead astray by an SEO company, but it looks like that’s just what happened as reported by the NY Times. Links were placed on thousands of web sites using deceptive anchor text in an attempt to get JC Penny’s web pages to rank higher. And it worked very well as J.C. Penny had top rankings for hundreds of keywords during the holidays. However they are now penalized by Google. J.C. Penny just fired their SEO company.
You must test the actual ads or landing pages. Do not rely on the Ad Preview tool!
In this article we’ll demonstrate a problem that can be caused by Google’s Adwords Auto-tagging, which is turned on by default when you create an AdWords account. Auto-tagging can cause some landing pages to load incorrectly, often resulting a “Page Not Found” error, – Wasting many dollars in Adwords Click charges and missed business opportunities. We demonstrate the issue in a 4 minute video, show you how to test for problems, and suggest what to do if you have problems.
When you more or delete web pages that have been indexed in search engines you could loose valuable visitors to your site for weeks or months. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the impact on search results
Many web site owners have heard the term “analytics” and mistakenly believe that the site stats they have seen running on their website is analytics. They are unaware of how strong a tool site analytics is for online marketing and improving conversion rates.
In this article I’ll demonstrate the difference between site analytics and site reports and point out how analytics can help not only measure marketing results but help site owners increase business from their web sites.