Most people think they need massive amounts of traffic to their website or landing pages to generate a significant amount of revenue online.

But the single most important aspect of significantly growing a business using the internet is optimizing your website for maximum conversions. When you can do a better job converting traffic, you can make the same amount of revenue with less of it and also you can afford to pay more for it.

People like me who understand this know this is key to being able to successfully buy traffic rather than being so dependent on Google and the other search engines for free, organic traffic.

Conversions optimization is one of the most under rated components of running a successful website that generates leads and revenue. The companies that are making the most money online are that ones that are obsessive about their conversion rates and are constantly trying to improve them.

So without further adieu, I’ve compiled a list of 8 ways to help you on your journey to improving your website or landing page conversion rate.

#1 Do you have strong elements of social proof such as testimonials and reviews?

If you have people who love your stuff, make sure to show that off. Social proof is one of the most powerful selling tools in the history of advertising.

One of the things we’ve been able to do to successfully improve conversion rates for local business clients is to place their Google Places, Yelp, etc. reviews right on their website or landing page.

We’ve found many times people search for reviews about your business anway. Plus with local, Google is making reviews a huge part of their search results which is one of the main reasons reputation management has exploded recently. Reviews matter and if yours are good, show them off and watch your conversions soar.

#2 Is the functionality on your landing page or website consistent with consumer behavior?

I use what’s called heat maps to determine this behavior. Heat maps show me what people are doing when they land on my sites or my clients’ sites.

When I see a consistent pattern, I can increase conversions by making the layout of the page consistent with the patterns I see and use that to guide visitors to the desired action I want.

#3 Do you have any credential boosters or trust factors from highly respected 3rd parties?

This can be credible sources like former clients that are well known in your market, Better Business Bureau, News Sources, well known clubs or organizations in your market, etc.

Doing this allows you to borrow their trust and credibility by association, which in turn boosts your revenue potential.

#4 Does your website or landing page tell a story?

Story telling is one of the most common traits of successful copywriters. If you can focus on a story that is relevant to your prospects to keep them engaged, typically they will stay on your site longer. I use this for my own projects and my client projects by making the story lead to why our solution is their best choice.

#5 Do your sub-headlines relate to your headline and tell a shorter story that still gets your message across?

In other words, will people who skim through your content get the message by reading the sub-headlines?

This is another method I use very successfully for all of our lead generation projects. We have proven data that shows when the majority of people land on your page from an ad, the first thing they do is stop at the headline and then either hit the back button or skim the content on the page if they decide to stay.

We have been able to significantly increase conversions by making the sub-headlines on the page tell them a shorter version of our story and why we are their solution.

#6 Are your benefits clear and concise?

This is one of the biggest mistakes I see my clients make on their websites and landing pages. They don’t do a good enough job of spelling out the benefits of their products and services.
The ones that do show off their benefits usually do a poor job of explaining them in order for their prospects to understand why they are important and what they will do for them if they decide to take action on the offer.

#7 Is there a strong call to action? If so, is it highly visible?

This is also one of the big mistakes I find. You definitely want your call to action to be very strong. What I mean by this is that whatever action you want people to take on your site should be very compelling and enticing.

The other mistake here is that many times I find clients don’t make their call to action stand out enough. Your call to action should be very visible so your prospects can be clear about what you want them to do on your page.

#8 Are there any distractions from the main call to action?

Never distract from your call to action because it will confuse your visitors. When people get confused, they leave your site and move on to the next thing on their to-do list. In my experience, this may be one of the easiest things you can do to optimize your site.

Here’s an example:

I was able to increase a client’s conversion rate by 18% simply by removing the distractions on their landing page that kept people from having a clear idea of their call to action. I didn’t do anything else on their page other than remove 2 paragraphs. This one little improvement saved that client about $8k per month in lost revenue.

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In my latest video, I discuss what I call “The Traffic Trifecta.”

The reason for doing this video is simple. I have advised too many people that do not understand that it takes more than just traffic to a website to make money.

Not only do you need to get traffic, but you also need a few other important ingredients if you really want to convert visitors to buyers.

Since I often find many people who do not understand these basic principles of making money online with their website, affiliate offers, etc., I figured this short video explanation could really help the people who also read this blog as well.

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In this video I talk about the Google Conversion Optimizer tool and how it works.

If you really want to optimize your ppc campaigns with Google Adwords, then you should learn how to use this tool.

It works great for me on my Adwords Display Network campaigns.

If you advertise on the display network, you can use this tool to increase your number of conversions and lower your cost per click. You can basically tell Google how much you are willing to pay per conversion or sale, and their system will automatically optimize your campaigns to get you conversions at or below what you believe your specific conversion is worth.

Check out the video below for more.