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Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

SEO Workshop Part 5: Design Tips for Development

June 21st, 2012

Welcome to the 5th installment of our SEO workshop series.  If you missed the first four posts, you can catch up by viewing them here:

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SEO Design and Development Best Practices

Everyone seems to be going crazy these days about ‘the secrets’ to optimizing their site for search engines.  The good news is, the only real secret is continued hard work and dedication.  The…

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Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

3x WhichTestWon Winner!

March 6th, 2012

If did not have the opprotunity to watch the  WhichTestWon.com award ceremony, you missed a fun and insightful Webinar.  If you did miss it, you should check out the winners on their website in addition to their case studies. With more people submitting tests ever year, the winners are becoming increasingly interesting and their ideas should inspire you to keep testing on your own site.  We are especially psyched because we won 3 medals this…

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

Site Search Part 3: How We Increased ROI For A Client

January 30th, 2012

rolled up wad of 100 dollar billsFor the last post of our site search series, we are going to show one example for how using site search has increase the ROI of one of our clients, thepartyworks.com. This post should inspire you to think outside the box and give you some ideas on how to optimize the site search experience on your site to increase revenue.  If you haven’t read the first two posts of this series, Site Search Part 1: Learn From Your…

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Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

Are You Losing Visitors at the Worst Point? One Page Checkout Wins Again!

September 29th, 2011

Whether you’re completely redesigning your site or working to improve it by testing and making incremental changes, don’t overlook the value of the shopping cart and checkout.

It’s interesting to notice that most everyone looks at the shopping cart and checkout as something to throw into the mix once the entire site has been designed and developed. It’s simply an afterthought to most. They spend so much time laying out the foundation of the landing pages, category and product pages, that…

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Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Is a Brand Keyword the Best Way to Identify Late Stage Visitors?

April 26th, 2011

We recently received a comment on my colleague’s post about buying stage intent and how to bucket keywords driving traffic to your site into buying stages. The goal of an exercise such as this is to effectively segment your visitors based on their readiness to take action sooner, rather than later. The question…

“How can we expect to rank for a late stage keyword if we target a specific brand? My thinking is, if the brand name has it’s own domain and is…

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Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

How To Set Up Goals & Funnels – Part 1

March 2nd, 2011

On some of our recent posts, we mentioned how valuable and useful goals and goal funnels can be to your optimization and testing. Some readers commented that they’d like to learn more about how to set them up. You asked, and we will provide!

Setting up goals in Google Analytics can sometimes be a daunting task. Even our analyst group, as we create more and more complex funnels, have found ourselves frustrated by the process (especially when dealing with Regular Expression Match…

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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

A Strategy to Make Your Web Site Better, Win After Win

November 18th, 2010

Life Source Water has been working with us for a little over a year; long enough to have developed an appreciation for the compounding conversion rate lifts typical of testing and implementing our recommendations. Because a primary goal of our work with clients is to start generating revenue and ROI as quickly as possible, the first step of our Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) process is to help people who are ready to buy complete their purchases. Thus, we typically begin our…

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Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

Don’t Confuse Usability Testing for Conversion Rate Optimization

October 14th, 2010

Before working with you, usability consultants likely can give you a checklist of items they will evaluate and/or fix. That’s because usability is based on best practices, or items that apply to the majority of the people, the majority of the time. It might look something like this:

Navigation Homepage Category Pages Product Pages Search Checkout

Typically, this checklist of focus areas will be the same for all eCommerce or Lead Generation websites, regardless of a business’s particular goals, limitations and…

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Monday, Mar. 29, 2010 at 10:20 am

4 Optimization Roadblocks & How to Remove Them

March 29th, 2010

We work with lots of companies that are interested in optimizing their conversion rate, and reaping the financial rewards that come with higher conversion and increased marketing efficiency.  But, some clients don’t increase their conversion rate after subscribing to our conversion rate optimization (CRO) service.

Why am I talking about our ‘non-success stories’? (My boss may wring my neck for this).  Because the roadblocks that keep them from succeeding may keep you from succeeding, so call it a friendly warning :) Optimizing…

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Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Getting Started With Conversion Rate Optimization: Our Way

March 2nd, 2010

Many Grok readers have been curious about our online marketing optimization services and what kind of process to expect when working with us.  I’ll use some work we’ve done with a client to show you some basic things you should be looking at when optimizing and testing your site. A client of ours, Universal Accounting, offers successful bookkeeping courses to those who are looking to start their own accounting and bookkeeping businesses.

We started by looking at this client’s traffic sources and…

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