Web analytics drive decisions that lead to conversion

If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist

Let’s start learning how to use analytics to make decisions that lead to conversions.

If you have read my earlier posts, you have now learned how to use copywriting on your landing pages and posts in order to drive the actions you want visitors to take on your WordPress site and blog. You have also learned how to drive traffic to your site with search optimization.

After you start benefiting from visits to your site, blog posts and landing pages you want to increase that traffic. You want to make sure more of it leads to subscribers to your email list, sign-ups for your free content and most importantly eventual customers. For that to happen, your content must convert. And the only way for you to know if it does is to analyze your site’s traffic.

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Web analytics will show you who is coming to your site and almost everything about them. They will show you where your traffic is coming from in terms of geography.  And which search, website, email or social media links are sending you traffic. Various metrics will show you what pages and posts your audience visits, how much time visitors spent on your site, and the amount of traffic per day, week, month, etc.. They will show you how visitors entered, navigated through, and exited your site. You will be able to infer the search terms they used to find you as well.

With all this valuable information, you will have the data you need to optimize your website. You can conduct a complete content analysis of your entire site. With web analytics, you will be able to determine if your content is meeting the goals you have set for your site. You can also see if your content is achieving the objectives you have set for it in your content strategy.

You can see which blog post subjects resonate with visitors and produce more content for that category. And you can see which subjects are weak and then produce less content for them. You can A/B test the copywriting on your landing pages, email sign-up forms, long and short-form copy and call to actions. Use the results to improve your copywriting and increase conversion.

You can also A/B test aspects of your site’s design.  These include images, navigation, typography, color, and positioning. You can test media formats, links, forms, free trial lengths and pricing schemes. Use the results to optimize your design. This optimization also lets you convert more visitors into customers and clients.

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Google Analytics – Free and (Easy to get help with)

There is a variety of tools for measuring your website’s traffic with. The best one for small business is Google Analytics. Here is why:

  • It is free.
  • It provides tracking code to put into your website’s head that tracks every page and post.
  • It shows you how much of your traffic comes from desktop computers, tablets, and phones.
  • It lets you use Universal Analytics‘ multiscreen tracking to see visitors’ unique behavior on various devices.
  • It lets you see traffic that comes from your email marketing and social media posts.
  • It allows you to access Google’s Web Master Tools. These tools allow you to see the demographic information of your visitors (and much more).
  • It tells you the percentages of new and return visitors.
  • It lets you analyze visitor behavior on your site.
  • It allows you to segment and analyze your audience.
  • It allows you to set goals for your content and see if that content meets them.
  • It provides valuable information about your ecommerce site’s performance.
  • It lets you see if your paid search ads are driving traffic to your site.
  • It provides you with benchmarking data so you can see how you compare to other websites in your industry and niche.
  • It provides a large number of reports for the metrics we have been discussing.
  • It allows you to create custom reports.
  • It works with plug-ins for WordPress that let you get a quick overview of your traffic each time you log in to your WordPress site.
  • It is the world’s most popular analytics solution so there is a great deal of information available about how to use it.

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Power tools you need in your content marketing toolbox

There are many marketing mediums requiring strategic and creative tools in order to be used successfully. 

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The power tools you need in your content marketing toolbox

Most businesses are small businesses. And yours is probably no different. Unfairly or not you, have to compete with larger and better-funded opponents. Content Marketing is a weapon that your David can use against their Goliath. But to do it right, you have to have the right tools. This post lists many that can help you attract visitors to your website and convert them into customers.

There is an ever-growing myriad of digital marketing mediums and platforms. And they require many marketing tools in order to be used successfully. These include strategic and creative tools. In this post, I want to share some useful lists of mostly free ones that I’ve come across. I will also note which tools I use in the various categories to create effective content marketing.

Before I get into the lists, let’s look at the dominant player in content production tools, Adobe. For your in-house design and marketing efforts, Adobe’s Creative Cloud products are a no-brainer. Programs like Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator allow you to create project proposals and marketing pieces that as are as professional as any on earth. This service is a paid cloud-based toolbox that is an incredible value in my opinion. The price is around $50 a month and up. You get every creative program Adobe makes and always have the most up to date version.

See all the Adobe Creative Cloud programs here
. They allow you to create print advertising, websites, eBooks, videos, podcasts, animations, mobile apps, and more. So if you are creating your content marketing pieces, I recommend using what I do, Adobe Creative Cloud.

However, the lists below include free and nearly free marketing tools that let you do some of the same things designers do with Adobe’s professional-grade products. You must have a strategic plan in place before begin creating any marketing content, and a few of these lists describe tools for developing one.

So whether you want to create some of your content marketing in-house, are a freelance designer, or just want to understand what your agency or content strategy partner is talking about when it comes to production – here is some useful knowledge to absorb.

Read through the post first and then go back to check out the lists and other links. Bookmark this page to reference later. It is extensive, and you may want to peruse it at your leisure.

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