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Website Optimization: An Hour a Day

ISBN: 978-1-118-19651-9
360 pages
May 2012
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Step-by-step instructions for executing a website testing and optimization plan

Website optimization is can be an overwhelming endeavor due to the fact that it encompasses so many strategic and technical issues. However, this hands-on, task-based book demystifies this potentially intimidating topic by offering smart, practical, and tested instructions for developing, implementing, managing, and tracking website optimization efforts. After you learn how to establish an optimization framework, you then dive into learning how to develop a plan, test appropriately and accurately, interpret the results, and optimize in order to maximize conversion rates and improve profits.

  • Zeroes in on fundamentals such as understanding key metrics, choosing analytics tools, researching visitors and their onsite behavior, and crafting a plan for what to test and optimize
  • Walks you through testing and optimizing specific web pages including the homepage, entry and exit pages, product and pricing pages, as well as the shopping cart and check-out process
  • Guides you through important optimization areas such as optimizing text and images
  • Addresses advanced topics including paid search optimization, Facebook fan page optimization, rich media, and more
  • Includes a companion website that features expanded examples, additional resources, tool reviews, and other related information

Full of interesting case studies and helpful examples drawn from the author's own experience, Website Optimization: An Hour a Day is the complete solution for anyone who wants to get the best possible results from their web page.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xxi

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 Setting the Website Optimization Scene 1

Introduction to Website Optimization 2

The Rise of Website Optimization: The Aftermath of the Dot-com Bubble Bursting 4

The Differences between Landing Page Optimization, Conversion Rate Optimization, Website Testing, and Website Optimization 6

The Difference between Website Optimization and Search Engine Optimization (SEO ) 7

Chapter 2 Set Up and Improve Usage of Key Web Analytics and Testing Tools 9

Week 1: Learn the Importance of and Set Up an Analytics Tool 10

Week 2: Find Your Website Conversion Rate, Success Metrics, Benchmark, and Set Targets 23

Week 3: Learn the Importance of and Set Up a Website Testing Tool 31

Chapter 3 Lay the Foundations for Optimization Success 47

Week 4: Learn Key Optimization Fundamentals to Help You Succeed 48

Week 5: Understand and Create an Optimization Organization 61

Week 6: Learn Testing Best Practices to Improve Your Success 75

Chapter 4 Understand Your Visitors and Their Needs—the Keys to Website Optimization 95

Week 7: Create Personas and Use Cases for Your Main Visitor Needs 96

Week 8: Create a Unique Value Proposition and Clearly Promote It 103

Week 9: Understand Your Visitors' Intent by Visually Analyzing Them 109

Week 10: Generate Insights from Visitor Satisfaction and Feedback Tools 117

Chapter 5 Build the Foundation of a Better Converting Website 131

Week 11: Understand and Improve Your Website's Layout 132

Week 12: Improve Page Load Speed 139

Week 13: Optimize Your Navigation Menus and Links 144

Week 14: Optimize and Learn from Your Internal Site Search 153

Chapter 6 Learn the Power of Influence and Persuasion on Visitors and Conversions 165

Week 15: Influence Your Visitors by Optimizing Your Calls-to-Action, Headlines, and Text 166

Week 16: Influence by Optimizing Your Images, Promotions, Videos, Rich Media, and Advertising 178

Week 17: Harness the Power of Social Proof, Reciprocity, and Scarcity 193

Week 18: Influence by Making Your Visitors Feel Safer and Building Trust 206

Chapter 7 Optimization Best Practices and Test Ideas for Different Page Types and Flows 219

Week 19: Focus On and Optimize Your Home Page 220

Week 20: Optimize Your Product, Service, Lead Generation, and Other Key Pages 228

Week 21: Optimize Your Shopping Cart and Checkout Flow 246

Week 22: Identify Other Key Pages and Flows for Optimization 259

Week 23: Optimize Your Website’s Mobile Experience 265

Chapter 8 Keep Them Coming Back—Optimize for Repeat Visits 275

Week 24: Focus on and Generate More Repeat Visits 276

Week 25: Optimize Your Registration or Sign-Up Pages to Get More Repeat Visits 282

Week 26: Optimize Your Email Marketing Efforts to Get More Repeat Visits 290

Chapter 9 Review and Learn from Your Results, and Keep Testing and Optimizing 301

Week 27: Review and Learn from Your Optimization Efforts So Far 302

Keep Optimizing and Testing: Your Website Is Never Perfect! 307

Appendix A Website Optimization and Testing Tools 309

Appendix B Test Idea Tracker 313

Appendix C Test Results Tracker 315

Index 317

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Author Information

Rich Page is a Conversion Specialist at Adobe, working with Fortune 500 clients to help improve their website optimization strategies. Rich has been analyzing, testing, and improving websites for over 10 years and has previously worked for Disney Online in their web analytics and optimization team. He has a unique background of online marketing, web usability, and analytics, and has a popular web analytics and optimization blog at rich-page.com. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and the coauthor of Landing Page Optimization, Second Edition.

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Press Release

June 07, 2012
Website Optimization: An Hour a Day Book Launches to Help Online Businesses Test and Improve their Websites

Sybex, an imprint of Wiley, announces the availability of Website Optimization: An Hour a Day (Wiley/Sybex; ISBN: 9781118196519; May 2012) to help guide businesses through all of the intertwined disciplines of online testing and marketing for improving websites and gaining greater return on investments. Written by expert Rich Page, this unique new book helps engage and convert website visitors more efficiently, by using best practices from website testing, web analytics, web usability and online marketing to craft websites that generate more revenue.

The latest guide in the “An Hour a Day” series, Website Optimization: An Hour a Day takes the complex topic of web optimization and makes the process more approachable through step-by-step instructions to help readers create, implement, measure and optimize a strategy for success. Website Optimization: An Hour a Day coverage includes:

  • Optimizing everything from homepage and checkout flows to navigation and other crucial functionality
  • Analyzing site visitors and their on-site behavior to better engage and convert visitors
  • Creating and crafting better test plans and optimization strategies
  • Taking advantage of advanced optimization techniques for mobile pages, email marketing and more
  • Personalizing and targeting the website to better fit visitor needs and behaviors
  • Influencing visitors using powerful trust, social proof, scarcity and reciprocity techniques
  • Establishing an optimization organization framework that drives better results faster

This book has already garnered acclaim from many online marketing experts, including Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google and author of Web Analytics 2.0, who said, "In nine exciting chapters Rich shows you, soup to nuts, exactly how to leverage usability, testing and web analytics to transform your organization and achieve magnificent success!"

Website Optimization: An Hour a Day is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com/buy/9781118196519. For additional details about the book, visit www.sybex.com/go/websiteoptimizationhour or the author’s blog at www.rich-page.com.

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