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Does it eat you or feed you?

Welcome to the world of internet strategy where KPIs, calls to action and ROI rule! To make sure your website feeds you, follow these three rules; I guarantee they will add some fire to your online presence.Rule number one: Decide what you want your website to do. An online brochure is not acceptable any more. Define your goal and measure it. "I want to attract 1,000 people a month and generate ten leads, from people who are based in the UK and are senior project managers." It either works or it doesn’t, but you have a baseline to measure against.

Rule number two: Make sure every word on the website moves people to your goal, in this case ten leads. Have you written a call to action on every page of your site Does every page contain a compelling reason to buy” For example: "For our free guide on search engine optimisation, use the form below so we can send one over straight away" or "For further advice from a product specialist, please call…." As a great friend once said to me, if you don’t ask, the answer is always NO!

Rule number three: Track and test and track some more. We all look at our bank statements because that one piece of paper tells us whether it’s beans on toast or champagne cocktails. Your website statistics give you similar insight into your online performance; how many people come, how many people leave and what’s the most popular page. With a bit detective work and some effective changes, you can engineer massive improvements to your ROI.

Guy Levine is the chief exec of SEO company Web Marketing Advisor.Photography: Miusam-ck


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