Wednesday, April 23, 2008

We've Moved!

We've grown -- and so has our blog -- so we created a new space!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Is A/B/C really as easy as 1/2/3?

Maybe for the Jackson 5, but in the web, it takes a lot of time and effort. I am talking about what is normally referred to as A/B testing. It is the science of testing multiple versions of something in order to achieve the most optimal results from your web sites visitors.

There are many things in which we do A/B testing for. From simple things like buttons and graphics on the web page itself, to more complicated things like pay-per-click ad text, landing pages and forms.

It takes time and effort, patience and investment to do A/B testing but it is definitely worth the rewards. For example:
  • Proper landing page testing can actually decrease your cost-per-click in Google.
  • Optimizing the ad text for your pay-per-click campaign can help you to get quality traffic to your web site and increase your return on ad spend.
  • People might react differently for a different color button on your web site, therefor increasing the click-through rate into your shopping cart or application.
  • A different way for your visitors to fill out a form might influence them to complete the transaction more, there by increasing the conversion rate of your web site.
As you can see, there are several different ways to conduct A/B testing. Give some of these a try on your own site and see how the results vary. You'd be surprised at the results that some little changes can make.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Adding Google Search To Your Websites

As a search engine optimizer, I am always looking for information of how people are searching for information. I've read all the reports, I study analytics and I have my sites registered with Google's Webmaster tools. Recently, I came across the Google Mini search appliance. The Google Mini is an actual server that you can buy directly from Google and it comes loaded with all the Google search functionality. With this little piece of hardware heaven, you can configure your sites search functionality to run from the Google Mini's server.

The statistics you can get from the reporting on the Google Mini is priceless. It tells you all the ways people are searching for information on your own site, what keywords they used, searches where results were found and even searches where no results were found. This information can help you optimize your site and give you great insight to how actual users are looking for information.

Visit the Google Mini web site for more information on the Google Mini.

Searching a site within Google Search Results

Google revealed a new way to make searching for exactly what you are looking for a bit easier. They now include a site search box within some of their search results. Based on research, Google found that often when a person is searching for a specific site, such as the Internet Movie Database, the first thing they do when they get there is to conduct a more refined search within that site. By including a site search box directly in their search results they give users a convenient way to find exactly what they are looking for within a site. Find out more at the official Google Blog.

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