5 Ground Rules to Improve Visitor Retention on Your Site

Seems some of my readers want more structure, more step-by-step guidelines for what to do.

While I avoid hard teaching in these dailies, I do have a few handy tips for you to implement on your site.

When someone lands on your website, you have just a few seconds to get your message across in such a way that the visitor will stick around and see what’s there.

Don’t think so?

Check your traffic stats: you’ll see most people leave in just a few seconds – your bounce rate.

Before anything else: Don’t worry, it’s normal.

When it comes to websites and traffic, it’s a numbers game, and most any site will see the majority of visitors drop away after a few seconds. Nothing wrong with that.

However, there are things you can do to make more people stay around.

It all has to do with first impressions and messaging.

Like I said, you only have a few seconds to grab someone, so you need to make sure your site delivers your message basically at a glance.

Like so: When I visit your site, there are five things I want to know instantly.

That means you’ll need to adjust the above-fold of your landing page in such a way that without me having to think, or search, or make any effort, you tell me these five things:

•    Who are you

•    What do you do

•    Why should I care?

•    Why should I trust you?

•    What should I do next?

Look at your site, and ask yourself if those five points are made eminently clear.

It’s not that you should recreate your about page all over your site – I’m talking about a coherent whole, a total body of message visible on all pags.

The combination of elements – images, design, banners, copy, etc – should support and reinforce each other.

Together they should come across as instantly recognisable, so that the first thought your visitor’s mind reflects is along the lines of:

“Ah, she does abc, has accolades from xyz, and seems like a fun and hardworking person. Looks good, let’s dive in”.

Does your site conspire to trigger that reaction?

Let me know if you have doubts, and I’ll give it a look and some recommendations.

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Cheerio,

Martin

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