7 Ways to
Increase Web Site Visitors and Boost Sales
Have you spent a lot of money on advertising with the
expectation that you would get many sales from the 1000s of
web site visitors that read your ad?
Have you poured money into driving traffic to your web
site, only to have no one buying your product?
Maybe you have seen the ads, “Get 10,000 visitors to your
site, for only $20” . Wow, you think, that’s a great
bargain, I’ll go for it. The result – 10 people visiting
your site and no one buying. What’s the problem? You have
not effectively targeted your customers. Your field of
customers is too large. Most of them are not interested in
your product. You need to zero in on the person that wants,
needs and thirsts for your product.
How do I find my targeted customers?
1. Place yourself in your customers shoes. There’s an
Indian saying that goes something like:
“You must walk a mile in my shoes, before you can
For example, if I am selling a weight loss product, I would
not be targeting skinny people, but targeting those that
Plans from $30/Year
2. Make a thumb nail sketch of this person
Who is your customer?
What are her wants, needs and desires?
Try to understand how they think. Understanding what
problems they have, will give you a clearer idea of what
to offer them.
For example, let’s make a sketch of a typical overweight
30-50 years old
Out of shape
Probably married with children
Under a lot of pressure, tight for time, stressed
Looking for ways to improve health and wealth
Lack of self esteem
3. Develop a product that addresses one or more of their
needs. Always refer back to your thumbnail sketch as you
write for your site. Elaborate on the points that fit your
product and what it delivers. As you start writing, new
ideas will naturally emerge, but always keep them focused
on your targeted customer so you won’t go off the track of
what your customer wants.
Based on the profile I outlined above, you may sell them
products that help them lose weight, improve their health,
look good, spend more time with their children and get
4. Write your copy to sell - when you write the copy
for your site, always stress the benefits. Develop a theme
for your site that focuses on this benefit and don’t stray
from it. for more in-depth information on this topic, read
“How to Get Listed in the Search
Engines – Developing a Theme-Based Site”
5. Make sure each page sells - each page should emphasize
the benefits in the headline, to pull the reader into the
contents of your page. It should ask the question:
What’s in it for me?
Why should I spend my precious time reading this page?
6. Write as if you were talking to your friend - your copy
should be conversational, friendly and personal, as if you
are sitting next to the person. Write from the viewpoint of
what your customer wants to buy, not what you want to sell.
7. Deliver the contents in a clear, crisp way - be careful
not to stray from the central purpose of what you promised
in the headline. Make sure your customer wants to click
through to the next page or your order page. Don't be
afraid of clearly stating the price of your product.
Clearly identifying your customers and writing copy
tailored to solving your customers problems, places them in
a buying mood. Converting these visitors into buyers should
now increase the amount of sales from your web site.
Herman Drost is a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
and owner of iSiteBuild.com
Web Site Design, Web
Hosting, Web Site Promotion
Author of “Marketing Tips” newsletter.
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