- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wiley Publishing; 1st edition (January 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470174625
- ISBN-13: 978-0470174623
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide to Testing and Tuning for Conversions 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
OPTIMIZE YOUR LANDING PAGES TO TURBOCHARGE YOUR PROFITS
How much money are you losing because of poor landing page design? In this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, you will learn all the skills necessary to dramatically improve your bottom line:
Identify mission critical parts of your website and their true economic value
Define important visitor classes and key conversion tasks
Gain insight on customer decision-making and make your page friction-free
Uncover problems with your page and decide which elements to test
Understand the power and limitations of common optimization approaches
Develop an action plan and get buy-in from all key players
Avoid common real-world pitfalls that can sabotage your test
Packed with case studies, practical strategies, a detailed review of the Google Website Optimizer tool, and a comprehensive companion website, this one-of-a-kind resource will help you make your landing pages more profitable.
"Tim has figured out what so many people don't understand: your website can (and should) get better. Every single day."
—Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae
"This book is a must-read for the modern Internet marketer."
—Kevin M. Ryan, Vice President, Global Content Director, Search Engine Strategies and Search Engine Watch
"This is the best business-focused, measurement-based guide to website design I have seen."
—Don Norman, cofounder of Nielsen Norman Group and author of The Design of Future Things
"Stop guessing at the best landing page designs and embrace true customer centricity. This book shows you how!"
—Avinash Kaushik, Analytics Evangelist and author of Web Analytics: An Hour A Day
"Tim's Landing Page Optimization is a must-have for your bookshelf."
—Bryan Eisenberg, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
About the Author
Tim Ash is a recognized expert in the field of landing page optimization. He is the president of SiteTuners.com, a company that improves the conversion rates of website landing pages through state-of-the-art scientific testing. Tim has spoken internationally at such industry events as Search Engine Strategies, PC Expo, the Affiliate Summit, and Internet World. Visit Tim's book site at LandingPageOptimizationBook.com
Top customer reviews
But the book has a split personality. The first half seems to be written for a wide audience, the second half for high-level consultant practitioners. When the book jumped to the formulas, statistical considerations, and significant limitations of each optimization technique it became clear that they were talking to a different audience.
Their optimizing techniques require large traffic volume--in the thousands of visitors. The techniques are impossible to apply for smaller businesses. Large sites can gain significant advantage from slim rates of improvement. Smaller sites don't have the same opportunities. The return on investment isn't there.
From my perspective, I would have appreciated suggestions for how to optimize (and perhaps it would need to be another term) sites that just don't have a high volume of traffic and I was disappointed that the book did not address the volume issue more thoroughly. I ended the book knowing that my clients could not benefit from true optimization, and perhaps that's not a bad thing. I've been warned away from scattershot A/B testing of button colors! One less thing to worry about.
On my wish list for this book, I would have appreciated more insights on the different kinds of landing pages, the special needs of the homepage as a landing page for different types of businesses and volume of products and services, and optimizing for leads vs. sales. More real-life examples with specific information on the actual results and return on investment for the optimization effort would have made the book more "definitive". Perhaps in the next edition!
A warning here. Author goes on for a lot of math, theory and things, what can scare you away, in case your mind is prepared to see a lot of pictures & comics style reading like you probably saw in this book:
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
I would say - if you want easy book to read on a topic - take a Steve's book, but of you are ready to serious brain wash with a topics starting from Myer/Briggs personas (same topic is covered by another great book - Waiting for your cat to bark, from Eisenberg brothers), probability theory, quantitative approaches, and other similar issues - then this book is for you.
Just do not expect the easy go read. This is what I wanted to say
Once you start reading the first few chapters, you start realizing why Tim Ash gets mentioned all over the Web, on anything related to PPC, SEO, SEM, and Landing Pages. He is a true authority on the subject. What I like the most, is that it is completely void of any "high end" technical jargon. It makes for real easy reading and understanding of his concepts, as well as how to implement them. After 12 years of trying to keep up with the latest Internet marketing technologies, and providing online marketing for auto repair - service shops, this is one of the best books about the subject. I still have a lot of reading, implementing, and testing, but now I know, I am definitely on the right track.
Whether you are a business owner, trying to get the best results of your online marketing, or a PPC, SEO, SEM expert, this book is definitely a "Must Have".