How to optimize your landing pages for users

Landing pages are a very important part of your website. And if you optimize your landing pages, you can increase both your traffic and your conversion rate. Obviously, you should tailor this page to your preferred audience, but there are a number of things that go for all landing pages. In this post, we’ll go over some best practices to get you going!

First of all, what is a landing page?

A landing page is a page where your visitors “land” (arrive) from other sources, such as search engines or social media. Basically it’s a page that you want to optimize to evoke a certain reaction from the visitor, such as buying a product, subscribing to a newsletter, or even clicking through to another page on your site.

Of course, you can do quite a few different things for your landing page to gain more traffic on it. But in this article, we’ll focus mainly on how to increase your conversion rate. Don’t underestimate the importance of optimizing landing pages for search engines though! Check out our post on cornerstone content to get you started in that department.

Product pages vs. landing pages

If you have an online store and offer just a few products, your product pages will be landing pages. Take our company as an example. Although we offer a few different plugins and training subscriptions, our product philosophy does not specifically call for a wide product range. It calls for specialized products that help people with their SEO and the optimization of their site.

That’s why our plugins all have product pages, and these pages are the ones people use to enter our site when searching for our plugins in Google or after they clicked on a Facebook ad.

If you have a large shop with lots of products, product pages and landing pages could very well be different. People will search for specific products, but also for particular categories. If you own an online store selling clothes, people could search for a specific brand of jeans or jeans in general. You should make sure to have landing pages for both search queries. If you have built one awesome landing page, be sure to clone it with the Yoast Duplicate Post plugin and use it as a template for your other landing pages.

Read more: Product page SEO: 5 things to improve »

Focus your landing pages

Focus is especially important on your landing pages since this is where you’re selling your products, offering your service, or establishing your expertise! Make sure you only have one point of focus on and not a lot of different things. If people come to your landing pages because they are looking for the ballet shoes you are offering on your website; you want to optimize your landing page in a way that guides them to your checkout.

For most landing pages it’s usually pretty easy to figure out what you want people to see most prominently. If you’re selling a product, your landing page for that product should focus on the ‘Add To Cart’ button, also known as the call-to-action. Think about the placement, color, and text of your call-to-action. We’ve said this before.

Headlines of your landing page

Your landing pages have to be very clear about your product from the start. People’s attention span is just about 8 seconds, so you have to make sure you tell all the important stuff first and tell it as fast as possible.

Make sure to optimize your headline and tagline. These should clearly communicate the core goal of your product. Create a headline for your landing page that attracts your visitors’ attention. Below that could be a tagline that brings home the message of your headline. Writing decent headlines and taglines is a science on its own, so you’d better test which ones work best!

Images

Images are said to have a significant impact on navigating your visitor from your landing page through your website. If you’re selling physical products, having decent images on your landing pages can have a really big impact. This way people will better understand what they’re buying. It’s a replacement for actually touching and seeing a product in a physical store.

An excellent way to increase people’s understanding of your product is by having pictures of people using your product on your landing page. People can envision themselves using the product then as well. Beware of the dangers of this, though: using people in pictures will almost always result in facial distraction. Make sure the people in the pictures are looking the right way.

Payment options

Nowadays, your eCommerce site needs to support the most common payment options. And if people see your landing page has (multiple) trustworthy credit card logos, they’ll feel safer on it! But most importantly, about 60% of your visitors will just abandon their transaction if their preferred payment option isn’t or appears not to be available. So make sure these signs and logos are easy to find on your landing pages.

Social proof: testimonials

Wikipedia gives the following description of the term ‘social proof’:

“A psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior for a given situation.”

Optimizing testimonials

If you have permission, use customer photos with your testimonials. They add to the credibility. And the more legit a testimonial looks, the better it works. It goes without saying that your testimonials should always be authentic. Another way to convey that they’re legit is by using video testimonials. It takes more time, but videos really get your message across.

Some people are so well-known in their field that their opinion carries more weight. So with testimonials from influential people, the product will be perceived as better and your company as more trustworthy.

This means that people will try to copy the behavior of others. And if you show them others who were (very) happy with your product, this will convince them to use it as well. One way to do this is by showing testimonials on your landing pages.

Another way to do this is by showing how many other people have already used your product. This is often used for newsletter subscriptions, for example. Because, if that many people subscribed, it must be really great, right?

Safety signs and security seals

Safety signs are security seals and logos that increase the trust of your visitors. They make sure people feel like your landing page is a safe place. Of course, some safety signs seem to be more effective than others. Though, having a security sign works better than having none.

security seals 2020

CXL did a great article on which seals work best, go read that one as well.

Summarizing

So, to summarize, make sure to optimize your landing pages by using (the right):

  • Focus
  • Headlines
  • Images
  • Payment options
  • Social proof
  • Safety signs

All these things require some actual thought and testing before you’ll know what works specifically for your website. So make sure you put some thought into this and test different versions before deciding what to go with. Good luck optimizing your landing page!

Keep reading: The power of the landing page in Google Analytics »


14 Responses to How to optimize your landing pages for users

  1. Patrick Martin
    Patrick Martin  • 2 weeks ago

    I keep looking for interesting topics to read on the internet every day, and there can be nothing better than getting some learning done from them at the same time. It is posts like this that make me appreciate the writers and compliment them on the kind of time and research they have spent in writing such insightful content. A landing page is a particularly important subject when it comes to optimizing your website for better rank in the SERP, and this blog post shares some interesting thoughts on the same. It would help all business owners out there to understand their website better and implement these tips for the same. Well do

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much, Patrick. That’s wonderful to hear and we hope our writing and topics keep bringing you back to our blog :)

  2. Deepak Kumar
    Deepak Kumar  • 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for writing about importance of landing page in SEO prospective. I want to know, if we use multiple keyword in Image Alt tag then, can it be beneficial to get rank higher in SERP?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 2 weeks ago

      Hi Deepak, thank you for your comment. In regards to your question, I wouldn’t suggest stuffing it with multiple keywords as this can result in a negative user experience and may cause your site to be seen as spam. You can read more about it here: https://yoast.com/image-seo-alt-tag-and-title-tag-optimization/

      Good luck with your SEO!

  3. Jacobs Rinswer
    Jacobs Rinswer  • 3 weeks ago

    I especially like “Landing pages are not the place to show off your creativity.” So true, and that’s something that I think MOST bloggers can take into account. Design and creativity are important, of course, but function and content are the real reasons people come and stick around.

    I also like what was said about only asking for the most necessary content. I’ve seen a couple of email newsletters that I *would* have signed up for… but didn’t because they wanted me to enter my phone number and mailing address. Post thoroughly enjoyed and retweeted.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much for the retweet, Jacobs! Love to read you’ve enjoyed our post.

  4. Olivia
    Olivia  • 3 weeks ago

    I appreciate your quality stuff, I would love to read some interesting posts like this! Keep Sharing. It gives a broad view of the different methods used for optimizing the landing page. The one point where I was doing wrong I am not using any Image on my landing page, but I will definitely do it now for my website’s page. Thanks a lot for sharing your valuable knowledge with us.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 3 weeks ago

      Hi Olivia, thank you for your lovely words. And don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere! Keep an eye on our blog for more interesting posts about this topic and other posts on optimizing your site :)

  5. Joe Morton
    Joe Morton  • 4 weeks ago

    I’m really happy to say it was an interesting post to read. I learned new information from your article.. Great stuff from your side and your thought about seo and thier function is unique and helpfull. This post for optimize a landing pages. I have also done this strategy and it’s work very well for my client

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 3 weeks ago

      Hi there, Joe! Thank you so much for these lovely words. And great to hear that you’re already using this strategy and benefiting from it. Keep up the good work!

  6. Ashok Rajan
    Ashok Rajan  • 4 weeks ago

    Landing page is called the Home page of the website.. so we use https urls..

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 3 weeks ago

      Hi there, Ashok! I’m not quite sure if I understand your comment, so let me know if I’ve misinterpreted anything :) people can enter your site through the homepage, but they can also land directly on another page of your site specifically created for a certain campaign or keyword. This is what we call a landing page.

      So your site can have multiple landing pages in addition to your homepage.

  7. Katie
    Katie  • 1 month ago

    Good stuff! That is genius! I am going to implement that idea immediately.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Thanks Katie! Good luck with the implementation :)