11 Reasons Why More Web
Site Traffic Isn't Always Equal To More Sales!
Bailey Copyright © 2003
If you are a newcomer to the world of Internet business, you may have already
learned that it's just not that easy to make a sale, regardless of how many
visitors land at your site. Even with the best search engine marketing and
professional online and print advertising you might be confounded by the
fact that your sales are not getting anywhere, and for some reason you just
can't seem to get your feet off the ground.
Well, you're not alone. There are thousands of web sites and businesses on
the net, some getting thousands of visits to their web sites every month
and many of them have yet to sell a product or service. Vendors of both physical
and digital products face this problem on a daily basis. The cause of the
problem can be attributed to several possible reasons-all of which you have
to consider when analyzing your own situation and before launching your next
marketing/advertising campaign or before blaming the company that sold you
that million guaranteed visits.
Any item or combination of items below might be affecting your chance of
Here are my top 11 reasons:
1. Your web site can't be found in more ways than one: It is imperative that
you market and promote your web site both on and off the Internet. Try every
ethical technique available to you: Search engine promotion, banner advertising,
pop-under advertising, newsletters, print and online magazine ads, word of
mouth, etc. Just don't resort to using SP*AM (unsolicited email). And be
sure that your pages work. It really hurts to spend money on advertising
only to find out that your site was down or your pages were dead during an
2. Your web site looks unprofessional and detracts from your credibility:
Ask yourself, the question. Would I buy from a site that looks like
mine? If you hear the words liar, liar continually echoed
in your head as you answer sure I would! then it's time to get
a second or third opinion. Web site visitors will often flee from a site
selling great products, simply because of the way it looks. If you don't
want to spend money on web design, try looking up web site templates
using search engines and see what you can find. These templates will allow
you to plug in your content and basically get a professional looking web
site for a lot less than you might imagine.
3. Your product/service has little appeal: If visitors are not interested
in what you're selling, you can pump hundreds or even thousands of dollars
and countless hours into advertising and it won't make any difference. In
other words, maybe that glow in the dark camouflage suit wasn't such a great
4. You're targeting the wrong audience: If your product/service is ideal
for a certain type of person, region or interest group, don't ignore this
fact and waste time and money promoting outside of this focus area. In other
words, try focusing your advertising on a targeted audience. If you're selling
automotive products, don't advertise to computer enthusiasts unless you're
selling a car computer. Instead figure out where automotive customers shop
and what sites they like to visit and then try to focus your advertising
on those destinations instead.
5. Your product/service is too expensive for your target audience: If visitors
can't afford or don't want to afford what your selling, maybe you need to
target a different audience. Don't try to sell expensive perfumes (Eau De
Mortgage) to an audience looking for discount 99 cent store products.
6. Your product service is too cheap: Some products/services don't cost enough.
Think perceived value and price your products/services for what
they are worth. A great product can be scarred for life, if visitors perceive
it as too cheap to be of quality. Try raising your prices/fees and see what
happens, you might be pleasantly surprised.
7. Your product is free so why should anyone pay for it: Many great downloadable
products have been created as free trial versions with just one problem,
they are full working versions with no real incentive to upgrade. Most people
ignore the so called nag screens and continue to use these products
for years without ever realizing that they are violating the developers license.
Give the user a reason to upgrade. Maybe by disabling features that are critical
to the operation of your product, but won't prevent the user from experiencing
your products value. When they upgrade (pay) they get all the features turned
8. Visitors can't figure out how to place an order: It is surprising as to
how many web sites are-not order friendly. Some web masters spend time and
money developing fancy web sites with flashy graphics and animation only
to forget the most important reason for their site's existence. They forget
to invite and make it easy for visitors to place orders. I recently visited
a site with great enthusiasm after getting an email announcement. It was
the must have product for Internet Marketing. Problem is that
there was no order button!
9. Your order buttons, links or contact forms don't work: Test your order
pages and contact forms. Be sure that they are not broken links and be sure
that your contact forms work by sending yourself a test message and by placing
a test order or two. Believe me, even seasoned marketers make this mistake.
10. Your order process is too painful: Try to place an order yourself. Click
on one of your order buttons/links and experience the process. If they (order
pages) load too slowly or the process is too painful, you will lose potential
customers. This sales losing process is called abandonment by
the industry and affects many online businesses where visitors wanting to
become customers suddenly abandon their order in mid-process to do something
11. You have unrealistic expectations and need to take a scientific approach
to advertising: Don't buy a 100,000 web site visitors package and then expect
100,000 sales. It won't happen unless there was no oxygen left on earth and
you just so happen to be selling Oxygen. There are proven formulas that can
help you estimate (at best) the amount of sales that can be achieved by driving
a certain amount of traffic to your site.
Use this simple formula to estimate how many visitors you need to meet your
A). Figure out your conversion rate: A conversion is = to a visitor that
becomes a customer or a sign-up. A conversion rate is defined as the number
of actual sales or sign-ups divided by the number of site visitors in a given
period. For example two sales per 100 visitors = 2% or a .02 conversion rate
per 100 visitors.
So take a good look at your recent sales and number of visits to your
product/service web page. This can be done by taking a look at your web site's
statistics. If you make one sale per 100 visitors to your site then you have
a conversion rate of 1%. This number, by the way, is considered by many average
marketers to be difficult to achieve and rightly so. Many web sites, lacking
million dollar budgets, are happy to get a tenth (.001) of a percent. Still,
anything is possible. We are using 1% in this calculation to make the example
easier to understand (the industry average is said to be 1% to 2%)
B). Figure out how many sales/sign-ups you want (quantity--not dollar value)
C). Once you have this info, plug your numbers into the equation below.
Number of Visitors = Desired Number of Sales / Conversion Rate (in decimal)
So as an example: To sell 200 items at a conversion rate of 1%
Number of visitors = 200/.01 (200 divided by .01)
The minimum number of visitors required = 20,000
Therefore, you would need at least 20,000 visitors (minimum) to get 200 sales,
assuming that you can convert your visitors with a hot offer! The "right
words" can convert the "right visitors" into paid customers. Just as easily
as the wrong words can turn them away. Sometimes a single word can make a
difference. If you can raise your conversion rate by applying the ideas in
this article, you can also reduce your cost of Customer Acquisition.
The information above is certainly not exhaustive, I'm sure that there are
other reasons that I did not list in this article. Regardless, if taken
seriously, the information contained herein will help boost your sales and
sign-ups. Just remember this final thought. Sales are never
no one can guarantee that a customer will put funds into
your bank account You can, however, increase your probability of success
by becoming informed and then taking positive action.
© 2003 Richard D. Bailey - Client By Design.
About the Author:
|About the author:
Richard Bailey is an Internet marketer and entrepreneur with over 8 years
of Internet selling and marketing experience. His coaching and consulting
company, Client By Design, LLC develops methods and technology to attract