We Are Hungry - Feed Us Please

Written by Copyright 2003, John Calder


As a child, we learnedrepparttar power of food to entice animals to do our will. Ducks, chipmunks, and dogs could all be enticed to come closer to us for viewing or petting. Even our young siblings were sometimes enticed --- and led as a puppy --- with a trail of M&M's.

Onrepparttar 128004 Internet, we can also use food of a sort to pull people to our websites. Rather than appealing to a person's desire for sustenance, we appeal torepparttar 128005 desires and whims ofrepparttar 128006 human mind throughrepparttar 128007 use of strategically placed words and images.


To truly appreciaterepparttar 128008 analogy of food andrepparttar 128009 Internet, you must first examine your own methods of finding what you are looking for online.

When you are searching for specific information on a specific topic, product or service, how do you get from your starting point to your satisfaction point?

The truth is thatrepparttar 128010 world does not search for information much differently than you do. Althoughrepparttar 128011 world may have different activities, have different interests, and use different tools than you,repparttar 128012 process or pattern is not going to be very different at all.


The search either begins with a desire or a desire is triggered while an individual is viewing a website or doing other online activities.


Ifrepparttar 128013 individual sits down to his or her computer with a desire in mind, his or her search will generally begin at a search engine. With hundreds of search engines to choose from, repparttar 128014 exact starting point is rarely known unless it turns up in your server logs.

According to a February 25, 2003 Search Engine Watch report, repparttar 128015 most used search databases are as follows:

Service Searches Per Day

Google 250 million Overture 167 million Inktomi 80 million LookSmart 45 million- includes MSN searches FindWhat 33 million Ask Jeeves 20 million AltaVista 18 million FAST 12 million


Although these numbers providerepparttar 128016 results of "one day inrepparttar 128017 life" ofrepparttar 128018 Internet, they have remained somewhat consistent moving forward in time.

The search begins with selecting a search engine and then follows with picking keywords that one feels will best deliver repparttar 128019 desired results.


Ads or articles seen during everyday online activities can trigger desire. The ads or articles may be seen inrepparttar 128020 user's favorite ezine or on their favorite website. They may see a banner ad or a pop-up ad. Or they may see a link in their travels, which triggers their curiosity and interest and perhaps a new search.

Online Marketing Consultant

Written by John Tanner

Eliminate Guesswork and Increase Conversion -- Part 1 --

Many companies hire a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert or firm simply to increase their monthly visitors without consideringrepparttar quality of those visitors. The end result is decent rankings and traffic, but poor returns.

In this article, John Tanner of (POSITIVE POSITIONING) explains techniques to increase visitor conversion by improvingrepparttar 128003 quality of site traffic and guiding prospects towards a desired action.

Key Phrases Influence Visitor Volume and Quality Key phrases have a direct impact onrepparttar 128004 quantity and quality of visitors you can expect to your site. Optimizing your web site forrepparttar 128005 wrong key phrases will cost you time, money, and valuable leads/sales.

Visitor quality refers to how well visitors fit into your target audience, which significantly affects your Return On Investment (ROI).

Search Engine Optimization experts use a combination of client suggestions, software, resources, testing, and common sense to determinerepparttar 128006 most advantageous key phrases based on a client's particular goals.

Although extensive research goes into key phrase selection, it is highly educated guesswork at best and focuses mostly on visitor volume rather than quality. Many SEO experts will analyze popularity vs. competition, and use a short-term bidding strategy to test their selections. However, to measure quality we need conversion metrics to understand which phrases and referrers driverepparttar 128007 most inquiries and/or sales.

Analysis Software and Services Tend to Fall Short Log analysis software and similar products provide valuable information for SEO experts. Some ofrepparttar 128008 most valuable information includes: ·Total visitor volume ·Unique visitors ·Average session duration ·Top entry pages ·Top exit pages ·Top referrers ·Search engines ·Top key phrases ·And more

Most of these products aggregate visitor data. They show us averages and treat all of our visitors as if they were part of a single group. While most analytical products and services give us insight into our visitor volume and where it originates, they generally do a poor job of informing us of visitor quality.

NetIQ deserves some credit for their WebTrends Reporting Series 6.1 (scheduled for release in July of 2003), which uses client-side scripting technology and a proprietary data file (they call it SmartSource) to get at conversion metrics. However, client-side scripting can cause problems, particularly dealing with relevancy scoring and browser compatibility. But NetIQ does a better job than most if you choose to go that route.

Log analysis software is a necessary component of any SEO campaign, but additional tools are needed when it comes to measuring and reporting visitor quality.

Focusing on "An Audience of One" Believe it or not, visiting a web site is generally not a group event. To maximize quality traffic we need to treat our visitors as individuals.

If visitor quality refers to how likely visitor fits into our target audience and performs our desired action, then we need to focus on those visitors that take our desired action to improve overall visitor quality.

Forrepparttar 128009 purpose of this article, let's sayrepparttar 128010 goal of your web site is "Lead/Inquiry generation." Therefore,repparttar 128011 desired action is for visitors to fill out your online form(s), which enables you to persuade them to takerepparttar 128012 next step in your sales process.

You increase overall visitor quality by increasing traffic fromrepparttar 128013 web site referrers, search engines, and key phrases that have a track record of delivering "target visitors." This means re-optimizing your SEO campaign forrepparttar 128014 key phrases and referrers utilized most often byrepparttar 128015 visitors that take your desired action.

Differentiating Target Visitors from General Visitors To truly improve visitor quality, you have to track your visitors carefully and pay particular attention to target visitors.

Once a visitor fills out a form(s), you are able to categorize them as a "Target Visitor". A percentage of your target visitor population will be inrepparttar 128016 initial stages of their investigation process and not fill out your form(s). This is expected, and you won't be able to identify them as target visitors at this point. We aren't focusing on visitors likely to fill out our forms; we are focusing on those that take action.

It is acceptable to group all of your target visitor information together, but you don't want to combine target and general visitor data. We've covered some important background information, now lets take a look at how to track web site visitors. (End of Part 1 - 692 words including title)

-- Part 2 --

How to Track Your Visitors If you aren't opposed to many hours of tedious manual tracking,repparttar 128017 most inexpensive method of analyzing visitor patterns atrepparttar 128018 individual level is to wade throughrepparttar 128019 web site's log files.

Usingrepparttar 128020 Log File method, you start fromrepparttar 128021 bottom ofrepparttar 128022 log file and work your way towardsrepparttar 128023 top. I recommend analyzing only a month of data at a time with this method.

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