In this episode we are going to talk about landing pages.

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Show Notes

What is a Landing Page?

  • A landing page is a web page designed to get the visitor to take a specific action.
  • Extreme landing pages are called Squeeze pages where only one kind of action can be taken. Usually, giving your email address and signing up for your newsletter.
  • Typically, landing pages are educational and help answer any questions and objections someone has about taking that specific action.
  • People typically come directly to landing pages and not through your website’s home page. This is the page new visitors “land” on.
  • Landing pages are often not listed in the menu of a website.
  • Traffic comes from Ads, Emails, Interviews, a link from the back of your ebook, or even physical book, etc.
  • Example 1: www.PodcastHostDirectory.com
  • Example 2: https://mailchi.mp/2c6ed6bde99f/free-song-from-rooms

 

Why are Landing Pages Useful?

  • Landing pages work because they increase your conversion rate.  More people take action on a landing page than they do on any other kind of page.
  • They’re simple, easy to understand, easy for people to take action.
  • The more options you give someone, the less likely they are to take any action.
    • Jams Experiment
  • This is why so few landing pages have navigation.

 

How Can Authors Use Landing Pages?

Authors use landing pages to:

  • Get signups up for a launch team.
  • Grow an email list by promoting a reader magnet.
  • Sell a book
    • MyBookTable Pro has a Landing Page mode that does this automatically
  • Promote a launch party.
  • Get signups for a Webinar or other online event

 

What to put on your landing page:

  • Headline “The World’s Most Comprehensive Podcast Host Directory”
  • Explanation/what they get  “Get in contact with over 100,000 podcast hosts from around the world! Currently available for Novel Marketing Podcast patrons only.”
  • Graphic
  • Form (Sometimes a call to action button like “Buy Now”)
  • Video (Optional)
  • Testimonials/Endorsements (Optional)
  • FAQ (Optional)

 

Landing Page Tips

  • Stick close to the template.
  • Assume that the person coming to the page is not yet convinced to take action. Ask yourself, what would push them over the edge to take action?
  • Making sure your landing pages are mobile responsive.
  • Have your buttons complete the sentence “I want to ____”
    • Examples:
      • Download the free guide
      • Read the short story
      • Sign up for the ______ (webinar, etc.)
  • Keep the page focused. Don’t mention the sequel
  • Answer the “why” which is the whole point of the thing!
  • Answer the “what’s in it for me?”
  • Respond to any objections.
    • “You can unsubscribe at any time with one click.”
    • “I won’t let anyone else have access to your email, ever.”
  • Keep the form simple. Don’t ask for more than you need.
  • Use trust badges if possible.
  • Advanced: Split test your landing page to see what works and what doesn’t

 

Tools to Make Landing Page Creation Easier

 

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