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google website optimizer giode for wordpress

google website optimizer guide for wordpress

Having used Google’s Website Optimizer for client’s before, I thought we would share our experience from this week when we decided to run some experiments for the li’l engine blog –  running WordPress version 2.8.

A quick intro

Google Website Optimizer is a free hosted service by Google that allows SEO’s and webmasters to perform content / layout tests on their website. For example, you may have a button on your website that reads “sign up” but would like to know if “Sign up Now” or “Join Now” would convert better. Using website optimizer one can setup an experiment using Google’s javascript to test the conversion rate of each button. There are two types of experiment available in website optimizer; Multivariate experiments – which runs up to 8 different sections / parts on the same page and A/B experiments which simply serves up different versions of the entire page.

Getting back to our WordPress experiment

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In a previous article I discussed the importance of niches for a site or blog’s success. However, many people build their sites without having a niche in mind, because they either don’t know any better or they simply don’t care much for the consequences. While some of them will eventually modify their content in order to fit it in a niche, others will still prefer having a general/miscellaneous site. If you belong in the latter category, you may be wondering what you can do to drive traffic to your pages.

Well, all is not lost. Here are some tips to help you get some search engine love, retain visitors and increase pageviews:

1. Pretend that each page on your site is a sort of mini site on a specific niche — and optimise it accordingly. Make sure that the page’s title is highly optimised and relevant to its topic. The description meta tag, the alt tags and the written content should all contain related keywords. If you want to cover a different subject, create a new page for it, instead of cramming it into an existing one. (more…)