3 Eye-Opening Major Reasons Your Online Business Will Fail

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Are you happy with how your online business is performing? Are you getting enough sales or leads from your website to make good profits?

Frustrated you can’t seem to hit those heady heights that you’ve been dreaming about?

Well, unfortunately the bad news is your online business is destined to fail

unless you do something truly different than what you have been doing so far.

Over the last 10 years optimizing 100s of websites, I’ve witnessed and learned this difference that makes online businesses become major players, and left others faltering in their shadows.

To help make sure you don’t make these same mistakes too, here are the 3 major differences causing 90% of online businesses to fail to meet their true potential:

Reason #1: An Unhealthy Obsession Wasting Money Driving Traffic to a Sub-Optimal Website

Failing online businesses waste huge amounts of marketing budget on driving traffic to their website to boost sales, instead of fixing holes in their poorly performing website causing high bounce rates, high cart abandonment rates, and low repeat visit rates.

Instead of paying attention to improving their website so that it engages and converts their visitors better, they are addicted to the next biggest online marketing trend. Social media is the latest major offender of this – always hoping the next new cool advertising method or trend will finally bring them success.

The fix? Spend just 10% of your marketing budget on conversion rate optimization to improve your leaking website. Here are some great resources for you to get started:

Reason #2: An Egotistical Company-Centric Website Focus Instead of a Visitor-Centric One

Failing online businesses are not focused on their website visitors and solving for their major needs. Instead, the business owners think they know what is best for their visitors and their business – often alienating visitors and perpetuating their sub-optimal, poorly converting and selling website.

This means they also rarely do A/B testing to find best converting and selling content, which is a key ingredient of effective conversion rate optimization.

A highly visitor-centric ensures high satisfaction and engagement from your visitors, increasing the chances of them purchasing from you, returning in the future, and spreading the good word about your fantastic website.

The fix? Start placing major focus on making your website much more visitor-centric. Here are some great articles to help you get started:

Reason #3: A Dependence on Their Website to Convert Visitors First Time, with No Follow-Up

Failing online businesses are too focused and reliant on having their website convert their visitors the first time they arrive, ignoring key ways to easily follow up with them to bring them back to their website and increase the chances of them purchasing.

They often throw the kitchen sink at their website visitors when they arrive, overwhelming them with information and choices, hoping they see something that engages them before they leave – yet often failing, frustrating visitors and causing a low chance of them returning.

This destructive habit then feeds the expensive need to keep buying traffic to replenish their leaking bucket of a website (feeding back to reason #1). Frustrating, right?

The fix? After beginning conversion rate optimization, start focusing on getting visitors to return by re-marketing to them using auto-responder emails and re-targeting ads.

And remember its much cheaper to convert someone using these methods who has previously been to your website, than to drive more new visitors!

Wrapping Up

Some online businesses don’t suffer from all of these three costly mistakes, but rarely do they avoid all of them.

How well does your online business measure up? Which of these 3 are you most guilty of or most satisfied with?

Please comment below with your thoughts, reactions and confessions. Thanks!

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  • Mark Hickson

    Very interesting Rich. I know I don’t spend much time trying to get visitors to come back and convert – definitely inspiring me to start doing so!

  • Faith Watson

    I would not have thought of number 3, Rich–I’m going to add that to my list of what I need to do for sure. But number 2, I’m especially partial to. Nice job helping your readers understand how their audiences are people, not just targets. The best motivation for a conversion is a great fit between the provider and the buyer–get the rest of our pieces in place with you and we’ll be ready to rock!

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Rich,

    Getting clear on your goals helps you kill these reasons. Excellent stuff. Focus on building the best site for your ideal customer to see the greatest success. Go with the pure intent. Be positive. Listen to positive feedback, and of course, learn to trust in your intuition, it never fails you.


  • http://rich-page.com/ Rich Page

    Hi Ryan – Great to hear from you and thanks for the kind words.

  • http://rich-page.com/ Rich Page

    Hi Faith – Thanks for the comment. Yes, number 3 is the reason that is most ignored! And I agree, doing all those 3 will certainly help build a greater fit between the provider and seller – so many online businesses are so narrow minded and sales focused. Hopefully this helps them understand what they really need to change!

  • http://rich-page.com/ Rich Page

    Thanks Mark – glad I helped inspire you!

  • gregtooke

    Great stuff. I plan to dig in and read all of the linked articles as well!

  • Mark Hall

    Thanks, Rich. I, too, have seen these issues Many times, especially #2! I’d add this tool to the “voice of customer” mix: qualaroo. It’s a great way to hear straight from your actual users where your site is missing the mark (questions or concerns unaddressed, and wishes unfulfilled). It’s also essential to monitor your social / review channels, as these channel tell you what your prospects and customers Really think!

    Re: #3, we need to remember that – especially for optional, “discretionary” purchases, the experience is multi-touch, and multi-device. So follow up communications is essential. Marketing is Dialog, not just a one-shot deal.

    Cheers, Mark

  • Ann07

    You’ve said it right!

    I agree that these are the major reasons why a business might end up with failure.

    Failing businesses hardly ever do A/B Testing to find their best converting and selling content. As what I’ve read from the article above, they are not focused on their visitors and even on solving their major needs.

    Glad you’ve included suggestions on how to fix or avoid such mistakes. These articles that you’ve linked will surely help.

    Thanks for this informative content!


    By the way, I found this post shared on Kingged.com

  • http://rich-page.com/ Rich Page

    Thanks for the comment Ann!

  • http://rich-page.com/ Rich Page

    Hi Mark – yes Qualaroo is a fantastic tool for gather voice of customer. Thanks for the comment!

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