Best of 2008: Top 10 Website Optimization Posts to Kick Start and Improve Your Website!

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christmasBeing Christmas and nearly the end of the year already (wow, 2008 flew by…) I thought I would round up some great blog posts from website optimization experts from around the web that will help you improve and optimize your website. There are some great minds out there that you can learn from – I know I have! So, here are my favorite website optimization blog posts of 2008…

1: The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist for the Home Page
Too many homepages are poorly optimized, which is a terrible thing considering its often a visitors first impression of a website. Stoney deGeyter wrote a really great checklist full of ideas for helping to improving home page. A must read.

2: 25 Web Form Optimization Tips
Badly designed forms can often be a major cause of poorly optimized websites. Justin Palmer discusses some great tips to help reduce these problems.

3: Speed Up Your Website
Even thought high speed internet connections are now very common, many websites still suffer from slow performance issues – often driving your website visitors away. Alex Cohen discusses some great ways to help speed up your site.

4: Experiment or Die. Five Reasons and Awesome Testing Ideas
Testing plays such a key part in the optimization of any website. The analytics guru himself, Avinash Kaushik, gives some great advice on why you should test, and offers some great testing ideas.

5: Check Your Site Usability With These Fun Tools
Bad website usability plays a major factor in a badly optimized website. But just how can you find out how good your website usability is? Ann Smarty wrote a great revealing some cool tools to help you find how usable your website is…

6: 5 Rules for Quality Landing Page Design
Billy at Widemile discusses some more usual, great practices for helping to improve and optimize your landing pages. Very revealing!

7:  The Value of a Unique Value Proposition
If you offer no good reason for a visitor to use your website rather than a competitors,  then it really doesn’t matter how good your website is. Thats why its essential to develop a unique value proposition to help optimize your website.

8: 17 Rules for Successful Ecommerce Sites
There are many, many different ways to help improve ecommerce websites and therefore increase your sales revenue. SEOmoz reveals 17 great rules!

9: Losing Customers at the Register: 12 Checkout Blunders
A surefire way to lose a website visitor before making a sale is by having a poorly optimized shopping cart. Here are 12 common mistakes you should avoid.

10: 7 Ways to Measure and Improve Your Website
Alex Cohen gives some unique perspective on not just improving your website, but how to go about measuring your website most effectively.

So there we have it – after reading these 10 great blog posts from website experts, you should be in much better shape to start optimizing your website!

Oh, and Happy Christmas to everyone and have a truly optimized New Year!

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  • http://resourcesandmoney.blogspot.com

    Good list. But i will see try to read them all before christmas..

  • http://www.seosmarty.com/ Ann Smarty

    Thanks for the mention!
    Getelastic one on checkout blunders is a great one!

  • http://www.alexlcohen.com Alex

    Hey Rich,

    Thanks for including my tip about speeding up your website. It drives me crazy that there isn’t a way to get site download speed data right into a web analytics tool. It would be so educational.

    Alas, I’m just a user, not a programmer.

    Happy Holidays,
    -Alex

  • http://testingblog.widemile.com Billy Shih

    Thanks for including me on this list, Rich. I don’t know if I deserve to be up there, since there’s so much quality content online, but am honored to be included.

    Great list compilation though! I’ve read a few of the articles already and agree they are worth checking out. I will have to check out the rest.

    Thanks again,
    Billy

  • Jeff

    Great list Rich. Thanks. The Ann Smarty article was excellent.

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  • http://blog.postclickmarketing.com Scott Brinker

    Thanks for the pointers to these great articles — an enjoyable read over the holiday break! Just found your blog, and will sure to add it to my regular reading. Here’s to an optimized 2009!

  • http://www.rvsalestraining.com Chuck

    Great tips, thank you. I especially liked the Feng-GUI.