Loading times: The One Factor That Can Make or Break Your Site (Infographic)

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NOTE: This is a guest post from Matt Banner from OnBlastBlog.com – As Seen on Forbes, Entrepreneur & The Huffington Post

Think back on a time you were trying to access a website and it was taking forever to load. Do you remember how frustrating it was? You wanted to tear your hair out, didn’t you?

Yeah, we’ve all had that feeling. Usually when we hit a situation like that, we turn around and walk away, in a matter of speaking.

A slow website is killer for just about every one of your factors. It’s one of the most annoying things a website can do to its users. If there’s one thing you should never let go to the wayside, it’s this. That’s why today I’m going to show you why website speed is so important, and how you can speed up your site right now.

4 Reasons Why You Should Have The Need For Speed


You may think your site loads pretty fast, but even a second can make all the difference. In fact, a second delay in your loading time can reduce your conversions by 7%. The fact of the matter is that speed affects your bottom line. Let’s look at four other ways a slow website can hurt your results:

  • Bounce Rate – 25% of users will leave if the page doesn’t load within four seconds.
  • Google Ranking – Since 2010, Google as treated website’s speed as a ranking factor.
  • Conversion Rates – Loading speed affects your conversion rates and your bottom line
  • Web Hosting – If all else fails, your web host could be the culprit.

Given these reasons, it’s time we looked at the ways you can speed up your site. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to decrease your loading times, and the increased conversions will be a clear indicator that you’re on the right track!

Check out the infographic below from OnBlastBlog.com all the strategies you need to hit the gas pedal on your website’s speed!

Need for Speed Infographic
You may think your site loads pretty fast, but even a second can make all the difference. In fact, a second delay in your loading time can reduce your conversions by 7%.

Social Media Management Software

In order to promote your business and reach consumers that spend an entire 24 hours a week online, you need to make sure that you have a viable social media strategy in place.

By posting unique and interesting content on your social media platforms, and by actively engaging with followers, you can start to turn this into a funnel for generating leads.

In order to stay on top of your social media strategy, it’s important to have some form of social media management software to do some of the heavy lifting. Software such as this is imperative for scheduling, tracking and monitoring social media content.

At its best, social media management software can help you not only plan your content months in advance, but also remain reactive by letting you tune into ongoing news stories or trending topics.

Screenshot of Hootsuite's homepage

We recommend: Hootsuite

There are a whole bunch of social media management companies out there and all of them offer roughly the same sort of package but Hootsuite is the only one that offers an actually free service (as opposed to just a free trial period).

They do try to hide it on their website though so make sure you follow this link in order to get to the right page.

The free version of this software lets you:

  • Manage up to three social media profiles from a choice of channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn
  • Schedule up to 30 posts in advance at any point in time
  • Track follower growth, likes and comments
  • Integrate two RSS feeds in order to find and share compelling content
  • Access Hootsuite’s online help center and community forum

Of course, there’s also a number of paid-for packages that you can buy from Hootsuite that give you access to a great number of services including higher ad spend budgets, automated post scheduling and custom analytics.

But if you’re a small business looking to get started, the free version of the software should be comprehensive enough to allow you to get your social media strategy in motion.

Website Tracking Software

We’ve said before that the secret to a successful lead generation strategy is to keep analysing and refining your methods. Well, website tracking software is the best way to conduct this analysis.

By digging into the analytics of your visitors’ actions, you can start to gain a better picture of why people come to your site, what they want from it, what they dislike about it and how you can improve upon their experience next time.

There are a wide variety of services that can fall into the category of website tracking software, including heatmaps, funnels, user polls, surveys, visitor recordings and more.

Basically, any kind of software that collects data about the ways in which your visitors interact with your site can be considered website tracking software.

Screenshot of Hotjar's homepage

We recommend: Hotjar

Whereas there are a multitude of smaller software companies that focus in on just one website tracking service, Hotjar offers an array of useful tools.

Hotjar tools include:

  • Click, move, scroll, download and share heatmaps that can also be split by device type
  • Visitor recordings that allow you to replay sessions of real site visitors
  • Conversion funnels that identify on which page and at which step the most visitors are leaving your site
  • Form analysis that can help you to discover which fields take too long to fill, which are left blank and why your visitors abandon your form and page
  • A customizable widget that allows you to create pop-up feedback polls
  • Responsive surveys that can be distributed through web links and emails, or featured your site just before your visitors abandon the page in order to discover what their concerns are
  • The ability to recruit test users in order to get instant feedback on your site

Hotjar’s free service is able to collect data from 2000 page views a day and will give you access to up to 300 visitor recordings and 3 heatmaps, forms, funnels, polls and surveys. Unlimited users can be added to your account and Hotjar will also store your data for a full year.

While we’d normally recommend free services when possible, it’s probably worth paying for Hotjar’s Plus plan to begin with.

For just under £25 a month you can collect data from 10,000 page views a day and have unlimited services and reports. Plus there’s even a 15-day free trial for you to test out whether you like their software or not.

Remember

Lead generation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour.

What’s important is that you put real effort into all of your interactions with potential leads - whether that’s through educational and informative blog posts, social media interactions or even just a chat on the phone.

If you believe in your business’ ability to help its customers then all you have to do is let that shine through.

Ultimately, these tools are just there to help you meet potential leads on their level. The rest is up to you.

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