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3 Bad Examples of Landing Pages – Will You Buy it?

Optimize Landing pageRecently I have been browsing around looking for some information on copyright infringement and what astonished me was that all I could find was content based .gov, .edu and wiki pages. Copyright and trademark are hot topics now and I am sure many people searching for them are interested in finding a professional consultant service rather than a question-answer thing.

I did manage to find a few “Copyright Lawyer’s” websites though offering help with copyright infringement remedies and trademark registration. What struck me was that those firms lacked professional design and properly optimized landing pages.

Before I refer to the examples, let me first list important components of the landing page:

  • Use graphics to stress main elements on your page and compose a clear bold headline = catch your visitor’s eye;
  • Try to be brief and keep to the main point = avoid distracting attention;
  • Offer something for free (and make your offer urgent) = get the visitor interested;
  • Stay on topic both in your design and slogans (i.e. use congruent design elements and consistent statements) = keep your potential client interested;
  • Make a clear list of your services = convince your visitor that it is exactly what he was looking for;
  • List key benefits of your service = tell the visitor why you are better than your competitors;
  • Mind your design: use your brand logo and official looking color scheme = look trustworthy;
  • Be personal (e.g. show the “support angel’s” photo or tell the founder’s story) = make friends with your potential customer;
  • Use official-looking graphics (e.g. seals) = avoid FUD (i.e. fear, uncertainty and doubt);
  • Mind your grammar (e.g. use present instead past tense) = avoid misunderstanding;
  • Give your contact info = show you are ready to help;
  • Formulate a clear call-to-action (better several of them in key places) = make sure the visitor will take action.

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  • Be brief: when you want to list your services, tell people these are “services” (not “Copyright Topics”, not “Copyright Items Our Firm Can Help With”, etc);
  • Choose color scheme which looks official; hey, you are not selling candies here!
  • Show me your testimonials – make me want to believe you!
  • Make your free offer more eye-catching; stress that it’s urgent – use “now” for example.
  • Make each site element meaningful – the most prominent part here lists some terms with no evident prompts what they stand for. Don’t distract your potential customers’ attention.

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  • Be personal – people will trust a name, and add your founding lawyer’s personal story.
  • List your services in clear, readable format.
  • Add some graphics – there’s nothing to catch my eye at your site!

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  • Give your contact information on the landing page – don’t make your potential client go to another page to reach you.
  • Navigation menu catches the visitor’s eye, don’t distract his attention. List only key information there.

Further reading: Check this excellent landing page optimization case study by

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  1. 10 Responses to “3 Bad Examples of Landing Pages – Will You Buy it?”

  2. Those are landing pages? That are trying to direct me to a specific course of action? Wow…those really are bad examples.

    By Adam Snider on Dec 10, 2007

  3. Getting a Landing Page just right is often a balancing act — brevity versus detail.

    You list some important ingredients, but I find it’s the type of client and their target market that can often set the agenda…

    By Wayne Smallman on Dec 14, 2007

  4. Really strange examples indeed.

    By Bjork Putita on May 26, 2008

  5. I’m just checking to make sure that those landing pages aren’t mine… no they aren’t.

    Thanks Ann.

    Good post as ever.

    Keith D

    By Keith D on Apr 21, 2009

  6. I’m trying to formulate a landing page right now. This is very helpful! The bullet points make it easy to follow and impliment. Thank you!

    By Angela on Nov 8, 2009

  7. GBU Ann :)
    Thanks for the posts…

    By susi on Dec 27, 2009

  8. Great post – thank you

    By DanS on May 27, 2010

  9. great information

    By free seo tools on Jun 26, 2010

  10. Great List of things to focus on.

    I’ve been trying to get my layout correct, but get carried away with themes. You article was useful for reviewing my site and getting it back to basics.


    By Keyword research Services Jensen on Nov 30, 2010

  11. Thanks for sharing this because it is helpful to everyone might as well to those who are just starting up. There are key points to apply whenever someone creates a landing page. We are all tired of those landing pages that looks like nonsense and we’re looking for something that is unique but very convincing.

    By dee oneal on Dec 3, 2010

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