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Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Joel Elad, Shannon Belew

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Chapter 1

Jump-Starting Traffic and Driving Sales

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Breaking down the online buyer’s journey

check Calculating the visitors-to-sales ratio at your site

check Discovering your high-volume traffic periods

check Marketing your site to drive traffic through the roof

check Getting customers to make the decision to buy

You’ve probably heard the old saying “Build it and they will come.” And you probably know by now that this particular theory doesn’t necessarily apply to your website. Instead, your site is competing for visitors with hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of other sites. If that’s not intimidating enough, consider that you have to not only figure out how to get people to come to your website, but also entice them to stay long enough to explore your site, and then convince them to buy something from you.

These challenges are common to all online businesses. An effective digital marketing strategy can help drive interest and traffic to your site, while a solid content strategy should ...

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