The number of signups you end up with are a function of the total traffic on your site and the conversion rate. Each of those requires separate sets of strategies; building traffic and securing conversions.
Unless you are either using PPC (pay per click) advertising to drive traffic or have access to a large audience, building significant traffic takes months, not days. To build more traffic, consider an inbound marketing strategy that focuses on providing valuable content that will attract your target audience. This approach has five steps:
- Create remarkable content: This means creating content (using a WordPress blog) that your target audience will find compelling enough that they will want to share it with their peers. This could be because it's informative, inspirational, entertaining, etc...
- Optimize for search: Make sure that the content you create is optimized for search engines. The most important aspect of organic search raking is inbound links. By creating remarkable content, you're encouraging people to create links to your site. But you also need to engage in active link building tactics like guest blogging, link exchanges, etc...
- Promote via social media: Create syndicate your content on social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (product demonstrations), LinkedIn, etc... This will generate inbound links, increase SEO and build a wider audience for your message.
- Convert visitors to leads: Make sure you have strong calls to action on your website that direct users to landing pages. Calls to action include things like "purchase now," "download the demo," or "sign up for newsletter."
- Measure: Make sure you have analytics installed on your website so that you can measure where your traffic is coming from and (most importantly) what your conversion rates are on those landing pages.
Conversion rates can vary pretty widely depending upon the source of the traffic. If it's already well-qualified (e.g. an opt-in email list), then conversion rates of 10% are not unreasonable. But for most traffic (e.g. search, referral), typical conversion rates are more in the 1% to 3% range. It's critical to optimize your landing pages and do some split-testing to experiment (if your traffic levels are high enough). Some specific tips include:
Create pages with compelling headlines. Again, focus on creating a vision for the audience that allows them to see how much better off they will be after taking the action you want them to take. Be sure to include one of the seven fascination triggers in your headline (lust, vice, alarm, power, prestige, mystique or trust).
Connect with the audience. Build off of your headline by showing the audience that you can identify and empathize with their plight. People want to buy from people who are more like themselves.
Clearly define your offer. Tell the customer exactly what they will get in exchange for their lead information (preferably no more than an email). Don't get cute here - be extremely concise with your language and don't hide anything.
Provide testimonials. If people have made it this far, a powerful testimonial can seal the deal. Social proof is a vital aspect of the buying process.
Dispel their fears. Try to anticipate the buyers' reservations and address them head on. For example, tell them it won't take as much time as they may think or won't be as risky as they may fear. Making the offer completely risk-free (e.g. money back guarantee) is another way to accomplish this.