10 Steps for Evaluating Your Fitness Club’s Website

Sara Perry

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June 23, 2023

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Every fitness club needs a website to thrive in the digital age. However, simply having a website is not enough to stand out in the competitive fitness landscape.

In a crowded online landscape, regularly analyzing and optimizing your fitness club's website can help you rise above the noise and attract more members. Use these 10 steps to evaluate your club’s website and identify adjustments you can make to increase conversions.

1. Identify Your Objective

Your website’s content and the rest of your online presence should serve the same goal. Start your evaluation by gaining a clear understanding of your website’s purpose.

Ask yourself, “What do I want my website to do for me?” Are you aiming to attract new members? Provide personal training opportunities? Once you clearly define your website’s objective, you can focus on optimizing its design, content, and functionality to best serve your goals.

2. Determine How You’re Tracking Key Performance Indicators

Your website’s key performance indicators (KPIs) help you measure how successful it is. Commonly tracked KPIs include:

· Website traffic

· Organic rankings

· Page views

· Conversion rate The KPIs you choose should align with your website’s objective. Tracking the right KPIs ensures that you stay focused on your objective and empowers you to make data-driven decisions.

3. Analyze Your Web Traffic

Your website’s success depends on attracting and engaging the right audience. By examining your web traffic, you can better understand your visitors’ demographics, browsing patterns, and engagement levels.

Look for patterns that align with your website’s objective. Are visitors spending enough time on key pages? Are they following your calls-to-action? This evaluation will help you optimize the user experience and tailor your website to better meet the needs of your target audience.

4. Evaluate Your User Experience

You understand your website because you’re accustomed to it. New visitors may have a harder time navigating your website. Evaluate what your website’s new user experience is like so you can ensure your website's crucial information is easy to find.

Find a teammate at your club who doesn’t frequently use your website. Ask them to try to find specific information and give feedback on their experience. Make sure new visitors can easily answer these questions:

1. What membership packages are available?

2. How much does each package cost?

3. Where is the club located?

4. What does the club offer?

5. What is the class schedule?

6. How do I book a class?

Don’t be afraid to adjust your website if it makes information easier to find and creates a better user experience.

5. Understand Your Conversion Pipeline

Identifying potential drop-off points is essential to increasing your website conversions. Evaluate the steps your visitors take as they navigate your website.

Use the patterns found in your web traffic to pinpoint areas where visitors are leaving your website and adjust accordingly. Are there any barriers that deter visitors from completing your call-to-action? Streamlining the conversion process and making it user-friendly will increase website conversions and drive growth for your fitness club.

6. Check Search Engine Viability

How easy is it for visitors to find your website using various fitness club-related search terms? Watch organic search variables like keyword rankings and organic traffic trends. Combine that data with SEO (search engine optimization) tools to discover additional opportunities to optimize your website.

Go to Google and search “site:yourdomain.com” to check your website. Do the page titles read correctly? Are you using terms that visitors are searching for? By improving your website’s search engine viability, you can attract more organic traffic and increase conversions.

7. Monitor On-Page Optimization

Maintaining a strong online presence requires continuous improvement. Regularly review and optimize on-page elements like:

· Meta titles

· Meta descriptions

· Heading tags

· Image alt tags

· Keyword usage

As your website traffic changes, so will your audience. Stay on top of your website’s performance data and adjust as needed to improve relevancy and visibility.

8. Assess Your Social Media Engagement

Social media platforms can serve as a valuable beta test for content ideas. Track social media metrics like reactions, comments, and follows to gain insight into what content resonates with your target audience.

Analyze posts with the highest engagement levels and identify how you can align them with your website content. How can you leverage your social media posts to drive website traffic? Promoting blog articles, class schedules, special offers, and other relevant content are great opportunities to attract more visitors to your website.

9. Analyze Your Backlink Profile

Backlinks play a significant role in driving traffic to your website by utilizing links from other websites to direct traffic back to your website. Analyze your backlink profile to understand why visitors are choosing your website over others.

To check your site:

1. Go to Google

2. Search for “link:yourdomain.com”

3. Identify and discard any low quality or spammy backlinks

4. Use your Google webmaster tools console to find other backlinks

After identifying how many backlinks your website has, strategize how you can leverage them to build strategic relationships and enhance your website’s visibility.

10. Perform a Competitive Analysis

Visiting your competitors’ websites and studying their strategies can help you identify growth opportunities for your website.

Visit your competitors’ websites and take note of their design elements, navigation structure, content strategy, and any other unique features. What are they doing well and how can you use those strategies to elevate your own website? By learning from your competitors, you can stay ahead of the competition and deliver a superior website experience.

Want to Learn More?

For additional information, check out this webinar led by digital expert Nick Lindauer! With over 20 years of experience in the digital space, Nick will guide you through the process of evaluating your website’s performance.

Dive deep into the evaluation process and learn from live evaluations of real fitness club websites. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a seasoned industry professional!

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