What Is A/B Split Testing?
A/B split testing is often experimented by webmasters on a landing page, sales funnel or simply on a blog page. It's a method for comparing two different versions in order to determine which version performs better. It's also called A/B testing, or split testing. Not just a comparison between "A and B" but more than two variations can be compared by split test, e.g. variation A, variation B, variation C and so on.
The objective of a split testing is to find out 'which one is more/most popular?' So really any elements on a webpage can be tested, but mainly there are two types;
#1 Page Headline or Meta Description Variations
This is to test which one attracts more visitors. Your webpage being ranked at the top of search engine does not necessarily mean people will click to visit. If the headline sounds boring or irrelevant to what they're looking for, then they don't. Publish two or more identical posts with different headlines to find out which headline performs the highest CTR.
You cannot simply publish multiple pages because it would harm your site's SEO, so you need to use a tool for testing. Previously Thrive Headline Optimizer was a good WordPress plugin, and still is. But Thrive Optimize does a lot more jobs. All you have to do is to insert more than one headline per web post and set the test duration (either the maximum number of visits or how many days you want to run it for). The plugin will randomly publish different versions and reveal which headline is the champion.
#2 Any Other Elements Within the Webpage
When a user arrives at your landing page, now this is to test their behavior. Typically a style of Call-To-Action (CTA) button, it can be the variation of page layout or background color that you want to test and find out which version persuades users to take action more/the most.
You could split test at no cost if you set it up using Google Optimize, but it requires a technical knowledge and it's time consuming. Especially when you want to run multiple split tests at the same time, copying and pasting lengthy code snippets onto the head section becomes a messy job. Personally I'd rather spend my precious time in coming up with new ideas (e.g. CTA layout and position), not in setting it up, or even monitoring.
Automatic Winner Option Tool
"Thrive Optimize" is an all-round, automatic A/B split testing tool. Not only does it allow you to set it up very quickly, but it automatically monitors the results and will eliminate underperforming variations when the test period's ended. From then on, all your visitors will be sent to only the highest converting version of your page.
By using this easy plugin, the steps you need to take for the split test will be;
- Clone (create a copy) of your existing webpage at a click of a button
- Edit that page and save as a variation
- Pick a conversion goal (you can either choose to measure (1) page visit" (2) opt-in form submission or (3) revenue)
- Run the test.
Thrive Optimize only works with Thrive Architect, and many of the Architect users are already using it. I'm an annual member myself ($19 per month) so this plugin was provided for free along with any other Thrive products.
1 LICENSE (incl. THRIVE ARCHITECT)
5 LICENSE PACK (incl. THRIVE ARCHITECT)
THRIVE ARCHITECT USER
as an add-on
A/B Split Testing Tool - Do You Really Need It?
Split tests play a big role in increasing conversion rates. They should be done. Your landing pages should be experimented. But a conventional split test tool is only worth paying money for if you're willing to make time to monitor the results and keep analysing them frequently.
Although I was aware of the importance of A/B testing, I couldn't get around to try it for a long time for two reasons;
- Initial setup seemed complicated even by using a special tool, and
- I didn't want to spend too much time analysing the results.
Thrive Optimize clears these two problems that I had. Because it's part of the WordPress visual editor, it allows you to create an alternative version of your webpage immediately after creating the original version, then set to test it immediately without leaving WordPress. It will provide you a full analysis but with its automatic winner option, you can really - in theory - set it up and forget about it.
Thrive Optimize is friendly to someone lazy like me, and makes A/B split testing actually enjoyable.