About Sharon Hurley Hall

Self-confessed word nerd and polymath Sharon Hurley Hall has the perfect job - as a professional freelance writer and blogger. And when she can indulge her geeky side and write about new web tools, it's a little slice of heaven.

Sharon has also worked as a journalist, a college professor (teaching journalism, of course), an editor and a ghostwriter in a career spanning 25 years. Currently, you can find Sharon's work on publications as diverse as Crazy Egg, Unbounce, OnePageCRM, Basic Blog Tips, Ragan PR, The Content Standard and IBM Midsize Insider.

She's often spotted hanging around on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.

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13 Reasons Your CRO is Failing

13 reasons why your CRO is failing

Scratching your head over low conversion rates? If you’re not getting the results you expect or need from your conversion rate optimization (CRO) strategies, you could be facing one of the problems on this list.

A 45 Point Checklist for Optimizing Conversions

45 point CRO checklist

There’s a lot to keep track of when optimizing conversions – and you need to cover everything if you want to improve your chances of success. That’s the reason for this checklist. It covers everything from your headline to the call to action, and recommends some useful tools too.

The 7 Questions Every Online Customer Has & Why You Need To Know Them


Most people visit your site because they want something. Your ability to give them that something determines whether they take up your offer and your landing page converts. A while back, I talked about the importance of reading your customers’ minds to improve conversions, but you can go one better, by understanding not just their […]

Double the Power of Your Content with This One Change

double the power of your content

As a copywriter you want to make your copy as appealing as possible and one key way to double its impact is by making it more action-oriented. It turns out that getting active isn’t just good for your health; it’s good for your writing. At least that’s the common wisdom when it comes to marketing […]

29 Experts Share Their Conversion Optimization Wisdom


We recently published an expert Q&A on conversion optimization, and it got us to thinking: what else do the top CRO peeps say about the topic? To find out, I trawled their blogs and, no surprise, there was some great advice.

Researching User Intent: How to Learn What Users Really Want

user intent

If you really want to get conversions, you need to be a mind reader. I’m not even kidding. Understanding what users want (known as user intent) has become a driving force in search engine optimization (SEO) and search marketing to help bring more people to your site.

Smart CRO: What We Can Learn from the Windows 10 Launch

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Forget the old Mac vs Windows argument — I’ve used both and each has advantages depending on your personal setup. If you’re a Windows user, you may be waiting with bated breath to for the release of Windows 10 on July 29. In a smart move, Microsoft has made the upgrade free for users of […]

CRO Experts Speak: Your Burning Questions Answered

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Conversion rate optimization (CRO) 101 tutorials are useful, but if you’re a CRO newbie, one way to learn fast and get inspiration is to find out how the pros do it. With that in mind, we’ve asked a panel of experts six of our burning questions about conversion rate optimization.

7 SEO “Best” Practices That Now Seem Weird (and What’s Replaced Them)

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Search engine optimization (SEO) and conversion rate optimization (CRO) go hand in glove. SEO can help you find out where you’re losing conversions and optimize to get them back again. But that’s only if you’re doing it right. If you’re still optimizing like it’s 2005, then you’ll have a very different experience, because SEO has […]