If you start doing some research on landing page design, sooner or later you will come across “The Rules of Thumb.
I am not sure whose thumbs were used to create TRT, but believe me they exist. TRT sayeth thou shalt remove all navigation from thy landing page.”
Okay good idea- in fact I decided to follow it when I first read it. I built landing page after landing page, sans navigation. I mean, it made sense… until some of our clients tested it. What they found was that their landing page with a navigation bar intact outperformed the TRT version by 30%!
Now don’t think for a second I am trying to refute the rule of thumb or create a new one. Chances are most landing pages do perform better without extraneous navigation. But my point is, how will you know if your page works better with or without it?
This is where testing comes in. Without #split testing your landing page head to head, there is no way to know. So go on… give it a try!