- Where do your eyes first travel when you land on your website? Pretend that each of your visitors has a short attention span (because this is often the reality). Using this information, you need to make sure that your website draws in your readers with some sort of hook….immediately. Statistics show that it only takes a mere matter of seconds (sometimes less) for someone to land on a website and jump immediately to a different one. Things that factor in heavily at the outset? WEB DESIGN (including color scheme, white space, text font choice and use of images).
- What is this website about? If it takes you longer than a couple of seconds to figure out what the website is about, then that is simply too long. Visitors should know right away what product/service you are trying to sell and the general point you are trying to make. If there is too much going on on the website or too many distractions, then the only thing you’re guaranteed at that point is NOT being able to garner an business prospects.
- Is the important information “above the fold?” In print media, major information is usually put above where the newspaper folds over. In the web world, most people who visit a website want to know the general details without having to do a lot of “digging” in order to find it. The idea here is that you, the webmaster, provide the consumer with a couple of catchy headlines or basic information that will draw them in and make them interested in reading the rest of what you have to say.
What other sorts of questions can you think of that would help to create better, more functional websites and blogs for readers? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section!