The Simple Rules Of Effective Websites

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There are two simple aspects to web design that it’s important to understand before you set about building your first, or next, website. The organisation and design of your site should be based on the aims you have for your site and the goals of your audience. Planning ahead and focussing on these goals is the best way to ensure you create a successful site.

Plan Ahead and Set Your Goals

Establish early on in the planning process what the purpose of the site is. A simple one line sentence that sums up your aim should be the starting point here. The more clarity you have about your goal from the start it will be simpler for your visitors to understand. The user of your site is more important than anybody else in the process. Too often websites are designed for the people creating the site! Think about your audience carefully and consider not only their likely skill level but their interests carefully. A site designed for a typical or average user is likely to appeal to a far broader range of users than one designed for you.

Future Proofing

The future is an important aspect to consider when building the site initially. How often will the site need to be updated? If you need to update the content regularly, consider how easy this will be and find an effective content management system (CMS) that you can easily manage yourself. There will be costs in terms of both time and money in maintaining and updating a site, so ease of use is an essential factor. Similarly, to avoid the need for a complete re-design in the future, consider if the site is likely to grow in the coming years (or months). Will you want to add new pages and sections? If this is the case, again, the design of the site should be capable of being extended as and when necessary. A basic framework that you can add and make changes to yourself is preferable in this case, rather than having to get a designer in each time an overhaul is required.

Product Placement

In terms of the look of your site it is, again, crucial to consider the needs of your users and their habits. It’s a well-documented fact that web users scan read a site searching for information relevant to them quickly. In terms of behaviour most users scan from top to bottom and left to right with the main focus of their attention to the left and top of a page. Given this factor it’s important to place your most important information, and calls to action, in this section of the page. Think about what you want from your users and what they need from your site; this goal and requirement should feature heavily in the areas visitors are most likely to be viewing.

The Easily Distracted Mind

The human mind responds quickly to visual stimulus and this is important to remember when creating effective images. Moving images will distract your viewer’s attention. In general, unless they are likely to lead the viewer exactly where you want them, moving images should be minimised. Small sections of text broken up with relevant images are the best approach. Adverts that flash and pop up are common on the web and are commonly hated by users; remember this factor when designing your site.

Navigation for the Terminally Lazy (a.k.a. The User)

Simplicity in your site design is crucial. Users should quickly be able to navigate to the part of the site that they need (and you want them to visit). If it takes more than three clicks to do so you risk losing the notoriously fickle attention of most web users; they’ll click the back button very quickly and will probably not return to your site in a hurry. Links should be placed where it requires minimum effort to find them (users are lazy!), preferably close to the top and left. Simple, self-explanatory menus (home, about, etc.) should be clearly visible and accessible on each page.

Quality Content is still King

“Content is King”, so they say, and this mantra has been true for centuries in the marketing world. It’s a concept that is still alive and kicking in the 21st century and applies to websites as much as to any other form of marketing material. Poor quality content has a negative effect on users, losing their trust quickly. This can include poorly written content and badly thought out images (avoid stock images like the proverbial). Quality speaks volumes to web users and creates a bond of trust between you and your sites visitors. This trust is hard to gain, but once you have it, it’s a certain way to your use

3 Rules To Follow Before You Make Money Blogging

We all know that making money blogging is possible but it takes time and dedication. You won’t succeed at blogging in a day or two, it’s a long process. It means that there are definitely some rules to follow before you can start being successful. I often see posts that contain a list of things you should do to become successful but they forget to list the basics. What should I do before making money blogging? Are there some things I should follow? The answer is yes.

MMO Rules

Here are the 3 simple rules bloggers should follow before making money blogging:

1. Writing Good Content

As bloggers, our main goal is to write quality content to our audience. Writing killer articles is what we should always try to do. The reason why a blog would have a large readership is because of its high quality of content. People on the Internet are consistently looking for free information and this is why they end up landing on blogs most of the time. Try to be creative and do some researching before writing posts and you should start seeing an increase in your visitors and RSS subscribers. Posting frequency is also important because if you don’t update your blog, your visitors will think its dead. I have personally seen more results when I write posts more often then I usually do. Remember writing killer articles helps to recover old readers.

2. Don’t monetize too early

This is a huge mistake that you can do! If you monetize your blog too early, your visitors will think that your blog was created for the only purpose of making money and not for offering value or tips. Make sure to wait few months before monetizing your blog. I would personally suggest waiting 3-6 months before monetizing a blog because before that time frame, it’s hard to generate a lot of traffic. Remember that you will need a lot of traffic before making money blogging.

3. Working hard and being consistent

Hard work always pays off and you can do a lot of different things to help you as a blogger. You can comment on blogs, write guest posts and start working on link building to help get some exposure and traffic. Remember that interaction is something really important for any blogger. You can have the best content in the World but if nobody reads it, your efforts will be wasted. As I have mentioned, posting frequency is something that you should work on and the more you posts when you start out, the better it is! When you create posts, they will be indexed on Google and this will help you generate a lot of organic traffic. This is definitely one of the advantages of blogging because you can have your posts indexed on Google and benefit from it. There are some blogs that have up to 1000 indexed posts on Google and some have more then this!