- About D. A. Shaver
- Brute Force Attacks
- Googling Google
- Hex color abreviations
- How To Make A Website
- How To Take Pictures For Your Website
- How to get started blogging
- How to make money
- How to manage your strong passwords
- Just the facts
- Moving your computer
- My Experiences With Anti-Virus Software
- Privacy Statement
- Refresh the file and folder lists
- Stupid Windows Messages
- Tame Multiple Domains On The Web Site With htaccess 301 Redirect
- The Future Of The Internet Software
- The Necessity Of A UPS
- Web Site Usability Keeps Customers Returning
- What Is A Domain Name?
- What Is A Web Browser?
- What Is Good SEO?
- What Is RSS?
- What Is Web Mail?
- What Is Website Hosting?
- What is FTP?
- What is a Good Web Page?
- What is a database?
- What is the one thing web hosting companies fail to understand?
- Why Everyone Can And Should Have A Blog
- Why You Need A Web Site
- Writing Articles for your Website or Blog
- 5 Important Things That Should Be Every Web Page
- 5 Simple Things Necessary To Write Content For The Web
- 5 Simple ways to avoid having your posts and articles marked as spam
- Above The Fold
- Add value
- Blinder Vision
- Blogging creates content
- Chunk Your Articles For Maximum Reader Attention
- Content migration
- Go After The Right Goals
- Go For The Long Term
- How Can I Get My Website Found On Google?
- How To Write Articles For Your Website
- If you want people to do something for you then you have to something for them.
- Never be stuck for something to write
- Save Time With Keyboard Shortcuts
- Streamline Your Articles For Maximum Impact
- Ten Ways Your Web Site Inspires Trust In Visitors
- The Ten Things You Need To Do To Write Compelling Web Site Content
- The purpose of a website is to inform
- Typography, The Letters Do Matter!
- You already know the most important blogging tip
- You can be a blogger
- You need to be writing all the time
Ten Ways Your Web Site Inspires Trust In Visitors
No Splash Pages Please
Never use splash pages, intro pages that usually say click here to enter site. These could be characterized as user hostile. Visitors should find what they want on the first click.
The Purpose Of Your Website Should Be The First Thing Visitors See
This most common way is a short tag line right under you web site name or the heading or very close. It absolutely must be above the fold, or the portion, which is shown with out scrolling down to see. This will vary on different computer screens so the nearer the top the better. The best place is right under the web site name. It is best if the web site name and any tag lines are in text. It is very bad from a find ability standpoint if your web site has words in pictures, search engines cannot read pictures.
Your About Page Is The Most Important Page On Your Site
The about me or about us page should easy to find on the first page above the fold. If you are an individual free-lancer or contractor your picture should available. This might be the most visited page on your site. Don’t try to act like a big company if you are not. A lot of freelancers have their picture on each page.
Make Everything Easy To Find
Every thing should easy to get to. Over half of visitors will use the search to find everything so make it easy find and use. The worst mistake you can make is to have difficult to use navigation or search. There will always be people that don’t like drop down menus so keep this in mind. People should find what they want, if they follow a link and it is not what they expected, your credibility will drop. Don’t use cute little pictures instead of text navigation. Never put words in pictures. If it is text you can select it with your cursor. If visitors think your web site is hard to use your credibility will drop.
Use What They Already Know
Use the most common words for everything. Don’t be innovative, creative or folksy. Use about me instead of getting to know us and contact instead of yo’ll give us a call. If you have an ecommerce site use shopping cart instead grocery sack, basket or any thing else.
Banish The Words Click Here
Never use the phrase click here. Link text should always describe the page the user is going to. This page should never be a surprise. Surprises only drive away potential customers.
Nobody Is Impressed By Technical Terms
Watch the use of jargon or terms of your trade if the page is full of words visitors don’t understand it will alienate them. It is good for them if you are skilled, but be careful using terms that not every one will understand. They may want to hire some one knowledgeable but they want to hear terms they understand.
No Abbreviations Please
Watch the common abbreviations so much in use today. Terms such as ttyl (talk to you later) or lol (laugh out loud) will only mystify some people and your message will be lost. In order to keep peoples attention they must understand what you are saying.
No Waiting Please
Make sure your page is not loaded down with pictures, graphics or links to other web sites. Keep pictures few and small in size. Make sure they are optimized for the web. A graphics arts editor such as Corel Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop can reduce the number of colors and thus the file size so your pictures download quickly. Limit or banish moving things, or animations, which detract from your message.
Use Proper Language And Spelling
Use good English (if your page is in English). Spell check everything and reread several times.