Category: Blog Usability

Congratulations! You’re a blog owner. It has a catchy name. After submitting a blog post, you’re amazed at the inbound traffic. The ads in your sidebar are paying your mortgage. People recognize you on the street as that “Cool Blogger”. Next year, you’ll retire to some tropical island because your blog success is like winning the lottery. Or not. A focus on the usability of your blog can help create a happy picture much like the one you’ve just readRead more…

As I return to a less intense work load than in weeks past, I thought I’d relax with you and share some recent usability blog posts that caught my eye, but I haven’t had time to write or comment on them. Four Bad Designs. Jakob Nielsen picks four examples of designs that missed their mark. Each example is right-on, but my favorite is the first one. Without incentive, there’s no reason to care about the call to action. Google NowRead more…

There’s a small trick I do with my online order form that helps to identify one of the first problems a web site may have. I purposely don’t ask for a business address or phone number right away. I don’t want to know what these are. As a web site usability consultant, when I visit a client’s web site for the first time, learning how to contact them is my first official task. If I can’t locate this information, orRead more…

In my dating days, I was a guy’s worst nightmare. When I went out with my friends, I may or may not have been looking for a cute hunk. Most likely, I was there to dance and flirt with a drummer. The worst thing a Coyote (man on the hunt) could do was to throw me a pick up line. I would move away from the bar. I would roll my eyes. I would turn to a girlfriend and faceRead more…

I laughed when I read SEO and Usability: Don’t Beat a Dead Horse, which is a response to my SEO and Usability: Be That Stallion and Round Up The Herd. He has a point and I though it was likely a sign that I’m a usability idealist. Carlos del Rio wrote: You need to reach with both (SEO and Usability) hands to efficiently take advantage of your site changes. But wait… word of mouth advertising? Brand building? I love designRead more…

As more and more people jump on the SEO and Usability bandwagon and write about it, a few different arguments are presented. In some, one set of skills is more important than the other, or “first”. For others, one can’t live without the other. Still others think they have a purpose together and create new terms for practicing it. I’ve written extensively over the years on the relationship between SEO and web site usability. Five years ago I felt thatRead more…

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