Is Your Website Annoying?

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August 18, 2009 – When it comes to style, everyone will have an opinion and likely there will always be people that disagree; however, there are certain factors of annoyance when it comes to websites that can make or break your bottom line.

Search Engine Watch published a great article recently about annoying website features that frequently appear on ecommerce websites that could easily drive potential customers away. Even if your website is more service based than product-selling, there are still a few good rules of thumb that apply.

Below are a few of my favorites:

  • The more products you sell, the clearer your navigation and sell message needs to be.
  • If you force customers to download an ActiveX control or Flash update to view a page, they will most likely leave
  • Don’t abuse email addresses. Don’t send email blasts daily and never sell email addresses to other companies!
  • If you have an option to enlarge a photo, make the photo larger, don’t just bring up the photo in the same size in a new window.
  • White text on a dark background is hard to read, don’t give your customers a reason to ignore your SEO content!

Check out the entire article on SEW for more great web design features to avoid!

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