We’ve all visited those websites that just have us immediately fumbling for the escape button.
Or those sites that are just too difficult and busy to find what you are looking for.
There are definite “red flags” when it comes to website turn-offs and these are five of the top annoyances to consider avoid when putting your site together.
1 . Giveaways
People are skeptical enough when dealing with websites that they are not familiar with. It’s like the old saying goes “nothing’s free!” so when people see “giveaway” they expect to be approached about paying for or signing up for something in return.
Be cautious about what you giveaway and how you announce your online giveaway. Another thing to consider is that readers will be extremely hesitant about giving you information that requires their phone numbers or address, which would be the only way to send them this giveaway.
Just be upfront about your giveaway and don’t “push” it on your readers.
2 . Fast Cash Promises
People are always looking for a way to make quick money, but if you are thinking about posting fast cash promises on your site, do your homework!
Make sure these methods really work and are ligitamate techniques to make money.
Don’t tarnish your good web name to draw in traffic that will be disappointed with the information you provide.
3 . Sign Ups
No one wants to devulge their personal information and are leary about any site that asks for it. If you decide to ask for your readers info, explain what you are going to do with it and why you are asking for it.
Also, don’t get too personal. This make people nervous and nothing turns readers away quicker than someone they don’t know asking for information that gets too involved.
4 . Flash
Ugh.Flash tends to cheapen a site when overused or used incorrectly.
Beware the “car dealer” approach! “Buy Now”, “FREE!”, “Win Prizes!”, you get the idea.
These catch phrases are just that, supposed ways to catch the eye of your reader. Unfortunately, over time people have smartened up and realized that most of these flash phrases are just empty promises.
5 . Too Much “Stuff”
Less really is more when dealing with your website. Nothing is more frustrating than piling information, photos and stuff on a site.
When readers have a tough time finding what they are looking for on a site, they will go somewhere else.
You have only a few seconds to capture your reader, so make those seconds count by keeping your pages simple and easy to read.
About the author:
Amanda Tradwick is a grant researcher and writer for CollegeGrant.net. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and has recently finished researching college grants for non traditional students as well as college grants for hispanics.