Upon paying closer attention to my habits when surfing the internet, I have some questions to ask below.
- How long do you stay on a certain site?
- Do you actually read the content? Or are you scanning it through?
- What irritates you?
- How do you feel when you first arrive on a web page?
- What are your first impressions of the site?
- Do you browse through the website if you like it?
- Do you wait around for the page to load or you click on to a different one?
- Do you prefer long post or short post?
What I Do When I Surf the Web
- I don't have patient to wait for the page to load
- I like clean design
- I don't like scrolling down to read the content. This is the biggest turn off for me!
- Ads at the top of the page is an automatic thumb down
- I will actually take time to browse the site if I like its uncluttered design
- I prefer to read medium length post
- I scan for the main ideas on long post, especially when there are no pictures
- Pop up ad is the most irritating thing to me
- I strongly dislike: "If you are new here, please subscribe to..." at the top of the post. (I'm new so I don't even know if I like the site yet, why should I subscribe?)
- I especially offended by this: "StumbleUpon users, thumb this up!" (What if I am not a StumbleUpon user? What if I don't think the post deserves a thumb up? When I read this, I want to just thumb it down! I restrain myself and go on though...)
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Why Paying Closer Attention When Surfing the Web Helps Me
- I choose a cleaner design for my blog
- Flashing ads are not the first sign readers will see
- I keep my post within a reasonable length
- I use photos in my post
- My content is the main focus when the a viewer arrives
- No pop up ads, ever!!!
- I need readers, viewers, subscribers, but "thumb this up if you are a StumbleUpon users", or "subscribe to me if you are new here" won't be a part of my post content.
- I will provide the bookmarking sites and the subscribe options, but they won't be obnoxious or demanding.