Thursday, 14 October 2010

But I don't need a Blog

That’s what my clients always say; yes you do, if only to think about your own Web Site content.
I don’t need a Blog, we already have one, however it may seem a tad technical take a Look whats hard to understand?

We discuss a thing called DNS at the beginning of every project, this explains it, you don't need to understand it, because we do.

What I want to do in this Blog is to explain the Sales and Marketing aims and aspirations of your Web Site, starting with content

Writing for the Web is different

Writing for the Web is not the same as writing for print because people read differently on the Web. One of the impediments to online reading is physical: It´s harder to read on a screen than it is to read on paper.

Even the best computer monitors are hopelessly fuzzy when compared to the crisp images on a glossy magazine page, and the extra effort this requires from human eyes and brains slows readers down. The longer the document, the bigger the problem.

The physical impediment will lessen—perhaps even disappear—in time. Today´s monitors are vastly better than the ones in use a decade ago—especially the latest generation with flat screens and liquid crystal displays. Better software is also helping. Microsoft, for instance, has created a superior family of type fonts specifically designed for online reading (Arial and Tahoma are two of the most widely used). Innovation continues.

But the more significant barrier web writers must overcome is behavioral, not physical, and technological advances may never break it down. Everyone who´s observed, tested, or studied online reading agrees that people behave differently when online. When viewing a new page, they don´t read—they scan. They look at headings and subheadings first; they scan for hyperlinks, numerals, and keywords. They jump around, scrolling and clicking—their fingers never far from the browser´s “Back” button. The word that best describes their behavior is: impatient.

The challenge for the web writer is to overcome readers´ impatience by keeping things as brief as possible. It´s a big challenge. Writing 250 breezy words on a given subject is usually harder than writing 1,000. There´s an anecdote editors like to pass along that goes like this: One editor gets a long letter from a friend. After the signature at the end of many pages is a scribbled apology: “Pardon me for going on. I didn´t have time to write a shorter letter.” Fictional? Probably. Corny? Certainly. But dead-on.

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