There's help: Web Pages That Suck.com is the actual name of a website featured in a New York Times Article: How to make your web site sing.
Web Pages That Suck provides links to websites that are hard on the eye or the mind and the features include the "Daily Sucker." It is a very informative and entertaining site.
A site must have addictive content, said Vincent Flanders, a Web design consultant in the Seattle area who is the creator of Webpagesthatsuck.com, a site that analyzes why some pages do not work. “People must be willing to crawl through a sewer for it. --from the New York Times
Personally, when it comes to blogs, I am especially fond of the content and design of Millionaire Artist and Dumb Little Man. Those sites sing to me.
But I've also picked up a few pointers from the New York Times piece and the sucky website site.
1. The front page counts most.
The first screen view is important. In newspapers, it's called above the fold (that top half of the front page). Not everyone scrolls down to the lower half of the screen.
Studies by Mr. Nielsen’s company, the Nielsen Norman Group, an Internet design firm in Fremont, Calif., show that only 50 percent of Web visitors scroll down the screen to see what lies below the visible part on their PC monitor.--NYT
2. Grammar is important.
3. Get rid of unnecessary items: Too many bells and whistles can be a turnoff.
4. Avoid "Mystery Meat Navigation," which are links that don't tell the reader where they are going. Like this. (Hint: it's a link to an article about mystery meat links.)
5. Don't be long winded. And on that note. I'm signing off.
Here are other links to articles about blogging and money that I found helpful.
1.Blogging for customers from Forbes
2.40 ways to make money on the Internet from Dumb Little man
3.7 ways to make the most of your blog from Folksonomy, which was featured on Cyberjournalist.net.
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