Designing to Meet User Expectations

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No design will appeal to everyone. In recent weeks I’ve published two different galleries of web designs of unique website layouts and minimalistic websites and the sites featured in these galleries take different approaches to providing an attractive site for users. If you spend much time looking at which designs successfully present the image of a business to visitors, you will notice that websites in various industries frequently take a specific approach. Certain audiences will have expectations of what they want in a design, and if they don’t get it, the site will be out of place and most likely unsuccessful.

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Creating Multiple Streams of Income Online

You started a website or blog and you want to make some money (that is the goal of a business, so that’s not a bad thing). Maybe you created a product to sell, or maybe you’re using AdSense, direct ads, affiliate ads, promotion of services, or some other method to monetize your site. In order to maximize the income potential of your website you’ll almost certainly have to take advantage of multiple income sources.

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Promoting Older Posts With Social Media

For any blogger or website owner, traffic is at least somewhat inconsistent, and ups and downs are a natural occurrence. However, during those slow times most of us would like to be able to turn the tables and get some new traffic flowing to the site. The common thought for bloggers is that new content should be created and promoted to get things moving. This isn’t always necessary.

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Long Term Traffic Analysis: Learn from the Trends and Improve the Future

Most bloggers and website owners check their stats on a regular basis. For some that may be weekly, daily, or every 2 hours. I’m like most people and I log in to check stats briefly at least once a day. At the end of the month I’ll also check on the monthly stats as a whole, but that’s typically as far as it goes.

Now that the blog has been around for a while I thought it would be interesting to look back on six months worth of data. The blog technically launched in March of 2007 but was not taken seriously until late June or early July, so 6 months goes back to mid July.

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The Anatomy of a Minimalistic Web Design

Judging by the amount of interest created by two galleries, 25 Beautiful, Minimalistic Website Designs and 25 Beautiful, Minimalistic Website Designs – Part 2 , many of you have an appreciation for an attractive, yet simple, design. As a result, I’ve taken a look at what makes minimalistic designs successful and I’d like to share my thoughts here. I know that not everyone likes these types of designs, so your opinions of what is good design may differ from mine.

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Blog Design: What Should Be Above the Fold?

When designing any type of website, you need to keep in mind what visitors will see immediately upon arriving at the site. Whatever is visible without scrolling down is said to be “above the fold.” The content and design elements that are above the fold will of course draw the first attention from visitors, and hopefully they will be encouraged to check out the entire page’s contents and navigate through the site. For this reason, pay layout and design should be done in a way that creates a positive first experience by making an impact above the fold.

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Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins: Making WP a More Valuable CMS

Earlier today there was a post published at Smashing Magazine titled Premium WordPress Themes: Are They Here To Stay? The article looked at some of the leading premium themes that are available and posed some questions to readers: Have you ever considered releasing a premium WordPress theme? Would you consider using one? How much would you spend? They also asked if it’s time for premium WordPress plugins. I’d like to take a moment to respond to these questions, particularly the last one, because I feel this is a topic worth discussing for designers and WordPress users alike.

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How to Effectively Use a Unique Website Layout

Last week I published a gallery of 20 Websites With Unique Layouts, which got a mixed response. The post did very well with social media and most of the comments were positive, but some readers didn’t like a few of the sites that were featured or they simply pointed out that particular sites were not user-friendly. I wasn’t at all surprised by this response, primarily because it is true. Several of the sites in that were included feature a unique layout, but some of the qualities that make the layout unique also make the site difficult to use.

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Increase Your Impact Online by Duplicating Your Success

One of the great advantages of internet marketing and blogging is that what you learn through one project or website can be applied to others. The lessons that you are learning through your experience today can not only help you to build a successful website or blog, but they can help you to save time and increase productivity and success on future projects.

On top of the lessons that you learn, other things are transferable as well. The network of friends and contacts that you have developed and the social media profiles that you have built can also be extremely beneficial when you launch a new site. Additionally, if your websites cover similar subject matter you may even be able to refer visitors to your other sites to create larger audiences.

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