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Twitter Logo 25 Must Follow Web Design Twitter Accounts

Ever since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been a huge source of information for web design enthusiasts. With over 550,000,000 users, Twitter is one of the hottest places to stay connected and gain information. Whether it be from friends and family, celebrities, or your favorite companies or blogs, Twitter is a great place to get all the information your want/need in one spot.

Awesome statistics aside, Twitter is home to many different web design related accounts, all of which are tweeting constantly throughout the day and night. I decided to compile a list of some of the best web design related Twitter accounts to follow.

1. 1st Web Designer @1stwebdesigner

Founded in 2008 by Dainis Graveris, 1st Web Designer is a great source for web design tutorials and articles. 1st Web Design also tweets web design related articles from other design blogs.

1st Web Designer Twitter Account @1stwebdesigner

2. Onextrapixel @onextrapixel

A great resource site for designers and developers, onextrapixel publishes articles on tutorials, tips, and resources for web designers and developers.

Onextrapixel Twitter Account @onextrapixel

3. Designmodo @Designmodo

Officially launched in 2011, Designmodo quickly grew into one of the most popular design blogs on the planet. Great for both web designers and web developers, Designmodo provides quality articles and quality products in their shop which inlude PSD and HTML UI kits and graphics.

Designmodo Twitter Account @Designmodo

4. Web Design Tuts @wdtuts

I’m sure most of you have heard of at least one of the Tuts Plus sub sites, Web Design Tuts focuses on tutorials, articles, and tips specifically for web designers.

Web Design Tuts Twitter Account @wdtuts

5. Web Design Ledger @webdesignledger

Web Design Ledger is another popular blog site for web designers. They only tweet once or twice per day, but most of their articles are very helpful and informative so following them is well worth it.

Web Design Ledger Twitter Account @webdesignledger

6. CSS Tricks @Real_CSS_Tricks

One of my favorite web blogs, CSS Tricks is run by Chris Coyier who is a CSS guru of sorts. CSS Tricks is a little more advanced and development related, but there are tons of useful tutorial articles, code snippets, and WordPress related posts.

CSS Tricks Twitter Account @Real_CSS_Tricks

7. SitePoint @sitepointdotcom

SitePoint is a great place to learn web design, they tweet regularly and even respond to most tweets users tweet them. SitePoint also has a forum you can join that’s filled with helpful people and a shop with some great learning books.

SitePoint Twitter Account @sitepointdotcom

8. Six Revisions @sixrevisions

Launched in 2008, Six Revisions is a great source for web design related articles and tutorials. Their Twitter account is maintained by Jacob Gube who is the founder of Six Revisions and a web designer himself.

Six Revisions Twitter Account @sixrevisions

9. Smashing Magazine @smashingmag

Smashing Magazine is a very well known online web designer magazine that publishes some great articles on web design. Smashing Magazine also publishes some very useful books, including my favorite, Smashing WordPress.

Smashing Magazine Twitter Account @smashingmag

10. Web Designer Depot @DesignerDepot

Perhaps one of the most well known web design blogs, Webdesigner Depot is constantly tweeting great articles and useful links for web design throughout the day. They publish some great tutorial articles and keep current with all the latest trends.

Web Designer Depot Twitter Account @DesignerDepot

11. topdesignmag @topdesignmag

A great blog for design inspiration, Top Design Mag tweets some great giveaways of various products so keep an eye on them.

topdesignmag Twitter Account @topdesignmag

12. Line25 @line25blog

Another great blog for inspiration, Line 25 tweets everything from tutorials to showcases. Line 25 is updated by Chris Spooner, founder of the SpoonGraphics blog.

Line25 Twitter Account @line25blog

13. Speckyboy @speckyboy

Run by Paul Andrew, Speckyboy tweets a variety of articles on everything from graphic design to web design. He tweets regularly and throughout the day, usually 5+ times a day.

Speckyboy Twitter Account @speckyboy

14. Creative Bloq @CreativeBloq

CreativeBloq is a great Twitter account to follow for web design inspiration. They tweet frequently through all hours of the day and their site is run by professionals (it’s a sub site of NetMag) so you know the content is trustworthy.

Creative Bloq Twitter Account @CreativeBloq

15. DesignM.ag @DesignMagTweets

Although they don’t tweet as regularly as others, DesignMa.g is a useful resource for web design and development tutorials.

DesignM.ag Twitter Account @DesignMagTweets

16. Hey, designer! @HeyDesigner

Hey, designer! sends tweets throughout the day of curated articles relating to web design and development from various websites across the globe. All articles are handpicked by the site owner so no spam ever gets tweeted.

Hey, designer! Twitter Account @HeyDesigner

17. Smashing Apps @SmashingApps

Smashing Apps is a useful Twitter to follow for design inspiration, resources, and tutorials. You can expect only one or two tweets per day from smashing apps.

Smashing Apps Twitter Account @SmashingApps

18. instantShift @instantshift

Instant shift is a good place for web design and development resources, like some of the others they only tweet a few times a day so following them won’t clutter up your twitter feed.

instantShift Twitter Account @instantshift

19. Designrfix @Designrfix

Designrfix tweets articles from their blog and curated articles from others that are submitted to the news section via their website. They tweet in packs of up to 10 tweets at various times of the day. Articles they tweet are hand picked as well and all posts submitted are moderated to insure zero spam.

Designrfix Twitter Account @Designrfix

20. Inspired Magazine @inspiredmag

A good source for design inspiration, Inspired Magazine tweets various links throughout the day to help keep you inspired.

Inspired Magazine Twitter Account @inspiredmag

21. Zenith Blog @thezenithblog

Formerly called Top Creative Mag, Zenith Blog was founded by web designer Ricardo Nunes and features various articles on web design, photography, resources, tips, and tutorials.

Zenith Blog Twitter Account @thezenithblog

22. CrazyLeaf Design @crazyleaf

Crazy Leaf is a great place for web design resources, inspiration, and tutorials. They also regularly tweet out user submitted articles from their design news website Zabox.

CrazyLeaf Design Twitter Account @crazyleaf

23. SpyreStudios @SpyreStudios

SpyreStudios is another good account to follow on Twitter. They tweet out some interesting and inspiring articles at various times of the day including tip and tutorial articles.

SpyreStudios Twitter Account @SpyreStudios

24. The Web Blend @TheWebBlend

The Web Blend is another user submitted design article related site that tweets out the most popular articles from their website. They have a good collection of web design tweets that is constantly growing.

The Web Blend Twitter Account @TheWebBlend

25. Enfuzed @EnfuzedWeb

Of course we have to list ourselves, no not because we’re cocky, but because we have some very inspiring web design related articles on Enfuzed. We also like to send out a few tweets per day on articles worth mentioning from other web design blogs.

Enfuzed Twitter Account @EnfuzedWeb

Know of anymore great web design Twitter accounts to follow? Feel free to comment the @ username below!

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15 Common SEO Mistakes by Enfuzed

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a key aspect every website owner needs to take into account. Without proper SEO knowledge though, it’s easy for someone to destroy their websites’ reputation with search engines. Being able to rank well in search engines and having a search engine friendly website is of key importance in building your popularity and getting noticed on the web.

Below we will cover some of the most common SEO mistakes that people make and we will explain in detail why these mistakes can hurt your website.

Keyword targeting is one of the bigger mistakes people make and that is why most of the following mistakes we have listed are to do with keywords.

1. Targeting Unrealistic Keywords

This is one of the most common mistakes people make when trying to do SEO on their own. Trying to target keywords that get 100k+ monthly searches is going to get you no where and will be near impossible to rank in. The best thing you could do is target low competition keywords that get 25k or less monthly searches, these will be easier to rank high in.

2. Targeting Too Many Keywords

Trying to target too many keywords can become somewhat overwhelming when doing SEO for a website. It’s not a good idea to target a ton of keywords, especially ones that are not found within your website, because it’s just that much more work trying to target a ton of keywords. Keep it simple and to only those things related to your website, I would recommend starting with 10 keywords.

3. Not Using Long Tail Keywords

This common SEO mistake can cost you valuable traffic. I see it all the time, people will target one word keywords which are way too broad most of the time and don’t even help you in getting traffic. For example, let’s say you are a dentist and you use “dentist” as a keyword in your website. Realistically how many people search just the word “Dentist” on Google? Hardly any, most of the time if a person is looking for a dentist, they will search “Dentist St. Louis Missouri” (or wherever they are looking for a dentist).

This is where targeting long tail keywords will greatly help your website. If you use “Dentist St. Louis Missouri” as a keyword you will have a better chance and easier time ranking high for that search term, plus a better chance of conversion. Something you have to be careful of when using long tail keywords is avoiding stop words. Stop words are words like “and”, “the”, and “in” and these need to be avoided when using long tail keywords.

4. Copying Competitor Keywords

A thought that many of SEO beginners have is “Hey I’ll just copy my competitor’s keywords and I’ll be able to rank right next to them”. This is not a good way of thinking becuase how do you know your competitor’s keywords are the right ones to be targeting? Also, copying competitor keywords will just increase competition on those keywords. So it’s a good idea to be unique and target your own keywords that relate to your website.

Now I’m not saying that you should not use any keywords that your competitor is using, but you should be weary of the keywords they are using and know why they are using them.

5. Targeting Irrelevant Keywords

This is not much of a big issue anymore, but some people still use this “un-ethical” way of trying to generate traffic to their website. What I mean by targeting irrelevant keywords is, trying to target keywords just because the keywords have a high search volume, even though they have nothing to do with what your website is about. An example of this would be using the keyword “Justin Bieber” for a website with a niche of Nascar racing. In no way do these two things relate.

As stupid as this sounds, people do it, and not only is this a bad idea but Google will see this as “spamming” and your website could risk being removed from Google and blacklisted.

6. Overusing Keywords in Page Copy

When search engines crawl a website, they can tell if it is actual useful content or if it is just a page trying to rank keywords. That being said, overusing keywords in page copy to try and get it to rank high in search engines will not work. Not only will it fail to rank but it looks stupid and is, in most cases, a headache for users to try and read. So it’s a basic lose lose scenario, you’ll lose search rank for that page as well as readership.

7. Out of Date Content

One of the main things Google and other search engines look at when crawling a website is how up to date it is. Search engines love fresh content and regularly updated pages and they are more likely to crawl your website more often if they know it is updated regularly. Why? Because search engines want to show results to users that are up to date and relevant, they don’t want to be sending their users to websites that are outdated and no longer offer updated content.

So it’s a good idea to keep the content on your website up to date so that it has a better chance of being crawled more often. An easy way to do this would be to put a blog on your website. Having a blog is a great way to make sure your website is always posting fresh content.

8. Poorly Built Website

A website that is not structured to meet web standards and has errors makes it harder for search engine bots to crawl. If your website has 404 errors and redirect errors search engine bots will have a hard time crawling your website, and in some cases, will just leave your website and deem it un-crawlable.

9. No Alt or Title Tags for Images

Putting in alt and title tags on images is something countless website owners and even web designers/developers don’t take the time to do. Most people think that alt and title tags for images are only set in place for screen readers and/or they just decide it’s not worth their time. This is a big misconception, alt and title tags can help greatly in SEO for search engine image searches.

You focus all your time on ranking high in web results for search engines, but what about image searches? People search for images all the time and when they click through on an image that’s more traffic for you right? Whether your website specializes in images (like ours) or not, it’s very important that you optimize the images across your website.

10. No Meta Keywords or Description

It’s a no brainer that you should have a meta description and keywords in the head of each page on your website. This helps search engines determine what the web page is about. The keywords you include for each page should relate to that page and also be found on that page somewhere within the content.

If you have keywords in your meta that have no relation to what your website is about  just for the purpose of trying to boost traffic, search engines will see this as spamming (which we will get to later) and your website could be blacklisted. So it’s important to make sure your keywords relate to the page and it’s content.

11. Optimizing for Domain Name Instead of Keywords

You can visit almost any website and see this common mistake. Here is what I mean by optimizing for domain name instead of keywords: Instead of putting keywords in your websites title, you only put the site name, leaving out keywords. This causes search engines to rank your site based on it’s name rather than what the site is about.

As an example, look at our website, we have the keywords “Web Design and Graphic Design Blog”. Rather than just put the name of the website “Enfuzed”, we included a keyword description in the website title. Why? Because if users are in search of web design or graphic design website they aren’t going to type in “Enfuzed” in their search engines. They are going to type in “web design” or “graphic design”. Make sense? With that said, it’s important that you optimize your site for the keywords above all before optimizing for the name of your domain or company.

12. Spamming

Spamming is defined as any kind of technique used to falsely improve your website’s position or ranking in search engine listings. As most of you know, this is a big and on going issue around the internet. A lot of us get spam comments on our website on a daily basis, usually which include a non relevant or broad comment that includes random keywords that they are trying to rank a website for. This is a poor way to try and rank your site and search engines will see this and punish you for it.

Other forms of spamming include keyword littered pages (as explained above), using extremely small text, having duplicated content (content stolen from other websites), hidden links, typo spam (using misspelled keywords to try and gain lost traffic), and cloaking. Those are just a few things search engines see as spamming.

13. No Deep Links

Deep Links are links that point to a specific page on a website other than the home page. Having deep links is very beneficial in getting your website better indexed for what it is about. This mainly because deep links point to a specific page and, more than likely, you have a lot more information across various pages of your website other than just the homepage.

With that said, it is important to get your entire website indexed for chances of getting found on searches and also so search engines can gain better knowledge on your website and what it has to offer. So when building backlinks for your website (whether it be through signature links or comment links) be sure to make some of those backlinks deep links rather than just linking them all to your homepage.

14. No Internal Links

Internal links are links on your site that link to different pages on your website. Having internal links can help give search bots an easier way to crawl through your website and get it indexed properly. Having internal links can also help visitors navigate through your website more easily and can even help them discover more that your website has to offer.

An important key to remember when using internal links is using proper anchor text for the links. For example, let us say you have a blog and in that blog you have a link to your about page with the anchor text “click here” (example: To learn more about us click here). Do you think the search engine is going to know what that link means if it just has “click here” as the anchor text? Proper anchor text for this link would be “about us” (example: Check out our about us page to learn more). This can help search engines find more relevance in the internal links when they are crawling your website.

15. Purchasing Cheap Backlinks

One big mistake that many website owners make when trying to get their website ranked high within a quick period of time with minimal effort is purchasing backlinks. Most of time the people who sell you these cheap links are doing something bad (bad in the search engines eyes). A good example of this is forum or blog comment links.

I’m sure you’ve gotten them on your website/blog before or have at least been to a website or blog that has had one of these link comments. As mentioned above in the spamming section, these comments are usually very broad comments with poor English such as “great blog, I like the read”, they then include a random keyword with a link to another website. This is something you don’t want, having a bunch of spam links on various websites or blogs linking to your website will give you a bad rep. Google and other search engines will see this as a form of spamming and punish your website for this.

I hope everyone can take something away from this article, feel free to comment some other common SEO mistakes below that I may have missed.

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Branding Opportunities You May be Missing

Making your brand present in the mind of the consumer is basic business. But consumers are always evolving, and so should your marketing tactics. Here are some commonly ignored ways to maximize your branding.

In Your Store

The absolute most important place to brand is your place of business. This may seem elementary, but many miss opportunities to display their logo on their own home turf. Use your floors with branded runners, your walls with custom wallpaper, and your ceiling with fun lighting fixtures. Put your logo on all receipts, paperwork, and packaging. Every inch counts.

Clever Swag

The usual free merchandise should be handed out at every opportunity: mugs, t-shirts, totes, and bumper stickers are a great place to start. But don’t stop there. Be creative. If you have a specialty, your swag should speak to it. For example, if you run a plumbing business, try distributing plungers printed with “Need this? Give us a call.” This leads to my next point: putting just your logo on everything is somewhat stale. Let your brand personality shine through with catchphrases and jokes.

Employees as Brand Advocates

Many companies miss an obvious branding option: people. Your employees should be your ambassadors and advocate your company as genuinely as possible. The easiest way to encourage this, besides training seminars, is to treat them well and give them positive things about your company mission that they’ll want to promote on their own.

Community Outreach

Whether you have a chain or a single location, the community in which you work and market is a treasure trove of branding resources. Pay attention to local festivities and engage your consumers there. Setting up well-designed booths at concerts, fairs, farmers markets, and charity events is a great way to put yourself where your customers go. Hire a local artist to design contribute to your logos and designs; maybe even a mural in your office. Making a presence in your community can make the difference between inspiring brand loyalty and fading into corporate obscurity.

Partnering with a Local Company

Speaking of local, find like minded companies in-line with your philosophy and consumer base and see if they want to join forces. You could save money on marketing, but more importantly you could start making a presence for yourself with their clients that you hadn’t previously reached. Whether it’s finding witty ways to co-publicize logos on a t-shirt or cooperating at a promotional booth (say you hand out notepads, they hand out pens), it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

New Consumers

Perhaps the most waste in branding comes from narrow marketing. While it’s imperative to know who and where your customers are, you also benefit from keeping in mind who and where your customers could be. Marketing paintball equipment just to males between 15 and 35, you’re casting too narrowly. Why not aim some advertising at women for girl power and companies for team-building exercises? Don’t shackle yourself to one demographic- you might be missing out.

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Avoiding Plagiarism on Your Blog

There is so much content on the Internet today that it is nearly impossible to write anything original without it being somewhat similar to something that someone else has already written. What you need to understand about plagiarism is that plagiarism is a crime that is defined by intention, not by the accidental similarity between two written pieces of information. To clarify, when you plagiarize something, you are specifically stealing someone else’s material and representing it as your own.

Any blog writer is going to run into situations where they do need to borrow materials from other people. There are proper ways to handle this and improper ways to handle this. Here are some of the strategies you can use to avoid committing acts of plagiarism.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The easiest way to avoid plagiarizing anyone is simply to cite your sources when appropriate. There are very basic rules for this. If what you’re writing is commonly known, you don’t need to cite any source for that information. If what you’re writing is information taken from someone else’s work, then you need to cite it.

For example, if you’re referencing a news story, it’s always appropriate to reference the venue where you got the news from. Aside from not being a plagiarist, the other upside to this is the fact that, if that information turns out to have been wrong, it will be on the original author, not on you.

Should You Link References?

This is a big question for bloggers. Linking to other resources on the Internet can make your site more desirable in the eyes of search engines and it certainly makes your site more credible. What it also does is provide an invitation for people to leave your site and go somewhere else.

Where linking references is concerned, it’s really up to you. As long as you describe where you got the information and who deserves credit for it, you don’t necessarily have to offer a link to your visitors. However, if offering a useful resource to your visitors is more important to you than making every effort to make sure that your visitors stay on your page, then you should link whenever you find it appropriate.

Asking Permission

One of the best ways to avoid being a plagiarist – and one of the best ways to start up relationships with other bloggers – is to ask them their permission to reproduce their content on your site. Even if they say no, you still at least approach them and it gets your email address in front of them. If they happen to be a very successful blogger, contacting them a second time may be more fruitful than the first time you contacted them, as they’ll have seen your name already and will probably have taken a look at your blog already, as well.

Don’t take it personally if someone refuses to let you use their content on your site. It may be that they don’t like the way your site comes off in terms of tone or the positions you stake out on your site or it may just be that they don’t want to share their content because they make money off their content. It’s hardly ever a personal issue, however.

WordPress themes make it easy to add links, specially formatted citations and other tools that writers use to make sure that researchers get the credit that they’re due when their materials are referenced. If you’re not using a content management system, you’ll have to link any references you use manually and you’ll have to format the text used if you plan to use a different type of citation standard on your site.

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6 Most Ignored Ways of Increasing Traffic

6 Most Ignored Ways of Increasing Traffic Web

If you’re dismayed by “poor” search engine rankings of your website, I’m here to tell you that you can increase traffic following these powerful methods. Very often we overlook simple and innovative ways to connect with prospective clients and improve traffic in an attempt to please Penguin and Panda.

You should not blindly follow your competitors and adopt their methods. In today’s rapidly changing time, a one-size-fits-all marketing strategy will fail miserably. Explore and strike a synergy between various offline and online mediums. Your decision should be based on detailed analysis of your company and target audience.

You must review several mediums to engage with prospective customers. Here are a few highly effective methods to improve traffic to your website.

1. Virtual Trade Shows

Virtual Trade Shows

Virtual Trade shows are the online equivalent of a traditional trade show or exhibition. It eliminates bottlenecks associated with traditional trade shows and exhibitions such as transport, logistics, hotels, hospitality, or overwhelming costs associated with booth space in a traditional trade fair.

The best part about a virtual trade show is that you don’t have to be a computer whiz to design your online booth. It is very easy to set-up a booth on virtual trade show sites. You can engage with target audience from across the globe without the fear of blowing your annual budget. Naturally, this increases traffic to your website and improves your brand identity.

2. LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups allow you to position yourself as a thought leader and an expert in your niche. LinkedIn allows you to start a poll, post questions for fellow members to answer, and participate in discussion threads.

Depending on your activity level, you can become a Top Influencer in your group which will improve your credibility. LinkedIn Members will follow your posts closely. You will gain trust of members and they will be eager to read your opinions, visit your website to get more information about you, and ultimately buy your products and services.

3. YouTube

YouTube Logo

With more than 800 million monthly unique visitors, YouTube is the second largest search engine next only to the mighty Google and way ahead of other search engines like Yahoo and Bing. If you still think YouTube is just about watching movies or candid home videos, get your facts checked. You can upload videos on YouTube for free, optimize videos, and strategically gain mileage from your videos to increase website traffic.

4. Offline Marketing

Offline Marketing

In a bid of using online methods to increase traffic to your website, don’t forget good old traditional methods that have worked wonders for decades. It is a cardinal sin to ignore mediums such as brochures, flyers, and the good old Yellow Pages to advertise your company URL.

5. Freebies

Freebies

Nothing in life comes for free. This is precisely the reason you need to give away things for free to attract visitors to your website. Give customers a complimentary eBook if they sign up for a newsletter or refer a friend’s email, special discounts on your services, or free trial period.

Freebies spread like wildfire and such information goes viral pretty quickly. People like to share such information with friends. They post it on various social networking sites and promote it among their friends and contacts which directly increases traffic to your website.

6. Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging

One of the most effective and easy ways of obtaining quality back-links and increasing traffic to your website is guest blogging. Guest blogging is a proven strategy of writing for another blog with the aim of networking and reputation building. In the process blog owners, in return for your contribution, allow you to give a general author bio with links to your site/blog/ or social media profiles.

However, guest blogging is not about delivering a direct sales pitch to your prospective clients. It is more about gaining credibility, reaching out to new clients, and inspiring trust among people who will in turn visit your website and most likely buy your products and services.

Conclusion

Are you effectively using these mediums to gain mileage? These methods aim at pulling your customers towards your brand and not pushing them to buy. Ignoring these mediums could prove to be a costly mistake. Rethink your strategy for maximum visitors.

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Getting people to come to your website is hard enough as it is, especially with the amount of websites on the web. Getting people to stay on your website though is a whole other story. Having a website that is enjoyable for a user to be on is the single most important key in generating leads, making sales, building a following, and getting traffic.

There are a number of reasons that make people leave your website, not all of which can be listed obviously because most websites are different and have different issues, goods/bads, pluses/minuses; so the reasons for people not wanting to stay can be different. Below we will go over some of the common reasons that drive people into leaving your website, we will also give you some pointers to prevent this from happening.

1. Slow Loading

A slow loading website is the #1 reason why a user will leave your website. We live in a fast spaced – want it now/need it now and will do anything to get it now – world and on the internet this is especially true. Why would someone want to wait more than 5 seconds for a website to load when in 5 seconds they could be back on Google and clicking a link to some other website? Slow loading websites cost you potential customers, and in the end, it can cost you money.

As internet speeds keep increasing so do the size of websites, now it would make since to think “well if the internet is getting faster, I can keep making my website larger”. This is not a good thought process, why? Just because you have fiber internet now doesn’t mean the rest of the world does.

One of my favorite things to do to my websites when I’m bored is “cut the fat”. For some strange reason I enjoy looking for ways to make my websites load faster. This should be every developers favorite thing to do and every website owners main concern. You can test your websites loading speed with Google’s Page Speed Analyzer or with Pingdom Website Speed Tester.

2. Too Many Advertisements

If there is anything that frustrates me more than a slow loading website, it’s a website that is cluttered with advertisements. Nobody likes ads, but in this day and age they’re impossible to avoid and when it comes to the internet, advertisements are some website owners only source of income. That being said, I’m not telling you that you should remove the advertisements from your website (especially if they are your main source of income) but consider limiting the amount of ads and/or positioning them so that they are out of the way and not annoying your users and driving them away.

Being annoying isn’t the only downfall to having too many ads on your website. Advertisements kill your website’s load times as well because of all the extra JavaScript files they have to call. So with removing ads, you can kill two birds with one stone by also making your website load faster.

3. Pop-ups and Modals

With all of the blockers incorporated into web browsers and virus programs, pop-ups are somewhat a thing of the past. They aren’t entirely dead yet though, thanks to modal windows which is a form of pop-up that requires the user to interact with it before returning to the webpage. Modal boxes are very annoying, and so are the way some websites incorporate them. Requiring a user to subscribe to something or read info in a modal window before being able to access the content on your website is just going to drive that user to leave your website.

When I’m browsing websites, 95% of the time it’s because I am in search of information. I don’t have time to be dealing with a modal window popping up on every page and if that’s the case, I am just going to leave the website and find the information I’m looking for elsewhere. If you want someone to subscribe to something, like or share something, or read something; make a blog or news section on your site and post that stuff there. Don’t be annoying about it because that will cause people to leave your website.

4. Video or Sound Automatically Starts Playing

Peace out. As soon as I land on a webpage that has sound or has a video with sound that starts playing I’m out of there. I’m not going to take the time to even wonder what that noise was all about. Why? Because that’s an annoyance. If I am browsing the web while I’m at work or in a library, the last thing I want is a bunch of sound coming out of my speakers thus drawing attention to myself, raising questions, or disturbing others.

If I visit a website that has some sort of audio that starts playing automatically as soon as I visit it, you can bet I will never go back to that website again. It’s not the 1990’s, landing page audio is not cool anymore (if it ever was?).

5. Poor Website Design/Usability

As humans we are visual creatures, if we didn’t/can’t see it, then it never happened/doesn’t exist. We want appeal, something we can tolerate looking at. Having a website that is visually appealing is a big part in keeping a user on it. We also want interaction, something we can easily figure out how to use and enjoy using.

The other day I was searching the web and came across this site that was built using flash. It was a cool website that was visually stunning, but guess what? I had no clue how to use it, so I left and found the info I needed somewhere else. If I (a web developer) can’t figure out how to use your website, what makes you think a regular average Joe internet user is going to be able to figure it out? With this case, the website developer took form over function which is a huge mistake in developing websites. Sure it looked good, but if someone can’t figure out how to use it for it’s purpose then what’s the point?

So it is important that you are able to find a solid medium. Building a website that looks good and is easy for users to use is an important key in keeping people on your website.

6. Redirects

Forbes is notorious for doing this, you click on a link to go to their website and it redirects you to a webpage that has a big advertisement on it. This goes along with the fact that users don’t want to get side tracked or held up when they are looking for something. Having detours on your website is a big no no and this will only frustrate people and cause them to avoid your website completely.

7. Poor Content/Content Layout

This one is pretty obvious, why should I stay on your website and keep reading if your content is bad? Poor content could include a number of things. Spelling errors are a big one, having spelling errors on your website and or in your articles draws the conclusion that you didn’t take your time in writing content or that you are incompetent and this information you are providing is more than likely flawed and untrustworthy. That being said, it is important to go over everything you write before publishing it to your website to insure credibility.

Content layout is equally important to actual content. Things on your website need to be placed accordingly or else you will just confuse visitors and they will leave your website. Images need to be properly aligned to relate to any written content and vice versa.

Text needs to be set up correctly to ensure easy readability for users, this means aligning the text properly (DO NOT CENTER ALIGN TEXT!!) and limiting the amount of characters per line, 50-70 characters is optimal for easy reading. Lines of text that are too long will cause the users eyes to have a hard time focusing on it because it makes it difficult to judge where the line of text starts and ends. It also makes it hard to see what line of text should be the next line you read because the lines are so long your eyes have to track back too far. Lines of text that are too short make the eye travel back and forth too often causing a break in rhythm. Too short of lines of text also can cause a user to skip lines because they are reading the next line of text before finishing the current line.

Proper paragraph breaks are very important as well, if your paragraphs are too long it can be overwhelming for the reader and they may choose not to read it. So it’s important to insure your website has good content and proper content layout to keep users from leaving your website.

8. Outdated

Having outdated content will not only turn visitors away but it will also turn search engines away, so it’s important to keep your website and the content on it up-to-date. The world is constantly changing and the web is changing twice as fast, companies are working on the next big thing before the current big thing is even released. People are coming to your website for information, and keeping that information up-to-date is of key importance. It’s not fun to be misinformed or to think you know something only to later find out that what you know is out of date.

Not only should content be up-to-date but your websites’ design should be current as well. This includes having your website up with current web design trends and best practices like mobile friendly design and content first design to name a few.

9. Not Mobile Friendly

As I briefly mentioned above, not having a mobile friendly website is a big turn down for users. Browsing the web on mobile devices is something that 84% of smart phone users do on a daily basis and if your site is not compatible and easy to view on a mobile device then you’re going to lose customers, traffic, and potential leads and business.

Most users that need information fast are more than likely jumping on their mobile device to get what they need quick. Not having a website that can be easily viewed on mobile will just cause the user to go to another website that is more compatible for their needs and easier for them to view.

10. No Contact or About Pages

Lack of contact or about pages is an obvious one, but believe it or not, many websites still lack these two essential pages. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but having an about page let’s users know who you are and what your website is about. This can help them in making a decision on whether to use your website/business further or find someone/something else. A good pointer here is to make a very engaging about page that provides all the info a person needs in order for them to make an educated decision.

As for the contact page, how do you expect to generate leads, gain a following, or get business if the user has no way of getting in touch with you? Having a name, email, physical address(if applicable), phone number (if applicable), and even a contact form are some great things to include on a contact page.

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