Well…. It’s not that hard to be annoying. However, some webmasters are much better than others at annoying their visitors. Check my top 5 list and decide for yourself whether you have been annoying your visitors.

  1. Background music – Unless you are operating an online internet radio station or sell music CDs, why play a midi/wav file in the background continuously on every page?
  2. Huge font size – If you are designing a website for people with a disability then you are doing the right thing, but if not then you are shouting. People don’t like it when someone shouts at them.
  3. Small font size – Do you want to be heard? Keep a normal tone, don’t shout but “speak” in a reasonable volume.
  4. Overlapping layers – Layers can be very useful up to the point. But not when they are being used to put an annoying message in the visitor’s face. Don’t try to force your visitor to read your messages. Try persuasion instead of brute force.
  5. Pop-up windows – Even though pop-up windows are now blocked by many add on tools, webmasters keep using them. The annoying part of pop-ups is sometimes we actually miss important information because of those anti popup tools. Haven’t you heard the old phrase “if you can’t beat him, join him”? Don’t use pop up windows. Put your important messages in a central place on your website.

If your web designer or search engine optimization contractor is not listening to you, it’s time you look for a new source! Communication is the key in providing clients with knowledge, so they understand what actions are being taken. We generate notes on what changes have been made to improve your SEO, along with reports showing important data.

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