SEO Web Design Using “Click-Appeal”

Does your site have click appeal? Let’s face it, no amount of SEO matters if you have an unattractive website. So why spend money on PPC or SEO if the content, images and theme of your pages are not designed for conversion and click appeal.
SEO Web Design & Click Appeal by SEO Design Solutions.
Visual coherence is not entirely objective, each person has a unique threshold for when they will exit stage left and bounce if the site is too busy or if your pages “lack visual appeal”.

To take a page from SEO Web Design Basics, let’s cover some of the things known for creating a compelling, yet practical web page.

Keep Colors to a Minimum

If you have more than 6 colors on a page, chances are there is nobody there to view it. Too many colors can visually clash, create user anxiety and distract the visitor from your message.

The last thing you need are complementary protective glasses “issued to viewers on entry” to prevent prolonged eye-strain or possible blindness a result of visiting your site.

Make is Easy for the Reader to “Make Contact”

If you want to be personable, have a face (photo) that visitors can identify with. Don’t hide behind your website like The Wizard of Oz. Have a Visible RSS Feed Icon, Phone Number, IMS Customer Support Link, a Quick-Contact Form or An Old School Call to Action / Phone Number, just in case the viewer wants to “seal the deal” and take you up on your value proposition.

Keep the layout spacious

Use white space and limit the number of lines you use when grouping text or images, if it’s too crowded, you will increase bounce rates from user anxiety.

Online readers skim for relevance. If you display more than 6 lines vertically with paragraphs, it challenges the fovea (the muscles in the eye) to refocus and invoke a motor skill to connect to the message.

To prevent visual disruption, try breaking up the text with a carriage return to encourage and invite the eye to investigate your proposition further. Excessive blocks of text are incessantly begrudging as the commitment to engage your content lays in the balance as readers skim for context.

The moral of the story is, it’s not always the content that decides who stays or goes, design matters! The least you can do is keep over the top elements from upstaging the content as the focal point. In closing, here is an in-depth source for other practical SEO Web Design Tips.

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5 Comments

  1. Amaan Goyal
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    The visual appeal of a website is same as the packaging of a product, how often people would buy something that is not attractive on their buying list. the bottomline is along with visual impact, it should be good enough with its content as well.

  2. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Agreed Amaan:

    Hence Emotional Click Triggers Come into Play…

  3. neil
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    good simple yet effective points for web designers to follow

  4. Danel R. Lehrman
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    These are valid points, simply because people take just a few seconds to decide weather to stay or leave. Engaging people is the point and the longer they stay the better. So finding the right combo is essential.

  5. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Danny:

    Absolutely, the 3 second rule is always in effect in the back of the subconscious mind.

    Your either in or your out in most cases (when it comes to staying of leaving a page), so you have to think beyond “what you want” and think more about “what USERS want” from your web page.

    Neil:

    Google is the epitome of simplicity from a standpoint of usability, their frictionless layout and design is adored by billions of impressions. In a nutshell, simple and to the point works.

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