Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Lazy Bastards: How We Read Online"

"Lazy Bastards: How We Read Online," Michael Agger's article in Slate.com, gives some good tips for grabbing your online readers' attention.

He reinforces points I often make, including the value of using:
  • White space
  • Bullet points
  • Informative subheadings
Agger also sends you over to "Long vs. Short Articles as Content Strategy" by website usability guru Jakob Nielsen. Short articles beat long articles most of the time, says Nielsen, especially if you want to maximize your readership numbers.

On the other hand--and this is important for financial advisors--"If you want people who really need a solution, focus on comprehensive coverage. This is a good strategy if you sell highly targeted solutions to complicated problems."

Still, in Nielsen's example, "short" is defined as 700 words and "long" as 1,000 words.

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Susan B. Weiner, CFA
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