May 30th, 2008

Websites Must Get to the Point Quickly

Everything is going digital.  As people get more accustomed to using websites to find the information they seek, they are becoming more particular about how they find that information.  Reported by BBC News:

“The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online.  Instead of dawdling on websites many users want simply to reach a site quickly, complete a task and leave.  Most ignore efforts to make them linger and are suspicious of promotions designed to hold their attention.”


“There has also been a big change in the way that people get to the places where they can complete pressing tasks, he said.

In 2004, about 40% of people visited a homepage and then drilled down to where they wanted to go and 60% use a deep link that took them directly to a page or destination inside a site. In 2008, said Dr Nielsen, only 25% of people travel via a homepage. The rest search and get straight there.

‘Basically search engines rule the web,’ he said.”

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