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How not to lose your readers

Is content king? Not really. Relevance is king. You can have as much content on your website as you like, but if nobody’s interested in reading it then you may as well leave every page blank.

You might have seen our recent survey and subsequent infographic on the price of bad content. If not, here are the results.

Do we have to spell it out for you?

Spelling mistakes are one of my worst nightmares, second only to misplaced apostrophes, and they’re a big turn-off for readers. In every demographic, at least 15% of our respondents cited poor spelling and grammar as a reason to click away. If you’re content loks bit lik this, you’re sending your potential audience running for the hills.

For best results, put your content in a blender

Bad design is the second-biggest bone of contention for readers, according to our survey. When they genuinely have to tilt their heads sideways to understand what’s on screen, you have a problem.

Keep your content engaging and easy on the eye with a mix of media and a reader-friendly design. Images, videos, interactivity and a healthy dose of blank space can all turn what would otherwise be a wall of text into one of your most popular website pages.

Jargon, buzzwords and mumbo-jumbo – ditch them all

As the saying goes, ‘avoid clichés like the plague’. You should avoid jargon like the plague, too. Almost a quarter of the 25-34 and 65+ age groups from our survey say it’d put them off buying from a website.

Take this satirical warning about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide (source: dhmo.org), for example:

DHMO Warning

‘Dihydrogen monoxide’ is otherwise known as water. Call a spade a spade, rather than confusing or alienating your readers with over-inflated words.

Keep those points in mind when creating and updating the content on your site.

  1. Alix Miller : 19th September 2014 at 9:21 am

    Good tips. Also, people digest digital content very differently from print – they are scanning rather than reading so be succinct: keep sentences and paragraphs short and include plenty of subheads, links and calls to action.

  2. Lux Ganzon : 4th November 2014 at 3:49 pm

    These are basic yet often taken for granted factors. I am a reader too and I leave the site and am discouraged to come back when the page is giving me an eyesore. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Mi Muba : 4th November 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Hi

    The ultimate impact of losing your readers can be felt by decline in everything. Lesser readers means lesser sales and lesser revenue and obviously dip in your blog income.

    So to keep your readers coming one must avoid the mistakes you mentioned and keep creating quality contents that must sell.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful post.

  4. Mazino Oyolo Kigho : 17th February 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Truely relevance is the key. I has seen most many bloggers produce quality articles but no one to read them.
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