The sudden, unexpected removal of a function from a web site called Sphinn (a sister site to Search Engine Land) caused a minor, but vocal, push back. Sphinn is a community-based web site in which article and blog submissions are “Sphunn” if you like them and “deSphunn” if you don’t. This voting permitted some pieces to be moved into a “hot” category, or perhaps “getting hot.” Voting (or “sphinning”) was used by members quite a bit after the site was first launched. In fact, the ability to vote down a piece was added due to user demand for it. The audience for a site like Sphinn consists mostly of internet marketers, so naturally, gaming the system occurred. Editors and moderators were added to assist with spam submissions, sphinning of poor quality articles and the occasional comments gone wild situation. … [Read more...] about Why We React Strongly When Web Sites Change
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As he, I and several others who were there stood in front of the large oil on canvas, it was clear each person was having a physical response to the painting. He named it “Nockamixon”, a place where I lived once, and had loved. Everyone shared how the painting “felt” to them. Because his art is purposely done on wall-sized canvas, the observer often feels emotionally drawn into it. They may feel a vibration around their solar plexus or enveloped by a swaying motion. Inside the raised bumps of colored oils or peeking slyly out of brush stroke or wisp of color, I could see things I loved such as dolphins, a creek where I spent time as a teenager, birds and wooded trails. … [Read more...] about Creating An Emotional Response From Your Web Site
There are many names for unseen human energy. In China, it is qi or chi, prana in the Yoga tradition of India and Tibet, ruach in Hebrew, ki in Japan, baraka for Sufis, wakan by the Lakota, orenda by Iroquois and more. This energy is considered to be an intelligent, subtle force that transcends human knowing. Many of use rely on our awareness of this energy as our guide in decision making. It may be used by our bodies to heal ourselves. … [Read more...] about How Does Your Web Site Make Visitors Feel?
Crawling refers to the search engines’ fetching process, when search engine spiders follow links from web page to web page. During the crawling process, pages are not available to rank. Before pages (URLs and associated content) are added to an index, they must pass through a number of filters before they are available to rank. This second process is called indexation. Crawling precedes indexation. The index (database) is a subset of the crawl. … [Read more...] about SEO Vs. Web Site Architecture
Consideration for your web site visitors’ emotional state may be vital for your web site. While testing a web site recently for a young adult rehabilitation center, I was pleased to find their content was written in a warm, caring way. The colors were soothing pastels. The pictures showed happy clients. Unfortunately, their content was all about the center and types of therapy. It was long winded, requiring time to read and digest. What wasn’t addressed with bullet point details on the homepage was proof of their claims to calm fears and concerns over ethics. Were there case studies or testimonials? Could a parent talk to other parents who sent a child there? … [Read more...] about The Biggest Web Site Usability Mistakes You Can Make