Is there anything worse than poor web content? How about aggressively reducing your reputation with banter content? Welcoming readers and telling them how delighted you are to announce a launch.
“Welcome to our site! Oh, we hope you find its improved design helpful.”
Not helpful. Anything less than a direct appeal to readers’ intelligence and limited time will be wasted effort. Introductory text on landing pages is often much too long. It should be a bull’s-eye to actionable content. Instead, it’s often a very obvious reminder of another website to avoid.
Brief introductions increase usability by explaining the purpose of the remaining web content. But keep it brief. Introductory paragraphs are usually one block of web writing that users are determined to skip. Their eyes are eager to move to actionable content:
- Bulleted lists
- Product features
- Hypertext links
Remember that people only care about answering their questions and solving their problems as quickly as possible so they can leave your website. It’s nothing personal. They’re just being efficient.
Scale of content negatives
- Banter content
- Bad content
- No content
Readers consume so very little on web pages that wasting word count on happy banter is criminal.
Cut the banter and cut to the chase.