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I hate popups. I’m not going to lie. When a stellar headline grabs my attention and I click through to read the article only to be interrupted by a popup requesting my email or trying to bait me to download an app, it makes my blood boil. I have zero patience for those obtrusive windows that block the content I clicked through to see. Especially when I’m viewing web pages on my mobile device and the exit “x” is tinier than a grain of sand.

You don’t want your website to be like a mouldy piece of food forgotten about in a Tupperware container at the back of your fridge. Gross, we know. But that’s the point. Your website is the virtual face of your business and it ought to reflect what it is you do. It should temptingly feed your customers the knowledge they’re looking for and cause them to follow through on your calls to action. You want them to stay, not go away because they’re off put by a bad user experience or an outdated look.  

People read differently when they’re on the web as opposed to when they are reading a paper document. Web users typically scan information, looking to subheadings as signals for what they want more of or what can they can pass over. The prevalence of online list-cles rather than full-length articles marks this change in online reading behavior, as web users want to find things fast.    

A study tracking online reading behavior conducted by Jakob Nielsen found that webpage visitors “have time to read at most 28% of the words during an average visit; 20% is more likely.” So you don’t want to waste your words when crafting the copy that will appear on your website. Instead, you want to take the time to hone in on the essential things you want to say, to keep your web visitors interested and get your message across.

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