Posted on February 16, 1999
================================================== The Add Me! Newsletter *** ISSUE #15 *** "Free tips for promoting your website" Add Me, Inc http://www.addme.com ================================================== >> KEEP YOUR WEBSITE NAVIGATION SIMPLE! << ........................................................ February 16th, 1999 *** ISSUE #15 *** ........................................................ SPONSOR MESSAGE: The best way to increase traffic to your site for free! Use a banner exchange service that places only your banner on the most visible part of someone else's page. No other competing banners should be allowed on the screen The installation should be simple and take only minutes. Doing all of this should guarantee to triple the traffic. To learn more click http://bannersxchange.com/ .............................. *************************************************** The Add Me! Newsletter is a brand new high quality newsletter created to help everyone promote and market their website. The Add Me! Newsletter has currently over 140,000 subscribers. Interested in sponsoring this Newsletter? Go to http://www.addme.com/list.htm for more info! Hope you'll enjoy it! *************************************************** .....THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE..... KEEP YOUR WEBSITE NAVIGATION SIMPLE! ==================================== By Merle Whatever the reason you have for building a Web Site, they all have one thing in common, that is to convey information to millions of Web Surfers in an easy to follow path. This article will help to ensure your visitors find just what they need by supplying easy to follow navigation. Now my telling you a few tips on clean navigation won't help you if your site is at a loss for quality information. Content is King, navigation second. Web Surfers are always in a hurry, that we know, and you don't want to take the risk of upsetting them as soon as they enter your site by burying content so deep within your site they can't find what they are looking for. Don't make them guess where they need to go, instead lead them right to it. =================================================== !!! BOOST YOUR WEBSITE TRAFFIC TO AMAZING LEVELS !!! Visit GetHits, the number one source for website submission! To submit your site to up to 500 search engines and directories, go to this URL: http://www.addme.com/gethits <- click here =================================================== Navigation bars which are a simple set of buttons or text, should be repeated on every page in the site, usually at the top,left, or bottom. Make sure you locate them in the same place on every page, consistency is key. If your page scrolls down more than 1 1/2 screen views you might want to add simple text navigation to the very bottom so they don't have to scroll back to the top to make another selection. It's also a good idea to let people know exactly where they are at the given moment. You can accomplish this by having the button for the page they are on slightly altered in appearance, for example dimmed or highlighted or another color. Every navigation bar should include a home page button, contact information, and if your site is large an index page or a site map. A site map will show a complete outline of the site. Search capabilities are another good idea and allow people to conduct a one or two word search of your site and get back a possible list of pages. Make sure you keep everything consistent and organized from page to page. Don't worry so much about fancy backgrounds and Java Applets you don't want to make a site so technological advanced that your guests have to download plug ins just to view it, or wait forever while a Java Applet loads. Instead concentrate on the organization of information in a simple easy to follow format, and your site will become bookmarked on everyone's favorite list. ------------------------------------------------------------ Visit Merle's World http://www.merlesworld.com/ Sign up for Merle's Mission Newsletter for the Best Sites on the Net send mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------ If you received this newsletter it is because you subscribed to it through the Add Me! website. If you have missed previous issues of the Add Me! Newsletter you can find them at http://www.addme.com/previous.htm The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Add Me, Inc. 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