Usability : ten weblog design mistakes to avoid

Another fine study on useit.com : Weblog Usability or 10 mistakes you must avoid with your blog. This quick checklist is a must read for your own audit about your weblog usability and readability.

  • No Author Biographies
    Tell your readers a bit who you are, what you like …
  • No Author Photo
    … and what you look like. Helps create relationship and credibility.
  • Nondescript Posting Titles
    Seduce in 10 words or suffer the “Is this article going to interest me ? Who knows… I’ll skip it.” syndrom.
  • Links Don’t Say Where They Go
    Outside link ? Inside navigation ? Downloading a .pdf ?
  • Classic Hits are Buried
    Wrote a really good article ? Highlight it on your front page, don’t let it disappear deep down in your archives.
  • The Calendar is the Only Navigation
    Give visitors the ability of reading related articles, for instance. Help them crawl your site.
  • Irregular Publishing Frequency
    Regular posting is good for readership and for search engines.
  • Mixing Topics
    It obviously helps building readership if you stick to a topic.
  • Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
    Never forget that what you write one day could be used in 5 or 10 years. For, or against you.
  • Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
    A subdomain of blogspot.com is like an email @aol.com : not credible.

All in all, I’m pretty satisfied about my own blog usability regarding this checklist. I particularly paid attention to internal navigation and linking, and from what I can see through visitor logs, it does really pay. (via Randy)

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