79% of blogs are scanned, not read

Blog writing must address short interest spans and writing machine readable copy to scale.

Nielsen Norman Group ’s research found that 79 percent of their test users always scanned any new page they came across; only 16 percent read word-by-word.

For your website to be effective your text must be scannable. Jacob Nielsen offers this advice:

  • highlighted keywords (hypertext links serve as one form of highlighting; typeface variations and color are others)
  • meaningful sub-headings (not “clever” ones)
  • bulleted lists
  • one idea per paragraph (users will skip over any additional ideas if they are not caught by the first few words in the paragraph)
  • the inverted pyramid style, starting with the conclusion
  • half the word count (or less) than conventional writing

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One Response to 79% of blogs are scanned, not read

  1. […] reflected in the content?  If the information is not there, your visitors won’t stay.  79% of sites are scanned and not read, is your copy concise and written for the […]

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