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10 Design Flaws Which Can Destroy a Site’s SEO

When it comes to creating a new website, a key dilemma is whether the focus should be on fantastic Design and User Experience (UX), or on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are many cases where mind-blowing animated design negatively affects the site’s SEO. Whilst you may expect an increasing number of visitors on a better designed website, in reality you may see the opposite occur. In order to be successful, any website needs to perform well in search engines.

Therefore, searching for the compromise is essential.
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10 Amazing User Experiences

The internet is a beautiful place, full of beautiful experiences.

The need to entertain, educate or sell to visitors, mixed with the abundance of creativity in the web design world creates a plethora of great user experiences. From a vast sea of content, we bring you 10 of the best experiences from around the web these past couple of weeks.
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Establish A Killer Ecommerce Presence: What You Need

Wealth distribution is becoming more and more lopsided in all areas of life, and the story is no different in the realm of ecommerce. Within the gargantuan $198 billion dollar pie of online annual purchasing, more than 75% is commandeered by the top 500 etailers. So how does the little person wrest their share of sales from the 1%? It all begins with an appealing, easy-to-use vending site. Here are the essentials:
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The Best UX Articles of March 2014

Spring is finally here!. The Amsterdam tress are in bloom, and the weather is at a heady 20 degrees. Who said global warming was all doom and gloom..? Being so spoilt with the weather, you could be forgiven for missing out on the vast array of UX content at your disposal. Worry not.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at March 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from March we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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Case Study: WE Fashion improve all round customer experience with Usabilla Live for Websites

  • “We get very diverse feedback – from compliments and suggestions, to complaints and checkout issues. The tool helps us to quickly act on negative user experiences and optimize our website to match our customers’ needs and expectations.”

– Matthijs Bionda, Online Marketeer at WE Fashion
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Calling to Action: 3 key principles

With so much money being flung around the web, everyone is fighting for their share. As the internet opens up to more and more people, the money flooding onto the online marketplace continues to grow. Amazon’s $74 billion annual revenue is on par with the value of the entire countries of Cuba or Oman.

This technological gold-rush only opens the door to increased competition. Sites have to entice, convince, and persuade visitors to interact with them. To buy or solicit their offerings. How do they do this? By convincing us to click.
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User Experience Report: Is Responsive Design the Answer to the Growth in Mobile Devices?

Mobile devices are on the rise, we can see it all around us. Mobile traffic alone rose 81% in 2013. Most of us already own a smart- or iPhone, but tablets are becoming increasingly popular as well (rising 68% in the past year).

This presents a problem for websites. Traditionally there was only a single method of viewing them – via desktops – but a rise in smaller screen sizes presents new challenges. Sites need to be optimized to suit all devices: To suit touch and mouse. Handheld screens and TVs.
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Juggling Jam: Applying Hick’s Law to Web Design

Choice is a strange thing. The decisions we make shape everything we do, everything we are.

We deem choice a luxury. Liberating people with added choice was the running theme of the last century. Giving women the choice to vote. Removing racial segregations, opening up a plethora of choices for minorities across the world.

It seems only logical then to presume that offering an increased amount of choice is a great thing. Liberating people, allowing them to choose exactly what they want.

You’d be wrong.
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How to Crack The Code to an Intuitive Landing Page

A Landing Page can make or break your website – it’s the first thing your visitors engage with when they visit your site. It can determine if they stay around to read more, or close the window without ever looking back.

That being said, it’s very important to come up with a well-designed, well-written, visitor-oriented and intuitive Landing Page. One that will serve as the ‘Business Card’ of your website. It should be so reflective of your business/product, that you’d carry a small version of it around in your pocket – handing it out at parties to other professionals.
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