Why I’ll leave your website

What makes people press the back button, shortly after visiting your website? Why do they bail out so quickly? And what can you do about it?

It’s not easy to create a beautiful, brilliant user experience, and the reality is that most sites have issues of one kind or another. But keep an eye open for the following – often avoidable – negative factors and try to eliminate them, to create a stickier website for users.

  1. Autosound.
  2. Popups.
  3. Interstitials.
  4. Pagination.
  5. Slow load times.
  6. Prioritisation of ads vs content.
  7. Woeful navigation.
  8. Poor scent trails.
  9. Key information is AWOL.
  10. Immediate registration demands.
  11. Too much flashing, scrolling shit.
  12. Typos.
  13. Rubbish fonts.
  14. Narrow sites.
  15. Left-aligned sites.
  16. Cookie cutter websites.
  17. Cobwebs
  18. A lack of clarity.
  19. PRspeak / jargon.
  20. Browser issues.
  21. Flash.
  22. No ‘About’ page.
  23. Video-only homepages.
  24. Boring vs unprofessional.
  25. Contrast fail.
  26. Sketchy contact links
  27. Mobile websites with immediate ‘download our app’ messages
  28. HTML5 UX butchery
  29. Cookie warnings that you cannot close
  30. Forced social log ins
  31. Doubling down on the sign up process
  32. Websites that stop the spacebar from working
  33. Pricing options MIA
  34. Password fascists
  35. Mobile sites that don’t allow you to view the desktop site
  36. Sign up to our newsletter messages that appear after one second
  37. Survey pop-ups that appear after one second
  38. Slide galleries
  39. Date dodgers
  40. Websites that disable copy & paste
  41. White space abusers
  42. FAQs with ‘contact us’ for answers
  43. Websites that pause your download when you change tab
  44. Stock images in place of real staff
  45. Websites that have low security standards
  46. Mobile optimised sites with no unsubscribe from email option

There are all kinds of other factors as to why people will leave a website before they’ve really visited it.

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The Way of Personal Branding

Personal Branding is not about fabricating a persona; strong personal brands are based in authenticity. You can’t start building your brand until you understand who you are, what you want and what makes you exceptional.

A ‘personal brand’ is in many ways synonymous with your reputation. It refers to the way other people see you. Are you a genius? An expert? Are you trustworthy? What do you represent? What do you stand for? What ideas and notions pop up as soon as someone hears your name?

Although every presentation on personal branding is different, the core principles seem to be the same:

The Way of Personal Branding

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10 Promising Free Web Analytics Tools

Web analytics is the process of gathering and analyzing your web content’s data in order to glean meaningful information about how your site is being utilized by your users. There are plenty of Web analytics applications out there, and you probably already know the big guns such as Google Analytics, Crazy Egg, and remote-site services such as Alexa and Compete.

We go off the trodden path and explore a few lesser-known Web analytics options. In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent and free tools and applications to help you gather and analyze data about your web content.

1. Piwik

Piwik - screen shot.Go to Live Demonstration of Piwik.

Piwik is an open-source Web analytics application developed using PHP and MySQL. It has a “plugins” system that allows for utmost extensibility and customization. Install only the plugins you need or go overboard and install them all – the choice is up to you. The plugins system, as you can imagine, also opens up possibilities for you to create your own custom extensions. This thing’s lightweight – the download’s only 1.9MB.

2. FireStats

FireStats - screen shot.Go to Live Demonstration of FireStats.

FireStats is a simple and straight-forward Web analytics application written in PHP/MySQL. It supports numerous platforms and set-ups including C# sites, Django sites, Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, and several others. Are you a resourceful developer who needs moar cowbell? FireStats has an excellent API that will assist you in creating your own custom apps or publishing platform components (imagine: displaying the top 10 most downloaded files in your WordPress site) based on your FireStats data.

3. Snoop

Snoop - screen shot.

Snoop is a desktop-based application that runs on the Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista platforms. It sits nicely on your system status bar/system tray, notifying you with audible sounds whenever something happens. Another outstanding Snoop feature is the Name Tags option which allows you to “tag” visitors for easier identification. So when Joe over at the accounting department visits your site, you’ll instantly know.

4. Yahoo! Web Analytics

Yahoo! Web Analytics - screen shot.

Yahoo! Web analytics is Yahoo!’s alternative to the dominant Google Analytics. It’s an enterprise-level, robust web-based third-party solution which makes accessing data easy especially for multiple-user groups. It’s got all the things you’d expect from a comprehensive Web analytics tool such as pretty graphs, custom-designed (and printable) reports, and real-time data tracking.

5. BBClone

BBClone - screen shot.Go to Live Demonstration of BBClone.

If you’re looking for a simple, server-side web application that doesn’t rely on third-party services to monitor your data, check out BBClone – a PHP-based server application that gives you a detailed overview of website traffic and visitor data. It supports language localization for 32 languages like English, Chinese, German, and Japanese. It easily integrates with popular publishing platforms like Drupal, WordPress, and Textpattern. Since it’s logfile-based, it doesn’t require you to use a server-side relational database.

6. Woopra

Woopra - screen shot.

Woopra is a Web analytics application written in Java. It’s split into two parts which includes a desktop application for data analysis/exploration and a web service to monitor website statistics. Woopra has a robust user interface, an intuitive management system that allows you to run it on multiple sites and domains, and even a chat feature so that you can gather non-numerical information by talking to your site users. Woopra is currently in beta and requires you to request for a private beta registration.

7. JAWStats

JAWStats - screen shot.

JAWStats is a server-based Web analytics application that runs with the popular AWStats (in fact, if you’re on a shared hosting plan – AWStats is probably already installed). JAWStats does two things to extend AWStats – it improves performance by reducing server resource usage and improves the user interface a little bit. With that said, you can’t go wrong with just using AWStats either if you’re happy with it.

8. 4Q

4Q - screen shot.

A large part of Web analytics deals with number-crunching and numerical data. Raw numbers tells only part of the story and it’s often helpful to perform analytics by way of interacting with actual users. 4Q developer Avinash Kaushik puts it perfectly when he said: “Web analytics is good at the ‘What’. It is not good at the ‘Why’”.4Q is a simple surveying application focused on improving your traditional numerical Web analytics by supplementing it with actual user feedback. Check out this YouTube video on how easy it is to set up 4Q.

9. MochiBot

MochiBot - screen shot.

MochiBot is a free Web analytics/tracking tool especially designed for Flash assets. With MochiBot, you can see who’s sharing your Flash content, how many times people view your content, as well as helping you track where your Flash content is to prevent piracy and content theft. Installing MochiBot is a breeze; you simply copy a few lines of ActionScript code in the .FLA files you want to monitor.

10. Grape Web Statistics

Grape Web Statistics - screen shot.Go to Live Demonstration of Grape Web Statistics.

Grape Web Statistics is a simple, open-source application geared towards web developers. It has a clean and usable interface and has an Extensions API to extend and customize your installation. It uses PHP for the backend and you can run it on any operating system that runs PHP.

Let’s talk about it.

What Web analytics software do you use, and why? Do you have any extensive experience in using any of the above application? Share it with all of us in the comments!

Source: 10 Promising Free Web Analytics Tools

Infographics for Web Designers and Developers

Infographics for Web Designers and Developers

Infographics are a great, creative and concise way to present vital information in a visual and interesting way that’s easy for most people to understand. There are many of us that learn visually and be presenting data in graphic format is more useful.

Web Trend Map 4

Web Trend Map 4

The Darwinian Evolution of Photoshop

The Darwinian Evolution of Photoshop

Web Designers Vs. Web Developers

Periodic Table of Typography

Periodic Table of Typography

The Life Cycle of a Blogpost

Life Cycle of a Blogpost

Who Participates Online?

Who Participates Online

Browser Wars

Browser Wars

Facebook Vs. Twitter

Facebook Vs. Twitter

All You Need to Know About Web Designers

Know About Web Designers

So You Need a Typeface

So You Need a Typeface

Understanding Google Page Rank

Understanding Google Page Rank

Periodic Table of the Internet

Periodic Table of the Internet

Colours in Cultures

Colours in Cultures

Map of Online Communities

Map of Online Communities

SEO Checklist

SEO Checklist

Search Benefits of the Blogosphere

Benefits of the Blogosphere

HTML 5 and CSS 3 Readiness

HTML 5 and CSS 3 Readiness

Classifying Experiences

Classifying Experiences

Social Media Effect

Social Media Effect

Conversations in Social Media

Conversations in Social Media

Operation E-Commerce:

Operation E-Commerce

Enthusiast in Bangalore for Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Online Advertising and Analytics

Online Marketing Enthusiast Bangalore (OMEBang) a group of young professionals come together every month and educates small businesses in and around Bangalore. OMEBang has educated several businesses and more than 200 employees, entrepreneurs through its monthly meet up initiative. The workshops and seminars are free of cost and this August 21st, will be their fifth monthly event.

Online marketing enthusiasts Bangalore (OMEBang) is pleased to announce its fifth monthly workshop on All about Face book for businesses in Bangalore. OMEBang offers seminars, workshops and educational materials to for small businesses, employees, employers. Start ups and for anyone who like to learn how to market their business online.

OMEBang is dedicating to providing and promoting online marketing education classes to all businesses. We are thrilled that we are reaching a record number of attendees who come to monthly meet ups.

Last month’s workshop was about Digital Media Analytics, Chaitanya from HP was one of the presenters in OMEBang. Attendees for these events include marketers, VP’s, CEO’s, marketing specialist, entrepreneurs, marketing managers/Directors, creative directors, E-Commerce manager, brand managers from companies like HP, Wiley Publications, Mondera, Vayama, TRX, Credirity, IMB, Sonata, Catalyst Labs and more. Preetam Venkky aka IdeasMaverick a well known Social Media Expert will be presenting in this month’s event.

Some of the feedback from the past attendees includes:

  • “ We like the informal presentation and interaction “
  • “Really helpful to gain knowledge and to build relationships “
  • “The amazing attendance from so many companies and knowledge sharing”
  • “This is knowledge capital “
  • “ Liked the fact that even fundamentals are explained there are others who may not understand”
  • “ Focusing on the fact that it’s a community and everyone chips in and shares insight/knowledge”
  • “ Liked the content, knowledge and presentation”

Pictures, Videos and presentations can be found here: http://searchenginedetails.com

The event is organized by a group of young passionate online marketers whose aim is to build an online marketing community, help participants network and share insights on how businesses are using SEO, PPC, real time search results such as Twitter, Four Square, and Social media in their respective industries and the latest happenings in the web marketing world.

This month’s session to be held on August 21, 2010 between 4pm to 7pm at the BluePetal Hotel in Koramangala. This event is free of cost and is expecting more than 100 attendees around the city. There are also a few slots for start ups and small business owners/managers to participate in this event and be a part of the discussion

Please visit: http://omebang.eventbrite.com to know more about this event or visit the Online Marketing Enthusiast LinkedIn Group: