Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Too Many Links Can Ruin Online Articles

You've seen them. They're those articles that have tons and tons of links in them. Some of them can even seem like they are nothing but links.

It's annoying, isn't it?

First off, it can be jarring to the eye. All those links pop out at you, and with limited use can help to drive traffic to the link. But when there are seemingly nothing but links, all those bright colors and underlined text can strain the eyesight. That's not good for readers, and they're not going to like it. Which lessens the chances they'll click on the link anyway.

Too many links can also make it difficult to read an article because the reader won't know what is important. A link on a particular word or string of words can take a reader to more information, possibly adding to the original article. But too many links can leave the reader unsure as what is important, which link to click. And most readers aren't going to bother trying to follow every link because that is time consuming and just plain silly.

If you are an article writer and you have a lot of links you feel are important to an article, collect the links and add them in a box or sidebar to one side of the article, or perhaps inserted in a colored box within the article. This is more pleasing to the eye and allows the reader to look over the list so they can decide what is important to them. Remember to give your readers options, because it gives them a sense of control; otherwise they feel they are being controlled and they're likely to move on to someone else's articles.

And you don't want readers to move on to someone else's articles.

Why? Because you need your readers. If you write for money, you need your readers to help pay the bills. If you write for the love of writing, you need your readers to provide feedback and hopefully to help pay your ego.

Otherwise, why write. Right?

Yep, here are some links

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