People read differently when they’re on the web as opposed to when they are reading a paper document. Web users typically scan information, looking to subheadings as signals for what they want more of or what can they can pass over. The prevalence of online list-cles rather than full-length articles marks this change in online reading behavior, as web users want to find things fast.
A study tracking online reading behavior conducted by Jakob Nielsen found that webpage visitors “have time to read at most 28% of the words during an average visit; 20% is more likely.” So you don’t want to waste your words when crafting the copy that will appear on your website. Instead, you want to take the time to hone in on the essential things you want to say, to keep your web visitors interested and get your message across.
Website analytics measure, collect and report valuable data about how your website is viewed, what pages get the most traffic, who is viewing your site and way more. As a business owner, you can harness this information to improve the effectiveness of your website, using the metrics to optimize the pages that work best and fix up the ones that cause web visitors to exit your site. You can actively track your online campaigns to discover which are working and which are failing. Plus, Google Analytics (GA) if FREE. Why wouldn’t you sign up for an account?
You bet there’s technology out there that can detect where our eyes go when scanning a website for the first time. It follows our eyes, creating a roadmap that shows what text, images and graphics in a website design our eyes gravitate to and can’t look away from. Big names like Google, Epson,and Ogilvy & Mather have harnessed this technology provided by EyeQuant to assess and then effectively create great user friendly web designs.
EyeQuant uses algorithms based on eye tracking studies and research to evaluate websites. Using algorithms derived from the movement of the human eye while looking at computer screens or webpages on mobile devices, the company claims they can then predict where a viewer’s attention will go when they load a website.