Monday, January 28, 2013

Website Poison



We’ve given a lot when it comes to query no-no’s, but there are other badities out there as well. Websites for instance are our digital resumes that anyone can view with the click of a button.

This goes for both agents and authors alike. Remember that your audience wants content and simplicity. I won’t go on and on, boring you with my nerdy insight, but I do want to give you guys two small pet peeves of mine for net content.

1.    Organize It. Keep cluster to a minimum. No more 90’s one page has all the content in one big blog form please. Let the viewer select what they want.

2.     Email addresses. Everyone knows what an email address looks like. Don’t list your email as Username (at) someplace (dot) com. It’s just annoying as hell.


Anyone have any other website pet peeves they’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.

Auzy


7 comments:

  1. I definitely agree on the first! Also, really busy backgrounds, and I find light text on dark backgrounds a lot harder to read than the reverse.

    The second, though, is actually so that web-trolling email-harvesting bots don't discover the address and sign you up for their spam lists. If you have your address on your webpage as username@someplace.com there's a good chance it may get stolen.

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    1. Yeah, I agree with this. I was thinking web-troll and email-harvesting bots were the reason behind the second point.

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  2. OH, is that why people list their addresses like that. I find it very annoying, too, and wondered why anyone felt the need to write it that way.

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    1. Some people write it like that for this reason. They fear spam. Others write it like that because they think it's the best way to make it legible for others. Which ever reason, it's still annoying and should be avoided.

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  3. Really, Auzy? I do it for Spam... lol

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  4. This seems to be an epidemic of writers with this issue. Though a conversation with Liz made me realize that some may not understand i'm refering to the owner of the website listing their email this way. Not when posting to a blog contest (though that irks me too, just not as much). However for those that fear the spam, try using your email as a pic (jpeg) instead. :)

    Auzy

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