It’s really strange how the current events of today can turn into something positive – as most of you know I had server issues today and a person just don’t realize how this effects your day until it happens BUT I always try to find a positive and thus why I’m writing this post and gearing it to my fellow traffic exchange owners – through the eyes of a surfer.
What does a person do when their sites are down, their blog is down etc. – you get out there and visit other sites – surf as much as you can and I have to say it was quite an interesting experience and would like to share a few things that I noticed while surfing as a surfer today.
I’m not going to mention which sites I surfed but I will tell you some of the things that I did see and some of the things that just drove me nuts – I made notes so I wouldn’t forget to mention them all and here goes……….I ran across a splash page that like to drove me crazy – it blinked so bad that all my eyes could do was just jump all over the page to the point that I never did read anything on that page – what a waste of credits.
Do some of you like to test my eye site – I really had a hard time focusing my bifocals enough on some sites to be able to match the icons and the ones with dark images on a dark background – wow they were hard to pick the right ones. Now some of them may have been cute but why are you trying to make them hard to tell the difference – that is not making your site very user friendly.
Now I also seen some pages that ran in behind the chat box – never got a chance to see your ad – because I couldn’t read it all – do you ever test your pages? Yes, it was sites owners and not a promo for a product. AND while I’m on a roll here some of the sites with the loud videos made me jump right out of my seat – well I don’t know about you but I’m sneaking up on 60 and you could have given me a heart attack – so I muted the sound and didn’t hear one thing all the video said – if I did that – wonder how many others are doing that.
AND come on – why do you add pages to another site that I have won something – click here – are you that desperate to get people to your site that you have to try and trick others – well I’m sorry all that did was just made me tune out your site. I want to see you tell me why I should click and come to your site – don’t play those games with me.
The other one that disappointed me was the Bonus Pages and how cluttered some of them are – it was even hard to know it was a page giving me a bonus. There was one site that I have to say made me feel honored to get that bonus because that is what they said on their bonus page and that was all – you know those pages are designed to thank your surfer for surfing the amount of sites they did – it’s not a page designed for you to put promos on – after all shouldn’t that be put in rotation like the rest of us do.
AND I know that I can be brain dead sometimes as my granddaughter tells me to wake up my brain sometimes but really – you want me to click here for a free $20.00 – you want me to click here for more info and not tell me why or what you have for me – well what are you hiding, what are you being so secretive about and why do you have to hide your products name, your sites name or even your name – hmmmmmmmmm
The other thing that I seen is long, long, long word searches – holy crap I would have had to surf all day to fill in all those letters and why for 10 credits – wooooohoooo thank you but no thanks – remember I’m there to feel special – I want you to thank me for surfing your site, for being an active surfer – if I don’t feel that way why bother to come back.
There were some positives – it wasn’t all bad – I did see one site offering to reward his members for promoting them – if he seen them promoting – wow that caught my eye and I wrote that site down as I thought that was so cool. Now you are going to ask how would that site owner know – well that was the other positive that I seen out there – pages with YOUR mug shot on them – now that told me that wow that person must really like that site, having good luck with that site and if I know that person – what do you think I’m going to do – I’m going to go check it out and see WHY he or she is promoting that site.
NOW the one page that I am going to show you that really impressed me because it was unique, this lady put herself out there, and I know she is an active surfer in alot of sites and why do I know – well she told me by this page that she did created and I have to say she did an awesome, awesome job and want to share it here with you Click here to see this site now
Oops one more thing……..back to the site that did impress me today with the bonus page I was going to leave you message through your contact /support BUT you know what I looked and looked and couldn’t find out how to contact you – do you have your doors closed to your members?????
So………….out of negatives do come positives – I’m challenging all other site owners out there – take a few hours and surf – I don’t mean to put up 5 – 6 tabs and just click, click, click – I mean surf – study the sites that you are seeing, study your site and look at it through the eyes of a surfer – I really think you will be surprised.