Content Quick Tip: Preventing Readers from Skimming
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One of the issues we find as content creators is that many people skim through content.
A. Just look at the URL or headline and deduct their own ideas
B. Jump around and look past a lot of the smaller details we cover
When people skim through the content we are losing valuable opportunities to send people to valuable, affiliated resources. It’s a given that people are going to do this regardless but there are ways to format your articles so it’s more engaging.
Here is a quick set of tips to make your articles in a fashion people don’t want to skim:
- Length – People have a lot on their plate so it’s important that you don’t make the content too lengthy; get to the point as soon as you can to make sure that they get the main points.
- Structure – If it’s a lengthier article then make sure that you’re frequently using sub-headings so that if a reader wants to skim around there will be sections that catch their attention.
- Font – You may have written tons of papers in school using 12 point font but that’s not the case for the Web; consider bumping the font size up to 14pt to make it easier to read.
- Formatting – Be sure to utilize italicization, bolding, and underlining to draw attention to parts of your work that matter most.
- Links – Try not to overdo it with the links otherwise you’ll send the reader down a rabbit hole of content and miss the opportunity to convert them from the original article.
- Imagery – Visuals have stopping power for skimming because they naturally catch the eye so be sure to add them throughout your posts; do the same with video when they’re appropriate.
Though this article doesn’t put these into effect it also shows that length plays an important role; because it’s short, set as a list, and gets to the point I’m able to convey the message rather than dragging it on for 1000+ words. Wouldn’t you agree?
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