[Infographic] Eye Movement Tracking: A Vital Lesson in Optimizing Content for Site Visitors

A Vital Lesson in Optimizing Content for Site Visitors

So you’ve built a badass website. And you’ve prepped your landing page for all those sweet visitors who will get your business rocking. You’ve filled your pages with great keywords, so your site will show high rankings.

But you’ve checked the numbers, and your bounce rate is crazy. Like, crazy bad. “Hold it,” you say, “Why aren’t visitors staying on my site? What am I doing wrong?”

The answer: Nothing you can’t fix.

As it turns out, it’s not enough for your site to have fresh, keyword-rich content and a neat layout. You need to ensure the site’s words and images will get readers’ attention and keep their interest. And the way to accomplish this is by anticipating where their good starts to drop before they leave your site.

“Wait – now I need to worry about how people will read my site?” That’s right, buddy. Web design matters down to the very placement of words on the page. With the content begging for readers’ attention, it’s your job to put the important stuff in the right place so your content gets seen.

So what can you do to ensure readers stay on your site?

Readers are like the T-Rex from Jurassic Park. They have ferocious appetites. (For good content.) But more importantly, their vision is based on movement.

We’re not just being flippant. Well, not entirely. But there’s more to that “movement” than you’d think. Readers only spend so much time on a given page, which varies according to how content is laid out on each page. (What? Where’d that come from? Sit tight – more on that in a bit[ES1] .)

For example, most readers view content in a F/E pattern, scanning from left to right and then down, just like the bars on the letters ‘F’ or ‘E.’ Moreover, readers check less and less as their eyes travel further down.

Many other factors of good web design went into this eye-tracking research. Logos, button size, link placement, white space – all these were considered when compiling the data for how readers read web pages.

You need to build your content around the fact that readers may not spend much time on your site. You need to hook readers and hook them hard.

We understand this information is a lot to take in. However, the good folks at Single Grain have created an infographic that describes it more in-depth. The infographic is thorough, informative, and easy to read. Somebody’s following their advice!


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