How Do I Optimise My Website’s Copy?

Don't Leave Your Audience Cold...

So, how do you optimise your website copy to ensure it’s quick and easy to digest for your visitors?

It doesn’t need to be that complicated…

The best way to optimise your content is too firstly:

 

Break up your content with great, highly viewable, highly compelling images.

 

Here’s a recent favourite image of mine below conveying coldness… any good? What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use bullets and numbered lists to explain your points, include quotes to demonstrate authority and start your content summarising the points.

 

This quickly lets your readers determine if they want to go from scanning to reading.

 

Hot Tip! Measuring page views is a thing of the past. Engagement or visitor to engagement is the most important metric.

 

Use Short Sentences/Paragraphs

  • Short sentences seem like less of a commitment they seem less overwhelming.
  • Simple sentences void of any complicated structures have the same impact.
  • As a rule of thumb, there should be no more than 80 characters per line. Short paragraphs (3-4 lines, maximum) make scanning easier. Big blocks of text are daunting.

Subheadings / Content Blocks

  • Subheadings, much like they do in an article, help sort and organise copy.
  • Use descriptive subheadings, not vague or clever headlines.
  • On a long page, use different background colors and images to show a separation between sections (e.g. how it works and testimonials.)

 

Clear Font

  • Large font is easier to read, so try 14-16px at least.
  • The more space there is between two lines of text, the easier it’ll be to read / scan. Aim for a 24px space.
  • Contrast is key. Black font on a white background has high contrast, making it easier to read. Light grey text on a white background or a dark grey background has less contrast, making it more difficult to read. Sans serif is easier to read online.

 

Fluency

  • Fluency is essentially the measure of how easy it is to think about something. As humans, we prefer to think about things that are easy to think about.
  • High cognitive fluency means something is easy to think about, meaning people will be more willing to engage with the copy
  • Use words and phrases that are familiar to your audience.
  • Write the way most people speak… simply and concisely.
  • Use basic words and simplify your concepts.
  • Be aware of the jargon and “industry speak” you use. Avoid bringing that into your copy unless you’re specifically looking to attract people as familiar with the industry as you are.

 

Readability is the ease with which a reader can understand a written text. The readability of a particular text depends on content (for example, the complexity of its vocabulary and syntax) and typography (for example, its font size, line height, and line length).

 

Conclusion

  • Use short sentences and paragraphs so that you don’t make you copy seem more daunting than it really is.
  • Use subheadings and content blocks to separate and organise your copy.
  • Use large, sans serif font in a colour that contrasts your background.
  • Write simply and concisely so that your copy is easy to think about.

You should always ensure your copy is…

Legible – People can recognise individual characters in your copy.

Readable – People can easily understand the text.

Comprehensible – People can process and grasp the meaning behind your copy.

 

Have I missed anything here? Let me hear your thoughts on how you arrange your website copy and your best practices.

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