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"Life is too short to click on an unknown" - No blind links on Blogs says Web Design Guru Jakob Nielsen

Posted by Tom Foremski - October 31, 2005

By Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley

Blind Links.jpgEarlier this year I was pestering Jakob Nielsen--the uber web design guru-- to do a study of weblog usability. Jakob was reluctant at the time because he said there was no money to fund such a study. It takes about $200k to do a full study.

Nevertheless, Jakob did just recently publish: Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes:

This is my absolute favorite:

4. Links Don't Say Where They Go Many weblog authors seem to think it's cool to write link anchors like: "some people think" or "there's more here and here." Remember one of the basics of the Web: Life is too short to click on an unknown. Tell people where they're going and what they'll find at the other end of the link.

Generally, you should provide predictive information in either the anchor text itself or the immediately surrounding words.

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