SpoolCast: Followup Q&A from the Scent of a Web Page

Jared Spool

July 28th, 2008

SpoolCast: Followup Q&A from The Scent of a Web Page
Recorded: July 23rd, 2008.
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 24m 30s | File size: 14 MB
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Brian Christiansen and I recorded a special episode comprised entirely of questions from our customers. On July 17, we held the UIE Virtual Seminar: The Scent of a Web Page—The Five Types of Navigation Pages. During the seminar, we received far more questions than time would allow answering. As is tradition, we put together this follow-up podcast to answer even more of your excellent questions.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • how we determined “failure” and “success” when we studied users
  • how our research applies to college sites
  • the undesirable trait of pogosticking up and down between levels of pages and why that’s a sign of navigation failure
  • examples of link-rich homepages that users love
  • why, contrary to popular opinion, users still don’t like to search

In the podcast, we referred to an article we wrote a little while back, called Lifestyles of Link-Rich Pages, which provides more information on long-links and our home page research.

If you missed our live seminar, a recording of the session is available for viewing. See The Scent of a Web Page for details.

Still have questions about the five types of navigation pages? Ask them in the comments below!

2 Responses to “SpoolCast: Followup Q&A from the Scent of a Web Page”

  1. George Says:

    Cool stuff. Thanks for recording this. This might be the only poodcast I’ll ever subscribe to :)

  2. Bulgarian Experience » Blog Archive » links for 2008-07-30 Says:

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