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 Avoid Needless Distractions
American FlagWhen we are new to the web, anything that moves on a page seems really cool. After all, we've read newspapers and magazines all our lives, and nothing ever moves. So moving things are cool, right?
      Well, they might be. Motion and animation, even sound do have their place. But be aware of what a distraction they can be.

Why? Anyone who's spent even a few weeks surfing the Web has already seen an animated flag. The first one might seem cool. The next few are ho-hum. But soon, they become an outright annoyance. You are interested in the page's content. You came there to learn about something. But your eyes keep getting dragged away from the meat of the page and back to this waving animation. And the more such gee-gaws you put into a page, the bigger an irritation they become.
Use animations to make your point      Animations and motion can be used sparingly to call attention to a very important message on the page. Use them ONLY to make a point. They should NEVER be used just for the sake of having an animation. They should only be used when they help tell the story. And even when they do seem to make sense, it might be well to have them run for a short while then turn off. The page author can never accurately second guess what visitors came there to see. Don't force their eyes where they don't want to focus them.

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 Points to Consider
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  bullet Remember that your monitor is not everybody's monitor.  
  bullet Image errors have many aliases.  
  bullet Watch out for disappearing fonts.  
  bullet Remember 3 words, Show and Tell.  
  bullet Avoid needless distractions.  
  bullet Keep formatting in reason.  
  bullet Pardon our construction, or don't.  
  bullet Splash no splash in search engines.  
  bullet SEO gone in a Flash.Turn Sound Down First!  
  bullet Music to my ears may not be music to every ear.  
  bullet Keywords? Start with the contents of Webster's.  
  bullet Don't be a Copy Cat.  
  bullet Do be a Copy Writer, or hire an expert to write good copy.  
  bullet Don't be selfish. Share the Wealth.  
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