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 Show and Tell Your Message
Don't just tell, showYou need text. Search engines read it. Even some of us humans like to read. But recognize the sad truth that many busy visitors either don't read very well or are too impatient to bother. Your pages should tell their story in images and in text. When a visitor lands on your home page, you have only a few seconds to convince her that this is the spot. If you fail at that critical task, the back button is only a mouse-click away and odds are strong your visitor will be gone, never to return.
      If you sell hamburgers, show your visitors a picture of a juicy, sizzling burger right on your first page. Better still show the burger and also show some people obviously enjoying chowing down.
      Just as a good book needs a great cover and engaging first line to bring you into its story, so does a Web site. There's no place on the Web for "It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out." Unless, of course, your site is a send-up of cliche writing. Engage your readers visually and textually right from the moment they arrive. That's not rocket science. It's simple grade-school show-and-tell and it still works.

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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 Don't be selfish. Share the Wealth.  
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