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1000 unique visitors a week

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That is it! I reached 1000 visitors last week (1008 to be precise).  Not surprisingly this happens when re-started to post more often in the blog.

Only last month, and according to Google Analytics, I had visitors from 106 countries or territories. The top countries visiting my blog are:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • India
  • Portugal
  • Followed by Germany,  Philippines, Australia, Ireland and France

I posted about how to improve a website ranking, internet marketing, cloud computing, effective communication, strategyuser experience I and II, product management, Sales suggestions,  provided a couple of presentation tips, talked about my native country plus other things that you can check out by either searching or visiting the archive.

If you want to know how many visits I had when I start just ask Google for “what is the loneliest number”. The calculator will answer you.

Thanks to everyone that visited me 🙂

EDIT: To honor my Indian visitors I added Hindi as one of the languages where you can translate the blog automatically.

EDIT 2:     As of August I have over 2200 visitors a week :). I definitely need to post more often. Thanks everyone for visiting my blog

UX Studies, Usability and User Experience (Part II)

When I wrote my first post about this back in February I mentioned that I would get back to this and here I am.

Back in 1994 Rubin* identified many many reasons why so many products and systems are difficult and frustrating to use. According to his handbook:

  • A broader user base with greater discrepancy between user and designer in terms of skills & expectations
  • System components related to usability are developed independently by specialized teams
  • Product development emphasis on machine or system, not on the person who is the ultimate end user
  • Design of usable systems is a difficult endeavor, yet many organizations treat it as if it were just common sense.
* Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley, New York, 1994.

Although these conclusions were applied to the ‘offline’ business they also can be extrapolated to the online one. When developing a product or a system that it is intended to be used by a Human we should focus on:

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UX Studies, Usability and User Experience

Usability

This is my first post about this matter and I expect to write a few more about this in the future. This post contains a general overview of my opinion regarding usability and user experience.

The Internet is all about users, clients, products, services etc. You have users and clients on one side and products or/and services on the other. It is like going to the a regular shop. The person that is presenting and selling you the product has to be nice, has to convince you that you are on the right place (sometimes even before you actually see the product your buying). The main characteristic of the web is that we use the “serve yourself”. The problem sometimes is not the product that is so bad that sales do not exist, the problem is the process. It is very confusing and annoying for the potential client and he gives up before he buys.

How to improve the quality of your site? In general what users want? How to pitch you sales? Those are questions that I can’t answer in specific but I will give you some guidelines that for sure will bring better results.

Stay tuned… 🙂