Is Your Blog A Coloring Book?

Last Update: January 22, 2014

You're probably thinking Eddy is on that stuff & of course my blog isn't a coloring book. Duh! Well I wouldn't be so sure of that. I've reviewed quite a few WA member websites and some of you are acting like toddlers at a restaurant, that just got some crayons and a paper menu used to shut them up. LOL

Because you've learned how to use the WYSIWYG editor in wordpress, now you think it's an open invitation to use every color, style and alignment option of that editor. Please stop the madness! Just because all the features are there doesn't mean you need to use them.

Why You Should Be A Content Formatting Racist!

Obviously racist tend to only like their own race or "color" and hate everyone else. You sort of need to take a similar approach with your blog. Stick with one or 3 colors at most. Use black for your content, white for your background and I tend to prefer blue for links because people are already trained to click on them. But usually they can figure out what color your links are if there are only two colors being used.

If you're not being a racist with your colors here's what is going to happen.

1. People will visit your blog and think it's unprofessional.

Check on some of the top websites on the web or your industry. Go do it now, I'll wait... Are they going all crayola in their content? Google is a billion dollar company and they tend to stay pretty subdued with their color and style usage in their actual content. It was done by design. They literally spend millions of dollars researching what we do. Shoot, they even pay you to do the research for them. (Click here to find out how.) So if they are using a white background, black text and blue links, you better believe it's because they make more loot that way! If it's good enough for Google and Wealthy Affiliate it's good enough for me. Yes, notice the wealthy affiliate uses the color conventions I stated for their content? Hmmm makes you wonder doesn't it?

2. It's just bad usability.

It makes it very difficult to read your blog if your justification are all centered, you're highlighting every other word and you're using a whole bunch of different colors. Your audience has the attention span of a roach. If they need to try to decipher how to read your content, guess what? They won't and will leave your coloring book... I mean site. Then they will head to your competitor that has a professionally looking blog that doesn't look like someone throw up on it.

Stop Acting Like Children

You're a grown ass man or woman! Now you need to present that on your blog. Show the restraint that you preach to your kids when it comes to how you use the wordpress editor. Your audience eyes will thank you for it! They may return the favor by sticking around on your site longer and actually taking the action you want!

If you are guilty of what I've written above, I'm officially putting you on a time out until you go and clean up your room aka your blog. Once you do, you're allowed to go out and play. LOL

In any event, what do you guys think? Are some of you guilty of being rainbow bright on your blogs? Do you see why that may be a bad thing now? Chime in below.

Eddy with a Y! LOL

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kzalGBpacker Premium
i hope i can get out of time out now...

https://scrapbookvip.com/
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EddySalomon Premium
Much better now Tammy.
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kzalGBpacker Premium
thank you!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tammy
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googs Premium
Just letting you know that I read the Google research article you have posted and it has a missing link after the part in yellow of how to make $500 per year. It says, [wpsharely id=”5769″].

Also, you mention alusive pay in your article but never make it clear. Are you getting paid in check, direct deposit, or gift cards? I know you have been doing this for awhile and should have some viable info by now. I read some of the reviews, I would just think it better to update the story. Hope this helps.
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EddySalomon Premium
Not sure what article you're referring to. Just leave a comment on that article and I'll know what you're talking about.
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googs Premium
Read it. Not so much guilty of the Rainbow Bright syndrome, but I will make sure to put blue for my hyperlinks and verify the background and writing color. Appreciate the information.
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bogyolin Premium
man I laughed my head off on this one LOL :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you enjoyed it.
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hostelgirl Premium
Love your posts. You are a great communicator - it really is YOUR niche.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Julie. I just write like I'm having a conversation with a friend. And fortunately people find it appealing and useful.
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JeanL Premium
Hi, Eddy. Thank you for the laugh! When I first started and asked for community feedback on my website, I would get a lot of comments like "need more color" "add a background color" etc.

I didn't do that because I remembered Kyle's lesson saying that a white background with black text converts better. I still get those comments, but ignore them and continue on, knowing I am doing it right.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Jean,

Glad I put a smile on your face. And no don't listen to the noobs that want you to change your site into a coloring book. It's a rookie mistake that I'm always quick to point out when I look at people's website.

If the big boys aren't color happy, there is a reason! So keep doing what you're doing.
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JeanL Premium
Unfortunately, some of these people weren't noobs, they were ambassadors.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well ambassadorship doesn't necessarily mean they are experienced or successful marketers. In many cases it just means they're very active and supportive on WA. Either way you're doing the right things.
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JeanL Premium
True. Thanks, Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Jean
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CCunningham Premium
OK ,I went back and took out all of the red and blue I used for my titles. I felt it gave color to the titles, but I will admit when I am wrong.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you made the changes Clifford! Trust me your users will appreciate it.
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jwilk1 Premium
Eddy , hi man first thing I am jimmie ie is important to me like y is to you. lol I have to tell you I just cant stop reading your posts /blogs and just great info... you must a kik azz guy in person I will enjoy following you . I would tell you good luck but I see you have made your own luck good and did very well by hard work and a great attitude
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Jimmie! LOL

I'm glad you like my stuff. I really appreciate it. I think I'm pretty kick ass but I'm biased. lol
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CCunningham Premium
I am always willing to learn. I am always looking at ways to improve my site. Mine is different than the normal site, If you have time check it out.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well that's why you'll continue to grow and find success.Feel free to private message me your site.
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Milla757 Premium
Good information.
I enjoy your writing style so much. I love the truth mixed with the humor.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Camille! I really appreciate that.
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vision1 Premium
Oh dear...I'm im time out then! LOL!
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EddySalomon Premium
Now you know how to get out. lol
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Liz1 Premium
OMG this is so good. "Formatting racist,"--brilliant!
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you like it Liz. Lol
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WayneRothman Premium
I am a great proponent of minimalist website design, including the use of a maximum two or three colors.
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EddySalomon Premium
That makes two of us. Lol
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Deeb Premium
I like simple but nice, I don't like a lot of color. IT gets ugly
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EddySalomon Premium
Darlene you represent most of the population and it's exactly why I provided the advice I did in the article. So thanks for reaffirming that!
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womanlu Premium
aww, i was experimenting with a whats it called, ah, paint, i thought it was kinda cool doing text over picture. i wouldn't do it a lot, but once in a while. LOL love ya brother
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EddySalomon Premium
Please stop. Lol just write good content.
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mrsbailey921 Premium
i concur LOLOL. too many colors surely equates to unprofessionalism in my book! LOL. yes i am a blog color racist ahahaha...

www.plainoldpennies.com
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks for agreeing Tomesa!
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womanlu Premium
i'm crakin up over here...and also so guilty, still laughing about how you worded your blog. dang i got a lot of work to do. :))
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EddySalomon Premium
I knew you would appreciate this.
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Danica Premium
Hilarious but true. Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed! lol
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Lukus Premium
"Attention span of a roach" LOL That's freaking hilarious but so true! I can't count how many time I've been to websites myself that were either too complicated or just so colorful if was painful to look at to the point I ended up hitting the back button in the span of about 10 seconds. Thanks for the entertainment Eddy! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Lucas! Thanks for proving my point. LOL
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Mustard seed Premium
I did notice that most top websites are very basic in colour and often wondered why. Thanks for this insight.
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EddySalomon Premium
Now you know Cheyvonne-hannah!
Glad I was able to shed some light on the matter.
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jennynadine Premium
Thanks, Eddy! This was very helpful! I'm guilty as charged with colors! I've always like the dark and bright colors together, but funny while reading this I had up the blog of the main competitor that I see I will have and wallah..her site is white with aqua blue links..well what do ya know!?! LOL...As always, so far you are THE MAN! THANKS again!! Jen
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Jenny. I think we all have our color preferences. But sometimes the most simple and basic color schemes work best from a user experience standpoint and that's what's most important.

If users are happy with their experience at your site, they'll stick around longer.
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nikkilsvgs Premium
LOL Eddy you sure have a way with words I was actually laughing while reading this!!
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, Good Nicole.

I love entertaining people as I educate them.
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scotty71 Premium
Hey Eddy i like your post, it make sense
and your humour makes it a good read.
cheers
scott
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Scott! I'm happy I was able to entertain you while sharing some knowledge. Thanks for chiming in!
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Lesmyb Premium
And all this time I was wondering if my conservative ways were not perhaps too boring! Thank you for the reassurance.
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EddySalomon Premium
Nope, not everything needs to be flashy or out there Lesley!

Glad you found the information useful.
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annikaerbe Premium
Hilarious and right on - as usual! Perhaps you should just be a general life coach too?? You are so right about it all!!
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, Glad you liked it Annika. I kicked around that idea. But I'm still trying to get my own life in order. LOL
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MrsGlarner Premium
Eddy, this was great! And made me laugh! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Hopefully while laughing you also had an ah ha moment April! ;)
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SherrieN Premium
Hi Eddie,
Just getting started and learning features. I will keep this in mind. I've looked over Slate, Huff Post and NYT and they do have more than three colors but they are still organized effectively. Good to know. thanks
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Sherrie, I hear what you're saying but I think you get the jist of my article which is not to go crazy with colors and alignments that it makes your content distracting rather than inviting. As long as you get that, then my message has sunk in.

Thanks for chiming in. By the way, It's Eddy with y. ;)
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drfixxit Premium
Eddy, that picture is hilarious. Great post, I'm coming to you for a critique once I finish my site. Thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Michael! I thought it was pretty funny too and did a great job of representing what I'm seeing on a lot of blogs. Look forward to seeing your site. Don't worry I won't go to hard on you but I will keep it real so you avoid mistakes that hinder your success!
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talimont1 Premium
Great one Eddy! Makes me wonder though why Yahoo decided to change their "sports" background to black. It's not bad but they did it!

Ken
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Ken! Yahoo is a hot mess right now. So who knows why they do things. LOL
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Agreed Eddy, when I see black backgrounds on websites I always wonder, "what in the world were they thinking" and then I leave.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Meredith! I find it very annoying too. Some industries feel like it's what it should be. But I just think it makes for bad usability. But to each their own. Thanks for chiming in!
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Anewcreature Premium
This is how and who got me in here and everyone may be able to see why. I read his blog and it related well to my search and here I am!! lol lol... My point is; folks listen to his advice.. Thanks Eddie rofl lol lol
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Rob! That means a lot!
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Freedomseekr Premium
Thanks for sharing Eddy! Very true! All of those different colors are so tempting, but as I've come to realize, it's not such a good idea since it does make it harder to read and can be distracting for the reader.
LOL, I love that pic! Thanks for the laugh :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Sherry! Glad I could make you laugh and you can see my point!
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skyhigh4 Premium
You caught me out again. Oh well back to my room. Remember to let me out Eddy! Chuckle. Great post and gorgeous photo. Cheers :) Patti
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EddySalomon Premium
Sorry to do it Patti. But now you're off punishment now. ;)
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Srj2014 Premium
Thanks for the info. I barely know how to put black words on my page so I'm not guilty but I appreciate any advice. I would like to figure how to use the alignment editing you mentioned. Thanks again.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks for chiming in! Sometimes not knowing how to use everything is a better thing for newbies.
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mamazepp Premium
Great stuff!!! :) Laughed so hard at the pic... been there with my kids and it is not funny when you are the one cleaning up. :D
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Mama! I've been there and dealt with this with my kids and it definitely wasn't amusing for me either. LOL
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mchomebiz Premium
Great advice Eddy. I will be creating my web sites soon.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks. Hopefully this helps you when you build your website.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Great post, Eddy. I don't use many colours so I think I can go out and play :). But I have to catch myself and not use a lot, if any, bold or uppercase words...online that can be seen as yelling. So I've chastised myself...can I go to the store for candy?
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Rick! You're good to go and off punishment. Enjoy your candy. Lol
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Ethan Glover Premium
Haha, I love this. Although, to be fair Google is very colorful in certain places. :p, and Mark Zuckerberg chose the colors he did for Facebook because he's color blind for everything but blue. ... Jus' sayin'. :D
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Ethan! For certain content Google does go a bit wild. So you're right.
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yessharon Premium
I love the color of WA. To find out what colors are used on one of your favorite websites, visit http://www.colorcombos.com/grabcolors.html or search Google for other tools that can determine the color of a website. This type of tool takes a lot of the hassle out of getting the right color tones for a site.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed. But again let's not get too crazy with the font colors, alignment, etc.
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Karyskis Premium
Thanks for the information. Now off to be creative ;)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome! :)
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bradgro Premium
very good information. I really struggled designing my pages. First they were too boring. Then they were a big coloring book. Finally, I think I was able to meld them and meet in the middle. Good words, thank you for sharing.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Brad! I'm happy you found a happy medium now! Thanks for chiming in!
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theholygrail Premium
very good information and sharp as a tack.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Constance! I appreciate it!
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KD6PAO Premium
I agree with you Eddy - keep it simple. Makes it easier to read!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks KD!
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Shawn Martin Premium
I agree with everything you pointed out. I have a question. Could you please tell me where you found your e mail sign up widget? I love the colors. lol ( No pun intended )
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SowAndReap Premium
Thanks for the info Eddy, lots of color can offset my vision. I see fine, but I notice as I'm aging, I want to read and see. Seeing things that can blur my vision is a turn off and makes me go elsewhere.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome! Thanks for reaffirming my thoughts about this!
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Jaweda2k Premium
Good information in a creative way of telling it. I like it. Keep up the good work.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks!
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steveo5770 Premium
I got a chuckle out of this post (as I do with a lot of your posts) but your right. Bells, whistles and flashy things are fun but those of us with aging eyes will leave and look for a site that's less painful to look at.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy I could amuse you Steve! LOL My eyes aren't even aging and I still find all the extra bells and whistles annoying. Just give me good content that solves my problems, entertains me, or educates me and I'm good! Thanks for chiming in!
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steveo5770 Premium
Your eye's aren't aging? What makes you so special?....lol
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EddySalomon Premium
Ok, they are. lol
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Crystal2010 Premium
I agree
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Crystal! Simple and to the point like content should be. LOL
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Labman Premium
I agree with everything you have said regarding font colors and "emphasis". There is a place for color, in your images.
If you provide the emphasis and impact inside your images and connect with the readers(somewhat like you did above) then color has its place.
But not in the fonts.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Labman. There are simple ways of emphasizing content. And you're right images are perfect for that. So are sub-headlines which are my favorite way of doing this. You can also use bullets. You shouldn't have to rely on every alignment and color to make your point or content stand out. Thanks for chiming in!
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Eddy. Thanks for your post. Sometimes, rubbing things in is one of the best ways to make it clear.. Regards Antonius.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Antonius! That's my style of teaching people. But I try to be gentle. I use peroxide instead of salt or alcohol so it doesn't sting as much. LOL Thanks for chiming in!
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alanwelch Premium
Phew, as I was beginning to think that my WP site was just boring in it's lack of colour and terrible background. Having read this post, I shall look at those sober colours in a new light. Regardless of colour, It's still rubbish!
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EddySalomon Premium
Simplicity works. Apple and Google have made billions of dollars following that philosophy. Your content and how you solve people's problems is what's going to set your site apart. Don't get me wrong, I think color has it's place on a site. But it shouldn't blind you or make your content difficult to read. Thanks for chiming in!
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georama Premium
You are a brain,thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, never been called a brain before. But I think I like it. Thanks!
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mraz24 Premium
Haha...thanks for posting this, I like this! I think some people need lessons on how to act their age too... I feel like a late bloomer lol
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Michelle12 Premium
oh never act your age!! act the age you want to be - but your website, that's another thing lol
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Marie. Well acting your age is a whole other post. I can't really speak on that because I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy and have badly influenced my wife in the same way. LOL But when it comes to control over the colors, alignment and fonts, yes acting your age is appropriate. LOL
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Michelle12! LOL
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Michelle12 Premium
Excellent post Eddy :) It always amazes me that people can go to hundreds of professional websites and blogs and see what you are saying and yet when it comes to their own, think the rainbow unicorn approach will work :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Michelle! I have to agree with you. You would think folks know better. But sometimes people think they're actually improving their website by doing this. I had an offline client who I had to literally fight with because she wanted to use every type of font and color. She said it was for emphasis and I said yes it would emphasize how immature your company website is. LOL
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Michelle12 Premium
lol. It's a newbie thing. I can remember doing that on my geocities cities 20 years ago
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Michelle! I did stuff like that when I was building sites with AOL press or whatever it was called in the late 90s. So you're right it is a newbie thing. But hopefully this article will prevent other newbies from making the same mistakes. It's like the crazy colors and hairstyles we had in the 80s. They had their place but then your good sense has to kick in. LOL
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IJustDoItNow Premium
Straight to the point Eddy. Apple website is my inspiration...thanks for sharing
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Margaret! Apple is a great source of simplicity and exemplifies less is more. Thanks for chiming in and sharing a perfect example!
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egonsarv Premium
I noticed it already long time ago. First, it was annoying I avoided all those websites with tons of colorful ads. Then I noticed this. Years ago there was a major search engine and email provider - yahoo. But to log in you had to go through very colorful home page (all the news, ads, etc.) And then Google came. Just an empty home page - a logo in the middle and link to log in or search. And who is biggest? Google. Why? For different reasons. But I think that most of the people are like me - they don't like these colorful annoying windows blinking everywhere. Yet most of the marketers are like yahoo - trying to stuff their websites with ads etc, hoping to sell as much as possible. Funny, isn't it?
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EddySalomon Premium
Great observation. Don't get me started on people that slap on every banner they find from an affiliate. That's another blog post I'm writing. It's bad enough they use every color and font size. But then slapping on the flashy banners is just an overkill. Your Google and Yahoo observation speaks volumes! Thanks for chiming in with such great insight!
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djlv Premium
I'm a naughty boy with my personal site going with a black background with white text.. but it just has a better feel for me as an artist.. but i do agree with your advice & i do apply the same on other sites I am associated with..
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EddySalomon Premium
I think with some industries it's okay to do that. But in general I just find websites like that harder to read. But to each their own my friend. Thanks for chiming in and seeing my point!
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ar20746 Premium
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once
he grows up. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
By using their words instead of every color, font and alignment available to them. LOL Thanks for chiming in!
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Mark Tait Premium
Hi Eddy.

I'm useless with colours - so try to avoid them for fear of scaring people away with poor colour choices!

I don't like garish sites either - they just put you off - you need to be able to clearly see the text, and be able to read it without getting a headache.

All the best, Mark
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL, Well this is a case where you avoidance of color is a good thing. I agree the rainbow bright blogs do give me a headache too!
Thanks for chiming in!
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Trialynn Premium
I plead not guilty except maybe this one page: http://www.mydogmyjoy.com/dog-food/dangerous-foods/
do you think I should change it?
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EddySalomon Premium
This is fine Lynn. It's more of an infograph so it's acceptable there and it's still easy to read. So you're good for that post in my eyes.
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Trialynn Premium
Thanks, had me worried for a minute!
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BIS Premium
You certainly shouldn't change it. It looks great!
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EddySalomon Premium
Nah, you're good Lynn! It looks good!
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theholygrail Premium
Hello there, I was curious and looked at your page and was pleasantly surprised at a very nice page and a good balance of color. Don't change it.
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Trialynn Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words! I think I will follow you!
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tommydillard Premium
Well I am guilty of a little color in my background but nothing else thanks for writing this hopefully it will open a few eyes. Cause you are right I have seen some very scary sites lately.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Tommy! Glad you're not going crazy with your colors and alignment! Hopefully the message is loud and clear for everyone else too!
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