Have you ever wished that you were standing over someone’s shoulder while they were looking at your blog and actually hear what they are thinking? Well it’s possible by using a website called peek.usertesting.com. By utilizing this free service, you will have the opportunity to hear and see a live 5 minute video of a real person using your site.
I was introduced to this site for a homework assignment from The Blogging Academy Course I am currently enrolled in, and was really happy to get an outside perspective on the functionality and look of my blog. The peek.usertesting.com website allows people to test their website for free, three times per month, and so far I have used it twice. Once before and after I did some redesigning of my site, and I thought it would be cool to share the results.
(Oh…by the way, I ‘m not getting paid to plug this website…I just actually care about my fellow bloggers and want them to succeed.)
1. First Peek User test results. Went pretty well.
– Live tester immediately understood what my blog was about.
– Found the blog layout to be ok and user-friendly.
– Expressed that the author (Me) seemed to be down to earth.
– Felt that the posts on the blog were well written.
– Recommended adding a Top Post Listing (Which I have now added).
– Tester expressed that overall it was a good blog to read.
2. Second Peek User Test after my mini re-design. Didn’t go so well!
– Live tester felt the blog was only geared to ethnic people (Hmmm….not sure why).
– Live test said my blog was way too busy (Might be because of the added ads and placement).
– Recommended to add an ABOUT tab to tool bar ( MY STORY is my about tab, I like it better…and keeping it).
– Overall believed that the blog was ok.
My second test was pretty harsh to watch, but I agreed with the tester and realized my mini redesign was a little too busy and needed some tweaking. At the end of the day, even though I have added affiliate ads to my site, its important to me that my readers still enjoy what I have to say, and not be distracted by bling-bling ads and annoying pop-ups just to make some cash. I can’t stand it when I visit a blog/website, and its clear that my only purpose of being there is not to read the articles, but only to contribute to a pay-per-click cash session.
At the end of the day, each blog design is a reflection of the blogger behind the computer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their blog design is perfect for their followers. I can never compromise who I am to get more readers, but there is no problem with tweaking my blog design here and there, to make it look more professional. For newbies like me….this can be a great service.
What do you think of utilizing a service like this?
If you have used a similar service. How was your experience?