如何构建一个很棒网站页脚(Website Footer)

8/31/2015来源:CSS教程人气:847

如何构建一个很棒网站页脚(Website Footer)

  对于很多人来说,制作页脚是只是设计师顺手而为的任务。它似乎很容易,似乎可以忽略不计。因为很多人都觉得网站底部很少人会去看,而且页脚链接的所有链接的点击率(CTR)都是最低的,何必呢?

  真是这样的吗?下面为您解析。

页脚 & CTR(点击率)

Well, the fact about the low CTR may be true, but it doesn’t PResent the whole picture. The low CTR is mainly a result of the fact that few people see the footer in the first place.

So I have a theory of my own about this.

Although, apparently, there’s no study done on the topic (at least I wasn’t able to find it; feel free to chip in if you have some data), I believe that the CTR is actually quite high for footers if we only count the people who have scrolled all the way down on the page.

I did some quick number crunching with my CrazyEgg account to examine this more closely. When I compare the estimated number of people who see my footer (through the scroll map tool) and the total number of clicks my footer generates, I can see that between 14 percent and 20 percent of people end up clicking on something once they see the footer (depending on the page tested).

Of course, this is just a very simple test with a rather small heap of data, so it’s difficult to draw any reliable conclusions. Also, my footer is huge. It takes around 55-60 percent of the screen, so it’s hard to resist clicking on something. Anyway, even despite the shortcomings, the results are still very interesting.

So the lesson is simple…

Footers matter.

And here’s what you can do to make your footer properly awesome.

1. Don’t treat it as an SEO dumpster

Some people still try to inflate their rankings by using keyWord links in the footer. And I know that doing so is hard to resist. It’s just too easy, and the links don’t even look out of place. But this really should be avoided in 2014. Mainly because it isn’t much of a challenge for Google to recognize the footer and give the links a low SEO value.

The whole practice is just so 2008 – or even worse.

Actually, it was 2008 whenRand Fishkin already talkedabout this being not effective.

2. Introduce hierarchy

There are always some elements that are more important than others, and you should reinforce this idea through alignment, scale, and placement within your footer.

For instance, if you go toSmart Passive Income, you’ll see that getting you to opt in is the most important goal for Pat – the owner. The footer for every page on the site starts with a big subscription box.

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

Then, additional links and disclosures follow.

Try adopting the same idea. Start with what’s important and then continue with everything else.

3. Try one last time to get a conversion

Speaking of opt-ins, these days, getting someone to opt in is one of the most popular website goals, and site owners are willing to do almost anything it takes to raise their conversion rates.

Hard to blame them for that, to be honest.

The footer is the last chance to get a conversion. And that’s regardless of what the conversion represents in your individual case. Take advantage of that chance, you owe it to your site’s main goal.

For example, here’s the footer atCodeinwp.com– a company providing PSD-to-WordPress services that I’m part of. The footer is huge and it has one main goal – to convince people to submit their designs and have them turned into a working WordPress theme.

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

4. Use white space

White space is so underrated right now. Actually, it’s been underrated since ever. When in fact, there’s no other easier way to give your footer some additional emphasis and make the links pop more.

We don’t have to go far for examples – just scroll down to see the footer here at WDL.

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

5. Experiment with “about the author” blocks

If you’re designing a single author site/blog then it’s often a good idea to use the available space to present a nice “about the author” block.

Now, the goal here isn’t increasing the CTR. People rarely click on author blocks (at least in my tests), but it does introduce a personal touch and makes it clear who the author is no matter what page is viewed at the moment.

Here’s a great example fromLeaving Work Behind:

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

6. Don’t forget about the must-have links

It’s really hard to imagine a footer without some of the following links:

  • About
  • Contact
  • Home
  • Blog (if there is one)

The reason why they’re essential is simple. Over the years, people have gotten used to seeing those pages in footers. It’s become a convention, and breaking it rarely pays off.

A good way to go about this when picking the things to mention in your footer is to ask yourself the following:

Will my audience expect to see this link in the footer?

7. Display social media links

Here are two of the most popular approaches to social media vs. footers:

  • Use default buttons. For example, to get a Facebook Like button, go tothis section in the developers area. They tend to be effective because of their official nature – people are very familiar with them and know exactly what to do when they see one.
  • Use some custom buttons. They may not have the same CTR, but you don’t always want to click-optimize these buttons, especially if you attempt to show more than a handful of them. Take a look atTechCrunch, to get an idea:

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

8. Consider using a sub-footer

Your sub-footer is the part that comes after your main footer area. It’s most commonly used to display various legal links or other things that you don’t necessarily want people to click on, but they do regulate and disclose some of your Operations.

I’m talking about things like privacy policy, terms, earnings disclosure, copyright clause, DMCA, etc.

Example fromSugarSync.com:

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

9. Showcase social proof, badges, and safety seals

Depending on the kind of business that the site you’re working on is in, displaying some additional social proof can work well for the site’s overall credibility.

Let’s take another look at Pat Flynn’s site to get an example (this time it’s the homepage):

How to Build a Properly Awesome Website Footer

These company logos are not clickable, plus the contrast is very low. But you don’t really need more. The logos are there to provide social proof, not to catch too much attention.

10. Link to your best content

This is something that can work well on blogs and online publishing sites in general; not so much on business sites or product sites.

The main idea is that popular content is usually