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When it comes to running a success web site or blog, it’s all about site navigation and giving the site visitor exactly what they need and telling them how to get it.

In this article we are going to cover three areas that you can focus your efforts on for improving overall site navigation and user experience. No matter what form of navigation you use, you are always going to want to make sure you focus your efforts on creating quality content that sticks.

NAVIGATION MENU

The top navigation bar is what people are going to see right away. Be sure to include all of your best information, categories and topics in this area. It is recommend that you add a “Start Here” page to your top navigation for all of your first time visitors. You can use this page to tell your new visitors your best content and what to expect from your site.

RIGHT SIDE BAR

The right side bar area of your site can be used for a lot of things, such as social interaction, advertising, posting your best content and adding a newsletter subscriber form. The important thing is to make sure that you don’t clog it up with too much information or advertising.

FOOTER AREA

The footer area is one of the last places that your site visitors are going to see before they leave your site. Instead of posting a basic footer with your about page and disclaimer, use this area to give one last reminder to your audience and link to your best content and services that you can offer.

Putting your top navigation, side bar and footer area to full use is one of the best ways to create a web site experience that your site users will appreciate and keep them coming back for more.

Remember, you only have a few seconds to keep visitors from leaving your site, so do everything you can to put your best content in front of them and make it so they don’t have to work for it.