Msg#: 2198 posted 10:21 am on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)
OK, I've worked it out - the problem is if you do search in JA, the resulting pages look exactly like a category, including an "Add-URL" link at the top of the page which then sends you around in a loop.
If you navigate manually to a directory, it all works fine.
Could do with a little bit of explanation on the Search Results pages - having two things which look identical but function completely differently is poor design (made worse if the viewer is tired).
Msg#: 2198 posted 10:55 am on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)
Thanks for finding the problem, I'll inform our programmer that he should make more clear that after searching the 'Add url' link is not the same as on a topic page.
After searching and clicking 'Add url' you end up on the 'Suggest a Site' page, where is clearly stated 'browse through the topics and choose the one that best suits your site. Click the "Add URL" button at the bottom of the page and Joe will guide you through the simple process.'
Msg#: 2198 posted 11:07 am on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)
Sure, I appreciate it probably is my fault, but I'm the one paying the money, so make it easy for me ;-)
I'm sure I'm not the only person to try and submit to a directory when tired.
browse through the topics and choose the one that best suits your site.
From the appearance of the search results, I thought that was exactly what I was doing. i.e. I thought I had landed in a category. Actually, I guess in a sense that shows you have a decent search engine on there!
I put my hands up and confess that I worked out what I was doing wrong this morning after a decent nights sleep! But I know how hard it can be to get cash out of site visitors.
My philosophy is always make it as easy and intuitive as possible, and I feel that a couple of minor text edits to the "How to add a URL" page (if a user clicks through from search results, tell them they are in the wrong place) would improve that for you.