have a butchers at my first amazon site please

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This is my first go at affiliate marketing through amazon, could you please have a look and be honest please.

Many thanks

Steve

www.leafblowers-review.com

thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
    Originally Posted by sibster View Post

    This is my first go at affiliate marketing through amazon, could you please have a look and be honest please.

    Many thanks

    Steve

    leafblowers-reviews dot com

    ^^ see aint i good no back link there lol.

    you can post a link to your site to make it easy for someone to look at it. no affiliate links are allowed
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    • Profile picture of the author sibster
      Originally Posted by kimberly Aita View Post

      you can post a link to your site to make it easy for someone to look at it. no affiliate links are allowed
      thanks mate will update that now.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    leafblowers-reviews seems to be dead for me.

    I noticed leafblower-reviews is an empty blog that might be buyable, probably a higher traffic KW.

    I saw a blower with a muffler in the wand pipe that made it much more quiet, you could write about city noise ordinance conformance, if there are models that are exempt.

    That consumersearch site with their multiple hi pr results must haunt your dreams.
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    sorry my bad updated the link. typo
    sorry but you lost me on the rest of what you said. consumersearch?? er lost lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Hi Steve,

    I can see your site

    Nice design...nice niche..well thought out. Should do well.

    My only advice -- clean up the spelling & grammar. Leaf blowers aren't cheap, therefore your visitors will be expecting a certain level of professionalism before they trust you and buy from your links.

    Remember, you're there to recommend and move them on (as quickly as possible)...so make your words fit as precisely as possible with what they're expecting to hear.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    Ok but room for improvement. I wouldn't have the site go straight to the About section. You need to make the image in the review a clickable link to Amazon. The grey text under Catagories is too hard to read, it needs a colour more visable.

    The site looks to squashed and narrow. I don't know how flexible Flexibilty 3 theme is but if you can widen the page, i would. Also, id recommend installing the Clean contact plugin and adding a Privacy Policy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ruch1v
    Gotta love the cockney title of this thread

    Site looks ok, but I have no idea why you would no follow the menu links to the other pages, internal linking is powerful and should be taken advantage of
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Originally Posted by ruch1v View Post

      Gotta love the cockney title of this thread

      Site looks ok, but I have no idea why you would no follow the menu links to the other pages, internal linking is powerful and should be taken advantage of
      As a newbie, I don't even know what that means or how to 'take advantage of' that. :confused:

      Can you please explain?
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      • Profile picture of the author ibmethatswhoib
        good stuff, I have the flex theme also and like it. I have no clue on code much but I figured how to take those links at the bottom out, just go to editor in wordpress(apperance section) then click footer and take it out of the bottom.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
        Originally Posted by PhoebeSmellyCat View Post

        As a newbie, I don't even know what that means or how to 'take advantage of' that. :confused:

        Can you please explain?
        About rel="nofollow" - Webmaster Tools Help

        Basically, he has his menu links set as "nofollow" so his main site is not passing any link juice to any of the subpages.
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      • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
        This is an amazon site but you have no prominent links going to amazon on the landing page unless I'm missing something.

        I think you should link your photos to your amazon page.

        And that Groupon Adsense is rather distracting. I suppose Adsense chooses the ads and I don't know anything about Adsense but is that a good idea? To have it competing with your amazon efforts, I mean.

        I'm still learning so this is from a newbie's point of view.
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        • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
          The 3 things that popped into my head first off:

          1: You mention it's an Amazon site, but I also see big 'ol black/green/orange Adsense blocks on the right. Are you looking for dollars from Amazon or pennies from Google? Or just anything?

          2: People love to click pictures, I'd personally link them straight to amazon ... (I bet your visitors would too .... wink, wink)

          3: The links you have in the content are lime green. They kinda get buried & disappear reading the text. Not saying this as gospel, but blue links are just about nearly expected online ... maybe that's something to look into.

          Anyway, that's some quickies that popped into my head. Hope it helps!
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          • Profile picture of the author inter123
            I'd say it is quite a seasonal product, something that will sell quite well now.
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            • Profile picture of the author T_J_P
              The spelling really does need some attention. For example, there is no such word as "leafs." It's "leaves." Quite essential to know when the site is about leaf blowers. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    its ok... a little hard on the eyes mind i am not a lover of dark themes though. i built a similiar site today. www.wallmounttvstand.org

    i would add a few more reviews and also try and get some ebay in there as well
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    thanks for all the input and taking it all on board, danny, wow nice site. Ive pm'd you hoping to ask you a few questions.

    I just used the about us page will change that to home page soon, ive updated all the colours so should be easier on the eye and will get onto changing the pics to links to amazon.

    Thanks all
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    Overall the site looks pretty good and you might have performed some of the modifications suggested by other warriors. To get better rankings in Google they do look for privacy and ploicy pages etc as part of the quality score.

    I notice you do not allow comments or at least at the moment. I shall be pleased to hear what others have to say; I would have thought allowing comments would be adding fresh content automatically. You would have to moderate in the case of bad comments or spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author 82ana
    Nicely done. It should do well.
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    • Profile picture of the author swords
      Surprised no one else spotted this, but... avoid using that grey hat (or possibly black hat) backlinks in your footer.

      You have 3 backlinks pointing to different completely unrelated sites, in a sense that has no relevance to the visitors.

      Take these off before Google spots them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    those 3 links come with the flex theme... not a massive deal, i hsve ranked many sites using that theme with the links in the footer.


    i recently bought flex squeeze... worth its weight in gold.
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    • Profile picture of the author KathyK
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      those 3 links come with the flex theme... not a massive deal, i hsve ranked many sites using that theme with the links in the footer.


      i recently bought flex squeeze... worth its weight in gold.
      I think I'd avoid buying a theme that did that. Really. It's, as stated, at best grey hat.
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    thats what i love about this forum and most of you being over seas i goto bed and wake up and bang loads of comments, will be sorting them out today.

    Couple of questions though
    how do i change them to follow links?
    would you advise to take the adsense down and put amazon products there aswell.

    Ref spelling i picked up on the leafs error in spelling on my last post changed it there and will now change all the words.

    Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Originally Posted by sibster View Post

      Couple of questions though
      how do i change them to follow links?
      Yes, I would like to know this, too.

      Also, how do you remove the dates from posts?

      Thanks! I think I'm learning as much as Steve is.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    Looks like you've already received some useful feedback. I'd also:

    Add some links on the homepage to the reviews you have written using the product names as the links.

    Include a clear call to action on all of your pages telling people to "click here to buy this XXX from Amazon" or similar wording. At the moment your links aren't prominent enough.

    Add some sub headings to your reviews to break up the text and tell people the downsides to the blower as well as the upsides. The more balanced the review the more people will trust you and click through to buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldovacano
    it looks good, but you should try to put more post and also use more targeted keywords on the post for linking other articles .
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Adsense and amazon work very well.... despite what people say. having adsense on the top left of a site is the best place for it as most people know whether or not in a few seconds if the page is going to useful and the top left is an adsense hotspot.

    I see you have made a few changes...

    Design a better header graphic... does not need to be perfect and only takes a few mins

    Change the title from Home to a title that includes your keywords and try and make it compelling and interesting :-)

    I prefer to have teh categories running along the top and scrap the about us and site map etc and stick them in teh footer as most visitors tend not to care much about those pages :-)

    The amazon widgets are pants and dont convert in a side bar... they do ok in posts but I would loook at tryin trying to avoid them... even in ifd you just have some images and link them to amazon... that would work better.

    Scrap the archives... no relevence

    The adsense in the bottom is tragic... the trick with adsense is to try and blend them in have a look at this wso http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post3029410

    zeus is a well respected warrior and makes a lot of cash from adsense and ebay from doing sites just like this. I learnt a lot from him even though I do not build the sites like he suggests what I learnt has given me better conversions.

    Ideally the reviews should be 1000 words or there abouts with a fair amount of links pointing to amazon throughout.

    Another warrior to check out is Dan Brock I recently did a review of his latest product check out my blog to see how I got on.

    Its good you have made a start and that is more than most but just keep tweeking and testing :-)

    Good Luck

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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Adsense and amazon work very well.... despite what people say. having adsense on the top left of a site is the best place for it as most people know whether or not in a few seconds if the page is going to useful and the top left is an adsense hotspot.

      Danny
      I understand that but does having an ad for University of Phoenix do anything for a site promoting leaf blowers?

      I never understood that. :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    thanks again people, implementing as your typing lol.

    Danny will try what you said and have a look at the people you where talking about.

    so instead of posts you use pages is that right. oops i promised not to pester you again lol.

    Thanks all
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    no I use posts... I just remove the dates from the posts :-)

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author sibster
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      no I use posts... I just remove the dates from the posts :-)

      Danny
      done that but how do you remove the dates from the posts.

      one more quicky how do you add amazon images with the link every time i try it gives me a broken image.

      Thanks all
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  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    I like the site, but would change the picture on the home page as you look like a 'chav' who would more likely pinch a blower than buy one.

    As Steven Fullman said 'Leaf blowers aren't cheap, therefore your visitors will be expecting a certain level of professionalism before they trust you and buy from your links.'
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    lol i have that or a pic from me all tooled up in Iraq so hmmm better get some new ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    wahay lets learn together, share ideas the lot if you like i reckon two noob heads are better than none lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
      Originally Posted by sibster View Post

      wahay lets learn together, share ideas the lot if you like i reckon two noob heads are better than none lol.
      Two noob heads is still two noob heads

      I bet our ideas would make some guru's toes curl! LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author tandren544
    To me, your "About" section was difficult to read, you may want to brighten the text. Other than that, it looks good! Hopefully that theme converts, it's bold
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  • Profile picture of the author 993rs
    Put the exact model name and number in your review titles this should help in the search engines.

    The site looks good, I'd get rid of the adsense and the amazon widgets cleaning the site up a bit more, this would also eliminate exits via adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I have been using Flexsqueeze themes and you can remove the date and author from that in the settings.

    There is also a plugin you can use to remove the date or you can just get rid of the code.

    Adsense should be self optimsing based on what is on teh page... I am taking a punt that you saw those ads becasue the site is not exactly optimised and the content is a little thin (no offence meant)

    Using exact model is always good as mentioned above

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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Another thing the pic does not have to be you... I am rarely in my own sites...
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  • Profile picture of the author steadypay
    Cool thread.

    I'm also just starting out so would be interested in a team up to throw ideas to one another.
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  • Profile picture of the author stews
    The site looks good but maybe the colors in the header could be a little more brighter. Also, the lettering in the header is dark. By the way if you're using Amazon products you may be interested in this new Word Press Plug-in just for Amazon Products. You can find it at my site in the latest post.
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    I second the lettering in the black section being too dark.

    And for the love of English - have someone who is competent clean it up. It's barely readable - and I quit reading after the first paragraph.
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    thanks again all, will spend tommorow rewrighting my pages make them more seo friendly, thanks for all the great input.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny McConnell
    I'm going to second (or third or fourth) on the grammar. Get someone to proofread for you. Poor spelling and grammar represent poorly to the prospective buyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I don't know if this has already been said or not, but I would have your main picture clickable with the link going to this product on Amazon. The one's on your pages are but not the one on the home page.

    I would also have some more 'call to action' links other than just the 'here' word highlight with the link. I would have something like:

    "Click Here to get a discounted price on the blah blah blah blower"

    and have the whole link hyperlinked.

    Nice theme though, good site!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Oh I will also second what Danny said about Deadbeat Super Affiliate product - it's not very expensive and really teaches you everything about how to set up your review sites for Amazon!
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I have to say that review of about 1000 words is what converts best... and you will see when and where you neeed to put links to amazon... I normally just scroll through the site and make sure that at any one time there is a link to amazon visable :-)

    Also I would look at making a folder called recommends and have your affiliate links in there that redirect to amazon... this will then mean if for what ever reason you have to change the links to amazon to some thing else you only have to change one php file rather than links righ accross the site.

    Just google php redirect code failing that drop me a PM :-)

    Danny

    PS I am going to stop now as I have given away far toooooo much :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post


      Also I would look at making a folder called recommends and have your affiliate links in there that redirect to amazon... this will then mean if for what ever reason you have to change the links to amazon to some thing else you only have to change one php file rather than links righ accross the site.
      I use a plugin called 'Gocodes' so much easier than the recommends folder
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    ah ok... never heard of that... mind you I have never looked :-)

    Thanks :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
      I haven't heard of GoCodes either.

      Is it something similar to JVpress' GoPages?
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      • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
        Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

        I haven't heard of GoCodes either.

        Is it something similar to JVpress' GoPages?
        Not sure I haven't used that one.

        Basically you just install the plugin, then you put in your affiliate link and the name you want to call it. Then your links will look something like:

        yourdomain.com/go/affiliate

        You can add as many different links on the site as you like and it also counts the click through on the links.
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  • Profile picture of the author sibster
    1000 word reviews now i see why people outsource. busy day today then. thanks again all
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    yeah sod doing it yourself when you can pay someone next to nothing to do it :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    Nice site for a first go. Well done.

    I notice two major issues that others probably mentioned already.

    1) you have no call to action. You need to tell people what to do once they are on your homepage. Tell them to read a review, or tell them your top recommended electric vs petrol models.

    2) grammar. Make it rock. It's not good as it stands now. It will create bounce.

    Now fix this, create a process to define what you are doingband then start outsourcing. I suggest you do your niche research and outsource the reviews for now. It will free up a lot of time to grow. Then outsource all wordpress stuff and promotion.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by Chris Thompson View Post


      Now fix this, create a process to define what you are doingband then start outsourcing. I suggest you do your niche research and outsource the reviews for now. It will free up a lot of time to grow. Then outsource all wordpress stuff and promotion.
      You would outsource already? I would try and learn and get things right first and so you have an exact plan of action that you can use as it will be the blind leading the blind.

      I out source a lot now due to bad health but you need to know what your doing so you can explain to teh out sourcer exactly what you want and how you want it. If you dont really know you could just be throwing good money after bad and in my opinion that is not good.

      spend time on this site get it ranking and making money and then use that money to out source the next one.

      Seeing as its your first site and not a fully fledged business outsourcing so soon just seems bonkers to me

      Danny
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
        Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

        You would outsource already? I would try and learn and get things right first and so you have an exact plan of action that you can use as it will be the blind leading the blind.

        I out source a lot now due to bad health but you need to know what your doing so you can explain to teh out sourcer exactly what you want and how you want it. If you dont really know you could just be throwing good money after bad and in my opinion that is not good.

        spend time on this site get it ranking and making money and then use that money to out source the next one.

        Seeing as its your first site and not a fully fledged business outsourcing so soon just seems bonkers to me

        Danny
        I think you misunderstood me. I never said you should outsource NOW. I said you should fix the site and then define your processes clearly (as in making several other sites so you get it right). THEN outsource. Nothin' bonkers about it dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    If your going after the U.S. market no uses...........

    lways go for a petrol one as it

    "petrol" they use gas......
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  • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
    After I took a look at your site and clicked on one of your Amazon links, Amazon sent me an email:

    "Customers who have shown an interest in leaf blowers or vacuums might be interested in the following products"

    And sent me info on leaf blowers!

    Wow, Amazon really do go to bat for you!
    (Although, of course, these aren't your affiliate links. Still, it shows their marketing powers.)
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperStu
    Sibster, good start, taking action is the 1st step.

    1 point and 1 question:

    - the spelling man, as many have said get someone to spell check it or copy and paste it into microsoft word and spell check it there

    - the grey box 'testimonials' look good as they draw attention of the reader, does this come with the theme or from somewhere else?

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