But.. I stayed strong and I persevered and finally my first website is up! It's in a competitive niche (I know) but its something I love.. so I figured what the heck.. i'll learn the steps with a niche I have some knowledge of and move into other niches after..
so here it is: http://muscleproductreviewsite.com
(PS: Incase you are wondering why there aren't many review style articles depsite the name of the site, I have yet to finish uploading all the articles. I have 15 more general articles and ~10 more review style articles)
So what do I wanna know? (when giving your critique, please disregard the fact that it's my first effort as that is totally irrelevant. Prospective leads would not take this into consideration and therefore would not care. Please look at it as you would any other site.)
PS: I understand I made a classic mistake with my 'above the fold' ads. I simply mentioned a product name and most customers wouldn't have the slightest clue. Changes will be made shortly.
1. Is the overall design of the site OK? - I'm not looking for an award winning design. I just want it to be functional and clean. I've asked friends and family and they like it but I feel they aren't as discerning as you guys would be.
2. At a glance, do you feel that the information is in anyway helpful? (I'm willing to rewrite the articles if they suck. At the time, I felt I did well with them. But as it is my first effort, I'll take all criticism and make changes)
3. If you put yourself in the mind of a consumer, is there anything about the site that would not sit well with you?
4. If this site was your own, what would you add to make it better? How would you change it?
Now comes my biggest question. The site is just under a month old and the traffic isn't great. Google Analytics says 3 unique visitors. Market Samurai Rank tracker says all pages have been indexed but they aren't ranking. I'm looking to drive traffic to it so I can get that all important first sale.
5. What traffic strategy would you implement, if you were in my shoes? Any step by step guides I could follow?
6. At what point (in terms of traffic/visitors) would you consider putting a email capture box thingy (not sure what it's called) to build a list. I can't exactly say I'm swimming in money as I've bought products to enable me to get the site up. So when would you consider getting the aweber account? (10 visitors/day? 50 visitors/day?)
7. By the way, would you consider setting up sites like these in multiple niches a good business model? I'm not looking to strike gold quite yet. I want to learn the basics and pay the bills doing so.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate the help. I hope that once I figure all this out, I'll be able to help someone else in return.
To everyone's success,
Dennis.. hoping to achieve a multiplefigureincome.