My new site, what does everyone think?

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Hello all,

Recently set up a new site please tell me what you think.. I am new here and would like to get some feed back

Watch This Cam - Chat and Watch The World

I welcome any feedback!

It is basically a random site with random webcams around the world(places not people) You will understand it once you click begin.

Let me know what you think
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  • Profile picture of the author doorkicker13
    It's actually a really cool idea. I think you have something here, but your design needs some work. It's just kind of plain right now, lacks visual interest. I like the idea though.. pretty cool how you integrated a chat for each cam.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Barker CEO
      An interesting idea, however when I tried there was no camera's live and I did not see anything.

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      • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
        Originally Posted by The Barker CEO View Post

        An interesting idea, however when I tried there was no camera's live and I did not see anything.

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        Did you see the actuall camera? It does not work on Internet Explorer...

        It works on pratically all other platforms including Ipads,Iphone's

        But does not work on IE

        Thanks, All the cams are live. Not refreshing stills just live cams
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    • Originally Posted by doorkicker13 View Post

      It's actually a really cool idea. I think you have something here, but your design needs some work. It's just kind of plain right now, lacks visual interest. I like the idea though.. pretty cool how you integrated a chat for each cam.
      I have to admit I don't understand why people even go to cam sites, but since you asked:

      I have to agree it's a bit plain, but that's an easy and quick fix. And the chat is definitely a nice addition as it makes the site more 'sticky'. Your site also seems to stream much better than any of the other cam sites I've seen, which is a huge plus for me. I would add more options to share besides Facebook, though. While FB may be the biggest, they certainly aren't the only social site out there.

      It would be very easy to include some ad blocks, as well, toward the bottom that you could either sell, or place affiliate products or something, to make some extra revenue.

      All-in-all, though, I think it's an excellent start.
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      • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
        Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

        I have to admit I don't understand why people even go to cam sites, but since you asked:

        I have to agree it's a bit plain, but that's an easy and quick fix. And the chat is definitely a nice addition as it makes the site more 'sticky'. Your site also seems to stream much better than any of the other cam sites I've seen, which is a huge plus for me. I would add more options to share besides Facebook, though. While FB may be the biggest, they certainly aren't the only social site out there.

        It would be very easy to include some ad blocks, as well, toward the bottom that you could either sell, or place affiliate products or something, to make some extra revenue.

        All-in-all, though, I think it's an excellent start.
        Thanks! Great feedback Had actually planned to do this earlier.

        Adding a different Share Button on the weekend. Any ideas of the best share piece of code you have found. Going to have a look around later.

        Got accepted to Google Adsense, as well as another advertising network. Putting up some related ads as well, to the cam and the majority of viewers.

        Hopefully then start generating some income!
        My Alexa ranking has gone down half in 2 weeks actually more than half. It was 1.9million now its 694000! delighted with that.

        Also adding a rate button, a "camera offline" image and a top 100 cams and adding a lot more cams!

        So I have a busy weekend
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by doorkicker13 View Post

      It's actually a really cool idea. I think you have something here, but your design needs some work. It's just kind of plain right now, lacks visual interest. I like the idea though.. pretty cool how you integrated a chat for each cam.
      Yep, i agree. Cool idea, but design needs work.
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  • Profile picture of the author whaldorf
    Nice job - and a good idea for your site!

    My only suggestion is to swap out the image of the dude standing under the tree/rainbow since it's commonly used on that particular theme by a lot of people.

    It's easy to replace the image - just right click and download it. Then modify it in photoshop - perhaps replace it with a "cam" related graphic. You can maintain the faded blue background and black underline and integrate the new graphic perfectly without a lot of work.

    A tiny change like that can make a world of a difference visually!
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    • Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

      Adding a different Share Button on the weekend. Any ideas of the best share piece of code you have found. Going to have a look around later.
      Sharing Widget, Sharing Button, Sharing Plugin - ShareThis Sharing Button

      Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

      Also adding a rate button, a "camera offline" image and a top 100 cams and adding a lot more cams!
      All of these are excellent ideas. Sounds like you have a good handle on things. Personally, I like the idea of random cams, but you might also consider adding a list of the available cams in case someone wants to go somewhere in particular directly.

      Originally Posted by whaldorf View Post

      My only suggestion is to swap out the image of the dude standing under the tree/rainbow since it's commonly used on that particular theme by a lot of people.

      A tiny change like that can make a world of a difference visually!
      I agree with this, as well. You need something that a) blends in with the rest of your site, and b) is something unique to your site that people will be able to recognize quickly and easily. In your case, it's actually replacing the logo, so this is very important.

      If you don't know anything about creating graphics, you could easily find someone to do this for you on Fiverrr.

      Good job, though.
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      • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
        Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post




        All of these are excellent ideas. Sounds like you have a good handle on things. Personally, I like the idea of random cams, but you might also consider adding a list of the available cams in case someone wants to go somewhere in particular directly.



        I agree with this, as well. You need something that a) blends in with the rest of your site, and b) is something unique to your site that people will be able to recognize quickly and easily. In your case, it's actually replacing the logo, so this is very important.

        If you don't know anything about creating graphics, you could easily find someone to do this for you on Fiverrr.

        Good job, though.
        How did I not know about that sharing widget earlier!!! Thanks going to save me some time. Just going to make it fit the rest of my site.

        Yes was actually only on fiverr today looking for someone to do the job for me. Weather or not they do its only a Fiverr

        Yes a lot of people suggested this from other forums about making a list or sitemap or the camera's. I am definitely going to keep the randomness.

        I am going to stay away from the list of the cams for now... leave it the way it is for the moment.

        Keep an eye on the site anyway. If you saw how much it has changed in the last month you would be amazed!
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by whaldorf View Post

      Nice job - and a good idea for your site!

      My only suggestion is to swap out the image of the dude standing under the tree/rainbow since it's commonly used on that particular theme by a lot of people.

      It's easy to replace the image - just right click and download it. Then modify it in photoshop - perhaps replace it with a "cam" related graphic. You can maintain the faded blue background and black underline and integrate the new graphic perfectly without a lot of work.

      A tiny change like that can make a world of a difference visually!
      Man great idea. Didn't even think about placing it to a related cam or something! Although the reason I used the image was because of the "Created By One Man" part.

      But I totally agree! Will come at a later date though
      Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    i am having troubles on IE.

    When you create a site, make sure it works on all browswers. otherwise you might lose customers. and lost customers equals lost sales.

    Remember people out there are using IE, Google chrome, Safari
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      i am having troubles on IE.

      When you create a site, make sure it works on all browswers. otherwise you might lose customers. and lost customers equals lost sales.

      Remember people out there are using IE, Google chrome, Safari
      I know, I know I have had this hanging over me since the site first started.

      Trust me I have posted in loads of forums asking for a solution, no one really has one.

      I totally agree that if i cam onto a site and it didnt work on my browser Id be quite annoyed

      Any solutions id be glad to hear!!
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  • Profile picture of the author RogerAderholdt
    Hey I use IE and couldn't get the website to come up.

    Not sure if it's the website or my SLOW connection.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I have an app similar to this on my iphone, and they allow you to favorite a cam if you find one you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    I think that your website is amazing! Good job. Now if you could just put it in more attractive areas...you would probably increase your traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author caseycase
    Hey Palmer, I like it! I ended up spending a while just clicking to see what comes up! Excellent idea! Let me echo what others have said - a cleaner design would be better. Also, it would be cool to be able to see what cameras are close to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by caseycase View Post

      Hey Palmer, I like it! I ended up spending a while just clicking to see what comes up! Excellent idea! Let me echo what others have said - a cleaner design would be better. Also, it would be cool to be able to see what cameras are close to me.
      Thanks ! Well good thing is there is nothing really similar to it. Adding some great new feature's over the weekend. When you say cleaner design what do you mean exactly? I know what you mean obviously but anything you would change make bigger smaller remove? etc

      Yes the site is only knew, about a month or two so adding new stuff all the time
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  • Profile picture of the author money bubble
    I like the idea... very original. Yeah, you may want to spice up the pages a smidge. & try to get IE available since it seems alot of people use int. expl. But besides that... good job & good luck with that
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  • Profile picture of the author SB274
    Cool site and great idea. Two thumbs up.
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  • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
    Yep good site, good idea. Def overhaul the graphics and layout.

    Not sure how no one has mentioned this yet but why isn't there a way to 'share' an interesting cam located on each cam page? Users can copy/paste the URL but a share button will be much more useful.

    Like if someone is browsing a city street cam on there and there is an accident or a boss is chewing out an employee in an office cam and they wanna quickly share the incident with others before it ends, there needs to be a way to do this.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by spectrefax View Post

      Yep good site, good idea. Def overhaul the graphics and layout.

      Not sure how no one has mentioned this yet but why isn't there a way to 'share' an interesting cam located on each cam page? Users can copy/paste the URL but a share button will be much more useful.

      Like if someone is browsing a city street cam on there and there is an accident or a boss is chewing out an employee in an office cam and they wanna quickly share the incident with others before it ends, there needs to be a way to do this.
      I have this added just recently ? you see the "Something Interesting Happening In this Cam" Share it on the wall??

      I also have a like button on every cam. I agree a share button is being added soon
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      • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
        Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

        I have this added just recently ? you see the "Something Interesting Happening In this Cam" Share it on the wall??

        I also have a like button on every cam. I agree a share button is being added soon
        Ah yea, I didn't see 'The Wall'.

        The chat should be a scrolling chat box in my opinion. So that the user can watch the cam and chat in real time with other users without having to scroll the screen.

        A good layout would be the cam up top like you have it, and then two chats down below. One chat would be specific to the cam and the other should be specific to all users online so that cams can be shared in real time.

        Very interesting site though, I'm sure it will be successful once you are finished tuning up.

        Edit: also if you can make the shared links clickable in the chat client it would definitely be a bonus.
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        • Profile picture of the author colll999
          Just tried to view your site but its not loading at this time, just to let you know.
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        • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
          Originally Posted by spectrefax View Post

          Ah yea, I didn't see 'The Wall'.

          The chat should be a scrolling chat box in my opinion. So that the user can watch the cam and chat in real time with other users without having to scroll the screen.

          A good layout would be the cam up top like you have it, and then two chats down below. One chat would be specific to the cam and the other should be specific to all users online so that cams can be shared in real time.

          Very interesting site though, I'm sure it will be successful once you are finished tuning up.

          Edit: also if you can make the shared links clickable in the chat client it would definitely be a bonus.
          Cheers great points. I was thinking about the chat box's being side by side but the user I think might get confused and turned off. Also I tried to do this and it just ended up being a nightmare lol.

          Id say in another month it will be a whole lot more fixed etc. Working 50 hours a week in a normal job.. so time to do this is limited

          Great points though!

          Thanks!
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          • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
            Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

            Cheers great points. I was thinking about the chat box's being side by side but the user I think might get confused and turned off. Also I tried to do this and it just ended up being a nightmare lol.

            Id say in another month it will be a whole lot more fixed etc. Working 50 hours a week in a normal job.. so time to do this is limited

            Great points though!

            Thanks!
            yea, may have to outsource to get the chat code to do this, but i think an 'above the fold' design is going to make this site truly reach its potential. just imo.

            like imagine if google was doing a site like this, what kind of features would u expect from them? answer that and then make it happen on your site and success is yours.
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            • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
              Originally Posted by spectrefax View Post

              yea, may have to outsource to get the chat code to do this, but i think an 'above the fold' design is going to make this site truly reach its potential. just imo.

              like imagine if google was doing a site like this, what kind of features would u expect from them? answer that and then make it happen on your site and success is yours.
              Yes, Like having my own chat script, I have looked a few other chat scripts they are all to flashy and just don't fit in with the design.

              "what would google do"
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  • Profile picture of the author Vera10
    Your idea is very good but you have to improve the site more still amateurish looking...
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  • Profile picture of the author sannyboy
    No idea how you created your site, but well done for doing so.

    I think the design is OK - not sure if you have changed it since the start of this thread... the only feature I would like is to choose the camera I am looking at, not to just have the random option. But that's just me.

    Well done!
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by sannyboy View Post

      No idea how you created your site, but well done for doing so.

      I think the design is OK - not sure if you have changed it since the start of this thread... the only feature I would like is to choose the camera I am looking at, not to just have the random option. But that's just me.

      Well done!
      Cheers! Site has only been live for about a month/month and a half so adding features like picking your own cam etc will come soon

      Design is going to be worked on.

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author sannyboy
        Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

        Cheers! Site has only been live for about a month/month and a half so adding features like picking your own cam etc will come soon

        Design is going to be worked on.

        Thanks!
        I didn't realise it was so new! I'm sure you have the bases covered for additional features - you just need the traffic now
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        • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
          Originally Posted by sannyboy View Post

          I didn't realise it was so new! I'm sure you have the bases covered for additional features - you just need the traffic now
          Yes I am also new to web development! lol but over 7000 visits and over 100000 page views (dont mean to be boasting lol)

          But got a lot of work to do and keep an eye on the site
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  • Profile picture of the author bonk12
    That's pretty awesome, I'm impressed.

    Whether or not that is legal I am not sure but it is still pretty unique to anything I've come across. I suppose now the only question is how to monetize.

    Good luck,

    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by bonk12 View Post

      That's pretty awesome, I'm impressed.

      Whether or not that is legal I am not sure but it is still pretty unique to anything I've come across. I suppose now the only question is how to monetize.

      Good luck,

      Cheers,

      Steven Patterson
      Thanks! Its totally legal

      well had a couple of ideas, locally say a camera in America could display related American ads etc.

      The unique way my site is set up I can basically place separate ads on each page.

      Maybe get one or two good CPM ads if possible
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    Originally Posted by palmer9999 View Post

    Hello all,

    Recently set up a new site please tell me what you think.. I am new here and would like to get some feed back

    Watch This Cam - Chat and Watch The World

    I welcome any feedback!

    It is basically a random site with random webcams around the world(places not people) You will understand it once you click begin.

    Let me know what you think
    Also if you are interested
    Watch This Cam - Twitter
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    Watch This Cam - Facebook
    It has a very interesting offer. I find the header too large though as it occupies most of my screen. That's just my two cents
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  • Profile picture of the author MrWonton
    The site works well, its a good idea and congrats for implementing it!

    The only thing I will say is, I don't think that site template is particularly brandable. As mentioned, the homepage graphic is quite common, and the colours are quite gloomy (imo).

    Freshen up the theme a bit and it could be really succesful!

    Some of the cameras are in some prtty crazy locatons. Restaurants, shops, operating theatres.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by MrWonton View Post

      The site works well, its a good idea and congrats for implementing it!

      The only thing I will say is, I don't think that site template is particularly brandable. As mentioned, the homepage graphic is quite common, and the colours are quite gloomy (imo).

      Freshen up the theme a bit and it could be really succesful!

      Some of the cameras are in some prtty crazy locatons. Restaurants, shops, operating theatres.
      Yes, its still basic, needs a lot of work. Thanks for the response though
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I do love the idea of announcing activity on the wall, but you should find a way to make the links clickable there. I'm too lazy to type it out, and I'm finding it almost impossible to highlight, copy, and paste.

    But I love that idea. It's a good way to keep people on the site. Maybe you could make that more prominent. Or even find a way so that the wall can be on every page, so that you can keep track of it while surfing the cameras.
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  • Profile picture of the author Redev
    It looks kind of cool. I am not sure why people visit these web sites maybe the "big brother" effect? i dunno.. Looks ok and does the job.. how are you going to monetize this web site?
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by Redev View Post

      It looks kind of cool. I am not sure why people visit these web sites maybe the "big brother" effect? i dunno.. Looks ok and does the job.. how are you going to monetize this web site?
      Thanks ! Still obviously need a lot of work. I suppose people like to well discover things, also they never know what they will find.

      Monetize .. good question just slap on a bit of adsense and some ads related to the particular camera eg beach in ireland add for some where close in ireland
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  • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
    Also... my alexa ranking has gone down and down and down! Was on like 1.9million now 500000! Woo in like 1 week! Watch This Cam - Alexa

    Yay
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    Unique site
    Great idea. So what's your methods for monetizing? Or you just having fun with your expert.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeybobikey
    i like it .. and agree you need a better design .. keeping your ad placement in mind ... and create a few varieties for ab testing. the idea is cool and im sure you could build off of the idea and get some ugc type of stuff .. trow in some facebook connect and youve really got something
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by mikeybobikey View Post

      i like it .. and agree you need a better design .. keeping your ad placement in mind ... and create a few varieties for ab testing. the idea is cool and im sure you could build off of the idea and get some ugc type of stuff .. trow in some facebook connect and youve really got something

      I have facebook connect? well by connect do you mean where they log in with there Facebook account? ? I was thinking of doing this. At the moment all I have is a Like button lol

      Rock Climbing Cam See there I have a Like button.. I also have this on every page.
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  • Profile picture of the author ginak59
    I would pull back on the variety of colors, keep it down to a simple range centered around 1 main color repeated in a few tones and then a secondary color for the links. It will be less distracting and you can focus on the topic. Simple does not have to be boring. Create a graphic which has something to do with the topic. The tree and sillouette doesn't add anything to the idea of cams. Why not a still from one of the cams?
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by ginak59 View Post

      I would pull back on the variety of colors, keep it down to a simple range centered around 1 main color repeated in a few tones and then a secondary color for the links. It will be less distracting and you can focus on the topic. Simple does not have to be boring. Create a graphic which has something to do with the topic. The tree and sillouette doesn't add anything to the idea of cams. Why not a still from one of the cams?

      Great Idea! Yes I know the tree had nothing to do with it lol just fitted in with the whole layout and looked nice. But yes I agree maybe update the still everyday! Thank you very much
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    Hey that is cool. how did you come up with that great idea there?
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    cool idea -
    I wouldn't worry about trying to make it too fancy. A site like that is pretty straight forward in terms of design requirements. Focus more on functionality and keep the design simple and basic. This type of site does not need super design or graphics.
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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by omk View Post

      cool idea -
      I wouldn't worry about trying to make it too fancy. A site like that is pretty straight forward in terms of design requirements. Focus more on functionality and keep the design simple and basic. This type of site does not need super design or graphics.
      Thanks Omk, I tried to keep it simple, do need to work a bit more on some new features rating etc but going to keep the design pretty similar
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  • Hey Palmer

    I actually like the simplicity of the site. It is certainly very easy to use and the cameras all loaded really quickly for me. Not really the sort of thing that I would personally spend hours watching but I imagine that if something interesting happened on one of the cams then the viral buzz would be immense.

    Good luck to you, hope it takes off.

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    • Profile picture of the author palmer9999
      Originally Posted by thesorcerersapprentice View Post

      Hey Palmer

      I actually like the simplicity of the site. It is certainly very easy to use and the cameras all loaded really quickly for me. Not really the sort of thing that I would personally spend hours watching but I imagine that if something interesting happened on one of the cams then the viral buzz would be immense.

      Good luck to you, hope it takes off.

      Neil
      Cheers, thanks yes didn't want to over complicate it wanted it just to be click and load. The functionality of only having Javascript makes the site run 10x faster than others but is so bad for SEO lol

      Viral.. yea I was hoping something interesting might be happening its bound to happen and thousands will flock to my site
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    I loved the site! It's fascinating to see around the world! Here are some changes I would suggest if my client asked me to review. Not being harsh or critical- just some things that will help your site keep the traffic it gets.

    Front Page Header Image: I would recommend using a couple of webcam like images in your first page header. While I like the rainbow and the tree- having something representative of what they might see will increase the number of people that will actually willing to click. Right now, you have this big eye catching image, which the average user will look at first so use that millisecond to your full advantage.

    The second thing they will look at is the...

    Click Here to Start button: definitely need an update! Here you are with an awesome site and concept and your button looks like it's from the 90's! That's like having a $1M house with a sheet as a front door. Maybe have the button say something more relevant like "Check my first cam" or "Start my world tour!" or.... I really looked at that and thought "He must not be done with that just yet. (same goes for "next Random Cam" button on cam page)

    From a technical standpoint- there is something in the code that is causing the "next cam" button to move around from page to page. Not too big of a deal, but thought I would mention it. Also, if there is anyway to only reload the cam portion of the window instead of the whole page, you'd cut your load time and bandwidth considerably.

    Stray Comments: Thought about letting people rate the webcams other than through FB? IDK if that is possible, but having a ranking system opens the door for you to be able to potentially sell memberships to those cams that are rated as great.


    I see a lot of potential with the site as both an internet sensation and a way to generate money for you! I have bookmarked it and will check it out often! Great job!
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