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Hello fellow Warriors!

As a web development, design and writing Project Manager, I would be happy to evaluate your web site for you as my contribution to the community. This is not an offer for a paid service- it's absolutely free- just me being helpful! I've done great work for some big name clients over the years and have a great eye for:

- Evaluating and improving the end users first impression
- Design and layout improvement
- First level functionality issues

If you'd like to have a second opinion of your site, just let me know!

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  • Profile picture of the author jahangir
    Dear, Is it a free offer?
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      jahangir, Absolutely! I'll edit my original post to indicate that.

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      • Profile picture of the author TKO
        Can you look at my site in the sig

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        • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
          Originally Posted by TKO View Post

          Can you look at my site in the sig

          Thomas
          Absolutely! At first glance you have a great site going- a lot to read and a ton of great info! My suggestions might seem like nit-picking, but I hope they help!

          In no particular order:

          Pop up opt in: I'd change the color of the "Free Instant Access" from white with a red roll-over to the shade of green you use as an accent on the site. Same for the Gradient on the top of that box. The teal doesn't really look like it goes with your site.

          Images: finding the right image is tough to do sometimes, but I'd really try to use soccer related images for all of your posts. Not sure if you realize that the top 2 images on the page right now are grass ( speaks to a strong nature outdoor theme- which is cool but doesn't say "soccer!") and the rest of the images don't help convey the soccer topic either. Those images are the first thing that people will focus on on your page since it's the only strong imagery.

          Email Opt in on Rt Side: I'd consider replacing "what is your email address?" with something like "Get monthly (weekly?) updates delivered to you" or something else that tells them why they should give you their email address. It's cool that you ask for it, but the box pre-fills with "email" so use that extra line to your advantage!

          Related Posts: Not sure if your blog will support it, but there are a number of plugin's that you can get that will display popular and/or related posts at the bottom of your post. You have a lot of articles on your site- give them something else to go to once they are done reading that particular page.

          That's about all I got! Great site!

          Thanks!
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          • Profile picture of the author TKO
            Thanks for the review.

            I had the Yarp plug in that featured related posts but my hosting couldn't handle the CPU useage.
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            • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
              Hi bgowing!

              Absolutely!

              One of the things that I immediately thought when I opened up the page was: "This looks a little scammy"... I saw the words "Home business", "Profit", "Free Trial" and "Extraordinary money". Unfortunately in your market, this perception is something that you are really going to have to work to overcome. It won't matter how great the content is or how not-scammy it is: if it feels like it you'll lose people right on the front page. Just my $0.02. You know the saying "If it walks like a duck".

              In no particular order, I would suggest the following:

              Header: at first glance, the top navigation that reads "Start A Home Business | Profit From Home | Affiliates | Home Biz" currently occupies the space that people expect to see the site name or logo. It takes a second to realize that those are navigation buttons. You might consider putting in a header with good strong imagery up there and put that nav right below it.

              "2011 Top Pick Work at Home Business" in the upper left corner is fantastic! That's a good eye catcher and I'm guessing it get's a lot of hits. Directly underneath that, under the globe is the home button. If you do the header suggestion above and make that link to your home page (as most would expect it to) you can do away with the stray home button. Or add it to the navigation.

              Content: I would suggest that you take advantage of the "more" option in most blog software. If you have your title and a few intro sentences and then the jump to the article page, you have more space to have more articles listed on the home page and will get more click throughs. Right now, that is a LOT of reading on the front page and that scares people away. If you shorten the them, you also have a better chance of someone seeing your ads and optins at the bottom of the page because they will be scrolling through the page.

              Images: you absolutely must use great images for your posts. I know it sucks to find good cheap images, but you have to have images that get peoples attention. I've seen derivatives of the image you have on the first post many times. You'd have much better chance of capturing their attention with different, colorful and unique images.

              Sorry if the suggestions come off a little... harsh. I can tell that you've been working on the site for a few months now and want you to have better engagement from your visitors!
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  • Profile picture of the author bgowing
    Hi mnoonan,

    Could you take a look at my site in the link below in my signature? Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    TKO- That's a shame! It does have a drain but it really does improve the time on site. Kudos to having an awesome site! Just curious but what's your average monthly hits?
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  • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
    Hi, I wouldn't mind a few pointers for my site. http://fujicamerasreviews.com

    I get some traffic and am on page one but no one seems to click through to the products.

    Thanks for any help. I have several sites and I know they could use some help so any advice you can give would be much appreciated,
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi kimberly Aita!

      I'd be happy to!

      I typically use FF for browsing, but when I load your site there is a huge empty space below "Fuji Cameras Reviews Fuji FinePix HS10 Review" and then this funky music started playing. I thought there was supposed to be a movie in that blank space so I switched to IE- and got a different empty box and the same funky music- then someone talking. It took a while to find the movie that was playing... all the way at the bottom of the page!

      So right off the bat, I'd consider either moving that movie to the top or turning off the auto play. It's a great movie! But it's kind of distracting at first.

      In no particular order:

      Lack of Sales: Every link I clicked that went to Butterfly Photo took me to a buy page and every one of them said that the camera was out of stock. I clicked about 6 of them towards the top- and they were all sold out. I don't know how many people will hang on a site that seems to be out of stock. The Amazon ones didn't say that though!

      Break it up: there is a ton of reading and it's tough to find the camera that you are looking for unless you read/scroll through it all. Consider a landing page that has all of your cameras in a grid with a pic of the camera, a link to your own review and a link straight to technical details. This way people can find what they are looking for, find out more info and still get to the buy page. It will be painful to set up at first, but it will give people instant access to what they are looking for.

      Newbie?: I'm not a camera person, so if I googled and ended up on your page there is a lot of stuff there I don't understand. It may be worth the time and effort to create a newbie friendly page (placed in the top nav) that outlines what all those terms and features mean. It will be great SEO fodder and will help those of us that don't know about cameras to trust your recommendations.

      Email opt-in: Consider adding an email opt-in that sends them your current reviews of cameras when they come out. this gives you 2 things: instant traffic each time your site is updated and a list of people in a great niche you can use to ad-swap to get more traffic.

      Other than that, you got a great site going!
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  • Profile picture of the author allenjohn
    Can you please have a look at:

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    Would appreciate your opinion.

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    • Profile picture of the author Mkj
      Please take a look at computer-software4u.co.uk. Very new site which I have just started to populate with my own software reviews.

      Any tips for seo and stuff would be very welcome.
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  • Profile picture of the author bahamut1990
    Hi could you take a look at my sig website? thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author pankas
    mnoonan,
    Thanks for your helpful contribution to the community here.

    I am also appreciated if you could lend your expertise and do critique on my site, "bunk beds cheap" here.

    Again thanks for your wonderful work
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  • Profile picture of the author IsayHey
    Hello, please could you review my site in my signature, thanks very much if you do this especially free, we need more people like you
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  • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
    Thanks for everything. I will see what I can do to implement. I must have forgotten to stop the autoplay on that video as I was working on one of my other sites and realized it started everytime and it is quite annoying. Going to fix that right now!!

    Thank you again for all of your tips,
    Kim

    I am in Illinois which is why I have to change all of my links but will try to find a different advertiser for those products too.
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi allenjohn!

    You got it!

    My very first impression of the page is that you have a lot of competition out there and have to make your page stand out. The image that you have makes me think "thug" more than business opportunity (sorry!). I know the image is supposed to convey wealth and bling, but unless your target market is males under 25, I'd consider changing that image.

    In No particular order:

    Benefits: your biggest benefit is listed under the large image and get's very little attention. I would suggest that line "We'll also give you access to our member's only area for zero cost, so.." get more emphasis or moved to the top. It's a huge hook- use it!

    Video: The video below the main box has a huge lag time on it. IDK if that's something intentional, but having a pair of eyeballs watching you is kind of... creepy. It would be much better to lead that video with a slide, then 30 seconds in start the part where she is talking. On my computer the audio and the video don't sync, not sure if that's the case for everyone but it's another strike against a visitors attention.

    Use of space: You have two big red arrows. That one pointing to the right could be replaced with a quote or testimonial.

    Since it's a simple landing page, it's not too difficult to fix some of these! I hope this helps you get more sign ups!
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi Mkj!

    Wow! That is a lot of info and it's all very well laid out! Kudos!

    Design wise, I don't have much to offer. About the only thing I would suggest is making your top nav a little thicker so it gets a little more attention. There are a lot of choices in there and it gets washed out by the info below.

    SEO is a little tricky. You have a so many products and so many options that your competition is... well... it's just about everything software related. That's a tough nut to crack.

    I really would suggest that you spend the dollars and go to a professional SEO company or hire a well recommended SEO guru. Yeah- tha't not the fast/cheap answer but I don't know what kind of results you'd get otherwise.

    One more thing- your BEST sales pitch is on your about page. It's a great solid reason that people should check out your site and stick around. You might want to find a way to get some of that content on the front page so when they do get to your site they know why they should buy here. Especially the paragraph that starts "Purchase, trial and offer links..." - work it down to a short and concise statement and use that to keep your traffic.

    Like I said- Great Site!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mkj
      Like I said- Great Site!
      Blimey - thanks!

      Thanks for taking the time to look at it. I will see what I can do with your recommendations.
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi bahamut1990!

    I saw your sig line and got a little concerned. One of the first things I would do is get your site transferred over to an actual domain. GoDaddy is my preferred vendor but there are a lot of cheap and reliable ones out there. You have some great content and info- no reason why your site should do well! The domain gives you a lot more credibility too!

    In no particular order:

    Logo: I like your logo, but would suggest making one that is long instead of tall. The tall logo gives you a big empty (awkward) space in the upper right side of your header.

    Images: There are some great and recognizable images on your site, but on some of the pages there is a lack of imagery. I would suggest adding some high quality images to break up the text (thinking about the Advertisers page)

    Fonts: I highly recommend that you go through and make sure all of your fonts from page to page are the same. I noticed a difference from page to page in the actual font, size and color use- that undermines the visitors trust in the site because it looks a little unprofessional. Not a huge thing- but a thing

    Punctuation: I hate to say it like this, but you have a lot of punctuation and capitalization errors in the text (right on the home page!). Between that and the fonts mentioned above, it feels like the content was just slapped in there. I don't think that is the case, it's just how it feels.

    Just curious, but how often do you update and add new content? The subjects you talk about on your site are always evolving and changing, staying up with those changes will definitely give you a boost in traffic too!

    Cool idea! Keep polishing it and it should be a great site!
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      I would appreciate a look at the website in my signature.

      For several months, this site was on the second page of Google for the keyword phrase that is the domain name, and consistently made me a little bit of Amazon and Adsense money. But after the Panda update, I can't find it anywhere, although I know it is still indexed.

      I'm focusing now on more serious backlinking and have made some recent
      changes to the site structure. I would love to see it reappear someday.

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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi CatherineMay!

        Yeah- Panda had a huge impact on a lot of sites! Here is the general advice I give other clients:

        It's gut check time. All that link building and article writing you've been doing now needs to be valuable and original. Even if you went through today and made massive changes, it's going to take some time for google to catch up to your new revisions. So if you've recently made big changes, you might not see the pay off for a while.

        I'm not picking on you, but I googled the first sentence on your home page and got 4 other sites with the exact same phrasing. That makes me worry that your content may not be as original as you may think it is. When I check your url against copyscape, though, it comes back ok- so maybe the issue is sprinkled through out your site? Maybe they copied you? IDk- but that's not a good indicator either way.

        This article has great advice for how to get your site back up where it belongs. Google Panda update survival guide | Wordtracker(especially the "What to do if you've been hit by a Panda" section)

        Another suggestion is to keep adding new content to your site. I see the archives for April, but it looks like May has been a little sparse so far. That will also have a big impact on your rankings since it looks like the site may not be as active. I know there is probably only so much you can write about your niche- but with google content is still king.

        About your design- the only suggestion I have is to change the black header text to white so it contrasts against that blue background batter. I'm guessing that there is a fair amount of your traffic that is older and that black on blue may be a little difficult to read.

        I hope that link gives you some more ideas of how to get your site back up to where it should be!
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        • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
          I appreciate your observations, MNoonan.

          Every word on my site is my own. I actually refrained from looking at other sites on this subject before I started writing. I especially spent a lot of time on the homepage on several occasions. In the couple of months before the site disappeared, I had become suspicious that some of my wording had been copied.

          Also, every Ezine article I've written, of which there are many, are totally original. I don't even spin myself.

          Thanks for looking this over and for the color suggestions, and especially the other link about surviving Panda. It's true that I became discouraged and slacked off on adding content, but will get going on that again.


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          • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
            Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post


            Every word on my site is my own. I actually refrained from looking at other sites on this subject before I started writing. I especially spent a lot of time on the homepage on several occasions. In the couple of months before the site disappeared, I had become suspicious that some of my wording had been copied.

            Also, every Ezine article I've written, of which there are many, are totally original. I don't even spin myself.
            Hi Catherine!

            It's tough to tell the impact of Panda with people copying your information. I would have hoped that google would be smart enough to realize who had the content first, but I'm not sure that's part of their formula.

            You might want to research those that have lifted/spun your material and keep an eye on them in the future. I'd also look in to right click protecting your pages so they aren't so easy to take again.

            Keep doing a great job with the content and it's bound to bounce back!

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    Hi mnoonan, I was wondering if you could check out my new blog, the link is in sig.
    Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author butcher57
      Hi mnoonan,
      I would like to know your opinion about ClickRaffle.com
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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi butcher57!

        What an awesome site you have started there! Please put me on your list of people to notify when you officially launch.

        $ signs: It looks like your site software is putting the $ behind the dollar amount. Maybe it's a copy issue, but for the US (which I'm assuming is the target because it says all prices are USD- but I might be wrong about that), it should be $1,000,000. I see this repeated in the "how it works" page too.

        "how it works" page: the prize listings would read and look better if it was in a table. It's really hard to make sense of all those numbers.

        From a design stand point it looks clean and ready to handle a lot of traffic. I'm curious to know if the front page will be a grid of products or a single column list?

        I really don't have much more to add to that- it looks great, feel great and has all the signs of being a big hit!
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi pankas!

    Thanks for the love! I truly enjoy this stuff!

    Ok- on to your site!

    Logo: while your site might be about finding bunk beds for cheap, I'd put in a logo that conveyed both quality and savings. The text image that is there right now looks a little old school- kind of reminds me of sites that were popular a long time ago.

    Navigation: Wow! That is a lot of pages in your navigation! I would highly suggest either moving that listing to the empty space on the left side or finding a drop down menu you can use and display by category.

    Posts: you have some great posts up there! I'd recommend using the "more" feature built into most blog software. This will give you higher visibility to more posts and not make the page super long.

    Advertisers: Once the page is shortened up a bit and the nav not so large, you should be able to easily find advertisers for your site. I was really expecting to see some manufactures or stores advertised on there!

    I wish I had your site on hand when I was looking for bunk beds for my kids! Great resource!
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      Hi,
      Would appreciate a review on my sleep site and dog site. If you don't have time for both (totally understandable), please do the sleep site. Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi katied772!

        I'll give them both a shot!

        The sleep one first...

        You're site has a lot of content in it, but the layout looks a little dated. So from a design perspective, here are my suggestions:

        Side navigation: It very well broken down, but the gray blocky look makes the site feel older. I would consider changing the menu structure to something a little more rounded or take the background our so they are still in blocks (like your dog site does).

        Right side: When I load the page, the first thing I notice is "Sleep Help" right in the middle, then the images, then the side nav- then my eye hits that right side and expects there to be something there. It feels a little lop-sided.

        Images: I noticed a that on some pages the images aren't displaying (I looked at Over-The-Counter Sleep Aids, Snoring Treatments and Natural Snoring Remedies). Also, increasing your padding around the images to 10 gives the image and the text some space to breathe.

        I noticed that you don't have an opt-in or a newsletter, so I'm guessing that it's more of an information site than a make money site?

        All in all a pretty good site!

        The dog site:

        How CUTE! Great use of pics and the layout is awesome!

        I don't really have a lot to offer for this site, but I did notice a lack of outside participation. Here you have all this awesome content and great pics, but no place for people to comment, or to interact. I'm sure you know that the dog market is huge! You could easily turn this site into a thriving community of loyal followers!

        About the only small thing I would change on the layout is I'd move the Social Media links out of it's own bar at the top of the page and give each of the individual pages their own chance for glory. That will help to tighten up your header a bit too!

        Awesome site!
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        • Profile picture of the author katied772
          Originally Posted by mnoonan View Post

          Hi katied772!

          I'll give them both a shot!

          The sleep one first...

          You're site has a lot of content in it, but the layout looks a little dated. So from a design perspective, here are my suggestions:

          Side navigation: It very well broken down, but the gray blocky look makes the site feel older. I would consider changing the menu structure to something a little more rounded or take the background our so they are still in blocks (like your dog site does).

          Right side: When I load the page, the first thing I notice is "Sleep Help" right in the middle, then the images, then the side nav- then my eye hits that right side and expects there to be something there. It feels a little lop-sided.

          Images: I noticed a that on some pages the images aren't displaying (I looked at Over-The-Counter Sleep Aids, Snoring Treatments and Natural Snoring Remedies). Also, increasing your padding around the images to 10 gives the image and the text some space to breathe.

          I noticed that you don't have an opt-in or a newsletter, so I'm guessing that it's more of an information site than a make money site?

          All in all a pretty good site!

          The dog site:

          How CUTE! Great use of pics and the layout is awesome!

          I don't really have a lot to offer for this site, but I did notice a lack of outside participation. Here you have all this awesome content and great pics, but no place for people to comment, or to interact. I'm sure you know that the dog market is huge! You could easily turn this site into a thriving community of loyal followers!

          About the only small thing I would change on the layout is I'd move the Social Media links out of it's own bar at the top of the page and give each of the individual pages their own chance for glory. That will help to tighten up your header a bit too!

          Awesome site!
          Thanks for the review.
          Side Nav - Will definitely try out some other things.

          Right Side - Not sure we are seeing the same thing. Or, maybe I'm not understanding. The right column has an adsense unit taking up most of the area. Are you seeing that or are you referring to something else?

          Images - You're right. Don't know what happened there. Will put the pics back up.

          Do need an opt-in because, yeah, it is supposed to be a money site. Not that you'd notice though.

          I agree, the dog site needs interaction, but the site is not a blog format, so I need to add one maybe with a link from my site. Would that work?

          Social media Links - Where is it best to have these displayed?

          Neither of these sites make any money or receives much traffic. I do have hopes for them for the future. I've just been having an uneasy feeling that there is something not right about them.

          Thanks again.
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          • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
            Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

            Right Side - Not sure we are seeing the same thing. Or, maybe I'm not understanding. The right column has an adsense unit taking up most of the area. Are you seeing that or are you referring to something else?
            On my FF browser- nothing loaded in the right column. It was just empty.

            Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

            Do need an opt-in because, yeah, it is supposed to be a money site. Not that you'd notice though.
            Lol- in time it will be!

            Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

            I agree, the dog site needs interaction, but the site is not a blog format, so I need to add one maybe with a link from my site. Would that work?
            Hmm... maybe. If you cross linked it enough it would work. Use reworked versions of your content to start posting to a blog and spur some interaction to start with, then add new content, funny pics, stories from your readers. If you have a decent sized list you can email them that you are launching the blog companion to the site and get some instant traffic!

            Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

            Social media Links - Where is it best to have these displayed?
            Below every page of content would be my suggestion. There should be some code snipits that you can paste in there depending on your setup.
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi IsayHey! I know it took me a while to get to you- sorry! I didn't expect so many responses!

    Ok- I actually got my son's opinion of your site too. He's a 15 yr old gamer and thought it would be a good eval.

    The first thing he did was try to click the title of the post to get more info on a section. The titles aren't links (only the images and the jump link at the bottom of the posts).

    The second thing he did was look for comments/input or some form of community interaction. He said (and I do quote here) "I would rather get info from someplace that other players are hanging out." Maybe consider a forum or some other social interaction addition to your site?

    Navigation: the double listing of the navigation on the home page is a bit confusing. Some things are listed in both, while other pages only appear in one. I would consider combining them and doing away with the second one.

    Images: The cube image at the top center is very awkward. If that is a logo, I'd try to find a way to incorporate that into your header. Also, the images on your front page aren't nearly as cool as the images on the seed page. Maybe consider using more spectacular images on the front page to give them more eye candy. You should be able to get a ton of images for Minecraft- use them all over the place- especially the beginners tips page.

    Domain: I would strongly suggest that you get this moved over to your own domain as soon as you can. If this site starts to get a lot of traffic- you could be a killer in the search engine returns. having it on webby is cool to start off with, but you'd get bigger faster if you can get out from under them.

    There is a lot of money is tips/tricks/hacks sites! I think you are on to something here!
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    • Profile picture of the author IsayHey
      Originally Posted by mnoonan View Post

      Hi IsayHey! I know it took me a while to get to you- sorry! I didn't expect so many responses!

      Ok- I actually got my son's opinion of your site too. He's a 15 yr old gamer and thought it would be a good eval.

      The first thing he did was try to click the title of the post to get more info on a section. The titles aren't links (only the images and the jump link at the bottom of the posts).

      The second thing he did was look for comments/input or some form of community interaction. He said (and I do quote here) "I would rather get info from someplace that other players are hanging out." Maybe consider a forum or some other social interaction addition to your site?

      Navigation: the double listing of the navigation on the home page is a bit confusing. Some things are listed in both, while other pages only appear in one. I would consider combining them and doing away with the second one.

      Images: The cube image at the top center is very awkward. If that is a logo, I'd try to find a way to incorporate that into your header. Also, the images on your front page aren't nearly as cool as the images on the seed page. Maybe consider using more spectacular images on the front page to give them more eye candy. You should be able to get a ton of images for Minecraft- use them all over the place- especially the beginners tips page.

      Domain: I would strongly suggest that you get this moved over to your own domain as soon as you can. If this site starts to get a lot of traffic- you could be a killer in the search engine returns. having it on webby is cool to start off with, but you'd get bigger faster if you can get out from under them.

      There is a lot of money is tips/tricks/hacks sites! I think you are on to something here!
      Thanks so much! You are an actual savior for most people!

      Anyway on the feedback:
      I do actually have forums but unfortunately they aren't really much use as the interface is so basic and just untidy and not very good looking so I am not sure what to do on that part? Although I could add in a comments section where you can see the comments using HTML code, I think I shall do this!

      I shall also Hyperlink the titles so it can then make things easier to get to! I will remove the second section of links to main parts so it is less confusing!

      That is actually my logo, Im not sure for how long as I only put that together quickly but I am unsure on how to make a background/theme for my site? (if anyone does then please tell me below) as it is a weebly site they have thier own sort of "maker" in which you can use certain theme's and thats the only bad part about weebly, the themes are pretty awful and its hard to edit them and put in a background image but if anyone knows then that would be good!

      In terms of eye candy picture's I am not sure how I could incorporate them into the front page as they seem not to have any relevance apart from the "seed of the day" section, which i suppose i could add some picture's there!

      Im sorry if i missed anything here but further feedback on what I just said would be GREATLY appreciated and I wish i could pay you back somehow
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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi IsayHey!

        Originally Posted by IsayHey View Post

        I do actually have forums but unfortunately they aren't really much use as the interface is so basic and just untidy and not very good looking so I am not sure what to do on that part? Although I could add in a comments section where you can see the comments using HTML code, I think I shall do this!
        Cool! I think that once you get some traffic flowing and people start using the comments section your going to want to get that forum up and running! Ugly or not, people in those niches want to share their secrets


        RE: webby's editor- sorry man I have no idea!

        Originally Posted by IsayHey View Post

        In terms of eye candy picture's I am not sure how I could incorporate them into the front page as they seem not to have any relevance apart from the "seed of the day" section, which i suppose i could add some picture's there!
        Ahhh- see I was thinking that shots that show the lay of the land- or something cool would serve you better than just the big chunky images on the front page now. I don't fully understand the game/software, but there are some pretty cool pics you could take advantage of. If it's not relevant, then maybe not
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    • Profile picture of the author zannix
      Hi mnoonan, I would like to know what you think of the website in my signature

      Thank you for your efforts!
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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi zannix!

        Nice layout and great content!

        There are only a couple of things I would suggest- and they are pretty small

        Top Navigation: I'd move Contact to the end after Privacy. It just doesn't belong second in the options up there.

        Left side nav: there is something in the box under the search function that isn't loading. I think it's supposed to be an ad for Matcha, but all that loads is a blank box.

        Tag Line: Right now, the first thing people see are the runners at the top of the page- then they look at that title and tag line off to the right of them. It reads:
        Jogging Benefits
        Jogging benefits are here to make you fitter & happier!
        That tag line is a bit awkward to me. It feels jumbled or confusing. I think it's the word fitter and the stacked "Jogging Benefits". Maybe something like:
        Jogging Benefits
        Helping you be more fit and happier!
        or
        Jogging Benefits
        Be Fit and Happy!
        I'd also suggest that tag line be in a different font and color than the title- so it really catches the eye!

        Great job!
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi xMarkPro!

      Cool! A software site! I love your product pitch! You should do really well when you launch your affiliate program!

      Colors: I'm a big believer in the power of colors on a site conveying certain characteristics. For software, clean, crisp and powerful color combos are white with blue accent, or orange accent for example. I get a heavy, bulky vibe from the color combos on your site- the purple, gray and green (in the menu hover) give me pause. You do use the blue, but it's more of an accent to the purple. You might think about changing the color schemes up a bit and lightening the feel.

      Header: Right next to the image, I would consider putting the text that is currently there in a flash movie or animating it some how. All of those are powerful statements, but they get washed out in the background a bit. Get people to notice them!

      Video: I'd advance that move a few frames so the "Maximize Your Marketing" is very prominent in the box. They will be more inclined to watch the video if that title in the movie grabs them.

      Demo page: I love that you have an online demo! It goes a long way to selling your product! IDK if you realized this or not, but you can't get back to the main home page (and more importantly the order page!) from the demo. It keeps them in the demo. sub-directory. I'd either get that Home button to actually go back to the main site or open the demo in a new tab/window. Also the support link at the top goes to a broken page.

      Logo: I guess it's my own pet peeve, but your logo doesn't link to your home page

      Very clean content! Not a lot of hype- I love that in a software provider!
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  • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
    Hi Liam Ireland!

    That's a very clean layout you got going there! Kudos!

    Just a few things design wise:

    Posts: I'd use the "more" feature that is built into most blog software. This way your posts aren't really super long and you can feature more posts. you might want to wait a little before you do that until you have more posts available though.

    Images: I suggest that you use some images in your postings as a way to add some color to your posts but to also catch the visitors eye. No images mean that they are glancing through text, which is really easy to just pass over. Images make them stop and look for a second.

    About Page: Since the about page and the box on the right side are (almost) both the same content, consider using that right side page for a link to your about page but then add a list op-in in that space.

    Your Pic: I love the beach pic, but it's really hard to make out your face. That adds a feel of mystery and makes people less trusting by nature. Maybe use a pic that you can see your face in or retake the beach pic so your not so shadowed.

    Your pitch: I like how you are trying to be friendly and informative, but all of the links I click take me right to commission crusher- which I'm assuming is something you are marketing as an affiliate. You wrote great content to earn their trust and sway them to follow you- if all you are doing is pointing them to your affiliate link, it's going to be tough to gain a real audience and get some traction unless you are only after one time visitors. (just saying)

    Like I said- you have a very clean layout here with the start of a great blog- you should be very proud!
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  • Profile picture of the author rmills123
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    Hello fellow Warriors!

    As a web development, design and writing Project Manager, I would be happy to evaluate your web site for you as my contribution to the community. This is not an offer for a paid service- it's absolutely free- just me being helpful! I've done great work for some big name clients over the years and have a great eye for:

    - Evaluating and improving the end users first impression
    - Design and layout improvement
    - First level functionality issues

    If you'd like to have a second opinion of your site, just let me know!
    Thanks for the offer. Would you please look at my site. digitalmediaadapters.net
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    • Profile picture of the author neojr
      Hi mnoonan,

      I would be happy if you could review my website SEO Tips: SEO Desk and let me know your thoughts.

      Thank you!

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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi neojr!

        Cool site! Love the layout Kudos on the frequent updates! As a SEO guy you know how good that is! Usually I'm a big advocate for image headers, but your layout works well- the first thing they focus on is the e-book offer... sort of.

        Pop-up by KissInsights: is there a way to delay when that pops up? I ask because you are asking an exit question before people really have a chance to look around your site and it forces their attention to that instead of what you are offering on your site. If you can delay that a bit you might get a more accurate response and a better span of attention from the visitor.

        Mailing List Opt-in: I'd try to add a line under "Get the FREE E-Book Strategic Link Building" that had the books sub title in it. I think it's "4 Link Building Phases that make you money"- that's a huge hook! Use it to your advantage! I'd change the "subscribe" button to "Get E-book!" Also, if that subscribe right under the e-book is for the same list, I'd take out the 2'nd one and make the subscribe button I mentioned above read "Get E-Book and Subscribe!"

        Banner ads: On my machine one of the banner ad's on the right side didn't load. IDK if you are short one sponsor or if it's lost in cyberspace. If you are short an advertiser, consider putting a "you ad here" place holder.

        Left side bottom: After the block of four banner ad's it get's really messy. Subscribes, tweets, hubs, ezines and ads- all of which are great things to have, but if there is any way that you can sort that out a little bit so it hits the eye as a flow instead of a lot of mixed stuff would make it easier for someone to focus on. Then it becomes valuable instead of lost.

        Forum: I love that you have a working forum on the site! That is a great way to bolster loyalty and traffic. From what I can tell though (and I may be wrong) I don't see any evidence that the forum is being index by google. I took some phrases and searched for them and the links that came back didn't show your site. If it's not factoring into your google ranking then people are only getting to it from your site pages therefore I'd suggest taking all that right side stuff off of the forum page so it can breate a bit. They saw all of that as they were getting to the forum and right now it looks stuffed into the left side. If your forum takes off (which I think you'd like) it's going to get really ugly fast if left in there.

        Other than those thing- you have an AWESOME site which I will be spending some time poking around on my own in!
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi rmills123!

      Be happy to!

      Navigation: You should remove the link in the top navigation that says "sample page". that is a big big indicator that you're just getting your site started.

      Updates: After that, I'd try to add a few pages to the site, or even better for your search engine rankings add a page or a post a week. The date stamps on the posts, show that nothing's been added since March- which is deadly for your rankings and worse when people visit because it makes the site look stale. Maybe try and remove the date stamp from your template if you can to help that issue.

      Images: There isn't much to look at for images on your site. I'd consider adding a banner at the top. Maybe a high res pic of the jacks on the back of any adapter?

      There isn't a whole lot else to say. You have the start of a good site here- it just need some consistent love!
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        Such a generous offer to give freely of your time this way.

        I have sent you a PM and look forward to your response.

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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi simonbuzz!

      The very first thing I would say is: you have got to do more frequent updates! I was hoping to see current headlines or current events, but it hasn't been updated since April and that is a killer for your site rankings and readership.

      Images: I love the big fat, in your face image rotator you have at the top. If you had 5-6 rotating through there with some sort of headline text on the image it would rock!

      Articles block under image rotator: I'd use that space to run current headlines and get attention to recent postings. Right now it leads with men's hair cut styles which wasn't something I was expecting to see.

      there really isn't much else to say-

      You have a very clean layout and a great set up- with a little consistent love it should be raking in the traffic! There are tons of places you can pull headline feed from so it's not so much work to update. You could rock this site into a name brand!
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      • Profile picture of the author neojr
        Hi mnoonan,

        Thank you so much for the evaluation, for the compliments and for the useful suggestions!

        Pop-up by KissInsights: I'm not sure if I'll be able to delay it - if not maybe it's better if I remove it, don't you think?

        Mailing List Opt-in: Excellent suggestion, I'll do it. Regarding the "other subscribe button", it has nothing to do with the eBook - it's for the user to subscribe to receive RSS updates from FeedBurner.

        Banner ads: I was not aware that a banner was not showing up... I have 3 real ads and 1 "Advertise Here" ad there. Maybe you could tell me on which browser you saw the "error".

        Sidebar bottom: You are correct, I need to find a way to make things look better.

        Forum: I haven't had time to work on the Forum or even promote it. Do you think I should deactivate it? I was thinking on try to boost it in the future... What do you think?

        Now I'd like to make you an offer: Do you want me to help you promote your services? I can add a link to your website on my blogroll (displays site-wide on the footer), or publish an article of yours containing links to your sites. Please let me know.

        Once more thank you SO much!!!

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        • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
          Hi Neo!

          Originally Posted by neojr View Post

          Pop-up by KissInsights: I'm not sure if I'll be able to delay it - if not maybe it's better if I remove it, don't you think?
          If you can't delay, maybe use the popup to your advantage by asking an entry question like "What is your main interest in SEO?" then give them options. You could easily use that info to boost the focus of your site. It will still be a little distracting to your site, but that info could be a gold mine for you! If not, then yeah- taking it down would be best.

          Originally Posted by neojr View Post

          Banner ads: I was not aware that a banner was not showing up... I have 3 real ads and 1 "Advertise Here" ad there. Maybe you could tell me on which browser you saw the "error".
          I'm a FireFox gal! I'm using 4.0.1 right now.

          Originally Posted by neojr View Post

          Forum: I haven't had time to work on the Forum or even promote it. Do you think I should deactivate it? I was thinking on try to boost it in the future... What do you think?
          No- don't deactivate it! You have some traffic in there already. What are your page stats? Do you know if it's getting any hits? It people are hitting it - then I would say (ever so gently) find the time to promote it! If it's not getting hits- just let it sit there with an occasional update (3-4 times a month) so if your users decide to pick up the ball and run with it they can!

          You'll be hearing from me soon, I'm sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    Hey could you please take a look at my site as well, i am a newbie in online marketing, i think i need a few suggestions for my site.

    Its my signature.
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi nicolas simpson!

      I'd love to give you some feedback!

      Logo: Your site works hard to be credible and informative and deserves to have a logo in the header of the page. It doesn't have to be fancy or big- but you want people to see and remember your site name because you do have a lot of competition out there!

      FB and Twitter bar: that is eating up a big chunk of your most valuable space. I would suggest either moving them to one of the existing bars at the top of moving them below the subscribe box in the right side of your page.

      Opt-In Box: as big and pretty as that box is- it's a little vague on what they actually get. What's the training course on? Maybe use the alt image tag to show the full titles of the books?

      Images: I would suggest using images in more of your posts (like you did with the mobile monopoly one). It will help to break up the text and give you some more "pop" on your front page.

      You've got a great site going- keep it up!
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        Hey thank you very much. you hit some key pints there which were definitely true..

        Have a nice day............
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  • Profile picture of the author bahamut1990
    @mnoonan
    thanks, You've been the biggest help.
    logo:yeah,guess your right. Will work on it the first free time i get.
    fonts:it's the google sites problem i changed the fonts but some pages seems to be in the previous font didn't realize it until now.
    images:i'm on it right now.
    punctuation:don't think there's much i can do there since english isn't my native language. It is pretty good but didn't have much practice in writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author sharpturn
      Hi Mnoonan,

      This is all very nice of you.
      Can you please take a look at my Home Safe Review site in my sig?

      Thanks a bunch,

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      • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
        Hi sharpturn!

        Thanks! I'd be glad to!

        I love your site! nice layout and colors and great content and tools- especially the compare page!

        I only have a couple of things I would suggest:

        Featured area on front page: It took me a few minutes to realize that there was GREAT content under the big gray box with the features on it. I would suggest either shortening up the image of the safe of the month so they can see there is something below it. I have to wonder how many people are landing and missing that content?

        No opt-in: It's great that you have the rss feed, but you have a great and narrow niche, which means that you could build a very valuable list if you have a way for them to opt in.

        Other than that- I have nothing else to offer! You have a great site!
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    Hi,

    May you give me some pointers on my product: Dominating Niche Products.

    Thank you!

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      Hi Ben Gordon!

      Sorry, but there isn't much I can tell you. You really need to get some pointers form someone that is more of a sales master than I am.

      Sorry!
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi Sudeep!

      Right off the bat, I would suggest you put in a tag line or an explanation of what the site is for. I poked around a while and finally figured it out all the way! A well constructed tag line in your header would take all the guess work out of it for your visitors.

      Above the fold: is a term that means what ever is on screen when a visitor lands on your page without having to scroll. When I clicked the Art category, I didn't realize that the page loaded my request under the fold- I thought it didn't load anything. It wasn't until I started looking at the two right column that I realized it did load- I just didn't see it! I wonder how many others do the same thing?

      To get the content to show above to fold would take moving things around a bit or re-working your main menu at the top of the left column to be shorter (maybe a drop down style menu or expandable menu?)

      As to the rest of the layout- you have a very clean and easy to navigate site! You should be very proud!

      I'm sure you have done this already, but I'd be looking for every list of article submission sites and get yours added to it if it's not already.
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  • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
    Wow, I'm scared to do this because of what I might hear lol. But can't pass up on such an opportunity. So please, evaluate away. Site is in my sig.
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi spectrefax!

      No need to be scared! Just some friendly (ok- sometimes brutal) advice

      Nice design and layout! Kudos for using a design that really matched your topic!

      Images: The image of you that is up there isn't bad... but it doesn't say "I make nearly $100K playing poker" either. You might consider using a better pic of you in that space instead. I'm not saying use a glamor shot or anything, but maybe a pic of you that wasn't taken by a webcam? Also, I'd give that image a 10px padding space around it so it's not butted up against your text.

      About Page: I love that you link to your about page right off the bat because it's your strongest sales pitch. Smart move! I'm a little worried that three jumps to get to a buy page is hurting your odds of someone making it all the way through. I would think about adding a one sentence jump form the landing page somewhere.

      Wording: I would suggest running a little test on your conversions if you use the word "teach" instead of "show" in your materials. I say that because poker playing is viewed as a skill and to master a skill you have to learn. Show implies that there is a trick to it- which isn't always a bad thing necessarily.

      Movie?: do you have or can you get a movie of you stomping butt at a table? That would speak volumes to your success rate at online poker!

      Great site! I wish my hubby played as good as you did!

      See... nothing to be scared of! :p Lol!
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      • Profile picture of the author spectrefax
        Originally Posted by mnoonan View Post

        Hi spectrefax!

        No need to be scared! Just some friendly (ok- sometimes brutal) advice

        Nice design and layout! Kudos for using a design that really matched your topic!

        Images: The image of you that is up there isn't bad... but it doesn't say "I make nearly $100K playing poker" either. You might consider using a better pic of you in that space instead. I'm not saying use a glamor shot or anything, but maybe a pic of you that wasn't taken by a webcam? Also, I'd give that image a 10px padding space around it so it's not butted up against your text.

        About Page: I love that you link to your about page right off the bat because it's your strongest sales pitch. Smart move! I'm a little worried that three jumps to get to a buy page is hurting your odds of someone making it all the way through. I would think about adding a one sentence jump form the landing page somewhere.

        Wording: I would suggest running a little test on your conversions if you use the word "teach" instead of "show" in your materials. I say that because poker playing is viewed as a skill and to master a skill you have to learn. Show implies that there is a trick to it- which isn't always a bad thing necessarily.

        Movie?: do you have or can you get a movie of you stomping butt at a table? That would speak volumes to your success rate at online poker!

        Great site! I wish my hubby played as good as you did!

        See... nothing to be scared of! :p Lol!
        Good advice. Really appreciate your time. Thank you again.

        Main idea behind the monetization path was to attempt to push visitors to my list so I can get multiple opportunities to sell them on my product instead of them checking out the product once and leaving. The idea behind this was that the vast majority of traffic hitting the order page from the list (the list is only marketed the order page URL, no other URL) or other avenues would be extremely filtered and ready to buy. But, I think you may be right...I also need to make sure to make it as simple as possible for them to find the order page as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    Hi mnoonam,

    What do you think of my new website:
    DJ Games | Play DJ Games Online

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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi Mike Hlatky!

      Very cool site! Clean layout and design

      I only have a couple of things to point out.

      Descriptions: You have a lot of really cool DJ games on the site, but since they don't have descriptions on the front page, I wonder if you are loosing some google points. Great descriptions on the sub pages though!

      Keywords: just on a whim, I decided to check out your meta keywords. I highly suggest that you add a few more relevant phrases in there. The one you currently have is good, but adding a few more would help you rank a little more.

      oops- sorry, got distracted playing with one of the mixers...

      Ads: the peerfly ad in the left side isn't showing up for me. It's just loading a blank box.

      Banner?: I noticed that you have a link in your header to the digital Dj pro. You could easily put a sales banner in the middle of your front page and get more hits to that page!

      Other than those small points- I think you have a great site. I'm going to listen to the little loops I built as I finish out my evaluations
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Hello, maybe you could look at my two websites? I am new to web design and wordpress so I'm still trying to get a handle on it.

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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Hi AmandaT!

      Let's do the writing site first:

      Nice layout! I love the clean look!

      Images: I would consider putting some sort of writing related image in the content of your front page. I know that the site focuses on writing, but it looks a little plain. You want people to look at your page and think "wow!"

      Article Count: Something that would really set you apart from other writers is an article counter on your site. I'm assuming you have quite a number that you could reference. You'd have to manually update it, but saying "587 Personally Written Articles and Counting" would be a great trust builder right from the start.

      Small typo: I noticed a small typo in the last paragraph of your first page. the word "can" is "a n". Small thing- but since you are a writer, it would be wort the time to check your pages for any little typos like that.

      Icons: If there are any more icons that you can use for places you post your material to, I would put them on your front page right with the ezine articles icon and on the samples page. This shows at a glance all the places you have been successful with and gives you more credibility faster than them reading your testimonials will.

      Prices: I'm wondering if you would have better contact rates if you took the pricing down and forced them to contact you? On one hand, writing is such a cut throat market for pricing, that listing it may not be all bad, but if you force them to contact you for pricing you have the chance to engage them in a conversation/dialogue and will have a better chance to get their business. You obviously sell on quality- not price. It may be worth looking into!

      More on prices: I would suggest taking down the phrases in your samples that tell how much other people got your services for. I like that you want to be upfront, but in reality it takes value away from your current pricing. "Why would I pay $__ when she only charged them $___?" Those that bought through a WSO didn't get a less valuable article- they got a full article with great value. It doesn't matter how much they actually paid for your services. What matters is that you did a great job!

      It's a beautiful site!

      Ok the Work At home Moms site:

      Love the colors and logo! very appropriate and appealing!

      E-book offer?: I noticed that you had an email opt-in and thought that with all of your writing and content you've done you could put together an ebook offer pretty easily. That would increase the number of sign ups you get.

      More link: Once you have more articles on the site, I'd suggest using the "more" feature that is built into most blog software. This will give you more headlines on the front page and a better chance to get them into an article.

      I really don't have much else to offer for this site. It's a great start and you should have no problem getting a lot of traffic to it!
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    Ok folks- that's it for this offer to review! If you have already posted here I will be posting your review tonight or in the morning! If you PM'd me I will respond tonight or in the morning!

    Thank you for the chance to pay it forward!
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    • Profile picture of the author sharpturn
      Mnoonan,

      Thanks for the review and comments.
      You have been very helpful.

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    Nice to get the chance for a professional review
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    uhh...i'm too late?
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  • Profile picture of the author sheathro
    If you have time would love it if you looked at mie. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Husacul
    freeartisticphotos.com - website that is made for ads, i would like to improve my bounce rate.
    many thanks, if you ever need help with a logo design i would gladly help you out!
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  • Profile picture of the author anton343
    Ok

    I have had my website reviewed for free and I must say I am over the moon with the suggestions I received for improving the site.

    Even small things that I wouldn't have thought about were pointed out to me in a detailed review sent to me.

    This is probably the best service on the Warrior Forum and if there any spots left you should jump at the chance now

    Anton
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    • Profile picture of the author mnoonan
      Sorry - I actually closed the offer at post #65 last night. I wasn't expecting to get this kind of response! Wow!

      Thank you for the chance to pay it forward!
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