Be kind.... Or be evil ... Take a look at this !

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Warriors,

There are many of you that have helped me along the way and I like to think I have helped others in their journey too

Now i'd like to ask a favour if I may....

I just took my blog down and after weeks of planning and preparation I just spent the last 8 or so hours giving it some serious plastic surgery !!

Please give me your thoughts, good and bad... Let me know what needs to be taken away or added

Link in my sig below

Many thanks.. I look forward to your opinions !!

Dean
#blog #change #dean holland #evil #kind #makeover
  • Profile picture of the author dean_holland
    Thanks JJ

    the general feeling from most seems to be the same, I will address these

    Thankyou
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    A few observations

    The left side ads are perfect for a niche marketing blog where you want people to click out on an ad and not hang around. However, I don't think this is what you want out of your personal site.

    The color scheme is a little dull aside from the header logo which is nice.

    I find that "What Would Seth Godin Do" plugin annoying and probably next to useless.

    Subscribe to comments, good choice. I had some problems using it with WP 2.7 due to some sort of conflict but if you've gotten it to work, great.

    You might want to consider adding CommentLuv and KeywordLuv to further reward commentators. You'll need to moderate more to prevent spamming but it will bring in more commentators if that's what you want.

    There are some SEO problems such as the blog title and the way you title posts but if you're going to be primarily depending on social traffic don't worry about them.

    Turn off borders on the in post images.
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  • Profile picture of the author CPA
    Well you can always purchase a cheap premium theme and look pro. It makes it easier and respectful
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark McWilliams
      Originally Posted by CPA View Post

      Well you can always purchase a cheap premium theme and look pro. It makes it easier and respectful
      I might not be the brightest spark on the forum, but there are a couple of places on Dean's blog that TELL YOU he's used a premium theme, and just made a couple of changes to it! First in the post itself, but also down in the footer on the right!... (Hope you're not just trying to boost your post count?!)

      Back to you Dean, like others, the banners on the left sidebar make it a little distracting. It's a minor thing, but if you're going to have any kind of banners, then I'd make sure they were small and placed on the right navbar, somewhere further down than the top! IMHO

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      • Profile picture of the author CPA
        Originally Posted by Mark McWilliams View Post

        I might not be the brightest spark on the forum, but there are a couple of places on Dean's blog that TELL YOU he's used a premium theme, and just made a couple of changes to it! First in the post itself, but also down in the footer on the right!... (Hope you're not just trying to boost your post count?!)

        Back to you Dean, like others, the banners on the left sidebar make it a little distracting. It's a minor thing, but if you're going to have any kind of banners, then I'd make sure they were small and placed on the right navbar, somewhere further down than the top! IMHO

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        Mark
        Nope not at all. I just didn't notice it was a premium theme The header looks pro btw. Nice job. And your blog looks known with the comments. Try out a theme like milk it that can leave you space for 125 x125 ads mate.

        Cheers,

        Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author TheNightOwl
    Heya Dean

    The first thing I noticed when I arrived is the resolution of the header. It's not very sharp. Okay, small, nit-pickish thing, I know, but first impressions and all that...

    I'm not a graphics person, but I wonder.. did you perhaps resize and resave the jpg file a number of times? As I understand it, every time you resave a jpg the quality is degraded (which is why designers use the png-format, which doesn't do this).

    Now that you've got the dimensions right, you might want to go back into the png or psd file and crop the header again, save it ONCE to jpg and upload again.

    Other stuff looks good. Nice clean layout generally. The point about the flash banners being distracting should be tested, I think.

    Good luck with it!

    TheNightOwl
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  • Profile picture of the author anonymous123567
    Dude, the blog is Awesome!

    Looks very sleek....
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianM
    I like it, however, I'd get that header re-saved at a slightly better quality as it seems to have a kind of "fuzziness" to it. It's only minor but you do notice it when you open the page up.

    Other than that, great stuff!
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    • Profile picture of the author stsweet
      I think your new website design is much nicer than the older one...much more professional looking with the custom header, especially.

      By the way, as Leslie said above, the flashing ads are quite distracting. A static ad would be just as good.
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    Nit picking, I know, but really "Whats your thoughts?!" pick a title -
    "What're your thoughts?" or "What's your thought?" - being right at the top of the page, this sets the scene and should be correct.

    In your header 'become' would be better as 'being'.
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    Build it, make money, then build some more
    Some old school smarts would help - and here's to Rob Toth for his help. Bloody good stuff, even the freebies!

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