Please review my first affiliate site

by LoKiCZ
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to online business and would like to get some reviews on my very first site. I used premium theme for start as I'm no programer. Started with an affiliate for Elegant Themes and would like to hear from you anything I can do better any tips you can advise me would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

website link HERE
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
    i like the theme, it's very nice.

    The only thing I could suggest is to buff everything up with more content. Make sure it's original and maybe add a blog where you could talk about things like "What makes a good WordPress theme"...

    Nice work so far!

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  • Profile picture of the author blib
    The theme works well. Not sure if maybe it needs to say somewhere what the site's purpose is? I know that might seem obvious, but possibly not so obvious to everyone? Just a thought.

    I notice you have no Contact page, or About Us etc.

    If I am buying online, I like to know that there is at least one way to contact the 'seller', even if it is just by email or a contact form. Also, Google likes to have those kind of 'basic staple' pages in place. It makes your site look 'real' and will be perceived by the search engines as genuine, rather than an all out affiliate site (so you would rank better).

    Other than that, if this is your first site, then very well done!

    I wish you every success in your new internet business! :-)

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    Originally Posted by LoKiCZ View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to online business and would like to get some reviews on my very first site. I used premium theme for start as I'm no programer. Started with an affiliate for Elegant Themes and would like to hear from you anything I can do better any tips you can advise me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    website link HERE
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  • Profile picture of the author lowelly
    Hi,

    I just visited your website, really curious since I am starting my own first as well. I've been writing about internet marketing so far, and, to tell you the truth, I think it still needs some work. As a first time visitor, I have to agree with Blib and Joe.
    In my opinion, the homepage could really use a high conversion sales letter.
    Then, I visited your blog and the posts are very short and not optimized for the search engines. Try to make them 200 words at least, preferably 300, and write them around your keywords (elegant themes / wordpress themes, or whatever your keyword research shows you should focus on). But don't let us discourage you, criticizing is easy, what matters is that you made the first step and you can only go up from now on. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheSalesBooster
    You need a headline and some text to explain what your website is about. Don't ever let your customers guess what your website is about.. They don't have time for that and will just hit the back button.

    On a side note the design does look nice, but it's pretty sluggish. I checked it out with a website speed test and it averaged about 8 seconds to load everything. That's pretty slow. You could lose out on sales if some of your customers are on a slower internet connection.
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    • Profile picture of the author LoKiCZ
      Thank you all for your tips and tricks. Will do my best and report back how it all went out.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author h4wts
    Originally Posted by LoKiCZ View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to online business and would like to get some reviews on my very first site. I used premium theme for start as I'm no programer. Started with an affiliate for Elegant Themes and would like to hear from you anything I can do better any tips you can advise me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    website link HERE
    Nice, I like the layout and how you're clearly showcasing the templates. Almost went and bought one! :-P
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  • Profile picture of the author o3man
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  • Profile picture of the author Bish
    Looks very nice but perhaps the homepage should explain what the website is all about and why people should buy though you, then link out to the theme showcase?. Lots of back-end content will help your site rank providing you target the right keywords
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    It actually took me a second to realize what the site is all about. There should be some text up top. If I wasn't actually trying to figure it out so I can give you some advice I would have just bounced. Im sure you will get quite a bit of bounces with it the way it is.

    Get rid of that banner ad on the left. It looks silly, doesnt fit in well, and pushes the navigation way below the fold.
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  • Profile picture of the author mpower36
    Originally Posted by LoKiCZ View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to online business and would like to get some reviews on my very first site. I used premium theme for start as I'm no programer. Started with an affiliate for Elegant Themes and would like to hear from you anything I can do better any tips you can advise me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    website link HERE
    It looks pretty nice. I like the pop up effect. It is a little busy though. Great work all in all
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  • Profile picture of the author Fantastic
    I don't like how towards the bottom, one theme is on a row by itself.


    Too much white down there.


    I'd also consider putting all those into a slideshow or something.


    Other than that, looks good to me aside from what others have said.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmitabhB
    As your new site, this is commendable indeed. Congrats!

    Just few suggestions from my side. Make sure the navigation a bit cleaner & clearer. Everything is all put together. I would suggest, make them all distinguishable (blank white space is very important as far as conversions is concerned) and describe a little about each one of them. Put in few good benefit driven bullet points. Give each one of thm a bit more space. I feel it will also look better that way, aesthetically!
    The best way is to go to other popular theme based sites and look how they have displayed their stuff. That you help you get a pretty good idea about it.
    Here are few good examples for you... (look at the spacing between the themes displayed!)
    => WordPress Themes Gallery | Elegant Themes
    => Buy Elegant Themes on MOJO Marketplace

    Hope that help. Wish you the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author LoKiCZ
    Thanks all you guys for kind responds and for your help. I will report back as soon as I implement some of your great ideas!
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    • Profile picture of the author Adamw
      I'd be carefull having "wordpress" in the domain. It's bound to be trademarked which means they can request you take your site down at any time or issue legal action. Also, if you plan on selling the site in future you wouldn't be able to list it on the likes on flippa.com etc.

      Better to be safe and change it before you put a in a whole lot of work promoting it etc then have to start over!
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      • Profile picture of the author LoKiCZ
        Originally Posted by Adamw View Post

        I'd be carefull having "wordpress" in the domain. It's bound to be trademarked which means they can request you take your site down at any time or issue legal action. Also, if you plan on selling the site in future you wouldn't be able to list it on the likes on flippa.com etc.

        Better to be safe and change it before you put a in a whole lot of work promoting it etc then have to start over!
        Thanks for advice! I already bought a new domain primewpress.com :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author JulieB
    I think it's really nice! I agree with Adamw - I've heard stories about WordPress going after website owners for copyright infringement because 'WordPress' was in the domain name. Glad you bought a new one. Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    Originally Posted by LoKiCZ View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to online business and would like to get some reviews on my very first site. I used premium theme for start as I'm no programer. Started with an affiliate for Elegant Themes and would like to hear from you anything I can do better any tips you can advise me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    website link HERE
    Talk something about the website, about the themes, don`t just place 30 images one next to another, IMHO
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Ya i think you did a pretty good job, i like the design except if it was a little less busy you would get the best of both worlds and it could be graphically pleasing but more focused on driving traffic through your affiliate links.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxjpip
    Your site looks really good and I like it. Good job!!

    IMHO, maybe you can add some user review or rating on each theme.

    If you have traffic to your site already, make sure you test how the conversion is, keep testing and make change to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Fool
    Whoa...I was overloaded when I looked at the site. I wasn't sure what I was looking at but my first thought was "spam - run!"
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  • Profile picture of the author ModernDomains
    Brutally honest OK?

    Needs work. Lots.

    Homepage - you need something that says what your website is. Obvious text headline and intro at the top of the page to inform visitors what your site is all about.

    That's easy to fix.

    Your real problem is that you are using duplicate content on all of your pages. And then using affiliate links to link to the page with the exact same text on the page. So this is just another spammy affiliate website with no original content at all. This doesnt work with Amazon affiliate sites and it definitely wont work with elegantthemes affiliate websites.

    Google dislikes affiliate links and it despises duplicate content, so you have no chance for any kind of rankings.

    For instance, your MyProduct page uses text "MyProduct is a great theme for businesses" which is found 11,700 times in Google already. That is major duplicate content.

    Create unique content for each page and get lots of quality backlinks and you might get some limited traffic. But thin affiliate sites just dont cut it anymore. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I think you deserve the truth as I see it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hbhanot
    Very nice theme brother. I liked it.
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