Critique My Website Please

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Hey all I'm still getting into this offline world and I'm almost done with my site just waiting on a video to get done, should be here n few days. Any how, would you guys be so kind as to give my site a full bashing so I can get it right. I''m not sure if needed on for offline marketing but I figure if I'm going to sell the services I should at least have a site to put on my business cards please tell me where I can make improvements that would be great you guys.

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www.localreachers.com/
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  • Profile picture of the author Norbi
    First thing I notice is use a higher resolution picture as a main picture. And make sure if you have a blog link, there is something there. It is like having a like to a portfolio page with nothing to show.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    Plan on putting content there soon. Video goes where photo is placed. I appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    yes, that arrow image is blurry to me.

    Also, take a look at your logo. You have reachers spelled as "reacers"! Other than that, it looks a decent site to me. Have you put this together yourself and how did you do it? Template from somewhere?
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    Yeah it took me forever to do the site. I did not notice that on the logo at all bro thanks man I will change that. The pic is kinda crappy since I didn't use photoshop as I just restored my windows and did not install it. As for the site it a wordpress theme using woo themes. Optimize theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seantrepreneur
    "Our job is to make sure your always ahead of your competition". Yourshould be you're. I noticed it a few other places as well.

    How come there is nothing in the customer feedback area on the main page? You talk about helping other businesses out so I would imagine you could get some feedback in there.

    Also, I notice your site isn't optimized for any keywords. Is there a reason for that?

    Not trying to be a dink just wanted to give a little feedback.

    Sean
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    • Profile picture of the author blillard
      Originally Posted by Seantrepreneur View Post

      "Our job is to make sure your always ahead of your competition". Yourshould be you're. I noticed it a few other places as well.

      How come there is nothing in the customer feedback area on the main page? You talk about helping other businesses out so I would imagine you could get some feedback in there.

      Also, I notice your site isn't optimized for any keywords. Is there a reason for that?

      Not trying to be a dink just wanted to give a little feedback.

      Sean
      Dont want to put fake testimonials there. I'll be giving away a few services to get feedback.
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      • Profile picture of the author Seantrepreneur
        Originally Posted by blillard View Post

        Dont want to put fake testimonials there. I'll be giving away a few services to get feedback.
        "In the last Two years, we have helped many business owners such as yourself gain more customers and while keeping current customers happy."

        How come you can't just get a testimonial from one of the business owner you've helped out?
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        • Profile picture of the author blillard
          Originally Posted by Seantrepreneur View Post

          "In the last Two years, we have helped many business owners such as yourself gain more customers and while keeping current customers happy."

          How come you can't just get a testimonial from one of the business owner you've helped out?
          She is actually my aunt i did help here get online but she is so hard to get a hold of for some reason lol. So I'm left with finding new testimonials.
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        • Profile picture of the author ghen
          Another alternative to paying someone to fix this is to fix it yourself in a few minutes if you have Photoshop. Here is the link for the simple instructions: How to make a Transparent GIF in Photoshop

          If you don't have Photoshop, then there is product called GImp for free. The above tutorial should work on Gimp as well.
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          • Profile picture of the author blillard
            Originally Posted by ghen View Post

            Another alternative to paying someone to fix this is to fix it yourself in a few minutes if you have Photoshop. Here is the link for the simple instructions: How to make a Transparent GIF in Photoshop

            If you don't have Photoshop, then there is product called GImp for free. The above tutorial should work on Gimp as well.
            I just put photoshop on my laptop, but for some reason I just want to see what the guys on fiverr can do. I want to know if I can do better and if I can I'll just do it but I'm curious is all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Lassiter
    Other than the things other's have pointed out already, good start! Keep it going my man.
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    • Profile picture of the author IsGabeW
      My main comment is that there is nothing about you. I mean, wheres the person or character behind the company. Currently, you are just a business like the THOUSANDS of others out there. Why choose you over anyone else. Yes, maybe you really do have the best product, service or whatever out there. But in todays environment, people want to relate to a person. Many people already think SEO can be sort of shady, so they want to relate to the person behind the product/company...so they don't feel they are going to get ripped off.

      Basically, IMO you see to be building a company where in todays world you need to be building brand "you".

      Best of luck...
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      • Profile picture of the author blillard
        Originally Posted by maxmyer View Post

        My main comment is that there is nothing about you. I mean, wheres the person or character behind the company. Currently, you are just a business like the THOUSANDS of others out there. Why choose you over anyone else. Yes, maybe you really do have the best product, service or whatever out there. But in todays environment, people want to relate to a person. Many people already think SEO can be sort of shady, so they want to relate to the person behind the product/company...so they don't feel they are going to get ripped off.

        Basically, IMO you see to be building a company where in todays world you need to be building brand "you".

        Best of luck...
        That is so true my friend brings back the attraction marketing books I've read. I will do that and add more about me.
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  • Profile picture of the author TyBrown
    Some of the photos are a bit blurry. I might have someone go through and check grammar and punctuation as I saw a handful of errors in briefly looking over it.
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  • Profile picture of the author superrooster
    Is this a rough draft review? My first thought is that you did this really quickly and didn't evaluate it yourself before asking for opinions/help.

    You definitely need to have the writing proofread and edited. And some work needs to be done on almost every image. Make sure your service images on the front page link to your services page.

    You are targeting offline clients, right? If you are starting small I assume you are targeting businesses in your local area. If so, you should state the area you work in so that visitors know this.

    Also, you need to inform your visitors/leads of what it is that you do exactly. Stating you get them more business is not enough. How do you do this and why do they need you? Why are you better than any other option available to them? Maybe use some statistics on how people use the internet to find local businesses, how many people use facebook, how seo services/google places listings produce more leads than yellow pages/coupon paks, etc.

    This website is your digital salesperson. Make the sale with your site if possible, and if not, capture the lead so you can make the sale.

    Ummm, last thing that comes to mind. If I was a potential client visiting your site right now. How do I even know how to contact you/hire you?

    Hope this helps a little. And good on you for getting started. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author CreekChub
      Originally Posted by superrooster View Post

      Is this a rough draft review? My first thought is that you did this really quickly and didn't evaluate it yourself before asking for opinions/help.

      You definitely need to have the writing proofread and edited. And some work needs to be done on almost every image. Make sure your service images on the front page link to your services page.

      You are targeting offline clients, right? If you are starting small I assume you are targeting businesses in your local area. If so, you should state the area you work in so that visitors know this.

      Also, you need to inform your visitors/leads of what it is that you do exactly. Stating you get them more business is not enough. How do you do this and why do they need you? Why are you better than any other option available to them? Maybe use some statistics on how people use the internet to find local businesses, how many people use facebook, how seo services/google places listings produce more leads than yellow pages/coupon paks, etc.

      This website is your digital salesperson. Make the sale with your site if possible, and if not, capture the lead so you can make the sale.

      Ummm, last thing that comes to mind. If I was a potential client visiting your site right now. How do I even know how to contact you/hire you?

      Hope this helps a little. And good on you for getting started. Good luck.
      Good stuff, and dead on. You're their "web guy". Look like it! If your own website isn't top notch, why would they consider using you to build/fix/mobilize theirs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Virtue
    The biggest thing that jumped out at me instantly was your logo. When you view the logo away from the blue background then everything looks fine, but on that background it looks very choppy and poor quality. The logo is going to be one of the first things a visitor sees when they open the site, so it's vital that it's top notch quality. It looks like you're using a white stroke around the text and graphic in the logo, which is most likely causing the problem on the blue background. I would up the quality, as it's only 2.32 kb so the quality is so poor that the stroke around the font and graphic is all distorted on the dark background.

    Also, I would add more about yourself and the business on the About page and remove the option to leave comments. Your potential clients are going to want to know who's behind the business.

    Great start though and I wish you the best.

    -Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Usurper
    Maybe tidy up your logo - the words "local reachers" has some white text around it, and it doesn't define it, it makes it look more like a half-assed photoshop job. Add an inner glow or something, or get one of the pro's here to do something awesome for you.

    Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seleyna
    fix your logo
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I want to thank all so far your wonderful suggestions. I love the warrior forum and you all so much. I mean this place is heaven on the net for us IM'ers thanks all. Your inputs are so on the money.
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  • Looks very fair..

    Try cleaning up the logo & add details that would be eye candy to your potential offline clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author dannyellis061
    I don't plan on selling this theme. I might create a few WP themes based on this design and give them away later though.
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  • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
    Copy-wise, this isn't bad. I would have done a lot of things differently (of course!) but you're at least focused on the customer, as you should be.

    As someone already said, you do need to work on that USP. And I agree that you need to talk more about you on the About Us page--show them a bit of who you are. People buy from people, not companies--especially small business owners.

    One tip though--change your "submit" button to use another word...submission has such negative connotations in our society that it often subconsciously turns people off. It's much better to use something action and/or benefit oriented, like "Send My Report!"
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  • Profile picture of the author KingOfMusic
    Maybe you can add some cool graphics like, under services, point over the service and bullet points elaborating the service pops up.
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  • Profile picture of the author fullnoize
    One of the things that those not familiar with IM sometimes lack is the understanding of what all the FaceBook/email marketing/Google maps etc can actually do to their leads, sales, SERP, reputation etc.


    So what would be good would be some case studies from clients (once you've got a few) that describe how you assessed their needs, put together a plan and what that plan did for them, as far as the results can be quantified. These can be great for getting more sales from a particular market vertical once someone sees how you have helped a business just like theirs.


    Apart from that, it needs a good proof read but I reckon it looks like it will all come together and be a good looking site once you polish it a little.
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