What do you think of my blog?

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This is my blog:

Make Money on the Internet

It's a custom Wordpress theme I had designed, but I'm interested in seeing what others think about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frosy
    Nice blog design mate.

    The header is a little cluttered on the right. Maybe loose some of those ads down the right.

    Best wishes
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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan
      Hi Chris,

      I think the logo and blog are pretty sharp overall. The bio
      looks a little cramped, and I'm thinking it may not need to
      be there and you may get more opt-ins possibly if it wasn't
      there.

      I think a white header behind your logo would make your
      logo pop more, but it still looks professional.

      Bryan
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  • Nice blog design good job.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoforu
    great design,I found it good.
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  • Profile picture of the author weaveronline
    Nice , simple design
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  • Profile picture of the author websitemrktg
    nice, simple I like it
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisGuthrie
      Originally Posted by Frosy View Post

      Nice blog design mate.

      The header is a little cluttered on the right. Maybe loose some of those ads down the right.

      Best wishes
      David
      I have since removed all the ads. I'm not going to bother trying to sell advertising until I have well over 1,000+ readers per month. I was already thinking of doing this but thanks for the feedback.

      Originally Posted by Bryan View Post

      Hi Chris,

      I think the logo and blog are pretty sharp overall. The bio
      looks a little cramped, and I'm thinking it may not need to
      be there and you may get more opt-ins possibly if it wasn't
      there.

      I think a white header behind your logo would make your
      logo pop more, but it still looks professional.

      Bryan
      Hey Bryan,

      You might be onto something about the background. At the very least perhaps I'll move from the dark gray over to a lighter white (but perhaps not the same white as the content background)

      The bio feels cramped? Is it just the fact that I even have anything there in the first place? i.e. perhaps it'd be better to just remove it entirely?

      I kinda just like being able to quickly tell people who's behind the blog in an area easily visible on the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    Chris,

    Very nice. But I agree that the bio looks cramped. I'd move it.

    What plug-in are you using to rotate the posts at the top, next to the... cramped bio?

    Johnny
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    Chris,

    You know, I think I just figured out why the bio looks so cramped. It's the Feedburner widget! It uses up all the whitespace near the top of the bio.

    Can you move FB to the far right and let the RSS and E-mail icons move left? I think that would help.

    Regards,

    Johnny
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew11
    The article preview is a little too fast for me to read. Maybe only 2-3 lines of words and I would understand the article concepts through the article preview. Looks like a cool site for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author Rane
    The preview rotation is moving too fast for me too. But I gotta tell you it was very refreshing to read about the failed ventures- I am so sick of hearing "I started an internet biz and now I am a millionaire and do no work whatsoever and if you sign up for my list and give me all your money you can too!" People should know that there is a learning curve and unless they are seriously lucky they are going to spend time and money learning the ropes.

    I like your blog- it's nice looking and honest
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisGuthrie
      Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

      Chris,

      Very nice. But I agree that the bio looks cramped. I'd move it.

      What plug-in are you using to rotate the posts at the top, next to the... cramped bio?

      Johnny
      OIOpublisher. I'm actually semi testing which arrow color works best for driving newsletter sign ups lol. Simple test but Google website optimizer wouldn't work for me.

      Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

      Chris,

      You know, I think I just figured out why the bio looks so cramped. It's the Feedburner widget! It uses up all the whitespace near the top of the bio.

      Can you move FB to the far right and let the RSS and E-mail icons move left? I think that would help.

      Regards,

      Johnny
      I think I'm confused. Are you saying I should right align both the Subscribe heading and buttons along with the Connect with me heading and buttons as well?

      Originally Posted by Andrew11 View Post

      The article preview is a little too fast for me to read. Maybe only 2-3 lines of words and I would understand the article concepts through the article preview. Looks like a cool site for sure
      Originally Posted by Rane View Post

      The preview rotation is moving too fast for me too. But I gotta tell you it was very refreshing to read about the failed ventures- I am so sick of hearing "I started an internet biz and now I am a millionaire and do no work whatsoever and if you sign up for my list and give me all your money you can too!" People should know that there is a learning curve and unless they are seriously lucky they are going to spend time and money learning the ropes.

      I like your blog- it's nice looking and honest
      Doh two people think it moves too fast. Ok let me see if I can manually edit that easily enough. I'm sure it's just something defined within my wordpress theme file. I'll do a test by reading the info in the box and then adding five extra seconds or more to allow enough time for it to be read comfortably.

      Thanks again for all the feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
    I love your blog. You have posted a lot of great resources here. The free Wordpress themes are a nice touch since nothing is free these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author prasath
    Your blog is very nice and perfect SEO. I Like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gravc
    I like that it is very clean and easy to navigate
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  • Profile picture of the author shafiqamiami
    great job buddy, its looking more then OK to me... keep it up
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    I think I'm confused. Are you saying I should right align both the Subscribe heading and buttons along with the Connect with me heading and buttons as well?
    Right now, subscribe, rss, and e-mail are on one line. I'm suggesting that you simply change the order to rss, e-mail, subscribe -- and keep it left aligned. (Of course, you could also right align both lines that have icons and see how it looks.)

    The Feedburner box/widget with the test over the top looks too "heavy." Just switching the order would help.

    Regards,

    Johnny
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    • Profile picture of the author CrispyDuck
      It looks refreshing. I like the design.
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      • Profile picture of the author ChrisGuthrie
        Originally Posted by fingers4hire View Post

        I love your blog. You have posted a lot of great resources here. The free Wordpress themes are a nice touch since nothing is free these days.
        Thanks. Yah I had paid over $1,000 to get that custom theme created so I figured it may as well not go to waste...

        Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

        Right now, subscribe, rss, and e-mail are on one line. I'm suggesting that you simply change the order to rss, e-mail, subscribe -- and keep it left aligned. (Of course, you could also right align both lines that have icons and see how it looks.)

        The Feedburner box/widget with the test over the top looks too "heavy." Just switching the order would help.

        Regards,

        Johnny
        Ohhhh gotcha. Yah I will switch that now I think you're right about it too. What do you think about the color of the box though?
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        • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
          Originally Posted by ChrisGuthrie View Post


          Ohhhh gotcha. Yah I will switch that now I think you're right about it too. What do you think about the color of the box though?
          Chris,

          Which box -- the box to the left with your rotating content or your Feedburner widget?

          The background color of the rotating content box has a very slight blue cast to it. But your color scheme is based on green and black. So I would change the background color to a pure, light gray.

          The Feedburner widget looks good in black and gray -- it matches your color scheme.

          Regards,

          Johnny
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  • Profile picture of the author johnsongt
    Great simplistic yet professional design and straight to the point of your niche. i like the layout as well very clean and unconfusing Id say a 8/10 mate.
    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author iNDESiGN
    The logo looks cool and professional. I like the overall design seems fresh. By the way if you have designed the logo yourself then you've got some talent buddy
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  • Profile picture of the author jhoney142
    Hi,

    You have posted a lot of great resources in your blog. i like it...........
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  • Profile picture of the author gesoni
    I like your blog You've done well!
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    Chris,

    Here are three more possible "fixes" for the cramped bio box...

    1) Do you really need the words "Subscribe" and "Connect with me"? People either know what those symbols are -- or they don't. Getting rid of them would instantly make the bio box look less cramped.

    2) Can you move the whole third column (in that upper section) 5 to 10 pixels to the right (to make the right margin as narrow as the left margin)?

    3) Make your photo wide enough so that the text in your bio box can't wrap. The wrapping makes the words look even more cramped.

    Regards,

    Johnny
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisGuthrie
      Originally Posted by iNDESiGN View Post

      The logo looks cool and professional. I like the overall design seems fresh. By the way if you have designed the logo yourself then you've got some talent buddy
      Thanks - no I paid someone else I found through 99designs for it $100 to make it.

      Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

      Chris,

      Which box -- the box to the left with your rotating content or your Feedburner widget?

      The background color of the rotating content box has a very slight blue cast to it. But your color scheme is based on green and black. So I would change the background color to a pure, light gray.

      The Feedburner widget looks good in black and gray -- it matches your color scheme.

      Regards,

      Johnny
      Oh yah I see that now a bit too I'll see if I can change that in the CSS settings. I can see what you mean about the feedburner widget and how it should be moved over too I did that and changed the color scheme as well based on your recommendation thanks.

      Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

      Chris,

      Here are three more possible "fixes" for the cramped bio box...

      1) Do you really need the words "Subscribe" and "Connect with me"? People either know what those symbols are -- or they don't. Getting rid of them would instantly make the bio box look less cramped.

      2) Can you move the whole third column (in that upper section) 5 to 10 pixels to the right (to make the right margin as narrow as the left margin)?

      3) Make your photo wide enough so that the text in your bio box can't wrap. The wrapping makes the words look even more cramped.

      Regards,

      Johnny
      1. Don't you think then it would look like there was too much space?
      2. Yah I see what you mean I'll try working on that now (I'm so bad with coding so it's a guess and check then refresh thing for me)
      3. Yah again I think you're right lol that would make it better probably. Will try that out last after I adjust the two things you mentioned above.

      Thanks for all your help I'll respond here once I've made changes
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      • Profile picture of the author manishrawat
        Hi CHris your blog is definitely good to look at , nice and clean. Professional too.But there are few things which I would like to mention and will certainly make the appearance of your website more neat and clean.

        According to me the right hand side bar needs fine margin to separate and keep the content confined to that portion only.

        The small icons in your featured list are not doing any good to your website, neither they are benefiting you nor they are enhancing the usability of the blog. So why to keep those hardly recognized square shape icons. Lets get rid of them and provide some spacing.

        You should do something with your bio section, Its not only me, but others as well who are making the same point. Either you can create some space in right side bar and take a rectangular shape are to use for your bio or your can make a space by increasing its section from both the extremes.

        This much for now...will mention the remaining ones later.
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