How is my blog appearance?

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I need some advice from you all. I think it is too plain right now but I have no idea what to add. Can someone give me some ideas regarding to the appearance?

I do appreciate of you can point out something that I have missed such as content etc.... Thanks!!!!

http://marcus-online-marketing.com/
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Originally Posted by winsenken View Post


    I do appreciate of you can point out something that I have missed .......
    ................ The URL?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenny4u1
    Can you provide the URL ???
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  • Profile picture of the author winsenken
    I am so sorry! I forgot to insert URL, lol
    You can find it now!
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    He shouldn't... and veteran members should know better
    Direct him to the Web Design forum: that's where you discuss 'blog appearance'.
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    • Profile picture of the author winsenken
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      He shouldn't... and veteran members should know better
      Direct him to the Web Design forum: that's where you discuss 'blog appearance'.
      Thanks for the advice~
      But what about the others thing?
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    The format is pretty good. Clean and uncluttered. The featured images in each post give it just enough graphics to sway away from being plain jane boring. It looks like your headed in the right direction...now all you need is traffic!
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  • Profile picture of the author amaruto
    It was a really cool experience design
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  • Profile picture of the author warlords
    Quite a professional-looking site over there Clean and simple. The layout is nifty too.
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  • Profile picture of the author dimazgyba
    nice design, simple white... i like it
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  • Profile picture of the author winsenken
    Thanks for your opinion =)
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  • Profile picture of the author aeroturner
    From my view your blog appearance is good, cool looking and sounds professional ..The contents are well arranged..!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trivium
    I quite like the design of your blog; it's simple and minimalistic, and that suits it quite well.

    Probably the only thing I could pinpoint that might be an issue: In the right side-bar under the "sign up for affiliate newsletter", it says "each weekly issue is jam-packed with tips to help you archiving financial goal". I'm guessing this should say something like: "each weekly issue is jam-packed with tips to help you achieve your financial goal"

    Really, not much to complain about, you've done a very good job with it
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    Overall: Clean, simple. Looks good.

    Optin form font is too small. Hard too read.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    Hi there,

    short & crisp:

    - bad domain imho
    - blog looks clean, but pretty plain; nothing that will separate you from the masses
    - make sure that if your blog posts are perfect English ( I guess they are copied somewhere), the rest of the elements (signup box etc.) fit that.

    Hope it helps! Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author dougb
    Clean and simple, the pictures are great, a background color would help, then as you progress start monetizing your virtual real estate with banners, text ads, and links.

    Other than that I really like the simpleness of the design
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  • Profile picture of the author ryder553
    Good looking site but I don't like the site's URL.
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  • Profile picture of the author D Sam Smith
    I've always thought that to be the best free WP theme. It is the SEO one, right?

    Anyway, I think you need a privacy policy.

    Good job.
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  • Profile picture of the author workplay
    not a fan of that URL... and layout of blog is clean.. but it's got amateur feel to it
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  • Profile picture of the author Timwarriorforum
    simple is one way to say it, my thoughts are to make it visually attractive, even some eye candy is ok. a little goes a long way...
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  • Profile picture of the author vjboc
    I like the site. It is clean an simple. If you think it looks plain, add a little color from the header down and behind the boxes. If not, it still looks good. Good luck with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author imjustme
      I like the white minimalist feel, but I think a logo added to the header on the right would hold people's eyes on the page. Maybe something with blurred edges; paths, roads or a street sign incorporated to reinforce the subtext: "The ways bring you to financial freedom...". I had to read that phrase a couple of times to get it. Possibly rethink the phrase itself, i.e. "Ways to gain financial freedom..." or use the words navigating, journey or paths. But definitely a logo or color swatch in the header.

      A home tab would be nice.

      I'm seeing a lot of empty bullets toward the bottom of each page that I don't think are supposed to be there.

      If your affiliate links opened in a new tab folks might be inclined to return to your articles.

      On the bottom of each page I see "Input error: Invalid referer".

      Some of the grammar needs help, but I'm kind of picky about grammar. And yes, I'm aware that we weren't asked to proofread.

      I know some of this is more than you asked for, but I hope it helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author winsenken
        Originally Posted by imjustme View Post

        I like the white minimalist feel, but I think a logo added to the header on the right would hold people's eyes on the page. Maybe something with blurred edges; paths, roads or a street sign incorporated to reinforce the subtext: "The ways bring you to financial freedom...". I had to read that phrase a couple of times to get it. Possibly rethink the phrase itself, i.e. "Ways to gain financial freedom..." or use the words navigating, journey or paths. But definitely a logo or color swatch in the header.

        A home tab would be nice.

        I'm seeing a lot of empty bullets toward the bottom of each page that I don't think are supposed to be there.

        If your affiliate links opened in a new tab folks might be inclined to return to your articles.

        On the bottom of each page I see "Input error: Invalid referer".

        Some of the grammar needs help, but I'm kind of picky about grammar. And yes, I'm aware that we weren't asked to proofread.

        I know some of this is more than you asked for, but I hope it helps.
        I appreciate your opinion!
        Oh, I am not aware of the empty bullets. It is not there before I change my domain name. How do I remove it?

        For the input error, hmmm. I will figure it out!

        Grammar is always the most challenging task for me, I will work it out~ Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author webtechprodigy
    Not sure you are asking for design critique when you are using a ready made theme? It is a theme called Shadows.

    I guess the only sensible reason to discuss and critique design is when the design is actually custom made and you want to improve it. What you are doing here is getting a bunch of people to critique the theme making skills of the person who made the theme, which, by the way, is also simultaneously installed on hundred other sites using it!
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    • Profile picture of the author winsenken
      Originally Posted by webtechprodigy View Post

      Not sure you are asking for design critique when you are using a ready made theme? It is a theme called Shadows.

      I guess the only sensible reason to discuss and critique design is when the design is actually custom made and you want to improve it. What you are doing here is getting a bunch of people to critique the theme making skills of the person who made the theme, which, by the way, is also simultaneously installed on hundred other sites using it!
      I am seeking the opinion for other feature such as opt-in form and so on. I am attempt to ask for critique to the theme. I love the theme but I do not know if the theme suite my content.
      Thanks for your honest opinion!!
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  • Profile picture of the author annymorrie
    Great stuff i like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smiling1
    Very well done!
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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    Bland for a marketing blog IMHO. No visual "punch" ...

    And why are you caching your front page with W3 Total Cache? Home page content should be fresh IMHO.
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      Why do the 'recent posts' move and wiggle? That's kinda annoying.

      The blog format is generic, it looks like everybody else's blog--but in a good way. It had everything that is good about everybody else's blog, and it made you look like you have authority to write.

      Then I tried reading it.

      Shorten your paragraphs and have somebody check your grammar and phrasing. Try reading what you've written out loud once or twice before posting it. Some of what you wrote on the articles I glanced at came out really... strange.

      By shortening your paragraphs, (just make more paragraphs), people will be able to speed-read through much faster.
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      • Profile picture of the author nancykapoor
        The blog is quite clear and simple. Good. I can suggest you to add on tags cloud or generic keywords which will help to search user's for your blog according to keyword/tag searches. You can have different categories on the upper header such as Content Writing, Marketing, Inspirations, Others. Add your blog on social media platforms like Facebook (like), twitter and linkedin. Add social media buttons on the header of your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author mert
    Well, it's clean and simple. Maybe you should work on your opt-in form a little.
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  • Profile picture of the author edegreeusa
    Simple and better! Use of color white correctly reflects the professionalism of the blog. However, just as my user experience I would suggest you to reduce the size of the sign up form so that the recent post section should come up.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    the blog is very simple and plain, need some touch ups in design... make a good header...
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