Critics on my blog, Please...

26 replies
  • WEB DESIGN
  • |
I just recently launched a (Blogger powered) blog on gaming called 'Indie Game Smash' The blog is fairly new, so very less in posts (only 5). I 've used Amazon products for the revenue. I really don't have any expectation from adsense, but what's wrong in giving it a try. Can you please comment on my blog design, revenue system and all? Please! Your suggestions 'll be highly appreciated.Here is the link: Indie Game Smash
#blog #critics
  • Profile picture of the author mmrumii
    Sorry dude, I can't open the link..
    have any suggestion to open it.
    I'm interested to leave my opinion and recently I'm working with blog so it's really my types.
    please help me to open the link here.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6372964].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by mmrumii View Post

      Sorry dude, I can't open the link..have any suggestion to open it.I'm interested to leave my opinion and recently I'm working with blog so it's really my types.please help me to open the link here.
      The link does work, mmrumii. If you 're still unable to access my website, simply google out Indie Game Smash, or type indiegamesmash.blogspot.com in address bar.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375449].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author learric
    Site looks pretty good, I like the clean lines and colors. It takes a long time to load though, you may want to work on that. There's also something funny about the top right of the header image, it looks like there's something not loading correctly or another image showing up behind your header...may just be the way it's loading on my computer. Otherwise great job, I really like the simple design.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6374962].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by learric View Post

      Site looks pretty good, I like the clean lines and colors. It takes a long time to load though, you may want to work on that. There's also something funny about the top right of the header image, it looks like there's something not loading correctly or another image showing up behind your header...may just be the way it's loading on my computer. Otherwise great job, I really like the simple design.
      Actually, the template used is from another source. I simply edit it. Menus, social bookmarks, featured posts slideshow... I was all successful. However, only the header is the one I 'm having problem with. I chose image instead of title and description, and changed the line from 47% to 100% so that image can cover the full header. But I'm unable to remove that previously set image. I can't find any source of it in the xml template. Further, I tried every size of header to overlap that awkward image, but still unsuccessful.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375468].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author benjigbird
    site looks good but i would suggest your own domain and hosting if serious about making money with it
    Signature

    CLICK HERE --> WSO: GUARANTEED GOOGLE 1ST PAGE RANKINGS!!! <-- CLICK HERE

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375183].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by benjigbird View Post

      site looks good but i would suggest your own domain and hosting if serious about making money with it
      Thanx for your suggestion, but I can't afford it at this time. Maybe after 3 months or 4. I guess I 'll be able to manage at least $100 so far.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375484].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
    Originally Posted by RunAStartup Tom View Post

    Looks pretty good and full of content. The header looks cut off like an incomplete picture so it doesn't make sense. Looks like your market is broad, not soo indie and I know there's a lot of competition of PR sites for video games.
    I'm not afraid of the competition. Regarding the Header, I think I'll have to resize it again.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375475].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author teguhyuliantos
    I have visit your blog, and I think if you want monetize your blog, very recommended to use the own domain, not use free domain. Its for look professional. Its just suggestion, OK.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375657].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by teguhyuliantos View Post

      I have visit your blog, and I think if you want monetize your blog, very recommended to use the own domain, not use free domain. Its for look professional. Its just suggestion, OK.
      Any TIPS on nonetizing my blog and increasing conversion rates?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375822].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author blogzer
    if your blog will gain more traffic why not try adsense in the future
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6375835].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by blogzer View Post

      if your blog will gain more traffic why not try adsense in the future
      I did have enabled adsense on my blog displaying only one ad, as I really don't think sending your hard earned visitor out of your blog in exchange of a meagre cent. But at the same time, I don't think anyone will buy from Amazon on my blog.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6378474].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author silyavski
    The blog is very nice and clean. Add something personal to give it a touch.
    If you think that you will not make money, you have already lost.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6381419].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by silyavski View Post

      Add something personal to give it a touch.
      something personal like?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6382314].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author BlackIrish
    Looks good, although you should get your own domain and hosting as soon as possible.

    A blogspot blog will always have similarities with other blogspot blogs - this is something you may not want, as especially for a video games blog, you want to differentiate (i.e., make your website not look like the others).

    Good luck!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6381704].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by BlackIrish View Post

      A blogspot blog will always have similarities with other blogspot blogs - this is something you may not want, as especially for a video games blog, you want to differentiate (i.e., make your website not look like the others)
      I've a different blog design and blog posts. Does it count?By the way, thanx
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6382328].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dconjar
    I'm not sure if you can customize CSS with Blogger, but if you can, you can fix that header issue Tom mentioned by adding this CSS code:

    #outer-wrapper {
    background: none;
    }

    You can also move up the header image and even out the spacing with this:

    #Header1_headerimg {
    padding-left: 4px;
    padding-top: 1px;
    }
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6382436].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by dconjar View Post

      I'm not sure if you can customize CSS with Blogger, but if you can, you can fix that header issue Tom mentioned by adding this CSS code:

      #outer-wrapper {
      background: none;
      }

      You can also move up the header image and even out the spacing with this:

      #Header1_headerimg {
      padding-left: 4px;
      padding-top: 1px;
      }
      Thanx, Man for mentioning Outer wrapper. I was not able to figure out which line is dealing with that ridiculous header background, as I 'm not a master in web design and was just customizing using trial and error. Thanx again
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6384752].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
      Originally Posted by dconjar View Post

      You can also move up the header image and even out the spacing with this:

      #Header1_headerimg {
      padding-left: 4px;
      padding-top: 1px;
      }
      Here's the script:

      /* Header-----------------------------------------------*/
      #header-wrapper{width:950px;margin:0px auto 0px;height:124px;overflow:hidden;}
      #header-inner{background-position:center;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto}
      #header{margin:0;border:0 solid $bordercolor;color:$pagetitlecolor;float:left;widt h:100%;overflow:hidden;}
      #header h1{margin:0 5px 0;padding:20px 0 0 0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Sans-serif;font-weight:bold;font-size:46px;color:#02060E;}
      #header .description{padding-left:4px;color:#43474C;font-size:14px;padding-top:1px;margin-top:0px;}
      #header h1 a,#header h1 a:visited{color:#02060E;text-decoration:none}
      #header h2{padding-left:15px;color:#736f74;font:14px Arial,Helvetica,Sans-serif}
      #header2{float:right;width:51%;margin-right:0px;padding-right:0px;overflow:hidden;}
      #header2 .widget{padding:30px 10px 0 10px;float:right}

      Can you tell me, where should I edit? I'm confused
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6384817].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author dconjar
        Just add this code to the bottom of that CSS code you just posted:

        #Header1_headerimg { padding-left: 4px !important; padding-top: 1px !important; }

        This CSS rule looks for anything in your HTML code with an id of "Header1_headerimg" (your main header image) and adjust the amount of spacing (padding) on the top and left.

        I added "!important" to the end of each rule to overwrite the inline styles applied to the image, which are currently affecting the spacing:

        <img alt="Indie Game Smash" id="Header1_headerimg" style="display: block; padding-left:15px; padding-top:25px;" src=" ...

        So that's how it works, but just adding that one line of CSS code to the bottom of your styles should do the trick.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6385280].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author trcapro
    I like it.
    It does seem like there's a little too much white at the top of the site though.
    Looks a little strange.

    And if you really wanna do some extra work, you can try and make the images on your articles fit better. (not stretched out to fit the set parameters)
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6388595].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    I just take some peak on the site overall the design is good the only thing that I notice is how you use your header .. it would be cool if you could make a full header of not just half header
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6389223].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Crazzykylex
    Finally done! Header has been resized successfully! Hmph! It was damn time consuming.
    Thanx for all your time
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6389492].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    The blog looks great at last. I liked the Sexy Cosplay Girls section. But I guess you haven't attached anything on download section.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6389603].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author cssbros
    Looks good,

    I think adding custom buttons and customizing some fonts would make it look better.

    Also, should fix the header, as well.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6391168].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! I think your blog is very neat and detailed. I like the design. But it loads very slowly. Can you make any adjustments on that? Not all people had the patience to wait for something they'll spend time on, it's very slow. I hope that helped you in a way or so. Best of luck!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6391579].message }}

Trending Topics