Is there anything wrong with my site?

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I am working on a project that involves all topics, I let writers submit articles, then I buy them, and put them on the site. I only accept high quality articles. The site makes money through adsense and other affiliate places like amazon and clickbank. Check it out:

http://www.yurtopic.com/

The site does not use a CMS, but rather a very efficient static HTML setup. My plan was to make it very basic without too much coding everywhere.

I launched the site January 1st of 2013, so it is only a few months old now and it is growing fast. I currently have 2 employees who are helping me full time on the project.

I have about 10 other websites that I have pretty much abandoned now in favor of working on YurTopic only for the rest of my life. So I have a feeling this site is going to get HUGE going into the future.

Anyways, do you guys see anything I can improve upon?
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  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    Hi, Your site looks very interesting, however, facebook comments should be placed either at the bottom of a page or off to the side and not before the menu. If someone makes a goofy comment you don't want it prevalent on the middle of the page before you have a chance to remove it. The menu is more important anyways.

    Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Scooper
    and I liked it, there's nothing disgusting on the site
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  • Profile picture of the author Geekman
    I really like the way you managing your site! Simple but great.
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  • Profile picture of the author rasel786
    I am agree with GforceSage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael71
    Too much links, look and feel is just too basic.

    No real structure. Text not formatted properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author dpwilliams
    Hey Jason...

    I took a look at your site...interesting. I thing your site looks fine...a little less fancy than most of the Wordpress sites...but I guess if the articles are interesting that is what the visitor is mostly interested in...

    I read your article on why you used a static HTML site vs a CMS and had a question.

    Would it be similar to use a wordpress CMS and only build static pages and not posts?

    Also I noticed you have no navigation on the top of your site...

    Just Adsense. I am wondering if Google will frown on this...seems visitors will be confused and naturally click on the adsense ads thinking it is a page on your site?
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  • Profile picture of the author MKaren
    try video on your website it would definitely helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Diversion52
    The issue I have with this page is that I don't understand the actual point. Is it to buy articles or offer readers with information via the articles? If the point is to buy articles and maybe display them somewhere else it's okay, but if the point is to showcase the articles there needs to be a more clear navigation there.

    Other than that, the header is not very attractive. I'd start with that because the header is one of the first things people notice.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonwilks
    Thanks for all the replies!

    Originally Posted by GforceSage View Post

    Hi, Your site looks very interesting, however, facebook comments should be placed either at the bottom of a page or off to the side and not before the menu. If someone makes a goofy comment you don't want it prevalent on the middle of the page before you have a chance to remove it. The menu is more important anyways.
    GFS
    From my experience from my other websites, I have had thousands of facebook comments and only like 3 of them I had to delete due to spam. Facebook comment system is nice because there is a lot less spam associated with it. And I kind of want users to be more inclined to make a comment before going somewhere else in my site.


    Originally Posted by Michael71 View Post

    Too much links, look and feel is just too basic. No real structure. Text not formatted properly.
    What "Too much links" are you talking about? And the basic layout and simplicity was part of my plan with this site. Im not quite sure what you mean by no real structure. The site is well indexed in Google already and search traffic is starting to flow in. The structure is good IMO.

    Originally Posted by dpwilliams View Post

    Would it be similar to use a wordpress CMS and only build static pages and not posts?
    I dont think wordpress can do static pages, correct me if Im wrong, but I think they only use databases to store everything.

    Originally Posted by dpwilliams View Post

    Also I noticed you have no navigation on the top of your site... Just Adsense. I am wondering if Google will frown on this...seems visitors will be confused and naturally click on the adsense ads thinking it is a page on your site?
    I've made all my past sites in this way, and Google has reviewed them in the past and has approved the adsense layout.

    Originally Posted by MKaren View Post

    try video on your website it would definitely helps
    You mean for the homepage? I do have some videos on a few articles in the site.

    Originally Posted by Diversion52 View Post

    The issue I have with this page is that I don't understand the actual point. Is it to buy articles or offer readers with information via the articles? If the point is to buy articles and maybe display them somewhere else it's okay, but if the point is to showcase the articles there needs to be a more clear navigation there.
    It's for both. People submit articles (from the homepage), then I put them directly on the site. That's how YurTopic works, and that is the business model for it. And the site currently only has about a hundred articles. The menu system will develop more and more once I get more articles. The navigation of the site is through internal linking through out the articles, the search function at the top, and the internal site menu at the bottom of every page.

    Originally Posted by Diversion52 View Post

    Other than that, the header is not very attractive. I'd start with that because the header is one of the first things people notice.
    I have a Knack with really basic logos, and with YurTopic I currently have a rotating banner of the most popular cities in the US, this is basic and simple and it's what I want for now

    I do have the capability to change the logos across the entire site for each genre and subcategory if I choose to do so into the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayZeey
    I took a look and have to say that from the article-consumer standpoint, it is not where I'd go for credible information. If you dynamically hid the "get paid to write!!!" kind of text on article pages, it would look more credible. You could show it on the home page and it would be more appropriate from a consumer standpoint. Or even on the footer if you like, but keep it out of sight of the end-user as much as you can.

    And add a favicon. Spammy, hastily-made sites often do not have a favicon, so to make yours more credible, take a moment to add one.

    Hope this helps and good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew H
    I feel there is a lot wrong with it.

    How would you currently rate the design of your website? What image do you think the design of your website portrays?
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  • Profile picture of the author ttkim
    I'm sorry, but even if you were going for a simple layout, this isn't a very efficient HTML setup.
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