What do you think about my unique website ? Critque

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Hey fellow warriors, i am into Jamaica/Reggae/Dancehall niche. My website is an entertainment website.I think i'm 90% complete with design and layout of content, ads etc.This is where its at right now...

Please leave your thoughts below. IMPORTANT!

Thanks in advance

See Pages

My Home page: YardHype | Dancehall | Reggae | Entertainment
My Single Posts Page: Jah Cure – I Do | yardhype

Those are the 2 main pages i am looking to get feedbacks/suggestion on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Social App Zone
    It looks good. It needs cross browser testing (goes to hell in a hand basket on IE8) and test various screen sizes. The top black bar seems to be fixed rather than expanding regardless of the screen size.
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    • Profile picture of the author RKeele
      Good looking site. My only suggestion would be the background color of white on the site. I would change it to a very light grey to get everything to blend better with all the content on your site.
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      • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
        Originally Posted by RKeele View Post

        Good looking site. My only suggestion would be the background color of white on the site. I would change it to a very light grey to get everything to blend better with all the content on your site.
        I was thinking about trying light gray indeed... thanks for the suggestion
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    Originally Posted by Art of Marketing View Post

    Hey Nicholas,

    My first impression was not bad at all..I stayed on the site out of curiosity and that is good.

    I got a pop up to FB Likes but I would rather you came up with a way to collect an email address so you can promote Amazon or CPA offers later in music niche.

    You have thousands of people on social media that is great start.
    Maybe you can begin adding even more content pages with stories on different artists or concerts as well to pump up your adsense displays.

    I think the site has great potential...congrats.

    -Art
    Much thanks for the comments...

    maybe i should have turned off the pop-up for now since i would be getting reviews. I use fb because at the moment i think its easier to work with, dont have time for email campaigns and all that at the moment, however i do understand that getting emails may be the better route.

    Regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexandraMarch
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    It looks great, although a bit crowded for my taste...but otherwise interesting and easy to use.
    I must confess I was also impressed with your large number of facebook fans, I expected it to be a new site, recently created, so I didn't count on thousands of fans already!
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by AlexandraMarch View Post

      It looks great, although a bit crowded for my taste...but otherwise interesting and easy to use.
      I must confess I was also impressed with your large number of facebook fans, I expected it to be a new site, recently created, so I didn't count on thousands of fans already!
      The facebook twitter and youtube pages were started before the actual website thus i have that much fans, also these ares are where i get most traffic from. No the website is not new. its actually 1yr old.

      Thanks for taking a look and giving your response ...
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I like it, I'm listening to Mavado on your site as I type.

    Whats your overall monetization strategy though? It's pretty much just an entertainment site, so get your traffic up and charge a premium for advertisements.
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by nicholasb View Post

      I like it, I'm listening to Mavado on your site as I type.

      Whats your overall monetization strategy though? It's pretty much just an entertainment site, so get your traffic up and charge a premium for advertisements.
      Thank You.

      I sell Banner Spots, plus use adsense which is my main income at the moment.

      However i am trying out "chitika" and "infolinks" to see if i can get some form of backup earnings because with google adsense one never know. Your account can be taken away at any point with all earnings.

      I must add that its hard to find good alternative(s) to adsense for my website..
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  • Profile picture of the author kstep
    Nicolas,

    I will get it straight man. It looks very bad.

    I don't know what experience and taste in web design industry do the others have here, but with such design you won't go very far away.


    Guys were developing such websites in early 2000s.


    Why don't you pick already developed template which will blow away this website with its look and functionality. It will save you money and countless hours of time.

    Templates cost $30-$55 and are easy to setup / maintain. And you will look like a real pro.
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by kstep View Post

      Nicolas,

      I will get it straight man. It looks very bad.

      I don't know what experience and taste in web design industry do the others have here, but with such design you won't go very far away.


      Guys were developing such websites in early 2000s.


      Why don't you pick already developed template which will blow away this website with its look and functionality. It will save you money and countless hours of time.

      Templates cost $30-$55 and are easy to setup / maintain. And you will look like a real pro.

      Are you sure that u went to the right website ??
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick
      Originally Posted by kstep View Post

      Templates cost $30-$55 and are easy to setup / maintain. And you will look like a real pro.
      Buying a template and putting it up will definitely not make him look like a pro, coz that same template is purchased by many other people out there. So I don't get in what way his design would be "unique".
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  • Profile picture of the author momtraders
    LOL @ kstep.

    The site is done really well. Did you do it yourself? I run a large community site too, and it is a different bread of site. I bet you are already doing fairly well with it. Just remember, a community site is EVERYDAY marketing and new content, or else the readers get bored and move on.

    Good luck! I wish we were in the same niche, I would link to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author kstep
    @momtraders

    There should exist benchmarks that mark the line between what's a good design and bad.

    I work in web consulting industry for 4 years and believe me I have fairly high standards.

    I clearly see that none of you guys don't follow the latest trends of web design industry at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author momtraders
    kstep, I have been doing web design for 12 years. As a matter of fact, I just finished a design for a national brand. This young man has found a niche that works, and he is capitalizing on it. His design is perfect for the market he is marketing too.
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  • Profile picture of the author momtraders
    Nicholas,

    Some more thoughts, I think the posts page is done beautifully. It kind of reminds me of how YouTube keeps you on the site with the relevant content. Nicely done.... My only complaint is your menu. I know you have style and want to show it, but the menu would be better off with a regular hover. When the words go white with outlines it reminds me of amateur design.

    Also, how long did it take you to create this site from concept to completion?
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by momtraders View Post

      Nicholas,

      Some more thoughts, I think the posts page is done beautifully. It kind of reminds me of how YouTube keeps you on the site with the relevant content. Nicely done.... My only complaint is your menu. I know you have style and want to show it, but the menu would be better off with a regular hover. When the words go white with outlines it reminds me of amateur design.

      Also, how long did it take you to create this site from concept to completion?
      I got someone to code it initially however its all my design , then i start to make changes on my own adding tweaks as time goes buy. its an yr old and i still make frequent changes to design and features base on response from visitors.

      This young man has found a niche that works, and he is capitalizing on it. His design is perfect for the market he is marketing too
      YOU COULD HAVE NOT SAID IT BETTER THANK YOU!!

      Yes i do agree with the menu font/look, i did it, don't like it...
      Just ran out of ideas with regards to the menu bar i think...
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it. Can i take a look at your website?
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  • Profile picture of the author Edge360
    Nice site, good niche for sure. Try lower the amount of http requests though, that will help speed your site up. Another thing I noticed was the facebook popup - many people will get drawn away from the site because of that. If they want to like your page, they will. Don't try force them.
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    • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
      Originally Posted by Edge360 View Post

      Nice site, good niche for sure. Try lower the amount of http requests though, that will help speed your site up. Another thing I noticed was the facebook popup - many people will get drawn away from the site because of that. If they want to like your page, they will. Don't try force them.

      Ok, Going to remove the facebook popup soon. just trying to get more likes fast
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    The site looks good and I was really curious on the other tabs and videos. Made me stayed for awhile to listen... Good job.
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