Just Launched My Site. I now have over 300 members. Feedback needed

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Thanks to everyone on this board. I was able to make appropriate changes to my site to really reach my users and engage them. I launched my dating community in July. I now have about 800 members. I have not paid a dime in advertising what so ever. But your thoughts on my site now that the changes were made would be awesome. Welcome to Couple Coffee

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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    The site looks great. Good job on this one
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  • Profile picture of the author webzie
    According to em your site is looking cool you should have more content on your website. Color combination of the site is looking good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Defiantly could use more selling. Although it's free, still can't hurt to give them many reasons to sign up. What they could get if they were members. Meet the love of their life, a best friend to spend the rest of their lives with. ect, ect.

    Just not much there to get people to join in my opinion. Course if it's working for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Shelton
    Very nice looking site, very professional - congrats.
    What forum software are you using?
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by Matthew Shelton View Post

      Very nice looking site, very professional - congrats.
      What forum software are you using?
      Hey i'm not using any forum software. Just a questions and answers script that I changed to use as a coffee talk section.
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  • Profile picture of the author its
    Header looks a bit old fashioned if you ask me. Gradients and glow effects probably aren't the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author tdanz
    I agree with the above, the graphics could be improved. you could pay a freelance desinger 100-150usd to create a few version and you could choose which one you like most.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by tdanz View Post

      I agree with the above, the graphics could be improved. you could pay a freelance desinger 100-150usd to create a few version and you could choose which one you like most.
      I'll enhance this. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author samuelallister
    You have a nice looking website and I chuckled at "Brew a relationship today". Very clever.

    Some recommendations is to eliminate the "Advertisers" field until you have some there. In the meantime, provide a link on the footer like "Would you like to advertise with us?"

    Use this opportunity to further customize the left and right columns of the page and place some content, pictures, polls or something to keep the left and right sides of the page because it just feels quite empty.

    But that's my honest honest opinion and I only say it to help your website, so I hope this helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by samuelallister View Post

      You have a nice looking website and I chuckled at "Brew a relationship today". Very clever.

      Some recommendations is to eliminate the "Advertisers" field until you have some there. In the meantime, provide a link on the footer like "Would you like to advertise with us?"

      Use this opportunity to further customize the left and right columns of the page and place some content, pictures, polls or something to keep the left and right sides of the page because it just feels quite empty.

      But that's my honest honest opinion and I only say it to help your website, so I hope this helps!
      Hey thanks for your input. I will add some new interactive modules! I have a coffee talk section that I can link the latest discussions into modules etc on the front page. And I'll take your advice on the advertisers module. it will be eliminated until I start to market to advertisers. Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by samuelallister View Post

      You have a nice looking website and I chuckled at "Brew a relationship today". Very clever.

      Some recommendations is to eliminate the "Advertisers" field until you have some there. In the meantime, provide a link on the footer like "Would you like to advertise with us?"

      Use this opportunity to further customize the left and right columns of the page and place some content, pictures, polls or something to keep the left and right sides of the page because it just feels quite empty.

      But that's my honest honest opinion and I only say it to help your website, so I hope this helps!
      Removed the ads module, replaced with discussions module. Thanks for the advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by v2informatics View Post

      Great job done , your website looks nice and clean .
      Thanks. Took a year and a half to get the concept and everything in place.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Doing something with the loading speed would be good; I had to refresh it twice to open it up! Other than that, it looks AMAZING. Congratz on the awesome website!
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  • Profile picture of the author yestyle
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    Congratz! friend you have a good site with clean & professional layouts. I think you should improve site loading speed because the first visit I must spent 8s to load your web homepage.
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  • Profile picture of the author ICTBoost
    Wow nice website, loads fast, looks very professional.
    It's a good webdesign!
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      I didn't expect so many people to join so quickly. I am now looking into a better host/server at the moment. I now have about 500 members since launching in July. Trying to run it all by myself is very exhausting but fun at the same time. I'm doing my best to manage lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author webworksbd
    Hello,
    It's looking good and clean. Though it's some kind of following facebook but after all the site looks great.

    nice job.

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  • Profile picture of the author loops55
    Keep it going buddy, I liked the website and I am pretty sure you will reach 1000 members soon.
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  • 2 points i would like to share here is

    1st) there is no slogan or nothing like that down to your logo .. your can use .. "A Lot Can Happen Over a Coffee" ...

    2nd) I didnt found live chat option where 2 friends can chat with each other .. if it's already there than that is nice if not than add them to flavoured ur site for user engagement purpose ..

    best of luck for your site i will register on it soon for coffee partner ...
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by interactwithexpert View Post

      2 points i would like to share here is

      1st) there is no slogan or nothing like that down to your logo .. your can use .. "A Lot Can Happen Over a Coffee" ...

      2nd) I didnt found live chat option where 2 friends can chat with each other .. if it's already there than that is nice if not than add them to flavoured ur site for user engagement purpose ..

      best of luck for your site i will register on it soon for coffee partner ...
      The slogan is right on the front page in bold. "BREW A RELATIONSHIP"
      I was running chat but took it down due to server load. Im switching to a VPS now. As for more content ill work on that. But once you login youll see that the users build the content. With it being local my registration click to registration rate is high. Ill be at 600 members tonight if not tomorrow. But yes ill get some testimonials and show site features. Right now my main focus is the search filter on the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Not much on your home page, maybe it can be improved a bit.

    Are you developing your site yourself or paying somebody to do it? I love being a programmer because if I want something new on my site I can just build it.

    Anyway, you've inspired me to improve my own site that I've been neglecting lately.
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  • Site is wonderful but just focus on content, your site ranking will be boost.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Nice job, so your at 600 registered members with zero advertising? How's your traffic finding out about the site? You said it's local traffic, are you promoting the site in any way, example Facebook or Twitter?
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Nice job, so your at 600 registered members with zero advertising? How's your traffic finding out about the site? You said it's local traffic, are you promoting the site in any way, example Facebook or Twitter?
      Yeah Forums, Word of mouth, facebook twitter. etc. I'm at 575 right now. Should hit 600 by morning. I am not a SEO guru at all lol. That's my weak spot.
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  • Profile picture of the author ViralMediaBoost
    Looks amazing and quite unique don't see many Social Network dating sites, sites like match.com is just you add someone and start to talk doesn't seem the same as yours good job!
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by ViralMediaBoost View Post

      Looks amazing and quite unique don't see many Social Network dating sites, sites like match.com is just you add someone and start to talk doesn't seem the same as yours good job!
      Yeah, I did it this way so users can break the ice. You can learn a lot about someone simply by the comments that they post and posts that they create. It allows members to shy away from awkward invites.
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      • Profile picture of the author ViralMediaBoost
        Originally Posted by coffeeguy View Post

        Yeah, I did it this way so users can break the ice. You can learn a lot about someone simply by the comments that they post and posts that they create. It allows members to shy away from awkward invites.
        Certainly and you can actually see them in person much easier on a Social Network than on something like Match.
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        • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
          Originally Posted by ViralMediaBoost View Post

          Certainly and you can actually see them in person much easier on a Social Network than on something like Match.
          Yah and match charges quite a bit to be apart of their community. I mean at some point i'll have something that i'll charge for. But for now it'll all depend on ad space.
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  • Profile picture of the author tongnk
    Looks pretty good. Nice and clean which is always nice.

    Might be just me but I had a rather slow load time. Other than that, looking good. Congrats.
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    • Profile picture of the author tob78
      Looks great to me!

      The only thing: I don't see for what it's good.
      Don't identify it as dating platform. Should have more unique and special content.
      I think because of the title: Some articles about coffees, recipes, opinions...
      Thanks for sharing.
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      • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
        Originally Posted by tob78 View Post

        Looks great to me!

        The only thing: I don't see for what it's good.
        Don't identify it as dating platform. Should have more unique and special content.
        I think because of the title: Some articles about coffees, recipes, opinions...
        Thanks for sharing.
        What special content would you like to see? Could you elaborate a little bit more?
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by tongnk View Post

      Looks pretty good. Nice and clean which is always nice.

      Might be just me but I had a rather slow load time. Other than that, looking good. Congrats.
      Yes before traffic it was about a 3sec page load speed. But now that it's populated so quickly, I need to upgrade to a better server which I'm currently researching. It should be migrated to a better server/host by the end of the month.
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  • Profile picture of the author adcnet
    Well done on the 500 users - can I ask what you are using, is it white label dating software?

    Thank you.
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  • hey coffeguy

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    Originally Posted by interactwithexpert
    2 points i would like to share here is

    1st) there is no slogan or nothing like that down to your logo .. your can use .. "A Lot Can Happen Over a Coffee" ...

    2nd) I didnt found live chat option where 2 friends can chat with each other .. if it's already there than that is nice if not than add them to flavoured ur site for user engagement purpose ..

    best of luck for your site i will register on it soon for coffee partner ...


    The slogan is right on the front page in bold. "BREW A RELATIONSHIP"
    I was running chat but took it down due to server load. Im switching to a VPS now. As for more content ill work on that. But once you login youll see that the users build the content. With it being local my registration click to registration rate is high. Ill be at 600 members tonight if not tomorrow. But yes ill get some testimonials and show site features. Right now my main focus is the search filter on the site.
    i will still prefer you to put slogan below logo as mostly users will look slogan on that position .. so if you can than put it and also implement chatting facility that will surely boost your site .. for remaining changes i will keep updating after being member of same site ...

    - Dhawal
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by tob78 View Post

      Looks great to me!

      The only thing: I don't see for what it's good.
      Don't identify it as dating platform. Should have more unique and special content.
      I think because of the title: Some articles about coffees, recipes, opinions...
      Thanks for sharing.
      Originally Posted by coffeeguy View Post

      Yes before traffic it was about a 3sec page load speed. But now that it's populated so quickly, I need to upgrade to a better server which I'm currently researching. It should be migrated to a better server/host by the end of the month.
      Originally Posted by interactwithexpert View Post

      hey coffeguy



      i will still prefer you to put slogan below logo as mostly users will look slogan on that position .. so if you can than put it and also implement chatting facility that will surely boost your site .. for remaining changes i will keep updating after being member of same site ...

      - Dhawal
      Thanks for you input, I just don't see the point of adding the slogan. If you open the front page its right front of you. Other dating sites headers are super clean. No extras. The selling point is right on the login page. POF, MATCH, SKOUT none of them use slogans in their headrs. Just clean, slim headers I appreciate your input though. But, Chat will go back in once I upgrade my server.
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  • Profile picture of the author whyeyeschoice
    I took a look at your site and it looks pretty good. Your doing an awesome job getting traffic to it evidently since you already have 500 members. As stated earlier in the thread you'll have 1000 members before you know it at your "CoupleCoffee" Site. Keep up the good work Coffee Guy...just my feedback!
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by whyeyeschoice View Post

      I took a look at your site and it looks pretty good. Your doing an awesome job getting traffic to it evidently since you already have 500 members. As stated earlier in the thread you'll have 1000 members before you know it at your "CoupleCoffee" Site. Keep up the good work Coffee Guy...just my feedback!
      Hey thanks. Hoping to hit 700 members by sunday. Just nesting members in with the northwest first. Not sure if I want to expand it out or not. I think that's key. A lot of people think way to big. "open it to everyone, get numbers!" People like to know that there are people all around them in a community. If i were to expand to all 50 states, i'd have a lot of people joining then never returning. I'm kind of documenting all of these steps. I'm writing an E-book i'll release for free as it comes along.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuddenHealth
    Yep, like all are saying, site looks great. Great that it's localized, you'll get more responsive members. I would, like someone else suggested, provide some time of complimentary offer to entice more to sign up.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by SuddenHealth View Post

      Yep, like all are saying, site looks great. Great that it's localized, you'll get more responsive members. I would, like someone else suggested, provide some time of complimentary offer to entice more to sign up.
      Thanks SuddenHealth, Yes I plan on adding some testimonials to the page and a couple screen shots of member profiles and the coffee stream etc. what they'll see on the inside. People seem to be joining like crazy though. Should be at 700 this weekend.
      Never let anyone tell you that a niche is to saturated.
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  • Profile picture of the author tretheraider
    Very unique spin on the dating niche! Adding a article a week to the blog section might help getting you ranked when someone searches for their state + dating in a search engine. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by tretheraider View Post

      Very unique spin on the dating niche! Adding a article a week to the blog section might help getting you ranked when someone searches for their state + dating in a search engine. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
      Thanks! It's pretty cool watching it grow as fast as it is. I was at 300 at the beginning of the month. almost 400 new registrations this month of october. I'm working on my blog to. Content creation is pretty critical. But yes, definitely big plans for the blog, I've drawn my whole life, so i'm going to do a comic too to ad to the blog. Just keeping it fun. I don't want to work too hard now, that's the point of breaking away into internet marketing right lol. J/k.
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    Bravooo buddy, awesome site with great loks and try to add some good colours either making it too simple to fade otherwise acc. to functionality site is awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by shantanu View Post

      Bravooo buddy, awesome site with great loks and try to add some good colours either making it too simple to fade otherwise acc. to functionality site is awesome.
      Thanks! I will work on color variations. I was just biting off of yahoo, and youtube. Very light and easy to read. No fancy things except for the content. But i'll look into some schnazzy colors to add somewhere possibly.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by SEOBOY222 View Post

      Dear friends I have found a dating software and you can launch your own dating site with this software.
      Theres tons of different dating scripts. I'd say focus on a great profile system and enhanced search system. Survey what people want in a relationship, build your registration form with key points of what people seek then beta test. Let a few members join... then have them find all of the bugs they can and negatives. Then once it's stable. Launch it.
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      • Profile picture of the author DailyIncome
        hey coffeeguy, prob can add some more stuff to the header... like move the help or faq link to the upper right.

        also may want to consider changing the site from full width to a responsive fixed width, it's really stretching out some of the form buttons.

        good luck!
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        • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
          Originally Posted by DailyIncome View Post

          hey coffeeguy, prob can add some more stuff to the header... like move the help or faq link to the upper right.

          also may want to consider changing the site from full width to a responsive fixed width, it's really stretching out some of the form buttons.

          good luck!
          Thanks for your input. The site is actually getting a huge transformation this next coming spring. were you talking about the form buttons on the registration/login screen?
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          • Profile picture of the author DailyIncome
            hey coffeeguy,

            this page: https://couplecoffee.com/register

            the form inputs are a bit long.... looks like its a full width page, if and when you make changes, you may want to consider a 2 column page and what you can do with the 2nd column/sidebar is put some information ie registration instructions or promotions etc. so the visitor wont abandon the page. cheers
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            • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
              Thanks! I'll work on a sidebar to be more descriptive. The new layout i'll be sure to shorten the input fields.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johansmith
    Hey dear please put some content in your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author coffeeguy
      Originally Posted by Johansmith View Post

      Hey dear please put some content in your website.
      Content is being created now. I just added a forum. working on a comic strip for the blog. and the front page will show sidebars linking to discussions etc.
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