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Can i get some constructive criticism about my site please?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by ClownBaby, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. ClownBaby

    ClownBaby Power Member

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    bulkhogan DOT com

    im thinking of getting rid of the red i feel it is too strong on the eyes. too much like WOW, going to a gray and blue.

    any such feedback you guys can give id really appreciate it! thank you!
     
  2. Gibbzee

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    Looks good. I think that you should turn the red down a bit though like you said. Also i don't really like the circles background image, but apart from that it looks like a good site.
     
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  3. ClownBaby

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    any suggestion on waht to make that background be?

    i could make it classic bodybuilding pictures in black and white. i wasnt sure what to do with that background
     
  4. Gibbzee

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    yeh try classic bodybuilding pictures in black and white. sounds good. or just try a plain color like black.
     
  5. ClownBaby

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    cool will do.

    what about adsense placement. i dont get any adsense clicks which really sucks :( any advice?
     
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    try a black gradient, adsense after each article?
     
  7. ClownBaby

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    if you click any of the articles, i put it at the top and the bottom. some people say try changing the colors so the adsense looks like regular stuff in it
     
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    thank you for the input i will give that a try. i was thinking of getting rid of that section with all that junk like "RECENT TAG CLOUD POPULAR"

    What i really want to add is a SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER and the ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EBOOK on the front page to gather email addresses to market to.

    what do you think of that?
     
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  9. ClownBaby

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    still that is pretty awesome! what are you using for email management of all that?
     
  10. snap2

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    Site & graphics look good but personally I would tune the red down a little so it doesn't grab your attention so much and distract from the text. I also agree with an earlier comment that I'd change and play around with the blue circles background image.
     
  11. blackhat.mmm

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    ClownBaby: props 4 putting yourself on the line with the request 4 (constructive) criticism.
    I actually kinda like that red. I think it doesn't gel with that dark-blue cheese-grater BG.

    I'm not an artist, except by the stretch of my own imagination, but what about a color
    backdrop from the 70's of Venice Beach in all its glory? Or a collage of workout notes
    from actual bodybuilders? I also think a gold tone, like a bunch of bodybuilding trophies
    from all of the major competitions or w/e, would work well as a background. Few ideas.

    Also, it kind of seems 'unfinished' or at least containing filler with the News Highlights being
    basically the exact same as the Latest News section on the same page. Can you add
    dif content for News Highlights or perhaps connect it to a Twitter, FB, YT, etc. feed...?

    I don't know, something that wouldn't require much maintenance--unless you're actually
    planning on monitoring this baby closely. Then I'd go with either all unique content and/or
    a mixture of auto+unique-content. "National", AP-style up-to-date articles can give your
    site a bit more of a trusted, unbiased feel to it as opposed to just tooting the horn of
    another new weightlifting/bodybuilding site <== generalization here, not yours of course :)

    Well, what's your ultimate intent with this site?




    -----BH3M
     
  12. ClownBaby

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    thanks for the great feedback. i know what you mean. that news highlights area i am going to change to an INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTs. I am going to start doing interviews with fitness and bodybuilding people. i can choose whcih ones go there.

    the one thing i DONT LIKE is that slider i have. Im using VSlider. I wish i had one that would grab an article's title and have it at the bottom with a picture displayed. but i cant find any good ones. i will definitely switch of the news highlights at some point.

    i think im gonna change the color scheme in css to make it blue. blue is the most chosen color to be people's favs and it is calming on the eyes. i dont want people visiting my page like they got fired out of a canon. ill prob change that background to some greyscale image or something.


    IDEALLY id like to sell the background space as a paid advertising area. ie if i get enough traffic ill be like your add every single page in my blog for x dollars this month. :)

    any other suggestions? so far i did most of the site myself.

    The intent of my site is to HAVE FUN, MAKE SOME MONEY :)
     
  13. ClownBaby

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    just changed those images and did a blue removal temporary fix till tomorrow. i think it does look improved though. more relaxing on the eyes.
     
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    You know it is refreshing to see a thread like this....someone asking for help and seasoned veterans giving good info that we can all use.

    Much appreciated.
     
  15. ClownBaby

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    i agree if something sucks i want to know and so i can fix it. this is my first site and i want it to be good and i want to hvae fun with it as well as make it good.
     
  16. ClownBaby

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    ok i changed it to a regular background.

    the original theme i used was chronicle so you can see how much was changed in this
     
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    Looks good Clownbaby. I like the attention you put with having plenty of images. How will you best montetize your blog??
     
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    it will depend on the amount of traffic i get. if i get good traffic then i will try a lot of different ways to monetize it
     
  19. blackhat.mmm

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    Again, I really like your initiative here. I believe it's helping a lot of people, FWIW.

    Personally, and I'm obv not a lawyer ;), I would put up some interviews that
    have already been conducted for the time-being.

    I'm sure you could find--and appropriately credit of course--some
    Ronnie Coleman or Ahnold (video) interviews that could fit the bill....



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    Did anybody else read this?

    I actually really enjoyed it.... :nemoflow:

    Inspirational, even for a non-Austrian like myself.

    Also, I do remember that Popularity Contest plugin a few years ago. I don't know
    if it's relevant still or at least prob not in this case though.

    And just to reiterate, I agree that you could easily get away with, and
    possibly benefit from, more Adsense.

    I'm not the right guy to ask but, huh, someone here is telling me that I "always" say
    "Can't you iFrame something like that?" in reference to your outbound 'referral ID'
    link to bodybuildingDOTcom (Top 50 Supplements), etc.

    One last note to/for the above: I would change it to - "Top 50 Most Popular Supplements Ever" or something like that.





    ------BH3M
     
  20. ClownBaby

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    nice great advice. well the funny thing is, i got a few people already who want to do interviews :). Everyone loves free publicity so i can grab some that way.

    Top 50 MOST POPULAR Supplements EVER lol sounds like something out of the Don Lupre book, the worlds most amazing vitamin.... i like that idea. I am definitely going to try to improve my adsense. I would add it to the the "add comment" on front page but I am not sure because each post woudl have adsense and i think you are limited to 3 adsense per page? If i am incorrect please inform me.