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Critique my first autoblog?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by charlieyin, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. charlieyin

    charlieyin Newbie

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    http://beatsandstuff.com/ is the link to my first autoblog.

    Can anyone critique it? The layout? The Adsense placement? I used a free WP plugin to rewrite some articles, are there generally ones that will do the job better than what I have on my site?

    Also, I submitted a sitemap and everything, yet I still cannot get indexed on google. How long does this typically take?
     
  2. virus_1720

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    for indexing social bookmark your site and since you have submitted the sitemap, you should have your site indexed within a week
     
  3. MonoPuff

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    Honest Opinion, The source material seems fine. The adsense placement is horrible, makes the site look spammy. In the auctions post "Hey, analyse discover these auctions:" Does not make grammatical sense.. It just screams "I don't speak English"..

    The theme is pretty bad too, but functional... The Ebay auctions plugin will do a live stream or current auctions based on a keyword. There is no need to post a new "latest auctions" post several times a day.. Just increase the # of items it displays and have a single auction post/page.. Or just put it in the side bar to have an updated stream of related auctions always showing.
     
  4. chambras1281

    chambras1281 Junior Member

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    honestly i do not like the lay out of you posting and also the adsense ads does not look to good. why do not just try to use another theme. i hope you not get offense.
     
  5. dennyray

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    ugly as sinnn
     
  6. snap2

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    In my humble opinion, the site visuals are not working for me, it looks disconnected, lost space not in use, looks erratic, put together more piecemeal rather than streamlined from top to bottom with a plan.

    Nothing a fresh look wouldn't be able to build and tidy up on but congrats on your first steps at doing it and in no time you'll be pumping these out like a pro, no worries.
     
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  7. Newbie.

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    I would first like to say congratulations to taking the jump, as you have started your first autoblog (I have yet to try). As for what I think of the site, I dont really like it. It looks like a messy myspace layout with everything just all over the place.
     
  8. onlinepromoter

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    i agree with everyone else's comments about the layout and especially the adsense.

    they are a litte in your face .

    On a positive note I like your niche idea a lot

    I never would have thought about a music recording autoblog

    For the adsense I would use smaller ads, and install a widget for the side bar

    also look for a music theme

    gratz on joining the autoblog world
     
  9. charlieyin

    charlieyin Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for all the help. So the general consensus is that the layout sucks. Can anyone give examples of a functional/good looking blog with good ad placement? Also, I made another autoblog here: http://dj.beatsandstuff.com

    I feel like this layout is marginally better/functional, but what do you BHW-ers think? Also, is there any harm having these blogs be all on the same domain and hosting?
     
  10. charlieyin

    charlieyin Newbie

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    Is it a bad idea to just use the same layout but different content? Or does google adsense frown upon that?
     
  11. ausville

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    change your wp permalinks structure :)
     
  12. XsenseX

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    Good try ... for a first autoblog
     
  13. Hijinx

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    Delete the hello world post from this, also get rid of the blogroll links if you haven't yet.
     
  14. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    it doesn't matter how ugly your site is.

    check your stats in adsense reports.

    the ctr is the only thing that matters - change your layout to maximize it.

    you are making this site to make money after all, right?

    statistically, ugly sites make more money than pretty ones.
     
  15. Teddie

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    I'm planning to give this a shot in the future.

    But here's a question... How safe autoblogs are?? I'm talking about adsesne, of course.
     
  16. MonoPuff

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    "View flooded place on" What does that mean? Are you just running it through a translator and then back to English or something? .. Also a little too much content for a new site day#1.. Autoblogs are all about making it look natural and grow slowly.. Aim for about 6 posts a day spread out for an autoblog.
     
  17. charlieyin

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    I'm running it through a rewriting plugin so it would generate unique content, hence the garbled text. Also, @tacopalypse, what's a good CTR to strive for? I'm getting 2.34 right now, not sure if that's below average, average, or above average.

    Also, how long does it typically take to get search engine traffic? My stats plugin is reporting no hits from search engines so far.
     
  18. tacopalypse

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    ctr chart:
    0-10 bad
    10-20 meh
    20-30 good
    30+ very good

    maximize ctr by cramming as many ads as you can towards the top-left of the page

    also enable the competitive ad filter to pump up your ecpm. search the forum for a generic list to plug into it.
     
  19. shezboy

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    100% change the theme. Remove the tag cloud too. After you've changed the theme then people can give you more advice on this. The theme lets things down but well done for making an autoblog as it is more than many people have done, at least you're on the road and going in the right direction.

    Well done to you.
     
  20. optizeit

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    the theme is too simple, make it more stylish by changing the theme...