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I just finished my second blog, please let me know what you think. E-cigs

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by jdh351, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. jdh351

    jdh351 Registered Member

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    The website is nearly finished and I am looking for reviews. Please give me your input on www (dot)atmos-ecig(dot)com

    I wrote this blog describing my change from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes. I still need to add some images and what not but it is just about there. All graphics were designed by me. I flipped a very boring theme into something a little more interesting. I appreciate your critique on this project.
     
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    Jdh351,

    Looks pretty good overall. The only things that I would change is the white text on black background and to break up paragraphs a little more. Its hard to read with both the color and the amount of text.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
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    jdh351 Registered Member

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    That's just the advice that I was looking for. I usually go with a light color background and black text for this reason. When you build the website though you convince your own eyes that everything is fine...it looks tight! Of course it just ego and bias.
     
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    MasterofDisaster Registered Member Premium Member

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    If you have links in the e cig vertical send me a message
     
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    topseolab Registered Member

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    Yeah website look good, but its layout is not a s good as it should. For getting more sales, you need to change its structure.
     
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    jdh351 Registered Member

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    Can you expand on your comment regarding structure? I am not selling a product so there are no potential sales to be made.
     
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    Why on earth are you using adsense? Where are the affiliate links? Make the text more readable over the background. Also, provide the reviews in the sidebar of the site with ratings. Entice visitors to click.

    Other than that, looks good.
     
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    I know of affiliate marketing but I am not familiar with the various networks. Is there a network or affiliate program you would reccomend?

    I will change the background in the morning. For now, enjoy this jumping dinosaur: :dragon5:
     
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    There's loads, some directly from the advertisers. Look at what your competitors are promoting.
     
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    Hi! Just a few quick notes:

    1) The AdSense looks awful and needs to go. My suggestion would be to monetize this blog via building an email list; simply get a form up in the sidebar and after the blog posts that encourage users to sign up for more info about E-Cigs, monthly reviews and recommendations, etc.

    2) The colour scheme is awful. I see that you're changing the background so I'll wait to see the new one before commenting further.

    3) Your menu at the top is toast as soon as you add 3-4 more reviews (it will exceed 100% of the width of the page) so try to organize it a bit better. (Home | Reviews | Blog | Contact | etc.)

    4) Get a privacy policy and terms of use up on there. Right now it's not really compliant with any e-cig affiliate programs.

    There you go. Good luck!
     
  11. hon3ybadg3r

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    Ditch the white/black combo for sure.

    Add an email subscribe and RSS feed icon at minimum.

    Ditch the adsense for sure - it's an eyesore and not likely to pay much.

    Might consider post/review excerpts only on the homepage and links to 'read more' for each one. Right now the UX is all handled by the nav menu, which someone already pointed out won't scale.
     
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    I am taking all your comments into consideration and will put these ideas into production.
     
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    I have a ecig site too and you're blows mine out of the water.
     
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    Thanks but...it could be much better. That is why I am here asking questions.;)
     
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    To be honest I quite like the white text on black background. It's not as rare as you might think and well readable to me.
     
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    From a design perspective it is a nice look but I guess the readability is questionable.
     
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    I have no problem with it.

    I mean look at this forum, for example. Default skin is white on black. Plenty of us here have no problem with it!

    Don't forget before Windows, plenty of people read white text on black for decades and they still do!
     
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    I have to say that your website looks pretty nice, the wallpaper, and structure of content. Good job. In regards to adsense, I would hold on to it for the remainder of the month and see how it goes. However you should consider looking into direct affiliate programs with some of the companies. I own several e cig websites, and every webmaster and their dog has built dozens of them. Well done, keep pushing!
     
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    Very nice looking site. And that adsense color theme fits nice but I'm not for adsense at all.

    But I almost panicked because I was not able to find where to buy. Now I see from your comments there is no option to buy at all.

    Design is great, but I find very annoying (my personal preference) scrolling text over strong static background. Maybe there should be a black box with mild opacity under text.

    Also, your menu accepts only couple of reviews, and still there is an option for visitors to send their reviews. That's a bit confusing as I was expecting to see somewhere those reviews of other visitors divided by categories or something...

    That Next button on the end of every review is something new for me. I understood it's going to the next menu item/review.

    Your contact page title is "Submit Review".

    Some text errors are present, like in About Me box you have misspelled "optmization". Also, I don't know if it's on purpose - in MENU you have "E-Cig", "Ecig" and "ecig", and through review text I saw some other variants.
     
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    Speaking as a non-graphic designer and potential customer, i.e. a layman you are targeting. I think it looks fairly good but I do not understand why the pictures for the reviews are not lined up and spaced apart awkwardly. Besides the strange spacing it looks pretty good.