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Review Needed on my new Niche Site

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by raven123, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. raven123

    raven123 Regular Member

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    Hey guys,

    I would really appreciate some criticism on my new website. Would really appreciate if you pointed out some things I can fix and/or do better.
    th3swtorgu1d3DOTnet
    you just have to substitute the 3's with "e" and 1's with "i"
    Thanks a bunch, and I am really looking forward to becoming a member at the community here.
     
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    Nookie Monster Senior Member

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    First off the domain name doesn't make any sense. That is if I read it correctly.
     
  3. Dothra

    Dothra Registered Member

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    If you substitute the correct numbers for the correct letters, it's theswtorguide, which is Star Wars: The Old Republic, a new game for PC which has a large number of users.

    I think the niche is fantastic since there will be an increase of people who play this game and they will be looking for help. I haven't looked over your site thoroughly but it looks decent and I think you'll do well with it.
     
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    theswtorguide, SWTOR being - Star Wars The Old Republic :)

    As for OP- Looks great but i know you copied it ;) haha
     
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    -it means to those who play Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG... ;)

    - now regarding the site... hmmm. I would check woorank .com and try to implement the suggestions there to have some decent onpage seo. in terms of design this really isn't in my personall taste OP. I would go with something less confusing. best to check out similar sites
     
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  6. raven123

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    Checked back in hoping for one, maybe two but got 4 answers. AWESOME! Tnx! I'll search some topics later to see if there is something that I can help with too.


    I'll definitely check out woorank. I don't get what OP means exactly, but I suppose it has something to do with design. Less confusing really is a good way to go. I will search around and try to simplify it.



    Tnx Would appreciate an opinion after you've taken a better look.


    Also, guys, I have a couple of other questions. What do you think about the Home Page length? It's absolutely humongous right now. Do you think I should shorten it? If yes, then should I use [show more] tags, or just post only one-two posts?

    There are some competitor sites (for the key word "swtor guide")which were made in 2010 and haven't been updated since, and they have 100,000+ backlinks and I have only ~5,000. However I post daily new content on generally hot topics. Do you think there is a chance of outranking them, or should I just target another keyword? I am already 1st for some weird long-phrase variations, but they get few searches.

    +1 again for all your awesome help and feedback, and I would really appreciate further criticism!

    PS: That's the standard Twenty Eleven WP Theme. Nothing Copy-ish about it.

    PSS: Sorry for the mess in this reply, but since I am new, it would give me an error every time I try to post when quoting somebody.
     
  7. Dothra

    Dothra Registered Member

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    I definitely think you should shorten the page a bit, it looks a little bit of a mess and I was confused at where to start. Also OP means 'original post/poster' of the thread, which in this case is you! ^_^
     
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    Wow, this site looks very good. I must say that even I was interested in reading the content of the blog and learning more about SWTOR - I don't even play the game!

    I think that SWTOR players would find this site very useful. Good job.
     
  9. raven123

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    Dothra, Rep a lot for that feedback. If you feel confused than 89%+ of my visitors probably feel confused, if not more. I will definitely shorten it. I am now going through the woorank optimization process. I will post again when I am done optimizing to get a second constructive feedback!
     
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    X9RILLION, thanks. Though it can get better. Do you think I should shorten the page too? Did you feel confused/lost when first opening it or not? Feed back is very much appreciated!
     
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    I will give you full feedback. Hope this helps.

    Recommendations:
    1. Shorten each post on the homepage to around 350 words and add a 'Read More' link.

    2. Use category links at the top such as 'Crafting', 'Classes','Planets','PVP' to help find info easier

    3. The right side bar is very clustered with information. I would add a lot of this information into it's own page and shorten the information on the sidebar a lot.


    There are tons of free themes out there that can do all of the things that I mentioned above, and with a little customization you can easily keep the look that you have here.

    Things just need to be a little bit more organized on the main page, but as far as information - you have tons of great info.

    -edit-

    After looking at the site again, I found the links at the top. However, it was hard to find them because of all the information. I recommend that you shorten the front page among all things and then the category links at the top will be easier to see.
     
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    OP, i didn't mean the site in itself, i meant the background/header/layout is a widely used on in your niche :)
     
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    X9RILLION, Tnx for your feedback. I agree on all of it, and I am getting to work right now.
    It is clustered, but I am looking for some way to communicate with my visitors "Live", as though things are happening today, or even right now. That's the whole point of the right-side field. Do you have some idea who can possibly substitute this?
    Tnx again for the feedback, I really appreciate it!
     
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    dannym954, You are completely right. I am trying to find new original stuff, but since the game is new, that's all the official art + some good fan art that I could find. I hope to eventually add some new, fresh images when the game's fanbase develops even more.
     
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    the menu is not clear, it is stuffed with keywords...

    i would try to make that smooth... that being said, the site looks cool... informative, a bit too much info

    I would try to reorganise your articles a bit, it is a bit messy...


    to sum it up: "everything that X9RILLION said" :)

    this game looks pretty awesome, good luck with your site
     
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    Lebron2727 , yeah you are right. Tnx for the feedback, I am fixing it as we speak

    X9RILLION Will definitely do. Tnx a bunch!
     
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    Update: I have now fixed home page length, Site Title and Description. Tell me what you think. I am now proceeding with fixing sidebar, menus and overall visibility. Will post when done.
     
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    Get rid of the floating social sharing icon - you have it covered under the posts.

    Now, some IP issues - if you are in Bulgaria, you need to know Bluehost will yank sites at the slightest hint of infringement. Consider your hosting choices . . .

    You need to, at the very least, throw up all those disclaimers about being in no way related to LucasArts or BioWare (examples abound), etc.
     
  19. raven123

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    orlandolongwood, OK, I put it on before the social buttons earlier today. It's useless now so I am purging it.

    About the IP issues: Basicly if my site gets associated with spam or etc. It gets yanked? And I can help reduce the chance of getting yanked by putting a disclaimer that I am in no way related to LucasArts etc, and by not doing any shady things (which I am not)
    Also, does it matter if I am in Bulgaria or not?

    Anyhow, I am putting those disclaimers and taking down the share button. Thanks for the feedback and potentially site-saving info. I hope it doesn't come to that though.
     
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    Share button down, disclaimers up.
    Uploaded several new headers.
    Fixed(simplified) menus under the header.
    Cleared right-side column as much as possible.
    Tweaked ReadMore Plugin to show more fancy images.
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    Left to do:
    Make categories; additional on-page SEO;

    Let me know what you guys think about all the changes. Any feedback and critics are more than welcome.

    Tnx to everyone who gave feedback and to anyone who is about to give too!