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Thesis or Heatmap for authority site?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by FuryKyle, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. FuryKyle

    FuryKyle Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Planning to build up an authority site using Adsense as my main monetization method. Which theme would you recommend?

    Heatmap is easy to use and straightforward but a bit too generic for an authority site, don't you think?

    On the other hand, I'm not sure whether Thesis will bring in a good CTR rate seeing all of its fancy displays and it also takes a pretty long learning curve to use it to its maximum potential. The only upside I can see is that my site will look somewhat unique.

    What do you think?
     
  2. download

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    I use Thesis for my authority sites. I've tried Heatmap and it comes across as spammy to me and I've tried to avoid CTR themes of the like since it might be unfavorable with Google.

    Thesis isn't at all that hard - I just toggled a few of the settings and they're pretty straightforward.
     
  3. Seo Lover

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    Thesis is best in IMO . Btw you can also use CTR theme it has some great results ,
     
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    Thesis IMO! I've fallen in love with it every since I started using it.
     
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    1+ for Thesis. I have a lot of minor adsense websites with HM and pretty happy after tweaking it here and there, but I would avoid it if the goal is building an authority site.
     
  6. FuryKyle

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    You have to manually configure your Adsense placement sites right? That's gonna cause me some headache :confused:

    Tried CTR theme, looks pretty good but too generic for an authority site.
     
  7. bk071

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    Thesis all the way.
    I've owned an authority site but for what I've seen so far, most of them tend to use thesis (if they're not using their own theme).
    http://www.labnol.org/
    This one is using thesis too. Its a customized one... but gives high CTR, neat design and fast loading time.
     
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    Hire some semi-decent coder from oDesk and you can get a good customization done at a decent price.
     
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  9. FuryKyle

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    Thanks BK :D You're the best
     
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    bk071 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Haha you remember me? :p

    Anyway, best of luck with the site you're going to start. Remember consistency is the key here.. you won't make money from day one with this kind of sites, but at the end of the day, this will turn out to be profitable.

    Here is some inspiration and help if you're starting a new authority site.
     
  11. cornkernel

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    i haven't used heatmap. i remember looking at it at some point and not liking it. i can't recall why. but i have used thesis, and i think it's great and easy to customise and all that.

    so a +1 for thesis from me too! :)
     
  12. FuryKyle

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    Of course dude :slap: Thanks for the inspiration. Been working full time on IM now. We might be partners some day (lol)
     
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    This is Thesis? At first I was sure it's Wordpress CMS with Thesis theme, but after looking at the code I couldn't recognize neither WP nor Thesis :(

    How did they make each post url to have some 4 or 5 digit numbers in the end?
     
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    I am too starting an Authority site
    but I have chosen Heatmap theme :p
     
  15. bk071

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    I'm not sure but it is wordpress.. thats for sure.