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Would appreciate critique of my new WordPress blog site

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by fifty2Ninety, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. fifty2Ninety

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    Hi,
    I'm new to blogging. My blog is only about a month old. Its name is fifty2ninety, and as the name implies is geared to folks fifty and above and provides what I hope is valuable and interesting information about things like aging, anti-aging hucksters and their scams, romance, health, aging gracefully, etc.

    Because I'm new both to WordPress and to blogging, I'd really appreciate some feedback about the site, both technical and in terms of aesthetics and content, too.

    I'm really looking to learn and to improve the site as much as possible.

    Thanks!
     
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    Fifty2ninety,

    Normally I see posts like this and the websites are almost always in need of a lot of tweaks. I have to say you've done a very nice job. The layout is simple and clean, I know exactly what the site is all about when I get there, there isn't any clutter that distracts from the main purpose of the blog (which is to provide content to older folks), and you have a lot of common tools on there to help promote your content.
    You have also followed a lot of common web conventions very well like logo placement, headers, etc. The only thing I would suggest is adding more images to break up the blog posts. I didn't view a lot of them (only one or two) and of those, there was only one image at the top. Your paragraphs were thin which is nice for readability but there is a lot of content with no images which makes it daunting to read.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
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    Agree with Shawn. It has a simple and clean look and will keep readers engaged.

    My suggestion is to move "The Fifty2Ninety Daily" from footer to sidebar. Currently it's in the footer so the right side has a lot of empty space which doesn't look good.
     
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    Good start.

    For this type of site I have a preference for a magazine styled theme as you can see more stories on the homepage, and it looks more like a magazine than a blog from the bedroom (if you know what I mean).

    Develop a strong editorial style and yu are likely to get more repeat visitors.

    There should be a good opportunity for curated content. Look out for press releases and stories that hit the press about retirement and add your point of view.
     
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    Shawn, thanks so much for the response. I had been wondering about more images in the text. I really think that's a good idea and you've certainly confirmed it. And I have lots of images available so I'm definitely going to begin incorporating more of them beginning with my next post.

    Thanks again,
    Martin
     
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    7thAmigo, thanks for the response. I'm really surprised at your comment. I'm wondering whether there's some kind of glitch depending on browsers? I just now looked at the site again and yes, the Daily is in the footer, but I also have it in the right sidebar on the home page as the fifth item down, first is Visit us on Google+, then Recent Posts, then an ad for my book, then mailing list sign-up form and then the Daily.

    But I don't have it on the single post pages. I guess you mean put it there, too? And yes, there is a lot of white space there. I think it's a good idea and I'll add it to the single post pages, too.

    Thanks for the help,
    Martin
     
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    Igniteimages, thanks for the response. Interesting that you mentioned the magazine styled theme. The theme I'm using is MediaBlog from Magazine3, and as their name implies, they have lots of magazine themes that I've looked at and liked a lot.

    When I began the blog I was thinking of a magazine styled theme, but I had such a small amount of content, it looked really sparse. I had been thinking of taking a closer look at one of the magazine themes now that I have more content and, given your confirmation of that idea, I will definitely do so.

    Also I had been thinking of lot about more curated content. My The Fifty2Ninety Daily has lots of stories that I can use and I also have a set up on scoop.it that throws off about 100 items a day. I've been using those for tweets and facebook postings. Certainly some of them could be good points of departure for blog postings, too.

    Thanks again,
    Martin
     
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    Hello Martin,

    I see that you are building a mailing list.

    Here are my tips if you want to increase your subscription rate.

    1. As for email addresses in you articles.
    2. Improve your 404 page and add a subscription box there as well.
    3. Add something of value that will motivate people to signup to your emailing list (free report, short ebook, video or audio course)
    4. Create something of value with each post and ask for subscription in order to get it.
     
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    Really helpful ideas, cacus1. I hadn't thought of any of them. I appreciate the suggestions.

    Thanks!