It's alive! It's ALIVE!!

Discussion in 'Website Promotion' started by Dr_Boo, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    Woohoo, my site is finally up! It was so much prettier without the ads though, but I guess those are the artistic sacrifices we must make.

    Thank you all for all your support throughout this process and I would certainly appreciate any feedback you can give me. (See sig for link)

    I'm excited to move from the construction phase to promotion. Now the real fun begins. [​IMG]
     
  2. TshirtFrank

    TshirtFrank New Member

    Nice! Your site looks good, congratulations on a job well done. Now on to traffic!

    Best of luck.

    TSF
     
  3. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Dr_Boo,

    Congratulations on going live with your site! You've reached an exciting milestone, and as you correctly pointed out, the real fun begins now.

    Dr_Boo: It was so much prettier without the ads though, but I guess those are the artistic sacrifices we must make.
    That's the balance a web designer/marketer has to strike, and in my opinion I'd say you've done a great job.

    Here's what I like:

    1. The domain name is keyword rich and describes the site perfectly.
    2. The header image of the slice of cake stirs my salivary glands. [​IMG]
    3. The sub title header text complements the main title.
    4. The site is very user friendly.
    5. The content is varied, extensive and easy to find.
    6. The colors contrast nicely.
    7. The layout maximizes your monetization opportunities.
    8. The Unit Conversions page is a very useful addition.

    Now, as soon as you can replace the "under construction" sign with articles on the Articles page, you'll be firing on all cylinders.

    Nice work, and I wish you all the best!

    Hermas
     
  4. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    It looks good, but I don't know if I liked the brown color...
     
  5. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Dr_Boo,

    Wonderful site. I agree with Hermas and it was nice of him to take the time to go into detail.

    I bet you feel great to have finally launched it. I'm in the process of doing so myself with my own site.

    Feel free to reject any or all of the following advice. Here are three tidbits you might ponder:

    1. Remove the W3C badges. Diabetics won't care.

    2. Ditch the bit where it talks about browser compatibility.

    3. Consider cutting back on your number of Adsense units. I'll leave the details up to you. Instead you might want to put some right in your content pages.

    That's it. I like your site. Hey, your pages load quickly by the way, nice job.

    Like the header!

    Nice job on the ClickBank banner rotator.

    Love the contact form - well done.

    Keep up the great work :)

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  6. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    Thanks for the input! (and keep it coming [​IMG]

    To address some comments:

    The original header used a very pretty picture of fruit which my wife said wasn't "tempting" enough for a diabetic. She had gestational diabetes during her last pregnancy (which prompted my interest in the subject as I looked high and low for a site like the one I just made) and the thing she craved above all else was chocolate cake. Glad to see it has the desired effect. [​IMG]

    The brown is meant to keep the subliminal "mmm...chocolate" thought in the minds of the users. It may eventually be replaced. We'll see how it works.

    The W3C badges are mainly there due to pride. For now, I like seeing them. [​IMG]

    I absolutely despise what the top 728x90 Adsense unit did to the look of my site. I want it gone, but my research says that is prime real estate for an ad unit (dead center of the screen at 1024x768). If it makes me money, I may learn to like it.

    The browser compatibility line will be gone momentarily.

    Thanks for noticing the clickbank banner rotation. If I were to make a clickbank product I would certainly premake banner ads for my affiliates. Had to make those myself. I love Photoshop.

    Anyway, thanks again for the kind words and feedback. If it wasn't for this forum (and of course the people in it) I could never have gotten this far. You guys (and gals) rule!

    Oh, I almost forgot, if you're bored, take a look at the 404 page, had a bit of fun there. [​IMG]
     
  7. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Dr_Boo: Oh, I almost forgot, if you're bored, take a look at the 404 page, had a bit of fun there
    Love your sense of humor. I'm still laughing! [​IMG]

    Hermas
     
  8. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Dr_Boo: Oh, I almost forgot, if you're bored, take a look at the 404 page, had a bit of fun there.
    Well done. Most webmasters don't even tweak their 404 pages. I see a 404 page as a valuable opportunity. Love your sense of humor and creativity with that one! :)

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  9. johnjimat

    johnjimat New Member

    well i love the cake [​IMG]

    getagrip: t looks good, but I don't know if I liked the brown color...
    It's suite the cake :p
     
  10. Singapoor

    Singapoor New Member

    Such a great idea and execution of idea. Well, between A8ch and NS the 2 things I would have said have been covered already (heavy on the adsense, it's very user friendly... and the units converter page which I'll just go ahead and be redundant by elaborating on).

    I like the way things are categorized and the unit conversions resource is a helpful considering you'll have visitors from all over. As someone who regularly looks online for recipes, one thing I hate is then needing to head to other pages to convert things. In the end, I just plug things into my old Palm because there's a handy conversion program on there but, as a user, it's soooo much more convenient to have quantities/conversions listed on the site instead.

    Great 404 page too. You cracked me up with that one.
     
  11. nanlar

    nanlar New Member

    This site is going to be a great asset to those who feel confined while suffering from this disease. I think it is great! Good Luck!
     
  12. newbiz02

    newbiz02 New Member

    Dr_Boo: Woohoo, my site
    is finally up! It was so much prettier without the ads though,
    I have to say, i like your site. i really do.
    so um... lol - who helped you with your home work? jk. heh heh [​IMG]
     
  13. Singapoor

    Singapoor New Member

    nanlar: This site is going to be a great asset to those who feel confined while suffering from this disease.
    Yep I agree, I passed a link along to my friend who isn't diabetic but is trying to ween herself off of an INTENSE chocolate/cake addiction because she's scared it could lead to health problems down the line. She found it to be really a great resource site (so you've been stumbled by both of us now) [​IMG].
     
  14. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    um..er....I feel like an absolute dunce ...but... where is the 404 page...[​IMG]

    edited to add that I really like the site - it feels warm and friendly [​IMG]
     
  15. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Just type any gibberish after the main url, hit the Enter key and it'll appear like magic! [​IMG]

    Hermas
     
  16. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    OMG - I love it!!

    WOW - I learned something brand new today.... and it's not even lunch time - [​IMG]
     
  17. Singapoor

    Singapoor New Member

    mountainmom5: WOW - I learned something brand new today.... and it's not even lunch time -
    You crack me up M5.

    But that's what's great about the forum, laughing together, learning together, sharing and helping, watching each grow/make progress along their various paths. It warms the heart... or is am I just being too sentimental?
     
  18. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    newbiz02: I have to say, i like your site. i really do.
    so um... lol - who helped you with your home work? jk. heh heh
    I'm an excellent student, but who wouldn't be with such great teachers! [​IMG]

    Singapoor: Yep I agree, I passed a link along to my friend who isn't diabetic but is trying to ween herself off of an INTENSE chocolate/cake addiction because she's scared it could lead to health problems down the line. She found it to be really a great resource site (so you've been stumbled by both of us now) .
    Thank you!! The site is one step closer to going viral! Bwah ha haa!!! Sorry.... I get excited easily.

    To update, I no longer hate the top adsense unit, since it made me 99 cents the other day! I'm rich! Well, a buck richer anyway... but it all helps. [​IMG]
    Now if Google will just get off its butt and index the site, the ball will really be rolling. Thanks everyone for your help and comments!
     
  19. Singapoor

    Singapoor New Member

    Dr_Boo: Thank you!! The site is one step closer to going viral! Bwah ha haa!!! Sorry.... I get excited easily.
    lol You're too much Dr_Boo. But, you know what, I know the feeling. I was dancing on the ceiling when I got my first comment on my site...

    Oh what a feeling, when you're dancing on the ceiling [​IMG]


    Then danced again when the first email came in... and the second comment.. second email. Basically, I get happy when I get any little bit of organic visitor love and attention, now that I think about it. *giggle*.
     
  20. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    Singapoor: Basically, I get happy when I get any little bit of organic visitor love and attention, now that I think about it. *giggle*.
    Kindred spirits - I love it.[​IMG]
     

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