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Please Check Out My Blog and Tell Me What I Need To Do
« on: Feb 02, 2017 @ 06:49 AM »
Would love some constructive criticism on my blog, the layout, tips for Wordpress or even suggestions of other platforms to move to where I can use affiliate links as the free Wordpress does not allow this. Criticism of my writing, grammar, anything that strikes you would be greatly appreciated.
My blog is : https://prettyflyforawhitemom.wordpress.com/

Thank you very much!
Patricia


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Re: Please Check Out My Blog and Tell Me What I Need To Do
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2017 @ 09:49 AM »
I'm not a Wordpress user but what about upgrading w/your own URL and the paid Wordpress. If you're ready to break into affiliate marketing then you may  have outgrown your free account. Which is fantastic!

I like the layout. It's very clean and easy to maneuver. I have 2 suggestions for your header but they are small. Your header image is cute but it's pixeled. Since it's so big I would suggest a clearer image. I stopped for a second thinking that it wasn't finished loading but it was.

Second for the header is your title is all one word. That's fine on a big screen but I tested it mobile and since the page break wrapped it in weird spots, I couldn't tell what your title was. Not a biggie and only an issue on mobile.

I have the worst grammar in the world so I rarely comment there. I'd open a huge can of worms for myself  :-[

I'd love to see more thumbnail photos for the post intros. Photos can be a great way to draw peoples eyes and grab their attention faster than a title when they're skimming. It's nice and tidy as is though.

Great categories/top menu. Link there it is! He he. Clever

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Re: Please Check Out My Blog and Tell Me What I Need To Do
« Reply #2 on: Feb 04, 2017 @ 10:03 AM »
Hi Patricia

My first suggestion would be if you haven't already started is to periodically review the sites of other bloggers requesting feedback. Doing this will give in tremendous insight as to what works and what doesn't. I've also learned from the Comments left by other reviewers.

* Tagline. "Our subject isn't cool, but she fakes it anyway."- The Offspring. I read that and immediately began seeking the explanation - I couldn't find any. I'm guessing it has to do with teaching English. I do believe mystery has its place in a blog but not for your tagline. I believe your readers should be easily able to connect with your tagline - no explanation should be necessary. I suggest changing it to something readily understood by your visitors.

* About. I was struck by your question, "Nosy aren't you?" While it's playful, I'm curious whether there is an underlying element of truth. Your About page shares your motivation for starting a blog, but I felt it doesn't express enough about you.

Again, something your readers can connect. I believe your visitors will want to know more as well - who, what, where, when. Consider adding a picture of you with your toddler's something your readers will connect with - people love babies.

Also, the lack of information reinforces the reason why you established the blog to help you in publishing at other places - a means to an end rather an end in itself. While that may be one of your objectives is it one your readers need to know especially if you would like your blog to be income producing?

* About. One last item. I feel you don't need to ask for criticism on your about page. After all it's about you what is there to criticize? Suggest adding a Contact page where you can solicit feedback not criticism. :-)

 * URL. Your URL prettyflyforwhitemom sparks another mystery, but I did find an explanation. :-) The explanation wasn't what I was expecting as an African American. I had this vision of your teaching inner city kids or having adopted a child who was a member of minority group. This is more about my expectation than your blog. Suggest including a link to the related posts in your About page.

* Grammar. An English teacher with grammar issues??? There is justice in the world. :-) I suggest getting Grammarly for your computer. It's great for the grammatically impaired.

* Favicon. It's good you're using a favicon, but I can't make out what it is. Suggest using something with a favicon more readily distinguishable and uses brighter colors.

Overall, you're off to a great start. Also, there are several free online blogging courses you should do research on and pick one to enroll in.

Gerardo Campbell

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