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Monathoo

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Please review my new blog...
« on: October 01, 2012, 10:54:53 PM »
Hello Members,

I have just finished putting up my blog and would love for you take a look and tell me what you think of it. Please let me know if you think I should change anything :) Your help is much appreciated :) thanks :)

Here's the URL to my blog http://www.onlinemarketingwithmo.com/

Mo



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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 11:03:14 PM »
Hi Mo,

   Went to sign up for your subscription and got this

   Error 404 - Page Not Found
We couldn't find the page you were looking for. Please return to the home page

Just letting you know
Bill Brooks    hillsborowd@gmail.com

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 01:11:23 AM »
Hi Mo,

   Went to sign up for your subscription and got this

   Error 404 - Page Not Found
We couldn't find the page you were looking for. Please return to the home page

Just letting you know

Hi Hillsborowd,

Wow! Thanks for the heads up! This is what I mean when I say I'm still a very newbie! Haha! Sorry about that, just realised those pages were still private. I have now made them public.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you don't mind trying again :) Please let me know what you think of the blog...

Cheers :)

Mo

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 05:33:11 AM »
Hi Mo

 :::tu If there was a like button I'd click on it.

Nice clean looking site.

Jim

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 07:10:55 AM »
Hey  Munir

Nice blog, clean easy to read well done!


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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 10:35:29 AM »
Hi Mo,

Nice site mate. Looking good..

Donald

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 11:56:52 AM »
If you're a beginner know one would know!

The only thing I can suggest is to continue with the 2-column layout on the additional pages.
It looks a bit overwhelming from a visitor's standpoint to read across a wide page.

No need to put ads there, but maybe carry your subscription form throughout the site in the sidebar.

I like it and agree with Brian, Jim, and Donald--nice, clean, professional-looking blog. Great job!  :::tu

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 12:48:31 PM »
Mo, Mo, Mo...

You're rockin' it. 

You've got a great new blog and as time goes on you'll make it even better.

I have a couple of things to suggest.

I note you have created a Resources area.  This is great. A question I have, though, is are you an affiliate for any of those resources? If not, have you thought about becoming one?  I ask this because you are sending your readers to those sites. If they end up using that service, as an affiliate you could benefit from their purchase.

Also, your blog posts to date are really, really awesome.  For those, I note that you invite people to leave a comment. That's good. But what might be better is if you invite your reader to do something else in a P.S.  or extra paragraph.

Again, this would help if you were an affiliate - like say at Amazon. Find an ebook at Amazon on the subject of your blog post (or something similar) and then at the end of your blog post, encourage your reader to click to the Amazon (with your affiliate link) page with the ebook (or product) so they can purchase that ebook or product.

Also, if I understand your "sign up now" page, subscribers will receive various email things from you for 30 days. But what happens after the 30 days? Maybe it's in #3. Email notifications", etc.  Maybe you could say "ongoing email notifications" as that would signify all communication does not stop after the 30 days.

You rock!

Karen

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 09:14:25 PM »
Hi Mo

 :::tu If there was a like button I'd click on it.

Nice clean looking site.

Jim

Hi Jim,

There is a "like" button on my blog! Lol! Thanks for taking the time to review and thank you for the nice comment.

Mo

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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 09:19:56 PM »
Hey  Munir

Nice blog, clean easy to read well done!


Brian

Hi Brian,

Thanks for reviewing my site and taking the time to comment. Yes it was my intention not to clutter it too much. I think it disturbs the eye when there's too much going on one page. I am also happy to note that you found it easy to read which means that newbies should hopefully shouldn't have a difficult time understanding what I'm trying to say.

Thanks again Brian :)

Mo

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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 09:23:02 PM »
Hi Mo,

Nice site mate. Looking good..

Donald

Hey Donald,

Thanks for the review! I think I am finally happy with it. Hope it does the job and keeps my readers happy :) Well that's actually my job! Lol

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012, 09:39:35 PM »
If you're a beginner know one would know!

The only thing I can suggest is to continue with the 2-column layout on the additional pages.
It looks a bit overwhelming from a visitor's standpoint to read across a wide page.

No need to put ads there, but maybe carry your subscription form throughout the site in the sidebar.

I like it and agree with Brian, Jim, and Donald--nice, clean, professional-looking blog. Great job!  :::tu

~Karen

Hi Karen,

Thank you Karen! Well, its been an uphill task but I think I have managed to grasp a lot in last four months. My main problem was figuring how to use Optimize Press and all its features. Had to go back and forth to the training area and support staff and I still think I am only using half of its features. It's a great theme.

I agree with you on the page layout. I had thought about it but now that you have mentioned it, I think I will go ahead and get that sidebar placed on the pages.

Thanks for taking the time to visit the site and the thank you for your suggestions :)

Please visit again soon...

Mo   

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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012, 10:27:00 PM »
Mo, Mo, Mo...

You're rockin' it. 

You've got a great new blog and as time goes on you'll make it even better.

I have a couple of things to suggest.

I note you have created a Resources area.  This is great. A question I have, though, is are you an affiliate for any of those resources? If not, have you thought about becoming one?  I ask this because you are sending your readers to those sites. If they end up using that service, as an affiliate you could benefit from their purchase.

Also, your blog posts to date are really, really awesome.  For those, I note that you invite people to leave a comment. That's good. But what might be better is if you invite your reader to do something else in a P.S.  or extra paragraph.

Again, this would help if you were an affiliate - like say at Amazon. Find an ebook at Amazon on the subject of your blog post (or something similar) and then at the end of your blog post, encourage your reader to click to the Amazon (with your affiliate link) page with the ebook (or product) so they can purchase that ebook or product.

Also, if I understand your "sign up now" page, subscribers will receive various email things from you for 30 days. But what happens after the 30 days? Maybe it's in #3. Email notifications", etc.  Maybe you could say "ongoing email notifications" as that would signify all communication does not stop after the 30 days.

You rock!

Karen


Karen, Karen, Karen!

You rock too! Thank you! I can see you spent a lot of time on my blog! That's what I like! and I hope you keep coming back :)

To answer your first point, Yes I am an affiliate for all those resources and tools. Infact, hah! I am so chuffed! I managed to get my first referral to RRW yesterday! Haha! through that page! What I am not sure of yet is how to check if someone has purchased any of those services or not. I did get an email from RRW informing me about the referral but am not sure about the others.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog posts :) As for inviting readers to leave something else, I am not sure I know what you mean. Do you mean that I should ask them to contribute to the post by writing a few words and if they do how would that work? Do they send me and email and I add to the post?

With regards to monetizing, I haven't yet started to look at products to include but I will do soon. My main aim at the moment is provide my readers with good content. I have written all the blog posts from the beginning to date in such a way that a newbie can easily understand what it takes and how to go about building an online presence just by following the posts and reading them in the chronological manner that they have been written and I hope that even those that have been IM'ing for a while can also get something useful out of my blog.  I also want to concentrate on the traffic and list building niche so I need to write another 20 or 30 posts on those subjects before I can go off the topic and write about anything else to do with IM that comes to mind. I think once I start going off the topic is when I would probably start to include some products to my blog.

With the 30 day email tips, I have a sequence in my autoresponder for the next 30 days but you are right, I do need to mention somewhere that the communication will not end after the 30 days. I also need to start writing another email sequence but am still deciding whether to continue with topics in my niche or write about general IM'ing like blogging tips or social media etc. The main thing is that I do not want to repeat myself in the blog posts and on the email autoresponder sequence.

Thank you again Karen for taking so much time to review my blog. I really appreciate all your suggestions and with help like this I am sure I will continue to build my online presence and have a strong foundation soon.

Thank you!

Mo


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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2012, 05:43:50 PM »
Mo, Mo, Mo...

You're rockin' it. 

You've got a great new blog and as time goes on you'll make it even better.

I have a couple of things to suggest.

I note you have created a Resources area.  This is great. A question I have, though, is are you an affiliate for any of those resources? If not, have you thought about becoming one?  I ask this because you are sending your readers to those sites. If they end up using that service, as an affiliate you could benefit from their purchase.

Also, your blog posts to date are really, really awesome.  For those, I note that you invite people to leave a comment. That's good. But what might be better is if you invite your reader to do something else in a P.S.  or extra paragraph.

Again, this would help if you were an affiliate - like say at Amazon. Find an ebook at Amazon on the subject of your blog post (or something similar) and then at the end of your blog post, encourage your reader to click to the Amazon (with your affiliate link) page with the ebook (or product) so they can purchase that ebook or product.

Also, if I understand your "sign up now" page, subscribers will receive various email things from you for 30 days. But what happens after the 30 days? Maybe it's in #3. Email notifications", etc.  Maybe you could say "ongoing email notifications" as that would signify all communication does not stop after the 30 days.

You rock!

Karen


Karen, Karen, Karen!

You rock too! Thank you! I can see you spent a lot of time on my blog! That's what I like! and I hope you keep coming back :)

To answer your first point, Yes I am an affiliate for all those resources and tools. Infact, hah! I am so chuffed! I managed to get my first referral to RRW yesterday! Haha! through that page! What I am not sure of yet is how to check if someone has purchased any of those services or not. I did get an email from RRW informing me about the referral but am not sure about the others.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog posts :) As for inviting readers to leave something else, I am not sure I know what you mean. Do you mean that I should ask them to contribute to the post by writing a few words and if they do how would that work? Do they send me and email and I add to the post?

With regards to monetizing, I haven't yet started to look at products to include but I will do soon. My main aim at the moment is provide my readers with good content. I have written all the blog posts from the beginning to date in such a way that a newbie can easily understand what it takes and how to go about building an online presence just by following the posts and reading them in the chronological manner that they have been written and I hope that even those that have been IM'ing for a while can also get something useful out of my blog.  I also want to concentrate on the traffic and list building niche so I need to write another 20 or 30 posts on those subjects before I can go off the topic and write about anything else to do with IM that comes to mind. I think once I start going off the topic is when I would probably start to include some products to my blog.

With the 30 day email tips, I have a sequence in my autoresponder for the next 30 days but you are right, I do need to mention somewhere that the communication will not end after the 30 days. I also need to start writing another email sequence but am still deciding whether to continue with topics in my niche or write about general IM'ing like blogging tips or social media etc. The main thing is that I do not want to repeat myself in the blog posts and on the email autoresponder sequence.

Thank you again Karen for taking so much time to review my blog. I really appreciate all your suggestions and with help like this I am sure I will continue to build my online presence and have a strong foundation soon.

Thank you!

Mo



Hi Mo,

Thanks for your comments about my comments!  ;D

Now about the word's I've put in "red" from your post. 

My thought was that you currently have Facebook comments at the end of your posts where your reader could leave a comment.  That's good.

However, I also suggest that you could end your blog posts before the Facebook comment with a call to action.  For instance, at the present time your post on List Building ends like this:

As you can see from the reasons above, building a list is not only essential to your online success but will prove in time to be the backbone of your Internet Business.

So I suggest you could then add:

"If you'd like more tips on List Building, take a look at Phil Hollows' ebook <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056VBZ34/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0056VBZ34&linkCode=as2&tag=konceptuality-20">List Building for Bloggers</a> at Amazon."

---------

-end of my comment, except I'll add that that link is an affiliate link that does go to Amazon. It is not my intention to get anyone here to purchase. It's intended only as an example of what I mean.  ;D

Of course, Mo, if you've written your own book or are an affiliate with another vendor, you could include that affiliate information there.  And, you wouldn't necessarily need to use books/ebooks. Just something that suits your post topic.

You've got a really terrific handle on what you're doing anyway.  So rock on!

Karen


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Re: Please review my new blog...
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2012, 03:27:20 AM »
Mo, Mo, Mo...

You're rockin' it. 

You've got a great new blog and as time goes on you'll make it even better.

I have a couple of things to suggest.

I note you have created a Resources area.  This is great. A question I have, though, is are you an affiliate for any of those resources? If not, have you thought about becoming one?  I ask this because you are sending your readers to those sites. If they end up using that service, as an affiliate you could benefit from their purchase.

Also, your blog posts to date are really, really awesome.  For those, I note that you invite people to leave a comment. That's good. But what might be better is if you invite your reader to do something else in a P.S.  or extra paragraph.

Again, this would help if you were an affiliate - like say at Amazon. Find an ebook at Amazon on the subject of your blog post (or something similar) and then at the end of your blog post, encourage your reader to click to the Amazon (with your affiliate link) page with the ebook (or product) so they can purchase that ebook or product.

Also, if I understand your "sign up now" page, subscribers will receive various email things from you for 30 days. But what happens after the 30 days? Maybe it's in #3. Email notifications", etc.  Maybe you could say "ongoing email notifications" as that would signify all communication does not stop after the 30 days.

You rock!

Karen


Karen, Karen, Karen!

You rock too! Thank you! I can see you spent a lot of time on my blog! That's what I like! and I hope you keep coming back :)

To answer your first point, Yes I am an affiliate for all those resources and tools. Infact, hah! I am so chuffed! I managed to get my first referral to RRW yesterday! Haha! through that page! What I am not sure of yet is how to check if someone has purchased any of those services or not. I did get an email from RRW informing me about the referral but am not sure about the others.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog posts :) As for inviting readers to leave something else, I am not sure I know what you mean. Do you mean that I should ask them to contribute to the post by writing a few words and if they do how would that work? Do they send me and email and I add to the post?

With regards to monetizing, I haven't yet started to look at products to include but I will do soon. My main aim at the moment is provide my readers with good content. I have written all the blog posts from the beginning to date in such a way that a newbie can easily understand what it takes and how to go about building an online presence just by following the posts and reading them in the chronological manner that they have been written and I hope that even those that have been IM'ing for a while can also get something useful out of my blog.  I also want to concentrate on the traffic and list building niche so I need to write another 20 or 30 posts on those subjects before I can go off the topic and write about anything else to do with IM that comes to mind. I think once I start going off the topic is when I would probably start to include some products to my blog.

With the 30 day email tips, I have a sequence in my autoresponder for the next 30 days but you are right, I do need to mention somewhere that the communication will not end after the 30 days. I also need to start writing another email sequence but am still deciding whether to continue with topics in my niche or write about general IM'ing like blogging tips or social media etc. The main thing is that I do not want to repeat myself in the blog posts and on the email autoresponder sequence.

Thank you again Karen for taking so much time to review my blog. I really appreciate all your suggestions and with help like this I am sure I will continue to build my online presence and have a strong foundation soon.

Thank you!

Mo



Hi Mo,

Thanks for your comments about my comments!  ;D

Now about the word's I've put in "red" from your post. 

My thought was that you currently have Facebook comments at the end of your posts where your reader could leave a comment.  That's good.

However, I also suggest that you could end your blog posts before the Facebook comment with a call to action.  For instance, at the present time your post on List Building ends like this:

As you can see from the reasons above, building a list is not only essential to your online success but will prove in time to be the backbone of your Internet Business.

So I suggest you could then add:

"If you'd like more tips on List Building, take a look at Phil Hollows' ebook <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056VBZ34/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0056VBZ34&linkCode=as2&tag=konceptuality-20">List Building for Bloggers</a> at Amazon."

---------

-end of my comment, except I'll add that that link is an affiliate link that does go to Amazon. It is not my intention to get anyone here to purchase. It's intended only as an example of what I mean.  ;D

Of course, Mo, if you've written your own book or are an affiliate with another vendor, you could include that affiliate information there.  And, you wouldn't necessarily need to use books/ebooks. Just something that suits your post topic.

You've got a really terrific handle on what you're doing anyway.  So rock on!

Karen



Hi Karen,

Ohhhhh, that's what you meant! Haha! Ok, got it. Yes I will eventually do that. Right now I'd just like to keep adding content and get a good loyal subscriber list. I don't want to monetize to soon, just keep blasting out content until my repeat subscribers become regular then I will start pushing some products. Thanks for the tip, that's really great that you took all the time to actually study my blog and leave me suggestions! I really appreciate it :) Thanks

Mo