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First and foremost, I just want to say that I do not intend on breaking the TOS as I only seek constructive criticism for the website's design.

Anyhow, on to the main topic. I've recently released a health and fitness website:

www.guruflex.com

For advertisements, I submitted the site to Google Adwords for approval yesterday, so I'm hoping they won't deny me. Also, I'm using an Amazon Associate ID to get (for now) 6% of the purchase made through the product links under "Recommendations". I don't really see any other way to make a profit, do you? The primary intention of this website is to distribute free information but I could use some funding to back up my web hosting fees.

The main thing that concerns me right now is that I don't really have a logo. Does it look alright or would you guys suggest me finding someone to design a better logo? I don't have any experience with logo/banner design.

Lastly, are there any ways I can publicize it more, besides using facebook?

Many thanks!
Edited by wudaddy - 3/27/11 at 10:04pm
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What you have so far is very clean and easy to navigate, I like it so far. You need to create meta tags, and select good "keywords", start building backlinks to your site that are related and explore other means of link building like blogs, online press release and social media like twitter, facebook ect.


Also create and submit a sitemap to google. Adwords gets rather expensive, I think you will get better (ROI) dollar for dollar results from facebook advertising. I would recommend AdBrite to help pay your hosting fees, in many cases they out perform Google Adsense, and google is getting really picky, they are canceling adsense accounts and show no proof of any wrong doing or breach of TOS, no discussion, don't bother asking questions.


Google is all about promoting the accounts that are profitable to google, I would not waste my time with adsense untill your site traffic is reasonably good, Google will cancel your adsense after about a year if your site is not generating the traffic. Good luck! smile.gif
Edited by Fuego - 3/27/11 at 10:50pm
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I like the simplicity of it, but you need to really work on the content. I would suggest taking pictures/videos of you doing some of the stuff you talk about instead of googling up random people doing yoga and lifting.
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Dead link?
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Like Fuego mentioned, Twitter is a good compliment to Facebook, and on the subject of Facebook, create a group so people can ''like'' your site, in my experience people are more likely to click ''like'' that to go through a freinds request.

Definitely, a logo is needed, something clean looking works best IMO, and I'm sure if you ask around on OCN, someone will be able to help you
    
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Originally Posted by Fuego;12897701 
What you have so far is very clean and easy to navigate, I like it so far. You need to create meta tags, and select good "keywords", start building backlinks to your site that are related and explore other means of link building like blogs, online press release and social media like twitter, facebook ect.


Also create and submit a sitemap to google. Adwords gets rather expensive, I think you will get better (ROI) dollar for dollar results from facebook advertising. I would recommend AdBrite to help pay your hosting fees, in many cases they out perform Google Adsense, and google is getting really picky, they are canceling adsense accounts and show no proof of any wrong doing or breach of TOS, no discussion, don't bother asking questions.


Google is all about promoting the accounts that are profitable to google, I would not waste my time with adsense untill your site traffic is reasonably good, Google will cancel your adsense after about a year if your site is not generating the traffic. Good luck! smile.gif
Thanks for your input. I've ready somewhere that no major search engines use meta keywords anymore, at least for the past 5 years or so. I've already implemented metatags and sitemap. Facebook advertising looks promising so I'll probably check that out once I finish polishing the website (new logo for example).
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Originally Posted by Limes;12897757 
I like the simplicity of it, but you need to really work on the content. I would suggest taking pictures/videos of you doing some of the stuff you talk about instead of googling up random people doing yoga and lifting.
Yeah I was thinking about this too. However, I would probably want a high resolution camera for good quality pictures. I'm even considering making a series of youtube videos for it.. maybe something for me to work on some time down the road to attract more visitors.
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Dead link?
No, the link is fine. Not sure why you're having trouble with it, perhaps refresh?
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Originally Posted by Deano12345;12899903 
Like Fuego mentioned, Twitter is a good compliment to Facebook, and on the subject of Facebook, create a group so people can ''like'' your site, in my experience people are more likely to click ''like'' that to go through a freinds request.

Definitely, a logo is needed, something clean looking works best IMO, and I'm sure if you ask around on OCN, someone will be able to help you
Yep, I've already had a few people liking my site through facebook. I will seek help with the logo on OCN.

Thanks for all your inputs, really appreciated!
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Very nice and clean, simple.

Navigation menu is smart.
Always include meta tags. (Your keyword meta is used for your SERP Ranking when a user is looking for a particular word)
Good use of mod_rewrite for your links

Alot of Javascript. I have NoScript Addon for FireFox, messes the functionality up totality.
    
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Originally Posted by Lee Stevens;12902112 
Very nice and clean, simple.

Navigation menu is smart.
Always include meta tags. (Your keyword meta is used for your SERP Ranking when a user is looking for a particular word)
Good use of mod_rewrite for your links

Alot of Javascript. I have NoScript Addon for FireFox, messes the functionality up totality.

Great to hear thanks!
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Originally Posted by wudaddy;12903227 
Great to hear thanks!

Your welcome and thanks for the +rep smile.gif

It's embarrassing i have my own website but currently my host has stopped the server for the next 48 Hours to buy a new one.

But if you search google.co.uk for Lee Stevens or even .com i am ranked second on .co.uk and eleventh on .com
    
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looks nice but you need to add hyper links to your facts.

and needs more content.
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