alvinhy — 2014-07-06T13:26:02-04:00 — #1
It would be great if you can give some comments regarding my new internet marketing blog.
Any feedback is welcome.
The whole point of this is to find any ways to improve the blog for better user experience.
noppy — 2014-07-08T08:43:29-04:00 — #2
iam getting problems with the 'data-av icon' both in the top bar - search shows as an error symbol - and also for the back to top button - again shows as an error symbol.
FF on win7
alvinhy — 2014-07-08T09:43:02-04:00 — #3
Are you able to provide a screenshot of this so I know what the exact problem is?
swheeldesign — 2014-07-08T17:46:10-04:00 — #4
My first thoughts:
I don't really like the font of those buttons in your menu; they may be a bit too small, not too sure but they look rough and pixelated. And the glowing effect is a bit slow. If you're going to have an aqua colour on the mouse over then darken the text as well.
Also, I'd have the same speed/type of glowing animation for the other buttons, like the subscribe now button. And on your homepage the “get started now” button doesn't change on mouse over either.
For the aqua links on the rest of your page, I think that you should darken them if they're going against a white background.
Other than that, nothing else. Except that I find that big drawing of the man a little bit creepy.
Hope that helps.
Edit: also, what's with the tiny smily face on the bottom left corner?
alvinhy — 2014-07-08T20:00:17-04:00 — #5
Thanks for the reply! I will make some changes regarding the link colours.
Also can you send me a screenshot of the smiley face? I can't see it anywhere
swheeldesign — 2014-07-09T05:45:26-04:00 — #6
It's small, but it's there, at the left underneath the page rights:
Thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me at first.
I tried to look where it was in the HTML, but I just noticed that it's all very compressed. It may be easier if you space the tags out and use indenting should you want to make changes later.
Edit: the smiley face is there on the other pages as well, in the same spot.
noppy — 2014-07-09T07:11:20-04:00 — #7
i think the smiley face is the same prob as what i'm seeing
alvinhy — 2014-07-09T14:57:57-04:00 — #8
Hmm, thats weird, the thats the icon problem you are seeing. It works fine in Safari though.
Need to look into that.
Also i have no idea why that smiley face is there.
mittineague — 2014-07-09T20:33:12-04:00 — #9
That's not what I call a smilie face.
I'd say that's rendered because of something being considered not a UTF-8 character.
The two problem areas are
<a href="?s=" rel="nofollow" data-avia-search-tooltip=
"<form action="http://www.alvinhy.com/" id="searchform" method="get" class="">
<input type="submit" value="" id="searchsubmit" class="button avia-font-entypo-fontello" />
<input type="text" id="s" name="s" value="" placeholder='Search' />
</form>" aria-hidden="true" data-av_icon="" data-av_iconfont="entypo-fontello">
<a class="avia_pop_class" href="#top" title="Scroll to top" id="scroll-top-link"
aria-hidden="true" data-av_icon="" data-av_iconfont="entypo-fontello">
<span class="avia_hidden_link_text">Scroll to top</span></a>
take a look at the ..._icon= values
Might help to look at these
swheeldesign — 2014-07-10T07:25:31-04:00 — #10
So... I'm starting to imagine things now? :-/
I didn't think that I'd snap this quickly!
alastairbrian — 2014-07-10T07:31:02-04:00 — #11
I liked the blog at fist sight but one thing which irritated me that you have placed a too big block for newsletter subscription... This entity should be at left corner of the site with small size of block.. hope so u don't mind my reviews as I have given it only for your improvement.
mittineague — 2014-07-10T07:45:19-04:00 — #12
Sorry, I was referring to Noppy's post.
noppy — 2014-07-10T10:23:10-04:00 — #13
my bad! i was assuming the smiley face referred to was the weird bit of code. I didn't see the smiley face.
hesallin — 2014-07-10T21:10:22-04:00 — #14
I didn't read anyone else's review because I did not want to be bias towards your website.
The first thing I notice that Blog is the first tab - for some reason I am used to Blog being all the way on the right - maybe it is just a preference for me or a preference for most people.
Another thing that I noticed is that your website is running really slowly - it is taking a very long time to open each page.
Finally, I would put up an actual picture of yourself on the "About Me" page so you can better connect with your customer.
alvinhy — 2014-07-11T08:51:10-04:00 — #15
Thanks for the reply! I will look into the website speed, I am thinking of changing my hosting provider too.
kolikzuz — 2014-07-13T22:43:34-04:00 — #16
What I really like about the design is the clean easy to understand look. I’m not too crazy about the image of the guy with the book, looks a little cartoony, I would go with a nice stock image of a real person instead. Also, you have free space on the page, so why not use it to provide a little sample of what the visitors will get if they enter their information, this could help receive more responses.
gavinfostered — 2014-07-14T07:37:03-04:00 — #17
First thing to note is that performance has clearly been a consideration here. A quick look on gzipwtf.com shows that all of your assets are gzipped and page loads are coming in at around the 4 second mark with a page weight of just above 1mb so from a usability point of view (at least concerning speed) all is pretty damn good!
Overall the flat colours, bold sections and use of imagery is pretty much on trend and makes for a zippy experience for your users. Very important! One thing that stands out is the subscription box on the right column. No need for the drop shadow page curls in my opinion. It's not in keeping with the rest of the site, and you could achieve a more coherent look using CSS instead of the background image you currently have. Look at the "Ultimate Checklist for a Successful Blog" callout box underneath... that's a better example of what could be used for your subscription box. If you need to separate it from the rest, you could round off the edges and play around with colour combinations.
I'm never one for advocating more content where it's not necessary but in the case of your home page, it's not immediately apparent what you do or what I'm getting out of the site when I arrive until I read your subscription box blurb in the header. A well placed simple heading or brief sentence explaining what you do first could resolve that issue. An introductory paragraph on the home page would serve you well too.
A modern, clean design with good use of typography and thoughtful layout. Little more content on the home page and tell users as soon as the arrive what it is you do to stop people reaching for the back button
somil — 2014-07-20T13:21:18-04:00 — #18
I like the overall feel of your site. Graphics are good, colors are great, very professional looking. The only thing I want to point out is your menu bar. I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but your ask alvin button does not have any padding on the right side of the text upon hover (it cuts off right after 'Alvin' when you hover over it). Add some padding on the right side. Small detail but it goes a long way. Also, consider adding a home button to the menu bar as well.
allgreathotels — 2014-07-20T21:02:38-04:00 — #19
Hi Alvin. I've had a chance to visit your website blog. It loads fast and the colors and layout are great. I assume you are concentrating on building an email list. Of course, offering a free book is impressive. I think it's important to post at least once every day to increase your page listings in the search engines. Keep up the good work..I'll be watching!
alvinhy — 2014-07-20T21:45:00-04:00 — #20
Thanks guys for all the great suggestions, I have tweaked out the errors and still experimenting with the opt-in sidebar design with CSS (still learning).
Your input is greatly appreciated!
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