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Discussion in 'Reviews' started by sunnee, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Hi, I asked for my first review quite a long time ago. Is it possible to get a 2nd review now? I've given it lots of time since last asking. I need ideas people, thank you very much!

    Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly
  2. Geoff Tyrer

    Geoff Tyrer Member

    I had trouble working out what it's all about and I'm still not sure. Just seems to be a load of adverts. Nothing tempted me to click to look deeper.
  3. gandalph

    gandalph New Member


    Is it a Forumotion forum? I recognise the Favicon as being from there.

    I agree to an extent about the adverts - you do seem to have quite a lot of unrelated adverts - are you really making any money from them? Maybe fewer, but more targetted, adverts would be a good idea.

    I would suggest having some Forum Categories, to break the forum up a bit - for example, instead of:

    - Free Coupons
    - Look free stuff
    - Win sweepstakes
    - Free trials

    You could have

    FREE STUFF <----Category
    --Free trials
    --Free coupons <-----Sub-forums
    --Look free stuff
    WIN STUFF <-----Category
    --Win sweepstakes

    I think it'd break the forum layout up a bit more, and make it a bit easier to navigate.

    Also, maybe some graphics would be a good idea - your forum is very text-based, there's no banner and then only graphics, other than your navigation buttons, are the adverts.

    Lastly, the Social Bookmarking bar along the bottom covers up the phpBB copyright etc, on my screen at least (I have quite low resolution) - not sure if this is against the rules? I know it's against the rules to remove it, so chances are covering it would be the same.

    Hope this helps you.
  4. OldH

    OldH New Member

    I like the coloured buttons at the top as links, they caught my eye first off. The adverts going down the left pushing your links did kind of make it hard to make out whats and advert, what isn't. That's the main issue I would put forward really, and possibly some kind of different background perhaps.
  5. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Great ideas, I especially like yours gandalph. Btw, what doe Adverts mean? And, I reallly need help creating a drop down menu for the left side of my page. I need a very long one.

    More ideas will help me alot, thank everyone!

    Warm hugs!
  6. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Ps., It is forumotion :)
  7. OldH

    OldH New Member

    Everything going down the far left of the page, and because the text on the adverts looks the same as your actual text, it's kind of hard to differentiate between what's yours and what's not.
  8. slowey

    slowey New Member

    I find the Wilkinsons advert at the top is the main thing that grabs your attention first. And that makes it confusing as to what your site actually is. Try putting something up the top that grabs your eyes explaining what the site is all about.
  9. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

  10. OldH

    OldH New Member

    Regarding PM

    The site looks better, the top part looks nicely laid out, later on down though, it still gets a bit confusing (for me) what's yours and what's an advert. Possibly change your text style or put your text in bold perhaps.

    As for a background, I'm not really sure what one would be particularly good, but there are some sites out there where you can get a variety of template backgrounds for websites, maybe one of those will be suitable.
  11. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Thank you, but I am still not quite sure what adverts mean? Advertisements? Are you meaning on the left side of my page or free stuff main page? http://www.realfreestuffforall.com/index.htm?sid=73da2500575b06f5a31d1a1c257fee3d
  12. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    I just rearranged more, so can someone tell me if I am going headed the right way?
  13. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    What does Wilkinsons advert mean?
  14. navyfalcon

    navyfalcon Well-Known Member Verified Member

    <title>Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly</title>(41 characters)
    Note: Google displays 66 characters (including spaces) of the title

    <meta name="description" content="Real family friendly free samples,
    giveaways, coupons, rebates, online shopping mall, codes, promotions
    and more. Updated 24/7! YES, FOR REAL!" /> (142 characters)
    Note: Google displays 150 characters (including spaces) of the
    description directly below the title.

    By using a keyword suggestion tool, such as wordtracker
    Free keyword suggestion tool for SEO, Adwords & blogging
    you can check the value of keywords and by selecting carefully,
    you can increase your position for certain keywords which will
    increase traffic (visitors)

    You may want to add analytics so you can track information on visitors

    Has some very good suggestions about categories.

    Need more information on dropdowns
    First, what kind (javascript or CSS)
    I prefer CSS but my site has both.
    Also do you want a dropdown (from the top)
    or a flyout [then dropdown] (from the side)
    free dropdown menus from several sites
    Free CSS Drop-Down Menu Framework - LWIS.NET
    Free online drop down menu generator
    both horizontal and vertical
    CSS Menu: 100% Pure Dropdown Menus! 100% Free!
    Unobtrusive Multilevel Dropdown menu with CSS and jQuery
    several types and styles
    Stu Nicholls | CSSplay | A css only dropdown menu
    CSS menus
    CSS Menu Generator
    this is the menu I use to replace my javascript menus
    both work but I like this one better
    Great support (but you may need to wait a bit)
    because the support is direct and personal (your problem)
    also because the developer answers most of the questions
    hope this gives you what you need
  15. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Wow, thank you navyfalcon! Does my site look okay to you? I've had it a few yrs. now and am always trying to improve. I think drop down menus on the side will work better for me. I have javascript and css both too.

    Again, I appreciate everyones help!
  16. navyfalcon

    navyfalcon Well-Known Member Verified Member

    Title - Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly

    Your listing in Google:
    About 176,000,000 results

    Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly - Home
    Sep 6, 2010 ... Real family friendly free samples, giveaways, coupons,
    rebates, online shopping mall, codes, promotions and more. Updated 24/7!
    Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly - Cached - Similar

    You are #1 for "real free stuff for all"
    You are #8 for "real free stuff"
    Remember: Page Rank; traffic; targeted Traffic; Position; are all
    different and are increased with different methods.
    Select which one you want to improve first.
    Work on that issue only and track the results.
    Then select another issue and improve that.
    They are all interrelated so one will improve the others.
    Position is the easiest to track results, so I recommend it first.
    Check other related sites (ie search Google for "Real Free Stuff for
    You are position #1, check position 2 thru 10
    (click on "View" in the top toolbar - then "Page Source")
    You will see their source code displayed
    Check their title, description and keywords.
    Try and get some ideas from them
    Check your listing (click on cached - you will see your keywords
    highlighted in blue, yellow green and red)
    check cached in others and their keywords
    That should help you and give you direction
    You will need analytics to track the results of your keyword SEO
    Google Analytics | Official Website
    GoStats Free Analytics & Website Hit Counter, Download Now
    these are two that I use most (I also use others)
    but this will give you a start
    hope this helps
  17. navyfalcon

    navyfalcon Well-Known Member Verified Member

    Google page position checker
    set it to 400
    web page analyzers (they analyze for different search engines,
    therefore use judgement)
    first what Google says about title and description
    Changing your site's title and description in search results - Webmaster Tools Help

    FREE WEB SITE PAGE ANALYSIS - CreatingOnline.com

    several free SEO tools
    Free SEO Tools SEO Software Resources Web Site Promtion Tools Auto URL Submission, Link Popularity Checker, META Tag Scanner

    Web Page Analyzer Tool for SEO | The Escape

    Free Meta tags Analyzer - Analyze your website Metatags analyzing tool - meta tags search engine promotion

    Remember some of these tools are old - they are just suggestions
    use your best judgement

    Try different keywords to improve position and traffic
    remember, keywords for the title, description and body of the page
    for advertisements, try different positions, types, and colors
    whichever does the best performance (because each site does differently)
    keep. More directed advertisements are better than more advertisements
    (meaning are they revalent to the page content and not annoying). Too
    many distract from the page content. Not enough reduces revenue (it's a
    judgement call).
    hope this helps
  18. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    Thanks for the great information. I am wondering though, does what you posted mean I am doing alright? Maybe on the right track? Please help, as I quite don't understand some of what you said. I will check out the links.

    Thanks and have a beautiful day to all! :)
  19. navyfalcon

    navyfalcon Well-Known Member Verified Member

    Since navigation is very important; include that first.
    Then have it evaluated so you can improve on it.
    Then keywords are very important. Check all of your
    keywords in a keyword suggestion tool (I use wordtracker)
    Try different ones to see if they improve your position
    and traffic (check position for different keywords with
    the position tool) and check traffic with the analytics.
    Then check your advertisements, you should track the results
    by the week, and know which ads are doing best. Get rid of
    the non performers and replace them with different ads
    (after checking them for performance in different areas and
    type of ads - ie banner, text, large, small, different styles
    and colors) Remember: quality is better than quantity.
    Since most website owners do not do a real complete check
    of their website, this should put you way ahead of many.
    By the way, you forgot a very important free item (software)
    arranged by categories (not trial ware, or shareware or ...
    but freeware).
    hope this helps
  20. navyfalcon

    navyfalcon Well-Known Member Verified Member

    <title>Real Free Stuff For All - Family Friendly</title>

    <meta name="description" content="Real family friendly free samples,
    giveaways, coupons, rebates, online shopping mall, codes, promotions
    and more. Updated 24/7! YES, FOR REAL!" />

    <meta name="keywords" content="Hot, freebies, samples, Free stuff,
    deals, Hot, Samples, Free stuff, worldwide, offers, bargains, discounts,
    clearance, cheap, freeshipping, save, sale, printables, grocery, outlet,
    store, frugal, tip" lang="en" />

    Keywords checked with "Wordtracker"
    Free keyword suggestion tool for SEO, Adwords & blogging

    free samples 7,135
    giveaways 749
    coupons 21,190
    rebates 624
    online shopping 3,444
    online shopping mall 124
    promotion 1,443
    promotions 623

    I would replace:
    "giveaways", "rebates", change "online shopping mall" to
    "online shopping" and "promotions" to "promotion"
    Three words of advice:
    1. Check keywords in a keyword tool
    2. Check keywords in a keyword tool
    3. Check keywords in a keyword tool

    The reason is obvious
    hope this helps