If you remember last month we reviewed 4 blogs during one of our #Blogchats, a new one every 15 mins. That #Blogchat was very popular with y’all, so I decided to make it a monthly feature! The 3rd Sunday of every month we will review 3 blogs from #Blogchat participants. This is a VERY small way I can hopefully repaid you guys for helping to make #Blogchat so successful. I really do appreciate every one of you!
Now, for how we will handle tonight’s #Blogchat: Every 20 mins starting at 8:00pm Central, we will review one of the 3 blogs listed below (they will go in the order listed). Each blogger has given us some feedback on the areas they want us to pay close attention to, but if you see something else that catches your eye, make note of that. And feel free to be critical of the blogs (we are trying to help each other) but please also offer suggestions for improvement. For example, if you tell a blogger that ‘your left sidebar is really weak’, explain to them how they can make it stronger. Just try to make sure that every time you point out that something is broken, you follow up with ‘here’s how you can fix it…’
And without further adieu, the winnahs are…
Here’s Todd’s feedback for us:
1) Sidebar -> is it relevant/interesting to my blog’s focus
2) Landing pages -> serious help needed here. What can I change/add/delete- HELP!
3) Contact page specifically.
Here is Allison’s feedback for us –
I’d love to have The Nerd Connection [http://allisondduncan.com] looked at for readability. I feel like the sidebar may be too cluttered and the articles may be too indepth to garner much readership. I’m trying to reach bloggers in general, Nerds/techies as a niche, and wordpress users as a whole.
Here is the feedback Barry gave us (BTW Barry gave INCREDIBLE feedback, if you want to get your blog chosen for one of the future Blog Review #Blogchats, give as much information as Barry did here).
Our blog is written primarily for adults who have elderly family members for whom they are caring and/or about whom they care, often while living some distance apart. The blog is first an outlet for sharing information to help both the family members and the seniors about whom they care, which is an interest of ours from both personal experience and work. We would like to earn revenue by providing attractive products/services that solve problems faced by our audience but realize we need a larger regular audience to make it meaningful financially.
We value the #BlogChat community’s suggestions regarding design changes or feature we should consider to get more repeat visitors. From our stats, the overwhelming majority of our visitors are first-timers and we would like to get more of them to return or at least to follow our content through some means. Are we making it easy enough to get our information? Does the overall visual effect of our site turn off visitors or negatively impact their perception of the information we provide?
Many #BlogChat participants are either part of our target audience or will be at some point so the feedback would be valuable from that standpoint as well as their experience with successful blogs.
So those are our 3 blogs that we will be reviewing tonight! Thanks to everyone that submitted their blogs, if yours wasn’t picked, please resubmit it next month! Please visit these blogs today and make some quick notes on what you would improve about each one, paying close attention to the areas that the bloggers asked for feedback on. This will be a lot of fun and even if your blog isn’t being reviewed, you can still learn a ton from what others have to share! See you tonight!