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My Blog for Webmasters (19 posts)

  1. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hello everybody,

    I just launched my personal blog dedicated for webmasters. The reason? I have launched my website 6 months ago and was total newbie in search engines optimization, having some extra cash from website, etc. Now my website generates hundreds of dollars every month, gets very good traffic from search engines. It's not very hard. And i just thought: why shouldn't i to share my personal experience and help others?

    Even if blog is related to business, it's not commercial. As you see, there aren't any ads or advertisements, it means this post isn't created to get some traffic only ;)

    And URL is http://www.lipskas.com

    I'd be very happy to hear your opinion (even if it is very negative or bad)

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's a default out-of-the-box install.

  3. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes, it's default install (almost). As i said, it's not commercial website at all and i just didn't want to spend money for making a new and uniquer design, etc. It's just for information sharing ;)

  4. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Who said anything about spending money for a new design ? :)

  5. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ok, what do you suggest? :)

  6. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

  7. gnawph
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If your making a blog for websites realize that many web developers, such as myself, find out of the box installs pretty boring. How are we supposed to trust what you say when you haven't even demonstrated your own abilities?

  8. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Okay, buddy, I'm going to cut you some slack because quite evidently, English is your second language.

    Nevertheless, you're holding out your site to be a resource for web masters. It's a plain vanilla WP install. When you are pointed to ways to make that better by employing themes, you then scoff and say that you can't trust anyone using a WP template because they haven't demonstrated their own ability.

    How about turning that dazzlingly sharp business acumen on YOURSELF here. Exactly what have you demonstrated?

    The world waits. Breathlessly, I might add. {{rolls eyes}}

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Joni, Joni...
    English is not my first language either (only my forth one ;) - but obviously I can read better than some people here. The OP and the "non-trusting" guy are two different persons, aren't they?

  10. duncan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ManXP, its nice to see that you want to help others, but seriously, without wanting to hurt your feelings, the others comments here are spot on, you don't even seem to be able to customise a template, and to be quite honest, you need to be around for a while and build up some sort of credibility before people take you seriously, or in my case start flaming you vicously :-)

    My advice, work on your core blog, participate in and read other blogs on a similar subject, and really get to know your stuff before you set out on helping others.

    PS Why wouldn't you want to bring in revenue to the site? its not evil you know, as long as you post an editorial policy and focus on content and not advertising, then you'll be ok.

  11. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thank you all.

    Sorry, but i just thought it's not needed to spend time by customizing WordPress, as i like it as it is. Really. And while i'd spend a time to customize it, i can do other things.

    Commercial blog - i don't know about this... At the moment i don't think about placing any advertisements here.

    By the way, my main commercial site is http://www.soft-news.net/ if you'd like to see it. It's very highly customized and optimized - thousands of unique and very well index HTML pages, all the descriptions and keywords are generated automatically according to stories text, all the links (even forums) are in HTML format, etc.

    Maybe i'll add some advertisements (got few requests), but... :)

  12. Minna
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well, if you wait long enough, your "out-of-the-box" look will be one of a kind as everyone else is customizing like crazy! :)

    I don't think your intention was to be some know-it-all to tell people what to do or that you assumed to have some sort of authority. I took it that you're just sharing experience which I think is a good thing.

    I don't know if your intention is to cover other areas besides making money or some sort of profit and traffic and all those ambition+popularity things (not my cup of tea). But if there are other topics too on webauthoring/webmastering in general, I will be very interested (I can't request anything, though).

    In my opinion, an ad-free zone is very refreshing.

  13. duncan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    See, the problem is now ManXP is that in showing us your "other" blog I cant help but think that your failure to customise your new blog is nothing more than laziness, but at the end of the day the truth is that 90% of blogs never get more than a handful of viewers, so if you want to spend time posting on a generic blog template, go for it, as a friend use to say: baaaa to you to.

  14. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well, could i give you an example of other blog?

    It's http://www.kiguolis.com

    Blog is created by Ugnius Kiguolis - CEO of E-Solutions company. His company runs a big number of websites (tens of thousands visitors for every site per day) and his blog is so simple...

  15. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Some of the comments have been (probably a bit too) harsh because of the fact that the recent WP theme contest has brought up some many possible options (140 of them in fact!)

    At the end of the day however, it's always going to be down to content. However, a little work on the design side will pay dividends and will help people look beyond the look to what's underneath.

  16. idbehold
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    And notice how he has ZERO comments =)

  17. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ok, thanks again,

    I'll make some changes in the near future (in few weeks i think)...

  18. ManXP
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's really interesting :)

    Posted an entry about blog customization, and according to comments, readers don't care about webdesign... There are all your quotes also: http://www.lipskas.com/2005/04/should-i-customize-my-blog/

  19. sadish
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It is well and good that you want to help others, by providing tips and tricks.

    but to better serve the other webmasters, you might want to consider the following things.

    1. Add More Categories on the sidebar, that makes people to quickly find what they want.
    2. reduce the size of the header fonts and length of the header text, and make it short and sweet.
    3. if one post is occupying more than a few paragraphs, just to give the gist of it in the main page, and give a link for 'more', so only the interested parties will look into it., because for other people it will only be a large text, and that reduces their interest on your blog.
    4. you may also want to large posts to be presented in multiple pages.
    5. There are more than 100,000 WP installs, and many of them use the default theme. So you need to work on its look to a little bit, so people do not see you as 'just another wordpress blog'
    With WP 1,5, Setting up a theme has also been made so damn easy, even a school kid will do.
    The theme websites are already presented in a previous post, and you can also do a search on google for wordpress themes.
    Installing them is just a matter of drag and drop.

    Hope this helps, feel free to post your views for further discussion.

    Thanks.
    Sadish

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