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When was the last time you had your site reviewed?

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2010/05/26 08:22 AM RssIcon

So you’ve got a blog or website and you think it looks great. In fact you believe that it’s the best site out there. Problem is that you and I are very biased when it comes to our own handy work.

The problem is that your blog and site are not meant to be pleasing to your eyes alone. The purpose of your blog or site is to be of benefit to others who will read it. So really it does matter what they say.

The review

So the best way to find out if your blog or site is actually appealing to your users is to get a review. Most time we are overly concerned with the look and  feel of our site. But that is only a small portion of a successful site. Other factors will greatly influence a site. Things like:

  • Design
  • Colours
  • Menu structure
  • Navigation
  • SEO
  • Content
  • Link strategy
  • Load speed
  • Graphics
  • Usability
  • Layout
  • Clutter
  • Ads or no ads

Who would have the guts to review your site and tell it like it is? Well, don’t ask your mother.

Peer review

Probably the most honest and often hardest to accept is the peer review. Mike Cliff-Jones from MikesLife tried to set something like this up but there were no takers.

Basically it was the concept of I review your site and you review mine, then write a blog post about it.

But if you don’t wont to go public with the findings, just get some of your peers to review your site and then privately offer some helpful suggestions for improvement.

Professional review

There are some excellent web developers and internet professionals out there who have loads of experience on what works and what does not for the internet.

Get hold of someone and ask them to offer a professional opinion of how you can improve your site.

Look around, a lot of these professionals offer a light free evaluation which would give you some idea as to how they work and what kind of improvements they will offer.

Self review

Don’t get upset when you find people criticising your hard work. Evaluate the credibility of the critic and the points of criticism. Don’t be biased look at it from an outsiders point of view. Decide which points you are going to implement, then knuckle down, bite the bullet and make the changes.

Conclusion

If you want your site to be the best, then you will get as many people to offer input as possible. You might not agree with everyone, you might not even implement everyone’s suggestions. But you will get an idea as to what people think of your site and how you can improve.

So go ahead, review your site. Perhaps the first step is a self review. What parts of your website or blog do you change?

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