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This advice is worth SO much more than what you paid for it.

Ok, realizing that it's still pretty new and I'm not much of a designer myself...

You need a header image or a logo and put the advertisement somewhere else. The area that is supposed to grab my attention looks, well, overlooked and somewhat cheap.

Next, I love the reviews but I'm wondering what will be your hook to build a following. I only read reviews when I'm in the market for something (although I'm always in the market for a knife). Perhaps some stories, testimonials, personal anecdotes scattered in between?  Maybe some links to Youtube videos showing how they're made or some interesting trivia like pictures and stories of ancient blades? 

I like your approach though. It has a lot of potential.

Seems like it...

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Looking for feedback
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:33:15 PM »
I like the site. I'm a fan of the simple-looking page. Followed you on Twitter...

I agree with Josh- the flying social media things are annoying and especially don't fit your format. Make them be still.

WordPress Wizardry / Re: Wordpress and Facebook connection
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:27:14 PM »
I use one called simply Add Link To Facebook and it works really well. I post daily, sometimes several times a day and it posts to FB immediately after I publish the blog. I haven't found one that works as well for Twitter so I still do that one manually. But Add Link will even edit the link if you edit the post. It's a really good plugin.

Article Writing and Blogging / Re: Picking a website name
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:13:54 PM »
Awesome! Congratulations on selling and to your new adventure!!!

I'll jump back in tomorrow with ideas. I'm sleepy and worthless tonight.

Article Writing and Blogging / Re: Blog daily or weekly
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:31:30 AM »
This may sound immature but I assure you it is not: You need girls on your site.

No, not female visitors- pictures of car show hotties.

I realize that this seems like the most base of internet marketing but that's because it's the most base form of internet marketing. Go to a car show and take pictures of all the car show girls and post a gallery in your blog. Set the titles and the alternative text to "Sexy Car Show Girl" and publish it. Then link back to that post in other posts, add pictures of cars in that same post with title and alternative text "Sexy" so that they relate back to one another.

You will get visitors.

My site is all about Halloween- projects, tutorials, costumes, etc. I was getting between 6 and 10 daily visitors until I posted a bunch of (admittedly scraped) pictures of girls in Wonder Woman costumes. For another couple of weeks my visit count was the same but a couple of days before Halloween my visit count went to 260 from Google image searches of "Sexy Wonder Woman", "Wonder Woman Costume", & "Wonder Woman Costume How To."

Since then I haven't dipped below 100 daily visitors and the count is growing. Referral traffic brings them to the site and they hang around for the other stuff.

I would also suggest the related forums and social media like FB and Twitter. The key to those sites is pictures and videos as much as possible too. It's difficult to get people to click your links, but if you are always posting cool, interesting, and sexy pictures, they are more likely to come to the site for more.

And it doesn't have to eclipse your regular content either- Car shows are known for sexy car show girls. You can make them as tasteful and artful as you like. It's not the pictures themselves that bring the visits- it's the tags that get the referrals from search engines.

Hope this helps.


Meet, Greet and Network / Re: On the road to 100k from San Diego
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:44:39 PM »
Hey Roman,

It's all about the daily content. Nobody goes to Facebook for the Pulitzer material. It's addictive because it's different every 5 minutes.

Good luck with the blog. Looking forward to chatting in the future.


Becoming a Bad Ass Brand / Re: What would you do with this now?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:08:24 PM »
The other character idea isn't something i'd thought about but it's definitely workable. "Scarydad" is a character but it's just me narrating tutorials or introducing posts.

But since Scarydad is insane, he was just dabbling with zombie plague, had it get stolen in a break-in, and so is now preparing for the inevitable apocalypse that will occur whenever someone opens the jar... 

I'm going to need a shotgun, a knife, a jeep, etc. We're going to need a sack full of Bic lighters and some new running shoes...

Thanks Heidi. I think you just found the next phase of the website.

I begin this project right now.

Becoming a Bad Ass Brand / Re: What would you do with this now?
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:34:56 PM »
Yeah, after this election there seems to be a lot of eyes opening to the possibility of tough times ahead. I also know there are far better men than me to teach that lesson. But I figure a shot to the head works whether it's a zombie or some looter trying to take your stuff in a crisis, so why not learn to do it and get the gear. After all,  a crackhead is far more likely than a zombie, right? So I'll teach prepper lite in a way that gets new people to start thinking about it.

Man, I wish this forum would come back. I miss it.

Becoming a Bad Ass Brand / What would you do with this now?
« on: November 08, 2012, 03:53:40 PM »
Hey there, if there's anyone left...

My Halloween site www.scarydad.com is doing pretty well. I launched in June and I've managed to post near daily content. I'm at an average of 150 daily visitors. I have 170 Twitter followers and 65 FB likes. I have 2 email subscribers.

Most posts end with a call to action for likes, follows, and subscribes, but people do what they like, I guess.

Most of my traffic is coming from Google searches of related content and my bounce rate is low so I know I'm doing it right.

I haven't attempted to do any affiliate marketing except for Amazon links to products I review or discuss. So far I haven't had any sales from this either. I do not place a call to action on the links. I've been running this thing pretty close to the vest so that my traffic is legitimate and organic- so that I could cater posts to those who would be the "true" fans and branch out from there. And now I believe I'm ready to branch out.

My question is: What should I do now?

I am about to start a series on Zombie survival that will be a tongue-in-cheek way to discuss prepper stuff that I am into, so there are those retailers and gear people to approach as affiliates.

I've also just thought about running my own contests by buying something and giving it away for "likes" and "follows."

I want to have shirts and stickers made and use these as giveaway swag too.

Should I even attempt affiliate links at this time or continue to grow organically for a while?

Anything else I should do that I'm missing?


Meet, Greet and Network / Re: Hello!
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:02:01 AM »
Good luck man!

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Gun Free Zone Database
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:56:27 PM »
Hey man, just a little friendly feedback.

As I've discussed before, I really hate filling out forms in order to interact on a website. It might just be me, but I know a lot of people who feel the same way. Today I went to add a location to your Gun Free Zone database. Instead of letting me post a location, I had to fill out a form, create a username and password, then log in using the username and password....

It might not seem like much but by the end of it I was more, "screw this" than wanting to hang around.

If you are looking to grow your site with user-submitted content, I would suggest you make it as quick and easy as possible for someone to add content. Do your users really need to create an account to tell you an address?

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know what I thought. Other than that the site is really cool and I can see it being a very valuable resource in the future.

Motivational Mania / Re: PROGRESS!!
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:16:30 AM »
I can't help but thing a "Ways to store your Halloween stuff" type post would be awesome! A how to guide to make next years setup a breeze.

Or "Don't buy those expensive decoration holders, here is how to store decorations for free"

I know it is totally off topic, but just a thought.

Thanks for the idea! It's definitely something that can become a problem for someone who goes all out. As I'm making stuff this year I'm trying to figure out ways that they can easily be re-purposed for other holidays as well as being collapsible. For example, when I built the Jack o' lantern in the box, it's a 3/4" plywood box with working hinges. When he's done, all of his parts easily fit inside the box and the box closes.

Luckily most of the stuff I'm doing is family friendly and will cross over to Christmas as well (Thank you Nightmare Before Christmas!) so most of my Halloween stuff is Christmas stuff too.

That is certainly a great idea for a potentially valuable tutorial.


Knowing Yourself and Your Customer / Re: Be Careful what you say
« on: September 14, 2012, 11:12:18 AM »
I would just keep quiet. Posts in forums disappear often enough and you can easily enough avoid the subject. You really have to worry about a conflict of interest between you and your employers.

While your readers might have a "right to know," you are not under any obligation to share, especially if it risks your own potential harm or loss. Just change the subject and move on.

If it turns into something later on, you have the knowledge.

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