Hello Danae,I have looked at both versions of your site and read a bit about what you are trying to accomplish. Not to be harsh BUT you shouldn`t claim a site is all your own design while leaving a copyright from someone else and someone else`s remarks in the code. It makes it very clear where you got the ideas from (http://www.psychotactics.com/websitesecrets.htm). I see you removed the extra copyright in your second version but you did still leave some remarks from whatever source you used to create this design in the code on some of the other pages. You should probably remove those as well before the work as your own. If you are going to set yourself up as the expert (which you are doing) then you have to realize the importance of appropriate and attractive graphical styling on ANY web page. If it isn`t your strong suit- hire someone. That can be the hard part of small business owning- knowing your strengths and weaknesses and making good decisions accordingly. In all kindness I say this: you need to hire a professional web
designer or consider buying an attractive template (there are some very
good simple sites that work try template monster.).Your site (not trying to be mean) looks far from professional or expert. You have your resume page linked in - also not expert looking. Then you have only two pages you have designed listed in your resume. You list eliminating white space at the bottom of YOUR design as an "accomplishment" and call the design complicated- it isn`t. So where are your credentials for writing this book? Why should someone listen to you? You`ll have to establish some sort of credibility. Or skip it completely and establish more journalistic creds. instead. Back to your idea. I certainly think the idea of creating a resource that clearly and effectively shows business owners the right way and the wrong way to go about building a website is a wonderful one. There are waaaay too many horrific websites on the market today that sour customers rather than woo them. Business owners simply don`t know how to navigate the website creation world.Is the best way to profit from that to sell an e book as an "expert"? Maybe if you`re listening to the "secrets" from the psychotactics site. But what about branching beyond the form letter "Dear Friend" kind of stance (which probably worked better when it was new to the web. How many people automatically click out because they know the formula- lot`s of big talk, not a lot of free info in spite of the claims, and there is always something to buy at the end. The majority of web users DO want free info and know they DON`T have to pay for it). The bigger idea is to create a community for your target. help them get excited and as passionate as you are about great websites. Give away e books with free membership. Keep your member coming back with a constant stream of new articles and mini lectures on video or something. This gives you the opportunity to later sell them a bigger book or package (while generating ad revenue on your site). Build a "solutions station" where you partner with web designers and logo creators and copywriters etc who offer special rates to your members (as a mutually beneficial arrangement with you of course). Create forums for owners to learn simple coding together and critique each other`s sites. Offer prizes for the most improved, best design etc most traffic. These kinds of sites can become huge successes like babycenter.com, web md, i village etc. (startupnation!). They offer the free info people need while creating revenue in creative ways.Keep working on it and good luck.
Hi,As a former retail buyer in the pet market and dog trainer, two things. Great site- pet owners will love it. Second EVERY pet company focus on some ultra cutesy name or tag. It is getting to the gag me point even for the over the top owners. Keep it simple and catchy. Skip everything but your web link and one line under.Why not something likeKustomKanines.comStyled by you, strutted by dogor Inspired by dog, designed by you.or the more abstract:Go Beyond BarkJust some ideas-Jessica