Branding and Presentation
The first impression is good and refreshing.
I like the light and gentle colour scheme. The light greyish colour of the background blended softly with the white content spaces.
The red as the featured and controlling colour for links, boxes and headers is perfect in this design.
Overall the feel is one of professionally designed classified website
. This is top score for you.
The modified carousel is attractive. The bigger pictures are definitely better than the default picture size. This certainly will get the visitor first good and they will continue to browse the site.
I like the use of the gentle fonts and sizes without clattering the home page.
Category on the Menu.
I think the space is not enough to display clearly all the subcategories. I would prefer that only main category be shown for the Menu. anyway, the home page has the full category listings and your visitor can always return to this page to see more.
Home Page Ad Listings
I like the 2 options of viewing in Grid Format
and the default horizontal listing.
The customized Grid Format is impressive and really look great.
The extra spaces for more description is real good. The picture size is perfect, as it is bigger, just nice.
I hope in the next upgrade, the AppThemes Developer can add this 2 options for the Ad Listings.
The sort by district presented in a visual map is user friendly. Good work.
Suggestion for Side bar:
If you add in a new widget so that videos can be rotated that would engage the visitors better. This would extend the time any visitor is on your site. The longer time measurement of your visitors would boost Google ranking for your site. Plus, better and richer user experience.
Single Ad Listing
I like the side bar item of Add To Favourites
for social sharing.
This neatly placed all the buttons in small space effectively.
Can you show me how to code this box for me to use on my site?
The content page.
The different coloued box on the right of the description is good for clarity of information.
These are questionable and would need some consideration:
1. AdSense Ads
There are 4 display ads and be careful, Google terms only allow 3 dispaly ads in a page. You are violating Google terms and your AdSense account can be deleted.
You can have 3 display ads and 3 link ads.
Your advertisers are advertising in your site and they are competing against 4 other ad spots in the same page. How would your advertisers feel?
I would take away the AdSense Ads and monetize your site with other ways.
The optimized sequences of SEO
work are as follows:
1. Get all new pages and ad listings to be indexed by pinging and RSS submissions.
2. Build backlinks from social booking sites and Web 2.0 sites.
3. Build backlinks from other websites.
Only after your site has been ranked by Google that you begin to add in your AdSense Ads. Thatís only after the first month, not before. You donít want Google to brand your site as made for AdSense.
Similarly, any affiliate links should be added only after the first month.
You have your AdSense Ads added right in the beginning.
You may consider taking them off and decide whether to put AdSense after your site has been ranked by Google, not before.
Overall, very impressive starting work.
Keep it up. You and Mr. Green has done a good job with it