Damn.. it’s been a while since I did one of these.
I apologise for the delay.
I’m not going to make any excuses. I think I bit off a bit more than I could chew when I decided I would review 100 sites.
But what’s life if we’re not pushing the limits.
I’m only going to make one promise. I will review all the sites on this list… or die.
Anyway, enough of the senrenre, 9jatechguru, it’s your turn.
Let’s do this!
The 9jatechguru Site Review
With tech in the name, I expected to see a few things.
First, your site had to be about tech. And I was not disappointed.
You picked a niche and focused on it. Big ups, Bro.
Now, let’s get technical:
I. Design And Layout
I’m going to cut to the chase. Your design didn’t do it for me. At all.
That bland pseudo-grey background is… well, bland.
It’s unattractive and really not doing you any favours. I’m a big fan of having white in your background, but at least your header and footer sections should have a bit more colour.
So yeah, get some colour in your design.
(i) Your Site Title
It matches your URL and the title in the browser tab. Nice move, bruhh.
I only take issue with the rest of the title after “9jatechguru”. The rest from “Tech News” to “Blogging Tips” could serve better as your tagline.
And why Blogging tips? Why not Tech tips?
Don’t let the crowd pull you in. Stick with what you chose your blog to be about.
Thou shalt not stray from thy niche. Remember that.
(ii) Your tagline
“A blog dedicated to providing Technology News & Information, blogging tips, gadgets specs and prices and lots more”
That’s a bit too long for a tagline.
Like I said earlier, take the parts of your site title after the colon (:) and make that your tagline instead.
(iii) What is with that Subscribe button right beneath your Site title?
It’s placed wrongly.
We don’t even know if we want to stick around your site yet, and you’re already asking us to subscribe?
Abeg.. “Lemove” it.
(iv) Your primary navigation menu
This one looks a bit too lonely.
You need to add your various categories in here so it stops looking too lonely.
(v) I see that Search field in the top right corner of your blog.
It’s great that you even have one so first of all, nice move.
But you might want to move that to the right sidebar, and have it there as the first widget.
(vi) What’s that “Download Now” link doing there?
That basically confused me.
One, I don’t even know if your site is the right place for me yet. Maybe you don’t have what I’m looking for.
Two, because of one, I don’t even know if I can trust your site yet. What if that’s a virus hiding in plain sight?
Three, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be downloading now.
See my point?
Give your visitors a chance to get to know your site first before you start asking them to download whatever it is you want us to download.
I clicked the link, but most people won’t. As a matter of fact, if I wasn’t doing a review, I probably won’t have. Now I’m wondering if that was some form of malware I just opened. Tomi, why you jonze na?
“Lemove” that thing with immediate alacrity.
(vii) Your Right Side Bar
This is where some magic should be happening.
Instead you confuse us a bit by showing us thins we don’t really care about yet.
First, there’s the Facebook like and share widget. “Be the first of our friends”. Why?
Would you just go to a random site and immediately like the Facebook page?
Next, there’s the Google badge. And we’re thinking: “That’s not the post we came looking for.”
I could go on and on, but you see my point.
Add in and rearrange your widgets like this:
- Search widget
- Popular posts
- Subscribe widget
- Facebook Like widget
- Google Badge
After the first 3 sections, you can put in those affiliate links from both Konga and Jumia (player player) in between any of the other widgets.
(viii) Main Content Section
Your arrangement here is great. Don’t change a damn thing.
Over here though, not so great.
Put in a secondary menu with your Categories, maybe a Search field or anything that can catch our eye and inspire us to check out some other cool things without having to scroll back to the top of the page.
Whatever this big pop-up ad that comes up when we click through to read a post is, either delay it for at least 30 seconds to a minute after we start reading the post or remove it altogether.
We clicked to read the post.
When we see this Ad, we click that little red ‘x’ button faster than you can say Ad.
If you want us to actually download the app, don’t force it down our throats and in our faces. Tell us about it codedly. Show it to us when we’ve actually spent some time on your site.
Now, looking through your content, I noticed a few things:
(i) You actually sound like you know what you’re talking about.
That’s a great thing considering some people just blog about whatever they feel like and haven’t actually done their research or learnt anything in that niche.
I feel like I’ve either read or reviewed your site before though.
Either that or you did some “copyandpasteology” in the post about blogging not being for everybody because I’ve definitely read that before somewhere.
(ii) You make a few spelling errors here and there.
I’d suggest you spell check your writing twice before you hit “Publish”.
(iii) Your headlines are great.
Almost every single one of them made me want to click.
(iv) That inline “Related Posts” thing is great.
It’s a form of internal linking that is definitely good for SEO and can increase time on site.
I would however recommend you look through your content because at times, it gets squished in with your content causing unnecessary breaks in reading.
(iv) Also check your Affiliate links
Some of them squish in with your content just like with the Related Posts.
(v) You write great blogging tips.
Earlier I mentioned you should stick to your tech niche, and while I stand by that, I think if think you can still write blogging tips… on other blogs.
There are many blogs that cater to that niche and instead of just letting those posts sit fallow on your tech blog, why not use them to draw traffic to your tech blog from non tech related blogs?
Overall, your content is great. I can’t even try to hate on it.
I just have to know, “Do you do SEO?”
If you aren’t, you better start now. Because your niche is one of those that gets a lot of searches and you’d be throwing away a lot of free traffic if you don’t.
IV. The way forward
I don’t know about your readership, the amount of traffic your site gets, etcetera shmetcetera, but here are a few things you could do to move things forward and upward:
(i) Sort out the design and layout issues I mentioned earlier.
Read this post to get more clarity.
Also, that little share icon you have that leads to a drop down with different social media share buttons, get rid of it. Use the actual social media share icons for each platform. That way we don’t have to think too much and calculate before we can share your content.
(iii) Also why so many ads and affiliate links?
Test each of them for a period of about 2 weeks and see which ones get clicked the most and promote those ones more.
(iv) Go hard on SEO.
Imagine ranking as #1 on Google for tech-related keywords.
The traffic you’ll get could block Lagos-Ibadan expressway for 2 years.
(v) Don’t forget to guestpost 😀
And that’s my 2 kobos on your site. If you have any questions, let’s talk in the comments.
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.