I’m not really an “over-complimenting” kind of guy.
Yeah, you probably already figured that out when you read my other reviews.
That being said, when I see something good, I automatically become a raging fan.
Touch.ng, you are killing it.
Now, I have a problem- I don’t know whether to write a
love fan letter or do a review.
This one is going to be a bit difficult.
I’m already beginning to wonder why you asked me for a review.
But no wahala, a review you asked for, a review you shall receive.
The Touch Site Review
The first impression I got when I arrived at your site is “Wow. Elegant”.
I’m not usually a reader of blogs like yours but when I got here, I kept going from one post to the other to the other and on and on.
At some point, I had to just stop myself and remember I’m here to review your site, not fall in love with it.
I’m definitely going to sing your praises a bit in this review, while still looking for things to hammer you on.
No vex, it’s all love.
I. Design and Layout
Did I already mention that your design is elegant?
If I didn’t, I’ll say it again. It is.
The beautiful red-and-white with black in the header and footer is just awesome.
It gives me the feel of CNN.com without the official impersonal packaging.
Your design is great. Don’t change a damn thing.
Let’s talk layout:
(i) Site Title
Prominently and beautifully placed in form of a logo.
(ii) No tagline
Maka why na?
I know you have it at the top of my browser tab and most likely in search engine results but still you should have it on your site as well.
Place it somewhere beneath that beautiful logo and you’re golden.
(iii) Beautiful primary navigation menu
Your primary navigation menu does exactly what a primary navigation menu is supposed to do – help us navigate your site.
I looked through and there’s no place on your site that I want to go to that I can’t go from there.
I didn’t see a “Contact Us” or “About Us” page there.
Plus maybe a page titled “Advertise with Us” but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
Add in your Contact and About Us pages, because from what I’ve seen on your home page, if your About Us or Contact Us page are farther down the page, it will be a pain in the ass for us users trying to find it.
(iv) First main content section
It was a nice move having that first section show “Breaking news”.
And you executed it beautifully too. To the right are images of posts and in the main content area, you have a featured slider with more breaking news.
That was brilliant.
(v) Right Side Bar
You start off with “Popular tags” widget – Trump, Minigitis (which you spelled wrong, it’s supposed to be “Meningitis”) and the rest of them.
It would be better to have the “Popular posts” widget here instead.
Apart from that, the rest of your right sidebar is perfect. You have everything you need and everything your visitors will want.
I would say “Don’t touch it. Fi le!”
(vi) Main Content Section
Good job here.
There are 2 issues I see here though:
- Many of your images are stretched out and so certain foreheads are looking wider than they actually are. It’s not a good look. Edit your images so they at least appear normal.
- A few pictures of somebody called “Adesanoye damilola james” showing up here and there.
Whether that’s you or not, remove them.
Your visitors didn’t come here for that. And you’re better off reserving that for your About Us page.
Apart from that, I most definitely would say “Don’t touch it. Fi le!”
(vii) Footer Section
Your footer is perfect.
At this point, you know what I would say na – “Don’t touch it. Fi le!”
You have a flabbergasting amount of content.
I’m going to try to silence my inner skeptic that believes you did a lot of “copypasteology” on a lot of the articles; for example, that one about Linjer that looked like you took that straight from Business Insider.
Most of your headlines are great and definitely attract clicks (as this reviewer can testify) but some are not.
Those ones usually start with small letters and may or may not have spelling and grammar mistakes. I would suggest you fix those ones ASAP.
You also tend to have a lot of images that repeat themselves twice at the beginning of your posts. You need to delete one of those and just keep one, preferably the better looking one.
Also, like I said earlier, some of your images are stretched out a lot. Edit them to display appropriately.
You need to also look through your content. Majority of your posts are detailed with no spelling mistakes or “gbagauns” but some are really short, barely a post and contain gbagauns. Fix those.
I honestly don’t think I need to school you on promoting your content effectively.
I’m sure your 7,000+ fans on Facebook and 1000+ followers on Twitter is proof that you’re doing something right.
Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.
Also use your “Insights” tab in your Facebook page to better understand your audience. Then come up with creative ideas to get them involved and engaged.
For example, create a contest that involves maybe your fans submitting a photo that ties into a brand hashtag you have and the winner receives a certain prize. This would absolutely kill it on Instagram. Then use social media ads to promote the contest.
IV. The Way Forward
I was wondering “With all this content, have you thought about applying for Adsense?”
If you haven’t, do so now. Because the fruit is ripe for the plucking.
Also you might want to become an affiliate for Jumia and Konga.
And I’m still a bit confused why you asked me for a review.
But that’s my 2 kobos. Any questions, let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you.
(vii) Footer Section
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.