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    Smile Freshmeat looking for critical review

    Hello ppl! Thanks for taking the time.

    Im new to the casino affiliate business. Had some time off during x-mas hols and decided to try putting a website together. Its a work in progress but I would like some critical reviews from people that already have a good sense for the gambling traffic.

    http://www.gamblershandbook.net

    The plan for the time being is to try to write as many original articles I can and try to build up some seo traffic on some of the weaker searches.

    Whats niggling me is that originally, I thought itd be interesting to go for a booky kinda feel but now regreting it. I'd really like to hear your opinions on the look and feel of the site. I don't mind looking different but it still needs to be effective.

    Hell I might just try the banner farm approach. Anyways thanks in advance for those who take the time!

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    On a first glance I like the look of it, easy overview of it and it is not crammed with banners and flashing things, a bit more stylish.

    Would maybe change the font of the text since it is a bit to blunt, but those are just minor details. If you get the traffic you will most likely get some money.
    The Youtube clips might vanish from youtube whenever, so a hassle to keep track of but otherwise good.

    Good luck with the site!

    Cheers

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    I like the layout.
    Your colors are a little strong, the black on white is too stark. I would add a soft shade of blue, green, gray or ?? to the background to soften the effect.
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    Background gave me a headache in a second. Change the background to a neutral colour.
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    I agree with the others that the background is a bit distracting. I would also add that you should have a navigation structure on either the top or left-hand navigation that would make it easy for visitors to navigate to the different parts of your site. Right now, I'm not sure if the text on your site is clickable or not.

    Also, give visitors something to click on in the middle section. A feature story or strategy article or something.

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    thanks for the quick comments so far.

    I made a few adjustments, is this better?

    http://gamblershandbook.net/rework.html

    I've got rid of the white so there is less contrast but on the other hand the grey might dull the mood of the page.

    Ive also made the links blue so its more clear what can be clicked on.

    Ill keep working on it in anycase....

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    I like the blue links - blue is most recognizable as a link and is what people expect to see.

    The gray may be a touch too dark. Try going a few shades lighter and it will look very classy. (gray is a classy color in my opinion and a good choice).

    Looking good so far....
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    On second thought, I'd only lighten the gray one or two shades...
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    I think the grey is too dark now!

    I don't think the problem was with the white so much as the contrast between the VERY black header and the white.

    Keep the white or a very light grey and soften the header.

    Just my opinion, of course, but having had a dark colour scheme and changing to a basically white one I find visitors are far more likely to stay on site.

    Also, on my browser (1024x76) , your site is too wide - the right hand side hangs over the edge. Based on my stats, at least 50% of users still use that resolution, so it's probably best to cater for them.

    As for links being blue - absolutely. You have to have a very good reason to go against such an established web convention. Again I speak from (bitter!) experience.
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    Default gamblershandbook.net v2

    actually I realised that i hadn't actually given much thought to overall design from the surfers point of view... i really jumped straight into writing as many articles as i could but now having sat down for a day Ive decided to perhaps scrap the original layout completely.

    This is a general draft of the new approach Im thinking about. Could I have a few reviews of the new look? I think its more generic looking but is probably more efficient and generally acceptable.

    http://gamblershandbook.net/v2

    Any comments much appreciated
    Thanks again in advance

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    Much better than the 1st/2nd attempt.

    I like the main body - it's clear and simple. I'd just try and differentiate between the content and the left hand navigation and title. Some soft colours or light grey would help.

    It's a hard balance to find between being pleasing, informative and quick without looking 'homemade'.

    If you want some inspiration, try this website:

    xxxhttp://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/

    I found it really useful.

    Also, read 'Don't make me think' by Steve Krug. It's a real eye-opener for would-be web designers.

    Good luck!
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    Thats a much better look. Thats very similar to many portals but much better. Keep building content and think about the player at all time.
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