said 7 months, 2 weeks ago:
Thanks @rshahbaz for submitting your blog http://www.ranashahbaz.com/ for review on SME. I hope you find my various notes helpful!
I like the design – it definitely looks focused on conversions for your Internet Marketing School and mailing list. I think I would shrink the whitespace around the main banner on the homepage so that people could see the blog content faster.
In the sidebar, is it possible to get each listing in popular posts to take up less space? It’s a long way down before you can get to the ad or the Genesis link.
On your about page, could you move up the part about you, then go into the part about the blog?
And at the end of blog posts, have you considered adding an author box? Even if it is just you writing on your site, it might be faster for people to learn more about you at the end of the post vs. scrolling to the footer of the site.
Social looks good with post sharing options and options to follow you on Twitter and Facebook.
Your homepage title is currently 125 characters. The maxium number of characters for an SEO title is 70 – anything after that is usually cut off. You can see what I mean in this screenshot of your site in search.
I would suggest modifying your title to something like this.
Rana Shahbaz – Internet Marketing Consultant – Social Media Marketing
Then for the meta description, maybe:
Rana Shahbaz helps small businesses create online visibility, build authority, and generate leads using the power of online and social media marketing.
It looks like you’re using meta descriptions well on your posts – definitely keep that up!
You have great content on your blog. The one teensy thing I noticed was in the latest post – http://www.ranashahbaz.com/social-media-manager – I think your dashes are coming up as some kind of special symbol (an equal sign with a slash through it).
Notes from the Audience
Now I invite everyone here on the SME forums to add your suggestions (or feel free to agree / disagree with mine). Please add constructive feedback and suggestions. This series is to help people improve their blogs, not to have their blogs roasted Comedy Central style.