Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blog Review Sign Up

Do you think your blog is up for a no-holds barred, completely honest review? Would you like to learn how to improve your blog to give your readers a better viewing experience?

If you answer is yes put your name on our list for a TopBlog Review. Simply leave us a comment with your blog URL but be warned, they are not going to be blowing rainbows and puppy dogs up anyone's ass. Unless of course you have the perfect blog...

Our reviewers are:

Omega mum from 3 kids no job
Nutmeg from Simply Nutmeg
Sarah from In the Trenches of Mommyhood
Liz from Three Bright Stars

and no, they can not be bribed. Although I don't think they would mind you trying ;)

Blogs will be given a rank out of 10 based on:

First impressions: self explanatory really, what feelings, thoughts, likes, dislikes the reviewers get in the first 5 seconds of opening your blog.
Design: Is it a good looking blog or does the design make them want to leave without stopping to read? Does the colour scheme work? Are the sidebars full of clutter and distracting flashing things? How easy is it to navigate around?
Content: Is it well written and interesting or boring and full of typos? Is it full of original, interesting writing or is every second post a meme, youtube video or sponsored post? How frequently is it updated?
Best and Worst: What does the reviewer like the most about this blog? What do they dislike the most (with constructive advice of how to change this)
Blogroll worthy? Is it somewhere our reviewers would want to come back to?

So do you think your blog is up to the test? Do you want a free blog review and link from the main page of TopBlogMag? Are you looking for ways to improve your blog but don't know what needs doing? Then leave us a comment with your blog url and your wish shall be our command, we will even give you a spiffy little brag button to put in your sidebar.

NB. As we are only completing one review per week at the moment, it will take a few weeks to get round you all but we shan't take any more requests until the ones left in this comment section are completed.


emmak said...

I would love a no holds barred review of my blog:

Anonymous said...

I would like a straight forward and honest review of my blog.

Lavender said...

Well, hey, why not? I could really use some honest feedback to help me find my direction.
The Birds & The Beads

Ben said...

I would love a review of my blog that doesn't involve puppy dogs in my anus.


The Farmers Wife said...

Ok guys, you are all on the list in the order that you commented.

Good luck.

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