Blog Review: Data-Drop

Michael Eyers requested a Free Blog Review of his blog, Data-Drop and here it is…

What is Data-Drop?

Data-Drop

The About page tells us that Michael works as a network administrator and that he intends on writing how-tos, reviews and about experiments in IT that he does.

Site Design/Theme

The site is WordPress using a 3 column red, white and black theme. The overall effect is a bit drab and generic looking. A graphical site logo and post level images would liven things up.

Navigation is adequate and uses recent posts and category listings as the main way of finding older posts. As always, I’d recommend a sitemap page. Top commentators would be another nice touch to add to the blog in addition to the recent comments sidebar. I’d recommend dumping the Google search since not that many pages on the site are indexed. Just use the WordPress search for now and consider switching back once you have a lot of content indexed in Google.

Monetization is primarily Google Adsense, Kontera, personal text link sales and affiliate offers. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan on Kontera but if it’s a consistent money maker for your site it’s worth keeping. I’d recommend reworking the placement of the Google Adsense ads, limiting them to one block a page and giving them a more prominent position, such as a 468×60 block at the start of posts or a 336×280 or 250×250 block displayed inline at the top of posts. I’d recommend dropping the text link sales unless they were nofollowed given how aggressive Google has been about this.

Lastly, the Data-Drop RSS feed is on partial. I’d recommend a full feed.

Content

As you might guess, most of the content offered on Data-Drop is technology oriented.

Add A Slide Show To Your Blog is a “how to” on using Google’s Picasa to do a slide show.

IM Lingo, Is it ch8nging r grammar? takes a look at how IM lingo is making it’s way into everyday language.

In When will technology actually let us do what we want to he has an interesting examination of how technology affects our daily lives for good and bad.

In general, the content is good but I’d like to see longer and more detailed articles than what I found for the most part.

Overall

In his request, Michael was concerned about ways to boost his traffic. Don’t we all want that? :)

I think the best thing he can do in this area is to spice things up a bit. Try including more graphics to make the site stand out. Use plugins like top commentators to get people to return and ones like related posts to make them stick on the site longer. Lastly, work on bringing the content level up slightly as I mentioned.

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