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Newbie Needs Advice

Postby cgayle on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:52 pm

Hi All,

I am new to internet marketing and new to posting on forums. I'd like to let you know a little about me and my reasons for making this post. Bear with me if you don't mind while I explain things. My husband and I started a website a few months ago. We started this site as a means of being able to work together which is our ultimate goal.

The site is geared to women and family. From all that I have read and learned along the way it is not a true "niche" site because it includes a broad spectrum of categories. I know that one problem is that the site lacks "theme". It does not flow well and I am looking for suggestions on how to get that process going.

My background is in education, but as a woman I have many thoughts and ideas that go beyond the classroom. I love to write and like many others I have varied interests so it was hard for me to narrow down to just one topic.

My vision for this site is a place that women feel comfortable when visiting. I want the site to be both informative and helpful. I'd like to share things with other like-minded women. Does my site seem to accomplish this?

I welcome any feedback that you may offer about my site and the direction that I should take now. Many of you have been doing this for a lot longer than I and your insight would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Blessings to all,
cgayle
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Re: Newbie Needs Advice

Postby Kit on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:58 pm

Hey Christine,

Before I get into suggestions for your site, I'd like to know about your education background. Do you have a degree, if so, what area is your certification in?

When you say "like-minded" what would that include?
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Re: Newbie Needs Advice

Postby cgayle on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:58 pm

Hi Kit
Thank you for replying to my post.

First for my background in education:
I am a certified teacher with a BA in Specific Learning Disabilities. I also hold a MA in Educational Leadership. I worked with special education students primarily at the high school level for 20 years. My students had varying exceptionalities not just learning disabilities. It was a challenge, but one I enjoyed very much. I taught English and American History in the early years of my career. Then I became a Job Placement Transition Specialist because I wanted my students to have the skills necessary to face the real world of work after leaving high school. I later became a Work Evaluation Specialist which went hand in hand with my previous job. In this position I tested students to determine their interests, aptitudes, and needs so that they had the information necessary to choose the correct career path that they would like to take.

You are right I was rather vague when I said "like-minded". What I really meant to say was that I would like to share my thoughts and ideas about things that interest me and seek out other women who have similar interests in areas such as-gardening, organizing, positive personal growth and maintaining healthy relationships with spouse/family/friends.

I have read many of your responses to others in this forum and I was glad that you have answered my post. Your insights and ideas are presented in such a nice and helpful way. I welcome any thoughts you may share about my site.
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Re: Newbie Needs Advice

Postby Kit on Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:38 am

LOL It's odd how you can just sense things sometimes. I hold a BS in EEC and as a first year teacher, I taught out of field in what was then called an MoMH self-contained class. ;)

There was a reason for asking about your teaching background. I was trying to figure what your "built-in" expertise is. Obviously, mine involves young children and I use many of my "teaching skills" at my family oriented site.

You stated earlier that your ultimate goal was to work on a project with your husband. On your website, you mentioned that the site is an "outlet" for you. That leads me to think that it is more of a blog than a business or niche site.

Generally speaking, blogs are more about and for the person who is writing. For instance, posts are centered around what you like, think, and do; where as, a niche site is geared more towards a specific topic or the needs of specific people.

After writing a book above :roll: , I'll try to make this short and sweet. I think you are a lot like me (bless your heart) and you have a great store of knowledge. Your best bet is to narrow your niche or bring your interests under one umbrella (theme.) Either way you'll need to figure out who your target market is before you try to make sure women feel comfortable on the site.

If I just answer the question, "Do you feel comfortable on the site," my answer would be no. Not because I can't use the info but because you have posts about the importance of reading to children intermingled with posts about tillers and how to change a tire.

I feel that your info is good; however, if I was searching for information about how to change a tire, I would go to a site that specialized in automotive how-tos. After all,it doesn't matter whether you are a man or a woman, the process will be the same. ;)

We can't be all things to all people and you know from your years as a teacher that if you just toss out random bits of information, your students or in this case, your readers will get confused. When readers can't tell what topics to expect, you've missed the chance to build your authority level and trust with them.

What do you say to working on targeting the needs of a specific group of women or narrowing down the topics a bit?

Hope this helps and sorry I was so long winded...must be the teacher coming out. ;)
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Re: Newbie Needs Advice

Postby cgayle on Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:47 am

Hi Kit,
Thanks for getting back with me.
No need for apologies on being "long winded", as you can see great minds think alike :wink: You know I can usually spot a teacher too, funny how that happens. :D I feel highly complimented in your comparison of yourself to me...I have read many of your replies to others and I can tell you are a caring and giving individual. I like to think of myself the same way, so we ain't so bad after all. (pardon the slang, but I felt it appropriate in this case.)

I was on such a roll with giving you my background "resume" of sorts, I forgot to let you know that I have also worked with early childhood age kids, they are ones also near and dear to my heart. I am a firm believer that if you can work with children in their developmental stages and get them started on the right track, then there will be fewer learning problems later on. But I digress, see once a teacher always a teacher...hee, hee. It's like we just can't seem to help ourselves huh?

Back to the site now, my husband and I have actually been discussing a lot of what you mentioned. You have just confirmed what we have been talking about. Actually you have given me an idea about something he mentioned, in perhaps writing an ebook about my field of expertise.

We do agree and you are right about us being way to broad and trying to cover too much at once.
You also know that as teachers we tend to have a bit of the "Super Woman" complex always trying to fill everyone's needs at once...yikes! Gotta reel that back in. So yes, we will be working on narrowing down our topics and maybe dividing things up...say take out some info and start a blogger site maybe? Just thinking out loud. See how you've helped my wheels to turn. :D

Oh my goodness, look at me...and you called yourself long winded...geez! LOL
Thanks again for taking the time to look at our site and give me your helpful advice. It is definitely food for thought and we will be working on the suggestions that you have made.

Continued success to you and I will be reading through more posts and learning along the way.

Blessings,
Christine
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