Mr. Leslie V. from Manistee Michigan has won our first ever giveaway! You are the hands down winner, no-one else came close to letting us know just how much more work we really need to do. Thanks (…we think).
John and I are grateful for all of the submissions that were filed and will do our best to make sure this blog keeps moving forward in a positive direction.
Here is what Mr. V. suggested:
1.) Never have links to areas with no content; I thought the soupapics did not have content, it has a confusing layout.
2.) Grammar/spelling errors are acceptable; this is a blog, not a commercial site. I did not see any “glaring errors”. Perhaps separating some of the content into paragraphs would make it an easier read.
3.) Separate the “color” elements, i.e. Who The Hell is ‘SoupA-Libre’should not be under recipes. Keep the recipes in their own section.
4.) The branding is good, I definetly know the name of the site.
5.) The layout is easy to use. Nice to have an easy domain name also.
6.) The video is exceptional, I want more videos!
7.) The photography is great, I love that you have photos of the market.
8.) Provide a tech section; what equipment are you using for the food prep? What cameras are you using? What software did you edit the video with?
9.) Consider providing a forums section so users can contribute in an area that does not interfer with your content.
10.) Get this thing on social networks. Have a facebook page, a google+ page, youtube channel, etc. Cross promote like a mo fo.
11.) Provide text files for the recipes so folks can either print or download them. Brand the text files.
12.) Get some royalty free music streaming up in there, or make it available for download. Perhaps a “Soupaday Mixtape”.
13.) Keep the content coming, don’t lose steam. I know how long you prepped this, don’t let us down with a lack of content.
14.) Get a google sponsored link for a few months, it is $25 a month and will place you higher on searches.
15.) Set up a Cafepress site that has t shirts, mugs, etc., that are labled with your brand. Eventually you can produce your own but for now it gets the brand out there. Include a link to this cafepress site in your soupashop.
16.) provide some links for ingredients and equipment for online vendors. See if you can get some affiliate relationships with some vendors so you get a kick back. Amazon is the quickest and easiest.
17.) Basically do everything on your site that I have not done on mine. I have failed, therefore the opposite should succeed.