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ReviewU: Usmanmoney.com

Usman, the 14 year-old owner of usmanmoney.com, has requested a ReviewU review. I’m sorry Usman, but I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I hate your site. It personifies nearly everything I hate about the make money online niche, and I can’t find a single redeeming quality about it. Read on and I’ll tell you why.

About the author

As I’ve already stated, Usman Zulefqar is 14 years old. This information, which I obtained from his ‘about’ page, has instantly destroyed his credibility. Why? Because he’s 14 years old. Most people aren’t going to take business advice from someone who can’t even drive. If you read a little further down the page, you’ll see that he claims that he makes between $5 and $50 a day. This little fact could do a lot to make him more credible, except that he doesn’t provide any proof. If you’re going to claim that you make that much money per day, it would be helpful to see a picture of a check or an earnings report.

The layout

The layout is decent, but there is room for improvement. For starters, the header is vertically huge. Also, those buttons at the top are unnecessarily large. Trim it down a bit and it’ll look 10x better. I’m also not too fond of the color scheme, but that just personal bias on my part. I tend to like darker color schemes, as they’re easier on my eyes. Some people might like an endless expanse of white, but I’m not one of them.

The content

I can’t seem to find any unique content. It’s all topics rehashed from bigger sites and forums. Add that to the fact that some of his posts are incredibly short, and I find myself completely uninterested. The final nail in the coffin is the grammatical errors. Call me a grammar Nazi, but I find sentence fragments and slang to be very unprofessional.

How would I fix this mess? To start, try coming up with some original content. Tell us about how you are making money online, not just general techniques. Tell us about your successes and failures, and try to connect with your readers. Also, try to clean up the spelling and grammar.

You know what though? He updates frequently. I can respect that.

The $$$

As you all know, in order to be the subject of a ReviewU review, you have to try to make money with your site. Usman’s site seems to have Adsense blocks scattered throughout his posts and a completely emtpy Scratchback ‘Top Spots’ list ($1 per spot). Even thought I hate Adsense blocks, I can understand using them. The Scratchback list, not so much. How long has it been up there, completely empty? I’d just take it down. To me, an empty Scratchback list says “Nobody is advertising on this site because it’s not worth advertising on.”

Other site elements

I keep saying that I’m not going to put the Feedburner widget up until I pass 50 subscribers. Usman has no such reservations, and he’s put the widget up with a whopping 4. Personally, I’d find that embarrassing.

He also has a nifty little widget in each post that makes it easy to submit each of his articles to social bookmarking sites. Twenty-six sites to be exact. I’ve never even heard of most of them. If you want to use a widget like that, that’s fine, just be sure to write articles worth submitting.

Finally, I noticed that he has the default Wordpress option for URL naming. For example, here are two URLS, one from his site and one from mine:

  • http://usmanmoney.com/?p=23
  • http://www.cantgetrich.com/2007/12/26/set-some-goals/

His style creates URLs for each entry by numbering them incrementally. Mine contains the date and title. I seem to recall reading somewhere that search engines prefer the latter, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it’s fairly simple to change. In Wordpress, click on ‘Options’, then ‘Permalinks’, then check ‘Date and name based’.

The bottom line

This site, like 95% of the make money online niche, is just a rehashing of information presented by bigger, more well-known blogs. It’s also a fairly saturated niche, so unless you’re going to post some original content, you’re not going to get any readers. My advice to Usman is simple: Find some way to stand out from the rest of the herd and you’ll succeed. Think of it this way: You’re only 14 years old, and there aren’t many 14 year-olds that make $50 a day online. Tell us your story of success and we’ll listen. Keep rehashing Digital Point Forum posts and we won’t.

EDIT: Usman seems to have completely changed his layout since I wrote this review, so that section is completely inaccurate now. He also changed the URL structure as I suggested. I’m going to have to start taking screenshots for future reviews.

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