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ReviewU Now: MouthyGirl.com

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Hooray for Sabrina, the first recipient of one of my new paid reviews: ReviewU Now. Today’s review is being fueled by Berry Lemonade Jones Soda, as you can clearly see in the picture (too tangy, not enough sweet. Definitely drink chilled). I’d like to thank Sabrina once again for sponsoring the first in my new collection of ReviewU bottles (which will make an appearance in each picture I take).

Anyway, on to the review.

MouthyGirl.com

First of all, what’s this site about? Well, after reading through a few pages of entries, it’s pretty obvious that this is a girl-power site. Alright, maybe that’s a bit too general. MouthyGirl.com is a place for women to read about successful women, womens’ thoughts on living in today’s world, news as it relates to women, advice for women, etc. If you’re not seeing a common theme here, then you must be pretty slow. As a guy, I honestly can’t get much out of this site, but I can appreciate a different viewpoint. I’m not sure how many inspirational girl blogs are out there, but that’s probably because I’ve never really looked. Still, it’s good to see sites out there for women, by women. As cold and heartless as I am, it still bothers me to see girls being treated like objects by their boyfriends/husbands/bosses, and it’s good to know that there are women out there who don’t put up with that crap. As an overprotective big brother (my sister’s still in high school), I approve of this site.

On to the layout

I hate to say it, but the theme being used on this site is decidedly dull. For one, the header is enormous, and there is entirely too much white. To be noticed, you have to have an eye-catching theme, and this one is just plain bland. I would consider looking into a new one.

Broken things

At the time of this writing, two of the RSS buttons are broken. The third one seems to work, but most people would probably give up after the first two tries. Fix those links to boost your RSS count.

While I’m on the subject of the sidebar, that ‘Buy me a beer’ button also doesn’t work. Wordpress loves to break Paypal code, so I’d recommend looking into the Adsense Deluxe plugin. You can paste your Paypal code into there and then insert a comment tag into your sidebar, fixing the whole issue. Either that or just mess around with the sidebar.php file until everything is working.

The $$$

It looks like monetization isn’t a big goal of this site yet, which is good. Newer sites need to focus on building readership before monetizing. Other than the aforementioned ‘Buy me a beer’ link, all I’m seeing is an affiliate ad for bean bags. Hardly even noticeable, so that’s good

Overall

Other than some of the above-mentioned items, I don’t have a lot to complain about regarding this site. It sticks to its niche without wandering around, it isn’t overly-monetized, and it’s updated fairly regularly. Consider making a few of the changes that I suggested, keep up the good work, and you’ll have an attractive site on your hands.

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7 Responses to “ReviewU Now: MouthyGirl.com”

  1. Sabrina Says:

    Links that are not working have been taken out…all but one, and I can’t figure that one out. Ah, and themes, oh how bored I am with that one too….appreciate the prompt review!

    -Sabrina
    MouthyGirl.com

  2. Ryan Says:

    Whoa…I totally didn’t expect Geoff to look like that.

  3. C-Squared Says:

    I knew it! Geoff is actually the leader of a secret hipster mafia in New york.

  4. Jason Says:

    If I order a review, do I get a picture with a sign too? :)

  5. Geoff Says:

    @Jason
    Everybody who orders a paid review gets a picture and a sign :)

  6. Jason Says:

    Sweet! Will do for the blogging mag when it gets going, let’s hope your RSS numbers don’t increase too much before then… :D

  7. 2ThePoint Says:

    Hi Geoff

    On the contrary, I think that as a guy, that is exactly why you should ‘get much out of the site’. Being a guy doesn’t necessarily preclude you from knowing/learning about women. You really never know what you might pick up.

    Somewhere between men and women’s issues, there are issues we can all relate to regardless of gender.

    take care now…

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