How Do I Get A Good Looking Site?

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How do I get a good looking site that I made myself?
I don't wan't to spend any money on it.
But I want it well layed out with everything a popular site should have.
I'm not saying my site is popular.
If you want to take a look at what I have now go ahead,
http://Drums.yolasite.com/
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Drummer

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Please tell me how good my site is also, and tell the truth,
i don't want you to tell me it looks good just because it will
hurt my feelings.
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...I meant, tell me what you really think.
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Okay, here goes: as a personal website, it's fine, but...if you want more visitors you're going to have to make it more professional. Why do people come to your website and stay there for more than 10 seconds? Because you know about drums, you're an expert and you will help them learn how to play better and your website must reflect that. Here are some things to think about:

1) A logo not just a name--whether you know it or not, you and most people are trained to look for a logo and judge a website by it. Don't see one? Not professional and you move on. Think about how you can "brand" yourself.

2) Way more content. For example: in the How to Hit the Drums section, use step by step directions--assume people have no clue and add things like how to properly hold the drumsticks. You may even want to put video up of yourself doing these things. In the drummers section, tell why you like each drummer and what makes him great. Why is your blog password protected?

3) Have a nice banner with drums. Here's a great link to Ed's tips with banner generators, and other useful stuff: http://forum.yola.com/yola/topics/hon...

4) Have a footer section with copyright, links to your pages, a privacy policy. An easy privacy policy generator is here: http://www.bennadel.com/coldfusion/pr...

5)Way more content. See #2!! :)

6) Look at other websites. Here's a site that uses the same template that you're using. It used to be a featured Yola site but I don't think it is anymore: http://www.aaodl.com/

7) As tempting as it is, avoid things like animated gifs and colored type. Occasionally, a really good gif is okay but for the most part it brands you an amateur. And the games, I actually enjoyed playing them but maybe you could just put them in as a blog post rather than a whole page to themselves.

8) Always consider your website under construction and keep working to improve it. I'm planning a major remodel of my site which will be the fourth time in about a year.

I hope this helps. I certainly think you have a great subject and a good start. There is so much to know and learn about website building. I only know enough to know I don't really know much at all!
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I'll build you one for $49...

yea, I'm that desperate for money and it would go for my kids!
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Donald

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I would include a custom menu in it! Make it look nice for ya!
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Diane,
could you check out my site now, I majorly updated it!
Thank You,
Drummer