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Look. Everybody thinks their site rocks. I thought the site my company had rocked... looking back a few years, it sucked. Might have been the best in the industry... but it sucked.
Look at Joshz's reputation and post count. He's been around the block. Your site sucks. Nobody said your product did or that you couldn't fix the problem. We just said it sucks right now. And Joshz pointed out some specifics, and told you that fixing only those things won't fix your site.
Frankly you need a new host, and a redesign. You will be surprised how much juice that can get you. People like the site, they buy something, they link to you.
Right now if I followed a link to your site I would back-browse before the page even loaded. NOT a good thing for you.
I know I need a new host, but the design is subjective to taste. I've gotten compliments as well, but nevermind that. All I am looking for here is tips to fix it.
Anyway, Google is always changing and tweaking things. That load time issue? Google cares. Other people gaining links faster than you? bye bye google.
All it takes is for you to go from #10 to #11 which is what happened for you to loose most of your traffic.
I have tried to figure out the load time, and problem is that it downloads all the jpegs in their full size. There should be a way to fix it right?! I have the super cache pluging which helps, but not for the first-time visitors... But just exactly how much the load time will damage my rankings, I would like to know!
You are going to need to get more popular and attract links to get back on the first page. Loads of stickies here about that.
Start by getting a new host, breaking up your page, and compressing your images to decrease load times. No matter what the site looks like... NOBODY wants to wait.
You can A/B split specific designs, cross linking, etc. to see what converts. But fix the big obvious stuff first. WAIT!!.... WTF! just clicked on a shirt... NO PRICE? Really? No obvious way to choose a size?
God.... fix your site man.
It is an affiliate site which is why you cant choose size and why I have chosen not to provide price tag (because the price varies from US to Europe).
2. Google will not tell you how much *anything* effects their rankings. That's the point from their end.
3. Ah you have identified the issue. lots of large Jpegs.
a) fewer J-pegs - use categories so your landing page isn't 60 billion images
b) use higher compression - Those aren't the final big Jpeg and the customer might be willing to wait later, so right now degrade quality a little for speed.
c) Is the jpeg format the right one? Consider other file formats
4. Your server is definitely part of the issue. Even smaller pages load badly but the above should help.
I typed in the full phrase you sited 'big face pug t-shirt' and found you in spot 11.
You can do both a US and Euro price. Not providing price will definitely hurt you on the conversion end.
Same with sizes... why would I 'add to cart' If I don't know I can later pick XXL?
Look I have to get back to real work, but in the end you are just an affiliate pushing something twenty other sites are. And you aren't doing as well as they are. See:
Stop ragging on Google and make the web a better place
Snorg Tees - New Funny T-Shirts Every Week - Cool Graphic Tee Shirt they have even more contentless pages and yet they are doing well in the search engines.
If I missed it other people did too. Remember what matters is the USERS see not what is actually ON the page.
I didn't read your blog. Not sure why anyone would. I just looked at t-shirts. The specific shirts are things lots of people have. No real value add given your poor site design.
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