Hello Friends! With Hanukkah and Christmas fast approaching, I’m guessing most of you are pretty busy right about now! But I hope you’re not too busy for this. I came across a web site a couple of weeks ago that I’ve been chompin’ at the bit to share with you! It’s called Peek and I love it, and you’re gonna love me for sharing it! Not only that, it can really help you gain some valuable insight into your website. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in a rut with my blog, but when someone else points something out that could use a little tweaking, it kinda gets my rear in gear, kwim?
Here’s how it works: Once on their site (link below) simply put in your URL, the email address you want the results sent to, and you’re done. Just go about your business of saving the world, and in less than 24 hours, you’ll receive a video of someone ‘critiquing’ your website…yup, the good, the bad, and all the rest. So you need to put on your big girl panties and be brave, ’cause whoever is checking out your site isn’t going to like everything.
As for me, a comment was made about the color of my MadMimi subscribe option in my sidebar. It was bright red and I have to admit I didn’t like it either, but hearing someone else articulate that (he specifically said it looked too ’90’s’) motivated me to change it. Another HUGE issue, at least for me, is that my site is not mobile friendly. You DO know that a big portion of users are viewing our sites on mobile devices, right? (Don’t worry, I’m not. I’m lucky I can read on the iPad version).
So…want to know if your site is responsive? That’s really easy to do also. Just click here and enter your URL and you’ll get your results in seconds. There’s also a link once you’re there to help you if you want to get your site up to snuff. It doesn’t always involve code, so don’t get nervous! Sometimes a plug in will do the trick, like Jetpack if you’re on WP for example, and I’m sure Blogger has a few as well.
Ready? Just click here for a look at the Peek website and an easy way to try this yourself. Feeling nosey and want to see the results of my mobile test? Click here. If you decide to do this, remember to have your site tested on a desktop and a mobile device as well. (Peek makes it easy because once you’re there they will ask, and they’ll also send you a follow up email reminding you.)
Oh, and did I mention it’s free? You get to request a test up to three times a month and a really cool feature is it doesn’t even have to be your site! You can test any website out there. So go ahead. Test out that blog’s website you love (or hate).
One caveat: the people who are testing are random people, so they may or may not fit your target market. If you have a Mom blog and a 75 year old retired lumberjack is checking out your site, chances are he may not get what you’re trying to do so take the critique with a grain of salt. In my case, I didn’t really change anything that wasn’t bothering me in the first place. I still have a few things to work on but I’ll get to them in due time. There’s also a paid version which gives you more options and you can even select your target market to check out your site, and there’s lots of other cool features.
Give it a try and I’d love to know what you think!
In other news…
We had the grandkids this weekend for one last visit before we leave for two months. We took them to see A Christmas Carol at a cute little local theatre Friday night, and last night we went to a holiday light show called Bright Nights. I’ll share some pics soon, but suffice it to say it’s spectacular and most likely unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
In honor of our possible upcoming RV purchase, my friend picked this up for me, totally tongue in cheek ;).
In year’s past, I made some very cute gingerbread houses with our oldest grandson which you can check out here, and this weekend we had fun today assembling this one. Thanks Elaine!