Came across a screenshot in Chris Messina's Flickr photostream of Nelso.com's homepage that carries the description "This looks like a parked domain... but it's not!".
Not great (that a casual visitor to Nelso.com might think that it's not a real site, but rather one of the spammy sites created just to collect money from Google AdSense). However, it's useful to get this kind of feedback from someone that doesn't know us.
I have to admit that the homepage is not very inviting, and we are probably losing visitors that see the homepage and immediately hit the back button. The idea was to make the homepage as clean as possible, but we've probably taken it a bit too far. Time to finally do that site redesign (OK, initial design), and add more content to the homepage.
I would have to agree with Chris Messiner unfortunately. There's just so many of those types of sites around.
Maybe just put the latest post from the weblog up on the front page? That way users could see that there's actual human life behind the site.
Er, just re-read what I wrote and it sounds a bit negative; not what I meant - the site itself rocks!
@pgl: I added recent restaurant and bar reviews to the homepage, to make it not so static. This is by no means the last change to the site, but it's a start.
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