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Affiliate sweep and directory sweep!
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Reviewed Invitations!
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Welcome to Director's Cut, a high-quality review site established on January 20th, 2012 by Marielle. At this review site we take pride in giving you truthful, helpful and in-depth reviews to help improve your site for the better! If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don't hesitate to Neomail me! I would love to help you!

Little Updates

Monday, April 30th, 2012 / 5:24pm NST
YIKES! I am so sorry for the giant un-expected hiatus!! My life has been so busy lately especially with school and sports and I have had no time for anything! I will finish all reviews tomorrow and do a link sweep! I am so sorry for the long waits and any inconvenience I have caused anyone! Sunday, April 15th, 2012 / 1:32pm NST
Finally completed a review today! Requests are closed until I finish the rest, sorry guys o.O I also got rid of a few dead links and fixed a coding problem. 4 more reviews to go! I will complete another one tomorrow and possibly edit the coding in the "crew" section and make and "extras" section instead! That will most likely happen when reviews are completed though. :)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 / 4:39pm NST
Ahhh sorry I haven't been on Neopets! I have to put school first and I have had an evaluation in every subject this week :( It never ends... ahhh can't wait until summer! Hopefully I will get a review done tomorrow before my concert that I am playing and singing in. I'm going to close reviews for now until I get back on track, I'm sorry guys. Oh, big news though! I got ranked 7th at Serendipity! And 3 new review requests. Reviews will be done tomorrow, don't worry! :)
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 / 2:21pm NST
Today while I was on a windows computer I fixed the site so now it works in IE! I also fixed all the coding issues for IE too! I'm so happy that people who use Internet Explorer as a browser can finally request reviews now! Hopefully I can find a better layout soon. I also did a giant site link sweep and got rid of all closed sites. Tomorrow I am going to add in a new style of rubric (Macbeth)! Hopefully you guys like it! I am also thinking about adding navigation in the rubrics section to make my site more neater and organized. Hopefully people request reviews soon!
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 / 3:54pm NST
I opened reviews again today. I've been trying various layouts and nothing is working... ugh I hate changing layouts, it's really frustrating. I wish I could make them, but I do not have the right tools... I don't even have paint. If I reviewed my own site I would fail lol, so sorry about this sites condition right now guys. Hopefully I can fix it soon... So yeah, all I did was change up the colours and banner of the layout, it's still the same one, just a different version! I was bored of the colours... oh I also figured out how to do the super cool navigation so I will be setting up the reviews different tomorrow and also making an "Extras" section! Be excited! Hopefully a high-quality layout site will open up requests soon!



Sign Up Sheets

So you think you have what it takes to be in a production, eh? There are a few different plays that you can take part in and I hope that you have picked correctly in according to what your site needs (see Cold Reads). If this is not the case I will neomail you and let you know if you have not picked the correct one before we start rehearsal.

There are a few rules that you need to follow in order to be part of a production, they are really easy and straight forward, don't worry!

Rules

1) I will be harsh in your review (because I want to help your site get better!) so please don't freak out at me if I say something in your review that you don't agree with. This is my opinion and you signed up for it, don't forget that.

2) Please don't nag me about when your review will be finished. I have a real life and I am involved in many different sports teams and extra-curriculars, it just irritates me more if you whine about how long it takes. I try and make it my goal to be quick with every review.

3) Always link back to me, please. Reviewing is a lot of work and it would be nice if you could at least credit me for what I did.

4) Wait at least fifteen days before requesting another review. You need to have made significant changes on your site before I will review it again.

5) I can review in either Mozilla Firefox or Safari, I do not have access to Internet Explorer, chrome or Opera. Sorry for any inconvenience.

6) Sorry but I don't review off-Neopets sites, guilds or any personal pages you might own such as wish lists.

7) Your site CANNOT have stolen content! I will not review you.

Waiting List

1. Ray @ Poise (TN)
2. Fangs @ Seasonal (H)
3. Ellie @ The Scrapbook (H)
4. Cynthia @ Inspire


Cold Reads

Which Review Type should I pick?

Pick the review style Hamlet if you want a really in-depth review about your site. Hamlet offers insightful and truthful advice and covers all areas of your site to help you improve to the max.

If you still want all areas of your site covered, but not as in-depth, pick Twelfth Night as a review style. All points that are covered about your site are in point form for a shorter and right to the point review, with great advice to improve.

Othello is short and sweet, but is still packed with many helpful hints to help you to improve your petpage. In a pro/con style of review you will get the outline of the areas you need improving on and what you have done great already!

Macbeth is sort through every single link on your site and I will notify you of any broken links, closed sites, inactive sites or sites who have not linked back. A spelling and Grammar check will as be done on all of your sites content.

Still have questions? Neomail Me!

Hamlet (Long, In-depth Review)

Link Back 5/5
Link back buttons are the first thing people see that take them to your site, so you'll want a link back button that is high-quality and pleasing and makes people want to click on the link to your site. Quantity is also something you think about. You want people to have a bit of choice for when they put your button on their site.

Advertising 5/5
Advertising is also super important for your site because how are people going to know about your site if you aren't listed anywhere or if you don't have any affilates (affies). Get listed at a ton of directories to help make your site known! If your site is high-quality you might even get ranked! Affilates are another great way for advertising your site because you and your affilate basically just put each others links on each of your sites. Entering in contests like SOTM or BOTM is also great advertising for your site, especially if you make buttons or graphics because you can display your work for people to see in contests!

Layout/design 10/10
If you want your site to be aesthetically pleasing then it is a MUST that you have a high quality layout that is easy to navigate and organize your content in.

Spelling/Grammar 5/5
Spelling and Grammar is a very important part of your site. I wouldn't want to visit a site if the owner "t@lkkked alll liike thiss :)" over their site. That is very unprofessional and turns people away from what you have to offer. Always use capitals at the start of sentences and always use correct punctuation and don't put extra letters on your words.

Content 10/10
Do you have a lot of content? What is the quality of your content? More content+high quality content=more visitors and people using what you have to offer.

Introduction 5/5
Introductions are important to your site! They are the first thing people read when they come to your site and they must drag in the person and interest them so they will stay and take a look at your site. If an introduction is boring, then I don't want to stay at your site.

Coding 5/5
All of your links, borders and other coding must work on your site in all browsers! Check to make your site look okay in all browsers after you make big changes to it, just to make sure everything works.

Originality 5/5
How original is your site? Originality is always good, even if you don't want to go full out. Why not add something new to spice it up a bit like a new type of contest or maybe a new type of review.

Organization 10/10
This is a big key to having a high-quality site! How can people enjoy your site if they don't know where anything is and can't even find the content? Your layout has to work with the type of site you own so that organization is not a problem. Tables and text boxes are your best friends, believe me!

Other Tips
Anything else that could help improve your site for the better! :)

TOTAL: 60/60

Twelfth Night (Medium length review in point form)

Link Back 5/5
Are your link back buttons high-quality and do they make people want to click on your link?

Advertising 5/5
Are you listed at various directories and do you have affilates? Maybe even a sister site might be good advertising.

Layout/design 10/10
Is your layout high-quality and easy to navigate?

Spelling/Grammar 5/5
Is all your spelling and grammar correct? It is so unprofessional to have bad spelling and grammar all over your site. It makes no one want to visit your petpage.

Content 10/10
Is your content high-quality? Do you have a good amount of content or too little?

Introduction 5/5
Does your introduction make people want to keep looking at your site or does it make people want to skip it and leave?

Coding 5/5
Is all your coding correct and do your text boxes and columns work? Do you have broken links?

Originality 5/5
How original is your site? Do you have extra little fun things that no other site has? Have you made all the graphics and/or layout?

Organization 10/10
Is your site organized? Can people find everything? Is it hard to navigate? Do you need to find a better layout to improve your organization?

Other Tips
Anything else I would like to say about your site. :)

TOTAL: 60/60

Othello (Short Review of Pros and Cons)

Pros Good qualities about your site


Cons Things that you need to improve on


Other Comments

Macbeth (Site link sweep)

For this new review style I will basically sort through every single link on your site and notify you of any broken links, closed sites, inactive sites or sites who have not linked back. Please be aware: directories with many links will take longer than regular sites! I will also correct all your spelling and grammar in your sites content.

Link Sweep

Spelling/Grammar

Other Comments



Productions

Call sheet

Actor: Fangs
Auditioned on: April 15th, 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back /5

Advertising /5

Layout/design /10

Spelling/Grammar /5

Content /10

Introduction /5

Coding /5

Originality /5

Organization /10

Other Tips

TOTAL: /60

Call sheet

Actor: Katie
Auditioned on: April 15th, 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet (re-review)

Review

Link Back 5/5
You still have an amazing variety of link-back buttons for people to choose from and I still especially love your custom buttons with Choco-cat on them! I am glad that you moved your gift-buttons into your link-back so that people can use them too, now they won't go to waste!

Advertising 5/5
You got listed at so many sites, I'm so proud! This will really help get your site known to other people on neo and you might even get your site ranked! You also did a great affiliate sweep, nice work! I also am happy that your site is involved in a SOTM, which gives people the opportunity to vote and check out your site.

Layout/design 10/10
You layout is still the same and as cute as ever! Love the theme!

Spelling/Grammar 4.5/5
In your introduction you say "When you are requesting, make sure to add anything you want to tell me in 'other' section..." Shouldn't there be a "the" before the word 'other'. Other than that little mistake, great spelling and grammar!

Content 8/10
I like how you have experimented in outlining your buttons in different colours, other than white, they are really improving! I can tell that you have been working hard! However your banners aren't very high-quality. Try checking out sites like Mesmeric and see how they make their banners. Maybe getting GIMP, if you don't already have it might be a good idea.

Introduction 5/5
Your introduction is still the same, perfect!

Coding 5/5
I love how you fixed up this category on your site! Your text links are so much neater now because you took off the the underline and your use of tables it great! The navigation in your sitely section is also superb! I also could not find any broken links or coding errors with your layout, so nice work!

Originality 4.5/5
Your site was original to begin with and now you have made it even better by adding in an extras section! Nice work, I love the FAQ's category! A BOTM is still a good feature to consider though. Great improvement!

Organization 10/10
Your organization has improved immensely! Your updates are so much easier to read as well as your requests section is super neat because you have added tables! Overall your site looks amazing and everything is easy to find and read now!

Other Tips
Super improvement! I love your site!

TOTAL: 57/60

Call sheet

Actor: Titus
Auditioned on: March 31st, 2012
Auditioned for: Othello

Review

Pros Good qualities about your site
All your buttons are high-quality! Nice work! I also like how you put your link-back on your homepage instead of in sitely. It's nice and easy to see and find.

Your whole site is very organized and clear and I can find everything easily. This is really good because people need to be able to find their art requests.

Your art is beautiful! I can see that you have worked super hard in making beautiful drawings for your customers.

Your portfolio section of your site is beautiful! They layout is spectacular for portfolio's and allows people to see your drawings very easily! You picked the perfect layout for a portfolio! And your drawings are so amazing, I just keep clicking the next button!

Your extra's section is great! It explains everything about your site very clearly and even has some original stuff like the DDC calendar. Your site is so original!

I love how you just recommend sites instead of having affiliates, it's a good change and I like how you explain why you did that as well.

Cons Things that you need to improve on
Your site banner is not very high-quality. I would suggest a new one. Try going to The Lunch Box or Oriental.

If I were you I would organize your credits better. It almost looks like one big run-on sentence. Try using tables to organize better. Here is the coding to help:

Other Comments
You have a beautiful site! You art makes me wish that I could draw :'( Just fix up a few little things and your site will be perfect!

Call sheet

Actor: Evanna
Auditioned on: March 26th, 2012
Auditioned for: Twelfth Night

Review

Link Back 4/5
You have some cute high-quality link back buttons!
A few more link back buttons would be a good idea for your site so your customers have more selection. A button with "Reviewed by Invitations" might also be a good option.
Maybe make the textboxes under your buttons the same lengths as your buttons, it looks neater.

Advertising 1/5
You only have four affiliates! Try applying at a whole bunch of your favourite sites. It doesn't matter if they say no, at least you tried. Affiliates are a great way to advertise your site!
Getting listed is also a good way to get your site known. Apply to get listed at way more directories. Try going to a directory and then clicking on all the active the directories and applying to get listed.
Entering SOTM's also advertises your site and gives people to check out your site to see if they would vote for you.

Layout/design 8/10
You have a cute layout, but your background and content box just blend together without having any divide between them and it looks a bit sloppy. Try outlining your one box in a thin line of black, it helps distinguish between the background and the content box.
You layout is very easy to navigate though, good job!

Spelling/Grammar 5/5
I can't find any giant mistakes in your spelling and grammar! Just remember to always put capitals on sentences and use correct punctuation.

Content 2/10
You barely have any content! I cannot tell how long your site has been open though because you have not listed that anywhere, which is really important.
You have only done one review. If you get listed at directories and obtain more affiliates you might get some more requests.
Why do you have a whole other page for old reviews? It is't really needed because you only did one review, which I couldn't even find on your review portfolio page, which is empty. Get rid of the page and just use navigation on your site instead. It's easier and neater.

Introduction 2/5
I like your little story in your introduction! It is so cute and original and really draws me into your site, nice work!
You should really list when your site was established and maybe your name with a link to your userlookup?!?! I'm very glad that you listed your goals in your introduction though, good job!

Coding 4.5/5
From what I can see you have no broken links and all of your navigation works properly!
Like I said before, just adjust your textboxes to be the same length as your link back buttons, it's way neater.

Originality 3.5/5
I love your invitations theme! It is very cute and original as well as the story in your introduction.
Your review site does look like any other review site though. Why not add in a special new category that no other site has or maybe even rankings or a SOTM?
Your review rubrics are super original, nice work!

Organization 9/10
Your site is very organized and you don't really need to use any tables right now because your barely have any content, but is is something to consider when your site gets more popular.

Other Tips
I love your site's theme! Just advertise your site more and you will soon get review requests pouring in!

TOTAL: 39/60

Call sheet

Actor: Nikki
Auditioned on: March 25th, 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back 2.5/5
You have a good amount of buttons, a few more wouldn't be bad for your site but you do have a good variety for people to pick from, nice work. I also noticed your link back buttons all linked back to your site when I clicked on them, so I assumed you had made them all until I read the credits. Try linking the pictures of the link back buttons to the sites who made them or just have the picture, don't link it back to your own site. Your 2nd and 3rd buttons however are not the highest of quality and I would suggest requesting new ones. You can always try making your own too!

Advertising 1/5
Oh no! You don't have any affiliates! Affiliates are so good for your site because it's free advertising! You don't have to wait for people to come to you, try requesting to become affiliates at all your favourite sites! If they say no, so what? You tried and most people will accept! Just make sure requesting is open first! You are however listed at a good amount of places which is good because that makes it easy for people to find your site! Sister/brother sites are also good ideas as well and entering SOTM's can increase the chances of people finding your site.

Layout/design 3/10
I noticed that you made your whole layout! Congratulations! I can tell you worked pretty hard on your site. However, your layout is not very high quality and you have a few coding issues. Your tiled background gives me a headache. I would suggest a solid colour or maybe something with less brighter colours that isn't tiled. It makes your site too busy and overwhelming. Your banner also is not very high-quality. The banner picture is way too pixelated and the banner isn't even in the center of your page. I do like where you placed your navigation and updates though.

Spelling/Grammar 2/5
You have many punctation errors around your site, remember to always use capitals and periods. I also don't know why you talk in the 3rd person all over your site... I mean it is YOUR site. Just say I. It sounds weird when you talk in 3rd person.

Content 3/10
You barely have any content! I know you only opened a month and a bit ago, but that still should have given you enough time to make some more content. Have you even made any requests yet? I don't know because you don't have a portfolio where all your old requests go and there is nothing in pickup. Your resources are pretty good quality, but you need more of them! There isn't too much at all in your content section.

Introduction 1/5
Wow. On your homepage you have so much empty space, which isn't good. You introduction is super short and has such a tiny font, so there is just a gapping space underneath it. Your introduction has a few spelling and grammatical errors, but I'm glad that you mentioned when your site was made and put a link to your userlookup. Also why do you talk about what sites that you are going to make in your introduction? Maybe put that on your userlookup and not on one of your sites. Try talking about your site goals in your introduction instead.

Coding 1/5
Your site has a fair few of coding issues. Maybe its because I'm reviewing in Safari, but I checked in Mozilla FireFox too and everything was the same. Your banner and main content box are not lined up together. Your whole main content box is way of to the right of the page while your banner goes off to the left. Try checking your aligning codes. Also your "Home" navigation does not work. When I leave your home page to go to another link on your site and then I want to go back to the home page the button does not work. Try seeing if your navigation codes match up. Also I would definitely make your main content box smaller and eliminate the giant white space on your home page.

Originality 2/5
Your site looks like any other graphics site to me, except for the layout because you made it yourself, nice work! Try adding more original graphics and why not mix it up a bit and add in a BOTM or a SOTM or maybe even rankings to help spice your site up a bit.

Organization 6/10
Your site is pretty organized, but I would definitely use tables in your "request" section. Here is the coding to help:

Also tables in your "Resources" section and "Pickup" section would make your site so much neater too.

Other Tips
Just make a few major changes to your site and you will on the road to making high-quality graphics and taking requests from people! Just remember, practice makes perfect!

TOTAL: 21.5/60

Call sheet

Actor: Katie
Auditioned on: March 21st, 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back 4.5/5
You have such a great variety of link back buttons for people to choose from! I'm really glad you have a lot because it gives people the convenience to choose their favourite to display on their site. I also am very happy that you made all your link back buttons, simply because you are a button request site and you should display your own work. I would however put your gift buttons in the link back section! They are so lovely as well and it seems like a waste not to use them. The cute little cat on each of your buttons is charming and makes your site stand out. Nice work!

Advertising 3/5
Good work getting listed at directories! This really helps people find your site, especially if you are ranked or recommended in directories. I think you really need to update your inactive affiliates though because only two are on hiatus, one is inactive, one is active again, one links to nowhere, and one is closed. But you do have a good amount of regular affiliates. Just get in the habit of checking your links every month.

Layout/design 10/10
You have a cute layout! It really goes with the theme of the site and the little cats everywhere, I love it! All of your content is easy to find and the colours and background all blend together nicely and are pleasing to the eye. Good work!

Spelling/Grammar 4.5/5
In your introduction you say "When you are requesting, make sure to add anything you want to tell me in 'other' section..." Shouldn't there be a "the" before the word 'other'. Other than that, great spelling and grammar!

Content 7.5/10
Wow, you have made quite a few buttons in a year and a bit, good job! I can see that the quality of the buttons improved as time went on and you got better at making buttons. They still aren't the highest quality ever, but they are still really nice. I guess they just look different because you use Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 to make your buttons instead of paint and GIMP programs. Maybe instead of outlining your text on your buttons in white all the time, try other colours like purple and blue.

Introduction 5/5
You have a simple, but sweet introduction, which I like. Sites don't really need stories and super long introductions to welcome people to their site's. You list all the essential things for an introduction, when your site opened, a link to your name and your goal. Great work, as many people often forget this!

Coding 4.5/5
From what I can see, all of your coding works fine and all the links match up. There are no broken links around your site either. However, for your links in your text, the links are underlined which makes your site look un-organized and confusing. Try taking the underline off the link text. Your site will look so much nicer. I do like the colour of your links, it goes with the layout perfectly!

Originality 4/5
Your choco-cat theme is so cute an original! I love how it's on every one of the buttons you make to link back to your site. I also like how you added an "Extras" section on your site with my more features for people to enjoy. Ever thought about adding something a bit more like a BOTM competition? Going above and beyond always improves your site and makes people remember it better.

Organization 5/10
Your site is organized fairly well, although your updates are pretty confusing and messy. Try not adding actual button links in your updates, but just text links which makes things way neater. Also in your request section instead of ordering all your types of requests in a big line with them all in the middle, try using tables, its so much more neater!!! Here is the coding to help:

Other Tips
I love your site, its really cute! Just try and fix up a few things and your site will be on the road to being in the rankings!

TOTAL: 48/60

Call sheet

Actor: Nath
Auditioned on: March 17th, 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back 4/5
You have a great amount of link back buttons which gives your customers a good variety to pick and choose from! Most are high-quality, but your fourth button is not. I would also suggest making the textboxes underneath the buttons a smaller size, making the heigh way smaller and the width the same as your buttons. Also maybe a button saying "Reviewed at The Silver Book!" might be a good idea. If that's too long then maybe "Reviewed at TSB!"

Advertising 1.5/5
To get your site known to the Neopets site community get listed at as many directories you can! Simply go to one directory that you are already listed in and find all the active directory sites and apply to be listed! you might even get recommended or ranked, which is great for your site! Affiliates are also very important for your site. Don't wait for people to ask you, request on any sites that you like. You never know, people might accept! A sister/brother site could also be a great idea for advertising your site!

Layout/design 10/10
You've made your whole layout! That is very impressive and tells me that you have worked hard on making your site! I also really love the design of your site, it reminds me of a library and you choose a great colour scheme! Nice work!

Spelling/Grammar 2.5/5
In your FAQ's you say "My guild is called The DReam Project..." just un-capatolize the R. In your rules you say "Please, dont'request a review..." put a space between don't and request. In your Inkheart Type review you say "I will also the coding of your site an if there are any inconvenience while I was wandering the site..." this sentence does not make sense. In your Goosebumps type you say "This review does not have an overall score b will post how many errors the site have..." The spelling and grammar do not make sense in this sentence. I saw that you are not American (I'm not either! :D), but good job on the English its pretty good, with just a few simple mistakes. Also remember to use correct punctuation and grammar.

Content 9.5/10
You have done a great amount of reviews, but I'm not sure how long your site has been open because you don't say in your introduction anywhere or on any of your pages. I looked through your updates and it seems like you might have opened on February 4th, 2012 but I'm not sure. It would be a good idea to put that on your site somewhere. Your reviews are good-quality though and thorough, you seem to really help people improve!

Introduction 4/5
I love your introduction! traditionally I don't like long stories at the start of sites, they get boring and are filled with spelling mistakes, but your was interesting and your spelling and grammar was good! Good job! Just remember to somewhere include the date your site opened! Also, if I were you I would make an "extras" category on your site and add in the FAQ's and counter in an extra section because they clutter up your home page.

Coding 4.5/5
All of your coding seems to work, and so do all your links! your site doesn't look weird in other browsers. I like how you linked your name in your introduction to your profile, that is a smart idea and very convenient! One thing though is your affiliates buttons are all sticking together. Try reading about this problem at Frequent Flyer's Top Ten Common Mistakes to solve your problem. I would also make your font size a little bit bigger in all your content boxes and maybe change the font. It just looks a bit to small for my liking. But overall, good job.

Originality 5/5
Your site is super original, I really love how you named your review types after books! I also am very impressed on how many review types you offer, some are very original! Your overall site is great, I have never seen anything like it, great theme for a review site!

Organization 9/10
Your site is pretty organized, although I would organize your old reviews better. They just look all cluttered in a big long list. Try using tables. Here is the coding to help:

Other Tips
I love your sites theme! You just need to fix a few little things and your site will be in the rankings for sure!

TOTAL: 50/60

Call sheet

Actor: Ruby
Auditioned on: March, 15th 2012
Auditioned for: Twelfth Night

Review

Link Back 1/5
You don't really have too many link back buttons. Try adding a few more to your site to give people more selection.
Your first two link back buttons aren't very high-quality. Try requesting buttons from Open Eyes or Perfect Symmetry.
Maybe add a button that says "Reviewed at Scarlet Moon" for people to post on their sites when you have reviewed them.

Advertising 3/5
Try requesting a few more affiliates from other sites! It's a great way of advertising your site!
You are listed at a fair few places, nice work! It doesn't hurt to be listed at more though.
Try adding a sister/brother site for further advertising!

Layout/design 6/10
Your layout is okay quality but not the best. I would have thought your layout might be red and scarlet and stuff because of your sites name. Maybe a banner with a moon would be more suitable.
I like the design of your layout design though, it works really well for a review site!

Spelling/Grammar 5/5
Wow! Your spelling and grammar is great! Only a few tiny punctuation problems, nothing big, good job!

Content 4/10
I can't see how many reviews you have actually done because the coding doesn't work. When I click on the "next" button at the bottom of your first review, it goes to the next page, but there is no scrollbar so I can't get to the bottom of the second review and therefore I can't get to any of your reviews. I really like your idea of organizing your reviews like that, but you need to check your coding.
I like how you have many different types of rubrics of reviews for people to choose from!

Introduction 4.5/5
You have a cool introduction! I like the Petpet idea, that works with the rubrics really well!
I'm really glad that you put when your site opened in your introduction! Some sites don't have that and its hard to tell how much experience they have then.
In your introduction you say "Hi pikachu9090". I think you mean to use the # VISITOR code to say the name of the visitor, not your username.

Coding 1/5
As I mentioned in the content section of this review, you are missing some scrollbars in some sections of your site. I'm not sure if this works in another browser like Internet Explorer, but it doesn't work in Safari or Mozilla Firefox.
This same problem is happening in your extras section. When I click on things I can't scroll down and everything is lost. Here is a picture of what I see. Click here.
A lot of your coding links for navigation around your site are really wonky. Try clicking on all your links and seeing if they really take you to where they say they'll go. Check with the person who made your layout for further help.

Originality 5/5
Your quote of the week is very original, I love it! Maybe put it in the "extras" section of your page though, to help make your home page less cluttered.
I love how you had a layout specially made just for your site! That really makes your site original!
You have a variety of super original rubrics, which I love! It gives people so much selection and they are able to choose the review they think their site really needs!

Organization 7/10
Your site is pretty organized, but I would definitely suggest that you align all your text to the left instead of the center, it just makes everything look neater. The same goes fore your buttons.
You could make your site so much more organized by using tables in areas like the sitely section. Here is the coding to help:

Other Tips
You have a cute site started. Just follow some tips and you'll improve greatly!

TOTAL: 36.5/60

Call sheet

Actor: Misty
Auditioned on: March, 1st 2012
Auditioned for: Twelfth Night

Review

Link Back 2/5
You have a fair number of link back buttons! Good work! This gives people a good selection to choose from when they go to post up your button.
Two of your link back buttons aren't very high quality... and I'm afraid to say but they are yours. I see that you haven't made too many link back buttons by looking in your portfolio. Practice makes perfect. Try reading button making tutorials like this button tutorial or this one for some good ideas.
You don't have to do this but it is ideal to have all your link back buttons made by you because you are a button request site. By doing this you display your work for people to see, and if they like it they will click on your button and hopefully request! Maybe try woking on that in the future, although the buttons other people have made you are very nice.

Advertising 4.5/5
Wow! You are listed at a ton of sites, good work!
You also have a good amount of affiliates too, the more the better!
Maybe try adding in a sister/brother site to get some extra advertising in?

Layout/design 9/10
I am very impressed that you made your whole layout yourself! That just tells me that you have spent a lot of time and effort making your site!
I enjoy your colour scheme and I love how it goes with the cute little princess at the side of your page.

Spelling/Grammar 3.5/5
In your introduction you say "Here you will be able to find a range of pixels and backgrounds which I hope you enjoy what I have to offer here..." This sentence is a bit awkward with the what and which in it. Try saying "On this page you will be able to find a range of different pixels and backgrounds! I hope you enjoy what I have to offer here..."
Under "Credits" you spelled background "Backgrond".
Always remember to use punctuation and to use it correctly. Around your site some sentences are missing periods and some words are missing commas. I would suggest you read through your whole site to fix these tiny little mistakes.

Content 8.5/10
You have a good amount of pixels and backgrounds! Nice work! A few more wouldn't hurt though. I understand it takes a while :)
All your content is good quality. I can see that you've worked hard to making your graphics.
Try adding a few more resources to your site. They are the kind of pixel people use most.

Introduction 4/5
You have a really long introduction! I would shorten it a bit, long introduction bore people a little.
You don't say when your site first opened! Its always a good thing to include so reviewers know how long you have been open and customers can tell how experienced you are at what you do.
There are a few minor grammar issues which I have addressed above, but spelling is good.

Coding 1.5/5
In your introduction when you say your name, try linking your name back to your userlookup so people can quickly go there to check your lookup out and/or neomail you. Its just more convenient. Try doing that whenever you say "Neomail me" on your page.
Why is all your text in your whole site coded to the center of the page?? That just doesn't look very organized at all. Try coding your text to be aligned form the left. It will look so much better, trust me.
You first header's text is too big for its box. Try using a different font and lowering the size of the font. Your second header is beautiful! I would really get rid of the third header if I were you because it is hard to read and not very nice to look at.
Some of your buttons in various sections of your site are stuck together with no space between them. Check out Turnips rule #2 in "Top 10 Common mistakes" at Frequent Flyer. Do the same thing with the affilates and listed at buttons.
Your 4th button's code links to your userlookup!

Originality 4/5
I must say your layout is supper original because you made it! So kudos to you for doing that!
Your site is basically just like any request site though. Why not add in something special to spice it up like a BOTM or GOTM competition to get people more involved in your site.
Making even more types of graphics could also increase the originality of your site.

Organization 5/10
Like I mentioned above, you really need to change your text alignment to the left.
You could make your site so much more organized by using tables! Here is the coding to help:

Other Tips
Good job on your site! I am really impressed you made your layout! Maybe you should start offering layout requests!

TOTAL: 42/60

Call sheet

Actor: Cynthia
Auditioned on: February, 27th 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back 5/5
You have a good number of link back buttons and I am very glad that you made them all yourself! (It's a good idea to always make your link back buttons when you are a button request so you can display your beautiful work for people to see!) Your link back buttons are also fairly high-quality and pleasant to look at. If you made all your link back buttons you don't really need the "Buttons are linked to their creators. If it's not linked then I made it. c:" at the top of the page if you have made them all. Only put this up if you have buttons made by other people (which I don't recommend because you should display your beautiful work!)

Advertising 3.5/5
You have a fair few affies and listers! Try going through Soroptimist Directory and apply to be listed in all the active sites to help get your sites name known. A few more affilates wouldn't hurt either, try applying at a few more places. Remember it's okay if they don't accept, just try new sites! Requesting reviews and getting entered in SOTMs are also great ways to advertise. And because you are a button request site try entering some BOTMs to show off what you can do!

Layout/design 7.5/10
Congratulations on taking a premade layout and editing it to what you want! The layout coding is a bit weird in Mozilla FireFox and Safari. Maybe try checking what your site looks like in every browser just to make sure all of the coding works. I'll add a picture under this category in the review so you can see what I see and mean about the coding. I do like the design and colours of your layout, but the link back box seems to be in a weird place. It's just sticking out of the side of the main content box. Maybe try making a bigger box and including the navigation in it in the top left corner instead of having it all alone on the bottom of the page.

Click here to see the picture!

Spelling/Grammar 4.5/5
When you say "Welcome to Inspire, a custom buttons website created by yours truly, Cynthia." in your introduction, try making your name a link to your layout. It's more convenient! Also, try to remember all of your punctuation, you have missed putting periods and commas around your site! Just read through everything and fix those tiny little mistakes :) (Everybody makes them!) I also noticed that you say "please" a lot and that you are very polite! I like that a lot; it is very professional!

Content 6/10
You haven't made to many buttons, try advertising your site more using the tops I said in the advertising section. I like how your made your portfolio so organized and easy to access and find the content. Your content is okay quality and I can tell that you have gotten better every button you make. Practice makes perfect so just keep it up and you will be on your way to a really high-quality button site! Your layouts are also very nice, although they all have the coding problem I talked about before in Mozilla FireFox and Safari.

Introduction 3.5/5
I LOVE the start of your introduction! It just draws me into your site! Your introduction really goes with the name of your site. But, at the end of your introduction when you say "Starting from Febuary 20th of 2012, Inspire has also added premade buttons!" it confused me a bit. Did your site open on February 20th 2012? I'm pretty sure you didn't, but it definelty messed me up because I did your whole review thinking that and then I had to go back and re-do it. I'm sure this will really confuse people. Try putting the date your site opened in the introduction to stop any confusion.

Coding 3.5/5
All your coding seems to be in order, except for the layout problem I have mentioned before and all of your textboxes that people can copy to get your buttons are all missing the border equals "0" coding. You don't want people to have ugly, big borders on your buttons! Here is one of your buttons coded correctly:

Originality 2/5
Your site isn't the most original site that I have ever seen before and looks a bit like any other button site. I like how you took a premade layout and re-moddled it to fit your site. Why not add something even more to your site like a BOTM or Rankings, to help advertise your site and increase originality and interest.

Organization 10/10
Your site is very organized and I like how you have lots of navigation to help people get around. Your portfolio is also very well organized and I can find anything I want around your site, which is great and is very convenient for people.

Other Tips
Please add the date your site was established! It is very helpful to know when reviewing. Other than that, just keep working at your site and you'll improve!

TOTAL: 45.5/60

Call sheet

Actor: Kay
Auditioned on: February, 9th 2012
Auditioned for: Hamlet

Review

Link Back 4/5
All of your link back buttons are high-quality and you have a great number of them for people to choose from too! I like how you have buttons that say "Reviewed at Shenyi" and "Certified Typo-free at Shenyi". It gives your customers more choice when it comes to picking buttons and they can pick their favourites! Maybe try un-sticking your buttons. I notice that they are all touching and there is no space between them. This looks messy and un-organized. Try reading #2 in The Top 10 Mistakes at Frequent Flyer to solve your situation.

Advertising 5/5
You have a good amount of affilates and you are listed at a fair amount of directories! Maybe try going through the directory links at Soroptimist and requesting at be listed at all the active directories! I'm glad that your site is entered in a few SOTM's too, that is great advertising for your site!

Layout/design 6/10
Your layout is better than most, I like how you have two cute pictures of pandas on each side of the layout instead of the traditional banner at the top of the page. You navigation links are very small though. I would maybe request/make a layout with all the navigation links on the same side of the page, not broken up at the top. Also your two pictures and your main content box are not all alined the same. Move your pictures and navigation up so that it is line with your main content box, which makes your site look so much neater. If you want to request a new layout try Opulence or The ice cream cart.

Spelling/Grammar 5/5
All your spelling and grammar seems to be great! Just remember to try and condense your sentences so you don't have stuff like "This site is cool. We offer requests. We opened June, 3rd 2010." Instead condense it and say "This cool site opened on June, 3rd 2010 and we offer many requests!"

Content 9/10
You've only completed two reviews that I can see, but I saw that your site opened and closed and then re-opened so I'm assuming you've done many more reviews but just cleaned them out :) Your reviews are very detailed and helpful and you also have many other cool features in your site! All of your guidelines are very informative and they all make sense. I like how you have rankings too! Its a great extra feature to add to your site!

Introduction 4.5/5
You have a great introduction! I can see no spelling or grammar troubles but I would try and combine and condense some of your sentences, like I said in the "Spelling/Grammar" section. I'm so glad that you don't have little story, those are cool but can be really boring in my opinion and not even relate to the site. I also enjoy how you explain what your site offers to your customers and your goals. Great work!

Coding 3.5/5
You coding is good, I would just make your navigation links bigger (like I said before) and organize them so they aren't copped apart at the top of the page but on the side of the page. Also the buttons in your Updates, Retrieve, Compendium, Rankings, Redirect and Sister site are all sticking together so I would recommend going to #2 in The Top 10 Mistakes at Frequent Flyer to solve your situation like I said before.

Originality 5/5
Your site is actually pretty original! I like how you have different names for sections of your site like "Compendium" and Retrieve". It can be a bit confusing at times, but it still is original. I also really enjoy the "Promised Beginnings" part of your site, it is really great and a helpful way to find and encourage new site owners!

Organization 9/10
Your site is very organized, the only problem would be the navigation, which I already talked about. Other than that good job! I can find all yoru content and all your links work and your content is very organized, neat and easy to find.

Other Tips
Your site is really cute and original and you offer such helpful services to your customers! Great job, great site!

TOTAL: 51/60

Call sheet

Actor: Lizzie
Auditioned on: February, 8th 2012
Auditioned for: Othello

Review

Pros Good qualities about your site
You have a layout from a high-quality site, looks good!

All your spelling and grammar from what I can see is good.


Cons Things that you need to improve on
You barely have any sites listed... try listing sites and then neomailing people to tell them, instead of just waiting for people to request.

Why do you have two banners? Its kinda cluttery and un-organized. Try requesting a new layout from either Here or Here. It will make your site so much more organized!

Why do you have a little link at the top of each page saying "Click here to return home"? I spent so much time trying to find how to get back to the homepage and then I saw this little link, I missed it before! Why not add a "Home" into your navigation at the side? It is so much more convenient. Try doing the same with "Sitely" because at the bottom of the home page is not a good place for it.

Don't have all your text on your homepage alligned to the center, it makes everything looks cluttered... also tables are your best friend! They make everything so much more organized! Try this code!

You only have one affilate and are listed at only three directories? You need to apply to become affilates with more sites and to get listed at more places! It is such a good way to advertise your site!

A few more link back buttons for people to choose from wouldn't hurt either. Here are some good sites to request from, Whirligig and Open Eyes.


Other Comments
You have the makings of a good site, just get a whole lot more content and organize your site more and you will be on your way to having a very successful directory!

Call sheet

Actor: Amalie
Auditioned on: February, 5th 2012
Auditioned for: Othello

Review

Pros Good qualities about your site
You have the cutest link back buttons! They are really high quality and the colours blend together very nicely!

You have a good amount of content for a newly opened site, I thought you would have way less.

Your layout is organized well and it is easy to navigate around your site!

Your graphics are pretty good quality! Good job!


Cons Things that you need to improve on
Your layout is a bit messed up in Safari and Firefox, it seems your background picture is to small and does not match the background colour where there is no picture. Maybe it looks different to you because you use another browser, so if I were you check how your site looks in all browsers and maybe add a sign saying what browser your site looks its best in. The poogles in your layout are really cute though!

You don't really have to much content on your homepage, maybe make your updates box bigger to make it easier for people to read and increase your font size a little bit.

In your introduction you repeat words a lot and you could combine and condense your sentences. Just read through it and try and condense your sentences without repeating a lot of words.

Yikes you have no layouts! I know that you are a new site, but try and at least get at least one layout on there so people can see your work and decide if they want to come back and request a layout when you open requests.

Maybe you should call your "Extras" category "Resources" because you only have a few bullets in that section. Try and and a few more things for people to use on their sites like "Reviews are open" signs and envelopes.

If you are a layout site I would suggest that you use your own layout to display your work instead of someone else making your layout.


Other Comments
Wow, good job for a new site! You already have a good amount of affilates and listers and even a sister site! Just fix your few mistakes and add some content and your site will be great!

Call sheet

Now Closed
Actor: Mimi
Auditioned on: January, 31st 2012
Auditioned for: Othello

Review

Pros Good qualities about your site
You have a really cute layout that is high-quality and easy to navigate.

You make such high-quality buttons, I'm sure your waiting list will always be full! They are eye-catching and pretty and they make people want to click on them!

I love how you added your button portfolio into your website, rather than putting it on a whole new page! Really good idea and it keeps everything neat and organized.

Your site is so organized and neat, I can find everything in its right place!

I couldn't find any spelling or grammar problems!

Cons Things that you need to improve on
I would recommend getting a banner with your site's name on it so its easier to know what site you are at rather than looking in the description.

Your "Home" section is a bit bare. Maybe when you renovate your site you could add your updates to the "Home" section in a big scroll box and then add your new sections to where the updates were. Having the updates in a whole page is a bit unorganized.

In your "Link back" section your link back buttons are not alined with the text boxes. Try putting the image codes each on a separate line to separate them. Or you could check out Turnips rule #2 in "Top 10 Common mistakes" at Frequent Flyer. Do the same thing with the affilates and listed at buttons.

Other Comments
This is the cutest site, I love your buttons! You just have a few minor mistakes that I'm sure will all be fixed up with your re-vamp! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Call sheet

Now Closed
Actor: Jessi
Auditioned on: January, 31st 2012
Auditioned for: Othello

Review

Pros Good qualities about your site
I'm glad that you made your link-back buttons for your site! It is a great way to display your work for people coming to your site to see what you have to offer.

You have made quite a few buttons! Good for you!

You made the whole layout yourself! That is really original and I can tell that you put a lot of work into making your site!

I love the font you used in your banner and for your updates and navigation It looks really good with the colours of your layout!

Cons Things that you need to improve on
Your introduction is a bit choppy, maybe say why you started the site and why you like making buttons and why people should choose your buttons.

Maybe make a section called "Vote for me?" and place the buttons of your SOTMs and BOTMs in it, it makes your site look more organized.

In your rules you should put your example button in the middle of the page, also add in a few more example buttons to give people more variety of what you are capable of doing.

You have a huge page for your button portfolio! I like how you have it on a separate page, but maybe you should get a smaller layout so it looks like you've done more buttons than you really have. You don't need to put them in a scroll box, just a smaller layout is more organized, neater and easier to see your beautiful buttons.

You should make your middle scroll box in your layout a bit bigger so you can fit three buttons on one line. It looks a bit unorganized with a bunch of blank space beside two buttons. Plus it creates more room!

You should apply to become affilates with some more sites, four is great, but the more the merrier! It is great advertising!

In your credits section you have link-back buttons and word links. Make it all either link-back buttons or word links, preferably word links. It look way neater.

Your buttons aren't the highest of quality... But kudos to you for making them! I can't even make a single button to save my life ;) Try looking through this button tutorial or this one for some good ideas.

Other Comments
You have a cute site, I just think you need to tweak a few things and practice making buttons! It is way better than anything I could do, so good for you! Also why don't you enter a BOTM to show off your work? It will get more customers coming to your site!

Call sheet

Actor: Simba
Auditioned on: January 26th 2012
Auditioned for: Twelfth Night

Review

Link Back 2.5/5
Your link back buttons are cute and I'm glad you have more than one, but I would suggest a few more. Variety is important and you want visitors to have a good selection of choice.
Your buttons are okay quality, but I do think that your second one is kind of annoying flashing the words all the time. I also don't think you really need to link back to the site because they are closed.
Your buttons have giant blue borders around them... try setting the border to zero in the code. (remember to do in the textboxes too!) Here is an example of the first button

I would also suggest putting your second textbox under the middle button, that way it looks less cluttered.

Advertising 3.5/5
You are listed a a good amount of directories, nice job!
I would recommend that you get a few more affilates, don't just wait for people to ask you, try requesting at other sites as well!
Maybe enter some of your graphics in contests like Day Dream or Kelp.

Layout/design 5/10
Your layout is cute but I would definitely suggest a new one. I looked at the site where your got your layout and they have defiantly improved in making layouts. Try going to Opulence or The ice cream cart.
Your scrollbox that all your main content is in is super tiny! It needs to be so much bigger! It is so frustrating trying to find or just look at stuff in boxes that are so small. When you update your layout make sure that you have big enough scroll boxes for your content as to tiny ones just frustrate people.
I love the colour of your layout though! Great pick to go with the name Brushstrokes. :)

Spelling/Grammar 2/5
In your introduction you say "Brushstrokes opened on January 4, 2011 but was originally named Simba's Art Request" Try saying "Originally Brushstrokes opened on January 4th, 2011 as "Simba's Art Request because..." and then say why you opened your site. Also your fourth in the date should have a "th" at the end.
In your story into you say "Well! Read on ahead!" Condense it and say "Well, read on ahead!"
In your story the draik says "What good is all my money? you are missing the quotation mark in front of the W.
In the story you also say "through the city offer a reward to anyone..." You need the word "to" before the word offer.
In the story you say "she would draw anything that catches her eye." Change catches to the past tense. (Caught)
In many places in your site you forget capitols at the start of sentences and the correct punctuation at the end. Its not very professional.
In Rule 8 you say "If your art request is for a application please notify me". "a" should be "and".
In Rule 11 you say "Don't use my any of my or other peoples request" What does that even mean??
Under requests you say "I will only take 3 art request at a time." Put an "s" on the end of "art".
Under current featured site you say "Chinensis Designs is personally one of my favorite graphic request site" Put an "s" on the end of "graphic".
There are way to many spelling and Grammar errors in your site. Please read through all your content and correct everything...

Content 3/10
You've been a request site for a year and you only have 12 graphics?!? Try making various content for people to use other than just taking requests.
Your graphics aren't very high-quality. Try reading graphic making tutorials to get better and instead of just using paint, try downloading GIMP for free or buying photoshop to improve the quality of your graphics.

Introduction 2/5
Your whole introduction is awkwardly worded and kind of choppy. Condense and combine sentences and try not to use the word "and" a lot.
You really need to re-read your introduction story. It has so many spelling and grammar mistakes in it!
Your story is cool but I would definitely say either get rid of it or shorten it immensely! I'm sorry but I got really bored reading it and it isn't necessary.

Coding 3.5/5
In your introduction you say "Hello, 4present4future!" That is your own username! Try the code

Instead of saying "My name is Simba (4present4future)." with it all linked to your userlookup, just say "My name is Simba" and keep the link to your userlookup. You don't need to include your username if it just links back to it.
In your credits you have all word links and one button link back. Make everything either word links or button links, it looks neater.

Originality 4/5
Your site layout is pretty original, I like it.
You make original graphics.
Your site has no special qualities though. Try thinking of new ideas to combine in your site that no one else has to make it unique and different. People like change and trying new things. Why not make a GOTM competition?

Organization 6/10
Your site would be so much more organized if you had a different layout!
Your content will be so much more organized if the scrollboxes were bigger...

Other Tips
Why do you have a "My use" section? Don't put that on your site for everyone to see... just keep in a word document for your own use... It kinda looks un-professional on your site.
Your sites name is very cute! Just follow some of the tips in the review to make your site better and soon it can have some great potential! Please come back for a re-review if you want :)

TOTAL: 31.5/60



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