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You walk slowly up the stair case, and approach a massive set of wooden doors. You stand there, but decide to open them. They creak open, and you find yourself standing in a beautiful room, with tall marble beams. At the far edge of the room, the queen sits on a throne embedded with diamonds and rubies. "I need help." you say. "My site is run down, and I had no choice but to come to you, your highness." The queen smiles kindly and says, "Why, your site only needs a Touch of Charm."

Welcome to Touch of Charm, a review site that has been helping you and your site since August 1st, 2010.


Updates:

August 21, 2010:
FINALLY! The petpages are fixed!!! Bad news is that I'm not going to be online for a while, and school is starting super soon. :/ I'm so sorry everyone, I don't think I'll be able to finish the waiting reviews.

Updates cleared August 21, 2010


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Reviews are: CLOSED





Waiting List:
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Reviews/Criteria


IE & M/D/Y

First Impression: What do my eyes lay upon when I first see your site? Do I see way too bright text, or an overly large banner? This will determine whether or not I want to explore the rest of your site.

Layout: Do you have a premade? Or did someone make you a custom? Is it sloppy, or neat and well put together?

Content: Is your content good and worth using? Here, I'll tell you what content needs to be removed and/or added.

Organization: Nobody wants to visit a sloppy site. Have you put everything where it should be?

Originality: What's different about your site, and stands out?

Grammar/spelling: I list your spelling errors, and minor grammar problems that needs to be fixed.

Sitely: What kind of affiliates do you have? Are you listed at big directories where people can find your site easily?

Bonus points: Bonus points will be awarded if you have anything extra or I think your site really and truly has potential, and would succeed in the future.

Overall: Here I will put what you need to work on most, and what your overall score is.



Reviews:

IE & August 9, 2010

First Impression: I already feel like I'm in space when I enter the site, so I'm hoping that's the theme you're trying to give. (: But then my eyes drift toward the police banner and it goes downhill from there. :/ It totally ruins the space effect, and part of the banner. Do you really need it? I don't think so. :/ So I would suggest removing it, soon. Most reviewers are not fond of those banners anyways. But then I notice something vital missing from your site. The introduction! Where is it?! The name does explain what type of site you own, but the intro could add a lot to the space theme, and attract more visitors. ^^ Not a good first impression. :/

Layout: I think you need a new banner with a better space image. Why don't you request from Artificial Love or Kyuki? The little red envelope you use beside your username is also very annoying. :/ Why don't you just link through your username and get rid of the envelope? That way, people can click on the username, and go straight to neomailing you. It would look better, too. The layout is nice, but you're missing a lot of sections. Awards & Site Reviews are basically your Sitely section, and you also need a Credits section so you can put who made your layout, or where you got the envelopes from. Crediting is very important, and if you don't credit it could ruin your site. :/ I personally like the layout, even though it could be more unique, but only a few points lost.

Content: I think you have a great amount of avatars to lend, which will attract more visitors. But you could always get more. What about the FQD avvie, or the Zafara Double Agent Plushie avvie? Those are popular and lots of people are seeking them. Your rules are very strict, and that's good, since lending is very serious. ^^ Good job here, no points lost.

Organization: Removing the envelope will help some, since you use it so many times through out the site. Under Succesful Lents, I think you should put the avvie under the desription of who was lent. It would look neater. (: Your link back buttons should be put together like the ones here on this site. And your textboxes are very bulky. Use the code provided HERE (under examples, click on text areas), to customize them and change the size. I think you're pretty organized all together, since you just have small problems to fix. ^^ Couple of points lost.

Orginality: I think the space theme is unique, but you could add more to make the site go even better with it. Maybe your News & Updates could be titled Space Reports, or your Lending Criteria could be called Prepare for Takeoff since the rules prepare you for lending. Be unique as possible, and the site will seem fun and exciting, and not just a boring lending site.

Grammar/Spelling: Under your General Rules & Regulations, at the end of the italicized sentence under rule 7, you have added the word "that". It needs to be removed so it says "from their account." In rule 13, the second word, "I'm" should be capatlized like so. In your link back button section, the "EDIT: More buttons arriving soon." should be a NOTE, not an EDIT. But this note is not needed anyways. :/ Under your affiliation form, in that small paragraph you have there, "Ive" should be spelled like this: "I've", and "perused" should be spelled like this: "persued". That's all, but you lost points due to the amount of errors.

Sitely: The 2nd to last and 5th link back button are low-quality, and I would suggest requesting one from The Florist. Soph makes amazing buttons, and you're sure to end up up with a much better one. (: You have a variety of affiliates, and it's good to see that most of them are of your own kind. But you should have more. Visit a large directory like Soroptimist to find some more lending sites. ^^ A couple of points lost.

Bonus Points: +2 because I know if you work on the site a bit, you will have a LOT of visitors. I noticed you have 180 lending requests! Awesome job!

Overall: You have a great site, but it needs a lot of work. I hope this review helps, so good luck! Score-85/100--Go pick up a reward!




IE & August 8, 2010


First Impression: So, I've seen this layout before, right? Luv Fashion Reviews has the exact same one. :/ I seriously think you should have a completely different one then your other site. You have the same background and everything. :/ The banner is also very plain. Are you into anime? I'm not the biggest fan of it, but wouldn't it be cool if you had an anime girl walking out of a cloud or mist as the image for your banner? It could be like she was walking out of reality. Pretty neat, huh? But there are tons of other things you could do for your banner that would go well with the name. I do like the bright summery colors the site has, though. So a guess it was a good first impression. ^^ Only a couple of points lost.

Layout: Like I said, a totally unique and different layout add a nice touch to this site. Everything is nice and neat, but I think your introduction paragraph is super long. Add that to the Critique, Non-Neo Related, Non-Neo, and Goodbye introduction paragraphs, you have WAY too much to read beside the stories. Most people wouldn't read of all of that. I think you should put Vote for Me? under that random Tree Top button you have at the top of your site. The layout all together is nice, so only a couple of points lost again.

Content: I myself am an avid writer, and will sometimes write chapters and chapters of a story at a time,. I usually can tell which stories are just plain boring. I think yours are pretty good, Izzy! I definitely want to see more, though. ^^ Awesome job here. No points lost.

Organization: Your site is super neat, and it's great how you keep so much content on the sidebar, not on the main page. But your sidebar is very long. Is there any way you could shorten it to dismiss some scrolling? I think you should put your bookmarks, affies, yellow pages, and and book awards like you have them at Luv Fashion Reviews. You have a lot going straight down, which causes more scrolling. ^^ I know it just adds another thing that's identical to your other site, but organization is important. ^^ A couple of points lost.

Orginality: You already lost points since the layout is not orginal from your other at all. :/ I think there are already stories on Yooyuball, though. Why don't you write about a magical item in Neopia, instead of a popular sport that most writing sites would feature? Think of something no one would write about, and you should definitely find that more visitors will come. (: A few points lost.

Grammar/Spelling: In your intro, when Izzy starts talking, you forgot to add a quotation mark at the beginning of Hello. Under your Critique section, the second sentence should say this: "She looks up at you and smiles." Under Goodbye, you forgot to put a quotation mark at the beginning of, "You're going to buy these books?" and "Okay, here you go."

Sitely: Okay, so I definitely think you could have more link back buttons. 3 is a low amount, so maybe you could request from Whirligig? Last time I checked, her requests were open. (: But I noticed that ALL of your affies are writing sites. You should put a note that states you're looking for writing sites only. If you AREN'T looking for just writing sites, why don't you get some non-writing site affies, soon? Maybe my site Cherri Top would be a good candidate? You have lots of listers, so way to go on that. ^^ Pretty good here. A few points lost.

Bonus Points: +2 points for your success in site-making. I know you will own great sites in the future as well. (: Congrats, Izzy.

Overall: You have a great site, but the layout hurt you since it isn't different. I think your site would be a lot better with a new one. (: Score-88/100---Go pick up a reward!



IE & August 5, 2010


First Impression: Your site loads pretty quickly, so congrats to that. But my eyes start to focus on this sad anime girl sitting there, and I think, "What does this have to do with pie? I mean, the name is Delicious Pie, right?" ^^ So, I would reccomended getting a new banner, or go on a revamp and come back with a pie-theme. If you want anime, that's fine. But it would look a lot better. :/ If you keep the anime, try getting an image that isn't so sad, and I would highly suggest using brighter, more summery colors. Then I see a tiny piece of the neopets bar hanging from under your navigation. :/ Nobody wants that, so maybe you could visit this CSS Guide to remove it. ^^ Points lost. :/

Layout: Your layout is great, since Idiosyncratic makes amazing ones. (: ^^ But you still need one that is pie-themed. :/ The layout all-together is very neat and simple, so no points lost. ^^ Good job. (:

Content: It looks like you get a lot of entries and contestants! I'll definitely have to enter the SOTM soon. (: And you also have the most awards out of any BOTM/SOTM site I've seen. I think you manage the competitions well, and keep all of the content together and where it should be. But when you describe why you like that site or button, I think you should express yourself more, and add a few more sentences. ^^ No points lost.

Organization: I think you're pretty organized here, but for the "Entering:closed, Voting:opened, voting will start on August 1st 2010!!" I think you should stack those on top of each other. It would look a lot neater. (:

Orginality: :/ I think you're just like any other BOTM/SOTM site. There is nothing really orginal about your competitions. Like I've said before, you should add some "umph" to it, to attract more visitors. Maybe you could host crazy competitions no one has every seen before? That would be fun, but it's up to you. ^^ Points lost. :/

Grammar/Spelling: I see a lot of mistakes, so let's start with your introduction. :/ The first sentence should say, "Hello, pixel234__, and welcome to Delicious Pie SOTM/BOTM!" There is another sentence that should be changed to this: "This is a site/button of the month site, where you can enter or vote for your favorite site/button!" Under the FAQ, you have forgotten to capatilize the letter "i" a few times, which is a big mistake. :/ In your Credits section, "Layout & CSS as Nikki" should say, "Layout & CSS by Nikki". I think that's all, but you lost points. :/

Sitely: As I look through your affiliates, I hardly see any SOTM/BOTM affies. Why you have so many art and graphic affies, I don't know. :/ Check Soroptimist for tons of contest sites to add as affies. But you do have a great amount of listers, so awesome job there. (: I'm scanning through your link back buttons even though they aren't in your "Sitely". They are generally considered sitely anyways. :/ The last 3 on the first row are low-quality, so I would suggest getting rid of them. It wouldn't matter since you have so many buttons anyways. The first one on the last row should be removed as well. :/ But the rest are high-quality and very good. (: ^^ Only lost a couple of points.

Bonus Points: I'm going to have to pass on these, since I honestly don't see anything worth giving them out for. :/

Overall: I think you have a great and popular site, so I would assume it would continue longer. There are always going to be things that need to be fixed on a site, so use my tips, and your site should improve hopefully, a lot. (: Score-87/100---Go pick up a reward!



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