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I guess you could probably see this coming, huh?
I hate to be the kind of person to start a site and then lose interest right away, but I just can't stay motivated. My life is busy, and I just find writing reviews a boring obligation. Affiliates, listers, please remove my link. Thank you very much to anyone who ever made me a graphic. I'm sorry that your work will go to waste. I will leave this page up just in case, but I can't see myself ever coming back to this site. Reviewing was enjoyable at first, but it just isn't anymore. So good luck with your sites everyone.

~Esme

Hi there, I'm Esme! Welcome to Buried Treasure, a review site that opened on November 6th, 2012. I am here to provide you with high-quality reviews to help you improve your site. Let's get started, and we'll find the true treasure buried in your site.

You are walking down the sandy shore, looking for... something. You're not really sure what, but you'll know it when you find it. You're concentrating intensely, so you don't notice the girl and her Gelert sitting on the edge of the beach until you almost trip over them. The girl turns and smiles at you, while the Gelert looks at you lazily. You apologize profusely, but she waves it off. No, no. I could see that you were searching, and you must not interrupt a searcher's concentration. You ask her if she knows what you're searching for. Oh! she says, No, I don't. But I'll help you find out. She and the Gelert get up quickly and set off down the beach, beckoning for you to follow.

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Updates

November 26th, 2012: Got listed at Ihsu directory!

November 24th, 2012: One new affiliate, Promise!

November 22nd, 2012: One new link back button from Open Eyes! Updated my accomplishments!

November 21st, 2012: Entered the site competition at Plaudits! Please consider voting for me when voting starts!

November 20th, 2012: Received my review from Frequent Flyer! It was very helpful, thank you Turnip! Two new extras, Archives and Accomplishments! One new affiliate, Deeppink!

November 18th, 2012: Requested a review from Frequent Flyer!

November 17th, 2012: One new affiliate, Imperfect Perfection!



Directions for Searching//Rules

The girl stops suddenly and you almost bump into her. She spins around to face you. I just realized that I never told you how to search! Well, here are some guidelines to keep you from going astray, she says. Then she begins to speak.

Rules

1. You must link back to Buried Treasure before, during, and after your review. Do not put my button under "affiliates," "listers," or anything of the like. The most convenient way is to have a separate "reviews" section on your sitely page.

2. Please only request a review when requests are open.

3. I can review sites in Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. If you know that your site malfunctions in certain browsers, feel free to mention that in your form. If specifications are not made, I will review in Chrome.

4. Please do not make any major changes to your site (new layout, huge content revamp, etc.) between the time you request a review and the time it is ready for pickup. Please include the term "edible USB" somewhere in your form so I know that you have read the rules.

5. I do offer re-reviews, but it must be at least three weeks after your previous review, and you must have made major changes to your site.

6. Your neomail inbox must not be full while I am reviewing you. I need to communicate with you while reviewing your site.

7. I do not, at this time, review guilds or any unfinished pages. The exceptions to these rules are the Q & A and visual rubrics, as they do not necessarily take your content into account.

8. Completed reviews will be removed from the pickup page after one week. If you are unable to pick up your review in this time, please let me know. I would be happy to put it back up for you!

The girl smiles at you. Now, let's figure out what you're looking for!


Treasures//Rubrics

The girl leads you to a signpost, then turns and smiles at you. This board lists all of the treasure buried on the beach! Hopefully you can figure out what you're looking for. You see that the sign board is divided into sections. At the top, there's a sort of dictionary.

Searcher's Dictionary

Length of Search: How long will the review take? As a general rule, long reviews will be more in-depth and short reviews will be more like overviews.

Searcher: What type of page would benefit from this review?

Map: A brief description of the review.

Amount of Treasure Recovered: Your final score.

Would I Search for This Treasure Again?: Would I revisit your site?

Would I Show the Map to Others?: Would I recommend your site to others?

The girl says from behind you, You are now ready to choose your treasure! Let's get started, shall we?

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Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application SpecialProofread | Link Sweep

Treasure Chest//In-Depth

Length of Search: Long
Searcher: Any type of site
Map: This is the classic pirate treasure, a chest containing everything you could dream of. I will scrutinize every aspect of your site. From big things like the layout, to tiny details like linked borders, it will be covered in this review. Both the content and the visuals are taken into account, and suggestions are given on how to improve your site.

First Impression/Introduction /10

I'll be looking at my first impression of your site. What catches my eye? Am I overwhelmed by bright colours? Do I want to find out more about your site? I will also be looking at the introduction and whether it gives all necessary information and explains your site well.

Layout /25

Is your layout larger than an average person's screen resolution, or does it fit nicely? Does it have a clear colour scheme, or do the colours not fit together? Is your site's name visible? The design and functionality of your layout will be covered in this section.

Organization /10

I will be checking to see if you use your space correctly, if your site is easy to navigate, and if everything is easy to find. This section is all about overall convenience for the visitor.

Content /30

This is the biggest part of your site. If you run a graphics site, how well-made are your graphics? And how many do you have? Is this a reasonable amount based on the age of your site? If you run a review site, are your reviews high-quality and fair, or biased? The text, graphics, and everything else your site offers will be evaluated in this section.

Spelling/Grammar/Professionalism /15

I will be proofreading and checking over your site on the lookout for any errors. In addition, things like overuse of smilies and caps lock will be looked for.

Sitely /5

I will be checking if your sitely page is well organized, if you have an adequate number of link back buttons, and you have an appropriate number of affiliates and listers, based on the type of site you run.

Amount of Treasure Recovered /100

An overview of your review, any major points that need to be emphasized, and your final score.

Would I Search for This Treasure Again?

Yes/No
Why will I/won't I?

Would I Show the Map to Others?

Yes/No
Why is your site recommended/not recommended?
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Gold and Pyrite//Pro/Con

Length of Search: Short
Searcher: Any type of site
Map: Some coins in this chest are made out of solid gold, while others are made out of pyrite, or fool's gold. I will write a few short sentence under both categories: pros and cons. I will be focusing on major things like layout, quality of content, and quantity of content. These will be things that stand out most, and I will also be explaining why they are good or bad.

Pros

Here is a pro. It's a positive thing about your site. Why is it positive?
Here's another.
And another.

Cons

Here is a con. It's a negative thing about your site. Why is it negative? How can you fix it?
Here's another.
And another.

Final Comments

A final summary and emphasis of important points.

Would I Search for This Treasure Again?

Yes/No

Why won't I/will I?

Would I Show the Map to Others?

Yes/No

Why is your site recommended/not recommended?

  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Mystery Chest//Q & A

Length of Search: Short to long
Searcher: Any type of site
Map: Who knows what will be found in this chest? You control it. When filling out your request form, at the end of it you will write one question you would like to ask me about your site. I will respond with as much help and advice as I can. Then you can ask a new question, or ask me to elaborate on my previous answer. This will continue until you can ask no more questions. This type review will not be posted on the site, as the answers are given over neomail.
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Golden Coins//Content

Length of Search: Short to long
Searcher: Generally premade graphics sites, but can work for other sites, too.
Map: For this treasure, the worth of the chest will be ignored, and the contents will be appraised. This is a rubric focusing on only the content of your site. I will use both high-quality and low-quality examples of your site's content, and elaborate on what makes them high-quality or low quality, and what you need to improve. I will also be looking at whether or not you have a suitable amount of content for your site's age. The length of this review changes depending on how much content your site has.

Quantity of Content /10

If you have a 2 month old graphic site, I expect you to have more than three banners. I will be evaluating how much content you have, regardless of quality, in this section.

High-Quality Example

Here is a high-quality example of your content. What makes it high-quality? How can you continue to make content like this?

Low-Quality Example /5 (when coupled with High-Quality Example)

Here is a low-quality example of your content. What makes it low-quality? How can you improve this in the future?

The Top Five

Your top five pieces of content. What makes them so great?

The Bottom Five /10 (when coupled with The Top Five)

Your bottom five pieces of content. What's wrong with them? How can you improve them?

Amount of Treasure Recovered /25

A summary and emphasis of major points in the review, and your final score.

Would I Search for This Treasure Again?

Yes/No
Wy will I/won't I?

Would I Show the Map to Others?

Recommended/Not Recommended
Why is your site recommended/not recommended?
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Golden Chest//Visual

Length of Search: Short
Searcher: Any type of site
Map: In this treasure, the container is more precious than the contents. In this rubric, I will be looking at only the visuals of your site, not the content. I will look at the style and functionality of your layout. I will point out and explain any major issues, and explain how you can fix them.

First Impression /5

What catches my eye? Am I blinded by bright colours, or are my eyes immediately drawn to a certain area? This section is about what stands out to me the most when I first see your layout.

Layout - Imagery and Design /10

A closer look than my first impression. I'll be looking at how you used textures on your layout, clarity of titles and headers, and other things involving the images on your layout. I will also be looking at text styles. Are bolded and italicized fonts easy to read?

Layout - Organization and Technicalities /10

Is your navigation easy to find? Is your text laid out in a logical way (aligned to the left, not centered)? Is space used well, or are there legions of blank white spaces? Arrangement and visitor convenience will be handled in this section.

Amount of Treasure Recovered /25

A summary and emphasis of major points in the review, and your final score.
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Magic Amulet//Custom

Length of Search: Short to long
Searcher: Any type of site
Map: This magical amulet can morph into whatever treasure you want. Here's your chance to create your own rubric! You can choose however many categories you like from the list below. They are all scored out of ten. You can pick as many or as little as you like. Some are exclusively for request sites, but others are for any type of site. At the end, I will give you your amount of treasure recovered, and some final comments.

First Impression/Introduction

I'll be looking at my first impression of your site. What stands out? I'll also be looking at whether your introduction gives all necessary information.

Layout

Both design and functionality are handled here. Does your layout sidescroll? Do the textures blend nicely? Is the navigation in an easy-to-find place?

Organization

I will be checking to see if you use space effectively, and if everything is easy to find. The more convenient, the better.

Content

I will be looking at the overall quality of your site's content, as well as the quantity. Everything your site offers will be evaluated here.

Rules

I will be evaluating your rules. Are they too strict, or are they fair? Are they too long and rambly? This is a section for sites that offer requests.

Spelling/Grammar/Professionalism

I will be proofreading and checking over your site on the lookout for any errors. In addition, things like overuse of smilies and caps lock will be looked for.

Sitely

I will be evaluating the quality of your link back buttons. I will also be looking at whether or not you have an adequate amount of affiliates and listers, based on the type of site.

Additions

These will not be scored out of ten. Instead, they are extras that you can request if you so desire.

Top Five Content

I will be choosing your top five pieces of content and explaining why they are so great.

Bottom Five Content

I will be choosing your bottom five pieces of content and explaining why they aren't the best. I will also offer suggestions as to how to improve them in the future.

Would I Search for This Treasure Again?

Yes/No
Why will I/won't I?

Would I Show the Map to Others?

Recommended/Not Recommended
Why is your site recommended/not recommended?
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Mythical Creature//Application Special

Length of Search: Long
Searcher: A petpage application
Map: This rare creature is wanted by all! This is a special rubric exclusive to petpage applications. This rubric is somewhat similar to the Treasure Chest review, but it has been adapted for an application. I will be looking over all of your application. I include the things included in most applications in the rubric (character, why this pet, etc.) , but I will remove sections that you do not have. In the end, I will tell you whether or not I would personally adopt the pet out to you, and explain why or why not.

First Impression/Introduction /10

This is my first impression of the application. What do I notice first? Your amazing art? Do spelling errors jump off of the page at me? I will also be looking at your introduction, seeing if you include all of the necessary information.

Layout /20

Application layouts can be quite different than site layouts, so I will be considering this in my review. However, I will still be looking at things such as colour scheme, convenience, imagery, and other things of the like.

Organization /10

This section is quite similar to its counterpart in Treasure Chest, in that I will still be looking at use of space and ease of navigation. I will also be looking at how your sections are ordered.

Character/Story /10

Is the pet's character creative, or is it a cookie-cutter character often used? Do you explain it well (e.g. why is the pet crazy?)? For your story, is your writing descriptive, or is it bland and boring? Do you have one story, or several? Does the pet change/learn throughout the course of the story? I will also be discussing how to improve your writing and character.

About Me /5

In this section, you'll want to be focusing on your positive traits and why you would be a good owner for the pet. I'll be looking at whether you included too many negative traits and whether you make yourself out as a good owner for the pet.

Why This Pet? /10

This is a fairly important section in your application. Here's where you'll be telling the pet's owner why you want their pet. I'll be looking at if you actually give legitimate reasons as to why you want their pet.

Future Plans /10

This also plays a big part in the owner's decision. Are the sentences empty, like, "I might enter the pet in the beauty contest," or reliable, like "I would enter the pet in the beauty contest. You can see that I have beauty contest experience by looking at the trophies won by pet, pet, and pet?" Would these plans make me want to trust you with the pet?

Art/Imagery /10

Are your images clean, smooth, and high-quality? Is at least some of it your own art? I will also be looking at how well the images fit in with your application.

Spelling/Grammar/Professionalism /15

I will check your application for spelling and grammar errors, and look for things such as overuse of smilies.

Amount of Treasure Recovered /90

An overview of your review, any major points that need to be emphasized, and your final score.

Would I Adopt Out This Pet to You?

Yes/No
Why would I/wouldn't I?
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Ancient Documents//Proofread

Length of Search: Short to long
Searcher: Any type of page
Map: These ancient and valuable documents need translating! I will read through your site, looking for any spelling, grammar, and professionalism problems, and correcting them. This is less of a review than a service.
  


Treasures//Rubrics

In-Depth | Pro/Con | Q & A | Content | Visual

Custom | Application Special | Proofread | Link Sweep

Torn Stamps//Link Sweep

Length of Search: Short to long
Searcher: Any type of site, especially beneficial to link directories
Map: Oh dear! Surely these flawed stamps won't connect you with anyone! I will be checking for broken links around your site. Any sites that are closed, inactive, or, in the case of affiliates and listers, not linking back to you, will be reported to you. I consider a site inactive once there has been an unexplained lack of updates for over a month, but if you would like a shorter or longer length of time to classify as inactive, feel free to mention it in your form. This is also a service.


Begin Your Search//Request

The girl sits down on the beach and looks towards you. You sit next to her. Have you realized what you are searching for? she asks. You nod. One of her signature smiles spreads across her lips. Excellent! Fill out this form and we can begin.

 1. Elisabeth @ NOVA (Treasure Chest)
 2. Ninja @ Allure (Treasure Chest)
 3. Name @ Site (Rubric)

 


You hand her your form. I'll begin searching. I'll let you know when I've found the treasure! she says. 



Dig Up Your Treasure//Pick-up

A week later, you meet the girl in the place that she indicated. Wordlessly, she points towards a spot on the ground that she's marked with an X. The Gelert rushes forwards and begins to scrape furiously at the dirt. Before long, you see it. Your treasure is there. You walk towards it, and slowly lift the lid of the chest containing it...

There are no reviews to pick up currently. How sad.



Small Treasures//Extras

The girl hands you another small gold piece. You look at her in surprise. This is just a little something extra for you. I hope you like it!

Archives

See what sites I have reviewed in the past!

Accomplishments

See what awards Buried Treasure has won in the past, as well as other accomplishments!



Archives



Accomplishments

 Ranked #2 in Reviews at The Lunch Box

Ranked #7 in Reviews at Sweeters Cafe



Sitely

Several weeks later, you return to the place where you first met the girl. She is not there, but her Gelert remains. He turns his head towards you. Ah, you have returned, he says lazily. You are taken aback. You had no idea he could speak. For the first time you have seen, a small smile forms on his lips. I'm not as stupid as all that, you know. Anyway, thanks for coming back. I hope you remember Esme and I. Good luck with your treasure in the future. He says all this as if he were slightly bored, but you are still touched. You decide to take a souvenir to remember this place by.

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