Thank you! Your comments make me feel great about my site. I've been in business for going on 2 years and I feel now that my site is more professional, my business will pick up more.Lovehound said:You have a really nice site Trisha! I should know since I've been doing my own websites for about 10 years and critiquing other sites too. Your site is nice because it's very clear and coherent and uncluttered yet still appeals on an artistic level. Your pictures are great too. Above you mentioned going to a nearby dam, let me suggest to vary the background from bar to bar, a rock here, stream there, maybe a brushy pasture or horse corral for another (the Marlboro look, perhaps men's soap). Your current pictures are appealing because of the natural background gives the viewer more than just the soap to look at. The nature shots connect with the idea of natural wholesomeness of your products.
I was surprised to see that you used Yahoo SiteBuilder to generate your page. I don't use automated generation programs myself (I write the code directly, I'm an engineer) but it's surprising that the results are so professional looking.
I've got a bookmark folder "friend's stores" and I've bookmarked your site there. I don't know if I'll ever actually sell my soap but it will be handy to have good examples like yours.
I've often wondered why all the Etsy and Ecrater sites, and why share a cut out of your profits with them? It's so much better that you bought your own domain and did everything by yourself. Very professional!
I'm sure that if there's a living to be made selling hand crafted soap, you'll be a big success!