Alter Ego backpacking gear update
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William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 16:07:16 MST Print View

Hey all,as some of you know I am the owner of Alter ego backpacking gear, I figured I would let you guys know the site is almost done should be finished tonight. I am also taking orders now products that are available include a synthetic quilt, pullover, pants, mittens and hood. all of these items are made with various fabrics and climashield apex. the Storm rain gear series is also available and have a lot of fabric options so you can choose what you want. The packs should be posted with all the updates come next week along with cuben dry bags and bear bags the site is www.alteregobackpackinggear.com


" If this belongs in gear deals let me know I figured it belonged here since it is lots of gear not one specific deal"

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cool on 12/12/2011 16:35:12 MST Print View

I'll look forward to seeing your ideas. I like the idea of a light framed pack. Ideas for the website. Shrink the font size a bit or change the margins so it fits on a computer page, I think that will just make it look a bit better. And more pictures! People are visual these days put up some pictures of your products and pictures of them in wild places. Not being critical I just want you to succeed.

Adrian MITCHELL
(adie.mitchell)

Locale: Northwest Mass
i agree on 12/12/2011 17:21:42 MST Print View

Yeah, you need pictures. make 'em pretty.

Also, lots of run on sentences, missed punctuation, 'too's instead of 'to's. etc. Put some hours into editing for grammar, it will help the site feel much more professional. maybe get a friend to look through it as well, easy to miss things when it's your own writing.

best of luck, its a big jump from myog to syog (selling your own gear!) but your prices are very competitive, get those edits done and pictures up and the orders will come in.

Adie

also, this is not helping your case

" I am still working out some minor things with packs and other products"

you don't need that, just let people know that orders are shipping in a couple of weeks.

Edited by adie.mitchell on 12/12/2011 17:24:34 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 17:31:20 MST Print View

I would fire your editor and your web designer.

--B.G.--

Adrian MITCHELL
(adie.mitchell)

Locale: Northwest Mass
lol on 12/12/2011 17:42:57 MST Print View

see subject

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 17:52:56 MST Print View

Ah come on, Bob. Be nice.

Ryan

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 18:15:49 MST Print View

"Ah come on, Bob. Be nice."

I'm just being brutally honest.

--B.G.--

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Materials on 12/12/2011 18:29:02 MST Print View

Congrats on deciding upon Climashield for your insulation. It is very durable and warm for the weight.

Hamish McHamish
(El_Canyon) - M

Locale: USA
_ on 12/12/2011 18:30:06 MST Print View

Having text overlaid on an image makes the text difficult (and irritating) to read. You definitely need pics of the gear.

William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
Thanks on 12/12/2011 18:52:43 MST Print View

Changes are noted and will be applied pictures are coming!! And Bob I can't fire my editor and web designer. That would mean firing me and there would be no buisness. I dropped out of highschool sompmore year to pursue my dream of building gear I apologize my literacy is not up to par

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Re: Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 18:56:15 MST Print View

But his packs are nice, right Bob?

He makes packs, not webpages.
give the man a break.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/12/2011 19:23:40 MST Print View

"But his packs are nice, right Bob?"

There is certainly no way to tell from the webpage.

--B.G.--

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
URL on 12/12/2011 19:30:04 MST Print View

Before you get too far into this, you may want to consider shortening your website URL.

www.alteregobackpackinggear.com is pretty darn long. AlterEgoGear.com is available.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Thanks on 12/13/2011 00:06:02 MST Print View

"Changes are noted and will be applied pictures are coming!! And Bob I can't fire my editor and web designer. That would mean firing me and there would be no buisness. I dropped out of highschool sompmore year to pursue my dream of building gear I apologize my literacy is not up to par"

That's the writing of a high school sophomore? Wow, the bar must be incredibly low these days.

You don't have to write like a seasoned novelist, but you should at least put the effort into writing at your grade level. You're undermining your own credibility by not doing so. Re-write one page at a time, and look at it from the point of view of a potential customer. The prose you write for your web site is your first dialog with your potential customers; if you come across as a 4th grader, you're not going to have much credibility, and right now that's about what your site reads like.

In addition to being your primary dialog with your potential customers, your web site will in many cases be their first impression. If it looks like a 4-year-old designed it and wrote the prose, their first impression will be "aw, cute... this kid's playing businessman on the internet" and there goes your sale... instead, put in some effort to be coherent and conversational. This is your first sales pitch; fail this part, and you've lost the customer.

You might want to take some time out to migrate your site to WordPress or something and use a template. Don't both with a custom web site design until you have some income; it's expensive (I paid $1500 to get my site designed by a pro, quality designs are not cheap).

I'm willing to help you with your prose, and I'll have a bit of time to work on it during the holidays. If you'd like some help, PM me.

Kyle Meyer
(kylemeyer)

Locale: Portland, OR
Re: Re: Thanks on 12/13/2011 00:35:15 MST Print View

Yes, definitely use Wordpress or Tumblr or something. I promise you that you will sell zero backpacks with a website like that. Christ, that is an awful website.

Alternatively, I take freelance work ;-)

Edited by kylemeyer on 12/13/2011 00:36:19 MST.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Thanks on 12/13/2011 00:40:49 MST Print View

As far as websites go, I much prefer an incredible simple and crisp site (similar in concept to a good form), especially when coding and designing skills are lacking. An overambitious site without those skills is annoying.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Thanks on 12/13/2011 01:42:06 MST Print View

Yes, Wordpress.

Like everything, you have to study it a little, but you don't have to be a computer genius to get something presentable. Get a trusted adult to help clean up the text. You can continue to be the idea man, but get some help with parts.

Make sure that you are at least at the legal age of majority in your state so that you can get a business license.

--B.G.--

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Alter Ego backpacking gear update on 12/13/2011 06:18:00 MST Print View

Shouldn't have dropped out of school. Spelling and grammar are terrible. Good luck...

Adrian MITCHELL
(adie.mitchell)

Locale: Northwest Mass
too late on 12/13/2011 07:19:53 MST Print View

so why not be constructive?

i second the idea of using one of the blogging sites, i don't know anything at programming, but within a couple of days had a pretty professional looking blog.

edit;
I was just looking at this post and it struck me as funny that I have been giving grammar advice, and haven't even bothered to capitalize my 'I's! But then this is a blog post, not a website from which I am trying to derive my income (note awkward composition of sentence to avoid preposition at end...grammar sucks).

I guess that is the downfall of those who grew up with autocorrect. I capitalize things when writing by hand, I swear!

Edited by adie.mitchell on 12/13/2011 07:24:44 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: website on 12/13/2011 07:59:29 MST Print View

Also look at 1and1 website hosting (www.1and1.com). I don't know anything about them, really, but they have snazzy ads. I visited their site last night after I read this thread, they offer a suite of tools, including online ordering and easy website creation through templates. Might be worth checking out. But do your homework to ensure you find any reviews about their hosting service, as you should with any service you might be interested in.