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    Would like to know what improvements I can implement on my site. One caveat: I am stuck with Homestead websites for now....really poor coding and not up to date, but I started with them, am not a coder, and do not intend to become one. So any suggestions to drop them and go to something like Wordpress will not do me any good at this point in time.

    My interest is in providing good content and decent layout within the limits of the Homestead website builder. Eventually I will get someone to design the site in Wordpress, but that is beyond my skill level and budget at this time. I did design my blog site using Wordpress, but that is far as I can go at this time. I don't have the skills to turn my whole website into a Wordpress site.

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    First of all, using WordPress doesn't require coding knowledge to be able to use it. The fact that you set up a WordPress blog and claim not to be a coder proves your own argument. It's a "content management system" i.e. a way to organize your pages and posts and things and allow you to be able to work with them more easily than you normally would. That's it, that's all.

    With that said...you're right. You should focus on your content first. From what I see, it's original and you're trying to help someone. That's a start. Where I get confused is in your switching from your site to your blog. I'm on a different site and I didn't even intend to be. That sort of thing confuses users, so you're better off consolidating the two. Since you've already started using WordPress for your blog, I'd suggest rolling the pages of your site over to your blog and putting them all onto one. That way, people can comment.

    As far as your layout goes, if it works for your target audience leave it...but the one thing I would suggest is to try and figure out better ad units. 1) CJ ads tend to be blocked by ad blockers and 2) the ad sizes you're using are okay, but the ones on the right will probably underperform.

    https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/17955?hl=en <-- see the ones that perform best, although Google's responsive ad units tend to outdo these from what I've seen.
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    Thanks for the critique. Regarding advertising, I am gradually getting away from CJ ads since they produce little revenue. Adsense seems to do better, and since only about half of my visitors are from the U.S., Google adsense seems to do a better job of suiting them to the country the visitor is from..

    In regards rolling my pages on to the blog site, I assume there are several problems (but maybe I am wrong). I don't feel confident in trying to roll the pages over at this time. I agree it is confusing, but the blog on the Homestead website is almost useless and that is why I came up with the separate URL. Not ideal, but it was a work-around. Also, Homestead is not responsive, so I have to have a re-direct on each page that takes it to my mobile site on Dudamobile.

    But I will take your advice and see what I learn about Wordpress so that I can consider rolling it over. But I think then I would have a new url, plus I am locked into hosting by Homestead as long as I use their program. Wish I had known all this when I started. Still, Homestead is incredibly easy, which is about all that I can say good about it.

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

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    No worries. Good luck!
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