Think Vis Unofficial Tips 3: Free Advice Worth £X’000

by rishil on September 7, 2010


Me getting Grilled at ThinkVis No. 4 Site Clinics

I love site clinics. There isnt a better way to get your site infront of professionals and get advice, which would often uncover angles you may have previously missed or never thought of. Which is why it surprised me that only a handful of sites were submitted to the site clinic at Think Visibility. I would have really expected at least 100 out of the 200 attendees to have given out sites they want analysed.

A Panel of Experts

Think about it, 4 industry experts:

Each has proven themselves in their own respective arenas – for example Dr Blanks is renowned for Conversion Optimisation, Kieron has successfully created a raft of profitable affiliate businesses, such as Share My Playlists , Dave needs no introduction in the field of SEO, and Michelle, although new to the blogging / speaking scene, delivered amazing website redesign pitches that would have taken the best part of a week to work on.

Value For Money

I submitted my science fiction blog for which Michelle created a brilliant, gritty, new design. That design alone would have cost me upwards of £500 minimum if I had a bunch of amateurs to create it. The fact that Michelle actually took time to understand the site, and then created a design that is geared not only towards the nature of the topic, but to better pull out the different core elements of the site, made the work worth much, much more. the fact that she spent hours on the phone with Karl regarding the conversion elements pushed that rate up even higher.

After which it was analysed by Dave for SEO (well he thought I could push it better, but seemed to be happy with it’s SEO prowess :) ). That badge of verification is worth something I tell you!

Kieron gave me a few tips on monetising the site, during and after the clinic, most of which I will most definately consider.

What would you have paid to have your site analysed by these experts? To me the total package in monetary terms was over £3,000 for the advice I got, if I was to pay affordable rates… What did I pay for this advice? The price of my ticket to Think Visibility and the guts to submit the site.

So why didnt more people try to get their sites in the site clinic?


This post is part of a series of  on my Unofficial Tips for Think Vis #4

Post 1. Approaching Speakers and Attendess

post2. Dealing with Big Brand Politics and Fallouts

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Rishi Lakhani is an independent Online Marketing Consultant specialising in SEO, PPC, Affiliate Marketing and Social Media. Explicitly.Me is his Blog. Google Profile

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Elaine September 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

did consider it – done it before – but thought it might ‘upset’ DaveN considering it was created by Bronco :) – some folk you just don’t want to upset (too much ;) )


Tom September 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Too many people probably in fear of every seo in the room trawling over their back link profiles looking for gold… Or dirt…. ;)


prav September 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

When I heard the feedback the different sites were getting I kicked myself for not submitting it but like Tom is was prob for the same reason, fear of “over criticism”. Was my first seo conf so didn’t know what to expect, having a room full of SEOs tear my website apart, now that you put a £value on it and ive seen it for myself. I know ill be submitting a site next time round but will have to keep fingers crossed that its selected.


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