I made a post in the Indie Hackers forum offering to do a free landing page breakdown on LandingPageBreakdowns.com for anyone who asked.
To my surprise, the second response was Courtland Allen himself, who offered to let me write a guest post on Indie Hackers. I could be wrong, but as far as I can tell, this is a huge deal.
Courtland claims that his one existing guest post has gotten ~13K visits in the past week. And it's not like some HN fluke where you get a bunch of garbage traffic, either. This would be permanent content and relevant visitors.
Courtland also gave me the green light to break down a page from Indie Hackers on my site. Less momentous but still nice.
I do have a challenge, though. If you look at my site, you can see that it basically looks like shit. This would of course palpably harm my credibility as a person who critiques websites. I think if I have this traffic opportunity, I should make the most of it by making my site look at least somewhat good beforehand.
The challenge within that is that I've always had a hard time getting my own sites to look good. Every single WP theme I've encountered, free or paid, I've found to be stupid. I believe in clean, effective designs like these ones:
Most WP themes were designed by people I can tell have little or no understanding of what actually makes a page convert well or not.
So I think I need one of two things: a) someone who's not hindered by my personal WP theme hangups and can find a WP theme for me that I'll find acceptable (probably unlikely, frankly) or b) a designer who can design me a better site.
I'm willing to invest the money in a good designer if that's what it takes.
Can anyone help? What would you do in my shoes?