Blog Review: ReallySimplePhotography.com

UPDATE 2/15/2009: This domain is now cash parked

Jehan requested a Free Blog Review of his blog, ReallySimplePhotography.com

So here it is…

What is ReallySimplePhotography.com?

Blog Review: ReallySimplePhotography.com

As you might guess, this blog is about photography, primarily making photography simple to the beginner. The description line reads, “So Simple, It Will Insult Your Intelligence”. The about page reveals that Jehan doesn’t even own a camera but has used them, a lot, in the course of his participation in various audio-visual clubs. In the about page we also discover that Jehan lives in Malaysia. The blog has been in operation since November 2007.

Site Design/Theme

ReallySimplePhotography.com uses a 2 column WordPress theme with a right sidebar that has 2 sub-columns. The overall feel for it is simple and functional. There’s a good custom logo in the header as well.

The site navigation could use some improvement. I suggest adding in a recent posts, popular posts and sitemap sections to improve usability.

I’m not a big fan of oversized RSS widgets like this site has but if it’s working, keep it. Otherwise, you might want to try a smaller size.

Monetization features Adsense, Kontera, affiliate offers and “Buy Me a Beer” style donations. First, I’d recommend dropping Kontera unless it’s a big moneymaker. I would also recommend finding photography related affiliate offers instead of generic blogging 125×125 button ads. The Adsense link unit at the top of the page is probably rather useless and the skyscraper block is too low on the page. My recommendation would be to drop the link unit and skyscraper and use a 768×60 Leaderboard at the top of the page or integrate a 336×280 rectangle into the content.

Content

The content is mostly concerned with teaching someone the basics of photography. The writing style is tongue-in-cheek humorous in most places. Here are some examples:

008 - Hit Me has a good description of controlling light in pictures.

In 003 - Battle Of The Brands Jehan lays out some criteria you can use for selecting a camera to buy.

And, in Tips - Avoiding Blurry Photos he offers some good ways to avoid creating blurry photos.

All in all I found the content interesting. The one suggestion I would have for Jehan here is to make sure the focus stays on photography and to avoid personal or unrelated topics if he’s looking to make this blog a niche blog.

Overall

ReallySimplePhotography.com is a good instructional blog focused on the beginning photographer niche that has a nice touch of humor. I recommend improving the site navigation slightly and improving the monetization methods.

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