State the obvious

obvious.jpgBecause i’m starting to come out of my newbie shell, i forget how noob some people are. Making money online is pretty basic. But, if you’ve never done it before, everything must be cryptic. I remember when i started out, i had difficulty even following the blogging jargon. I didn’t know what wp-admin was. I had no idea what affiliate links were. I didn’t even know how to link to another blog.

Something that seems like second nature, might not be for your readers. It’s important to always keep that in mind when you write you posts. Explaining things to a new blogger has to be done with this approach. Trying to make money with your blog is basic, but you’re reader won’t think so. You have to spell it out for them at times. If you have a make money blog, make sure you explain everything in a way that’s easy to understand. Explain it like you’re explaining it to your mom or something.

I’ve seen a lot of blogs where monetization is so out of wack. For example, i visited a Nintendo DS blog, and the blogger had hosting affiliate banners up. I think that’s just insane. The owner of that blog is wasting that ad space with an ad that won’t get any clicks. You have to know your audience. A Nintendo blog will attract other Nintendo freaks. It’s probably better putting adsense up even. And i hate adsense. That ad space should be for gaming related ads. Movie blogs should have movie ads. etc…

Stating the obvious might seem tedius at times, but you have to do it. Bloggernoob dot com gets a lot of new visitors. My daily percentage of new visits is always over 65 percent. So i have to assume that most of my readers are newbs. I have to keep reminding myself to explain it better. I have to make sure that my blog vocab is at 5th grade level. This is easy cause i normally write at a 5th grade level.

Stating the obvious has some drawbacks. Regular readers of your blog, might get annoyed. But to be honest, you’re not making money off of regular readers. You’ll make most of your affiliate commissions from newbies. Regular readers are an asset when you start selling private ad space, but the newbs are the ones signing up for programs via your referral links. Focus on the money making visitors if you want to make more money with your blog. But, don’t neglect your regulars. Find the right balance. How do you find the right balance? Trial and error. If you start seeing a slip in RSS subscriptions, then tone down on the obvious. If your referral and affiliate commission is taking a hit, dumb it down a bit for the newbies.

8 thoughts on “State the obvious

  1. Mark

    I’m new to blogging. I’m really approaching it from a different perspective. Hope to learn a lot from your site. I’ve subscribed and will visit and comment on a regular basis. I hope others will also do the same for my blog. More power to you.

  2. Ben Barden

    You already know what I think about this. 😉 Suffice to say, you’re right on the money. Too few people do this. And I know a lot of people use WordPress, but we can’t assume that (a) everyone uses it and (b) everyone understands all the terminology.

    I may be biased towards the system I use for my site as it’s MINE… but not using WordPress gives me an advantage because I can’t get lazy and just write WordPress tips. I’m sure people would like them, but that’s not what I want to write about.

  3. Jeff -

    I think all of us Make Money Online newbies need to stick together! Thanks for the advice Noob. When you get into the thick of things, its easy to forget that your target audience may not have a clue what you’re talking about!

    Good luck with the blog Mark. Definitely check out EntreCard. Its great for getting some quick and easy exposure.

  4. Mark

    @the noob, thanks. So far, I’ve liked what I have seen and read from your blog. It’s very informative. Keep it coming. :)

    @Jeff, I’ll be trying it soon. thanks.

  5. the noob Post author

    ben- i personally think you write really good content. i wish i ran into your blog back in the day instead of johnchow’s. it might have sped up my growth.

    jeff- yup yup. one of my maxims. us noob gotta help each other out. jeff is right mark, entrecard, digitalpoint, blogcatalog will start you off with some traffic.

    mark- thanks bro, i’ll keep dishing, u keep dunking

  6. the noob Post author

    ben- your growth has been amazing, just keep doing what you’re doing. i’ll be checking ur site for you the ideas you have up your sleeve :)

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