As you know, we’re here to help bloggers of every level get the most from blogging. I receive many requests for help through our contact page. I try to personally answer most of those requests myself and give the best advice I can. Some are harder questions than others, of course, and others seem to be repeated by several bloggers. Today I’d like to address a common question regarding niche blogging. This question about choosing a niche was sent by Andrea:
Hi Andrea, I appreciate the question and I’m going to answer it on our blog to help others in the same situation.
What Is Niche Blogging?
First, I’d like to explain a few different types of niche blogs, as I see them.
1) The Niche Business Blog
First, we have a business blog; a blog used for a business within a certain niche. A great example of that comes from Melanie, a regular reader of our blog. Melanie links to a Call Center and Live Answering service and they run a blog on their site. This is a niche blog that supplements and is determined by your present business. A couple of others I have to point out are from Pro Blogger Extreme John (See our interview with John), an Indoor Tanning Salon business, and Insane limousine Service.
2) “Real” Niche Blogs
Second, we have a niche blog that is determined by your skill or interests. This isn’t to say that a business blog doesn’t fall into the same category but this type of blog is independent from another site or service. A Real Niche Blog can be run as a business within itself or it can just be a personal blog you run for your own enjoyment.
3) Niche Websites
Third, we have niche websites that often use the blog format that are created for the sole purpose of quick profit. This type of blog doesn’t worry about traditional blogging issues such as generating blog comments. Many niche bloggers create dozens or even hundreds of niche blogs in various niches based on search traffic and competition determined by extensive keyword research. There are a few bloggers that frown on this type of niche site but I am not one of them. While I’ll be the first to admit they are low quality blogs with little to offer their readership outside of referring services, I’ve earned a significant income from niche sites in the past and have no problem separating the difference between these and what I call “real” blogs.
Because I’m not exactly sure exactly which type of niche blog Andrea is looking for, I’m going to offer a couple of different resources. The statement,
“I thought I would start with writing about several topics
leads me to think she’s interested in the second type of blog I discussed above and what I often refer to as a “Real” blog. One example of a fantastic niche blog that covers several mixed, and even unlikely, topics is Sweets Foods Blog. A blog that covers several different niches poses a few real challenges but Gera made a go at it and has done a fine job. For this type of niche blog, I have to recommend you read a recent post by another one of my blogging buddies, Brankica, called “Choosing a Niche – Passion or Money?“.
The other statement Andrea made,
“I think I would like to research and write about things that I don’t have a lot of experience in
makes me wonder if she’s more interested in the third type of niche blog. If that’s the case, there’s a lot of work and knowledge involved. Without the knowledge, there’s a huge risk of wasting a bunch time, especially with Google’s Panda updates. Other than reading my eBook, I recommend reading a post that can help save you a little time by another blogging buddy, Joshua Zamora, called “2 High Quality SEO Content Writing Services I Use Personally“.
You And Niche Blogging?
Are you interested in any of the three types of niche blogging I just covered? Don’t forget to subscribe, we have a lot planned when it comes to Niche Blogging. What type of Niche Blogging are you interested in?