When it comes to choosing a niche or industry for a blog you may have heard or read that you should find a topic with low competition so it’s easier to establish your blog as a leading authority. While this can work well for niche blogs where your goal is mainly to attract search engine traffic and make money from AdSense clicks or affiliate products, it often doesn’t work as well for active authority blogs.
My preference is to blog in very popular, crowded niches instead. Yes, it’s challenging to stand out and requires some effort and patience to achieve success, but you don’t need to dominate the niche in order to make money.
In a large, popular niche it’s possible to have a very profitable blog simply by being a somewhat small player. You will, of course, need to be able to attract an audience, but you don’t need to compete with the leading blogs that get millions of visitors each month. In a popular niche you can have a successful, but not dominant, blog that is well monetized and make a healthy profit.
There are a number of specific advantages to blogging in a crowded niche, and here are some of the most important ones.
Getting your blog noticed is no easy task. One of the most common pieces of advice given to bloggers and by bloggers is to publish “quality content”. But what if you’re publishing quality content and no one is seeing it? Your content needs exposure in order to be effective.
There a lot of different approaches that you can take to get exposure for your blog. Regardless of which approach you take, whenever you do get a new visitor to your blog you’ll need to make a very strong impression in order for that visit to really matter. If the visitor arrives, skims a blog post, leaves the blog and never returns, the impact of the visit was minimal.
This is where “epic content” comes into play. Publishing epic content can benefit your blog in many very specific ways, and several of them work together to allow you to get your blog noticed and to build an audience.
One of the biggest challenges for bloggers is to provide visitors with a memorable experience that will lead them back to the blog at some point in time. In order to do this you’ll need to have a blog that stands out from all of the others in your niche. You’ll need a way to separate yourself from other blogs and show visitors that you’re worth remembering.
If you want to make your blog stand out from the others, here are 7 different things you can do.
As the saying goes, “content is king”. With so much content out there, one has to stand out. But, how? A simple search on Google can give you thousands and thousands of answers. At best, people read through the first couple of pages. Most of the time, they just read...
One of the most important aspects of monetizing a blog is getting the right offers in front of the right people. If you want to promote products as an affiliate or sell your own products promoting them in the main body of your content is far more effective than simply throwing some banners in your sidebar. Promotions within the post content, or directly above or below the content will generally be the most visible, attract the most clicks, and ultimately make you the most money.
Everyone loves getting something good for free. As a blogger or marketer you can use freebies to gain valuable exposure and reach a larger audience, and the best news is that you can use freebies in just about any industry or niche.
I’ve been using free downloads with my own blogs for about 5 years now, and it is a strategy that has proven to work very well for me over the years. In many cases I use the freebies to promote digital products that I sell, and I also use them for attracting traffic to my sites/blogs.
In this article I’d like to share a few quick tips that can help you to get better results with the freebies that you offer to your visitors. But first, let’s take a look at some sample scenarios of how freebies can be used.
Although most blog posts are primarily text, graphics and images can be extremely effective for holding the interest of your visitors and for improving your results with social media. With major social networks like Facebook and Twitter become more graphically-oriented, quality images can go a long way in helping your content to stand out, get shared more frequently, and attract more traffic. And with Pinterest visual content is everything.
But if you are not a designer you may be unsure of how you can get quality graphics for your blog without hiring a designer. The good news is that you don’t need to be a designer in order to get effective images, and you don’t need to hire a designer or own Photoshop. Canva is a free web app that makes it possible for anyone to create graphics for a variety of purposes, including use with your blog posts.
Being able to earn a full-time income as a blogger is a dream for many people. Some are able to make that dream a reality, but most give up before ever reaching their goals.
Niche Hacks is a blog that I’ve been following for close to a year now, and ever since I first came across the site I’ve been very impressed with how Stuart Walker runs the site. If you’re not familiar with Niche Hacks it is a blog that focuses on helping readers to find profitable niches for their own websites and blogs.
The site recently turned one year old and Stuart published a progress and growth report detailing the first year of the site and its current state. If you read that post you can see a lot of interesting details about how the site has grown, but perhaps the most interesting part is that Niche Hacks is now generating a profit of over $6,000 per month.
That’s a fantastic accomplishment for a blog that’s only one year old, so I reached out to Stuart to see if he would be willing to answer some questions about how he achieved this. If you’re looking to start a blog or hoping to work your way towards a full-time income from blogging you won’t want to miss the advice and insight that Stuart shares here.
When I visit different blogs one of the things I like to observe is how they are making money. The typical monetization methods like AdSense, banner ad sales, and affiliate marketing are what you’ll usually find. Some blogs, of course, have their own products or services to sell.
Even blogs that use these common monetization methods can put a unique spin on it to do something that stands out. In this post I want to highlight five blogs that are doing something a little bit different than most other blogs. Of course, there are far more examples that could be featured as well, so if you know of any interesting examples please feel free to share them in the comments.
Hopefully taking a look at these five blogs will give you some ideas about how you can monetize your own blog. Looking at blogs in different industries and niches can be a great exercise because it can help to get you out of the rut of doing the same things as all the other blogs in your niche or industry.
When it comes to growing your blog, building a social media following, getting traffic to a website, establishing your reputation in the industry, or just about anything else you could want to accomplish online, you’ll need some help from others.
Blogger outreach is a common topic these days as many people have realized that networking with influential people can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to gain exposure.
One of the challenges is that you need to develop a relationship with influential people who are likely very busy and a little but difficult to reach. You’re not likely to have great results by simply emailing the most popular bloggers in your niche or industry and asking them to share a link to your recent blog post.
So how can you go about getting noticed by influential people and start to develop that relationship? In this article I’ll cover 11 different possibilities, along with some examples.