So does “ditch the niche” appeal to you? To actually “go against the flow”. Do you have to have a “niche blog”?
All around me I have heard – “specialise and fit in” Well actually it seems to be the majority. To be set into a certain demographic or targeted market. I toyed with the idea of not fitting in. I had so many interests. I have (still currently) a Facebook page on Clothing styles which I have had for over 5 years. This gives me a knowledge of what it is like to stick to one thing. The experience can leave you stale and you can lose momentum.
My main aim is to have a “good blog”
You don’t want to be limited
- Like me you might find it difficult to choose just one topic to follow. Maybe you would get bored or bogged down with having to follow just one idea. Refreshment by time away does help – but you can still feel like you can’t explore further afield.
- Maybe your preference is to present “yourself” with all the things you have a passion for. You may not want to be limited to one narrowed down specific market. It helps with keeping boredom at bay to have a variety of areas of experience to call upon.
- Becoming niche-free might be just the thing that helps you not feel you are in a “box”.
- Without a niche you can feel less pressure to fit neatly into one topic.
- You wouldn’t need to look a certain way, do particular things because people expect that of you.
- You need not be consistent, you can surprise people and you don’t need to be an expert.
- You can figure out where you fit and grow and evolve from there.
- You don’t need to have it all sorted at once.
Focus on Relationships and your own “happy and inspired attitude”
Focus on relationships and the trust that is engendered by others getting to know your “style”. Giving value and working towards results you are happy with as you evolve As you realise a niche blog doesn’t have to be the only way you can feel your freedom more keenly. You can often engender a “happy attitude” and it shows. Then so does an “inspired attitude”. You won’t have to try so hard. Things will naturally flow that much easier. Reach out and encourage other bloggers whether they have a niche or not in the form of guest posts also.
A blog does take on your own personality and attitude. Be the best you can be and enjoy where it leads you. Let yourself adapt and evolve.
A blog does take on your own personality and attitude. Be the best you can be and enjoy where it leads you. Let yourself adapt and evolve. Click To Tweet
Make it easy for people to locate things they are interested in.
Consider incorporating different tabs for different topics on your blog. This for those who might favour only certain topics. It makes it that much easier for them to navigate.
Some blogs I have come across who don’t seem to fit into a “target”
If you don’t look for fame & fortune and yet have success in a way that you think is successful is that good? I think it’s great. But there are some successful monetised blogs too. In my search for “no niche” blogs – I have enjoyed these.
Elizabeth Tai – Yes, you can blog without a niche!
Greg Faxon – Why you don’t need a niche (and 11 simple alternatives)
Helene in Between – Is it okay to not have a niche blog?
Sarah Jensen – No Niche? No worries!
Davy and Tracy – Why you shouldn’t niche your blog
Leo Babauta – Shattering the myth of blog niches: How to grow a huge readership
Raisa – How to Rock Nicheless blogging
Yes – there are advantages to having a “niche” instead.
To be fair – a niche blog will normally have much better SEO. Apparently you will become a kind of “expert” Google will see you as an authority. Thus much higher reach. It seems it can be a little difficult to get started in a niche market since you will have to do research to make sure you make a good choice. But since you are in one “niche” it takes less time and is easier for Google to find you. Particularly on what is known as the long tail keywords. It is also more cost effective – often costing little or nothing to find you. (Mostly!)
There are I’m sure more reasons. I am happy to keep my life interesting and not be conformed – particularly at this stage. What about You?