Choosing a Good Blog Topic

SuzAlicieStarred Page By SuzAlicie, 27th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When you decide to start a niche topic blog you must take time to figure out the best topic to write about.

What Interests You?

When it comes to choosing a niche blog topic it is important that you choose a topic that interests you. First and foremost your own interest in the topic will affect how many readers you have, how often you post and how well your blog performs. (A niche is basically a focus on one specific topic throughout the blog, such as weight loss).

If you choose a topic in which you only have a slight interest and no passion you won't find much satisfaction or success writing a blog on that topic.

Is Your Topic Unique?

Choosing a niche topic that is unique is difficult to accomplish with the millions of websites, blogs and articles available on every topic under the sun. But by narrowing your niche down you can create a unique blog that will attract visitors who have a need for the information you provide.

For example if Pets is your broad topic, you can imagine how many other blogs there are out there that are about pets. Even if you narrow it down to dogs, you will find the same to be true. However if you narrow your topic down further you could write a blog about the Poodle breed, or Show Dogs, even Female Dogs as a more specific topic that people may be searching for.

What Monetizing Options Do You Have?

If you plan on earning some money from your blog you will want to explore all the monetizing options that will fit with your topic. For example, lets say you have chosen to write about Female Dogs. You could look for affiliate opportunities with pet food companies, veterinarians, and other animal services such as groomers and trainers. Besides these type of advertising opportunities, you can always take advantage of the vast Google advertising network by adding Adsense to your blog, for ads that are matched to your content.

What Kind of Longevity Can You Predict?

One of the things I have always had a problem with is narrowing my topic down too much so that I end up running out of blog posts after a few months. Sure in the beginning you can see the possibilities of a few hundred blog posts, but that is generally about the time a blog really hits it's stride with several followers and comments, you won't want to stop posting new content just then.

Not only do you need evergreen content that covers the aspects of your chosen topic that people often search for, but you also need new, different content that will bring in new readers. One way to be sure you have a lot of content available is to address the topic on a local scale and on a national scale. This will provide plenty of variety for all of your readers.

For example on the Female Dog topic, you could write posts concerning local spay clinics, local discounted items, and also cover national dog news such as female show dogs winning a championship, or new regulations concerning breeding for show dogs. Even with a narrow topic, you can find plenty of posts to write in your niche by changing your point of view and scale.

There is No Right or Wrong

While there is no right or wrong when it comes to your blog, making the right choices in topic and monetizing can have a profound effect on the success of your blog, both in readership and income. By taking the time to address the questions posed on this page you are making a concentrated effort to create a unique and uniquely successful blog.


*Image courtesy of Morguefile.com/doctor_bob

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I am a work from home mom who home schools two active boys while freelance writing and maintaining several blogs and websites.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
28th Jul 2010 (#)

I don't see how you do all you do...

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author avatar Kelraye78
28th Jul 2010 (#)

This is so helpful! I am currently managing four different blogs, and while I never seem to run out of ideas, it is difficult to pick which ones to use. I particularly like your last guideline ;)

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author avatar Anegar
28th Jul 2010 (#)

very useful!!

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author avatar pichie
28th Jul 2010 (#)

thank you! so helpful. ^_^

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author avatar Retired
28th Jul 2010 (#)

ohhh, blogging...keeping them up is the hardest part for me...

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author avatar SuzAlicie
28th Jul 2010 (#)

Sam, it's not so much that I dedicate myself and do so much, it's more a case of ADD, I am always searching for more ways to keep my income flowing. Necessity makes me strive to do my best at each thing.
and Thanks for the nice comments to the rest of you. M.J. I also have a hard time keeping up with them, one tip is once you get the blog established just post once a week on each one.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
29th Jul 2010 (#)

Good tips, well presented.

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author avatar Retired
29th Jul 2010 (#)

Suzalicie. I'm going to bookmark this. I always wanted to start a blog someday, but am a bit nervous I won't be able to keep it up. This article will be a great help to me when I do start one. Thanks:)

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author avatar SuzAlicie
30th Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks Petra, and if you need any help with blogging or other ways to work from home, check out my blog http://www.wfh2010.blogspot.com It is filled with tips and ideas.

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author avatar Garden Nut
31st Jul 2010 (#)

Great tips, thanks!

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author avatar Retired
10th Aug 2010 (#)

excellent tipsand advice. Been at blogging for years now... so it's all soo true.

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author avatar TheMovieScene
25th Nov 2010 (#)

Nice article. I actually feel that now it's almost impossible to find a unique niche which isn't already dominated by other blogs, or at least a unique niche which will attract readership. But that shouldn't put people off as all it means is that you have to work harder to compete and be a bit more realistic over expectations and how long it will take to make a presence.

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