To Niche or Not to Niche

What's a Niche? How Do I Find a Niche?

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Niche Pronunciation

How do you say the word niche? That depends on where you're from and who your third grade teacher was. It can be pronounced as "neesh" or "nitch" or "niche" to rhyme with "quiche".

What is a Niche?

Like it, know it, write about it. You can find a niche, fill a niche, develop a niche, target a niche market or carve out your own niche.

The catch-word for writers in 2013 is niche! What is a niche? According to the Free Dictionary by Farlex a niche is "A situation or activity specially suited to a person's interests, abilities, or nature: A special area of demand for a product or service". Alex Trebek (host of Jeopardy, the TV show), says, "We are all experts in our own little niches." Friend and fellow HubPage writer, Billybucsays, "instead of trying to appeal to all readers in the world, concentrate on appealing to a small, select group of readers." Get the picture?

Going to the ocean to find a niche?

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Writing Niche

Another way to look at a writing niche is to call it a specialization niche. Specializing in one particular subject that you love and/or know a lot about. After reading numerous articles about niche writing, including Billybuc's, I started looking at my own writing trying to see if I had a niche. Well, yes and no. First off, I have several articles about the Academy Awards. Aha, a niche! But then, I have several articles about movies, another niche. Then there are several articles about health, another niche, gardening is yet another. So after close examination, I am niche-less, or am I multi-niched?

Like anything else in life it is good to have a center, a place you know you can always go back to. That would be your niche. Your writing niche of course should be something that provides value to your reader. This allows your expertise to be searchable and most likely followed. I read an article on freelancefolder.com where the author explained a writing niche by comparing it to the medical field. A general practitioner, though well utilized by many patients, does not make as much money as a specialist. A specialist of course, concentrates on one area and is an expert on that area, something like a writing niche.

If you look at what you've been writing and see a common thread;

  • Examine that area.
  • Do you like it?
  • Do you know a lot about it?
  • Would others find it useful?
  • Would you read about it?
  • Which things you write get the most traffic?

Lots of questions but they may put you on the road to choosing the right niche for you.

What's in a Niche?

We've already mentioned interest. If you are truly interested in a subject you will be more eager to learn more and the more you learn the better you can write about it.

Do you have to stay with only one niche? Remember earlier I mentioned all the things I write about? While I wouldn't call every one of them a niche, certainly I could have a niche on old movies and a niche on gardening and maybe a niche on health. Diversity is the name of that game. However, it is probably a good idea not to over niche yourself. Some niches will pay better and may or may not be popular. You have to set your own criteria for judging which niche or niches to choose and stay with.

There's plenty of opportunity out there and a myriad of subjects to pick as a niche. I am no expert and it is from reading all the information out there that I have learned what little I know about niches.

What about your hobby? If you have a hobby that you love that might make a perfect niche to write about. You really have to submerse yourself in your niche. What you put into it is what you will get out of it. Maybe it is something you want to do. As you investigate and find out more you might decide this is a good thing to write about and now I know enough to do it.

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Your Final Decision on a Niche

I'll be honest, I always wanted to write like Erma Bombeck or Dorothy Parker. My dream was to find my niche in humor. The only problem is, I can't be consistently funny. Oh, I can be funny sometimes, but all the time? No, I can't compete with Bombeck or Parker.

For those of you who don't know Dorothy Parker, here's a sample;

  • Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
  • I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.
  • I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it.
  • If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
  • The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.
  • This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
  • She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

See what I mean? Humor is a niche that requires a special talent and an on going sense of humor. So, though I love it, its not the niche for me. My point here is though you love something you may not be able to write well about it.

In making your final decision about what your real niche is, make sure it is really something you can be good at. Don't fool yourself because you surely won't fool others.

Go Get That Niche

Okay, if you've read this far, you've read a few things more than once, and on top of that you're scratching your head and saying, what is this hub all about anyway? The honest answer is its me thinking out loud. I have been influenced by the things I've read about niche writing and I am still trying to narrow things down and really find my niche. I hope this will help you start thinking about your niche. Good luck.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my friend, you obviously know how I feel about this. Thanks for the mention. As a matter of clarification, I only believe niche writing to be necessary if we are trying to make a steady income with our writing...if one writes for pure enjoyment then have fun bouncing around subjects and more power to you. :)

Now to prove myself wrong, there are many writers who do nothing but write articles for various magazines, and they have no niche at all, and they make good money....so obviously I don't know what I'm talking about. LOL

Great job, Mary! Have a wonderful evening.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi mary, I am still not sure about the niche thing, I am sure more people do earn the money for it, but I like bouncing around, mind you thats probably why I don't earn a lot! lol!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh my.....and then there's Effer. Effer and niche is an unlikely pair. But before I continue with my comment, (surely to be more like a hub in itself.)....I must tell you the "unique" fun I had, reading this GREAT hub of yours, gf.

I can guarantee....probably 100%, that no one read this hub, the comical way that I did. Before you think, "Ah, so what else is new, effer?" Read on............

"NICHE," (the American spelling of the Purely Italian sur name, "Nicci"....pronounced, Ni-chee......is MY MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME. Rose Mary Niche....that was my Mom.....daughter of Peter and Mary Niche. Sister to Salvatore & Antonio Niche......

I have 7 Niche cousins....and of course the little offshoot niches, from them.

Now that I've told you that....you can imagine the fun I had, reading your hub (as I associated Niche, with my family).....LOL

Aside from all of this.....Your hub is wonderful....and it seems to me that a multi-talented woman, such as yourself, my dear, could or would consider limiting herself to A niche.....maybe 2, 3 or 4 niches, with a special flair in combining them. Do I make sense? I'm thinking about your incredible green thumb, your fabulous talent with a camera as well as your tech knowledge. I always thought it was rather interesting the way "breakfast pop," who obviously has a niche, combines recipes and politics. That is so clever. First we make breakfast and then we get brought up to snuff on the world of politics.

You are so versatile, it seems to me, it may be a struggle for you to narrow your self down to a niche. Which is YOUR favorite?

Bill always knows what he's talking about and I accept his advice happily, and he did make sense, when he mentioned authors of magazine articles....yes?

Erma Bombeck? Love the woman. I have a collection of her work. I still remember LMAO, reading one of her books, a few years ago. Her humor on Families (parents & kids) is marvelous.

Finally, gf....if I found myself forced to choose a niche....(My Dad did, he married one!) See what I mean?.........I'm fairly sure I'd choose humor. Yet, in all honesty, even EFFER, believe it or not, could probably suffer some humor burn out. For now, I like what I'm doing. I accept that what I'm doing, of course, is making very few pesos....but I don't believe I have what it takes to make a lot of $$$...even if I locked myself into a niche. There was a niche, I knew, who locked me in my room a couple times!!!....Yeah, I deserved it.......UP++++


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I just stopped by to laugh at Paula's comment....a classic!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

LOL! Oh my God paula, I am laughing so much I nearly fell of the chair! Sheer Brilliance, this will make mary curl up in laughter!


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jimmythejock 3 years ago from Scotland

I created a new Hubpages account a few weeks ago to write on one type of topic and I keep my old account for my normal mix and match of Hubs. I am finding so far that it seems to be doing well and I have been earning money since day one from it.

After 5 Hubs so far I am getting around 70-90 hits a day and all of my Hubs in the new account have good search rankings.

Niche writing seems to be the way forward but I wil still use my old account for my mix and match Hubs.....jimmy


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Mary,

What a great article and thought provoking too. I sort of fell into this by accident as I have a number of passions that I thought I would end up writing more about here. Having picked one of the homemade exclusive titles it was all go from there but I genuinely love it and ties in with my background, interest and experience so it has been an incredible trip this last year on HP. As a result so many new ideas, thoughts and plans have emerged geared around this "niche" which I am excited about so whilst I enjoy writing on travel, crafts and cost saving ideas I am looking to homemade products predominantly.

Enjoyed so much this read, you have such an engaging writing style that is a joy to read. It always flows so effortlessly and you have certainly a number of areas as niche contenders! Thanks Mary for another superb write. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You raise some great points about niche writing--I have thought about opening up my horizons a bit and writing other things here to see how they do--


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Well I always thought and still think you are a niche writer Mary, but get off the track sometimes, because you have that streak of rebelliousness from your childhood lol.

To me, your most fun articles to read are those where you go back in time and bring the jewels out from there for us just like in Star Trek IV, the Enterprise crew went back to 1984 earth and brought back whales to save the future earth.

I liked this article and it makes sense to me.

For myself I can see my niche developing around my companionship with my dog (and in future, more than one dog) - exploration, ecotourism, nature study, nature conservation, so on and so forth.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Mary - Great Hub -- informational and quite entertaining....and when you can do both at the same time that is quite an accomplishment.

I think I like how Bill categorizes things - I have a day job that provides all my pesos. So I guess I write to learnm to teach, to share, to enjoy. I accidentally earn 8-12 dollars a month. Anything more than that would take serious time away from my day job. Maybe when I retire I will seriously develop a niche. Great article. Sharing. Theresa


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

You made niche writing interesting. It should be a help to new writers. I love the humor you included.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Niche, snitch. My approach, Mary, write what you feel some passion for. Everything else will fall into line.


Vickiw 3 years ago

It is interesting to consider niche writing, and it probably is the way to become respected for excellence in a field. However, at this time I am enjoying just writing about fairly random topics, and that gives me lots of enjoyment - but not necessarily money!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dearest Mary, all I know is that you are marvelous and multi-talented!!!

I am one to just follow my heart and just write of my experiences in this life . . . money or no money. You know me, love is the answer . . . love one another.

Love this hub because your gift of writing, makes all you write very enjoyable!

hehehe up there on fpherj' comments! So funny : )

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Mary, this article is an earnest attempt at scratching the surface of the vast information there is out there regarding niche writing.

That said, I'll scratch your niche if you scratch mine.

LOL! Have a fun Friday, Mary! Lord knows we sexy genarians need a good laugh every 24 hours! Aloha!

Joe


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

It comes as no surprise Bill that you are the first to comment on this hub. I take all of your hubs very seriously and realize your main point in finding a niche, however, I just couldn't resist bouncing the niche thing around a bit. You wrong? Never sensei! Thanks for reading my friend and enjoy your weekend.

BTW Bill, you are so right...everything Paula writes is a classic.

I'm with you Nell. I bounce around a lot (not because of my weight btw) but I know niche writing has its advantages, I just can't seem to get on the wagon with it. As for Effer's comment, as soon as I got up off the floor I started writing an answer ;)

You my very dearest Effer are definitely a humor niche (hereditarily speaking). The scariest thing about your comment is that it makes perfect sense to me! The rub lies in the fact that I don't really have a favorite. Well, that's not exactly true...the thing I'm writing about or photographing at the time IS my favorite. That's why Larry likes to take me to McDonald's because I can only eat the french fries. If we go anywhere else, I have to make up my mind and choose one thing and that's almost impossible for me to do! Humor my dear is the staple of my diet, on HP and off. I don't, however, deliver it as well as you do!!! Now considering your past and your family history it might be best for you to stay away from niches...no more closets and all that. Love you girl.

Jimmy that's a great idea! You can have fun and make money too. As I said in an earlier comment, I bounce around a lot and that doesn't work well in sticking with a niche....should that be itching a niche?

Suzie Q, niche or no niche, you are a great writer and provide us with so much good and helpful information. I am flattered by your comment and votes. Whatever you write about is always interesting to all of us.

Audrey I have no doubt anything you do would be great. Your poems are outstanding. Anyone with that much talent can do anything she wants.

Suhail, along with your dog, you bring sunshine to my hubs. How did you know about my rebellious streak? Sounds like you're on the niche track and its a good one.

Theresa if I was still working there wouldn't be half as many hubs by Tillsontitan. I admire what you do while holding a full-time teaching job. You share knowledge and interest and I personally can say I'm a faithful follower.

Thank you Barbara. So glad you enjoyed this little ditty of a hub.

You dear drbj can say whatever you want because you are such a great writer. I know you're not a niche believer but you know your interviews are nichee.

I know Vicki, it seems the things we enjoy the most pay the least ;) Writing is just plain fun.

Faith, I couldn't agree more...live and love is certainly my motto....I wonder if I should make that a tagline? Anyway, your hubs are always so lovely and inspirational I am honored to have you think I am talented. Nobody, and I mean nobody, beats Paula's sense of humor. She is a true bright spot in any day.

Ah ha, so now you're into niche scratching Joe? Sounds like a good idea. BTW any sexy genarian is a friend of mine and you sir, are on top of that list. Thanks for taking time out of your busy 30/30 to stop by. Aloha and I hopenapule maika'i ...if I keep this up I may have to learn Hawaiian!!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I would not dream of "staying away from niches!" We were a small, close- knit group of niches & we cousin niches love each other. Although we are, of course, individual niches, through the years, we sort of merged into one, very crowded, lumpy niche. You understand, I'm sure!

Til....you actually fall for that lame excuse about McDonald's?.....Larry is my kind of guy.....last of the Big Spenders!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Well now that you put it that way, I guess a group of niches could be a good thing...as for the Mickey D's excuse, you gotta admit it gives Larry an out ;)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hey! Hey! HO & Tillie! You two kids, break it up! Maybe my memory isn't perfect.....but I vaguely remember someone telling me about "dirty talk." Of course I never participated, because as you can imagine, it was a mortal sin.

See you guys outside the confessional. Saturday morning 10:00. It's Fr. O'Brien. HO....plan on staying, for your penance!


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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Hi Mary, I have a blog in a certain definite niche. It gets over a 1,000 views a day. It is not a popular subject but when people seek it out they come to my blog first. I Hubpages I tried to stay in a niche but one you write 100 articles it is hard to stay focused on one thing- at least for me it is. So I do both dapple in my niche and write as I may.

Voted up and shared!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Interesting article that sparked amusing comments! Last year I participated in a niche challenge...14 hubs in 14 days. If I look back on them, I can see that while they circled around a common theme, circled is the key word!

Great job, wonderful food for thought! Up+++


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Great article! Although I admire the ability some writers have to write about anything and everything, I believe that having a niche gives writers a level of authority on certain subjects, which is especially advantageous, as billybuc said, if you are looking to make steady income off of it. Thanks so much for sharing. (Voted Up). -Rose


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Paula if you're planning on letting me go in the confessional first, bring a lunch, it may be a while ;)

That's my problem Carly. I just think of so many things I want to write about I can't narrow it down to a particular subject. Thanks for the vote and share.

btrb, I guess I achieved my goal with this hub....food for thought! Thanks for the votes.

You, just like our friend billybuc, are 100% correct. Having a niche is advantageous and can prove to be very lucrative, however....thanks for reading, voting and sharing my friend.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. Great Hub. I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately since reading Bill's Hub. I think I probably have a few niches and every time I think about going into a new direction I ask myself if I am not over niching? For now I'll stick to what I know and love. Thanks so much sharing this. Have a great weekend.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This hub I believe is great advice for some but the shear number of comments with different views is sure entertaining. When you have witten a few hundred hubs here you definitely tend to have more than one niche. I have probably deleted a hundred hub just because they get outdated and I don't like to rewrite my articles.

I also write for a freelance site, and I have that I can wirte about almost anything with a little research and using correct grammar. I have hobbies, special interests, skills as a nurse, and the list goes on. I think that most of us have many niches and we just need to explore them a bit. Awesome hub!


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I´m not sure that just writing in a niche is the best way to earn (like billybuc mentions above) since most of the hubber success stories are people who do not write in niches. For me, writing in a niche is just like you mentioned above "the more you learn the easier it is to write". I think they are more interesting too, like bdgiulio´s hubs about raptors. Some of my niche hubs seem to write themselves! (Even if they don´t come across like an Erma Bombeck book.)


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TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada

I see so many questions in the forums from new hubbers who ask really basic questions on what to do when getting started writing on hubpages... They could really benefit from reading this, it's full of wonderful information.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I niche, but think that it also has disadvantages in that the scope that can be discussed tends to run out. So it's good to sometimes throw a little versatility into the mix! Great hub which I vote across and share, Mary!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Bill your travel hubs and raptor hubs are superb. As long as you stay on the road your niche will always expand and I have a feeling you'll find more raptors too. You have found your niches! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend too.

Pamela, some people just don't fit into a niche. I'm sure your hubs do well, the variety is always interesting. Thanks for reading and the vote.

Well Dr. Mark, you may not be Erma Bombeck but then there is the Dog Whisperer ;) All of your hubs are a delight and so educational too.

Thanks KatsMeow, everything we learn is a feather in our cap and a boost to what we write.

That's my thought too Michelle. Sometimes a niche just wears itself out. Thanks for the votes and share, always appreciated.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thank you for sharing Mary. Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Hope you have a great weekend Eddy, thanks for stopping by.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Great hub, Mary and another interesting article about niche writing.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

If you were looking to carve out a niche you did it.. what a creative niche ... a good idea for a quality hub..voted.. useful...:)


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I should so niche. I niche a little bit on HubPages. LOL. I should niche-it up some more, though. Great food for thought. :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

ROFLMAO!!! OMG, Til...your comment about me bringing a lunch!~!! YOU are too much!

and btw, what Faith Reaper said? DITTO!!!!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Elias glad you found it interesting.

Thanks Frank, useful is always good.

cclitgirl, you can niche or not, your work and photography are super!

Thank you Paula (glad your name's not Dean) but anyway...thank you.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I was thinking the same thing, Mary, that I have more than one niche. I can write about birds at the drop of a hat, though. With research and a little experimentation, I can certainly write about the others with no difficulty.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA

I think we do best in what we are passionate about and have experience in; yet, when I first joined hubpages 5 years ago, I must confess I used to write about several topics. Ironically, some of my most popular hubs that bring loads of traffic are not in my niche. Perhaps because those topics are very searched and draw loads of traffic. However, it was painful for me to write out of my niche because there was zero passion. Today I write totally for my niche, I use most of my articles as handouts for my clients and business and several of my peer trainers use them as well. The traffic may be less than if I wrote out of my niche and wrote more about technology, business or health hot topics but I just can't stomach writing about those things! voted up and useful!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Seems we are on the same track aviannovice.

Alexadry thank you for the great comment. You've provided lots of detail and insight into niche writing. I guess everyone likes to write about what they like best.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Mary, I think one can have more than one niches and do equal justice to it. Of course if the niches are related to each other it would icing on the cake but even otherwise to break the monotony, I tend to write off my niche once in a while.

Interesting read. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Mary, you are a 'Lady of Many Niches'; I'm sure that's why you cannot be confined by just one. I love your photography; but then you make everything you write about fun and interesting. I can see your niche dilemma! Maybe it would be better just to ditch the niche ;) Pearl

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You make a great point Rajan, related niches are definitely the icing on the cake! Yes, writing about the same thing can get monotonous for the writer and I don't like to be bored ;) Thank you for the votes and share.

Grandmapearl, thank you, I've been called many things but I like "Lady of Many Niches" best :) I think you're right and I may have to ditch the niche! Thanks so much for the votes.


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! I am niche-less, largely I think because my day job requires such bland writing that I just want to write about whatever floats into my brain and be more creative on here.Not a recipe for success, I know. But I think you give great advice here. I 've seen hubbers with niches really do well. voting up and sharing.


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DonnaCSmith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

I think my niche got my foot in the door - horses. But over the 20+ years I've been writing I've developed some sub-niches and just plain started writing about other topics in addition to my niche.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Writing about whatever floats into your head can be a good think Crystal. Glad you appreciated my advice.

I never thought of second niches as "sub" niches, Donna, but I like that. Thanks for adding it to the comments here.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I tend to bounce all around cause I only write about subjects that appeal to me and that I think someone might search for. The nearest I've come to a niche is "pets", I suppose.

Great Hub.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Yes, your Baby hubs can certainly be considered a niche Mary. Thanks so much for stopping by, its always good to see you here.


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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

Its obvious what my "niche" is, although initially I just started writing about what I know best and love, I did it subliminally......didn't really think about it until reading Billybucs and your Hubs. Good hub. Thumbs up


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You've picked a niche everyone is interested in. Fitness is on everyone's mind. Thank you Alphadogg for stopping by and reading.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Mary,

Before the advent of web writing, the writing instructors never spoke about niche. All they knew was genre. We as a content writer have come across many interesting words, jargon if you like, that we must learn.

We may have ability to write on many topics, but we will excel only in few. For instance, I have written recipe, photoshop instructions, writing instructions, alternative healing, travel etc. but only few of my topics fetch good views. After writing for more than two years on the internet, I have found my niche.

Thanks for this wonderful article.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Vinaya, you my friend are multi-niched for sure! All of your hubs are good but your photography and travel hubs are excellent.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

My mother's family called. They want their name back.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is important ot have a niche not everyone would find their niche right away, Excellent hub. Voted up and interesting


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Loved this hub Mary, the humour really added a certain something - from commenters too! I would love to be able to write to a niche but I don't know enough about one thing to make it into a niche. I am with Paula (no, not in the confession booth, I am waiting for her in the pews) and think if I did have a niche, it might be humour because I enjoy writing that type of article. You have got lots of hubbers 'talking', this is always a good thing!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Paula, maybe your family can change their name.

DDE I agree. It can take a long time to find your niche, if ever. Thank you for the compliment and vote.

Jools, that church is starting to get crowded ;) I think it is hard to choose a niche...what I do well today I may not tomorrow :). I know, some of the comments here are better than the hub!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Interesting and informative hub. Finding a niche and writing about it is an advantage and helps readers to come back for more about the niche topic.


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msLarayne 3 years ago from New York, NY

Niche writing is the best. I feel like if nothing else it challenges you to think outside the box on a subject. I know it does with me and my music writing.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Well I think I am slowly finding my niche, but I do enjoy writing about different things so I won't stop doing that for a while. I do think that, in general, once people find their niche, there articles tend to be more engaging.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Vellur, I didn't think about the niche like that. I guess when you stick to a niche people know what to expect.

msLarayne, good point as well. Writing about the same thing certainly makes you stretch and look for mre.

Glimmer perhaps having a niche but still writing other things is the way to go.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mary,

I have forgotten the question because of Paula and those naughty niches.

I have found, if it's not one thing, it's your family...oh, OK, back to the niche... Geesh, I guess, like you, I have a few up my sleeve, subject to change on a whim.

Thanks for this funny fondue of food for thought...UP and all across.

Happy 4 th. Love, Maria


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Maria my friend, it is no surprise our beloved Paula is a Niche....I love your phrase "funny fondue of food for thought" what a great line! You are another one who comes up with the great lines. Thank you for the votes and I certainly hope your 4th is a blast ;)


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Happy 4th, Mary! what a wonderful essay on finding one's niche. Sensible, practical advice and plenty of reflection within. As for me, I have long abandoned by search for a niche, perhaps this is my failing, I love too many things and spread myself far and wide - the life of an creative generalist is spread thin across a vast expanse of what the world has to offer. I love your take on finding one's niche - my search starts now!


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Nice hub and so true. Finding a niche is tricky. I guess you could have multiple accounts for multiple niches, but this seems like a lot of extra work, especially when building up your readers. I prefer to write on 3-4 main topics. However, I think that the key is to write a decent amount about the one subject, to show search engines that you know what you are talking about and to make it easy for your readers to find related information.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, interesting and useful.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I'm still searching Mohan. I guess I'm not a one niche kinda girl. I like variety too much ;) Your expanse of knowledge and expertise surely can't limit you to one niche!

You're probably right Brett, that way you can have your cake and eat it too! Ii know its important to become established but my mind just takes me away so to speak! Thanks so very much for all the shares and the votes.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Take down my vote for the niche. The more you write about one subject, the more knowledgeable you become and the more people want to read your writing. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Alocsin, I know you know what you're talking about for sure! Your semi-annual hubs about hubbers stats and the standing of your hubs are proof.


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epigramman 3 years ago

As a writer/poet I don't know if I have a 'niche' or a 'comfort zone' because I am literally all over the place. I don't think anyone else covers the various different topics, moods and themes that I do , lol.

As always , my most marvelous Mary, you provoke me into thinking and opening up my mind to different directions and ideas - thank you for putting those thoughts into my mind and making my time with you always a cherished moment.

I sincerely hope all is well with you today and your family and my furried family is out back sleeping somewhere and I am about to go into the lake again for the third time on a very hot day here but summer is almost half way over so why not.

I just finished a slice of cheesecake topped off by passion fruit glaze and greek yogurt and Mary, it is to die for, lol , and after my cuppa tea another jump into the lake.

Sending to you 3 big Canadian high fives from two human hands and three furried paws at lake erie time canada 4:30pm


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

High fives right back at you, all three of you.

How could I be inspiration to one who finds inspiration very well on his own! Your works are romantic, funny, and everything poems should be. So thank you my friend for the great compliment.

I do not have a lake nearby but do have a small swimming pool that I just got out of as well. However, I was not fortunate enough to have the cheesecake! It is very hot here and very humid, more so than usual for July but, that's what summer is.

Sending hugs from NY at 5:00 pm!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sharing this again, as I've been thinking about the wisdom of niching.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for sharing again Michelle. Niche is the way to go to gather a following and probably to make money too.


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Richard-Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

Like Jimmythejock said above, niche writing is the way to go. Like him, this is my secondary account here on HP and I created it just to see how important it is to stick to a niche or limit the niche writing to only a few categories. My other account is LiveWithRichard and on that account I didn't stick to any particular niche. It will be interesting to compare the two accounts in a couple of months when this account has some weight behind it.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I would certainly be interested to see how you and Jimmy make out with this play Richard as would my followers. I'd love to have you come back in a few weeks and let us know how you are making out!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I seem to be multi-niched, like you. Maybe a lot of the subjects I write about could be gathered together under one umbrella -- weird stuff. Most of my top performing hubs are not related and they cover many subjects.

I like to learn about things that are not everyday chatter, which is why I cover some of the subjects I do. I also like to write about sex in a non-pornographic way, but all the advertising has been taken off every single hub I have on sex, so I can't write about that here.

In fact I deleted my hub on Food or Sex because HP hated it and took all advertising off it. Well, shortly after I deleted it, along with a recipe hub that had a white circle on it for months, my hubber score descended into somebody's basement. Nobody was making any money on it anyway, right? So why the unhappiness when I deleted it?

You can't please these people. They gripe when you publish and then they grip when you unpublish! I will be removing all of my hubs on sex and moving them elsewhere over time, so don't be surprised if my hubber score becomes a slutty #1. They love to hate my sexy hubs -- or is it they hate to love them?

I guess I'm overly nichy (nichie?) or maybe nichless? Perhaps I'm allergic to niche? I am to everything else in the world, so why not niche?

Enjoyed reading this hub and found parts of it quite funny. I believe it is recommended that one have an account for every different niche with a different name on it, not necessarily on different sites. Very thought provoking and voted up, funny, and interesting. Will share!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Like Popeye AuFait, I yam what I yam. I agree with you. We write to express ourselves, not to fit into a niche. I do have a niche but its only a small part of what I write.

I hope you work out your hub dilemma because I know your hubs are all done with taste no matter what the subject! You know, there is no accounting for some people's taste and the power of Google reaches everywhere ;)

Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing my friend.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Oh, I know my niche. However, I like writing about other things, also. This definitely affects my work here on HP. This is why I decided to start a blog that covers a different area of my niche. Will it work? We'll see. If it does, the article here will wind up there and the rest will have to survive on their own!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Good luck with your blog TT....I'm sure it will do well and you know we will always follow you on HP!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, just call me 'multi-niched', or no, rather 'nicheless', at least in my capacity as a writer. Life/living is perhaps a niche I can develop, but then what about all the other stuff that boggles my mind and imagination? Oh, but all of them are actually part of life/living.

This is an excellent explanation of what a niche is and what we are supposed to do with it. Thank you, Mary!


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Just to let you know Mary, there is an article in Huffington Post by Fauzia Burke on 'Branding for Authors'.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fauzia-burke/brandin...

I was wondering if branding and niche are the same concepts.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I would say Martie you are multi-niched rather than nicheless. You share so well the things that boggle the mind and imagination. So glad you enjoyed my niche-type hub!

Suhail I will go check it out now and come back and comment.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Suhaill I think there is a subtle difference between branding and a niche. Fauzia seems to be focusing more on who you are and that branding helps you be yourself and "carve out your niche". Both establish your online presence so as I said I think the difference is very subtle.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've never been one for niche writing or reading. I get bored easily and I have to keep myself entertained with a variety of subjects. I exhaust myself! My favorite niche is country music and celebrities for reading and writing. They are so entertaining! :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Linda I think your niche is sunshine! In all you write there is always a ray of sunshine. If, however, you had to pick a real niche it would certainly be country music and celebrities!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Had to come back and read this one again! Your work is just outstanding Mary--informative and entertaining!


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Useful post. Certainly makes one pause for thought.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I am humbled and impressed at the same time Audrey that you would come back a second time! Thank you so much.

Glad it makes you think Lady E...hopefully inspiring.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

11 months ago I mentioned my favorite niche and it still is country music. Mostly on my blog, and on HP. What can I say...I love country music :)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I enjoyed your writing on this topic. The comments add to the good humor of the content. Although now I'm confused on the proper pronunciation. Guess I'll stick to my "nitch" for now.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Somehow Linda, I knew country music was your first love!

Teaches, thanks for stopping by. I'm never really sure about the pronunciation but like you I'll stick with nitch.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Excellent advice. I am very much a promoter of finding a niche or a few niches and becoming an authority figure in them. Depth is more important than range. :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

It does make it easier to expand your knowledge base Paula. Thanks for stopping by!

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