So, my first year at hubpages has came and went. I haven't made any financial progress, but I do feel like I've learned a lot and I've really enjoyed it!
There's a few problems.
My biggest concern is that I don't have a niche. I kinda just write whenever the mood strikes, and a lot of times I end up writing some basic 'me too' articles, and that's mostly just for the learning process.
I'm thinking about starting a new hub, or maybe even finding a new host site and staying a new blog with a specific niche.
So my questions are.
1) in your opinion how important is a niche?
2) should I start another site, eventhough the one I have isn't exactly breaking ground? Or should I just work on improving what I've got right now?
Also, if you've got time please go and review a hub or two. It's been awhile since I've had any reviews and I could always use the feedback.
Thanks, in advance, for sharing your opinion.
Hi emi sue, nice to read that you've enjoyed writing here. As I understand things, having your own niche on HP isn't a benefit now that there are no subdomains. Your hubs are mixed with all hubs published, on the main site. If you wrote on a different site, say your own blog, a niche would be more important.
From your profile, I see you're a young mum to three children. How do you find time to write anything? I'm impressed! You have a fantastic niche right there with your family, juggling the tasks of daily life. It seems from your hub choices you prefer to write about other things. Maybe that's a way of having time for yourself. However, I bet you have plenty of tips to pass on to other busy young parents.
I read one of your hubs, Tater tots casserole, mainly because as a reader from the UK I didn't know what tater tots are. I still don't! Presumably they are a ready made product in the USA. I did watch the video, but the ingredients used differ from your recipe, which was a little confusing. Also, how much cheese is in " a bag of shredded cheese"? Maybe that's clear to an Americans. Bear in mind that there's a whole world of readers.
I'm still learning all the time, and am way older than you. Keep your enthusiasm, and keep learning.
You do not need to write a bunch of hubs on a particular topic to create a niche. I never did that and I did fine, and now that we don't have subdomains, there is even less need to do that.
You are off to a great start. Some of your titles are clearly designed to attract the reader and make it easy for Google to find you. Take the ones that get traffic, and write more hubs around that topic.
I participated in the 30 hubs for 30 days challenge. As I went through my day, I would think about something I did that other people may not know how to do and wrote an article about it. I am not recommending you do that in 30 days, but I do recommend that you write a bunch of hubs and see if you can find a topic that you like that is popular to readers.
I would recommend that you look at your images. Read the learning center article about legal image use. Some of the images you use are clearly copyrighted. If you use your own images, you will show your expertise on the subject. Also, your latest hubs has a good eye catching title that people will want to pin Pinterest. Do more of that. Take your leading photo, and add words that describe the article. That way, people can pin the hub and that pin can be repinned and more people will know about the hub. A lot of my traffic comes from Pinterest.
Sorry I didn't answer your original question directly. Lots of Hubbers recommend that you don't put all your eggs in one basket, and while I agree in some part, I do think that you should have a substantial number of eggs in one basket before you get another one. You decide what substantial means - I know one Hubber who thinks it means you have enough to assure yourself a monthly payout. A lot of baskets are awkward to carry, so each must be worth the effort. I recommend you stick to one site - HubPages since you are here - and create a nice portfolio of hubs. And then move to another site and create a portfolio there.
Since I don't have a lot of time right now, like you, it makes more sense to spend the time writing articles instead of learning the rules of yet another site.
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