In case you didn't catch last week's Newsletter, you can find a list of niche sites we plan to release so far and/or are already working on here:
Diet & Fitness Video Games Arts & Crafts Home & Garden Alternative & Supernatural Beliefs TV & Movies Parenting Music Personal Finance Health Dating & Relationships Creative Writing & Quotes Technology Holidays Animals Education Sports & Hobbies Travel
We aren't sure of the order the sites will be launched in yet, and these aren't necessarily the only sites we will be launching, but they're the ones we have in the works currently.
Thanks for sharing this list with us, Christy. This gives us a better idea of what type hubs to focus on.
I have a question on 'Travel'. Will that niche include hubs about historical or other great places to visit? (ie: National Parks, designated National Register of Historic Places, best campsites for visiting popular places, etc.)
The only serious sites that get looked at by people interested in photography are photography ONLY sites.
To subsume it into an art and crafts site would only serve to replicate the existing problems with that category - which is that it is NOT a niche and actually has been set up to serve a number of different audiences.
The whole point of a niche site is that you create a clear focus for one audience. Otherwise HP is just wasting its time and your time.
That's what has me worried. For example here my hubs usually fall under entertainment-arts & design. I don't see many who are looking for photographic articles looking unders arts and especially not if they are accompanied by crafts. Like makingamark said, photography should be a stand alone niche site........Oh well....C'est la Vie!
The thing is I've already produced one highly focused site - which I've not even transferred all my sites to yet (intentionally - I like a long slow build with Google - it always pays off!)
That site is now pulling very high traffic numbers - far higher than anything I had on Squidoo or here. Plus I set up a Facebook Page to provide a social media support for it - and that rocketed from zero to over 700 followers in just over 10 days.
If you've already got a following for your tightly focused niche - particularly one which you can continue to grow over time - and you're not happy with the new categories I'd very much recommend looking at creating your own niche site. It'll cost you more but you'll also have 100% of the revenues.
Kind of hoping there would be a "history" site. Maybe later? I hope "history" is not relegated to some deep, dark layer buried under "education". "History" is a great evergreen topic. End of self-serving comment.
@LuisEGonzalez Photography is currently listed under Arts and Design. So rest assured, Photography is not going to be included in Arts and Crafts, let us hope.
I agree with makingamark that Photography should have its own independent niche site. It could have all existing subtopics:
Art Photo Essays (25 Hubs) Black & White Photography (16 Hubs) Classic Photos (4 Hubs) Color Photography (10 Hubs) Darkroom & Processing (10 Hubs) Digital Photography (81 Hubs) Lightroom (4 Hubs) Famous Photographs (4 Hubs) I suggest adding here: Famous Photographers Fashion Photography (4 Hubs) History of Photography (10 Hubs) Matting & Framing (5 Hubs) Nature & Wildlife Photography (75 Hubs) Photographers (19 Hubs) Photographic Portraits (20 Hubs) Photography Collections & Catalogues (11 Hubs) Photography Criticism & Review (12 Hubs) Photography Equipment (33 Hubs) Photography Exhibits (2 Hubs) Photography Instruction & How-Tos (134 Hubs) Photography Composition (12 Hubs) Selling Your Photography (10 Hubs) Using a Camera (16 Hubs) Photography Lighting (13 Hubs) Photojournalism (3 Hubs) Photos in Cinematography (0 Hubs) Professional Photography (14 Hubs) Travel Photography (25 Hubs)
The present rule of having to have at least 20 articles in a subtopic to become a recognized category could be waved to give those thinner subtopics a chance to grow. ___________________________________________________________
@Marisa "Sounds like the Performing Arts are out of luck. " Performing Arts, Dance, Ballet, are listed under Entertainment and Media.
Neither of those two main topics (Arts and Design and Entertainment and Media) are on Christy's list (yet).
The point is that photography already has a number of specialist sites - so something with a sub-category of a general art and design category has no chance - especially if that category is swamped in crafts.
Photography is also a topic which provides lots of angles for growth as Sue has demonstrated - and that's why the niche sites are already out there. A new photography site - as a niche - would take some to grow but would be a much more worthwhile proposition in the long run.
The thing is all new categories MUST start from the audience.
It has to be ONE AUDIENCE i.e. why veggie cooking sites do better for owners than veggies as a sub-category of a normal recipe site
If you look again at http://hubpages.com/topics/tree you'll find that Arts and Design is where Photography is currently listed. The topic Arts and Crafts doesn't actually feature on the current list. It is a new invention. I agree with all of you that a site for Arts and Crafts is far too generic to include such a major topic as Photography which should have its very own niche site.
Exactly, the current topics list must be dismantled into [b]much more specific /[b] new niche sites.
For example, a new niche site exclusively on Ballet would be appropriate. There is a huge audience for ballet. A new niche site exclusively on Yoga (a fast growing audience) could publish all aspects of Yoga as a complete lifestyle, including eating the right kinds of food, wearing comfortable clothes, using body-friendly furniture etc. So there may even be some cross-over, even [i]duplication[i] of certain subtopics among various niche sites.
The key is this: A niche site must be designed as if the team were the experts on any niche. In this endeavour, perhaps they would be wise to consult resident expert authors before creating far too generic sites which will fall into the same trap as we are in now.
Just had notice that a few of my art/craft hubs are being moved to 'feltmagnet'. None of them have anything to do with felting. Surely there's a better option for painting, drawing and journaling hubs?
There's a felted cat cushion hub in the mix. Seriously, felt makes me think of 70's crafts. I know people do things with felted wool now, but they don't call it felt. Felt is stuff for children's crafts, not expensive adult crafts.
Why are new sites not announced anymore in the forum? Or have I missed the launch of "feltmagnet"? Is "feltmagnet" really an all encompassing domain for all arts and crafts? Photography too has been shoved into feltmagnet. Putting "Photography" under "feltmagnet" is so inappropriate.
It seems that all our forum posts about the need for an independent photography site have been ignored. Maybe the new sites will be subdivided again as they grow?
Dear oh dear... it looks like the team are too much in a hurry and fail to listen to us.
They demonstrate very little comprehension of the sort of indicators which give reason for people to trust the site and the content it contains. In other words all the things that Google bangs on about as mattering if a site is to be taken seriously by them.....
One can't help thinking "out of the frying pan......"
I have a lot of articles that I hope will be considered for these niche sites, but, also, I have written a number of hubs that fall under "nostalgia." Baby-Boomers especially seem to like topics like these (here on HP and elsewhere). This includes my pieces on vintage Barbie dolls/clothes/accessories; toys; soda pops, etc. I hope HP won't be narrow in its vision on what makes a great niche site because people have a vast variety of interests ... and ... what is on these niche sites has already been done over and over and over ....I wrote many pieces in all of your topics for eHow and suite101, for example. I hope that good pieces which do not fall under labeled categories are not ignored, merely because they don't, on the surface, fit a particular genre.