As mainly a writer of property related material, I am heading towards creating a niche on HubPages, but I'm not sure this is necessarily as good for attractinbg traffic as having a more widespread subject matter. Has anyone got any opinions on this?
I feel it is harder to attract traffic. Most of my Hubs are about generating traffic using free resources but I must tell ya I do enjoy writing about using free resources to increase traffic. It has also crossed my mind to write about other topics and will in the very near future. I feel many Hubbers write about many different topics and do very well.d
I started with a niche, but soon became bored as I wanted to write about everything I found interesting, so spread my wings. It has done me no harm, and in fact I find people come looking for hairdressing related articles, only to find some of my health hubs more rewarding. I have written about how I started Hubpages and they are good for new hubers to read. In my opinion having lots of topics means more traffic not less.
A niche is a great way to cover your main keyword and all of its variants. You can link them together for SEO benefits. Of couse you can have many different niches under your account, so there's nothing to lose, if you want to write about something else.
You could always create another account for writing about a wide spectrum of topics and just keep the account you have now for your niche. You can use the same adsense account for both accounts so there is no problem there, good luck !
I have two IDs here, one that's for writing about whatever catches my fancy and one that is about Michigan-related stuff only because I wanted to experiment with a niche. I really like them both and haven't found that traffic is hurt either way.
But like Nelle said, you can have many niches under one account. You don't need two IDs.
I have found that you can write as niche or broad as you wish. Having a mix seems to give overall stronger performance year-round.
Thanks everyone. I would have replied earlier but the site seemed to be having a problem - or maybe it was my browser, not sure. Anyway, it seems niche writing is mostly enjoyed and doesn't harm traffic potential. I might create a new ID for other stuff, as I like things to be separated (another OCD sufferer, lol).
I know exactly what you mean. It bothers me that I have a giant mix of different things. I imagine how, if anyone looks at what's with my profile, they'll think, "What the heck is all this mess?" The system does categorize them, but they're also all lumped together under "recent" (or "latest" or whatever). I've thought about breaking them up, but at this point I'm in so deep I'd be concerned it could affect earnings.
I recommend sticking to your niche but write broadly on the topic. Write about related things to your niche and link them together.
Whenever I write a hub, I note the words that I could expand on but irrelevant to that hub. I then write another hub related to the original but something totally different. You can capture the traffic from the wider searched topics and then give them reason to read about the specific niche.
Evergreen topics help bring traffic too. Use search to find excellent Hubs on that topic
Having all your eggs in one basket is a sink or swim proposition, but spreading your eggs out all over the lawn is just asking for them to get squished ...
Being that the case, I prefer to work in a few niches at once, but not too many. As Relache said, diversification can do your hub portfolio wonders ... but if you don't niche your articles in groups they tend to do poorly standing alone. It's just human nature to want to see another article after liking the first ... and sometimes (at least for me) that second article garners the click the first one missed.
I started with 3 niches, I now write in 5. It allows you to keep writing new interesting articles all the time.
They are only as good as the content written and the way it is presented.
As long as the niche isn't 'hot' Indian wowmen who turn out to be middle-aged lumps sporting fat, hairy bellies instead of the many, many actual hot Indian women that could have been featured.
LOL, just kidding
Hubs that are very focused on a niche topic do the best. In my opinion, the more focused the better. For example, it's difficult to gain traction writing about a broad subject like making desserts, but a Hub on how to make a mint chip ice cream cake has a good chance of doing well.
I agree, people want specifics, detail. We all want to learn something new that will help us along our quest for wisdom and fortune. A main Niche is good if you are an expert in something. As long as it is not all a re-hash of what you've allready written elsewhere (as so many hubbers tend to do unfortunately). And then, when you get bored with the niche you can break out completely, maybe respond to the weekly hubmob questions and create new niches. Diversity is the spice of life and can bring pleasant surprises. But I always come back to my main Niche.
I don't like the idea of multiple identities. It may be useful for hubbing but somehow it doesn't feel very sincere to me.
I would say it is easier to be a big frog in a small pond, but then you are in a small pond...
It's probably easier to rank well for a niche topic, but the amount of traffic will be limited.
I would start with several related niches, and then when you master them, consider widening your topics.
Or just write tons of niche hubs on a single topic and pretty soon you'll dominate the topic. If you have niche websites as well, you might have 4 or 5 listings in the top 10 google serps. That's what I've been doing with Christmas ornaments. 35 hubs on a variety of Christmas ornaments and 5 niche websites on the same topic. Works very well for long-tail domination. But every site and hub has to have unique sales copy.
metaphors confuse me. all I can think about now is what it would be like to be a frog.
at any rate, I agree with you.
If you're here to make money, write on a wide range of topics at first, until you find your most profitable niche. You may find it's not the one you expected.
You don't have to have separate ID's to write about different topics. Your paying audience doesn't browse around your Hubs anyway - they come to a single Hub from a search engine.
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