One thing that we are all encouraged to do here on Hubpages is to find a niche and stick to it. I have had some success with this and do tend to write about certain things. But how many niches should we focus on. We know that Google likes us to be experts in things, but can we be experts in to many different things?
I currently have about 10 niches that I write on. Is that to many? Would it harm my account if I started writing about more subjects and adding extra ntopics? Just wondering what people's thoughts were on this one.
yes you can write on man niches as possible depending on your expertise,personally i am a proffesional musician, computer trainer, online entreprenuer and a consultant.
all the above mention are arear of my expertise and so i can write qualitative hubs on any topic around them.
So long as you keep your niches to separate sub-domains, you should avoid any advertising mix-ups from Google. My personal account (this one I'm writing from) has seen some automotive advertisements on unrelated hubs because of two automotive-related hubs on the account.
I'm guessing this would correct itself over time, but, it's led me to believe that matching advertising is easier for Google on strict niche sub domains.
See that's my issue. I only have one Hubpages account hence on sub domain. Is this a mistake then? Should I be looking to create new accounts when I want to target a different niche?
He's talking about ads. Google ads depend on your past activity and not on the hubs. Different ppl get different ads. You can write in as many niches as you wish.
I'm talking about ad placement on hubs. Yes, Google does take into account the viewer's history, but they also take into account the content of the article, and the content of the subdomain.
What I'm saying is, and this is based on my experiences here, and on Blogger, is that a sub domain primarily about Valuable Scrap Tools could get you ads about tools on several hubs about golf on the same sub domain.
I'd be disappointed if anyone was clicking through my dungeons and dragons sub domain and seeing ads unrelated to virtual gaming or other virtual activities, regardless of their viewing history with Google. But then, that sub domain is a strictly niche site.
From what I have read it does seem that that is a strong strategy. I say this mostly because of the 'Panda' woes that so many of us have had. It seems that those with several accounts might find one gets 'google slapped' when a new panda algo hits but another account does much better for some reason. I think its a bit of a pain since it can take a while to develop the respect you have as a writer on this account on a new one but the extra work seems worth it for the chance of added security in these uncertain google days.
Unfortunately, since Hubpages refuse to combine earnings over all accounts belonging to one individual, having several accounts means waiting much longer to get paid. Presumably this is why HP is so intransigent on the matter, despite numerous pleas for accounts to be combined. Money relating to accounts that are well below payout will of course be sitting in a bank earning interest for Hubpages until the payout level is reached.
That is a good point! I guess once all your accounts hit payout each month it wouldn't be an issue but that can take ages!
Unless you're going to write in a particular niche and have a minimum of 30 hubs in each niche (at least that's what I have in mind) you won't reach payout quick.
Say you reach payout once in 3 months but they'll all be reaching payout at different times so you get something every month if u do well?
Ad clicks could theoretically offset the money lost while waiting for the new site to age. I suspect there are writers on HP that write niche's for advertiser placement that yield them regular Adsense clicks. More likely authoritative niche sub domains
Hmm good idea. I think I may just separate my hubs into different accounts from now on.
It looks as if creating a new account may well be the way to go then. Something I am going to have to start thinking about before I start any new Niches I suppose.
Is it really such a big issue? I am asking from the point of view that msot of my Hubs make the majority of income through the Hubpages Ad Program and very little from the Adsense ads. Is it really worth going to all the trouble of making seperate accounts for different niches and waiting ages to get a payout on those other accounts...
I see Hubbers on here with a lot of experience, history on Hubs and over 1500 hubs and I don't see them setting up seperate Hubs for different niches. I'd expect someone with that number of Hubs to know what they are doing. I doubt Hubbers like Patty Inglish are doing what you are suggesting. I mention Patty as she fits within the criteria I mentioned above.
Valid point. I don't use Hubads, I just use Adsense and I don't think I have the wrong ads showing up on my pages.
I'm sure there are plenty of people that get great advertisements and clicks on their main non-niche accounts. Those people would have been getting Google crawls over a long period of time, perhaps.
But, if I'm writing about Dungeons and Dragons, for example, it stands to reason that search engines would find a sub domain filled with Dungeons and Dragons information more desirable than a sight with my name on it that has a few Dungeons and Dungeons articles among articles about SEO, money making, etc.
But doesn't Google look at specific pages within a sub domain and place the ads according to the page and not the entire domain. Otherwise before we all had our own individual domains, the entire Hubpages site would have been getting the same ads.
Good point. did that happen though? I wasn't there back then
Yes, Google looks at specific pages, determined by your title and on-page SEO.
Yeah dungeoneraider is right. I think andyoz may have made an easily made error.
andyoz you might be thnking your not getting the right ads for your individiual Hubs becauuse Google is showing you ads based on your personal browsing history. of course if you wrote that other Hub and did a lot of research for it then Google has a lot of cache history showing that you've been looking at that niche, so it thinks you'll be interested inbuying somethihng in that niche.
The best way to check if your ads are properly targetted is to open a browser you rarely or never use, which has little to no cached data to check your Hubs. So for instance if you use Firefox as your everyday browser then check your Hubs on google chrome to see what ads are showing. Or you could clear your cache on Firefox. I just find it simpler to use Chrome instead of going to the hassle of clearing my cache. Each to their own. Hope this helps.
Think you might have got confused as it wasn't me worrying about the ads.
My original question was based on how Google ranks are pages. They have told us they like us to be experts in certain niches and if we are then we will have more clout in the rankings game. So I wanted to know if you could be an expert in to many different areas.
Thanks for the reply all the same.
I understand its a big decision, andyoz, and maybe you'd be better talking to someone that's been on here longer and has had success writing about several niches under one sub domain. Do I think I would have gotten a positive visit from the makers of Dungeons and Dragons if I'd written the same articles on my personal sub domain. No. Does Google care where I wrote them? No one knows, for certain.
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