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The Most Popular Article Categories and What To Do With Them

Updated on July 10, 2013

NOT YOUR ORDINARY LIST

I’m not one to make lists just for the sake of making lists. If I’m going to spend part of my few remaining years on the planet making a list then there had better be a darn good reason for it. Such is the case with this article and this list.

I want all of you to have a starting point as you venture forth into the scary world of freelance writing, but I also want to give you a few words of friendly advice that are related to that starting point.

Let me start by saying that I don’t much care about search engine popularity. Anyone who has read my articles of late knows that I write because I love writing, and I also write to help others. I refuse to use keywords and to me, SEO stands for Search Engine Obstinate. J

However, there are many writers out there who do care about SEO, and they are trying to make it in this writing world either through passive income (writing for HubPages or other such sites) or writing articles for magazines. If you are one of them then pay attention because I just might be able to help you.

Here is your first lesson. How do you make money by writing articles? Give people what they want or need.

First lesson is now completed.

Think about it for a second. People do online searches mainly because they want to know about a particular subject, right? It would then follow that if you, as a writer, had a list of the most popular search categories, you would have a rather important piece of information. So here is that list.

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THE CATEGORIES

  1. Personal finance
  2. Business
  3. Autos
  4. Technology
  5. Home
  6. Health
  7. Travel
  8. Fashion
  9. Pets
  10. Education
  11. Arts and Design
  12. Family
  13. Sports
  14. Politics
  15. Religion
  16. Gender
  17. Food
  18. Holidays
  19. Games
  20. Books

NOW WHAT DO YOU DO?

If you answered that question by saying that now you write about one of those categories, I want you to step back to the end of the line because you just failed my little test. It just ain’t that easy, folks!

By doing a quick Google search of “personal finance” I managed to find 950,000,000 articles. That’s million, my friends. HubPages alone has over 250 articles about personal finance. Obviously there are other writers who want to cash in on the “personal finance” category, so we need to help you be a bit more competitive.

When the pie is too big for your stomach you need to cut off a smaller piece of pie, and that is the whole point of this article. Narrow the focus so that you are a big fish in a little pond rather than being a little fish in an ocean. Get it?

Let me give you a real-life example. A friend of mine, tillsontitan on HubPages, has chosen to write about movies. Now, movies do not show up on the above list, but I can tell you that they are #21 for those keeping score. That means there are a great number of writers writing about movies, but that did not deter tillsontitan (Mary) from writing about them. What she chose to do, and I applaud her for it, is write a series of articles detailing the Academy Award winners for each year. Since there have now been eighty-five Academy Awards she will eventually have eighty-five articles floating around the internet, all with the same basic title and all with the same basic keywords. By this time next year, whenever anyone does a Google search for “Academy Awards,” there is an excellent chance that one of Mary’s articles will pop up at the top of the list.

That, my friends, is smart, and Mary now moves to the head of the line.

Another friend, Bill on HP, writes about travel. Check the list above and you will see that travel checks in at #7 on the popularity list. Big ocean! Bill, however, whittled down the competition pool by only writing about tourism in Italy. Smart move! If he keeps pounding that particular niche he will be sitting pretty in a year or so.

And there is the only keyword I want you to concentrate on…..niche!

SCRATCH THAT NICHE FOR ALL YOU ARE WORTH

Excuse the pun but pay attention to the message.

There are days when I think that if I see one more recipe posted on HubPages I’m going to upchuck my lunch. Why? It’s not because I’m against food. I love to eat just like everyone else, and I love to eat good food….but….I can count on one hand the number of times I have read a recipe that was actually unique in the nature of the writing and niche.

“Julia’s Home Cooking Lasagna Recipe” is infinitely more memorable than “Great Lasagna Recipe.” In the same vein, a series of “natural” recipes, or “organic” recipes would have a much better chance of success than just “recipe.”

I’m trying to help you here so pay attention and take notes.

Find a category you are passionate about and then narrow the focus to a smaller sub-category….and then….beat that sub-category into the ground with repetition, repetition and more repetition. It is the only way to win playing the Google game, and I want you all to win.

And when you have found your sub-category, I want you to do the following.

NEXT STEP TO SUCCESS

Start a blog featuring nothing but that sub-category, and start writing blog posts daily on the same theme and linking to your articles. Blogs are free and easy to construct. My blog on Wordpress took me fifteen minutes to construct, and I am basically brain dead when it comes to technology. If I can do it then anyone reading this article can do it. Trust me!

Your ultimate goal is to become a leading expert in your field. Think Julia Childs. Think Martha Stewart. Those two started out just like this and look at how they ended up. In today’s world of online writing and presence, one does not have to be an expert; one only has to appear to be an expert. Perception is the key to marketing and marketing is the key to any business enterprise.

I just took a break but I’m back. While I was taking my break I stopped by HubPages, and a new article was posted called “Buttermilk Brownies.” That was the title….I swear to God I’m going to scream.

Off to Google I went and I typed in “buttermilk brownies”…..2.6 million entries.

Need I say more?

Is anybody listening to me???????

So what do we do with this “buttermilk brownies” nonsense? How about a series of articles titled “Down Home Buttermilk Recipes” and then each recipe can feature buttermilk? How about a series of “brownie” recipes?

NO THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE

There are those out there who write for the pure pleasure of writing and I applaud you and respect you. We need more of you and less of the keyword/SEO crowd in my humble opinion, but my opinion and seventy-five cents just might get you a cup of coffee in a diner.

I am writing at this moment for those who are trying to make money writing articles but who have no focus. I am writing for those who write one time about fifty different topics, then send the articles out into the cyberworld and hope for success.

Success in writing has very little to do with hoping. It has a great deal to do with talent, focus and a plan.

That is what I want for all of you…..success…now you need to work on the talent and focus since I just gave you a plan free of charge.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Bill,

      I am a fickle pickle with my writing...yet, I truly see the value of establishing a niche and sticking with it.

      I am so excited at the exposure, the learning and the possibilities...I believe I am in a transitional phase of my journey/ career...somewhere between nursing, teaching and writing...for now, I am so grateful for your work, which always inspires and gets me thinking.

      I totally agree that Mary's work on movies is one of a kind, spectacular...just like her...great example! Voted UP and UABI.

      Love, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Seriously, Bill this is so jammed with so much good advice yet again, but then again I wouldn't imagine it to be any other way with your writing tips articles. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on this topic as always and you know I have shared and voted, too!!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Thank you Bill. I haven't concentrated so much on making money on my articles yet, but I guess changing the titles on many of my hubs could be a good idea, and it would probably give me more readers and some cents more every month, LOL! You are a giver that keeps giving. Thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you work so many hours....it would be hard to concentrate on just writing with all the things you do...transitional is a good description for you. When the day comes may you find clarity and direction.

      Thank you for your kind words...I love helping other writers.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you were the poster child for niche writing when you first started on HP....i remember your hubs about that one product very well.....perfect example of this hub.

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made my dear, you might as well make money while enjoying the process. :) Every little bit helps, right?

      Thank you and it was so nice to see you pop in this morning.

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      You're right. I recently started a blog, where I write about my writing. It has been a sunny day here in Finland and soon it's time for some dinner. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Great article and could not agree more with you on Bill and Mary. Both are writers I respect and enjoy greatly who have wonderful niches carved out. Your top category list is interesting and Food I would have expected to be up in the top 5. Another Bill classic and I am working on the blog concept / idea as that is something I am very passionate about having for homemade beauty solutions. Cheers Bill, have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will, Made; enjoy your dinner and thank you again....send me a link to your blog if you have time.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, as you know I'm working on setting up a blog. I've got the title, an intro and have an idea as to where I want to go with it. I have a question regarding WordPress. Can you build the site but hold off on going live until you're ready? Also, where do you go to get your domain name? Does WordPress allow you to choose one then check to see if it's available?

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      Marie Ryan 3 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Great advice for an old 'newbie' like me. Bill, your hub has come very opportunely for me as I have literally just started to understand the value of 'niching' or 'nicheing' (?). When I started of on the HB scene, I really believed the whole idea was to diversify as much as possible.....and writing about different topics was the way to success." When you said: "I am writing for those who write one time about fifty different topics, then send the articles out into the cyberworld and hope for success.", I cringed. I really believed that was what was expected of me from the HP Community. Although I am a bit worried about the concept that, as you so rightly say; "In today’s world of online writing and presence, one does not have to be an expert; one only has to appear to be an expert." It's all a bit naughty really, but hey... I suppose that's business! Thanks so much for this hub! You are my Guru!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you are a living example of this hub and it is exciting watching your niche grow....you are doing so well. Good luck with the blog and let me know when it is up and running.

      Thank you Irish....tell the Mickster I said hey....and I hate to admit it, but he has a pretty good niche himself. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, on wordpress.com....which is the free blog...when you set up your blog you get your domain name.....if you paid for wordpress.org then there are more steps to take....but the quick answer is, as soon as you put your blog together it has a name. As for holding off on it, I honestly don't know....I've never done that. I've always just set it up the same time I constructed it. :)

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      History points out to Sir Philip Sydney saying to be poetic one must delight and teach. That as a guide says billy you are poetic and deserve applause for this verse presented. Easily understood the message is clear and understood. Well done Sir Billy.

      I did copy/paste those categories into my Hubber Resource file with the who, what, where, when, why for future reference. Is there a way to see the whole map? I sometimes spent hours just trying to find a category and sub-category knowing those index for crawlers and such.

      I agree with you and thank you for presenting a means full of hope. Mary is a great example and Maria as well. Both great teachers. Add billybuc to the crowd and my imagination shares a lounge in the AM before the school bell rings.

      tim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, some very useful tips and advice, I just had a quick look but I'll be back later this looks really good.

      Have a wonderful day, love to you and Bev.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very excellent piece of work with great examples. I have not found one niche yet. I tend to be a jack of all trades rather than an ace of one. But at least with this great hub I get it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marie, that is a scary thought, isn't it, that there are those who appear to be experts but are not....but I think quality and knowledge will eventually shine through in an article.

      I write blogs for customers....I know nothing about the item they are selling, but I write well enough and research well enough that I sound like I know what I am talking about.

      However, over the long run, I think quality writing is much more important than knowledge of a product or a place...we are writers, Marie...this is what we do. We inform...we entertain.....

      Find your passion...narrow it down to a niche...and hopefully you will find rewards from it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Made!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I'll catch you when you return. I hope your day is progressing nicely.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that's all I can hope for, that my readers get it. :) Thanks buddy and stay cool down there in the desert.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tim! You had me smiling with that last sentence. As for seeing the whole map, where is the fun in that? LOL

      I appreciate your kind words, Tim. This type of writing is not my favorite, but I do love helping other writers to clarify their business and succeed at their craft. :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Of course I shared this hub, and not just because you wrote about me, which I thank you for btw. You make an excellent point, it isn't just about your niche, you title does make a difference. Your examples are perfect. Even though you're searching for 'brownies' you are more likely to look at "Down Home Buttermilk Recipes".

      Once again sensei you reach to the heart of the matter and dispense valuable advice.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Hi Bill, this is great advice, and I know it is absolutely correct. I find a glaring error in my Hubs now, thanks to this! I don't know whether it is something some of us have to go through, but it is great fun to explore writing about different topics! However, when I first started, my goal was to talk about bereavement. There are actually ways that I could link most of my Hubs to this topic, as bereavement became a journey of new discoveries and life for me. I must look at Wordpress too. . . Thanks so much, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are a perfect example and that's why I used you....I want people to be successful at this writing thing, but there are ways to make it happen quickly. I just need to convince more writers of the truth of this article. Thanks for your support and keep doing what you are doing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, bereavement is an excellent niche and one that will do well....keep your focus and keep pounding that niche...I did the same thing with alcoholism and adoption and it showed immediately in my google scores.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good advice, Bill. I write about a few different things but mainly dogs, of course! Thanks for putting this together. Have an awesome day!

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you billy or bill. Never really knew which you preferred. Any hoot goes Athena's owl. I seek to write a hub today just to get the machinery going again. The valves have been adjusted, the cam dialed into zero for starters, and carb tinkered with a bit and a byte. Going to fire off on the stand first.

      The vehicle is still on the drawing boards waiting on permits and such from up stairs. Got to keep in spec. We'll see if fiction, fact, poetry, a combo with fries, or maybe peanut butter and apple butter on toast. I dun'no yet.

      Thanks for the encouragement. I will have to look through the base line offered by this article for the get for go.

      tim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you have indeed nailed it with the dog niche, and it will pay you dividends as the months become years...stick with it and good things will happen.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim, I go by Bill.

      Crank up that engine and let her rev my friend. Take it out on the open road and let those horses run free. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I read that the free blog sites don't allow you to take your readers with you should you decided to host your own blog (with a domain name you choose). On wordpress.com do they assign you the domain name or do you choose it?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is true; you can't take the domain name with you if you host your own blog...that name will forever stay with wordpress. :) On wordpress.com you get to choose your name and if it is available then it is yours for as long as you stay with wordpress.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      My next hub is going to be your fault.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I'll take the blame...no problem....Bev blames me for shit daily. LOL

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      First of all, I read your Artistry with Word blog post, which led me to your terrific blog post at Grit. Then I get my Hubpages notification to see you published this helpful article. The sheer volume of your work is impressive, but the fact that it is all of such high quality truly is impressive. Thanks for all the good advice you give us everyday and for being such a source of inspiration. I am going to sit down out on my screen porch this afternoon after I am done with my other work and start making some lists and plans of my own!

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm soaking this all up like a sponge Bill. Someday soon I'll become so saturated with knowledge and talent that I'll be forced to share my "brilliance" with the rest of the world and no longer hide in the shadows of anonymity. Until that day, I am very happy to have you as my inspiration! Keep it coming!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I have a lot of different topics at Hubpages. Many writers are saying to open separate accounts for each niche. I don't know. A lot of my hubs are doing well and I hate to move them.

      I do have a website for each niche though. As far as money goes, I'm doing better than most, but I am never going to get well known as an author writing about the crazy stuff I am.

      Thanks Bill for a good reminder. Have a great day .

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Yes, I'm listening. Lolol. I have a regular job and a small business. Right now I write about what interests me or what I'm learning about. I appreciate your advice and guidance. I suppose at some point I will have to settle down and do better. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, whatever knowledge I have is worthless if it isn't shared. That's how I learned what I learned, and now it's my turn to give it away. Thank you for your kind words and good luck with that plan.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I look forward to the day when that "brilliance" shines through and I'll be there to say "I knew her when." LOL Thanks my kind friend from Minnesota.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, if you are doing fine then ignore everything I have said. LOL What do I know, right? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylinda, if you are happy then you don't need to do better. :) Writing is an individual pursuit, and we are the only ones who can say if we are where we should be. :)

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Another great hub packed with good advice, Bill. I need to spend some time and read back over several of your hubs. I seem to drift from starting in a niche to getting bored with the topic and focusing on something else. That is okay for the joy of writing, so I allow myself to do it. However, I can definitely see how staying in a niche yields better results (depending on your priorities and motivation for writing).

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, that is a tough one for sure. If you find a niche that you love then it is never boring or a chore, but sometimes finding that niche is difficult. Good luck to you and thanks for the visit.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You create hub after hub of very useful information for writers, Bill! I appreciate all your suggestions very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, that makes me very happy. I love helping others. Thank you!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      *Standing ovation* BTW - if you're not a big follower of the internet chat lingo and such, the asterisks denote an action the person is taking, so that means I stood and applauded.

      Great hub and I read it in-depth (as I always do). I'm a lot like you in that I write because it's something I love to do. If my hubs make it to the top of the search engines, great; if not, oh well. I do try to come up with titles that are different and contain enough description to, hopefully, grab people's attention although it doesn't always end up that way. Most of my articles (sorry, hubs) fit into the categories you mentioned, but I do try to discuss things about them that most people overlook.

      Thanks for the advice and happy writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shucks, Sheila, it's not often I get a standing ovation. Thank you! I know a lot of Hubbers who can benefit from this advice. I'm not one of them. LOL

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good lesson with great illustrations. I think I'm learning, Bill. Thanks very much.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I agree and have a pets blog which is not doing too badly. But the thing about niching is that after a while, topics can run dry!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I have no doubt that you are learning; I can see that from your hubs. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Michelle, I hope that never happens to me because I have committed to my two niches. :) Thanks for the visit and good luck to you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill, you are certainly living up to your "Helping writers to spread their wings and fly" no doubt! Thank you for continuing to share you insight and knowledge in this area of "show me the money" this time!

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      elske 3 years ago

      Great advice indeed!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I think your article made some excellent points. I don't stick to the same type of article all the time because if I read or see something peaks my interest, I write about it and don't worry about the money. I make money by freelance writing.

      However, my base is medical articles. As an RN who stays current with medical advances I like to write these articles. I see many people writing medical articles, and I have seen some information that is not accurate at all. I make money every month on Hubpages even though I don't write that often due to the medical articles. Putting the technical jargon the doctors use into plain language that the common person can understand is my purpose. Many people from Google and other places read the articles because they are dealing with some disease. I like to provide the information and answer their questions also.

      I really like the fact that your are writing articles and I find them very helpful in many areas of my writing. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it truly is my pleasure. Thank you for always my loyal friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you elske! You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, any time you can take doctor language and make it easy to understand, you are doing a service to others. Bravo for what you do and best wishes to you.

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 3 years ago from Nevada

      Bill, you make me laugh. I'll be sure to change the name of my next hub... apparently "Buttermilk Brownies" just won't cut it ;)

      Anyway, great article. I needed to read this. :)

      Marissa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marissa, I made darn sure I didn't know that person before I mentioned their brownie hub. LOL No sense in annoying a friend.

      Glad I made you laugh...have a great day and keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I feel bad when I miss my daily reading of your work, but then it's like the old days when we had two movies for the price of one at the local theater when I read two of your hubs at one sitting. This particular "double matinee" puts a tiger in my tank before I go on my walk. Way better than a cup of cappuccino! Thank you for the great lesson on having a plan, my friend! Aloha!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I used to love those double-features....now you have to go to the drive-in, if you can find one, to experience two movies for the price of one...but I did love spending a Saturday watching two great shows, and I'm sure my parents appreciated losing me for four hours too. LOL

      Have a great day my friend; go find some more great ebay buys.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      hmmmm you've got me thinking. I've a lot of different interests....but you're right in that I also want a good chance of success in at least one of them. This will be challenging for me to expand the depth in one area and establishing that niche. I will be thinking about this all day :-) Thanks for writing Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      marion, if I can get people thinking then I've done my job. I hope you find that one niche that can lead to success...good luck and thank you.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok...always nice to have you stop by.

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      Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Interesting list, Bill, as are the instructions about what to do with it. I like the idea of sub-categories within a subject, and even broken down more (sub-sub-categories.)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I have two passions, Bill, besides my family of course. One is writing; the other is presenting motivating speeches. One provides enjoyment with minuscule reward for several niches. The other, enjoyment with greater reward for a single niche.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Jim...sub categories and sub-sub-categories. Whittle the competition pool down until you own one small pool. :) Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I didn't know you did speeches. I love it. It's something I've considered doing but never really knew how to begin the process...and of course, finding the time to do another project is a bit daunting.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thank you Bill for addressing me in your last but 3 paragraph lol.

      Another article that makes total sense. This is the era of specialization and for writers, its equivalent is niche creation.

      Mention of Mary's articles on Academy Awards is a great example.

      As a hobby I go window shopping to stores specializing in equipment for outdoors. I am amazed at how these stores are crowded in all 4 seasons. A friend of mine is accompanying me to one of those stores near my office. He is filling his garage with equipment for his newly acquired outdoor activity of bicycling and I do find things for my hiking needs. Today, I picked a head lamp and a waterproof sandal. That store is in a specific niche and has been making money for ages.

      To summarize my shopping forays, niche can create openings.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I have read Tillosontitan hubs on academy awards, she has actually owned the title on search engines. The point of writing on internet is to write on the topic that people are searching. If the competition is high, focus on the small element.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, you said it perfectly. Thank you as always and I hope your weekend is restful.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wow, Bill! I almost feel like this was written for me. I have written hubs on so many different topics, whatever strikes me at the time. I can see how developing a niche would be very important. I have made a copy of your list and will be thinking about that as well as the information you have shared with us here. Great hub, as always! Voting up, useful and interesting! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, great example my friend. Niche specialization is all around us in the business world, and if it works there it will work in writing. You said it perfectly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sg, it is not for everyone.....the poets of the world would find niche writing a bit difficult, as would essayists...but general article writers, I think, are missing the boat by not developing a niche. Best wishes to you.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      Great hub, great hub, voting up, useful and beautiful is all I have permission to say. It's so pleasant to see numerous reaction those in writing business . ( just flashed through my mind ' if you do not have what to say then don't say at all ' . A-la " give people what they want or need" - after first lesson ,- disqualified. Next one even better " I am writing at this moment for those..." ( me? Looking up to find a familiar face ).

      This time you'll probably will need to have a stronger cup of coffee .

      Stay blessed always .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Michael, you are a funny man. Thanks my friend, and I have that coffee in my hand as I write this.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      blessings always

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, great words of wisdom. I have learned more from you than any writing course ever could have given me. Thanks, Billy, and wait until after baby bird season for the real kicker from me...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you very much. It makes me happy to know I have helped you, and I look forward to your new surprise after baby bird season.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Oh, Bill. Thanks for being so very kind always. However I have to admit, that behind a mask of that "funny man " is hidden the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining one's ambitions/ goals.

      May your weekend be wonderful, safe and prosperous.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, there is only one way to find out if the water is deep or the water is shallow, and that is to dive in head first. :) Enjoy your weekend my friend and thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Bill,

      I meant to add that I just love Mary (tillsontitan) and all of her hubs, especially her Academy Awards series she has going on, so thank you for sharing of her here.

      You're the best too!

      Blessings and love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I love watching people like Mary grow in her craft, and I love watching you as well. Thank you my dear and enjoy your weekend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      I think am slowly getting the point you made here... You always provide such wonderful pieces of advice that would benefit lot of amateur writers like me out here... Thanks Bill !!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr-veg, I think you got it! Congratulations, and you are very welcome.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      More wonderful advice. Niche topics are very hard for people with tins of interests, but they do pay off a little better, especially when they are interlinked. Thanks again for selflessly sharing your insight with us!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, I think sometimes people think I'm saying this is the only way to go....not true. I'm all for writing for the sake of writing, or covering a bunch of different topics....but I do believe you increase your chances of making money if you concentrate on one niche......just one man's opinion. :) Thank you so much for stopping by on this Sunday.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Thank you for the mention and plug. Even though I have many interests I have tried to limit the number of topics that I write about. When I first started here on HubPages I wrote hubs on many different topics. Eventually I decided to concentrate on just a few niches, Travel -Italy, Birds of Prey, and the occasional article on running or local travel sites. Instead of trying to become an authority on everything I have tried to work just a few niches. You give great advice Bill, we just need to follow your lead and we'll all be successful here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I did the same thing when I started on HP...I was all over the board until the light bulb went on above my head and I realized I was much better off narrowing the scope. Still, all those earlier articles are coming in handy now for magazine submissions.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts my friend. Have a great evening.

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      Jared Miles 3 years ago from Australia

      Hey Bill, I really enjoyed reading this article of yours. I only just recently decided to focus on a particular niche... but I won't tell just yet ;) Thanks for a compelling and useful read, I look forward to more. Shared and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Jared, I look forward to seeing the results of your new niche. Good luck and thank you for stopping by.

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      Marsha Musselman 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Hi Bill, great hub. Informational, specific and to the point. I have several blogs on wordpress, although I don't post with any consistency. That is partly due to working two jobs.

      I will take your suggestions to heart and come up with a better plan than what I have currently.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marsha, with two jobs I don't know how you do any writing at all. :) Best wishes to you and thanks for stopping by.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      The only hitch with my niches is that I always have to make things before I can write about them. It's great because I have lots of things sitting around the house, but it always takes me a while to get something going. I guess I need to think of a niche that is not so labor intensive!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I never thought of that. Those of you who do craft hubs really need to experience it first before writing about it and that can certainly take up some time. Great point my friend, and thank you for the visit.

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      Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, I have a few niches exemplified in my hubs. But for the most part I focus on education and science. I've noticed my views dramatically rising this past week so perhaps it is the niche I should continue to focus on. However, that being said, the odd jewelry hub I manage to squeeze in after trying a new project seems to always do well for me. But again I approach those hubs as I do teaching.

      Thanks again Bill for your sound advice. It is well worth paying heed to!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, I do know it takes time no matter which niche you choose, so settle in for the long run and keep pounding away....and good luck to you my friend.

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      Ronnytron 3 years ago

      I agree with you--it's no fun to read keyword stuffed articles.

      Great Hub! I learned some important things.

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Ronny, and thanks for stopping by.

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