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Happy New Blogs Eve!
See what I did there?
Anyway.. in case you were wondering: small niche blogs are just as popular (if not more so) than all-things-subject blogs.
What it boils down to is what content you want to share. That is the first major decision you will need to make to start a blog.
There’s no shortage of blog types and interests/subjects. While it might be tempting to keep your subject options open and stay in a broad-spectrum lane, niching down will help you in the long run.
Two things to consider as you’re deciding on the niche/purpose of your blog:
- What are you passionate about?
- What interests you?
Every niche’s audience has their own unique interests. Your passion for the subjects you speak on will not only keep you talking, it will help attract a larger engaged audience.
Here are 5 ideas for blogs that you can
get started on immediately:
- Love travel?
- Do new places fascinate you?
Travel Blogging might be for you.
There are many things you could cover under this topic.
To name a few:
- Cheap Airfare Options
- Packing Tips
- Hotel Tips, Recommendations & Suggestions
- Destination Guides
- Places to Visit in Major Cities
Do you live in a major city that is a popular tourist destination? Your blog could focus on your own city.
- Event Venue Reviews
- Must-Visit Mom & Pop Shops
- Famous Tourist Spots
- Local Restaurants
There are so many ideas in this niche!
Lifestyle blogs give you creative free range to pick a variety of topics to write about.
You can literally write about ANYTHING YOU WANT!
Choosing a lifestyle blog will definitely make it easier to choose content because you can write about any little thing your heart desires.
Ideas to monetize a lifestyle blog:
- Recommend Products (affiliate marketing)
- Speaking Gigs
- Partner with Relevant Businesses
- Write for Relevant Publications
There are a broad range of ideas for lifestyle blogs.
- Recipe Lovers
- Recipe Developers
- Recipes for People with Dietary Restrictions
- Cookie Lovers (Buttercream Blondie)
- Cake Bakers & Decorators (My Cake School’s Blog)
- Healthy Twists on Classic Favorites (Skinny Taste)
Food blogs are super popular because they attract so many diverse readers. A simple search on Pinterest will yield tons of results for healthy eating blogs, ingredient-specific blogs, dietary blogs and a plethora of food-related topics.
The best part? You don’t need complicated recipes to gain a following. In fact, people love simple things they can whip up quickly. Start with recipes you use daily and go from there.
To monetize, you can sell unpublished recipes or a book with a collection of your favorites. You can do sponsored posts from companies about their baking pans or ingredients.
DIY - Crafting
If you prefer to make things yourself and have a designated “craft closet”, DIY – Craft blogs are for you!
DIY blog suggestions:
- Minor House Fixes (please leave the major fixes to the Pros!)
Craft blog suggestions:
- Craft Closet Organization Tips & Ideas
Suggestions for monetization:
- Scrap Paper Companies
- Digital Papers (your customers can print out)
Craft – DIY blogs can involve lots of communication, but that is precisely what makes it a great niche.
Product Reviews + Tutorials = Affiliate
Affiliate blogs are product reviews and tutorials.
It’s a good idea to pick a niche and stick to it, like Gizmodo does. If you like a variety of products, you should probably start different blogs for each category.
Affiliate blogs include thorough reviews about products that include:
- Pros & Cons of Ownership
- Cost of Ownership
- How to Use the Product
Generally, the posts will have links to the product, which net the blog owner a commission on each purchase. You are going to have to do a little Keyword Research to make sure your products will pop up in searches.
To monetize: Find in-demand products with great affiliate programs. Build your email list and/or social media following to make it easier to promote the products.
Whichever type of blog you choose to start, be sure to create high-quality content and publish it often.