8 Steps to Starting a Niche Blog
Follow these steps to start a niche blog or vlog.
1. Pick Your Niche
2. Name Your Blog & Get it Started through a WordPress website with GoDaddy
3. Learn the blogging platform, WordPress. (watch YouTube Videos about blogging with WordPress)
4. Create a Logo for your blog
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5. Create your pages for your blog
6. Write your first blog post
7. Create Social Media Pages for your blog
8. Learn how to Make Money with your Blog or Vlog with Affiliate Marketing
What is a niche? In the way that we are using the term, Merriam-Webster defines “niche” as: a specialized market
It will be the topic(s) of focus of your blog.
It’s important to decide on your niche or the focus of your blog at the beginning. It’s the foundation that the rest of your blog will be built upon.
For this reason, defining your niche is what we will focus on today.
The best and most trusted blogs are those written by people that have an actual interest or passion for the subject of their blog.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are my hobbies?
- Do I love to travel?
- What am I an expert in?
- Do I have any major goals that I would like to accomplish?
- Am I interested in learning or doing something specific?
Here are some of the most profitable niches (in no particular order):
Lifestyle – This is a broad category that will give you the flexibility to talk about many different things on your blog related to your lifestyle.
Travel – Travel is a popular subject and one that is highly researched online.
Health – We all want to live a longer and healthier life.
Weight Loss – A large portion of the population of the US is overweight. Many are looking for motivation and inspiration to help with this issue.
Fitness – We are always looking to get in better shape. This is a passion and a hobby for many.
Inspiration and Self Help – The search for self-improvement is constant. If you like sharing motivation and self-help ideas, this niche could be for you.
Pets – People love their pets and they also love to network with other pet lovers online. There are plenty of opportunities to focus on specific breeds or types of animals.
Investing & Personal Finance – If you are an expert in this area, maybe you could show others the way!
Technology – Whether it is the newest phone, flat screen tv, or new tech gadget, there is an endless supply of material to discuss in this niche.
Beauty & Fashion – I’ve found that you either have it or you don’t in this niche. If you have it, you probably already know it, and you should seriously consider sharing your knowledge with the rest of us…lol!
Sports – The opportunities are endless here as sports are a passion of people all around the world.
Entertainment – Movies, TV, Celebrities, Social Media starts, you name it! There’s endless opportunity here to discuss what is happening in niche.
Personal Finance – Money makes the world go round, and if you’ve got an interest in money (who doesn’t, right?), you may want to consider this niche.
Real Estate – Residential, Investment, Commercial, and Mortgage related-niches are perfect for a blog…especially if this is your business! Not only can you generate great leads this way, but you can build your authority in the process.
Crafting or Artistic Niches – Are you the type that can create? A niche in crafting or art could be perfect for you to showcase your talents and show others how to do the same.
Food – There are endless possibilities for food blogs. Things like eating out, specific types of foods and diets, recipes, baking, and so much more. People always are always interested in food!
Business – Are you an expert in a specific area of business? Why not start a blog about it? This is a great way to find new clients or build authority in your specific field.
Here are some important things to keep in mind before deciding on a niche:
“There are riches in niches”
It is generally not a good idea to be too broad …say “sports” for example. You’ll have much better luck if you focus on a particular sport, or maybe even a specific professional or college sports team.
A narrow niche is good, but if you go too narrow because it will limit your audience and your earning potential. Expanding on the sports example, don’t make your blog about your son’s middle school basketball team. While this may be a fun venture, it would be very difficult to get enough readership to generate any meaningful amount of income from your blog. Maybe the maximum readership could top out at a couple of hundred people.
Don’t start a blog on a subject that you do not enjoy. Personally, I do not enjoy sports. It would be an enormous struggle for me to write about sports …even if I identified the niche as very profitable. Trust me, it will not be a sustainable long-term project for you if you don’t enjoy your niche.
Some niches are just hard to make money from. Make sure you clearly identify ways to make money from your chosen niche before you finalize your choice.
Do you know what your niche will be? If you do not have a clear idea, STOP now, and give this some deep thought. This is an important step!
Focus on getting this step right, but don’t let the decision cripple you.
Need some help figuring this out? Consider a Business Consult with Diane to help you decide on the right niche for you.
You may already know your niche, and if that’s the case, this step is super easy for you!
As soon as you have your niche figured out, write it down! You’re on your way to starting a niche blog.
CONGRATULATIONS!! You’re now ready to move onto the next step!! And if you need help with the following 7 steps, feel free to contact Diane.