Niche Website Ideas + Micro Niche Blog Ideas

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Looking for niche website ideas? Learn the difference between a blog vs a niche website, how to build a niche website. Plus how to turn your micro niche blog ideas into a profitable blogging business.

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Niche Website Ideas

Ever hear the term niche website? Are you wondering what the difference is between a blog and a niche site?

The truth is, they can be one in the same or they can be completely different. This post covers the difference between a blog and a niche website, as well as micro niche blog ideas. Plus I’ll give you some niche website ideas to build your own niche blog.

What is a Niche Website?

A niche is defined as a distinct segment of a market.

You can build a blog that covers a variety of topics, or you can build a blog that covers a particular niche. These sites are known as niche websites or niche blogs.

If you are thinking about blogging as a fun hobby, you probably don’t need to worry. Just start a blog.

However, if you are thinking about blogging as a business, or becoming a professional blogger; you’ll likely need to find YOUR niche. I highlight YOUR because it’s crucial to pick a niche that interests you, and that you know well. Building a quality niche website, that will earn you income, takes a lot of work, patience, and time.

You may have an interest in gardening. However, is your interest in gardening enough to make you want to write about it all the time? If the answer is yes, that’s awesome! But, think about how many gardening blogs there are out there. What makes yours unique? What is your niche? There’s organic gardening, shade gardening, gardening in Massachusetts; the list is endless.

What is a Micro Niche Blog?

A micro niche blog takes niche blogging a step further. A micro niche website is a website that has a narrowly focused niche. Think of gardening as a broad blogging topic. Organic gardening would be a niche within gardening. Organic gardening in Massachusetts might be considered a micro niche blog idea. Alternatively, you could also consider organic vegetable gardening, organic root vegetable gardening, and organic potato gardening all micro niche blog ideas. Each becoming a smaller niche. Hence the word micro. You could also consider them as micro niche blog topics within your niche blog.

Micro Niche Blog Ideas

Which is Better – a Blog or Niche Website?

The best blogs, niche websites, micro niche blogging ideas, and professional bloggers are able to make money (and be successful) because they cover a particular topic and do it well.

So if you are just starting out with a new blog, think about whether you want to:

  1. Blog for fun.
  2. Blog for fun and profit.

You can achieve both!

If you really want to make money with your blog though, you should seriously consider building a niche website.

Are Niche Sites Still Profitable?

Niche sites can be extremely profitable. The key is in choosing a niche site idea that is known to make money. There are several niches that are more popular, and more profitable, than others. However, you want to think about whether you will be happy blogging within a niche you might not be 100% passionate about. Following are some popular niche site ideas, as well as some micro niche blogging ideas.

Niche Website Ideas and Micro Niche Blog Ideas

You’ve decided that you want to start a niche website. However, you find that you are stumped for ideas. Your first step is to identify a broad niche that interests you. Next you’ll want to come up with a list of topics, or ideas, that are related to that niche. Finally, see if you can narrow down your list even further into micro niche blogging ideas.

Following are Some Niche Blog Ideas

Gardening Niche

  1. organic gardening
  2. shade gardening
  3. vegetable gardening
  4. container gardening
Micro Niche Ideas
  • organic vegetable gardening
  • shade gardening in zone 8
  • beginner vegetable gardening
  • container gardening for kids

Recipes Niche

  1. bread recipes
  2. appetizer recipes
  3. vegan recipes
  4. soup recipes
Micro Niche Ideas
  • sourdough bread
  • wedding appetizers
  • vegan desserts
  • gluten free soups

Parenting Niche

  1. newborns
  2. toddlers
  3. preschoolers
  4. teens
Micro Niche Ideas
  • sleeping/feeding tips for newborns
  • toddler activities
  • preparing preschoolers for school
  • college tips for teens

Sports Niche

  1. baseball
  2. football
  3. basketball
  4. soccer
Micro Niche Ideas
  • baseball bats
  • high school football
  • college basketball
  • soccer cleats

Money Niche

  1. making money
  2. saving money
  3. investing money
  4. retirement
Micro Niche Ideas
  • creative work from home ideas
  • how to save for college
  • investment tips for your 30s
  • how to retire before 50

Travel Niche

  1. staycations
  2. international travel
  3. national parks
  4. cruises
Micro Niche Ideas
  • staycation tips for NY
  • Rome travel tips
  • CA national parks
  • Mediterranean cruises

Health and Wellness Niche

  1. fitness
  2. wellness
  3. dieting
  4. weight lifting
Micro Niche Ideas
  • get fit after 40
  • tips for anxiety
  • keto diet for beginners
  • weight lifting for teens

Writing Niche

  1. blogging
  2. editing
  3. fiction
  4. non fiction
Micro Niche Ideas
  • blogging on social media
  • working as an editor
  • how to write short stories
  • how to write memoirs

DIY Niche

  1. home decor
  2. woodworking
  3. gift making
  4. remodeling
Micro Niche Ideas
  • budget home decor
  • how to build garden structures
  • DIY gift ideas for weddings
  • remodeling kitchens

Crafts Niche

  1. paper craft
  2. holiday craft
  3. kid’s craft
  4. greeting cards
Micro Niche Ideas
  • making paper jewelry
  • making holiday ornaments
  • crafts for kid’s parties
  • cricut greeting cards

These are just a few ideas in some of the more popular niches. You can continue to narrow down these micro niche blog topics even further. However, be careful that you don’t niche down so far that you have trouble coming up with blog post content and ideas. For example, baseball bats listed above. Is there enough information on baseball bats that you can craft an entire niche website around the topic?

Also, consider how much traffic you might be able to get within your particular niche. If you want to make money blogging, traffic can be important. The more traffic you have, the higher your ad income is likely to be. However, if you sell a product; you may be able to do well with less traffic so long as your readers are interested in your niche.

For even more information on niche website ideas, and niche blogs that make money, see my detailed Blog Niche List

Niche Website Ideas Case Study

I want to spend a little bit of time here sharing my own personal experience with building niche websites. My hope is to give you insight into the pros and cons of choosing niche site ideas for your own blog and website.

Niche Website Examples

Building Niche Websites

When I first started blogging in 2009, I started a green living site and a food allergy site. I was interested in organic gardening and green living, and started that site first. However, my son was diagnosed with multiple life threatening food allergies around his 2nd birthday. This led to tons of research on how to keep him safe. As well as how to find foods that he could eat. I found other food allergy parents were looking for that same information. Therefore, my food allergy niche website was born.

Both niche websites grew quickly because I was passionate about those topics, and focused on very specific content within those niches. Raising two toddler boys, I found I only had time to contribute to one site. Therefore, I chose to focus on the food allergy niche website.

I spent over six years growing my food allergy website niche. During that time I wrote an e-book, volunteered with a national non profit, and ended up with numerous paid advertisements. I quickly grew a loyal following, made numerous food allergy friends, and as a bonus; I started to make money.

However, I also started to burn out.

I started the food allergy site because I have a child with food allergies. Living with food allergies, and writing about food allergies every day, began to take a toll. I decided to sell my food allergy niche website so that I could focus more on what I love; writing and creating.

The reason I am sharing this story is to show you that:

  1. You can be extremely successful with a niche website if you are dedicated and put the work in.
  2. You can just as easily burn out on your niche; if you don’t enjoy the topic, or if the topic is too personal.
  3. Should you change your mind, you may be able to sell your niche website.

My son is now off to college and thriving. Looking back, I wouldn’t change how I did things. Those two early niche websites taught me a lot about myself, and about blogging. I met an amazing community of people, and my writing has grown tremendously. If you are just starting out on your own blogging journey; think about where you want it to take you.

What About Lifestyle Blogs?

Lifestyle blogs are a bit more broad, as opposed to niche websites. They typically cover a variety of topics, under the “lifestyle” umbrella. You can be successful with a lifestyle blog. Many bloggers are. Just keep in mind that it might take more time.

When you cover a niche topic, all of your posts relate to that topic. Readers who are interested in that topic, will frequent your site. When you create a lifestyle blog, your posts might cover a variety of topics. That means you’ll have to build a larger base of posts to draw traffic to your site.

For example, if you have a lot of topics you cover (fashion, beauty, health, parenting) and only 5 posts per topic; there are only 5 posts for someone who is interested in one topic. If you have 20 posts on a niche website; fashion for example, that’s 20 posts for your reader.

Niche Site Ideas

What if I Want to Write About a Lot of Things?

If you love to write, and want to cover a variety of topics, you’ll probably want to start a lifestyle blog. As mentioned above, just remember that it might take longer to build your blog and traffic.

As an alternative, you might want to consider a micro niche blog with a category for occasional off topic posts. For example, I mainly write about making money, business, writing, blogging, art, branding, and design. However, I also like to share what I’ve learned, what I’m working on, and where I travel, etc. Therefore, I have a category specifically for those posts titled Life Uncensored. I consider this a small lifestyle section on my website.

This works for me because I am a writer, blogger, artist, and designer; AND my URL is my name. So my brand is myself.

If you go this route, and want to blog for business, just be careful that your blog does not become a hodgepodge of random posts. Also make sure that your readers understand the meaning behind these posts. You can do this on an about me page, or in the sidebar of your blog.

From Niche Website to Profitable Business

There are numerous ways to make money from your blog. How you choose to make money depends upon your experience and what you are most comfortable with. Choose one of the below examples, or choose them all.

Ways to Make Money Blogging

  • Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Products
  • Services
  • Memberships
  • Directories

If you already have a blog, or once you’ve determined your niche and you have your niche website up and running, you can read the following post to learn how to turn your niche website into a money making business.

See How to Turn Your Blog Into a Profitable Business for more information.

Niche Website Conclusion

I hope you found this post helpful. Whether you start a niche website or lifestyle blog; the choice is yours. Just make sure that you choose a topic that you love and enjoy writing about. As I mentioned above, blogging can get old quickly if you don’t like your topic.

However, I feel that I should also mention: there are some bloggers who don’t care whether they are passionate about their niche, because they are making so much money blogging. The money is what motivates them, and keeps them blogging within their niche.

This is a fine path to take, so long as you understand that it can take some time before you make a substantial amount of money blogging. You have to decide whether you are willing to put in the work and time, on a niche you aren’t passionate about, until the money starts rolling in.

How to Build a Niche Website

Ready to start your micro niche blog or niche website? Check out my quick and easy, step by step, guide to building a blog by clicking on How to Start a Blog.

Looking for more blogging tips? Click on Blogging Tips and Tricks to be taken to the blogging hub of my website. There you’ll find more tips and articles to help you grow your hobby, business, blog, and brand.

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    5 Comments

    1. Thankyou for such an amazing post. Now i finally know what niche I should be working on. I know a variety of topics and but I don’t know a lot about a specific topic. I would be coming back to read more of your posts. Also you could advise me on how can i improve my site further Ruth.

      1. Haseeb – thanks for stopping by and for commenting. I can see that you are just starting out. Try to get some content posted in your niche. Pick a topic within your niche – write a handful of articles, and then pick another topic within your niche and do the same. Link from one article to the next when relevant. Do some research on SEO and keyword optimize your headlines and blog posts. The following posts should help you with SEO:

        https://www.ruthlovettsmith.com/search-engine-optimization-necessary/
        https://www.ruthlovettsmith.com/blog-seo-tips-optimize-blog-posts-seo/

        Let me know if you have any questions!

    2. Great post Ruth! I already have profitable niche sites but I am always researching on how I can build them to become more and more popular/profitable! I think everyone starting out should check out these templates http://bit.ly/2te3Ptf … this is where I started and I couldn’t be happier.

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