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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. Plus I’ll give you some niche website ideas to build your own niche blog.
So 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.
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’s your niche? There’s organic gardening, shade gardening, gardening in Massachusetts; the list is endless.
Which is Better, a Blog or Niche Website?
The best blogs, niche websites, and professional bloggers make money (and are 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:
- Blog for fun.
- 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.
Niche Website 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 that list even further.
Following are Some Niche Blog Ideas:
Gardening > Organic Gardening, Shade Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Container Gardening > Beginner Vegetable Gardening, Container Gardening for Kids.
Crafts > Paper Crafts, Holiday Crafts, Kid’s Crafts > Crafts for Kid Parties
Recipes > Bread Recipes, Appetizer Recipes, Vegan Recipes > Vegan Dessert Recipes
Sports > Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer > Soccer Equipment for Youth Athletes
Money > Making Money, Investing Money, Saving Money > Budgeting for Busy Moms
Parenting > Babies, Toddlers, Teenagers > Parenting as a Single Mom
Travel > Staycations, International Travel, National Parks, Cruises > Cruising with Kids
Writing > Blogging, Editing, Fiction, Non Fiction > Writing Memoirs
DIY > Crafts, Gifts, Building > DIY Furniture Plans for Your Home
Health > Fitness, Wellness, Dieting > Keto Diet for Beginners
You can even continue to narrow down these topics further. However, be careful that you don’t niche down so far that you have trouble coming up with blog post ideas.
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 more information on niche site ideas, and to learn which niches make the most money, see my post Blog Niche List.
Niche Website Case Study
I want to spend a little bit of time here sharing my own personal experience with niche websites.
When I first started blogging, I started a green living site and a food allergy site. Both niche sites grew quickly because I focused on very specific content within those niches.
I only had time to contribute to one site. Therefore, I chose to focus on the food allergy website.
I spent over six years growing my food allergy niche site. During that time I wrote an e-book, and had numerous paid advertisements. I quickly grew a loyal following, made numerous food allergy friends, and 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 that website so that I could focus on what I love; writing and creating.
The reason I am sharing this story is to show you that:
- You can be extremely successful with a niche website if you put the work in. I was, and could have grown that site into something more substantial if I had chosen to.
- You can just as easily burn out on your niche, if you don’t enjoy the topic or if the topic is too personal. Therefore you should choose your niche wisely.
- Should you change your mind, you can always sell your niche website.
For the full story of my blogging journey, see my post Blogging Journey.
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. 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 site, fashion for example, that’s 20 posts for your reader.
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 niche site 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 random posts. I cover that in detail on my About Me page.
From Niche Blog 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
- Affiliate Marketing
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 site 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.
More Information and Blogging Tips
Ready to start your 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 info on blogging? Click on Business and Blogging Tips for a list of articles and resources.