Finding Your Blog’s “Niche”

This post is part of my “Building Your Blog Traffic” series – read the first post here.

Blogs that tackle a specific and limited range of topics generally tend to outdraw those with a more scattered approach. Blogging within a particular niche is usually the best way to experience success. However, there are limits to this idea. If you choose a subject area that is too limited, the potential for high-volume traffic is reduced. Alternatively, if you opt to blog in a well-covered subject matter you risk getting lost in the shuffle and not finding a regular readership.

Two examples of the above include creating a site about say collecting something like angel Beanie Babies (lol .. yes that is an often collected item right?). Anyway … if you begin a website all about colleting the angel Beanie Babies and expect to get thousands of hits a day your expectations may be a big overzealous. On the other hand – if you start a website about the Twilight saga you will get lost in space because there are already hundreds of thousands of websites out there about this topic.

There is no secret formula that will yield the perfect niche for your blog. There are, however, some guidelines you can follow when selecting a blog topic that
will help lead you to a choice that has good traffic potential.

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“Share on Twitter” Rocks! #AMZNSOT

Awesome news for Amazon.com Associates (aka “Affiliates”) – the cool Site Strip just got even cooler! Amazon now provides a super easy way to share your finds (and affiliate links) on Twitter with “Share on Twitter.” You can access Share on Twitter from the Site Stripe and post to your Twitter account from Amazon detail pages in just two clicks.

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The Share on Twitter feature is easy to use. Simply log in to your Amazon Associates account and then visit any detail page on Amazon.com. By clicking on the Share on Twitter button in the Site Stripe, a new window will open and an Amazon-generated message is pre populated in the ‘What are you doing?’ text area of your Twitter account (you may be asked to log in to your Twitter account). That message will include a shortened URL that already includes your Associates ID. You’ll have the option to edit this message or simply hit the ‘Update’ button to post to your Twitter account. When Twitter users click on the link in your post and make a qualifying sale, you’ll earn referral fees. That’s it!

I’ve personally been waiting for this to happen – I love posting reviews on products and linking to Amazon. It’s a great way to earn a little extra money while doing something I do anyway (which is share my opinion of course!) I’m SO glad Amazon’s made it that much easier!