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What Is a Niche Blog?

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  • Written By: Alex Tree
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  • Last Modified Date: 04 December 2016
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A niche blog is an Internet marketing blog that targets a specific market. The goal of a niche blog is usually to either make money through pay per click advertisements or direct traffic to an affiliate website. Niche blogs are often set up using free blogging services to cut costs and minimize losses should the niche be unsuccessful. In theory, the content of a niche blog should be of decent to high quality in order to attract visitors that stay long enough to click on ads or links. This kind of blog generates traffic through paid advertisements or search engine optimization.

While some Internet marketers advise against using free blogging services, others highly recommend it. In general, a novice at blogging should experiment with free websites like Blogger™ before buying a domain and installing blogging software. With free services, a niche blogger can get started right away with little to no money or understanding of code and buying domains. After a blog becomes successful, many people move away from their original blogging service for more stability, better control over website design, or the ability to create pop-ups.

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The content of a niche blog is targeted toward a relatively small market; for example, acia berry supplements or quick fixes for certain ailments affecting specific parts of the body. To rank well on search engines and get linkbacks from people who liked it enough to repost it, the content should be relevant, up to date, and high quality. As an example, someone trying to make money through supplement ad clicks or affiliates might post and discuss a reputable study showing positive results about those supplements.

A niche blog needs traffic to come from somewhere in order to make money. The operator might place ads on search engines or websites that target people who may be interested in the blog’s subject. Most of the time, niche blogs rely on search engine optimization, meaning they attempt to appear on the top results of a search when people enter certain keywords. For example, if the niche blog is about acia supplements, the website might rank high for “acia supplements,” “berry supplements,” and “fruit supplements.”

Most blogs are targeted toward very specific people, such as the people who frequent a particular organic store or the fans of certain celebrity. The term “niche blog” is generally reserved for blogs the involve niche Internet marketing, however. Sometimes there is confusion between this term and blogs that do not seek to make money or do so in a different way.

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