Discovering Your Blogging Niche

are well versed and you are passionate. This is important because you must update your blog regularly and if you choose an area in which you have little interest it will soon become a chore.

If you love sports and stay informed on current sports events, a sports blog is right up your alley. You can write about your favorite team or teams, or sports across-the-board. Creating posts would be fun and educational for you as well as your followers. You can report on the latest news stories, highlights of the last game as well as interject a bit of history and trivia. There are millions of sports fans so you should gain a large following quickly. Make sure your content is relevant to today’s events and presented in an interesting way (it helps if it’s entertaining too). Encourage your followers to comment. This will give you ideas for future posts.

Are you good at managing money or finding bargains? If so, you can share your strategies. How to find and use coupons, how to find great deals and how to always pay less than full price would be a great blog and a surefire way to get followers. Your blog would be very popular. Who doesn’t want to save on groceries and other essentials? You will probably even get some great ideas from your followers.

Blogging about personal experiences is always a good idea. If you care for someone with a disability or an illness, you can blog about their struggles and how you have learned to solve problems. Blogging about daily care, latest treatments and ongoing research of a specific illness are great topics. Sharing your daily challenges can help others in similar circumstances. There is comfort in sharing your personal experiences and blogging is a great way to connect with others similarly effected. Blogging about your personal struggles is therapeutic and an added benefit to you.

Parents always have good stories and advice on parenting. Blogging about the joys and difficulties of being a parent is a good way to meet other parents and share experiences. You can blog about amusing and challenging situations, discipline, the latest toy or anything related to children. Ask visitors to your site to make comments about their own stories and experiences. Use these comments in future blogs.

Blogging is great way to connect with many people around the world. How successful you will be depends you. Always post regularly, providing new content that is interesting and entertaining so visitors will visit your site. Never let your blog become stale. Everyone is passionate about something or is an expert in some area that others would find interesting and informative. So, don’t wait any longer. Start blogging today!

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How To Earn Money With Your Sports Related Blog

SEO for a Baseball site

The differences in search engine optimizing a sports site vs a site selling a product or a typical internet marketing blog are multifold. No disrespect meant to most of the internet blogging community but it seems that the majority of their traffic is amongst each other, dropping comments, entrecards, blogcatalog images, etc. The traffic is nice indeed but when it comes time how many actual monetize the visitors.

The sport in question, Baseball (although all sports will apply) has a different make-up. From a visitor standpoint those likely to visit your blog will have to have interest in the sport and usually the type of content, whether it be team, player, fantasy sports based, etc. A focus will help you to appeal to a targeted set of readers. You can gain success being a jack of all trades but this takes multiple writers and view points.

When it comes time to monetize these blogs many make the mistake of taking up too much space with Google AdSense ads. These ads typically pay very little per click, as there isn’t a whole lot of competition out there. Also there keywords are primarily for baseball tickets, gloves and even the dreaded low paying eBay standard ad. Certainly there has to be a better way to gain some revenue from your blog.

The number one source of revenue can be from the ticket brokers themselves. Typically they will contact you for a chance to advertise with a standard form letter. Here’s an actual e-mail that I received on for one of my sites (with the service & site deleted)

“To whom it may concern:

My name is Kay and I am with DELETED, an online ticket brokerage. If possible, my company is interested running a text link advertising campaign on your website. We are looking for 1-6 month contracts. In addition please let us know where the placement of the ad will be. We would prefer to be close as possible to the top left hand side of the page, and be featured on your home page only.

Please let me know if you are interested and also provide rates and terms.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

P.S. If you own or operate any other relevant sites that have advertising opportunities please include those in your response.”

As you can see they attempt to leave the ball in your court. Usually these ads can be tucked away in one of your sites sidebars, which shouldn’t really interfere with your readers. The size of your blog, its page rank and the usual traffic that you bring in are all factors in the amount you can charge. Typically a block of 4 links can be sold to these outlets for $100 per 6 months. Nothing to make you quit your day job but if you eventually get four or five ticket services (which many blogs do) you have the chance at earning over $1000 per year for your work.

This is the most profitably realistic advertising source for a baseball/sports blog. Just keep at it and when the time comes make sure to get your fair price.

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