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How do You Know if it’s Time to Redefine your Blog’s Niche?

If a frowny emoticon best describes your analytics or ad revenue report then you’ve come to the right place. You put a lot of time into carving out your niche, generating ideas, and building your authority but you’re paddling in circles with one oar. So should you consider redefining your blog’s niche?

Changing your blog’s direction is a huge step to take. So before you make your toughest decision since choosing between minesweeper and solitaire, we are going to give you a few key solutions to implement first.

5 things you need to know before redefining your blog niche

  1. More traffic does not equal more ad revenue
  2. Certain types of content work better than others
  3. You receive a sudden drop in traffic
  4. Your CPC has changed for the worse
  5. Too much competition

1. My traffic is increasing…. But my ads aren’t getting more clicks

More traffic looks nice on a graph but does not mean more money, If you run ads then you need to get people to click them.  In many cases, your ads will be contextualized to your content. This means that the ad network you use attempts to match between your content and the ad content.

Driving the right traffic is more important than driving more traffic. Getting the right kind of people to walk in the door is more important than a deluge of window shoppers, so the first step in deciding whether to redefine your blog’s niche is to decide why your increase in traffic is not resulting in clicks.

Look at how you are qualifying your traffic. If you don’t have the right title tags and keywords in place, your organic traffic drivers will open the wrong doors for the wrong audience. Remember that all traffic is not created equal (think spam comments that say “this blog post is great information”).

You  want to make sure that you are optimizing your tags so people know exactly what’s behind the link they are about to click.

Targeting with the appropriate keywords will not only help you with Search engine optimization in the long run, but will also place the right audience in front of your ads, and will allow you to target higher paying CPCs (cost-per-click).

Optimization should always be a concern, and if you are placing advertising on your website, evaluating and optimizing is necessary to improve your ad revenue. This includes using tried and true tactics to avoid banner blindness.

While seeing a spike in your number of visits is always great, it means nothing if those visitors aren’t the type of people who will click on the ads you serve.

Focusing on the right targeting and keywords can help you determine whether deciding to redefine your blog’s niche may be premature.

2. Certain types of blog content work better than others

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Data is the fuel in content strategy’s engine

Oftentimes, people find that one type or format of content routinely outperforms others… for example, “how-to” posts may result in traffic flocking in droves, while product review posts barely gets visitors.

There are simple (and free) tools available to help you find both the best topics to blog about and what kind of format works with the content and with your audience.

But no one knows your audience better than you (actually, no one know your audience better than your analytics but we’ll let it go). Evaluate what resonates most with your audience based on the past and compare to your competitors.

The data you have will go a long way to help you decide if you should create more of a specific type of content, diversify your content offerings, re-purpose content, or leave the niche altogether.

Use your data to better understand exactly which type of content resonates with your audience and scale efforts accordingly.

3. Help! Where did my traffic go?

There are a number of reasons for decreased traffic.  You may be posting irregularly or the quality of your posts may have taken a dive. Or, you may not be submitting articles to the right places…

Whatever the reason may be, when your content drops there is one important thing you need to do…take action. This may seem like an obvious comment to make but you’d be surprised how many webmasters excuse traffic drops for seasonality, external factors, etc. and fail to take action. You need to adjust  or if that’s not possible,target a different niche altogether.

If you focus on Christmas and in July it’s costing you more to drive traffic than you are bringing in in revenue, perhaps its time to broaden your approach.

4. My CPC changed and I am not making money any more

If your cost per click is no longer netting you revenues that are satisfactory with the effort you put forth, you may need to optimize your ads to get a better CTR. Improving your CTR has been proven to improve CPCs, in some cases.

If the ad network you use has decreased their payouts don’t run off to the next best thing. As my mother user to say, better the devil you know. Instead, make sure you are maximizing your monetization efforts. That does not mean place more ads but optimize the ones you are displaying to receive more clicks.

Remember, you have spent time learning this niche and refining your strategy. Before you head on a new adventure, make sure you have exhausted all other options.

5. There is just too much competition in this niche

Competition isn’t always a bad thing… it means the topic or product is hot, and ad payouts will probably be high. But it is hard to gain foothold in a highly competitive niche.

When operating in a competitive niche you have to be strategic. First, go for the low hanging fruit by getting specific with your targeting. If you talk about kitchens on your blog try focusing on certain appliances appliances.

Laser focusing on specific products and not general kitchen posts may net you higher search engine ranking, high quality traffic, and great ad to content matching.

Another tactic is to go where others aren’t yet. For example try creating videos and/ or targeting mobile users with location specific content. While your niche may be crowded, you can use tactics that other marketers aren’t.

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Maximize returns on your current content creation before taking on new adventures

So is it time to redefine your niche? If none of the tactics above net positive results, it may be time to choose a new niche for your blog. But because this is a big decision, testing and optimizing your blog posts and traffic driving efforts should be employed before creating a completely new focus.

 

 

I’m Head of Marketing Operations at AdNgin. Before coming to AdNgin, I was a marketing professional focused on SAAS business models. When I’m not working, which is rare, I sail and hang out with my son, Jonathan, and wife, Meital.
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  • Robin Rue

    I feel like other people categorize me as a mommy blogger, but I am a lot more than that. I just happen to be a mom, too.

    • It’s a very common thing. Once you get categorized as something it’s very difficult but definitely possible to change perceptions.

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  • Excellent article! A few things do not apply to me since I really do not do much affiliate marketing but I did recently expand my niche a bit. You did remind me that I need to submit my articles to other places more often! Thank you for that!

    • Sure thing. Come back to let us know how your expansion is going.

  • Shaylee

    This is a great article! I’ve toyed around with different types of posts and have definitely found the ones that work best for my blog – a long process but worth it!

  • midget38

    All bloggers will definitely benefit from these tips.

  • It’s hard at first to know what your niche is, but I think once you get going and blogging more, one niche will become clear! Great article! Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s very true. I didn’t mention it above but your niche can be an extension of who you are. And just like the niche the writer changes over time as well.

  • Looking at some of the questions, it may be time for me to sit down and seriously think about this!

  • Claudette

    Funny you should have this post today as only earlier this morning I was reading an article about niche blogging. Great tips!

  • Great tips I’m really working on defining my niche and getting my stats up so this couldn’t have come at a better time.

    • Glad to have helped. Check out our other posts for more useful blogging insight.

  • Great tips! Thanks for giving me something to think about!

  • tara pittman

    Great tips. I am always thinking about how to improve my blog to bring more traffic.

  • Karlyn Flores

    I really love this tip! I Need to upgrade my blogs and bring the traffic again. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Rachel Mouton

    These are great tips! I have tossed around the idea of changing my niche from time to time.

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  • Mykidsguide

    I’ve always wondered why my ads are not getting more clicks when i have a lot of traffic. Now I know. Its time to redefine my niche.

  • There is so much to consider and be watching all the time. It’s a tough gig, this blogging thing!

  • I’ve learned a lot, thanks! Blogging about a specific niche is a bit more complicated than just blogging about different topics.

  • celeste

    Great tips! I am always looking for ways to improve traffic to my site. I do notice that some posts bring more traffic than others.

  • mail4rosey

    Go for the low hanging fruit. Well that makes good sense to me!

  • These are all fabulous reasons to shake things up a bit! Passing it along!

  • Obviously, before one can actually reconsider if their blog niche needs to be changed, a thorough review and assessment need be done on the site. If all aspect of the blog is alright then it will make sense to consider changing the niche.

    If the right traffic, the right content, the right promotion and the target market is being sold to but things are not looking good then it becomes obvious that the niche could be the culprit.

    The five things we need to know before redefining your blog niche as shared and explained in this post are on track!
    I left this comment in kingged.com as well