Why Even a Local Blog Could Benefit From Being Niche Focused
If you are interested in starting a blog, you have probably heard plenty of advice telling you that a niche subject matter is the way to go. Covering broad topics like ‘health’ or ‘tech’ puts you in competition with some very big, very established blog brands, and when you are new and unknown, you don’t really stand much of a chance of appearing high on relevant searches or winning over readers when you go toe to toe with them.
One niche that can often jump out at new bloggers is writing a blog specifically about their local community – after all there is a very specific audience there and it can be quite easy to find stuff to cover. Local blogs can be a great way to add something to the community you live in and meet people, as well as a chance to network with local businesses. It can even be a source of income once you have a good following.
However, even when you consider this as your niche, you may have some competition, or you may simply just not be the right person to blog about every aspect of local life. If you don’t have kids, then you probably aren’t tapped in to family or school related events, or if you are an older writer, you may not be interested in blogging about local nightlife.
Starting Your Blog
Starting your local niche blog can be incredibly easy from a technical point of view if you use something like WordPress or Blogger, and when it comes to the actual running of your site, and even starting to make money from it, there is some good advice at StartABlog123. Keep a list of posts you want to write, post regularly, and encourage interaction from your readers in the form of comments, social media shares, and even guest posts by other people from the local community. These steps can certainly lead you to financial independence.
Choosing a niche topic in your area can help make your blog more appealing to a given market, and also keep you covering what interests you.
Choosing A Niche
Depending on the type of area you live in, there can be all kinds of blog topics that could work. It is best to pick something that you know about, or would like to get to know people connected with. You can choose anything from a local parents’ blog with info on schools, family events and days out and child friendly places to go, to a blog about the local live music scene, with news and reviews on bands and venues.
Business, restaurants, weddings, nature, local sports teams and tourism are also locally focused topics that can work well – as long as you are interested in it, and take the time to keep your blog updated with the latest news, you’ll be able to attract a loyal readership.
Creating your local niche blog need only take an afternoon, but who knows where it will take you after that!