I am changing my niche

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I can't decide

Seems as if I am a woman who can’t make up her mind. I am seriously thinking of changing the niche of this blog. The original idea of this blog was to blog about “how to make money online, affiliate marketing, blogging, internet and similar topics” which I was doing on this blog anyway http://www.howtomakemoneyonlineideas.com. I don’t know why, I decided to change the whole thing and decided to blog on this domain name. It’s not a great idea to talk about the same topic on two different blogs.

So I have made up my mind ‘again’ that I will continue blogging about money making ideas on my other blog. But the question is, what do I with this domain name which happens to be my name as well. On top of this, I am being Googled plus I am getting about 100 unique visitors a day here. Considering that this is a new domain name registered on 15 Apr 2012, that’s a fair bit of traffic. The only reason for registering was that it was my own name and it was available. I decided to take it.

Now the question is, if I am going back to blogging about the money making ideas here; what do I blog about on this site? I know you’re probably thinking, another failed blogger, who can’t decide what to blog about since most blogs fail because the blogger can’t really decide on a topic.

But to be honest, what should I do with this domain name, since it bears my name with a steady flow of traffic, what do I do with it. Should I continue with this blog with the same niche, change it to something that I am passionate about, or should I talk about just anything I like (multi niche), a blog that talks about more than one subject.

All ideas are welcome.

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29 Responses to “I am changing my niche”

  1. The best idea for a named domain blog will be to make the blog reflect your personality and who you are, more than any specific niche.

    You can blog more about you, your passions, what you want to achieve etc, like a web-diary, may be ?

    By the way, I sure would like to know how you reached 100 visitors per day mark within a short time span.

    Dr.Spencer Jones

    • Shalu says:

      Dr Jones, thank you for your suggestions. As far as the traffic goes, what I did was the usual things such as getting back links, commenting, article marketing etc. I was getting traffic long before the site was indexed in the search engines.

    • Felicia says:

      I agree with you as well, Dr Jones. A blog named by the blog owner’s name usually reflects the personality of the blog owner. It’s somewhat similar to a personal journal, only online.

  2. Michael Belk says:

    Shalu, I agree with Dr. Jones. Since the blog has your name I assume it is about you and your interest. I like how you introduce the rest of the World to India. You could be somewhat a commentary site, ie give your opinion on a subject and let the readers speak about theirs. I like social topics myself not politics, religion, or some other controversial topics. Just ideas. Read my latest.

    • Shalu says:

      Thanks for your comment Michael. I have been thinking about a niche that I can use on this site. Blogging about the money, marketing is back to the other one. This blog can either be a personal blog as you mentioned or something that is every green. Ideas still welcome. Thanks

  3. Hi Shalu,

    There are many internet marketers who are blogging in their respective niches using their name as domain name. In fact this is a trend with the network marketers to utilize their name for their site.

    Looking at what you have already achieved, (daily traffic and readers) changing your site overnite into a personal blog would be highly annoying to your readers who obviously signed up or are visiting to read about make money online topics.

    Also seeing that you already have another site to deal with the same topic, I would suggest that you take network marketing / internet marketing as the niche for this site, which is related to your old niche and will not annoy your readers as well.

    Wish you all the best

    • Shalu says:

      Hi Kavita,
      There are certainly a lot of people who use their name to blog. Actually to be a dot come Mughal, one needs to have their own name in their domain name. Thanks for those tips.

  4. Nandita B says:

    Hi Shalu,

    I have few advice for you.

    1# You should follow your passion/hobby first. If you make your passion, your profession then success will automatically follow you.

    2# Domain name should resemble and reflect the blog niche, from SEO as well as web-surfers’s psychology point of view, to be a successful blogger.

    But your hard work and sincerity can make a mule to a running horse. Any domain will do, if you will put your 100%.

    Lot of bloggers in the world are successful with the domain name in their name. So, ShaluSharma.com will definitely do for any niche.

    Best of LUCK :)

    • Shalu says:

      Hi Nandita,
      I am glad you dropped by to leave a message. I am doing a bit of brain storming and will be coming out with something hopefully in the next few days. Thank you for those great tips. Take care.

    • Felicia says:

      Hi Nandita,
      I know it’s advice for Shalu’s blog, but I’m glad I got to read your comment. I will keep them in mind as I have some troubles lately with my personal blog.

  5. Navneet says:

    Shalu i am new to ur blog really simple design. Btw if you are thinking about changing ur niche i want to give u advice. As this name ur personal and also u are a lady, if u will blog about beaty tips or skin care then definately in India u will gain more audience and beleive me u can do good in this niche.Hope you like my advice.

  6. Tho Huynh says:

    I think it’s no problem to blog with your name in the domain. However, it’s much better if your blog name is more specific to the niche of it.

  7. Felicia says:

    Hi Shalu,
    It is your blog with your name on it. You can do whatever you want with it as long as it makes you happy.

    It doesn’t have to be always blog posts that have a specific number of words, just write what you want to write – even if you just post a picture and say something about it or ask your readers what they think. That’s one great thing I like about personal blogs or blogs that are named after the blog owner, to be uniquely different yet fun and interesting at the same time. :)

  8. Waqas says:

    Shalu i personally think that you have made a right decision. I have also created a money related blog and its going very well.

  9. Richard says:

    Whatever you decide on, make sure you’re passionate about it, that way there will never be a shortage of topics to write on. Of course, before you make a final decision, make sure that the search volume for your topic is high enough to ensure you get lots of traffic…

  10. Missy says:

    Hi, Shalu:

    I would use this domain name for whatever personal interests and passions you have. Maybe you’re into biking, walking, running, cooking or have a major travel bug. If so, these would suitable (and FUN) topics others would be interested in reading about.

    Personally, I think most people can’t get enough of food and travel. Just my .07 cents.


  11. I would leave it just as it is. Even this post is about ‘you’ and your decisions.

    If you feel like asking your readers questions you can, if you want to point to your internet marketing blog you can.

    It’s your blog…your choice…your personal writings.

  12. Michael Belk says:

    What have you decided? Are you still thinking?

    • Shalu says:

      Hey Michael, I have decided on a niche. I will keep the previous posts as it drives traffic. As far as the niche is concerned, it will be revealed soon. You have to visit the site to find out. Just planning on a few things.

  13. John Ernest says:

    You couldn’t have come to that question in your mind if you haven’t actually thought about it. The important thing about writing in a niche is your passion for the topic. If you are engaged in the niche and you love writing about topics inside it, then success will not be too far for you. Being happy and doing something you like is the most important thing to be successful.

  14. SD says:

    I think everybody is right. It is important to blog about what you are interested in. That’s what I am doing.

  15. Harman says:

    I am too thinking to change my websites niche as i am finding it hard to think of the quality content.

  16. Keep up the excellent work , I read few articles on this site and I think that your web blog is real interesting and Power to the People of excellent information.

  17. Paras Sharma says:

    my suggestion is you should blog about daily happenings around you and what is in all there for others to know about you in your personal domain

  18. Larry Rivera says:

    Oh my, I’ve recently had the same situation you are talking about.

    I have a domain with my name. I have had the domain for many years and I never felt comfortable talking about business on it.

    I have decided to simply be myself and write about what ever is on my mind.

    Since the domain represents who I am, I figure I might as well just share who I am and add the domain to my private blog network..

    If people are interested in learning about me on a more personal level they can do so by visiting that blog.

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