The popular 'school of thought' when creating a blog is that the more focused the niche the greater chances of success you will have. On the other hand however blogging sites offer a environment that can actually flourish by offering a wider range of topics and interest to readers. The key is to keep these topics woven together in such a way that they are relevant to the overall 'fabric' of the content presented on the site. The key word here is relevance which is something the best blog sites do well to maintain but only on a more focused level than what is being suggested here. Of course the reasoning for any blogging sites to clearly define their focus is that it will minimize their competition.
There is something to be said for being the big fish in a small pond but on the other hand suppose the niche you chose is broad enough to support many 'varying' sub-niches? Now you have created a more 'mall' like environment as opposed to a smaller 'specialty' store.
Here are 5 ways blogging sites that offer a broader range of 'relevant' topics can be of benefit to both the readers and blogger as well!
Theme selection now allows for a bit more creativity as you 'customize' your selection to apply to and/or engulf your subject matter. Even though your site may contain a broader range of material making it appear less defined, it will be unique in the way you decide to pull it all together. The right selection along with the proper coordination of content offers you great branding opportunities.
Attracts a Broader Range of Traffic
It stands to reason that by offering a greater variety of content/interests it will tend to attract a larger crowd. In so many words you are now casting a bigger net! When blogging your ability to get visitors to return is just as important as traffic generation itself! When using a broader ranging approach as being suggested your success is dependent upon content coordination as far as establishing relevance. Remember you are wanting to 'weave' your content together into the overall fabric of your platform in a way that makes sense and is also of interest to visitors.
Going on Tangents Allowed
On many blogging sites some comments tend to go on tangents or 'drift' from the posted content. Now many site administrators frown upon this and even filter out such comments since it 'detracts' from the posted content. On a site that offers a broader focus such commenting is in fact helpful being it can encourage others to join in that may not have done so otherwise. Remember you have a wider focus and range of topics therefore you also have a reader base with more wide ranging interests as well! Although the content of one post may not be of interest to all readers, some of the commenting may get their attention compelling them to join in as well. Now you have greater participation which is something the best blog sites online are noted for and what attracts even more traffic. This also tends to broaden the perspectives of some readers who are exposed to subject matter they may not have otherwise not considered.
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