Due to what seems like an infinite number of blogs – and websites about blogs – on the internet, it can be tough for a casual user or Web surfer to distinguish one blogging site – yours – from the many others in existence; and whether you are starting a new website aimed at bloggers, or looking to make your existing blog site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is in finding your niche.
If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other blog or website does, you’ll be able to build a lasting readership from the online community. Keep in mind, however, that the discovery of such a niche does not mean your work is done; because there will still be a lot of work to do, even though the point at which you find your place in the blogosphere is the place to begin carving out your own unique place in the online universe.
Every great blogging site starts with a great idea, because you really can’t build a successful and lasting site without one; and since there are many great sites aimed at today’s bloggers, and competition for the attention of this growing demographic is so fierce, it is important to make your blog stand out from the pack; so you will need to offer something that no other site is currently offering; or if you have to do the same thing that an already popular site is doing, you will have to do it in a more impressive and valuable way.
One way to discover an ideal model for your blogging site is to look at the sites that have already been successful in capturing a blogging audience, and then determine whether or not you can utilize similar strategies to help realize your vision. Of course, you may also need to add somewhat of a unique flair to your project in order to stand apart from your competition, but that should be less tasking than creating the niche itself.
Many people agree that websites which do the best in today’s market are those sites that have the most personality; and they also agree that the fiercely individual surfers (rugged individualists?) who are bloggers, are a demographic that responds especially strong to personality; so consider how you can give your site a unique and attractive nuance by lending your own voice and sensibility to your site’s design and content.
Once you have a great idea for your site, have pinpointed a special niche that you are well equipped to fill, and have infused the site with personality; the next step is figuring out how to get the word out to the blogging community. In the long run, a great idea just isn’t enough to propel your blogging site to success. You will need to draft a smart and realistic marketing plan in order to draw readers to your site.
Once you have attracted the attention of, and enticed bloggers to visit your site, you can keep them coming back with interesting and compelling (great?) content; but it is vital to get that first glance of your site, or it won’t have a chance to shine.