More ‘How To Write Niche Blog Articles’ Fun

More How To Write Niche Blog Articles Fun

In my previous posts on writing niche blog articles, The Art of the Rewrite and How to Create ‘Fast Food’ Articles, I discussed some of my ideas on this kind of writing. In this article, I’ll go over some methods I’m trying out on some of my niche blogs, particularly on domains I’ve converted from other uses, and what some of the results have been. Oh, and I’m going to try to stretch out the food metaphor again so I hope you’re not hungry.

Grizzly’s Keyword Buffet Method

Serving a BuffetGrizzly suggests writing long, keyword rich, articles. The basic idea is to write long, rambling but coherent, articles where keyword combinations that relate to the blog and the post get used about 3 to 4 as many times than they would in a shorter article.

I’ve tried his technique on a niche blog on a current trend, writing articles between about 1000-1500 words on the topic. I’ve seen a slight uptick in Google search hits on these articles so I’ll continue to try this method on that blog.

The quality of the articles is pretty poor though, essentially a mash-up of PLR articles and short excerpts and rehashes from news reports. Does this matter? I’m not sure that it does but I’ll be watching click-thru and conversion rates and seeing how it performs. Don’t ask me for the link to it, it’s just too ugly. As Cousin Eddie would say, “The bread pudding is especially runny tonight.”

Selling the Sizzle

A Sizzlin’ SteakAnother approach I’ve been trying is to sell the sizzle. With this method, my goal is to further entice a searcher who’s interesting in info about a topic to click an ad to find out more. The idea is to write so that the next logical step for the search engine seeker is to click on a related ad. It’s like a restaurant serving more profitable steaks on a sizzling platter because it attracts attention of those who’re about to order.

For example, here’s one I wrote on Salmon Fishing in Alaska on my fishing blog (this site used to be one of my ecommerce sites and still is a little bit). In this article, partially generated using Instant Article Wizard, I superficially discuss taking a salmon fishing trip to Alaska. The Adsense ads that appear, surprise, surprise, point to various Alaskan fishing lodges and other related vacation offers. I even had to look up some of the spots advertised outside of Adsense since I had even sold myself on the idea that such a vacation could be a lot of fun.

The key here is to leave the searcher still searching for an answer but more hungry than ever to find it and to cause the casual visitor to become intrigued by the idea. If the answer, in the form of an ad, is sitting right in front of them they’re likely to click it. I’m just now starting with this niche blog writing method so I’ll have to revisit it later to see how it does as search traffic builds.

A Big Hearty Meal

A Big and Hearty MealHere’s something that doesn’t work so well. You write a post that answers a search visitors question so well that they don’t need to search any further and certainly don’t need to click on an ad to find answers.

This is what I see with my VB Notebook for .NET programming blog. I get a substantial amount of search traffic there but, since my articles provide in depth answers to the questions posed by searchers, few have any need to click the ads. Adding a rotation of complementary geek friendly affiliate sales offers helps some but programmers and other tech savvy niches aren’t the easiest ones to sell on clicking ads.

The lesson here is that if you write good, complete, articles that leave the reader full, they won’t want that wafer thin mint you offer them at the end of their meal. Plus, if your target audience is picky for whatever reason, they may not even want to see your advertising dessert tray.

You Still Want Fries With That?

Sandwich and FriesI’m still trying out my “fast food” method on some other niche blogs where I offer up a short article or video with the hope that the searcher will want ‘fries with that’ and click an ad. You can see an example of this in my music video blog, Guitars On TV.

This method seems to perform OK but I’m suspecting that the low content articles probably reduce the search traffic potential and causing occasional dreaded PSA ads to appear in Adsense. If I were going to punch up the guitar video blog or my handful of other blogs along the same writing lines, I’d create longer articles to fit in more keyword and long tail combos.

Experience is a Good Teacher

I encourage you to keep trying new ideas to see what works best in your niches. Experience is a good teacher, especially when you can learn from someone else’s mistakes and ideas they’ve tried. What are your thoughts? Do you have any niche blog writing experiences you want to share?


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Comment by Lin
2008-01-23 17:20:20

On my niche dental blog (not associated with any social networking sites), I quickly received a very long “comment” from a PR7 site rambling on about flouride. I wonder if it was automatically generated and if I should not have published the comment? I was thinking that getting a comment from a high PR site might help make my niche blog creep up a tiny notch for Google, so I allowed it. ?

Comment by jfc
2008-01-23 17:39:33

Hi Lin,

My guess is that if your blog is ‘nofollow’ it won’t affect much of anything PR wise. Vic or Griz could probably give you a better answer in that department though.

If it fits well with your article, strengthening the keyword terms you’re shooting for, then it shouldn’t hurt anything by leaving it published. It may even help.

Comment by Robert
2008-01-24 03:55:28

Further to this, you needn’t respect a spammer’s wishes and their comment doesn’t have to say what THEY wanted it to. You can remove unfriendly text and replace it with something more relevant to your article and it’s keywords. Or, you could abuse the spammer, that’s always fun. :)

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Comment by jfc
2008-01-24 09:11:33

Hi Robert,

My paid review for Bad Credit Offers has drawn in a few of them on that post and a few free blog review posts as well. I just change their links to the one for the site I reviewed. :)

Of course, all of these links a nofollowed per Google’s webmaster rules. Of course, that doesn’t matter because they ignore and penalize you based on unlinked text anyway. :(

Comment by Lin
2008-01-23 19:50:47

Thanks Frank. I just recently discovered Grizz, and he’s the Bomb! I followed his most recent instructions on how to get two different posts adjoined in search results, and it works and fast! Yippeeee. :)

Comment by Y. S.
2008-01-25 15:51:31

Should we expect a “How to write Social blog articles” article?

Comment by jfc
2008-01-25 16:18:44

Hi Y.S.,

I already did that one in Secret Guide to Social Blogging Success - Part II.

Comment by Sports Car Fun
2008-03-24 13:29:35

This looks like an interesting concept. I’ll have to give it a try when I get a chance. Thanks for the info!

I like the Monty Python reference about the wafer thin mint too.

- Gregg

Comment by jfc
2008-06-23 06:54:55

Comments are temporarily closed on this post due to heavy comment spammer activity. Please feel free to comment on other posts on OpTempo. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-28 14:39:09

Comments are reopened. We’ll see what happens now.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-29 10:51:06

Looks like the spam bot is still running. 768 spam comment attempts in the past 24 hours. Turning off comments on this post again.

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Comment by jfc
2008-07-24 14:21:20

Opening comments again.

Let’s see if the spammer script is still here after almost a month.

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