One thing which I actively see new bloggers struggle with is the main focus of their blog. I’ve seen many bloggers register a domain name because they liked the name and then they are unsure what to write about and change it from a personal blog to a news blog to a making money online blog or whatever.
I’ve registered good domain names in the past myself without thinking too much about how I am going to develop it but I think that it’s very important to decide on the content the blog will cover before starting it. In general I think it’s best to think about the content the blog will cover and then register a suitable domain name and not the other way around.
Choosing your blogs focus is the first hurdle in your blogs life so I thought it would be good to do a series of posts showing you some of the most common types of blogs. Whether you are starting your first blog or thinking about starting a 2nd or 3rd, I hope these posts give you some good ideas as to what to develop, or at the very least point you in the right direction 🙂
Sports blogs are incredibly popular on the web. Every major basketball, football, baseball and rugby team has dozens of blogs dedicated to them and most do very well. There are also thousands of blogs which write about non-team sports like badminton, golf, tennis, judo, taekwondo, running etc.
Here are some reasons why you should maybe consider developing a sports blog :
- Easy to write about – Half the battle with blogging is writing about something you are passionate about. If you are actively participate in a sport or follow a team regularly this passion will show through in your posts. Updating your blog will rarely feel like a chore if you enjoy talking about it.
- Always something to talk about – You will rarely struggle for post ideas with a sports blog as there is always news or controversy : whether it be a post discussing your teams latest game, a bad decision by a referee or a look ahead to future events. Some sports are seasonal so during this time there may be less news however you can still discuss trades and rumours or look back at some classic matches etc.
- High Volume of comments – In my experience, sports and poilitical blogs get more comments than other niches. This is because so many people are passionate about these subjects so they are more likely to leave a comment if they agree or disagree with you. Your posts are likely to divide opinion from time to time so you will probably receive negative comments from time to time as well. This isn’t always a bad thing and can actually encourange more comments.
If you actively follow a sports team or participate in a sport regularly you might want to consider starting a sports blog in the future. If you write high quality original articles then I have no doubt that your blog will grow quickly and will become popular with other fans.
Again, I stress that half the battle with blogging is writing about something you are interested in. Don’t cover a subject just because you think you will make more money. Any blog topic can be profitable if it becomes successful so write about something you are passionate about and it will show in your posts.