I've had people tell me quite frankly, "Will you please stop writing about $£&%ing VAMPIRES!?" A lot of other people have been less forthright about it, but the clues are there.
"Wow!" Laughter. "You're writing a lot about vampires recently." Or teasing, when I tell friends that I've just posted an article, along the lines of, "Is it about vampires, perchance? Is there yet another avenue left undiscovered?" Or the very subtle, "I did used to like it when you wrote about history, human rights and things."
As time went by, fewer random people stopped by to comment on my articles.
In short, not one person has openly embraced my saturation of vampire articles. Nor has anyone uttered the praise, 'Hallelujah! You've finally started writing within a niche!' In fact, everyone waffling on about niches has gone strangely quiet in my digital earshot. (Except for the individual who proffered the opinion that, if I was going to write niche, I should have used these articles as the basis of another profile on another site.)
There were plenty of comments (publicly, privately, in comments, on the forum) about Pets and Animals not being the right category for vampire articles. I was writing so many, that the furry critters couldn't get a look in. The infestation eventually led to the whole legendary creatures sub-category being shifted over to Culture and Society.
I'm guessing that the Wizzley team, and every author involved in having to relocate their articles, really loved me right around then. Though they took it with good humor. I also managed a hat-trick in having all three of the Wizzley team members recommend/request that I change something. There was a definite sense of damage limitation going on, or me being paranoid. One of the two.
In fact, the only immediate good result that I discerned (give or take the discovery of True Blood) was the depth in which you can write within a niche. The more I delved into the subject, the more I found correlations between sources or noticed how x had been inspired by y. There was nothing superficial about the later historical and folklore articles.
Ask me about vampires. Anything about vampires. I feel like quite the expert after all that.
As for traffic, that's remained just as constant as it did when I was scattering my articles across many topics. No huge surges, but first day readership showed no massive slump or rise. It's too soon to tell on the long term effects.
My personal take on it: I'm not at all convinced that niches are all that. I've been given no evidence - beyond the fact that you can become very learned on a particular topic - to believe that writing within a niche is particularly wonderful. Though I did hear a whisper that Google has loudly hinted that it prefers to pigeon-hole writers into their niches, so they can more easily promote or blast them in the SERPs.
Sounds more like a reason not to be a niche writer to me. Unless you really are the greatest authority, on the entire internet, for your subject.
I have yet to master getting that kind of traffic.
Thank you very much for getting my book, Tara! I'm pleased that you found it to be insightful. Ditto the Tips and Tricks. I write them because it's so hard to know who has good advice or not. At least with all the data set out here, you can evaluate whether my stuff works/has value to you.
I've got to say I really enjoy reading your Tips and Tricks articles, they are very helpful. I bought your book and found it to be quite insightful. Thanks!
I wish they had a $ sign in front of them! Thanks, Brenda. :)
I looked at those page impressions and thought at first that they had a $ sign in front of them. Nice article, Jo. Encouraging article too.
Thank you very much for the insight and reassurance, Digby. You are one of the people who I'm always checking out to see how you do it.
I'm feeling quite pleased with myself now, because I have been monitoring my stats for hints. If something does well, then I do try to mirror it in further articles. We'll make a pro out of me yet!
It's good to see you back at Wizzley; and I hope you enjoy the vampire articles here. :)
It takes a long time to figure out how to monetize a platform. It's about the topics, the products the placement on the page. Even the tone. I always watch which ones of mine get traffic and then which links get clicked. These are precious little hints. I haven't been able to spend much time here the last year and I'm looking forward to try to write interesting articles and incorporate Viglink.
A few years ago I read two vampire books for a week. I'm looking forward to reading your Wizzles.
Glad to hear it. :) And yes, I'm still enjoying my fanged friends, though I'm currently side-tracked into the Suffragettes. Not a bad difference.
What are you writing in legendary creatures? Link please! Then we can all have a nosy.
Enjoyed this. Loved that you ingested the site with vampires! Yes, I guess one can go overboard on a niche, but good job getting a whole area for legendary creatures - I'm writing there now... but I probably won't limit myself to a single niche.
Mike - Sorry for the delayed reaction, I've been on holiday for a week. But I'm very glad to hear that you found the article helpful and useful. You're very welcome. :)