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Hey Warriors,

I am in the process of choosing my niche while im nailing down a plan to start becoming a successful IM. My questions for you all are as follows.

1. Do you think a sports niche is saturated?

2. Any advice on how to tackle this niche?

Also if you dont mind check out my blog. link is below ( It isnt monetized as of yet) just want to get some advice on where to go on that as well to make more appealing

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  • Profile picture of the author chooch
    I don't know much about the sport niche. But I would tackle it like any other niche.

    Sport - is a big niche. Do break it down to mini niches. Find products for each sub niche, to see if you can make any money from it. So it will require some research.

    Then it's just like any other niche. Do your keyword analysis, get your domain, build your website, do your SEO, etc.

    I'm sure you can find some sub niche you can make money from.
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  • Profile picture of the author stumpy
    I think you need to be very specialized to monitize the sports niche. I know a fellow that sells golf related products and his blog is about how to improve your game. With general sports you are up against to many giant competitors. Maybe you just chose only one basketball player to follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by gmoney38 View Post

    Hey Warriors,

    I am in the process of choosing my niche while im nailing down a plan to start becoming a successful IM. My questions for you all are as follows.

    1. Do you think a sports niche is saturated?

    2. Any advice on how to tackle this niche?

    Also if you dont mind check out my blog. link is below ( It isnt monetized as of yet) just want to get some advice on where to go on that as well to make more appealing

    The Sports Hub
    1. Yes, a sports niche is probably saturated. I'm just not sure which one it is. Most of the others still have room.

    2. Unless you have some kind of really specialized knowledge (think fantasy sports geek) or a source of exclusive insider information (LeBron's driver's cousin is dating your barber's cousin), your best bet is to carve out a personality.

    When you post something, you want people to love it or hate it enough to comment on it. Discussion generates page views, and page views can be monetized.

    Think sports betting books and services, fantasy sports guides and leagues, memorabilia and related guides, etc.

    As for the blog, I didn't read much. At my age, I really dislike white text on a black background - it gives me eyestrain and a headache.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gino Robin
    Hi
    To have a niche where you fond of,would give you a edge above your competitors,do break your niche up,like golf can go from the golfer shoes,certain stroke etc..you will get more ideas when you let your brain juices run...All the best

    Thanks
    Gino
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  • Profile picture of the author statelizard
    After taking a quick peek at your blog I can sort of tell what you’re going for as far as your content. So here’s my honest advice a couple of tips.



    First, yes the sports niche as it appears you are talking about, a generalized “all things sports” site, is saturated. That being said, don’t let it dissuade you from entering that market, it can be highly lucrative if you can develop your voice and provide readers with content that polarizers them. I run a pretty successful sports site that operates in the same sort of manner it appears that you want yours to run. The key to my success has been no different than what sports writers like Mariotti and Whitlock do, they create a distinctive voice that basically pisses a lot of people off and has other people lapping up what they spew. There is no middle ground in sports blogging, people will either love you or hate you, if they just “like you” then you aren’t doing something right. You need to be loud, intelligent, informative, and opinionated. So go for it.


    Next, you need to get your own domain and build your site from that. Sports blogs aren’t always only about the visual, for example deadspin is a god-awful ugly site yet wildly successful, but as a general rule people that are searching out sports info are going to be looking for some visuals. Right now, your site is simply a blog hosted on blogger with a black background. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, unless you’re being featured on ESPN television, this market simply isn’t going to go for that. Again, get your own domain when you can, develop a template, buy a template, or have one developed for you, either way you already know what successful sports sites/blogs look like, use those as a basis for your design ideas. This is a fickle crowd and they like what they like, so give it to them.


    As far as monetizing it goes, the most successful methods I have used were a combination of simple advertisements. Use affiliate links to promote things from places like CJ (as a side note FRS energy drink has done well for me on my sports site, you can find it in the CJ database), use adsense (though I use the content network ads instead of the normal adsense strips down the sides of my site). If you get popular enough there are plenty of advertisers willing to pay for ad space on your blog. You probably won't get the hundred thousand dollar a space, but even a fraction of that is pretty awesome when you have it come in for the first time. Always be proactive about selling ad space. People won't come to you until you are big time, before that go to them. It really is just like a small newspaper you have to be the one to sell your ad space, at least at first.


    Anyway, never let a “saturated market” prevent you from going into a niche (however this is more of an “area” than it is a “niche”), it will take more work, but if you have something useful to say and can draw attention to yourself, it will be worth your while.

    Best of luck,

    Josh
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