Best Format for a Niche Blog?

by circlesquare 12 replies
Hey Warriors,

I've seen a couple different models used for niche blogs. One is a blog that has a static homepage and then posts or pages... the other is a blog that has a blog style or dynamic homepage and then pages.

Can you guys recommend one of these formats?

Thanks!
#main internet marketing discussion forum #blog #format #niche
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  • Profile picture of the author RemingtonSteele
    I prefer to use a static homepage. I'll then use pages for stuff like privacy policy, about, contact, etc. and posts for the actual content. Having a dynamic homepage creates duplicate content on your site. Not only that, I think it's good to use your homepage for giving people an overview of what you're offering and to provide links to specific content that you want to highlight.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I think it really depends on the type of blog you have. I have one that is just for selling my blogs and it has a static page so I can concentrate on the offer. Bloggers like ProBlogger, etc who have discussion blogs would not want a static homepage.
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Have to agree with Suzanne. Pretty much sums it up.

      It all comes down to the purpose of the blog. Perhaps you can elaborate a bit more, so we can get a better idea and answer accordingly?
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      • Profile picture of the author circlesquare
        Umm.. I should have said niche sites. Say a niche site promoting a Clickbank product for example. All I care about is SEO. Doing a static front page seems pretty easy to do. Was thinking though that maybe Google would like the dynamic content of a non-static page on the homepage.

        I see the point about it depending on the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Lim
    With niche sites like that I usually just use a static front page, mainly because I'll write 5-10 articles on the niche, upload them, and then focus on backlinks.

    I don't think a static or non-static front page has that big an influence on SEO, what's more important is how well you have targeted the keyword you're going after. That comes down to your content, your title, your domain...spend your time on the more important aspects of SEO and you'll be alright, regardless of what your front page looks like.

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    • Profile picture of the author Edie47
      Originally Posted by Simon Lim View Post

      With niche sites like that I usually just use a static front page, mainly because I'll write 5-10 articles on the niche, upload them, and then focus on backlinks.

      I don't think a static or non-static front page has that big an influence on SEO, what's more important is how well you have targeted the keyword you're going after. That comes down to your content, your title, your domain...spend your time on the more important aspects of SEO and you'll be alright, regardless of what your front page looks like.

      Simon
      I'm glad I ran across this thread as I was wondering how to set up niche sites. I have one where the product review is the static first page, but I didn't know where to go from there. This helps a lot!
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  • Profile picture of the author mariajoe
    static homepage would be recommended from side as well. see blogs are something rich with a information. in general they are not only created to promote your affiliate product so one should always try to make is readers friendly. the content itself will attract the people. so better to have a static homepage to impress the visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author amylimcd
    For niche sites, I generally have a static page for the homepage which contains general information about the niche and the blog and usually has a featured product (or sometimes an opt-in).

    BUT, when a new product has been released or there is a relevant product launch going on, I will create a nice long post about it and for a few days, I will make it a sticky post and change my homepage to highlight that post.

    The nice thing with Wordpress is you can flip back and forth easily.

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  • Profile picture of the author sanjonpnk
    I like the Wordpress's 2 column Simple Theme!
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    For niche sites I tend to use a static page + pages for the "about," "privacy," "contact," sections. Everything else is usually a post made in various categories.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
      For a minisite blog, which I think you are refering to. You want a static home page.

      I prefer a static home post to be more precise. I only use pages for the about/t&c/Privacy etc.

      Either way you need to keep the home page static so Google can rank it based on your chosen keyword.

      You can also then use secondary related keywords on additional posts.

      Use max 3 post per page (if using Adsense "in-post" ads) of 5 posts if affiliate offer. Use keywords that can leverage from the domain name keyword benefits. For instance if your domain is "tasty dog food" then secondary (home page) keywords could be "tasty dog snacks" or "dry dog food"
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      • Profile picture of the author circlesquare
        Wow, great answers folks. I love it when all the warriors agree on something!
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