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Hello Warriors,
Is staring a blog in the IM niche a bad move? I'm very passionate about the subject, and enjoy writing and communicating with others, and possibly promote products and services as an affiliate?
Any advice or recommendation?
Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author GobBluthJD
    Well, you're entering into one of the most saturated blogging niches ever known to man.....but if you're passionate about it, go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Ng
    It's not about the competition, it's about positioning.

    Writing is only part of the equation, the other part is optimizing your blog with SEO.

    But if you have original and good content with keyword rich articles, it will be crawled by Google and you will be better ranked.
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    • Originally Posted by Joseph Ng View Post

      Writing is only part of the equation, the other part is optimizing your blog with SEO.

      But if you have original and good content with keyword rich articles, it will be crawled by Google and you will be better ranked.
      That's the problem with IMers and blogging... they create their blogs with SEO in mind instead of with the actual blogging in mind. The point of blogging is to broadcast insightful opinions to the world to charm your readership, not to charm Google's spiders.

      Blog with passion and knowledge, not counting keywords.
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      • Profile picture of the author Legit SEO
        I still average 100 visitors a day to my IM blog that hasn't been updated in 6+ months.

        Getting traffic to an IM blog is usually very easy, the hard part is monetizing that traffic because most IM'ers are too smart to click Adsense ads or buy into some new get rich scheme.

        Like others said, try going into a more specific approach, like IM product reviews, authority site guide, etc and you should have better luck.
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        • Profile picture of the author celente
          Originally Posted by Legit SEO View Post

          I still average 100 visitors a day to my IM blog that hasn't been updated in 6+ months.

          Getting traffic to an IM blog is usually very easy, the hard part is monetizing that traffic because most IM'ers are too smart to click Adsense ads or buy into some new get rich scheme.

          Like others said, try going into a more specific approach, like IM product reviews, authority site guide, etc and you should have better luck.
          you can always build a list and then redirect that list to posts with offers or sections with offers on the blog itself. Its not all about doing that adsense stuff...as good as it is, adsense is only about 1 of 100 ways you can make money with your blog. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Jeremiah
    Like Joseph said - yes it's a saturated market, but it's all about positioning. If you are really passionate about it, don't let a saturated market stop you. Most people are only blogging in IM to make money, if you actually care about it and are interested in it, I'd bet your blog would have way more appeal than most and a lot more likely to be successful. Just look at a way to make it unique - put your own spin on it so you don't get lost in the crowd. Could you maybe get more specific on a niche within IM?
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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    The only thing that's saturated in the I.M industry is all the crap that's circulating. Rise above that and you will have less competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I have been blogging in IM Niche for several years now. It's all about creating excellent content and have a plan to get web traffic. Use Social Media and Social Bookmarketing to start. Message me if you want to see 2 of my blogs to give you ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author maggie2
    You're a brave person to start in the IM niche but hey, there's always room for one more! Good luck with it!
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      • Profile picture of the author Nvrstop
        Sorry to sound dumb, but what does 'IM' stand for?
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim3
          Originally Posted by Nvrstop View Post

          Sorry to sound dumb, but what does 'IM' stand for?
          That would be Internet Marketing
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          • Profile picture of the author ProAffiliate01
            If you have passion for the IM niche that is half the battle. That will get readers interested, and as someone else said, you have to rise above the crap.
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            • Profile picture of the author Lakezilla
              Originally Posted by ProAffiliate01 View Post

              If you have passion for the IM niche that is half the battle. That will get readers interested, and as someone else said, you have to rise above the crap.
              I totally agree. It really doesn't matter what niche you pick as long as you have a real passion for it.

              Plan on spending lots of time writing original articles and get involved in social media. SEO is good but will only take you so far. Social Media is the way of the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    You are entering into a niche that is too generic i would say.
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  • Profile picture of the author sniperdomi
    internet marketing is very for blog , but you can give amazing content that beat up every other it can be very profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author rockong
    Find a unique selling proposition that your competitors may not have. Don't be uber generic like most of them are. You can certainly stand out from the crowd if you do it right. After all, saturated markets are those that can possibly earn the most money so if you like it...I say go for it
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffonmission
    Start building relationships from the beginning in order to get more exposure from your blog - this will make a difference. All it takes is a few key people to promote your blog, Retweet your posts, and you can build a solid following. Help others succeed with their IM blogs and they'll most likely find a way to repay the favor.

    The key here is being mutually beneficial.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      WOW

      Thank you all for the encouraging and helpful replies, the idea is to share everything I've learned and did and experimented with in IM, what worked for me and what didn't and why, writing about the current projects I'm working on and sharing the updates and process with the readers, reviewing and recommending all the products, services and tools which worked and helped me in my IM endivours.

      The main goal and purpose is to encourage others to at least try and see what options are there for them to earn some money as a second or primery income and open their eyes into online entrepreneurship.

      Again, thatnk you all again for the confidence boost and encouragement.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Find a specific super niche within IM and stick to it for 90% of your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by WeavingThoughts View Post

      Find a specific super niche within IM and stick to it for 90% of your blog.
      Yes, this is my main plan, thanks WeavingThoughts
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  • Profile picture of the author KaplanT4
    I've read a lot of IM blogs overtime and the majority of them are poor. Really poor. Simply rise above the level of one good blog, and you're set to go.

    Usually the best quality blogs I've read combine actionable content with entertaining story weaving.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by KaplanT4 View Post

      I've read a lot of IM blogs overtime and the majority of them are poor. Really poor. Simply rise above the level of one good blog, and you're set to go.

      Usually the best quality blogs I've read combine actionable content with entertaining story weaving.
      Yes, some of the best blogs I've read do this very well, will try to do the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Cyberq8 View Post

    Is staring a blog in the IM niche a bad move?
    For a newbie (if you are one?! ... you didn't say ...?), it's probably the single commonest mistake that beginning internet marketers make, and the single commonest cause of the very low overall success-rate in internet marketing.

    Why they imagine that it's a good or sensible thing to start off promoting things in an area in which they themselves have no experience, I've never been able to understand. But many of them seem to, for some reason.

    It's a shame to see so many people stacking the deck so firmly against themselves, and of course it doesn't help the industry collectively, either.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      For a newbie (if you are one?! ... you didn't say ...?), it's probably the single commonest mistake that beginning internet marketers make, and the single commonest cause of the very low overall success-rate in internet marketing.

      Why they imagine that it's a good or sensible thing to start off promoting things in an area in which they themselves have no experience, I've never been able to understand. But many of them seem to, for some reason.

      It's a shame to see so many people stacking the deck so firmly against themselves, and of course it doesn't help the industry collectively, either.
      Thank you Alexa for your reply, no, I'm not a newbie
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    Remember, there are always niches in the IM industry to blog about.

    Search, Social Media, PPC, CPA, Blogging, Press Releases...etc....plenty of room.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by sdentrepreneur View Post

      Remember, there are always niches in the IM industry to blog about.

      Search, Social Media, PPC, CPA, Blogging, Press Releases...etc....plenty of room.
      Thank you sdentrepreneur, the blog would be focused more on blogging+ social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    Just stick to one subniche, and be prepared to write at least one pillar article each and every week. I would suggest you invest in yourname.com or similar and buy a premium theme such as thesis / studiopress and show that you are a serious blogger.

    It will be a steep learning curve, but by branding yourself and having a central hub for all your social media, forum, and comments on other blogs to link back to it will eventually become a very powerful tool.

    Remember that you can do a series of blog posts, recycle it into a report, and hey presto you have a quality gift to encourage your readers to subscribe.

    Lastly it's the passion that will make you want to continue blogging when in 3 months time you get pissed off with writing great content and getting no comments.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by AndrewStark View Post

      Just stick to one subniche, and be prepared to write at least one pillar article each and every week. I would suggest you invest in yourname.com or similar and buy a premium theme such as thesis / studiopress and show that you are a serious blogger.

      It will be a steep learning curve, but by branding yourself and having a central hub for all your social media, forum, and comments on other blogs to link back to it will eventually become a very powerful tool.

      Remember that you can do a series of blog posts, recycle it into a report, and hey presto you have a quality gift to encourage your readers to subscribe.

      Lastly it's the passion that will make you want to continue blogging when in 3 months time you get pissed off with writing great content and getting no comments.
      Thank you so much for your advice AndrewStark, really appreciated, should I really invest in myname.com, because I've read some options are against this?!:confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author scrofford
      Originally Posted by AndrewStark View Post

      I would suggest you invest in yourname.com or similar and buy a premium theme such as thesis / studiopress and show that you are a serious blogger.
      I would never use myname.com if you are going to seriously blog. What if you want to sell the blog someday for some reason? You've got to plan your blog and that includes the domain name.

      Here's a blog post by John Chow that explains why you don't want to use your own name : http://www.johnchow.com/should-you-u...e-domain-name/

      Thesis and studiopress are excellent WP themes and I WOULD consider using those.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    Firstly yes, having your own IM blog out there is a great move

    It helps your business by branding you more, builds trust and credibility with potential customers and also you can of course build your list from your blog too

    Some people hate blogging and that`s cool but most people fail to look at the bigger picture

    I personally use blogging to help when i build my lists because i often send my subscribers back to my blog for lots of juicy content

    So not only are you giving your subscribers lots of value but your also putting more content out there into cyber space and the more content you have out there then the more chance you have of being found, building your list, building your business bigger....and the snowball continues

    what ever you do, don`t think of starting an IM blog for the main purpose of selling affiliate products on it

    I have come across many of these types of blogs on my travels and they are complete garbage and have no interaction

    There is no harm in creating some great content and recommend the odd affiliate product but always have your readers best interest in mind and don`t sell your soul otherwise you will pay for it heavily

    If you want some ideas or need some blogs to look at for some inspiration, check out my Blog below, tonnes of useful content on there and lots of comments too with great feedback

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      Firstly yes, having your own IM blog out there is a great move

      It helps your business by branding you more, builds trust and credibility with potential customers and also you can of course build your list from your blog too

      Some people hate blogging and that`s cool but most people fail to look at the bigger picture

      I personally use blogging to help when i build my lists because i often send my subscribers back to my blog for lots of juicy content

      So not only are you giving your subscribers lots of value but your also putting more content out there into cyber space and the more content you have out there then the more chance you have of being found, building your list, building your business bigger....and the snowball continues

      what ever you do, don`t think of starting an IM blog for the main purpose of selling affiliate products on it

      I have come across many of these types of blogs on my travels and they are complete garbage and have no interaction

      There is no harm in creating some great content and recommend the odd affiliate product but always have your readers best interest in mind and don`t sell your soul otherwise you will pay for it heavily

      If you want some ideas or need some blogs to look at for some inspiration, check out my Blog below, tonnes of useful content on there and lots of comments too with great feedback

      Paul
      Thanks Paul, I've read many of your posts before and that was advice as always
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      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      Firstly yes, having your own IM blog out there is a great move

      It helps your business by branding you more, builds trust and credibility with potential customers and also you can of course build your list from your blog too

      Some people hate blogging and that`s cool but most people fail to look at the bigger picture

      I personally use blogging to help when i build my lists because i often send my subscribers back to my blog for lots of juicy content

      So not only are you giving your subscribers lots of value but your also putting more content out there into cyber space and the more content you have out there then the more chance you have of being found, building your list, building your business bigger....and the snowball continues

      what ever you do, don`t think of starting an IM blog for the main purpose of selling affiliate products on it

      I have come across many of these types of blogs on my travels and they are complete garbage and have no interaction

      There is no harm in creating some great content and recommend the odd affiliate product but always have your readers best interest in mind and don`t sell your soul otherwise you will pay for it heavily

      If you want some ideas or need some blogs to look at for some inspiration, check out my Blog below, tonnes of useful content on there and lots of comments too with great feedback

      Paul
      I agree with Paul quality is more important then quantity and when you are passionate about some thing dont worry about saturation and all because people love quality content.

      content which can engage a visitor/user and dont get distracted just focus on one thing at a time and remember not to compromise on quality.
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    Run actual case studies and spend all time necessary to build the best posts, and people will link to you like crazy. Its the case studies people want to see, not just opinoin
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by seotothecore View Post

      Run actual case studies and spend all time necessary to build the best posts, and people will link to you like crazy. Its the case studies people want to see, not just opinoin
      Yes, it's the case studies and the experiments that have worked that I would be sharing with others, thank you seotothecore.
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    Yes, having an Internet Marketing blog is a great thing. How quickly it will start generating income is another thing entirely. The speed at which it will start generating money will depend on the niche you're targeting, the competition in that niche, and how random your off site SEO occurs over the course of weeks and months. If all those are in place, you should begin to see success over time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cyberq8
      Originally Posted by O0o0O View Post

      Yes, having an Internet Marketing blog is a great thing. How quickly it will start generating income is another thing entirely. The speed at which it will start generating money will depend on the niche you're targeting, the competition in that niche, and how random your off site SEO occurs over the course of weeks and months. If all those are in place, you should begin to see success over time.
      Thank you O0o0O
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  • Profile picture of the author DeMango25
    I'd say yes! definitely start an IM blog but like others said... don't use it for selling or promoting offers, use it to track your own journey in IM... that way, you'll have a track record of your own experiences and if you're lucky... you'll create a small following in the process!
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  • A blog is great but i would start working on a valuable product that i could actually exchange for with money.

    That , to me , is the key to succeeding on the Internets - by creating value - not creating opportunity by building blogs and lists.
    I think those will always be available to those who have immense value to offer.
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  • Originally Posted by Cyberq8 View Post

    Is staring a blog in the IM niche a bad move?
    Depends: do you have anything worthy, insightful and unique to say about IM? If "yes", then it's not a bad move; if "no", then it is indeed a bad move.
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  • Profile picture of the author tiroberts
    I think it's a fantastic move actually. Yes, IM is a saturated market but if you're really passionate about it, I say go for it!

    I have a blog in the IM niche. I focus on blogging about traffic generation methods. Mostly free strategies OUTSIDE of SEO. I absolutely LOVE IM. I eat, breath, and dream about it. But specifically it's the traffic generation part of IM that really excites me.

    I've deemed myself a "SEO Rebel" and I'm not a big fan of it, so I experiment with alternative methods to drive traffic. I enjoy it, it's fun and it keeps things interesting.

    What is it about IM that truly excites you? What specifically about IM are you passionate about?

    These are the question that you should ask yourself. It'll help you get a focus and really zone in what kind of content you want to create.

    When you figure that out, do a bit of research. Find other IM'ers who have blogs on that specific topic. Read some of their material, see what they're doing, how they're doing it and model after them... Notice I said model NOT copy.

    Focus on creating truly world class unique content. IM is a saturated market but a lot of the stuff floating around is all recycled, regurgitated junk that's tasteless and lacks spice.

    Stretch your mind to come up with new ideas and concepts, take action and try them out and see what results you get, create content sharing your results, and ask for feedback from the warriors here and improve.

    But most of all HAVE FUN!

    Don't get lost in the game. Be yourself and let your personality and passion for IM shine through and you'll do fine

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  • Profile picture of the author Lena Williams
    There are so many blogs around the web about IM and the information related to it cannot be very unique because there are so many articles have been written in several websites before. But in Blogging, interest and knowledge comes first. If you feel the most interest in IM and know a lot about it, go ahead. Starting is the biggest step towards success. Your work will lead you towards success.
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  • Profile picture of the author FelixUng
    Well Cyberg8, I have a slightly different way of thinking, no matter what niche we are going to venture in the future, we all need to learn about IM. So, I start with IM niche to learn about all the technology and knowledge that I need to make it a success. Since it's so competitive, if I can earn like $3000 per month in this IM niche, I'm pretty sure I can scale it up 100x in other niches.

    My first step to success is always invest in myself. So, while I'm investing in myself (through working on IM niche), I might potentially help others who want to do the same and eventually make some bucks to continue investing. So, let your passion burns stronger. Once you've made up your mind, do not give up until you see the results you've always wanted.

    My gift for you, when you feel like quitting, remember this what Robert Kiyosaki's rich dad once said to him:

    ~You can quit when you win, but never quit because you're losing~

    All the best!
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    If you are going to write something about you are really passionate about then no matter how much is the competition or what others say go for it.

    Provide quality and your readers will remember you. Instead of doing the same thing that most of the people do, do it in a different way. Provide them something unique.
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    The IM niche is profitable even if people tell you that it's saturated. But I would advise that you go into specifics of IM.

    If you're an SEO guy, blog about SEO only. If you're a PPC guy, blog about PPC only.

    You're training people to make you their go-to-guy.
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  • You know, I've been also considering starting an IM blog. I started looking at what's out there, and it really varies. A lot of it seems to just be not very interesting.

    But here's what surprised me. I've come across some blogs that I think are really useless, yet they're still being updated. Take a look at this one I came across as an example. I don't know who would sit and read a blog like this: heartofthematter.org

    Here's another example of what I don't want to do, though not near as bad: workfromhomegirl.com

    Now, here's what I'm getting at. Look at how long these blogs have both been around. I think one is about a year and half old, and the other ran for over 2 years before the updates stopped. Both of these blogs must have still made money. Otherwise, why would somebody constantly update them for such a long time?

    So, if that's true, and those blogs made money, imagine how much more of a chance there is for some of us. I think most people do it just for the money and nothing else. That must be why so many of them are low quality.
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