Wanting to make a website with many different topics

by chipp
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I would like to make a website where I have one main website (say, myname.com) and then I want it to splinter into a diverse niche, everything from jobs, languages, music, specific artists of music, history, specific periods in history, specific historical persons, etc.

myname.com/history
myname.com/music
myname.com/music

I was thinking this way I could have all these niches streaming into one main site so that the traffic isn't scattered, while keeping the topics separated so that it isn't disorganized and doesn't drive away people who have interest in a particular niche but not in others.

I was thinking that if I create totally different sites for each topic, for example: mylanguages.com myhistory.com the traffic coming into mylanguages.com could also boost the SEO ranking of myhistory.com Am I right?

Also I would like to keep them mostly in the form of pages with table of contents on the left side, with a blog to keep readers posted on new pages added, edited, etc.

So how can you make this kind of site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    You should focus on one niche and see how that goes. Mixing niches only works if you are a huge site like Wikipedia.
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    • Profile picture of the author chipp
      Brent, could you explain why it works on Wikipedia but not on a starting site?
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      • Profile picture of the author dana67
        I agree. Start with one niche that really interests you, work on that topic/site, build up traffic to it, etc. and see how it goes. Maybe you could even work on a second niche at the same time as sort of a split test.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
        Originally Posted by chipp View Post

        Brent, could you explain why it works on Wikipedia but not on a starting site?
        Wikipedia has very long in depth articles with multiple citations, covering every aspect of a specific subject, not just surface coverage. If you plan to do the same on your site for every subject you have, the maybe you can make it work too. But, this could mean putting up thousands of lengthy pages.
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        • Profile picture of the author chipp
          Originally Posted by Jeffery Moss View Post

          Wikipedia has very long in depth articles with multiple citations, covering every aspect of a specific subject, not just surface coverage. If you plan to do the same on your site for every subject you have, the maybe you can make it work too. But, this could mean putting up thousands of lengthy pages.
          I don't see why it would need thousands of pages. I'm thinking maybe 5 topics with 50 pages each would be good enough.
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        • Profile picture of the author befree22
          Originally Posted by Jeffery Moss View Post

          Wikipedia has very long in depth articles with multiple citations, covering every aspect of a specific subject, not just surface coverage. If you plan to do the same on your site for every subject you have, the maybe you can make it work too. But, this could mean putting up thousands of lengthy pages.
          And you'll need the bandwidth and space for such an authority site.

          I can understand your site having one theme, say music, specific artists of music, OR history, specific periods in history but unless you have contributing authors and good, objective editors lined up, it'll be a chore.

          One authority site that covers many niches but doesn't have a million articles is Life'D. Check it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author chipp
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      You should focus on one niche and see how that goes. Mixing niches only works if you are a huge site like Wikipedia.
      Isn't it because they mixed niche that Wikipedia grew into what it is?
      One niche = only those people interested in that one niche comes into the site.
      many niches = those people interested in any one of the many niches come into the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author wessj
    Depends what you mean by different topics ? drawing traffic from facebook and selling PLR products are two different subjects and are there own niches but at the same time they both fall into the Making money online niche. so you could offer information on one or both and give your readers a more content and attract a wider audience for the niche as a whole.

    If something doesn't make sense blame the wine lol
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    • Profile picture of the author chipp
      Can somebody explain exactly why it wouldn't work?
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim3
        Originally Posted by chipp View Post

        Can somebody explain exactly why it wouldn't work?

        You will be spreading yourself too thin, and you will end up not knowing your arse from your elbow.

        Wikipedia works because they have thousands of people writing the content (and updating it).

        Target your site to one niche, when it's making you money, and not before, start or add another
        But if you want to go ahead remember Google ranks pages not websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    The problem would be that you need loads of content to make the site interesting for all visitors. If you can do that then there's no reason it can't work, but to achieve this doesn't seem too realistic,unless you have a very large budget to outsource a lot of articles.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      Jens is right. It's hard enough to keep up with one or a couple of niches, and if you have lots of them, you won't be able to keep it relevant.

      What you CAN do is create a blog that is targeted to one niche (but a little less narrowly than usual) so you can broaden your scope a bit.

      For example, you can do weight loss and then have a section for weight loss for boomers, and weight loss for vegetarians, and so on...

      Ditto for health issues... Just don't go overboard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Creating an authority site needs a lot of work but very profitable in the long run. I don't see any problem creating and running it as long as you have the resources to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    This is a philosophical debate really.

    My advice?

    Blog (or write) about whatever the hell you want. (All of the SEO Ninja's are going to send me hatemail for that haha).

    But... I've seen *countless* people launch websites... Then they fail. (Even websites that could/should HAVE made it... Still fail).

    So... The best advice I can give is to enjoy the content that you create.

    Because if you don't enjoy it?

    You'll quit before anything good happens anyway.



    Just my $02.
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  • Profile picture of the author chipp
    So for example, this website LearnLangs.com | All You Need to Learn Languages has offshoots of Learn to read, write and pronounce Korean and Learn to read, write and pronounce Arabic .

    Both are separated from each other so that one who is interested in Korean doesn't need to look at Arabic or any other section of that language learning site.

    Would the traffic coming into the Learning Korean website boost the main website (learnlangs.com) so that Arabic website would benefit from the boost?
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    • Profile picture of the author NK
      Originally Posted by chipp View Post

      So for example, this website LearnLangs.com | All You Need to Learn Languages has offshoots of Learn to read, write and pronounce Korean and Learn to read, write and pronounce Arabic .

      Both are separated from each other so that one who is interested in Korean doesn't need to look at Arabic or any other section of that language learning site.

      Would the traffic coming into the Learning Korean website boost the main website (learnlangs.com) so that Arabic website would benefit from the boost?
      They are still within the same niche - language learning, and share the same home which clearly shows that it's all about learning a new language. You're free to go ahead and try, but what most people here are saying is don't try to track race before you can even walk.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeink
    You could build a blog, and have a separate page for each subject/topic that want to write about. Don't try to build all at once but over time, so you do not burn out.

    Music History = pass and present
    Country =
    Classical =
    ETC

    Work on one section at a time get a few articles there and then go to the next section.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vid Yo
    Perhaps I'm to much of an optimist, but I say shoot for the stars! Why not make the goal for your site that of a Wikipedia?

    I will agree with the budget and time/effort factor though. Are you ready to put in the money and work?
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  • Profile picture of the author vedremo
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    I believe that what's important is Focus on a specific niche that truly interest you or that you're passionate about. A single niche is already hard to maintain what more if you'll be dealing with different topics/multiple niches. It's very important to be realistic especially if a process will entail a lot of time, research, tons of writing, etc. Even if you have the resources to outsource most of the work, still it can be very overwhelming monitoring everything. As a general rule. It's always a good idea to start small.
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  • Profile picture of the author manishak
    You should focus on one niche and create an authority website. The main advantages of that would be:

    1. Google likes authority websites
    2. You won't have to spend tons of money developing all those niches in your website, instead you can focus spending money on one niche (which will demand less money)
    3. It is not wise to compare with sites like Wikipedia. Do you know how many man hours have gone into making it? Even if you decide on creating a website that is half the size of Wikipedia, will you be able to fund it? A large site means a lot of money invested into something you aren't even sure will earn you the way you thought.

    So, it is better to start with something small in a broader niche like weight loss or home improvement and move ahead.
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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    Get a narrow niche, become an authority in it, and optimize on it. Then later on, you can decide on opening another new site for the other niche you are interested in. Music is already a wide niche.

    Again, targeting specific audience will not be achieved if you go to different wide niches.

    Once you get a specific niche, monetizing it will be easier too.
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  • Profile picture of the author affiliatez
    I think it's quite stuff to build authority, especially personal brand with a mixed categoried website, just focus on specific topic and develop the content, example: johnchow.
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    • Profile picture of the author SittinPerty
      I say stick to one niche my friend and work it up to a powerhouse. Then, when you get to that point and you still want to build it then Morph. You never know. Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author ViceHood
    We think alike Chipp! My site is spread out and I'm sure that's why I'm having problems growing it, but I'm sticking with my plan. I know it will take time but I think it'll be worth the wait.
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    • Profile picture of the author chipp
      Originally Posted by ViceHood View Post

      We think alike Chipp! My site is spread out and I'm sure that's why I'm having problems growing it, but I'm sticking with my plan. I know it will take time but I think it'll be worth the wait.
      Can I look at your site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Max84
    Originally Posted by chipp View Post

    myname.com/history
    myname.com/music
    myname.com/music
    Don't do that unless you have very high quality, original content for all the categories and until you are sure you can update it on daily bases. Wikipedia is managed by millions of people and its content is No.1, don't even think about comparing with wikipedia.
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  • Profile picture of the author chipp
    Can't you have multiple niches branched out?

    I don't see how it's track race before a walk. Wouldn't it be easier to write about all the topics that you have an interest in? Wouldn't it provide more variety?

    So for example on your home page you could have your ideas about the world, and then branch out into several niches like cars, music, languages, history, current events, and make sure that all those different pages are laid out like different website and sharing only one common root name, maybe with a small button "home" on each of the sub-sites.

    What I'm saying is wouldn't this focus your traffic into one website so that the traffic coming into individual sub-sites boost each other's SEO rankings?
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    • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
      Originally Posted by chipp View Post

      Can't you have multiple niches branched out?

      I don't see how it's track race before a walk. Wouldn't it be easier to write about all the topics that you have an interest in? Wouldn't it provide more variety?

      So for example on your home page you could have your ideas about the world, and then branch out into several niches like cars, music, languages, history, current events, and make sure that all those different pages are laid out like different website and sharing only one common root name, maybe with a small button "home" on each of the sub-sites.

      What I'm saying is wouldn't this focus your traffic into one website so that the traffic coming into individual sub-sites boost each other's SEO rankings?
      It may be easier for you but for the website visitor it will be very confusing. And if you want to rank on Google it will be nearly impossible. Google won't know what your site is about. The person who likes your articles on music may have no desire to read about your other topics.
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      • Profile picture of the author chipp
        Originally Posted by UnkwnUsr View Post

        It may be easier for you but for the website visitor it will be very confusing. And if you want to rank on Google it will be nearly impossible. Google won't know what your site is about. The person who likes your articles on music may have no desire to read about your other topics.
        In the example above of the Korean and Arabic sub-sites of the language learning sites, the reader who is interested in Korean does not have to read about Arabic.

        I meant that I want to make it in that kind of format, so that each niche is separated so that the reader doesn't have to read all the niches, just one that the reader wants to.

        My question is, would the traffic coming into Korean sub-site increase the SEO ranking for Arabic sub-site?
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        • Profile picture of the author NK
          Originally Posted by chipp View Post

          Can't you have multiple niches branched out?

          I don't see how it's track race before a walk. Wouldn't it be easier to write about all the topics that you have an interest in? Wouldn't it provide more variety?
          You can, but the track race before a walk here is that you're trying to do everything at once before you even see how well you do just one.

          Originally Posted by chipp View Post

          My question is, would the traffic coming into Korean sub-site increase the SEO ranking for Arabic sub-site?
          In the language learning site, yes. As I've mentioned, they may be different languages, but they share the same niche of language learning. Google knows that so if one of its subniche (Korean) appears popular enough, it will help their other subniche (Arabic) because Google knows it's what people are looking for - effective ways to pick up a new language.

          In your case, it seems like you just want to dump everything (related or not) into a single site. That doesn't help, and in fact, may hinder your search engine efforts. You'll have to talk to an SEO expert on that.
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          • Profile picture of the author lenhend
            Hi Chipp
            Briefly - I have a website that deals with my many interests - build a pole home - Australian retiring in Thailand - my paintings - my stories.
            All get their individual hits from interested visitors and most of my pages rank well with Google with the right key words.
            Cheers. Len
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            • Profile picture of the author chipp
              Originally Posted by lenhend View Post

              Hi Chipp
              Briefly - I have a website that deals with my many interests - build a pole home - Australian retiring in Thailand - my paintings - my stories.
              All get their individual hits from interested visitors and most of my pages rank well with Google with the right key words.
              Cheers. Len
              Could you show me your website?
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinhy
    One major flaw I see in this is that people that have interest in history might not have interest in music or other niches.

    I would suggest maybe have a different domain for a niche:
    1. myhistory.com
    2. mymusic.com
    etc...

    And maybe have the same branding or similar but with menu links linking to your sister websites.

    Also if you have a website will all niches how are you going to bring up quality content for all of them?
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  • Profile picture of the author mohinip
    You can create the site with different niches. Keep action plan for all the niches, how to grow them, before starting. If you have plan before the beginning, you won't be distracted or confused by many niches. Managing different niches is a huge task, you can create team of experts to manage them well.

    Second idea is also good. But if you are sure about managing big site successfully, then that idea is the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    i`m not telling you that using multiple niches wouldn't work. But i`m telling you that if you put your effort in one niche, you would have better and the desired results than what you will get if you put it all together
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  • Profile picture of the author cheapprice175
    I don't think that's a good idea if its a new site. You will have traffic, but its going to be very diverse and you'll have a tough time promoting the entire business. Of course if you have the resources to create something bigger but similar to about.com, go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Probably you are looking to start a portal like website, where you put everything under one roof. Something like yahoo homepage?
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