You have a love for food and cooking, and you want to create your own blog, so it’s a natural fit, right?
Yes, it’s important to choose a blogging topic you’re passionate about and interested in, but many new food bloggers don’t realize how important it is also to be in the right niche.
Just saying you’re a food blogger isn’t likely to cut it, particularly when the competition is so stiff in the world of food blogging.
Even outside of the food world, one of the primary mistakes many new bloggers make is not focusing on a niche or, choosing the wrong niche.
When you don’t have a niche, you’re going to have trouble defining your brand and differentiating yourself, and it’s also going to be hard to know who your target audience is. If you choose the wrong niche, it could mean there’s not enough interest in the topic for you to grow your blog and generate income, or that you simply aren’t interested enough in the topic to sustain steady blogging.
Below are some simple tips you can follow to help you choose a specific niche for your food blog.
What Do You Love?
Yes, you want to choose a niche for your food blog that’s going to be profitable if your goal is to build a blog that makes money, but you have to be passionate about it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to put in the necessary work.
First and foremost before you do any research, narrow down niche ideas based on your interests and passions.
If you can do that, you’re much more likely to be successful as a blogger.
A good starting point, once you’ve figured out what you’re most passionate about in the food world, is to then start doing some keyword research. You can use free Google tools to see what people are looking for, and what might be a good fit for you based on the interests of the public and your own interests.
It’s good to focus in on keywords that are getting a lot of searches, but aren’t so competitive or general that there’s no way you could be distinctive from other sites.
If you choose something that’s too small, you’re limiting your growth, and it’ll be hard to come up with good content consistently.
How Can You Help Readers?
After doing some keyword research, it’s time to start thinking about the people who will ultimately matter most in your blogging career: your readers.
Think about your passions and your keyword research and then develop blogging plans based on how you can bring value to your readers through your niche.
For example, maybe you’ll find that your niche is recipe ideas for busy families. That is an easy way to create your own niche and voice, while also bringing real value to your audience.
Every blog post you create needs to be focused not only on your niche but also answering questions or being helpful for your readers.
It may time some time, research and experimentation to find the right focus for your food blog, but once you do it’ll be much easier to then create a larger plan for the success of your blog.