Getting Rich With The NIche

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My presentation for Blog World Expo 2009 looking at using niche social media to build a reader base for your blog.

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Getting Rich With The NIche

  1. 1. Get Rich With The Niche: How to leverage niche communities for maximum blog growth <br />By Kevin Palmer<br />@kevinpalmer<br />kevin@socialmediaanswers.com<br />
  2. 2. Goal of Presentation<br />To teach you how to understand your niche<br />To teach you how to target within your niche<br />To teach how to apply strategy when building your audience<br />To explain how this fits into a larger strategy<br />
  3. 3. I’m just going to join Facebook and push my posts on Digg<br />
  4. 4. Why Not Just Use Major Social Media??<br />Blasting to people that might not care about your message<br />Takes a little longer to build a reader base when you have niche content<br />Once you have a subscriber/reader base you can leverage traditional social media tools <br />
  5. 5. Evaluating Your Audience<br />Who are they?<br />What demographics do they fit into?<br />What describes them?<br />Where do they participate?<br />How are they using the internet?<br />What content would they be interested in?<br />Resource: Know your niche before you pitch: http://bit.ly/3n9ZAZ<br />
  6. 6. Begin To Listen<br />Set Up Monitoring Tools Around Keywords<br />Know where the conversations are happening<br />Gain competitive intelligence<br />Set Up Monitoring Tools About Yourself<br />Know what is being said about you and your brand<br />Resource: How to set up social media monitoring tools: http://bit.ly/4tf7ur<br />
  7. 7. Examine Other Bloggers<br />Where are they connecting?<br />What tools are they using?<br />Tip- Examine their sidebar<br />Look for social media buttons, look for links to niche social networks, take their Twitter username and drop it into Google for other usernames registered. <br />
  8. 8. What is Niche Social Networking??<br />Over 3000 niche social networking sites<br />Not including sites on Ning.com<br />These sites cover niche topics from wine to knitting to vampirism<br />Resource: List of over 400 niche social networking sites: http://bit.ly/4yhj3<br />
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  10. 10. Why Niche Social Networking?<br />Audience that is interested in your content<br />Smaller community but you have a larger voice<br />These are potential readers, not just page views. More likely to become a “regular”<br /> Resource: Use Niche Social Networking Sites to Gain Readers: http://bit.ly/tlMTq<br />
  11. 11. Niche Social News<br />Subjects diverse: automotive, sports, pick up artists<br /> Strong content without a push will do well<br /> Create a steady flow of traffic<br />Leverage this traffic for other social news voting<br />
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  13. 13. Niche Social Groups/Message Boards<br />Established community that might predate social networks<br /> This is where you can begin to use major social networks (look for groups on these sites)<br /> Great source for topics, guest bloggers, interview subjects<br />
  14. 14. Not All Networks Are Created Equal <br />Look for active discussion/participation<br />Be mindful of the overall membership<br />Examine profile setup <br />Some sites will pass on page rank with links<br />You may be able to import RSS feeds or have other ways to automatically share you content within the site<br />
  15. 15. Ease Your Way Into The Community<br />Listen<br />Understand the rules<br />Engage within the rules<br />Don’t go and broadcast your message<br />Completely fill out your profile and have a profile picture<br />
  16. 16. How Does This Fit Into a Larger Strategy?<br />Builds a reader base that you can leverage <br />Social media voting<br />Content sharing<br />Social media profile growth<br />Gives the blogger a level of credibility<br />SEO benefits<br />It is a launching pad for growth<br />
  17. 17. Thanks for your time<br />Kevin Palmer<br />SocialMediaAnswers.com<br />@kevinpalmer<br />kevin@socialmediaanswers.com<br />

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