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Looking for a new hobby to write about
Have you taken up a new hobby to write Adsense content about?
rubenski




msg:1327807
 11:11 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

Let's do some practice in consise writing. I always end up with huge topic starts that nobody wants to read. Here's the question:

I have a pretty succesfull computer-related site that earns me nice Adsense money, but I am tired of the subject. I need to become an expert in something new. Something I can write about for at least two years. Have you ever taken up a new hobby or have you ever decided to become an expert ad something completely new to write an (Adsense) website about? What were your criteria? How did you start? Was it worth the effort?

 

Rosalind




msg:1327808
 11:45 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I took up a new sports-related activity that I ended up writing about on a new website. But the activity came first, I didn't think "how can I make more money" and then take up something new. Which is just as well, thanks to the sandbox.

Do something that's worthwhile doing anyway. Then, if your website doesn't take off as you expect, you haven't wasted your time.

jasonlambert




msg:1327809
 12:03 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I hear that some people have a hobby of helping others find the best mortgage deals :)

MediaSpree




msg:1327810
 1:31 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

my site came from being diagnosed with a medical condition, so ya never know what will come up!

Celicaphile




msg:1327811
 4:21 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Working on my sites is pretty much the only hobby I'm allowed, otherwise somebody gets jealous, and even so I can't do nearly half as much as I'd like to :P

Red_Eagle




msg:1327812
 4:25 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I created a website for one of my hobbies last year. 2 days all the content was written. The site makes me about $150 a month. Nothing to brag about, but in a way it has established me as an expert in a hobby I love.

As for new hobbies, I am constantly reading about new technology and trends -- several hours a day. I also do a little side domain speculation so this pays off.

oddsod




msg:1327813
 4:25 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Picking a niche within your existing subject is one obvious way. Other than that it's about what interests you. Or is your question related to high paying keywords? ;)

rubenski




msg:1327814
 4:57 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

The most important thing is that I should be able to write about it for some time. In my case that automatically implies I have to like the topic. Keywords don't necccessarily have to be high paying keywords. As long as their is good stuff to write there will perhaps be other ways than Adsense of monetizing the content in the future.

I searched (my country's) Google for sailing, scuba diving and antiques. Stuff I like and want to learn about. But it's so much work to get anywhere on those topics. There's big sites out there. Perhaps I should indeed find a niche within my current topic. Or buy scuba gear and go diving in the murky waters in front of my house! That would be a weird wat to invest my current Adsense income. :P

MichaelCrawford




msg:1327815
 5:11 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Some guy at MIT wrote a site with lots of nice photos about "bonzai kittens", in which I inserted kittens into these twisted four-dimensional containers known as "Klein's bottles".

It became so hugely popular that animal rights activists alerted the authorities, who paid the astonished webmaster a visit to put a stop to his torture of animals.

You see, while mathematicians understand the properties of Klein's bottles in great detail, one cannot actually make one. They require one to make a twist to the neck of the bottle in a direction perpendicular to each of the axes (x, y, z) of our three dimensional space.

One cannot do this in reality of course, only imagination: the photos of stretched and twisted kittens were the products of Photoshop in combination with an overactive imagination.

Now, Bonzai Kittens has been done. What you need to do is fire up your imagination and see what you can accomplish with your HTML and graphic editors.

Maybe, just maybe, if you work real hard and are very lucky, you may receive a stern visit from the legal authorities, with a demand that you put a stop to your work of fiction.

jenkers




msg:1327816
 5:14 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I recently started taking flying lessons - something I've wanted to do for years.

I log all the details of the flights and have also taken photo's video etc with a view to starting up a site in the near future. It'll basically be initially a lesson-by-lesson guide with other tidbits and info for would-be/beginner pilots.

Will it make me any money - probably not, but I'll have another piece of real-estate on the web, it'll help practise my writing skills by writing about something I'm enjoying doing. It won't be too labour intensive as its going to take a while to take all of the lessons, exams etc.

MichaelCrawford




msg:1327817
 5:16 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Here's a tip: the top ten for many keywords that I've found don't have very high pagerank. The key is to not write a site about pr0n or online casinos.

Find a unique niche and the chances are pretty good that if you work hard, you can capture the I'm Feeling Lucky prize.

One of our members here - sorry, WebmasterWorld Terms of Service forbid me to say - started a popular blog that, in a few months, hit the top ten for a competitive keyword, earned him a tidy adsense income that I think still continues even though even though he left the blog on autopilot to pursue other interests, because I checked last night and his blog has over three thousand inbound links and comments from fans continue to be posted by the hundreds.

Recommend reading:

On Writing by Stephen King

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron

Read those books, do what they say and by this time next year you can quit your job for adsense.

toprank




msg:1327818
 5:21 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I bought a new car last summer that was getting a lot of awards and press coverage. As a way to start bookmarking resources, photos and accessories on this car, I started a blog. I post on the blog once every 2 weeks or so and it makes an average of $700/mo in AdSense money. Definitely worth the effort.

TheDonster




msg:1327819
 10:07 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Write what you know, write what you like. You'll never be bored. Will you make money? Maybe... :-)

kaz




msg:1327820
 10:49 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

i enjoy taking up new hobbies/experiences because I am interested and then writing content about it that pays back later to continue enjoying. Makes writing easy with plenty of 'content' to share with personal insights - a lot more fun than scraping too. Me thinks a low bar is set by the many sites that don't have direct experiences on a topic.

wyweb




msg:1327821
 10:52 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

to write an (Adsense) website about? What were your criteria? How did you start? Was it worth the effort?

well, you're not supposed to do that are you? Write a site specifically geared to adsense?

To opinionate on the other part.... well, you go with what your passions are. It's easier to become an "expert' at something you enjoy and want to continue doing than it is with something you're only financially interested in. My criteria examines my interests and that's where I start. Has it been worth the effort? Yes. It has been. Financially anyway. I'm somewhat lacking in the spiritual aspects....

Zygoot




msg:1327822
 10:57 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)


Recommend reading:

On Writing by Stephen King

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron


Thanks for the tips Michael. English is not my native language and my writing could use some polishing.. I'll try to get my hands on those books within a few days.

rubenski




msg:1327823
 11:00 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Great stories. I really like what Jenkers did with the flying lessons. It's basically the same thing I do with some popular computer topics like home networking, computer security, wireless internet, etc.

I have come up with a good topic although it is not exactly a hobby. It's a computer related niche and poorly covered in my country. Since it's computer stuff the main keywords are in English, which means worldwide competition. I will rely on keyphrases containing my language first. Those are always easy. I have been thinking of switching to English for a change, but it seems much easier attracting visitors in my own language and it produces better articles.


Thanks for the tips Michael. English is not my native language and my writing could use some polishing.. I'll try to get my hands on those books within a few days.

I could use some help too ;) I know people understand what I write, but in most cases that's hardly enough for people to return to your website.

Zygoot




msg:1327824
 11:09 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have been thinking of switching to English for a change, but it seems much easier attracting visitors in my own language and it produces better articles.

You can do both. Try creating a new English section on your website, either next to the current pages, in a new folder or setup a new subdomain.

English is spoken in more than 100 countries around the world, translating your pages into English may mean a big traffic boost. And because of the additional traffic and content you will get new inbound links which may in turn improve traffic to the original pages.

arrowman




msg:1327825
 11:26 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my case that automatically implies I have to like the topic.

So tell us what topics you like, and we'll tell you what to write about.

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