SevenCubed - 6:36 pm on Sep 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
Very well said aristotle, the whole post. The emerging niche I am studying is of personal interest too and that's what adds value to it -- first hand knowledge of the topic. That helps me weed out the fakers from the real stuff. If I know I can build a directory that is going to potentially become popular I do not want to give a microphone to websites that are promoting fluff. And like you said, I will analyze them under a microscope, both from a content perspective and also from a behind the scenes perspective.
However the scraper thing still does weigh me down. I know there is a lot I can do to lessen it as well as methods of containing it when it does get hit but I want to continue to explore preventing it for a while first before launching.