So if I have a niche blog, but also a section called "off topics," where I talk about completely different and random things, such as my opinions and experience on just about anything. I can still monetize these posts with adsense as Im not promoting any products.

This way I'd have way more things I can write about. What do you think?

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SantaFez Premium
Though at first, it sounds like a cool idea, deviating from your main topic on your website would go against all the "rules" of the "game" in online marketing.
You are building an authority website, so stick to THAT authority!
You might want to open another website and write about whatever you want...and where an appropriate link to your authority website, that would be good for both website (backlinks etc..)
Good luck - SF
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Lev Premium
Relevance is key, if you can figure out a way to find some connection between the two topics, that would work better probably. You really need to build out the site with tons of content to get tons of traffic for adsense to become meaningful. From what I've read, we're talking like 100,000 thousand visitors a month. Try searching in google for articles on how much traffic you'd need to make $100/Day with adsense.
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Loes Premium
You can write about this on your about me page, that your site is mainly a vegan website, but that you are blogging about anything that benefits the health and conditions of people in general.
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nrollins84 Premium
As long as your "random" posts somehow relate to your main topic, it could be alright. I see in the comments you wrote a benefits of running article on a vegan site. This is a great way to illustrate the point I want to make. Think of these two scenarios:

1-Someone gets to your site through your benefits of running post. They are searching for information on a healthier lifestyle in general. This person may also be interested in how vegan living can help them live that healthier lifestyle.

2-Someone comes to your site through your benefits of running posts. This person is looking for information on weight loss through cardio exercise. They have zero interest in vegan lifestyle, so you only have the one article of interest to them.

Person #1 will be pleased with your site. You opened their eyes to options they hadn't considered. This person could become a customer for running products you promote in the article that brought them to your site, AND anything else you promote.

Person #2 is going to be unhappy because they got pulled to a vegan site when they wanted information on cardio exercise. Even if you promote a product they like on your running post, they probably won't buy because they don't have the trust in you that they would in a site devoted to cardio.

The point is, it could work both ways. It's a gamble. But if you keep the "random" closely related, it might be okay.
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MrKent Premium
I think I'm changing my strategy from affiliate marketing and promoting products to just writing as many quantity of posts (under good keywords) as I can, so I can make more money from adsense clicks.
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nrollins84 Premium
Again, same issue. People are more likely to click an ad on a site they trust than on one they don't. And they will spend more time, and see more ads, on a site they trust. If you can keep your posts related, it's okay to branch out to target related markets. Just keep the idea of helping people in mind. One article that answers one of their questions is good. But 10 articles that allows them to learn more about the topic is much better.
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iJared Premium
I’ll be the first to tell you that it goes against everything you’re trying to do and I know because I’m speaking from experience .

Other members may say different but is far as I can tell the whole idea here is to stick to your niche so that you can continue keyword research and make people find your site

Being random and off-topic just makes it difficult for ranking and also you may confuse the people when they get there . I am speaking from experience so I’m really curious to hear other opinions on the subject .
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MrKent Premium
Will it still be difficult to rank if I use good keywords (low competition with high searches)?

Because I run a vegan blog but had written a post called "benefits of running" which isn't really related to vegan, but that post ranked pretty good I'd say. So now I'm wondering how broad in the range of topics I can spread.
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iJared Premium
Well I suppose this is a matter of perspective once again. I would say that that subject is pretty much related to being vegan. I thought you meant you were just going to go off randomly about maybe world peace or something or the kind of music you like or just random opinion about world events . That I don’t recommend . Lol.

It sounds like you’re actually doing exactly what you’re supposed to do. End it appears to be working as you say .
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MrKent Premium
Well actually I do want to write about random opinions and world events, so you don't recommend? Hmm.. it's just I love writing, but only when it comes to speaking my opinions. I hate doing research on things I don't know anything about. For example I've written many reviews on blenders, I found it boring.

I might do an experiment on this. I'll write about 20 "off topic" posts or so and see if they have trouble ranking.
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iJared Premium
Don’t misunderstand it’s not that I disagree with anything you’re suggesting . My own website is case in point I suppose. I’m about to dig in the keyword research and finally pull the strings to do what I believe is necessary to make my sites rank . My understanding of that means sticking to your niche . When I think about what you’re asking I just say to myself why or what is a person searching for that would make them land on your site and still purchase something that’s my own question for my own site is what I relate to with your idea here.
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MrKent Premium
I know the name of the game is affiliate marketing. But what if my strategy is to just get adsense clicks and make all my money that way? I know adsense pays very little, but I'm hoping writing more quantity of posts will make up for that.
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iJared Premium
It sounds as though you have a strategy and a personal theory.
I don’t think there really is a right or wrong answer 100% anyways . Follow your heart trust your gut and at the end of the day at least you can say you tried !!!
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