What should I do now? Change my niche?

Last Update: March 14, 2014

So.....this is how I am feeling right now. Like that guy with his hands covering his face. All I keep thinking is.....What should I do now?

OK....let me back up. I casually mentioned to Kyle in a post that I was feeling a little down because...well...maybe I needed some encouragement regarding my selection for a niche.

I decided on my niche because someone *in one of the top spots* on WA actually told me that it was a great idea. They supported my idea. So...now...I don't get it. After posting my comment...I received a post back from Kyle mentioning that I should change my niche because it is too broad.

Saying that I feel devastated is an understatement. I have spent hundreds of hours at the computer already. Do I abandon my site and all my hard work?

Kyle says to narrow my niche to....maybe...organic soaps. Again...I felt like someone popped my balloon. I thought that I had great purpose to help others with my site. I knew what products that I would like to offer. But, why bother sticking with this niche....if I am simply not going to make any money?

So...now...here is where I need your help. Without taking down my whole website and starting over....(and this thought makes me sick after all the work that I have done.) Who has a clever idea of what I can do with my site without totally dismantling the whole site?

Any and all feedback...comments...and suggestions are very kindly appreciated.

Thank you very much....(sad and somewhat confused) *Melanie*

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Trialynn Premium
I would think, that if Kyle took the time to advise you, you will not get many people who would contradict him. Personally, I like your site, but I have learned that when the top person makes a suggestion, listening is really not an option, but good advice. I wish I could say differently, I really do. Can you niche down around something your really love?
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Melanie1508 Premium
Hi Terea....Well...you know...that is why I took it to heart. If it were someone else? I probably would not think much about it. I understand that he is always just trying to help. But, I do believe in myself and what I love. Actually, I think that we always have options. I value Kyle's advice....but so many others disagree. I am keeping my site, but I will try to re-work it. Thank you for taking the time to write. *smile* Have a great weekend!
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DBSTAR Premium
I think it could be a matter of adding and subtracting. Add more relevant things, inserting them in the overall structure you can keep.
Mske your first page the most relevant one, saying you are going to broaden the scope in the next pages. Make your posts relevant to the narrower nuche, but also add there are wider possibilities. I hope I have been of help. Think of the Prologue in Romeo and Juliet... The story is all there, but it makes you want to know the rest. Good luck!
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Melanie1508 Premium
Hi Donatella....You are so kind. I love your analogy of Romeo and Juliet. Who wouldn't want to know the details? *smile* Thanks for the advice. I will take it to heart. Have a wonderful weekend. Melanie
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softwind Premium
Hi Melanie! Oh, don't be so down on yourself! You've got a lovely site! Do you have all the social plugins? Also would advise to put some affiliate links on your site. I would say, organic farms that people can go to; organic retailers that you can use for affiliate links. There are many things you can add to your site that will make Goggle happy. I too have a broad niche however; it is working well, getting good feedback and getting sales. Sometimes you can't get it niched down too far. That's okay! You don't need to start over my friend! Smile and go to www.linkshare to see if they have any affiliates you can use. Or just got to Goggle and put in organic - affiliates. If you want to PM me for more, I'm right here for you! :-) -------Sharon
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Melanie1508 Premium
Oh...Sharon...Sharon...I don't know. Can you even imagine how I felt? I think that you can. I am honestly not getting down on myself....well, maybe feeling a little sorry for myself...but that never lasts for long. I do not have all the social plug ins. And...my site is not ready yet. As we all say...it is a work in progress. But, I wondered after hearing Kyle's advice...should I bother to continue with that site? After further consideration? My answer is YES....I will continue. I understand what Kyle is saying. But, I was still astounded because the person that suggested this is someone close to them. (go figure...everyone thinks differently!) I will try to PM you over the weekend. (If real estate is not out of control...*lol*) If I don't chat with you...do have a wonderful weekend...and thank you...you are my friend. *Melanie*
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Gpoppa Premium
I am no expert at this by any means. However, would you be able to offer something that would appeal to a narrower niche on your current site. What I mean is say your niche was homemade soap. Couldn't you add a page that promotes something narrower such as organic homemade soap. You have less competition getting people to the organic homemade soap page and they are also exposed to your other products. Just a thought. Don't know if its a good one or not but I put it out there nonetheless.
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Melanie1508 Premium
Hello Gpoppa....Well, you may be "no expert" *and neither am I* but, your advice is sound. And....I will try to incorporate some new things into my site. Thank you kindly...Melanie
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tomtitty006 Premium
Hi Melanie.My advice to you would be to keep your website what have you got to lose by keeping it running.Also just for security make another site on something completely different,what things inspire you in life;what you enjoy doing whether it,s reading or sports or travelling maybe its cooking or baking there are so many niche,s just pick something specific and something that you know a bit about.
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Melanie1508 Premium
Hey Tom.....Thank you for taking the time to reply. You are right. I will keep the site going. I just don't know...I guess that I will also start something new. Just trying to shake off the frustration right now.
Have a great weekend....Melanie
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