If you’ve been considering an online business, you may have stumbled across the term “micro niche”. The question in today’s post, what is a micro niche site, may very well be yours.
The concept of a micro niche is both fascinating and potentially quite powerful. As such, it is definitely worthy of discussion as a potential approach to supplementing retirement income online.
In a prior post, we defined a niche as a group of people who share an interest in a particular topic. If you’re still unclear regarding the idea of a niche, you may want to review the discussion of a niche first.
Understanding the concept of a niche is critical because it’s our starting point in this article. So, please don’t skip over this first step.
What is a Micro Niche Site?
The difference between a niche and a micro niche is essentially one of degree. Where a niche is narrow, a micro niche has an ultra narrow focus.
Example of a Micro Niche
You may still be experiencing one of those “what does that mean moments”, so let’s continue with our discussion of the golf market.
All People Interested in Golf – As discussed, this is a mass-market comprised of multiple groups or niches with wide and divergent interests for products and services.
Junior Golfers – This is a niche market carved from the broader golfing mass market that represents a group of people with similar interests and needs. It’s one slice of the golf market pie if you will. The focus of this niche market is considerably narrower than that of the mass golf market. However, this group will have many desires for golf-related products and instructional services.
Junior Golfers with an Interest in Junior Golf Clubs – This is a possible micro niche with an extremely narrow focus targeting one specific need of the broader junior golfer niche.
Micro Niche Criteria
Is this a viable micro niche? What are some of the criteria we might examine? A micro niche typically targets a particular keyword. As a general rule, we want to look for a keyword that receives at least 1,000 queries per month with limited competition.
Our focus is narrow, but we want to be sure we have sufficient targeted traffic to ensure interest and profitability. Additionally, micro niches will often use a technique called EMD or exact match domain.
“Junior golf clubs” is a long-tail keyword that receives slightly more than 3,200 search queries per month. When you also consider very closely related keywords such as “Callaway junior golf clubs”, “Ping junior golf clubs”, “best junior golf clubs”, and “used junior golf clubs”, this is a substantial micro niche market.
As of the date of this post, there are 205 competing sites. That level of competition is a little high for me. I prefer to target keywords with less than 150 competing sites, but many website owners use 300 as a cutoff.
As it turns out, there is an exact match domain, juniorgolfclubs.com, that is operating within this micro niche. In case you’re wondering, I am not at all involved with this website :). I was merely curious and stumbled upon the site in the course of my research.
Why Choose a Micro Niche?
Focusing on a micro niche is certainly not essential to success, and it’s not for everyone, but these websites designed around highly pin-pointed topics may represent a profitable option. Has your research uncovered a group of eager buyers whose common needs for extremely specific information and products are not currently being well-met?
As discussed above, micro niches are often tailored around a long tail keyword. Studies suggest that the specificity of long tail keywords frequently indicate buyers who are very close to a purchase decision.
The Micro Niche Concept in a Nutshell
If you find a small (relatively) group of people whose specific needs are currently not well-served, you can:
- Develop a website around a highly targeted keyword;
- Answer the questions of your target audience;
- Solve the specific problems of this market; and
- Provide perfect products and services.
Additional Potential Advantages of a Micro Niche
The ultra-narrow focus of a micro niche limits the amount of content required. You may be able to create 4 or 5 pages of evergreen content that require minimal updating. This website may enter the passive income stage fairly quickly.
When crawling your website, Google may find it easier to assess the purpose of your site. This more straightforward assessment can potentially lead to quicker search engine rankings.
I suggest your content pages take the following forms:
- What is …..
- How to ….
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of ….
- Important facts to know about ….
Intriguing Use of Micro Niche Sites
Up until now, we’ve looked at a micro niche site as a simple stand-alone website which is perfectly valid. But my readings infer that there may be another possibility. Is it a viable option to create multiple micro niche sites that support a broader niche website?
Just for argument’s sake, let’s say we have a main niche website for Junior Golfers. Could we create supporting micro niche sites to cover specific categories? Possibilities might be topics like the following: junior golf clubs, girl’s junior golf clubs, best junior putters, and so on.
The main niche site might address general topics like golf rules for juniors, golf etiquette for juniors, and golf accessories. You could then link to the mini-sites covering very specific related categories.
This supporting micro niche structure allows for multiple ports of entry. Each micro niche site could link to the main niche site giving readers access to broader but related topics. This creation of links between related sites may be advantageous from a search engine optimization perspective.
I have not tried this design strategy, but I find it to be fascinating food for thought.
Finding Your Micro Niche in a Crowded Market
Finding a micro niche relies on conducting keyword research. There are various keyword research tools available. One excellent keyword research tool you might use is Jaaxy. Are you excited and eager to delve into some micro niche possibilities? Why not use the search box below to check out your ideas?
You can create a free Jaaxy account (no credit card required) that allows you to conduct 30 keyword searches.
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I hope we have thoroughly addressed the question of what is a micro niche site. I would love to read your thoughts around this topic, or your ideas for a micro niche site, in the comments section below. As always, if today’s post was helpful, please be sociable.
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