Have you ever discovered a niche by accident?

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I found some old content on a USB stick I had written a few months back for a client who disapeared before I could deliver it (silly person, as they had already paid).

So I posted it to my private article directory....

5 days later it's getting incredible traffic compared to the rest of the site and it's ranking 3rd in Google SERP for the main key phrase. It's a nice key phrase too, a very common form of home improvement.

Incredible, now I just need to find a way to cash in on it a little better.

Has anyone else accidently discovered a killer niche in the past?
#internet marketing #accident #discovered #niche
  • Profile picture of the author Paxton
    One of my most profitable websites was the direct result of a rant a friend was having about the lack of certain services he was trying to book.

    Did some research, found there was a REAL market, put up a simple 5 page site that now makes over $5000 a month.

    Total fluke
  • Profile picture of the author sparrow
    I find them all the time with keyword triggers, it amazes me what people are looking for daily

    I couldn't even think of these niches that are being looked for in the amount of searches I find

  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Yes. Some of the most popular pages on my main website are the text of handouts I've used for workshops. I did no keyword research at all. Just added them to the site. They're freebies on the site (except one which I've just converted to a CB product) and just earn adsense revenue. The one I've just converted to CB has 5 of the top 10 places for its search term.
  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    I ran into a niche with my car once.
    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Many ideas come by accident. My site was attracting people who used keywords that were totally irrelevant. Turns out, those keywords were perfect for helping me better target my site... and to create a new product that responded to their search query.

    • Profile picture of the author Michael Dominic
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      I ran into a niche with my car once.
      Is that a Drophead Coupe? Beautiful car.
  • Profile picture of the author John Hillage
    What a stroke of luck Decurrol - I find a lot of ideas I stumble on. But whether they are all real money makers?!
    • Profile picture of the author KenJ
      I found a great niche about a month ago and I still can't decide what to do with it. It is around a physical product. There are 60 keywords with huge daily searches and almost no competition.

      I am terrified someone else will discover it before I make the money out of it.

      How can you write about doors - this is not the niche but the niche is just as mundane
  • Profile picture of the author jedz
    I don't think accident isn't the right term to use. Everything happens for a reason. After college, I decided to search a company that will accept and trust my skills and abilities. I didn't know that being an Internet Marketer will give me an idea and lead me to this kind of area.
    • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
      Interesting - I've built "accidents" into a model that I use to explore new niches.

      I specifically setup niche sites with lots of different keyword variations and monetization strategies with the sole purpose of letting the market pick which topic, keyword combination and products they want.

      I'm almost always surprised by the result, to the point where I packaged the system as the best method of discovering niche product opportunities.

      I'm convinced building "accidents" into your front-end business building is far more effective than sitting idle for weeks while you try and passively research your market.


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