Any ideas for a blog?

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Hi there,

I have been having some trouble deciding what kind of blog I want to run, that can become a potential income stream (I'm not expecting loads of dollars, just a few bucks to put aside for a rainy day). I realize that this question is incredibly abstract and difficult to answer so I thought I'd provide you with some of my interests, passions and choice of topics.

Have a look and share your ideas for a blog that can stand out from the crowd, based on one or more of these topics, I'm all ears!

- Gaming
- Astrology
- Self Improvement
- Fitness and Training
- Movies
- Music
- Drawing, Painting and Sketching
- Sci Fi
- Fantasy
- Money Management

Give me some ideas, Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    If I give you an idea, then it is my idea and not yours.

    This is fundamental in any business, you really need to do this yourself.

    You yourself gave a bunch of ideas in your post, why not research those and decide from there.

    Anyone that gives you an idea will be giving you an idea that they themselves have no intention of doing at all, so why would you want to

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    • Profile picture of the author Nathan Kruz
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      If I give you an idea, then it is my idea and not yours.

      This is fundamental in any business, you really need to do this yourself.

      You yourself gave a bunch of ideas in your post, why not research those and decide from there.

      Anyone that gives you an idea will be giving you an idea that they themselves have no intention of doing at all, so why would you want to

      al
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    • Profile picture of the author karlstech
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      If I give you an idea, then it is my idea and not yours.

      This is fundamental in any business, you really need to do this yourself.

      You yourself gave a bunch of ideas in your post, why not research those and decide from there.

      Anyone that gives you an idea will be giving you an idea that they themselves have no intention of doing at all, so why would you want to

      al
      So I should really just pick one and go with it?

      It seems so simple, and probably is! It's just that I have the terrible mindset of "what if", like what if it turns out to be a complete failure? Then I've wasted a lot of time on something that hasn't generated any success.

      But I know, it's no idea to have these thoughts since any blog idea can fail. Thanks for your thoughts so far!
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        So I should really just pick one and go with it?

        It seems so simple, and probably is! It's just that I have the terrible mindset of "what if", like what if it turns out to be a complete failure? Then I've wasted a lot of time on something that hasn't generated any success.

        But I know, it's no idea to have these thoughts since any blog idea can fail.

        Thanks for your thoughts so far!
        Before you pick a topic, I would suggest you change this thought to:

        But I know, it's no idea to have these thoughts since any blog idea can succeed.

        It has been my experience that most times, the thing that people expect to see, shows up in their lives.

        Or maybe even better, saying something like, I am going to choose an option, do the best I know how, and then take a look at the results. If the results are what I want, I am going to more to bring in even more results. If I don't get the results I want, I am going to change something to see if I can get more results I like.
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      • Profile picture of the author badut jenaka
        There is no such as "Failure" in IM, it one part of the game. Maybe you want to change that failure mindset with "Learn something new".

        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        So I should really just pick one and go with it?

        It seems so simple, and probably is! It's just that I have the terrible mindset of "what if", like what if it turns out to be a complete failure? Then I've wasted a lot of time on something that hasn't generated any success.

        But I know, it's no idea to have these thoughts since any blog idea can fail. Thanks for your thoughts so far!
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        • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
          A blog is like a Journal... It's not something you just create to make money... Pick something you know... What do you know?

          I have a friend who asked me this same question. She wants to do blog about article marketing, but she hasn't written any articles or have any authority in it.

          Why would I want to learn article marketing from someone who has never did it?

          But she is real big in her town for Hiking. She hikes all the time and it's what she loves her passion. I asked her why not blog about hiking?

          This is the same I ask of you why not blog about what you know and like?
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      • Profile picture of the author curtisrk34
        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        So I should really just pick one and go with it?

        It seems so simple, and probably is! It's just that I have the terrible mindset of "what if", like what if it turns out to be a complete failure? Then I've wasted a lot of time on something that hasn't generated any success.

        But I know, it's no idea to have these thoughts since any blog idea can fail. Thanks for your thoughts so far!
        Dont think failure is a negative thing. First of all if something doesn't work it doesn't mean it's a failure. It just means you have to go back to the drawing board figure out what didn't work and then try something different to make it better.it's only a failure if you quit. Just be consistent when you're picking something and don't stop until you succeed. So I must agree with all the others that you just have to decide on one and go with it. And if the topic is just not working for you then you got like 20 others in that list. Go ahead and pick another topic! Lol.
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    • Karlstech,

      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      Anyone that gives you an idea will be giving you an idea that they themselves have no intention of doing at all, so why would you want to
      Sounds like you're looking for someone to give you a technical blueprint for building, running and growing your business?

      If you really want to build, run and grow your own business, then drop that mindset -- This isn't a job, so don't wait at this point for someone to tell you what to do -- It's mostly about creativity, innovation, carefully planning and thoughtfully doing something realistically attainable every step of the way...
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    • Profile picture of the author Remodels
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      If I give you an idea, then it is my idea and not yours.

      This is fundamental in any business, you really need to do this yourself.

      You yourself gave a bunch of ideas in your post, why not research those and decide from there.

      Anyone that gives you an idea will be giving you an idea that they themselves have no intention of doing at all, so why would you want to

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  • Profile picture of the author LynnLinde
    Agree with agmccall. You need to choose whichever that you like because everyone will start telling you to go all sorts of directions (different personal preferences) and you'll be right back to square one - still figuring out which to choose.

    Why don't you choose the one you like, then try to see what's already out there and see if you can find a unique slant in that particular topic that is not covered much on?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Very personal, subjective observations/perspectives/prejudices only, being offered in this post (i.e. these are thoughts that would be relevant to me: I have no idea whether they're relevant to you or whether they should be!) ...

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Gaming
    Not for me. There are millions of them, and half the visitors are kids without credit-cards and so on. Too techie. Of no interest. (Huge market, though, obviously, for people unlike me who know the first thing about it!).

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Astrology
    It's all bullshit, but it's lucrative bullshit. The person I know who does best in this area is someone who debunks all the bullshit. I don't understand his monetization-method, though.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Self Improvement
    That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Fitness and Training
    That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Movies
    You and a few million other people? What would you sell?

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Music
    That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Drawing, Painting and Sketching
    I know a little more about this one. It's potentially a very good subject for a blog, but probably not such a good one for "ClickBank-type products", so a lot depends on your proposed monetization-methods.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Sci Fi
    What about it? That's a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Fantasy
    Is that "werewolves, vampires, zombies and aliens", or something? That's also a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    - Money Management
    Here you'd be competing against some top professionals with huge experience, and so on. Very ambitious. Possible to come up with "specific perspectives", perhaps, if you're really an expert on the subject. Expertise matters a lot, for this one, I'd say.

    Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

    Give me some ideas
    Suggestion: ask yourself why you want "ideas for a blog". Is it primarily to have something to do, or for similar reasons? If it is, then just choose something that interests you hugely, always has and always will. Or is it primarily to earn income? If it's that, then you have a bigger task on your hands: you have to look at "what's monetizable and how", and probably to have email marketing skills, and you need a totally different kind of blog, of which the primary purpose will presumably be to collect the email addresses of your visitors, so that you can market stuff to them?

    But however you look at this, analyze it, and consider the possibilities, be clear that blogging is not, in itself, a paid or income-earning activity.

    Why do you actually need a "blog", at all? It's not something I've ever imagined I need, to make money online ...


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    • Profile picture of the author karlstech
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Very personal, subjective observations/perspectives/prejudices only, being offered in this post (i.e. these are thoughts that would be relevant to me: I have no idea whether they're relevant to you or whether they should be!) ...



      Not for me. There are millions of them, and half the visitors are kids without credit-cards and so on. Too techie. Of no interest. (Huge market, though, obviously, for people unlike me who know the first thing about it!).



      It's all bullshit, but it's lucrative bullshit. The person I know who does best in this area is someone who debunks all the bullshit. I don't understand his monetization-method, though.



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      You and a few million other people? What would you sell?



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      I know a little more about this one. It's potentially a very good subject for a blog, but probably not such a good one for "ClickBank-type products", so a lot depends on your proposed monetization-methods.



      What about it? That's a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?



      Is that "werewolves, vampires, zombies and aliens", or something? That's also a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?



      Here you'd be competing against some top professionals with huge experience, and so on. Very ambitious. Possible to come up with "specific perspectives", perhaps, if you're really an expert on the subject. Expertise matters a lot, for this one, I'd say.



      Suggestion: ask yourself why you want "ideas for a blog". Is it primarily to have something to do, or for similar reasons? If it is, then just choose something that interests you hugely, always has and always will. Or is it primarily to earn income? If it's that, then you have a bigger task on your hands: you have to look at "what's monetizable and how", and probably to have email marketing skills, and you need a totally different kind of blog, of which the primary purpose will presumably be to collect the email addresses of your visitors, so that you can market stuff to them?

      But however you look at this, analyze it, and consider the possibilities, be clear that blogging is not, in itself, a paid or income-earning activity.

      Why do you actually need a "blog", at all? It's not something I've ever imagined I need, to make money online ...


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      Thank you for your detailed post Alexa!

      First off, my primary goal with a blog would be to earn some income, so research, studies and public opinion become just as important as my own passion and interests.

      I would love to mix a passion of mine with something that's profitable. But I guess the reason that I ask for "blog ideas" is get some sort of approval from the general public, if you know what I mean!

      Now, about my list above, I understand most of them are part of huge markets that need to be cut down in to an actual niche or two. I guess my biggest fear of cutting down a market to a single niche is that I will run out of interesting topics to talk about and keep people hooked.

      But then again, taking on a huge market all at once is like trying to catch a blue whale with a fishing rod, very difficult indeed.

      I guess I just want some guidelines on niche-picking and finding out if a passion or interest will become profitable (depending on the monetization method of course).

      -Karl
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        my primary goal with a blog would be to earn some income
        Ok, but why a blog, then? I do this ("online stuff") for a living, and have done for years, but when I want to set up an "income-producer", the idea of starting from a "blog" would never occur to me at all, and I'm wondering why it does, apparently, for you? I'm not criticising - just wondering.

        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        I guess my biggest fear of cutting down a market to a single niche is that I will run out of interesting topics to talk about and keep people hooked.
        Sure ... this is one of the great potential drawbacks of blogs, perhaps? But that kind of reinforces my question of "Why a blog?", then, perhaps?

        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        But then again, taking on a huge market all at once is like trying to catch a blue whale with a fishing rod, very difficult indeed.
        Absolutely. That's almost certainly unrealistic.

        Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

        I guess I just want some guidelines on niche-picking
        This is a very different (and much better!) question, I think!

        I would start here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8561081

        And then have a quick look through these ...
        Niche Selection Roadblock
        Weight Loss Market: Still Profitable ?
        Most Lucrative niche in Internet Marketing?
        Guess who is going to have the most profitable business?

        And then have a think about what you can most reasonably/easily/foreseeably monetize, and what products are available to promote to the kind of visitors you might realistically hope to get, and what kind of traffic-generation plan is going to suit you?

        Of particular relevance to people thinking instincitvely of a "bloggy approach" is to appreciate clearly that if you're going to monetize a website in any way, you need a traffic-generation plan, and that publishing content just on your own site isn't really a traffic-generation plan worth talking about at all: the only traffic that's ever going to bring you is a little bit of gradual, eventual search-engine traffic, and "good luck monetizing that!", as the saying goes.


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        • Profile picture of the author karlstech
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Ok, but why a blog, then? I do this ("online stuff") for a living, and have done for years, but when I want to set up an "income-producer", the idea of starting from a "blog" would never occur to me at all, and I'm wondering why it does, apparently, for you? I'm not criticising - just wondering.



          Sure ... this is one of the great potential drawbacks of blogs, perhaps? But that kind of reinforces my question of "Why a blog?", then, perhaps?



          Absolutely. That's almost certainly unrealistic.



          This is a very different (and much better!) question, I think!

          I would start here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8561081

          And then have a quick look through these ...
          Niche Selection Roadblock
          Weight Loss Market: Still Profitable ?
          Most Lucrative niche in Internet Marketing?
          Guess who is going to have the most profitable business?

          And then have a think about what you can most reasonably/easily/foreseeably monetize, and what products are available to promote to the kind of visitors you might realistically hope to get, and what kind of traffic-generation plan is going to suit you?

          Of particular relevance to people thinking instincitvely of a "bloggy approach" is to appreciate clearly that if you're going to monetize a website in any way, you need a traffic-generation plan, and that publishing content just on your own site isn't really a traffic-generation plan worth talking about at all: the only traffic that's ever going to bring you is a little bit of gradual, eventual search-engine traffic, and "good luck monetizing that!", as the saying goes.


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          Great to see some links here, thanks!

          Well, regarding the whole "blog" thing, it just felt like the most natural and preferable when it comes to an online business. How is you find success online Alexa? What kind of online presence is it that you have that produces income? I know you never dish out details on your niches, I'm just wondering what kind of online business you run!

          Love to hear some more thoughts!
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

            How is you find success online Alexa?
            I do this.

            Originally Posted by karlstech View Post

            What kind of online presence is it that you have that produces income?
            Just small, content-rich, non-squeeze-page, non-bloggy, niche websites designed specifically to collect the email addresses of the visitors in the demographic that will turn into the best customers. And articles which I get re-published as widely as I can, anywhere relevant that I can, to attract the traffic to my sites in the first place.

            It's not a huge "online presence" at all. The real income-producing parts of it aren't even web-based: they're email-based (because I happen to be an affiliate marketer, myself, so I don't have anything like "sales pages" of my own.)


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            • Profile picture of the author deebee23
              My best advice to you is that you have blaze your own trail. People will go on and on about how you should use Article Syndication, social media,list building to grow your business. Just because it's working from somebody else doesn't mean it will work for your particular business. Just my two cents
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              • Profile picture of the author myob
                Given the intensity of competition within each of the listed topics, you will fall flat on your face by trying to monetize any of them through a stand-alone blog, without having externally generated traffic sources and a fully integrated funnel system. The primary function of your blog/website as an income stream should be to collect email addresses.

                In my own experience within some of the above niches, article syndication can provide nearly instantaneous access to massive amounts of highly convertible traffic. This particular traffic generation method is especially conducive to such competitive niches because there generally are large numbers of online/offline publications already targeting your prospective audience(s).
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    • Profile picture of the author Remodels
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Very personal, subjective observations/perspectives/prejudices only, being offered in this post (i.e. these are thoughts that would be relevant to me: I have no idea whether they're relevant to you or whether they should be!) ...



      Not for me. There are millions of them, and half the visitors are kids without credit-cards and so on. Too techie. Of no interest. (Huge market, though, obviously, for people unlike me who know the first thing about it!).



      It's all bullshit, but it's lucrative bullshit. The person I know who does best in this area is someone who debunks all the bullshit. I don't understand his monetization-method, though.



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      You and a few million other people? What would you sell?



      That isn't a niche. It's a market, and an absolutely huge one. You'd have to choose a niche within it, to consider it seriously at all.



      I know a little more about this one. It's potentially a very good subject for a blog, but probably not such a good one for "ClickBank-type products", so a lot depends on your proposed monetization-methods.



      What about it? That's a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?



      Is that "werewolves, vampires, zombies and aliens", or something? That's also a literary genre, rather than a niche for a blog, isn't it? What would you sell?



      Here you'd be competing against some top professionals with huge experience, and so on. Very ambitious. Possible to come up with "specific perspectives", perhaps, if you're really an expert on the subject. Expertise matters a lot, for this one, I'd say.



      Suggestion: ask yourself why you want "ideas for a blog". Is it primarily to have something to do, or for similar reasons? If it is, then just choose something that interests you hugely, always has and always will. Or is it primarily to earn income? If it's that, then you have a bigger task on your hands: you have to look at "what's monetizable and how", and probably to have email marketing skills, and you need a totally different kind of blog, of which the primary purpose will presumably be to collect the email addresses of your visitors, so that you can market stuff to them?

      But however you look at this, analyze it, and consider the possibilities, be clear that blogging is not, in itself, a paid or income-earning activity.

      Why do you actually need a "blog", at all? It's not something I've ever imagined I need, to make money online ...


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      Hey it is an honest question on behalf of youre insight" ide say blogs can blow you away if you dont have a game plan" moreover you can get bored with anything after a while" personally I like coffee and construction" " so who am I:"""" hmmmmmm" that builds my name and brands me in the line of duty........... thx
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  • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
    you need to come up with your own ideas in the IM world I am afraid.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Druman
    This is kind of like posting on a small business forum and saying, "I'm thinking about starting a landscaping business, launching an accounting business, or opening a gym. What should I do?"

    Crazy talk.

    Anthony Robbins says, "Decision is the father of action." People cannot take action for you - that's something you have to do yourself - so it's also up to you to make the decisions.

    Thinking for yourself is one of the core capacities of an entrepreneur. Almost as essential to success as breathing air is for the average human.

    It's harder for some than others, but you train yourself to do it by starting now in the planning process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaura Klausner
    You really need to base it off of something that you're passionate about... Just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Find a market that you are passionate about.

    That's pretty much it to be honest.
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    Wight loss and SEO blogs are so popular these days for blogging .
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  • Those ideas are good niche topics to discuss.

    I would also consider a few of these niches:

    - Dental health
    - Mobile phone addicts
    - Mobile app fanatics
    - Video gamers
    - Call of duty addicts
    - Clash of clans addicts
    - World of warcraft addicts
    - Survival
    - Greek fraternities
    - Dog lovers
    - Cat lovers
    - Lizard lovers
    - Coffee addicts
    - Cigar enthusiats

    And the list would go on - however those are a few ideas that may be able to add some value.

    All the best,
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Bean
    This is my go to site when I'm researching new niches.

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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    Alexa nailed it already. What you have to do is to eliminate and pick what you think will works best for you. Anyway, if I were to choose I'll go for either Fitness & Training or Money Management. I'm sure you will have a huge market though it is indeed competitive.
    Anyway, if that interests you and you are passionate about it then I don't think it will be that hard for you to come up with brilliant ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Reynolds
    You need to assess your skills, experience, and passions. Then do word searches for popularity and market need.
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  • Profile picture of the author turboshandy
    The answer is simple: write about what you like best!
    Just pick a topic that you feel have more knowledge about and interests you the most.

    You have to keep in mind that blogging is for the readers, not for Google! So you need to show some passion as well in your writings, in order to gain more 'fans'
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