Do I have to be an expert in my chosen niche?

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Thinking of starting a blog. Problem is I'm intimidated when I think I'm not an expert. How do you guys become experts in your niche and do I have to be an expert in my niche for people to listen to me?
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  • Profile picture of the author stanigator
    You can try to partner up with a real expert, and offer value by doing the marketing instead...
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    • Profile picture of the author abilify182
      Originally Posted by stanigator View Post

      You can try to partner up with a real expert, and offer value by doing the marketing instead...
      Sure, but what if you were a nobody in your niche, can you trump your not being an expert with thorough research? What I mean is, with so much tough competition out there in all niches, you can be dwarfed by the competition of big names in your chosen niche. If you choose fitness as your niche, you could be dwarfed by Jillian Michaels or some big name fitness expert, for example. Or if you choose social media marketing you are a nobody next to a social media expert who's been in it for years. I could go on and on but the thing I want to arrive at is for every niche there are experts who are more well-known and are real experts out there.

      But what I think is, what if I do my research, and show it in my content. Make it engaging then drive traffic to it. Am I on the right path?

      So what are your other suggestions on being an expert in your chosen niche? Hiring a writer is not an option since I'm low on cash...
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Not Really, you can do interviews , review some products and tell them what you think about it.

    These are just a few ways to sell something without becoming an expert in your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    It takes time, effort, and patience.

    From INC magazine: 3 Simple Steps to Becoming an Expert in Anything | Inc.com

    Research and networking are key.

    Remember, the only dumb question is the one that wasn't asked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Just to add, when there are a lot of experts on your niche it is a good sign that there is money to be made. If you're not an expert you can leverage the expertise of others while just starting out.

    Just as I have stated earlier. Interview those experts on your niche, review their products and give an honest feedback.


    If you're wondering why would an expert want to get interviewed, check below:

    1.) Getting interviewed, through text, video, podcast will definitely get their "Expert" level up. They can say I got interviewed by these people for my expertise.

    2..) Interview is an easy way to get fast contents, If you're willing to share those contents to them then it might be easier to get them to agree with you.

    3,) Experts know the value of networking, connections. If they see something in you and you got potential then they will agree so they already built your trust once you become an expert as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Part of the equation is knowledge - being able to fix a PC or know which ab exercises to do or what will get traffic to a new site. Without knowledge, either your own or "borrowed" in some way such as by interviewing experts, you won't get very far.

    The other piece is the positioning AKA marketing of ourselves as knowledgeable enough to solve X, Y, or Z. Without proper positioning, your knowledge won't go very far.

    Both need to be there. Both need to be developed and worked. One without the other doesn't work.

    How much knowledge you need, though, is a hotly debated topic.

    For example, if I have installed WP on one site successfully I have done something that billions of other people have never done, may not know how to do, and may never do.

    Likewise, if I made $1.32 one time on one sale, I know more about selling on the Internet than billions of others.

    But does that make me an expert or knowledgeable enough to create solutions for others? Maybe but probably not.

    Just how many WP installs does a person have to do to be considered an expert or knowledgeable enough to create a product about it? How many $1.32 sales do I need to make to prove I know what I'm doing? Some people pull made up numbers out of the air and say things like "when you are making $10,000 a month for at least 6 months consistently you can sell your information." But is that legit? What if I only made $7,000 for 6 months - would that mean I'm not knowledgeable enough to sell some sort of solution?

    Ultimately, that decision is yours and yours alone. There will always be haters and people that try to pull us down. Don't let them hold you back but don't go off half cocked and ruin any good reputation you might have enjoyed if you had a little more knowledge either.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author JenniferGiacoppo
    Nobody is born expert, except you are born expert at learning and that's what you have to be good at. Find something you love and get passionate about it...that's what makes you great at whatever Niche you choose. An eagerness to learn and want to know is going to get you where you want to be.....and you will never stop learning....hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegandro
    Originally Posted by abilify182 View Post

    Thinking of starting a blog. Problem is I'm intimidated when I think I'm not an expert. How do you guys become experts in your niche and do I have to be an expert in my niche for people to listen to me?
    No you not have to be an expert in your niche. But What I can advice you, is to passionated about it. Because it makes it so much easier. Imagine you have to read books that are boring to death to learn about the subject you want to write about. Your probably not even finish the first chapter.

    This might help you to read: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ake-money.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
      Are you ever an expert in a niche?

      Have you ever played a video game? Were you an expert when you first started? or did you keep playing no matter how hard it was until you were an expert?

      I believe in having passion because if you have a passion for something either wanting to learn or knowing about it, then content is easier to create because you really like it and it will show to your people...

      If you do something you hate and you dont have passion for it and only to make money then it will become like a job... Most people who work jobs hate them and are miserable, but what about the people who have the jobs that they love and have passion for? They are excited to go to work and to learn...

      The secret to money online is solving problems.

      It's easier to solve problems if you have a passion for the niche and you understand the niche, then you live it and you know the problems and know how to create solutions for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by abilify182 View Post

    Thinking of starting a blog. Problem is I'm intimidated when I think I'm not an expert. How do you guys become experts in your niche and do I have to be an expert in my niche for people to listen to me?
    Well, if you want to become a leader in a niche, you need to get to know the people and the products in that niche. This can take some time, which is why a lot of people recommend starting out in a niche that you're already a part of. However, even if you're not a leader in a particular niche, yet, people also like following docu-style blogs, where they see your growth and progression because they are in the same place you are.

    Joey
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      You never said what your blog niche is. But a short answer in addition to what's already been said, no, you don't have to be an expert. But you have to be able to offer ( create or find) targeted information helpful to your readers.

      If you're not an expert you have to learn how to find expert information to pass on to your readers. In fact, that's one of the fastest ways to become expert, research and immerse yourself with what other experts in your field is saying, writing and teaching.

      But I'm still curious to why you chose a niche you know little or nothing about? Is it the money motive?
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    You don't have to be an expert, but you can't be a newbie either.
    The thing about niches is that you have your competition to take into consideration, and your biggest competitors are probably already experts in the same niche or have found a way to at least pretend they are! Which means, if you want to be better than them, you need to beat them at their own game!
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  • Profile picture of the author GelidMind
    You don't have to be an expert, but your goal should be to reach that level. Nobody ever comes in as an expert. It takes work, practice, and effort. If you're not confident in your skills or knowledge you can always leverage someone else's expertise or knowledge in a given niche. I'm sure there is something you can find that you are good at.

    Express your expertise in that. For someone who know nothing completely your a further ahead. Teach them what you know and continue learning in the meantime. Find the top people in your niche and model them. Connect with them. And learn from them. Take what you know and improve upon it.

    Everybody has to start somewhere, but all in all be honest.
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