Confused Newbie- Niche Issues!

by zeda
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Hello everyone!

I am new on this forum and here to seek help and learn, as I do not have much experience about starting a website and running it successfully.I used to write unique content for other people websites and thought of having my own now( a proper one).

I learnt about SEO from different sources one being 'SEO in practice'- by Dan Richmond.But having learnt all that, I am always confused and get stuck when it comes to choosing a one fine niche,as I have interests in lot of topics such as travel,food,beauty,cooking,entertainment,wedding,r eligion,music and so on.

The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?
OR
Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.

My problem might seem silly,but I do need all you brainy peoples advice

Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    This is the great chicken or the egg question.

    Many people find their passion in the process of building a business and watching it become profitable. They don't care whether they find the particular niche interesting. Often they outsource their writing.

    Others want to create their own content and are happier writing or talking (video) about subjects that interest them.

    The perfect mix is a topic you're interested in that has a marketplace.

    If your topic has no buyers you're dead in the water.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by zeda View Post

    Hello everyone!

    I am new on this forum and here to seek help and learn, as I do not have much experience about starting a website and running it successfully.I used to write unique content for other people websites and thought of having my own now( a proper one).

    I learnt about SEO from different sources one being 'SEO in practice'- by Dan Richmond.But having learnt all that, I am always confused and get stuck when it comes to choosing a one fine niche,as I have interests in lot of topics such as travel,food,beauty,cooking,entertainment,wedding,r eligion,music and so on.

    The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?
    OR
    Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.

    My problem might seem silly,but I do need all you brainy peoples advice

    Thank you!
    I had the same issue when I first got started. The answer is simple, really. You choose a niche that you enjoy (so you'll stick with it and so it easier to connect with your audience and already know about products in the space) AND one that's profitable. For instance, cooking and the wedding niche are both profitable. Pick one and go for it. Oh, these niches are very visual, so make sure to make use of social media sites like Pinterest, where the majority of people on the site are women, and others.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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    • Profile picture of the author zeda
      Originally Posted by Miguelito203 View Post

      I had the same issue when I first got started. The answer is simple, really. You choose a niche that you enjoy (so you'll stick with it and so it easier to connect with your audience and already know about products in the space) AND one that's profitable. For instance, cooking and the wedding niche are both profitable. Pick one and go for it. Oh, these niches are very visual, so make sure to make use of social media sites like Pinterest, where the majority of people on the site are women, and others.

      Good luck,
      Joey
      Thanks Joey!
      And you just highlighted my other issue which is I really find it hard to get people on my social media sites as I keep my official and personal one which has friends away from my work one.Its a part reason why I get so confused and scared of my interests.I reeeaally need to work hard.(Phew!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Essley
    Zeda it helps if you are interested in your niche, but it has to be a hungry market if you are going to make money in that niche. I don't believe you can always profit from your passion if there isn't a buyer market for your particular passion. I would also bring up a search engine and do a search for your root keyword to see if anyone is advertising. Also go to Clickbank to see if there are at least 3-5 products in your niches. I hope this helps. Thanks -Bill Essley
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    • Profile picture of the author zeda
      Originally Posted by Bill Essley View Post

      Zeda it helps if you are interested in your niche, but it has to be a hungry market if you are going to make money in that niche. I don't believe you can always profit from your passion if there isn't a buyer market for your particular passion. I would also bring up a search engine and do a search for your root keyword to see if anyone is advertising. Also go to Clickbank to see if there are at least 3-5 products in your niches. I hope this helps. Thanks -Bill Essley
      Thank you Bill!!
      Clickbank is something new for me....I will research with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bradtastic
    I'd agree with the folks that have said that a hungry market is key.

    Additionally, get off the web for a few days and talk to real people. If you have a product or service, pitch it to them as if you had it on hand. See if they're willing to buy it from you.

    If you just want to monetize an informational website, ask people what they think about topic XYZ. Try to start actual conversations - do their eyes glaze over? Do they come alive?

    Obviously the amount of people you know personally isn't representative of everyone on the internet. However, if it's a broad niche like the ones you mentioned, you likely know people interested in those topics. Talk to them. Listen to the actual words they use. Do they prefer to say "my faith" instead of "my religion?" Or "wellness" instead of "health?" Arbitrary examples, but when you start to learn the specific language of your niche, you understand what they actually need, want to talk about, etc.

    Even better, they understand that you understand. Understand?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by zeda View Post

    The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?

    OR

    Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.
    I think you should go into the niche that is hungry. Don't do what interests you because (alot of the times) there isn't a niche big enough to create a huge business in.

    Just go after niches that are ripe and has little competition. After you've made a ton of money and you're good financially.... go and start your personal site/dream and become an expert in whatever interests you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingshouse
    Originally Posted by zeda View Post

    Hello everyone!

    I am new on this forum and here to seek help and learn, as I do not have much experience about starting a website and running it successfully.I used to write unique content for other people websites and thought of having my own now( a proper one).

    I learnt about SEO from different sources one being 'SEO in practice'- by Dan Richmond.But having learnt all that, I am always confused and get stuck when it comes to choosing a one fine niche,as I have interests in lot of topics such as travel,food,beauty,cooking,entertainment,wedding,r eligion,music and so on.

    The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?
    OR
    Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.

    My problem might seem silly,but I do need all you brainy peoples advice

    Thank you!
    Hi Zeda

    Welcome to the forum ;-)

    What exactly do you want to achieve?

    Help people? Make money? Share your interests? etc

    Define what it is you want and let that drive your choice.

    I would say both your options are viable. You can start with what interests you as that also means you will stay in there when things get tough.

    Secondly looking at the stats from your research will 'indicate' what people are looking for and help you make an informed choice as to what to proceed with..

    Now if your interest is Underwater Basket Weaving' then you can expect that it may not make any money as not too many people will be interested.

    Please remember that what people are actually BUYING is not the same as what people are SEARCHING (except you were referring to buying keywords.

    I would rather find out what people are buying and see if any of my niche choices are selling on Amazon, Clickbank, JVZoo or the Warrior Forum for instance.

    Grab a sheet of paper and see which one really really interests you.

    You seem to have some handle on SEO and it is a niche so why not start with that then if you have the time you can try the others you listed. Trying all in one go = overwhelm!

    Seriously, just start with one, see if it is profitable (has buyers) then try the next until you find that special niche.

    All the best

    Will D
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  • Profile picture of the author vincent corleone
    if you play adsense I think niche fashion houses and good because the niche HPK (high paying keywords) if you want to learn I will try to help, do not need SEO and backlink you can get thousands of visitors
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  • Profile picture of the author Grafxxxxxx
    Research, research and more research. While its ok to do something you're passionate about, is there a demand for it?

    Once you've done your research and find there is demand for your product, your niche selection and everything else will easily fall into place

    All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author stevefox88
    Keep on studying before you are going to involve yourself into IM
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  • Profile picture of the author tiffanymika
    You have to go where the money is... where are people wanting to spend money?

    Of course it's great that you have passions and you can surely make money out of your passions as long as people are willing to spend money on what it is that you have to offer.

    There are a few good niches out there that there is an endless supply of people..

    Here are some examples;
    1. Home Business niche
    2. Network marketing niche
    3. Internet marketing niche
    4. Health and fitness niche
    5. Dating and relationships niche.

    Those are some examples and to give you something to think about.

    Are you looking at setting something up yourself... because if you are then you need to make sure you know your target market really well and you can help answer their problems.

    If you are looking at partnering with a company... perhaps affiliate marketing... then what problem is your company solving for people?

    If you want to bounce ideas off me... happy to help out... just send me a message

    Cheers

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  • Profile picture of the author zeda
    Thank you all for sharing your wisdom and providing suggestions....each one has been helpful and there is less confusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by zeda View Post

    Hello everyone!

    I am new on this forum and here to seek help and learn, as I do not have much experience about starting a website and running it successfully.I used to write unique content for other people websites and thought of having my own now( a proper one).

    I learnt about SEO from different sources one being 'SEO in practice'- by Dan Richmond.But having learnt all that, I am always confused and get stuck when it comes to choosing a one fine niche,as I have interests in lot of topics such as travel,food,beauty,cooking,entertainment,wedding,r eligion,music and so on.

    The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?
    OR
    Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.

    My problem might seem silly,but I do need all you brainy peoples advice

    Thank you!
    Hey Zeda,

    If you can find a Niche that interest you and you have some passion and knowledge with...well then it will only help.

    Many times it is not necessary, though.

    There are several Niches Iam in that I do not necessarily have a huge interest in but I have a huge interest and passion in running a business within those Niches

    Does that make sense ?


    - Robert Andrew
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    • Profile picture of the author zeda
      Originally Posted by discrat View Post

      Hey Zeda,

      If you can find a Niche that interest you and you have some passion and knowledge with...well then it will only help.

      Many times it is not necessary, though.

      There are several Niches Iam in that I do not necessarily have a huge interest in but I have a huge interest and passion in running a business within those Niches

      Does that make sense ?


      - Robert Andrew
      Yeah it absolutely makes sense,Robert.
      I share the same passion about doing business and I was just confused to choose which niche.I chose Travel now and plan to extend to other areas later.Lets see where this one leads.
      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    Go over to source-wave dot com and view one of the videos. Give the site a "like" on facebook and they will give you a free pdf to download that lists a number of "high end" niches. If nothing else, it will give you an idea of some of the possibilities out there that most people do not consider.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I've done better in niches I know something about or have business experience in.

    It's best to stick to hobby type niches these days, it is very hard for a newbie to rank in "business" related niches these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    You need to end up being passionate about your business, passionate about helping your audience, passionate about the JOURNEY of building our business as much as you are passionate about where it will take you.

    You can get there by starting with your passion and working back to find compelling desires and commercial opportunities or you can dig into potential niches and come at it that way.

    The technique I have always worked best for me and my clients is to start with their passions - 9/10 times we find a compelling business around those passions. You can always go back and try the other approach is you come up empty, unconvinced or change your mind after testing viability around an idea related to your passion.
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  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityBuilder
    Originally Posted by zeda View Post

    Hello everyone!

    I am new on this forum and here to seek help and learn, as I do not have much experience about starting a website and running it successfully.I used to write unique content for other people websites and thought of having my own now( a proper one).

    I learnt about SEO from different sources one being 'SEO in practice'- by Dan Richmond.But having learnt all that, I am always confused and get stuck when it comes to choosing a one fine niche,as I have interests in lot of topics such as travel,food,beauty,cooking,entertainment,wedding,r eligion,music and so on.

    The real issue is- Do I choose a niche that solely interests me?
    OR
    Do I focus more on the keyword planner results,as most of the time the topic niche that I select on basis of my interest, is not that great in search volume and KEI.

    My problem might seem silly,but I do need all you brainy peoples advice

    Thank you!
    Sounds good that you are now interested in starting your own website. Since you have been a writer already, it would be easier for you to update your website with content.

    Well, about choosing a niche, choose one that is a combination of your interest and also that has the potential to earn.

    You can find a good discussion here: The Ultimate Guide to Niche Market Analysis

    If you can't find a good combination, go for a niche that has the potential to make you make. Once money starts rolling in, you will find interest in the niche setting in.

    Even if you have 20% interest in the niche, pick it. Because you are not starting a website to just make conversations through articles but to build a real business. Is that right?!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
    A business system is something that gives you good income not necessarily the type of job you want or enjoy doing. A hobby is not necessarily a system that gives you some income but is something that you enjoy doing e.g. fishing, cycling, etc. The former is about the needs of other people while the latter is about your selfish needs. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author stackman
    If you don't choose a niche that interests you, that you know something about, that you can be passionate about, that you are willing to spend many hours and days learning about, that you can stick with even when things aren't working well, then you will NOT succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ghoster
    If you're producing your own content, choose a niche that is of interest to you. But it still needs to be something that a fair number of people are curious about.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyBlueEyes
    You have to find a happy balance between what interests you and what looks good in whatever keyword tool you are using.
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    • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
      All very good advice.

      My personal take on this is that it all depends on your own wherewithal.

      Do you have what it takes to create something from nothing?
      Do you have what it takes to make something from a small passionate niche?
      If not, do you know how to grab the attention of a hungry market of a 100,000?

      In most cases, for most people, the search for hungry markets is the way to go -with the caveat, that you may not know how to capitalize on that traffic (which by a large degree, is often the case).

      There are those who can be passionate about something and be able to dominate those 50+ searches a month and gain a steady income (this depends highly on your own ingenuity).

      It may be that your passion today will be tomorrow's popular "thing" - especially if you are able to influence the marketplace.

      Do your own thing! But to the 99% of you - follow the hungry crowd!
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  • Profile picture of the author yadie74
    The best combination would be the niche which you have most passion about and at the same time it is also has hungry or rabid buyers. My suggestions is you better you do more research on each of your interested niches to see how big the buyers on that niche. You can start by joining some affiliate programs out there like clickbank, jvzoo, cj, etc and see whether lots of products have been created at that niche and see also whether many affiliates want to promote them. If you find many products created and many affiliates promote them then you can be sure that it is a worth to try niche.
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