How do you write articles for niches that don't interest you much?

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I am going slow with writing my articles as I've entered a new niche and I'm not too interested in it. In the beginning, I was able to grow some articles but they were just information not anything helpful really. As I keep going deeper and deeper in writing helpful tips and tutorial like articles, I'm finding it hard to keep my concentration and get fruitful results.

I try to read on other websites to gain information about my niche and enhance articles further but still I'm going very very slow. Any tips?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I try to pick niches that are going to at least interest me so. If I have no interest at all.. I probably won't try to use it.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeandreview
      Is it coming up with things to write about or the writing itself that's the problem?

      This always works for me:

      Pretend you're a newspaper journalist hired to write. Then, imagine the $$$ you'll get when you turn in a completed piece.

      If the subject doesn't interest you at all, find the angles that do. "How to properly cook a boiled egg" may be boring, but "How a boiled egg saved a man's life" isn't.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I'm with Steven on this - I don't work in niches I have no interest in.

        If I have no interest, I won't update the site as I should - I'll avoid working the niche. I could outsource everything - but why bother when there are so many good niches where I will enjoy the work and learn something as well?

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        • Profile picture of the author Trisha
          Definitely, hire writers. There are tons of writers on this board ready and willing to help you out. Go to answers.yahoo.com, browse by category, find your topic, then sort by most popular. Look through the questions people are asking and have your write answer them. Do your keyword research, write out a great headline to answer the question and your writer will go to work.
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        • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          I'm with Steven on this - I don't work in niches I have no interest in.

          If I have no interest, I won't update the site as I should - I'll avoid working the niche. I could outsource everything - but why bother when there are so many good niches where I will enjoy the work and learn something as well?

          kay
          Which is why I sold my last two websites - lost interest - and now I'm concentrating on the one that still holds my interest.

          Personally, I would think that if you have an interest in what you're doing, you're going to do a lot better and spend less money (i.e., paying other people to write about stuff you don't like).

          I guess I decided when going into business for myself, I would be more successful if I followed my passion. The money will follow.
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          • Profile picture of the author diegoortiz
            I agree, if your not interested in the niche than outsource it on ODesk or onlinejobs.ph
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  • Profile picture of the author Przemek Bloniarz
    You can outsource it for less than $1 per 100 words. If you are not interested in what you are writing it won't be a good content.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Here's the answer...I don't.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Here's the answer...I don't.

        LOL, quick short and too the point. I don't either, so I just outsource them, or if you don't have the money, the I would spin them in a unique way. Not the normal way of just changing words around. Instead rewrite the entire sentence many times. That's how you should spin your articles.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Most of my niches are quite boring and uninteresting to me, but they are extremely lucrative. What I have done is hired a team of highly paid professional writers/researchers to do all the grunt work. Problem solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Sieverding
    I outsource all my niches that I don't find interesting. which is about 80% of my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Raindance View Post

    I try to read on other websites to gain information about my niche and enhance articles further but still I'm going very very slow. Any tips?
    I hear you. It's a problem, sometimes, isn't it? One has to try, when selecting niches, to take that into account (but of course it's sometimes more easily said than done, depending on one's interests!).

    I've found looking offline (especially at current recent books/magazines) for interesting/relevant/topical information about the niche much more helpful, in such cases, than looking online. Sometimes one can be prompted to find "new avenues of approach" and "new ways into a subject" to write about, which aren't "derivative" of all the other content already available online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    What Alexa said is a very good idea.

    I also like to implement who, what, where, when, why and how.

    Who does xyz and who should.
    Where to find xyz.
    What is xyz.
    When is the best time for xyz.
    Why follow xyz.
    How to start your own xyz.

    You can also do:
    Most common mistakes of those doing xyz.
    Top 10 reason/tips/secrets/etc. to xyz.
    Personal experience with xyz.
    FAQs about xyz.
    Interview with xyz expert.
    What xyz is not.

    Good luck with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author LeadBoltBrian
    Although it's not the best approach for every document/tutorial - try to entertain yourself. I've found that writing a totally monotonous niche tutorial you know little to nothing about flows much easier if you embed some humor, or at least show some personality. Keeping the readers entertained holds a better chance of them grasping the informational meat of your tutorial, not to mention saving your own sanity.
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  • Profile picture of the author morninjoi
    You can try to blab about the topic you write on then edit it later. If it is not helping much, outsourcing should be your next option.
    These topics are really quite hard to write on if you do not have any interest and so inspiration is almost zero. You might even need to approach things from another perspective altogether.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    I tend to fall into the category of only operating in niches where I have an interest - all 4 of our niches marry interest with high commercial value.

    Then again, I build businesses and not websites - in other words, I go deep into niches and build a strong following/list, develop products and continue to dig deep adding more and more value extracting more and more profit, seems to me the real way to build a valuable and growing business.

    Now I have had articles outsourced, but that is more where I wanted specific expertise that I thought someone else could potentially bring more than I could --

    And certainly there have been days when I post to my blog or write content where I would rather not on that day, but consistency is important to keeping momentum, so I go on anyway.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author ben1ewis
    I think its sometimes too hard to concentrate on writing if your hearts not in it!

    Stick to what you enjoy and learn more from that niche or outsource. Unless you're happy to keep plugging away. Always good to learn new skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I am an EZA platinum author with over 170 live articles. I have tried writing out of my niche before and it was grueling.

    I won't ever do this again. It really takes a lot out of you.

    The key to article writing is to give your reader valuable content and the best value will always come from stuff that you are knowledgeable already in.

    For me, its better to have a few quality articles that can do something for people instead of a lot of poor articles that do nothing for anyone including yourself.

    Remember,what ever you do especially online, has a direct impact on your reputation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Each successive article can become harder to write because you run out of ideas due to your own lack of interest in the subject.

      On the flip side, however, a complete lack of interest in a subject may inspire you to be more creative and think outside the box.

      And, if you can get yourself interested in the topic, then perhaps you have a better chance of engaging the reader on the topic. If not, well, that's why you use AdSense, so they can click away if you're boring them. It's a win-win. Kind of.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Honestly it is better to outsource it to someone that can do them for you without any issue.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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  • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
    If you're really determined to write for those niches (and do it yourself) you need to find some part of the topic that interests you (and I'm with Alexa, go to a bookstore and do some offline reading, you'll probably find a lot more to intrigue you).

    Or take something that does interest you and tie it into the topic. I'm not saying this is a great example to use, but if you look at all the people who tied the whole Charlie Sheen debacle into topics that would normally have nothing to do with him or entertainment, you'll see what I mean. Even Forbes magazine found a way to do it.

    The point is those people were taking something else their market was probably thinking and talking about and found a way to make it relevant. That may be a way to not only make your niches more appealing to you, but your articles more appealing to your audience too.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      I am in several niches that don't really interest me, chosen because research told me that I could make money from them. I force myself to research and write one or two then I dry up and outsource. Sometimes when I get the outsourced articles back I find that they have stirred up enough interest in me to look at some different angles and write some more of my own.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I categorically refuse to write about insurance, loans, mortage etc. since this subject just makes me sick to my stomach.
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    • Profile picture of the author Essence
      Well, as one of those outsourcees, I've learned that every subject can be interesting if you find good sources for it. I've managed to get intrigued about everything from nicotine patches to spinning prize wheels to complicated electrical systems that save large businesses money on their power bill -- it's just a matter of trying to imagine how you would make use of it in your own life, and having a powerful enough imagination to make it real just for those few hours that you're writing about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author moneyninja
        I think of it much like I thought of homework in school. I do my research, and write as much as I can. Then I pad it out and reword it to sound better. It takes time, but once you've become well practiced at it, it will become second nature.

        But that's just me.
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      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      I categorically refuse to write about insurance, loans, mortage etc. since this subject just makes me sick to my stomach.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    How do you go to a job that you hate and get through your 8 hours?

    Bring to it the same mindset that you bring to a job in the real world:
    "I am here. I am going to be here for 8 hours. Let me just get done what needs to get done, and then I can go do something that is much more interesting to me to do."
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      How do you go to a job that you hate and get through your 8 hours?

      Bring to it the same mindset that you bring to a job in the real world:
      "I am here. I am going to be here for 8 hours. Let me just get done what needs to get done, and then I can go do something that is much more interesting to me to do."
      I'd rather be dead. At this stage of my life, if I'm not doing something I
      enjoy, I don't do it.

      If I ever had to go back to work for a boss, unless it was in the music
      industry, I'd sooner put a bullet through my head.

      Life is too short to get through those 8 hour days.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        I'd rather be dead. At this stage of my life, if I'm not doing something I
        enjoy, I don't do it.

        If I ever had to go back to work for a boss, unless it was in the music
        industry, I'd sooner put a bullet through my head.

        Life is too short to get through those 8 hour days.

        Yes, but you are already successful.

        You do not need to have a job.

        And you do not worry about how to make money in a niche you do not like, because you don't need to make a niche work for you.
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    • Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      How do you go to a job that you hate and get through your 8 hours?

      Bring to it the same mindset that you bring to a job in the real world:
      "I am here. I am going to be here for 8 hours. Let me just get done what needs to get done, and then I can go do something that is much more interesting to me to do."
      Booya! I know a lot of people who took up a job or career because it was offered, readily available or they had a knack for it. But they didn't necessarily want or like the job in the first place, they just wanted a stable income, and security. So they got on with it, and they still do.

      Most look forward to their holidays the most.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        You can't always get what you want by only doing what you want. The most successful in any profession or business seem to follow a similar pattern; they do what they must do to afford what they want to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michelle Strait
    I often have this problem when writing for clients. I repeat to myself "It's my job. It's what the client is paying me to do." It also helps to find different ways to write about the same subject. For example, I might take an article and turn it into a quiz.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCopywriter
    I write "Dear Outsourcer...please write this article for me..." - then the problem is solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottTMk
    I dont think I could get involved in a niche that I wasn't interested in.. Though i guess the logical way to do this would be to outsource your article writing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Raindance
    I'm not outsourcing these articles because its not that I despise the topic, I have my own limited affinity for it but its just the lack of knowledge of an "outstanding" level that stands in the way. After posting this thread, I sat down and kept writing and was getting the flow slowly with every word. Many effective points have been made in this thread. You do gain interest in any niche when you keep researching and reading about it. Thanks for all your replies guys. I hope this thread gets more useful advice for others as well who suffer from the same issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author backoffice
    I am completely agree with przemek. Outsourcing is a good solution if you are not interested. Even it can result you better than your expectation.
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    • Profile picture of the author LiamP
      When in life outside of article writing do you find yourself eagerly explaining or discussing something that doesn't really interest you?
      When you are helping a child? When you are romantically interested in someone? When it is your best friend? When it is a close relative? Quite possibly one or more of these.
      In each case you have an emotional connection of some kind with the other person.

      So try and empathize somehow with the person who will be reading the article. How would you explain it if they were standing in front you and you were talking? How would you explain it if you were emailing your best friend? To a prospective partner?
      How will it make the person feel when their problem is solved?
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    Originally Posted by Raindance View Post

    I am going slow with writing my articles as I've entered a new niche and I'm not too interested in it. In the beginning, I was able to grow some articles but they were just information not anything helpful really. As I keep going deeper and deeper in writing helpful tips and tutorial like articles, I'm finding it hard to keep my concentration and get fruitful results.

    I try to read on other websites to gain information about my niche and enhance articles further but still I'm going very very slow. Any tips?
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  • Profile picture of the author dacahe
    I think the sentiment is unanimous, don't pick niches that don't interest you.

    That's all nice and dandy, is good advice but if you absolutely must do it, than outsource it or contact a person who IS an expert in the offline world and interview her or him.

    Here Google "RTIR Online" and look for an expert on the subject, these people are on this website because they are actively looking to be interviewed

    Hope that helps
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    If its a lucrative niche think about the end result, that should be motivating.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dupois
    Outsourcing is the way to go, but you get what you pay for. $1 per 100 words is definitely not the same quality as paying $10-15 for a 500 word article written by a English lit grad student and/or journalist.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakchrist
    I wouldn't recommend writing articles for niches that don't interest you. That kind of thing won't be very inspiring, and your articles might come out slightly fake sounding.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    I hire someone to do this for me .
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    • Profile picture of the author bebsicles
      There are lots of writers of course that you can hire to write that for you. But if you think its a waste of money, you shouldn't select keywords that is out of your interest. I tried that before, I did lots of research to know more about the topic and it is really a waste of time.
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