Do Hobby Niches Really Make Money?

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So I was thinking today that I want to promote something simple and fun. Something like "how to build model airplanes" or "how to grow a pumpkin farm" etc. Something thats light but can be fun. You know what I mean?

But im really wondering if hobby niches even make money. I have tried a few without success. Sure the desperate niches make money, but do hobby niches ever convert well? I know it depends on the product etc, but how many warriors are having success in a fairly small hobby niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I've found hobby niches to be some of the best - they're usually full of really passionate people who will buy anything on the subject so you get to sell to them many times over - which is great
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    • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      I've found hobby niches to be some of the best - they're usually full of really passionate people who will buy anything on the subject so you get to sell to them many times over - which is great
      I agree with Andy here...The main thing about getting yourself to work on a niche is to have people who are interested in something. Hobby is one thing that people love...so, thats where you should go for it!
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      • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
        Hi all,

        Good rule of thumb is, if there is a magazine or catalog for the hobby then you can monetize it.

        I know I have spent a small fortune on Bob Ross paint. Still can't paint worth a darn!!! lol

        It's those free telvision shows, makes it all look so easy.

        Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author tengallonhat
    It all comes down to researching the target niche and then finding something to monetize it with.

    Here is how you can research the niche:
    Find forums on a niche and look at post counts and see what people are asking.

    Look on eBay and see the results for the hobby (could use eBay's affiliate program)

    Find groups in Google groups and Yahoo groups around the niche and see if they have high post counts and activity

    Look on Yahoo answers and see if there are lots of questions on there.

    I could go on and one, but hopefully you get the point. Also, while doing this research, you may be able to come up with ideas to create your own product around the niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    great tips guys! This excites me, im tired of promoting to the desperate niche to be honest,lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    by the way, how can I tell what paydotcom products are popular? Do they have something set up like clickbanks gravity to tell?

    Im trying to break away from Clickbank with all our their tracking issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    wow thanks alot Robert! I will look that list over for sure for some niche ideas
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    I have several hobby niches. They all make $0-$10/mth.

    Then I have 2 non-hobby niches that make $200-$400/mth.

    I think it's a no-brainer. If you're going to spend time, spend it where the money is. Pumpkin farming is not money. Jump on Clickbank and check the gravity. I can guarantee there isn't a single fun niche in the top 25. So go create some sites you hate...but will make money. I can guarantee you'll still smile when you see those CB checks.

    Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

    So I was thinking today that I want to promote something simple and fun. Something like "how to build model airplanes" or "how to grow a pumpkin farm" etc. Something thats light but can be fun. You know what I mean?

    But im really wondering if hobby niches even make money. I have tried a few without success. Sure the desperate niches make money, but do hobby niches ever convert well? I know it depends on the product etc, but how many warriors are having success in a fairly small hobby niche?
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      I'd say that depends on the hobby.

      I have hobby niches making MUCH more than that.

      People are passionate about their hobbies, so they ARE a good market.

      Andy
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      • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        I'd say that depends on the hobby.

        I have hobby niches making MUCH more than that.

        People are passionate about their hobbies, so they ARE a good market.

        Andy
        Sounds great Andy, you mind PM'ing me with a list of sites and the income they produce. Thanks in advance for your help

        TomG.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Brock
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        I'd say that depends on the hobby.

        I have hobby niches making MUCH more than that.

        People are passionate about their hobbies, so they ARE a good market.

        Andy
        Wise words Andy.

        Didn't Russell Brunson start out selling a guide on how to build a potato gun?

        I never would have thought that market would have been worth anything! Proof that even seemingly vague markets are able to generate an income.

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    • Profile picture of the author LoreCee
      Another good tool for evaluating a niche is the average ad CPC in Google's Free Keywords Tool. Although it only tells you what advertisers will pay for the niche, you can figure they won't be advertising in a niche where people don't spend money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Amitywill
        When I target a hobby niche I look to make sure there are at least 15+ products before I go for it. Hobby niches are the best for building lists in. If you can build a list in a niche such as golf and then relationship market to them then you can expect high conversions from even a small amount of people because they will see you as a friend that is recommending something.

        I have a small list of only 300 people in the snow boarding niche and have had conversion of up to 10% from one email on a $200 product.

        I think too many new marketers have it forced down their throat that the only way to make money online is to sell internet marketing products to internet marketers.

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        • Profile picture of the author gamequeen
          Originally Posted by Amitywill View Post

          I think too many new marketers have it forced down their throat that the only way to make money online is to sell internet marketing products to internet marketers.
          I agree exactly. I am a newbie to internet marketing and I thought this was the case because all the programs out there seem to do this very thing. Then I learned about niche marketing and realized you can actually make money by being smart and offering people something they will actually use. And hobbies are one of them.
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          • Profile picture of the author ripsnorta2
            Corey,

            Forget about the 'best' hobby niches. You say that you want to have a good time while promoting a hobby niche, then I just have one question for you:

            What are your hobbies?

            Pick one of those. Do a little research first to determine what would be the most profitable and if it's something you'd like to invest time in and do that.

            The greatest benefit is that you'll already be something of an expert in the subject, and will probably already know where to find information and products to promote.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanj1611
    yeah it does make money, I've been doing Feng shui ebooks and getting a fantastic response.. I'm looking into products to do with young baby and moms now..
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    so look for passionate hobbies? Im confused, how can you tell a these apart? I know pumpkin farming wont work,lol...just an example.

    Playing the guitar works right? But im not interested in promoting that.....
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
      Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

      so look for passionate hobbies? Im confused, how can you tell a these apart? I know pumpkin farming wont work,lol...just an example.

      Playing the guitar works right? But im not interested in promoting that.....
      Whew...thank god that was an example. Something like guitars would definitely work. If you really want to get an idea what niches are solid, take a look at your local magazine stand. Or save the gas and head over here. Holy crap...I can't believe the AARP is at the top!

      Want even more? Go here: http://abcas3.accessabc.com/ecirc/magform.asp and select "Paid Circulation - Ascending" and leave the Title blank. Then check out all the paid niche circulations. If people are paying for magazines on this, you can bet the niche is marketable.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Im looking to sale digital items in a hobby niche also.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    So basically build a list and relationship with your niche and sale to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    I suppose membership sites with perhaps a $3.99 montly fee would be good in hobby niches right. Build a list and offer them free advice as well as products and your cheap membership site

    Its all making sense now! I have never wanted to build a list in desperate niches because I didnt feel right about it. I had a list in the weight loss niche that was doing well but let it die after not feeling good about giving medical advice.

    But what if I build a list in a hobby niche and offer them products as well as my $3.99 a month membership site. I dont see how this would not work in the right niche when you build a relationship with your niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
      Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

      I suppose membership sites with perhaps a $3.99 montly fee would be good in hobby niches right.
      That sounds good. and you can sell them on the"community" part of your membership club. i'm sure all the hobbyist and passionate people would love to interact with people that have same/similar interests.

      you can create info products, physical products , or training programs to sell, and have fund while doing it.

      even if you aren't an expert/passionate in a particular area/hobby, you can find someone who is and work on the membership site with them

      good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinw1
    If you want to be taken seriously by the passionate people, make sure you know your stuff. I've seen some IM sites in hobbies I am actually part of which are laughably ignorant about the subject matter. You will probably be competing with people who are themselves passionate about the subject, like my own LEGO-related site.

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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
      Originally Posted by kevinw1 View Post

      If you want to be taken seriously by the passionate people, make sure you know your stuff. I've seen some IM sites in hobbies I am actually part of which are laughably ignorant about the subject matter. You will probably be competing with people who are themselves passionate about the subject, like my own LEGO-related site.

      Keivn
      This is probably worth reiterating - for the niches where people are going spend decent cash on their hobby, you're going to be dealing with people who are pretty much by definition already very knowledgeable.

      So unless it's something you're already personally interested in or you're a very fast learner (or can afford to hire people who their stuff) it could be rough going.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbshort
    Hobby niches can be profitable, but there will be a lot of competition in broad niches. You might consider researching sub-niches of the broad topic. For example: Tennis vacations instead of just Tennis. Research is the key, however. Don't spend time on any niche if people aren't searching for that term.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    But I think the key here is building a friendly relationship with your niche right? Offer them products and be honest, and a membership site seems like a sure bet in a situation like this if done correctly.

    Im really liking the idea of building a list on a friendly helpful basis in a hobby niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    awesome tips guys! I think I have really had a "lightbulb" moment here! I have stopped building list in all of my niches because they are desperate. My biggest problem was finding the best product in the niche that could really help these people. I did not know what to sale them afterwards so I just pretty much got rid of all my list. I didnt feel right trying to sale to these people (im weird about this I know.)

    But in a hobby niche its more light free and I can have a good time. Even if my site gets 15 uniques per day with only 5 opt ins per day my list would have 150 in a month. Sure thats not much, but if I build a close relationship with these people and truely try to help them it would be fine. Of course getting 15 uniques per day is very doable,lol.

    But im really seeing the power here of doing this, ive been missing out on alot of money most likely by skipping the list building process,lol. The membership site idea is gold, I know this has been said before but im really starting to feel like I can create a nice little income stream with what im talking about
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    • Profile picture of the author AgileHosting
      Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

      But in a hobby niche its more light free and I can have a good time. Even if my site gets 15 uniques per day with only 5 opt ins per day my list would have 150 in a month. Sure thats not much, but if I build a close relationship with these people and truely try to help them it would be fine. Of course getting 15 uniques per day is very doable,lol.
      Corey, when I had a bricks-and-mortar store and a website, this is exactly what I did. And what always amazed me is that people on the internet signed up for my email newsletters for the shop, even though they had never visited it in person! I was always puzzled/amazed that people would sign up for my website when IMO, it was nothing special??? And my storefront, it was just a humble little thing in a tourist town...

      But, I sold a line of stationery that was hard to find online. There were only a handful of retailers who sold it online, and my selection was not only very complete, but I was also committed to getting in & posting the newest designs right away once they were available. The newsletters announced the new styles, among other things. (I would tell you what else I wrote about, but that's giving away the farm, when the farm is for sale, LOL). So that was the niche and the hook that I had, and that I played.

      The lists weren't big, only about 1500 total. But every mailing had over 30% CTR and 2-5% conversion. The average sale was > $40. You do the math! Did I get rich? LOL, No. Was it a lot of work? Absolutely -- shipping physical products (all of which are different sizes, and half of which don't fit in standard-size boxes) is a PITA!!! But did it work? YES!!! (Not to mention how cheap email newsletters are to send; the greatest investment is probably your time spent writing them.)

      It doesn't matter what your niche is. Find a niche, build a relationship, sell to them. This is Marketing 101 and it applies to all niches. People buy based on emotion, and you will be most effective at tapping into that emotion if you build a relationship with them.

      So get busy.

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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Sending Thanks out to all who helped
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  • Profile picture of the author Ivancho
    Hobby Niches are one of the best that converst for me. Belive it or not but people are more interested to spend money for something that they are addicted to ...
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    • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
      addicted to? So people are addicted to treasure hunting perhaps or something like that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Haltingpoint
    My own .02 on the matter is that, along with everything else, your mileage may vary. It depends on the niche, the audience of the niche and the way you promote.

    For example, I'm willing to bet that if you took two near identical sites, and the creator of one of them was just an average joe IMer using PLR junk, etc. and the other was an active member in the online community for his niche who knew what he was talking about and was viewed as an authority, that creator #2 would CRUSH #1 in a heartbeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Matthew
    No problem Corey...also don't forget to look through some of the search engine directories for even more ideas!

    Also, check out the SRDS at your library to find some true insight into some of these niche markets...
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  • Profile picture of the author ptone
    I would like to add a question to this discussion if Corey doesn't mind. For those of you that have been successful in hobby niches, do you find that physical products sell better than digital products?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I know you're not expecting it, so I'll share.

    I was making over $1000 a day from an exercise hobby site until I sold it.

    The information was making ok money from Adsense but the visitors were buying treadmills, exercise bikes etc... which sell for a lot

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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineWriter
    Absolutely. Hobby sites are great as long as it's not vague like "Outdoor sports" lol.

    Here's one I always wanted to do but never will:

    Geocaching. People will need to buy GPS equipment, hiking gear, snacks, etc..

    You're welcome whoever jumps on that one.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      I think too many new marketers have it forced down their throat that the only way to make money online is to sell internet marketing products to internet marketers.
      Amen. I suspect most newbs gravitate to this "niche" because thats where all the free - already prepared articles and materials are.

      Creating their own articles, ideas, products seems a bit overwhelming - I know it did for me, and Im kinda technical and salesy and an offline marketer already.

      Throw at me all the info on SEO, Opt Ins, Conversions, Analytics, AdSense, CPC, CPA, Plugins, themes, html, PHP, List Building, Site hosting, Info Products, WSO's, $7 scripts .. blah blah blah ... its a massive amount of data to master.

      Blogging on a hobby ... that could work :-) Addiction is strong in some of these niches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
      Hi all,

      Here are just a few hobbies you could cater to that are full of money waiting for the pickings. Anyone of these a hobbyist could easily spend thousands on.

      tropical fish(aqauriams, lights, high cost fish)
      remote control (cars, airplanes, helicopters)seen
      bicycling(bmx, mountain biking)bikes can cost thousands alone not including gear
      astronomy(telescopes)
      video gaming (games and high priced computers, latest graphic cards, etc.)
      paintball(these guys spend a fortune on their paintballs and equipment)
      collecting(art,coins,automobiles, etc.)
      private piloting, auto racing
      musical instruments(many buy way more than one)
      some collect old arcade machines and pinball machines can run into thousands
      Recreational Vehicles(some of these can go for 200,000) hint get a hotel and save money lol
      boating(people spend alot on their boating equipment)
      You can even drop a pile running! $300 shoes, $500 for summer gear, $500 for winter gear, race fees, hotels, etc.
      model building
      quality tools (not only the tools but mechanic boxes that hold the tools can cost thousands)
      horseriding(you seen how much a saddle cost?)
      sound systems(quality high end speakers alone can run into thousands)

      Just about any hobby you can think of has a high end segment to it that you can sell to so the choices are almost limitless.

      Go google "expensive hobbies" and it will open your eyes.

      Later,
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    wow guys, thanks alot! Andy, I never really thought about seeling phyiscal items. I have always wanted to stay clear of phyiscal items for some reason. Perhaps because I did so poorly with them in the past.

    But I suppose I could sale both digital and phyiscal items in the niche Got to give all the others who have helped out here a thanks.

    Im guessing the smart thing to do is to start a list in one of these hobby niches right?
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    so alot of you guys are having success selling phyiscal products? Come to think about it I dont hear many people here talking about seeling phyiscal items.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
      Hi,

      In many ways selling physical products is easier than selling digital ones.

      Why?

      Because the they are searching google already looking for something that they want to buy already. If you wanted to buy a coca-cola would you need to read a salesletter? NOPE!!!

      It is alot easier selling physical products by far.

      And if you are being affiliate it is almost the same to you whether it is physical or digital. Sure they get the digital product instantly and you don't have to ship anything. But it almost feels the same when you are selling as an affiliate. You get your order and you are done. The company who owns the product takes care of the rest.

      I sell a few info products, and that is what I did 100% when I first got started. But now almost all my business by a large margin is selling physical products of known brand names.

      There is a much bigger world out there in cyberspace then just digital products.

      Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Well yea, I was looking at some expensive niches and also thought about this. Im really looking for niches where I can sale ebooks. I find digital products to be easier to sale. Thats just me though, im hoping I can still have success in these hobby niches selling ebooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Hmm...good point Terry. What about selling some of the more expensive digital products? Do you find you have to be really well informed about the niche as well as work building a relationship with your niche first?
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
      Hi,

      When I am selling any digital product, whether my own or someone elses, I always try and capture their name because I want to be able to contact them again and again until they buy or unsubscribe from my list. People who buy digital products tend to buy similar info products in the future. That is why I want them on my list to make them my customers, so I can sell to them over and over.

      Before I even start capturing names for the digital products I like to put up a presell or review page and test the product out to see if it converts any first. When I see at least a few are buying then I start capturing names to be able to convert them later and sell other stuff to them.

      When I am selling a physical product I like to make a very short presell or review page for it and get them to the affiliate merchant's page quickly as possible. The reason I do this is because they probably found my page by typing in the product name in google and are already ready to buy. My goal then is to get them to click throught to the merchant's site right away.

      The reason I usually don't collect names for physical goods is I feel most the physical buyers are one shot buyers, not always but most the time.

      So to sum up, for digital products collect names and get them on my list to be able to sell to them again and again. And for physical products, make a very short presell page to get them to clickthrough to the merchant's page fast and let the merchant do the selling.

      But the above is just my personal preference, there really is no right way or rule to how you market. Some will say always collect names others will say never. Do what you want.

      Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Thanks Terry, I see what you are saying. I think I would rather try to target digital products I could sale and then get my readers to join my membership site. Of course I could always sale some phyiscal products along with this also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Ashton
    Hobby niches definately work if the market is willing to spend money on your products. Infact some small hobby niches convert really well because your market buys everything to do with the niche.

    Just before you jump into the niche however, make sure you do proper market research. Make sure their is enough demand and that consumers are infact spending money.

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    To see if consumers are buying I suppose I need to check out magazines, adwords and things like that right. Hmm....im looking at alot of niches right now. This is getting kind of fun
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  • Profile picture of the author amentajo
    I have to agree.

    Selling physical items is a lot more easie.r
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    ive always had trouble selling phyiscal items compared to digital. I mean im sure its easy targeting the product names. But im looking to build a list here, I can always choose a niche with ebooks and phyiscal products.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Awesome story Bailey. Im really liking the idea of building a relationship with my niche

    John, I dont really have any hobbies except robotics and weather I suppose. Robotics is frustrating and my skills are not that great, I can build a solar powered little robot that avoids walls etc. But its been years since ive built one and have forgotton tons on how to build them.

    Weather...well yea I could sale weather stations and things like that but im really not too sure how that would do. I know my dad is into Civil War stuff and he spends alot on it, but he only buys off Ebay.

    Im thinking that some of these niches might even pay a small fee per month to join a community they are passionate about. I was looking at some smaller niches like rock painting and things.
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    • Profile picture of the author ripsnorta2
      Just a thought. With both the robotics and civil war niches, you could use the BANS (Build A Niche Store) software to build up a site that integrates with eBay to sell those products.

      The thing is, even if you don't consider yourself all that knowledgable about robotics or the civil war, it's guaranteed that you'll still know a lot more than most people.

      Just brain dumping here; for the robotics topic why not create a website devoted to those LEGO robot kits. Aim it at a younger audience, add a few affiliate links, write some articles and reviews, and voila! You have a simple hobby site.

      EDIT: I forgot to mention. You may not know how things will sell, but the only way to find out is to try. Even if a site doesn't work, you'll have learned something to apply to the next project.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Your right John. I guess im just looking for a niche that already has some ebooks to sale in it as well as some phyiscal products. Theres alot of niches out there, I just need to gather the people up in a niche and build a relationship with them and sale

    Im potentially over thinking things here, I keep looking for a niche with alot of ebooks in it to sale. I think as long as other people are making money in the niche then its fair game as long as I can find a product to promote in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    I have a recipe site that brings me about 15-30 uniques per day that im doing nothing with. I put up a recipe ebook and no sales for it yet, the keyword im targeting though is a very specific recipe.

    Example would be: honey roasted turkey leg"

    The ebook im selling is on resturant recipes, so may be the reason nobody is buying. But what if I started a recipe membership site with alot of PLR ebooks I could give the members, forum and perhaps an article per week on recipes etc.

    You guys think that could work? Set the price at perhaps $3.99 a month to say in.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    I suppose I could just make a short ebook also on "how to make honey roasted turkey legs" but the recipe is free else ware. Im thinking perhaps the recipe niche isnt that great since you can find recipes for free online everywhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author ripsnorta2
      Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

      I suppose I could just make a short ebook also on "how to make honey roasted turkey legs" but the recipe is free else ware. Im thinking perhaps the recipe niche isnt that great since you can find recipes for free online everywhere.

      Just because it's free elsewhere doesn't mean that people aren't willing to pay for the info. Game guides sell very well online, even though there are a million websites with free info on every aspect of the various games. People will pay for the priviledge of having the data collated and presented to them.

      Here's an idea for your weather interests: Write a eBook guide on how to set up a personal weather station. Have a feature where it can automatically report to the users PC. Even have an alarm when the weather conditions become dangerous, could be a big seller in Tornado Alley.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    I seem to remember a video in here that mentions a lady who
    made $120,000 selling a course on some kind of horse training.


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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    interesting idea John Well Im about to go get ready to watch the Game. If anyone else wants to chime in feel free to, I will check back at halftime.

    Another thing is the recipes can be found for free on the same keyword search that my site comes up. So I suppose this is bad? But the weather idea is a good one, I would have to find out how difficult a program like that would be to outsource.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    yea horse training, ive actually looked into that niche. That seems like it would be a fairly interesting niche to be in. I can probably start a membership site in any of these niches, I learned all about this in Manifesto Marketing I think it was.

    Im wondering if I could successfully start a membership site in the recipe niche though since i've been getting a steady stream of around 30 uniques per day the last week in this niche.
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    • Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

      yea horse training, ive actually looked into that niche. That seems like it would be a fairly interesting niche to be in. I can probably start a membership site in any of these niches, I learned all about this in Manifesto Marketing I think it was.

      Im wondering if I could successfully start a membership site in the recipe niche though since i've been getting a steady stream of around 30 uniques per day the last week in this niche.
      That would be tough. There are so many free recipe sites, not to mention mega sites like foodnetwork. I search recipes all day long, but I would never join a membership site when I can find any recipe I want, plus ask for recipes on recipe forums.
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      • Profile picture of the author gamequeen
        Originally Posted by shkad14 View Post

        I search recipes all day long, but I would never join a membership site when I can find any recipe I want, plus ask for recipes on recipe forums.
        I am the same way. I get all my recipes from Foodnetwork website. I would not spend $4 a month for what I can get for free. Recipes are so easy to come by online that I think that would be tough to pull off. Or if you do it will be hard to keep the members when they realize that they get quick recipes through Google before they access your site unless they are your die hard fans...IMO
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        • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
          Thanks guys. I figured the recipe niche would be hard because like you say you can find any recipe for free online. I know there are profitable hobby niches out there. I mean the recipes niche is profitable, but it really looks tough to break into with all the free sites out there. Plus its pretty common knowledge that you can find recipes online for free. Guess I will leave my ebook on that site and maybe strap some adsense to it,lol.

          I need to find a niche that people are passionate about, something where they really want to connect with others in the niche also. By the way, great game going on tonight huh?
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          • Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

            Thanks guys. I figured the recipe niche would be hard because like you say you can find any recipe for free online. I know there are profitable hobby niches out there. I mean the recipes niche is profitable, but it really looks tough to break into with all the free sites out there. Plus its pretty common knowledge that you can find recipes online for free. Guess I will leave my ebook on that site and maybe strap some adsense to it,lol.

            I need to find a niche that people are passionate about, something where they really want to connect with others in the niche also. By the way, great game going on tonight huh?
            Well, why dont you create an IM product around catering. Show the ins and outs and offer recipes that are great for different occasions, whether they be formal events or whatever.
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            • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
              Corey

              Hobbies are great money makers. When you think about it a hobby provides people an outlet from their normal life.

              Think about all of the golfers, extreme sports enthusiasts, gardeners, quilters, etc. They are all very passionate about what they do and you can tap into that passion.

              You do not need to be the expert. There are many people that you can interview to develop a product. You could take that interview and have a fellow warrior write up a guide.

              Offer the guide and the interview(s) as your product.

              One thing to determine is whether you want to produce digital products or physical products...remember that you can always outsource product fulfillment (which I recommend) and that physical products have a higher perceived value and lower return rates.

              Just my .02
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    (This is too easy) Maybe you could combine the horse thing
    with the recipe thing and come up with a really unique site
    for horse recipes. I'll bet nobody else has a site like that.
    (and think about all those fine people from PETA you'll meet.)

    On a serious note, a couple of years ago I started a site on
    a subject I thought would never make any money. I was just
    interested in it. It never has made hugh amounts but it does
    bring in a steady amount and I get to spend all kinds of time
    researching a subject I already was very interested in. Another
    cool thing happened along the way. The site got so large and
    has so much information that all of the sudden I get people
    linking to me, quoting me, etc. Its really gone viral. Not a bad thing.

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  • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
    Thanks guys. Some great ideas here. Everyone here really is so helpful I think I really need to sleep on this, im looking at a few niches and will get started creating a site tommorrow. If anyone else has any tips feel free to post.

    Im about to get some sleep, I have to get up really early tommorrow. Thanks for everyone who has helped. I will check back tommorrow, good night all.
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    Yes because you are passionate of what you does thus giving you the strength to market it all day.
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    I have two membership site in hobby niche and both of them doing good. They don't make thousands of dollars (yet), but I get at least 100$ dollars per month from each site. Sites are online about three months now and I still have to start promoting them hard. All I did until now was get few back links and some social marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    it really helps if it is also your hobby. i've recently launched a product in what may be termed a hobby niche and am pleasantly surprised by it's success. within a very short time i am ranking very well for all the obvious related keywords, getting the majority of my traffic naturally from the search engines as there is little competition and making sales daily.

    all the above means the i should make passive income (sales) going forward while i use my time to apply the same approach in another niche.

    previously i've gone down the affiliate route in desperate niches and found that as soon as i stopped promoting the income dropped off.
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  • Profile picture of the author cristina12
    There are many people out there who are struggling to make money online, and they often get headaches because they just can't think of ways to earn. It might be any of us. There's a way to earn while you're enjoying though. It is right, you can make money with your hobby. There are offers and e-books out there which claim to make you money while you're sleeping, but as they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So better do what you enjoy doing than having high hopes of earning by reading those lousy reports . You'll save yourself from stress.
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    Selling physical products is great when there is a demand for them but, i prefer digital products more, they fetch more money and better commissions.
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    • Profile picture of the author ripsnorta2
      Originally Posted by Marc2008 View Post

      Can anyone give examples of Hobbie Niches? Maybe Chess is one.
      * Oil Painting, and other arts and crafts,
      * Model Railroads
      * Board Games
      * Gardening, and it's sub niches,
      * Star Wars Collectibles,
      * Comic Books,
      * Computer Games,
      * Amateur Astronomy,
      * Amateur Electronics,
      * Robotics,
      * Weather,
      * Reading,
      * Writing Fiction,
      * Pet Shows,
      * Computer Case Modding,
      * Furniture Making,
      * Home Renovation,
      * Travel,
      * D&D Tabletop Roleplaying Games
      * Computer Programming,
      * Growing Extremely Hot Chillis (my favorite!)
      * Sewing
      * Embroidery
      * Fitness
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    • Profile picture of the author AgileHosting
      Originally Posted by Marc2008 View Post

      Can anyone give examples of Hobbie Niches? Maybe Chess is one.
      Did you visit any of the links provided earlier in the thread?

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