How To Find Millions Of Niches (Picture Guide)

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I thought I would give back to this place since it has helped me immensely... I have been seeing a lot of posts recently on how to find a niche etc... I thought I would show how simple it actually is to find a niche where money is being spent.

I understand that it is very annoying when it comes to finding a niche, people just tell you to go outside your house with a notepad and write down notes or go over to amazon to find a market. While each of these is a more than acceptable method, I have found that it isn’t the best method. eBay in my opinion is a lot better because they give you every piece of information you need to know if a niche market is successful or not.

For this to work you will need to open up a word document and just write down some of the niches that you find along the way. Follow this guide and you will see how easy it is to uncover niches where people are actually buying!

Ok here we go… Head over to eBay | eBay

Once you are on the home page I want you to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link called “site map”.



Edit: Due to recent eBay changes, you will need to click this link http://pages.ebay.com/sitemap.html

There is a section under the categories tab called “All Categories” Click the link.



For this bit you do not have to click on the crafts section but for this example I went into crafts. There are lots of other categories on the page, which you could easily click on. The important thing is that you click on the “See all” section at the bottom of the category.



Once you have clicked on the “see all” I want you to play a close look at the amount of products being sold in this broad category. In the picture above there are over 4,000,000 products being sold on ebay right now. This shows that it is a busy market but we would expect this to be popular. All we are looking for here is ideas to find a market. Scan through the page and see if there are any ideas there which you may be interested in pursuing. (Remember these are broad markets and will be narrowed down in a minuet)



Once you find one which you want to pursue, click on the blue text and it will take you to a list of all eBay auctions for that niche. Once on the eBay auction page, down the left hand side you will see a format section, click on the auction button, this is important, we are not interested in buy it now.



Here comes the very important bit, we are now going to turn your niche market into a list of products (and possible niche websites to create). There is a “Sort” section at the top of the page, you need to change this to show “Number of bids: Most first”, this will return you back a page with all the current auctions going on where bids have been placed.



Look at this, we have 43 bids on some copic sketch pens, 40 bids on a vintage wooden grumbacher, 38 bids on canva’s of modern art, another set of paintings, more copic sketch markers and the bid is at $280!! (Must be some good pens ).



Here is the important bit of all of this, these bids show you that there is money to be made in that market! I never knew that people were willing to pay almost $300 for 200 pens. Not only does it show you that there is money to be made in this market, it also shows you EXACTLY what is selling. To top it off, it gives you keyword idea that we can base our keyword research on later eg… (Copic Sketch Markers). Now I am not saying the idea above is a home run and we have the perfect market, no, this is just an idea you could use later on in your keyword research.

I hope this helped some people who were struggling to find a niche, there are so many markets online it is unreal. There are plenty of markets out there which are relatively untouched, go find them!

Any other techniques for finding niches, add below!!
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    Great share! I knew that eBay had a ton of categories but never realized there were that many!
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
    http://labs.ebay.com/Catman/ is another little known but very, very useful way to research hot products, keywords etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Even better is to use Ebay advanced search and select to look for 'Completed Listings'. That way you can see actual listings that don't just have bids but have actually sold. You can see what is selling and how many per day.

    But great none the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author green monster
    I agree nice method. I must admit that I've looked on ebay in the past for niche ideas and completely missed this way so thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigjara
    Really really cool stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Broyde
    Thanks alot butters...this is the first time I have seen Ebay being used to do keyword research. And it was all done in 6 or 7 steps. It seems like a quick way to get an idea of what is going on in the internet's niches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
      This shows you can still teach this old dog new tricks. I've been researching on eBay for years and I've never noticed that it will create a list ordered by number of bids. I've always combined "Completed Listings" with "highest first" or "lowest first" to determine value ranges. Unfortunately, you can't do "Number of bids:most first" in "Completed Listings" view, though. Still, this trick is a valuable tool.

      I suppose if you want to get the best view of a list you would want to do the search at a time of the week when the most auctions close. Typically this is Sunday evening.

      Thanks, Lee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Reminds me of the similar system of watching trends on Google Checkout (which they've since taken down) or looking at top products (or trends) on Amazon.

    There's always something to learn...
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    Cool post! Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Awesome share, will refer others to this thread who need help finding niches
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  • Profile picture of the author ecstacy31
    Great post....thanks for the info...
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      I am glad people have found it helpful. Quick addition I want to add which will find even more keywords, products etc is this...

      Under the site map there is a section called "more ways to find items". Under this section this section there are 2 others categories which you should look at: Popular products and Popular searches, each of these will contain keywords which could be used for research.

      If you want to see if a product is any good then go over to eBay Reviews & Guides and check for reviews in there. Alternatively this section could be good for also finding products/keywords based on their reviews. Not only does it give you keywords but if that keyword is viable then the product will already have reviews you could use later on.

      Hope all this helps .
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  • Profile picture of the author tribros
    I knew about it but never used “Number of bids: Most first” feature. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Maggs
    Nice one Lee, this will definitely help folks

    Cheers

    Rob
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      Originally Posted by salmanijaz View Post

      Great post ...

      Its really innovative thinking .....
      I'm glad some people have found it helpful !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rags2Richs
    Originally Posted by butters View Post

    I thought I would give back to this place since it has helped me immensely... I have been seeing a lot of posts recently on how to find a niche etc... I thought I would show how simple it actually is to find a niche where money is being spent.

    I understand that it is very annoying when it comes to finding a niche, people just tell you to go outside your house with a notepad and write down notes or go over to amazon to find a market. While each of these is a more than acceptable method, I have found that it isn't the best method. eBay in my opinion is a lot better because they give you every piece of information you need to know if a niche market is successful or not.

    For this to work you will need to open up a word document and just write down some of the niches that you find along the way. Follow this guide and you will see how easy it is to uncover niches where people are actually buying!

    Ok here we go... Head over to eBay | eBay

    Once you are on the home page I want you to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link called "site map".



    There is a section under the categories tab called "All Categories" Click the link.



    For this bit you do not have to click on the crafts section but for this example I went into crafts. There are lots of other categories on the page, which you could easily click on. The important thing is that you click on the "See all" section at the bottom of the category.



    Once you have clicked on the "see all" I want you to play a close look at the amount of products being sold in this broad category. In the picture above there are over 4,000,000 products being sold on ebay right now. This shows that it is a busy market but we would expect this to be popular. All we are looking for here is ideas to find a market. Scan through the page and see if there are any ideas there which you may be interested in pursuing. (Remember these are broad markets and will be narrowed down in a minuet)



    Once you find one which you want to pursue, click on the blue text and it will take you to a list of all eBay auctions for that niche. Once on the eBay auction page, down the left hand side you will see a format section, click on the auction button, this is important, we are not interested in buy it now.



    Here comes the very important bit, we are now going to turn your niche market into a list of products (and possible niche websites to create). There is a "Sort" section at the top of the page, you need to change this to show "Number of bids: Most first", this will return you back a page with all the current auctions going on where bids have been placed.



    Look at this, we have 43 bids on some copic sketch pens, 40 bids on a vintage wooden grumbacher, 38 bids on canva's of modern art, another set of paintings, more copic sketch markers and the bid is at $280!! (Must be some good pens ).



    Here is the important bit of all of this, these bids show you that there is money to be made in that market! I never knew that people were willing to pay almost $300 for 200 pens. Not only does it show you that there is money to be made in this market, it also shows you EXACTLY what is selling. To top it off, it gives you keyword idea that we can base our keyword research on later eg... (Copic Sketch Markers). Now I am not saying the idea above is a home run and we have the perfect market, no, this is just an idea you could use later on in your keyword research.

    I hope this helped some people who were struggling to find a niche, there are so many markets online it is unreal. There are plenty of markets out there which are relatively untouched, go find them!

    Any other techniques for finding niches, add below!!
    Wow! Excellent share could have been a mini eBook. Many Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author laracoates28
    A great piece of share.
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  • Profile picture of the author aleenkiller
    good nice share
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  • Profile picture of the author hron
    Thanks a lot Butters for sharing this. It really gives new ideas on what is "hot or not" and what niches could be proffitable to move into outside the ebay community.

    Regards Hans
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Thanks! I am looking for a niche right now and this helped point me in the right direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    I thought there was going to be a picture like

    niches x 1,000,000

    Good job. Obviously exceeded expectations.
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      Originally Posted by hron View Post

      Thanks a lot Butters for sharing this. It really gives new ideas on what is "hot or not" and what niches could be proffitable to move into outside the ebay community.

      Regards Hans
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      Thanks! I am looking for a niche right now and this helped point me in the right direction.
      Originally Posted by Tim_Carter View Post

      I thought there was going to be a picture like

      niches x 1,000,000

      Good job. Obviously exceeded expectations.
      Glad you all enjoyed it .
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  • Profile picture of the author Hacder
    Wow! This is niches marketplace.. Thanks for sharing this butters. Bookmarked
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Awesome share!

    There's also... EBay Pulse

    There was Yahoo! Buzz - but it now appears they changed it to something called Trending Now, not sure it's as helpful as the old Buzz was... but I added it anyway, for those inquiring minds who might wanna know.

    And of course Amazon Best Sellers

    Within the suggestions on this page, surely there is no shortness of potential niches... and I learned something new about eBay, as a Bonus!

    Thank-You Lee

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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    Well done Lee, great post!

    Another great way to get good ideas for niches are also:

    google.com/trends
    google adwords keyword tool
    amazon.com
    youtube.com
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  • Profile picture of the author ejullya
    Hi Lee,

    Excellent post, thank you for sharing. As well, thanks to some of the replies who provided additional info. I would have never thought of checking ebay for niches, but why not, as you showed.
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  • Profile picture of the author askforinfo
    Hi , when did you last try this ... ebay no longer has this format!
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      Originally Posted by askforinfo View Post

      Hi , when did you last try this ... ebay no longer has this format!
      Looks like eBay made a current change in their look...

      This will help you get to the sitemap...

      eBay Sitemap
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  • Profile picture of the author zpoll92
    This is a great share! Yeah, eBay & Amazon has a lot of categories to choose from. You can easily browse them and find tens of thousands of niches.

    I'm sure that this thread will help a lot of newcomers.
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  • Profile picture of the author t3cn1c0
    Wow! Nice thread in here... Useful infos being shared freely!
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    • Profile picture of the author cjwares
      Does this guide only work with certain country's ebay sites? I am trying it on the ebay UK site and can't get it to work for me.

      I'm not sure if ebay have changed things about since the guide was made or if I am doing something wrong with it.

      It is great to see people prepared to put information out like this to help people though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jurickwessels
    Awesome thread it helped a lot!

    Just poked around and saw something immediately on Ebay with some pretty good stats.

    I checked the brand name and if they have an affiliate program, doesn't seem like it. So what do I do in this case ? Or is this a sign of a no-go situation.

    The niche product can be checked here, I followed all the steps that butters posted: Easy Kids' Crafts | eBay
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  • Profile picture of the author VidMan
    it now changed to http://listings.ebay.com/ But I think it's agreat mind opener in terms of what's selling online.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjwares
      Originally Posted by VidMan View Post

      it now changed to eBay - Women's Clothing, Nonfiction, Men's Clothing items on eBay.com But I think it's agreat mind opener in terms of what's selling online.
      Cheers. That has done the trick, able to see it now.
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      • Profile picture of the author ErinWalsh
        Glad to see the current way to view this information is listed. I have used ebay to help determine the real world value of different items before, but had not thought about using it to find a niche. Great share!
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  • Profile picture of the author saulmaraney
    Thank you very much for this great share - it has really helped me a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Like Butter: (pardon the pun)
      This is a good (get people off their duff) share. If I had the power to make it into a sticky I would.

      This is one of the best "show, not just tell" - examples I've seen to get a newbie (or many oldies) started. Of course finding a niche is just half the battle, it's what you do after you find the niche is where many people wash out.

      But getting started is where most people face failure. You've solved that problem for a lot of people who have the guts to act on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author skepticaldoubt
    Number of items listed is no longer shown, you can still browse all the categories.
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  • Profile picture of the author NoMoreWords
    You could have made a WSO out of this and charge people $39 for the ultimate solution for keyword research.

    Joke's aside, that's really good. Seems so simple, yet nobody came here to share it (I suppose because they didn't want competition). Kudos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eugenius360
    Thanks for the priceless information in this amazing share.

    This is exactly what i needed at this stage of my fledgling career.

    Seems to me to succeed in the world of IM you need to be a step ahead so to share this for free is crazy lol

    Most wouldn't so much respect to you man.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author javrsmith
    I wonder why they changed it to remove the number of listings.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      why they changed it
      This thread is from 2013 - things change. However, it's still a good way to research niches.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Kay,
        So funny I didn't even bother to check date. lol

        Not until I saw your Post.

        Oh well, it is a great Post. I forgot about this. Always went to Amazon and Clickbank for Niche ideas



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  • Profile picture of the author Rick54
    I bookmarked this....thanks for the info

    Rick
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  • Profile picture of the author focusedlife
    Thankful for the OP's share and whoever bumped this so that I could learn and comment.

    Regards,

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