I have found a number of obscure software programs that are in use by a lot of people. These software programs are free software - there is no cost involved in getting these programs.
Much of the documentation of these programs is...well...less than clear (I use most of the one's I have been looking at and know this from personal exposure to such documentation).
So...there seems to be a real need for newbie documentation that will show how to do things in a less than geeky way.
Admittedly many of these programs are used primarily by geeks but not always. Some would be used by newbies if they could be taught how to work with them.
My question is...how could one make money from writing better documentation and slapping it up on a website - giving it away for free?
Adsense? Not likely. Not much retail wise going on at all in these software niches. Most don't even have Adwords ads anywhere in sight.
Selling the better documentation probably wouldn't work either. Most people who use these programs are geek types so they don't really need the better documentation. I suppose newbies might buy better documentation but I don't want to bank on that.
No one is going to pay to become a member of a membership site that has better documentation.
Hosting affiliate sales might be doable. This might be the best bet I think.
Anybody got any ideas on how to monetize these types of niche markets?
Writing excellent user documentation to go along with obscure but relatively popular software programs which have poor documentation.
I like writing and think I could write some really good documentation but I don't want to waste my time if it's too difficult to monetize these types of niches.