What is the best way to find out what is trending in your niche?

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Hi folks.

Just a quick question for you all.

I'm wondering how best to find the topics that are trending in my niche and was wondering what methods my fellow warriors use to determine that?

I had the good fortune to rank well for a keyword that featured in a Forbes magazine article a few months ago and the traffic was amazing... 6000 visitors to one blog post over the course of three days. Obviously I'm not going to get that again in a hurry but knowing what is trending would be great.

What are your experiences and methods for finding what is trending in your niche?

Thanks

Julia
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitch Barber
    A google news search is a good way to see what's hot. Have you tried that?
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsherwood
      I like to use Google Trends.

      I just ran a couple of examples:

      1. Dirt Bikes
      2. Weight loss

      "Dirt bikes" seem to have started to decline since 2005.

      Where as "weight loss" has stayed steady over the years.

      Google will display a graph and then a global demographic down below that.

      Two very rough examples, just wanted to provide some contrast between two niches.

      Granted you will still have to play around with keywords, but at least it will give you a good idea on where the market is going/ has been .

      Hope this helps,

      All the best,

      R.S
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      • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
        Google Trends is great. I also use Google Alerts and Google News to track what's happening in certain niches.

        Originally Posted by Rsherwood View Post

        I like to use Google Trends.

        I just ran a couple of examples:

        1. Dirt Bikes
        2. Weight loss

        "Dirt bikes" seem to have started to decline since 2005.

        Where as "weight loss" has stayed steady over the years.

        Google will display a graph and then a global demographic down below that.

        Two very rough examples, just wanted to provide some contrast between two niches.

        Granted you will still have to play around with keywords, but at least it will give you a good idea on where the market is going/ has been .

        Hope this helps,

        All the best,

        R.S
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  • Profile picture of the author theaffiliategeek
    trends map is an option could possibly help you. it pulls real time data including geotags
    from twitter. This can be useful in some cases. I hope it's helpful in your case.
    They have both free and paid plans, it wouldn't hurt to try the free one.

    Real-time local Twitter trends - Trendsmap
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    • Profile picture of the author stormyhibner003
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    1. Hang out in the most popular forums in your niche.

    2. Subscribe to the most popular blogs in your niche.

    3. Setup a Google Alert for the most popular keywords in your niche.

    Do all of those things and you will always hear about anything trend worthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    Read up on the biggest blogs in your niche and see what they're talking about?
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    • Profile picture of the author martinp
      Find the 'authorities' in your niche and follow them - whether it's a blog, a magazine, a TV program etc.

      I'm in the health niche and whenever someone like Dr. Oz mentions a new 'miracle' product you can be nearly certain it will be trending in the following weeks and months.

      I'm also in some sports niches so I watch sports channels on TV, read blogs, online newspapers etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    Read magazines and newspapers, search for news on your niche and new products in your niche, see if there are any groups on facebook about your niche, find forums about your niche, follow some really popular blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Strikeb4ck
    I think you have to stay actively perusing your niche's community...Stay in touch with any forums, Facebook groups/pages (read the comments), search Twitter for your niche, read blogs, etc...Let the people tell you what's happening.
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  • Profile picture of the author EdwinBrownJr
    Originally Posted by Julia Andersson View Post

    Hi folks.

    Just a quick question for you all.

    I'm wondering how best to find the topics that are trending in my niche and was wondering what methods my fellow warriors use to determine that?

    I had the good fortune to rank well for a keyword that featured in a Forbes magazine article a few months ago and the traffic was amazing... 6000 visitors to one blog post over the course of three days. Obviously I'm not going to get that again in a hurry but knowing what is trending would be great.

    What are your experiences and methods for finding what is trending in your niche?

    Thanks

    Julia
    The best way to predict the future is by creating it...

    ~ Edwin Brown Jr
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Go to Amazon.com and get into their system. I'm not talking about doing anything illegal. But its perfectly legal to look into their system of doing things.

      You will find what books people are buying in reference to your niche.

      Also, people don't buy books for looks and cover design but the information in them. Thus at a higher level of marketing that information ends up in some marketers sales funnel.
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      • Profile picture of the author ContentWritingPhD
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        Know what’s talked more about in the forums in your niche so that you’d know what’s trending. Also, continue reading blogs, read comments posted in social networking sites regarding your niche and I’m sure you’ll understand what’s happening.

        James Clark’s idea of going to amazon.com and checking which books are selling a lot in reference to your niche seems like a good way of finding out what’s currently trending.
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    • Profile picture of the author Julia Andersson
      Originally Posted by EdwinBrownJr View Post

      The best way to predict the future is by creating it...

      ~ Edwin Brown Jr
      LOL, I like your thinking Edwin
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Yahoo!

    Top right corner. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Google Trends is a good way to go. I have used this to search for the latest trends or those topics that are mostly being talked about for some few days to come.
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    • Profile picture of the author dee4d
      And keep on writing too. With the previous visitors you have mentioned, you will have visitors coming back to your site for more. Offer them more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Julia Andersson
        Originally Posted by dee4d View Post

        And keep on writing too. With the previous visitors you have mentioned, you will have visitors coming back to your site for more. Offer them more.
        That's something I really have to work on.. I've been so busy with other things I haven't done a new post for a couple of months.

        Though I did purchase Rapid Content Wizard a couple of weeks ago and am using that to work on a couple of posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I use google with keywords, and hunt for stuff that has been released in the last 24 hours.

    Not only are you able to get ideas for articles, you are able to get even better ideas, for blog post updates, videos, audio, products, and all sorts of stuff. The opportunities are endless especially if you are need for content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jerry0
    Have you tried out Niche Finder. Its a free site that send you list of niche on a daily bases and their search statistic.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Like everyone has mentioned, trends are very powerful.

    But another excellent way uncover trends is to watch the news in your niche, ie,

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...r=0&q=facebook

    https://www.google.com/search?num=100&newwindow=1&hl=en&gl=us&authuser=0& tbm=nws&q="google+glass"

    etc.etc.etc.

    You'll find bubbles of the new announcements and can then either craft a product around them, or simply build out an affiliate marketing site focused on them.

    Other trends are

    CNN Trends on CNN.com

    News and Trends: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

    Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author allanjhn
    Google news search
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Topsy.com

    Enter your keyword or niche and sort by 'newest' and it will bring up the latest tweets on your subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    1) Google trends

    2) Subscribe to the major sites in your niche

    3) Stay active on popular blogs in your niche

    4) Subscribe to an offline marketing in your niche if one is available
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  • Profile picture of the author carlo_sim
    This is what i use to stay updated:

    1. Join forums related to your niche and check them everyday
    2. Setup google alerts
    3. Check google trends
    4. Alltop.com
    5. I also use flipboard
    6. Subscribe to facebook fanpages, follow people in your niche via instagram
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by twinkenterprises View Post

      Read magazines and newspapers, search for news on your niche and new products in your niche, see if there are any groups on facebook about your niche, find forums about your niche, follow some really popular blogs.
      As far as newspapers and other news sources, you will find that certain publications and geographic locations tend to be 'ahead of the curve'. For example, if I were doing something with fashion, I'd watch places like Paris, Tokyo, etc. What is current news there will be here in a few months. (Disclaimer: I don't know if these are the right cities, but I remember hearing them mentioned on a show my wife watches - America's Next Top Model.)

      For tech and gadgets, I'd look for news about the big trade show in Las Vegas. For automotive, look to the big auto shows in New York and Detroit. And so on...

      In other words, don't just monitor the news in your niche. Monitor the sources that are known for having things before the trend takes off.
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    • Profile picture of the author ttjr21
      Thanks for that information. Have you had more success after you started following trends via google news example?
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Sopitan
    They said all it all, so to speak.

    All I have to say, make a list and implement.
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  • Profile picture of the author imterrywagner
    I hope this will help. First off , you need to be subscribe to top forum sites,stay active, post comments, google trends will help a lot enable notifications. Again choose top sites to get your trends from.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin242
    I have used google trends before, but you can also consider looking into what are the most common trends on new sites such as newsweek, and other sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author andrawisnaser
    You can setup Google Alert with your main keywords.
    Google will send you email as soon as something new happen in your market.

    hope that helped

    Andrew
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    • Profile picture of the author Julia Andersson
      Some really good ideas here.

      Another thing I found out has to do with prelaunch marketing. It's something the marketing 'gurus' do all the time.

      They sign up to sites where other marketers put announcements of upcoming products in the search for JV partnerships and they build sites to promote those products. Sometimes you can even get a review copy of the product.

      The point is to build and rank the promotional site (video/blog post etc) BEFORE it is launched. It's not really going to get any traffic prior to the launch because very few people will be searching for it but you can position yourself well for the search term when it does launch.

      It's a great way to earn some money short term.
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  • Profile picture of the author linathinfotech
    Stay Updated with news sites for your niche and if you have not so much time then subscribe them. So, you never miss any story.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexapamten
    You can check the most popular blogs in your niche. Maybe some of them covered similar subjects. I'm sure every social media blog out there has good posts on how to get more retweets.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malteaser
    Go to YouTube/ Google Blogs and research what competitors are doing especially if they are successful, if they are doing it right just reverse engineer them

    You can also go through forums related to your niche and research what people are asking and looking for solutions for - this way you can build content around solutions people are looking for and your content will be valuable to people within your niche.
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