My places where I look for new niches

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Hi everybody, since I recently decided to start being active around here (I've been lurking for so long ) so that I can give back a even tiny bit of the value that I've gotten from you guys... I thought I'd start by sharing a list of the places where I do most of my "niche" ideas research.

Now, I'm aware that this stuff is probably old-hat to a lot of people here, but I figure there are always people just starting out for whom this might come in useful. Plus I've always been of the belief that there is more than enough abundance to go around for everyone, so there is no harm in sharing everything you know.

Oh, also sadly my post count is not high enough et to post actual links But an easy google search of the name of each thing will easily take you there. I promise to come back and add the links when I get the ability to.

Anyway, here goes:


Google Keyword Tool:

Can't argue with the daddy of the internet... it's the only place that I know of where you can actually get a peek into Google's real numbers.

Yahoo Buzz:

Yahoo uses its data to publish articles based on what people are looking for the most, and they conveniently let you filter them by topic, such as Business, Health, Politics, Tech, Lifestyle, etc.

Lycos 50:

Lycos (a search engine which used to be top stuff on the net but which has since been outshined by Google) keeps a "music count-down" style list of the 50 top search terms, but more importantly also keeps a running commentary on why these terms are where they are, why they rise, why they fall.

AOL Hot Searches:

Similar to Yahoo Buzz, they publish information articles with topics based on what their data (and for AOL its A LOT of data) shows them people are looking for. For example the headline article right when I'm typing this is: "Trying to remove your scar?" Tadaa, instant need-based niche right there.

Google Suggest:

You type in a word and Google tries to complete your thought, based on what other people have already typed into it before. Very good for brainstorming.

eBay Pulse:

From the center of shopping and spending on the entire net, ebay freely shares the lifeline of what people actually look for when on their page, which is to say, when they KNOW they're gonna be spending money.

Dogpile SearchSpy: & Ask IQ:

These two might be a bit less useful as they are straight top-whatever lists of searches, but never hurts to have some more of those plus useful for crazy brainstorming.


A final note, I used to worry a lot about competition and KEI and all that, but gradually I've found it doesn't really matter. If there are a lot of people who need what you're offering, and if your offer is good and real, they will find you. People "shop around" a lot on the net, and a person in search of a solution may click on someone else's link today, and some other guy's link tomorrow, but eventually they WILL get to you, and if your copy and your offer rise above the others', you will get the lead and the sale. That doesn't mean you don't have to promote and do your SEO of course! But if there are people who want what you need and if they are willing to lay out the cash to get it, just go for it I say. The idea is more important than the actual keywords.

Anyway, hope this is helpful for guys starting out out there. And thanks to the Warrior Forum people in general for all the help they've given me over the years.
#niches #places
  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Dogpile wow haven't been there in years. Must check now
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Behrens
    Thanks guys, I'm glad it can be of use These are definitely classics to be sure... but I've eventually learned to stick with a routine that works before going off to chase the other shiny new things.

    To be clear, the list is not really for niche "research" per se, it's actually more like my "brainstorming base" that I cycle through when I need to get a little newness or creativity floating around in my head. A couple loops around these sites and I never fail to come up with at least a couple new ideas that might be worth looking at closer with WordTracker, Market Samurai etc to see if it's actually viable.

    - Harry Behrens

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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
    I get a lot of great ideas from reading USA Today newspaper.

    They are always up to date on current trends.

    That newspaper is a Goldmine!

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  • Profile picture of the author willz605
    I go to websites looking for reviews.....what people are passionate about...the more reviews the better the niche....
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Anderson
    now the latest newest toll for niche research is Google's wonder wheel. you do a normal search on google, and then click the show options thing at the top left of the page, then at the bottom you go into the wonder wheel bit. it will keep giving you alternate keyword options to explore.
    try it.
    Just good marketing advice - Business ideas
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
      nice post, thanks for sharing, i especially like yahoo buzz

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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAmes
    Great Suggestions - good to see what others are doing to search out the relevant niche markets. Thanks again for your ideas.
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