How To Simplify The Niche Selection Process

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Simplify Topic SelectionDuring the last few live question and answer sessions with my Blog Mastermind students at least one person every call asks for help determining whether they have a good choice for a blog topic.

Given that new people join the program each week, it’s not surprising that question crops up over and over again. Everyone new to blogging faces the challenge of topic selection as the first big hurdle, and while I can never offer the “right” solution, as only the market can tell you that, I do my best to offer my suggestions and tips for conducting research to aide with topic selection.

What Topic Is Right?

Topic selection for a blog is similar to niche selection for a business. What you decide to write about determines what type of audience you attract and how you make money from that audience. In today’s e-commerce landscape, content is the driving force behind traffic and purchasing decisions online, so topic selection is a big deal.

Today I want to offer a simple answer to this problem, to help choose what topic and niche is right for you. I say simple because it’s possible to make this a very complicated choice, with in-depth keyword research, market analysis and other assessable factors weighing in on the decision process.

Unfortunately I find that many people who do extensive research become paralyzed. With more data comes more awareness of the different variables at play. Sometimes knowing less is a good thing because it gives you a clear next step – an action you can take that actually moves you closer to a result.

This is especially important for newbies and people with personalities that demand they know everything about everything before taking that first step into the big wide world. As someone new to Internet marketing, learning about all the different ways to research a potential topic may be so much work and such a big learning curve that it takes months before any action is taken to actually test the topic in the market.

You have to learn how to choose a niche before even choosing a niche!

I’m not saying you should bury your head in the sand and take a leap of faith when choosing a topic, but you can certainly make it easier on yourself.

Spotting Opportunities

Let me explain how I have selected topics for the businesses I have run in the past. In almost all circumstances the process has gone something like this -

  1. By virtue of my day-to-day activities I’m exposed to different markets (people) and observe first hand their needs and wants, or I personally am part of the market and experience needs and wants myself.
  2. Case in point: while at university I had a group assignment that included a group member who was from a non-English speaking background. I had to edit the group’s writing together and noticed this student had terrible English. That turned into the idea for an online proofreading service targeted specifically at International students studying at English language universities, which became BetterEdit.com.

  3. After realizing the need or want, I brainstorm ideas on how to solve it (in recent years focusing solely on Internet based solutions) and then determine a basic business or blog concept in my head.
  4. I go online and create a website for it and begin the marketing process.

That’s basically it. Yes it lacks any in-depth research process prior to launch and probably would benefit from a little more analytical and competitive analysis, but there’s one fact you have to realize – the barriers to entry on the web are virtually non-existent.

Because it is so easy to test something online I find the best research tool available is putting something out there and giving it a real world trial. No amount of pre-launch research will ever tell you as much as actually attracting an audience and/or making a sale to a customer (or finding there is no audience or no people willing to spend money or that you hate what you are doing).

What’s especially great about my three step formula is that it simplifies the lead-in process so much that your first action step is actually testing the idea in the market.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t go in completely blind. The brainstorming process to cement my idea takes into account everything I have done online and may include looking at what sites already exist.

Having already done a lot online I can call on what I know from experience. This is not an advantage a beginner to Internet marketing has, however I still argue the best way to gain this experience is to action an idea rather than analyze it to death before it even has a chance. That’s what I did when I was a beginner.

What About Keyword Research?

I’ve used keywords to help come up with elements to tweak for the SEO of my websites, but I never use it as a decision making tool for choosing a topic or business idea. It’s good to know what words to use in the title of a blog post or in tags, but that’s about the extent of my keyword analysis.

Keyword research is great if you care a lot about the numbers. People who like the process of making money regardless of the niche that the money is made in will probably think what I do (or not do in this case), is crazy. How could you not find out where the money is and how many people are looking for something before starting a project?

For those of you who don’t like keyword analysis or number crunching the fact that I have achieved what I have online without focusing on analytical tools and data should give you hope. You can succeed without ever looking at keywords, if you are willing to take action.

My Favorite Online Research Tool

What I rely on to come up with ideas for topics, or businesses, or products or even just blog posts, is people.

People are the driving force behind the statistics. If you can assess what people are asking and isolate the emotional drive and the logical decision making process going on in their head, you can determine everything you need to know.

There Internet is made up of people so you don’t have to look far to find answers to your questions, provided you are able to form assumptions based on observable behavior (a little intuition and familiarity with your market helps).

My favorite place to observe behavior is in forums. The great thing about a forum is just because it exists (assuming it is popular), demonstrates there is a market of some size. For those who like numbers, forums also provide great statistics for free – things like total members, active members, number of posts and topics, and number of replies to a topic, which can tell you what’s hot and what’s not in a particular niche.

Fran’s Forum Offers The Answer

Fran, who you may remember as one of my students I talked about in the Conversion Blogging video and runs a blog called High On Health, was recently thinking about what information product to create next to sell from her blog. As a person with a lot of experience and education in her niche, she had too many ideas for what she could cover.

Although hesitant at first, Fran added a forum to her blog purely because she was sick of responding to email questions and thought having a permanent archive in a forum for all questions from her readers was a good idea. It also helped alleviate some of her workload as other people in the forum could start helping with responses to questions too.

Most forums start slowly (read my tips to grow a forum) and Fran’s was the same. It took several months to build an audience, but since she directed all questions she received to the forum, it eventually became popular. It’s not a big forum by any means, but it is popular enough that something amazing happened – her forum became the best source of intelligence about her audience she could ever ask for.

It didn’t dawn on her immediately, but I remember clearly the moment Fran realized she had the answer for what her next information product should be about within her forums (she skyped me when the light bulb went off in her mind).

Her next information product could address the top questions that were consistently asked in her forum. It was so clear because she didn’t need to guess what she needed to cover – her members were telling her. An 80/20 rule was evident as a majority of the people came to the forums asking the same few questions.

In Fran’s case she created the forum that led to the answers she needed, and it’s great she owns a growing forum, however that is certainly not something you need to replicate.

There are thousands of online forums that right now have the answers to your question of what topic you should cover, or what blog articles you need to write to answer the most popular questions, or what product you should create next or what business you can launch.

Look For Common Questions

The key when researching forums is to understand that you are looking for patterns of popularity. When a topic is started with a question and it evolves into a hot conversation thread, that thread alone offers a wealth of information. Even if the conversation leads to a conclusion and supposed answer to the question originally asked – that doesn’t mean you can’t take that question and address it yourself through an asset you control, like a blog or a product you create.

Even an extremely popular forum represents only a small portion of the overall population of a niche. No forum has the entire audience, and if you create your own resource that answers the common questions you can take a share of the audience.

Look for common questions, provide the answers and you have the formula for a successful blog.

It’s Not Quite That Easy

Obviously there is more to it than just what I outlined in this article. Just because someone asks something and it leads to a hot thread in a forum or there are many people all asking the same questions in a forum, doesn’t guarantee there is money to made in that topic.

What’s important is a forum can tell you about the behaviors, desires, goals, motivation and interests of a group of people and best of all, it’s very detailed, specific and – raw – real responses from real human beings.

This information alone is enough to guide you towards a topic you can develop into a blog or a business. I can promise you that the direction will change over time, but the important thing is that you take action in the first place and put something out there. If forum research can give you enough clarity to determine the next step, that’s a great result.

Yaro Starak
Mining Forums

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98 Comments

  • Great article, Yaro! Your points make me realizing that there are so many chances to be better and better day by day. Thanks a lot.

    • Although I agreed with Yaro about focus on people when building community, but I must stress that:

      1. Keyword research is very important in tapping into “targeted” audience / prospect, but using SEO alone won’t grow your blog traffic exponentially! Only worth of mouth from people will make your blog successful (Successful and profitable is differnt thing!)

      2. A profitable blog with targeted search traffic is nice, it will bring you nice income but not recursive income! Next step – Build community and list.

      3. With list building and community site like forums and membership services will skyrocket your income, brand name and authority!

      I still think SEO traffic is easy to jump start a blog, use combination of web 2.0 promotion like stumble upon and digg, we can easily hit 2,000 visitors / day in 3 months!

  • Hi Yaro, I find your posts very refreshing- because you always ensure you give the real picture, drawn by your experience and/or supported with facts.
    Yes, you are really right about forums. I used to participate in Yahoo Answers (the point system gets a bit addictive) and found myself answering the same problem (but faced by different sufferers). So instead of repeating myself again, one day I wrote a complete article to address the same questions and the next time I saw the same question – I just post them the link. Sometimes when I got tired of blogging, I will go into forums and answer questions, then it will normally give me an inspiration to write my next article. It is sort of a niche because I address certain specific issues- and few months later, I found my blog being on the first or second page of Google when people put in those search words. But I have just migrated to my own domain name and guess, I have to be patient for the search engines to find my site again.

  • Thanks Yaro.

    You leave out the part about something you are passionate about – but I guess you won’t be interested in that anyway, so that’s sort of handled in any case.

    Any tips on finding fora (forums) in a particular niche? Do you just look at the more popular ones (I guess there will be a number in any significan’t niche).

    • You know I think passion is the most important ingredient Evan, but that isn’t a good enough answer for most people. They like a research process and that’s where things can get complicated, hence this article with a simple solution.

      Finding forums should be easy using just google. Type in “Keyword Phrase + Forums” and assuming there is a popular enough forum it should show up on the first or second page of results.

      If not, then you will need to think of the next category phrase above what you searched for (“drill up” to a broader category) and do the search again.

      • This was super helpful to me. I couldn’t quite figure out how to find specific forums on subjects outside those I am already super familiar with!

  • Like it – it’s great to hear that number crunching isn’t everything and sometimes it’s all about ‘giving it a go’.

    I’ve done this with a number of ideas (some good, some bad) and don’t feel like any of it has been a waste of time or money – it’s been a great learning process and has been fun listening to the feedback.

    Good luck to anyone brave enough to give something a shot. Thanks Yaro.

  • Thanks for the tips, Yaro!

    Another important research, I think is keyword research. Most people use keyword tools to do SEO, but it also tell us what is the people actually look for, especially in those low count long tail keywords, these are gold mine…

    I agreed that people is the most important research tool, survey and interaction with our blog visitors or lists is important.

  • Right on, Yaro. There’s nothing quite like mining a forum to get a feel for a market. Keyword analysis has its place to a point – but there’s nothing better than reading what real people are discussing about their problems/desires/needs/wants.

    At the end of the day, mining forums has stood the test of time in product development.

  • Yarok,

    I think most importantly when you are choosing a topic, it must be relevant to the taste of the reader plus of course the interest of oneself regarding the topic, so that the person can continue writing more and more blog. Myself personally is just a beginner in the blogging world, I am still finding a topic which I could enjoy to write and yet let a lot of audience enjoy reading it.

    Your blog will be one of the brilliant blog I could get a lot of inspiration. :)

  • It is a good advice to test ideas in the real world. You can easily create a few blogs in different niches and test thoroughly in a month or two. Unless you use AdWords or other paid search engine ads, it takes time to gain organic traffic from the search engines like Google. If you can get some decent organic traffic within a month or two, you know it will be a profitable niche.

  • This has not been my problem but I do meet people with the same questions. I now know where to send them to.

  • Great post. I’m glad it’s something informational. I’ve been seeing alot of product reviews lately and it’s been turning me off of your blog.

    This post renewed my drive to visit more often.

  • I agree with the contents of this article. In my opinion, the best way to know if something works is to try it out (unless there are really obvious signs that you shouldn’t). Starting a Blog (or website) has become so easy that there really isn’t a huge investment to get your average site started.

    I found myself battling with the question of what topic to select, but then I listened to the Topic Selection audio in the Blog Mastermind course and just decided to get started. I’ve been through 3 different blogs already, because I figured out pretty soon on the first two that although the topic was interesting, I didn’t have what it takes to keep those 2 very active. It led me to my third blog and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Articles have just been flowing ever since.

    Thanks for this article Yaro.

  • Yes, it is very important to think about what your niche will be. Which niche interests you the most? This is something to consider as you will have to write blogs every day, which can be grueling if you have no interest in the topic. Finding the right niche can also be vital in how well you do in affiliate marketing if you choose to use these programs with your blog.

  • My dear Yaro, as always you are very wise and the experience talks without any doubt.

    I´d like to add a little about my experience, although making keyword research refers to statistics, these statistics are generated by people and what those people are searching for and using 2 free online resources I have reach the 1st page of Google results more than once, for obvious reasons I won´t reveal which niches I have a reached those results in. Please take my word on it.

    Using the procedure that I detailed in my Simple Keyword Research video tutorial: http://videos.cdanca.com/Simple-Keyword-Research/
    anyone are able to find very relevant keywords related to the niche with which are envolved or hoping to work with.

    I recommend to research several variations of the keyword and then start writing about the gotten results.

    I hope this helps and thank you very much as usual my dear friend.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel Cajiga

    • Julia Lammot

      Hi Daniel, Your link contained in the comments you made on 2008-10-01 no longer works. You probably have been alerted to this by some other reader trying to use it but thought I would let you know anyway.
      Regards
      Julia

  • Thanks again Yaro I’m a new reader of your Blog and I’ve found out already that your posts topics are solid, easy to digest information. I was one of those who over-analize and I knew it. Searching and analizing for months, I enjoyed it but I knew there was time a-wastin’ and I finally just had to jump in. Now I’ve found that it’s not that hard to lead my blog in almost any direction. I end up in the same place writing about (my passion) I could have just done that to start with.
    Larry W

  • Excellent post! Already reevaluating my approach. This was definately helpful.

  • Well, In my niche people do not spend much time in forums. But they have not got used to it. Sometimes I email them asking them what they want out of my site and they answer it to the point.

    Ask and it is given.

    Instead of trying to guess the needs of people from forums, we can just email them asking what they want.

    A server in the restaurant asks, ‘Sir, what do you like to have.’ And brings what they want. He does not give the food by trying to find out what they want by eaves dropping their conversations.

    Deepak,
    KISS (Keep it simple stupid) :-)

  • an interesting take on this question. most of the posts i see on this focus on the numbers and keyword research tools. the idea of using forums in order to gauge what people want and what appears to be popular is something new to me. also, i like the idea of putting something out there, as opposed to allowing some paralysis to seep in.

  • Hi Deepak,

    The customers are already in one particular kind of restaurant. The niche selection process is more like trying to decide which kind of restaurant to open.

  • nicely done Yaro,

    its true how you say that most people like a research process. the knowledge of how something works isnt usually enough, because most of the information that people need is really out there, but instead they want it in a procedural form to follow.

    in that sense you have written a fantastic article

    cheers

    kahthan

  • Great advice about focusing less on numbers and more on real world testing. Sometimes numbers (or our understanding of them) can be way off. For example, for one of my small mini-sites I wrote an article targeting a keyword that didn’t get many searches. I wasn’t sure if I should even waste my time on it, but I did. That one article gets way more traffic than the keyword research tools led me to believe and it converts better than any other articles for that site. Sometimes you just don’t know until you try.

  • Yeah, there a so many different markets out there to be discovered and catered for – finding it and promoting is where the trouble lies

  • I’m impressed with your blog aussie. I submitted it to Digg under your subtitle “How To Choose A Topic For Your Blog!” Hope that’s ok with you Yaro. Keep up the great work. Best regards, Ash Davison. (kiwi)

  • Hi Yaro…

    I breathed a huge sigh of relief with your article — sometimes I think we do over complicate the whole process! Sometimes we can over research, over prepare, overanalyse when what we really need to do is just get out there and do it. And the beauty of the Internet is that it can all be changed or tweaked reasonably quickly and inexpensively. Sometimes you don’t know until you get out there… and test the waters!

    Jeanne

  • yeah testing the waters is the key, now all we need is yaro to write up an article on how long we should be testing for and what metrics we can use determine if our efforts have been successful.. :)

  • That’s a wonderful article Yaro, I believe totally in this, and practice the same. Hi, Kahthan, digging to much is too bad, you will land up only digging keep it simple and plain. It should be decided by you what you are going to offer and how much is enough. Always remember you are the first customer of your product if you feel you are satisfied, that’s it.

  • For me, the simplest path is either:
    1. choose a topic that love you most, something that you want to share and not get bored with it.
    2. if you want to earn money, choose a topic that people wants to know more about (yeah, even if you don’t have much knowledge about it), and find a pool of writers for it. :)

  • Great post Yaro, thanks…Keep up the great work..
    By the way I really like your blog design & colors, who is the designer ?

  • Ben

    My experience with determining a great (profitable) niche is much like you said. Go with your gut and give it a try. To that end, I like to set up social networks on Ning or Kick Apps and see if I can create a community around the topic.

    If you can’t build a happy community with great free content, then there is no way that your new niche is going to create cash when the products hit the shelves.

  • When I started, I just picked the topic that I loved … scrapbooking. :-) It grows from there, I’ve done well but tend to over analyze as well. I need to take the lessons learned and add it to create more exposure for my sites.

  • My blog runs off wordpress and I find the UAW plug in invaluable for supplying material when I am busy. It downloads a free article each day which you can either moderate or just publish unchecked. I always check them because some of them have massive typos or the English is a bit strange. And those I do change. I owe it to my readers. I quite often add a comment up front as to why I am publishing this article, then publish it.

    So my blog is a mixture of my stuff, Twitter (thank heavens for Twitter to keep it refreshed) and the PLR articles.

    If you want to see it in action, you can check out either of my blogs http://www.magicalinternetmarketing.com/blog or http://www.linesofexperience.com/blog. Lines of expereince probably gives slightly better examples of ‘fronting’ these article.

  • Great blog YARO !!
    I was really missing something not coming to your blog earlier..
    Really informative stuff.
    We have around 200 regular SEO clients, and for them intense keyword research is done by the core SEO team ..
    I agree that on an individual level numbers are not that important … but when you have to compete for traffic with your competitors.. a lot of things are taken into account … can’t just go about it blindly…`

  • I love it man, you lay things out in such a simple way that anyone can take it and apply it! I agree that analyzing and analyzing and analyzing stops many from taking any action at all! Though the article covers nothing ground breaking or new, it shows how simple the process can be and that the most important step is to take action.

    Thanks dude.

  • you got a lot of things there to think about. I really liked the “be observant” method. You have to look at what people are doing and what their needs are. If you see one person with a need then more than likely there will be others to. Remember Spanx underwear for women. This lady got fed up with cutting holes in her hose. She hit the pavement and next you know she is a millionaire.

  • Yaro,

    “The barriers to entry on the web are virtually non-existent” – spot on! but I totally agree that it’s not easy.

    “behaviors, desires, goals, motivation and interests” – they are golden keys!

    Thanks for your insights :)

  • I like the idea of deriving ideas from forums … just as you say, the same questions keep bubbling up again and again.

    Once you’ve identified both a question, and an answer to that question, you’re more than halfway there already.

  • yeah the problem is finding the question, the answer is so much easier to derive than the question itself.. discovering what your audience covets as a majority can be a tricky process, but at least you know when you get it right because the traffic numbers go up :)

  • Thanks Yaro for the call to action and a process to get started with. Much needed by myself and I’ll bet a lot of others out there.

  • Right on Yaro! Forums are one of my favorite places to do research, along with polling friends and associates. I do think that Keyword research, along with Adwords research and checking Amazon.com (related products, etc.) to see which niches have money in them is also a good idea. You do a great job empowering women in business (as well as men) with all of your great tips! Thanks! -Jenn Carter

  • The question is identifying the need that will translate into money. There can be lot of needs out there but the people may not be able to dish out the money for that service!

  • At times the most potent barriers are those that we impose on ourselves.

  • yeah finding a monetizable niche is the biggest problem, i can find plenty of niche’s but finding the ones where money is spent is the tough part..

  • Your article really sums up the failures of internet marketing ( me included). We are more into the paralysis of analysis and ultimately we forget what we set out to do. Great article and valuable learning.

    Sri

  • I wonder how many of the commenters here make actual money from their websites…

  • Martin O' Neill

    Analysis paralysis! Absolutely the number one block to just about everything and everyone making headway in life generally, not just blogging or making money.
    I believe it comes down to fear – fear of getting it wrong, not covering all the angles, making a fool of yourself. What is not taken into account is that by doing nothing an even bigger fool is growing, a stagnant one. Thomas Edison’s quote about finding 10,000 wrong ways is 10,000 steps towards the right way is spot on the money. Great article, Yaro. Now, I must stop dithering and get my first site set up.

  • The toughest part about going into a niche topic is that you can sometimes focus too much on that topic and lose a general audience. It seems like the key to making money is finding a topic that can appeal to both the niche specific topic along with the general audience. If you monetize appropriately, then it shouldn’t be hard to make money there after.

  • JhunN

    Hi Yaro!

    This is an eye-opener for most of us, especially beginners like me. It seems you do things the non-traditional ways, which in a sense is good because it lessens competition. Forums are indeed fruitful venues for fishing for opportunities and actual testing of these in the real marketplace I believe is a good idea to determine its viability. But I think keyword research can help in evaluating the opportunities since the statistics we derive are also base on people’s behavior and interests.

    Thanks for the informative post.

    JhunN

  • I would agree that knowing everything about everything can be a handicap as it leaves you less able to focus on a certain item as thoughts of the many other aspects of the procedure run through the mind. Some individuals that only know a couple of the parts of a process have been able to continue smoothly as their minds are quite clear of superfluous material.

  • Nice article. Really sums up the whole internet marketing scene. This is new to me, so I try to soak up as much information as I can. Thanks to you, you seem to have a great website with a lot of good content, or advice, and it is not just a site that is trying to just “sell something”.

  • I sometimes wonder if it is a better idea for someone to look for a niche, or to just create the idea that they are interested in and expect to break into the market at a level which matches that which they provide. Going for a niche appears to speed up starting procedure, but it is possible that the lack of enthusiasm towards a niche category might counteract any benefits that going for a specific category tends to bring.

  • I would lean towards keyword research (at least to a certain level). The niche that you’ve chosen is a great niche. But there are people who might chose a niche and spend a lot of time and effort on that niche to find out that there are not enough demand for that niche. I would say some keyword (or target audience) research helps.

  • I found this post and comments very informative. I have not yet looked into forums but will certainly explore. I have taken an approach you have mentioned in previous newsletters about writing what you are passionate about and then determine my market from there. I write about a very wide range of subjects but always try to relate the topic to my theme of living a life of no regrets. I thought about starting additional blogs until I read one of your newsletters about how it is better to have one good blog as opposed to several mediocre blogs. I agree that taking action first and then fine tuning is the best approach. Like General Patton said; “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” Thanks for providing useful information to help me improve both my blog and business.

  • I would like to hear how people feel about having photo(s) in their blog posts. I have seen those with none, one and many photos.

    • I use them just for the eye appeal. It breaks up the text and lightens the mood of the page.

  • I’d also like to add that you should look at your interests/hobbies, since you’ll be more likely to continue working at it if it’s something you truly enjoy…

  • A common theme I’ve picked up on through your posts is the attempt at making things simpler.. of which I’m a big fan!! We all complicate almost everything we do, and it’s refreshing having an “authority” say that it’s not necessary

  • wow Yaro, this is a topic well explained by you, It’s one of those pillar articles, isn’t it??
    One of those that you read through no matter how long it is.

    Cheers, amr

  • Deb

    Ok, I was sitting here quite paralyzed about what to do – trying to decide on a topic for a blog and a niche for a business. I’ve been researching for a few months now. Too many options, too many reasons why each one might not work. So many marketing options and social networking options and SEO things to do.

    Then along came your email newsletter pointing to this article. Talk about good timing. I’m one of those that need to know everything about everything before I start. Ok, I’m going to just try something. Thanks, Yaro, for the boot in the pants. Deb

  • I’m one of those people that tends to do a lot of research, and it does paralyze me, just like you say. I love the three step method that you put forward here because I like the idea of just taking an idea and seeing if it will fly in the real-world. I do tend to analyze everything to death and what I find is that I usually talk myself out of doing things – your method neatly sidesteps that issue. I like the “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” practicality of it. After all, I see so many ideas that I would have thought no one would be interested in, take off in a big way., especially on the Internet.

    • Yet another interesting post, Yaro.

      After 4 years of trying to find out what a ‘keyword tool’ actually does I have given up on keywords whatsoever.
      I think they are an Urban Myth.
      I have been given, or bought, at least 8 keyword tools and every time I attempt to use them I give up after about 30 seconds.

      What they return is junk, most of the time. I have no idea what those numbers mean and there is no way they are going to tell me. LOL

      As for forums I never visit ANY. Have you noticed that they are populated by people that know nothing?

      I never visit hospitals because they are full of sick people and I never visit forums because they are full of the internet’s terminal losers.

      Sorry guys, but why would you go ask a question from people who have no idea what they are doing.

      Look on forums as palliative care units for terminal would-be marketers.

      As for finding a niche – easy, see what subject you have most PLR items on your PC for.

      Blogs ARE terrific. It’s just a pity you can’t have one that looks good in both Firefox and Explorer.

  • Dennis

    As a Bum Marketer I find forums a very good place to find starving crowds>Just don’t make the mistakes that a lot of Internet Marketers make and jump in and start pounding your latest greatest product,make friends first answer questions try to be helpful answer questions with good informative comments.If you are not greedy you can be successful doing this.Take your time!I see this on most of the forums some dodo trying to pitch something before people get to know them.Anyway just my thoughts.Anyway have good day Mate

  • Dennis

    The post right after my post is a prime example of some s**t bird trying to hype his latest get rich skeam.He’s not interested in making friends he wants your $$ not good form I wouldn’t sign on with a guy like that for love are money! Just my thoughts ! Like to hear what you think Yaro??

  • Seb

    I have Spent too much time on key words and not enough time building a site like you said

    ” I find the best research tool available is putting something out there and giving it a real world trial”

    After reading your article I am going to try a new approach, but first will spend a couple more days on your site.

    Thanks for pointing me in a new direction

  • Sue

    Hi Yaro! Been following you for a while. Hope it’s OK; I put a link to this page on my website. Love your stuff! You are so down to earth, like a regular person!

  • sagar

    Hi Yaro,

    i am really confused about niche selection..
    i am basically a software engineer. I dont find more than 2 hoursd a day for surfing but wish to blog desperately..
    i am a BIG fan of ur blog.I am just missing something out of this article…that hw to find own passion…(blog topic basically)…and how to start blogging…how to write first blog…

    please help me in this regard,

    Thanks in advance,
    Sagar

  • Yaro
    Good information. Which I wish I read long ago. I used to spend half my time looking for the perfect niche. I know must admit I barely do any since I try to focus on content, backlinking, etc in my niches.

    Getting your niches quickly will let you make $$ on them!

  • When starting out, try niches that you have a real passion/interest in as it makes the whole process easier.

    Then the content for the first few niche sites you make will be easy to write and you’ll just need to concentrate on things like the design, seo, etc. You may not make a lot of money out of them, but what you’ll learn will be invaluable and allow you to then create niche sites on other topics you don’t know so well much more easily.

  • “How To Simplify the Niche Selection Process” It all over depend on your website goal.

  • Stan

    Hi Yaro,

    I think that you’ve hit the nail on the head for a beginner like me. I thought that I had an idea that I could go with (this is still a possibility) but the more I have explored the more daunting things have seemed. It feels like I have to get absolutely everything sorted before I take the first step. Your approach is suggesting that I hesitate no longer and just try something out.

    You have a very reassuring way about you that I find inspiring and you are so matter of fact and confident that I feel motivated. I would like to think that my next contact will be to say that I have taken next step and started to blog. I can’t guarantee that I won’t still get scared but right now I have the intention to take action.

    Thanks for the wonderful resource that you are.

    Regards,

    Stan

    London (UK)

  • MF

    thanks for the great tips. for newbies like me, this can be very useful. as you said, the best way to test if a topic is good or not is to put it out and see how it is received.

  • Hi Yaro…Thank you very much this helps a lot, i am new and tried to have two blogs u can visit my page from wordpress , iam so impressed about ur work , you are so kind giving information free of charge ;-)
    thanks again ….God bless you

  • To be honest with you that this article is great and I have learned some exciting things from here and hope to see more.

    Thanks
    Alam

  • Hello Yaro, I am of Polish poorly know English but translators like Google tranlator bears your articles, although I know exactly about it, I think I found your niche, only in Poland is much biednch people and hardly anyone buys something other than food. I run two blogs: https: / / coopernik.wordpress.com /, http://www.nasz-ebiznes.cba.pl/ how you want to see how I idzie.One are currently at the free hostingach but soon I move on hostig professional. I wonder how to find sponsors who will support financially my blogs. Yours sincerely.
    Coopernik
    http://www.nasz-ebiznes.cba.pl/ https://coopernik.wordpress.com/

  • Testing the market real time is always a good idea, you don’t even need to create a blog to do it. You can use 1 page websites to create an article type publication that tests what sort of interest you get. Sites like Squidoo and HubPages are great for this sort of experiment. You could actually go on to publish lots more on your subject choice using these same resources, but personally I think that ultimately you are better publishing on your own domain using a blog platform like WordPress. At least that way you own the resource and have less problems with terms and conditions or what advertising you use.

  • For me, I usually go with the keyword research to check the traffic and competitiveness and then move to see the products available in the market.

    However you have given me a place to do more in depth research, the forum.

  • Just come across your blog and have been totally inspired by the range of content you have. As a newbie I understand the concept of keyword selection for your niches, but no blog is going to generate any income unless it is high up in the google rankings. When you look for info on SEO you are just faced with complete overload. Are there any real proven ways to get ranked quickly?

    Keep up the good work.

  • Yaro, thank you so much for once again guiding me in the right direction. Thanks to you and Gideon you both have made it possible for me to become part of this blogging community. I was at the cross roads to opening another blog and was struggling with the topic issue and did have the analysis paralysis due to all the “gurus” out there selling their products. You have kept me grounded and focused on exactly what I should be concentrating on. When I start making big bucks from the value I contribute, then I can buy the bells, whistles and formulas. You are the best!

    Your student,
    Matt

  • Yaro, I am learning a great deal from your posts and the comments given here. Choosing a subject has been very hard for me, you hit it on the head when you said analyzing and having to know every thing about the subject turns an easy project into a confusing mess. Thank you for spelling it out to me.

  • Hello Yaro, this is my first commune with you. I am starting to really enjoy reading your blogs.

    I am going to be open and honest with with you as possible.

    I am writing this reply on my phone in my lorry cab.

    4 months ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of having a blog of my own, to be frank I’m not even sure what a blog was. I have learned what I previously know about the internet (which wasn’t much) by just clicking away.

    y friend, also a lorry driver was looking into online bussinesses, basically to get out of the daily grind, because it is just not worth the effort, and to be able to maybe make some serious money and live as you do, free and with little or no worries, so I can properly take care of my fiancee and maybe make some dreams of mine come alive.

    So we both have spent countless hours now in front of a computer screen watching videos about how to make money online, from such people you may or may not have heard of trying to explain thier systems. ewan Chia, Jamie Lewis et al. All not really laying it down in black and white.

    My friend has paid for all the sign ups as I do not have the extra funds to throw at this endeaver, he has let me ride along on his good will.

    Then I found you and Gideon on the net, or rather found becomeablogger.com. Watched the free videos and found myself setting up my own wordpress blog. I find Gideon very easy to listen to and he explained how to set up the wordpress very well, I think you two work very well together.

    Now a few weeks into my blogging efforts I find myself in doubt, despite the fact that I reseave great emails from you and Gideon (the mini course is great).

    I have grown to like you both.

    i find myself in doubt because I am not sure if what I am writing about can be construed as a blog (my chosen topic is self evident in my url) and I find it hard to come up with blog ideas, (I downloaded freemind but either not working or I don’t know how to use it). i can really see me simply running out of things to blog about, I have got a few things either in the pipline or up my sleeve, but…………

    Thank ypu for this blog. now I keep thinking that “at least I am giving it a go”, ” I am taking decisive action” even though I am not the best of writers, I am am sort of proud of what I have done so far, but not sure if anyone else does.

    I do not have the time or content to right a blog every day

    I have had some replies but most of them are blatent advertisements, I hope I can be as successful as you, I would like to join your class but surcomstancies prevent it, like I said above I do not have the extra funds.

    This was probably not the best avenue in which to communicate with you, but saw the opportunity and took it, if you blog works in the same way as mine you choose not to “moderate” this comment, I will not be offended.

    some times with passion is not enough, just a lack of skill to fulfill your dreams.

  • I just listened your blog profits blueprint audio book, the report you made is indeed great, but finally selecting niche become difficult for me. My current blog consist of random topic posts and I am double minded now to proceed with your training or just continue like I am doing before.

  • IMO, the only topic worth blogging about, is something you’re passionate about.

    Otherwise you’re wasting your time blogging, unless you’re doing it for your own amusement or just to make money.

  • Regarding keyword research, I have used micro niche finder along with google keyword tool and have found that the number of searches and competing pages are not linked to achieving high ranking. I have blogs that have over a million competing pages ranking at No. 3 whereas another of my blogs is at No. 9 with only 250,000 competing pages. Both blogs were optimized in the same way. Are backlinks the answer or is content the only king here?

    Keep up the good work.

  • I used to participate in Yahoo Answers (the point system gets a bit addictive) and found myself answering the same problem (but faced by different sufferers).

  • I totally agree with Yaro on this one.

    We all know content is king and therefore before getting all bogged down by keyword research we must make sure we find our “passion” and our drive towards a particular topic.

    So if someone doesn’t have content even if there site or blog is SEO proof and a “targeted” niche the traffic will never culminate into affiliate sales, etc. and sooner or later will be blacklisted from the readers list and even if the site has high search rankings people will resort to avoiding the site. Nobody wants to come back to a site that doesn’t offer value and meaning.

    We can take the example of Collis and Cyan Ta’eed of Envato, When Collis bought over Psdtuts from Sitepoint, The site suffered badly even though it had high organic search rankings.
    Just by flushing in quality content he was able to make psdtuts a very successful and reliable source for Photoshop tutorials.

    While knowing the demographic trend and focusing on people is integral but the major portion is action
    Action –to go out there and just do it.
    Action –to be driven by passion rather than figures.
    Action –to believe in one’s ability to produce “Pillar Content” (read: Blog Profits Blueprint-Yaro Starak)

    And we have to remember
    “Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself”

    Not the outcome , not the result but the inability to channelize our efforts and Just Do It (read: copyright Nike Inc.)

    So, In a Nutshell the key?

    FOCUS ON SEO AND OTHER FIGURES AFTER YOU KNOW YOUR PASSION AND HAVE AN UNWILLING DRIVE ABOUT THE TOPIC KNOWING THAT YOU ARE MARRYING YOUR BLOG AND WILL HAVE TO NURTURE YOUR BLOG LIKE A WIFE.

    TREAT YOUR WEBSITE LIKE YOUR WIFE AND SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW,
    STRIVE TO BE EXCELLENT AND SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW.

    Cheers,
    Arjun Narain

  • great stuff , i bookmarked it. very knowledgeable article.

    Thanks
    Misbah Mumtaz

  • Yaro, are you not using any premium keyword research tools like Wordtracker? Once you’ve picked the keywords, do you test it with AdWords before investing time in link building?

    Thanks,
    tom

  • Hi Yaro,

    This topic is a great motivator. Sounds like we always have to decide more quickly and take action than thinking too much.

    thanks a lot!

  • What a great post. Really interesting, the idea of using popular forum topics as a potential to find a niche area. I will certainly try this one! This idea would never have occurred to me, but a hell of a good idea.

  • Yaro, you made my day with this wonderful piece. Though, I don’t know much about SEO when I started my blog, but used content to get to the first page rank of Google.
    Otherwise, SEO is good too but would also want to learn a little bit of this to maintain my rank. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Thank you again Yaro for another ‘ah ha!’ moment!

  • I made the age old newbie mistake. I just created a new URL after a nickname of mine which is a silly name. Now I have no idea what niche this will be good for! I wish I had researched it before hand like I did the above domain. Don’t laugh but do you have any niche suggestions for GoozyGoos.com

    By the way your site is like my favorite book in the library that keeps getting bigger. Thank you!

  • Little late perhaps but I’d never actually thought of forums as places to generate ideas for products etc.
    Thanks for that nugget, it’s going to become very profitable I’m sure.
    Cheers,
    Karl

  • Muhammed

    i think it is a significant article especially it is easy to understand, and that is a great thing especially for beginners like me, because i think as a beginner i find it difficult to understand how it all works, but i can tell now that through Yaro`s articles i already began to understand how it can work, and moreover Yaro`s writings give me the hope that i can make it work well,
    thanks
    Yaro i hope you keep informing us, through your experience, and motivation

  • Like when you looking for a business, not all business can make decent money, so is niche. Not every niche can make you rich.

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