Scour the internet on “how to start a blog” and you get the same information everywhere you look:
Follow your passion…
Find a niche you love with all your heart and you’ll do great…
All the how to make money bloggers constantly advise you to find a niche you are passionate about instead of saying, “Guess what – there’s a list of like 7 niches you should consider if you truly want to make money with your blog.”
Facts are simple: you can make money in almost any blog niche that you enter. You can… however, some blog niches are much more profitable than others.
Blogging profits don’t come from passion – revenue generation comes from POPULARITY.
You want to start a business. Businesses are all about solving others problems. How can your blog help solve others problems? Start with that question in mind and you’ll be on the right track.
Here are some Blog Niche Myths you should be aware of:
Myth #1 – You need to find a niche and then hyper focus on that niche some more.
Pffff…… No. You don’t.
In some ways it’s great advice because the more specific you get with a hyper focused niche audience, the more they’re going to love you and the content you generate.
The problem lies in the popularity. Why limit yourself?
Myth #2 – You need to pick a niche you’re passionate about.
Yuk….. No. You don’t.
Ask yourself, “Why am I starting a blog?”
There’s usually 2 strong reasons:
- You want to help people do something. Build something. Grow something. Make the world a better place. You’re a mover.
- You want to make money… and the more the better.
It’s funny – once you start making money with something, guess what happens? You become passionate about it super fast! Hello – you’re not in this for free. And why should you be? Your knowledge is valuable.
Most money blogger folks don’t start off saying, “I am crazy hyper passionate about helping others make money.” However, once they see the value in helping others obtain financial independence is lucrative to themselves too… well… now you’re on to something.
There are bloggers that have 5,10,15 up to 55 different blogs! (I’m not one of them…) Do you think the blog creators are passionate about all those different niches? OF COURSE NOT!
Step away from the myths.
You can spend hours blogging behind your passion and make some money with it.
You can spend hours blogging behind others passion and make CRAZY money with it.
Can you see the difference?
Ask yourself this question, “What Do People Want?”
Choosing a niche comes down to understanding exactly what people want.
They want enrichment. Growth. Prosperity. Power. Happiness. Love.
If you can show your readers how to be better parents, they will listen.
If you educate your readers on how to be better with money, they will follow.
If you can show your readers how to get the body of their dreams, they will happily listen.
Find niches that help people become better versions of their current self and WHAM! … you’re going to be successful.
So, what are the exact blog niches to best start a blog in? Well… think about it. Remember what people want?
Niche #1 – How to Make Money
Hello! Isn’t that soooooo obvious? Beginner bloggers ask themselves all the time, “do I need to start a blog on making money to make any money?”
It’s a fair question. Blogs that teach you how to make money are run by people making money!
The only problem is… well, you’re an amateur.
So what’s your hook? How are you going to reach out to your audience in a way that makes them want to follow your money making journal?
Chronicle the steps of your journey and show others that they can do what you’ve done and you’ll be well on your way.
Top bloggers in this genre include:
- By Regina
- Darren Rowse
- John Lee Dumas
- Pat Flynn
- Amy Lynn Andrews
Niche #2 – Personal Finance
To not fall into the how to make money niche, try focusing on these key components of personal finance:
- How to Save Money By
- Using coupons
- Using shopping lists
- Shopping less often
- Cutting costs
While saving money is great, other aspects of personal finance can cover topics like:
- How to invest
- Finding a great side job
- How to grow your own food
I mean really – if you think about it – the list is endless. Show others how to live frugally and grow their wealth at the same time and you’ll have a winner.
Niche #3 – Health and Fitness
Health and fitness is a tough niche because it’s difficult to monetize if you’re not careful. You can get TONS of traffic with great tips, but where does it lead for putting cash in your pocket?
Start with affiliate marketing in this one. Your audience is actively searching for answers to their problems. They want 6 pack abs. They want a perky chest. They want to wear tight fitting jeans. They want extra boosts of energy.
Great! You have solutions to all of those problems and some. Use Amazon or Clickbank or others to link a product that will help them.
Niche #4 – Food
Yikes. Ramp up the difficulty level to above 100 for this niche because typically the audience doesn’t want to buy anything, they just want a recipe.
Try to build up a large audience and use ads to supplement your business.
Look at these blogs and see how they’re generating revenue. Are there some ways you can duplicate their success?
Niche #5 – Beauty and Fashion
Ah yes. The vanity of humans. LOL
Seriously though, who doesn’t love to look gorgeous and be fashionable?
Beauty and fashion relies on your opinion and personality to really make a splash. Written content isn’t much of a help in this niche.
If you can smash this niche, you can make crazy money as an influencer on Instagram and also a Youtube expert. Visual platforms help this niche best.
My wife is a fashionista so I don’t write often about beauty and fashion because she typically has those bases covered.
And on to…
Niche #6 – Lifestyle
CharlieGold.com is a “lifestyle” blog in many ways. I write often about faith, family, finance, fitness and fun – and each one of those can be a topic of their own.
Remember when I talked about niches and sub-niches earlier? Use lifestyle in your how to start a blog repertoire…
Lifestyle is the ultimate because it is so broad. Imagine the possibilities!
- Raising Chickens
- Raising Horses
- Where to go on vacation
- Travel in style
- Living off the grid
The possibilities are endless in this niche. Write about your lifestyle – after all, you’re already an expert in it.
What is it about your lifestyle that I should practice in my own daily life that’s going to make me better?
To get your mind moving on this one, you could try home remedies for colds, etc.
I recently saw a Youtube that had over 1,000,000 views from a guy showing the world how to get rid of a plantar wart! I mean – VERRUCA! That’s just crazy.
Can you make a simple Youtube like that? I bet you can.
And now for…
Niche #7 – Personal Development
Is CharlieGold.com a personal development blog? I like to think so.
With personal development it’s difficult because you need to be very specific with how you’re going to help someone.
For example, you could say:
I promise to motivate you to level 99 on your push-up challenge.
– or –
I can help you overcome obesity.
Simply offering a better life doesn’t cut it. You have to be specific and exact about how you’re going to do it.
Is there something you’ve done or experienced in your own personal life that has benefitted your pocketbook or your health?
Write about it!
As you and your blog progress, cast a wide net and then slowly start to circle in. You have some type of expertise in each of the above listed areas. Apply your experience to each of those niches.
Remember, advertising is not necessarily the most lucrative way to make money. Neither is affiliate marketing.
Selling your own product is the HOLY GRAIL! You need to establish expertise in your content area and provide such value that soon your readers will clamor for your product.
Best of success in your life endeavors!
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