Competing AIs Agree - Mastering Niche Selection is Not Easy!

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I have been toying with various ideas for my blog to demonstrate the absurdity of using lists, creating lists, and downright relying on lists for your livelihood in niche blogging. As I sit here this Saturday, I got to thinking that I could test the various AI Assistants with a simple task. Get me a niche I can make money with.

This is the result of my Saturday afternoon.


Niche Selection

You know I am a staunch supporter of “Just Say No! To Niche Lists”. Pick from a list and fail. To make this list selection process absurd, I created The 1001 Perfectly Profitable Passive Income Niches. It took all of 3 minutes to come up with this list with the help of Claude. Useless it is.

Niche Selection Made Easy?

If I shouldn't pick from a list, how do I know that I am selecting a profitable niche? I know, let's let our Trusted Assistants help make the selection. An old wise man once said, that when you ask 5 people their opinion you will get 5 different answers. This shouldn't be the case when we as 5 computer assistants right?

So I gathered my five lovely computer assistants, Claude, The Twins, Chatty, Lexi, and Bing surely they may differ a little, but at least they should all agree in the beginning. Don't you think?

We are going to do this in a 20-question style. It will only take 3 steps to accomplish what each thinks is the best niche for a blog.

The Search is a 3-step process

Here are the simple prompts that I used:

  1. Identify the #1 Most Profitable Category and then find 10 underserved niches within that category.
  2. Drill down a level and rank the Top 5 with the most traffic
  3. From the list of 5, give me the easiest one with the most low-hanging fruit to start a niche blog.

The #1 Most Profitable Niche Is

Here are the results from 5 Different Assistants. The instructions were simple. Find the #1 Most Profitable Category and then find 10 Underserved Niches within that category. These 10 were boiled down to the 5 with the most traffic. Then the busiest 5 were scoured for the most low-hanging fruit. The results are below.

The comments go on for days in this table format, so I truncated it for appearance.

The first thing that you notice is that BING did not want to play along. I tried using several different prompts aside from giving me the Most Profitable Niche according to search results, and that was it. Ethics and morals, blah, blah, blah. I guess that the lawsuit for telling you which niche is the most profitable is something that they would not want to be a part of if it wasn't.

The second thing that stands out is that Lexi says that Weight Loss is the most profitable Category. The #1 Niche is Hosting and VPN services. While it likes the Weight Loss category, it likes the VPN arena more. Who cares about instructions and outcomes when you have an agenda?

Based on the outcome of this test, I recommend going into a personal session of Brainstorm Mode. During this session, simply ask yourself 4 questions.

  1. When you are not a work, what are you doing?
  2. What skills have you learned from the JOB? Any Certifications?
  3. What are some hobbies that you enjoy doing or want to learn?
  4. Reflect on impactful life experiences you’ve had. What specific events, challenges, opportunities, or adventures stirred your emotions?

Rather than trusting any superficial list or opinions, the truth lies within - reflecting thoughtfully on your unique experiences, skills, and passions.

In conducting this experiment, I aimed to demonstrate how relying on predetermined niche lists, whether from people or AI assistants, is misguided. These results show that different sources will inevitably point you towards different niche ideas, none without flaws or bias.

While AI can offer useful frameworks like the brainstorming and evaluation steps I outlined earlier, true niche selection requires human discernment. Outsourcing the entire process to algorithms runs counter to identifying a space you feel motivated long-term to learn, create for, and serve.

To all my blogging peers, I encourage taking the reins on this important decision. invest the time in self-reflection instead of automation. The right niche will arise from within, not from any external source no matter how promising it seems.

Success starts and ends with you - so trust yourself above all. The journey to find your perfect match begins there.
~The Amazing Niche Master

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Thanks again Don for doing this exercise and drilling down to what’s really important, the experiences we have in our own lives.
Ana :)

I appreciate your finding this post. And yes the fallacy of thinking that you can take the human element out of the equation. Competing AIs can't even agree when given the same prompt. Will a list do any better? No. No one knows you better than you. Your niche, your money, your life.

Do not let anyone steer you away from you.

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