NICHES. The scariest word for most people when starting out. However, the idea of a niche should not scare you. Instead it should be exciting.

What is a Niche?

A niche is a distinct segment of a market, in other words an "audience".

When choosing a niche that fits you, you should be choosing something that is ideally an interest, a passion, a hobby, but it could be something that you would like to learn about. You don't need to BE an expert, you BECOME an expert.

I personally enjoy many different things. I enjoy basketball, I used to collect baseball cards, I like to go skiing, I am really interested in men's fashion, exercise, internet marketing, and I love everything about the online business world.

There are also many niches over the years that I have been very successful within without knowing anything about them before getting into them. Dieting, voice over IP, hosting...are just a few.

Almost anything you can think of is a niche and that is why we are going to get you to choose YOUR niche based on things that you are interested in. You can earn money online from absolutely every single niche because there are billions of people out there searching for information, for solutions, and spending billions of dollars or products/services every day.

The idea of a niche can be a little confusing at first, so I have created a video walk-through for this lesson "Choosing Your Direction - It Starts With a Niche" that is going to walk you through what a niche is, how you earn money through a niche, and I will get you choosing your initial direction online.

Check out the video below.

 

Your online business should not feel like a day job. Earning money online should be fun, and it is fun. This all starts with choosing a niche that you are interested in and will enjoy working with.

The MORE you enjoy doing something the LESS it feels like a job and the more productive you are going to be. Carson and I are immensely passionate about online business and teaching people how to make money online, so that is the niche we have chosen with Wealthy Affiliate.

Your niche could be anything, but at the core of your niche selection it should be something that you "like". Something you enjoy. Something you can talk about. Something you want to learn about.

Task 1: Choose Your Direction

We want you to select the niche that interests you most and gets you the most excited.

A few things that you should understand about niches are:

(1) You are going to be writing content within your niche
(2) You are going to be communicating within your niche
(3) You are going to be choosing products to promote within your niche
(4) You are going to get to help people within your niche.
(5) Your first niche PROBABLY won't be your last (so don't worry about it being perfect)
(6) Any SINGLE niche website can become a "full time" income/business

There is NO SUCH THING as choosing the wrong niche.

Also, note that you can always change your niche down the road. Just because you are choosing a niche now does not mean you will be in this particular niche forever. Either way, please do not spend a week choosing your niche. Within the next 15-30 minutes (maximum) you should have your "starting point" niche chosen.

If you have any questions about your niche, feel free to leave a question below and we will help you out.

If you are REALLY STUCK at this point and you cannot decide on a niche, perhaps you may be interested in the make money/affiliate marketing niche. If you don't have a niche at this point, this will be your niche and we have an Affiliate Bootcamp dedicated to those that are interested in promoting Wealthy Affiliate.


==> Go here if that is you.

If you have any qustions about your "niche" or direction of your business and you wan to get feedback from the community, leave them below and we will be happy to help.

Onto the next lesson, building a website! Exciting stuff is ahead! :)

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Marclar Premium
Hi all, I have been looking into the keywords training and been experimenting with this cool Jaaxy tool. My question now is following:
* Why would you add only one keyword to your post/page and not 20? Since I would think 20 keywords will generate more traffic then just one.

Regards,
Marc
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Sandy2019 Premium
Hi Marc
Keywords are definitely required for indexing and ratings through Google - You will come to the lessons that explain that using lots of different keywords over and over through you posts and pages to create income or links, rather that constructive and related comment can be unhelpful too ...
So Keywords and Keyword Phrases are a tool - they should be precisely related to the information you are providing and if that is the case then 20 in one will be fine.... Good Luck - Sandy :)
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TheCatherine Premium
Marc the rest of the keywords are called latent semantic keywords and you are correct you cant write an article without using multiple keywords, but there should be only one you are ranking for
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AmberJoyful Premium
That's a great question and the answer is that you don't want to be keyword stuffing. Google doesn't like when websites do that and it makes ranking your article to the relevant section.
My best advice would be to still tackle the low hanging fruit
Keywords with <100 QSR >30 traffic.
Long tail keywords:
"How to make money online with affiliate marketing" rather than
"Make money online"
Targets more than a couple keywords, naturally.
When creating content it's more effective to keep the human element in it. When stuffing your content with many keywords doesn't guarantee any ranking at all, and possibly losing trust while doing it because quantity and quality are applied differently
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I’ve now completed all my lectures and course training for level 1 which was ten courses . In order to get to level 2 WealthyAffiliate wants people to join their service as in a paid service that has benefits like putting more in your website , thousands of classes of training and research keywords which makes the highest result everyone is searching to the lowest results people are searching . A starter is non pay and you already get a minimum of thirty searches , premium gets unlimited or until you cancel for searches . The premium starts out as 19 dollars and after the month is over if you decide you want to continue its $49 and doesn’t raise after that even after your done with all the other training levels. Their are seventy total but only 10 for a starter as in courses that have videos in them explaining instructions .

I need to ask the question though before I join what can I do on the website can I make a video of me playing piano as a demo for work on the website of my own domain ? Can I teach piano on the website as give live classes? Or just video? Is their a option where I can get people to pay from watching my video of a teaching? These questions need to be asked before I think about joining
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Scott & welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!

Good questions and all questions are good ones here!

Sounds like you want to build your own website & on-line biz and need further information about WA Premium -- here's a post by Kyle, WA, Co-Owner on all the benefits and advantages for your consideration ...

All the best to you, cheerio ... :)
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allancurtis Premium
Once you go Premium you can have up to 25 websites (domains) for your specific niches.
On each site you can post links to your video content stored on YouTube, and Audio files on Soundcloud, or other sites.
Due to the size of these files they can not be uploaded to the WA Server.
You can use plugins to control access to certain pages and videos ...
The first month is only $19 ... in that time you will have a chance to work on configuring your site!
Allan
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valbord Premium
Hi, I have some ideas concerning the niche. But to get started, I'd like to do one of these 2 options:
1- health and weight loss for moms and women over 40
2- Parenting: practical tips for busy moms to help them organize their family life
What do you think? is it too general?

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - health is one of the top three niches, and therefore very competitive. You would really need to have a very narrow niche to be seen as an authority in this subject, and preferably a related professional qualification.

Organizing for busy families is a great idea, particularly if you have experience in this, and the readers can relate to you.
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allancurtis Premium
These are both good niches, although very competitive ... are there specific topics within these you could focus on?

Rather than Health and Weight Loss you might consider ... 'Weight Loss for Mom's over 40' or 'Weight Loss for Diabetics over 40' ... something like that.

Parenting is a huge topic ... narrow it down ... Parenting of ADHD, Parenting Preschoolers, Teenagers, etc.

The most important thing to think of ... what would people type into Google search to access what I am offering ...

If they type parenting ... Google will return 388 Million sites (try it ... the number of sites appears at the top of the browser under the search bar) If you search Parenting ADHD Kids it returns 37 million (1//10 the number) ... this is your competition!
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Palatia Premium
Those are both good. I'm not sure which would be better honestly. You could do some searches in Google and play around with Jaaxy for keywords and see what the competition looks like. But more than that, which one is something you could write about for months or years? Which are you passionate about?
Paula
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valbord Premium
Thank you Paula, I could write about both honestly because this has been my life for the past years.
I gained between 50 and 60 pounds for each of my 4 pregnancies and managed to lose them all after each so yes I can write about it.
with 4 kids, different ages, I had to improve my personal organization, so this one could help other Moms as well.
maybe I could combine both?
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valbord Premium
wow... I get it Allan Curtis.... research, research, research this is the key.
Thank you, I'll proceed as you said and try to refine better.
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valbord Premium
DianeScorpio, you're totally right. health& weight loss is really huge. I'll do more research. thank you
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nahlinder Premium
Hi,
I'm trying to choose my niche but I get about a thousand ideas and can't decide what to go for.
Is there any way I can search for a few different ideas and get a bit of insight on what might be more popular than the other?

I was thinking about choosing camera bags, do you think this would be a good choice?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the most popular niches are health, love/romance and money. However, that makes them more competitive. Any niche can be successful if you apply enough time and effort to it. Remember, you will be writing a lot of content on your chosen niche, so it should be something you are genuinely interested in.
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ManojV1 Premium
Camera bags may be a bit narrow for a niche. But first, let me explain the main criteria that I look for in a niche:

1. It must not be too narrow but should be broad enough to enable the creation of enough content, at least a hundred posts before scaling up further.
2. The niche should be such that there are enough products to promote, preferably with prices above $50. Commissions are usually in percentages, as an example a %5 commission will give you $2.50 as commission per item sold. So it makes sense for product prices to be high but not so high that there are only a few sales.
3. Must not be extremely competitive. A general niche like finance will put your site up for stiff competition from the big authoritative sites.

Instead of only writing about camera bags, you could create a site about camera accessories. This will give you enough leverage to write about other topics when you have written enough about camera bags.

Not saying that you have to write only about camera bags, you can also write about lenses, filters, tripod stands...there will be so many interesting things to write about then and your readers will also enjoy visiting your site.

Hope that makes sense. If you have any more doubts please feel free to ask. :-)
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johnheath727 Premium
I have no wisdom to give ,because I am in the same boat, Good Luck with your search and God help me with mine lol
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AnnaKu Premium
Hi, I have a question regarding free domain- I was told that using .com domains is the best in terms of SEO. I always thought that any free domains with unusual suffixes (like siterubix.com, .coach, .zoom etc.) would automatically loose with .com, .net and .org domains in Google searches.
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feigner Premium
there is a little advantage using a com but it is more about relevancy nowadays for google and getting the most relevant search results in front of the searcher.
so if your content is very relevant then you will still beat a com.
start your journey here with a siterubix ( you can move all of your cotent to a domain you host here at any time with the move button) and upgrade whenever you are ready.
FYI a siterubix is a subdomain rather than a domain.
and i have subdomains ranking on page 1 of google so again there are no problems with that - it is down to the content.
have fun Anna
phil
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AnnaKu Premium
Thank you! That's very useful.
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DCW2000S Premium
Anna, if you have the option to get your own domain then do it.
If you want to build a siterubix.com blog for simply practicing your writing or working on your website creation skills then fine, but why build a website and have to move it.

I have been doing this for a number of years and one thing I know for certain. Problems can arise at a moments notice. Why even give trouble an invitation? If you don't have to do it then don't

Great content or not, a real domain name is most likely going to do better in the long run, maybe you can get traffic to a siterubix domain? I won't say that's not possible, but what site would you rather go to yourself?

mywebsite.com or siterubix.com Your website is your brand and the first thing that customers will see and make a mental impression of. Like the old saying, "First Impressions are lastiing"

Make a good first impression!
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