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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Hi everyone, I have completed lesson 9, which is Understanding Keywords but I have been asked to upgrade to premium membership in order to access the next step which I am unable to do for now, but will definitely do as soon as I can. So where do I go from here as far as my training is concerned? Please I will appreciate your kind advice on what to do next.
Thanks.
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi Kingsley, have you chosen a niche and choice of keywords

Perhaps you may like to continue building out your website and content, site will remain valid for six months.

You can also do Level One -- Affiliate Bootcamp Additionally, you may like to browse classrooms: Getting started, Affiliate Programs and the WA Affiliate Platform.

Please be aware after the seven days, your communication with the platform ceases to exist, so if you have other questions or something else on your mind, do ask.

We hope you'd be able to upgrade to Premium in the near future.
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Hi, yes I have chosen a Niche and a choice of Keywords. That is where I am now Sir.
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Blessed25 Premium
congrats bro ... i just started my training :)
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Thanks & welcome! I wish us the very best.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi there,

Great job for reaching Lesson 9.

You use the keywords you found in your posts. Keep publishing fresh content to your website consistently (2-3 posts a week). Then when you're ready, you can upgrade to Premium.

Assuming you find keywords in Jaaxy (under Research on left menu) with BOTH of this combination:
AVG > 100 (good amount of organic search per month)
QSR < 50 (fewer competitions)

For example "how to train a dog to sit"

Then you will incorporate that phrase in your title, first paragraph, and then once again near the end of your post.

Title: "3 Easy Steps: How To Train A Dog To Sit" - Always add to the title to make it enticing and reason why people should click on YOUR post on their results page.

First paragraph (within first 160 characters, this is called Meta Description):
"When first getting a new puppy, you will want to learn how to train a dog to sit when he or she is 2 - 4 months old.
I have 3 easy steps below that I'm going to go through with you so you can teach your new puppy...."

In the body of your post: anything you want.

Last section of post somewhere:
"If you have learned how to train your dog to sit, then please comment below and let me know of your results!" - or something else, anything that will bring that keyword back into your article.

When researching keywords you need to beware of Stop Words like "what is" "how to" and words like "in" "a" "on".

If you'd like to add pictures, the Site Content has integrated with sites like http://pixabay.com, http://pexels.com, http://unsplash.com where you can get royalty free images.
Once you're done writing in the Site Content, click on the ABC icon next to the Add Image icon to check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.

It is also a good practice before publishing a content to check for plagiarism. You can use a free online plagiarism checker that I listed in my blog post here: You should have less than 5% duplicate content (I'd rather have 100% original content). If Google found you have duplicate content, your post won't be ranked.

Hope this helps,

Ferra
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Congratulations,
I'm excited to get where you are! Good luck!
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Congrats too! Lets keep on pushing!! We shall get there.
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Hi ,Just joining and very new to this. My reason for doing so is to sell my handcrafts . I am retired and want to make money at home. I am looking for a way to sell it and get paid with out having to go to bazaars or have all the people in my home. Also when a person gets set up in here is it recommend to go to premium and pay a fee in order to sell or can you sell at the starter package?
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi Robin,

At the starter package, you get a siterubix subdomain which remains the property of WA, however if you upgrade to Premium you can purchase your own .com domain to sell your wares and hosted with WA with your premium membership or elsewhere.

It is advisable to go Premium, as the training here is second to none. However it is totally your choice.

Please ask as many questions as you'd like going forward.

Welcome to WA, wish you success in your endeavors.
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Is it suggested that you do all your profile, adding pictures etc prior to upgrading to premium ?
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AbieAJ Premium
Totally your choice to upload a selfie perhaps, edit bio, complete your money goals etc.
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DusanSt Premium
You can get sales while you are a starter member, but it is much more difficult than when you are a premium one.
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kenkirsten Premium
you should be able to sell at the starter pkg, however you will learn much more on the premium pkg
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paulash177 Premium
But not with .com, rather with siterubix.com
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ngooods06 Premium
Hello everyone,
I'm on lesson# 8 and my website is looking a bit messy. Somehow, I messed up and I don't know where or how to trace my steps back. I have the "title" of the website on the far left instead of it being in the center and the "Home, About Nikki, and Privacy Policy" on the far right next to each other instead of being one above the other. And under the title on the far left I have "About Nikki" which my first post. Under that I have "Admin and date". And right under that I have "About Niki" again which is a bit redundant.
Please help. How can I rearrange things in order?
Thankfully,
Nicole
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EmakAmelia Premium
Could you attach a screenshot so we understand what's happening with your site?
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ngooods06 Premium
Oops, I will have to do that later tomorrow, my website page won't display in my current location.
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MrsPh Premium
Hi hi!

So I have a question. I am busy going through the initial training videos and am at the "Build Your Website" video. I just want to make sure I can do this before I go through all the videos and realise I should have been hunting for better options. I want to build an ecommerce store that sells my own products - at this stage it sounds like I can only sell other people's products. Can I build my site based on my own products? So people come to my site, go through my products, pay on my site for my products?
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Jaz333 Premium
You can certainly build a site for your own products. There are several here that have similar sites.
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MrsPh Premium
Thank you so much! I have spend weeks building my product and getting my team together - I am so excited :) The only problem I have had was getting an acceptable hosting site that can do what I need and is actually affordable. It seems like my search might be over.
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THodkinson Premium
Hi all I'm really starting to enjoy all the education and training so much so that now I'm actually starting to think about it day and night which I never thought would happen. It's still very early days of course but I think I'm slowly but surely getting the taste for this. A big thank you to every single person on WA you really are a helpful bunch.
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