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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Great lesson on building your WP website here. Just a quick question... if I get my own domain and am not going with the siterubix.com platform, does it mean I have to get separate hosting outside or will I continue to get hosting support here at Wealthy Affiliate? Was not quite clear in the above video.
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It will be hosted here if you want it to, no need to go elsewhere.
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spat2020 Premium
Oh Perfect! This is awesome.
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spat2020 Premium
And thank you so much for your prompt response!
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JeanetteHall Premium
We get great support here from WA with our new sites. Love being part involved with this company!
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DDuncan67 Premium
I'm currently on lesson 6 of the training concerning writing articles and producing content. I'm wondering about my ability to produce articles frequently. I'm a good writer and all but I don't know if I can write compelling articles with enough frequency. I can certainly make art regularly but can I make that my business? also I was thinking of selling my t-shirts through my site.
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Jaz333 Premium
Hi .. Just to give you a friendly heads up, WA frowns on self promotion. Posting your links on the platform in any area besides the follow me on section of your profile can get your write access revoked. Here is Kyle's post regarding spam and self promotion: You can find more info on the follow me on section here: Good luck, Shannon
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DDuncan67 Premium
Sorry, wasn't trying to spam, I just wanted to get peoples opinion on my art to see if it could be profitable.
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skmorrow Premium
That is a challenge to continually pump out quality content on a consistent basis. Some folks say "published is better than perfect" and other people publish a few high quality articles per week. You will need to find a balance. Eventually you can hire a writer to help out, when you start making some $$.
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Traveller75 Premium
You have a head start on most people as you are already a good writer most of us are not good writers but as we go along with the training and writing posts or pages for our website we keep getting better and better along the way.

Make writing your articles steady but at your own pace, this is not a race so just pace yourself. You ca pick anything you like as your niche and that is all in the training and video's hope this helps.
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Thinking about a niche - I have in mind “children’s mental health” as this is what I do for a living and could write helpful articles targeted at parents. However, is this too broad ? Would I be better off narrowing it down - maybe focussing on post pandemic mental health?
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Jaz333 Premium
You're definitely on the right track in narrowing down children's mental health some. I think post pandemic mental health is an excellent idea.

Being in the health niche, it will definitely be helpful to include any certifications or diplomas you might have within your About Me page to show google and your audience that you are qualified to offer insights and suggestions regarding mental health.

Good luck, Shannon
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mikte2 Premium
That sounds like a wonderful topic to get into
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Hi Friends! Please, with a free starter Membership, one has access to 10 free courses on level 1 OEC training and choose to build a Niche Website. And 10 lesson of the Bootcamp training when you choose to build a make Money Online Website. What is the difference between the two? Can both be obtained together?
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi Kingsley, you may like to check this resource
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EmakAmelia Premium
Talking about niche, it is better to focus on one and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Think of it like being a big fish in a small pond.

When we target a specific target audience/target market, that means we'll have fewer competitions and can focus more of our efforts in building our business better. We won't waste time and energy rambling about so many different stuff that will confuse our readers that visit our site.

We need to build trust with both Google and our readers. We want to make sure Google see us as an authority in the chosen niche by consistently publishing fresh content (2-3 posts every week) that are helpful to your readers.

If you are following the Bootcamp Training (MMO Niche), then realistically, it will take about 400 posts to really make a serious amount of income from it. If you are publishing 2-3 posts per week, then you can expect to start appearing on Page 1 of Google around months 3-6. This can vary of course based on your keyword research and your content quality etc.

The MMO niche is very competitive so you may want to choose the OEC training, your choice. It will generally take 3-6 months before you see any real ranking/income though. It takes a lot of continuous hard work to get there either way.
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apache1 Premium
The Bootcamp is more focused on promoting WA. But you can benefit from both.
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Thanks, you have made my day.
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I appreciate you Sir & thanks.
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apache1 Premium
Most welcome just keep following the training you have enjoy and keep moving forward.

Wishing you much success

Andre
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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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