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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tassaace20 Premium
Already I feel a lot of comfort and confidence in seeing so many people interacting and communicating so freely and in a friendly tone. I know I've come to the right place. I still regard myself as a newbie at online marketing so I will be dropping in now and then to our gret helpers for this lesson. Again, a big "Hello" and great to be here
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Jewelia Premium
Welcome to WA, Paul! It's a very friendly and supportive place. You'll be happy here. :)
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tassaace20 Premium
Thaks Jewelia
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Astich Premium
Hello! I hope things go well!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Paul and Welcome,
you will love it here. There is no judging just a lot of helpful hands and great people to bounce things off of and to double check work.
I accidentally stumbled across WA and I have to say, this is the best decision I have ever made.
If you have any questions, just shoot them out there, you will be surprised how many people are eager to assist.
I love the fact that this is a PAY IT FORWARD place.
Many Blessings in your success
Stay safe
Sheryl
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I am a newbie to online marketing, too. We can only go up from here. With a community such as WA, our chances of getting up when we fall and going over the hurdles look encouraging and doable as long as we are doing our part. Stay the course and take one step at a time!
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yes that's great
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SGlade Premium
I just added my about me page and the privacy policy to my page.
So excited.
I would love if I could get some feed back on it though. I am not a writer, and I have been told that I am a piece when it comes to writing lol, so if you have a second, I would be so honored to hear your feedback.
Thank you so much for your time
Sheryl
camerasanaturesperfectshot.siterubix.com
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MikeKurtis Premium
Love your about page. Keep it up.
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chantelle032 Premium
I read your page and I love the content. It is really touching and got a warm feeling in my heart when I read it. The only thing you need to change are the headlines of each paragraph to suit the content of each paragraph. You should not leave the headlines as they are.

Instead of leaving it as "your story", you can change it to 'my life story", and same with all the other headlines. Instead of "why you want to help people" just change it to something like "my passion to helping people" if it makes sense.

Great job so far
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Brichard7 Premium
Honestly the content of your writing is very good, The way i would go about improving your writing is with compound sentences. Sentence structure is something that is very easy to learn,and once you apply it to your writing it will become second nature in no time.

Some Basic Ideas that you could go into further research on are these.
Compound Sentence: A sentence that consist of 2 or more independent clauses.
Complex Sentence: A sentence that consist of one or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

A clause basically completes a thought in a sentence.
Subject+ a Verb
A dependent clause is not complete on its own but adds on to an independent clause.
There a couple others and honestly they are pretty easy concepts to grasp once you've seen a few examples.
Also you don't need to worry about having perfect grammar or writing skills. Most people are not Masters in the art of Grammar and writing. These are just a few simple tricks that can take your writing to the next level.

I wish you luck, and hope this helped.
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Mike,
it has been brought to my attention, that it is showing correctly. So I am going to have to look into this.
thank you for taking the time to look at this for me.
:)
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Hello Chantelle,
Thank you for taking the time to look at and offer some fixes.
I forgot that part of the training, and when I went back, there was no sound. lol
Thank you so much, I really appreciate any and all suggestions.
Many Blessings, and stay safe
Sheryl
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SGlade Premium
Yes, indeed. I will change some things in there.
I want to thank you for your time looking into and offering up such great suggestions and fixes.
Many Blessings, Stay safe
Sheryl
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Astich Premium
Nice content, it's authentic which is good. People are drawn to that. Keep it up!
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SGlade Premium
Hello Aaron,
Thank you for the kind words. I am a virgin here at blogging and creating a website. Not to mention, my writing skills leaves a lot to be desired, but I am a work in progress. :)
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I applaud you for the strength you have inspite of the physical challenges you have and your optimistic atittude about life as evidenced in your love of capturing the natural beauty around you through your eyes and the lens of your camera. Just a couple of thoughts/suggestions on your post...: Did you mean "Pain" instead of "Paine"? Some apostrophes are not needed as in "father's" and "son's". I would suggest that you use "inexpensive" instead of "cheap"! Keep capturing the beauty of nature! Much success to you!
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SGlade Premium
Thank you Naomi,
I will fix this as you are correct.
thank you for taking the time to read and offer suggestions.
Thank you again for your inspiration.
Have a Marvelous evening
Stay Safe
Sheryl
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You are very welcome. Looking forward to more from you!
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I'm a writer but at times get writer's block a lot lol
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Raghunathan Premium
So, I really passionate about photography and am still a novice but pretty good at few of the basics, then I love my kitchen knives and all things kitchen related, even though I dont own them, I love seeing innovation, quality, etc and movies and philosophy and life skills. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I could spend and do spend hours on these areas...Are these really niches? Something people would really want to know more about?
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bleumoon Premium
Yes..just figure out what you are more passionate about and then go for it.
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TheCatherine Premium
My advice would be follow the money. Following your passion alone does not necessarily mean that there is profit in it. Photography is a great niche but a lot of people want to feel photographic equipment before they buy it. So a site recommending useful equipment might not generate sales of lens or cameras but you mat sell camera cases. How many people buy camera cases. Personal development is not a niche but concentrate on one aspect such as memory development There are a lot of high end products there to make money from
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Raghunathan Premium
Thanks Catherine, I absolutely agree with you. And following passion in a lot of cases doesn't make money, that's why I want advise on niches. Ends up as hobbies or a diversion in a lot of cases.
But doesn't one need to experience the product or service before recommending them, for being authentic? Or at least believe in it? That's my conflict.
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Exactly
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Hi, great advice @TheCatherine. Thank you
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brendalewis Premium
Bit confused and frustrated at the moment.
Task 1: Creating your "About Me" POST
is this a typo? A couple of lines down it talks about creating a "page" and talks about pages from then on until it gets to actually publishing and it says "choose post not page"
saying the reason is because all posts allow for comments.
I did as instructed and mine is a post but i just read some other people's comments saying it should be a page.
So what difference does it make? The page I loaded for my privacy policy as a page (as instructed) does allow for comments.

So i can't see how it matters which one you use when they both allow for comments?
Which is it, page or post?

Also, sometimes when i am following the instructions the screen comes up and doesn't look the same as on the instructions. Could this be because I have gone premium?

Also, trying to make some changes to my "about me" and when push edit, make the changes and push update and then look at the site the changes haven't happened. Any ideas?

Another thing - at one point I read on screen that my website only allowed for one type of menu (when i was trying to add another one). That's useless - can you change the website template ?

Considering throwing in the towel and paying my niece to build my a website but i wanted to stay with WA because of all the benefits and training and plus i've now paid for premium.

Help!
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SWhitley Premium
Hi Brenda, Not one of the pro's here and sometimes I cause more confusion but let me see if I can help. "About Me" can be either but is usually a Page. I think it was a typo saying choose post. The Page will be in your Menu, where posts are in the blog roll.
That should muddy the water nicely, LOL.

The screen looks different perhaps because of updates to the original sites being referenced. Usually the same links, buttons, instructions are just in a different format but the basic info is still valid.

I've found that sometimes I have to "Refresh" the screen before it shows changes. Chased that one for about a hour one night, no fun at all....

In your backoffice you should be able to customize and change templates, no problem.

Keep the towel, if I can build a site anyone can. Take it one step at a time, ask questions and get this experience. It is fantastic to build a site from scratch.

You are going to do fine!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
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brendalewis Premium
thank you :) How do I refresh the page?
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Hi Brenda,
I am sorry to hear about your frustration but I am glad you wrote about it. I am brand new as well (only a few hours) and I find myself frustrated as well.
I do not have the premium (like you do) as I wanted to test out my computer skills first so it must not be the upgrade is not the solution. I find the web site maker with WA (free accounts are not allowed to add links) is not very user friendly. It is lacking that intuitiveness that other programs have seemed to master. I have a friend who used wix and is delighted. I've spent an hour on WA's site and did manage to add some color to my page but I have not been able to personalize a side bar or write text on the page. I assume when I log out I will lose all I have done (but I get to keep the learning!). I too want the training so I am giving this venture 10 hours before I call it quits. Running into a roadblock this quickly makes me assume the issue is me. Hang in there a bit longer.
I am being recommended to Kyle and Carson and assume you should go there as well.
Until tomorrow night, I'm out for now (I have a long hard day on the docket for tomorrow with my high school students). Good luck to you.
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SWhitley Premium
Your Browser refresh is the little circle arrow thing. Should be in the top left corner in front of the url address.
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brendalewis Premium
it worked! thanks :)
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SWhitley Premium
Fantastic!
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brendalewis Premium
Hey!I think I'm frustrated because I'm normally quite techy . At work I was the person who sorted simple IT issues and I'm the go to person in our family - at least I was until my daughters grew up! I asked one of them for help today and she is a mac snob and said i would be having problems because i wasn't using a mac and also wordpress was not the way to go (her opinion). Ironically my previous company was all Mac but i had heaps of PC experience before that (currently on a non Apple laptop trying to do this.) Also I used to look after the website in my previous job and it was wordpress.
Anyway, a nice man just answered a couple of my questions (above). Give yourself a few days i'm sure you (and I) will sort it out.

cheers
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SWhitley Premium
Your work will still be here, no worries on that! Can pick right up where you left off. As a Starter you have 6 days to really get into the course, Think of it like having first year students, you have tio start with the basics and build from there. Kyle's training will take you from 1 to a million, just follow along and complete the tasks as presented. Lot's of really knowledgeable people here who will help if needed, Best wishes!
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders
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Thank you for the response, SWhitley. Yes, you are correct, I am on a learning curve here. I appreciate you responding!
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Thank you, Brenda. I plan to do just that.
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SWhitley Premium
No problem, Barbara. Schools here in Iowa are shut down, you having classes or doing distance learning?
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A little of both. Primarily distance learning but I do yearbook as well so I have two days this week at our physical address to get things handed out to seniors, along with cap and gowns for their virtual graduation.
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SWhitley Premium
Lots more to being a Teacher than just teaching. Stay safe and do give WA a good trial! I think you will do great!
Now, back to work!
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LRoller Premium
In the upper left hand corner, you will see two arrow for last page and next page. Then there should be a round almost circle with an arrow. Click the icon and that will refresh your page.
Hang in there, your doing great!
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I believe I completed steps 1-3 without a hitch. However, step 4 is being illusive. I have a title and tagline and that is all I have been able to manipulate. I know this is a free version, but it's not a version at all if it cannot post. Can you provide a sample to view? What do the terms: Container, Header, Primary Navigation, Sidebars, Footers, and Blog mean if I can't manipulate them?
Why can I not put a picture or some type of color onto the page either? Is there a video than can help me learn this?
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michaelw777 Premium
You know what; I am just going to say here; try Kyle and Carson; they should be able to help. Just type Kyle into the search engine here on WA; and then go from there; and do the same for Carson too; you should try both of them. Try Kyle and Carson.
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