In this modern day, there is no way we can deny the role of internet in our day to day activities. The internet is full of resourceful information that best suit everyone’s need at a particular point in time. Thanks to bloggers whose have made the internet a hub of information. It should be noted that blog is not an ordinary piece of writing, rather it is a combination of information that has been properly studied, written and published for the benefit of the population. Now that you have chosen to join the world of blogging, your number 1 question is what will I be blogging about? Well, you are not alone. I asked the same question when I was just starting out and my inability to answer that question very well led me to made the mistake I made, of which I have learned my lessons.
Few years ago when I started blogging, I created some few blogs which at the end do not succeed. Why? Because I tends to blog about everything. Then I was a ‘jack of all trade’, if I write about technology today, tomorrow I will write about football and it goes on like that for some months and at the end, it just crashes. Then, I learned there is something called niche and its important in blogging success.
What Niche Should I Blog About?
However, going back to our question… what niche should I blog about? – the answer to that question is within you. You need to figure it out yourself. Probably you have read on all other blog about choosing a long lasting niche and they talked about using Google Adword Keyword Tool, Google Trend, and analyzing recent and most discussed thread in popular forums, but if you ask them whether they used these tricks to choose their own niche whey starting out, I bet it, most of them will answer NO. Then how can those recommendation help you in your blogging journey? Well, some bloggers might have used this methods and get success with it, but it will definitely be a hell of work working it out. In this series of effective methods of choosing a niche, I will be analyzing simple methods that can get you understand what type of niche topic you should blog about and how to use those tools to build a successful blog.
First, What is a Niche?
In case you are not sure what a niche is… it is simply a topic or theme of a blog. When starting a blog, you should consider first what exactly you want to be writing about on your blog. If you start a blog on multiple niches, then you will work very hard to make it a success, if it succeed anyways. Choosing multiple niches to blog about can also be hard to rank well on search engines and will not present you as a professional on a topic. So when starting out a blog, you need to choose a particular niche which is long term and profitable.
How Skills, Hobbies and Interests Can Make Up A Niche Topic
In other to properly choose the best and suitable niche, you need to consider these three – Skill, Hobbies and Interests. Do you have any of these three? I believe you should, at least one. well if you said you don’t have, I’d take it as a lie. Even the fact that you are reading this post means you are interested in it.
Get to Know Your Skills
A skill is something you can actually do. Something you’ve learned or you just know how to do peradventure. There are thousands of people out there that are eager to know and learn about that particular skills you’ve got. Get yourself a paper and a pen, write down a list of things you can do. This kind of method is what lead to the ‘how tos’ blogs. Let us look at some popular skills that people are blogging about:
- Bead Making
- Car Repairs
- Computer Service Technicians (Computer Repairs)
- Writers (writing books)
- Disk Jockey (DJ)
- HTML Programming
- And so on
Looking through the above, you can pick out a niche from the list. For example, if I know how to do ‘beads’, I can simply set up a WordPress blog around that topic and start writing about how to make different kind of beads. And in no time, I would have built a long term online business that every young ladies and mid-age women will be flocking to my blog to find out what’s new in bead making.
Identify Your Hobbies
Hobbies are those things we do for fun. If you like riding dirt bikes for fun, then I can bet that is your hobby. If you like watching horror movies, then that is also an hobby. Just sit down, write down those things you love doing and you enjoy doing them. Other examples include:
- Playing Video or Online Games
- Bike Riding
- Bodybuilding (Keeping Fit)
- Weight Lifting
- Playing Football
- And so on…
Think of it… what do I do that I enjoy doing. Write it down, pick one and look at the long term possibilities and how profitable it can be, then start blogging about it.
Write Down Your Interests
This is probably one of the most important aspect when choosing a niche. Many blogs have succeeded building a blog around their interests. Interest is simply what you are interested in. I mean those particular things that interest you as a person. For example, if you love fashion, then that is your interest. Get up a blog and start writing about it. If you love politics, then start a blog and start writing and giving your personal opinions on politics. Here’s a few list of interest that other bloggers have been using to build successful blogs:
- Sports (choose one; football, cricket, golf, etc)
- And so much more…
So basically interests are things you are really interested in but might not actually be doing them. For example, personal I love tourism but I don’t actually do it.
So How Do I Choose A Niche From The Above?
I believe by now you must have gotten enough things to list and choose from. But the question now is how do I choose one as my blog niche and how do I know it will be long term and profitable? To answer and finalize the question, meet me on the second part of this post… Choosing a Profitable Niche Topic to Blog About (Part 2). You can’t afford to miss it.