4 Questions I asked myself while picking a niche.

While I was picking a niche, I did ask myself a lot of questions! These 4 really do stand out though.

4 Questions to ask when you’re picking a niche.

  1. What are my interests? Or you can also ask yourself, “what would I have the most fun writing about?” In order to decide this, you should make a list of your passions. Not just things you’re somewhat interested in either, things you’d absolutely love to get up each day, (or end each evening,) writing about.
  2. Is that niche really too broad? When Kyle of Wealthy Affiliate told me one of my first niches was too broad, I was shocked yet not surprised. I was shocked because there are already lots of sites in that niche, (I’m not sure how they’re doing though.) I wasn’t surprised though, because you can write a list like this one, or a top 10 list about anything! That was one of my first niches.
  3. How much do I know about this topic? You need to know a lot about the topic you pick to write about! My very first niche was cat training. I owned a cat for 6 months, then I had to give him to my parents because he wanted attention every 5 minutes. He was very distracting for me back then, even though I wasn’t blogging full time yet. I then realized I didn’t know much about training a cat.
  4. Who do I want to help? This is definitely the most important question! As a Christian, I’m all about serving others in any way I can. I ultimately decided that I wanted to help people who’d never set up an online business before, by documenting my experiences and adventures. Even before I joined WA, I wanted to start a blog about my business adventures. I’m planning to set up a Shopify store in the next 2-3 months or so. I primarily wanted to set up this blog and document that. When I joined WA however, I soon realized that I’ve been blogging since 2003, and not only can I talk about Shopify, I can talk about blogging too!

Final thoughts.

It took me some time to pick a niche. When I was initially going through the getting started courses, I went through a couple of them before deciding on just the right one for me. Originally, Kyle said take about 15-30 minutes to pick your niche. He said it might take a day or so, but don’t let it take a week. Well, mine took at least 4 days, including one weekend. Also, it’s OK to sleep on your niche decision. Ultimately, the longer you sleep on it and toil over it, the slower you’ll be able to get a blog and/or shop up and running. However, don’t think sleeping on it for anywhere from 2-5 days is a bad thing, it really isn’t!
Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. that means WealthyAffiliate is going to stick money in my account if you decide to click that link. I’d love it if you’d give it a clicky!
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Saturday night links.

Lol because it’s 11 here, and I thought I’d just post some links, just because! Lol because I like posting links, hah, there’s your reason! OK, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

10 Daily habits you should start right now.

I’ve been making a lot of lists lately, both for private use, and some for public. I decided to post this one, even though I didn’t make it for that purpose originally.

sands in the hour glass.
Sands in the hour glass.

10 daily habits you should probably think about starting.

  1. Pray every morning and evening. if your a Christian, prayer is one of the most important things we can do. maintaining a daily prayer habit will bring you closer to God, and it will also teach you how to have daily quiet times.
  2. Make a list of 10 things daily. OK, so it isn’t specifically writing down 10 ideas, but I find it’s much easier to make a list of 10 things about anything, whatever pops into your mind. If it happens to be a list of ideas, that’s cool too!
  3. Read the bible everyday. Even before prayer, daily bible reading is a requirement for Christians, (in my opinion, of course,) it doesn’t matter which translation you use, or which way you read, (mine happens to be through email,) but bible reading is extremely important!
  4. Learn something new. Anything, whether you read articles on a certain topic online, subscribe to email newsletters, or read a book. Not only will you expand your knowledge, but you’ll have fun doing it, (if you like learning, which I do,) and you’ll be able to pass it on someday.
  5. Blogging daily, or almost daily. You can take the weekends off if you want, but daily blogging is a way to establish a good writing discipline, and it’s going to cause you to be able to create content consistently, which is good for Seo.
  6. Surrender to God each morning. This is the best way to start the day! As part of your prayer time, surrender everything, (whether it’s a situation going on in your life at the moment, or life itself,) you’ll feel a lot lighter once you do this.
  7. Drink coffee daily. This is another great way to start the day. There’s just something about the ritual of coffee that
    gets everything going.
  8. Excersise every weekday. Exercise is what keeps us healthy, and we want to be here blogging for a long time, right? Exercising during the week, and not on the weekends gives your body a chance to rest.
  9. Keep a bible journal, or any kind of journal. Keeping a bible journal will let you apply what you’ve learned, and will help you to focus your thoughts. You can go with keeping a regular journal if you want. For me, these lists are mine.
  10. Read books daily. Other than the bible of course, but it can be a devotional book, a bible study book, etc. It could also be anything from a long novel, to a self-improvement book.

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Short final thoughts.

OK, that’s the list. I’ll be publishing some of the others I make here, and some on the personal blog. Other’s I’ll be keeping private.W

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Image of a planner/journal.
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would you consider starting one or all of these daily habits? Which ones, and why? I love comments, feel free to leave one and tell me!

Wealthy Affiliate review, from a blind person’s perspective.

So I decided to try my hand at this whole reviews thing, (hopefully I don’t fail at it!)

  • Name: Wealthy Affiliate
  • Site: wealthyaffiliate.com
  • Price: starter membership, $0 get premium here)
  • Owners: Kyle and Carson
  • Overall rank: 7 out of 10
  • who it’s for: everyone really, (you don’t need any experience to start, or you can be blogging for almost 14 years like me!)

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is an internet marketing training program, founded by Kyle and Carson in 2005. It’s a lot more than that, though! WA is also a community where you can get pretty much instant help when you ask a question, or send a message within the live chat. Not only do you have access to the video training that Kyle and Carson have done, you also get access to member-written tutorials and blog posts,and you can learn just as much by reading those. If you decide you need help with something, you can either ask in live chat, or ask a question in what I’d call a forum. It’s definitely more instant than most forums now, and more active! I’ve taken screenshots to try and capture both live chat and asking a question. A note about screenshots, I can’t see what it’s capturing, so this might not work that well.
Wealthy Affiliate live chat.

Advantages and disadvantages.

There are a lot of advantages to becoming a member of WA! Here are just a few:

  • It’s free, (well the starter membership is free, anyway!)
  • WP hosting, WA takes care of everything for you, including the ability to register domains, and set up email. WordPress is installed automatically when you create your site.
  • An endless amount of training, well it isn’t endless, but to be honest I’m not sure how many hours of video training there are, and how many member-written blogs/tutorials there actually are.
  • Fast, almost instant 24/7 support. If you’re on live chat at 1 something in the morning when you really should be in bed, someone will definitely respond! If you ask a question in the forums, someone will respond within a few minutes.
  • Cool social features. If you like social networks and cool web sstuff, then WA is the place to be. I’m following 160 people, and most of those are following back, (I make a habit of following new members.)
  • Lots of fun! Well if you think creating sites and helping others while you do it is fun, then you’ll be right at home in the community.

Disadvantages.

As I see it, there are many more advantages than disadvantages, but there are some, so I’m going to go over them here.

  • If you have high standards for site accessibility, this probably isn’t for you. Luckily for me I don’t have high standards! I’ve only discovered one part of the site that I can’t use. That’s the part where you move a site from a free subdomain of .siterubix.com to your own domain. I just couldn’t find the place where it lets you move it to a domain you already own, and I tried 2 screen readers and 3 web browsers while testing it.
  • When it comes to hosting, there are things you aren’t allowed to do. This is what led me to change hosts. You aren’t allowed to host a podcast for instance, and there are certain plugins you can’t install, (like WP-SpamShield.)
  • RSS is a huge NoNo!! When I politely asked for an RSS feed for content from people I follow, one of the founders said that “RSS is in the past,” and “less than 2% of people use it right now.” Well our current population is 7.5 Billion, so 150 million people are probably using RSS, (give or take 50 million.)
  • The only other disadvantage is the price. At $49 per month and $359 per year, it’s expensive when first starting out. They do give you a month of premium for $19, which I gladly took advantage of!
  • So, who’s Wealthy Affiliate for?

    Well, like I said it’s for everyone. You can sign up here, and get started. It requires absolutely 0 experience on your part. On the other hand, you can be a person who’s blogged for nearly 14 years like me, but doesn’t have much marketing experience, and learn from both the video training, and tutorials that members make, (some of which are also videos.)

    My final thoughts.

    Even at it’s current price of $49 per month, and $359 per year, I think WA is worth a try. I really do love the community and support! We have to keep in mind though, that there are lots of people who’ve learned everything from Wealthy Affiliate, so don’t know any other way of doing things. For them, it’s the WA way, or no way. That being said, I intend on staying for a very long time, simply because I love the community, and the great support you can give and get from them. I’d recommend it over anything else for those trying to get started, simply because we all need to ask for help at some point.

    One more time,you can sign up right here! Have fun building your very first website,! Or it could be your first niche site, whatever the case may be, it’s a lot of fun, and if you just put some time into it, you’ll definitely be learning lots and enjoying it in no time!
    FTC disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. This means Wealthy Affiliate will stick money in my bank/PayPal account if you sign up with one of the links I’ve used. I’d absolutely love it and do the happy dance for you if you did, because any extra money will go right back into making this site fly higher! Oh, and some of it might go to fueling my site/domain habit on Flippa, but just a little, I mean it!
    This was originally posted on February 9th, 2017. Alass, I forgot to export before leaving the WA hosting and lost all my content. I did manage to get a couple posts back, and this one was one of them.

Redesign!

I’m running the Lifestyle theme right now. This is a child theme of Omega. I really do like it! Someone from WealthyAffiliate recommended it to me. I really do have a lot of respect for her, she’s done a lot of trainings and can answer lots of questions!

Moving the blog to a new host.

So I decided to not use WA as my host anymore. Mainly because they block a lot of plugins that I wanted to install! Instead I went with Interserver.net, (affiliate link.) Why did I choose them? Well, a friend of mine referred me, not only that, I chose them based on my contact I had with Interserver support. I asked if I could bring 5-6 WP instances there way, and they said that would be OK! I was very happy with this, because I have 4 blogs right now, and 2 other sites waiting to be started. Not only that, but Interserver support did a fine job of assisting me when I didn’t receive a confirmation email from them. It was because I needed to verify the card on file somehow. That got taken care of by using PayPal, (yay!)
Lol but before I transferred everything from WA, I did a stupid, stupid thing. I forgot to export the content, (bad, bad me!) I should know better! So all my posts were lost, I did manage to get a couple of them back because the same friend who referred me to Interserver copied them before his DNS cache expired. I’ll be reformatting and posting those in the next day or so.