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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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!
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