What’s the best way to find a profitable niche? Find something you already enjoy or have a good amount of knowledge about.
Most people hate this advice.
I suspect they want a different answer. They’re looking for the undiscovered niche market to help them get rich quickly.
There are no tricks or secrets to uncovering your business’s profitable niche or topic. Everyone has an interest. That’s your niche. Everyone knows a lot about one topic. That’s your niche.
Every niche can be profitable. The variable is not the topic; it’s the person creating the business.
The Fastest Way to Discover a Profitable Niche
I’ve been practicing this technique since 2008 after I started my first affiliate marketing site. And it’s the simplest exercise in the world.
NOTE: Don’t use a computer. Get a notebook or piece of paper and a pen. You must do this exercise by hand. No typing. I’ll explain why later.
- Sit down for 5 minutes in every room in your home.
- Write down every significant product you see.
- Group products into obvious categories
- Cross out the dumb categories you know you’ll never build a business around.
- Highlight categories that you could easily write about with no research.
After performing this exercise, there will probably be only 1-3 ideas. If there are more, you’re lying to yourself. Repeat steps four and five.
You should now have your niche. No research is required.
And there’s an important reason not to open your computer during this exercise…
Analysis Paralysis: The Reason You Struggle to Pick a Niche
If you follow my analog method of finding a niche, you’ll want to research to see if there are good keywords. But I strongly urge you not to do that.
This is exactly why you’re struggling to pick a niche.
You can research to uncover a “secret” niche or choose a familiar niche (using my analog method). But both paths can lead to two outcomes: insufficient keywords or too many (and therefore “saturated”).
Researching a niche will kill your confidence. It might not, but I wouldn’t take that chance.
When I started my coffee website, I purposely didn’t research shit. I knew that if I did, I would be discouraged.
And as a result, do absolutely nothing.
Broad Brand, Narrow Niche
Another way to avoid struggle is to go wide with your brand. I see too many first-time entrepreneurs box themselves into a corner.
Your brand doesn’t have to be the niche. It doesn’t have to be anything. It can be nonsense.
The niche doesn’t need to be part of the domain name. Domains don’t matter for SEO anymore. They haven’t for a long time.
Think about Amazon. That word has NOTHING to do with selling everything in the world. It’s just a word. But now you know exactly what they do.
Amazon is a broad brand that started with a narrow niche: books.
Once they mastered selling books, they expanded into other niches or categories. You can do the same thing.
I have a niche site around the topic of homebrewing beer. I named the brand BREW Cabin. Not BEER Cabin. Why?
I gave myself room to expand the brand. I can discuss brewing coffee, tea, kombucha, whiskey, and witch potions.
There Are NO Saturated Niches
Think your niche is saturated? You’re wrong. Nothing’s saturated.
If your market is “saturated,” doesn’t that imply there’s more juice to squeeze?
You must carve out a space to stand out. And the best way to do that is to be your fucking self. Get started now and develop your voice.
Write your own content. You can always hire later when you earn enough money to afford a writer.
The first niche site I ever started was Swim University in 2006. I still run it today.
It was something I knew because it was my first summer job. It wasn’t sexy or “profitable.” It wasn’t a secret undiscovered niche through keyword research.
I wasn’t the first to start a pool website, and I won’t be the last. It was saturated then, and it’s saturated now.
And yet I’m still doing it.
You’re procrastinating because you want to be 100% sure your idea will work. You don’t want to be wrong or waste years of your life.
It’s not the topic; it’s the person creating the business. You’ll be the only reason it doesn’t work. You must be willing to invest time and money to make it work.
“There are no bad ideas; only great ideas that go horribly wrong.”
– Jack Donaghy (30 Rock)
The 4-Year Profitable Business Plan
Despite what lying marketing gurus tell you, building a business takes a long time. You won’t be an overnight success. You won’t make money fast.
The stories you’ve read are probably bullshit or extreme outliers. Take them with a big ass grain of salt.
I’ve witnessed thousands of people building businesses around me. And there’s one thing I’ve noticed…
It takes most people about four years to make good money with their online business. They must learn, try, and fail until they finally get it right. It’s the nature of the beast.
Think of it like getting a college degree. But instead, you make money instead of going into debt.
I’d take that trade any day.
In other words, you have to stay focused on one thing to gain traction.
The Power of One: Protect Yourself Against Shiny Object Syndrome
Things were moving too slowly when I first started my website in 2006. I wasn’t making money fast enough. So I started 10 more niche sites.
Instead of putting all my eggs in one basket, I’d hedge my bets. Increase my chances of one of them paying off.
It’s diversifying! Sounds smart, right?
This is considered good advice in some circles. Let me be straight with you: it’s the worst fucking advice you’ll ever hear.
The better way forward is committing to a single brand, one niche, and diversifying your revenue streams.
Stick with any niche long enough and give it your best shot. I promise it’ll pay off.
Once it pays off, you can scale by adding more niches and revenue streams to your broad brand.
The Perfect Niche Was Inside You All Along
Your profitable niche is right in front of you. You already know it. The reason you’re struggling is that you don’t believe in it.
But let me tell you. I’ve been doing this shit forever. It doesn’t matter which topic you choose.
I could take any item in my home and turn it into a website or brand. Because I spent 20 years working on ONE niche.
I picked it and fucking did it.
And I can teach you to do it in way less time. But I can’t help you pick a niche. You have to do that yourself. Only you know yourself.
I can help you brand it. I can help you do keyword research. I can help you monetize. And if you want to move on to something else, I can help you sell it.
I’ve done all these things. Join Money Lab Pro to get access to all my business training and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs building long-term businesses just like you.
The most important part about building a long-lasting business is caring more about your niche than your competitors.
You’ll win every time.
That’s how you discover a profitable niche in 5 minutes. My goal with this is to convince you to go for it.
You will doubt yourself. You’ll second guess your decision all the time. But that’s normal.
What’s abnormal is sticking with it. 99% of people won’t do this. And they fail.
However, if you stick with it, you can’t fail. Keep learning, keep growing, and keep getting better. You’ll have a successful long-term business.
Hope this was helpful. Now stop reading, stop procrastinating, pick a goddamn niche already, and build something worth consuming.
Matt GiovanisciI own three authority sites across different niches, including Swim University, Brew Cabin, and Money Lab. They earn a combined total of roughly $1,000,000 a year. I design and code all my sites. Write the words. Film and edit the videos. Produce the podcasts. Illustrate the graphics. And I have a small team that helps too.
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