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  1. Day Three | Thirty Day Challenge « The Father & Son Thirty Day Challenge|2008
    April 19, 2010 • 11:19 am

    [...] even more about how to choose a niche on Lynn Terry’s site – [...]

  2. Juliet Austin
    April 23, 2010 • 11:34 pm

    Thanks for this, Lynn!

    I usually start with the first, and then go to the second and sometimes end up with the third with my therapist clients when helping them build a niche…but I think you have made a brilliant point here to start with the third option. I have had so many clients go with one and two and then later switch to option three. So from now on, I shall recommend all my clients start with #3 option–or at least consider starting there. Thanks so much!

  3. How to Make Money Online (For Beginners)
    April 25, 2010 • 10:35 am

    [...] of these are just various ways to deliver content online. Your first step will be choosing a niche, which is the market or topic you are going to focus [...]

  4. frank
    April 28, 2010 • 1:27 am

    Nowadays is not going to be an easy task to choose your proper niche…it looks like everything is already taken! I know some people on the internet which manage to make money by using some keyword tool. they spot the right keyword and build around it a website. they read a lot of stuff, write a couple of article and the rest…white hat seo…incredible but true!

  5. Mike Hays
    April 28, 2010 • 6:47 am

    Frank, regarding your comment “it looks like everything is already taken!”…if that were true then you would never see another infomercial on weight loss products or exercise equipment. The reality is everything out there can be done better, more unique or have your own personality. When you look at David Letterman or Jay Lenno, people select which show they watch based on content and personality. So go out and find something you love to do and project your own magnetic personality.

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2010 • 11:31 am

      Mike! Well said! If you think you can do it better go for it! You at least have to try!

    • Chad
      January 7, 2011 • 11:30 pm

      Mike I couldn’t agree with you more, you have to realize if there is a niche that is taken its because there is a demand for it. There is always room for one more and thinking outside the box and putting your own spin on an old niche just might be what people are looking for.

  6. How To Start An Online Business
    May 5, 2010 • 8:43 am

    [...] suggestion for your starting point is to choose a niche. Just one niche. Then decide how you are going to serve that market, or what your business model [...]

  7. Zylom
    May 12, 2010 • 1:41 am

    I’m following this article and found that somehow I’m on the right track.

  8. Adrianne
    July 2, 2010 • 12:14 am

    Thanks for the tips. Just like you and Juliet, I think I’d be starting with tip# 3. I think it would be good to go with a niche that you’d really have confidence starting it.

  9. Blogging With A Plan
    August 2, 2010 • 10:30 am

    [...] you’re going to blog it pays to choose a topic you’ll never tire of writing or talking about. I’ve started many blogs over the last 6 [...]

  10. Tambre Leighn
    November 2, 2010 • 1:50 pm

    Great article and exercise, Lynn. When working with my coaching clients, I find that we can hear in their voice and sense in their energy when they’ve uncovered their passion, mission and life purpose. Taking the above steps to explore ideas and options is great. I then listen for when their speaking pattern shifts – talking more rapidly, sometimes raising the tone or level, hearing excitement. When clients find their “thing”, they are energized, inspired, smiling and see possibilities. It’s magical. What a gift you offer others by helping them uncover theirs through your four great steps.
    coaching by tambre

  11. mark
    December 15, 2010 • 8:52 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    I love this post! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions about niche ideas :)

    Have a great day!

  12. Mike Bundrant
    December 21, 2010 • 5:31 pm

    Nothing compares to the clarity, power and safety of a well-defined niche!

  13. Chad
    January 7, 2011 • 11:40 pm

    Great article Lynn, I can really relate to finding a niche or hobby your interested in. I have found that when you just start out you are going to be putting in some late nights at first to learn everything. Having a niche that gets you excited or holds your interest really helps fight off the burn out bug.

  14. Marty Saposnick
    January 30, 2011 • 6:20 pm

    It seems logical that the most productive and compelling blog someone can write occurs when there your blogging about something that you know about and are passionate about. Clearly if the psssion exists information will just flow more easily.

  15. Marty Saposnick
    January 30, 2011 • 6:21 pm

    It seems logical that the most productive and compelling blog someone can write occurs when there your blogging about something that you know about and are passionate about. Clearly if the passion exists information will just flow more easily.

  16. Mike from the Missing Link
    January 30, 2011 • 7:04 pm

    You make a good point but even better is to find what questions people have and provide them with a solution. It’s a matter of mindset. I like to think of myself as a “solutions expert” for my market.

  17. Larry
    February 26, 2011 • 6:15 pm

    Good articles, gonna have to try a couple of these exercises myself. Funny though, I always seem to be able to help my clients with this part better than myself. I guess it’s easier t see a persons best place for a niche than my own.

  18. A Conversation with Super Marketer Lynn Terry
    March 1, 2011 • 12:11 pm

    [...] by chance. However, I know you tend to think a bit more on the tactical side when it comes to choosing affiliate niches. Can you give folks a few tips to finding that ever so important niche? Lynn: The method I share [...]

  19. Stella
    April 1, 2011 • 1:32 pm

    I like to start with #1 then to #3 – passion, skills and present business interest.

  20. Stella
    April 1, 2011 • 1:51 pm

    This is a really simplified niche research method – no fluff. I particularly like the #1 (passion, skills) and #3 (current business interest).

  21. Bettey
    April 5, 2011 • 2:29 pm

    Hey Lynn,

    I think you’re right on choosing a niche that’s part of your own personal interest, that does make it a lot more fun and interesting.

    My problem is finding things I’m truly interested in, if you can believe that. You have to be careful with interests vs. fads I think too.

  22. Amy
    April 11, 2011 • 12:43 pm

    …Re-reading some key articles ~ this feeds right into your “mindset” blog1 : ) Great stuff! : )

  23. marcus
    May 10, 2011 • 11:23 am

    I agree, doing something that you like or are passionate about makes it much easier, weather it’s a hobby or a life style that you live.

  24. greg
    May 15, 2011 • 6:04 pm

    No matter how many interests one has, it will soon be necessary to go “outside the box” to find viable niches with acceptable levels of competition. This where the real work begins.

  25. Mr-Yo
    June 25, 2011 • 12:50 am

    Lynn, I couldn’t agree with you more. Loving what you do can help a lot on the long run. I used to work a 9 to 5 and hated it every single day, but since I’ve turned full-time online marketer I find myself happier and motivated. Everyone should do what they love because the rewards are beyond words.

  26. Singapore MRT Map
    August 1, 2011 • 8:54 am

    I must admit that I keep coming back to this post each time I think of entering a new niche. However I always find “buying” keywords the most difficult to source. The majority of ones with high search volume and low competition are taken so it’s finding those little hidden nuggets which proves to be a more involved process.

  27. Margineanu
    October 21, 2011 • 11:47 am

    I first discover you with this article: “Did you choose the right niche?” and you are incredible. You are right on the spot with this article also.

    You are very good writer Lynn. I can see you do your homework very well. I can not find nothing that I can say you are not right.

    All I do its with passion. If I do not have passion, I do not do that thing (almost anything).

    I can see your are passionate about writing.

    Thank you Lynn!

  28. Ana
    November 2, 2011 • 11:53 am

    Everything is on the ball here, as usual for Lynn. I’ve been with you for years and I have never read anything from you that wasn’t of absolute value. I do have a comment to make about your New Zealand example. The big challenge with that beginning marketer is his/her lack of current or at least recent experience with the country. The challenge not mentioned is credibility. I’m in the target market for travel and geographical niches and I gravitate to sites that indicate the site owner is an established specialist in the destination and therefore qualified to be in that business. You can’t just start a site on a destination and expect people to take you seriously if you’ve never even been there!

  29. Ana
    November 2, 2011 • 12:36 pm

    Actually, there is one way to close the credibility gap in destination sites. If you have absolute passion for, say, New Zealand, since that was Lynn’s example, start by finding someone with the same passion but who also has experience in the country — preferably someone who lives there. The experience must be extensive in order to compete with other sites run by experts. The trick is, of course, finding someone trustworthy, and if you don’t already know them personally, you will have other issues.

    I really prefer to work without a full-time partner but as someone passionate about a place I don’t currently live in — and I’ve been there umpteen times — and can’t travel to regularly enough to get on-the-ground info, I need someone who has the necessary background and/or freedom to travel now.

    A destination site isn’t going to get you to your destination unless you already go there regularly, or have a partner who does.

  30. Dale
    December 29, 2011 • 6:27 pm

    Great post, thinking outside the box is what made me realize that I did not want to climb the corporate ladder and I was perfectly content in my current position. Thinking about what I would do with no limits also helped me to realize that making passive income was what I really wanted to do. Keep up the good work! :)

  31. mrpbros
    March 4, 2012 • 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the great information… I was stuck between what to choose for my new blog… Your article realy helps me a lot….

    Thank you so much

  32. kevin redman
    April 9, 2012 • 10:22 am

    I so agree with this article do something you love me for example I am over 40 and so into exercise so I started a website for the over 40. It is hard work but as I love my niche I dont look upon it as work. If I was doing a niche I did not enjoy I think I would have given up by now.

  33. Christy
    April 27, 2012 • 1:04 am

    Great article. I started a little side business about a year ago for some passive income and it has done well. I did exactly what you said. I thought about what I like and went from there. Once I thought about it, it became pretty easy. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Gwency Radnor
    September 6, 2012 • 3:00 am

    This is really helpful thanks lynn!

  35. vernon
    December 23, 2012 • 9:14 pm

    I have blog site and i posted to it for awhile and since the name is
    of course i tried using articles about the outdoors but then i ran out of all of the out
    door experiences i done so i more or less ran out things to write about unless i picked up
    a magazine and used articles in them to write about, but i felt like i was lying to people.
    I was afraid they would think that i was doing all these things.

    Ialso would like to write about things that would help people in ther daily lives or that
    would help them increase their income even if was only part time.

    Sorry for such a large comment

    • Lynn Terry
      January 7, 2013 • 10:36 am

      Hi Vernon,

      This is such a question/topic! So much so that I’m going to write a blog post for you in response, because I believe it will be useful for many other people as well. ;-) I’ll be back soon with the link!
      Lynn Terry recently posted..Not Going To BlogWorld / New Media Expo?My Profile

    • Lynn Terry
      August 5, 2013 • 8:32 am

      Note: Vernon, your site is down! ?? :)
      Lynn Terry recently posted..Free Webinar on Tuesday: Your Blog Featured?My Profile

    • Ana
      December 15, 2013 • 9:53 pm

      This is pretty much what I was talking about in my reply, the real challenge when your “passion” niche is something you can’t do on a regular basis (or something you’ve never done), or in which you have no current experience.

      Anyone who wants to make it in a niche like fitness or the outdoors, to cite 2 more examples given here, must be regularly practicing these activities in order to build credibility with your readers and potential customers.

  36. kevin
    December 25, 2012 • 10:16 pm

    Hi number 3 is my fav Thats the reason I started my site. Saying that number 1 is needed when google does not give you what you want
    kevin recently posted..Resistance Bands workoutsMy Profile

  37. Sherry
    April 18, 2013 • 1:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the article! I have been “dabbling” in affiliate marketing for several months, but even after working with a “guru,” nothing seemed to be working. My biggest hurdle was finding an appropriate niche–one about which I am (or could be) passionate but one that could be commercial and not just informational. I stumbled across this post and the “Did You Choose the Right Niche?” one, and they have been so liberating! I decided to dump several things I was trying to work on, shelve another one and only focus on one on-going project. I also decided that I was trying too hard to find a niche. When I quit thinking about it so much, I saw an unread book on my bookshelf (it’s been there literally for years!) that gave me an idea for a great niche that fits your 3rd suggestion. I’m starting on that blog today.

    And I’m going to keep my eyes and mind open for #4.

    Thanks again!

  38. Paul
    December 13, 2013 • 9:18 pm

    I enjoyed this article, you are just fantastic, honestly the whole thing is beginning to make sense to me, you are really inspiring and i appreciate you so very much, please keep up the good work and you never can tell how many lives you will change with all your write ups.
    Keep up the good work and more success in all you do.

  39. Ana
    December 15, 2013 • 9:59 pm

    Lynn, are you going to write a post about the challenges we were talking about in the replies to this, about needing prior knowledge, experience or current regular activity in whatever niche you choose? I’d love to see it. I feel so strongly about this that I’d be glad to help.

    As I said, my absolute favorite niche is a destination. I can’t do the site because I don’t live there and can’t go there regularly. And I’m sure there are countless other niches people would just love to jump into but they won’t have credibility unless they have a practicing/experienced partner.

    • Elaine
      January 12, 2014 • 8:10 pm

      I can relate, Ana. I have a niche in mind that presents similar challenges.

      Lynn, I found this blog post especially inspiring as it brought to mind a niche I had thought of a while ago, but did not have the courage to start it, in part because of the credibility challenges. I’m deeply appreciative. There are times when we simply need to get validation to believe in ourselves to continue to move forward. This is what reading this post has done for me. I can’t thank you enough.

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