December 10, 2008

Niche Brainstorming and Researching Resources

I received a lot of positive and helpful feedback on the Content Sites post. But, as a couple of people pointed out, the post didn't talk about how to find suitable topics for a content site.

So, to get you started I've listed a few of my favourite research sites.

Remember, you can save a lot of time if you secure the IM Research Power Tool to help you with your niche finding.

  • Google Zeitgeist
  • Trend Watching
  • Trend Hunter
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • CNBC
  • Lycos Top 50
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • eBay Pulse
  • Amazon
  • Google Trends
  • Shopping.com Top Searches
  • AOL Hot Searches
  • Google Groups
  • Craig's List
  • Delicious Popular -
  • Digg
  • Google Catalogs
  • Magazines.com
  • Clickbank Marketplace

There's no need to visit all the above sites, simply choose a general theme and then browse a few sites to assess the popularity and to dig down into the long tail phrases. There are four basic questions you should consider..

  1. Is there a group of people passionate about this niche topic?
  2. Does this group have a problem they are desperate to solve?
  3. Is the market big enough, but not so big you’ll have too much competition?
  4. Do the people in this niche spend money?

You need a "Yes" answer to either question one or question two. And a "Yes" to questions three and four. People are either passionate about their interests or they are desperate to find a solution.

Clearly, to be successful, your site needs to attract enough people and there's no point in building a site on a topic where there's no potential income.

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December 17, 2008

Beryl Whiitng @ 9:51 am

Hello John
Thanks for this post. Really helpful in moving me forward. Would like to create an income stream to help support sons who want to go to college in the US. Maybe THEY can then create an on line income stream around their passion (golf) to finance themselves! Now there's a thought…Will start taking your advice. Many thanks for sharing.

December 23, 2008

Lee @ 2:56 pm

Hi John, great list of resources. Another one I've found helpful is eHow. That's a different sort of resource, but it does give me ideas about possible information products. Great blog! I subscribed to your feed.

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