Struggling to find hot new niche ideas?
It can be tricky at times because you're just not sure where to look or what you should be looking for.
I used to think I had to try and find out about some secret topic no one else knew about but actually all you have to do on many occasions is look at what's going on around you and check some established sites for ideas.
Never again will you struggle to discover niche ideas with these 101 resources....
1. A day in the life of you - with a notepad and a pen.
Carry a notepad around for a day and take note of everything that happens, things you hear, read and talk about and any issues you have in the day. Guaranteed you'll have multiple potential niche ideas.
2. Look at your hobbies and interests. [Recommended]
These are often the best niches to enter in IF they are able to be monetized as you already know a lot about it and are passionate.
If your hobby is rock collecting then perhaps not but if you're into a popular sport or activities which you spend lots of money on then it's likely there's a lot of other people out there who do the same.
3. Look at your problems and challenges (health, life, dating, money etc)
What problems do you face on a day to day basis? What health issues do you have? Any other issues like relationships or money?
Other people do too and your advice could be valuable to them. Problem niches are the most profitable.
4. Watch the news, TV & documentaries
The news is an excellent source for finding out about obscure niches you'd never hear of otherwise. I've discovered untapped sleep disorder niches from watching the news in recent months.
I don't specifically watch the news to find niches but I pay attention whenever it's on.
Also documentaries and TV shows offer insights into popular topics. If someone is willing to spend millions on a TV show it has to be a popular and profitable niche.
5. Massive Niche List WordPress Plugin [SADLY THIS PLUGIN IS NO LONGER ON SALE]
This is a game changing plugin for WordPress that I bought (see receipt image below).
You upload to your site and it gives you a massive database list of over 350,000 niches and sub-niches with Google monthly search volumes, CPC estimates and Google Insight direct links.
It blew my mind when I bought it and it still does as I'm able to pick a category (say like Arts & Crafts or Fitness & Weight for example) and instantly discover 100's of actual niches and see how many people are searching for that term every month.
6. Amazon.com [Recommended]
Being the largest online retailer in the world you can find just about anything and everything on sale on Amazon. By browsing the various categories of products available you can find niche ideas.
Each category is a potential niche. And each category has sub-niches. Many of these obscure sub-niches have thousands of product on sale and that sell well.
Check their 'best selling' feature for what's currently hot OR automate the process of finding high volume products with high price tags by using AmaSuites.
7. Clickbank [Recommended]
Clickbank.com is the digital online retailer equivalent of Amazon.
They sell digital products and if you browse through the categories just like on Amazon you'll be able to drill down into sub-categories, these are all potential niches and you'll find stuff you never realized existed.
JVZoo.com is another digital market place much like Clickbank. Again browsing through the categories and drilling down into sub-categories gives you potential ideas.
9. Share A Sale
This affiliate network has thousands of online retailers from big name brands and businesses to boutique online stores.
Browsing through the various categories and retailers will give you lots of ideas.
10. Commission Junction
Much like ShareASale, Commission Junction have thousands of online retailers both global and boutique brands.
Browsing through the categories and sub-categories will give you website ideas.
11. Stumbleupon [Recommended]
Stumbleupon allows you to find webpages you like based on your interests. You can browse through the categories or 'stumble' your way through websites to see what niches you can find.
12. Yahoo Trending
Yahoo Trending shows what's trending in the news that day and can be a great place to find hot new niches ready to be exploited.
13. FindAForum [Recommended]
FindAForum.net only adds the most popular forums to their site and 2 of the most popular happen to be a Skyscraper and a Tractor forum, both markets I would never have thought of.
You can also use the 'random' tool to find random forums.
14. Twitter Trending
Twitter shows that is currently 'trending' (popular) on Twitter, i.e. what people are talking about.
Great for finding hot new niches.
15. Google Trends
Google Trends gives up to date information on what people are searching for. You can look at general searches or browse by category. Click on a category and it allows you to drill down further and see more information.
16. Flippa [Recommended]
Flippa.com is a website for selling profitable websites. You can see which websites have sold and get an idea of which are money makers.
17. Magazine.com [Recommended]
Magazine.com lists real life Magazines that are on sale in all categories. You know if there's a magazine on the subject it's a profitable niche as publishing companies won't publish magazines they can't make money from.
Browse through the categories for ideas.
Technorati.com is a blog aggregator. You can search for top 100 blogs, browse by category or enter keywords and see what blogs are available.
If there's already blogs on the subject that's definitely a good thing.
19. Ebay Popular
Ebay Popular shows what is currently selling well. Both by random items and by category. Good way to find popular products and markets.
20. Google News [Recommended]
Google News is a good way to find upcoming markets and products that you could jump into before they've became over saturated.
Go to Google News and type in “announced” and you'll find pages of results talking about announced events, products, movies and more.
ComScore provides insights into markets and industries.
22. Google Suggest
Google Suggest works simply by going to Google.com and entering a letter or word then looking at the suggestions Google gives you.
If you have some general niche ideas you can enter it in and see what else Google suggests to you.
23. Google Wildcard Search
Google Wildcard Search is an under used Google search feature. Go to Google.com and type in any keyword followed by *. (i.e. “niche research *”) and it will bring up random keyword phrases that start with “niche research” then a random keyword.
24. Google Keyword Planner
Google Keyword Planner can be used to find keywords. You can either give it a general keyword and ask it to bring back similar keywords (you can find sub-niches) or enter a website URL and see what keywords it is ranking for.
25. LongTailPro [Recommended]
LongTailPro is an advanced keyword tool that helps you find money making keywords. You can give it your niche ideas and it will quickly find you low competition and highly profitable keywords that will convert into sales.
Ubersuggest.org will bring back A to Z search results from Google if you give it a base keyword. So you can give it your keyword ideas and see what results it comes back with.
Lycos shows a selection of recently trending topics and searches which are all potential profitable markets.
Shows popular shopping pages. If people are buying you know it's a profitable niche.
29. AOL Hot Search
A feature by AOL that shows recent 'hot' or popular searches.
30. Delicious Popular
Popular stories from around the net featured on Delicious.com
43 Things lists things people plan or would like to do. You can use it to see problems people have and want solutions to.
BuzzFeed writes about popular things that are currently 'buzzing' – tons of profitable ideas.
33. List Verse [Recommended]
Top 10 lists of different things, lots of potential niche ideas here.
More top 10 lists.
Even more top 10 lists on hot topics.
Things on the internet that people 'digg' – if it's popular it's likely a hot market.
37. Reddit [Recommended]
Reddit.com calls it's self the first page of the internet and has thousands of sub-reddits (or niches) you can browse through to get ideas.
You can also look at what the most popular current topics are.
Browsing through it's categories and sub-categories and looking at topics bring up thousands of ideas.
They blog about current hot topics and bizarre things. You'll learn about stuff you'd never heard of here before.
Literally has information on everything on Wiki. Go search and browse.
Browsing through YT's video categories bring up thousands of sub-niches. If there's a lot of videos you've found a popular topic.
Look at what the hot topics are on FB, see what your friends are sharing and liking and look at the adverts.
Lists about everything and anything, see the potential here?
A great site to find out about subjects you likely never knew about. If there's a topic on here it means there's a demand for it and where there is a demand there is a niche.
45. Learn Stuff
If people are wanting to learn about it then it's a potential niche waiting to be explored.
46. Watching shopping channels like QVC
QVC and other shopping channels are still big business and you'll often hear about products on here before anywhere else.
47. Watching late night infomericals
Yes they still exist and again you can hear about products and markets you would never knew existed.
Give it your niche ideas and it will give you keyword ideas that could be potential niche ideas.
49. What is your job or subject of study?
If you have a job or are studying there's a good chance you have skills or knowledge others do not and would be interested to find out.
WikiHow explains how to do almost everything and anything. Go browse around the various topics and see what people are explaining how to do.
Now one of the most popular sites and market places on the internet. Simply looking at what people are selling and browsing through categories give hundreds of services that can be offered.
About.com literally tells you about everything. A few minutes browsing through the topics reveals lots of potential niches.
53. Yahoo Answers [Recommended]
If someone is asking a question it's likely they are not the only one who wants to know the answer.
Where there are questions there are problems and potential solutions. .
Another Q&A site that tends to have more intelligent question.
55. Rebel Mouse
Rebel Mouse allows users to syndicate content from website and social media from around the web. There are tons of useful hubs of information here.
Udemy.com is a digital market place for business courses. Look at which courses are selling well and you've got an in demand niche.
Lynda.com is another online business market place, simply checking what courses are selling well and highly rated gives insights into profitable products.
58. For Dummies Books
If there's a For Dummies book on a subject then you can guarantee it's a profitable venture.
Ehow provides information on a wide variety of topics. Useful for finding potential markets.
60. Kindle Marketplace
Check to see which ebooks are selling well for good markets to enter.
Alexa gives insights into the most popular websites. Popular website likely means profitable.
62. LinkedIn Groups
Check what groups people are active in on LinkedIn for ideas.
Ask it anything and see what others have been asking for potential ideas.
Browsing through what people are pinning on Pinterest gives me a lot of good ideas.
Browsing through Tumblrs categories brings up lots of potential ideas. They have 90,000,000 blogs online.
Huge online retailer similar to Amazon where buyers can also buy in bulk from wholesalers. If you can't find some profitable markets here you'll never find them.
Reporting on issues from around the world and have a lot of features on technology, world issues, travel and more.
Search engine that will give you some ideas.
What are people taking photos of? There's some ideas there.
CNN talk about a wide range of issues not just politics and world events.
Filled with selfies but also a lot of interesting photos and products featured here.
Online ecommerce site – check it out for product ideas.
Similar to Youtube.com but more obscure. Check out the video for ideas.
Perfect for finding out about film genres that could be exploited – DVDs, memorabilia etc.
Search engine that gives you suggestions – it might just suggest you a profitable market to explore.
76. Slideshare [Recommended]
Look at the most popular slides on display and see what people are interested in.
What are people uploading photos of? What gets the most ratings?
Check what people are downloading. The more popular downloads are obviously in demand.
79. Huffington Post
They write about all sorts of topics and you'll find something you are interested in here.
Check out the blogs on offer and see if you can't get a few niche ideas here.
A banner ad network, check out the various blogs and what's being advertised.
Search engine. Good to get some different results from Google.
One of the biggest blog platforms on the net. Check out the most popular blogs.
Huge real world and online retailer, look at the various categories and products they have on sale.
Allows you to find messageboards and forums. You can ask it to show you the most popular or random searches.
86. Google Blog Search
Google blog search allows you to search for popular blogs based on keywords.
www.google.com then choose 'blogs' from search options.
Marketplace for handmade and craft goods – lots of different stuff on sale.
Curates bizarre and pointless products from around the net with a ton of sub-categories. You'll get a lot of ideas here.
Art and graphics sharing site – look at the various categories.
An advertising platform that lets you advertise on popular websites. Check out what sort of sites are featured.
Yelp.com lets you check out local businesses and reviews. What is popular?
Shareapage.com allows people to share pages they like from around the net. See what people are sharing.
Another huge online retailer – see what's selling well.
Check out there sub-categories for niche ideas.
Lots of products on sale at this huge online retailer.
Allows users to add things they like to the site. When someone likes something they'll usually spend money on.
97. Google Plus
Check out the Google + circles for hot topics.
98. Meetup.com [Recommended]
Meetup.com lists real life local meet ups on variety of subjects. If people are willing to meet up in real life for something they are passionate about it. Passion = a profitable niche.
Various 'tribes' from around the net.
Fan sites on various subjects, check out the most popular ones.
101. Last FM
Last.fm is an online radio platform that allows anyone to host their own radio shows. Great for finding obscure yet popular music niches and talk show subjects.
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