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9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging.

9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging:

So, you want to start your blog. But what should you write about?

Can you make money by blogging on any topic?

I don’t think so. You can not make money in every niche that you decide to enter. Some niches are very difficult to monetize.

On the other hand, there are few niches which are easy to generate traffic and to monetize the blog.

And that’s what this post is about. By the end of this article, you will be able to learn 9 most profitable blog niches on which you should start blogging to get good traffic and make lots of money.

However, first, you need to understand this!

If you are serious about blogging, there are 2 things that you should focus on, even before starting your blog:

  • How are you going to get traffic to your blog?
  • What are the possible ways to monetize your blog?

(And I am going to answer both these questions for all the different niches that we’ll discuss in this post.)

Next, there is a secret formula to become successful in your blogging career.

Although it’s not that secret, however, not known to many of the new bloggers. And the formula is:

Successful blog = Profitable niche + Quality Content + Targeted Traffic

Money is the by-product of a successful blog.

If you have a profitable niche, this already means that you can easily make money from your blog.

Further, please note that there are exceptions to this formula. There are many people who blog on crazy topics and earn millions.

However, that’s not generic, and frankly speaking not ‘doable’ for everyone.

For example, I recently come across a ‘survival’ blog, where the blogger writes about how to survive in a jungle.

Crazy, right? Are you going to try this one out?

Definitely, his blog is driving a lot of traffic and he has monetized his blog by selling affiliate products like Camping torch, tents, hiking shoes etc.

Similarly, there are few insanely popular blogs on ‘Best Wines in the world’, ‘Pet snakes’, ‘Kid’s toys review’ etc.

However, these niches are not ‘possible’ for everyone to start. I will cover only those niches in this post which any ‘ordinary’ person can start.

#2 Common Myths for Successful Blogs:

1. You should only pick a niche you’re passionate about.

No, you shouldn’t. 

Not everyone has a passion which they can turn into a profitable blog.

For example, let’s say you are very passionate about ‘crocodiles’ and write amazing contents like where crocodiles are found, their lifespan, their reproduction etc.

crocodile

However, this isn’t a very profitable blog niche.

There is very few targeted traffic who are really interested in this topic. Moreover, how are you going to monetize this blog? By selling crocodiles? Just kidding. It’s really difficult to generate money from this blog niche.

If you are starting a ‘hobby’ blog and aren’t planning to make a living out of it, then it’s okay to write on the niche that you are passionate about.

However, if you are going to dedicate 40+ hours per week to a blog, then first make sure that you’ll be making enough returns from this blog.

Moreover, passion cannot be found, it can only be developed.

Do you really think all the expert swimmer had always a passion for it? They keep of swimming since childhood and later developed a passion for it.

Similarly, basketball players. Many might have sucked in the starting. However, as they kept going, they would have developed a passion and later excelled in it.

In the blogging world, are you sure that every ‘how to make money’ blogger was always passionate about ‘selflessly’ teach people how to make money?

No. Most of these are ‘developed’ passion.

2. “Build good content” money and traffic will follow”

Not entirely true. Content matters only 50% for the successful blog or less.

Even if you are writing amazing contents, however, if you are not getting traffic then your blog won’t be successful.

There are some niches which can generate traffic quite easily.

For example, food blogs. Almost everyone had ‘at some point in time’ searched about how to make a specific food. There is a large audience for a food blog.

On the other hand, if you write about some typical ‘boring’ topic, where there are only a few targeted traffic, then even if you are writing amazing content, it won’t give you good results.

It’s important to write good engaging, informative and entertaining content.

However, it’s equally important to write on something that a large audience want to read.

Traditional vs Modern Niches:

Traditionally, there happened to be only three successful niches- Health, wealth and romance.

All the other niches were a by-product of these niches.

However, today, there are a number of new niches which generate equal traffic and money to that of ‘health-wealth-romance’ niches.

Few of the popular new niches are Technology, Entertainment, Parenting, Beauty and Fashion, Lifestyle etc.

The golden rule of finding the best niche:

When looking for the most profitable blog niche, here are 3 things that you should keep in mind before you start.

The only blogs that people ‘care’ about are the ones who-

  1. Help people make money
  2. Solves their problem
  3. Or Entertain them.

If you are able to find a niche which is a combination of all three, then your chances of becoming successful are quite high.

Therefore the most profitable blog niche helps people make, solves their problem and entertains them.

9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging

Now that you have understood the ‘underlying’ principle of the most profitable blog niches, here are the top 9 on my list:

1. How to make money

how to make money

Sub-Niches: Blogging tutorials, Make money ‘online’, Passive Income

This niche is obviously the ‘winner’ of the most profitable blog niches. Most of the bloggers in this niche easily make tons of money.

This niche fulfills 2 out of 3 requirements of the golden rule of finding the best niche.

The ‘How to make money’ bloggers help their viewers to make money by creating their online business and also solves their viewer’s problem of how to get started (or how to make money).

Newbie bloggers keep on looking how to start a blog, generate traffic or to monetize their blogger. And these ‘How to make money’ bloggers with their blogging tutorials are able to help them. In return, these bloggers are able to get huge traffic and generate good money.

Monetization Method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Service, Consultancy etc

Few of the popular bloggers in this niche include Pat Flynn, Melyssa Griffin, Darren Rowse, Mariah Coz, Shout me loud.

2. Personal finance

personal finance

Personal finance follows a similar approach to that of ‘how to make money’ niche.

Few of the common tropics that personal finance bloggers cover are frugal leaving, investing, best credit cards, saving money, retirement planning, tax saving, extra ways to make money at home etc.

Personal finance is one of the most profitable blog niches to start blogging as people are constantly looking for these topics and are willing to spend money if they are getting the solution.

For example, people who are looking to save 30%+ tax on their income, will easily give a consulting fee of 1-2% to their advisor.

Monetization method: Ads, Consultancy, Services etc

Few popular blogs on personal finance are- Making sense of cents, Trade Brains and I’ll teach you to be rich.

3. Health and Fitness

health and fitness

Traditionally, one of the best profitable blog niches.

Health and fitness bloggers easily get tons of traffic to their blog as many people are ‘conscious’ about their health & fitness. Most people consistently keep looking for topics like weight loss, yoga, running, diet, nutrition etc.

Moreover, this is one of the easiest niches to monetize.

There are thousands of affiliate products that these bloggers can promote like fitness supplements, running shoes, yoga mats, exercise machines like treadmills, dumbbells etc.

Moreover, these bloggers can easily provide coaching for their reader’s problems like weight reduction, fat-loss, yoga etc.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Coaching etc

Overall, one of the simplest profitable blog niches.

4. Technology

technology

A modern profitable blog niche. 

The technology bloggers cover topics on gadget & electronic stuff and write about technology hacks, troubleshooting, gadget guides, and similar topics.

The best thing about this niche is that new products and gadgets will be constantly launched in the market. Therefore, these bloggers never run out of the content to write about.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Services etc

5. Beauty and Fashion

fashion

These bloggers have an access to cool life and popularity.

Beauty and fashion niche is one of the trending profitable blog niches these days.

However, there are few drawbacks of this niche. First, you need to have a beautiful personality to present to your audience. Second, to keep yourself updated with the latest beauty and fashion products, you have to spend some bucks.

Nevertheless, if you are able to build a traffic on your blog, you’ll get a number of sponsored products and can earn a lot by writing paid blog posts, reviews, and banners.

Most of the beauty and fashion blogger are quite popular on Youtube & Instagram.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Sponsored post/review/banners etc.

6. Lifestyle

lifestyle

Sub-niches- Travel, Gardening, Home/Outdoor decor, Photography etc

It’s really difficult to define a lifestyle niche as it totally depends on the blogger how they want to describe their blog.

Nevertheless, the audience finds this niche quite entertaining and that’s why the lifestyle bloggers are able to quickly build a large traffic to their blog.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Sponsored contents etc

7. Personal development

personal development

Although this niche has been on the internet for a long time, however, this ‘personal development’ came to light as one of the best profitable blog niches only in recent times.

The different topics covered by personal development bloggers are self-help, how to get confident, how to avoid procrastination, how to be a leader, how to talk with anyone, how to influence, public speaking etc.

These bloggers do not find much difficulty in generating traffic as many people are eager for personal development and keep on looking these stuff on the internet.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Webinars, Workshops etc.

8. Product Reviews & Coupons

product and coupons

The favourite niche for the youth.

The young people constantly keep looking for the product reviews and ‘coupons’ for a movie ticket, flight reservation or anything where they can avail some discount.

These bloggers can easily get in touch with big brands to get coupons for their customers and get a commission of every sale, as an affiliate.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, sponsored contents etc.

9. Food

food bloggers

For a long time, food niche was considered as a ‘hobby’ blog. However, in the recent time, it has turned out to be one of the most profitable blog niches for bloggers.

Generating traffic has never been a problem for the food bloggers. Moreover, due to the newly developed methods, even monetization is not tough for these niche bloggers now.

The famous food bloggers are easily able to sell their cooking ‘courses’ or recipe books at a high premium price.

Further, they are can also earn good commission by promoting expensive machines like juice-maker, dining sets etc.

Monetization method: Ads, affiliate marketing, ebooks, sponsored products etc.

That’s all. These are the 9 most profitable blog niches to start blogging

Please note that I didn’t include any entertaining, politics or stand up comedy niche here because it is really difficult to monetize those niche. Except for ads, you won’t be able to monetize your blog that easily.

Summary:

Here are the 9 most profitable blog niches to start blogging:

  1. How to make money
  2. Personal finance
  3. Health and fitness
  4. Technology
  5. Beauty and Fashion
  6. Lifestyle
  7. Personal development
  8. Product reviews and Coupons
  9. Food

BONUS: ADDITIONAL BLOG NICHES

blog niches

Source: www.ordinaryreviews.com

Next Step: Dive in and get started:

So, if you are still confused about where to start, just pick a big niche and slowly work down to 3-5 sub-topics that you find interesting.

For example- if you are planning to start a finance blog, start writing all kind of stuff like investing, insurance, mutual funds, retirement planning, savings, credit card etc.

Once you found out which topics enjoy and are most comfortable to write and is getting a positive response on your blog, then slowly narrow down.

Further, as you keep writing, you will definitely develop a passion.

Ready to start your blog? Learn how to get started here-

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How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 10 Months - Trade Brains google analytics

How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 12 Months? [With a Day Job]

HONEST DISCLAIMER: I didn’t use any paid advertisements/traffic to get these page views. Over 68% of my traffic came directly from organic search. Here’s a quick snapshot from google analytics of Trade Brains.

Trade Brains google traffic

Lessons from the past:

FailedStamp-minFirst of all, I would like to mention that Trade Brains was not my first project.

My blogging journey started back in 2014 (when I was a 19-year-old college kid). My first website, Messed Up Infinitely (MUI), an entertainer website — that I started with few of my friends in college, FAILED…!!!

 After two years of working (inconsistently) on the website, we finally decided to shut it down in the year 2016.

The website doesn’t exist anymore, however, the different social pages are still there (In fact, MUI has over 3k likes on its Facebook page).

The reasons why my first website failed- 

1. I (and my team) was not passionate about the niche. We just enjoyed building something big. But no one cared much about the value or content.

2. We tried to cover everything and hence failed to build a loyal (repetitive) audience. We started covering contents with FIFA 2014 news, then moved to TV Series like GOT, FRIENDS etc, then shifted to Harry Potter topics… The biggest problem was that even we didn’t know what was the theme of the website.

3. We focused too much on traffic and monetization instead of building a great website. With viral (clickbait) topics like “How Game of Thrones might end?’ and posting it in facebook GOT groups with over 100k members, we were even able to generate +10k pageviews in a single day from a single post. However, we lacked consistency. A GOT fan will not read FIFA posts, right? Although traffic means more revenue from ads, it doesn’t mean growth.

Nevertheless, failures are a great teacher.

I learned a lot from my first failed website and moreover, it left an etching feeling inside me. I knew that many people are able to build a successful website. But the fact that we couldn’t simply be meant that there was something wrong with our approach.

Trade Brains’ Success Story

I launched Trade Brains (https://www.tradebrains.in) in January 2017.

launch-minAt that time, I was working as a graduate engineer trainee (GET) at Tata Motors. It was my first full-time job and I’ve been working there since last six months before starting Trade Brains.

Tata Motors is a fortune 500 company which manufactures automobiles. I was working in the Quality Assurance department and it was a hectic six days -nine hours job (Only holidays was Sunday). Nevertheless, in January 2017, I decided to hustle sideways.

Initially, it was really difficult to maintain a balance between work and side project. When you work in a day job, most of your productive hours are gone. By the time you reach home, your brain will be so tired that the only thing that it will want to do is to watch TV. It was really exhausting to come back home and work on the website.

However, this time, it was something different. This time- I was passionate about my website.

Btw… I forgot to tell you what is TRADE BRAINS’ all about?

Trade brains is a financial education blog focused to teach stock market investing and personal finance to the DIY (do-it-yourself) Investors.

trade brains homepage

The best part of starting trade brains was that I enjoyed talking about and writing about INVESTING topics. That’s why it never felt like a job and I was easily able to work on my website till 2–3 AM in the night.

Phase I: Jan-March 2017— (Zero Growth)

I started Trade Brains in January 2017. However, I was hardly able to give 2–3 hours per week during first three months. Moreover, I used these 2–3 hours only to build the website and write contents (no marketing, no social sharing… nothing else). Anyways, in the first 3 months, I was able to write 8–10 articles on Trade brains.

Although I have written a few of my best articles during this phase, however, it wasn’t getting any traffic. The monthly traffic for Trade Brains for the first three months of the launch was less than 100 page views per month. (Please note that I knew SEO at that time and had done on-page SEO on all my contents).

In short, I learned a very important lesson in this phase-

“BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME… IS WRONG”.

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Even if you build a great website with amazing contents, you will not get traffic on its own. You have to market your website.

(In the next phase of Trade Brains, the same contents that I wrote in Jan-March are going to great the most traffic. Although the content didn’t change, my strategy did.)

Phase II: April -July 2018 — (Steady traffic)

It was April 2017- when I decided to get serious with my blog.

Working 2–3 hours per week was not enough. Moreover, just working on website and writing contents wasn’t working out.

I changed my strategy. I started working +30 hours a week (alongside my day job) on Trade Brains. Further, this time I was more focused on marketing and getting TRAFFIC.

I already knew that I have written some amazing contents on my blog in the phase I. Therefore, all I needed to do was to drive the audience on those contents.

Anyways, this wasn’t really difficult.

Hard-Work-Success-Icon-Image-1400x800-862x493-minBecause of my past experience of working on my first website, I already knew many tips and strategies to get huge traffic. (Please note that although I knew the strategies, however, it required a lot of work. It wasn’t difficult, but it was time-talking).

In this phase II of trade brains, I continued writing 1–2 blog posts per week and then dedicated the majority of time in marketing those contents. Few of the common sources to drive traffic that I used was to post in facebook groups, Reddit, answering on Quora, joining the forums and actively getting involved in different threads, cross promotion etc.

During this phase, the traffic was directly proportional to the amount of hard work that I did. The traffic was not passive!!

This means that the more I promoted and marketed my content, the more traffic I was able to generate. Between April to July, I started getting a steady traffic of 18k -20k page views per month.

Phase III: Aug 17-Jan 2018 — Rapid Growth

After three months of continuous content creation and marketing, finally, I started noticing passive traffic on my website.

With time (and work), I was able to generate decent backlinks to my website and moreover, it was even growing automatically.

qualitative-growth-min(I realized this when I took a week off (no blogging or marketing) to go on a vacation with my parents. I was afraid that the traffic is going to decline and all my work from the past few months will be in vain. However, after a week, when I returned back and checked my website traffic, I was jumping on the bed with happiness. Literally no work and still I was able to generate over 8k page views that week.)

From Aug 17 to Jan 18, I noticed a rapid growth in the blog.

All the hard work of the last few months was finally showing up. My contents started getting ranked on the first page of google for many keywords. Different websites/bloggers started referring to my contents and website.

Although during this phase, I wasn’t working as hard as phase II, I was getting a consistently increasing traffic. From around 30k page views on Aug 17, trade brains grew to over 130k monthly page views by the end of January.

Reasons Why Trade Brains became a hit?

There are few lessons that I learned from my first failed website and second successful one. Moreover, I believe if my first website was a hit, I wouldn’t have learned so much. Here are the reasons why Trade Brains became a hit:

1. Writing ‘genuinely’ helpful posts.

All my contents on Trade Brains was focused to help people. I didn’t write contents just to write it. For my first website, we generally published 4-5 posts per week. However, for Trade Brains, the frequency was small: 1-2 posts per week.

But this time, the contents were genuinely helpful. I wanted the public to learn something when they are willing to spend their precious time on my blog. And once you start giving value through your contents, people (and Google) will appreciate it.

2. Consistency

Since April 2017, I’ve consistently given +30 hours per week time to Trade Brains. It wasn’t like ‘work a month’ and then ‘take a leave for the next two’.

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I didn’t consider Trade Brains as my side project since April and was consistently working on it. Even when I was hanging out with friends or was on a vacation, I was consistently thinking of what new ideas that I can implement to improve the website. Although it seems a small journey, however, being consistent for 12 months with a day job is really tedious (but worth it).

3. 20% time on content creation and 80% on marketing

It’s good to write amazing content but if you’re not marketing it, it won’t generate traffic automatically. From the phase II of trade brains, I started giving 80% of my time to market the content. And it really gave a significant result.

Closing Thoughts

Building a successful website or blog is the dream of many online entrepreneurs. However, it’s not much difficult. All you need is a passion and a willingness to consistently work hard.

After over 18 months of launch, Trade Brains is still growing at a good pace.

That’s all. Take care. And keep hustling!!