I was reading Mark Knowles bit about how to write. It got me to thinking even more. I'm really finding it difficult to find topics to write about that are paying topics (as do many).
I've got a handful of topics that are doing well. However, they're not exactly things I know a lot about. All those topics were topics that I knew would do well.
Most people that do well in writing articles generally write about SEO and technical stuff. I don't know that much about SEO. I'm also not Miss Personality and have a resistance to the kind of writing that makes the reader my best friend. There's no way that someone I don't know is my best friend so, to me, it always comes across as false. Of course, it's very popular these days.
So, if one doesn't fall into the good 'categories', how does one find one's niche?
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When the next solar flare brings the food distribution system crashing down, gopher recipes will sell like hotcakes.
I don't know what is my earning potential but I have tried to found niches from what I know, what I learned and sometimes random topics popped in my heads even though I didn't know a lot about them. I am an ESL learner so I took ESL as a niche topic, I play all shorts of games so I decided to write on cricket bats, I work for children so I wrote about child abuse, I have helped many friends in their distress so I wrote a lot about suicide prevention, I got the idea of best cancer awareness from hubmob weekly, I gift a lot and wrote about gifts, I wrote about keyword research, ads placement, getting followers, hub hopping from my learning. This is how it worked for me. You find what you enjoy and what you know about then you can find a good niche by keyword research. Don't believe in the myth that SEO writers are the best niche hubbers.
Sophia, I don't think it's so much writing to make best friends, but having a style of writing in which viewers trust your knowledge and information. Finding a niche is usually something that you know well or have the ability to market well.
I know that when I'm searching something, I'll keep clicking if I don't think the author knows what he's talking about.
I'm sure if you wrote down your top 10 interests and topics you know well, you would see some potential niche(s) appear. Then you can branch off of those into more specific articles.
If you see an article in a newspaper or magazine that interests you, cut it out and write your own article from a different point of view or angle. I think that you can get too hung up on paying topics - most topics pay something and as long as there are searches on the subject you will get traffic
I wondered this when I started writing here. Although am still learning as I go, one way I found a few nice Niches is to write on a variety of things that interest me. Some fall flat on their face while others do better. So I concentrate on the ones that do well and write more hubs on that niche. Seems to work ok.
Sometimes niche that you like is not rewarding always. For example, anime niche which can bring you lots of traffic but it's not high paying niche, visitors hardly buy or click ads because they're tech savvy. Same is the case with wordpress/firefox/browser niche where potential traffic is very large but gives very low earning. I'm removing some of my non-paying hubs because they hardly generate any click and are no use for backlinks as well.
Well, but sometimes what you like can be someone's else treasures. Personally, I'd write about what comes to my mind - and if people don't like it, then I'll approve on the new few articles.
You can't always please somebody. But, being involved in certain niches can have its rewarding benefits.
I agree that your style is not like everyone else's. It is uniquely you, and you should stick with it. Your discourse structure (flow of thought) is good, though the grammar is a bit rough and could use some copyediting. (I know; that's painful to hear, but from what I read elsewhere, I think you are tough enough to take it.)
I know that you are an ex-programmer and currently figuring out tracker referrals. You need to use links to other hubs in your text modules and be sure to apply your tracker ID to each one. That should increase income (so they say--I haven't been here long enough to prove it). Putting links in your existing hubs ought to keep you busy for awhile when you can't think of anything to write about
When you need a topic, open the dictionary--the kind printed on paper--and read the two page spread. Besides learning some new words to use (and a lot you'll never use) you're likely to think of a topic or two to write on. Avoid the temptation to turn the page and keep searching. Go to the online news sources and find the section(s) that interest you. Read the single-line headlines (not the articles) for ideas. Current events are for ideas only--don't try to compete with them.
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