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How To Find Your Niche....That Eureka Moment.

Updated on January 11, 2013

How do you find your niche?

It hit me like a bolt from the blue. I had written a number of articles, around 80 I seem to remember. Off the cuff articles of varying types. How to articles, poems, general interest stuff that sort of thing. You always here around the internet and various circles that ''you have to find your niche''. '' Keywords, SEO, more keywords, more SEO, '' you have to find your niche!''

'For goodness sakes', I could hear myself say when reading this stuff. All I want to do is write about things which interest me! All the same I do believe in listening to what people have done before me and I love to hear about their struggle to success. That said, I think deep down I was struggling to find '' my niche''

'Eureka' I found it! I had written a number of so called inspirational hubs and the response I had got was very encouraging. Mmm, I thought, could this be my niche. Positivity, self help, coaching has always been of interest to me.

How can an aspiring novice writer like me possibly encourage others to take me seriously though? That is the old me talking. The person who was always pulling himself down and constantly giving himself a hard time about bad decisions he had taken in the past.

I found it!

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What happens when you find your purpose?

When you find your purpose you never look back. I thought that my purpose here was to help people become successful before me. In a way that is true, but when you find out what your real purpose is your writing takes on a whole new meaning. Yes I want to help people become successful at writing for Hub Pages but I also want to achieve set goals for myself regarding my own writing. Writing in a niche will allow me to do this. A niche which is never short of substance and ideas. You see everybody is always searching for information. Information which will ultimately make them successful. Successful if they follow a particular plan. Successful if they do ABC and get results.

This is now my higher purpose if you like. Teaching people an ABC plan to get them where they want to go through the internet. Of course I am still learning myself. We never give up learning. I don't believe I will ever have all the answers. What I will have is the experience of actually doing what I am doing and being able to pass on my knowledge.

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Rome wasn't built in a day.

How many times have you heard this, I wonder? True though it is. Anything worth having is worth waiting for. Doing something bit by bit will benefit you in the long run. Be patient and work consistently everyday and you will get where you want to go. Review your goals and targets daily and make adjustments and changes as necessary, you will be stronger for it.

My best advice has got to be to find your niche and your purpose and everything else will be taken care of. Knowing this will allow you to concentrate on getting there no matter how long it takes.

Having a plan will only help and get you there quicker.

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Where do you go now?

If you are like me then you will go in the direction you feel most comfortable going. I now feel most comfortable writing inspirational, positive hubs and articles. It seems to be what people are looking for. If I can help just one person to become successful as a result of my writing then I feel that it will be a job well done.

If you look back at various events and historical people, they all had a purpose. Prime Ministers and Presidents, they all have a purpose in life. You too have to find your purpose to propel you forward into the unknown. A great adventure is the way that I see it. A journey to which there is no end or final destination.

You must go in the direction where you are currently getting the most success. It may not be the purpose you had intended but you must not fight it. Listen to your intuition and take action to achieve what it is you are looking for.

It's a fantastic day!

When I finally found out my real purpose and my niche, it was a fantastic day and I don't think I have ever looked back since. Yes I will write other things to distract me for a while, yes I will waste time on Facebook and Google+ and I will not always be as productive as I should be. None of that matters when you have found what you do best. What matters is that you are true to yourself and you stick with your instincts and continue to write in the niche that you do your best work in. The main reason for this is that it will show in your articles and you will never be short of subject matter if you write about what you do best.

Sounds simple? That is because it IS!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi Steve! I could so relate to your final "fantastic" paragraph and I agree it's simple!:) Excellent hub!!

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    If you like doing something enough - you'll get good at it and the positive will shine through. Thanks for the positives. :)

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    Vrijdag Pages 4 years ago

    An excellent piece. I, for one, have been trying to find my niche and like the specky wizard above, I have at last found it. Yet, this have speaks a lot of truth and it needs voting up, I believe, by everybody who reads it.

    Well done and I hope you do become a full novelist one day, good luck.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Linda thanks for being the first to comment, and so quickly after publication. I like SIMPLE.

    Wesman Todd Shaw, I couldn't agree more. Thanks

    Vrijdag Pages, Thanks for reading and for your good wishes.

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Steve (poshcoffeeco),

    You have another winner in this Hub, my friend!!!

    It took me a few months of publishing articles on HubPages to realize that I had developed three niche areas: craft "how-to" Hubs, art history Hubs, and the best one of all, geography quizzes.

    Once I found my niche areas, it became so much easier to write.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Daisy Mariposa,

    I agree. I have had this one on hold a while until I finally decided this was where I wanted to work. The comments I got from the hub before it, Freedom for everyone, gave me the push I needed. Inspirational is the way to go from now on with a few How to's for good measure. Thanks Daisy for supporting me and being a great hub buddy.

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    Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

    So THAT'S why there are all the awesome, positive hubs! Bravo! I'm not so sure I've found mine, yet. I've written a lot about being "green" and that, indeed, is one of my passions, but I haven't found that subject that I could write about "forever". I've got a bunch of things up my sleeve, though. People keep saying I have a variety of hubs, but I still feel like I don't have that specific "calling" - though I actually feel like something could happen in the next few weeks. I'm going to have more time, that's for sure. :D

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    cclitgirl,

    that is good news. I think once you have one niche and concentrate on it, things are easier. I must admit I will still have to throw in a few How to hubs and others but my main area from now on is inspiration and positivity / self help.

    Go with what you get the best results from is what I did.

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    ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Steve,

    Congrats on finding your niche and having the ability to articulate it so well! When I first landed here at hubpages I neither had a niche or a plan.

    I was trying to string together little stories that would be helpful to the Hubbing community. As I had no actual skills or knowledge in the subject matter, I would often try to cushion that blow with humor. Eventually, I got a message from HP staff that my "stories" were mis-categorized (i.e. Help for Hubbers and what not) and they moved my crap to Contemporary Humor. I guess that's when I found my niche.

    Great Job! Voting all the Ups and niceties!

    Thomas

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    Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

    Ah, finding one's niche is one thing, but keeping it is another. Even if you do find a niche which garners you traffic and earnings it can be devastated literally overnight by Google or by copiers.

    How do I know? I've lived it! LOL! But this doesn't take anything away from this interesting and helpful hub!

    Enjoyed! SSSSS

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    molometer 4 years ago

    Hi Steve,

    Congratulations on reaching your 100 hubs target,well done.

    You are not going to believe this, but just before I clicked on this brilliant hub. I was doing some research on the web and bam! I just had that Eureka moment.

    I have had a few since joining hubpages but this seems so much more so. If you know what I mean. 'I just got it'

    The SEO and all that other business is important, but the content is everything.

    Well done again. Voted up and all the buttons.

    PS how weird and interesting is that?

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    I really enjoyed this hub and related so much. I feel like I have found my calling and now I write on a few different sites. I waste time occasionally too, but most of the time when I am free I am writing. Interesting hub and congrats for writing over 100 hubs.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    my "niche"s were given me. imagine working with the "impossible".

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    recappers delight 4 years ago

    What an inspiring hub! Thank you for writing this! May we all find our niches in life!

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    Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

    Steve, your desire to help others comes through really strongly in a lot of your hubs so this is probably the niche for you - your enthusiasm shines through and people reading your hubs pick up on that - good luck, I think you're doing the right thing! I don't have a niche, my enthusiasms are all over the shop but one day, I'm sure I'll have that Eureka moment too :o)

    Voted up and shared.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Jools thanks for sharing this and for your brilliant support.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thought Sandwiches,

    Thanks it is good to know I am on the right track. I am also glad you found your niche, even if you got there in a roundabout way.

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    Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Ahhh, great! I love ABC plans and I love this hub. Voted up and useful! Thanks, posh!

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    Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    That's great that you found your niche - well done! :) Very inspirational hub and I look forward to reading more! Voted Up, awesome, interesting, useful!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I am glad you found your writing purpose, you are good at inspiring others and yourself too

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Happy to hear you found your calling on here, excellent work. This is a great hub to help inspire others and it was an enjoyable and motivating read for me. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting :)

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    Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I'm currently writing about many different subjects but they all interest me. Nature and seashell crafts, short stories about things that just happen, and lately haiku poems. Perhaps you can have more than one niche if it makes you happy. Liked this article. Voted up +

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Steve, this was a great hub, just like all your others, but this one struck a significant cord with me. I just recently found my "niche" it seems. I have been getting the most responses for my satire, and specifically my satire about Alaska. It's only taken me *cough* years. :) Voting this up. Keep up the motivational hubs, I learn SO much from them! :)

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    KDuBarry03 4 years ago

    Sadly, some of the easiest things are overlooked and hard to look at again. This is very true! Thank you for sharing this :)

    -KD

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Wonderful hub and you are very correct in saying that finding one's niche is very important. I'm glad you found your niche with inspirational hubs. I've found mine in health hubs related to health. Ah yes! it becomes so simple to write then.

    Vote up all the way and across, my friend. Shared it on G+1 and FB.

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    truefaith7 4 years ago from USA

    Excellent hub! I understand all too well what it's like starting out and not knowing where your true niche lies. And writing some horrible quality hubs about topics that seem like moneymakers at first, but are too competitive or even banned. It's not easy writing online content at first, but it's always important to remember that our failures are our keys to success and that it pays to never, ever give up at writing.

    Thanks for writing an excellent hub! Voted up and across!

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    wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

    I have ADD, so I can never focus on one subject and I have always thought that was my downfall. I find an idea I love and go with it but it suddenly changes into something else, then something else. By the end of it all, it's something far from what I thought it would be, then I lose interest. I need to find my niche badly!

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    Rob 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

    It's great that you want to inspire and help people. That's a great goal to have. Keep it up,

    Well done,

    Rob

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Isn't it great to do something you love doing anyway and be rewarded for it? Not only by making money, but by helping other people....

    Jaye

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    Thank you for this, I've been looking for a worthwhile niche for some time! Thank you for sharing, I will be sharing this and voted up, interesting.!

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    sjwigglywoo 4 years ago from UK

    Great inspirational hub, I'm quite new to online writing not sure if I have found my niche yet! However everything you said makes sense.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    CyberShelley,

    I am pleased to see you here and thanks for sharing this hub. We all need to find our niche here and I hope you find yours soon.

    sjwigglywoo,

    Just keep writing about things which fire you up and interest you. If you write as though you are an authority on something readers will believe it as it will show in your writing. Good luck on finding your niche. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Congratulations Steve on finding your niche - your desire to help and inspire others is both appreciated and inspirational!

    Your hubs are always an interesting read thank you.

    I had no idea what my niche would be when I joined hubpages, or if I would have one, it is the support and encouragement from readers that have given me the confidence to follow my love of photography.

    Thanks again and voted up

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi Lesley, yep when you find what works for you, you just have to go for it and to hell with it.

    Thanks for commenting. Take care.

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    Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I keep hearing this whole thing about finding your niche... well guess what... I think I did it... I found mine... it is BS! :) I know there are a few things that I really go after. For instance, I like to write about health and fitness a lot and occasionally I throw in some recipes. I think those are my two strongest niches. I do throw in the occasional poem and stuff but I like to do variety otherwise I have a tendency to not do anything. Glad you found your way! :)

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    Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

    That's good to hear Steve- that you've found your niche! Keep up the momentum buddy...

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    barbergirl28,

    we meet again!

    Thanks again for your comment. BS is my favourite subject also. They say BS baffles brains.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Turtlewoman,

    Congrats on the Apprentice programme. Thanks for commenting and it is great to hear from you. It's great that you are moving on.

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    Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

    Steve, I'm not sure I will ever have a niche though I do love doing TV and film hubs. I think you may be onto something with your inspirational hubs though; you obviously like helping others and you write really sincerely which comes across to other writers. I hope you get many more followers in this niche - especially useful to new hubbers who are looking for those words of encouragement we could all use at the beginning.

    Voted up and shared.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Aww bless you Jools99. I am aiming to be a Hub Greeter if I can ever get accepted. Applied twice and being rejected due to hub violations within a six month period. You have to be squeeky clean apparently.

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    Teresa Davis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

    Steve. I'm so glad you finally found you niche. I am still trying to figure out mine. Would be nice if you could look over my hubs and kinda give me a heads up...Thanks!!

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    tjdavis,

    Only too glad to help. Will take a look and let you know later on today hopefully. Have to go out just now. Thanks for visiting.

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    Teresa Davis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

    poschcoffeeco I'm looking forward to your critique. Thanks!!!

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Been here three years and still in the dark! lol! trouble with me is I like so many different topics that I just get lost in it, but glad you found yours! lol!

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Nell Rose,

    write what fires you up is what I say. Go with the flow and people will appreciate what you do. Thanks for reading and commenting, have a great weekend.

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    Anne 4 years ago from Spain

    Hi Steve. Yet another inspirational and easy to understand hub. Thanks again for helping and heads up :)

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks for your kind comments bac2basics, I am glad you liked it.

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