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6 Profitable Niches for Your Blog

6 Profitable Niches for Your Blog

We’ve all, at one point in our lives, entertained the idea of making a living online. While for some this may seem like a pipe dream, others have not only made making a living from home a reality, but they have actually exceeded their own expectations in the process. A common thread among the most successful online businesses is the implementation of a monetized blog. Most companies nowadays use blogs to add a personal touch to their otherwise faceless business – and make large sums of money in the process. If your company specializes in one of the following niches and you’re not blogging, you’re missing out on huge potential gains.

Health Care

It seems like every week there’s a new diet or exercise trend sweeping the nation. With these trends come products, classes, and services that millions across the country will gladly pay top dollar for. Through affiliate marketing, you can capitalize on each of these trends (as long as you keep your integrity as a reputable source). Providing information regarding products that will help others lose weight and stay in shape can be an incredibly rewarding experience – and can put some money in your pocket, as well.

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Web Design

If you specialize in web design, you’re probably used to having people look at you as if you have three heads whenever you rattle off some computer-related jargon that comes second nature to you. These people are the reason you can succeed as a blogger. Whether you specialize in coding and programming, or graphic design and web page aesthetics, keep in mind that the average person needs a step-by-step walkthrough for even the simplest of these tasks. Offering courses through your blog on web design is a great way to earn passive income – as long as you’re able to explain complicated topics in a comprehensible manner.

Technology

Technology is another jargon-laden industry in which many consumers simply become intimidated and throw up their hands in resignation. It’s also a constantly evolving field, so you’ll never run out of topics to write about. This is another niche in which affiliate marketing can be extremely lucrative. Whenever you recommend a product, you’ll make a percentage of the retail price anytime someone purchases it using the link you provide on your blog. However, it’s important that you don’t come off as a salesman when providing these links. Instead, ensure your readers see you as the informed specialist you are who’s simply looking out for his audience members.

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Education

Education is a pretty broad topic. It’s also a hot one, as well. Perhaps one of the hottest trends in education relates to MOOCs and other forms of online learning. Sites like Udemy pay affiliates incredibly well, so there’s a lot of money to be made if you are a trusted source for educational materials and courses. Again, you don’t want your blog to be an obvious money-making ploy. Provide valuable information for your audience regarding educational resources, however, and they’ll trust you when it comes to opening their wallets.

Meta-Blogging

Who would think that blogging about blogging can make you rich? Okay, so unless you’re Neil Patel, you probably won’t become a millionaire writing about how to create a successful blog. But a well-written and well-produced meta-blog can open the doors for you in a variety of ways. While blogging about blogging, you’ll learn valuable SEO and content marketing strategies that will help you get your writing noticed, which could lead to incredible gains as a freelance writer. Even if you don’t make money with your meta-blog per se, the portfolio you build up will be invaluable in the long run.

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(Insert Niche Here)

So I’ve mentioned a bunch of hot trends as things currently stand in the world today. But, if you haven’t noticed, society is constantly evolving. What’s hot today will be old-hat tomorrow. Capitalize on this. If you have an innovative and progressive mindset, you could end up being the next Mark Cuban or Bill Gates. If you have a bunch of ideas rattling around in your head and no idea what to do with them, start a blog. You’ll start to see it take shape within the first week or two of dedicated writing, which may very well take you on your next journey in life.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

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Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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