How to Find Your Blog Niche in 2023

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How to Find Your Blog Niche in 2023

What Is a Blog Niche?

A blog niche is the main subject of all the content on your blog. Simply put, it’s what you’re going to write about.

Your niche gives purpose and structure to the topics you want to discuss. While filtering out noise (and time wasted) on topics that don’t interest you or your audience.

The problem: Picking blog niches is hard.

But this guide will help you get to the other side of this problem (step by step)—with a niche in hand.

Let’s start with the basics.

Why Is a Blog Niche Important?

Your blog’s niche is like a compass. It guides your efforts in the right direction to topics that are relevant to your interests and audience’s needs.

Without it, it’s easy to get lost.

Let’s look at an example:

Imagine you have a European travel blog. You might write about topics like:

  • Sightseeing in Prague
  • Best restaurants in Paris
  • Public transportation in Vienna

You’re probably not going to write about:

  • Xbox game reviews (even if you play them)
  • Skin care tips (even though you have a few)
  • Celebrity gossip (even when you have the inside scoop)

A blog niche acts like a filter. It helps you identify the content that is relevant to your main topic or industry. And filters out the rest.

It also helps you identify your audience.

In marketing, a niche is a well-defined segment of a particular market. Niche blogging applies this same concept by targeting a specific group of people.

By homing in on a target audience, you’ll understand the following:

  • Their interests and needs: what they like, their aspirations, struggles, values (helps you curate what content to create for them)
  • Key demographics: location, age, profession (how you should speak to them—i.e., what kind of language, voice, and tone)
  • Platforms they use: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn (where you can talk to them/post your blog content)

Sounds appealing, right? But how do you know what makes a good niche? Is there even such a thing?

Let’s get into that next.

How to Find Your Blog Niche

You need to tick three boxes when choosing your blog niche:

  • Expertise
  • Interest
  • Profitability
choosing a successful niche

Here’s how you do it. Step by step.

Step 1: Address Your Expertise

You need to know what you’re talking about. Otherwise, your audience might have trouble trusting you.

You could also have difficulty ranking in Google.

This is because Google’s E-E-A-T principle states that “Expertise” and “Experience” are important factors in page quality.

E-E-A-T principle

You don’t necessarily need formal qualifications.

A prime example is the “Hip Foodie Mom.” Mother of two and cooking enthusiast Alice runs this family-friendly recipe blog. She’s not a pro chef, but she has her audience’s trust.

Hip Foodie Mom blog

However, the standards are higher when it comes to YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) topics. Which can impact your readers’ finances or well-being.

For example, here’s the Google results page for “how to invest in stocks.”

Google results page for “how to invest in stocks.”

The top-ranking post is written, edited, and reviewed by finance experts. Author bios showcase their credentials.

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Ready to brainstorm the topics you could reliably write about? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Interests and Hobbies

What gets you talking? Something you love and comes effortlessly to you (or it requires some work, but you’re happy to do it).

You probably spend significant free time on this activity or topic. Jot down everything that comes to mind.

Your list may look like this:

  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Formula 1
  • “Stranger Things”
  • SEO
  • Painting (especially landscapes)

Life Experience

Think of life experiences that have made you who you are today. They could be unique periods that brought joy, pain, or confusion to your life. Or intimate moments that had a profound impact.

This list will be all your own, but here are some examples:

  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Applying for citizenship
  • Studying abroad
  • Grief
  • Adoption
  • Dealing with health issues

These are the stories that make up your life. They come with a unique perspective that only you can write but open the door to others who may share a similar experience.

Professional Experience

What’s your current occupation? Have you picked up tricks of the trade? Has your profession had a major impact on your life?

What about previous jobs? Did you work your way up? Could you teach others how to do the same?

While details of your job may not make for a great blog post, your experience may have given you valuable insight.

Think of how you would connect with others in your industry or what advice you can give to others in the field.

Here are some ideas:

  • Recruiter’s insight (interview and resume tips)
  • Navigating a career change
  • Personal branding
  • Freelancing
  • Digital nomad life
  • Tips for teachers

Accomplishments

Set modesty aside and reflect on your accomplishments (professional or personal).

These topics are great for blogging because they’re highly conducive to teaching others. Which goes back to establishing your expertise.

You’re the proof because you’ve done it!

Here are some accomplishments you could blog about:

  • Training for a triathlon
  • Making money in stocks
  • Quitting smoking
  • Decluttering your home
  • Improving your confidence
  • Getting into grad school

These accomplishments are worthy of sharing. And there’s an audience of people striving for the same success. Dedicate your entire blog to helping them achieve their goal.

Step 2: Identify Audience Interests

You know what topics you have expertise and experience in. But which ones are audiences interested in?

You need to ensure there’s demand for your blog. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to build a readership.

One way to do this is through keyword research with Alien Road Keyword Magic Tool. This tool can provide insights into how many people are searching Google for topics you’re considering blogging about.

By looking at queries related to your blog niche idea, you get an idea of the audience size.

Imagine you want to start a blog about doing triathlons.

See how many people search specifically for “triathlon blog” (and variations):

Keyword Magic Tool

The “Volume” tells you the average number of searches each month.

search volume

There’s some interest here, albeit small.

Next, try a more general search for “triathlon.”

search for “triathlon”

To exclude keywords related to products and services (e.g., “triathlon bike”), filter for “Informational” search intent.

People use informational keywords to find information, so they’re more relevant to many blogs.

informational keywords filter

You now have a list of keywords you could target on your triathlon blog. The “Total volume” gives an indication of the potential interest in your blog niche. Use this to compare the blog niches on your shortlist.

Total volume

Identify Search Demand

with the Keyword Magic Tool, the Biggest Keyword Database on the Market

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Step 3: Check for Profitability

Some blog niches are more lucrative than others. If you want to monetize your blog, this is an important consideration.

Gain an understanding of a niche’s profit potential by looking at three main factors:

However, it’s important to remember that the most profitable blog niches tend to be the most saturated. It can be better to get a big slice of a small pie than a small slice of a big pie.

Monetization Models

There are three main ways to monetize your blog:

  • Affiliate marketing: Link to products and businesses in your content. And earn a commission on any resulting sales.
  • Google AdSense: Automatically display targeted ads on your site.
  • Paid content: Sell content, such as online courses or webinars. Or offer content subscriptions.

Not every niche is compatible with every monetization model.

For example, beauty is well suited to affiliate marketing and advertising. Because there are a lot of products to sell (and high budgets behind these campaigns).

affiliate marketing and advertisingm on a beauty blog

On the other hand, political bloggers have few products to promote. And can have difficulty attracting advertisers, who often want to remain impartial.

If you have a blog niche in mind, learn what models work by looking at competitors.

Search “[niche] blog” in Google and explore the top results. Look for affiliate link disclaimers, sponsored posts, display ads, membership pages, and “buy” buttons.

At Alien Road , we’ve got our own affiliate program: the Alien Road Affiliate Program.

Even if you don’t have a large number of marketers and business owners to market to, our Program can help you begin your affiliate marketing journey.

Interesting commissions, constant support, and a program trusted by thousands of affiliate marketers are waiting for you!

Target Audiences

Your target audience has a significant bearing on profit potential. Are readers willing and able to spend money on your content? Or your advertisers’ products and services?

Get an idea with Alien Road One2Target tool. It shows you the socioeconomic status of any site’s audience.

Go to “Check Competitors” and enter the domains of up to five blogs you might want to compete with.

For example, maybe you’re interested in starting a luxury lifestyle blog like “goop.com” or a travel blog like “theluxurytraveller.com.”

Then click “Analyze.”

Semrush's One2Target tool

Go to the “Socioeconomics” tab to view data on household size, income level, and more.

“Socioeconomics” tab

Compare the “Income Level” bars to see which blogs attract the most affluent audiences. In this example, it’s “theluxurytraveller.com.” Indicating that luxury travel could be one of the best blog niches for profitability.

income level bars

For more tips, learn how to create reader personas.

Learn About Target Audiences

with the Market Explorer Tool

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Competition Levels

The more competitive your niche, the harder it can be to generate revenue. That’s because you’re fighting with more rivals for readers’ attention.

To see how strong your rivals are, you first need to identify them. Just search in Google and see who’s ranking well for relevant keywords.

identify your rivals

And check out listicles like these:

check out listicles

When you have identified a competitor, plug their URL into Alien Road Domain Overview tool.

Domain Overview tool

Focus on these metrics:

  • Authority Score: A measure of site authority on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the score, the harder it will be to outrank them. Your new blog will start with a score of 0.
  • Backlinks: The number of links they have from other domains. These improve search rankings and drive referral traffic. Your new blog will start with none.
  • Branded keywords: The number of organic keywords that include the blog’s name. A high number indicates that audiences know this blog well.
authority score and backlinks highlighted
branded vs non-branded traffic

You can find more rivals in the “Main Organic Competitors” section.

Main Organic Competitors

Evaluate at least five rivals in this way to get a good idea of the competitive landscape.

Get Insights into Competitors

with the Domain Overview Tool

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75 Blog Niche Ideas for 2023

Need some inspiration? Check out these 75 blog niche ideas for 2023.

blog niche ideas 2023
  1. Starting a business
  2. Opening an Etsy shop
  3. Career coaching
  4. Personal branding
  5. Digital marketing
  6. SEO
  7. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising
  8. Retirement savings
  9. Cryptocurrency
  10. Family budgeting
  11. Personal finance
  12. Getting out of debt
  13. Losing weight
  14. Keto recipes
  15. Healthy living
  16. At-home workouts
  17. Yoga
  18. Pilates
  19. Weightlifting
  20. Mental health
  21. Photography
  22. Traveling in Europe
  23. Digital nomad life
  24. Working remotely
  25. Sightseeing by country
  26. Fashion
  27. Skin care tips
  28. Makeup tutorials
  29. Celebrity hairstyles
  30. Dating
  31. Wedding planning
  32. Marriage
  33. Divorce
  34. Parenting
  35. Adoption
  36. Homeschooling
  37. Fertility
  38. Co-living
  39. Making friends after 30
  40. Movie reviews
  41. Video games
  42. Upcoming concerts
  43. Local events
  44. Celebrity gossip
  45. Apple products
  46. Bluetooth technology
  47. Ebooks and tablets
  48. Book club and reviews
  49. Home sound systems
  50. Cybersecurity
  51. Triathlon training
  52. Coaching a sport
  53. Soccer match recaps
  54. Local sports journalism
  55. International move
  56. Visa process
  57. Applying for citizenship
  58. Learning a language
  59. Local culture
  60. Traveling for work
  61. Navigating a career change
  62. Backpacking
  63. Travel on a budget
  64. Luxury resorts
  65. Traveling with kids
  66. Building a social network
  67. Life after loss
  68. Studying for the SAT
  69. Law school life
  70. Picking a college
  71. American campus reviews
  72. Tiny homes
  73. Interior design
  74. Learning an instrument
  75. Starting a podcast

Next Steps

Once you have chosen your blog niche, you might be eager to start writing.

That’s great. But don’t jump in just yet.

If you plan your content and continue learning, you can get your blog off to the best possible start. Build a strong foundation with both readers and Google.

Here are three resources to add to your reading list:

  1. Practical and effective blogging tips for beginners
  2. Blog ideas and topics to write about
  3. How to write a blog post (even if it’s the first time)
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