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101 Niches to Write About

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on February 5, 2009 in Blogging, E-books, Web Writing
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Whether you're a freelance writer or blogger, you've probably had to choose a niche to write about at one time or another--perhaps a niche for your new blog or e-book, or choosing what topics to specialize in for client work.

There are millions of niches out there that you can write about or blog about, so it always baffled me that people have a hard time choosing one. I've shared some resources and examples previously about how to choose a niche.

Today I'm going to do some of the work for you, and break down several popular topic areas into more specific niches you can blog about, write an e-book about, or specialize in as a freelance writer. Here are your 101 niches to write about:

Business / Money

1. Legitimate ways stay-at-home parents can earn extra money from home
2. Living on a budget in college
3. Starting and running a restaurant (or insert any other type of business)
4. Managing credit card debt
5. Social media marketing
6. Accounting for small business owners
7. Securing business financing

Arts & Entertainment

8. Insert name of your favorite television show here
9. How to get acting gigs
10. How to play the guitar (or any other instrument)
11. Insert name of your favorite celebrity here
12. Broadway shows
13. Tourist attractions or "things to do" in your city or state
14. Video game strategies or reviews

Green Living

15. Raising "green" children (or focus solely on green baby products)
16. Document your own efforts to go green
17. Green business tips
18. Green travel
19. Reviews of environmentally friendly products

Sports


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20. Soccer news (or insert any other sport name)
21. How to play (insert your favorite sport here)
22. Write about your favorite athlete (history, stats, news, etc.)
23. The history of (insert any sport here)

Pets

24. How to train a dog
25. How to choose a dog (or other type of pet)
26. Pet health (general or for specific types of pets)
27. Exotic pets
28. Create a pet photo blog

Home & Family

29. Recipe blog for 30-minute or less dinners
30. Parenting (insert age range here--teens, preschoolers, etc.)
31. Family-friendly day trips and destinations
32. Romantic vacation spots for couples
33. Review kitchen appliances and gadgets
34. Home decorating ideas for small spaces
33. Organizing parties and family get-togethers
34. Home organization (tips, product reviews, etc.)
35. Recipes using chocolate (or any other favorite ingredient)
36. Growing an indoor herb garden

Technology

37. Insert your favorite gadget here (iPhone, netbooks, etc.)
38. Social media news and tools
39. Automotive news and reviews
40. Mobile technology for travelers
41. Computer software reviews for small businesses (or another target group)
42. Open source computing
43. Google tools, tips, and tricks
44. Blogging
45. Designing websites
46. Simple computer fixes (like dealing with Windows error messages)
47. Careers in technology fields
48. Camcorder tips (shooting better videos)
49. Home theater equipment or setting up a home theater
50. Podcasting
51. Online videos (creating, uploading, finding, etc.)

Health & Wellness

52. Insert any disease or disorder name here (symptoms, treatments, coping, etc.)
53. Getting better healthcare on a budget
54. Pregnancy
55. Stress relief tips, product reviews, etc.
56. Insert your favorite exercise here (walking, running, yoga, etc.)
57. Alternative medicine / natural healing
58. Diet plan reviews
59. Tips, products, and programs to help people quit smoking
60. Better health at work (ergonomics, healthier lunch options, etc.)

Fashion & Style

61. Celebrity fashion watch
62. Everyday fashion tips for the busy working woman
63. Designing or creating your own clothes or accessories
64. Getting style on a budget
65. Makeup tips (get specific with certain skin types, colors, etc.)
66. Wedding and formal fashion

Education & Learning

67. Learn how to speak French (or any other language)
68. How to choose a college or university
69. How to secure more scholarships
70. Online degree programs / distance education
71. Going back to school / adult education
72. Math tips for teens (or insert any other subject)
73. Study tips for better test taking
74. How to write papers and reports

Crafts & Hobbies

75. How to become a better chess player
76. Knitting / crocheting / insert other sewing technique
77. Painting better portraits
78. Taking better digital photographs
79. Jewelry making
80. Collecting (stamps, trading cards, etc.)
81. Card games
82. Simple magic tricks for kids
83. Researching your family history / genealogy (or Irish genealogy, etc.)
85. Making candles or other homemade gifts

Travel

86. Backpacking through Europe
87. Cheap international travel destinations
88. Historical travel (traveling to see historical sites)
89. Adventure travel destinations and tips
90. Preparing for travel (booking trips to getting through airport security)

Writing

91. How to write a novel
92. How to write nonfiction books
93. How to market yourself as a writer (or your work)
95. Freelance writing
96. Writing for the Web
97. Writing screenplays / teleplays / stage plays
98. Developing characters
99. Writing e-books
100. Self-publishing
101. Writing book proposals

That's just a very small sampling of the available niches you can specialize in or blog about. Use it as a starting point to help you brainstorm other ideas, and remember--niches should neither be so broad that you can't compete or so narrow that there's no audience. Best of luck finding your own happy mediums!

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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11 Comments

  1. Crazy Millman February 5, 2009 Reply

    The idea of writing something is easy in most people’s minds. The idea of expressing in words what someone wants to read in a way or style they want is the hard part. There are all types of tastes and things people do and do not want to read about. You bring up some very good points and as a long time internet writer in blogs, boards, and other areas I find just being yourself is the best approach. Everyone is different and you may be surprised how just being yourself when doing any writing will attract the best amount of readers to what you are writing. If is something you are passionate about it will come through in your writing. If you are only doing it to make a buck and do not have professional skills then you are more than likely wasting your time. Talent is like anything in life and some people have the talent and some people do not. Write what you know about, do not embellish and just have fun and I think if you look at the topics posted here you can write anything you want.

    Remember putting the words down is the start. Getting it out there is the next part. Having it all tie together and make sense is the whole reason for doing it to being with.

  2. Kathryn February 5, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the ideas – it gives me more to think about as I am developing my blogs. I’ve also scooted over to check out your eBook ideas.

  3. Jillian Hahn February 6, 2009 Reply

    What a great post! Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is just thinking of something to write about.

  4. Jennifer Mattern February 7, 2009 Reply

    Jillian – I think we all hit the occasional rough spot where we just don’t have any ideas, or where we feel like we’ve already covered everything. While it’s good to stick to a narrow niche if there’s a decent-sized audience there, I think we sometimes forget that there’s nothing wrong with exploring complementary niches in order to grow–I hope this post at the very least serves as a reminder that there’s always something new we can tie to our existing work.

  5. Jim Smoot February 15, 2009 Reply

    The hard part for me isn’t necessarily coming up with something to write about. I have more difficulty finding a topic that I can keep fresh and interesting over the long run. It can be a challenge to find a new twist on a subject that you have written about for a while, and you feel like you’ve already covered the bases fairly well.

  6. Jennifer Mattern February 16, 2009 Reply

    Jim – I actually have a post that might help with that too. ;)

    Coming up with Blog Post Ideas

  7. Coursework April 2, 2009 Reply

    Being a blogger myself, I still have times that I am having a hard time what topic to write about. I guess, it’s just normal since there are a lot of thing to write about, right? Even my friends who are experienced essay writers experience the same thing

    Thanks for the post. This is indeed great.

  8. Rivka Gennock December 20, 2009 Reply

    What a wonderful read this post was. Is it okay if I Stumble this post?

  9. Bridget Wright June 23, 2014 Reply

    This article really caught my attention today because I’m trying hard to narrow down a niche to showcase on my site. But after reading through this, I realize that I actually have several niches that I’ll specialize in.

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