Not every blog niche is worth your time, effort and investment.
When you start a blog in the niches mentioned in this article, you might not make money or find it very difficult to rank in search engines and might eventually get disappointed.
In this article, I will list out the blog niches which you should avoid with proper explanations.
So read on.
Niches that are very competitive-
Many bloggers drive traffic to their blogs through Search engine optimization (SEO).
So, it is very important to be able to rank well in search engines.
Unfortunately, some niches have become very saturated and competitive so much that it is nearly impossible to rank a new blog in these niches.
Even if you start a blog in these niches and are willing to wait to see results, you have to wait for very long periods (for years) to see results.
And if you are a newbie, you might get easily demotivated by the lack of results and even quit blogging.
Some examples of the ultra competitive niches are fitness, photography, web hosting, recipes, personal finance, etc.
You can only succeed in Your Money or Your Life (YMYL) niches if you have the required Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness (E-A-T).
Some examples of the niches which fall under this category are news and current events, financial advice, medical advice, shopping information, etc.
It is impossible to rank in these niches if you don’t have enough E-A-T.
Choose a monetizable niche–
Being able to earn with your blog is important because this motivates you to continue blogging, devote more time to your blog and pay for your domain and hosting fees.
Majority of the bloggers earn either by displaying advertisements on their blogs or through affiliate marketing or both.
The most passive way to earn from your blog is by displaying ads.
When you choose a proper niche and are able to drive good traffic to your blog, you can earn good money with ads.
Niches not suitable for ad networks-
Google AdSense is the most popular ad network which bloggers use.
You should carefully read the policies of Google AdSense before selecting the niche for your blog.
Google AdSense restricts some controversial niches.
If you start a blog in these restricted niches you might receive very few advertisements or worse no advertisements at all.
This means starting a blog in these niches will earn you very little to nothing.
Some niches which fall under Google Publisher Restrictions are-
- Shocking content
- Sexual content
- Guns, gun parts and related products
- Tobacco, etc.
If you don’t want to fall under Google Publisher Restrictions, choose a right family friendly niche for your blog.
In addition to Google AdSense, the majority of the well paying ad networks have similar restrictions.
There are a few ad networks which might support these types of niches but they aren’t on par with major ad networks regarding payments.
Niches not suitable for affiliate marketing-
In some niches there is very little to no scope of earning with affiliate marketing.
If you are planning to do affiliate marketing for inexpensive products, you will have a very hard time earning decent money.
Another point to remember is that not all of your readers (blog visitors) will make a purchase.
So, the only possibility to make good money in these niches is to drive huge traffic.
Some examples of these kinds of niches are smartphone cases, pen drives (USB flash drives), books, USB cables, vegetable oils, etc.
Generally, if a product is expensive, people will research online and read its reviews before purchasing.
If you write a really good review, it will rank well in search engines and people will read your review and might purchase through your affiliate links.
People won’t research much for cheap products-
But if the product is very cheap, people won’t think twice before ordering.
They might just read a few reviews on Amazon itself and order from there.
So, if you are planning to start a blog and earn through affiliate marketing, don’t prefer to promote dirt cheap products.
Additionally, you should research the affiliate commissions of the products which can be sold in your niche.
Products which aren’t sold online-
Not all products are sold online and people also hesitate to buy very expensive products online.
So, you should duly research your ideal audience’s purchasing behaviour before starting a blog.
Affiliate and ads-
If you can’t drive affiliate sales from all of your articles, you can earn by displaying advertisements on them.
When you start a blog in a tiny niche, you won’t have many topics to write blog posts on.
Which means you can write only a few handful blog posts.
And these few blog posts might fail to drive sufficient traffic to your blog and earn you money.
For example, if you start a blog focused just on Apple iPhone 12, you can’t possibly write more than 10-15 articles.
So, instead of choosing a very small niche, choose a little broader niche.
You should never limit your blog by choosing a domain name which indicates the tiny niche.
As mentioned before a blog on just Apple iPhone 12 is a tiny niche and if your domain name contains Apple iPhone 12, you are limiting the growth of your blog.
You should choose a domain name which encompasses the broader niche even if you fear the competition.
You can withstand the competition by initially writing articles focusing only on a small sub niche within your broader niche.
Later, after gaining enough authority, you can write blog posts on the other sub niches present in your broader niche.
Some niches are more suitable for YouTube than blogs.
And in these niches, people prefer watching videos more than reading blog posts.
Some examples of these kinds of niches are plumbing, PC building, teaching magic, assembling furniture, etc.
So, if you are willing to work in these niches either start a YouTube channel or if you already have a blog, start a YouTube channel to accompany it.
Event blogging used to be popular in countries like India.
In India, bloggers used to start an event blog to cover the upcoming events and festivals.
This enabled them to earn good money in a short period of time.
But now for individual bloggers, event blogging is dead.
The main reason for this is because nowadays many news websites started publishing content relating to events and festivals.
As the news websites have more authority than that of the individual bloggers, they are able to rank highly in the SERPs and get huge traffic.
Also the articles of news websites rank very quickly compared to that of the individual bloggers.
If you see a few successful blogs in the above mentioned niches, don’t jump right in and start a blog because those blogs might be exceptions or those bloggers might have started early when there was no competition or they might have gotten extremely lucky.
Take your own time and do proper research before choosing a niche for your blog because nothing is more frustrating than choosing a wrong niche.
An ideal blog niche which helps you to succeed should be-
- Easy to monetize.
- Suitable for ad and affiliate networks.
- Should have the potential to earn good money.
- Should be family friendly.
- Shouldn’t have too much competition.
- Should not be too difficult to rank in.
- Should be broad enough that you can write a good number of articles.
- Should be able to attract readers rather than people who prefer to watch videos.
So in which niche are you going to start your blog?
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