Finding a Niche to Target: Weight Loss

I can’t believe a month has flown past since I wrote that last tongue-in-cheek stab at the make money online niche that looked more like paella than money. Well, I have to say, I didn’t make a whole load of paella from it, but it gave me the idea to branch out into different niches and see where the land lies.

Only problem with doing that on a site like this is that too many people will read it and figure out which niches I’m looking at targeting. Now that’s a real nuisance as I want to make use of this blog’s authority to boost the fortunes of some of my other sites in niches where they can actually do very well, but I’ll also end up showing everyone else what to target and just create a whole load of competition for myself.

What to do, eh?

Well, I’m going to not post about a certain niche that I’m interested in here and see how many new sites crop up for the keywords in the next couple of weeks just to test this theory out. So here is a niche that you can really get your teeth into if you really must. But be warned, it may not be as easy as you think.

It has nothing to do with make money online, so if that’s where you’re aiming all your arrows, this will be of no interest to you. Its actually in the weight loss niche, so if you think that is too competitive for you, then you are probably right. Weight loss is one of the most competitive niches around and its is damn difficult to break into. But once you have, then it can also be quite lucrative if you know how to work it. All the usual suspects will work, some better than others and I’m bust testing different streams of income right now. Not here on this site, of course, but on other domains that I own and maintain.

Actually, this post isn’t even going to link to any of those site, just to annoy you if you were thinking of clicking through to see what I’m up to. Ok I lied a little. I’m going to link to my new weight loss page on this site. In any case, you won’t learn much from my weight loss sites any more than you will learn from all the other sites that exist on page one in the SERPs for their given keywords. They all do one thing and that is advertise this or that weigh loss program, diet food plan or exercise and fitness system that will help (or otherwise) people to lose weight. They do this while writing articles about them to pad their sites out with plenty of original content, which is what the search engines like to see in a site these days.

While this is supposed to be a personal blog and not really a money making niche blog of any kind, it is a useful tool for me to try things out with. After all, it is all about what I’m doing online – and I’m busy making a living here! So of course anything that I write about concerning my online exploits and business are valid, just they become less readable and more functional. Well, if functional is going to help my business more than readable (which it will), then so be it.

In this particular niche there are so many different keywords to target, its difficult to nail down any specific one right here from the long list of weight loss tips, diet food delivery plans, weight loss supplements, fitness exercise equipment and apparatus, specialized diets like low carb, high protein, low fat diets and all the rest.

Ok, this is just a toe in the water tester post to see what it does and what traffic it attracts from where, so if you were hoping for something more, sorry to disappoint, but some things need to be kept a little closer to the chest than others. If you want to go target weight loss as a niche to make money from, go knock yourself out!

Terry Didcott

Who Needs a List?

Hi everyone, I’m back after another month’s absence from my own blog and my last post Writing for Who Exactly?. This long absence is pretty awful but also tells its own story. I’m busy with all the stuff I do online and that means doing the rounds to all my blogs takes longer. So posts are naturally fewer and farther between.

Well, now you know, so let’s not waste any more time in trying to explain what doesn’t really need explaining! So what’s this post all about? Who needs a list? What kind of a list is he talking about?

I’m talking about what Internet Marketer’s call “The List” which is a list of harvested names and email addresses taken from opt-in forms that offer a free giveaway of some kind. Every good Internet Marketer is busy building his or her own list. The List is what we will eventually sell stuff to, as such marketers who have been around a long time do on a regular basis. It makes them a lot of money because they use their List as milking cows, to be bled dry on a regular basis by being sold yet another crappy eBook that is going to show them how to get rich quick on the Internet.

Well, its a system that is taught to all good Internet Marketers with the catchphrase “The money is in the list”.

What’s crap about it is that its true. When you’ve built up a big enough list of names and email addresses, you can pitch all kinds of new products to them and this being a numbers game, the more numbers you have to pitch to, the more sales you’re going to make.

I don’t like this idea.

I subscribed to it myself when I didn’t know any better and started building my own list. But I don’t like it when some smarmy git emails me with this or that latest must have product and practically rams it down my throat, all because I made the mistake of opting in to their free this or that. Stuff that just teaches you to build your own list and hawk your own crap to them.

I really don’t like this idea.

I took down my opt-in form from my blogs a while ago, as I never actually sold anything to my List. So that list is no more. Dissolved, disassembled and departed. There are many more honest ways to make money online that work just as well and don’t entail trying to rip anyone off or sell anyone crap they don’t need. Stuff that I talk about in my money oriented blogs and websites, so I don’t need to talk about them here.

Who needs a List?

Not me, mate!

Terry Didcott