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Picking a Topic - Your advise Needed

nivram21
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Picking a Topic - Your advise Needed

Hey Gang
I am new and I will like to know what is a realistic time frame to find a suitable Topic to start with. How can I avoid making any common newbie mistakes in selecting a topic?

Thanks
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jmpruitt
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that is a very broad question. I recommend spending a little time on it. after all, this first site is likely to take you months. not being willing to make mistakes is usually the first mistake most noobies make LOL.
Make a lot of mistakes, and fail as fast as you can, then learn from it and fix it. thats how you get successful.

I have built way more sites that didnt make money than sites that did.

Pick something that you are interested in and willing to commit to. often the first site will take months of work and learning to get it right.

as you learn, you will become faster on the next one.
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jraby3
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Great answer James - I'm a newbie and your answer was absolutely inspiring. You have to fail before you succeed - failure is the step right before success!
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nivram21
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Thanks. I see the sense in your remarks. So, what tool have you found to be helpful in your experience?
Thanks agian
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jmpruitt
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pen and paper is my first tool. Write out a list of things that you enjoy doing, and things that you want to improve in your life. If you choose a niche that is something that you want to improve, you will be more likely to follow through on the research and you will be helping others as you learn yourself.

Then go to Clickbank and Amazon to find products that you can promote related to your niche. Although there are other affiliate networks out there, those two are the easiest to join when you are new.
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nivram21
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Hi jmpruitt
Thanks agian for the insightful answer. I am currently in the process of finding my niche. I do have a question. I have a URL that i have forwarded through Godaddy. But, when the site it is forwarded to comes up I can still see my Affiliate link. What can I do to stop this.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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hmmm.. not sure what you mean, and I don't use Godaddy for anything, so I don't know how their stuff works.

Are you talking about doing a redirect to an affiliate product? PM me with the link if you dont want to put it out in public and I will take a look so that I can see what you mean.
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danielabeier
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I said this in a similar post and so did someone in this post. The best way to find a topic is too pick something you are interested in.

For me whenever I shop for an item I normally end up creating an affiliate site, because when I shop I research and of course Im interested in the product.

My very first website I created 2 years ago was something I was not interested in at all, its doing well but honestly I cant be bothered updating it or anything because really I am not interested in the topic - I cant even be bothered outsourcing new content for the newsletter despite having 1000+ subscribers - lazy yes,

I would rather concentrate on sites I have interest in and I cant recommend enough that you create sites about things you like / know about.
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Hi nivram21,

There really is no specific time frame in choosing a niche. Choose a niche that you are interested in because this will make it easier for you to write content for your site in the future. Just don't get too caught up in selecting a niche... choose one and then get started. =)

All the best and have a good day!
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Choose a niche that you're interested in, but make sure you find keywords via the Google keyword tool with low competition and work your way up. Are you looking for free traffic to your site, or paid methods?

Free methods are going to take you a little longer, and paid can break the bank if you don't do it right...If you're new I would suggest free methods because you have room for mistakes without sacrificing a lot of money.

If you want to build a site I would suggest Hostgator, and forward your name from Godaddy, then use a simple Wordpress site, and theme.

Learn all you can about social media, because that's the next wave in traffic generation to any niche. Google is moving toward a social search engine, so get ready for that. Jmpruitt is right, make as many mistakes as you can. Think of it this way, the person with the most mistakes learns faster, and turns a profit before anyone else.

If you have any more questions shoot, I've been in this for a while compared to Internet standards (8 years), I am here to help. Good luck
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kate reber
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I got this article from one of the forums where I was browsing..Thanks to Lynn :)

The most popular advice is to “do what you love”, or go with a niche you are passionate about. This most likely includes a hobby or lifestyle choice.
This is a great idea because you are already knowledgeable and experienced on the topic. You’re also less likely to get bored with it than niches where you don’t have a personal interest.
The second suggestion is to choose a niche where you have professional experience or expertise. Another great approach, except that most people are already burned out on their chosen profession, or still doing it as a day job, and can’t get excited about spending their nights and weekends at it as well…
The third way to select a niche, and one that I recommend a lot, is to choose something you’d like to start doing. A new hobby or lifestyle, or something you’d like to collect or get into.
Since you are just getting started at it yourself, you actually are your target market. This puts you in an ideal position, and gives you insight and empathy with your market – you can easily connect with them on their level.
You’re in research phase, finding resources and discovering what works and what doesn’t – or the best way to do this or that. Sharing all of that information becomes your “content”. And it’s very easy to generate since you’re already actively collecting information on the topic.
Of those top 3 ways to choose a niche, the last one would be my favorite. I have often started a new online business based on new personal interests. I find that it makes work fun, and that fresh enthusiasm for a topic will take you a long way.

Hope you find this helpful like I did..
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We get a lot of these in these forums, eh?

I answered this already before too, but when it comes to niche topics, if you are going to make it the topic of your site, then a measure of interest as well as profitability are factors.

If it's going to be long-term, weigh your interest with more weight. If it's just a quick pop for a few dollars, then as long as it's profitable according to the stats you get from research (PPC info, traffic levels, competition, etc. you can get this using Google).
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