Hi Johanna -
Johnna from [NO DOMAIN YET]-[North Providence] wrote:I'm just getting a little frustrated trying to niche my general interests down to a working topic with the RIGHT numbers that is not too broad, not too narrow.
Trying to find a niche with just-right numbers can be exceedingly frustrating and time consuming. (Ask me how I know!
) But it's worth spending all the time and suffering all the frustration to get your new business off to the best start possible.
My advice: When you get to the point where looking at all the numbers is making you crazy, take a deep breath and remind yourself that there's no such thing as perfect numbers.
The suggested demand and supply numbers are not etched in stone. They're simply a starting point for analysis, to be weighed with lots of other factors set out in the Action Guide.
Taking the topics you've mentioned, here's what I see:
home decor demand 258415 / supply 348596
discount clothing demand 43861 / supply 3495
discount fashion demand 895 / supply 1888
bread recipes demand 42478 / supply 13755
From a purely "numbers perspective", home decor is very broad, as you've already recognized.
Discount clothing and discount fashion have (surprisingly) low supply numbers.
The numbers for bread recipes aren't bad at all, especially since most weeks you'll only have a few hours to work on your site/business. There's enough demand to show that it's a popular topic and enough supply to show that it could be a nicely monetizable topic.
Does the topic of bread recipes set your soul on fire? Is it something you could see yourself writing about day in and day out for the foreseeable future?
If so, then I think it's worth taking the time to research fully to see whether it would, in fact, be a viable niche for you.
Johnna from [NO DOMAIN YET]-[North Providence] wrote:Truth be told, I find the AG a little stale ...
I'm wondering what you mean by "stale".
The AG contains a wealth of information that has helped, and continues to help, many people build a solid foundation for their online business. I was a total newbie when I started back in 2008, and the AG certainly did the trick for me. I expect it'll do the same for you - if you follow it slowly and methodically and resist the temptation to rush ahead and/or skip any steps.
Anyway, those are my thoughts, for whatever they're worth. I hope something I've said helps you!