30+ Profitable Niche Blog Ideas (and How to Monetize Them!)

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Starting a blog is easy. Getting a blog to the level of being able to monetize it? Definitely not as easy, but definitely possible – and it's one of those things that you can rinse and repeat after you've done it once. Even if you create blogs in different niches, the overall idea of how to monetize a blog is the same regardless of niche.

How to use this post

Grab a pen and paper, or your phone if that is how you prefer to take notes. Either way, have something handy to brainstorm ideas. This list will get you started but chances are, an idea on this list will simply spark an idea in your head, and you will run with it.

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How to choose a profitable niche

Choosing a profitable niche isn't something you need to overthink too much. Yes, you need to choose a topic that other people will be searching for… but don't let the fear of “choosing the wrong niche” scare you off. Today, your assignment is to choose a niche. Tomorrow, you can set up your blog.

Think about anything you've accomplished in your life: losing weight, running a marathon, giving birth naturally, you name it and it can be written about. If you can inspire others to accomplish something, your blog will have meaning and purpose. Knowing that I have helped so many women make money is what gives me the motivation and energy to write 5,500+ word blog posts like this one!

Another way to see if a blog niche is profitable is to look around and see if there are other blogs on this topic. Are there magazines? Facebook groups? Are people talking about it?

Still need something more concrete to validate your idea? Look it up on Google Trends. You can compare keywords and niches you have on your brainstorming list. You don't always want the one with the highest volume, but trends are an indicator of possible profits. Don't choose something that is trending right now but hasn't in the past or won't in the future!

Do you have to be passionate about a topic to blog about it?

While you don't have to be in love with your topic, being passionate about what you're writing about is going to make your blogging journey much easier. In many instances, it also makes your path to monetization much shorter.

I love to write about my interests. As someone with ADHD, this is extremely easy – but also creates “shiny object” syndrome where I'm always wanting to create more and more blogs. I love the first few months of blog creation, but then it can get a little boring. Choosing a topic you get really excited about is key. Think about it: what can you write/talk about every day for the next year or two without getting bored? That's your perfect niche.

How to get started blogging

I have several posts and guides on this topic:

Best niche blog ideas

Each of these ideas are from the top of my head, either niches I've had experience with or ones I would like to get into. I did a little keyword research on some of them to make sure they were good options, but I truly believe as long as it's a topic you can write 100 blog posts about, you can monetize it.

Your hobbies and passions are other people's hobbies and passions. Choosing a tiny niche like underwater basket weaving isn't going to make you six figures straight out the gate, but if you make videos of you weaving baskets under water, I can see that being pretty darn profitable. πŸ˜‰

People will click through, even if just for curiosity's sake. I mean, the term does get more than 8,000 searches a month. See? Anything can be profitable! Need more proof? Check out this underwater basket weaving video that has more than 80,000 views (on a channel with 30 subscribers).

Warning: Blogs are a lot of work!

I want to make sure I make this very clear: building niche sites takes a lot of work. It will take you months to see traffic and income, and you may feel like giving up… often. I highly recommend you join my Facebook group so when you do get frustrated, we can cheer you on – many of us have built our blogs to six figures!

If you love the idea of blogging but the set up overwhelms you, you should check out my niche website marketplace. It will be live soon!

Local Niche Websites

If you live in a touristy area or know a lot about one, this is a golden niche that can be pretty easy to dominate – even as a beginner. Now we do have to be realistic, so I don't want you to go after a local New York City niche and expect to rank on the front page within 3 months. However, there are many, many local cities that get tons of search traffic each month. Plus, local sites are simple to monetize with ads from local businesses.

No matter what, make sure the domain you choose is easy to remember, simple to spell and say, and includes the name of the city, region, or state you are covering.

Even if you're writing about a big city, you can rank if you find your special spot. This could be an angle, a type of blogging, or even just a unique perspective that only you can deliver (like if you've lived in the town for 20 years).

I like to take local blogs from a “things to do” perspective. If you can deliver value in this way, saving your readers time and money, it won't take long to rise to the top of search.

Pssst…! Hey, you! Yeah, you. πŸ˜‰ I'd love to have you over in my free Facebook group. It's called Passive Income Pathways and it's where I teach you how to make money from home – without scams, spam, or bullshit. Hope to see you there!

A few ideas for local niche sites

You'll need to do your own keyword research (learn the basics of SEO if you aren't familiar), but these are a few ideas off the top of my head that I would use if I was doing a niche site. For the purpose of this post, “local” could mean city/town, state, or even region.

Sedona, Arizona

I love Sedona and we even got married there! It would be at the top of my list if I was choosing to create a local niche site. The search volume is through the roof, but the competition is also pretty high (55 out of 100), so you'll need to get pretty specific with it.

how to start a local niche site
Keysearch report for Sedona vortexes – high volume, low competition

Sedona is known for their multiple vortices as well as other metaphysical stuff like crystals, meditation, healing, and psychics. Featuring local businesses and pop-up shops, vendor fairs, farmer's markets, etc would be a great place to start.

How to become an authority: Create a landing page for vortexes with a bit of information about each, what a vortex is, etc. Then, create a blog post for each specific vortex and interlink them all.

St. Louis, Missouri

I'm from the STL so writing about it would be a breeze, but the reason I'm suggesting it for you is because there are so many free things to do in this beautiful town! Families travel from all over the country to see the St. Louis Zoo and Science Center – both are free. Plus, you've got the Gateway Arch as well as multiple farmer's markets and events to keep your site's calendar full.

How to become an authority: If you're starting with a big city like this, begin by focusing on the suburbs or cities near St. Louis, such as South City or St. Charles. Create a pillar page for each, and then be sure to interlink all of the related posts.

Keep up to date on local events and design an LGBT-friendly page to grab that traffic. Pride is especially a big deal, as well as the Pagan Picnic, so keeping up with events like these can help your blog have high traffic (and money) all year long.

Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma is 40-ish minutes outside of Seattle, so it would fit in with a Seattle blog as a local town you dominate in search, which can help your articles on Seattle rank better as well. Alternatively, you can focus specifically on Tacoma and the events in the area. Either way, it is a profitable option.

how to start a local blog

Only about an hour and a half from Mt. Rainier, Tacoma features museums, a zoo, apple picking, trails, beautiful scenery, and a nice local vibe that tourists seem to enjoy.

The search volume is decent on top level keywords, though the competition is in the high 40s.

How to become an authority: There are many options here! I would create a Washington blog and then break it down: “Washington Bucket List” and then go from the state down to the city level “Olympia Bucket List”. For a unique spin, I'd add in “Fall Date Ideas in Washington” and talk about what to do as a couple or a family.

What should local blogs write about?

Local sites and travel sites can have some similarities when it comes to what you should blog about. I love this list of 100+ blog post ideas for travel bloggers. If you are in need of a jump start for your creative juices, be sure to read and bookmark it!

How can I monetize a local niche site?

There are multiple ways to monetize a local site, including ads from Ezoic or Mediavine, depending on how many pageviews you have. You can also monetize with:

  • ads from local businesses (plumbers, electricians, etc*)
  • partnerships with local realtors
  • being an affiliate for local events
  • product recommendations (like hiking shoes for Sedona, for example)
  • be an affiliate for Groupon, booking.com, and other event/travel sites

*How to find local businesses that want to advertise with you: search sites like Groupon. Why? Because if they're using Groupon they are losing a shit ton of money and will be more open to affordable advertising platforms. I worked for a local bakery once and the Groupon deal they got was so awful, they almost went under. Local news sites and blogs helped bring in more customers so we could get back on track.

Travel Niche Site Ideas

Similar to local niche sites, travel sites are set up to cover multiple locations as the person travels – but you can write a travel blog even before you travel (or based on past travel). Always be authentic in telling your story, but you can definitely use stock photos to talk about places you want to go and even create itineraries that others will be excited to try out and share.

You can get free stock photos like this one from many sites!
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National Parks

Travel to National Parks was up 20% in 2020 (from 2019), and even more in 2021. The parks are so over-crowded with travelers, van lifers, and folks who have never even visited parks before, that you will never run out of people wanting to read your website.

Coastal Cities

Travel along the coast and document it via written blog content and video. Take it up a notch by purchasing a drone (this is the one we use) so you can create some awesome videos for YouTube (which you can also monetize!).

Heavily-Traveled Regions

Great Smoky Mountains, New England, East Coast, West Coast, etc are all options for travel blogs. They are big enough areas that the search traffic will keep you busy creating blog posts all year, but they're niche enough that you won't be competing with everyone in the country.

Type of Travel

You can also create a travel blog based on the type of travel you're doing. Are you jet setting around the world with kids? Are you flying first class with your BFF? Are you living in your van? However you're traveling, it may be unique… think about including that in your niche selection.

Our travel blog is just getting started, so I won't link it here yet but our goal is to do a deep dive into every city we visit. We spent a month in San Diego, so we have blog posts about the best coffee shops, best places to do co-working, and even our favorite farmer's markets. These will be relatively easy to rank for, because even local bloggers aren't necessarily targeting this angle.

How can I monetize a travel blog?

Look at the list above that shows you how to monetize a local site, because those can also work on your travel site. Only instead of local businesses, you may find yourself advertising for travel insurance companies or bigger event planning companies.

Another way to monetize a travel blog is to sell travel itineraries. These can be custom that you create for a user 1-on-1 and charge a premium for, or they can be longer versions of your blog posts. For example, if you create a 3-day San Diego itinerary, you can have a 10-day version for sale in your shop (and link to it in all of your San Diego posts).

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