How to Pick a Blog Niche (+21 Profitable Blog Niche Examples to Learn From) in 2020

One of the questions I’m often asked by readers, is how to pick a blog niche.

What is a blog niche?

A blog niche is a carefully selected topic area that you’ll be focusing your blog content around. In simpler terms, picking a blog niche is really just another way of answering the question, how do you decide what to blog about?

And this is a pretty important question to answer as you’re very early on in the process of starting your blog… because it could ultimately be the deciding factor that determines the future success (or failure) of your blog.

While some bloggers simply write about whatever pops into their minds, that’s not a great strategy for long-term success. Especially if you want your blog to eventually generate income and become something more than just an online diary with a small handful of readers tuning in for your musings.

Instead, you need to pick a blog niche—a clear topic area that you’re going to focus all of your content on, in order to establish what your readers should expect from you.

How to Pick a Blog Niche (+21 Blog Niche Examples) in 2020

  1. What is a blog niche?
  2. How narrow (or broad) should your blog niche be?
  3. How to brainstorm ideas for your blog niche
  4. 9 Key questions to answer when picking a blog niche
  5. 4 Smart ways to validate your blog niche (before you launch)
  6. 21 Profitable blog niche examples: What makes for a successful blog niche?
  7. How will you pick a blog niche today?

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Now, let’s dive in to my guide on how to pick a blog niche!

How Narrow (or Broad) Should Your Blog Niche Be?

When you’re choosing a blog niche, you want to pick a topic area that you can write about weekly or even daily for years to come.

That means that a very narrow niche, like “Marvel Avengers iPhone Cases,” probably isn’t going to work well in the long run.

It might be great at first as you’re not competing against a high volume of sellers, but you’ll probably struggle to find enough design inspiration, customers and you may even get bored just creating the same types of designs over the months (and years) to come.

How to Pick a Blog Niche Avengers Example

With a subject matter like this example, you’d be better off broadening your blog niche to include “movie and television-related iPhone cases.” Within this broader niche, you can still include all of the Marvel cases you want, but you’re also giving yourself permission to expand into got many other closely related titles.

Of course, it’s definitely possible to go too broad with a blog niche.

According to recent blogging statistics, there’ll be an estimated 31.7 million bloggers by the end of 2020. That makes picking a clear blog niche more important than ever.

That means if your blog covers a massive topic like “health” or “business,” then you’re going to really struggle in building a focused audience and carving out your own readers.

Instead, you’ll want to narrow down to something much more focused—maybe instead of “health,” you can pick a blog niche like “living with diabetes” or “losing weight through nutrition.”

Instead of “business” as a broad topic, you could focus your blog niche specifically on “starting a side business” or “how to make money online” where your content can have more clearly defined guardrails that keep you on-message for what your audience will come to expect.

Now that we’ve got a sense of how to pick a blog niche without the risk of going too narrow or too broad, let’s brainstorm some ideas.

How to Brainstorm Ideas for Your Blog Niche

Some bloggers know what they want to write about immediately. They want to start a blog based on a fiery passion, or one that ties in with an existing business venture.

Choosing a Blog Niche Examples Brainstorm Ideas

Other brand new bloggers don’t have a clue yet (and that’s ok)!

They’re still learning what a blog really is, and all they know is that they want to blog about something.

If that sounds like you, or if you already have a niche or two in mind—but want some more possibilities, here are a few great ways to brainstorm blog niche ideas.

1. Write Down a List of All the Things You’re Interested In

What do you love to do or to talk about?

Jot down all the things you’re most interested in, whether or not you think it would make a good blog niche. We’re just thinking about all of the possibilities at this stage.

It’s fine if some of your niche ideas feel very general and others weigh in as more specific. No ideas are bad ideas at this stage.

Your list might look something like this:

  • Small businesses
  • Game of Thrones
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Traveling (especially in Europe)
  • Quentin Tarantino movies

Once you’re looking at your list, you’ll probably find that some of your ideas would make better blog niche topics than others.

You may even find there’s one potential blog niche in particular that stands out for you—put a star next to that one to come back to soon. Side note: If you’re ready to start generating content ideas and begin writing, check out this list of the 201+ Best Blog Post Ideas You Can Write About Today.

2. Think About the Blogs, Magazines and Books You Read

What blogs do you read avidly? Which magazines do you subscribe to? How about (non-fiction) books you’ve read recently?

You may have a wide range of different interests, or you might find that all your reading focuses on one general area (i.e. “personal development”) that could help you move toward a particular blog niche to focus your brainstorming around.

Write down the topics or titles of all of the blogs, magazines and books you read—then see if they bring up any clear ideas for your blog’s niche.

3. List Your Past Jobs, Hobbies, and Experiences

Use Hobbies to Find a Blog Niche to Write About

What jobs have you done during your life? Write them down (even if they seem mundane).

What about your hobbies? Perhaps you love miniature wargaming, or you’re a keen gardener. Maybe you play an instrument, or you’re on several amateur sports teams. Write these all down.

While you might not want to start writing blog posts about your actual job, you might find that there are elements of your jobs or hobbies that you do want to blog about, or a core thread that ties several elements of your life together.

Maybe you’re a designer in an ad agency, you play in an orchestra, and you enjoy sketching and painting—thus it could make sense for you to choose a blog niche focused on creativity.

4. List Significant Things You’ve Accomplished

Many successful blogs teach people how to do something.

From Digital Photography School teaching people how to take better photos… to Mr. Money Mustache teaching people how to save up a stash of money so they can retire early (both of which we’ll talk about in the profitable blog niche examples below).

What significant accomplishments have you had? Perhaps you’ve:

  • Lost weight and kept it off
  • Got out of debt
  • Run a marathon
  • Remained married for 30 years

All of these are accomplishments that other people would love to have—and you could blog about how you achieved them.

5. Run Through a List of Perennially Popular Topics

If you’re still stuck searching for blog niche ideas, here’s a list that isn’t likely to go out of style anytime soon:

  • Personal finance: including issues like debt, increasing income, reducing expenses, investing
  • Health and wellness: which covers a huge range of areas, like weight loss, mental health, alternative therapies
  • Parenting: including parenting at different stages: babies, toddlers, school kids, teens, adult kids, plus different parenting methods
  • Self-improvement: which could be targeted at different age groups (e.g. college students, mid-life professionals, retirees) or at different philosophies or styles
  • Building websites: this could incorporate your technical skills into writing about topics like how to make a website, what the best website builders are and more

While it’s not ideal to pick a blog niche simply for the sake of market demand, you may find something on that list jumps out as a topic to explore blogging about and eventually make your way into a more concerted niche over time (as you learn the nuances of the space).

9 Key Questions to Answer When Picking a Blog Niche

By now, you should have at least a loose idea in mind for a blog niche you could pursue–or perhaps a few different ideas for niches you could see yourself testing out.

Pick a Blog Niche to Write About with These 9 Questions

Now, how do you know if your niche will actually translate into a successful blog that can attract readers?

Answer these questions right now in order to fully evaluate your potential blog niche.

If you hit a “no” on any of these—then it’s time to head back to the drawing board and find a new blog niche to write about.

Question #1. Are You Interested Enough in This Blog Niche?

Yes, it’s tempting to blog about niche that you think will be lucrative—like “credit cards” or “weight loss”—mere opportunities that you see popping up in ads all the time.

The problem with this approach, is that in addition to facing stiff competition, your interest will likely diminish over time.

You might plan to hire authors to write for you—but even so, you’ll need to grow the blog yourself (or invest a lot of your cash into it) until it becomes profitable.

Don’t pick a niche just because you think it’ll make money for your blog. 

Choose a niche you’re genuinely interested in. Something you’d enjoy writing about day after day for years to come.

While you may think your personal level of interest is relatively unimportant… compared with other factors, it’s actually so crucial that it’s the first test on this list. I couldn’t be more serious about the importance of only choosing to blog about topics you find interesting.

If you’re not genuinely interested in a niche, then there’s no point trying to blog about it—you won’t have the enthusiasm you need to carry it through the ups and downs in the years to come.

Question #2. Do You Know Enough About This Blog Niche?

If you’re going to build a successful blog, you need to be able to write blog posts that readers will find helpful—not content full of inaccuracies or misguided assumptions.

You don’t want to have to spend hours upon hours researching every line of your blog posts, and if you’ve done your homework to answer how much does it cost to blog, you probably won’t have the budget to hire expert writers to help you with all of your writing endeavors.

You want to choose a topic that you know a reasonable amount about. At least enough to hold a conversation on the subject.

Readers will also expect that you have at least some degree of experience (ideally expertise) within your blog niche. After all, would you want to learn cooking tips from someone who struggles to boil an egg, or blog SEO strategies from someone whose website never ranked above page 10 on Google?

In most blog niches, you won’t need formal qualifications. Readers will be perfectly happy to hear your “weight loss on a budget” advice as long as it’s based on your own hard-won personal experience. Most people won’t expect you to be a certified health professional, personal trainer or financial expert for that matter.

In certain blog niches though, readers will expect a degree of educational or professional qualifications.

If you’re starting a blog that covers legal matters or tax advice—readers will expect you to be trained as a lawyer or accountant.

Question #3. Is there a Paying Audience for This Blog Niche?

So you’ve got a niche you’re interested in and know a lot about… let’s say an obscure cartoon that you loved as a kid.

Blog Niche Examples Cartoon Roadrunner and Coyote

Before you launch a fan blog devoted to the cartoon though, it’s important to take a step back and ask a crucial question—is there a paying audience for this niche?

For a blog niche to work (assuming you plan to make money at some point), you need an audience of people who’ll potentially spend money on products or services related to that niche—whether you create those yourself or not.

To establish whether or not a paying audience exists for your blog niche in question, ask yourself:

  • Are there any books or magazines relating to this niche? Use a bit of common sense here: if there’s a self-published book with zero reviews and zero visibility on Amazon, then it’s probably not a sign that there’s a large paying audience out there. You’re hoping to evaluate whether or not others are already earning revenue in this space.
  • Are there products (or services) aimed at this audience? Let’s say you’re considering the blog niche—new parents of twins, which is based on your own experience. There are definitely products aimed at parents of twins (plus the vast majority of products aimed at any parents could work too). The existence of lots of products is (a) a sign that there’s a paying audience out there and (b) a source of potential advertising or affiliate programs to generate income for you.
  • Are companies advertising products relating to your keywords? For instance, if the niche you’re considering is “organic gardening,” then you can type that into Google, plus other related phrases such as “gardening tools” and “organic pesticides.” Do any ads appear? If you can’t find ads for any (or many) of your keywords, then you might find this is a tricky topic to monetize.

If your answers to these questions still sound promising, then let’s keep moving ahead.

Question #4. How Many People Are Searching in Your Blog Niche?

If you haven’t already come up with any keywords, now’s the time to learn how to do keyword research.

What would people search for to find the type of content you’re going to write about (or the type of products you’re going to sell)? This is where blogging tools like one of my favorite free keyword planners, Twinword Ideas come in to play.

Blogger SEO Techniques and Tools to Do Keyword Research Twinword

Once you’ve got some keywords in mind, it’s also important to check how popular those keywords actually are.

Use Twinword Ideas to not only check monthly search volume for the keywords you’ll be blogging about, but get suggestions on other popular terms related to your niche.

Make sure you’re targeting your own country plus any other large countries that are relevant. For instance, if you’re in Australia but you’re planning to sell digital products that could be bought by a worldwide audience, you’ll want to also target the US and UK so you can see the combined level of searches from other English-speaking countries.

Any good keyword research tool will also suggest tons of other related keywords that you can evaluate. If some of them get way more searches than the keywords you’d previously thought of, you might want to shift your blog post ideas over to incorporate those higher priority opportunities first.

What’s a safe number of monthly searches to constitute a good blog niche?

If most of your keywords only get 100 people searching for them each month, you’re going to struggle to build a profitable blog.

But if you can combine all your top 10-20 keywords and get a total of 100,000 – 1,000,000 monthly searches… then you’re definitely on to something.

Question #5. Is This Niche Likely to Be Around for Years to Come?

While some blogs do manage to succeed while focusing on ephemeral trends, it takes time to build a popular blog.

You don’t want to end up starting again from scratch after six months, so aim to pick a blog niche that’s going to be around for years to come.

Building a whole blog around something that’s designed to be short-lived (like the 2020 Olympics) is unlikely to be worth your time. Similarly, building a blog around something that might vanish soon isn’t a great plan either. This is often the case with new social networks or with company initiatives: look at what happened to Google Authorship, for instance.

Make sure you’re building your body of work around a blog niche that’s going to last, or that you can pivot to take into account changes in your niche over time.

A good sign that a blog niche is going to stick around, is if it’s already been around for a while!

Anything that’s only come onto the scene in the last year or so, is best avoided as the niche topic for an entire blog.

If a new trend nicely rolls up into the greater niche you want to cover though, that’s a great opportunity to get in early on creating content on the subject.

Question #6. Is There a Moderate Amount of Competition (or More) in Your Blog Niche?

You might think that a good niche shouldn’t have too much competition—but the opposite is true.

How to Choose a Blog Niche Competitors Size of Market

If there’s no competition out there, or if the competition seems surprisingly lacking or amateur, then that could indicate that your niche just isn’t one that works well for a blog.

Other bloggers aren’t just your competition—they can also be your collaborators.

You’ll want to be able to guest post on larger blogs, for instance, and you might want to host webinars to invite bigger names in your niche to collaborate on growing your combined audiences.

Of course, if there’s tons of competition, that makes it important to distinguish your blog from all the others out there—by finding an angle or audience that isn’t as widely targeted.

Question #7. Is the Topic Trending Upward on Google Trends?

Google Trends is a handy way to get a snapshot of public interest in a particular topic. Take for instance this trend graph on the popularity of blogging.

Google Trends Result on Blogging 2019

Simply type in your keyword and you can see whether it’s becoming more or less popular over time.

It’s best to avoid a topic that’s becoming steadily less popular (unless you have good reason to believe it’s about to capture people’s interest again).

If interest in a niche is static, that’s probably fine… but the ideal scenario is a niche that’s trending upward on Google Trends.

You can also compare search terms here, so if you’re deliberating between two blog niches, you may find it helpful to look at their relative popularity.

If the graph looks fairly flat for the past year, check the past five years (select the date ranges from the dropdown menu)—you might find that it’s been slowly declining in popularity.

Question #8. Would You Be Happy to Be Associated With This Blog Niche?

Although you could potentially blog under a pseudonym, it’s not generally a good idea to opt for a blog niche that you’d not want people to associate you with.

This could be because the blog niche is embarrassing in some way (let’s face it, not many of us would want to be known as the “bed-wetting blogger”) or it could be because it isn’t a good fit for another brand that you’ve already established—and you don’t want to upset your existing audience.

It could even be because you don’t want to be pigeonholed in a particular way (i.e. as a “mommy blogger”).

While you don’t necessarily need to announce your blog to everyone you know, it’s definitely an advantage to feel confident and happy sharing it with friends, family and people you already know online—this can really help increase your traffic in the early days.

So, think twice about a blog niche that you don’t feel comfortable having your name associated with.

Question #9. Does Your Niche Suit Evergreen Content?

Blog content can be divided into two broad categories: “evergreen” and “news.”

Evergreen content remains relevant for years to come, though it’ll need to be updated over time.

News content might be highly interesting for a short period of time, but quickly fades as other events transpire.

While there are, plenty of blogs that mainly publish news still, the opportunities for evergreen content make it easier to grow your site.

Instead of having to constantly publish new content to attract readers, your evergreen content can work hard at bringing people to your blog.

If your niche is going to rely on lots of fresh content to be published on a regular basis, think hard about whether you can do it justice.

Most news-focused blogs have a team of writers working for them, so they can keep up with the latest news and developments.

4 Smart Ways to Validate Your Blog Niche (Before You Launch)

So you’ve now chosen a blog niche that you’re confident will give you a good chance of (eventually) monetizing the site.

How to Choose a Niche to Blog About Checklist and Validation Framework

There are plenty of other blogs, books, magazines and products related to it… and it’s something you’re genuinely interested in.

But will you actually enjoy blogging about it?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could validate your blog niche before going through all the effort of making a website for it?

Well, you can.

Here’s how to validate the niche you want to blog about—before spending hours launching your website.

Test #1. Come Up With At Least 50 Ideas for Blog Posts in Your Niche

Set aside an hour for yourself either in an empty room at home or in a quiet local coffee shop—and pick up a notebook & pen.

Write down as many blog post ideas as you can. You’re aiming for at least 50 ideas.

101 Best Blog Post Ideas That'll Drive Traffic

It doesn’t matter if some of those ideas seem a bit generic, or if you’ve seen them done elsewhere before… just try to get as long of a list as you can.

If you get bored half way through this exercise, or if you run out of ideas well before you make it to 50, then that’s a sign that this blog niche might not be the right choice for you. Because if your blog begins to get traction, you’ll eventually be writing a hell of a lot more than just 50 articles.

Test #2. Write a Couple of Guest Posts in Your Blog Niche

Once you’ve organized a list of ideas, choose a couple that you’d love to write about, and find blogs that would be interested in hosting an article from you—covering those topics as guest posts for their already existing readership.

As a lower-barrier option, you can set up a free Medium account or take to LinkedIn and write your test guest posts there to see how people in your network respond.

Guest Blogging 101 Ultimate Guide How to Guest Blog Post

This is a great way to test out whether you enjoy writing about your blog niche—and it can also allow you to get some real-life feedback from readers about your content.

If you find it tricky to write these early guest posts, if you don’t really enjoy it… or if the feedback is surprisingly negative from the audience you get in front of, then it might be a good sign to rethink the niche you blog about.

Test #3. Start a Facebook Page (or Group) About Your Blog Niche

Another free, and straightforward, way to test out your niche is to create a Facebook page (or group).

You’ll want to give this page or group the same name as your intended future blog, so you can use it as your blog’s eventual Facebook page if you do go ahead with this niche.

This page or group is a great destination to share interesting links, ask questions and share tips relating to your niche. If you can attract a decent number of fans or group members to come and interact with you here, you’ll also find a continual source of new content ideas.

If you enjoy posting there and you start to build a bit of traction (with some likes, comments and shares), then that’s a good sign you’ll probably enjoy running a blog and managing a community within this niche.

Test #4. Draft Five Sample Blog Posts Related to Your Niche

Finally, once you make it this far, it’s time to start outlining blog posts and writing those articles to really test your mettle.

See if you can write five sample articles related to your niche—they don’t have to be perfect and you don’t need to publish them anywhere (for now), but you should at least complete the task of challenging yourself to create a few pieces of content you can stand behind & feel comfortable publishing within the niche you’re considering blogging about. For example, my series of articles about web hosting for bloggers is a test into a new blog niche (hosting). It includes pieces like:

Early signs suggest this new blog niche test is starting to return some positive results for my business—so we’ll see how this coming year goes!

If five sample blog posts feels like too many, or if you’re bored after writing just one article in this niche, then it’s worth reconsidering whether you’d really want to pick a blog niche where you have difficult churning out content that excites you.

Of course, if you do decide to go ahead and launch a blog in this niche, you’ve now got an awesome head start.

You’ll have a ton of content ideas written down to fuel your editorial calendar, plus a handful of drafted articles ready to edit and publish.


21 Profitable Blog Niche Examples: What Makes for a Successful Blog Niche?

Here are 21 (real) profitable blog niche examples to show you it’s possible to generate an audience and business in many different industries—and we’ll walk through a specific example of each of these, below.

  • Photography
  • Travel
  • Food and Recipes
  • Parenting
  • Fashion
  • Fitness
  • Writing
  • Personal Finance
  • Lifestyle
  • Small Business Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Personal Development
  • Career Development and Job Searching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Side Hustling
  • Investing
  • DIY (Do-It-Yourself)
  • Natural Living
  • Sustainability
  • Female Empowerment
  • Coding

Niche Blog Examples to Inspire You to Choose a Blog Niche

Each of these niche blogs cover different topics in unique ways. Now, let’s examine each of these blog niche examples.

This’ll give you an idea of the wide range of potential blog niches you can successfully create a blog business plan (and build a happy audience) around.

Example #1. Digital Photography School (Blog Niche: Photography)

This huge blog, founded and run by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger fame, covers a wide range of material related to digital photography, with posts ranging from beginner-friendly to more advanced tutorials on everything from gear to photo editing and more.

Digital Photography School Niche Blog Example for Picking a Niche

The “digital” element distinguishes it from analog photography (and from things like the history of photography). The “school” element means there’s a very practical, “how to” focus within the blog’s content. DPS is an awesome example of how to pick a blog niche, when you want to turn a real passion of yours into a profitable outlet as well.

Example #2. ScaryMommy (Blog Niche: Parenting)

This massive, multi-author blog takes on all sorts of topics related to parenting–which is, of course a very wide niche.

ScaryMommy Niche Blog Example to Inspire You

It’s distinguished by its style and tone though. Articles are written in the first person, in a laid back way that often references pop culture—so it has a much more personal and relatable feel than many other sites in the parenting space that come off as very professorial.

Example #3. IttyBiz (Blog Niche: Small Business Marketing)

IttyBiz takes what could be a huge blog niche (building and growing a business).

IttyBiz Niche Blog Example in Small Business Marketing

It focuses this niche by concentrating solely on very small businesses, often one person, or perhaps one person plus an assistant or two. This blog niche has a lot of growth potential in the years to come as more and more people around the world take to running their own solo businesses.

Example #4. Moz (Blog Niche: Search Engine Optimization)

While SEO is a relatively large topic for bloggers, it’s a narrow enough niche to make for an insanely popular, focused blog that monetizes readers through their tools.

Moz SEO Site Niche Blog Example

It’d be hard to find an SEO professional who hasn’t heard of Moz. It’s a huge, popular blog, founded by Rand Fishkin in 2009. This is a great example of how to pick a blog niche, with the ultimate goal of building a greater business beyond just content creation down the line.

Example #5. The Green Mama (Blog Niche: Eco-Friendly Parenting)

This is a great example of a blog that successfully combines two large niches to find a focus and an audience.

Healthy Parenting Eco-Friendly Niche Blog Example

The Green Mama brings together “parenting” and “eco-friendly” in a single blog niche that’s targeted at a specific reader demographic—parents who care about doing their best for the environment as well as for their kids.

Example #6. Mr. Money Mustache (Blog Niche: Personal Finance)

Proof that blogs can grow large despite (or even because of) rather idiosyncratic naming decisions, Mr Money Mustache is a well-known blog in the Financial Independence, Retire Early niche.

Fun Personal Finance Blog Mr Money Mustache Niche Blog Example

With long, intermittent posts and a strong voice, this blog covers some similar ground to other personal finance blogs, but with a core philosophy and explicit style that’s weaved in throughout absolutely everything on the site. This blogger made a very pointed decision when it came to his decision on how to pick a blog niche within the crowded personal finance space—one that’s created a lasting brand for him to reap the rewards from for years to come.

Example #7. Copyblogger (Blog Niche: Copywriting)

Copyblogger’s focus has always been on online copywriting, with mostly short, focused posts aimed at an audience of bright copywriters and marketers.

CopyBlogger Niche Blog Example in the Writing Space

With a reputation for quality, plus a growing suite of products, Copyblogger has carved out a great niche within the “writing about writing” world.

 Example #8. Zen Habits (Blog Niche: Personal Development)

Leo Babauta’s simple yet elegant Zen Habits blog, has been going strong for more than a decade.

ZenHabits Niche Blog Example in the Mindfulness Space

With a clear, uncluttered, ad-free site, Leo’s approach to blogging, as well as his focus on the intersection of mindfulness and personal development, has won him many engaged fans.

Example #9. The 4-Hour Work Week (Blog Niche: Internet Entrepreneurs)

Tim Ferris Four Hour Work Week Blog Niche Example for Internet Entrepreneurs

Tim Ferris is the creator of the 4-Hour Work Week blog. His blog niche focuses on ways to efficiently and successfully run an online business. Some of his posts include information about streamlining work, outsourcing jobs, and developing time management skills. He teaches entrepreneurs how to drastically lower the amount of work they pour into their businesses and give them more time to work on the things they want to such as creativity or innovation.

He released a book called The 4-Hour Workweek in 2007 and it covered many of the same topics as his blog niche. This book quickly became a No.1 bestseller and helped cement his popularity in the blogging world.

Tim Ferris’ blog includes articles and podcasts covering a range of topics. Much of his content features successful bloggers, entrepreneurs and other famous people. One of his most popular podcast episodes includes Bob Iger, CEO, and Chairman of Disney.

Example #10: Notes From the Road (Blog Niche: World Travel)

Notes From the Road Blog in the Travel and Adventure Niche

Travel is a very popular blog niche, largely because of how many people love traveling—and the fact that there are a lot of different ways to monetize a site in this niche. Erik Gauger, creator of the blog, Notes From the Road, uses his love of travel and photography to deliver an entertaining and interesting insight into his world travels.

Many of his travels include adventure elements such as backpacking in the wilderness, but he also writes about time spent in various global cities.

Written from the perspective of an “average guy” Erik Gauger says, “By road, by kayak, by seaplane and most of all on foot, I tackle the themes of city and country in the modern world. Travel writing sometimes gets a bad rap, because of ‘The azure sea was undulating and the hotel was fabulous.’ But travel writing can be funny, powerful and personal.”

Erik Gauger acknowledges that modern-day travel blogging sometimes has a bad reputation because travelers are incentivized to leave glowing reviews of hotels or travel destinations. His long-lasting position within this blog niche is more about sharing the personal experiences of traveling than dropping a five-star review of a resort.

His blog also includes original sketches, animal and plant life lists from around the world and music lists for travel.

Example #11 With the Grains (Blog Niche: Food and Recipe Blog)

With the Grains Cooking and Recipes Niche Example

Food and recipe blogs are one of the top niches that dominate social media sites like Pinterest. Favorite recipes are shared among friends and cooked at home. Food blogs fill a real need in people’s lives because we all have to eat.

So what makes a recipe blog stand out among the plethora of food blogs available? In the case of the blog With the Grains, it comes in personal storytelling, warm vibrant photography, and unique recipes.

Quelcy Kogel, the creator of With the Grains, decided to pick a blog niche that was very close to home for her—including recipes for people with a wide range of tastes and cravings. For those with allergy sensitivities, she has gluten and dairy-free recipes. Most recently she published a book called The Gluten-Free Cookbook with over 75 gluten-free recipes. Quelcy’s unique take on this blog niche include a combination of recipes, travels that include food, table design ideas for gatherings and more.

Example #12 Young House Love (Blog Niche: DIY, Home Improvement, Interior Design)

Young House Love Homepage and Blog Niche Example

Young House Love is a home improvement blog that has garnered a lot of success since it launched into this blog niche back in 2007. Husband and wife team John and Sherry Petersik are down to earth and have a gift for design and reconstruction.

On their blog, they cover topics like DIY projects, house renovations, interior design, flipping houses and more. They not only run a successful blog, but also a highly popular podcast.

They’ve published several books and have gone on to design products for Target, Home Depot and Wayfair—all because they decided to pick a blog niche that tapped into their own deep personal interests & experiences.

Their blog posts and podcasts are very relatable and make their audience feel like their projects are doable. They give very detailed plans and pricing for their projects while also weaving in stories from their personal lives. They also give pretty awesome before and after pictures for the “wow” factor. Pictures like that do very well on social media and are easily shareable.

Example #13 FarmHouse on the Boone (Blog Niche: Wholesome/Natural Living)

Farmhouse on the Boone Homepage Screenshot and Example of Home and Wellness Niche

Farmhouse on the Boone is part of a growing blog niche today—showing the advantages of slowing down, making food from scratch and enjoying the process of creating by hand. On the blog, creator Lisa shows the transformation of their 1890s farmhouse and shares recipes and handmade projects.

Other things covered in this blog are things related to natural living, parenting, organization, beauty products, interior design and more. The blog covers the details of everyday life from a wholesome and intentional-living perspective.

Farmhouse on the Boone has a really strong social media following with almost 100,000 Instagram followers, over 200,000 Facebook followers and over 3.9 million monthly viewers on Pinterest, illustrating that Lisa picked a niche to blog about very popular topics.

This blog niche lends very well to social media because it’s very visual and people can see everyday snippets from a much bigger story. It’s a good way to introduce people to this lifestyle and show the benefits of it through images. Once people are intrigued, they’re likely to click through to learn more.

Example #14 A Mighty Girl (Blog Niche: Female Empowerment)

Mighty Girl Female Empowerment Blog (Example)

A Mighty Girl was launched in 2012 by co-founders Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith. Their blog is a great resource for books, music, movies and toys that empower girls. The idea for their blog came from a personal interest—they wanted to find books for their nieces that broke the stereotypical mold for little girls. This led them down the path to pick a blog niche that wasn’t necessarily proven out already.

However, they soon realized that this was something that many people wanted for their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and young women in their life. That’s what inspired them to create A Mighty Girl.

Today, the blog covers many topics like women astronauts, ways to grow girls’ confidence, important women in history, books for many occasions, STEM and so much more.

Example #15 Thrift Diving (Blog Niche: Thrift and DIY)

Thrift Diving Craft Blog Example (Screenshot)

Thrift Diving is a blog about turning thrift finds into treasures. Blogger Serena Appiah (rhymes with IKEA), decided to pick a niche to blog about where she could teach people how to take inexpensive thrift finds and transform them into something useful and beautiful. She includes easy hacks, furniture makeovers, repurposing and loads of DIY projects.

This blog niche appeals to a group of people who are good at DIY and design, but want to do it on a dime. It’s also good for people interested in creating an income from thrift flips too.

Example #16 The Accidental Icon (Blog Niche: Fashion)

Accidental Icon Fashion Niche Blog Example (Homepage Screenshot)

The fashion blogging niche has been popular for quite a long time. Today there are many excellent examples of fashion blogs covering unique styles. What makes Accidental Icon stand out is it’s a fashion blog created by a woman over the age of 60.

While many fashion blogs are run by younger men and women, this blog shows that interesting and attractive fashion isn’t for one particular age. Blog creator Lyn Slater decided to pick a blog niche where she could show off her travel, style and thoughts on life from the perspective of an academic who’s experienced a lot over the decades.

Although she’s over 60 years old, her blog intentionally does not serve a single age demographic. Instead, she hopes to appeal to thoughtful women of different ages and backgrounds.

Example #17 Side Hustle Nation (Blog Niche: Side hustles)

Side Hustle Nation Homepage Screenshot and Niche Blog Example

As you already know, side hustles are on the rise. People are finding that side jobs and stumbling upon the right business ideas that can be built outside of your full-time job can be extremely lucrative and rewarding. Some people eventually turn their side hustles into full-time businesses.

Side Hustle Nation is one of my favorites sites in this blog niche. Created by entrepreneur Nick Loper, he decided to very intentionally pick a blog niche where he could share the lessons learned from his own successes (and failures) with side projects over the years.

Nick used to work a full-time job at a large company, and used his off time to start his own business. His blog now covers topics from side hustle ideas to investment opportunities, how to be successful with a side business and much more.

Example #17 Nerd Fitness (Blog Niche: Fitness)

Nerd Fitness Homepage Screenshot (Niche Example)

Who doesn’t want to be a little more fit and healthy? Fitness is a highly popular blog niche because it fills a need that many people have. So the question is—how do you take a saturated blog niche like fitness and still grow an audience of your own?

One way to do this is by tackling it for a new or different audience. That’s where Nerd Fitness comes in.

Nerd Fitness was started in 2009 but self-proclaimed nerd, Steve Kamb. He decided to pick a blog niche where he could market to other people like himself, about a topic that was important to him (fitness). He describes his readers as, “people with desk jobs that love nerd culture, games, books and movies, but also know they need to make healthier choices in their day to day lives.”

How does he operate his niche blog differently? For one thing, he wants to make fitness fun for people. According to Steve Kamb, if running on a treadmill doesn’t sound like fun to you, there are a lot of other options like yoga, ultimate frisbee, or karate that might make getting in shape more enjoyable.

Using references from Lord of the Rings and Marvel are some other ways that he makes his content relatable to his audience. There’s even a free “create your character” course that allows you to choose a class, customize a profile and complete “quests” that help you become a more healthy person.

Example #18 Fatherly (Niche: Parenting Blog for Dads)

Fatherly Homepage Screenshot (Parenting Blog Example)

Parenting blogs are common on the Internet, but many of them are geared towards moms. That’s what gives a blog like Fatherly a place in the parenting blog niche world.

Mike Rothman, who previously worked on the blog Thrillist, and cofounder Simon Issacs, wanted to pick a blog niche where they could bring their desire to build a parenting blog that focused primarily on new fathers, to life.

In an interview with Business Insider, Rothman said, “There’s been an interesting shift, where fathers are more involved in terms of time commitment and purchasing decisions. But there was a complete dearth of content for this up-and-coming demographic.”

Rotham and Issacs saw an opportunity for a blog niche that wasn’t readily obvious—yet ended up filling a need many people hadn’t seen at the time.

Example #19 Learn to Code With Me (Niche: Coding)

Learn to Code With Me Niche Blog Example of Development and Coding (Homepage)

The job market is changing in the world—many jobs are being shifted towards needing technical skill, and it’s predicted that many jobs will be lost to AI in the future. However, many jobs will also be created in the tech industry. In reality, there’s a talent gap in tech, meaning that companies are actively recruiting and training people in this industry. That’s what makes Learn to Code With Me so valuable in this increasingly important blog niche.

Creator Laurence Bradford decided to pick a blog niche that first chronicles her own experiences learning how to code. She’s a self-taught developer who wanted to make a place for people to affordably access education for coding. She writes, “Ultimately, I started Learn to Code With Me to help other beginners start out strong, because I’ve been in your shoes. I’ll show you what to learn and how to use those skills to make your life better, like they’ve done for mine.”

Example #20 Tree Hugger (Niche: Sustainability)

Tree Hugger Homepage Example of How to Pick a Niche to Blog About

If you’re concerned about the planet or if you spend a lot of your day thinking about ways to help the environment, you may be interested in creating a blog in the sustainability blog niche.

Treehugger is one of the leading blogs for new about sustainability. With over 3 million visitors a month, it’s obvious there’s a real interest in this blog niche. Treehugger covers topics like eco-friendly technology, how to run a sustainable business, worldwide coverage of wildlife, personal sustainability and a whole lot more.

This blog is a multi-author site with a thriving flow of content, newsletters and regularly updated social media posts.

Example #21 The Adventure Junkies (Niche: Outdoor Adventure)

Adventure Junkies Homepage Screenshot (and Blog Niche Example)

Outdoor adventure is a growing blog niche and there are a lot of enthusiasts who use the Internet to learn about destinations, gear and pro tips.

The Adventure Junkies is a primarily affiliate-driven blog that’s a resource for people interested in all kinds of outdoor adventure. They cover a wide range of topics including hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing and quite a few more.

The Adventure Junkies team explains why they picked a blog niche in the travel blogging space like so: “To help people become adventure junkies, we created this website to be THE place to go to learn about outdoor activities and connect with a global network of like-minded people… Whether you dream of hiking through a pristine forest or exploring the depths of the ocean, we’re here to help make it possible.”

Example #22 Lia Griffith: Craft Your Life (Niche: Lifestyle/Crafting)

Lia Griffith's Homepage Screenshot

Worldwide, there’s a growing interest in making things by hand. This interest is often called the “maker movement” and it offers bloggers many different blog niche opportunities within that greater industry. Woodworking blogs have become extremely popular as well as sewing, crocheting, painting, jewelry making and many others.

Blogger Lia Griffith wanted to pick a blog niche where she could show her crafting style to her audience. Her focus is on paper-making and sewing and she has made many tutorials showing her audience how to make what she makes.  Now she has a team of crafting developers that create DIY templates, SVG cut files, and tutorials for crafters.

Besides offering thousands of DIY content for makers, this blog also has excellent photography. Lia Griffith’s imagery makes it easy to share on social media and other online outlets. Even non-crafting people may be intrigued enough by the photography to click over and see the handmade creations.


How Will You Pick a Blog Niche Today?

Every blogger eventually needs to pick a blog niche… and it’s important not to simply pick a niche at random (or even because you think it’s going to make you a lot of money).

If you want to build a successful business and drive real traffic to your blog, you’ll need a profitable niche that you’re happy to stick with for a long time to come.

Here’s your 3-step blog niche checklist to hit the ground running with. Make sure that you:

  • Brainstorm plenty of ideas for blog niches before you get too attached to one. Don’t assume that your first idea is your best! There might be a better possibility that you haven’t even thought of yet.
  • Run through the list of niche tests in this guide to make sure your chosen blog niche is likely to have a good chance of success. If you discover that it’s not going to be a good one for making money from your blog, it’s time to rethink your choice of blog niche (if you plan to eventually monetize your blog).
  • Validate your blog niche before you commit to it. Come up with ideas, write guest posts, start a Facebook page and finally—publish a few articles on your blog to see how early readers react before you go all in on investing in this particular blog niche.

Do this, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success right from the start with your blog.

You’ll not only avoid potentially throwing away lots of time, energy and even money into a blog niche that’s never going to work—but you’ll also learn a great deal about what readers truly care about in the niche you choose to blog on.

If you’re ready to test out your blog niche and get moving, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.


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61 replies to “How to Pick a Blog Niche (+21 Profitable Blog Niche Examples to Learn From) in 2020”

  1. Thank you very Ryan Robinson. I am overwhelmed by all this detailed information on picking a niche. As minister of the gospel, I would want to start a blog dwelling on the walk of faith through the Bible. Can this attract people?

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    • You’re very welcome, Isaack!

      Of course, that can definitely be a viable niche for a blog to focus on. If there’s a topic area (like a particular religion) that people are searching for content about online, then there’s the potential for new blogs to enter into that niche by providing useful, beneficial content. There will definitely be a lot of competition though, so my advice would be to really develop your approach to this niche in a way that’s unique to your own strengths & really try to appeal to a very specific audience of people you feel you can best help.

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  2. Dear Ryan

    I am somewhat in the same shoes as Nick Loper, when he started his blog Side Hustle Nation.

    I started juggling with the idea of a side business along with my full-time job sometime in June last year and while there is not much to show for all this time on my website but I do feel a lot wiser and informed because I spent all this time not just on the creation of my website but also on reading up on articles written by many successful bloggers.

    I came across your website for the first time in December 2019 through a google search and now I keep coming back to you to know what you think about the topics I am searching.

    This post of yours is a classic testimonial to the reason why your readers love you.

    I have come across a plethora of content on this topic and a paucity of quality. You are the “ONLY” person who has gone that extra mile to pick and refer your favourite blogger from each niche.

    I do understand the ideas of a bloggers outreach etc but this small initiative of yours makes so much difference to a new blogger like me.

    Not only am I able to get some ideas around popular niche and decide which one suits my skills but I am also given a reference point to explore and learn from.

    Thank you for going the extra mile, you bring so much more value to your readers!

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    • I actually started (and grew) my blog as a side business for many years too, so I’m very familiar with that struggle and journey. Wishing you all the luck and success with getting your blog to a point where you’re achieving your goals 🙂

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  3. Dear Ryan,

    Thank you for taking the time to curate and share this blog post. I found it very informative.

    I often find myself unsure of where to start when choosing a niche due to having various passions all within the creative industry. I am a graphic designer who enjoys styling imagery for food and fashion as well as designing stationery, greeting cards and cakes. I also have a passion for dance! Would you suggest combining these? Or is there a potential niche you are able to identify from this combination? I would be grateful for your advice. Thank you!

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    • You’re welcome, Preet!

      In my experience, I’ve always found that the more focused your blog can be (around just one niche—or a couple of closely related topics that play nicely together), the higher your chances of being able to quickly build an audience that (1) finds your content interesting/useful and (2) wants to tell their friends about it/come back for more. My advice would be to focus more on say your #1 interest area as your primary niche… or the one that you believe has the most appeal to a decent number of other people. From there, you can always use your blog as a platform to share out the occasional piece of content about one of your other interest areas and there’s nothing wrong with that at all!

      Something tells me that there might be a cool combination for you with food-related imagery, cakes and maybe even a touch of stationary (if you’re talking about designing patterns, hand-lettering or other cool visual medium that’d make your images stand out online). If you don’t follow Lauren Hom on Instagram yet, check her out for some inspiration… she’s @homsweethom and see if that sparks anything for you 🙂

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  4. You are just awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and it’s really helpful for me to improve my website. Thank you.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this post
    Really awesome information for every new blogger 🙂

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