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If you are thinking of starting a Niche blog in 2017, there are 18 blog topic ideas in this article you may want to choose from. They are some of the most searched topics on search engines and can pull in the most traffic. These broad niches are already crowded and competition is fierce so I have included some of their sub-niches to help you narrow things down, get more traffic and make more money. I also included some tips to help you get better results, and possible ways to earn so you are not confused about how your blog makes you money.

The first factor that should influence the topic for your blog is your passion, of course. If you have an area you are very passionate about, then go ahead and run with that. I compiled this list on the off-chance you don’t have any particular interests and you are thinking of starting another news/celebrity/gossip blog. This list will guide you to make better choices.

The process of starting a new blog, customizing it for best results and generating traffic could seem very daunting for some people. If you need specialized help let me know. I’ll get you up and running in no time.

Top 18 Blog Topic Ideas for 2017

1. Politics Blog

The world political climate is rapidly changing with Brexit and a Donald Trump presidency among the most recent indicators. In Nigeria, we have our own political problems and people need every information from every perspective and angle they can get it. A politics blog makes sense especially in 2017. On Nairaland, the politics section gets more visits than every other section. Of course, you will need to understand politics and be able to make reasonable analysis of how things play out. Plus you will need the wisdom to separate facts from gossip, hogwash and conspiracy theory.

Sub Niches: Political analysis, Political humor, Political art/drawings/cartoon, News, etc

How you earn: Adsense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, affiliate marketing, political endorsements and sponsorship, etc

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2. Agriculture Blog

There are many aspects of agriculture people need information on. I realized my articles on agriculture business ideas especially bean flour processing and production get more search engine traffic than other articles on this blog. Young people are realizing the need to get into agriculture and make something for themselves and they are hungry for information. This is where an agriculture focused blog could be very important.

What you need: ability to research and present useful information. Readers will sometimes have questions; you will make yourself available to answer those questions.

Sub Niches: basic farming information for beginners, agriculture business ideas, animal farming, agriculture produce processing, farmers’ aid, horticulture, exportation, etc.

Within these sub-niches are other sub-niches. For example, animal farming could still be broken down into areas like poultry farming, fishery, etc (you get the point).

If you are into agriculture, you could do a diary blog. Basically, you write posts on every activity you carry out on your farm including pictures and videos. Such hands-on and personal experience information is invaluable and will sell your blog more than any article ever could.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, information ebook & videos, etc.

3. Entrepreneurship, business and wealth creation Blogs

Now more than ever, people need more ways to make money and overcome recession. No, there are not enough business blogs yet. You can bring a unique angle and share more useful ideas. You will make money.

What you need: You will need patience and hard work at first while your blog gains traction. You will need a working knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO); search engines are the best traffic sources for business blogs.

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Sub Niches: Business startups, entrepreneur interviews and profile, investment, personal finance, startup finance, stocks and trades, business proposals, business ideas, online business, Imports and exports, exchange rates, etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, information eBook & videos, etc.

4. Happenings and Events Blogs

This speaks for itself. An event blog is always gold. Apart from events, you could also have a blog about what happens in your immediate environment. The bad thing about this niche is, it is very overcrowded. But then the good thing is, overcrowding is not your problem because you can bring your own unique angle and cover events from your immediate environment.

Useful tips: Because there are many popular blogs who cover this niche like LIB and BellaNaija, your ability to find a unique angle to your blog will play a very crucial role to your success. Also focus more on your local events instead of worrying what parties Mr. Aliko is hosting in Abuja. You will need to be on time – It doesn’t help if you post pictures of events from 2 weeks ago. You will rely heavily on social media traffic sources so your social media profile needs to be spot on.

Sub Niches: Event pictures & videos, wedding planning, opinion/analysis, event news, honey moon destinations, bridal outfits, events fashion (very popular), event venues, wedding tips, hall decorations, wedding decorations, etc.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, events coverage and showcasing etc. When you finally become popular, consider doing other lucrative things with your brand name: magazines, apps, etc.

5. Lifestyle Blog

Lifestyle blogging basically entails writing about your everyday life, interests and opinions. It is popular because people like to read about other people. And it sells because your life is uniquely your life so you have nobody competing to write about yourself.

What you need: You will need the thick skin to stand criticism. When you present yourself to the online community expect them to talk about you, sometimes in not so flattering terms. Expect to have loads of fans too. You will need wisdom to handle the responsibilities that come with being a role model (if/when you get there).

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, etc.

6. Health Blog

Health niche is one of the most lucrative niches out there. The reason is people searching for health solutions have a critical pain point, and so accurate health information is always valuable. There are sub-niches in health you can get by with researched information but generally, I’d leave the health niche for health experts. You will be advising people about their health (mostly life and death situations), you don’t want to be doing that with stuff you just ‘researched’ (fancy word for copy and paste) over the internet.

If you are facing a health challenge and you are on recovery (like weight loss or physical fitness), then it makes sense to start a diaries blog. Blog everyday about your efforts and activities – diet, gym, etc. If you are going to lose weight, might as well make money doing it.

Sub Niches: Health information, personal fitness, weight loss, drug use, herbal cures, home remedies, men’s health, women’s health, child health, cancer awareness, heart, skin care, snoring solutions, teeth whitening, etc.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, information eBook & videos, etc.

7. Tech Blog

Tech is for the tech-savvy. If you don’t know if you are tech-savvy, you are probably not. Best move on to the next item.

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Sub Niches: Smartphones, gadgets, specific product brands (Samsung, LG, Tecno, Infinix, Apple, etc.), computers, android devices, Latest gadgets, Releases, internet tricks and tips, tech repairs sites, tech DIY blog, computers, Tvs, all the above, etc.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, information eBook & videos, tutorials, etc.

8. Do It Yourself (DIY) Blog

Anything you know how to do, you can teach people how to do and make money. How to change your wristwatch battery, how to fix your kitchen sink, how to make wedding cakes, how to make cupcakes, the list is endless.

What you need: You will need to know how to do it and you will need to show people how to do it. SEO is a priority.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, information eBook & videos, etc.

9. Education Blog

Our education system is failing. If you are a teacher, academician or you believe you have something to offer to boost our education system, start a blog and do it.

Sub Niches: Schools guide, scholarships guide, school profiles, NYSC, subject tutorials, course aid, study abroad, course advisory, past questions and answers, educational loans and grants.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, book reviews, information eBook & videos, tutorials, past questions and answers, etc.

10. Fashion Blog

Fashion is ever-green. You will need to be passionate about fashion. You will also need to know the latest fashion trends, even create some yourself. If not, best move on. Best traffic source is social media.

Sub Niches: Men’s fashion, women’s fashion, kids’ fashion, latest fashion styles, Ankara fashion, Traditional outfits, bags, shoes, tips and tricks, DIYs, casual wears, tailor directories, wristwatches, jewelry, review blog, etc.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, paid reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, magazine, etc.

11. Relationships Blog

Again I’d leave this one for the expert because relationship issues are very emotional and highly volatile. If you believe you are a relationships expert then go ahead and start a relationships blog. Your words could heal a lot of hurting hearts and reduce some of the maddening rants we see on Facebook.

What you need: ability to provide sound counseling, objectivity, respect for people’s privacy, mastery of social media (best traffic source).

Sub Niches: Singles, married, LGBT activism, marriage experience, romance, love proposals, relationship advice, Question and answer, hookups, Love stories, etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, book reviews, publish your own book, company endorsements & sponsorship, etc.

12. Entertainment Blog

Everything entertainment. You will need to be up to date. Of course it helps to know a celebrity or two.

Sub Niches: Premieres, shows, music, movies, movie reviews, song lyrics, artist profiles, celeb fans’ clubs, alternative music, local music, streaming and download, etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, movies/music reviews, celebrity endorsements & sponsorship, etc.

13. Jobs & Vacancies Blog

A lot of people are looking for jobs. A lot of people have looked for jobs since I left high school. A jobs blog is always welcome and very helpful. Your ability to research and sniff out job vacancies is very crucial to your success. You will not make much if you just re-post everything on Jobberman – job seekers already know Jobberman. Get unique and genuine job postings. Encourage people who find jobs through your site to post a testimonial.

Sub Niches: Career guide, vacancy advertisements, mentoring, GMAT/SAT, scholarships, etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, information eBook & videos, Career counseling/guide, etc.

14. Humor/Jokes Blog

You’ve seen some of these on social media, and they keep coming: Correct Bro, Sarcasm, Be Like Bro, Correct Bae, etc. People will pay you anything just to laugh. If they can laugh without paying (on your blog), then you are the next best thing. An alternative to starting a humor blog is to just start a Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

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Sub niches: Comics, animation, Jokes, memes, skits (short videos), etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, you become a celebrity (like Emmanuella) and enjoy endorsements, acting roles, comedy stints etc. Bottom line: You become a celebrity.

15. News Blog

I’ll be honest with you, I think we have enough news blogs unless you can come up with original, genuine, relevant news content. If you can, then go for it. Your success – and failure – depends on how much you are able to generate traffic to your blog.

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, endorsements & sponsorship, etc.

16. Sports Blog

The most popular sports in Nigeria is football. Sports fans are very passionate so this is a lucrative, evergreen niche. You will need to be a passionate sports fan yourself. This is one the areas where passion is rewarded. Again social media is your best friend.

Sub Niches: General sports, foreign sports, Local sports, news, analysis, football, sports men profiles, streaming, athletics, basketball, Judo, tennis, wrestling, racing, formula 1, boxing, sports betting, sports betting predictions, gaming, sports tools

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, betting etc.

17. Review Blog

A review blog is just what it is. You help people make a decision about what they need to buy by telling them what your experience has been using the same product. You can review anything under the sun: products, companies, cosmetics, restaurants, hotels, movies, websites, etc.

Sub Niches: Anything you choose to review is a sub-niche. Movie review is a sub-niche. So is restaurants, destinations, books, hair products, etc. Simply focus on the area you are most passionate about. You will need to be very honest in your reviews else you will lose trust. If you lose trust, you lose traffic and that would be the end of your blog.

Here’s a tip: if you are getting paid to review a particular product, make sure your readers know but also tell them getting paid does not in any way affect your judgment of the product under review (and stay true to it).

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, etc.

18. Food Blog

After a popular pastor warned men not to marry ladies who cannot cook, the number of ‘how to cook xyz soup’ searches has spiked in the last few months. A food blog is always evergreen because there are endless recipes and ways to do stuff in the kitchen. You will need to be passionate about cooking. You will also need to be inventive and willing to try new things. You then share what you tried and the result with your readers. You will be saving a lot of marriages and helping form new ones.

Sub Niches: Recipes (How To), kitchen utensils and equipment, Product and restaurant reviews, local dishes, continental dishes, drink recipes, food crafts, food art, teas, natural food, food preparation, cook books, pastry making, snacks, desserts, etc

How you earn: AdSense and other contextual ad programs, local advertising, sponsored posts, product reviews, company endorsements & sponsorship, cook books & videos, etc.

There are more than 18 niche topics to choose from. These ones will give you a starting point. Let me know if you have any questions/comments. Also let me know which you think should be on the list.

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