101 Monetizable Blog Topics

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This post continues a series of posts on blog based businesses:  Don’t blog, 100 shelved posts, sold a blog, find 100 customers, don’t teach beginners, making a living blogging, dead on arrival.

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Most blogs are going to fail. The blog you are writing right now is probably going to fail. Lord knows, most of the blogs that I have started have failed.

You’ve probably seen it. Watch me make money online; watch me travel the world; listen to my thoughts about how to be a better human being; look at my photos from my travels; watch me interview smart people… 

It’s not because blogging is a bad way to start a business. If I were to start from scratch today, I’d start with a blog. I’d try to get my foothold in business by being a connector and publisher in a niche with a lot of demonstrated commercial potential.

The vast majority of information on the web has no relevant and trustworthy point of view for the reader. This is especially true in commercial niches. Users have to make their own conclusions. What does this information mean to me? How can I make a buying decision here? Readers are seeking taste-makers with bold points of view. Successful bloggers who take this approach to blogging will be part journalist, practitioner, researcher, author, and entrepreneur.

Winning approaches to online publishing:

  • Are focused on connecting people, products, and information in order to help solve a problem people care about.
  • Prioritize solving the problems of the marketplace over advancing his or her immediate personal interests.

Bloggers have some huge advantages over established businesses and larger publishing outlets. They aren’t tied to any particular point of view, product, or service. When they identify a better way to serve your audience’s problems, they can pivot immediately.

To contrast, here are some other popular blogging models (that can be successful as well):

  • The affiliate blogger. “I’ll build up a lot of traffic and around an authority site and promote products the convert well.”
  • The cult of personality blogger. “I’ll share my model with people so they can solve things the same way.”
  • The my place on the web blogger. “Any topic that comes to my brain, I blog. I’ll eventually get enought traffic that’ll make me some money.”
  • The content blogger. “This content market needs served, I’m raising money and paying writers.”
  • The professional blogger. “I have an accounting firm, I need to write about accounting to generate leads.”

The web is short on quality perspective content in commercial niches.

Cultivating a dedicated and trusting audience is either exorbitantly expensive or impossible for companies to create for themselves. They aren’t good at reporting with integrity, pointing out items of interest with no commercial value, being quirky and interesting, and coming up with impassioned points of view on topics that mater.

“But I dont know anything about commercial problems.” I didn’t know anything about the Philippines when I started my outsourcing blog. I stepped off the plane in September 2009 and started an authority site on the topic in December 2009. I made like a journalist and asked people for the best information. When I didn’t have it, I focused on sharing my unique point of view and experiences. Joe and Justin put up their first Adsense site on the internet in early 2011. In February 2012, they are considered one of the web’s leading experts on the topic.

If I would have told you on year ago there was an opportunity to build a famous authority website on Adsense, would you have believed me?

Being an expert is about publishing the best content. That doesn’t come from 10 years of experience. That comes from getting on the phone, reaching out, driving at the hard problems in your industry, and caring relentlessly about the solving problems in your marketplace. I’d be willing to be that the majority of the people who write the content for INC magazine aren’t entrepreneurs. Do you trust them as experts? Could you do better?

Obviously there are 1000′s of winning blog topics. Those below are just a representation of the approach I’d take with brainstorming if we were in the room together. I did zero research here, this is just for kicks. Hope you enjoy!

101 commercial blog topics:

  1. How do I utilize aggressive tax strategies in my small business?
  2. What is the best way to set-up an offshore business for my internet business?
  3. What are the best ways to buy backlinks or build my own private link networks?
  4. What’s the best way to create linkbait campaigns?
  5. What are the best places to bank and do business in Hong Kong?
  6. How do I get access to high-end airline lounges for cheap?
  7. How do I throw a wedding in Bali?
  8. How can I buy and sell real estate in Bali?
  9. How can I set up an offshore partner company in the Philippines?
  10. How can I execute a linkbait campaign by developing small pieces of software?
  11. How can I set up an amazing auto-responder series so my list converts like crazy?
  12. What are the cutting edge ways I can get people to opt-in to mailing lists?
  13. How do I hire mid to high range software developers in developing countries?
  14. What are the best jobs in developing countries in the tech space?
  15. How do I write the ultimate sales letter for my information products?
  16. What’s going on for expats in Bali right now?
  17. How do people utilize airline miles and other hacks to fly for free?
  18. How do I protect my assets by investing in precious metals?
  19. How do I know if my particular offshore tax strategy is legal?
  20. How do I find a good factory in China to manufacture my apparel?
  21. How can I use smart drugs or improve my performance at work or school?
  22. How can I figure out which supplements I need to be taking?
  23. How can I make my children brilliant if I homeschool them?
  24. What’s the world’s best diet for longevity?
  25. How do I treat my chronic disease naturally?
  26. How can I live forever?
  27. How can I meet important people in the Singapore business community?
  28. What are the cheapest ways to build links?
  29. How do I develop great e-commerce stores on Drupal?
  30. How do I invest in real estate in South America?
  31. How do I get my legal affairs (including insurance) in order while I travel?
  32. How do I get citizenship to the United States?
  33. How do I get a work visa to the United States?
  34. How can I save the maximum amount of money?
  35. What are the best passive investments to make?
  36. How can I flip homes for a profit?
  37. How can I flip e-commerce stores for a profit?
  38. How can I get a valuation for my rare racing motorcycle?
  39. How can I get a job in the luxury yacht industry?
  40. How can I find high quality website to buy?
  41. How can I find high quality online passive income investments?
  42. How can I save money on taxes for my online business?
  43. What’s the best way to get into law school?
  44. How can I best diagnose and treat chronic lower back pain?
  45. How can I know if my product idea has been previously patented?
  46. What is the best way to improve my total time in a triathlon?
  47. What are the best ways to naturally address my chronic skin condition?
  48. How can I use smart drugs to enhance my performance?
  49. What are some innovative ways I can try to save my marriage?
  50. How can I start an e-commerce store?
  51. How can I effectively reverse the damage I’ve done to my posture by working at a computer?
  52. How can I affordably buy high quality content for my sites?
  53. How can I make a living as an online writer?
  54. How can I make a living as a link builder?
  55. What’s the news and top after market parts for my Chevy Avalanche?
  56. How do I care for this pet monkey!?
  57. How can I follow Dan Andrews on Twitter?
  58. How can I make great videos in Final Cut Pro?
  59. How can I make money from a online TV show?
  60. How can I find drop-shippers for my e-commerce store?
  61. How can I open a personal bank account in Hong Kong?
  62. How can I open a personal bank account in Singapore?
  63. How can I get started sourcing in China?
  64. What are the best opening emails to send on online dating sites?
  65. How can I obtain a second passport or citizenship?
  66. How can I make money by producing Youtube videos?
  67. How do I make great homebrew?
  68. How do I get dates in Brazil?
  69. How can I make sure my boyfriend doesn’t leave me?
  70. How can I solve my addiction to pain killers?
  71. Where is the best place to hire software developers in Indonesia?
  72. What kinds of capital investment opportunities are there in Vietnam?
  73. Where is the party for expats in Hanoi?
  74. How can I produce excellent podcast sound and music?
  75. How can I get a job as a nurse in America?
  76. How can I spend less time on my e-commerce Adwords campaigns?
  77. How can I find a clever alternative to 401K saving?
  78. What’s are the most progressive ways to treat acne and similar issues?
  79. How can I find real estate investments in the Philippines?
  80. How can I figure out which online gurus are legit and which ones are full of crap?
  81. What are the best ways to invest in China and it’s currency?
  82. How can I organize an excellent factory tour and sourcing experience in China?
  83. How can I set-up a software development shop in South East Asia?
  84. How can I learn self-massage techniques to promote healing and re-activate muscles?
  85. How can I improve my IQ?
  86. How can I do something about my embarrassing disease or problem?
  87. What are the best beverages for increased energy and health?
  88. What are the best ski slopes in Colorado?
  89. What are the best techniques to become a better putter?
  90. How can I find clever ways to pay for my college education?
  91. How can I score perfect on my placement exam?
  92. What are the best whole food supplements?
  93. How can I find expensive wine that will impress my friends?
  94. What are the best overseas termed deposit savings accounts?
  95. How can I get jobs on high end yachts?
  96. How can I get a service job in some killer location?
  97. How can I find a technical co-founder?
  98. How can I follow Dan Andrews on Twitter? (kidding!)
  99. How can I be sure Elvis is dead?
  100. How can I be sure any of these topics will actually make money?
  101. What are the most cutting edge strategies for securing my wealth and growing it steadily?

I know some of these are donkeys. I also know there are a few sure bets on this list. All you gotta do is swing. Got a good one I should add?

Cheers,

Dan

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Published on 02.07.12
  • http://www.adsenseflippers.com Joseph Magnotti

    Thanks for the love buddy, but I think it’s Justin and Joe, not Justin and Justin!  ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/irishjohnny Johnny Ward

    loving this mate!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    hahaha….. i think it’s bedtime. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    cheers Johnny thanks for that. 

  • http://www.brandsuperpower.com David Crandall

    “Most blogs are going to fail” – True dat! Have you thought about writing an extensive list of specific topics people could blog about?

    Oh wait…YOU DID! 

    Awesome! These are great. My first thought was to wonder if some of these topics would hold my attention long term but I remember what you saying about ensuring the experience is the same for readers and continually producing content with that in mind. Much different approach. And to the point, something that produces an income would definitely hold my attention.  

    I was also trying to think of what the big ticket item could be for each one. I think the “donkeys” you referred to would be the ones that a big ticket item likely would be a hard sale. Maybe not. 

    This definitely helps get my brain think more clearly. And combined with the “create a bunch of audio then schedule it out”…gold. GOLD, I TELL YA!!!!

  • http://betterateverything.info/ Brandon Loehr

    Great list man!

    And who knows your ‘donkeys’ could be another persons chicken, or cat?

    I know its got me thinking about my next project, already have a few new ideas on the list thanks to you.

    Love the blog and the podcast!
    cheers,
    /B

  • patrick zeuner

    Which brainstorming technique did you use ;-) wow …how many lifes do i need to test all those ?

  • http://changingteaching.com/ Sjoerd

    Sweet! Thanks Dan, I’ll go think about additions to the list! So much to do, just gotta get out there, “fail” or not, it can be so much fun :)
     

  • http://ryangoesabroad.com Ryan

    Yes hello, I was wondering if you think ‘Colombian girls’ is a monetizable blog strategy?

  • http://stankavich.com Mike Stankavich

    Solid stuff Dan! We’re planning to start a “How to use outsourcing to build and promote your iPhone app” blog within the next couple of weeks.  

  • http://awebsitedesigner.com.au Dan Norris

    Man I don’t know how you come up with some of this stuff ha ha. nice post. 

    One thing I’m interested in at the moment is encouraging small businesses to start a blog with the intention of it delivering leads to their existing business – a content marketing strategy. I guess this is as you describe above as a professional blogger although I think that term is generally used to describe someone who blogs professionally so I’m not sure that is the wording that I would use. 

    Do you think your rules in your posts about focusing right down on a specific thing apply in this case? Like I cover all sorts of stuff on my blog my core business is web design / SEO for small businesses but I I cover basically anything to do with the web that I think might be useful for small business people. Do you think this is too broad? Or do you think because the purpose is really to build a following in that community and generate leads ultimately that it is focused enough for this purpose?

    BTW can I use some of your comments in these posts in an ebook I’m writing?

  • http://awebsitedesigner.com.au Dan Norris

    Sign me up for that one Mike sounds good!

  • http://stankavich.com Mike Stankavich

    Dan N, thanks, I’ll be sure to do that. Look forward to seeing you there. Right now I just wish I had a couple more hours in every day so that I could do it right now :)

    And I agree with the point you made in your other comment.  Blogging about outsourcing mobile development is absolutely content marketing for my company, not an end in itself.  

    I intend to be customer perspective focused and promote what I believe is best for the reader/customer, whether that’s my business or not.  Not exactly impartial, but open to recommending other service providers if we’re not right for the customer need.  Chris Ducker does that very well.

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com/ Sergio Félix

    Hey Dan, I agree that many blogs are going to die. One of mine already did and the one I’m currently writing on, it’s surely going to die as well.

    I guess this is the learning curve after all and well, it took me some time to realize that I can be a lot more successful focusing on what I do best (it is highly unrelated to blogging or making money online).

    So I’ll just try that this year and if that doesn’t works, I guess buying some lottery tickets can’t hurt lol j/k great article man.

    - Sergio.

  • http://www.hustletoparadise.com/ Harrison

    *sighs*, yea many past blogs I started have died. Maybe some more will die again. But hey, death brings life, then brings death again, and so on. So I learn from past crappy blogs and try something else.

    Actually, your long list of questions, just reminded me of a recent Skype chat I had with a apparel start-up that asked me a ton of questions of “how-to” do this, and “how-to” do that with regards to garment design. Hmmm … I think I’ll go take those questions to and turn them to useful how-to blog posts. Good use of squeezing in your twitter link up above twice for self-promotion :) Cheers!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Cheers. This is one issue that I didn’t address in the post, but I think there is a lot more traction to super narrow niches than people think. Somebody asked me “how can I write a blog about getting US citizenship… isn’t that an FAQ page and a few posts?” I could probably come up with at least 50 questions off the cuff that somebody with that central problem would have. I believe problems are often easier to articulate than to solve… so a question like “how to effectively design great T-shirts for manufacture” could easily be a whole community. Off the top of my head, I know 4 guys here in Bali who would love to follow such a blog. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    haha that’s sorta sad. Just checked out your blog it looks like you’ve got a lot of talent. Best of luck with your venture and for sure, lotto is always there. :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Dan, simple equation: coffee + time. 

    Right, I see the confusion RE: pro blogger. 

    RE: my content, you can use it any way that benefits your product or audience, attribute or non attribute. I saw your thread about this issue meant to chime in… 

    I think blogging / online marketing tips for small business is a very popular fail niche. The problem is the target market is HUGE and is by definition, not that invested in their marketing. I’d focus on a very small sub-set of these small business owners who demonstrated interest, can get real ROI in their business (so can be sustainable customers), and who you can really benefit a ton by giving them advice. An example might be people with high powered email lists (or huge lists with no power), Adwords, maybe Youtube marketing, something like that. You could should be the “it” guy for a certain kind of marketing. By taking this approach, you won’t miss the more general leads, AND you won’t have to be a salesman. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    that’s good stuff Mike! 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    great approach here Mike, since you guys are a new company, you can have a ton more credibility in your marketing, and focus on morphing your operation to deliver the industry’s best products (or the ones that would be most profitable for you to deliver) but continue to cultivate a broader audience. If you can do that, the money will likely be in the trust of the audience, not in the operation. It would be a hell of a story to follow as well. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    it’s not a homerun, but yeah, you can make money with this for sure.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    true story. yeah, worst case scenario is you met some cool people and work on your craft. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    5 lives. no technique that i’m conscious of. 

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    haha, thanks for the kind words. LOVE your bio “MS Pain Consultant.” I used to do that as well until I switched to mac platform :)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    “And to the point, something that produces an income would definitely hold my attention.”
    That’s it, and also, this is what entrepreneurs do, 99% of the time in my view– they hold themselves to the fire and go through some amount of pain to deliver something valuable to others. The blogosphere is full of stories of people who just followed their whims and what do you know they are making tons of money! and I just don’t think that is the way it works 99.9999% of the time. This blog series is a reaction against that idea. The entrepreneur wants to do one thing: build a business that helps people. All the rest is about the market. What do they want? 

    Really appreciate your support! Let’s talk soon, you’ve been busy!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    BTW, it’s worth adding that as you get stuff off the ground it’s a lot easier to take liberties. This blog, for example, is a clear example of that. It’s my personal hang-out on the web where I talk about basically what I want. If I didn’t have a business under my belt, I wouldn’t be doing it. 

  • JustinWCooke

    A blog about how to get US Citizenship could do quite well…you’ve got the wheels turning!  Interviews and case studies with those who applied and were accepted, those that were rejected, interview current or former immigration officers, interviews with embassy officials or their representatives, etc.

  • http://www.streamhead.com Peter Backx

    Anything involving dating and sex can turn a profit.

    Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the amount some software products are making just because they focus their branding on “dating”. Basically they manage to charge a nice sum for a WordPress-like product that is otherwise available for free.

    And that’s just the software. Imagine what the sites running that software are making …

  • Clint Roberts

    Your insights are really helpful, interesting and to the point, but I would put considerably more stock in them if your text didn’t run rampant with typos. Just a word of advice for you.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Then don’t put stock in them. Or help me fix the typos by commenting or emailing like many do, and I’ll fix them. If this blog ever starts making a ton of money or something, I’ll invest in an editor who can write. Until then, readers are stuck with little ole me. 

  • Ryan

    I’ve started two blogs on how to follow Dan Andrews on Twitter and both made me rich overnight. Complete autopilot. Thanks Dan!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Ryan, I didn’t want to say it outright in the article, but you’ve obviously had the good sense to choose the most explosive topic mentioned.

  • Omar Gomez

    well umm I love the honesty

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan

    thanks :)

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