8 niches for making money from blogging in 2019

Making money from blogs depends upon a number of factors. But the niche [or area/ subject of blogging] comes on top because unless the niche is an 'earning' niche, all efforts might go waste. Consider the following:
  • People search for products and services all the time on the web. Some products are in high demand and people click on their advertisements and also buy them online if the product comes in front when the buyer has the urge to buy. If there are discount and additional benefits available, the propensity to buy increases that much.
  • Even when people search for information and advice only (no buying intent), there are higher chances of their looking for things that are trendy. And then, if a blog has information or advice on that subject and links for further reading, the chances are much higher as compared to blogs that do not deal with a trendy subject.
  • The earning niches change over time. Yesterday's money making blogging niches have become less-paying because either too many people already are selling services in those niches or buyers' tastes/ choices have changed.
  • One blogging niche that earns well in one location might not do so in another.
  • In some niches, searches are not with buying intent while in others searches are mostly made with the intent to buy.
  • Repeating again: even after you have chosen the right niche, making money form blogging depends on many factors. These include quality of posts, expertise, SEO and promotion, engaging with others, regularity of blogging and efforts made for monetization, and integration with other activities such as selling ebooks or courses online.

8 subjects that are great for making money form a blog

The following 8 subjects are among the most searched on Google. There are many brands ready to pay to bloggers in these niches, in different ways (affiliation, direct promotion, reviews, PPC ads, blog tours, etc). Moreover, the niches given in the list are almost universal, i.e. these niches are presently working in most geographical areas. However, remember that you need to work very hard, at the beginning, to create a base for yourself because there are thousands of big firms and bloggers already there.

Blogging on 'making money' is the top niche for earning!

Interestingly, making money itself is quite a paying niche. You can, depending upon your expertise and experience, focus on the best solutions you can offer.

The focus area need not be limited to online money-making. You can expand it to earning offline, start ups, making small businesses successful and so on.

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Travel blogging niche too pays well.

This niche is unbeatable for those interested in travel. There are hundreds of travel bloggers who make handsome money and enjoy their life at the same time. 

Hotels, travel agencies, tourism departments of governments, owners of luxury ships and yachts, airlines - there are many in the business who are willing to pay to travel bloggers in many ways.

If you have interest in taking photos, that helps in many other ways. In addition to putting fascinating shots on your own travel blog, you can sell the photos to reputed magazines, advertising agencies and others interested in good quality photos. You can also post photos on photo-sharing sites and earn extra bucks.

Blogging in the health and wellness niche needs specialization but can earn well.

[Includes alternative medicine and weight loss] 
Many people who suffer from ailments try to diagnose it on the web before they visit the doctor. Once they are prescribed a medicine, they look for its details on the web. When the disease becomes chronic, they try to find alternative answers. There are many lifestyle related issues such as blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain, which affect the majority of global population. Increase in longevity has also led to many diseases such as heart diseases, bone and muscle decay and various types of cancer. Since there are no easy solutions for these, people search for easy and effective ways to deal with them. People's overall interest in health and wellness has also increased over years, and a large number of people of all ages look to the web to find tips.

Bloggers in this niche cannot compete with big diagnostic or pharmaceutical websites. However, bloggers can choose a narrow topic and carry detailed information and genuine tips on the blog. 

Local information, alternative systems of medicine (e.g. yoga, alternative systems of medicine such as homoeopathy, Unani, Chinese, Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture) and very solutions to specific ailments (e.g. male pattern baldness, menstrual bleeding, migraine, pranayams for high blood pressure, children's runny nose, pregnancy issues) can get the blogger the required attention from people. The beauty of health niche is that its narrow sub-niches too get attention of paying brands.

Blogging in technology and related subjects can pay well once you establish yourself.

[especially with trouble-shooting and tips]
Technology is a very crowded field, and yet there is scope for very focused writing, news and advice in many areas. These include, a narrow coding topic (e.g series on a new web language), tips of professional use of commonly available software (e.g. MS Excel for financial calculations), specialized science/ technology topics, and troubleshooting in different tech areas.

Beauty and fashion blogging is very popular, and easier than other niches for making money.

This is an evergreen blogging niche that earns well in most regions of the globe. Fashion/ beauty/ lifestyle bloggers in established markets (e.g. USA) draw attention of buyers as well as brands, and those in new markets (e.g. India) have a new opportunity unfolding.

Beauty and fashion often go together, and now bloggers add other lifestyle areas to make a well-sounded 'lifestyle' blog. While the first two are broad enough, lifestyle allows bloggers to add other related topics including parenting, travel, hobbies, home decor and so on.

Parenting and child health blogs make money when they give authentic advice.

Parenting blogs attract new moms, and there are millions of curious and anxious moms out there all the time!  Moms (and pops) are perpetually worried about the health of their newborn, toddler, school-going kid, and it does not stop till children are quite grown up. 

First time parents are especially drawn towards parenting blogs, and would do anything that looks logical and doable for well-being of their kid.

Parenting blogs ideally should have a mix of ppersonal experience and professional advice. Patenting also fits well as part of health and lifestyle blogs.

Food blogging makes good money if the blogger has good cooking experience and fresh ideas. 

Cooking is also an evergreen blogging subject that fascinates all, especially women, and makes good money for bloggers.  Learners look for authentic cuisine, especially ethnic or exotic. Then there are those looking for special dishes for a party, participating in cooking competitions, checking ingredients and tricks, searching food for kids/ patients/ pregnant mothers/ etc, chefs themselves... The list goes on.

There are many brands that want to associate with a cooking/ food blogger: sellers of ingredients, restaurants and hotels, bars, kitchen equipment and white goods sellers, airlines. They offer advertisements, paid reviews, press trips and other considerations for promoting the brand and/ or being seen on the blog.

Once established, food bloggers can write on magazines, appear on cooking shows, restaurant endorsement events and so on. Many food bloggers also write books out of their blog posts.

Blogs that review products and services make money, but there is high competition.

This blogging niche gets results, though there is enormous competition from established comparison sites. 

If the blogger keeps publishing authentic reviews of products and services, and has enough patience, this niche can make money for the blogger. In some cases, the initial phase, the reviewer needs to contact producers and service providers for reviewing their products. Some reviewers, who do not want to be influenced by the brand spend their own money in buying products for review.

Reviews are also part of other types of blogs (e.g. beauty) and they supplement the blog's earning.