Last week I wrote about how you can choose a topic for your own money-making website.
If you missed it, I included a slideshow of 101 Topic Ideas. And, as I mentioned in the article, each of those 101 topics could spark ideas for several more.
But this week I want to share a different approach to finding the perfect topic for your website.
In short, check out your social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and so on.
What are you already sharing with other people?
Back when I began my Coffee Detective site there wasn’t a whole lot happening on social media. So I built my content and community within the walls of the site, and then later added social media profiles to support the site and expand the conversation.
But today you can do it the other way around. You can start by sharing your passion through social media, and build a community of friends, followers and connections. In fact, you have probably already done this.
It’s then a simple step to create your own website, and include many of the topics, photos and videos you first published to social media.
Take a look at what you have been sharing through social media. It will provide you with some great clues as to what you like to share, and what others like to say about your interest.
For example, someone who has been posting vegan recipes and photos to Facebook for a while would be in a great position to create a money-making website on the same topic.
Or take a look at the meteoric rise of Pinterest. Here are their top 10 topic categories. (Source: Appdata.com)
1. Home (17.2%)
2. Arts and Crafts (12.4%)
3. Style/Fashion (11.7%)
4. Food (10.5%)
5. Inspiration/Education (9.0%)
6. Holidays/Seasonal (3.9%)
7. Humor (2.1%)
8. Products (2.1%)
9. Travel (1.9%)
10. Kids (1.8%)
There are a ton of topic ideas within those categories. If you have some Pinterest boards already, you’ll already have one or more topic ideas for your money-making website. And if you don’t, be sure to get active on Pinterest once you have published your site.
The cool thing about finding your passion on your social media page is that you can be sure it’s something that truly interests you – because you are already writing about it. In addition, you’ll also have a sense of how many other people are interested and engaging in conversation with you.
It’s like you already have a built-in audience who will be happy and eager to visit your new website.
Why not just carry on with social media, and forget about building a money-making website? Well, the biggest reason is that you don’t make money from your social media sites. You do it for fun and pleasure, but there is no check coming in at the end of the month.
Plus…your website belongs to you. It’s YOUR asset, and the income it will generate will be all yours. When you publish everything through Facebook, you are building THEIR asset and not yours, and they are the ones making money from your efforts.
If you want to learn more about creating a money-making website based on one of your existing interests or passions, check out my program… How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites.
About the author: Nick Usborne is an online writer, copywriter, author and coach. Read more…