How to Do Niche Research Using Question & Answer Websites

Do you want to know what’s on the mind of your market, but don’t have time to do in-depth niche research?

Shame on you! Niche research is the most important part of an online business!

Okay, okay, so I’m biased. I love doing niche research!

But I know that sometimes we just want to do some quick-and-dirty market research to get a sense of what’s on people’s minds. That’s why I’ve whipped up a 15-minute video showing you five of the question-and-answer websites that I use to get a feel for a market.

In the video I take you briefly through these websites, and show how you can very quickly glean valuable insight into the needs of a niche.

Here are the websites I cover in the video:

http://www.BlurtIt.com

http://www.AnswerBag.com

http://www.AOLAnswers.com

http://www.Ask.com

Google’s Wonder Wheel

How can you use the information that you get from these Q&A websites?

Well, I wouldn’t say the quality of info is good enough to develop a product from. But you could certainly use the information to quickly develop a free report for your blog/website, or use the information to figure out what the categories of your new website should be.

What tools do you use to do quick niche research?

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Comments

  1. says

    I just finished watching your video on using Q & A web sites. Another gem!

    The pointers I have received from this video and your free 60 page report have been absolutely terrific . Keep up the great work.

    You can be sure that when you recommend products and sites I will pay close attention to your recommendations.

    Thanks,

    Tom

  2. says

    Hi Moe another great research video. Aside from continuously testing things on my site, research is one of my favorite things to do. Ah the thrill of the hunt!

    One question for you on the results of this – you mention that you could “create a weight loss product for people with celiac disease.” A great suggestion, however how could one approach that if they are not a doctor, or haven’t experienced it themselves?

  3. says

    Hey Moe,

    I was just doing something similar right before I got here. Of course, I came here, watched the video and spent about an hour playing with blurtit.

    Time well spent. Thanks for the pointers!

  4. Jim says

    Hello Moe, it sure would have been nice to view these videos but due to the Great
    Firewall of China I can not view these videos on youtube. Youtube, facebook, twitter
    and other social networks are banned in China. Maybe you can consider using some
    other video tool to upload your videos so all your members can enjoy and benefit
    from the videos. Just a thought.

    • Moe says

      I’ll give that some thought, Jim. I’ve started hosting videos on Youtube to get more traffic to my blog, so if I hosted on my own server that would be a drawback.

      Moe

    • Alwyn says

      Hey Jim, I’m also in China and yeah the firewall sucks beans but there is a way around it…you can get yourself a VPN. I use Witopia and so far so good and it’s not expensive, about $50 per year.

      Alwyn

      • Jim says

        Hey Alwyn, thanks so much for the info. I will definitely look into
        Witopia and see what it is all about. Is it easy to set up? Where in
        China are you located?
        Jim

        • Alwyn says

          Hi Jim,

          I’m in Harbin. As for the VPN, I can’t say it was ‘easy’ to set up…in fact, it was a pain in the @$%… for some reason the VPN would not hook up with my computer. With some perseverance we finally got it working and its fairly robust now. Witopia’s service is first class and they will do whatever it takes to get you online…I highly recommend them.

          Alwyn

          • Jim says

            Alwyn, thanks again for the info. I’ll keep you posted and let you know
            how I make out.
            Jim

          • Jim says

            Hello again Alwyn, just wanted to keep you informed….I just did a search
            on google for Witopia and tried to access their website but…..you guessed it….their website is blocked in China. All the links on the first page of Google’s search results to Witopia have been blocked. Back to square one again.
            Thanks for your help anyway.
            Jim
            Any other work arounds?

          • Alwyn says

            Hi Jim

            Yes, I remember that grief.

            I just tried getting into ‘www.witopia.net’, without my VPN and yes, it’s blocksville. But, I then tried ‘www.personalvpn.net’ and she went through. (If that still doesn’t work, you may be able to find more of their websites to hook into because they have quite a few). Once on that page you can either buy their product [go for the $59.99 job (per year)] or hit the ‘contact us’ link and shoot them an email with any questions you may have.

            Alwyn

  5. Alwyn says

    Hey Moe,

    Just when I’m in need of product creation tips and know how, along comes this – BOOM…your informative post on getting the pulse on what people in a niche are thinking about.

    Not all is as it appears, however…and you have mentioned that websites are always changing their structure.

    When I used BlurtIt today the format of the site has changed since you did the video. It doesn’t allow you to do 1 or 2 word searches – the minimum is 3 and when you do use 3 words and they haven’t previously been answered then a ‘possible matches’ box comes up which is then your only option. By clicking on that you get an answer and there are no ‘search results’ or ‘related searches’. So it appears that this site can now be relegated to the useless pile for this endeavor.

    With AnswerBag the latest incarnation is similarily lacking – punching in ‘celiac disease’ gets ‘no results found’…hhmm. Which renders this tool now virtually useless also.

    Ask.com is the same, as is AOL Answers and the Google Wonder Wheel.

    Thanks, Alwyn

    • Moe says

      Thanks for your feedback, Alwyn.

      I just tried Blurtit, and it still works for me. As for AnswerBag, you have to enter your keyword in the “Google Custom Search” box at the right side of the top menu bar. One-word queries will work in that search box, but not in the main search box (for some reason).

      Are you sure the problem doesn’t lie with your VPN?

      Moe

  6. Alwyn says

    Hi Moe

    So I tried Blurit again just now and this is what happens. When I type in “celiac disease” into the “What do you want to know” box and hit “go” it automatically goes to the “sign in” or “sign up” page and you have no choice but to do this. Once I’ve signed in it brings me back to the original page and then says, “Questions must contain more than 3 words”. The last time I was at Blurtit, for some reason, I did sign up so maybe this has something to do with it and the VPN I am using is based in the US.

    I didn’t try this yesterday and just tried it now which is… once signed in with Blurtit and I typed in ‘celiac disease’ into the ‘search’ box on the upper right, I got very similiar results to what you got in the tutorial.

    With AnswerBag, I just tried it again and did the exact same thing as yesterday and PRESTO…the thing worked just fine, like in your tutorial…so I don’t know what happened there.

    As I said yesterday, the other 3 work the same as in your tutorial.

    I hope this clears things up and thanks again, Moe for this informative and helpful post.

    Alwyn

    • Moe says

      I’m certain that you can do one- or two-keyword searches on blurtit.com without logging in, so I’ll mention one more thing to try: instead of typing your query into the big search box on the homepage, click the little “Search” link at the top-right of the homepage. That will take you to http://search.blurtit.com/, where you can do one- or two-word searches.

      Moe

  7. says

    Hi,
    I stumbled upon your site(not stumbleupon ;)) while doing a keyword search and found it really informative. I already read your article on adsense and then listened to this video above.

    Your site is a very good resource site. Thanks for sharing all these tips with us.

    Best regards,
    Ashvini

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