Try This Simple Keyword and Niche Research Method to Create Journals that Help Others

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Helping others and being of service is part of who I am and “helping” was my intention during a recent time block of research. Because of this, I kind of stumbled upon this keyword and niche research method that could really help you level up your publishing efforts. 

This kind of keyword research is nothing new. Niche site owners and bloggers have been doing it for years.

But are YOU doing it to research low content book niches? 

This simple keyword research method can help you take a broad niche and dive deeper to find great HELPING niches for low content books – topics that many search for when they’re desperate for help and relief.

This is where you can come in and create something of real value that helps others and can result in some great sales!

A Great Low Content Book Niche

Alright, are you ready for it? The niche I’m talking about is “HELP!”

Now you might be saying, “But that’s not a niche, Julie.” 

And sure, it’s not the only thing to focus on but it’s a fantastic starting point because when someone is looking for help, it’s pointing to a pain point and people will definitely pay for tools and solutions for the things causing them pain, which is where our books come in. 

And when you combine “help” with the keyword research method I’m about to share you will find a limitless source of niche ideas for your low content book publishing biz. 

Using the Alphabet Soup Research Method to Target People Looking for Help

The keyword research technique I’m talking about is the “alphabet soup” method or “ABC” method. 

All you do is start with a generic search phrase, add a letter after your search phrase, and go through the alphabet searching for niche ideas. 

Below, I’ve started with the generic phrase, “help for” and began my search with the letter “A”.

Next would be “help for B” and so on.

Help for A

Help for B


Changing Up Your Generic Search Phrase

I’ve started with “help for” but next I would search:

  • Help with
  • Help to
  • Help me
  • Help my
  • Help people

And then, I’d switch over to “helping” and once again, go through the alphabet looking for niche ideas or other keyword phrases to search.

Taking it One Step Further – Diving Deeper into Your Search Query

Now as many of you know, this is my simple formula for identifying a low content book niche: Type of Book + Who It’s For + Unique Slant/Purpose = NICHE

First, you start with the type of book you want to create, then decide on who that book is for, and finish it up with your unique slant or purpose for the book. 

And any element can be swapped out or eliminated…and you can mix things up.

Maybe you don’t know who a particular book would be for, but you know what kind of book you want to create and have a unique purpose for it…That works!

Now you’re going to plug in your search results and dive deeper into your research.

You do this by using one of the suggestions Google gives you in your initial search! 

I’m going to show you how, starting with my original “help for b” search query I took to Google.

As you see in the list to the right, people search for several things.

I’m choosing to dive deeper into “help for binge eating.”

When I click on that, it takes me to a search results page for that phrase. 

And once again, I’ll use the alphabet soup technique to find more information, starting with “help for binge eating a.”

Now here’s something interesting: I see a couple of results that have the phrase “dialectical behavior therapy.” {What is THAT?}

Since I don’t know what that is, I’m going to do a little research with a quick Google search for “dialectical behavior therapy.” 

As it turns out dialectical behavior therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy aimed at teaching people how to live mindfully, develop healthy ways of coping with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships. 

People undergoing this type of therapy learn four main types of strategies:

  • Core mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotion regulation

I could easily create a journal for binge eaters and slant it toward those engaging in dialectical behavior therapy OR break it down even further and target mindfulness, coping with stress, improving relationships, or regulating emotions.


Did You Know…

You can take this strategy and find LOTS of questions people ask at AnswerThePublic.com!


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Wrapping Up

I challenge you to take this research technique and implement it today! 

Start with a broad phrase and narrow it down, dive deep into a niche you find interesting, and see what kinds of amazing books you can come up with that will help and serve others!

Drop me a comment and tell me how you like this technique, too!

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3 comments for “Try This Simple Keyword and Niche Research Method to Create Journals that Help Others

  1. Christy
    October 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Brilliant!! It’s easy to implement and will be effective!! It combines research and brainstorming techniques into one task!! Thank you for making it so clear!

  2. Chrissy
    October 5, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I appreciate it.

  3. Laurette Janice Frazier
    October 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I definitely like the combination of these two techniques to come up with niches to target. You showed very simply, how to drill down in a category to come up with an interesting niche to tailor a planner for. Thanks for the suggestions that will be easy to implement.

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