Welcome to another edition of Weird Niche Wednesday.
I've been enjoying summer vacation. However, apparently some of you are missing me. Here's a sample of my inbox the last few weeks since I've been slacking –
“Nik, where's Weird Niche Wed?”
“When's your next podcast coming out? (Tap, tap, tap.)”
It's good to be loved – even if it means I have to get back to work. (Yeah, right. As if you can even call this work.) 😉
So, I'm back and it's Weird Niche time again, my friends. (Cue applause.)
If you're new here, let me explain what Weird Niche Wednesday is. I look for niches where people are trying to make money online (or off), in weird ways or by selling some pretty unique (corny, bizarre, freaky) stuff.
Nothing above PG-13 rating, but you'll discover, as I have, that there are lots of “creative” people out there.
We've had some doozies in the past –
What is our weird niche this time?
But, guess what? I thought that “Owl Pellets” was Owl Poop – and so I wrote this ENTIRE blog post about Owl Poop (and it was REALLY funny). But, then I learned (from Mark Mason) that owl pellets are actually Owl Vomit.
Science lesson of the Day: Apparently, since Owls don't have teeth, they rip up their prey, digest off the meat, and then throw up the hard bits and feathers and fur that aren't as easily digestible. (Gag!)
And, apparently people buy it!
So, while this post is not a total lost cause, all my “poop” jokes are wrong! You could say that I had to “regurgitate” this blog post. (I know, bad. lol!)
ok. Back to Owl Pellets.
First, I'm guessing you'd like to know how it's delivered. (I wanted to know.) Here's how it's shipped:
Shop for your very own Owl Pellets here:
Shop for Owl Pellets
Let's dig into this weird niche a bit more.
From the website above, you discover that it's not quite as weird as it sounds. It's actually “EDUCATIONAL Owl Vomit”, to be precise. Teachers buy these balls of stuff and the kiddos dissect them in class (hopefully finding bones and things) in an effort to study the food chain and learn more about birds of prey.
RE-ENACTMENT OF ME READING THEIR WEB COPY:
“These 1.5 inch or longer Barn Own Pellets are perfect to illustrate the nature of food chains”.
1.5 inch or longer. Check.
Food chain. Ohhhh… (Light bulb.) Check
“”only the largest, Department of Agriculture approved, heat-sterilized (no odor) pellets”
Largest. Check. (As if they needed a USP.)
Not stinky. Check.
“each unique in size, shape, and contents”
OMG. Now I'm getting a bit queezy. Too much info for me…
I THOUGHT this was going to be the kicker for me.
“Owl Pellets are in short supply at this time. If you must have your pellets for an event on a specific date, please call to check availability.”
Obviously when I thought “pellets” were poop, I wondered if there was an owl constipation problem that I wasn't aware of. And, I can't help but think of Wedding Favors when I hear “If you need them for an event on a specific date” – but I'm sure that's not what they mean.
But, then I almost fell out of my swivel chair when I saw…
“Warning. Choking Hazard – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.”
eek. I wouldn't recommend giving balls of vomit to any child young enough to suck his thumb or who doesn't understand the concept of “It's THROW UP. Don't eat it!”
So, after reading about this, as any good affiliate marketer would, I ran over to Amazon to see if they have any Owl Pellet items (to see if it's a larger niche than I suspected) — and DO THEY EVER!
Not only that, but you can get a book along with a single owl pellet on Amazon, too, for your owl-pellet lovin’ friends:
So, what are the business lessons today?
Business Lessons Learn from the Owl Pellet Niche:
- You CAN sell just about anything on the internet and profit.
- You can niche bodily waste down further than even I imagined.
- It's easier to sell something when deemed educational than just gross.
- Obviously this is a market that reaches both teachers and homeschooling parents. Double profit.
- If you happen to have an owl in your barn, you might consider making money by collecting the owl pellets (since it is apparently in demand).
- If you have a website selling owl vomit, you can get free advertising on a cool blog like this one. (Free Advertising 101) -> Shop Teacher's Source: Owl Pellets
And, the big lesson -there is money to be made online – in tons of niches that you've never probably considered. After doing some research, it appears that this niche is searched more than I suspected. I ran some keyword research and I found over 450 results!
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Who would have guessed? We may have actually uncovered a profitable niche here during my silliness.
Let me know what you think about this week's weird niche. And, have a great day!
PS. Of course, if you want to find a profitable online niche, I recommend you check out the pre-researched niches, proven to profit: