Idea Generators

(Updated September 2013)

43 Things – Achieve your goals. The world’s largest goal-setting community. Share your goals and get ideas by viewing other peoples goals.

Alexa Top 500 – Alexa Top 500 Global Sites.

Amazon Best Sellers – Best selling books on Amazon – updated hourly.

AOL Hot Searches – Find the most popular searches as compiled by AOL Search

Barnes & Noble Bestsellers – The top 100 books of the hour.

BlogCatalog – Blogging portal.

Dictionary, Thesauraus and Encyclopedia – Find the meaning of words as well as synonyms and antonyms.

Ebay Pulse – Find hot products. Ebay pulse shows you popular searches, shops and trends. Use the ‘See more eBay Pulse Categories…‘ to dig deeper.

Google Blog Search – Search for blogs in your niche.

Google Groups – Find out what people are doing with Google Groups.

Lecture Fox – Free university lectures on a wide range of subjects, downloadable in pdf format.

Magazines.com – Magazine subscription service. Great way to find popular niches. After all, if the market’s big enough to support a glossy magazine then it’s big enough to target online.

Mailing List Database Search – Free mailing lists search tool enables you to search database of more than 60,000 targeted mailing lists sponsored by the Direct Marketing Association

MediaFinder – Online Database of U S  & Canadian publications, including magazines, catalogs, newspapers, newsletters & journals.

Paypal Shops – Great place to research and come up with ideas for a profitable niche. Browse through the list of online shops listed for something that takes your fancy.

Pew People & The Press – Public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues.

Pew Research Center – Fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world through public opinion polling, social science research, reporting news and analyzing news coverage.

SiteSell – Lists of sites in various niches that are all in the top 0.5% of web traffic.

Squidoo Top 100 Lenses – Find hot niches in Squidoo, the top 100 lenses based on a combination of content quality, reader activity and freshness factors. Updated daily.

Ranker – This is a site of lists, and has some ’embedded optimization’ in that the lists – great starting points themselves – then get voted on.

TechMeMe – Technology news site – spotlights the moment’s hottest tech stories on a single page.

Technorati Top 100 – Excellent blogging portal. Find blogs to submit guest posts to, get niche ideas and more. Register your blog on Technorati, the home page has a rank of PR8!

Trend Hunter – Community for trends and trend spotting, including fashion, style, gadgets, tech, pop culture, bizarre and design.

Yahoo Clues – Find out what people across the web are searching for. Check and analyze trends.

Yahoo Groups – Groups, clubs, forums and communities. See what’s being discussed and what’s hot.

Yahoo Recreational Hobbies – Explore sites about a wide variety of hobbies to get niche ideas.  Hosted by Yahoo.