10 Most Popular and Profitable YouTube Niche Ideas

Updated on March 10, 2017

I have to be honest, my favorite pastime is watching YouTube videos. I think I watch more YouTube videos than I watch cable TV. A lot of people have let go of their monthly cable bills and choose instead to view YouTube on their televisions for free. Currently there are over 81 million videos available on YouTube. There's so many videos to choose from that you can spend hours upon hours on YouTube just watching videos. Some of those videos have helped me a great deal when trying to figure out how your TV works or tips and tricks for your phone. They also have some really great cooking tutorials as well. I've learned how to make some of the best fried rice by watching a YouTube video.

YouTube is great and it not only helps you fix and make things, it helps people like me and you make a living. Some people are making a great living just from their YouTube videos.

So I've come up with 10 popular and profitable niche channels that interest me and millions of others. If you're thinking of starting a YouTube channel, but just don't know where to start or what to talk about on your Channel you should check out the list below.

1. Vlogs

Vlogs are when regular people pick up the camera and record their lives, their everyday lives, and post it to YouTube so that we can view them. Vlogs are what got me hooked on YouTube. I love watching people in their everyday lives. I think it's the voyeuristic part of us that wants to know how everyone else is living. It helps to have a great personality and great friends who can help bring your Vlogging channel to life and capture your audience. There are so many vloggers to choose from, so if you're thinking of becoming a vlogger you have to focus on a particular target audience. There are family vloggers, military vloggers, kid vloggers, single life vloggers and many many more. It's all about finding your target audience and concentrating on them first and eventually the others will come. People have literally quit their jobs and took on vlogging full time.

It's hard to pick a favorite vlogger because, I have so many favorites. Below I've shared a video from one of my favorite vloggers.

2. Storytime Videos

I love storytime videos. A storytime video is basically a video where you sit in front of the camera and you tell your viewers a true story that happened to you back when you were younger or a recent story. As long as you can be entertaining and very engaging and it's a good story, then you should do great at storytime videos. I mean as long as it's a story that happened to you good or bad they want to hear about it. They are the best videos to make and they can earn you a lot of views. They are also a great way to introduce yourself to new viewers. A storytime video can give your new viewers a chance to get to know you and your personality. Seriously, if you have not checked out the story time videos on YouTube you are really missing out. I end my night every night with a good storytime video because they're just so good.
Below is one of my favorite Storytime videos. Enjoy.

3. Tech Videos

I watch a lot of technology videos because of the different equipment that is coming out now, like the cameras and phones. You can really get a better understanding of how those items work by watching a YouTube Tech video. It's one thing to read about a device and try to see how it works yourself, but it's a whole nother thing when you can actually see this device being used by someone who really knows what they're doing. Before buying a phone, TV, or computer, I go to YouTube first to see the reviews on those devices before I purchase them. It really gives you the upper hand when you're spending your money on these devices. Because you never know how it's going to work until you buy it. So I'd rather see how it worked for somebody else before I spend my hard-earned money on it. If you're a Techy person, then Tech videos is definitely the niche for you. You can get some high-end devices from companies that want you to promote their equipment by showing us how it works.

4. Gaming

Okay I have a confession to make. I love playing video games on my Xbox 360. But the other part of this confession is that the missions are really really hard on those games, so I go to YouTube and find out how to complete those missions by watching the gameplay videos. Gamers will take you through different missions on whatever game that's out there you can find a gameplay for it on YouTube. It's awesome! If you decide to become a YouTuber Gamer you must know that you have to have the right equipment, which can cost you. Gamers get alot of views and make a lot of money. Who doesn't want to earn a living by playing video games. High energy and the right equipment for the job is all that's needed. You can be a crappy player, but if you're funny your subscribers will laugh right along with you.

Below are my favorite two gamers, who are also vloggers collaborating on a GTA 5 Online gameplay. Hilarious!

5. Tutorials

Whether it is cooking, DIY Projects, doing makeup or fixing cars, there are always people who want to learn how to do it. There are a lot of things that you can learn simply by watching a tutorial on a specific craft or project and you can become a pro at it. I have watched a lot of tutorials and they have taught me a lot. I have learned how to fix my hair in different styles. I have learned how to make candles. I have learned how to make jewelry. I've even learned how to make fried rice and some of the best buttermilk biscuits all from watching tutorial videos on YouTube. Anybody can teach somebody how to do something that they can do. If that makes sense.

6. Product Reviews

I'm one of those people who like to watch a video on an item that I'm thinking about purchasing to see how it worked for someone else. Being a Product Reviewer can get you free items from companies who need their products put out there for promotional purposes.

7. Weight Loss or Healthy Living Videos

There is a high demand for videos consisting of weight loss ideas, meal prepping, exercises that work, diets that work, veganism and fasting. Intermittent fasting is huge right now, so if you've done it, then this will be a great starter video if you're thinking of starting a Healthy Living YouTube channel.

8. Food Reviews

Food reviews are awesome to watch. Most food reviewers on YouTube will purchase new menu items from different restaurants and video themselves eating it and at the end the will give the food a grade. The first food review video I think I watched was for the black bun Whopper at Burger King that they came out with last year around Halloween. I really wanted to see what someone else thought of it first. You have to be entertaining and willing to eat lots of food.

Below is a YouTube video of my favorite Food Reviewer.

9. Pranks

If you're going to do pranks on YouTube you really have to come with it. YouTube is saturated with prank videos. Your prank has to be original, the title of your video has to be eye-catching, and the quality of your video has to be Grade A. People take their pranks seriously.

10. Challenges

Challenges are taking over YouTube. Everybody from vloggers to Make Up Gurus are doing challenges. There's the Warhead Challenge, Blazing Buffalo Wild Wings Challenge, Chubby Bunny Challenge, Spicy Noodle Challenge and even the Condom Challenge just to name a few. These are great videos to put up as your first video because it will get you noticed quickly and you can gain subscribers quickly by doing these challenges. People just love watching other people make a fool of themselves.

Below is a video another one of my favorite family vloggers, The Daily Davidsons. They are too funny!

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