Method 2: Find Out What eBayers are Buying
eBay is another place where you can buy and sell just about anything. Simply enter in your broad keywords to see what kinds of solutions people are selling in your niche market. Not only can you check out the current auctions, but you can also click on “Advanced” search and take a look at the completed auctions, too.
Here’s what you’re looking for: Solutions that almost always sell. If you see a lot of auctions without bidders or winners, consider it a bad sign. You want to sell products that are popular, with a big market of buyers.
Method 3: See What Types of Apps People Want
If you’re thinking there’s a chance that you’d like to sell software or mobile phone applications, then you’ll want to find out what types of apps are selling well.
Your first stop is the Apple.com iTunes Store, especially if you’re interested in selling apps for iPhones or other Apple products.
Just click on any apps category, and you’ll see the most popular apps in that category. You can also read customer reviews to find out what people like or don’t like about particular apps.
Your next stop is the Android apps store, which you can find at play.google.com – just click on the “Android Apps” category.
Same thing applies here as in the Apple Store. Just check out the top paid and top free lists to get an idea of what’s popular.
If you didn’t already discover this before, take note that Amazon.com also has an apps store. Click on the “Shop by Department” drop-down menu to choose the Android app store. Again, look for popular apps and read the reviews.
And of course, you can also just run a Google search for a term like “best apps.” There you’ll discover blogs and other websites where various users have reviewed, rated and ranked what they consider the best apps. If you find something that looks promising, then you can do further research in the apps stores to find out if the product is indeed popular.