Affiliate Marketing – How to Find a Profitable Niche
In the world of affiliate marketing the most important key to success is discovering a profitable niche that you are capable of competitiveness in. The last part of that statement is probably the most important part of all. In the internet market there are many niches for affiliate marketers. Unfortunately, we do not all have the same financial means that some do, so choosing a niche where there is both demand and a favorable level of market saturation is critically important in your success as an internet affiliate marketer. Basically, you do not want to be involved in highly planned markets with millions of competitors all trying to win market share, if you do not have a huge budget.
So for those of you who are just starting out, or you do not want to invest a lot of capital upfront then discovering a specialized niche, that is in demand, will be the key to your success. That sounds great in theory, right? But, how is it actually done. Well here is how I do it, there are many methods, but this is the method that I have found to work the best for me. And if you follow it I can assure you that finding a niche that is right for you will become easier and easier.
The first thing you need to find out is what markets are in demand. The markets in affiliate marketing are just searches for specific keywords and keyword phrases. So the keywords or keyword phrases that are searched for the most would obviously be the markets that are in demand because they are the ones receiving the most activity. This can be done two different ways. The first way is with a paid tool like worktracker. These work and can give you a lot of good ideas, but the price can be expensive. In fact, I rarely use paid tools. If you just use a little due diligence, you will find that there are many free resources out there. The one that I use almost exclusively is the keyword suggestion tool that is available from Google. Google receives an overwhelming majority of the search engine traffic out there so there numbers are pretty representative of the overall state of the market at that time. Another reason that I like the Google tool is that not only do they give the search volumes for keywords and keyword phrases they also display levels of advertiser competition.
Alright, so you have a keyword analyzing tool, let's use it. Go out and sign up for as many affiliate programs as you can find. Just search Google you'll find a lot. Some offer instant sign up, some take a few days to activate. Search through the affiliate marketing offers, and pick out a few that you think look interesting.
Open the Google keyword tools and start searching for keywords that you picked. What you are looking for is keywords and keyword phrases that have at least 500 searches per month and with a low competitiveness advertiser level. Once you've picked out a few of these combinations, save the list to a notepad page or something (basically just make sure you have them for later) and open up the Google web site. Start searching for the keywords on your list. Look up on the type right hand side of the results screen where it lists the number of resulting pages. Here you're looking for pages with results limited to around 2 million pages or less. If you come up with at least five combinations of words related to each product, and each of these keyword combinations meets this criteria, you've most likely found a niche that you could market to. So go out there and make some money.
by: Ryan Fujiwara