Affiliate marketing starts and ends with finding the right niche to market in.
It’s pretty simple, really. You find a hotbed of buying activity and you plant yourself firmly there to market as many hot products as possible to a very active market of potential customers.
It’s worked for hundreds of marketers who have become very, very rich, but let’s face it–when you’re getting started, nothing is ever quite that easy.
I want to delve deeper into the idea of niche research, along with the mistakes that so many of us tend to make over and over again.
When you can eliminate those mistakes, life gets much easier and the profits are more consistent.
The Niche Research No-Nos
First up, let’s take a closer look at what so many starting affiliate marketers do wrong. At the very top of the list, and something I’ve been preaching against for years, is diversification.
Of the super affiliates I’ve met, the vast majority (pretty much all of them, including myself), make their profits almost entirely from one or two niches.
Yup, that’s right, it’s exactly as it sounds. They spend hours a day working on just dog training, or just marriage advice or just weight loss.
They find a profitable audience and they hit them up over and over again with different products, sites, and selling points.
Second, as you might have guessed, they stuck to the big niches–the evergreen ones that have always been solid moneymakers.
Sure, they experiment a little bit, but only enough to check out other niches, not so much that they dilute their income from their one or two big niches.
Which niches are considered the “big niches”? Weight loss, making money, satellite TV on PC, muscle gain, self-help, anti-spyware, forex, and money online.
People are always looking for new products in these niches, so you cannot cannibalize your sales, nor can you run out of warm leads.
Of those niches, weight loss and fitness are the biggest across the board, with making money coming in at a close second.
Finding Your Niches and Products
Of course, just saying “try out the stuff that works” isn’t very helpful, so I want to go into a bit more detail on what you can promote and how to make your selection.
Lucky for you, I have a couple of methods I like to use that have always been highly successful for me.
In terms of finding product ideas, I usually stick to ClickBank and Amazon. On occasion, I will also use Google to review possible affiliate networks in greater depth.
Let’s start with Amazon.com. I start here because I want to first find a niche that has a large buying base.
You can always find a product on ClickBank with high gravity, but even before that I want to identify the breadth of a potential audience first. You’ll see why very
To start with, visit Amazon.com and start reviewing products and topics in niches that you are interested in.
This is very important, because you’ll be spending a lot of your time investing in that niche, especially if it becomes one of your two big niches.
Be sure it’s something you’re willing to write about and market extensively for months to come. If you could care less about weight loss or are afraid of dogs, those might
not be the best paths to success.
With that in mind, start searching on Amazon for books and other niche products. Your goal here is to find products with at least 20 reviews. Why just 20 reviews?
Considering the fact that Amazon estimates only 1 in 1,000 people actually review something they buy from their site,a product with 20 reviews is likely to have been purchased by at least 20,000 people.
That’s a huge market, especially if it’s just one product in an information niche.
If you can find multiple products in the same niche that all have 20+ reviews, you’ve hit the jackpot.
It doesn’t matter if the niche has 100 products or just 2; if there are people buying products, it’s a good niche.
You don’t need to do any keyword searching, competitor research, or product searches, because you know you’ve found a good one.
Moving to ClickBank
With that in mind, it’s time to find a product that you can actually market.
In general, I don’t recommend promoting physical products on Amazon. With only a 5% commission (to start), you’d only make $1 on a $20 book, and most Amazon products are
on massive reductions, so profit potential is limited for info products.
If you find a highly valuable product in a niche like “solar energy kits” or “home stereo equipment,” you might rethink that, because you can make $15+ per sale.
Generally speaking, though, you should never choose a niche where your minimum commission per sale is less than $15. That should be your magic number.
So, with that magic number in mind, we take a stroll over to ClickBank–the number-one affiliate network on the Internet, where info products are sold by marketers like
you and me for commissions of up to 75%.
A single $20 book on ClickBank will net you a profit of $10-$15–much better for the time you invest into it.
As for finding a niche product in ClickBank, go to the Marketplace www.clickbank.com/marketplace.htm) and search for the product niche that you’ve already identified on Amazon.com.
For most popular info niches (the major niches we discussed at the beginning of the newsletter), you’ll find dozens of products.
I recommend sticking to these major niches because they have more options and have proven conversion rates.
Seasonal and specialty niches require more work and are hard to focus on in the long term.
Look for a $ per sale of at least 15. Ideally, you’ll get even more than this–upwards of $30+ per sale.
Additionally, look for a gravity of at least 30. The gravity represents how many affiliates have successfully sold that product in the last few weeks.
The higher the number, the better it converts and the more room there is in the market for you to join in.
Later, you’ll need to review the competitor sites to be sure you can find a place for your own websites, but for now, just identifying the niche is enough.
Heading to Google
Of course, ClickBank is not the only affiliate marketplace, and if you find a product on Amazon that doesn’t show up on ClickBank, you still have other options. Go to Google and search for “NICHE affiliate program.”
Many times, other networks will pop up with plenty of options. A big chance for profit here would be in CPA networks that offer non-info product opportunities with
massive chances for profit.
Getting It Right
There is no right answer for which niche you choose to work in. However, if you’re even remotely serious about being successful and becoming the next big super affiliate, you need to pinpoint a rich, evergreen niche that can be solicited time and again for profits without boring you to tears.
Do that, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful marketing plan.
The other thing I want you to do now is check Niche Authority where I discuss the secrets of choosing a profitable niche market and dominate it.