Updated 21st September 2019
Niche Marketing Tips For Affiliates [to ensure success]
So what is a how to for niche marketing? In fact, what is niche marketing? Have you ever thought about it? How would you go about getting started in niche marketing, and what would your niche be? Do you have any previous experience and/or knowledge about a niche and the products within it?
I ask because every online marketer worth their salt knows what the most popular niches are. Would your niche be a well known one like these evergreen ones below?
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The above are just a few of all the extremely profitable niches with billions of dollars being spent yearly. These huge sums are enough to make many affiliates want to take a bite out of this very big pie.
- Niche Down
While you can make money in the above mentioned niches, it’s imperative that you niche down to a level that you can compete in. For example, weight loss is just too competitive. As an affiliate, you would struggle going up against the big boys who have lots of money to spend on building websites and advertising.
In some cases, it will be next to impossible. But what if you targeted women’s weight loss? Now the market is smaller, but it’s still too broad.
As I said above – Do you have any previous experience and/or knowledge about a niche and the products you could sell or promote in that niche? If you have then this will stand you in good stead when deciding on a niche.
This being so, take a look at the graphic below. It has very good tips and advice you should follow when deciding on what niche would be a good fit for you.
What if you dig down further and targeted weight loss for women over 40 who have diabetes? Now, you’re talking! This sub-niche will be much more manageable to target, and you’ll be able to find long tail keywords that you can optimize your blog posts for. (Longtail Keywords are great for targeting traffic)
It will be easier to rank for the low hanging fruit keywords, and your marketing efforts will be much more streamlined. The truth of the matter is that the same products that are marketed to the general weight loss crowd will also work with the audience in the sub-niche.
It all comes down to how you slant your content and show that the products will help the reader. If you can do that, your readers will become buyers.
How To Research A Niche
Before even picking a niche, you’ll need to plan your attack by asking yourself these questions:
- Is the competition manageable, or is it beyond you?
- Are there products to promote?
- Will you be able to find places where you can drive traffic from?
All of these are very important questions that you need to ask yourself before diving into a niche. Jumping in blindly will mean wasting time and effort on a niche that’s either unprofitable or too competitive.
You’ll also need to search on Google to see what sites show up for the keywords you’re targeting. You should ask yourself these six questions as well:
- Are there any affiliate sites?
- How optimized are their sites?
- Could you do better than them?
- What’s their traffic like?
- Are there ads being displayed on their sites?
- What products are they promoting?
All these questions are market research that you should be doing before you even get started with your niche sites. By getting answers to them, you’ll be able to formulate a marketing strategy that will give you your best chance at succeeding in the fastest possible time.
- Your Strategies For Success
Take notes while doing your research for easy reference. Do not rely on your memory. Try to bulk your tasks. For example, when looking for affiliate products to promote, find as many as you can at one time.
If you’re doing keyword research, spend a day or two compiling as many keywords that you could rank for. By batching your tasks, you’ll be much more productive in the long run. Once you get started, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips.
Study your niche before you start your affiliate marketing in it. The extra time you spend beforehand will give you a much better picture of how to proceed, or if you even should. This is something all experienced affiliates do. Now you know it too. So, do it. Plan out your own strategy, and follow the aforementioned tips and advice to ensure your success.
The How To Of Content Marketing
I did say above that with niche marketing, and in fact any sort of online marketing comes down to how you slant your content. This being so lets discuss Content Marketing so that you get the general idea what I’m talking about. Why? Simply because, how good or bad your content is will be a deciding factor whether you make a little money, or much, much more.
What is content marketing about, and why content will make or break your affiliate marketing? My definition is that content marketing is the practice of creating, and sharing content with the goal of building the reputation and visibility of your brand. This you can do as an affiliate marketer.
Why is this you might ask? Well its like this. Affiliate Marketing and Content Marketing are joined at the hip. If you want to be a good affiliate marketer, you need to publish good content. There’s no other way around that.
Even if you’re using paid advertising, you’ll be trying to get people on your email list. The emails that you send are content. There may be links to your blogs, reviews, etc.
The crux of the matter is that most people online come looking for information. Only a small percentage are ready to buy. This applies to anything from booking hotel rooms in a foreign country to buying a television.
Before the purchase, these potential buyers will do their research online. They’ll want to know if the hotel they’re going to be staying in has all the amenities they need. They will want to know all the specifications for the new television. They will most probably want to see reviews.
If you have a website that shows up when they search for the hotel reviews and you mention how the proximity of the hotel to the local bars and restaurants is a plus point, or you show all the different activities they can engage in that’s just a stone’s throw away from the hotel – the visitor will read the content on your site eagerly because it pertains to them.
In most cases, they will click on your affiliate links and book the rooms. Now you’d have made an affiliate commission by providing content that the visitor was looking for. That’s how it works.
What Creating Marketing Content Is About
Below are the five pointers to note when creating content. Failure to adhere to the tips below will mean that your content marketing falls flat, and you’ll not see many affiliate sales.
Your content must be relevant to the products you’re promoting. If you’re promoting an outdoor grill for BBQs, you may wish to have content on what to look out for when purchasing grills.
Or how to clean grills… or even easy grilling techniques to prevent a mess. Whatever the content may be, it must be relevant.
Your content must be interesting enough to hook the readers and keep them reading to the last word. If your content is dull, the reader will yawn and click off the page. There goes your sale.
Nothing is so bad that it can’t get worse. When visitors leave your site quickly, Google will notice this, and you’ll rank poorly in the search engines because your site has a high bounce rate and is deemed not ‘user-friendly’… So, have interesting content.
Facebook posts on your fan page are content too. So are the videos in your YouTube channel. But here’s what makes them so powerful – the engagement in the comments section.
Look at the comments and engage with your audience. The more you get to know them and respond to them, the more they’ll like and trust you. Engagement counts too.
New & Unique
Your content needs to be new and unique. You’ll have to keep publishing content to stay up-to-date. There’s no point in having a hotel review on your website that’s 8 years old when the hotel has already been torn down to make way for a shopping mall.
Always have a content publishing strategy, and stay relevant with the times.
Whatever content you publish must be reliable too. The term ‘fake news’ is being tossed about everywhere these days. You want content that is trustworthy.
Readers can recognize hype and drivel. So, make your content useful and it will help to sell your affiliate products too.
Stick to the 5 content creation and marketing tips above. Many marketers are so focused on sales, traffic and conversions that they neglect the content… which can make or break them. Don’t make this mistake.
Always remember that content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust, and trust drives revenue.
The How To On Internet Marketing
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Onwards to success folks and have an awesome day wherever you are in the world.