Knowing which niche to get into is a critical aspect of Internet business and affiliate marketing. The question is how do you know which is the niche that can will work like a gold mine. Quite often the advice you will get is to find your one true passion and take it from there. This is because a large number of successful website owners pick their niche based on what they love to do or what interest them. Quite a number of hard core business people, however, choose their niche affiliate marketing based on demand and profitability.
More than a decade ago, any niche would fare well so long as you exert enough effort to keep its visibility on the Internet. That was a time when counting the websites was still easy. These days, when the number of websites has gone over millions and the content to over quintillion and counting, you have to fight with nails and claws to be seen and recognized.
Niche affiliate marketing sites are far from being perfect, but it is obvious that these sites are still ranking. If you are interested to be an affiliate or to create an affiliate marketing program, start with the basic. Choose your niche well.
Passion vs. Profitability
What must be the rule of thumb when deciding on a niche? Are you going to follow your “heart” and passion or “mind” and acumen? There is really no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing a niche.
It is logical to choose a niche based on its profitability. Nevertheless, one must consider too how to be recognized as an expert in a niche that you are hardly interested. To become an authority on a particular niche, you need to know a lot about it either through formal academic training or by informally learning out of passion and strong interest. The question is how can you sustain maintaining the website or its content? When you enjoy the niche, it is fairly easier to keep the content as interesting.
The Approach: Get it Tapered
The real challenge is not finding one’s interest. There are many niches out there; every person is born to be interested in something. If you know what that is, then choosing is not too difficult. The real challenge is finding an interesting niche that can be as interesting for the target audience so that it becomes profitable too.
The key is to go narrow. If you like cooking, your niche cannot be just “cooking.” Get the niche tapered. Look for subcategories like low fat recipes, grilled recipes, Mediterranean diet, salads, no-cook recipes, etc. There are too many subcategories that you can use as your niche of focus. When that has been identified, check out the content’s ability to be expanded for monetization and popularization.
Learn More about the Niche
What else do you need to know about the niche before fully getting yourself immersed in the niche?
• Check out the demand and need for it. Do you expect a wide audience? What are the demographics of those whom you think are likely to be converted? It is important that you can reach an audience who are looking and craving for your content.
• Assess competition. Check how’s the state of PPC advertising in the niche. Profitable niche have advertisements. Find out about the number of links of competitors. That is suggestive of how intense competition is going to be.
• Look into SERPs. Who are landing on the first page for keywords you are most likely to use. See who are big brands and small players getting into the game.
Any way you look at niche affiliate marketing, it is tough if you will not get into the right niche you want and which you cannot make lucrative. Thus, even before embarking on it, do what it takes to make the right picks and to succeed in it.