How To Select A Niche Market ✜ What Products To Sell Online

Simple Formula For How To Select A Niche Market And Finding What Products To Sell Online

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This web page is designed to be a step by step tutorial for new affiliate marketers on how to select a niche or category to concentrate on and where and how to find products within that niche. For best results follow the tutorial in order starting with #1 then proceed to #2, etc. If you have any questions contact affiliate switchblade by email or call us (860)733-5441.

Why you want to pick a Niche first and NOT a Product

You want to pick a category or niche first and here is why. To attract people who are going to click on your affiliate links you are going to post lots of content online at sites that let you create free websites and free blogs. By focusing on a specific product first instead of a niche you severely limit your ability to grow as an beginner affiliate and your income becomes tied to a single product. BAD IDEA!

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Affilate program termination DOES occur
and you need to set up your affiliate
structure to protect against this.

If you make the mistake of focusing on a specific product first, imagine you spend the next few months posting tons of blog posts and weg pages with your affiliate link for this product. You start seeing sales and get all excited.

  • What happens if the company goes out of business?
  • What happens if the product owner dies?
  • What if they terminate the affiliate program?

This happened to me and that was one of my first hard lessons in affiliate marketing.

A product called Spybubble was one of the biggest affiliate products online. After five years of hundreds of affiliates promoting their product, one day they sent all affiliates an email saying they have stopped their affiliate program and referral commissions will no longer be paid out. Hundreds of pages I had posted on websites and blog posts were in complete vain. True, I had earn the affiliate commissions up to that point but there would be no more recurring, ongoing commissions from my efforts.

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How to protect yourself, as an affiliate, from
factors outside of your control.

In fact there are real scum bag companies out that create an affiliate program just to get lots of other people making web pages and blog posts that point back to their website. They let the program run for a few years so as to build up a huge number of page rank building backlinks. Once all the affiliates have done the hard work the company drops them like a hot potato.

The simple way to avoid this is:

  1. Be niche market focused and not product focused.
  2. Affiliate market and sell MANY different products within your niche.
  3. Have your own main website AND domain name promoting many affiliate products within your niche from within your website.
  4. Have links pointing back to your website from within content you post online at free online blogs and websites such as weebly and wix.
  5. If something happens with an one affiliate product you simply have to make a few changes on your website only.

This approach is going to save you a lot of headaches and heartburn in the long run.

List of Hundreds of Profitable Money Making Niches

The two biggest online retailers are Ebay and Amazon. Both of these sites have a category search. Neither of these sites is going to list a category if that category was not profitable and producing lots of sales.

The easiest, fastest way for any new affiliate come up hundreds of potential profitable niche ideas is to visit Amazon and Ebay category search page.

Ebay Categories Page. Ebay token.

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Ebay's categories page is a goldmine
of potential niche ideas.

If you click on any of the categories you will be taken to a page of products for sale in that category. You will also see more subcategories on the left hand side. This will further give you ideas if your really wanted to narrow down and target a specific niche. Any of the categories and/or sub categories are niches that can make you money as a new affiliate marketer.

Amazon Categories Page

Image of category search for finding lots of profitable niche markets. categories search is an excellent place
to find tons of niche ideas.

Just like Ebay, if you click on any of the categories you will be taken to a page of products for sale in that category. You will also see more subcategories on the left hand side. Any of the categories and/or sub categories contained within Amazon category search are niches that can make you great money as a new affiliate marketer.

How To Pick A Niche or Topic to Target

  1. Select a niche or topic you are very passionate and excited about. If you pick a topic you already love you will have a much easier and funner time creating content online and your passion and love for the topic will come through in your writing. What hobbies do you have? What are you very interested and passionate about?
  2. Select a topic or niche you are very knowledgeable in. Your being knowledgeable in a topic will also come through in your writing and you will have a lot of good, desirable, content you can share with your website and blog visitors. What are you already an expert at? What are you good at?
  3. IDEALLY: select a niche or topic you are BOTH excited AND knowledgeable at. This will REALLY come through in your writing and make creating wealth as a beginner affiliate marketer a snap for you.

How To Find Products to Sell in Any Niche

The final step in deciding on a niche market to target is MAKE SURE there an plenty of products (or at least a few) that you can sell in that niche. There are several ways to do this.

  • There are affiliate network aggregate websites where you enter in a keyword or niche and it will return a list of affiliate networks with products.
  • Visit the larger affiliate networks directly and conduct a niche related search.

Affiliate Aggregate Search Sites:

Image of website for finding affiliate products to promote. is a great place to find
affiliate products you can sell.

Use either of the following two affiliate aggregate search sites simply to see the volume of affiliate products available in your chosen niche. As a beginning affiliate you want to concentrate on products found within the following larger affiliate networks below (Clickbank, Commission Junction, Avangate, Shareasale, Linkshare) because a lot of the affiliate networks contained within OfferVault and oDigger are real crappy, spammy products. As a beginner affiliate you are trying to build a reputation as being an expert in your chosen field and offering spammy garbage products on your website will do nothing for your reputation.

Larger Affiliate Networks:

Most of the products you will find at the following larger affiliate networks are reputable and good quality. Join Clickbank first. You will automatically be approved for any and all products within the network. The others (Commission Junction, Avangate, Shareasale, Linkshare) you have to be approved for each product. Nothing wrong with that it's just that since you are new to affiliate marketing Clickbank is the easiest and fastest one to work with right away. Once you have a few months experience under your belt and have gotten your feet wet then start finding products within your niche for the other affiliate networks as well.

A visit to the OfferVault or oDigger website is the fastest way to get a good idea how lucrative a niche will be. Enter in a niche in the search box and notice the number of affiliate programs OfferVault returns from the search. If a lot of different affiliate programs pop up then that should be a good final test to indicate you have chosen a popular niche to target as a new aspiring affiliate marketer.

Avoid becoming an affiliate for a single company that is not part of a larger affiliate network

Suggestion/Warning: avoid becoming an affiliate for any single one company that is not within one of the larger affiliate networks listed above because any single company or website running an affiliate program can easily cheat you out of sales and commissions because they have control of the tracking code that tracks your clicks and sales. The larger affiliate networks above are completely independant of any one company and their sole job is to manage and track all sales and commissions so you can trust them.

Step by Step Success Action Plan (homework)

Below is a checklist or action plan. Nothing happens until you take action. Complete each of the items below starting with the first. Check them off as you complete them.

  1. Think of and WRITE down a list of things you are passionate about and love to do. If you need idea stimulation visit Categories or Amazon Categories Page.
  2. Think of and WRITE down a list of things you are very knowledgeable about.
  3. WRITE down where the two lists merge, meaning, write down the topics you are BOTH passionate about AND knowledgeable about.
  4. Go to OfferVault, oDigger and Clickbank and enter those topics into the search box to see how many and what kinds of products you can sell online and make money with.
  5. Make a decision as to what niche/subject/category you are going to focus on and get wealthy with.

Congratulations!! you now know what you are going to be an official expert about on the web!! The fact you have proceeded this far in the tutorial on affiliate marketing for beginnners means you are a doer and not a talker and I can guarantee you will be successful. Move on to the next lessson how to get a domain name.

DO NOT PROCEED TO THE NEXT STEP UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETE THIS STEP FIRST!! What counts in life is action. Its all about taking action and taking action NOW! Do step #1 homework assignment right now and get it done.

Questions and Answers

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