5 Ways To Find Hidden White Hot Markets!

There is absolutely nothing more frustrating than designing a website, creating valuable content, writing reviews and reports, and investing time and energy into a website that flops because there wasn’t a suitable market.

Finding a market – that is, a community of people with passionate interest in buying products in your niche – is a critical component of affiliate success. It’s so important that it should be your first step.

Before you start writing blog entries and sending traffic to your site, follow these tips to uncover white-hot markets first!

1. Check Yourself and Your Interests
Whenever you’re starting a business, you’re always your own best asset. Market research is no different. Ask yourself what your strengths and passions are. Also give a thought to the resources you have available – it might be easier to break into a niche if you have a friend with credibility and expertise working there.  it may also help fuel your passion if you have some connection to the market.

Topics that you know well enough to speak about authority and depth are always worth investigating. Just remember that broad topics that are entertaining but don’t have any desperate need (video games, movies, and things like that) are a little more competitive and tougher to earn a profit from.  Honestly, people tend to buy what they “want” eagerly and buy what they need begrudgingly.

So look for desperate, pressing wants and needs that people are inclined to look online for help for.

Here are some more places to look:

2. Visit Article Directories

Article directories like E-Zine Articles and Go Articles are great places to start your market research. Customers always find good content in article directories, and just as importantly, articles posted in a niche are a good sign that other webmasters have seen promise in the niche and have a lot of interesting topics to write about. Best of all, these niches have already been categorized which makes it easy to browse around and find something suitable.

3. Visit Online Marketplaces

Sites like eBay, Shopping.com, and Amazon are all places where you can find top selling physical products, and like an article directory, everything is smoothly categorized so that it’s easy to find related products. Remember to look for categories with products that are at a high enough price point to deliver you a good commission, have handy accessories at lower prices, and are well-liked enough to be an easy sell.

4. Check Affiliate Marketplaces

Affiliate marketplaces contain categorized listings of a lot of digital products, which in-depth statistics that make it easy for you to make an informed decision. Since digital products sell information, it’s wise to do a little more due diligence before committing to one. Visit a website like CBEngine and look at the quality of the sales page, the sales trends over time, and the commissions in comparison to competitors. And of course, don’t overlook Amazon.  You’d better believe if there are selling books or eBooks on the topic, its likely a hot topic and a hot niche market. Try to find a niche with more than one good product to review – even if you choose just one, you can create more content for your site by doing comparisons!

5. Watch The Media

Spend a little time in your local bookstore and browse through their collection of magazines. Look at the advertisements for magazines that you’re interested in. After all, affiliate marketing has a similar business model as a print magazine – great content supported by advertising. The same idea applies to TV shows and other websites. Find out what’s being sold to people you want to target. If there’s advertising, there’s a chance for you.

Final Thoughts

Remember that market research doesn’t need to be overly complicated. It’s not a life altering choice – remember that most successful affiliates have websites in more than one niche. The most important thing is picking something that’s right for you and putting forth the effort as fast as you can!

Search Engine Optimization May Be Easier Than You Think

Some people think that in order to benefit from search engine optimisation that they need to go to drastic lengths and take a lot of time to learn how to do it. But, the reality is that you can benefit from just a few simple tips and you can use these tips for your articles as well as your blog posts.

The best way to go is to start by building a big keyword list of words and phrases that are closely related to your niche. Ideally, you will want to find keywords that get at least 1,500 searches a month and no more than 20,000 competitors.

Once you have your keyword list built all you need to do is to pick one keyword per article and / or blog post and write a well written article around that keyword. You should then include the keyword in the title of your article or blog post.

Please do not make the mistake of thinking that the more keywords you include the better. That is called keyword stuffing and it will do far more harm than good. The search engines have remarkably sophisticated algorithms that can pick up on this and your article will be penalized if you try.

Instead use the keyword once in your article or blog post title, once in the first paragraph, once in the last paragraph and once or twice throughout the rest of your article. You want the article to read naturally.

Remember, you aren’t just trying to attract the search engines, you want to make sure your article makes sense for human readers too, actually this should be your main focus. You don’t have to short change your readers just to keep the search engines happy, you can do both.

You want to strive for a keyword density of no more than 3%. Obviously the longer the article the more keywords you can include and still make that 3% goal. I recommend you keep your article and blog posts at about 350 to 500 words in length.

That is the optimum length because it is long enough to allow you to include some useful information without being so long that it turns off any potential readers. If your article is too short it just looks like it is all for the purpose of keyword stuffing and many search engines and article directories don’t appreciate that.

On the other hand, internet surfers are notoriously short on attention span, so to get the most out of your articles you can also include bullet points and keep your paragraphs short and to the point. Also, don’t make your articles too long, over 500 words, or too short, less than 350 words.

There is a lot more you can do with search engine optimization if you want to invest the time and effort. But, for most people just a little knowledge and keyword placement in your articles or blog posts can really help you get more traffic to your website.

Partner For Profits: Joint Ventures and Affiliate Marketing

Why do the vast majority of new affiliate marketers fail to get their money making websites off the ground? While having know how, a business mindset, and passion for achievement is a big part of the puzzle, too many people neglect to mention what a titanic undertaking affiliate marketing can be.

It can be dizzying to discuss the amount of work that goes into a great affiliate website. Web design. Content. Graphic design. Creating videos and audio. Traffic generation. Outsourcing and management. How many people are amazing at all of these things? And how many of THOSE people have the time to squeeze all of it into their day?
A whopping 70% of Americans would prefer to be self-employed, and thousands of new people try their hands at affiliate marketing every day, so why are there so few people willing to pool their skills and work together?

The Advantages Of Joint Ventures

With so many people out there with an interest in financial freedom, there have to be a few people who have a complementary skillset. If you’re a great writer who knows a few things about putting graphics together, who says you can’t team up with a grizzled veteran who understands SEO, but doesn’t have the time to write and is fed up with his efforts outsourcing?

This happens all the time in the offline world, and since it’s so hard to do everything yourself, this is a great way to motivate each other and improve your chances of success. Best of all, if you both work hard, you’ll be opening yourself to exponential results without a big up front investment. After a few months there will be more than enough seed money for you to happily split ways and start your own projects, especially if you flip your affiliate sites once they’re profitable.

Things To Watch Out For

You want to make sure that there’s an even distribution of work and profit. Resentments can quickly build in a partnership where one person feels like they’re doing most of the heavy lifting. Everyone needs to know, proportionally, how important they are to the bottom line. Both parties should also be open to adjusting their workload or percentage as time passes.

If one partner is contributing startup money to the project, this gives them a lot of leverage over the project. Both parties should be clear on whether the cash investment makes them “the boss” or not.

Finally, there needs to be a focus on accountability. It’s not just about meeting the terms of your JV deal – one person dropping their work can severely demotivate a partner.

The Courage To Network

When you’re starting your work in affiliate marketing, it’s important to spend some time everyday getting out and talking to people. Not just in the real world, but on forums, message boards, Twitter, and even email. The majority of affiliate marketers work really hard and don’t get a lot of feedback. Even telling someone you admire what they do and asking a couple of questions is often enough to start a profitable relationship.