How To Find A Niche Product
As a top-ranking member of Wealthy Affiliate, I help members every day with coaching, training, and assistance. One common problem mentioned by new members with WA is that they don’t know how to find a niche product. This does happen to most new members that join when they’re first getting started with Wealthy Affiliate.
Having a hard time with niche products is not unusual, I’ve read many WA posts of others with this same problem. Product selection can be overwhelming because of the sheer volume of available products to choose from in general. A monumental task for new affiliates is figuring out how to find a niche product and creating content.
During my training, my fellow marketers would tell me to build around things of interest so I’m knowledgeable of the subject. That helps the enjoyment factor creating because it’s something I really like and enjoy.
I think that’s some really great advice for those who know exactly what they like and can freely build around those ideas. The problem still exists for some because they tend to overthink the decision to a point of no-decision.
This is something I dealt with myself and it took me a little to get beyond and move forward with my product selections. Having some kind of product is better than having no product at all on the pages or posts of your site, but the product selected matters and we will get into that.
Should I use Amazon?
You can absolutely use Amazon product choices, but as an Amazon affiliate be aware of their terms and conditions. I’ve heard more than one person say they set up their site with Amazon links and afterward Amazon rejected them.
A new site can take months to rank and Amazon will boot affiliates for lack of sales within 180 days. Amazon demands productivity from you and so you must have people visiting product links in large numbers to get the conversions. When this does not happen sales will most definitely lag and Amazon will give you the boot.
When I joined the Amazon affiliate program years ago I used affiliate links on some pages that weren’t getting any traffic. They booted me for lack of sales! Amazon sent an email explaining the reasons, but they did mention I could re-apply again if I wanted. However, I didn’t really want to be an Amazon affiliate.
I was a greenhorn just getting started with affiliate marketing at the time.
With Amazon, your commission percentage is not nearly as good as other affiliate platforms like Clickbank offer. Most affiliate platforms give you some time before they decide to cancel your accounts, but time lengths can vary. Some other product offers can be better in my opinion, for instance, products visitors can only get from your links.
That’s especially true when it comes to a product that can be store-bought as opposed to a specific digital product.
One day I may go back to Amazon, but I really like other affiliate platforms and I also like direct affiliate offers. JVZoo and Clickbank are great because of the high commission digital marketing products they offer affiliates.
Some time back I learned why cookies really matter and why to be concerned with the site’s affiliate links. There’s nothing worse than driving traffic to affiliate promotions that have expired cookies attached. Some cookies are promotional for short time spans like BLACK FRIDAY DEALS.
A cookie determines the time span allotted between an affiliate and customers. When a cookie expires the association is over between the affiliate and the customers. Amazon uses 24hr cookies.
The reason I started on this subject was actually through a course I took through Clickfunnels about sticky cookies. I like Clickfunnels, I completed the boot camp training and joined the affiliate program to promote their products, but I did not buy. The sticky cookies are great for affiliates, but Clickfunnels is pricey for an inexperienced person.
This had me thinking about something much bigger and better if you’re an aspiring affiliate marketer like me.
I began searching more on cookies and I found several higher commission affiliate programs that use a longer-term cookie. These cookies were good for as much as ten years on some programs, but then I hit the jackpot with lifetime cookies.
With lifetime cookies the customer becomes a lifetime customer the second they purchase through your links. That’s a guarantee for the affiliate to reap all future sales. I prefer lifetime cookies especially for products or services offering residual recurring income of 30% commission or more.
Wealthy Affiliate Cookies Are Lifetime
Wealthy Affiliate cookies are lifetime for new referrals who join Wealthy Affiliate through your WA affiliate links.
This is the process… When joining WA premium through someone’s affiliate link they receive monthly commissions and become your sponsor. However, if you stop using premium for months or years those commissions stop whenever you stop.
When WA premium members return their sponsors get paid again as long as they’re still active WA members.
The products you decide on for you’re niche can be one of many types from digital or tangible products to some sort of services. I like service products because the commission is usually recurring monthly, it’s the gift that keeps giving. Digital and tangible products are usually a one-time sale meaning you bought it you own it, but there are some monthly recurring digital services available.
That being said I like to focus on higher commission types with longer cookies that are also a recurring type of commission. There are two that I’m promoting, one is a 10 year and one is a lifetime cookie, both with 30% recurring commissions. Some people like to sell products using affiliates like Amazon, eBay, or even on an overseas platform like Alibaba. Personally, I prefer the higher commission payouts affiliate programs.
Everybody likes what they like, but I would rather sell a recurring service for 50 a month and make a 30% commission over and over. That beats selling some shoes for 50 bucks on some platform one time for a small 6% or 8% commission. I do promote a few one-time sale type products. However, they all have commissions above 40% through JVZoo and or Clickbank.
How To Find A Niche Product – Automated Affiliate
There is one affiliate platform I like to use because seriously what is better than 100% absolutely fully automated affiliate marketing. The commissions are lower like Amazon and others but you really don’t have to do much of anything once you set it up.
When you sign up to the platform you will be adding a snippet to your site, verify the snippet and you’re all done.
The snippet automatically links words in content with affiliate offers for products based on those words. Most people can write much easier when they don’t have to decide on products to promote when blogging. This platform is great because it really doesn’t matter what you write about at all.
The program finds words to link in your blog’s content and you’re in business.
The affiliate platform is called Viglink. They’re good with sites that it doesn’t matter having those Viglinks present. I won’t use Viglink on every site because I like to stay true to my products. You don’t want to flood any other site offers with competition on the same posts.
I’ve edited some Viglinks before of duplicate words linked to the same offer, it’s not too hard to do. For example, the word hotel in 10 places in content has no need for 10 links to the same offer. It appears too spammy.
How To Find A Niche Product – Your Niche
As mentioned before, deciding a niche choice doesn’t matter because promoting anything is better than nothing. You will have time to have many niche sites in the future, but you should start with just one site. Don’t wait to figure out which one to do first because you’re stuck, wasting time always costs money.
If you still can’t think of a product here’s something you can do about that situation. Start writing blog posts about something you like and add some images that reflect the content. Create the blog site talking about things like fishing or knitting, whatever you enjoy, and write a bunch of content.
The blog post’s length can vary from 500 words to 2000 words plus, I have blog posts 3500 words long. This post is 1800 words, which is easy when you get lost with creative aspects and words just flow. Now join WA for free from my link, build a free site and create content for this exact purpose.
Wait until you have a good amount (30-50) of blog posts, again wait before doing anything else. Patients is a virtue.
No Affiliate Links Until You Have 30 – 50 Published Posts!
Choose a decent name and title for your free site and get busy writing content. Write as many blog posts as possible to get an abundance of site content quickly. Tell stories of things like specific fishing trips or certain knitting projects. It’s much easier to write content when you enjoy the subject you’re talking about.
Talk as you would to a friend in a casual tone within the content, people like genuine unique relaxing content. Well-designed sites with great content can land visitors well into the future. Visitors may land on your blog for many years to come. Have you ever done a search and the page one result is from many years before?
Make certain the content makes grammatical sense and is punctuated correctly before hitting the publish button. Wealthy Affiliate lets you test drive with a free site for up to 6 months. After that, you will need to join premium. New members who join WA through me receive as much help as possible, to fast-track success.
No, I won’t build the site for you, but I will guide you through the process on the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
How To Find A Niche Product – Join Viglink
Once you have established some great well-written content join Viglink and integrate it with the main blog site. Viglink will automatically monetize your entire site and your site’s pages and posts affiliate linking all of your content. After that, regularly author blog posts and watch Viglink create the magic on you’re site’s pages.
I had to laugh when I first discovered Viglink because I thought it was the fastest lazy way to market any products. That’s my opinion and it may be true but I really love Viglink’s simplicity. Viglink lets you sell all kinds of products from eBay to Amazon and much more. Viglink is the best affiliate platform for any beginner starting out because it’s automatic.
You should disclose the fact that you’re using Viglink in your affiliate disclosure. It’s also a good idea to let readers know you get paid from some offers on your site. To inexperienced beginners joining affiliate platforms like CJ, Rakuten, Share a Sale, and others, expect to get denied.
Mostly for not having the proper experience, a site, or the monthly required site traffic for the affiliate programs.
Sometimes the merchant has restrictions in place with requirements that automatically deny you upon application. This is where Viglink can make you bucks because Viglink almost never denies you no matter your experience. Viglinks works by linking to the highest paying available merchant for the vig-linked words in your articles.
Sign up here, it takes 2 minutes, and trust me you will not regret becoming a part of Viglink.
[UPDATE] Viglink is now Sovrn //Commerce and it is still awesome.
Thanks for reading my post and I wish you success with your niche.