How to Find Niche Markets 74 Comments
How to Find Niche Markets

In this post I’ll be explaining a very useful tricks on how to find niche markets and products to promote as an affiliate. I have included a video at the bottom of the post also.

When I first started out online, many years ago now, I struggled to know what niche to enter into.

These days I find it much easier and I want to share some tips on this for you all today.

The first peice of advice I will give you is, if you are someone that sticks exclusively to the Clickbank marketplace then the first thing you should do is start to do is look to other networks.

In particular physical goods, as there is a huge potential for marketing physical products, something I love to do!

Before I provide some practical tips for finding niches and products, I first want to clear up a few common misconecptions that people can have about physical products.

Aren’t the Commission Too Low With Physical Products?

The short answer to this is “NO!!” I get regular daily commissions of $75 on physical goods. There are some merchants that give you 50% commission on physical goods, although most are lower than this, but 4-10% is quite normal.

The thing you have to remember about physical products is that they are usually priced a lot higher than a Clickbank Ebook, so you can make great commissions still, even on products that only payout 4% like Amazon (although this goes up to 6% pretty fast)

Isn’t It Too Hard to Get Accepted by the Networks?

Again all I can say to this is “No” it’s not that hard. Sure some CPA affiliate marketing networks can be a little tougher to get into, but most physical product networks I’ve joined are easy to get accepted into. If you ever have any problems just pick up the phone and call them and explain to them your plan and you’ll get into 99% of them right there on the phone, I’ve done this many times.

Ok so now that I have cleared up some common misconceptions about marketing physical products, I want to share a practical tips on how to find a niche market. Below I have included a video for you:

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72 Comments to How to Find Niche Markets

  1. January 28, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Hello Matt,

    Thank you very much for that information. As always you provide value. Have a great day!

  2. January 28, 2011 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    Another well presented video and a timely reminder for me.
    I will be putting what you said here into action very shortly and cannot wait to see the results
    Thanks again Rob

  3. January 28, 2011 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the information. It is hard to find a good niche.

  4. January 28, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    As always Matt…great information!

  5. January 28, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Good info as usual.
    Just got myself an Amazon affiliate id and it was very easy to get accepted into their program. Got in within two days.
    Cheers!

  6. Samuel's Gravatar Samuel
    January 28, 2011 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. I would suggest that you should let your videos have control buttons so that we can stop or rewind and so on.

  7. January 28, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Great info, Matt!! I will be putting this into play soon. The results will be good, I’m sure.
    Thanks.

  8. January 28, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Matt, we would really appreciate other vides pertaingin on how to find/choose a hot niche.

    Thanks

  9. January 28, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    I got started with physical products with IPK but it was your interview with Dan Brock that really got me going.

    I’ve veered away from electronic products because I reckoned that they’d be very competitive and I think that amazon pays less commission on electronics. But I should probably go on the individual product.

    Thanks for the vidio Matt.

  10. January 28, 2011 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip and all your great help and thanks for the introduction to Sara’s course. I have learned so much and not near the end. I have been pursuing affiliate marketing for over 2 years and would have liked to had her course way back then! I like the part of not having to spend any money to get started or ever!!

    Matt you have been an inspiration to me. Just seeing your name in my email box gets my attention and just knowing I can go to your site and find so much helpful information that is not hard to navigate to is a plus for me.

  11. January 28, 2011 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, i have seen you talking about this before.
    Ond there are ten tousends product to promote.

  12. January 28, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    I haven’t tried physical products before, maybe it’s time to do it now. Thanks!

  13. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    January 28, 2011 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for these tips, especially the Ebay Pulse idea. Love your video updates. Please keep them coming.

    I would also agree with Samuel about the video control buttons. It would make viewing your videos much easier.

  14. January 28, 2011 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    You´re right. Thanks for sharing

  15. Tom's Gravatar Tom
    January 28, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the webinar, I have just purchased Sara Young’s program and have started reviewing the video, it seems straight forwarded. I will use the video above and Sara’s ideas to find my next niche for a physical product site.

  16. January 28, 2011 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Good points. I also use ebay and amazon for product ideas. It’s good to know others are doing the same.

  17. January 28, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Great info as usual Matt, thanks for sharing it.
    Mike

  18. SAM's Gravatar SAM
    January 28, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    Which video player are you using to your video on this page.

    Sam

  19. January 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, I have added physical products via Amazon, CJ and others. Problem I had was signing up for too mant at a time and not being able to devote enough time to each product vendor. I have have learned to take one project on at a time before adding newer products.

  20. January 28, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, very encouraging once more. I promote both digital and physical products, and I’m trying to find the best mix.
    Thanks,
    Tim

    SDBeachguy Reply:

    Matt, I also found that marketing Clickbank products is almost impossible now and physical products are the way to go. I went one step further and coupled my online efforts to a health and wellness based network marketing company! Research problem solved as it is one of the largest markets on the web and I also attract and mentor business builders, probably the largest market on the web.
    My results are coming faster as the competition isn’t as sophisticated and I don’t need to do deals to build a large list, the numbers of both consumers and business builders I need to be fabulously successful are much smaller because of how the network marketing compensation plan is built.
    I would appreciate your thoughts on this!

  21. January 28, 2011 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    EXCELLENT stuff, Matt!! (as always) :)

    I wanna ask you a question, if you don’t mind…

    What do you look for when you do your Google Keyword search? Like, how many searches per month are good & I noticed you were looking at the local search & not the global search…. Why is that?

    Your insight is SUPER APPRECIATED buddy!!!

    Definitely gonna pass this onto my friends! :)

    Keep rocking!

    ~Omar

  22. Deane Felter's Gravatar Deane Felter
    January 28, 2011 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Matt- you take the mystery of the the basics- thank you for simplfying the process of identifying good niches.

  23. James's Gravatar James
    January 28, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Matt. I really like your posts and introductions. I purchased your RapidReWriter and Sara Young’s courses through your recommendations. Please continue to post those useful info.

  24. January 28, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Hi, Matt,

    Great video, based on your experiences, do you think selling Clickbank’s product is much more competitive now than selling physical products on Amazon?

  25. January 28, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Good review. Searching for the best product is one of the most important parts of affiliate marketing. I have 10 wordpress websites with products in 10 different niches and I find it very hard to monetize them. If you use the wrong keywords in a competitive niche you won’t get any traffic. It’s a tough road to success but I believe in it.

  26. January 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Matt,
    Do you ever have a problem using the brand name in the URL?
    Or do you optimize the page without the item name in the URL?
    Thanks,
    Angela

  27. January 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Matt-

    AWESOME! I was just looking around Amazon this morning —looking for what was selling. But Ebay Pulse never occurred to me. Thanks for the killer free info!

  28. January 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Great video Matt. I was only using Amazon to research niches, but the E-Bay pulse is really cool and adds another way for me to research niches. As always you are more then willing to share your experiences…Thank you

  29. January 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice little video. Informative and certainly well worth working with and like most everybody, I would guess, I never even heard of eBay Pulse. So this pretty much excites me because I am sure I will find products I would like to know more about for myself and then sell them online. So thank you Matt Carter.

  30. January 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again Matt. You always give great advice. The information givesw better ways to brainstorm with.

  31. January 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Matt,
    a very useful video. I was struggling with these niche ideas which are now much clearer to me.

    Keep your good work going.

    God Bless you,
    Helga

  32. January 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    As always, thanks and stay blessed.

  33. January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Great info Matt,

    Some very good tips, thankyou. Never knew about Ebay Pulse!

  34. January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt this is great together with Sara’s webinar you had on

  35. January 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Some of us have been brainwashed to only look at Clickbank’s digital products. Thank you for clearing the myth out of physical products. Your article gave me the boost I need to look again at physical products. Thanks Matt

    John

  36. January 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for these tips.

    One thing that I’m puzzled by is if you choose a domain name based on a product name, what do you do when that product becomes outdated/is no longer manufactured? All the work you’ve put into the site is dead. So I presume its a better idea to build a site using a generic name and then have pages which target specific keywords (product names) so the site retains its rankings in Google over time?

    Cheers

    Phil

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Microsoft Office Training,

    Yes if a product goes out of date then you will drop off in commissions, that’s just what happens sometimes, so you want to get rankings quickly and build more sites.

    Thanks

    Matt

  37. January 29, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great video, you always have great ideas thanks and keep them coming.
    Thanks

  38. Cindy's Gravatar Cindy
    January 29, 2011 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this Matt – Great ideas!! and I’m not surprised you don’t know anything about Coach handbags – be kinda odd if you did!!

  39. January 29, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks a lot for the great content you always provide us.

    Just bought the easypaycheckformula through you and hope it provides great content like you do for free.

    Thanks

    Onalenna

  40. January 29, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    There was a question regarding using product names in domain names. Be very careful using brand names, model names and trademarks in domain names. I previously had a domain that included a trademark of a massive company. I was kindly asked by their lawyers to transfer the domain to them or else…needless to say I complied. However, all of the work that I did on that site was lost. Well, not lost…just someone else benefited from it :-(
    Another great video Matt!

  41. January 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I want to get into physical product sales from Amazon focusing on the high end products, maybe the commissions will be better there i.e. watches, designer handbags, Jewellery etc…I guess the keyword research would be the same as Clickbank research yes? Looking for terms with buyers intentions.

    At the moment I need to master Clickbank to get regular commissions, then I am focusing on Market Health products then hopefully Amazon goods by the end of the year.

  42. January 30, 2011 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Nice video Matt – thanks. It goes without saying – avoid registering domain names with company names – i.e. – best Coach handbags.

    Kent

  43. January 30, 2011 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    Love your blog. With you as a mentor, affiliate marketing seems so easy.
    Thanks a million!

  44. Jessica's Gravatar Jessica
    January 30, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Your blog is very helpful, and I appreciate your honesty! I would like to ask if there is any post on your blog where you show how to set up these affiliate mini-sites?

    For example, how many pages they have and so on. I know how to set up a wordpress blog. I was just wondering how you do these sites and find content for them.

    Thank you!

  45. Duraid's Gravatar Duraid
    January 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    Maybe its just me, but I have been searching and searching for physical products to promote as an affiliate on Amazon, but they all seem to be SUPER competitive.. Especially the ones that are ‘best-sellers’ on their list.

    Is it that everyone has been doing this for a long time and there is too much competition out there?

    It seems half the work and effort just goes purely to finding the right product to promote.

    Any help will be really appreciated

    Duraid

  46. January 31, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Great tips Matt!
    Cheers!
    Jorge

  47. Duraid's Gravatar Duraid
    February 1, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    On a similar note… is Amazon the only place where one can promote products as an affiliate?

    I cannot understand how so many products have thousands of the keyword in the title AND in the anchor texts..

    A frustrated affiliate marketer :(

  48. February 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Excellent video Matt thanks for posting it.

    I am currently doing affiliate marketing with great success, and I am getting a whole lot of traffic, so I think it’s certainly time for me to test out my free traffic strategies on some niche markets.

    You just made the job of finding a niche to focus on much easier for me

    Speak soon Alex

  49. Jeremy's Gravatar Jeremy
    February 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the info Matt.
    I’ve also been searching Amazon. Although there are a lot of products, there are also lots of affiliates when it comes to finding something with a buyer keyword that has >100 monthly searches.
    I will persist though..

  50. February 3, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Physical Products. I must be so new I didn’t know this. I knew amazon had some deal and just recently found out that one could affiliate for some travel agencys. I need to look into some more things so I can expand my horizons and possibly affiliate more things once I get settled in the one I am doing now so I don’t do too much at once and spread things out.

  51. Duraid's Gravatar Duraid
    February 4, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Jeremy, let me know how you get on.. its been a passion of mine to find a niche to promote for the last few days..

  52. February 7, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Finding profitable niche markets is a matter of using the right tools. Testing niches is for the lucky people who have
    lots of money, time and patience.
    Before putting effort in a particular niche you should already know that the niche is profitable. The testing part is only to determine your marketing strategies…

  53. February 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Finding the niche market for your site is very difficult and thanks for the information provided. I would like to say that doing a thorough research on the popular keywords will be of help to you. It can attract more traffic to your website as your site will be listed as one of the top sites in search engines.

  54. John's Gravatar John
    February 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I keep seeing these great ideas, but I don’t know the first thing about using them myself, I have been looking around trying to find out how to do affiliate marketing, and no one will tell me exactly what to do,lol.

  55. February 14, 2011 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Cool video! This is so true. Finding a good niche is crucial.

  56. ken's Gravatar ken
    February 15, 2011 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    This a great information. Thanks for providing a forum to learn things quickly. Thanks Matt.

  57. February 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    I’ve been reading over your blog for a few weeks and I gotta tell you that you are offering great advice! And also the affiliate WP themes are awesome!

    Thanks

  58. February 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I agree that Clickbank isn’t the ONLY marketplace where you can make money online but it is useful for beginners at affiliate marketing. Once people get used to it then they can check out Ebay and Amazon and see a whole lot more products they can promote without much competition.

  59. February 20, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks again. Used this video and found a physical product to sell easliy.

  60. February 21, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Your tips are highly appreciated .It is important for every person interested in the affiliate market to realize that their market niche pretty much determines their future in the business and hence need to be very careful

  61. February 24, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt.
    I have just bought into your suggested Sniper program.
    See my first attempt here and comment please: Heres a link to some great Country and Bluegrass guitar tabs resources.

  62. March 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Matt. I really like your posts and introductions.

  63. Sandra's Gravatar Sandra
    March 3, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the great video! I am just waiting for you to send me video #2 in your 12- part video coaching series. Hurry, hurry and many thanks.

  64. March 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Matt, Just wanted to thank you for sharing the video on finding hot products to sell! You make it look so easy! Thanks again for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!

  65. bob's Gravatar bob
    March 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    video doesnt work. was very interested in watching.

  66. April 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I haven’t tried physical products yet but this gives me the heads up – all i need to do now is my home-work! Thanks again!

  67. Steve Wilson's Gravatar Steve Wilson
    April 9, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, it was useful stuff and well demonstrated.
    More power to you.

    Steve, UK

  68. April 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Great Stuff. Thanks Matt.
    Matt, having done your courses in full, if I am prepared to spend a $1000 on coaching, what would you recommend?

  69. April 18, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    I’m really loving the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A handful of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any advice to help fix this problem?

  70. June 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    I also thought of going for products but when I enter “home gym reviews” for instance and look at Google Shopping it seems to me that a single product page of mine can hardly compete with Google’s multi-choice page. Am I wrong?

    Holger

  71. June 29, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the information and the video. I have tried both clickbank and amazon still workoing on getting sales although have made google page 1.Will try your ideas. Thanks Brian

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