Sunday, August 28, 2005

Another Way to Get Ideas for Affiliate Sites

Another way to get ideas for affiliate sites is to go through one of the lists of high dollar Adsense keywords on the internet, and brainstorm from that. I just did a search on Google and went through the list of high-paying keywords and came up with a list of sites I could launch that would be lucrative:
  • Web hosting
  • Casinos and gambling
  • Domain names
  • Mortgages
  • Poker
  • Travel
  • Debt Consolidation
  • Education
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Insurance
  • Data Recovery
  • DSL
  • Gifts
  • Car insurance
  • Flowers
  • DVD's
  • Hair loss
  • Work at home
  • HGH

Finding affiliate programs for these subjects should be easy. Just do some searches for the keywords and see what comes up. Look for a button on a merchant page that says "Webmasters" or "Affiliate Program".

You'll notice that I'm focusing on high dollar areas, and you might be nervous about working in such a competitive area. I'm a firm believer that the traditional wisdom on any subject is often wrong. The traditional wisdom in affiliate marketing is that you should stay out of the competitive fields and target smaller niche markets with little competition.

I don't think there's anything wrong with that approach, but I also think that if you attack a competitive niche, and you learn how to compete in that kind of market, you'll be able to nail any smaller niche market that you put your mind to.

But if you hone your skills as a webmaster to the point where you can be #1 for just one or two of the internet's most competitive areas, say "online poker" and "web hosting", you'll likely be rich. And ANYTHING will look easy compared to it.

My recommendation: if you're just getting started as an affiliate marketer, choose two niches, one extremely competitive and lucrative, and one that is a tiny niche with no competition. Spend about half your time on each, and see how you do. If you never go for the big keywords, then you'll never rank for them. You might not rank for them if you go for them either, but why guarantee that you wont't rank for them?


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