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Internet Marketing Online Course – How to Find a Niche Market

You would have realized there are several ways of earning money on the Internet. There are many Internet marketing online courses that teach you how to do it. It ranges from making profit from eBay, Google AdSense, Pay Per Click online advertising, email marketing, to running blogs, drop shipping, social media etc.

One that has been for a while and is getting more and more interests is affiliate marketing. Although there are many courses around, there are only a few decent quality Internet marketing online course programs today that offer a real value.

There are several aspects of Internet marketing you need to learn to become an expert in affiliate marketing. Getting yourself familiar with four basic pillars of Internet marketing is a must. Most Internet marketing online courses will focus on these basic steps in one way or another. If you implement these steps in your affiliate marketing endeavour, you are guaranteed to succeed.

The four basic pillars of affiliate marketing are:

  1. Research a NICHE market – The most important!
  2. Find the product/service
  3. Get quality traffic
  4. Conversion: translates traffic into sales

This article is going to focus on the first and most important step: Find a niche market. This step is so important there are tens of thousands of Internet marketing online courses and products dedicated solely on this.

Two most common questions asked and discussed in Internet marketing online course are “What is a niche market?” and “How do I find a niche market?”

A niche market is a smaller, specialized & profitable market, which is a subset of a larger mainstream market, on which the need of a specific product/service is particularly strong.

Let’s take a look at this example:

Sports

Cycling

Cycling Apparel

Cycling Short

Pearl Izumi Cycling Short

Pearl Izumi Attack Cycling Short

‘Sports’ is not a niche market because the category at this level is too broad. If you are to target this you will get lots of traffic, but it is not quality traffic and will not convert as well. It is also very difficult to get your product listed on the first few pages of Google (or other search engines) as they are millions of web pages targeting the keyword ‘Sports’, hence the high amount of competitors.

If we dig down to a narrower category like ‘Cycling’, the amount of web sites competing for that keyword is much less, even though the quantity is still in millions. Having narrowed the search down to ‘Cycling Apparel’, then to ‘Cycling Short’, and if we know of a particular brand, to ‘Pearl Izumi’, we end up with a much more targeted niche. When you are targeting at this level, you draw in quality traffic. From our example, the niche is ‘Pearl Izumi Attack Cycling Short’.

Once you’ve found a niche, you need to find out the number of competitors and its market demand. One way is to use free tools from Google. While we are on the subject, when you are searching for a course you will notice that most Internet marketing online courses charge you extra for usage of some tools and resources necessary to start your Internet business. Make sure you find an Internet marketing online course that includes these as part of the cost.

Now, back to the niche finding. To find out how many direct competitors in the chosen niche:

  1. Open Google.com
  2. Type in keywords (eg “Pearl Izumi Attack Cycling Short”) in quotes. This searches for direct competitors

To find whether or not there is a reasonable demand:

  1. Go to Google External Keyword Tool.
  2. Type in keywords (eg “Pearl Izumi Attack Cycling Short”) in the search box

If you get a decent traffic yet low competition numbers, then you’ve struck gold. On the other hand, this might be a sign that a particular niche is not profitable, therefore no one is promoting or making money from it.

As you can see, it is quite a simple process once you’ve known EXACTLY HOW to do it. In order to become a successful affiliate marketer, you need to master these four basic pillars of Internet marketing. There are many ways to gain this knowledge, one way is to learn from a credible Internet marketing online course program, which not only tell you WHAT and WHY but also teach you step-by-step on EXACTLY HOW to do it, like the example above.

Rare Sports Memorabilia

Some of the people are collecting rare sports memorabilia as a hobby. It is really a wonderful hobby to fill your spare time and make you relaxed from the distraction of daily busy life. This hobby usually turns out to be a good investment and can be a good income earning business. What are the varieties of rare sports memorabilia available in the market? Presently there are many online eBay sites offering fantastic memorabilia with moderate or cheap rates. Most of these sites are authentic and be relied up on.

From centuries back onwards the sports mostly loved by Americans is baseball, it has been in the hearts of people all along. So it is natural to think about baseballs as the valued sports memorabilia. It is very popular and has great demand. The baseball which was used by some famous legendary players has more demand in market. These baseballs were sacredly kept with all its wear and tire, dirt as well. Apart from balls as such, all other sports materials the baseball players used are very precious rare sports memorabilia. These rare baseball related memorabilia have fetched more dollars than any other sports memorabilia. Collection of these is a nice investment also.

Collecting baseball cards of the favorite players at their childhood has gained momentum recently. Old photographs, signed cards and many such items have been in field and have great demand. These rare memorabilia will have much sentimental values and will fetch much amount in the market..

Another baseball related memorabilia comes from the signed autographs of great players, their socks, shorts and shirts. The fanatics of the sports or those who know how to sell the rare items do not bother about the cost and they will make the market active always. Generally baseball memorabilia auctions fetch huge amount. The prime personality whose baseball memorabilia has maximum demand is Babe Ruth. He has showed very consistently his prowess and extra ordinary abilities in baseball in all the occasions he got. He has been the player people most like in the baseball field. Autographed bats of Babe Ruth and the bat he used first to score a home run were auctioned at very high prices. These antique collections are highly worthy.

Football is another sport which attracted many worlds wide. Memorabilia of great footballers have very high demand in market. Footballs played by legendary players, their sports materials are all very rare sports memorabilia. Football memorabilia of the Indianapolis Colts are much in demand now a day.

There are many different varieties of sports memorabilia are in the market online as well as offline. These vintage memorabilia are in great demand. All sports and sport persons are direct contributors to this antique field.

Sales Techniques – Online Marketing

When it comes to ‘quitting jobs’ and making truckloads of money online, there are but two main areas you should focus a majority of your time on: Traffic! Generating consistent and targeted traffic to your offers.

Conversions! Persuading prospects who visit your offers to rip out their credit cards and buy-buy-buy…

If you plan out your day, you should be planning most of that “productive” time on sending more and more targeted traffic and/or testing, tweaking and improving your conversions. If you have 10 hours a week to spend on your online marketing business, 6+ hours should be spent on Traffic & Conversions.

The rest of the puzzle for making big bucks online is almost irrelevant. Yes, creating quality products is important and designing sales processes, coming up with ideas, technical necessities and all that other jazz is needed, but not as important. For example, how many PLR books do folks out there own? I’d guess many. Or, how much time is spent on forums, Facebook, learning how to set up the world’s greatest blog and so on?

People tend to distract the heck out of themselves all of the time and that’s a natural human thing to do -especially if this Internet Marketing gig is a part-time hobby and not a full-time-put-food-on-the table-career.

…Because if putting food on the table and paying your bills depends on making money online, you’ll have to focus on generating traffic and converting that traffic, most likely. So, the faster you can master Traffic & Conversions, the faster you’ll achieve your goals and dreams! In this article we are going to really hit on some deep psychological triggers and why people buy things. If you think about this, you’ll also see why people even do the things they do.

Persuading prospects to buy your stuff has a lot more to do with psychology than most people out there think. There are psychological needs and desires that provoke people to rip out their credit cards and buy. If you can tap into those triggers and effectively influence prospects to buy your stuff, you’ll have an incredible edge on the rest of your competition.

In fact, as you dive deep into psychology and human nature, you’ll be able to read between the lines and actually see persuasion in action right before your very eyes. What I mean by that is, as you pay close attention to people and their actions and attempts to persuade you, you’ll be able to identify many of these triggers and understand better why humans do the things they do.

I don’t know about you, but that is incredibly powerful to know. What you’ll notice is everyone is always, in some way or another, constantly trying to persuade each other. Even infants negotiate and persuade parents to feed them, hold them, read to them, etc. That’s all fine and dandy, but how can we use these psychological triggers to make a bunch of cash?

Well, let’s look at the reasons people buy.

People will buy to gain more security. It is human nature for people to seek security and protection. Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, anti-lock breaks, investments, download protection, lawyers, doctors, insurance and the list goes on forever. (By the way, most people buy on emotion rather than logic. In this newsletter, you’ll see why emotions are so critical to persuasion.)

People buy to save time. If there is one thing we all want more of, it’s time. In today’s society, time is precious. We are zipping around all over the place in breakneck speeds. We have everything in our lives being sped up, faster-faster and faster! I can now access the Internet anywhere at anytime with my iPhone. It’s all about speed.

If you can save people time, you can make money. Therefore, on your salesletters and advertising, be sure and hit on the fact you can save customers time.

Another reason people buy is to reduce or eliminate effort. Give me more time and save me from putting in a bunch of work and effort and I’m buying!

Who wants to work hard? Many don’t. In fact, I’d go as far to say most humans are somewhat lazy and enjoy not having to work for much. We always say, “There’s got to be an easier way of doing this”. People buy to save money and make money. Money makes the world go round and if your product saves people money, they are interested. And, if your product makes people money, they are game.

Make sure and hit on both of those triggers.

People buy to gain more comfort. Forking over $3,000 for a new couch is a simple desire to gain more comfort. Getting that new leather in the sports car is to gain more comfort (amongst other triggers). Living the Internet Lifestyle is yet another way to gain more comfort. I mean, after all, who wants to battle rush hour every single day or report to some boss, or hit the snooze button at 5am Monday through Friday?

People will buy to gain popularity, recognition or my favorite word for this emotion, VANITY. Yes indeed, people buy things so they can gain vanity. Sports cars, dresses, flashy suits, Rolex watches, jewelry, paintings, etc.

This is a big one because if you can tap into that desire of vanity (which is one of the 7 deadly sins I hear) then you are really getting deep into the psyche. How can you tap into that? Hit on how their friends will react when they have your product in their hands.

For example: Your friends will freak when they find out you quit your job and are making five times the income they are, from the comfort of your own home (and in your pajamas to boot)…

That’s appealing to vanity…

Alright now, we’re really getting into it now… what are some other reasons people buy?

People will buy fast and with a frenzy to escape pain (especially physical or emotional pain). Humans hate pain. To avoid pain is a very strong emotional desire. If you’ve ever had a kidney stone or severe back pain, or given birth (I have not had that one), then you know exactly what I am talking about. You will rip out a credit card and max that baby out in order to get rid of severe pain. If the doctor says to you,”on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being unbearable pain, what would your rank your pain level right now” and you respond with an eleven, you know what I’m talking about.

Well, you can tap into all sorts of various types of pain with your advertising and copywriting. It is unlimited. People experience all sorts of pain and you need to hit on it fast in your letters. In fact, you can even hit on itin your headlines.

Hit on the ‘pain’ and drive it home. Then, relieve that pain with your product offer. That’s money in the bank.

People will buy to emulate others. Yes, this is one of our favorite pastimes. You see, even as kids we

emulated others. I used to fly around the house as superman (cape and all). We tend to emulate brothers, sisters, parents, aunts and uncles, best friends, celebrities, people we admire, teachers, coaches and so on. It’s a basic human emotion and you can tap right on into it.

For example, Dan Marino the famous retired football player lost 50 pounds with Nutrisystem, and so can YOU!

Another reason people rip out their credit cards and buy is to take advantage of opportunities. That’s a big one in our IM industry. However, I want to put a spin on this one for a second.

Not only will people buy to take advantage of opportunities, but they will also buy faster than you can believe to not miss out on opportunities. That’s called a “take-away” Let me explain this a bit more.. This technique,”the take-away” can be used on most of these triggers in this newsletter. Instead of presenting your offer as,”Take advantage of this opportunity” present it as,”You will kick yourself if you miss out on this opportunity – you might just regret it for a long-long time!”

Or,”You may not be secure without this smoke alarm” as an example. We can go on and on with examples, but the key here is sometimes it is much more powerful and compelling to present it as a take-away. People hate not having something. People often want what they cannot have too.

All in all, people will buy just to take advantage of an opportunity.

To avoid trouble is another reason people buy. I guess this is why defense ‘criminal’ attorneys are so rich. People will borrow money; sell off everything they own and more to avoid trouble. For example, “The IRS will levy your bank account and drain it in an hour if they want. We can stop them!”

That’ll get the blood boiling huh?

People buy to satisfy curiosity. This is another emotional, impulse buying trigger. Sometimes people just have to know. They will buy just to satisfy their curious nature. You can surely use this in your marketing. Marketers do this often by emailing out to their list explaining that something big is about to happen, but they cant quite tell them yet.

That’s teasing them, building anticipation and creating curiosity. Then, everyone runs to the forums to speculate. I have used,”Plus, you’ll get a very special secret bonus I can share on this letter, it’s a surprise and for paying members only!”

Afterwards, I had several people say they bought just to know what the special secret bonus was. People are curious cats.

The last one for today is this one: People buy to increase enjoyment. If you really think hard about this one, you’ll see that it stretches out all across the spectrum of products purchased.

I mean, people will buy movie tickets to increase enjoyment or some will even shop and buy anything to increase enjoyment. Just buying something is enjoyable for most. In fact, here is a very small list:

Movies, plays, sporting games, concerts, festivals, carnivals, gambling

HDTV’s, iPhones, surround sound, massage chairs, Play Station, etc

MP3′s, ebooks, membership sites, bikes, four wheelers and beach houses…

Pool tables, swimming pools, sports cars, new computers and five starhotel rooms…I could go on forever right? I mean, if you can tap into the enjoyment factor, you’ve got it rolling in the right direction. If I just say the word,”hand bag” to my wife, or “new shoes”… I’ve got her attention and she’s automatically happy.

People enjoy buying so much and so often, they’ll get rid of perfectly functional stuff just to buy seemingly better replacements.

I think it’s important to hit on again that people tend to buy on emotions. Some people hit the malls or the online malls when they feel depressed. People buy when they feel great too. People just buy-buy and buy often and always.

What you need to do is create empathy within your prospects.

Empathy is the capacity to recognize or understand another’s state of mind or emotion. It is often characterized as the ability to “put oneself into another’s shoes” or to in some way, experience the outlook or emotions of another being within oneself. It may be described metaphorically as an emotional kind of resonance or mirroring. – from Wikipedia.com

If you go to the movies and the movie makes you feel sad or teary eyed, that’s the movie creating empathy in you. The actors, the music and the scenery (and build up) creates empathy. Or, if the movie inspires you and you feel empowered, that’s empathy.

If you can put yourself in your prospects shoes, and get them to feel certain emotions you want them to feel, then you are persuading and influencing their buying behavior. Influence can be a very powerful thing. However, there are two types of influence, positive and negative. Negative influence will get you in trouble. Positive influence can make you rich and happy. We all influence each other all of the time. It’s a human nature thing. However, some are better at it than others and those who are aware of it and good at it, tend to get much more of what they want, than the rest do.

Here’s one of the biggest insights into persuasion… People resist others’ attempts to persuade them. However, they do not resist persuasive attempts when they don’t recognize them as persuasive attempts.

This is why some of the best salespeople on the planet don’t even seem like they are selling anything at all. It looks like the prospect is the one who decided to buy and that it was his/her idea in the first place.

Sometimes, the best sales messages are the ones most never realize are actually sales messages. The example that comes to mind is the radio icon, Paul Harvey. You know, the guy who says,”The rest of the story”.

Well, he is actually selling something on those radio spots. He ties the sales message carefully into his news story. He tells stories and subtly slips in a sales message. The listener then thinks it’s his or her idea to pursue the product mentioned on the advertorial. Again, people resist attempts to sell them, but will not resist if they have no idea they are being persuaded.

Sure, this can be used in a negative manner and some out there do. But, they always end up in some kind of trouble. If you use these insights for positive gain, such as to sell your products, you’re in good shape and its just good salesmanship.

Conversions are one of the big TWO for making truckloads of money online. If you can steadily increase your knowledge of how to convert better, you’ll realize where the money is to be found.

While everyone else out there is focusing on all the barrage of distractions life has to offer, focus your time on generating targeted prospects to your offers, and constantly increasing conversions.

Finally, I do have one last thing on my mind to hit on. It does not really have a lot to do with conversions, but it does have a lot to do with success.

You see, one of the major differences between those who achieve massive success online and those who don’t can be narrowed down to the way folks treat this Internet Marketing opportunity.

Most out there treat ‘making money online’ as a series of projects. I hear it all the time from tons of folks actually,”I have a lot of projects on my table to complete” and so forth.

Well, I really think that if you can change that word “project” to “business” you’ll see a different result. I mean, instead of saying,”I have a new project to complete” say “I am building this new business.”

Projects tend to be temporary and short lived. Businesses are a long term growth thing. You start a business and grow it over time. You improve it every day. A project tends to be temporary. We see projects all the time in this industry because marketers toss something online and then move on to a new project to promote. It’s ever changing.

But – a business… now that’s something long term. A business is not short lived, and done. It’s evergreen. It’s ongoing. And your mindset and the way you treat this Internet Marketing Avenue for riches is quite paramount in my book.

Start today on building a business – not a project… and you’ll see immediate differences in the entire way you approach your production and just about everything you do in this business.

It’ll make a grand difference, I assure you.