how to profit from low competition affiliate nichesAffiliate marketing is an amazingly powerful way to make money from the web’s long tail.

There, quite literally, are more opportunities available than you could ever possibly cash in on, as long as you know how to find them and build a site that can earn you real income.

In this post I’ll outline the steps you need to take in order to profit from low competition affiliate niches.

Get Specific

Firstly, you need to understand the basics of how long tail marketing works. If you need a quick refresher, read this post.

Affiliate sites are profitable because they can cater to very, very specific needs. In general, the more specific your theme is, the more easily you’ll be able to make money.

Find Trends and Competition

The second step is to do your homework before you begin.

Use GoogleTrends to check for search volume over time, and then start Googling around for a few different keywords and try to size up your competition.

While there will always be a few big players that crop up in the search results, if you can find small sites and blogs within the first page results for several of your keywords, it’s likely you’ll be able to rank your site well.

Build A Site To Solve Problems

Finally, you need to make sure you build a website that’s centered around answering people’s questions and solving real life problems your consumers are facing.

Unlike your affiliate partners and product companies, you as a blogger have the immense flexibility (and, dare I say, responsibility) to provide information written for the user first.

This means that your primary job with your blog is not to market a product on every page. It’s not to sell, sell, sell.

Instead, your job is to gain your user’s trust, so that when they’re ready to make a purchase they’ll trust your opinion. That’s how affiliate marketing works.

You can read more on this concept here.

If you follow these key principles, you’ll be able to build a site that will generate real traffic and earn you a consistent income over time.

Learn more about how to profit from affiliate marketing in this post, or sign up for a free training.