How I came to dominate a competitive niche

For about the last 6 months I have been #1 in a very competitive niche at Azoogle. From what my AM tells me, I completely dominate this niche. So how did this happen? Very simple: hard work. You can’t just slap together a campaign in a few hours or days and expect to do really well. You may get lucky for a while, but eventually your earnings will dip. It’s difficult to keep a campaign profitable over the long term. Without giving away my offer, here is how I did it in general terms.

1. Keyword research and structure. Of course a good keyword list is very important. Start with a great tool, and then add every variation you can think of. More important almost than your master list, is how you break your KWs out into groups. Correct adgroup structure is a huge factor in your campaigns success. The more targeted your ad is to your keywords, the better your CTR will be and conversion rate.

2. Make a good landing page, then keep making more and split testing. You just never know what will convert until you test it.

3. Know your seasonal trends for your niche. Everything has seasonal patterns. Even the most non-seasonal product has peaks and valleys than you can exploit.

4. Buy more traffic. Once you have a well converting campaign, try it out on every possible network you can. If you don’t you are leaving money on the table. Don’t believe what you read in forums about PPC networks. Test them for yourself. One of my best converting networks is one that everyone in the forums calls crap. To me it’s gold though.

5. Know your niche. This is the most important tip I can give. Research everything you can about the product and market. Know the demographics of the target customers. Know their age, sex. geographic location, marital status, income level, browsing habits, and what they ate for breakfast this morning. Read the trade journals for the industry. Find out everything you can, because every piece of info you learn will help target your campaign. This is a step that many affiliates skip when just going for the quick buck, but if you really want to do well it’s essential. Think of yourself like a marketing contractor for the publisher’s company. They are paying you to know as much as possible about their consumers so you can better market their product to them.

I think if you work hard enough, you can eventually own any niche you want, even the most competitive ones. It’s just a matter of how hard you want to work.

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Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Azoogle, General, Pay Per Click by cdfnetworks on 04|04|07
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9 Comments »

Comment by Darfur
2007-04-05 02:19:44

I just read your whole entire blog. Keep up the good work. I’m Looking forward to your blogs future.

Darfur

 
Comment by CPA Affiliates
2007-04-05 07:23:28

Great Breakdown. The biggest key is constant tweaking modifying and trying. If you try the old set it an forget it…. It will last only for a period you have to constantly tweak it or try a different twist.

 
2007-04-06 08:12:38

How He Dominated a Competitive Niche…

For about the last 6 months I have been #1 in a very competitive niche at Azoogle. Without giving away my offer, here is how I did it…

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Comment by Amit
2007-04-06 12:27:57

Great Post! Absolutely solid advice. Point #4 is right on, I find most affiliates do Google and nothing else. I advertise on multiple PPC networks, many which convert better than Google.

 
Comment by John
2007-04-09 22:46:26

I agree you that everything had it season so we much catch the right timing to promote the right thing.

John Tan

 
2007-11-07 06:07:28

[...] How I came to dominate a competitive niche- Chad goes over the things that separate the amateurs from the pros. If you have ever scoffed at the idea of split-testing, then you are losing money…guaranteed. [...]

 
Comment by Charleston SEO
2007-11-08 01:39:44

Hey Chad,

You said…

. Know your seasonal trends for your niche. Everything has seasonal patterns. Even the most non-seasonal product has peaks and valleys than you can exploit.

How about a post that explains this in a bit more detail. I remember hearing about Kris Jones at Pepperjam pulling off a good one with Ugg boots, but they never mentioned what people should be looking for to “exploit” seasonality.

 
Comment by tony
2009-04-24 22:46:40

Where can I learn the steps you are teaching?

 
Comment by PaccM
2009-06-01 04:35:00

I would very much like more information if you’re ok to point me in the right direction, though I’d understand if you want to minimize the competition.
You made some very valid points, and kudos to you for blowing more arguments for “automated wealth making” out of the water. It surprises me everyday when people think they can make money without effort.

 
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