Big Fish Niche Marketing
"It's better to be a big fish in a small pond, than a little fish in a big pond."
If you've been around the Internet Marketing community for any length of time, you've undoubtedly been exposed to niche marketing. In the past several years, there's been an explosion of niche marketing information and niche marketing websites. Niche marketing has become an industry buzzword. But the real question is, "How can you uncover an underexposed niche market and dominate it?"
First you need to define what a niche market really is. Finding a true niche market is as simple as looking at an industry and drilling down into its specific segments. It's kind of like peeling a banana.
Starting with an industry like brewing, we can segment the brewing industry into commercial brewing and home brewing. From there we can drill down into the home brewing industry and segment it into brewing wines, beer, and spirits. Following the beer segment, we can further segment this category into lager and ale. Brewing ale is a true niche market. It's a very specific topic, which attracts a specific audience who's passionate about their interest.
But simply drilling down into a defined niche market doesn't mean there's money to be made. You need to tap into a market that people are passionate about and willing to spend their money on. Brewing beer is one of those markets; so are golf, collector plates, stamps, and a multitude of other niche markets.
With a bit of research, you can determine who the main players in the market are. Often, but not always, the main players in the market are also the ones who hold the top 10 Google listings. Visit their websites, look at their product selection, and determine how your website will differ.
Peel back the layers to look at their HTML code. Try to determine how they achieved a top 10 ranking. Often, the top websites are not run by marketing savvy webmasters. This gives you, the Internet Marketer the opportunity to optimize your website and hit top search engine rankings in that niche.
When you're building your website, use this research to build a better mouse trap. If you emulate what the top 10 websites are doing and improve on it, your site has a good chance of getting ranked highly in the search engine listing as well. This works in a tight niche market, but is difficult to achieve in a saturated market like internet marketing.
Finding profitable, unsaturated niche markets can be difficult if you don't have an easy to follow guide. Like anything online, you can find your way around if you invest enough time in it, but if you don't have the hundreds of hours it takes to come up with your own system, you're much further ahead investing in a solid resource that slices your learning curve into a simple bite size piece.
Watching the trends, uncovering hot niche markets and turning these markets into your own little pots of gold can be a fun and rewarding experience. But without the proper tools and guidance, it can also turn into a nightmare and a money pit. Grab the proper tools, dive into the markets and start mining you’re internet gold mine.
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Terry Telford is an author, publisher and a hard core entrepreneur. Discover how he builds online businesses to sell, flip, trade, or simply profit from.You can do it too!