Niche Marketing Online: How To Easily Develop Your Internet Business Focus
Copyright 2006 Rasheed Ali
If you want to make money online, you?ll need to have the right combination of products and services, marketing tools, and systems in place to ensure that people will want to buy what you are selling. If you?re competing with thousands of other businesses to sell general products and services, your chances of success as a new competitor in the market are pretty low.
However, if you use the power of niche marketing to meet a demand for products and services, you can set yourself apart from your competitors and create a market for your services.
Just what is a niche?
A niche is simply one distinct piece of a market. If you?re a writer, you can split all the different types of writing up into different niches. You can be a legal writer, a medical writer, a writer who writes specifically for the Web, a marketing communications writer, or a writer focusing on short fiction. Finding your niche is a matter of identifying a need that has not been filled by other professionals in your industry and coming up with a way to meet the demand.
If you?re interested in marketing products, marketing hundreds of products that are marketed by many other companies is not a good way to make sales and gain market share. However, if you can come up with a very specific product that meets an unfulfilled need in the industry, you may be able to make your business a success. One good example of niche marketing with products is found in the pet products industry.
Many companies market pet food, collars, and leashes, but there was a market for personalized pet products that wasn?t being catered to. Someone figured out that people really do have a need for personalized pet picture frames and bowls and that person is now successfully selling personalized pet products. It?s all about finding a need and being able to fill it with your products or your skills.
How do I get started in niche marketing?
When you start marketing within a specific niche, start small. Don?t start offering every product in your niche before you?ve found out if you can be successful with that niche. You can start by offering information on a specific topic. If you get a lot of traffic and inquiries, you can add a few products to your site to test out how well they sell and how many people keep visiting to look for more products or information.
Once you have established yourself, you can continue to add products, services, and information to your web site. Starting out small will save you the money of buying an inventory of products that won?t sell. If you establish yourself first, you?ll be more confident in the amount of sales you can make.
What if I don?t have a product or service to sell?
You should keep in mind that information can also be very profitable if you can find the right niche and marketing strategies. By starting an informational site, you can create opportunities for yourself to become an affiliate marketer or to offer paid advertising on your site to other companies and individuals. The key to using an informational site as a niche marketing tool is to offer solid content and resources for your visitors.
Breaking into niche marketing will take some great ideas and a commitment to marketing your web site as effectively as possible. If you can find the right niche and make the right decisions, you?ll be able to turn your small niche into a profitable online business.
** Rasheed Ali is CEO and founder of the Internet Coaching Academy http://www.InternetCoachingAcademy.com where he and his team of internet business experts are helping people from all over the world start, build and profit from their own internet business. He also offers a FREE newsletter and gives away a video course on building a home based business on the internet. **