UK Amazon Affiliate Website Pick a Niche You Like
In the previous articles on this website I have explained all about the right mindset and the costs of time and money involved.
This is where it all starts, and for many new people to Amazon Affiliate marketing, this can often be the point where it all ends as well.
People new to this method of making money online are usually advised to pick a good niche when starting to build their website. The question that is often left unanswered is this one. What makes a good niche?
For a lot of potential affiliates this is a critical point. Pick the wrong niche and you can waste hours of your time and never make a penny. Please pay very close attention to this, as it will save you hours of frustration.
What Makes a Good UK Amazon Affiliate Niche?
Many people will know what a niche is but just to be clear a niche is simply a smaller part of a larger market. If you decide to make a website about golf, then golf is the market and within that there are a number of smaller niches such as golf clubs, golf attire, golf trolleys etc.
Often within a niche there are even smaller niches such as left handed golf clubs, best golf clubs for beginners or best putters. So how do you know which one to pick or even where to get started?
How to get Started?
You make money as an Amazon Affiliate by one method only. Here is that single method. A visitor comes to your website and reads something on it. If they click on your affiliate link, go to Amazon and buy something, then you can earn a commission.
To ensure that happens you have to think about a number of elements to this equation. I like to think of them as follows:
- Visitors have to find your website in the first place
- Visitors then have to read a part or all of your article
- Visitors have to click on an affiliate link
- Visitors then have to buy that product or some type of product over at Amazon UK for you to earn your commission
So for me the most important thing is the article that you have written for your website. In particular does your visitor find it useful? If they do there is a much better chance that your article may convert into a sale at Amazon.
If visitors like what you have read they are much more likely to trust you and your website. That is why it is important to only recommend really good products and explain to the visitor why they are good.
How I Buy a Product at Amazon?
Let's say I decide to buy a socket set to use for work around the house. I want a socket set that will do the job for me, is good quality and is also good value for money.
Like many potential buyers I do some research on Google to find out which one is the best. I might type in something like "best socket set for home use" or something similar to that.
I then look at the first few results on Google and decide which one of those websites best answers my question by reading the Title and the description. I tend to ignore the Google shopping adverts and all adverts.
I did just that and this is what I find:
So which one of these websites would I pick to find out more? It is interesting because I want to know what is the best one for general home use, and the one that comes closest to answering that is the autoexpress one though that sounds more suitable for a car or garage.
The first thing to notice is that no website had a direct answer for my very simple question. If you could write an article just about that, then searchers would click on it because it directly answered the question.
I then clicked on the top three and the first website was covered in adverts so I clicked away from that. Nothing will send me away from a website quicker than a ton of ads.
The second website was useful and the third one was as well, though neither really answered my simple question.
Now the reason that I bring this up is to explain what searchers go through to find out information. So when you decide to build an Amazon Affiliate website, it is vital to remember this process.
As a searcher I want to find useful, helpful and very informative information about the exact thing that I am looking for.
Here is what the article on your website should do:
- Have a Title that instantly makes me want to click
- Have a description (snippet) that helps confirm this is the right information for me
- Have a great article that really helps me out
- Have links on there that go to Amazon so as I can buy
What Underpins this Strategy?
The number one thing to consider when picking a niche for your website is to be able to rank your website in the top 5 on Google (or at least on the first page) otherwise your website will never be looked at.
Then you need great titles and descriptions for your articles based on keyword research. Then you need the highest quality article that you can write and inside that article there needs to be links to either Amazon or to more detailed reviews within your website.
Lots & lots of Amazon Products That Sell
The second consideration for picking a niche should be this. Are there lots of buyers in your niche?
When considering which niche to pick, you must be certain that there are lots of Amazon products to recommend to your visitors. There needs to be a wide range of products, they need to be selling regularly, have a decent value of at least £20+. They must also be getting lots of positive reviews.
Remember these two important things:
- Make sure that you have a chance of getting found in the search engines
- Make sure there are lots of buyers in your market or niche
So Which Amazon Niche Should You Pick?
The answer is simpler than you may think. Pick a niche that you know something about. There are many reasons to do that as I will show below. However, the niche that you pick must have a whole range of Amazon products that sell really well.
You may well have great knowledge about say, "The history of the United Kingdom." Other than books you will find little else that sells as a product on Amazon. Therefore a website based around that topic might be fun to write but it will never earn you a lot of money.
So what should you think about as a really good niche?
I always find this a really good place to start. If you have a hobby that you enjoy, and there are associated Amazon products, then this really is the perfect niche for you.
It really is as simple as that and please don't think it is any more complicated than that. Let me give you a few examples of how this works.
Hobby = DIY - It would be easy to write articles about your DIY activities and then show the products that you like to use. For example say you were showing someone how to drill through a wall. You could write a great article about that and include a drill and masonry bits to do the job.
There are a whole range of DIY tasks so you would never run out of ideas.
Hobby = Gardening - I would narrow this down perhaps to green house gardening, vegetable gardening or growing fruit. Then say you wrote an article on how to clean your greenhouse, you could include Amazon products such as greenhouses, greenhouse cleaners , hoses etc
Hobby = Playing Golf - I would narrow this down to something like golf for beginners. You could then talk about your own journey as you started out including the mistakes that you made, what you learned and some of your hard earned tips.
I could give thousands of examples here to demonstrate how easy this is to do.
Why Pick An Amazon Niche You Like?
The simple answer is that it will keep you interested. Say for example you picked a niche that you knew nothing about. I will use the example of camping equipment.
Before you can write any content you have to research that niche, figure out what people use, understand their mindset and get a very good understanding of the entire niche. That can take days and sometimes weeks to do.
After that you have to write articles in a niche you know nothing about. You also have to write product reviews in a niche you know little or nothing about.
Not only is that a hard thing to do, but it is dreadfully boring. Most people simply give up as they have no genuine interest in what they are writing about.
On the other hand let's assume you love or at least have knowledge in your niche. The amount of time spent researching is vastly reduced.
Writing articles is easier and your knowledge shines through. You already know what people in your niche are looking for. I can assure you life gets a great deal easier.
The secret to any profitable Amazon Affiliate website is to give your visitors the best information possible. You don't need to sell them anything.
If you know about something and can speak with some level of expertise, then people quickly pick up on that, and most importantly you build trust.
Forget About Being the Expert
I hear so many people saying I am not an expert in any niche. You don't have to be an expert, but you do have to be honest. I love power tools and especially drills. (Strange but true)
Am I an expert on how they work or are made. Absolutely not. However I do know how to use them, and I know what to use them for. I know the different types of drill bits, the accessories and how they should be used.
The important thing is to start building your website. No website or no content and you make no money. When starting out pick a niche that you have knowledge about and/or really like. Make sure there are a variety of Amazon products that sell well.
Use the simple checklist below to be 100% certain that you have picked the right niche.
- Try if possible to pick a niche that you either really like, or at least understand - make a list of those and then go through the next steps
- Does that niche have a wide variety of Amazon Products for sale? There should be at least 40-50 products
- Do those products sell regularly, with a value of over £20, and get really good reviews?
- Can you write plenty of helpful advisory or informational articles about your niche?
if your niche offers ALL of the above, then that is great news. If anyone of these is not ticked, then pick another niche. Keep going until you find out that meets each of the criteria above.
Then start writing and that really is all there is to it.