Q: What should I do if I know little about the niche?
Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing
Breaking into the world of affiliate marketing takes time and it take a lot of it. You must build the Website, create content, monitor comments and make sure everything stays moving forward in a very positive direction.
I’ve heard it said that a new Website is like having a baby. They are wrong.
It is not like having a baby.
It is having a baby and growing it into something that you and the world can be proud of. There is no “like” about the matter.
No one said that it would be easy to understand how to learn affiliate marketing for beginners. However, before you head down that trail you need to cross one major hurdle.
Pick A Niche
You need to decide upon a niche focus that you want to be moving forward into. This becomes easier with a Wealthy Affiliate review for understanding niches. In short, a niche is an interest, a focus or a topic. It is what your new baby site will become as it matures.
When you have a human child to raise it gets to make these decisions for itself. You may want them to become a rocket science but if they are compelled into the direction of a movie star there is painfully little you can do to stop their forward momentum. You can influence, but try as you might you cannot direct.
Such is not the case when it comes to raising your Website. You are in full control and you will be spending a lot of time growing from where you started so it is an awesome idea to have a great desire in wanting to spend quality time with your niche.
Must I Be an Expert
In-order to answer this question one must first define exactly what an expert is and what it is not. An expert, in my opinion, is someone who knows at least 10% more than what you do.
Sure, it would be great for them to have a doctorate in the topic, but it is even better if they don’t. Often, as a person becomes engulfed in a discipline they lose the ability to speak to the newbies about what they know. This happens because they have grown so far beyond the starting line that they forget what it was like when they were getting started.
This means that there are actual benefits to not being an expert if you have great interest in the topic. Statements like the following, clearly show me that you have an extensive amount of interest in understanding more about your interest and I applaud you for taking a proactive stand on whatever the condition is.
I made some research about it and found lots of useful information. I started to use the knowledge and now I have learned a lot already especially on what I should eat and what should I avoid eating and the changes in my current lifestyle.
May I recommend 2 books in this regard?
Both are awesome reads when it comes to pursuing wellness.
What’s Better Than an Expert
If I’m hiring you to do open heart surgery on me then there is no question that I want, you to be the best of the best that my money can afford. In that case, I do want you to be beyond doing your research on the Web and if I found out that such was not the case I would go elsewhere.
However, when it comes to being connected to the Internet it is entirely different.
See, I know that there is a ton of bogus content out there. I need to find someone that I can trust. Someone who understands my frustrations. Someone that is going through the life altering illness with me.
If that someone is brave enough to let me know upfront that they are such a person, then my respect for them explodes. As I read their content, I can see that they do understand my plight. They do care.
So, what if they don’t have all sorts of acronyms behind their name. They have something even more valuable in my opinion. They have a common thread of understanding and can relate with what I am going through.
I will listen and listen good.
An Example Illustrated
Let me bring this home.
You’ve taken your time to read through what I have written to this point. First, thank you.
I know nothing about your condition and thus am the farthest thing from being an expert or even a novice possible. However, I made 2 book recommendations above.
How compelled to investigate those books further are you?
Remember, I know nothing.
If my hunch is right, I would suggest that you are intrigued enough by the titles to at least do a Google and find out what they are about.
Because I have taken the time to be real with you and your question. I’ve taken the time to get involved with your life if even for a moment.
Might I be bold enough to say that I have earned your respect?
Do the same with your niche audience and you will have them eating out of your hand for more.
Closing Thought About Picking Your Niche
Given all the above there is one concern that I would have about picking a niche that you are so emotionally connected to. Yes, you have done your research. Yes, you have expanded your knowledge. Yes, you probably know 10% more than the majority.
That is all true and that is great.
However, in 2001 my girlfriend and soon to be wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was tough watching her go through the entire process of recovery. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. Especially when it came to laying her down to rest for the last time on April 3, 2003.
Has it been 13 years ago now? My how time flies.
Anyway, we had so many carrying people that wanted to offer their advice on how to remedy the situation. They all thought that they had the right answer for us. The right solution to take.
And, they all wanted us to pursue their option, NOW!
Because of how emotionally connected we were to the topic it became overwhelmingly difficult to go through this. All the information was almost worse than the condition itself. We experienced information overload in a very bad way. And it wouldn’t stop.
You have whatever condition you have.
By building a niche project around it, you will be intricately involved with producing rather than just receiving the content. My concern would be that you end up causing a similar scenario to what I describe above all by yourself.
As you proceed through the treatments you might find bad days. Days where you don’t want to hear another word about it.
Those will be the days when you need to respond to 7 detailed comments with serious questions tied in.
Those will be the days when you need to release your next 1000 to 1500-word article.
Those will be the days.
Are you ready, able and willing to face days like that? If so, then I say go for it. Just go for it with an open mind, realizing that those indeed will be the days.
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