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    I guess this question is bit naive and would have asked maybe thousand times here .... , but sorry i cant avoid it , [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] .

    So which industry or merchant do you guys think will produce more sales/income.

    I guess EPC will be a good start , but it will not give the whole picture . For example in some industries the EPC may be low but google will generate truck load of referrals for it so in the end you earn more with that industry even though their EPC is low

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    The question is one that is often asked in many forms. I see you query as a spin-off of the "what works for you?" question.

    "So which industry or merchant do you guys think will produce more sales/income?" That is hard to say... what works for me might yield no results for the next person. A safe answer would be bargains like Overstock or Tiger Direct (Shawn, Andy pay at this window) but do bargains like that fit your site? Not if you have a site about tree pruning or the history of Parliment....

    "I guess EPC will be a good start , but it will not give the whole picture..." I think that is true to a point. But , again what are you trying to achieve with your site? I have some niche marketers that do very well for me while I see others complaining about their conversions.

    Sorry if this sounds evasive. A good friend used to say, "if it was easy, everyone would be doing it!"

    I guess my question to you is:

    "What works for you?"

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    Doc , I appreciate your reply ...

    I understand that merchant performance depends on what the site is about ...

    But in my case i can create a website to fit a merchant [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] like creating a shoe mall to fit zapos. I beleieve i am somwhat an ok SEO and think can achieve fairly good google rankings for somewhat competitive kw's .

    So again my question is which industry produces good number of sales ?

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    When checked for some electronics kw's for TigerDirect , they are occupied by either the manufacturer or cnet ,hmmm ....too competitive.

    But i think will work for not so competitive kw's ... Do TigerDirect have Data Feed [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    [This message was edited by rsgopi on November 23, 2002 at 09:41 PM.]

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    Credit Cards or pharmacy programs.
    Competition in the search engines is fierce but the moolah is excellent.

    As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building.

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    Wouldn't the real trick be to find something that there is a demand for but that nobody else is promoting?

    Instead of trying to make a better mousetrap than what is already out there. Why not build a brand new mousetrap for something that isn't being promoted very much but is being looked for?

    I'm finding that that is where my success is coming from. I'm promoting stuff very few others are, and it's working. I've already doubled my commissions from last month.

    Some clues about what to promote have come from some interesting searches that have landed people at my site. Other ideas come from emails I received from visitors who write me and let me know what they're looking for.

    I try the search at google, and if nobody is promoting the product, I give it a test page. If it works, then I expand on it further to an entire section at my site.

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    Financial services, gaming, health/medical, books, ebooks, internet and computer related services, and probably most products people are ashamed of buying offline.

    All those markets are very affiliate crowded, so find your own angel/product niche.

    Add: all kinds of items people cannot find easily in local shops

    Subtract: items with low margins. I know some abw members are promoting computer and computer parts, and doing very well I think, but the margins are very low so you need traffic.

    Subtract: items buyers would like to "look & feel" at, eg. celluar phones


    There's probably much more to say about this than I can think of right now.

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    One member who is known to be a fairly heavy hitter used to sing the virtues of Shoes and Dog Food.

    The Shoes I can vouch for.

    All around the mulberry bush the monkey chased the weasel

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    Drugs, Pron, Financial...

    But why go for the stuff that is overloaded...

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    Gaming , i know something about it...but man its too crowded and toooooo much fraud ...
    SE gaming traffic is limited and too competitive to get. ( i still dont get how people are getting ROI for $50+ clicks in PPC !!)

    Porn is also crowded but more importantly something called ethics is stopping me [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    [This message was edited by rsgopi on November 25, 2002 at 08:02 AM.]

    [This message was edited by rsgopi on November 25, 2002 at 08:04 AM.]

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    I would do porn as well but I'm just not that good looking with my clothes off.

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    Travel is always a winner!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Heyder:
    I would do porn as well but I'm just not that good looking with my clothes off.http://abw.infopop.cc/newicons/icon18.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Thanks for thinking of the rest of us Heyder.

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    Just doing my civic duty Q-ball

    I don't look that good with my clothes on either.

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    Mike you could try clay-mation

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    Tracy's on the right track. Find the niches and plant your seeds there.

    Go to Amazon and search for books on a topic you like / have knowledge on. Follow a few of the "other books people have bought" links, and once you have reached 3 degrees of separation from the first topic you should have a completely new topic.

    If the current topic sounds interesting to you (ie. you could cobble together some keyword rich text about it), look up the topic in adwords, then check to see how well some of the keywords are being covered in Google.

    When you find that combination of high traffic keywords and low google coverage, start looking for related products with good commissions. Don't limit yourself to the big 4 networks. Do a google search on the product and the word "affiliate" or "associate" to find those independent programs out there. Or just look at who pays for adwords for the keywords at google - if they pay for placement, they quite often also have affiliate programs.

    Try shopping at the stores you've selected before signing up as an affiliate. Does the site require personal information just before you can even shop? Do the pages load fast with no missing images? Is the shopping cart confusing or take too many steps to close the sale? Can people find the things you are sending them there to buy? Don't bother signing up with a bad site no matter what the commision rate. 25% of $0 sales is still $0.

    Then do all the standard stuff to create a successfule site:
    Select a domain name, build a site, fine tune placement, establish links, and build traffic. Tweak those pre-sell phrases - Frame of mind determines conversion rates! Check referral stats and fine tune the message to take advantage of the words people come in on.

    Rinse and repeat until independently wealthy!

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