It is absolutely essential that you thoroughly understand your niche, when you become an affiliate marketer. Let’s face it, you have to walk the walk and talk the talk and you need to know what peoples concerns are and what problems need to be solved in order before you can begin selling them things. A tremendous way to do this is by visiting niche forums. Niche forums are truly a great way to get more traffic and sales and is also a way for you to cut you teeth in order to establish your expertise. Mastering the art of niche forum commenting and dialogue is a time tested way to improve your affiliate sales.
If you want to conduct research and become acquainted with the people in your niche, you will want to participate in the most popular forums. To start, you’ll want to browse the forums top threads, and look at the treads that are generating lots of interest. The key is to immerse yourself into this niche as much as possible and this will help you become a better affiliate marketer.
As you gain confidence, you’ll want to start posting and answering questions. Since you’ve been doing so much niche research the odds are that you’ll be able to answer quite a few of the questions. This will help you to establish yourself as an expert in the niche and the more people get to know you, the more they will be interested in seeing what else you have to offer.
You want to start offering something in your signature file after you have established yourself in a forum. Be careful, though, to obey the rules of the forums you’ve joined. Some forums allow you to include affiliate links, others only allow links to personal websites. Other forums, though, restrict all commercial advertisement, so be aware. Just notice how other members act and handle themselves and you’ll have no trouble.
Don’t forget to insert your website information in your profile link and as forum members begin recognizing you for your high-quality posts, they’ll start to get curious about you. When they visit your profile, your information should be waiting for them so they can then to easily jump over to your website and maybe join your list or read about what your offerings.
Most of the time there is more than one popular forum per niche. Don’t spend too much time at these forums, but the goal is to expand your reach as much as you can. If you become active in the popular forums you will really start getting things moving in the right direction.
Here is a list of 5 popular affiliate marketing niches: 5 Star Affiliates, Affiliate Forum, Search Engine Watch, Revenue Source and Associate Programs.
If you’ve done everything correctly, a lot of things will begin to happen: You’ll start to see your list grow larger, you’ll be establishing your expert status, you’ll be driving traffic to your website, you’ll be getting backlinks to your website and all the while making more affiliate sales. What could be better? Niche forums are truly a potent weapon for you as an affiliate marketer.