How to Write About A Niche You Know Nothing About

One of the hardest things for newbie affiliate marketers is writing about a product that they don’t know anything about.  I have often struggled with this problem especially when I was new to affiliate marketing.  You do research and find a great product, get all excited about it and then when it comes to writing articles, you find you are lost for words because you realise you know virtually nothing about the product.

Well one way to learn more about the product is to actually buy it, but unless its something you really want, this can be expensive.  So what can you do?

I always read the sales page, you will find a lot of useful information there.  Another good thing to do is to see if they have an affiliate program that you can join or at the very least an affiliate page where they provide banners, keywords and articles ideas.

Also if the sales page has a newsletter you can sign up for that too and will get lots of information from their emails.

Go to Ezine Articles and look under the category and then the subcategory of your topic.  You can then find the top authors and read some of their articles.  You can go to other article directories and do the same.  I find printing out articles and reading them off line is a good thing to do.

Just a word of warning, never, ever copy someone else’s article without crediting them for it and leaving their links intact.

So read other people’s articles to give you ideas on how to write your own original articles.

You can also visit forums and find out what problems people are having and think of how your product can solve their problems.  Finding out the problems people are having and the way your product can help them solve their problem is a good way to think about how to write your articles.

Once you start immersing yourself in your topic you will often find you are able to write about it very easily.  I often find time out away from the computer just relaxing is when I will have some good ideas.  The ideas will start coming to you, so always have a pen and paper handy to make notes.  If you don’t write down your ideas straight away it is highly likely the idea will go out of your head.

Some good advice that I was told was that writing good articles takes practice.  If you set aside a certain time every day and write something (even if you think its rubbish) for ten to 20 minutes and don’t stop until the time is up, don’t edit and don’t look at your work until the next day.

Make writing a regular practice every day and soon you will find your writing is improving.  Just try it out for yourself and you will see that it’s true.

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Are You Making The Most of Google?

I am sure you know about Google (unless you have been living under a rock) and know that it’s the number one search engine, but do you realise all the other things that google has to offer?

For example, Google Mail is an email service and anyone can sign up for free.  You can have multiple account and it has lots of storage space too.  If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a Google Account here and create your Google email account.

Once you have a Google Account you will have access to many of the other services Google has to offer.  For example Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, Picasa Web Albums, Blogger, Google Documents and Google Alerts to name but a few.  You can check the rest out for yourself.  But the one I want to talk to you about today is Google Reader.

Google Reader is a very handy tool . For example if there are any blogs that you follow, you can put the feed into Google Reader and have them all in one place.  This will save you lots of time because by having them all in the same place you will no longer have to go to different web pages to look at the blogs that you find interesting.  You can also have Google news feeds put straight into your Google Reader.  In fact any webpage that is of interest to you that has an RSS feed can be put into Google Reader.  This will save you so much time.

It is also very handy if you are an affiliate marketer.  If you are like me and write lots of articles and blog posts it is easy to run out of ideas and get writers block.  This is especially true if you are working in a new niche and don’t yet know a lot about that particular market.  If you have Google Reader set up then you will have lots of interesting articles and blog posts coming in through your feed to give you ideas and keep you up to date in your market.

Take a look at these videos by Ed Dale. They are from the 30 Day Challenge Preseason Training.  In the first video Ed shows how to set up Google Reader. In the second video he shows how to set up feeds and how to store them in folders so you can keep things nicely organised.  If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone he explains in this video how to set up Google Reader in your iPhone.  How cool is that!

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