When it comes to researching for niche markets, many people are confused and are never quite sure if they have found a niche that is open to additional competition and still has considerable demand, or if the niche is closed off to new entry. The answer is there is almost always demand in niche markets, and if you feel the demand is being met then there is demand for additional niches within a niche market. When researching niche markets and trying to decide what would be most profitable, you should first look at what you enjoy and would be best at doing day in and day out. The reason it is important to analyze your desires and strengths is because you want your home based business to work and be profitable, and if you do not enjoy it you will not be able to give it the attention it needs to grow, regardless of the demand within the niche. So, evaluate what you like, your skills, what services or products you can provide, and then begin figuring out the niche for your particular skills and products. If you don’t feel there is a high demand, or the market is already saturated, then consider altering your product or service a bit so there is a niche market for it. All you really need is a little creativity.
Also, you will need to consider your competition. Research the Internet for other competitors and what they offer and how they offer it. Find a way to offer something more for less, or offer specialized products and/or services so they are not exactly like competitors. All of these actions will differentiate you from the rest.
Once you have decided on your niche market, or on several, you will want to come up with several hundred popular keywords that describe this niche market or that people might use when searching on Google and the like. Then, run these keywords through a program that will tell you their relevancy and how often they are searched for. If you have several niche markets in mind, you will want to go with the one that is searched for the most because this one has the most demand. If you have only one in mind, make sure the number of people searching for your product or service will make it worthwhile for you to engage in it.
However, don’t look for niches that are completely wide open because this is virtually unlikely. Conversely, there are many niche markets that are under filled and could handle additional competition.
Once you have entered a niche market, always provide consistent and professional service, maintain your web page and products, change your marketing tools or products if necessary to react to new competition, and always be on the lookout. As long as you are proactive you will be an aggressive competitor.
About the Author
Paul Jesse is a retired government employee and the author of several articles dealing with internet marketing and finance. http://www.sheamarketing.com