Is this a good niche to go after for an Amazon affiliate site...

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Hi all,

I'm considering going setting up an Amazon affiliate product site for a particular type of musical instrument. I wanted to get some feedback on whether this is a viable niche, before I invest too much time:

1. Main keyword has 18,000 monthly searches on Google
2. Google search for main keyword returns 3 "sponsored links" in the main google window, plus three "shopping results" - these make up the majority of the "above the fold" results
3. Keyword CPC is $1.60
4. There are many different models for this musical instrument, selling for the range of $100-$300 on Amazon, and they get lots of reviews (up to 60 reviews for some products)
4. Organic search results give pages in the following order:

Result #1: Google's shopping results
Result #2: PR: 4 | Y! Links: 215,000 | Y! Page Links: 17
Result #3: PR: 0 | Y! Links: 931 | Y! Page Links: 0 |
Result #4: PR: 2 | Y! Links: 4,010,000 | Y! Page Links: 0
Result #5: PR: 2 | Y! Links: 393 | Y! Page Links: 0

What do you think? It seems like a great niche, but it is dominated by large retailers buying the "sponsored results."
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  • Profile picture of the author leclaims
    Looks promising. Is the 18,000 exact, phrase, broad?
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    looks good to me - especially if you can get an exact match domain!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Yeah - make sure it is exact .... don't be a bonehead like me and forget to check that setting!
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    • Profile picture of the author mkpoway
      LOL. I switched the Google Keyword Tools to "exact" and I came up with 720 monthly searches. Thanks for the tip.

      I still think I can find something here, though...
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      Yeah - make sure it is exact .... don't be a bonehead like me and forget to check that setting!
      Lol yeah I cant tell you how many weeks I've wasted my getting this wrong in the beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Oh crap..... BUT, i have to say that I have some sort of mental block with the "exact" button so I've done a few that had even less than 720 exact matches (thinking they had more) and it has turned out ok - but you HAVE to get the #1 spot. If it isn't a big effort for you to put up a site it could be worth it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Christian Sawyer
      In this case, I would go for it. I always look at all of my SEO ventures in a traffic potential to competition ratio.

      In this case, you could get a site in the #1 spot very easily, and even if you only get 300 visitors per month, it should be worth the little effort put into ranking it.

      -Christian
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      • Profile picture of the author nadal
        Originally Posted by Christian Sawyer View Post

        In this case, I would go for it. I always look at all of my SEO ventures in a traffic potential to competition ratio.

        In this case, you could get a site in the #1 spot very easily, and even if you only get 300 visitors per month, it should be worth the little effort put into ranking it.

        -Christian
        Ya you are right.
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  • Profile picture of the author leclaims
    Yeah, 720 may not be too encouraging, but it sounds like you have a number of possibilities for traffic. Might be worth looking into building a site with all of the different instruments that you could have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Margo Tuul
    I would research more. I never go based on search results. You can do a research and look for best selling product or popular product on amazon by categories.

    For example even a crap product can have lots of searches per month.

    60 reviews? I've heard how affiliates write reviews on Amazon to make their product look good. Search around in forums and other places, see how good this product is first. How popular it is. If nobody talks about it, then you know yourself that its not a hot product.
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  • Profile picture of the author PoweWhey
    wow, what great help. I learnt from this thread too, thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author BargainBookMole
    I'm new to the forum and impressed with the quality and quantity of responses! btw, has anyone tried sponsored blog reviews with success?
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