For me the most profitable niches have always been in the...

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...industrial services and equipment sector.

Yes. I am spilling the beans on this one.

I have made more money by content marketing around industrial products and services than any other niche/sector.

My advice to my fellow Warriors is this: If you are in MMO, drop it like a hot potato...that's not where the money is.

As some of you may or may not know, I am not an IMer. I have a day job and I go to work each and every day.

I actually like my job. I work as an "industrial scientist" for the layman.

Some of the people I work with in industry are under tremendous amounts of pressure to "get the job done".

This is not a "get into MMO and leave your day job comment"...I am pointing out a business opportunity.

In almost all cases and each and every day, I watch people in my company and other related companies work under pressure and buy products and services to "get the job done".

Here is the secret: Many of them shop online for the products and services they need to complete their job. Many are spending corporate money.

When they find a website that they think can provide them with the product or service they need, they whip out their credit cards faster than a Samurai on the battle field simply because they are under pressure.

Industrial corporations spend major $$$ online by way of personal corporate credit cards. Its not the money of the employee, so they don't mind spending it.

Sure, industrial products may seems as uninteresting and as dry as burnt toast, but there is major cash flow in this arena.

There is exponentially more money here than in say the SEO niche...at least in my experience.

So I say...give it a try...write a great article about an industrial product and publish it with your affiliate link in it.

If you don't have a website that you can publish it on, I'll publish it and rank it (even with an affiliate link). See my sig. I don't care.

Go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sushiman1111
    What sort of industrial products are you talking about? I took a look at your site and it seems like the articles there cover pretty much everything under the sun.
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by Sushiman1111 View Post

      What sort of industrial products are you talking about? I took a look at your site and it seems like the articles there cover pretty much everything under the sun.
      You name it. For example...one of the common instruments that I and fellow chemists use is a gas chromatograph.

      Tons of techs in the chemical industry use gas chromatographs and they break all of the time.

      I haven't personally searched for chromatography related products yet, but there are probably companies that have chromatography related products for affiliates. I am sure Amazon probably has some...as a matter of fact...

      Thermo Scientific TraceGOLD TG-5MS AMINE GC...Thermo Scientific TraceGOLD TG-5MS AMINE GC...
      ...there you go.

      As in all niches, you will have to compete with some major players, but I'm just saying...I know the mentality of the people purchasing these products...I work with them.

      Also, the site in my sig isn't a good example, but now that you mention it, my Google Adsense numbers for this site do show more clicks for industrial related products.

      MMO is the lowest earner.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mkcoy
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    Like tractors and that?
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  • Profile picture of the author mcsl
    This is an interesting idea, but I'm stuck for ideas for what constitutes and Industrial product?
    I guess you have an advantage to having experience in this

    Thanks

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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Amazon has a huge array of products in this sector. Check out the industrial/scientific department and AmazonSupply.com. Buyers of these products often place large quantity orders and many are regular, repeat buyers.
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      • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        Amazon has a huge array of products in this sector. Check out the industrial/scientific department and AmazonSupply.com. Buyers of these products often place large quantity orders and many are regular, repeat buyers.
        Yeah. But the real $$$ will be in private JVs with companies that don't even have affiliate programs.

        You just have to show them what's really possible.

        I work for an fortune 300 company based in the US and their internet presence absolutely sucks and gets schooled regularly by little mom and pop sites.

        I once bought a keyword based domain name to see if I could outrank them for their key search term...took about two weeks with a one page website with one paragraph on it.

        I think the biggest delay was just in getting it indexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by thebitbotdotcom View Post

    For me the most profitable niches have always been in the ... industrial services and equipment sector.
    I'm very interested to hear it, and really pleased that you posted, thanks!

    I know that quite a few of you are killing it in these niches. And like so many people here, I need to develop another new niche, at some point. You've set me thinking.
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I'm very interested to hear it, and really pleased that you posted, thanks!

      I know that quite a few of you are killing it in these niches. And like so many people here, I need to develop another new niche, at some point. You've set me thinking.
      Uhoh...you've got your sunglasses on...:p
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  • Profile picture of the author FernandoSP
    Excellent article for which we started in this world fasinante, greetings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mkcoy
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    Oh I got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the dot com version.
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  • Profile picture of the author dukegman
    It all depends on what you are doing in that niche. For example, the creators of Senuke X are definately earning way too more than a guy with an average blog in niche of fat loss (although it is the darling niche when it comes to demand. Always was and always will be, believe me). So it all depends on how you will approaching that niche, as a Product Seller, as an Affiliate, as a blogger or you name it.
    Its making sense now, isnt it?
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Here is an example of an article I wrote that could be used in this way...

    http://thebitbot.com/business/2012/0...heating-value/

    Some technical knowledge will be required, but that can be learned...
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Some of the prices on Amazon for products in the sector are crazy, one machine I just saw was $18,000.

    EDIT: There's stuff on there for $70k.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by RockingLastsForever View Post

      Some of the prices on Amazon for products in the sector are crazy, one machine I just saw was $18,000.

      EDIT: There's stuff on there for $70k.
      As the OP inferred, these are actually low pricepoints for industrial/corporate capital purchases, and content marketing can be an effective method for reaching buyers in this market range.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyl2k
    This has $$$ all over this thread, please close it now! lol...

    I'm already firing up my keyword tools... Some of the competition for some of these items is crazy low!
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by garyl2k View Post

      This has $$$ all over this thread, please close it now! lol...

      I'm already firing up my keyword tools... Some of the competition for some of these items is crazy low!
      Yeah. There is a lot of untapped territory here...the key is writing for technical people..that is why many don't attempt it, but the secret is, many of the people aren't all that technical...and they definitely aren't technical when it comes to IM methodologies.

      I have seen this first hand. Now many of my co-workers come to me and ask if a website looks "legit" because they know that I am into IM. LOL. How funny is that? But the only reason they know to ask is because I told them and they know about TheBitBot.Com and ask me about it.

      Our senior chemist will buy from any website that has a buy button on it as long as it has what he's looking for and he is not one to perform price comparisons.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    I would love to pursue all of these but I simply don't have the time. IM is not my day job...chemistry is...the fact that I am even here on WF is kind of a fluke.
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    Example. Look for thebitbot.com in this search:

    heating value light ends - Google Search

    Yeah. That's right, I'm ranking right up there with the IEA...at least for today...LOL!

    I didn't even try to rank that article. I just wrote it and it happened.

    Of course, I carefully horde trust rank with this site too...as a way to give contributors the best rankings possible. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.

    Search results are very volatile these days, so if you can, get your content published on high-end sites Alexa Smith style.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Additionally, it goes without saying that Adsense clicks in industrial niches aren't too shabby either.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainarama
    Of course, 'industrial products' depends on what industry you're in. For some people, a hot dress is a work outfit. Leastwise, here in New York City it can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author WittyT
    Nice one right there...
    Was just in need for some new niche ideas

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Amazon does have Industrial products selling for over $500,000 - obviously not volume sellers and make sure that they actually pay a commission on these before promoting (Amazon has some products excluded from commissions).

    When visiting Amazon, in the various sub-categories, toggle the top right hand corner switch to Highest to Lowest prices e.g.

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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      Amazon does have Industrial products selling for over $500,000 - obviously not volume sellers and make sure that they actually pay a commission on these before promoting (Amazon has some products excluded from commissions).

      When visiting Amazon, in the various sub-categories, toggle the top right hand corner switch to Highest to Lowest prices e.g.

      Amazon industrial product prices seem to be a little overpriced, don't you think? I don't how about you, but for me a box of screws for $446,468.43 is way too expensive.
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      • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
        Originally Posted by sunray View Post

        Amazon industrial product prices seem to be a little overpriced, don't you think? I don't how about you, but for me a box of screws for $446,468.43 is way too expensive.
        Actually, I would never promote any extremely high priced product online.

        I have found that for super high priced items, people DO NOT buy from niche sites.

        When I refer to industrial products and services in this thread, I am generally referring to maintenance items such as the GC column that I pointed to in an earlier post.

        It is not uncommon for a GC column to go for $1000 USD, so at the lowest Amazon commission rate possible, you still make $40 USD if they buy it through your link.

        The key to all of this, of course, is getting the click...that's the real challenge.

        Sniper sites used to be great for this, now authority sites seem to have the edge...that is why one of my fundamental SEO/SEM/IM beliefs is...niche sites should all be launched with a view to ultimately turning them into authority sites...but that's just my opinion following the "very volatile" SEO environment of 2012 which is almost behind us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dailybread
    Thank you for this post! Great to hear from somebody successfully using an obscure, well paying niche. I will be looking in to these possibilities.

    Also impressed that Alexa Smith dropped by to comment. Quality knows quality. :-)

    Thank you for this. Brilliant information.

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    • Profile picture of the author 28pounds
      Very Interesting

      How would you market Amazon in this niche though as Google won't allow affiliate links and that's where most of the searchers would be..

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      • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
        Originally Posted by 28pounds View Post

        Very Interesting

        How would you market Amazon in this niche though as Google won't allow affiliate links and that's where most of the searchers would be..

        Rob
        Use content marketing techniques that don't rely on Google.

        For example. If your in the specialty gases or welding niche, you could try to get published on a site like "Spec Gas Report".

        These guys have been in business for years and aren't worried about Google AT ALL and already have a loyal HIGHLY TARGETED readership...
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      • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
        Originally Posted by 28pounds View Post

        Very Interesting

        How would you market Amazon in this niche though as Google won't allow affiliate links and that's where most of the searchers would be..

        Rob
        Google can't tell you what to do with your site Rob, you can put affiliate links on it if you like and even sites with affiliate links rank. If you don't want to play with Google there's a hundred and one other traffic sources out there to get people to your site.
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        • Profile picture of the author PaulaC
          Personally I think every niche is a profitable niche. And really it's not about the niche at all but about the products in those niches.

          Every niche has bad products and good products. The trick is finding those good products.
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          • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
            Originally Posted by PaulaC View Post

            Personally I think every niche is a profitable niche. And really it's not about the niche at all but about the products in those niches.

            Every niche has bad products and good products. The trick is finding those good products.
            Well stated and I agree. I am not saying that industrial products will work for every one...I'm just throwing this out there to give people some badly needed non-MMO ideas...
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by 28pounds View Post

        Google won't allow affiliate links and that's where most of the searchers would be..
        Is it? It certainly isn't where most of the buying customers would be, though. Not mine, anyway, if my experience in multiple other niches is anything to go on: in all my niches, search engine traffic stays less time on my sites, views fewer pages, opts in less often and buys far less often than traffic from any other sources I've ever tried, over the years.

        I admit I do get floods of Google traffic, but I'd still hate to have to make a living from it.

        You might be far better off producing quality content and having it syndicated to places where your targeted traffic already goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author eire01
    What about online singing. Anyone had much luck with that niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author eire01
    Really great info guys, thanks for the shares
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    Well this is rather interesting. I looked into some of the industrial stuff a few years ago, but never took action on this niche as the searches were too low for my liking and I didn't know if they bought this stuff online or went to a dedicated supplier they already had. This is good information - thank you!
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by eljeffe77 View Post

      Well this is rather interesting. I looked into some of the industrial stuff a few years ago, but never took action on this niche as the searches were too low for my liking and I didn't know if they bought this stuff online or went to a dedicated supplier they already had. This is good information - thank you!
      You would think that they would go to their preferred supplier exclusively, but I watch people in my company buy products from niche sites.

      But I will say this much...IMO the toughest part about marketing industrial products if finding affiliate programs...many industrial products companies just aren't that familiar with the concept, so in many cases, you have to introduce them to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    And that 24 hour cookie on Amazon would probably be a commission-killer as well.

    A $500K machine isn't exactly an impulse buy!
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      And that 24 hour cookie on Amazon would probably be a commission-killer as well.

      A $500K machine isn't exactly an impulse buy!
      Ideally, build lists of visitors to your niche site. By promoting through email and other points of contact, the 24 hour cookie on Amazon becomes a non-issue.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by drr View Post

        Good share this one, thankyou.

        I do wonder why every newbie seems to jump headfirst into IM, there are so many other niches that are easier to break into imho. Monkey see monkey do syndrome perhaps?
        Probably because so many IM products, especially those having anything to do with affiliate marketing, end with a blurb about making money promoting the product they just read.
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      • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        Ideally, build lists of visitors to your niche site. By promoting through email and other points of contact, the 24 hour cookie on Amazon becomes a non-issue.
        Industrial producers are slowly catching on to this fact. I know this because my corporate email address has slowly been filling up with industry newsletters over the past 36 months...but it is by no means tapped out in my opinion. I think there is plenty of low hanging fruit in industrial products...especially if you can talk shop talk.
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        • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
          Thanks for the info, definitely interesting niche thats for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author drr
    Good share this one, thankyou.

    I do wonder why every newbie seems to jump headfirst into IM, there are so many other niches that are easier to break into imho. Monkey see monkey do syndrome perhaps?
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Thanks for taking the time out to share this information with us. I need to get into another niche real soon and this sounds perfect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Shearer
    Good read! Thanks for sharing, wouldn't have come up with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Irmscher
    Dam, you are giving away some cool secrets here... joking

    Actually - smart guys have spot this out long time ago...

    the main problem is, there are too many scammers and douchebags in IM niche
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    thanks for sharing.. I'll try....
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