Selling a Niche Product – Choosing the Right Item to Promote For Maximum Revenue

If you are trying to make money online, selling a niche product can provide an easy way to do so. You just need the right audience and the right product.

Step 1 – The first thing that you need is the right audience. If you already own your own blog, you likely have a target audience in mind. You know what they are interested in, and what things may fulfill their needs. Plus, you’ve build up trust so that if you recommend something, they are likely to buy it.

However, you need to be careful not to abuse this trust. Only recommend products that are high quality that you know your readers will benefit from. Otherwise, you risk alienating your readers.

But what if you don’t have a blog? 

If you don’t have a blog, you have you still have a few options for making money online with niche products. You could build a small website reviewing different types of products. For example, you could review each major brand of lawnmowers. On the home page, you would put the most popular brands. Eventually, you may start making sales through your website.

Understanding What’s Popular Online To Resell 

If you are going to go this method, you need to choose the right product. You need to do some research and choose the right kind of product that people will buy over the Internet.

The lawnmower example from above probably would not be something you would buy but it is a tight niche that people would be interested in.

You may want to look at more general products that have a higher interest across the general population such as electronics, books, games, and other small shippable items.

Have a look at Amazon.

You can look on Amazon to get a good idea of things to promote. They have a list of the most popular items on there at any given time. 

Additionally consider Clickbank and PayDotCom for information products that are popular online. 

Why Personal Productivity Matters for Your Career

You are likely very busy in your career right now and accomplishing important and required activities. But are there any tasks that you are putting off for a future date and time? Perhaps you have thought of something you would like to do and have not yet gotten to it, making an excuse that begins with either “one day I will” or “I’ve gotten behind” – to name a few. Being busy does not always equate to being productive. When you expend energy, are involved in busywork, find yourself active, or exert extra effort, those are all indicators you care about your job or career. But what if you could get more out of the time that you invest?

What Is Productivity?

Your job will demand completion of tasks and there is an expected type of performance that is associated with your job title. In addition, being highly efficient in your job is linked to the level of productivity you attain. This is similar to the way that organizations operate. Business productivity is related to a measurable output and it requires that all processes and functions are operating quickly and efficiently. Productivity for you can therefore be defined as working with a purpose and functioning with focused attention on important or priority activities, both effectively and efficiently.

Productivity and Your Job

There are assigned duties for your job and you have a specific amount of time in which to complete them. However, not every aspect of your job is completely managed for you and that means you have an ability to maximize your time and accomplish more. Being productive in your job means that you are setting goals, establishing priorities that are based upon the importance of your tasks, and you plan for the use of your time. To become highly efficient you can break down the goals you’ve established into targeted due dates and schedule them in your weekly and monthly plan.

Becoming Productive

There are strategies you can utilize to become productive in your career and that begins with more than the development of a checklist. For example, you can utilize prioritization as a strategy to make the most of the effort you devote to your workday. You can also examine your working environment to determine if it is conducive to being productive or distracting and causing time to be wasted. Another strategy is multitasking and that can either assist your progress or detract your time, depending on the types of activities you are involved in. For example, working on a required task and also monitoring activity on Facebook is not an efficient use of your time. In contrast, working on two projects with an immediate due date could be effectively completed with focused attention.

What Blocks Productivity

Time wasters are probably one of the most lethal activities that can minimize your productivity during the workday. It consists of any activities you are involved in that causes you to alter or discard your daily or weekly plans. Busywork can also block productivity by performing tasks that are non-essential. Procrastination or putting off and delaying a task can also minimize your efficiency. Finally, being disorganized and not knowing if your time is well spent can also be a significant detractor for your ability to be highly productive. While you do not have to plan every minute of your work day, the minutes you spend on these activities can add up over time.

Results of Being Productive

There is a saying that is often used in organizations and it states that as an employee you should “work smarter, not harder”. While I am not a fan of clich├ęs this statement does hold merit. Working smarter means that you are in control, you have planned your activities, and manage your time well. The impact of productivity on your career can also influence your personal life. The higher level of productivity you can achieve, the more you are able to accomplish in any given day. It is a matter of being in control of your time and resources. Being highly efficient and productive is always an option for you to use in your career. You can strive to attain it on a continual basis or implement it when you find yourself unorganized and missing important deadlines. Being productive means you have greater output because you are in control of your day and aware of how your time is spent.

Gamification For Productivity

“Gamification” has become a buzzword in recent years among the tech crowd, but it has spilled over into other arenas as well. With the pervasiveness of smartphone apps and new websites popping up every day, “gamification” seems to be everywhere. At its simplest, it’s just a way of introducing elements of gaming into other tasks.

There are lots of ways to do this: common elements include earning points, gaining levels, and sometimes earning achievements, badges, or prizes. There’s gamification for working out, buying coffee, listening to music, shopping, recycling, and eating out. While retailers and marketers have been using gamification to their best advantage, gamification can also be used to increase productivity, whether in individuals or in a team.

To encourage general productivity, take a look at HabitRPG, which has a website and an iOS app. At its heart, it’s a to-do app, but “RPG” stands for Role-Playing Game, which HabitRPG uses to incentivize productivity. There are four different elements when you start out using the program: habits, dailies, to-dos, and rewards. Habits are actions that you want to either encourage or avoid, but don’t have a specific frequency. Dailies are tasks that you want to repeat on a regular basis: every day, once a week, etc. To-dos are one-off tasks like on any other to-do app. Rewards are things you can purchase by completing your tasks. You earn a certain amount of gold and a certain amount of experience points for each task. Experience points let you level up and eventually unlock different game elements. Gold allows you to buy rewards. As you level up, the game introduces a market, item drops, pets, armor, and other elements. It’s a fun way to keep all of your productivity items in one place with a dynamic and well thought-out incentive scheme.

If you like the idea of a gamified productivity app but don’t need quite as many features, Carrot is an iOS app with a mean streak. It’s a minimalist to-do app that is very user friendly and unlocks features as you gain points. Be warned, though: Carrot has a personality, and if you don’t complete your tasks, she gets angry. How many points you get and how she talks to you depend on what mood she’s in. Carrot is a quirky app that is probably the most unique of the bunch, and worth checking out if only for its surprises.

EpicWin is another RPG productivity program that gives you points and prizes for your real-world tasks. Here again, you can choose your character and level them up as you go. You can’t yet spend gold on things, but EpicWin is in the process of being developed.

If you’re looking to be more productive with a specific task or process, try SuperBetter. SuperBetter gives you tasks, quests, power-ups, and “bad guys” depending on your specific journey, like exercising more, increasing willpower, stress relief, or improving your relationships. It’s not a productivity app in itself, but improving these aspects of your life can definitely improve the rest of it.

If the area of productivity you’re struggling with is managing your finances, there are programs for that, as well. SaveUp is a program tailored to incentivize saving and making smart financial choices. It gives you credits for the choices you make, and you can cash them in to contests with real prizes, or you can cash them out. SmartyPig is a website that also focuses on saving, though a little less gamified than SaveUp. SmartyPig makes saving automatic, and it also rewards you for meeting your goals.

If you’re not so interested in using apps or websites, gamification doesn’t have to involve technology: you can use game elements on your own. The best way to go about it is to start by identifying the tasks that you have a hard time completing or that you want to incentivize. For each of those tasks, determine a point value. You may also want to assign them different categories. Maybe doing the dishes gets you two blue points, but cleaning the bathroom gets you eight red points.

From there, identify rewards, positive (but not goal-subverting) actions or items, and assign them point values as well. Then, to get your rewards, you first have to do enough tasks to afford them. Don’t stop there. When you’re defining your own system, you can get pretty creative. Find ways to allow you to “level up” or do a boss battle: what really big challenge do you have coming up, or what milestone can you celebrate passing? Give yourself constant ways to progress, and you’ll see yourself finding ways to become more productive while having a little fun on the way.