It feels, at times, like I’ve covered all the niches and sub-niches there are, but something catches my attention, or in this case, someone says it outright, and voilà! Another niche to look into and write about.
Such is the case with this week’s Niche of the Week.
I was staring at a blank Word doc, thinking about what to write for the coming week’s NOTW, when another Affilorama staff member, bless her, says to me: Have you done a feature on shopping cart affiliate programs?
I hadn’t, but here it is now. Grin.
Digital Shopping Carts
Shopping has gone digital. So the carts did, too.
Shopping carts aren’t just the carts we push around at the store. They also include the electronic setups where the items we want to buy from an online store are placed until we “check out” and pay. Shopping carts are essential if you want to sell anything online, making them a crucial e-commerce tool.
E-commerce covers business-to-business marketing, online shopping and online marketplaces. It is a multimillion-dollar industry that continues to grow year after year. It’s easier than ever for someone to set up an online shop and start selling. You don’t even need a significant amount of startup capital thanks to dropshipping.
This has given rise to various e-commerce platforms that offer shopping carts, buy now buttons, store hosting, and various tracking for inventory and sales — in short, everything you need to set up an online store.
If you already run a successful online shop, or you’ve always wanted to run one, you can use these affiliate programs to boost your income.
“Shopping Cart” Keywords
Competition is stiff, and there are hardly enough variations to add to your list either.
There’s a decent amount of competition in this niche, as seen in the Competition column in our keyword research results. The obvious target keywords are “shopping cart,” “shopping cart software,” and the like. All of them have high monthly search values alongside equally high competition.
Keywords in these niche are mostly keywords with buyer intent: “best shopping cart,” “ecommerce packages,” and “get shopping cart.” You’ll also see interest in “free” keywords, like “free shopping cart.” They have good monthly search values, but there’s not so many of them in this niche compared to others. Probably because there aren’t that many free shopping carts available.
I went over to Affilotools to see if I could get better results but it’s pretty much the same. You’re going to need to dig a bit deeper to get some viable keywords in this niche. Ubersuggest.org can give you good variations. However, you should really consider related keywords that you can write about in blog posts and articles, like “setting up your online store,” “successful online business.” or “what you need for your online store.” These are keywords that are related to the general e-commerce niche, but you can write an article about them that includes and refers to shopping carts. They will also help establish you as an expert, leading your readers to trust you.
Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs
The trick to finding them is to check out eCommerce service providers.
As always, I checked on ClickBank’s Marketplace first before searching online. There were no shopping cart affiliate programs. However, I did come across an interesting WordPress theme that will turn your site to an e-commerce website. It’s related to what I’m looking for, but not related enough to include here.
So, I went online yet again to look for shopping cart affiliate programs. Some of the good ones are as follows :