How to Make Money in a Small Niche With a Simple Business Model


When it comes to earning money online as a marketer, most people go wrong in exactly the same place. That crucial error? Their ambition. Unfortunately, too much ambition is very commonly the downfall of many online businesses and marketers which essentially causes them to bite off more than they can chew and then give up too easily.

Instead of aiming to become rich or change the world, it makes much more sense to start off small. Aim to accomplish something small first and then build on each success to eventually reach the top.

So what might this look like?

The Small Niche Business Model is a blog owned by internet marketer Pat Flynn which shares his methods for earning money. One of his most successful recent ventures was a website aimed at food trucks. This is a very small niche that made it easy for him to find routes to market (ways to communicate with the target demographic).

Compare this with creating a website in the ‘fitness’ niche and you can imagine how much easier it is to get noticed and to reach the right audience. From here, Pat began making money from selling an eBook aimed at those food trucks that would help them make more money and apply smart business skills.

THIS is the exact same business model that first time internet marketers should be using. You might decide to choose a different niche (sticking with a career is often a good choice though) and you may decide you’d rather sell an affiliate item. The general model though is almost flawless for the inexperienced marketer.

Why This Works

So what’s so good about this business model?

For starters, choosing a small niche to operate in means that you’ll be able to much more easily get noticed. If you choose to go the PPC route for instance, you’ll pay far less for advertising in this niche as compared with the amount you’d pay for a bodybuilding or dating related keyword.

At the same time, this helps you to come up with a very clear value proposition and offering. Ideally, your product should set out to solve a very specific problem for a very specific group of people. This will make it much easier to market that product, to promote it and to encourage people to consider buying.

My #1 Tip for Online Marketing Beginners


Whether you’re a small business owner trying to create or enhance your online presence, or a newbie to the online marketing arena, the biggest thing is to just get started.

When I first started in offline marketing, the concept was brand new. Thanks to evolving technology and new and unique ways to market to our customers, whoever they may be. Most small businesses didn’t even realize they needed this type of service yet. And even when they did, things were constantly changing. Google changes, text message marketing, QR codes and more new types of custom advertising.

As an offline marketing business consultant, naturally I needed to learn and keep up with them. There were quickly new tools becoming available. There was also education becoming available. The reason for that is because it was such a much needed service. So the firsts to become successful at it realized they could benefit even more, by showing other people how to become financially independent, and provide this much needed service at the same time! It’s all good! :)

The same to be said of the online marketing arena. Affiliate marketers, store owners, product developers, Kindle authors, and anyone else wanting to try and better their future, all soon realized that they had to learn everything they could because of all the quick changes.

Now here’s my simple point. While continuing my education, and acquiring new tools, I would study some of the other students. The questions they asked, the things they would say, and it always came down to one thing. Fear. Fear of rejection, fear of getting started, fear of failure. I’m not here to talk about fear. That’s a different post! I’m here to take an ounce of that fear away. For the newbies!

The first rule of thumb when starting out online is your domain name. I always recommend getting your own. Don’t let an “all in one online suite” of anything, have your domain name. Offline marketers, don’t let those big marketing firms who tout awesome SEO skills, have your domain name.

I know the domain name is what keeps beginners from getting started. Especially if you’re on a limited budget you really want to get it right. So maybe you just have to keep doing your niche research right?

Well sure, but quit using that as an excuse. Here’s my tip: Go now, and get yourself a (dot)info. GoDaddy sells (dot) infos for 3.99! Get that thing going. Get your hosting, transfer the domain, install a wordpress blog and just start doing! Play. Have fun. Get inspired.

You’re going to get experience, you’re going to get ideas, and you’re going to be on your way! And then when you’ve found the perfect domain name for your project, product or service, you’ll get that baby up in no time. You’ll have gotten the kinks, the little mistakes, and the (possible) big mistakes out of the way.

Best of all you’ll feel your confidence level on the rise. And I personally recommend that you proceed with confidence! (In everything that you do!) Go do it. Now!

What if I told you, that everything you’ve heard about making money on the internet was a lie?


Bold, right? Well I won’t tell you that everything you’ve heard or read about making money on the internet is a lie. Just because I don’t know what you’ve read or heard.

But I can tell you this. That the majority of it is bullcrap! If you think you’ll be able to fire your boss with Affiliate Marketing or TeeSpring, you may be waiting…and waiting, for a while!

“But Ali you promote these kinds of things”

Yes I do! And I do make money with them and you can too! If you are armed with the knowledge and tools to help you get there as quickly as possible.

But please keep in mind that all those gurus with pictures in front of mansions, standing next to their Lamborghinis are just “stuff” on the internet. If you’re going to buy into this notion that a few small, inexpensive moves are going to enable you to set and forget, and sit back and reap a gold mine…. well have you seen the Brooklyn bridge? I’m selling it cheap! Interested?

The truth is there’s a lot of other things that factor in here. You need to have a real passion. You need to have focus and discipline. You need to have a PLAN. If you want to make money selling T shirts then you’d better be pretty darn passionate about T shirts and have an eye for graphic design! (Then the tools to market successfully).

You also must know where you’re going and WHY! In fact if you’re listening to any of the real experts, the people I trust, they’ll tell you that your mindset is the first place to start. You might not believe that but I’m telling you it’s the truth. And it’s harder than you think! The next thing they’ll tell you is you need to start from the end! You must figure out your why!

Since the WHY is a very huge factor, and there’s so much more to do after that, like figure out where you want to go next, I’m offering you a golden nugget!

Sifting between the who’s who and what’s what out there, actually takes a whole lot of time! And yes, money!

Right now, this weekend, through Monday..(our favorite day #MondayHaters..)

I am offering you my full video study course on Niche Marketing. For only $7

That’s $60 off the regular price.   (Get it HERE)

What this can do for you, is get you started thinking. It will teach you all the basics. And it will show you how to discover your passion and how to market that passion!
It’s a complete and comprehensive course. For the price of a cup of coffee at that place.

For the price of a slice of pizza, you could be spending as much time as you want learning how to change your destiny.       (Get it HERE)
Then if it’s not right for you? You go back to the rat wheel. simple like that.

Are you bold enough to give it a try?



**Please note that at the $7 price point I can not offer a refund. If you’re worried about that, then you’d better save your dollars right now. But I am here, to help and answer any questions to guide you on your way. I’ve had zero refunds on this particular product. And if a full comprehensive video course may not be worth it to you..well then, I understand!

Persistence Breeds Success

If you want to better your life and attain your goals then you need to strengthen your power of persistence. Everyone has a persistent streak inside of them. The problem is that this streak is not as powerful as you had hoped for. If you find that your persistence diminishes fairly quickly there is hope for you!

It is so easy to talk about wanting success and to lead a better lifestyle. It’s simple to complain about all the things that you don’t have in your life. Instead of complaining why not put your energy and effort into actually getting all of those things you so desire?

The first step in improving your persistence is to actually starting thinking with a positive mindset. Whenever you start to think in a negative manner or start to say the words ‘I can’t do that’, stop and think for a moment. What exactly is it that you can’t do? Or is it merely that you don’t want to do the task?

Many times it is the latter that is the real reason. When you find yourself thinking in this way ask yourself why. Is the task at hand really too hard or are you tired and just have had enough of it?

When you can overcome this way of thinking you will be more than halfway to becoming a persistent person. While it is fine to take a break from a task you should never totally give up. Sometimes taking a break is all that is needed. Once you have had the time to re-energize you are ready to tackle the job again.

A persistent person is some who doesn’t give up and when the going gets tough they look for ways to handle the situation. As you complete any task or accomplish a goal you will feel proud of yourself. This boost in your self confidence will help make you a more successful person.

For this reason you want to set small goals, or break down larger projects into smaller segments. This way each portion is attainable and will help keep you motivated. This applies to many different types of situations including learning a new skill, working on a repair at home or dealing with an unexpected event.

The next time you feel like giving up, don’t. Instead think of the way you will feel when the task is completed and then shoot for the moon and persist until the job is completed.


My Facebook Hiatus

Business people and college students are taking the plunge and either deleting or deactivating their Facebook accounts!  Some in business, are deactivating. This is a temporary measure where you can come back at any time and everything is the same. When I researched it and tweeted about it I found that many young people, would do this to take breaks, say for exams or something important. But I also found that some young people were deleting altogether! Honestly I wasn’t ready to take that final plunge. But I found deactivation, refreshing, enlightening and quite productive.

 When I first got on in 2009, it was completely addicting. I reconnected with some wonderful people from childhood, some of whom it was like we never parted.  People could just show up anywhere in a conversation and make it so much fun! Put a smile on your face all day. I got to see some family, and pictures. I got to follow musicians! And I loved hearing people’s choices in music. And classic cars, and see who else was nuts about muscle like me! I adore the workout enthusiasts, and love to surround myself with beneficial friendships where we can motivate each other! And politics. Yes really! I don’t usually voice my political opinion but I love reading others, and thinking. I may or may not agree but have still found some wonderful endearing friends! We don’t have to agree… it’s ok! (I agree with myself that I don’t like any of them! The politicians, that is) Sometimes it’s even fun to see what you’re eating…..and uh, drinking too… I guess! My Bears groups (I could stay there all day!)  And oh how I enjoy the Monday hater’s (you could do something about that..) and the Friday lover’s ( LOVE me some Fridays! Love Mondays too #DontJudgeMe)

 I also have an amazing group of inspiring business associates, entrepreneurs and mentors! I am still giddy with glee that I am “friends” with my biggest, most beloved, most inspiring and most awesome mentor (who told his students to get on social 2009! Thank you, Jim!).  This is the area..I hands down consider the “Facebook time” well spent!

 Now you’re lucky if you get to see something  you enjoy because Facebook  controls your timeline and you could be missing tons! It literally thinks it knows what you want to see.   (Oh but that’s ok,,you can find it..sooner or later..just keep looking….tick tock) ” Oh, there it is…HAHAHA that was hilarious! 45 minutes in.

 The “sharing” a few years ago was real. Real people connecting. I have a whole family of Bears fan friends that I don’t even really know, who open themselves up and share who they are. There are some real gems! And I enjoy interaction from the people I personally know and the people I don’t!

 Now the term “sharing” has taken on a whole new life.  18 recycled, regurgitated pictures on 6 different “liked” pages show up, along with the 4 friends that liked it and shared it!  Sometimes they’re inspiring, or funny. Other times they’re just downright depressing! Please don’t misunderstand, I do like seeing your opinions and likes. If we all used our brains instead of the share finger, we could come up with some really clever and funny ways to share what we really think and who we really are. Imagine the possib…..

 Sharing works in other ways too. They share info about you. They “reserve the right to”.. Wait I haven’t checked for the latest privacy update, let me get back to you on that. I wish mainstream media would show you and educate you with the documentary “Terms and Conditions May Apply” it is  SO important that you are at least educated!  But if you can’t see that least google “” and check out THEIR terms and conditions! Very, very costly to those who didn’t! (really, seriously, check it out!)

 While I got on Twitter about the same time, I notice right away that if you wanted interaction from the celebrities you loved, (in my case, athletes..sports media etc.,) that that was the place to be! If you’ve “known” me long enough you know I adore twitter. I think it’s compact and complete. I truly believe that’s why you’ll see athletes use it more. Case and point. If you follow someone on both platforms you may notice there is more interaction on their part on twitter. One might post on Facebook, get 672 likes and 347 responses (in the first 2 minutes) and yet never come back to the post. On twitter, you could get a response 😉 try it sometime!

 Anyway my point wasn’t to build up twitter and knock down Facebook, it’s about the (advanced) life lesson I have learned from it. If you can keep it short, you can still be productive!

 So now during my Facebook hiatus, it was literally like breaking a habit. I even think it was somewhere around 3 weeks! I had to get back on for business sooner or later, but I feel like the coincidental “21 day rule” really did come into play. As I have returned now, I do get a little gut nudge when I want to “just quick check” I hope that continues and I don’t fall back into the old habit. Right now I can take that nudge and go productively run with it. Now I’ll admit, that at the time of this Chicago Bears just got done putting a whoopin on their favorite Monday night target, the Dallas some.. “just checkin'” was unavoidable this morning! 😉

 In conclusion, I love the fun like everyone else. But it’s not reality. And it becomes less and less reality every day. It also changes security measures on you on the fly. So please educate yourselves! And now, while I am richer (facetious) for knowing that you like Kraft and Chase Bank ( you’re now on their radar for solicitation) and cute puppies and really funny sh!t, I just wasted 30 minutes of productive time that I’ll never get back.  And if I gave in and commented somewhere, then surely I’ll need to keep checking back…….. uhhhh tick tock…

Encouraging and inspiring people on your friend’s list is always welcomed. Maybe  instead of sharing a quote on a picture every single time, go do something and report back on that! ( Hey now….) The silly, funny and x rated share pics are fun when it’s joking time. But try actually doing something funny. Even if it’s by accident. America’s funniest home video style!  Please leave out the personal versions of the x rated stuff. (Or you can just learn the privacy features!) Share some creativity with us. Share a personal experience with us. If you need guidance, love or even validation, I find that there are always people in Face book land that will be there to give you that! (These also do apply to twitter)

 And if you’re wondering if you need a break from Facebook, ask yourself this. Could I go 2 days without it? Or even 1? If the answer is no, then you need it! Real life is passing you by! Don’t miss something good. Unlike life, regret never spoils.