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Michael Rolfe

How to Find the Hottest Niches

8th Aug 2011 SEO, SEO Resources 2 minutes to read

SherlockSPOILER ALERT:  If you are currently using this trick to find the hottest niches and traffic sources, you may find this share upsetting.

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what products and services to promote?  Perhaps you are an affiliate, looking for popular products to promote, and effective ways to promote them…
What if you could make a very specific search query to discover current topics that other people are promoting, and that they are receiving a lot of traffic for?   Here’s a trick I use – In Google, type the following string:

site:ezinearticles.com “2011” “Viewed 20000…9999999 times”

This returns all the results from the popular and authoritative (despite Panda…) articles from Ezinearticles.com.  Importantly, you are returning recent results (from 2011) and those articles that have been viewed many times.

Please note that due to formatting on this blog, a copy and paste of the string may add a space after the ‘…’ , which will return ‘no results’.  Just delete that space to make the string work.  Alternatively, i made the string clickable.

You can click through to read the article and follow the links in the author bio to see which products and services are being promoted.  Often they are affiliate products.  If you are putting the pieces together here you will see this is a way to:

1.    Discover what the most viewed articles are on one of the most popular article sites
2.    Learn which products/services are being promoted
3.    Know you can get targeted traffic to your landing page by writing a similar article

You can use this technique to make money without a website -just have your author bio link point to an affiliate landing page with your affiliate id attached.  Just be sure to write great content that helps users find answers to their queries.  This will help the article receive back-links from happy readers and further increase the number of visitors to the article.


  • Add a keyword at the beginning of the search string if you already know the niche you wish to work in.  E.G. SEO site:ezinearticles.com “2011” “Viewed 2000…9999999 times”
  • Narrow down the results further using the ‘More Search Tools’ button in the left hand navigation menu in Google, say, to any results in the last month.
  • You can search any other content laden site with this string as well; just find the syntax of the ‘number of views’ data on the page and search for it.

Try it now – and raise that ‘2000’ to a higher figure and find the hottest niches right now…

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