Well the whole world is buzzing about the launch of the newest, greatest, bright shiny object of the Make Money Online world – Matt Garrett and Gary Prendergast’s Niche Reaper – this is pretty much the best thing since the invention of the Internet – on account of it it will pay me a nice recurring affiliate income and hey you guys might have fun playing with it – was that hardcore affiliate marketing enough for you?
Anyone still here? OK. WTF Lissie why are you doing flogging yet another MMO product – well Splork has a way about him that makes me buy shit that gets past his bullshit radar.
So when I was procrastinating today Splork came up in my Google reader – and I am now $67 dollars frigging poorer – thanks mate.
Niche Reaper Review
So what does Niche Reaper claim to do – well their main claims are:
- Uncover Hidden Keywords – Over 20,000 brand new fully researched keywords unearthed every single day!
- Dominate Entire Markets – Keywords are grouped into niches so you can build authority sites, not just keyword landing pages
- No More Keyword Research – Simply log-in and pick a colour-coded niche we’ve done all the hard work for you
- Remove Uncertainty – Know the dollar value of each niche BEFORE you risk your precious time and money promoting it
- Save Time, Earn More – Quickly filter by expected earnings to build your personal portfolio of killer niches
- Rank Faster via Google’s Backdoor – Discover hundreds of new keyword domains every day with a virtually guaranteed page one ranking
- Join The FaceBook Gold Rush – Build Fanpages and boost their value with thousands of available keyword-rich FaceBook URLs
Been been there done that you might think – well I did anyways – as I am old and jaded. But what caught my attention was the second claim – build authority sites.
Now I’ve said before that niche sites work just fine for me, but I also know from experience of this site that once you rank for one term e.g. “site build it scam” then ranking for “hubpages scam” is a lot easier than ranking a new site for the same term. So if you can start a site based around a bunch of keywords rather than just one – its easier – particularly if those keywords are closely related.
But stepping back one step further – Niche Reaper will actually suggest keywords to you – no not just by you putting in a keyword and it returning the variations – they have a ticker tape screen / running board of new keywords on the front page – and within minutes I’d found some new keywords which not only have never thought of but actually had a hope in hell of ranking for with my existing sites.
The Niche Reaper’s method for calculating the ease of ranking of keywords and their potential value seems to be fairly similar to that of the Keyword Academy not identical but nothing stupid like looking at the total number of competing sites – but what made me put me hit the subscribe button was actually the feature that the computer itself would come up with suggestions for me.
The suggestions aren’t bad – some are more commecial than others, a few were in Spanish, some related to the UK market – but it would be hard not to find something useful in an hour or two’s browsing.
What I Didn’t Like About Niche Reaper
- There is no way to add your own keywords into the tool – if they are not there already – or picked up by whatever method they use to find new keywords – you are out of luck. There’s a comment somewhere in support saying this is a possible future enhancement.
There seems to be no way to download you keyword lists – you can classify keywords of interest by adding a star – but you have to stick with the tool (and the monthly subscription) – to easily access them.Looked harder you can download them into a pretty little spreadsheet.
- I’m pretty cynical about the suggested values of the keywords – I happen to have been #1 for one of the keywords I found in Niche Reaper – according to them its worth $40,956 /month. That would be nice – my experience is that when I am #1 its worth about $333/month. (Niche Refinery from the Keyword Academy thinks its worth $3600). Now this may be a fluke keyword and exposes another limitation – the keyword I rank for (and I’m #1 in Australia and #3 in the US) gets me six times more Australians than Americans – and according to Google – most of the searchers are actually from the UK (where I don’t rank at all) – so take the values with quite a lot of cynicism.
- Frigging two upsells before I even bought the produce – for goodness sakes – the product looks good – you just cheapen it by offering me a one time chance to get $XXXX value for $49.95 – or whatever it was – I wasn’t paying attention. AND DON’T SHOUT AT ME WHEN I TRY TO LEAVE THE PAGE – you will not make me a customer by getting me fired from my current job where I wasn’t supposed to be surfing the web.
- Too much emphasis on social media particularly Facebook – for getting traffic, never found anyone who goes on Facebook to buy stuff- just saying.
- Most of the training videos aren’t yet available. This may because they are just not ready yet – or it could be a ploy to keep you subscribed for month after month. I didn’t like the titles of the upcoming videos on getting traffic either – I think the Keyword Academy offers a much more solid approach for traffic generation.
What I Like About Niche Reaper
- The software works – its not always a given online – but this has a nice interface and it works for me. I had a look in the support pages (nice they have those too) and the only people having problems are running Internet Explorer. Use Firefox or Chrome and your life will be better – in general – I promise.
- The keywords are reasonable keywords – they seem reasonably commercial – ie you may actually make some money if you rank for the terms being suggested and I haven’t seen one “make money online” keyword yet!
- They acknowledge the value of exact match domains – still working for me though I would stick to 3 or fewer words if at all possible.
- The training videos are clear and no fluff. They recommend namecheap for domains and Hostgator for hosting both solid companies that provide excellent service even though there are others out that paying better affiliate commissions.
- It appears there will be step-by-step videos for the basics of getting a site up and running and they recommend that you outsource your articles (though I thought the particular recommendation was a little on the expensive side).
- This is a Clickbank product – you get 60 days to get a money back refund – and Clickbank provides the refund so there is no question about it. (Although I’ve not bought a subscription product on CB before – to be on the safe side I’d unsubscribe and request the refund before the next payment is due).
What I haven’t Reviewed
I didn’t review the upsell videos/ebooks on the initial purchase.
None of the training videos under First site – after “Getting Articles”, Facebook, Twitter, Traffic, Monetization, Resources were available at the time of this review.
Who Do I Recommend Niche Reaper For
- Someone starting out who has no idea what a buying keyword was – that was me for years – so even if you are not a beginner if this is your weakness check the product out.
- Someone who wants to find more related and easy keywords for existing sites – this is what I’ll use it for and its nice
- Procrastinators. I don’t think its unreasonable that its a monthly subscription – there will be an overhead maintaining the system. For many people though you could subscribe get enough keywords for the next 6-12 months in a day or two and then unsubscribe. So don’t stay subscribed for months not using it (though my paypal account will thank you if you do) – get in, get out.
- If you know how to setup a website but not how to do keyword research – this product may be worthwhile for you.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Niche Reaper
- While the basic training videos aren’t complete – I wouldn’t recommend this for the complete beginner – try Keyword Academy instead.
- If you can’t afford the
$67already gone up to $77/month – obviously really but possibly needs to be said in this age of credit card debt.
This May or May Not Be a Time Limited Opportunity
The claim is that Niche Reaper will be limited to 1000 subscribers (at one time I assume) and that they are about 1/2 way there as of the the time of writing. Now a time limited offer, act now or forever miss out – is an oldie but a goodie in online marketing.
It may however be true in this case because if it became incredibly popular then there would be a) a huge load on their servers and b) the keywords they are identifying as easy to rank for would suddenly have a whole rabble of marketers going after them – thereby shooting their prediction in their metaphorical foot.
If it does close I bet there will be a waiting list though – thought the price might go up (because they have proven the demand).
Genuinely – I don’t know if you should hurry or not but:
HERE IS MY HONKING BIG AFFILIATE LINK
if you want to.