But it’s not just about setting yourself up to be the early bird. You have to be ready to catch the worm and ride the wave of popularity at its peak.
This will enable your blog, service, or product to enjoy rapid growth, and hopefully a higher level of repeat business in the long term.
Catching the Worm
I used to play a lot of tabletop wargames a few years back, and set up a number of BlogSpots with the intention of making money through affiliate schemes and Google AdSense.
One of these was a Partial Match Domain targeting the search term “Space Wolves,” historically one of the most popular product ranges for a well-known game.
When creating this website, (which was going to be a complete resource with loads of how to guides and other evergreen content) I knew the product range was going to be re-released in six months’ time from various rumours. That gave me time to get it to the top of Google for my target search term.
The Red line indicates the spike in search for the product range when pictures were first leaked in September. The following six months, I was busy writing all sorts of evergreen content, creating a resource for this product range.
Because so many people had found the website while the topic was trending, they knew where to come back to in the future for all the support they needed once they’d invested in the new product range.
As you can see, the more content I wrote (all search engine optimized of course), the more traffic I got. And thankfully the affiliate and AdSense earnings were roughly proportional.
You can read a more in depth case study about this blog here.
The Worm that Got Away
Of course, this wasn’t the only BlogSpot I’d created. I had a few ready and waiting, because it takes approximately five years for each product range to be relaunched.
However, this next one ‘exchanged hands,’ for lack of a better word, to tie in with the BlogSpot terms and conditions. This guy was eager to take over a blog with quite a bit of content, in anticipation for the product range to trend.
You can see how the traffic fluctuates as the new product range photos are leaked and then the range becomes available to purchase.
Unfortunately, it was only at the start of this month the new webmaster started writing fresh content, and set about getting a team together to meet the needs of his readers – who seem to have gone elsewhere.
Ride the Wave
This is just one example of how you can use your insider knowledge about an industry to become an early bird and succeed in catching the worm. But you’ve got to have a plan in place to ‘ride the wave’ immediately following the massed exposure of your website.
And you don’t necessarily need a blog with loads of supporting content. You may just need a nice product page and product review blog post on an ecommerce site for example.
Obviously, you’ll use your blogger connections, online communities and other forms of link gathering to share your exclusive content or helpful resources.
Why spend loads of time and effort fighting for something you could have snatched from under your competitor’s noses six months before they were even aware of it? Devise an online marketing strategy that allows you to be the early bird, and catch the worm. Just don’t let it get away once it’s caught.