How to Use Affiliate Marketing in the $50 Billion Pet Industry
I recently wrote about how the pet industry is now a $50 billion dollar a year business. The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be a slow down any time soon. The great news is that you can start taking a chunk out of this spending in this industry and keep some of it for yourself.
Before we start jumping into how you can make money in the pet industry, let’s first cover a few facts about why the pet industry is so amazing, and how it affects so many people. The American Pet Products Association reports the following:
- According to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 millions homes
- In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 62% in 2008
What’s also important to know, is that in 1994 the spending on pets was in the $17 billion range… 18 years later and we are now seeing over $50 billion a year. The bottom line is, people love their pets and they are going to spend a massive amount of money on keeping them healthy, bringing them to doctors and grooming, buying silly clothing and toys… and most importantly, treating them like they are family and even your own kid! If you already have a pet then you know what I mean… I have plenty of my own as well!
Now, let’s get on to how you can make money in the pet industry and with your own web site and marketing.
Create Your Own Pet Information Site
One of the best ways to make money in the pet industry is to simply make a pet resource web site. From pet food coupons to reviews on new products and services, everyone is coming online to find the best products and what pets are really enjoying. With a review or comparison web site, you will not only be able to let others know about great products, but through the use of affiliate programs you can also earn a commission on all sales. Take a look at the Google Keyword Tool and search for anything pet related, and you will be able to see how many people are searching online for pet related terms and questions. Create a site that answers these questions and search queries, and you will make money!
Facebook Ads Towards Pet Owners
We’ve already covered a lot of posts on Facebook Ads… from the basics of creating your first ad campaign, to targeting demographics, everything you need is there. Simply create ad campaigns that are focused on people who have “dogs”, “cats” or any other pet in their interests, and you will find a huge audience. You can also grab a huge user based through Facebook fan Page. Just take a look at how PetFlow now has over 250,000 active users on their fan page!
Plenty of Fish – Plenty of Pet Owners
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier than Facebook Ads for targeting pet owners, Plenty of Fish comes along with their self serve ad platform and allows you to specifically target pet owners, based on pet type! Login to your favorite pet affiliate network and grab a few banners, then throw them in rotation on Plenty of Fish and see which stick. There are ton of different offers out there, so make sure you don’t give up too quickly.
Search, Affiliate Marketing, CPV & Everything Else
In addition to the social networks and creating a site of your own, you also have every other method of advertising as well. The bottom line is, people are spending money on their pets and you just need to get in front of their faces. Huge web sites an brands like Petco and PetSmart all have affiliate programs. Amazon has millions of pet related products, and Google Adsense is an excellent solution for any pet related information based web site.
Everyone Loves Pets… and Making Money!
Through the combination of the pet industry and your killer marketing skills, you should have no problems with finding a profitable means of advertising to pet owners and making a profit. If you are already a pet owner, just think about the different ways you use the internet to shop or find information for your pet. If not, you have all of the marketing and research tools you need to get started.
About Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at Blogging Tips and Affiliate Marketing blog, as well as the founder of PPC.org. Follow me on Twitter @MoneyReign.