So you own a niche online business? Whether you are selling your own product, own a niche portal, or a niche affiliate marketer, you are going to do your research and put real effort into it if you want succeed online. So investing in a research tool to help you along the way is not such a bad idea. The good news is that there are a few free tools that you can use to help you get a more comprehensive research done. The bad news is there is no way around the process. So if you want to succeed online, you’ve got to do your research and keep track of trends.

If you are a niche business owner looking to take your research to the next level, here are 5 research tools that you should take advantage of:

Facebook Lexicon: a lot of newbie niche marketers are not paying too much attention to social networking sites such as Facebook. But these sites are great places to look for trends and find out valuable information. Facebook Lexicon lets you do just that.

Twendz: Twitter is another place to look for trends and find out what people are talking about online. Twendz is a cool free tool that lets you do your research on Twitter and keep an eye out on the upcoming trends.

Market Samurai: an Adobe Air application designed specifically for portal developers and niche marketers. It’s not a free tool like the above tools, but it brings a lot of things together and lets you better manage your content creation and promotion process. [click to continue…]


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