When looking for affiliate marketing opportunities, you may at first think about the make money online niche. But when you are first starting out, something less competitive might be easier. So, let us see what else is available to sell online besides “make money online stuff”?
One of the biggest problems for a beginner marketer is trying to figure out just what it is that they can promote. Well, if you think about it, it doesn’t have to be a problem and it is very easy – just pick a niche (segment of a market) where you are very passionate or at least have some interest in.
There is a very good reason for this. Once you pick a niche you will be doing a lot of research and writing. If you are not at least interested in the subject, then you will have a hard time being able to think of things to write about. On the other hand, if you are ready to show your passion about your favorite subject, then you will actually enjoy talking about it… Therefore, making writing on it much easier as well.
Affiliate Marketing Opportunities for the… Avid Cook
Suppose that you are interested in cooking. Well, just how can you promote cooking and make money? There are several ways you can go about it. As you blog about different cooking styles, techniques, recipes, ways to cook healthy, etc., you will eventually see that there are a lot of things that can be promoted that relate to that.
There are, of course, Recipe Books, Diet Books, Cookware, Cooking Gadgets, and specialty cooking supply stores… All these can be promoted on your site simply because you enjoy cooking and want to share some of your experiences with others.
Affiliate Marketing Opportunities for the… Avid Outdoors Person
Now, if you like outdoors, you may like to hunt or fish. Or, perhaps you are a golfer. There are always so many different things and accessories used in these activities for such outdoor people to buy. This will come natural to you since you enjoy them too, which makes it fun for you to talk about them.
So, why not talk about them online and earn some money at the same time? For example, do you have a favorite fishing rod? What makes it your favorite? Is there something about that fishing rod that would not make it appropriate for some other people? Write about all that too.
Affiliate Marketing Opportunities for the… Avid Do-It-Yourself
If you are one of those do-it-yourself people who buys supplies from your local home improvement store, then you must have a certain amount of knowledge to do your own home improvement jobs that you may be taking for granted.
Someone else may be wishing that they had the knowledge that you have. You are in a position to help those people by sharing your home improvement knowledge and your preferred items you buy with them.
These items may include products, tools, and the equipment you would personally use to get the job done properly.
There are many such stores offline that also have an online store with an affiliate marketing arrangement. You can use their marketing program to promote their products and services, you would recommend, and earn a commission.
How to Find the Best Affiliate Programs?
When we plan to make a purchase and it is something that we know we can get locally, we will usually research online to make the decision on just the right item before going to the store. Quite often, we will find that it is cheaper for us to buy online and then pick it up in the store. So, why not pass on this saving to your readers?
There are so many different segments of the market, or niches, that you can promote a product or a service and earn an income. Just a few examples include:
- Beauty products
- Technology items and updates
- Home décor
- Baby clothes and all related baby needs
- Pets and all their care and supplies
- Vacation resorts
- Sports equipment
- Small household appliances
- And, many more
Now just how do you find affiliate programs within these markets? There are a couple of ways to do that. One involves looking inside programs that we know to be reputable Like Linkshare, Amazon, ShareASale or others to see if they carry your chosen products. The other is to simply type into your search bar affiliate program: company name or product name. If we wanted to promote fishing equipment then we would type in affiliate program: fishing equipment. Doing this can bring up a lot of options that you never heard of before. You can then compare the different programs with each other. Some will pay more than others and some provide more help for the affiliate.
Best Affiliate Programs For Beginners
When you are just beginning in affiliate marketing, it is best to stick with a company that you know is reputable. After you have some experience you will learn how to evaluate other options. There are many affiliate programs, and we have, in our ‘What Is Affiliate Marketing About?‘ article, listed some of the most reputable ones.
However, countless other programs exist as well. Some of these programs are within networks and some are private. When looking for an affiliate program, be sure that it is REPUTABLE, because the success of your site and everything that you recommend, or promote, is dependent on your honesty and integrity by promoting ONLY legitimate and honest programs and their products or services.
Stainless Steel Cookware Affiliate Program
Let us give you an illustration. While thinking how to tell you how to find reputable affiliate programs, we thought of my friend’s waterless cookware, one that she enjoys using so much. So, we typed into my search bar “affiliate program: stainless steel cookware.” Guess what came up? It was the manufacturer of her cookware and they do have an affiliate program!
Our friend had actually purchased that cookware from a dealer who came and cooked a meal for her family to demonstrate the benefits of the cookware. She tells us that she would not have purchased such an expensive set like that had she not seen the demonstration? No, she wouldn’t have!
By seeing the demonstration, she was able to see how much healthier her meals could be prepared. She also realized that the cookware would last for the rest of her life and could be handed down to her children or grandchildren.
Would a dealer be able to benefit from having a website where his customers could purchase additional pieces? Absolutely! When you have information like that, it is easy to build an affiliate site around the topic.
One of the best ways to make money online is to solve a problem for someone. They have a problem, you have a solution. That is a win-win proposition!
What kinds of things are problem solvers? Put on your thinking cap for a minute here and look around the house. What kinds of problems have you had lately?
The Other Big Ones
Health, Wealth, and Relationships… Just to name a few…
ClickBank is a good place to look for digital products in each of these niches.
As mentioned before, be careful what you promote. You want to make sure that you are promoting only what will actually help your readers and customer. You must always use integrity in your marketing, just like in everything else in life or else, you will definitely regret it later on!
What we have tried to do here is give you some simple ideas on picking a suitable niche for yourself to get started on affiliate marketing. The most important thing to remember is to start with the right training. If you are struggling in your marketing efforts or are just beginning, then you may need to get more training. It takes more than just a couple of e-books on affiliate marketing. You can read what it takes to start in affiliate marketing here.
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Jay and Glenda