The Best Niches for Affiliate Marketing

Breaking Down the Most Profitable Affiliate Marketing Niches

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One of the most common questions I get asked is, "What is the best way to make money as an affiliate marketer?". This is usually followed by, "What is the best niche to make money as an affiliate."

Unfortunately, or perhaps, fortunately, there is no single answer. The explanation is quite simple: practically any niche that has a lot of customers and quality affiliate products to sell can be profitable in the long term, provided you take a smart, systematic, business-like approach to your affiliate marketing activity.

That being said, classifying various niches can help identify your interests and strengths. After all, it is your job to make your niche choice as profitable as possible.

Profitable Niches that Never Go Out of Style

“Shooting star” fads come and go, but the following three (3) niches are going to be popular forever, because as consumers, we will always need and desire information in these areas:

  • Romance: Online Dating, Attracting the Right Partner, Marriage Counseling, and Reconciliation, etc.
  • Health and Fitness: Diet and Weight Loss; Healthy Eating; Quit Smoking; Group Fitness for Women, etc.
  • Wealth and Money: Making Money Online, Foreign Currency Exchange Markets (Forex), multi-level marketing, real estate, jobs / careers, credit repair services, etc.

Products and services in these evergreen niches are always in demand because people are always looking for solutions to specific problems in their day-to-day lives.

You'll want to operate in one or two sub-niches, to begin with because it is impossible to make meaningful offers in such gigantic broad categories.

Internet marketing (IM) itself is a special niche where your expertise with specific skills (e.g. sales copy, traffic generation, search engine optimization, etc.) can make you money.

It can also be a niche where your reputation allows you to market big ticket IM items as an affiliate.

See also: How to Brand Yourself as an Affiliate Marketer

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities where People Spend Money

Whereas health, finances, and romance are affiliate-friendly niches because they touch our daily lives, you can also be successful if you target popular hobbies. Sports are a good candidate, because many of them extend beyond state and national borders, giving you a massive audience from the outset. However, be careful to choose hobby-oriented sports instead of big-time spectator sports like football and basketball.

Some good choices include golf, sailing, hunting, fishing, and camping.

People just love to indulge themselves by purchasing equipment, tools, and gear to better enjoy their passions. More often than not, they will find the money for training, accessories, “how-to” guides and other things that promise to help them with their activity of choice.

One last thing:

Pet ownership closely rivals sports as an extracurricular activity these days, so finding a profitable niche there also makes sense.

Any Affiliate Niche with High Payouts

Marketers willing to learn about new niches and develop their expertise have the freedom to seek out areas that offer large commissions and big upfront payments for directing paying customers to their sites.

Bloggers who have high traffic websites can translate their blogging success into membership to exclusive affiliate networks. (See also: 3 Simple Ways to Make Money Blogging)

These networks may offer high-end continuity programs, home study courses, or items typically associated with the good life (e.g. travel-related charters,  luxury cruises, casino vacations, luxury goods, etc.).

Conclusion

Profitable affiliate marketing niches become profitable with effort, passion, and good old fashioned hard work. Go into niches with a lot of demand and a lot of customers. Obscure niches may earn you income as well, but eventually, the competition will jump in and take away your short-term low-competition  advantage.

In short, stick to the basics (proven evergreen markets) because demand is forever in those niches.

  Stick to hobbies and extracurricular activities that give immeasurable pleasure to people – upper-income people in particular. Finally as a last resort, and if you are willing to learn and think “outside the box”, look for the biggest payouts available and become the niche expert that draws in sales like a magnet!

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