If you do decide to go with a blog though, please, for all of our sakes, do not start a marketing blog. The Internet is littered with unhelpful marketing blogs by novice marketers. Starting one will be discouraging to you since it’ll be much harder to get traffic, and you’ll be writing about things you know nothing about, so please, don’t start a marketing blog.
Earning affiliate income is one thing, but receiving the money in any country in the world you’re in, is another. A lot of people find it more difficult to receive money from low or high paying affiliate programs or networks than to literally make the money. This is why so many affiliates worldwide have thousands of dollars stuck in many affiliate programs that they can’t get their money out of.
How to monetize this site: I would definitely go the route of the online course. Make a four month marathon bootcamp. When people buy your online video training, they get the videos of you showing them how it’s done. As an email course, you can set this up so they get email reminders when they are on day 20 what their running schedule should be, etc. You could earn money in a lot of different ways with this site. It would be excellent for sponsorships, but also Amazon affiliate sales and video courses. Heck, even an eBook could be really good for this niche. The door is wide open.
How to Monetize the Site: This site is ripe for products. Video courses on how to pass the Part 107 exam in the United States, courses on cinematography with drones, how to start an aerial photography business, etc. When you have these courses created, PLEASE email me because I’ll gladly be an affiliate for your products. I could send you TONS of business from my photography site.
How to Monetize: Affiliate marketing works well when you discuss products on your blog. For our fish tank blog, we would link to all the things you need to buy for an aquarium and then when people click on that link and buy that item (and other items they purchase with it with some exceptions) you get a percentage of the purchase. Amazon Associates is the best-known affiliate marketing program, but there are others like Impact Radius, ShareASale, Commission Junction, ClickBank and Rakuten too.
If you pay your bills with a credit card make sure it offers cash back rewards. You can let your rewards accrue for a while and possibly put the easy money you earned toward another passive income venture! (Be sure that the card you select doesn’t have an annual fee or you might be cancelling out your rewards). Check out this list of the best Cashback Rewards Cards.
Loved your article. Any advice on connecting to Niche Sellers? We are a small company (compared to Amazon, et al) that offers third party fulfillment. Our approach is much different than the big guys, we keep costs low, have great negotiated shipping rates and tailor our business to our customers’ needs. We don’t dictate to the seller how to do their business as the Big Guys do.
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Matcha: The market for Matcha tea has rapidly grown for brick-and-mortar stores in the last couple of years. With its incredible health benefits and matcha-exclusive tea bars popping up, it continues to be a long-lasting trend. When searching for a supplier, be wary of any cheap imitations. Matcha tea originates in Japan. China is now producing powdered green tea that is ‘Matcha-style,’ but, depending on the manufacturer, it can taste bitter. Be sure to do your research and ensure your supplier is offering quality products.
For example, you can design digital products, like animal clipart or a downloadable wedding poem that could be printed by the customer. Your design could be resold thousands of times without needing to create each item or ship it. Once you create your digital product and list it on a site like Etsy or Ebay, the revenue flows in with little oversight.
Obviously with such a hugely valuable niche where people will be spending on average around $30,000 to $60,000 on a boat, there will be tons of information and reviews available, right? Wrong! In fact, MOST of the boats that I was interested in had zero reviews to be found anywhere on the internet. Zero. And all the manufacturers showed was a few pictures, sometimes a sales video, and an abbreviated spec sheet. That’s it. I scoured the internet for unbiased reviews of boats and did not find anything helpful at all.