Virtually all blogging niches can support affiliate marketing, but not all niches can support marketing digital products and services such as web hosting packages, WordPress theme and plugins, mobile and desktop apps, e-books, and premium online courses.
Here, we’re focusing on digital products because they are easy to sell, they are in huge demand, and there are lots of them to promote and make money from. And most interestingly, they offer huge affiliate commissions that are enough to keep you motivated, especially if you’re just starting out.
For you to make money consistently by promoting a product or service on your blog, your audience must be interested in that product or service.
So, if you run a tech blog and use it to promote smartphones for Amazon, it’s expectable that you’d generate a lot of sales and commissions. Similarly, if you run a fashion blog and monetize it by marketing wears for WalMart, you stand the chance to make a lot of money. Why? Because you’re promoting products that your visitors will most likely be interested in.
Now, don’t expect to make money by promoting wedding rings on a tech blog or by promoting web hosting services on an entertainment blog. To make good money by promoting digital products, you need to run a blog that will attract people who will most likely be interested in buying such products.
Here are 17 topics you should consider blogging on if you really want to sell digital products or services consistently as an affiliate marketer.
17 best niches for affiliate marketing (digital products)
1. Blogging tips (for beginners)
Many people want to start blogging but don’t know how. So, consider starting a blog for the purpose of sharing valuable blogging tips and tutorials for beginners. Focus on encouraging them to start with WordPress (give them several convincing reasons to do so). And teach them how to set up and grow their WordPress blogs.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on blogging, software for SEO tactics.
2. Website design (for beginners)
A lot of people out there are yearning to learn how to design websites. Start a blog where you’ll teach basic website design stuff such as HTML, how to use basic web design software, and other related stuff through step-by-step tutorials that are easy to understand and implement.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, web design software, e-books or e-courses on website design, software for SEO tactics.
3. Small business ideas and tips
More and more people are looking to start their own businesses in order to become financially independent. Start a blog where you’ll reveal brilliant small business ideas, their profit potential, and the requirements for starting them. Since most businesses now need a small website or blog to attract more customers, recommend the web hosting plans you promote to your readers.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on small business development, software packages for various business operations.
If you run a technology blog, chances are a good number of your readers would be interested in web hosting plans and other digital products – aside from the tech stuff you primarily share on the site.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, subscription to premium online tech magazines.
5. Tips for better writing
Many people who aim to become bloggers, freelance writers, and celebrated authors would jump at any opportunity to learn how to write better. You can help them achieve that goal by teaching them how to improve their writing skills. Since chances are most of your readers would love to have their own blogs, you’d need to teach them some aspects of blogging, too.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on information marketing and freelance writing, software packages for e-cover designs and editing.
If you’re a programmer, consider starting a blog where you’ll teach the art of coding. Since programmers and web developers need web hosting plans and other digital products for publishing and test-running their projects online, you’ll make money by encouraging them to buy the offers you’re promoting.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on programming, software packages for coding.
A self-improvement and motivation blog attracts a wide range of people, including those who are looking to start an online business but cannot find the motivation. Use your words to spur them into action, and encourage them to go the way of WordPress.
What to promote: E-books or e-courses on personal development, software packages and mobile apps for self-improvement, web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, relevant videos, etc.
Even though search engine optimization sounds simple, many Nigerian bloggers don’t know jack about it. And most of those who know about it are struggling to get it right. You can carve out a niche for yourself by blogging only on SEO techniques.
Trust me, you’d quickly attract an audience of newbie bloggers who are looking to boost their traffic through SEO. Since some SEO techniques can only be easily implemented on WordPress, recommend self-hosted WordPress to your readers, and encourage them to buy hosting plans through your affiliate link.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on SEO, software packages for various SEO tactics such as keyword research, competition analysis, etc.
9. Make money online
Though a saturated niche, you can still gun for it if you think you can present things from a fresh perspective. Since almost everyone looking to make money online would need a blog or website to achieve that goal, you’d make money consistently by recommending to them the web hosting service you’re promoting as an affiliate marketer.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on various online business models, software packages for SEO, social media marketing, etc.
If you understand how to write short stories and sell them online either through a paid membership blog or through e-publishing outfits like Amazon, then start a blog where you can share your knowledge with others. There are many talented fiction and non-fiction writers out there who would greatly appreciate information that can help them monetize their talent. You can make money from them by encouraging them to set up blogs for attracting loyal readers.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on self-publishing, software for e-book design and formatting.
11. Online advertising
More and more Nigerian businesses are waking up to the reality that online advertising is one of the best ways to attract new customers in droves. This explains the increasing demand for valuable information on how to strategically advertise online and gain maximum return-on-investment (ROI).
If you’ve mastered the art and science of Facebook advertising or Google Adwords marketing, consider starting a blog to share your knowledge with others. Since most of your followers will be business owners or managers looking to advertise online, you’ll make money by encouraging them to set up a small business website as a first step.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on Facebook or Adwords advertising, software packages for digital marketing operations such as analytics, SEO, content marketing, graphics design, etc.
12. Freelancing tips
Whether you’re a freelance writer, graphics designer, web designer, or SEO expert, you can make more money by starting a blog for the purpose of teaching other people how to become successful freelancers. Of course, a freelancer would need to set up an online portfolio. So, you can earn huge affiliate commission consistently by encouraging your readers to use a self-hosted WordPress blog for their portfolio.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on freelancing, software packages and mobile apps to ease the various tasks of a freelancer.
With more and more online shopping sites springing up every day, e-commerce is blossoming. But one sad truth is that most owners of these new e-stores lack the skills and knowledge required to grow their businesses to success. If you understand what it takes to build a successful e-commerce business, then start a blog for sharing e-commerce success tips—from tips on how to attract customers to tips on how to expand strategically. Such a blog will most likely attract new players who would be looking to host their e-commerce websites with reputable web hosting companies.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, relevant WordPress themes and plugins for e-commerce sites, e-books or e-courses on growing an e-commerce store, relevant software packages and mobile apps.
14. Information marketing
One of the easiest ways to make money online is to package helpful and valuable information into e-books and e-courses. If you understand how to achieve success with this, then start a blog where you’ll teach those who want to know how to achieve the same. Having a website is necessary for information marketing success, so make money by encouraging your readers to set up their own websites using the web hosting services you recommend.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, relevant WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on information product creation and promotion, software packages for packaging and promoting information products.
15. Traffic tips
The biggest challenge faced by anyone in online business is generating traffic. So, if you know some little-known traffic generation tips and strategies, consider revealing them through a blog. By the side, make more money by recommending your “favorite” web hosting service to your readers.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on proven traffic generation tactics, software packages for analytics, SEO, and other traffic generation strategies.
16. Blog setup on WordPress
One of the smartest ways to consistently generate huge profits from web hosting affiliate programs is to start a small blog that teaches WordPress setup for beginners. Since setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog requires purchasing a hosting plan, most of your readers will readily buy the web hosting plans you recommend.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins, e-books or e-courses on other aspects WordPress setup, software packages and mobile apps for enhancing and growing a blog.
17. Affiliate marketing
If you understand affiliate marketing, how it works, and how to achieve success with it, consider starting a blog on that topic. Aside from teaching your readers how to succeed as affiliate marketers, you can recommend your web hosting program to them, since they will need to set up websites for promoting products and services as affiliates.
What to promote: Web hosting packages, WordPress themes and plugins tailored for affiliate marketing sites, e-books or e-courses on affiliate marketing strategies, software packages for various online marketing tactics such as SEO, analytics, keyword research, etc.
Now, can you blog on these topics if you don’t know anything about them? The answer is YES! All you need is a passion for your chosen topic and the zeal to learn fast about that topic. You will have to read loads of information about it every day and keep implementing and testing all you learn until you become a specialist at the topic.
If you already have a blog that is not related to any of these topics (and you really want to make money promoting digital products), then I’d recommend you set up a new blog. Why? Because only these and related topics can attract people who will most likely be interested in digital products and services.