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    Until now I've mostly been on the other site of affiliate marketing then most of you here (= been the advertiser), but am trying to build some affiliate sites myself now.

    Just wondering, which type of industry brings the best results for you (best conversion rates, highest payouts, a lot of customers...)? Unless that's a secret, of course ...



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    I would think it would be whatever industry you know the most about and have an interest in... it also helps if it's not oversaturated, or too narrow of a niche..

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    C4:

    It varies widely from site to site. In general, we've had good success with "information" offers [i.e. "send me information about your school" etc.]. Most of our affiliate linking, to this point, has been contextual, so that is simply a logical outcome, I suppose.

    There are too many variables to take in to account when determing who performs best, converts best, etc. As one of my former classmates was fond of saying, "It depends."

    Best of luck!

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    Both are right but Celicaphile makes a very strong point that I think you have to consider. I suppose that, if making money is your biggest enthusiasm, you will do well with areas which are continuously successful (education, home business, discounts, etc.). However, if you pick a topic that you are really interested in, it will show in your work and increase your performance.

    I manage an affiliate that runs only a couple coupon offers and has gone from rejoicing about her first lead to dominating my top performers list on a regular basis. She donates all proceeds to charity and is motivated by the feeling she gets when she writes her donation checks. She's always making strong partnerships and coming up with new ideas because she's very passionate about what she's promoting. Because of it, she grows leaps and bounds over the affiliates that are just trying to make a buck.

    Something to think about...

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    Just go to your local mall to see which stores are busy, and which ones are shutting down due to bad sales. This will give you some indication of what is selling at the moment.
    This is over simplified, but it will give you an idea.
    There is no point trying to sell what people don't want. There is also no point in trying to sell a product that is so saturated it is crazy. Take viagra for example (I don't mean literally ) Viagra is so over saturated with sites trying to sell it.
    There are so many different things that you can sell online, almost anything you could ever think of.
    However, you will have better results with something that will keep you motivated.

    You could probably make a lot of money promoting a specific product or industry, but if you are bored by it, you may not be motivated to keep your content fresh.

    However, if you pick a topic that you are interested in, then you are more likely to succeed.

    Barbie is a very popular, and lucrative industry. Could you build an entire site around barbie though? If you could, you could make a hell of a lot of money. I couldn't build a site based around barbie though

    Find something that you want to do, and not what you think will make you tons of money, because it is tough to make money from something that you have no interest in.

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    And I would add, take a look at all of the merchants that are active here, investigate their sites, and look for niches, a specific category of products. Support the parasite-free merchants whenever you can!

    "Well, at least I got Terre Haute" - Steve Martin, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

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    Oh, and, don't forget, the world needs another Baseball Field Cover affiliate or two, SIGN Up HERE !

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    One more thing you can think about is whether to promote merchant/sale offers or non-purchase promotions. If you like the idea of presenting content, many lead generation programs may perform better for you. I wrote a small blurb about this a couple days ago. Check it out by clicking here.

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    Thanks for all the posts

    I guess I'll first go through the merchants here at ABW to see if I find something interesting. If not, I'll have to find something else.

    My goal isn't to earn a ton of money, but a few sites that would cover my flight lessons expenses would be just nice

    Interesting article Profitman, will remember it when choosing advertisers!



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    I would say the opposite of most the advice given.

    Look around. Who isn't here? Who isn't being promoted? The world can't handle another guy putting up 3 computer specials and wondering where the money is going to come in. I am shocked at some of the areas being neglected, it is much easier to convert and make good money in the niches that other people are ignoring.

    There are a gadjillion people on the Internet now. If a store sold dog poop shaped like movie stars, someone would buy it. You don't just have to go for the popular items. This isn't your small town mall. People's tastes and wants are all over the place.

    Having said that, the hardest thing then is to find good merchants in the niches.

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    "What...you mean there isn't a surplus of Celebrity Dog-Doo merchants out there?!!"

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    There is a reason you get all that spam in your inbox for s*x, inkjets, viagra, mortages, debt consolidation,casinos, etc --> They MAKE MONEY. If you really want to make money, and you do not care about what you promote, and you think you might be good at it, then s*x and casinos are the way to go. There is A LOT of competition because A LOT of people are making money. You just gotta be good/different.

    Now, if you do not have an original idea or the money to spend to get some original ideas, then promote the non-competitive niche stuff. Money can be made there too, but the potential is a lot lower.

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    Well, I did some research and was able to find a nice that is both interesting (for me) and has many consumers but little concurrence (and the one that exists hasn't got much SEO experience )!

    I better go to start building the site, will take a lot of work.



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