The other day I got an email from one of my subscribers. She wanted to know what to do to find affiliate products in her niche.
For most niches, finding the products you'd love to promote in your blog is quite easy. And the 3 ways I explain in this blog post will surely help.
But in some niches, it's a lot harder to find a product. So I am also going to give you some ideas for what to do when you can't find anything.
And I will also tell you the one thing that works in almost every niche.
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So let's get to it, there are three main ways for you to find affiliate products to promote in your blog.
But if you want to save time and get 150 affiliate programs you can join organised by niche, get this Affiliate Programs List.
1. Visit their website
If you already know what you're looking for, go directly to their website. Usually, the information about affiliate programs is in the footer.
Here are a couple of examples. One from Pretty Darn Cute and one from HelloFresh.
HelloFresh doesn't have a link their website, but that doesn't mean that they don't have an affiliate program. So what do you do then?
2 . Do a Google Search
Another way to find affiliate products for your niche is to do a Google Search.
It's as easy as typing the name of your product or company + affiliate program or a similar term.
Note that the wording might be different. Some companies refer to their affiliates as partners.
Here's a search I did for Monday's affiliate program, a project management tool. They call their affiliates 'partners'.
More than likely, your search results will give you a definite answer.
But if you can't find it when you do a Google Search, you can also try this:
3. Use an Affiliate Network like Shareasale
Most affiliate marketers belong to at least 1 affiliate network.
Affiliate networks give you access to hundreds of affiliate programs and you can manage everything from one single dashboard.
This makes things easier because
- you have all your links in one place
- all the money pools together so you get your commissions faster
- and you only need to learn one way of doing things
Once you're in Shareasale, do a search for the product or brand you're looking for.
What to do if you can't find the affiliate product you want
There are two main reasons why you won't be able to find an affiliate program for some products:
The first reason is that the company you're interested in uses Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)) or Network Marketing instead.
If you're able to promote the products online and you don't have to worry about posting and delivering the products yourself, you could still apply to become an affiliate.
But there might be more work for you to do and you need to check the terms and conditions to see if they are comparable to other programs.
The second reason is that this company you're interested in do not have an affiliate program at all.
So what do you do in this case?
These ideas for what to do when you can't find an affiliate product also work if you don't get accepted as an affiliate. #affiliatemarketing #makemoneyblogging
You have 3 options:
1. Go to Amazon
More than likely you will be able to find what you want in Amazon. So do a search for those specific products in Amazon.
For example, DoTerra essential oils do not do affiliate marketing.
But when you search in Amazon, you get this:
Here are some tips to make more money as an Amazon Affiliate.
2. Find another vendor with Google
Do a Google Search for the product you want + click on the Shopping tab.
Then try to figure out if those vendors offer an affiliate program.
For instance, when I was doing my search for DoTerra oils I found you can become an affiliate for Doterraoils4sale.
But bear in mind where they deliver. It won't help you if they don't deliver to the country where your readers are.
And I'd also be wary if they are not well known.
3. Find another vendor in an affiliate network
This is where you'd go back to Shareasale, Awin or Rakuten and try go find a general vendor in your niche. Something like a big supermarket or a big department store.
What to do if you still can't find an affiliate program?
In the unlikely event that you can't find one at all, there are still some things you can still do:
Find out if they do a referral program. This works for products you already use.
Some referral programs are so good that you could end saving hundreds of dollars a year, if not more.
Find an alternative that matches the quality of the product you were looking for and fits with your brand.
Write to them and ask them if they have an affiliate program cos you'd love to promote their product. They may even set one up for you!
And just in case you're completely stuck...
The affiliate product that works for every niche
This is something I have used in niches where you wouldn't even know where to get any ideas for affiliate products.
And the answer is courses.
Courses usually offer high commissions for their affiliates and have long cookies. And promoting courses is also great because you can promote them in your blog, in your newsletters and in your social media.
So if you know of any courses in your niche, find out if you can become an affiliate.
If the course is hosted in Thinkific, Teachable, Kajabi or Podia you should be able to apply. So write to the course creator and ask, though some creators will expect you to take one of their courses before you can become an affiliate.
Another option you have is to promote courses from Udemy.
Though their cookies are not very long, and you don't get as much money, you could get a steady passive income from them every month.
The thing with Udemy is that they have courses for most niches.
Seriously, I went in to search for courses in very specific and/or weird niches and found courses on breastfeeding, sourdough breadmaking, decluttering, tarot reading, tantric sex, jewelry making, raising chickens, gmail productivity, neuro-linguistic programming...
You get the picture.
Anyway, hope these tips help you find your ideal affiliate product.
And if you're looking for a way to track and organise your affiliate marketing, check out my Affiliate Marketing Tracker here.
Good post! I didn’t even think about promoting courses in my niche. I’m going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!
This was very helpful. Thank you. I’ve bookmarked it.
Thank you Lucy! Glad you found it helpful.
Great post! Definitely going to use some of these tips, we’re always on the look out for new affiliate schemes to look into!
Thank you Emma!