So here you are at WA. You’ve learned you need to find a niche, create a website, write useful content, get ranked in search engines, add affiliate links to your content and make money. That’s pretty much the process. Quite frankly it works very well if you’re consistent and patient enough to make it work for you.

But today I’m going to share with you a little tip that can help you make even more money. To illustrate how to achieve this, we're going to focus on a dog niche as our example. But keep in mind this little technique actually applies to any niche.

So let’s say you have a blog about Italian Greyhounds. I happen to have an Italian greyhound which is why I picked it. See "Neo" aka the one, our first "kid" down below.


Yes I know it looks crazy for a 6’4 200+ pound black man to have a little ass toy breed dog. Don’t judge me. lol But I digress.

Keeping in mind my dog niche, most people will probably try to find affiliate programs related to dogs such as:

  • Dog Collars
  • Dog Beds
  • Dog Treats
  • Dog Books
  • Dog Training,
  • Snoop Doggy Dog,
  • Etc.

You get the picture. Everyone goes for the obvious "dog crap". Pun intended. And I would too. You should. But many times when I’m looking through affiliate networks I see a lot of other affiliate offers that don’t seem like they would be a great fit for my niche but pay very well. This tends to get my inspiration juices flowing to try to figure out how I can use them on my existing sites. Because Eddy with a y doesn’t have time to create a whole new niche website that will actually provide value where I can use these other high paying affiliate offers. So what’s a brother to do?

Get Out Your Umbrellas

It’s time to brainstorm. Taking the example of my Italian Greyhound blog, there may be an affiliate program for a carpet cleaning machine that pays $50 per sale. You might just ignore it initially. But if you put on your thinking cap like I do you can find a good way to incorporate this on your site. Anyone that has a dog or cat knows that our furry friends have accidents. Some of these mishaps can leave some really nasty spots or smells on your furniture or carpet. Well knowing this I could easily write an article about how to deal with pet stains. In this article, I could recommend some carpet stain removers and a carpet cleaning machine. All of which may have affiliate programs that pay me a lot more than the conventional dog affiliate programs such as a dog training book.

Or let’s say I noticed there is an affiliate program for a fancy HEPA air purifier that’s paying me 20-30% per sale. Let’s assume these air purifiers cost anywhere from $300 - $500. Again in the natural, you may not see the connection. But not me. I know many dogs shed hair and dander that may give you or other family members serious respiratory issues. Most people view pets like a family member and you don’t want to get rid of Fido. So guess who would be writing an article about the dangers of dog hair and how to fight against it without getting rid of the family pet? This guy!

Ah Ha Moment

Are you thinking wheels spinning? Hopefully, they should be. This type of thought process can be used for any niche. I just picked the obligatory dog niche. But I can do this for any niche. My blog is about work at home. But I found a niche product related to finance not necessarily employment that paid very well and was useful. So after some thinking, I was able to incorporate this product into an existing article which received thousands of visitors over the years and actually helped many people. It currently ranks very well and has for a long time. Unfortunately, I only thought to incorporate this affiliate product this year. But even with getting to the party late, I’ve quietly made $740 this year simply by updating that one article to include an affiliate link of a financial product that complimented my article.

Living In The Past

Imagine going back to all of your popular articles that are already receiving traffic and applying this out of box thinking technique. Doing so may provide you a couple of extra hundred or thousands of dollars. You won't know unless you give it a shot. Obviously, you should try to do this to new articles as well if it makes sense. But if you already have a site that is getting traffic this may be a no brainer for you as well.

A Word of Caution

I just want to be clear. You should continue to promote the obvious affiliate programs for your niche as well. My out of the box thinking technique should be used to supplement obvious affiliate programs to your niche. Or it can give you an alternate option in situations where you can’t find enough or any affiliate programs related to your niche.

As always you want to promote affiliate offers that will provide value to your users. I’m not a proponent of just chasing down big payout affiliate offers. If you don’t believe the offer is honest or provides value, you shouldn’t promote it just because you’ll make a lot of money. Because in the short-term you will. But if your visitor is burned, they’ll never trust you again or any other recommendation you make that can make you money long-term. So don’t be evil using this technique.

Well enough of my yapping. Let me know what you guys think of this article by leaving a comment below. Did you have a moment of clarity and are inspired to implement this? Let me know your thoughts either way down below. Feel free to share this article too.

Thanks for reading guys,

Eddy with a y

P.S. Shout out to my buddy Andy: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/andelane whose question inspired me to write this article.

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YourBizTips Premium
Hi Eddy,

I like your idea of going back on older posts that rank well and incorporating some related affiliate products. I am still a newbie at WA and have a website that is about 6 months old but already have a few posts that rank well, one is #1 on Google. Can you tell me how soon could I implement your technique on that one for example? I have read that early on it is best not to promote anything until Google has recognised that your site is if great value to the readers and not intended to sell. Is that correct? And if yes, for how long should I refrain from posting external links in my contents?

Thanks for your clarification Eddy.

John ツ
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PoppaJoe Premium
Box? What box? Love your thinking methodology! Sometimes taking a step back is the most appropriate thing to do to be able to view the whole picture. Putting yourself outside of the box is such a vast place that, there, anything is possible and you are showing us how. Well done!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you enjoyed it Joseph
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Chintha Premium
Thank you Eddy for another valuable article!

Because I'm so new, I still have some confusions on this process. So first you choose a niche, and you start writing, and ...do you have to wait until you get higher ranking before you write about any products? When is the correct time to apply for affiliate programs? I'm sorry if this is a stupid question! I just want to know how exactly these steps take in place. Thanks in advance!
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EddySalomon Premium
But yes, I would wait to apply for any affiliate program outside of amazon because they tend to be a lot easier to get in.

Other programs will do what I mention in my cheat sheet.
You can always go back and add affiliate links to your existing articles once you start getting traffic. But initially it's all about trying to write content so google trust you to rank your pages and so affiliate companies see that you have a site with good content that will actually attract people that make them money/

I address when you should apply for affiliate programs here:
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Chintha Premium
Awesome! Thank you so much!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Chintha
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herinnelson Premium
Very insightful blog Eddy with a y! I'm just re-starting out in the company after a broken Humerus bone forced me to take a 5-month leave from the business. I actually joined a year ago but have re-registered and am getting back on track. I also like to think out-of-the-box and would love to implement your ideas. I haven't made any money as of yet, even with my hard work the first half of the year, but will keep on training until I do. Any advice from you would be an honor.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you liked it. My best advice on how to make money is found here:
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IF-Jamie Premium
Thanks for the amazing post Eddy!

I think sometimes we can get too focused into our 'niche' and forget about all the surrounding opportunities.

In this sense I'm learning to start out small but can make good use of other traffic-driving articles for additional revenue, trying it out asap! *thumbs up*

James
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Kin. I'm glad it's given you something to think about.
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MirandaGordo Premium
I can not say how much I loved this one!! For one...you are hilarious! Always a plus! And 2, my niche is knitting, or more specific, learning how to knit, so on this one I will be having to think out side the box quite a bit. I have not yet gotten to the point where I am finding affiliates, I am about to dive into that one today though, so you posted this at the most perfect time!! Thanks Eddy!!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Miranda. I'm glad you found it useful. You might want to read this as well:
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lgobeille Premium
Thanks for writing this, Eddy. My wheels have been spinning outside the box ever since I decided on my niche, but I'm not sure how to make it all happen just yet. Still pretty new here! Still, I'm glad to know that it not only can be done, it should be done! Love your writing, looking forward to much more! ~Laura
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Laura
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BrianHansen Premium
That is great advise Eddy, we all tend to put the blinders on and focus strictly on what we think is related to our niche, but as you point out there are many ways to incorporate other programs to your sites. It has made me put my thinking cap on. Keep up the great work and congrats on your sales.
-Brian
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Brian!
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FranDL Premium
I joined WA maybe a week ago and it is amazing how much I have learned already. You were so right in an earlier article to take your time before selecting a niche. This article gives me something else to keep mind - keeping a completely open mind as to the possibilities in my search for a niche I can build on.

Thanks Eddy with a y.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Fran. I'm happy you're loving WA thus far. Once you've narrowed down your niche based on the advice I've listed above, private message me directly to discuss.
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FranDL Premium
Will do. Thank you.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Fran
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yamaris28 Premium
WOW!! You definitely inspired me for sure!!!! I have 2 websites i'm currently working on, but for now i'm spending more time on my have your own business website, offering people suggestions on how to make real money online. I never thought about offering other suggestions, but my thinking juices are flowing right now, and i feel like i need to brainstorm about this, lol!!!! thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!!! :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Yamaris!
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Telecaster89 Premium
Thanks Eddy for the opening my thinking process in my niche. I never really thought out of the box of things that are related to a niche indirectly that could help supplement my other affiliate programs that are directly connected to my niche.

Thank you and keep up the great work :)

I now have my thinking cap on.

Craig
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Craig,

I'm glad this helped you.
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sherryslr Premium
Thanks, Eddy!

I'm new this week, and I am trying to figure out how to do exactly THAT sort of thinking. It's been swirling around in my heard though--Thank You for laying out this idea so clearly.

I CERTAINLY will be working on developing this outside the box sort of clarity.

I really appreciate your sharing!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome. I'm glad this help you think of some ideas.
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bubbletokki Premium
So awesome Eddy! I was thinking about this myself the other day.
I said to myself, "Hm... There's really A LOT of stuff I could sell throughout my site that doesn't have to directly do with my niche (natural parenting and living), like mattresses and sheets, or gardening supplies." The list goes on.
So glad you brought up this point!

Stay fresh, as always!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy it confirmed what you were already thinking!
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DavePage Premium
One way to expand on your niche: SEE yourself whilst practising your hobby, whether it's a pastime or a sport and then focus on every single part of what's required for that. Photography for example would be a HUGE and DIVERSE niche. Don't just think about cameras, think lenses, tripods, cases, screens, software film etc etc. Software for example, you might use an APP to develop something, or the best viewing experience from a shot might be viewed from a certain type of HD laptop. We've just jumped from a photography niche to a computer pc/laptop niche, but they're still connected.
This is NOT my niche, but mine can diversify into several different areas. Just keep thinking and keep writing and keep testing keywords along the way
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EddySalomon Premium
Yup, that's pretty much the thought process and clearly this article has helped many people think that way.
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DavePage Premium
Great post Eddy and couldn't agree more. One of my niches is dogs, in particular my labs (photo attached). Whilst I'm going to cover every product I can think of that directly pertains to dogs, like beds/cages and food. I'm also researching products like Vacuum. My labs shed hair just by breathing, we vacuum every day. Vacuums can be budget branded or specialist, upright, handheld, specific to pets, the list really can go on, and for a ticket price of £200+
To give an idea similar, I could also link this issue to health products, for example, "Home Nebulisers"
What that got to do with dogs? Simple, a nebuliser is used to treat someone who suffers from asthma. An asthmatic can have an attack by just being in the same room as a dog, let alone touching one, so a home Neb might cost £50+ upwards, because it's our health, we'll want to invest in a quality product.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Dave,

Clearly you already started to think in this way which is great. I would have never thought of the nebulizer for this niche. But that's great out of the box thinking. Keep it up!
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DavePage Premium
My business went global in my head from the moment I conceived the idea! I've just got to get it realised now! We're a family of asthmatics which is probably what sowed that seed
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EddySalomon Premium
And i think that's always why its good to consider yourself and your own interests, passions or experiences when picking a niche. Because you're able to bring to the table ideas that others may not. So good job.
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MarieOkay Premium
I love this Eddy - and even though you were using the dog niche as an example it got me thinking cos I love my dog and he sheds hair like you wouldn't believe - lets just say its that bad I have to vacuum my oven! His floats, it clings, it flies through the air and gets everywhere....so yes I am most definitely thinking, thinking, thinking....thank you so much for the inspiration!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it inspired you! Love your dog pic!
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Caraid Premium
It's all about providing a service and supporting your niche followers.
How about reviewing pet friendly hotels,travelling with your pet,clothes brushes,articles on any pet friendly household products. Products related to pet proofing your home,closet locks, cable protectors etc. etc. These are all issues that pet owners have and need advice and solutions for. Just point them in the right direction with your recommendations etc.

Good one Eddy!

Dave
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EddySalomon Premium
Yup that's all directions you can go with in terms of the dog niche example I provided above. Ultimately the point is to think outside the box so you can expand your income by promoting other products that will help your audience that you may have ignored. So you definitely get it!
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Freedomseekr Premium
Awesome ideas, Eddy! You've definitely gotten the wheels turning again...I've been kinda stuck on what to promote that would be higher priced/higher commission. One of my niches is the dog training niche and that is my main problem...couldn't think of what would help bring in higher commissions. Thanks for sharing such great ideas for it!

Hmmm, I wonder if it'd be possible to promote things for camping too. We often go camping with our dogs...well, that's if we ever get summer here, lol. Heh maybe an RV or camper for those wanting to "camp" in luxury with their dogs....just thinking off the top of my head.

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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EddySalomon Premium
That might be an angle Sherry. It's all how you position it and if it really adds value to your audience.
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TerriD47 Premium
So, let's say that I am promoting WA on my website. I could market computers because people working at home need computers?!? Or I could market books on learning to write... or pajamas, because people working at home want to be comfortable?!?

With this being true, the possibilities could be so numerous that you couldn't even come close to marketing EVERYTHING that relates to you niche. Amazing!!!

Terri
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah you could definitely write in that angle. Its all about being creative and how you write the article so it makes sense and its not a reach. So there are a lot of possibilities.
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VinceP1 Premium
The biggest thing is really making the connection between what you are promoting (in your case WA) and your niche. As long as you can explain the connection and it's somewhat logical, there really is no limit to what you can promote.
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The-Fran Premium
Neo is a good looking dog. I like your idea about the rug cleaner and hepa filter machines. Those two ideas bring up all kinds of other possibilities. Did you see the Pet Cube cam where you can check on your dog from the office, and even talk to him? That's another one. I like the way you think. Going this direction (targeting the owner's needs in making life easier for themselves, with a pet) is inspired!
--Fran
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks. Nah I haven't seen that. But I'm glad you were inspired by the article. Hopefully it will give you some other products or services to promote on your blog.
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Evacapri Premium
Hey there again!

I really get a lot out of your blogs so ill be asking a lot of questions lol. Let's say I go with weight loss... maybe tips for sticking to a weight loss regimen for busy people. Can I incorporate other things such as shopping or traveling within that? Maybe a motivating factor for some people to lose weight is for an upcoming trip or to look good in that new bikini? Just an example, but I think you see where I am going.

Thanks again!
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EddySalomon Premium
Depending on how you do it, yes any of that might work.
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MyraBeth Premium
My niche (and my passion) is about a certain type of craft - small, inexpensive craft supplies - but I thought of adding an article called: 'How to organize your craft room' with an Amazon link to shelves, closet organizers, book cases, etc. In other words, bigger ticket items.
Your article just confirmed that this is possible. I can think outside the box. Perhaps, I could write an article about 'How to organize your house around your crafts' and include living room furniture, etc. Trust me, those who do crafts will understand. :)Thanks for your article.
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subnetbuzz Premium
That's excellent thinking Myra, very clever :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You hit it on the head Beth. That's exactly that type of out of box thinking that can help you earn more money and provide your visitors value. So run with it!
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Swangirl Premium
Hey Eddy,
I just started my first site on pet health and nutrition. It is focused on cats but some of the great supplements I will be reviewing are actually for both cats and dogs. I am employing some of the same methods you mentioned though I am just starting out. I am only reviewing and promoting products that I have used personally. In fact, I am trying to use all my own photos as well. I have received a lot of positive feedback from fellow WAers on the look and structure of my site so far.

I will look for out of the box ways to incorporate more big ticket items! Thanks for the encouragement!
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good. Keep it up.
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Jason T Premium
I love it. I am just getting back to WA, as my back finally gave out from working my regular 9 to 5. Now I am left with no choice, I must make affiliate marketing work. I currently do okay but this just opened my eyes to thing I never thought of before.Thank you for sharing Eddy with a y.
Best Wishes
Jason
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Jason, when one door is slammed shut there are usually a few others that open. WA is definitely one of those doors. And if you're willing to walk through it and spend the time to build you'll see some amazing results. I'm happy this article has inspired you further.
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ANANDDUBEY Premium
Hi, Eddy I like this Idea with a strong Y. Guess what, earlier I was scammed by this Idea and the name of the program is "Facebook Wealth Formula" & I had purchased "Acute e-mail ID production engine" for using emails to make traffic & it didn't work. The product I purchased, is of Click Bank. But m gonna use this Idea in a Legitimate way. Thank You so much for sharing Eddy. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it. Unfortunately like a lot of things in life, some things can be used for good or evil.
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