My Affiliate Marketing Journey.

Last Update: September 13, 2017

I told the Universe I wanted to go back to school. So the Universe pointed me here, to Wealthy Affiliate. LOL! Seriously, though, being a business person online and creating multiple income streams is going to be more than just a quick course here and there.

So, how did I find WA? I honestly don't remember what I was searching for on Google, but one of the search results pointed me towards this blog called "Rags to Niches." The blog author, who is a member here at WA, had an affiliate link to this site, and I'm like, "Wow. Affiliate marketing training that doesn't cost me money right away, and free hosting for two websites right off the bat? This sounds like a dang good deal."

But being me, I sat on the notion of joining for about a week, and then yesterday, I just went for it. So far, so good. I'm still sort of in the process of figuring out my niche, actually. Since I have many interests, it's a sort of good problem to have.

My Issues With Finding A Niche

One thing that kind of bugged me when reading about figuring out one's niche is that supposedly, you don't have to already be an expert or whatever. Uh, begging Kyle's pardon, but if you have a passion for something, but you're still somewhat new to the niche, someone's going to have way more authority than you. That's just kinda how that cookie crumbles, according to my experience. And since it takes time to build authority and trust...yeah, I think you get where I'm going with this quandary.

Take martial arts, for example. I'm in Tae Kwon Do, and I love it to bits, but I've only been doing it for about a year and a half. Due to certain life events, I'm still only at yellow belt. I don't feel I know enough to write about the topic of Tae Kwon Do and not feel "burnt out" with nothing left to write about. I want to write knowledgeably, organically, without having to do loads of research beyond what I would think is reasonable. And earning your way through the ranks *does* take time, just as it does here at WA. You can't just zoom past everyone to black belt and expect to kick someone's rear effectively. :P

That said, I could write about my TKD journey. That might be an angle. But in order to talk about certain moves (blocks, kicks, punches, etc), I feel I'd have to film myself doing it, and I honestly don't like the idea, because I'm admittedly camera-shy anymore. Still images would be okay, maybe, but in my experience, video would be better at showing how to do things properly. I'd use other YT videos, but since it would not be my content, I don't know if that's frowned on, or not.

In any case, I'd have to figure out how to provide enough content 2-3 times a week and not feel like I'm reaching my limit. I feel like I'm better off sticking with something I REALLY know well, where I can blend in posts on TKD, but not feel like I'm pulling articles out of my rear and forcing the word flow. And as a writer, there is NOTHING worse than forced word flow. It bites the big one.

What have been *your* issues with finding a niche?

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NatNiches Premium
Hi, well - I know you've already decided on your niche, but it's good to see you clearly thought very deeply about which path to take beforehand.

You're right to consider content too - one mistake I made with my first niche was that it was way too narrow and I ran out of things to write about, as well as lacked general interest!

So, I think it is important to feel that you're going to have an unlimited about to explore and write about in your niche really and something that can keep you interested long term.

CharrisseB Premium
Good read...I doing the Bootcamp need help on a niche. Want to rep WA. I people look at the name and get curious. Help
Hey, Charisse! Still feeling stuck? I noticed Craig in the chat mentioning the idea of writing about your journey, and I think that's a good idea. Especially if you specifically want to rep and write about WA as a niche in itself.

How much brainstorming have you done on possible topics within this niche? Since it's generally recommended to post on your site 2-3 times a week, how much content do you feel you can genuinely write about and not feel burnt out after a time?

What if you took WA as your center target topic, and expanded into related topics so you have more to write about in order to build trust and authority with your readers? Topic ideas might be:

1) Researching affiliate programs beyond Amazon.
2) Productivity and time management as it relates to growing your business (subtopics could be: handling demands of friends and family, learning how to set personal boundaries, fending off distractions, etc)
3) How to set goals for your affiliate business (this could branch off into subtopics, such as step-by-step approaches to goal-setting in general).

Learn to look at the topic in more than one way, too. Limited thinking can be a real problem, especially if you've a perfectionistic bent. ;)

One thing I like to do is give the Universe/God the problem, and go the heck to bed. This way, the conscious, judgmental mind is out of the picture, and Spirit can work on things, perhaps sending me ideas in dreams. If it's good enough for Thomas Edison (who did this kind of thing a LOT), then why wouldn't it be good for me? And heck yeah, it works. ;)

I do hope this reply helps you get closer to figuring out how to do what you wish to do. Just think: If it solves someone's problem, and you know precisely how to help with something, people will come and read your site. Once the trust is built, then you're likely to get those oh-so-desired referral clicks. (Keep in mind, I am speaking partly from intuition and partly from what I've learned so far. ;))

As for your domain name, like Craig said, don't overthink it. Here are some possibilities beyond what he suggested. Just keep in mind, some of these might be taken, so do your due diligence and check them out in the domain finder. :)

A) "YourAffiliateJourney" (This could be helpful if you ever wanted to sell your site once it's successful. This way, it's not too personal, and others can add to it when/if they purchase the site.)

B) "AffiliatePath" (Again, another neutral name)

C) "SherpaCharisse" (This is if you want to get cute with the idea of being a guide for others. It's memorable, and it's personal and unique.)

D) "TheWealthingWay" (Another neutral name, but it's a clever spin on "The Weirding Way" concept from the Dune movies and books. ;) Yeah, I'm a nerd! If you're unfamiliar with that concept, Google it.)

These four ideas should get your creative juices flowing! :)
CharrisseB Premium
Thank u so much
You are more than welcome. :-) Like I said, I tend to operate on my intuition and bursts of creative thinking, which can be applied to just about anything. And learning to think creatively isn't that difficult once you learn to get in the flow and not be too harsh on what you're thinking about.

That was the tough thing for me for a LONG time: being hard on myself. ;)