PAGE 1 – Why you should take the time to decide which course to take

PAGE 2 – Why finding your personal niche is really the best way to start

PAGE 3 – What is the Certification Course and why I recommend you start here

PAGE 4 – What is Affiliate Bootcamp and why I recommend that you do not start here

Many newbies to the Wealthy Affiliate training platform come here with various different expectations and goals. But the majority come here to learn how to earn revenue online while working from home and doing so in a way that is fun.


Though this is a concept that is quite attractive, it does require some smart planning before setting off on your training and building journey. Unfortunately many are so over-excited or overwhelmed by this concept and they draw a blank when having to choose a niche.

Choosing your niche is the important first step and it should be your choice. There will be those who make the mistake of thinking that the niche they have selected is too competitive and/or over saturated. These are both concerns that are highly overrated.

ANY NICHE CAN BE PROFITABLE

You can be quite profitable in any niche market you choose to be involved with. The trick is not to choose a niche based on how much money you think you can earn but rather how much information you can provide to help people who are interested in your niche.

It is relatively important to select a niche you have a passion for, one you have a great interest in, because it will show in the content you write. When you are passionate about something, what can most of us do with that passion? Talk endlessly about it.


Think of it this way. If you wanted to take a road trip with your friend and you had a couple of exciting destinations in mind but cannot choose which one, would you feel happy if your friend picked a different destination and told you they would guide you there?

At first it might seem like an exciting concept. But after hours of them telling you which turn to make and which road to take, not knowing when your destination would come, could make you lose interest. This is not what you want to happen when choosing the niche for your website business.

Take the time to learn the simple concept of what is a niche and which niches you are involved with. We are all involved with many niches every single day, just pick the one that you enjoy the most. Do not think that this will be your only niche website. You will more than likely create a few as the years go by.

NEXT UP = Why choosing your own niche will yield better results in the long run.



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James1-4 Premium
Hi Rob,

Thanks are again in order. You have certainly helped me. I have been in this dilemma since I joined as a Starter.

You have truly helped me, and I am sure you have helped many others. I will share the link to this tutorial with all who express confusion about which path to take.

I also will share the link to your article on choosing a niche with all who express confusion about what a niche is or how to choose a sub-niche.

Kudos to you sir! I look forward to studying more of your tutorials and wish you much success in your businesses, training tutorials, and your multiple income streams.

James
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you James. I am always happy to help the WA community to get a better understanding of how things work.
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SusanFlowers Premium
Thank you so much for this article. I was struggling with a niche so I decided to go through the boot camp course and promote WA. Once I started the course I started thinking how am I going to promote something I have not tried yet. Your article made perfect sense to me and niche ideas started coming to me. So excited to read more of your posts ...... Thank you again for the help.

Susan
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Susan. There is a reason why you should promote things you have experience with, otherwise people will see it in your content writing.

When it comes to finding and narrow down niches, I have done a few different tutorials on this subject. Many tend to over-think the process, so I try to show how easy it is to find and narrow down niches.
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NileshMistry Premium
Thank you for this, very helpful. I have been struggling with this because I have read and learnt a lot about making money online, but have never actually done it for various reasons. I do enjoy the subject and want to go into personal development, life coaching and internet business, that kind of thing. so I wasn't sure if I should do that and take the bootamp course. After reading this it sounds like I should leave the personal development stuff for now, and come back to it later, is that rite?
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bill808 Premium
I don't want to put words in boomers mouth. I consider him one of my major mentors here at WA. But, I think you may have misunderstood.

You have your niche in personal development, I share your interest in that niche. We will each approach that niche differently and will undoubtedly focus on different aspects of the niche.
Based on Boomers advice, I am going to take the entrepreneur certification course again and this time I am going to take note and summarize the training on my website with links to the more intensive WA training.

If you take the course and methodically apply what you learn to your website you will have a very productive site by the time you complete the cleass. I got my certification a couple of years ago and I'm sure I will get much more out of the refresher.

You do not have to postpone working your niche until you know everything. Apply what you learn as you go along and you will be developing a webite to promote your niche.
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NileshMistry Premium
Got you, thanks a lot.!
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boomergp08 Premium
You can still keep your niche of Personal Development while doing the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course. There are many products and services in this niche you can promote and the OECC is the correct course to do this in.

Affiliate Bootcamp is for the promotion of WA. And though WA could fall into one of the products of personal development, it will be difficult to promote it if you do not know how it will benefit people through its training.

There are many things you will learn in OECC that are not taught in Affiliate Bootcamp, like finding various affiliate program networks and finding the thousands of niche markets you can make money in.

By completing the OECC first you will get a better understanding of how WA can help the complete beginner to create a website business in ANY niche without having to promote WA itself. Once you can understand this, it will be easier for you to promote WA in Bootcamp.
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NileshMistry Premium
Thank you very much, I'm a lot more clear about things now, really helpful, thanks! it seems so simple now, not really sure why I was getting confused.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. You were getting confused because this is a learning curve that we all go through.
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Draxbonn Premium
I actually have a better understanding now. And you said exactly what i was thinking/struggling with. Seeing the $$$ of promoting WA can cloud my judgement at times but i was able to look past that. I would rather have a powerful testimony of my success than me just pushing WA with no EXP.
Thank you Dr. Boom
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Just like with any niche, you will be more successful promoting it if you have at least some experience or knowledge into its benefits.
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Allwhys72 Premium
Brilliant Robert ...thanks for pointing me in the direction of this it’s very informative and has confirmed to me a few things I had been thinking.

I had already decided that I wasn’t going to go through the boot camp yet for the exact reasons you state.. how can I promote something that I haven’t fully experienced yet?

Not only that though this has been my issue with other programs out there .. they steer you in the direction of promoting a program that is about making money online right at the beginning when you don’t have any experience to do that yet .. and maybe haven’t even made any money online at all...which doesn’t make sense to me and I think can sometimes be the reason some people give up because it doesn’t ‘feel’ right ..

It makes much more sense to me to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing and making money online ..and this is exactly the reason I’m here..to learn how to do that and maybe when I’ve got that down and I know what I’m doing, I will look at promoting WA so that I can help others do the same.

Thanks again

Debbie
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Debbie. Those are the right feelings to have about how you proceed. The majority of us WA veterans who do promote WA only started Bootcamp after we finished the Certification Course first and had built our first niche website.

By taking this approach makes it much easier to promote WA because we had a better understanding of what WA had to offer. Plus you learn more about niches and their associated affiliate programs in the Certification Course than you do in Bootcamp.
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Kim330 Premium
This is very helpful to me. I’m a serious newbie at this and although my list of niche ideas is finally taking shape, I don’t want to rush by jumping all the way in before I understand how this works a little better. I mean, I’ve never been a blogger nor have I ever promoted anything online, so I think doing the “green-button” courses first is the way for me to go right now.

Besides, as you pointed out, I don’t think that I could effectively promote WA without actually knowing from experience how it can help you make money online.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Many of the members like myself that are doing good in Bootcamp have done the Certification Course first.
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Mexicanito Premium
Thanks boomer just this morning I was asking my self that when someone asks how much I made what would I say if I haven't experienced it so I did continue with the green button and I'm about to do my webpage, thanks again you reassured me that what I was doing continuing with the certification was correct choise.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am happy that my training tutorial has helped to guide you and others to take the proper course of action.
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Thanks for the article I call this compass like article to me but I have a strong passion for gadgets phone and laptops in particular but the issue is am thinking of ways to name name it so It can be my niche that am to build my site upon... Any help on this?
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Nadja3 Premium
I believe that any niche is good enough taking into account numbers of the Internet users. The main thing is, do you feel that you can establish your self as an authority? If yes, go ahead.
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boomergp08 Premium
Try choosing a name that represents the type of gadgets you wish to promote. For example, if it were about mobile gadgets, the type you can use anywhere, you could name it Go Anywhere Gadgets.
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CatH253 Premium
I really appreciate this article. Thank you for the clear writing. A pattern of mine is to tend to get excited about many things at once, and I've started on the green certification course, but was also considering doing Affiliate Bootcamp. Your clear reasoning reminded me to focus on one thing at a time. Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Too many new members make the mistake of starting Bootcamp thinking that they will make money quicker or because they cannot choose a niche of their own.

Both of those reasons will not make things easier and can actually make the learning and earning process take longer to achieve. When choosing a niche you enjoy, you will tend to see results quicker.
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PawanPower Premium
thank you
your writing sytle is like swimming in a crystal clear lake..
seamless

I woke up to thoughts of separating from WA (shiny object syndrome) as I'm just in this WA world and I do not see where I'm going nor what is possible in this world for me. I get it, "the skys the limit", :anythings possible"... so 1st. I decided I'm staying here, and 2. if I could see/read about some tangible monetary results from people that have been in this WA world longer than me it would certainly help my mind..

now this was a helpful read, so once again thank you.. for simplifying, cause I did start the bootcamp last night, yet I did have that thought that "how the heck am I gonna ethicially promote this and I haven't done that?!" so thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.

Just so you do not have to go searching for the many success stories published here in WA, the link below is a WA blog from another member. It contains a partially compiled list of a few dozen success stories.
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jenni1309 Premium
Just what I needed! What you discussed in this lessons are the actual question I have in mind after finishing lesson 3 so I scrolled down the comments and found you. After reading the above, it made total sense. I long knew the concept of "Learn before you earn" from my previous entrepreneurial endeavor and me being a newbie not only in this community but in this entire industry of online marketing should know better. Someone has to have relevant information first before springing herself into action. Thank you so much!!! You're article is awesome, so are you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are very welcome Jenniline. I am happy I was able to help you with information for steering you in the right direction.
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MarnikV Premium
Thanks a lot for this article. I was actually at the point where I was overwhelmed by all the choice and choosing a niche that I was contemplating doing the affiliate bootcamp. Things really fell into place for me after reading this and I will continue with my certification course. Thank you :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I know for me, when I started I had to choose from several different niches that I wanted to do. So I just picked one, knowing that I would be able to eventually do them all.
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lakbar12 Premium
Thank you, for explaining the route that we should take in great detail. When I first started a week ago, I was doing the certification then could not figure out a niche. Well, I have a few hobbies that I like to do is that is cooking, technology but any kind of technology, anything dealing with kids, and I have a strange one, I love going to look a model homes...so, I was told my niche was to broad and had to narrow it done.

I have not figured out how to narrow the niche down so I went the MMO route because I figured this is something I could write about because I want to learn to make money myself.

Now after reading your article, I am thinking I need to go with the Green button " get started here" because I will miss out on information that is not taught in affiliate Bootcamp...

Do you use keywords to narrow a niche down? How do you narrow a niche down, if you do not mind me asking?

Thank you for this article, it really helped...

Oh and one more thing, how do I share this article with newbies? Is simply clicking on the affiliate link at the top and posting it into my message? or do I need to take further steps...
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nrollins84 Premium
Narrowing down your niche is as simple as focusing on a small part of a subject. You mentioned tech. Instead of looking at the full tech spectrum, focus on a small part of it, like computer repair/components or digital cameras. Just a couple examples.

As for sharing this article, yes, you use the affiliate link button at the top of this page and use that as your link.
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lakbar12 Premium
Okay, I that was all I had to do but was not sure...Thank you so much for breaking the tech niche down and I appreciate your response.
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nrollins84 Premium
You're very welcome. Glad to help, any time.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. As for narrowing down a niche, just look at the broader niche market and focus in on a particular part of that niche.

With Cooking you could focus in on specific ways of cooking like the following...

Non-Stick Cookware
Counter Top Convection Ovens
Portable Gas Grills
Microwaves
Soup Makers
Gluten Free Cooking Recipes
Cooking Lessons

All of the above are narrowed down sub niches of the broader Cooking niche. You would do the same with any broader niche market.

As for sharing this training within the WA community you could just share the URL of this training, see below. You would only use the affiliate link of this training when sharing it outside of WA.
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lakbar12 Premium
Okay that makes a lot of sense. Thank you for the help and thank you for explaining how to share the training with the community and outside the community.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I hope I was able to bring about better clarity in how to break down a niche.
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lakbar12 Premium
Yes you were! Thanks again...
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure.
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r19f54l Premium
Thanks so much. I'm a retread. Last time I got confused trying to do both the bootcamp and the certification courses simultaneously. Upon returning, I've chosen the bootcamp and have advised others to do the same. However, upon reading thig post, I see the error of my judgment. I will definitely pass it on. Also, effective immediately, I will postpone the bootcamp until later and will begin the certification right away..
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, doing both Bootcamp and Certification courses at the same time is a bad idea. Even Kyle says in his training that you should be focusing on only 1 website at a time.

But so many members are either overwhelmed or in such a hurry to make money online that they overlook and over-think the simple process of finding their own niche.

Choosing Bootcamp is not always the best answer, which is why I created this training. People just need to slow down, step back, and proceed with a bit more logic and knowledge of what they are about to undertake.
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Great post, Rob! What you said makes perfectly good sense. I was looking for something else and found your post. However, since I am starting Level 3 of the Certification training and just recently started Affiliate Bootcamp your post is very helpful. Sounds like I need to stay focused on the Certification training and complete that first. I bookmarked your post for future reference for others. Well done! Thank you so much!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome. I would definitely recommend that you finish the Certification courses first before continuing with Bootcamp. Then once you do go to Bootcam, start over at the beginning to give yourself a bit of a refresher training.
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Thank you, Rob! I plan to work on the certification training today. Have a great WA day!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks!
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ELaNere1 Premium
Thank you Boomer for this course. I hesitated making this comment, but I'm hoping for some guidance. Now I really am confused about what niche I should do. I started out with the certification course. I got stuck choosing a niche. I started two websites but didn't know what to do about content for either one of them. So, I stopped for 4 months.

Then I remembered reading that if you couldn't decide on a niche, to go with the Affiliate Bootcamp. Last week, I came back and started Phase 1 of the bootcamp. Now, I came across your comparison of the two courses. You made an excellent point about what do I know about making money online or how am I going to promote WA if I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know what to do at this point.

I like to hike, bike, kayak, swimming, hunting, camping, & most anything outdoors. Except I really am not an expert at any of those things. I just do them because I enjoy doing it.

I was a hairstylist many years ago & owned a successful salon, I owned a property & casualty insurance agency, I was a notary public for many years, I'm currently a Realtor. I'm not passionate about any of those things. That sounds like a lot of niche material, but I am not an expert at any of those careers. So what would I do for content?

So, without a niche, I'm back where I started or should I say "where I stopped" four months ago.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks for keeping me from making another mistake.

Eve
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boomergp08 Premium
Eve, First off you do NOT need to be an expert at a niche to be successful. You just need to be convincing in the information you write about.

If you like doing all of those outdoor activities, then pick one and make that your niche. Then narrow it down to a particular product associated with the niche.

I like to hike too and when I do I always like to wear above the ankle waterproof hiking boots, to keep my feet dry for those times I need to cross a small stream.

If hiking were my niche I would narrow it down to footwear and promote various kinds of waterproof hiking boots. I would also promote other related products like socks and gel insoles.

For the biking niche you could promote a certain brand of mountain bikes or choose street bikes instead. For camping you could promote items for sleeping like sleeping bags.

For the hunting niche you could promote different kinds of scopes for rifles, gun cases and carry bags, camo clothing for women, or hunting bowie knives and sheaths.

You said you ran a successful salon, well one very popular and profitable niche is cosmetics for African American women and others with dark skin.

All of the above is just a small sampling of sub niches you could get into. All you need to do is select the niche you feel most comfortable talking about and would like to research.

Then focus in on a particular associated product of the broader niche markets and make those sub niches the focus of your affiliate marketing website.

I recently created a post on my website about how anyone could earn $53.82 to $449.82 at an 18% commission rate, promoting various kinds of watercraft for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts.

The post is about getting into the fishing niche market and then narrowing it down to the sub niche of fishing kayaks. I not only explain how but give you a link to an affiliate program I found while researching this niche for my post.

Read through it and I am sure you will get a better understanding of how choosing a more narrow sub niche from a broader niche market works. The link to my blog post is below.

http://legitimatejobfromhome.com/make-money-in-online-marketing-of-fishing-kayaks
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ELaNere1 Premium
WOW!! I have read through the information about kayaks and never imagined how many niches I could choose.

My biggest concern is how to add content that is not someone else's ideas or words.

I love the idea of the kayak niche as I love to kayak.

I will go back to the Certification course and start over again, either using the kayak niche or the hunting niche. I'm sure hunting could be narrowed down to some great sub-categories, too.

Thank you so much for taking the time to set me straight and get me back on the right track!

If I get stuck again, I will be sure to ask for help from you or the community instead of quitting.

Eve
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure Eve. Too many times people over-think the process of coming up with a niche and then writing content about it.

If you enjoy something and you can talk endlessly about it, then just transfer those spoken words into written words. It doesn't get any more complicated than that.
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Rezah Premium
HI there,
Thanks for this, very informative. I have luckily started with the certification course first and am currently on course 2 level 4... I am following this step by step and not skipping any steps... Now my question.... I think in the previous lesson it explains that you need to "review" other sites, get points and then ask other members to review your website... even though I have not come as far as adding visuals or affiliate links, I have posted to be "reviewed", they had told me to add visuals and affiliate links... these lessons are still coming right? I almost feel the need to skip and get this done... I should probably just be patient???
You talk about joining at least one affiliate network, should i do this now or wait till I get to that lesson??
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boomergp08 Premium
Do not skip ahead. Those lessons are coming up shortly. Always wait for the lessons to do tasks needed for your website. Everything will be revealed at the right time of progression. Being patient is definitely something we all need in order to be successful at affiliate marketing.
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Rezah Premium
Thank you :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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esteadman Premium
Boomer,

Great advice, wish I'd read it 5 months ago. I aggressively started 2 websites, one niche, and one MMO and tried following the Bootcamp course. About halfway through I realized this was not the way to go and switched all my efforts into the niche site and Certification course.
Now, I'm happy to say that my niche site is finally starting to take off ranking and traffic-wise, still no conversions but I know that will come in time. Meanwhile, the MMO site is languishing until I find time to get going on it again. My experience with niche marketing will help make the MMO site much easier and better.
Thanks for the training confirming what I found by hard experience. Hope others read and follow it.

Ed
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Ed. The reason I wrote this training because I was seeing many members doing and experiencing the same thing you had gone through. I didn't want new members to make the same mistake without knowing what they were getting into.
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adreyna Premium
Thank you for the awesome training. Your advice about going through the Certification Course first is helpful and so true. I find that as I go through Bootcamp, I have missed some vital information that's not covered there, but is explained in the Certification Course.

Also, you mention niche selection....the fact that we are involved with niches many everyday and we just need to choose one. Again, I can relate as well. I think we make it harder for ourselves by trying to find that "perfect niche," when in actuality we could just choose something that we're really interested in and build on that. Great information, Robert!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Audrey. The problem that I see is that when we all become members here at WA, many of us are overwhelmed with the knowledge and maybe even in a rush to make money, that we do not take the time to really think about a niche we will enjoy.

By taking the Affiliate Bootcamp many think that it will make them money quicker than the Certification Course. But that really is not true. It will take about the same amount of time because you still have to build an affiliate marketing website and fill it with lots of informative content.

But if you do not have the benefit of knowledge on how WA can help people build an affiliate marketing website in any niche other than the MMO niche, then it will be much harder creating all of that informative content day in and day out. Taking the Certification Course first will give you this better understanding.
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adreyna Premium
I totally agree! Thanks for the pointers.
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure.
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JLennon Premium
Thank you, Robert. I have been at WA for a week and it can be overwhelming. I was here for (I think) less than an hour when I had to decide on a niche. I decided to take the "ready, fire, aim" approach and selected a topic I care about that I believe will be of interest to others. I know I will probably have to refine this as I go forward. That's part of the process.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Joe. When you go with a niche you care about your passion will come across within your content writing and that is one of the many things Google likes to see in website content. This will also please your website visitors and will help you to convert sales.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Joe. When you go with a niche you care about your passion will come across within your content writing and that is one of the many things Google likes to see in website content. This will also please your website visitors and will help you to convert sales.
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GaryJr Premium
There is so much good information here, and I will definitely share it.

I chose to do the Certification Courses first because I didn't feel right about promoting WA at that time. I'm in the middle of Bootcamp now.

One thing Bootcamp has to offer that the Certification Courses doesn't is the training on making videos. I have gone through that training but haven't actually made any videos yet. So, I was wondering. How do you feel about making videos and have you made any?

Anyway, thanks for sharing this, Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, there are a couple of things that Bootcamp does teach that the Certification Course does not. Video marketing and PPC, which understandably would be more beneficial for a website promoting WA than it would be for a niche website.

As for videos, I have gone through that training and have practiced making a couple, but nothing I feel comfortable using. This is something I will have to work on some more. I know I will get back to it eventually. Seeing how Kyle has redone the entire Bootcamp training, I will be starting over from the beginning.
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JooKwang Premium
This is really interesting and I have to admit I never thought of it that way. I started with Affiliate Bootcamp and have already started a website. I won't dump it but I like your reminder that if everyone promotes WA in the same way without having an in-depth understanding of affiliate marketing and what WA truly can offer, then it can be quite uninteresting. I definitely want to get onto the Certification Course which gives me a good reason to start my second website!
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boomergp08 Premium
One of the problems I have been seeing lately is that many of the WA promotional websites are so similar, in that most do scam reviews and compare WA to other competing products. This can be good in moderation, but if all websites do this, where is the uniqueness that Google is looking for?

After I finished the Certification Course and built a couple of niche websites I had a better understanding about affiliate marketing and WA. Then when I did Bootcamp and I had seen what Kyle's website was about, exposing scams and comparing WA to other products, I decided not to fully follow his direction.

Though I do have an area on my website that exposes scams, I only write about the ones I have actually tried or personally know someone who got scammed by one of them. I mainly provide niche ideas and some other ways to legitimately make money online but always recommend WA as a way to make it easier to earn.
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JooKwang Premium
Excellent advice, I am glad to know this early and will implement steps to create a unique flavour for my website.
Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy to have been able to help.
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happyalpaca Premium
I have struggled with this question. I started in Bootcamp and realized my site was ugly just a mess. So I deleted it and went back to the certification site. I am frustrated because I do not see how be plug in my affiliate tag and wonder if I must go back to Bootcamp and learn how to set it up there. I have been out of commission for a month with a bad back and unable to sit at the computer so I am way behind. Time to catch up with the world! Thank you for this post and training.
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boomergp08 Premium
The Certification Course will teach you everything that you need to know. It will even teach you a little more about affiliate marketing on a whole than Bootcamp.
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shelley8492 Premium
This is certainly true. I started with WA and with a niche in flower photography which I really enjoy. I came up with all the articles that was requested and followed the lessons , but I was spending so much time having to look up the technical aspects of photography for my articles that I wasn't really getting anywhere. So then I switched over to boot camp thinking, hey, I can just promote WA and make money, so let's create a website here. So I did. Then I learned that even though I was aware of the benefits of WA, I wasn't reaping any of those and it was kinda hard to promote WA and how great it was when I couldn't show any proof. It was my own fault. Because it was difficult and time-consuming I just let it fall wayside and I'm getting ready to give up that domain in a couple of days because I don't think I'll ever work on that site again. I received some comments and had over a hundred posts, which in the scheme of things isn't much, but I just don't think it'll get built out.

A stray dog showed up at our house just after Christmas this past year. I had to learn a lot of things very quickly. She was over a month pregnant, but we didn't know until two weeks before she delivered and she had lots of issues. I decided this would be a good niche. I was learning so many things that I didn't know having a dog as a child. You don't have the same responsibility. I was coming up with articles and reviews and questions several times a day. I have so much info that would probably last me a year. And every day that I think I've learned most of it, something new comes up. This is a passion. I discovered my photography was just something I really enjoyed doing. I like to take photos of bugs and flowers and birds, and even though I know the technical aspects, I really didn't want to have to type all of that
and check it for correctness.

So long story short, as they say make sure the niche is your passion. I've really learned what my passion is this year. I've started the new website about my dog, Trixie, and I'm getting ready to post a lot of articles!
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boomergp08 Premium
That is an awesome story and chain of events.

One thing I have learned is that the more time I spend doing affiliate marketing the more I become keenly aware of the various niches and passions around me.

My next endeavor which I am currently doing more research on so I can provide some quality content right from the start, is about the health benefits of CBD Hemp Oil.

I just happened to try it to see what positive effects it would have on my health, and also to see if it were true that it doesn't get you high in any way, and I was blown away at how great it made me feel.

Then I started reading other research on how it helps kill cancer cells, is effective treatment for PTSD, chronic pain, depression, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), and a host of other disorders.

This is turning out to be another passion of mine, not just because of what it has meant for my health but because what it can do for others. Plus it is still a relatively new and growing niche market.

That is the beauty of affiliate marketing. Once you get a website set up and running with lots of content, you can move on to another niche while the previous one continues to grow in authority.

The only way to experience these kinds of websites is to do the Certification Course, which is open-ended when it comes to the variety of niches. Bootcamp is only for the MMO niche, so you do not gain the overall affiliate marketing experience.
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Judy-B Premium
I was answering your comment to me and then read this about the CBD oil. I have purchased a bottle of this for my horse who has a mass and I'm using this in hopes it will shrink the tumor. I've heard good things so will see. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
CBD Hemp Oil is good for both humans and animals. I know of many people that give it to their pets. But one thing I have learned in my research is that the CBD oil should come from industrial hemp and not cannabis.
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Kacege Premium
Very interesting piece. I wasn't sure which way you were going with it at first then I realised that you described exactly how I started. I started the Certification then decided to go onto the Bootcamp as I wanted to build up a site directly off the training. After reading your article I went back to the Certification and it has been immensely helpful and really boosted my learning and production.
The explanation between the two trainings could be a little clearer for new starts like me.
Thanks
Keith
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Keith. I am happy you enjoyed my tutorial and have followed what I and many others believe is the best way to proceed through the training.

I agree that there should be a little more clarity into the differences between the two types of training courses here at WA. I hope this tutorial will help other new members to make a better informed decision.
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ClayDean Premium
Hi, Robert, well said, when I started WA, I had a particular niche that I needed to get into, to help my dads business. I thought to do the boot camp first would help me learn how to do affiliate marketing and then I could start promoting my Dads business.

I built a boot camp site, started adding content and in a short period realized that if I'm not making money online, how do I tell other people how to make it.

I hit the big green button, built a website for my niche, started adding content, started getting some traffic and have had a few sales.

Still, have a long way to go and a lot of content to add and a lot to learn.

The first thing you do in building a house is the foundation; then the rest comes naturally.

Thanks so much.
Clay.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Clay and the problem you ran into while doing Bootcamp is a problem many members experience. It may seem okay to promote something without firsthand knowledge but when you are required to convince people over and over again, it is hard to come up with content ideas.

However when you take the Certification Course and build an affiliate website in a niche you have at least some knowledge in, the process of writing content that can convince people will be much easier. In many cases it will even be fun, especially if the niche is a passion of yours.

Like you said, the first thing you do in building a house is the foundation. The same thing is true for affiliate marketing training. The first thing you do is build a website in a niche you are familiar in which will act as that foundation, and then you go on to build a bigger and better website.

I knew when I started here that my first affiliate marketing website was not going to be perfect because it was my first ever. After I built it I had more knowledge but earned no money. Then I built a second website. The knowledge from the first website made making the second website easier. It was this website that earned me my first bit of money.

Then I decided to start Bootcamp. Because of having the knowledge of building two other niche websites and earning money in the second website, I was able to build my Bootcamp website quicker as well as start getting referrals quicker. All because I had that foundation from doing Certification first.
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NWTDennis Premium
Very logical explanation Robert ... should really help new members from drifting to Bootcamp training accidentally. I feel Certification training should be a 'prerequisite' for Bootcamp.

K&C have created a very comprehensive training platform, and it takes a lot of OJT to really understand how it works and how to use it. Certification training serves this purpose as well as providing a coherent beginning to Affiliate Marketing learning curve.
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boomergp08 Premium
I agree with you Dennis. The reason why Kyle and Carson point people in the direction of the Certification Course when they first join is because it the best starting point for learning affiliate marketing.

By taking the Certification Course first it will give a better understanding of how all aspects of affiliate marketing works. Because Bootcamp does not teach about affiliate networks, those taking that course will not be able to promote that aspect of the WA training.

So yes, I too feel that taking the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course should be a prerequisite for Bootcamp, unless a member has the foreknowledge and is passionate about getting into the Make Money Online niche.
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Judy-B Premium
This was good reminders. I have not taken the Affiliate Bootcamp course because I haven't made any money in my niche as yet. Like you say how can I promote something that is still in limbo for me. I am not giving up, but still trying to find what will work for me. I have two sites, one is the horse niche and the other is a writer's niche. These are both what I'm passionate about, but as I said have not yet found what will bring in the money. I've followed a lot of suggestions and have asked questions. I guess just not the right ones yet. Anyway thank you for the training. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Judy. Have you tried doing any promoting of your websites in targeted audience groups and communities on social media? If yes, which social media networks are you using?
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Judy-B Premium
Hi Robert, thanks for replying. I have a business page on Facebook and also put up posts in G+. I haven't tried the Boost that is suggested in FB because they want a fee for it. I guess I would just like to be bringing in some money before I put more money out. Seems like that's all I do is put money out and none comes back in. I think the groups I'm in don't allow any promotion of sites. Maybe I should find different groups. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
All of the social media marketing I do and get results on is ALL FREE.

First off a Facebook Business Page is not going to give you quick results and Boost will not help as well as many think.

But if you want to do social media marketing without spending any money then you have to post your links in targeted groups and communities, if they allow it.

This will require some research to see where these people in your niche are hanging out on social media. There are Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities.

Not all groups and communities will allow you to post links, but they could be ways for you to mention your niche websites and if anyone is interested you could send them a link in a private message.

By joining targeted groups and communities you are going out to find the people in your niche, instead of waiting for them to find you.

I just did a search on Facebook for a writes group and I found a couple. Below is the link to one of them. Check it out, read their rules, and see if you would like to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/memberswritersgroup
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Judy-B Premium
Hi Robert,
Didn't realize that about the business page. I will look for sites that will let me post my horse site. Thank you for the link.I'm going to have to get over my shyness and start finding the visitors better. I have been writing the content and waiting for the people to come. Thank you for your input. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
Shyness is one of the things that will stop you from succeeding in this business. With social media marketing being a vital part of the success of any business with an online presence, you just need to get out there and be social. If you can do it here at WA you can do it elsewhere too.
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Judy-B Premium
Oh thank you, Robert for your encouragement. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure Judy.
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sbhowmik Premium
First mistake of newbies are to chose niche quickly and start building website without doing much research on the subject. But I don't blame them for doing that ( I am a victim ) because that is how the WA is designed. Newbies want to start website within the free membership time period and complete as much as training they can grasp without being matured on that subject. Sorry to tell but there are lots of superficial advice on WA which does not help newbies much. Thanks for your article!
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I agree and that is why I always stress to newbies, as well as try to help them, to take time and find a niche. Every single one of us are involved in dozens of niches and most times on a daily basis.

I can find niches for people just by talking to them for a bit, finding out what they like and what they enjoy doing. It is not hard to find many niches. But newbies want to make money quickly and that is just not how it happens.

They then give up on the simple process of finding a niche and just accept Bootcamp. But if being in the MMO niche is not a good fit for them, they will most likely fail. This is why they need to take their time and find a niche they like. Everyone has something they like doing or using.
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sbhowmik Premium
Thanks for your reply! "Slow and steady wins the race" is the right phrase to become successful atWA in my judgement. But it needs regular work ,research and most important all those certification courses/bootcamp. Yes, you are right, because of your maturity you can find niche by talking to the person. I think every newbie will be like that after couple of years.
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boomergp08 Premium
Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to anything one will build that will bring about success. But my point about not being able to complete the simple process of finding a niche one is into has nothing to do with my maturity.

When I joined WA I had no idea what a niche was really all about and then Kyle said that it is a group of people looking for a specific product or service. That is a very simple and easy to understand explanation.

Millions of people wear waterproof leather boots
Millions of people drive pickup trucks
Millions of people like traveling to Disney World
Millions of people buy baby clothing
Millions of people enjoy the movie Star Wars
Millions of people play video games
Millions of people use an iPhone
Millions of people want to live healthier lives
Millions of people love watching sports
Millions of people buy t-shirts
Millions of people wear athletic shoes
Millions of people enjoy flat screen TVs

The above twelve are all niche markets. Go to a newsstand and look at the magazine rack. Each of those magazines represent a niche market. So understanding what is a niche is simple. To find in oneself what a person enjoys should be a simple process too.

But many newbies, not all, wrongfully search out a niche that they feel will be the most profitable for them. Again like Kyle says in the training, every niche can be profitable and when it is a niche your have an interest in, you can create content that will convert.
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TracyIrv Premium
Thanks and I agree. I felt as a new person to building a website I wanted to concentrate on that first, and social networks.
As a traveller ( I constantly travel) I actually found signing up to Affiliate companies a nightmare, as they all want an address, a phone number, a bank account....etc.
This is all very well if you are living in one home, but I don't. I have been on the road over 2 years.
Also, importing and exporting goods is a nightmare if in the cosmetics industry, which I am.
I am still struggling with that.
Amazon....only pay into a bank account if you have an address in the USA, otherwise it's a cheque! ...to a home address.
All these things have pushed me to leave the affiliate Bootcamp to the end, Lol.
I am glad I have been concentrating on the lessons first.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I can see how doing almost anything that requires an actual street address must be troubling, to say the least.
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TracyIrv Premium
Nice image of lady on her laptop. Pixabay?
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes. Pixabay is one of my two most favorite free image resource websites.
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TaniaHersel Premium
Thank you for this. I started the certification course and rushed it which lead to me getting overwhelmed and still making mistakes. The best advice I got was to do the course step by step, slow down. Only this week I discovered what Boot camp was about. Once certification course is done, will then move onto Boot camp.
Thank you for this training it will help new members get on track.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Yes, always do the training in a slow step by step process. You can never rush success. Finish the Certification Course first and then going on to Bootcamp, if desired, is the correct way to go about having successful affiliate marketing websites in my opinion.
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ladyluck2013 Premium
Hi Robert,
I have been with WA since 2013 and I've never really understood the difference between the Affiliate Bootcamp and the Certification Courses--until now. I started with the Affiliate Bootcamp first because I did not have a niche. What you have said in this post makes a lot of sense, so I will start the Certification Course and see what happens. Thanks for explaining the difference between the two courses.
Deidre
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Deidre. I did this training because I see a lot of newbies starting with Bootcamp and then later on not seeing any results, with some of them quitting WA.

There is a reason Kyle, Carson and everyone eho promotes WA, will recommend a newbie start with the Certification Course first. Because it will teach you EVERYTHING.
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MrKent Premium
Nice article Boomer. I started with the certification course about 9 months ago and build my first niche blog. Right now I just started my 2nd blog which is a WA affiliate site.

I probably shouldn't do this but I find that I'm flying through the bootcamp with no problems, even skipping some parts cause I already know how to do a lot of things. This could be a mistake though because my 2nd site has not been indexed by google yet and its been 10 days, had I missed something? If it doesn't get indexed in another week I'll have to go over everything again slowly... ah, should have just done that the first time.

I plan on having 4-5 blogs in the next year or two. diversification is the key to a reliable passive income, you never wanna put all your eggs on one site.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Kent. And yes, even though you know a lot of the things being taught in Bootcamp because you learned them in the Certification Course, you should NOT skip over them.

At the very least skim through them because there will always be some little thing you may have forgotten or that me be explained in a slightly more understandable way.

If you want to see right away what if any of your website has been indexed, just go to Google and do a site search by typing

site:yourdomainname

Make sure your domain name does not have the www or the https in front of it.
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