NICHES. The scariest word for most people when starting out. However, the idea of a niche should not scare you. Instead it should be exciting.

What is a Niche?

A niche is a distinct segment of a market, in other words an "audience".

When choosing a niche that fits you, you should be choosing something that is ideally an interest, a passion, a hobby, but it could be something that you would like to learn about. You don't need to BE an expert, you BECOME an expert.

I personally enjoy many different things. I enjoy basketball, I used to collect baseball cards, I like to go skiing, I am really interested in men's fashion, exercise, internet marketing, and I love everything about the online business world.

There are also many niches over the years that I have been very successful within without knowing anything about them before getting into them. Dieting, voice over IP, hosting...are just a few.

Almost anything you can think of is a niche and that is why we are going to get you to choose YOUR niche based on things that you are interested in. You can earn money online from absolutely every single niche because there are billions of people out there searching for information, for solutions, and spending billions of dollars or products/services every day.

The idea of a niche can be a little confusing at first, so I have created a video walk-through for this lesson "Choosing Your Direction - It Starts With a Niche" that is going to walk you through what a niche is, how you earn money through a niche, and I will get you choosing your initial direction online.

Check out the video below.

 

Your online business should not feel like a day job. Earning money online should be fun, and it is fun. This all starts with choosing a niche that you are interested in and will enjoy working with.

The MORE you enjoy doing something the LESS it feels like a job and the more productive you are going to be. Carson and I are immensely passionate about online business and teaching people how to make money online, so that is the niche we have chosen with Wealthy Affiliate.

Your niche could be anything, but at the core of your niche selection it should be something that you "like". Something you enjoy. Something you can talk about. Something you want to learn about.

Task 1: Choose Your Direction

We want you to select the niche that interests you most and gets you the most excited.

A few things that you should understand about niches are:

(1) You are going to be writing content within your niche
(2) You are going to be communicating within your niche
(3) You are going to be choosing products to promote within your niche
(4) You are going to get to help people within your niche.
(5) Your first niche PROBABLY won't be your last (so don't worry about it being perfect)
(6) Any SINGLE niche website can become a "full time" income/business

There is NO SUCH THING as choosing the wrong niche.

Also, note that you can always change your niche down the road. Just because you are choosing a niche now does not mean you will be in this particular niche forever. Either way, please do not spend a week choosing your niche. Within the next 15-30 minutes (maximum) you should have your "starting point" niche chosen.

If you have any questions about your niche, feel free to leave a question below and we will help you out.

If you are REALLY STUCK at this point and you cannot decide on a niche, perhaps you may be interested in the make money/affiliate marketing niche. If you don't have a niche at this point, this will be your niche and we have an Affiliate Bootcamp dedicated to those that are interested in promoting Wealthy Affiliate.


==> Go here if that is you.

If you have any qustions about your "niche" or direction of your business and you wan to get feedback from the community, leave them below and we will be happy to help.

Onto the next lesson, building a website! Exciting stuff is ahead! :)

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Tobyt Premium
i need the earn while you learn method.. i know its a long shot but is there something quick you have to make a little money?? im just so far in debt was hoping to start with something?? but i understand if not.. but i haven't giving up over the last 2 years with complete failure. so why would i when ive finally found a program that i believe in already and has just started today.. i feel really confidante already.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - unfortunately, affiliate marketing is a long term commitment. The sooner you build your website, the better, as age plays a part as to getting your site ranked in Google. You need to follow the training step by step, and you will have built your site by the end of lesson 4. Your next step is to add lots of original content to it.

If you know anybody who may be interested in this program, you could email them your personal affiliate link and earn a commission if they go premium. You can find your link in the dollar symbol at the top of the page. Go to links and tracking.
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michaelw777 Premium
Well, I don`t know overall to suggest; except this; you could try advertising Wealthy Affiliate on other Websites; and seeing if you can make money here; and I am not sure about making money here? But, at least if you made credits that could go towards your monthly bills for Wealthy Affiliate; it would not cost so much. You should really ask Kyle and Carson about making money quickly on here. They might have some suggestions. Just put their names into the search box above separately.
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nathaniell Premium
If you need to make money to fund your membership, you can do that by writing articles for other people. Try UpWork. More details: To make money from your affiliate website, it's going to take at least a few weeks or months to gain tractions. There's no "quick" way, or shortcut. If there was, everyone would be doing it.

There are TONS of writing jobs out there, and they can all be done from your computer, from anywhere in the world!
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JustAPerson Premium
There are other models. Everything has risk of course. No guarantees. And different levels of expense required.

Anyway... you do NOT need to build an authority site to make affiliate sales. Of course not. It is only one model. The benefits are ultimately you have traffic coming in on auto pilot for free from search engines.

KEEP IN MIND... NOTHING IS EASY. AND IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH THE TRAINING HERE YET THEN YOU WON'T BE IN A POSITION TO EVEN DO THIS STUFF.

WORST THING TO DO IS SWITCH FROM THING TO THING TO THING... ALWAYS LEADS TO "FAILURE".

With that all being said... simplest way to try to make money from affiliate marketing would be to market directly from free and paid ads to affiliate products. I have done that in the past. It works okay but nothing great.

Much better is to set up a landing page that pre-sells the visitors then leads them to the affiliate offer. And you market that landing page. You can create 25 free websites here which would be perfect for that. So you could setup 10 to 20 "campaigns" like this and let them run...just single page... landing pages.

Then just leave that stuff alone basically just forget about them and get back to work on building your authority website.

If you make an occasional sale from your landing page campaigns then great. The only reason I am sharing this is that it does at least give the opportunity to make some tiny amount of money while you are busy building your niche authority website.
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I am creating an online weight reduction program with an affiliate component. It will be different than anything available now. The name of the program will be "Click and Grow Thin." I've secured the .com domain name. Affiliates would be paid 50% of the enrollment fee plus 20% of any back end up-sales.

What would an affiliate want to see in the program before they felt comfortable promoting it to their tribe? This not a commitment on your part - just a hypothetical.

What would be a reasonable price to charge? My thought is ($197) to make it super affordable for most people. Others suggested the price be $497.
Any suggestions, ideas or criticism is welcomed.
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Great choice, weight loss! Huge market
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I am very eager to success through this type of business my question is looking on my future goals. Is it possible to achieve them in a space of 3 months if I am to put the effort as I have indicated the time I am willing to invest in this??
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steeph Premium
That varies in everyone. Some people start making money after one month, others after 3, 6 or even after a year! Focus on your training and making great content. The rest will come along the way.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - unless you already have some knowledge of affiliate marketing you are unlikely to see any income at all for at least 3 months, more realistically it would be 6 months.
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Thank you Steeph for your reply. I actually don't want to set my self some unrealistic goals☺
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Thank you Diane. I surely will work hard. And will dedicate more of my time into this
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Ofcourse u will achieve your goals #more effort. U just need to trust in yourself that u can do it
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dylanrieger Premium
I'd sa 6 months to a year is a better time frame. If you want to get results in 3 months you'll have to do paid traffic.
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why u comment so much bro
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Motivation is the key starter
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Sensei1 Premium
I've decided my niche and my question to the pros is do I create a blog for my content and tie to my website or create the website and post all the content and video on the website? the later in my eyes keeps everything under one roof instead of the jump from blog to website and vice versa.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
If you follow the WA training you will see that your "blog" and your website are essentially one in the same. The only thing you don't really want to do is have a site/blog that covers more than one niche; keep the content tight.
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steeph Premium
Your blogs are in your website. You need to create a website so you can start writing blogs, adding videos and photos etc. It’ll be your blog (after you purchase a domain) so you can run it whoever you like.
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Sensei1 Premium
Thanks Steeph and please to meet you. To what degree do plugins have incorporating my videos and a blog on my website? I have a ton of plugins from other marketers and have no clue how to use them. I had a webmaster when I use to do this so never learnt the actual processes. I am working through the courses and no problems yet. I hope we can discuss at other times when I have issues.
Appreciate you!
David
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The possibilities seem endless!
However, why do I feel like it seems to good to be true yet a heck of a lot to do? My mind feels like it's going to explode. Yes everyone has an affiliate program, and I mean everybody. And, there are millions of niches. I get it.
But do you mean to tell me that I'll have to register with multiple companies as an affiliate once I have my multiple niches. Then create websites for said affiliations and niches, manage all of this, and still be able to find time to eat, sleep, and live my best life?
😐Hmmm, does the premium pkg include a PA??
Or perhaps my own little platoon of minions to help me steal the moon😆...
...I mean make all of this happen???
I'm certain the training will simplify things, but at the moment I'm a lil uneasy. Especially since I really can't afford an additional bill right now.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - yes, this is a legitimate program, but it does take a lot of hard work and is a long term commitment.

First of all, as a beginner, I wouldn't recommend having multiple niches. You should only have one niche on a website, and trying to add content to just that one website can be time-consuming in itself. So, in other words, just start with one niche on one website.

You can't apply to affiliate programs until you have built your website, as they will inspect it before they approve you. So, your initial focus will be on building your first website and adding content to it which relates to your chosen niche.

You can stay as a starter member for as long as you like, and are given 2 free websites.

This is all covered in the training, which you should follow step by step and not try and rush ahead.
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Cindyeking Premium
I'm new as well and I agree there's a lot to think about. But, hey now, take a deep breath and try to slow it down! You can do these lessons one at a time and build your one website based on one niche you've picked out. And you can do that for free. Just take this one step at a time because you have to learn to walk before you can run! I'm sincerely wishing you all the best!
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Rick49 Premium
Is there a norm on timing to get through training?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - that's impossible to answer. Everyone learns at a different speed. You might understand it straight away or need to watch the videos more than once.

You might only have an hour per day to spare or 8 hours. It might take you an hour to write each post for your site or a couple of days.
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steeph Premium
You’re right. It takes time! And a lot of it. But as you go through the trainings you’ll find how to manage your time so that you can run your website and also step away from it for a bit. Regarding affiliate programs, you can join affiliate networks! Those have different programs to almost every niche. All you need is one account and you will be provided wit an affiliate link to the program you’d like to join.

When you’re starting out try not to make too many websites and instead just focus on one. It’ll be a lot easier.
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