Blogging or affiliate marketing

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Hey all.

Question as to what I should start with first.

I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together
#affiliate #blogging #marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    You say you are starting with a lower budget. When you start your affiliate marketing how do you plan on getting traffic to your affiliate offers? Do you plan on starting an mmo blog after the parenting blog?
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    why would you want to wait

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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by jfrombk View Post

    Hey all.

    Question as to what I should start with first.

    I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together

    there would be plenty of affiliate products related to parenting etc, why can you not add those products to your parenting blog ?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    You blog and each blog you will want to add an affiliate link. If you don't do this then you can't make any money.

    There are plenty of PARENTING affiliate programs on a place like Clickbank.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    Blogging and affiliate marketing are kind of apples and oranges.

    A blog is just a delivery channel, be it content or ads. Which you would still need something to market to make money. Unless you can get a lot of traffic and monetize it with something like Adsense.

    Where affiliate marketing is really just products/services that you can market on a commission basis. But you still need a way to advertise products/services.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Mozie
    Hi jfrombk

    I know the exact feeling you're having, not sure what niche to choose.

    So ask yourself these questions

    What niche am I most passionate about?
    What niche can I see myself writing about daily for the next couple of years?

    Whichever niche you choose you want to build your online business into a long term sustainable business. And If you're very passionate about the topic you're far more likely to succeed because you'll be having fun while writing/blogging/marketing the topic. Just remember to do your research on what problems each niche audience is having and which products are available out there to promote as an affiliate that solves those problems. This also opens the gate to potentially creating your own products to help your audience.

    Focus on building and growing one business at a time. Make one successful and then focus on the next.

    This helps you avoid getting side-tracked.

    Good-luck

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  • Profile picture of the author jfrombk
    Hello all.

    Thank you all for your responses. I guess the parenting niche is something I am very passionate about and it doesn't seem like there are products that would fit me selling right away. Like in my head it kinda seems silly tho I know that probably sounds silly
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    Blogging is a part of Affiliate Marketing, it is a source of directing traffic to your money site or affiliate program. The 2 works hand in hand.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    You can connect blogging and affiliate marketing, but don't rely just on your blog to be successful in AM. It's a source of traffic for your product/service, but when you're starting out, there will be very little traffic unless you are a skilled writer with a great product that is directly related to your blog.

    You can draw a parallel for MMO and parenting. In my opinion, they do go hand in hand. Your target audience would be parents who want to spend more time with their children at home. They need another source of income that doesn't require them to be outside of the house, working for someone else. They need to learn how to make money online...and that's where your blog connects the product/service you're offering to do that.
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    • Profile picture of the author jfrombk
      This is an excellent suggestion thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author bhavesh11
    I would recommend you to start blogging as it has long future as compare to affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author alliance
    The Parenting Blog should be your first choice since you have a passion for the niche. Affiliate marketing in the MMO niche can help monetize the blog once you establish the blog. It's an excellent synergy since more and more people are looking to make money at home and generate a second or passive income source. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I make money with affiliate marketing. I also blog. Blogging is a way to drive traffic and affiliate marketing is a monetization strategy,that's how I look at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by jfrombk View Post

    Hey all.

    Question as to what I should start with first.

    I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together
    You can do them both. Affiliate marketing is an ideal lifestyle - if:

    1) You know how to generate large amounts of low commission sales for free

    2) You're promoting a $100-$1000+ commission product

    3) You get paid every month for the lifetime of the customer you helped generate

    If you want to get into the parenting niche, first make sure that there's a desire for information of it in the marketplace - and if there is, and there's multiple ways to reach these prospects... go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    You have to start blogging first. Its need time and patience to build up a loyal readership for your blog. Become an authority in your niche is very helpful to become a successful affiliate marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    I tend to think like Vishwa. If I were you. I would start with a blog and try to market it. Once it is established and I have a following, I would choose products that are related to parenting and promote them through affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    Consider also using pseudonyms for either the parenting blog or mmo affiliate programs. For example, I market in many widely disparate and unrelated niches simultaneously using more than 30 different personas and aliases.
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  • Profile picture of the author laoom
    other word affiliate market a lot like commission sale. difference is you driving traffic and lead to advertiser website tour blog post.Start affiliate marketing on your blog few step.
    1- Create website or Blog
    2- choose name and then niche down
    3- Research product your Niche the you can review.
    4- Sign Up and Affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommen
    You can do these simultaneously. If your niche is parenting, look for a high quality parenting affiliate program on Clickbank or some other platform.

    Then start writing unique articles on your blog about parenting and use your affiliate link in the articles to refer people to the affiliate program.

    Also, be sure to choose a domain name that includes your keyword.
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  • Originally Posted by jfrombk View Post

    Hey all.

    Question as to what I should start with first.

    I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together
    You can do that together. In fact, the parenting market is a good place to start with your MMO niche. Families with full-time parents are always looking for ways to make extra money. You can blog about both because parents are often concerned how having an affiliate or online business can affect their family life. Like,
    • Will I have enough time for my kids?
    • How to I make time for my affiliate marketing business?
    • Do I need a home office to do this?
    • Where can I find affiliates that suits my lifestyle?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gill23
    I started Affiliate marketing a month ago with out knowing what a affiliate marketing is lol. I have not make any sells yet but gain real experience. I'm still learning but I think affiliate marketing was a positive accident in learning the ropes.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Start blogging and do not add any affiliate products until you have developed a following. Once your getting between 500 and 1000 views per day and the traffic is good then go ahead and add a opt in form and or some banners for affiliate offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author shawnlebrun
    Jeff..

    What's your END goal with either one?

    Do you want to create a parenting blog that becomes an outlet for your writing?

    Do you want to mostly earn money?

    Do you want to earn money WITH your parenting blog?

    You seem to want to tie in 2 different niches... but it's absolutely possible
    you can do both (earn money, write passionately) in either niche.

    Trust me, there's some VERY obsolete niches out there... making people
    a killing, and you'd never guess others would buy stuff in that niche.

    I know someone who just runs a Facebook group on Hashimoto's disease...
    she started it out of a passion. Heck, I couldn't even spell it at first, let alone know
    what it was.

    And yet, she does multiple millions a year, simply writing about it and helping
    others.

    I can almost certainly guarantee you'd find some aff programs in the parenting/fathering
    niche.

    But again, you'd want to figure out what your end goal is... your point B.

    Then, just work backwards and put the steps in place to go from A to B.

    Anything CAN be done... it's just a matter of starting, finding what's working,
    and tweaking from there.

    The only way to monetize and make money from ANY site or blog is to get
    eyeballs first... then monetize it later.

    So, start writing and see where it leads :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by jfrombk View Post

    Hey all.

    Question as to what I should start with first.

    I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together
    Yeah I would keep those two niches desperate. Why can't you start two different sites/campaigns at the same time??
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  • Profile picture of the author anitasolonline
    Originally Posted by jfrombk View Post

    Hey all.

    Question as to what I should start with first.

    I know the 2 two favorite business models are blogging and affiliate marketing (often done together)to get started with a lower budget however, I wanted to know your thoughts on just blogging in a niche (father, parenting) first and then starting affiliate marketing in the mmo niche separately. It is doesn't look like those can be done together
    It will be a better idea if you focus on one niche until you're successful enough, then introduce another. My advise will be to invest in yourself and blog, build traffic and build your list as well, then introduce affiliate marketing, among other blog monetisation methods.
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  • Profile picture of the author JUnderwood
    No need to stop the choice on one thing. You can do a blog and affiliate marketing. And best of all to unite them. I know many people who did just that and earn good money.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexWonders
    Its hard which way to go when deciding to blog. I have just started blogging yesterday and not sure which way to take it right now its more for just personal development. I dont really know what affiliate marketing is? Good luck xx
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  • Profile picture of the author kebumen
    I think yes, both of those activity can done simultaneously. In the blogging, the problem is how to keep your consistently. If you want to success about blogging or online business, consistent is number one.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Yes buddy, definitely separate the 2 niches. Far better approach so each following is targeted.

    Begin blogging in the father-parenting niche.

    Being affiliate marketing in the MMO niche.

    Do not cross the streams.

    One question: do you have the time and energy to give to both ventures, to make each one succeed? People who give 100% energy to parental blogging will outshine you. People who give 100% energy to MMO affiliate marketing will outshine you. Something to think about.
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