Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Niches for 2015 -Discover Your Passion.

Top 10 Affiliate Marketng Niches for 2015

Affiliate Marketing has grown wider over the years as it is one of the best and simplest ways to earn money online.

However in order to start doing Affiliate Marketing, you need to determine niche suitable for you first because without that, you will have nothing to target and you’ll probably target just about anyone.

But before we get to the top 10 niches, let’s take a look at…


What is a Niche and What Does it Have to do With Affiliate Marketing?

A niche is simply a field of interest which is small yet still have demand to fuel your business.

For example, dating is a niche and with a niche, you have a specific field you can optimize your business to.

Okay, I’m not sure if you’re following me on this but here’s a quick video to tell you why a niche is important…

Having a niche is important for Affiliate Marketing because you can’t just simply do your campaigns without being specific at something.

If you’re not specific, you would end up promoting any nice things that you see on the web no matter what the niche is.

For example, the product that your promoting is a diet plan ebook but suddenly, a new business course got released and so without a niche to hold on to, you would blatantly promote that as well which is completely unrelated to your diet plan promo.

Now that you have a grasp of what the whole Niche and Affiliate Marketing thing, let’s have a look at…


The Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Niches for 2015.

Niche #1 – Make money online


This niche is the biggest niche on the web since 2010 because who doesn’t want to make money?

Times have hit us hard and everyone needs a second stream of income.

However, it is also the most competitive niche and hard to make money from as there are millions of scams out there that rip people off. (Just look at my list of scam reviews here!)

Before I make a single cent online, I was scammed a lot of times which almost changed my perception of ever making money online.

But after I finally succeeded, I created this website and I’m giving back to the community by helping people grow their online business and avoid pitfalls as how I did.

I make regular reviews every week and throughout my reviews, only 1 out of 10 programs online is legit! (Here’s a list of my legitimate programs I’ve reviewed instead).

It is still possible to break through the huge barrier of this niche though, and here’s how…

  1. DON’T be straightforward with the “Let’s make money online” hype – People are skeptical at making money online as there are many scams out there so if they see another program saying “let’s make millions overnight” or “You are never going to go anywhere if you don’t register now”, they will quickly brand you as a scammer.
  2. DON’T tell them to spend money in order to make money – In reality, sure we need to spend in order to make money because that’s how business works. But you can’t tell them that straight in their faces because you will risk making yourself look like a scam.
  3. Be specific! –This is perhaps the most important way anyone could succeed in the make money niche. I see a lot of people promoting blatantly with something like “Learn how to make money online today” or “Buy this to start making money and change your life”. This is not broad enough. You NEED to tell your method of making money so that customer’s won’t get pissed off. Instead of simply saying “learn how to make money”, be a bit more specific by giving more clue like “Learn how to make money online by blogging” or even by Affiliate marketing.

If you’re wondering as to how to pull off Affiliate Marketing with the make money online niche, here are some successful sites I know of…

Niche #2 – Weight Loss

Acro Yoga

Who doesn’t want to lose weight or be healthy?

Weight loss is the second most profitable niche to go to for Affiliate Marketing because people take weights seriously.

Even if you have a small tummy or gained 10kg, it is enough to cause some stress to certain amounts of people, particularly women, or those in the acting or modelling line as they want to maintain their body size for their career.

Of course, there are other reasons as well such as obesity which furthers shows how powerful of a niche losing weight is.

In fact, did you know that Weight Watchers became viral fast through their website?

There are tons of resources for lose weight affiliate programs out there, even at Amazon.

Niche #3 – Dating


Dating is of the best platforms for Affiliate Marketers because people are having trouble trying to get a date anywhere.

Pick up artists revel in this area and there are just so many things to talk about.

I have a website for dating called name) and I was amazed at the amount of traffic I’m getting!

I have left for a year because I am actually trying to get statistics for my next blog post but surprisingly, I am getting constant visitors on my website even though I haven’t touched it for so long!

Here are some of the things you could talk about for the dating niche…

  • How to get a girlfriend
  • How to get a boyfriend
  • How to get back your cheating wife
  • How to mend a broken heart
  • How to pick up girls at the park
  • How to pick up girls at colleges
  • And much more!

Niche #4 – Gaming

Angry Joe's YouTube video

An example of Angry Joe’s game review on youtube

Gaming is one of the BIGGEST affiliate marketing platforms in the world.

Have you heard of Angry Joe?

Or GameSpot?

How about IGN?

In fact, STEAM is also making money through Affiliate Marketing!

Unlike other niches where you can create your own eBook or membership to sell, games are something you cannot create simply.


Just look at Final Fantasy, or Dragon Age Inquisition or even Witcher, do you think you can create a game to fight that?

Not unless you’re a video game developer, and that would take at least a year to finish one game!

People make loads of money selling games by doing reviews which gamers buy through those links without knowing that it is an affiliate link which is why it is such a big platform for Affiliate Marketing.

Niche #5 – Self Development

Falun Dafa standing meditation

Falun Dafa standing meditation

Self-development is big because people need a way to improve themselves further as the society today is full of pressure.

The market is huge, and so are the resources for what you can talk about.

However this only works well in developed countries because people are more aware of this there.

While I was in London, I was taking the tube (the London underground) everyday so I met many people from various races, even from different countries.

I talked to many of them and all of them responded well about motivation and self-development.

However when I got back to Malaysia, I realized that many Asians do not respond well to self-development because for them, it is in their culture already.

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures in Asia as the majority of the races are Indians, Chinese and Malays so we have a part of Asia in one place which is a good opportunity to do some research.

I found out that the people living in the capital cities responded well to self-development as they are insecure about themselves and they cannot submit to that as they want to grow further whereas people living outside of the capital cities do not have much to worry about and are not as interested in money as us city folks (City dwellers are more materialistic).

The self-development niche is also very big as you can talk about spiritual meditation, boosting self-confidence, and even empowering mindset for entrepreneurs which is one of the hottest topics on the web as you could even do a talk about this.

Niche #6 – Information Technology (IT)

Dell inc

Information technology is another big thing on the web which is a huge market and can be further broken down into smaller, more specific niches.

You could talk about…

  • Technology for laptops
  • How to set up a high performing PC on a budget
  • iPhone tips
  • Gaming gears and peripherals
  • And many more!

The world of technology is so huge that you need to choose more specific niches else you’ll be mad having too many things to think about.

Ever heard of TechCrunch? How about PC Gamer?

If you’re a person who likes tech-related stuff, then you should definitely go for this niche!

Niche #7 – Cooking and recipes

Curing Salmon

Curing a salmon

I guess I should stop saying that this niche is huge because you get the idea.

There’s Chinese cooking, Malaysian dishes, Indian, British, even French recipes and people Google this every day to cook for their loved ones or simply as a hobby.

Everyone can relate to food no matter what the culture and what is even easier is that you don’t have to cook and send it to them like restaurants do!

There are also various cooking channels on youtube which is a great source of traffic.

If you’re not much of a tech person and you love food, cooking would definitely be a great niche for you!

Niche #8 – Entrepreneurship

Chinese businessman

Business and entrepreneurship topics are one of the major hot topics too!

Ever heard of websites like Forbes or Business Insider?

Business is a great niche to go to if you’re a business-minded person but bear in mind that it is a rather bland topic so your market would only be restricted to entrepreneurs or those who are planning to delve into the small business market as not everyone likes business.

Make no mistake, this is a great niche to go to and although the market is lesser, entrepreneurs are strong-willed people who will not give up until they reach their goals and this also means that they will most like buy your products if they think that it can be of help to them.

If you’re a beginner, I wouldn’t advise you to make this niche your first choice because your market will have high expectations on the way you write your content, as well as how you promote your products.

However if you’ve had at least one blog which you have successfully attracted readers from, that experience would help you understand and plan your entrepreneurship ideas better.

Niche #9 – Online shopping

Online Shopping is a bit troublesome market to go to unless you can set up an ecommerce site.

Just look at Amazon, eBay and Zalora, they make loads of money selling other people’s products and they even have an affiliate program for you to promote them!

Talk about crazy, eh?

That just shows how widely used Affiliate Marketing is as when you’re successful enough, you can make affiliate programs from your own affiliate marketing efforts.

Setting up an eCommerce site of your own is not enough to drive traffic if you don’t add a blog section so do keep in mind if you’re ever interested in going big.

Niche #10 – Language learning tips

Language is one of the easiest niches to take advantage of, but one of the most difficult to maintain as well.

Have you ever wanted to learn French to impress a girl?

Or sexy Russian to attract guys?

Regardless, people struggle to learn different languages every day and they would not mind spending on courses if it helps them master that language.

My friend left to open up her own blog called Lawless French and within a week, she was already seeing more traffic than she would have imagined!

Of course she might have the benefit of recognition from her previous workplace, but the people who followed her, also recommended her blog to their friends because it is hard to find language courses which are up-to-date and approachable.

Barrier for entry?

Is that you need to be bilingual or trilingual which is why not many blogs are out there focus on Languages which is a great opportunity for you as well.


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When your blog is up there, your Affiliate Marketing efforts will boost even more not only because of the traffic you will be getting, but because people can know that you have proof that you’re established and not just a random seller which will really help build trust with your audience.



Niches are big and yes, some have more demand than others but not all of that traffic will go to you because at the end of the day, it is your efforts which will determine your success.

Not matter what niche you choose, they are all just as profitable as long as you establish yourself through a blog and before you know it, all your Affiliate Marketing efforts will make you a ton of money already!

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Thanks for reading, do share your thoughts and opinion below as I’ll be more than happy to reply.


Riaz Shah

29 comments on “Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Niches for 2015 -Discover Your Passion.
  1. You’ve put together quite a list here, Riaz. I’m interested in the spiritual niche as i believe its better if i learn on how to balance my mind and soul while sharing it with the world.

    • Thanks Tony, the spiritual niche is also big and when done right can give you massive chunk of traffic and income as the competition isn’t as high as the make money niche. That is a great way for you to learn and share at the same time, in fact that’s what I’m doing too currently. Thanks for dropping!

  2. Hello,what about the E-commerce store for the health related affiliate products..will it work…we just need to add affiliate products to that store and drive traffic with a blog on the store ..

    • Hello Shubham,
      Yes, it will definitely work. There are many ecommerce sites out there who use affiliate marketing to sell stuff from the original sites and getting affiliate commissions from them so it’s definitely doable, even for health-related affiliate products. As long as you drive traffic to it, you’ll do fine. Thanks for dropping by, do let me know if you need help with anything!

    • Thanks Jasmine!
      Usually I would recommend my own content but starting an Online Store is tricky business as there are a lot of elements involved. However if you are really keen on that, I would recommend Steve from as he has a really good course specifically on Online Stores. Good luck!

  3. What a great detailed list, Riaz. I love how much effort you put in compiling this.

    It didn’t came in a s a surprise to me that Make Money Online is one of the biggest affiliate marketing niche. Although it does have a lot of noises, I think a lot of us just can’t help but want to find a better way to earn a living.

    I think it’s better to choose a niche that you feel passionate about rather than one of the most popular though, as they are popular, they are much more competitive actually.

    How do you think one should find their niche?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hey there Anh,

      The Make money online niche is indeed a hot one though, but you are totally right – Its best to choose a niche based on passion or interest rather than choosing the one most popular which is why I chose blogging a my niche and lucky for me, it is also included as part of the make money online niche since you can earn a living by writing. Thanks for your feedback, really appreciate it Anh. Hope you have a lovely day!

  4. Hi Riaz, again, another really interesting article.

    You really know what you are talking about from reading your articles. Isn’t it best to try to go for a niche which isn’t as popular? One with less competition? Otherwise you’ll be waiting a long time to rank and for people to see your page..


    • Hello again Sammi,

      Excellent question! Yes you’re definitely right on that one – its easier to rank in less competitive niches as there are lesser competition. If that is what you’re looking for, you can use this list I compiled to give you a clearer picture on which niches to avoid.

      However competitive niches means that it is also good to make money in because that is where loads of people accumulate in, especially niches like lose weight and Internet Marketing. It is competitive, yes but if you can tap into the more specific market under that category, you’ll be able to tap into a gold mine of opportunity.

      For example, lose weight is a huge market and you can tap into that market further by going more specific as there are many things to talk about that you can make a topic of your own such as lose weight through exercising, losing weight techniques for working adults, or even tips on how to make a lose weight blog itself. A lot of things to talk about and with the proper keywords and content, anything is possible. Hope that helps!

  5. This is a great article on niches. It can be tough finding the right one and you have given some good ones to pursue.

    I agree that making money online is the number one niche right now and can generate lots of traffic for your site.

    I noticed you talk about Wealthy Affiliate which is a great way to get the knowledge needed to be a success in this industry. I have been a member for a while now and enjoy everything they have to offer.

    Thanks for posting.

  6. This is a comprehensive and a useful list of affiliate marketing niches. It does look like the narrower the niche is, the more likely you will succeed as you will be able to target a specific audience.

    However, the narrower the niche, it is more difficult to look for keywords for quality content, no? This is what I am struggling with. Maybe I overthink about choosing the right keywords and at the same time keeping my niche topic as focus as possible.

    Anyway, thanks for this post. It does give a good list of suggestions to those are new in the blogging world.

    • Right you are Alex,

      Narrow niches have lesser competition so its awesome to rank for. You’re not entirely true on the keywords part though, you can still rank well for normal keywords that you use on a broader niche – just that you need to make your keywords longer with more long-tail keywords.

      Like instead of “Ways to Make money Online”, you need to go deeper and say something more specific like “ways to make money online through surveys”. Sounds like more work but believe me, you’ll get used to it pretty fast because you’ll get excited when you see how easy your articles will rank. Hope that helps, good luck on your site!

  7. Nice article. 🙂

    I’m currently in the make money online niche. The possibilities are endless, but competition in this niche is fierce.

    Your other niche ideas are great too! I may have to get into the weight loss niche one of these days, but the competition is probably worse there.

    • You’re definitely right on that one Alec,

      the weight loss niche is amazingly competitive and you need to have strong passion and perseverance in order to maintain your standings in that niche but after a while, you can definitely enjoy great traffic from there too.

  8. Hi Riaz,

    Awesome information. I do have a question. Should I consider when choosing a niche the competition within that niche? Because I might be passionate about golf, but to start a website in the golf niche might be quite difficult if the competition is fierce! Should I pick a niche with low competition instead in order to be able to rank in Google and get traffic to my website and eventually make money!



    • Good question Sonia,

      For beginners, I think it is better if you choose a low competition niche instead because that way, you’ll be able to rank more easily and from, you can estimate how difficult it will be if you delve into a niche with higher competition.

      When everything falls into place, only then should you go for the higher competition niche but often times, people get way satisfied already with their current niche because they are happily sustaining there already. Hope that clears the air Sonia, do let me know if you need help with anything!

  9. Great content and I am pleasantly surprised to notice that this was written by a fellow Malaysian as most of the stuff I come across seems to be from the US.

    In fact, your weight loss tip sparked an idea that I could consider as a venture. Keep in touch!

    • Great to meet a fellow Malaysian Ivan, its true that many of the top websites are created mostly by western people.I’m one of the few but the good news is that we’re growing in the digital marketing world! Thanks for dropping by, hope you have a great Wednesday!

  10. Hi Riaz,
    Im interested to start Self Development blog however, I am confused what content to write, I mean do I need subniches? I have taken a look at Under Personal Devt, there are many other subniches. Im confused, if I focus on Motivation, can I also write about Time Management?

    Need advice

    • Hello Rosy,
      That’s actually a pretty normal question, don’t worry much about it – You’re not the only one worried about this. You don’t need to follow other successful blogs though, the broader your topic the harder it is to write content because you literally have a million things to cover on. Sub niches are optional but if you can write on a few topics, you’re golden.

      For example, my website is about blogging. I could easily cover a huge variety of blogging sub niches like social media, content creation, content promotion, traffic, SEO and guest blogging. But I didn’t because that ita too big so I only covered things that I am familiar with which is SEO, traffic tips and keywords. You don’t necessarily have to write all subniches though, what’s important in a blog is the consistency of your postings.

      I would advice you to check out Wealthy Affiliate on blogging though, its my top ranked program and you can learn loads on how to properly start your blog plus you can even start creating your own blog for free. I’m a member there myself so I’ll personally guide you to building your own blog until you’re stable. Hope that helps, good question by the way. Hope you have a lovely day!

  11. I’ll agree with you that the work online niche can be a really profitable one but its definitely not for newbies I’m afraid. At least 90% of newcomers who choose this niche are destined to fail – you need to publish AT LEAST 4 posts a week to stay ahead of the competition. I currently post 8 – 10 articles a week and that keeps me ahead of the crowd…but it’s hard, hard work.

    • I totally agree with you on that one Chris, I’m totally occupied with just one blog since I started the blogging / make money niche but it’s well paying off! A lot of reader, experts and industry leaders to look up to so you’ll never feel alone and out of ideas on what to write about. But as you said, its heavily saturated as well. Awesome to see you here again man, hope you have a good day.

  12. Wow..I love the list you have put together here. In my past life I was a personal trainer, so maybe I should take up the weight loss one. As I feel like I have a lot of wisdom to give there.

    But the others one seem just as interesting. Niches is where it is all at. It’s better to have more info on one than be a jack-of-all-trades where a person spread themselves thin.

    Great list and post.

    • You should definitely have a go at that niche then Jagi, but you don’t necessarily have to choose it if you don’t want to. I had no clue how blogging works but look at my blog now, I’m writing about a niche I once thought I could never understand. Just sharing a friendly advice, best of luck!

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