Let’s face it, online blogging is slowly losing momentum. Modern users prefer running vlogs on YouTube, writing Instagram posts and short tweets because of the fast pace of life and the overwhelming presence of clip culture. Nevertheless, engaging blog posts and long reads remain pretty popular as people seek a comprehensive vision on various topics.
In Australia, blogging is still ‘alive’. Especially, this is true for companies that promote their products or services via corporate blogs. However, solo bloggers can also get their piece of the pie, too. In this case, affiliate marketing looks like one of the best sources of passive income for bloggers regardless of their experience.
But how can one make money using this strategy? What are the best niches and programs for Australian affiliate bloggers? Let’s try to find the answers.
Affiliate Marketing Basics
The first thing you should understand before joining any affiliate network is how the process of partnership is organized. Investopedia defines affiliate marketing as an advertising model in which companies pay middlemen for extra traffic and/or leads. Put simply, you, as a blogger, can integrate an affiliate link in your website and get compensation for this. There are three main types of payment:
1, Pay per sale. Partner companies will reward you with a certain percentage of the final price for a product/service purchased by the customer. In this case, you can expect a lavish compensation, but also should convince your website visitors to actually buy something from the partner company.
2, Pay per lead. Here, affiliate marketers get compensation based on conversion rates. As a blogger, you generate leads for merchants, so users don’t have to buy products or services but must perform specific actions, e.g. sign up or subscribe to the newsletter.
3, Pay per click. The simplest model that provides for generating traffic only. Bloggers put affiliate links for readers to click them and enter the site. Companies then pay their partners based on the traffic they drive to the website.
Affiliate marketing can really bring stable passive income 24/7, but only persistent users can benefit from it. Here, everything depends on your performance. Moreover, you don’t have to deal with angry customers (but we still recommend promoting only quality products that will be useful to end users). When it comes to entering into affiliate partnership, the first thing you should consider is niches or topics you will focus on.
Profitable Niches for Affiliate Marketers
Choosing a product or service to promote isn’t a simple task. Some niches such as fashion, clothing, makeup, and jewelry look promising, but they offer minuscule affiliate payouts. This means, you will have to force your readers to buy tons of shoes or rings from the partner website if you want to earn some decent money. Other niches such as gambling are simply illegal. According to Australian laws about casino pokies, both individual providers and advertisers can be penalized for $220,000 per day of prohibited activity. For companies, fines go up to $1.1 million per day.
Hence, you should choose the niche carefully. It’s better to be as precise as possible and select more untapped niches. Further, we will list five of the most profitable and popular niches for Australian affiliate bloggers.
Money leads the game in all industries and in our everyday life, too. Within this niche, you can choose different branches such as personal loans, insurance or investment. For example, cryptocurrency trading is highly popular now, so affiliate partnership with a leading crypto exchange should be pretty profitable for bloggers.
This evergreen niche forces people to care about their own health and physical development. Australians are eager to invest in healthy organic products, diet plans or gyms, so consider working with companies that deliver these services and goods. Pregnancy is another highly demanded topic though.
3. Home and Garden
Being a relatively rich nation based on Western culture, Australians care about their homes. That’s why various cozy stuff for rooms and yards is popular among people here. One of the fresh promising niches is linens. For instance, you can partner with the ‘mattress in a box’ providers that are relatively new to Australia.
4. Love and Relationship
Apart from health, everybody cares about personal relationship. We all want to love and be loved so these ideas will also be demanded. You can choose among different subsections, including dating services for specific categories of people, counseling services, and marriage agencies. The related niches such as gifts or beauty service work fine here, too.
Examples: CitySwoon (10% per sale).
5. Online Education
When it’s all going well with health and family, it’s time to think about personal development and self-education. Although open online courses were booming a few years ago, these platforms are highly popular now as well. Additionally, various local facilities like schools and universities hold online courses on different topics from geospatial planning to cooking.
Examples: Code Camp (7.5% per sale).
Leading Affiliate Networks for Australians
Finally, we’ve gathered the most famous and profitable affiliate programs in Australia. Usually, you should only sign up for free, explore available offers from merchants, choose the most suitable one, and integrate links in your website or blog. Don’t deal with platforms that feature paid membership as they often have relatively low ROI compared to the sites with free subscription. Still, you can consider upgrading your free plan to a premium one to get more valuable offers from companies.
Now, let’s check Australian websites listing affiliate programs:
- Commission Factory – a solid workspace for affiliates, advertisers, and agencies with a great interface and favorable conditions for bloggers.
- Impact Radius – a platform for relatively big blogs that have huge readership. They work with famous brands like Uber and Woolworths.
- ShareASale – delivers unique offerings that aren’t available at other platforms. There are some interesting partners like Reebok and Grammarly.
- Skimlinks – a convenient website that has one great feature. Here, you don’t have to insert links manually as the platform does it via the code.
As well, you can cooperate with global networks like Amazon, eBay, iTunes, and so on.
By choosing a profitable and active niche combined with a reliable affiliate program, you can boost the blog’s revenue greatly. Don’t expect insane profits in the short term though. Affiliate marketing is about passive and stable income, but it can hardly be a primary earner. But it’s still a good option, isn’t it?
GiG Media reaches top 3 in EGR Power Affiliates Ranking
Gaming Innovation Group’s media affiliate business, GiG Media has been given industry recognition as one of the top three power affiliates within the gaming industry in this year’s Power Affiliate Ranking 2021.
The annual Power Affiliates list commends 25 of the most successful affiliate businesses in the global gambling industry and is referred to by EGR as “a comprehensive rundown of the biggest online gambling affiliates operating in the sector today.”
GiG Media grew from strength to strength in 2020, In December 2020 GiG Media realised an all-time high in monthly revenue and generated the 2nd highest monthly player intake over the past two years. The positive developments continued in the new year. In Q1 2021 GiG’s media business reached an all-time quarterly high in player intake and in revenue. In Q1 2021 player intake grew 56% YoY and 31% QoQ hitting an all-time high in players generated quarterly for GiG Media.
Jonas Warrer, CMO at GiG said: “ I am extremely proud that we have officially been named one of the top three Power Affiliates in this year’s EGR Power Affiliates Ranking, up nine places from last year! This is a strong testament to all the hard work and dedication the organisation has put into improving our websites, our campaigns, our IT, our content, our design, – just to name a few areas. I am happy to see that our focus on organic growth resulted in continuous improvements throughout 2020, with the aim of new all-time-highs to come throughout the rest of 2021.”
Bojoko crowned Affiliate of the Year at EGR Nordic Awards
Popular online casino listing site fends off stiff competition to take home the trophy at prestigious awards ceremony
The Bojoko team is celebrating once again after being named Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Nordic Awards 2021.
This is the second EGR award that Bojoko has taken home after being crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year at the hotly contested EGR Operator Awards 2020.
Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry including AskGamblers, Better Collective, Blexr, Catena Media and the Gambling.com Group.
EGR judges said it had been “another excellent year” for Bojoko and that its SEO performance and overall conversion “really shines”.
The EGR judges added: “A more unique idea than most affiliates with great growth and sustainability. A very clever and new type of affiliate that is showing great success. Well done!”
Bojoko allows online casino operators and game developers in the Nordics to create their own dedicated listing page and tell their story through their own words, images and videos.
Bojoko members, of which there are now 30,000+, then rate and review each casino and game and share their honest opinion about the experience they receive.
During the judging period Bojoko built out its team dedicated to the Nordics which led to a 10x increase in unique site visitors and a 25x increase in registered Finnish players.
Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, said: “We will need to find more space for our trophies after scooping our second EGR award in as many months but seriously, the entire team is thrilled how have been recognised for our work in the Nordics.
“The Nordics remain a key focus for us and we see plenty of opportunity to drive growth from the region by providing players with our award-winning online casino listing product and service.
“Our mission from day one has been to help players quickly and easily select online casinos through transparency and community feedback and it is a concept that has proved to be hugely popular.
“I would like to thank the EGR judges for recognising our efforts and successes in the Nordics by crowning Bojoko Affiliate of the Year 2021.”
GGPoker strengthens its commitment to compliance by partnering with Rightlander.com
Supplier to help tier-one operator improve affiliate compliance via its innovative compliance solution
GGPoker, one of the world’s leading online poker rooms has partnered with compliance specialist, Rightlander.com to help boost their responsible gambling measures.
Rightlander.com provides operators with a comprehensive solution to mitigate compliance risks. Using Rightlander.com allows GGPoker to ensure that affiliates sending traffic to their websites are acting responsibly. Furthermore, it allows them to protect their brand in a constantly changing environment.
Rightlander.com’s proprietary technology scans over 15 million web pages and more than 150 million links every month, analysing content and providing customised reports to protect operators from harmful brand violations or regulatory risks. It analyses links, text and images reporting potentially non-compliant content that could pose a risk to GGPoker’s brand.
The Compliance Monitor helps detect non-compliant content across territories and flags potential violations such as missing terms and conditions, outdated offers, incorrect marketing assets while the PPC Monitor identifies ads that could be harmful to the brand.
Commenting on the partnership, Nicole Mitton, Head of Customer Success at Rightlander.com, said: “Compliance is a vital yet time and resource-intensive aspect of the business. As GGPoker continues to grow its network of affiliate and marketing partners, maintaining efficient and effective compliance monitoring practices will become ever more critical. We are delighted to be working with GGPoker to assist in improving affiliate compliance in this regard.”
Raghav Ghei, Compliance Manager at GGPoker, said: “As a gambling operator, affiliate monitoring is very crucial. The Rightlander platform has made our lives much easier by providing efficient tools and systems enabling us to effectively conduct affiliate monitoring on an ongoing basis.”
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