One “sticking point” that many new people run into when they first start out in internet marketing is trying to come up with a few good affiliate marketing ideas that will make them money. This is a big issue and I recall exactly where I was with this issue when I first came online a few years ago. Most people aren’t afraid of a little hard work (notice that I said “most”) and most people don’t have a problem spending a few dollars in order to reach their goals of making money online. However, if you’re not certain that what you’re doing is going to be profitable, and you don’t have anywhere that you can get your questions answered or anyone that you can trust to look over your shoulder, to make sure that what you’re doing is correct, you’ll have a hard time, both doing the work AND spending the money.

Here’s something that I’ve learned that should help you a lot in the long run. Stick with what you know and what you’re good at. If you do this then you’ll be able to work in a niche that you’ll either enjoy doing, therefore you’ll look forward to writing about it, or that you know a lot about, this will save you a lot of research time and effort so that you can get your project up and running. You can always outsource the writing later, if you don’t enjoy the topic.

You’ll need to make a list of about 20 things that you like to do and that you know how to do. After doing this, you need to do keyword research and look at where there are gaps in the competition and where you can make your entry into the market with a reasonable amount of confidence that you can make money there. Look at the total amount of monthly searches within the entire market, look for affiliate programs that will pay you to promote them and look for a decent amount of competition. Competition means that people are already making money. Now get off your rear end and get to work!