They’re excited about the prospect of building a highly profitable web business. As they’re getting started, there are two niches that jump up and stare them in the face: making money online and web hosting services.
Neither are a good option. You can read about why new affiliates shouldn’t start in the make money online niche here.
This post is about why web hosting services are also a terrible place for beginners to start.
Why Hosting Programs Look Attractive
Hosting commissions are high. One of the highest in the industry.
It isn’t uncommon for web hosting companies to offer commissions of 200% or more of the users first year purchase.
That’s insane. That means that the user can make a purchase, the affiliate get a nice payout, and then the user quit after a year, causing the company to lose money.
Not only that, but a lot of programs, like Dreamhost, offer incredible downstream incentives, so you can get additional, passive revenue if a user signs up and then refers more users. Earnings can quickly add up.
Why Beginners Should Stay Away From Hosting Affiliate Sites
Put simply: anything that has this level of incentive should make you very, very cautious.
Think about why the incentives are that high: to attract affiliates!
There are tons of affiliate promoting hosting sites, many of whom are true experts in internet marketing.
As a beginner, it’s going to be very difficult to get your foot in the door and beat out these veterans.
It will be a hard slog to create a site that starts getting enough traffic to make consistent conversions and earn you real money. There are easier revenue streams out there for you to tap into.
If you need a few ideas of less competitive niches, click here.
You can also work through this free course from Wealthy Affiliate in order to start out in the right direction with a site topic you are practically guaranteed will do well.