Once you do affiliate marketing for a few years, it’s real easy to get stuck. The same topics are talked about over and over again. It’s exhausting.
Any tutorial you watch uses the same tired examples of:
- improve your golf swing
- weight loss
- potty train a puppy
- make money online
There’s an incredibly large and diverse range of products out there though, and if you spend a few minutes doing research, you’ll understand why I always say that everyone could be an affiliate marketer and “the game” wouldn’t be saturated.
Just like every town in America has a range of big and small coffee shops. liquor stores, and tree trimmers, so every niche can have a variety of affiliates.
What I like about picking super weird niche topics, is that you can be a big fish in a small pond, instead of a small fish in a big pond.
The funny thing about these 5 weird niches is that they kind of reflect my personality. I like traveling, video games, and working out – keep reading to see if you can match each hobby to a topic 🙂
You can use these topics for your own niche sites, or spend some time brainstorming and see if you can come up with some weird stuff of your own that you can work with.
5 Weird Niche Affiliate Website Ideas
1. Sex Dolls
Remember when I said that these five topics reflect my personality? This one doesn’t. I swear. I definitely do not own a sex doll.
But tons of people do – both men and women (who are we kidding, it’s mostly men).
Adult products and content topics get incredibly high traffic. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking medically about sexual disfunction, or just how to date hot women of [insert favorite race here]. There’s a lot of horny men online.
There are two great things about getting into the sex doll affiliate niche.
First, these things are not cheap. The low end will cost about $1000, and high end ones will be around $3000. Plus, you can customize them with things like skin type, realistic eyes, custom pubic hair, and removable vaginas or dongs.
— Actually, I wonder if you can order one with both. I’m guessing yes —
With 8% to 15% commission, you are earning hundreds of dollars per sale. And though this is a “niche” topic, there are multiple websites selling this type of product, with longstanding affiliate programs, so they are selling.
Sex dolls are not a fad.
The other thing I like about this niche is that it’s not like most other adult programs where you have to buy ads to sell products. There’s not a whole lot to say about boner pills, so you’re not going to see a 1500 word blog post about horny goat weed.
There’s a lot to say about sex dolls though! They are so customizable, and even come with a name and a back story for each one. There are entire forums dedicated to them, including a locked, members-only section where people role play and have the dolls chat with each other.
(I hope my wife doesn’t check my browser history).
Here are some example affiliate programs in the sex doll niche.
2. Second Life
Speaking of role playing, did you know there’s an open world version version of The Sims?
Second Life is an online “sandbox” style game where you create an avatar to interact with other people online (who also have custom avatars), and anything goes.
You could be a 6’11 buff dude, an anthropomorphized wasp, or a walking banana. You can walk on the bottom of an icy lake, fly through the sky, or work at a strip club making money to fund your in-game real estate business.
People pay real money for things like skins and items, and there’s even native currency you can collect then cash out for real dollars.
It’s wild, wild place. They also have an affiliate program run through the reputable affiliate network Commission Junction (CJ.com).
The affiliate program only pays out $0.75 per signup, but you get paid even if someone only uses the free trial. In other words, they pay nothing, and you earn about a dollar. Not bad right?
It’s unfortunate you don’t get paid a percentage of spending the person does in game. That would be a much better incentive to develop a website about the game, and encourage more engagement on the platform. As its designs right now, I think a paid campaign would do better than a blog-style website like I do, but you never know.
If you have a website about open world or sandbox games, you might be able to make some money with this affiliate program.
The idea behind geocaching isn’t as weird as the ones above, but it does seem like a dangerous hobby to me. You mean you’re going to go to a secret location, told to you by a stranger, and aren’t worried about getting kidnapped in the process?
Geocaching, as far as I understand it, is like following a treasure map to find certain items around world (even in your local city). The appeal is that you use clues to solve a puzzle, then continue the game by either adding your own caches, or contributing to the current ones.
It’s the definition of a niche.
Those who are into it go nuts, and everyone is is kind of like, “Uh, that’s a little weird. No thanks.”
Companies like Cache Advance or The Geocaching Shop potential companies to work with, but there are definitely more out there. Don’t forget to think outside the box and consider what other products and services a dedicated geocacher would need:
- travel gear
- transportation tickets
- portable internet utilities
- self defense classes
On a whim, I thought poop would be funny. I was surprised to find a variety of poop related affiliate programs, ranging from helping you poop better, to selling fertilizer online.
For the time being, it’s still not possible to make money selling human feces online, but we’ll get there one day guys.
You’ve probably heard of the Squatty Potty, so let’s start there. This is a device that basically raises your feet while sitting on the can. Supposedly it allows you to sit in a more natural position, making defecating a less strenuous activity (and they said Millenials were lazy!)
This next one isn’t a very high quality looking website, but still worth mentioning as an example. PoopDoc runs their affiliate program through Clickbank, known for crappy digital products. I’m not sure why someone would need to purchase a book on how to relieve constipation when there’s so much information available online for free, but you never know.
On a more serious note, this website sells bat guano, which is supposed to be the most nutrient rich fertilizer you can use for your fruits and vegetables. This type of product would fit well with any home gardening, hydroponics, or even a cannabis website.
What about really old poop? Yup. You can buy that too. You can buy fossilized feces on Amazon (also known as coprolite). Why is it that there’s so many names for this stuff? You can also get it on eBay, which also has an affiliate program.
5. Cricket Protein
Here me out – cricket protein is really tasty. Sure, the bugs are creepy, but they are dried out and ground into a pale-colored flour so you’d never know if it wasn’t labeled as such.
Cricket flour is also an incredible product for the environment. Crickets deliver way more protein per pound than any other four-legged animal on the planet, which means if climate change really does end up not being a Chinese hoax, we’ll all be eating crickets anyway. (That’s a joke, guys, calm down)
But seriously, a cricket protein bar doesn’t taste any different than another other bar out there, but the target audience is much different.
You could hit the vegetarian angle (do insects count as a life form?), or what about the people with whey and dairy allergies who want to build muscle. Cricket products are also popular with the hippie-dippie crowd because of the good-for-the-environment aspect.
Sites like Bizarre Food sell crickets and edible insects, but it’s more of a gag gift than a serious effort to create a more sustainable world.
Although eating bugs is a turnoff for a lot of folks, there’s a niche for everything, and if you can match the right product to the right person, you’ll get that affiliate commission!