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Top Trending Products To Sell As An Affiliate In 2018

Affiliate marketing is one of the most successful money making gigs you could take on these days. But first, a bitter truth about the state of things: Spending goes down at the start of every year, but the market for products that are both niche and trending is rarely ever doom and gloom.

So what’s an affiliate marketing? In simple words, I’d like to define it as a partnership between the maker/seller of a product/service and your online store. You don’t really have to tie the knot, but simply create an affiliate tracking id, and sell the product or service on your platform. The profit of the sales is split between you and the product/service provider.

What’s So Good About Selling as an Affiliate?

Affiliate marketing [is] one of the four largest sources of e-commerce orders, outperforming social commerce and display advertising,” according to a report from BI Intelligence.

When I said that affiliate marketing is one of the best money making gigs, it’s not necessarily applicable to everyone. You might just want to engage your customers or wish to keep up with the trends of the industry. Irrespective of the motive, the real challenge is deciding on what really sells. This simple notion puts you on the right path.

There are a lot of sellers that offer enticing commissions and offers for affiliate sales. Whether you’re a newcomer to the ecommerce world or looking for new revenue streams, choosing the right affiliate program and products is your key to success.

First and foremost, without even putting much efforts, you’re expanding your catalogue. But be careful. You don’t want to overcrowd your store with irrelevant and slow-moving products. Staying on top of the trends means that you sell what sells Right Now. At the same time, you must make sure that your marketing expenses remain as low as possible and the entire marketing process is as efficient as possible. Targeting specific audience is easy, less expensive and pays off great. Needless to say, your profits increase while you simultaneously build customer trust and loyalty.

At the same time, you don’t want to miss out on hitching a ride on the back of a trend in 2018. If you remain undecided, you will not be able to create a unique value proposition with products that are sure to be hip in the near future.

So jumping on a bandwagon is not that bad afterall!

Without further ado, here’s a list of some of the top trending products that you can sell as an affiliate in 2018.

Virtual Reality

Yes, exactly. Sell virtual reality! Virtual reality products are finally taking off. Companies selling VR products (and services) now enjoy increased public interest because of the improvements in the VR technology. Even though many believe that VR is already ahead of the capacity of the current technologies, 2018 might just be the year where we see a breakthrough.  

At any rate, understand that nobody could deny the huge potential and thus the market for VR focused products and services. Mark Zuckerberg, announced that Facebook is launching a new virtual reality headset that would ship next year. He confirmed that although it is already too late for this holiday season, the launch would be likely ahead of the rivals.


Drones have really grown in popularity. Although there are so many restrictions around flying one, it’s market has shown no sign of slowing down in the upcoming year. These days, drones are not just used for recreation, they are also used for commercial purposes in fields including photography.

And the best part is, there are a lot of drone manufacturers and various existing affiliates program in this growing industry.

3D Printers

Gone are the days when you would need to sell several body parts to be able to afford a printer. However, the cost of ownership has significantly gone down, with predictable results. It is now very much possible for anyone to own a portable 3D printers.

3D printers are more than just a hobby tool. There are serious applications of the technology in many fabrication and manufacturing scenarios. With the growing belief that 3D printer are now much accessible to own, you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity and take advantage of this emerging trend.

Phone Accessories

No, I don’t mean cheap handsfree and plastic phone cases!

Given the launch of flagship and mid-range phones, the market for phone accessories still remain hot. However, instead of wasting your time and money on cheap imitations, this holiday season is the perfect opportunity to partner with top accessory manufacturers. The range of accessories include LED-backed phone cases, no-brand wireless earbuds and bluetooth based products.  

Managed Cloud Hosting

There is a growing demand for managed cloud hosting services because not everyone with an idea is an expert  in server management. Website owners, developers, agencies and even freelancers nowadays prefer not to deal with the hassles of hosting simply because managed hosting solutions save a lot of time and effort for the users. Providers like Cloudways offer various affiliates programs with great commissions.

Some Tips for the Future

Being an affiliate, you should always stay updated with the current market trends. Much of the products and services that you choose might have a short-lived trend and will soon become irrelevant. It is best that you keep a close watch on the viability of the products and the things that work best for your business.

More importantly, go with your gut. And if you want to make things easy and validate what you see online, use tools like Google Trends or popular and best selling products on marketplaces like Amazon.

Sajjad Shahid: Sajjad is an Ecommerce Community Expert at Cloudways. He loves helping out Ecommerce store owners, merchants and marketers in establishing their businesses and startups. Sajjad enjoys playing table tennis and cricket over the weekend.