Can You Make Money In The 3d Printer Niche Using Affiliate Marketing?

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Hello everybody, welcome back.  Today we are going to be taking a look at how you can make money with a 3D printing blog. Using a variety of techniques including affiliate marketing you can create a full-time income with a 3D printing blog.

If you have a passion for 3D printing and want to turn that passion into a full-time income there are a few very simple ways to do that. But the most important thing is to make a decision to build a 3D printing business and start.

Most people fail at affiliate marketing in every Niche because they simply don’t start. They think about it, they plan for it, but when it comes down to it they don’t start creating the content needed to build that business.

So we’re going to take you through some of the places where you can create your content and publish it as well as some monetization options for your 3D printer blog and some ideas on where you can start getting traffic for your Niche blog.

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drawing of the 3d printing process using a tablet to send a scematic to the 3d printer to create a blue ball

How To Make Money With A 3d Printer Blog

Finding A Primary Place to Display Content

The first thing you’re going to do when starting up your 3D printing blog is figuring out where you want to publish the majority of your content.

There are a few really good options for this. But there are two main ones that you are really going to want to focus on. And ultimately you’re going to want to incorporate both into your business strategy.

These are a traditional written blog and a YouTube channel or video style blog. Let’s have a look at the traditional written blog first.

Build A Tradition 3d Printer Niche Blog

The first place that I want to discuss when you are deciding where to publish your content is with a traditional written blog. Country some popular beliefs out there, content blogs are not going anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, these are going to be one of the primary places that people find their content for decades to come. The content might change a little bit. People are certainly going to start adding videos into the written content but that written content blog is a great place to start a business.

Let’s talk about The Upfront cost and just get it out of the way. If you want to start a blog and turn into a business you are going to need to invest a little bit of money. You will need web hosting for your website and you were going to need a domain name.

The domain name is basically your address on the internet and you want it to be something memorable and brand that people can easily remember when they’re looking for your 3D printing this blog.

Domain names typically run around $15 a year,  so a little bit more than a dollar a month. Web hosting when you’re just starting out you should be able to get high-quality web hosting for around 5 to $10 a month.

Basically you’re starting your brand new business for less than $100.  The other investment you might want to consider is some affiliate marketing training.  But that is going to be a much more optional investment.

The web hosting and the domain name are pretty much required if you want to start your own website.  For web hosting and domain Services, I recommend Bluehost. They have one of the best prices to Value ratios out there but there are plenty of other options around as well.

Once you get your website set up it is simply creating the content you need to get the traffic for your business. We will discuss some of the traffic sources later on in the article.

Create A 3d Printer Youtube Channel

Unlike a written blog there’s technically no upfront cost to building a YouTube channel. You can join YouTube for free without having to buy a website or domain.  However there is a cost associated with the equipment you’re going to need to create the videos needed for your YouTube channel.

When you’re just starting out on a new channel the best thing to do is just use your cell phone and get quick simple videos to get yourself going.

The major reason people fail at making YouTube channels or at affiliate marketing in general is because they simply do not start.  They plan and plan and plan but never get any content created.

 so the most important thing to consider when starting your YouTube channel is to just get the content made an out there and then adjusted and improve it. And part of that Improvement is going to come when you invest back into your business and buy a good quality camera and a good quality microphone and soundproof your Production Studio and everything else that goes along with building a good professional-quality YouTube channel.

 And then it’s just about creating the content at a reasonable rate and putting it out there. The rate of content is going to depend on how much time you have to devote to this business venture.

 The key here is you want to be consistent. Don’t post 7 videos in one week than go a whole month without posting another video. Instead take those seven videos and post one week for 7 weeks.

 That way you build a sense of normalcy about your content distribution and allow your audience to build naturally because they know when to expect a new video. eventually you can ramp up your production to once a day or twice a day or however many you feel you can do and still have the content be the highest quality.

 3D printing really lend itself well to a YouTube channel. You can do time lapses of creating a 3D objects. You can do step-by-step tutorials on how to properly clean or repair  a 3D printer. You can do reviews of 3D printers.

Once your YouTube channel gets big enough you can even do live streams where you take user questions and answer them which will build an even greater camaraderie between yourself and your audience.

Combine Both

It might seem like building a YouTube channel or creating a traditional written blog is an either-or proposition. Early on in your business, it is probably going to be just that.

The reason for it is you are not going to have enough time to build both high-quality video content and good quality written content while learning all the nuances of affiliate marketing.

However, once you get going with your 3D printing business there are quite a few options you can take two put your content on both YouTube and on your written content blog.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to Simply use your written content as a script for a video. Or take the transcript of the video and simply turn it into a written blog.

Once you’re far enough along in your business and start to have some income that you can invest back into your 3D printing Niche blog these tasks can easily be outsourced.

You can have someone go through your latest video and transcribe it turn it into a blog post and then all you would have to do was edited it to make sure it was the exact way that you want it. This is a great way to double your content output without adding a ton of extra work for yourself.

In addition,  there are plenty of other places that you can create content for that are going to help drive traffic to your website. Pinterest is a great example of this for many niches. I’m not sure how popular 3D printing is on it at this point but with the rate that Pinterest is growing, you can probably get at least a little bit of traffic from them each and every month regardless of your niche.

Monetizing You 3d Printer Blog

There are three main ways that I like to monetize any Niche blog or YouTube channel. They are advertising, affiliate marketing, and information products.  The first two I use on every single one of my Niche websites the info product is more of a case-by-case basis but can be very lucrative if properly implemented.

Let’s take a look at advertising first.

Ads On A 3d Printer Niche Blog

Advertisements are the simplest way to monetize your Niche blog. You simply sign up with an ad service, like Google’s AdSense, and then Place Those ads on your website. When people view the ads or click on them you get a small fee for each click and 4 typically every 1000 Impressions.

The price that you get for each click or for every thousand views depends on quite a bit of factor and is going to vary website to website.  if you can get to a point where you’re earning 10 to $15 per thousand Impressions than you are doing very well for yourself with your advertising. Early on this is going to only give you pennies per day but it will grow as your traffic gets larger.

The great thing about advertising is it is pretty much a set it and forget it type of monetization. Once the ads go up you don’t really need to do anything with them and they’ll just continually bring in a stream of profits for your website.

Affiliate Marketing Is The Basis For Your Business

Affiliate marketing is the second type of motivations I want to talk about and it is probably the most important one. It’s far more lucrative than just advertising alone and it is much simpler than info products.

Basically affiliate marketing is a process where you refer products to your audience and when they purchase that product you get a commission for that. These are often done through what is known as affiliate links. These are hyperlinks that you put in your content that your audience can click on that will take them to the products or services that you’re promoting.

Commissions for affiliate marketing can run from 1% all the way up to 300% in the case of some products. For the 3D printer space, you can expect around 5-10% commissions or lower for the most part because of the overhead of inventory and shipping the 3D printers themselves.

 And that’s really all there is to it when it comes to affiliate marketing. The concept is incredibly simple. You drive traffic to your affiliate links you promote those affiliate links through your content and people click on those links if they feel that you’ve given them enough value and trust your opinion enough.

Simple but not easy.  Affiliate marketing is not easy because getting that traffic can be quite difficult at times and getting the conversions requires you to build a level of trust with your audience.

But once that’s done affiliate marketing can be an incredibly powerful tool in building a passive income for yourself whether you are building it in a traditional blog or on a YouTube channel. Using affiliate links in the description of your  YouTube videos is a great way to build another Avenue for you to monetize.

The last thing you’re going to need to put your affiliate marketing strategy in the practice is some of the affiliate programs for the 3D printing Niche. Fortunately, we have just the thing for you.

You can check out our list of 3d Printer affiliate programs that will help get you started with your 3d Printer niche blog.

3d Printing Info Products

Informational Products are another great way to help monetize your 3D printing blog.  One of the great things about the 3D printing Niche is that it does lend itself very well to these info products.

An informational product is simply a product that you design and sell yourself. It can be an ebook or a training video or the schematics to your own 3D printing Creations.

It’s a pretty Broad spectrum and instead of only getting a commission for selling the product you’re going to get the full amount for that product.

You can even start your own affiliate programs around your own product and have other people promote it and give them a percentage.

Info products are probably the most lucrative turn on monetization for most websites, once you payback the initial investment. They have the highest potential at least.

But they also have a significant upfront cost and are very tough to Market because you need a sizable traffic base before you can even think of implementing an info product onto your Niche website.

So info products or something that you should aspire to down the line. Maybe a year or two into your business you can start developing and building a good info product that someone is going to want to buy from you. 

The important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that this info product goes above and beyond the type of content that you are already providing on your Niche site for free.  That is where most people make a big mistake. They simply repackage a lot of their content into an e-book and try to sell it and then wonder why it doesn’t sell.

You need to build a new content package from the ground up that your audience has not seen before and are willing to pay you four.  With all that said info products are not going to be for everybody, these are long-term monetization options that are going to require quite a bit of upfront investment.

If you’re just running a small Niche site and are comfortable with the monetization levels that advertisements and affiliate marketing bring then you don’t really need to even delve into info product.

The last thing I mentioned is that info products are absolutely not needed to make a full-time income out of affiliate marketing or Niche blog.  I would say they are the exception and not the rule.

They are fantastic and increasing your profit potential but you can easily earn four or five-figure monthly incomes from Simply advertising and affiliate marketing with the right content.

Paid Content

One last way to consider monetizing your Niche blog is to accept pay content. This is basically a form of advertising in which you are either supplied with content to publish on your website and given a fee for it. Or you are paid to write an article about a 3D printing subject that focuses on a brand or a concept that someone is willing to pay you for it.

You will need to disclose that these are paid content items but it is a good way to make a little bit of extra money if you’re comfortable with the content that they are providing or the items that they want you to write about. A lot of times these can be guest posts that are trying to get backlinks to their own website or they can be corporations trying to get native advertising on to your website through your content.

I personally don’t do much-paid content but I know many people in the space to do and they don’t really have a problem with it.  so it’s going to be up to you whether or not you choose this monetization router not.

3d printer creating a small red plastic farmhouse

Get the Traffic To Your 3d Printer Blog

Arguably getting the traffic to your 3D printing blog is going to be the most difficult thing to do. At least starting out. Affiliate marketers usually struggle a little bit with the traffic because there is a bit of a lead time  between creating the content and when you start to see any real traffic come through.

If you make a blog post for example and you are a relatively new website you might not see significant traffic for that article for 2, 3 maybe even six months depending on how competitive the keywords are for that specific article.  The big reason for this is because the search engine traffic that a lot of people are going for it doesn’t happen right away.

It takes a lot of patience to start building your traffic.  The traffic will come you just won’t be able to see it right away. 

 Ideally when you are starting out a new website or when you were trying to build traffic  you want to diversify those traffic sources as much as possible. Google and Bing and other search engines are going to be a huge part of your overall traffic but they are going to take time to build.

You can supplement this searching in traffic by  finding forums and comment sections that are in your Niche and building a rapport with the members of that community and eventually sending them to your website.

It’s important to do this organically and really provide value in your forum posts or comments because people in these communities will be able to distinguish between someone who is trying to genuinely be helpful and someone who is simply trying to generate traffic to their website.

Other Alternatives traffic sources are places that we’ve discussed a little bit as primary content platforms. But if you are not using them as your primary platform you should definitely try and use them as an alternative traffic Source.

D sources include YouTube and Pinterest and Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or any of the other dozens of social media platforms that you can use to help get a little bit of traffic to your website.

Don’t just focus on the big boys out there are some smaller social media places that you can really get some traffic from especially in the early days of your 3D printing Niche site.

A Word On Keywords and Search Engines For 3d Printers

Keywords and positioning your content on search engines is going to be a pretty large part of your traffic strategy. You can use paid keyword tools, like Jaaxy.

Or you can use search analysis within Google or Bing by searching for your 3d printer topics and then writing articles answering those questions. Personally, I use a mixture of both search analysis and keyword tools to get the best results.

Maximize Your Chances At Affiliate Marketing Success

There is a lot to learn and understand about affiliate marketing to really make it in this business. The best advice that I can give is to set aside a little bit of money and invest in some solid affiliate marketing training.

This is going to help maximize your ability to turn your 3D printing hobby into a full-on home-based business.  And there are dozens of affiliate marketing training programs out there. Some of them are decent some of them are terrible and some of them are outstanding.

I would recommend this training program to start with because it does have a free trial for you to try and that will give you a good insight into what you need to know for affiliate marketing and then you can decide whether to expand into the premium service which will give you step-by-step training into how to maximize the profits of your 3D printing blog.

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Wrapping Up The 3d Printing Niche

That brings us to the end of our look at how to build a passive income with a 3D printing Niche website. This is just the beginning. There are dozens of lessons and experiences that you’re going to have building your Niche website that are going to be unique to you and challenges that you’re going to need to overcome as well.

But this gives you an idea of where to start your Niche website and how to go about monetizing it in the simplest of terms. As you progress through your affiliate marketing experience you’re going to learn what type of information products are going to be most beneficial for your specific audience.

You’ll learn which affiliate programs are going to convert the best with your specific audience. The running theme is that you need to tailor your 3D printing website to the audience that you are bringing in.

It’s going to take some time to figure out exactly what types of people are reading your content or View and your videos but once you do you can start to tell them a little bit for the majority. 

 For example if your audience tends to really love videos about creating 3D printed objects through some of your custom blueprints then you might want to start developing more content in that vein in order to really take advantage of your audience’s interests.

That’s just a quick little example and ultimately it’s going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of analysis of your traffic and your audience to really maximize the potential of your 3D printing Niche website.

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