Affiliate Marketing vs. COVID-19: What Verticals Work in Corona Crisis?

Coronavirus is shaking up businesses and consumer behavior on a massive scale. Both public and private sectors are fighting to slow the spread of the COVID-19 infection. 

Where is affiliate marketing in all this? Well, opinions across the industry are mixed. Some don’t see many changes in their performance, some cut off their budgets completely, while others increase their ad spend hoping to get revenue beyond their wildest expectations. 

We can tell you is that for sure there are opportunities to get profits in these crazy times. BUT to actually make them work you need to understand what the hell is happening. 

So before I talk about Corona-specific strategies and what seems to be currently working, let’s go through the facts. 

Where are we now? Coronavirus market impact 

While we cannot predict the full economic consequences of this, we already know that the effects of the virus and the drastic measures undertaken to prevent it are already heavily impacting industries around the globe. 

So here’s what we know so far: 

The impact of #stayathome movement  

As most people #stayathome, some of them work remotely, some are on sick leave or unable to work we can already see: 

“While it’s true that people are stuck at home and generate more online traffic, it doesn’t necessarily mean that every niche and vertical is going to see increases. Why? People are investing their time reading clickbait news about coronavirus instead of, for example, learning a skill online, reading about business, or planning trips, etc.”  – Servando Silva 

What Covid-19 Means For Marketers

All that impacts our digital space, where we can already see:  

Coronavirus impact on affiliate sales 

Stacked Marketer Newsletter is currently running a survey about the Covid-19 impact. We can expect the full results in the next days, but here’s what we know so far:

As you can see in the graph above, the COVID-19 pandemic affects our affiliate bus

iness differently. Some offers suffer from heavy declines, while others recorded spikes. 

Affiliate Marketing vs. COVID-19: Our Top 8 Profitable Niches and Verticals 

Before we get to the good part, remember that in most traffic sources using coronavirus related angle for advertising (using “coronavirus” or “covid” in headlines/ images/ landers/ offers) is strictly prohibited.

#1 Make money online & Work From Home 

This one is REALLY hot right now. People need money. Once the recession hits, many of them will lose their jobs and they will need it even more. This creates a huge pool of opportunities in the field of work-from-home and making money online. 

Types of offers: 

#2 Dating & Adult

Adult is huge right now. Especially since many people are locked down without a possibility to go out and meet people. You can definitely try your luck here, but remember to stay focused on the online angle – “Meet hot girls from your neighborhood” might not work in the time of social distancing 😉 

Types of offers: 

#3 Safety 

Coronavirus makes people scared, and they don’t like it. So what should be sold right now is anything that gives comfort and safety. 

Types of offers: 

#4 Software for communication

As most of the world is locked in and many people work from home they need devices to communicate with each other. 

#5 Survival Kits 

Panic is reaching new heights every day, and things start to go out of hand. That’s why offers connected to preparation for the worst & survival should sell well. 

Types of offers: 

#6 Equipment needed to work from home 

We already see that products that allow establishing a more comfortable working environment at home, such as gear, lamps, keyboards, headsets, and office chairs are getting more and more traffic. Unsurprisingly, medical and hygiene products, such as thermometers or sanitizers are also a good choice. 

#7 House renovations / DIY / Architecture 

People stay home and as they do, they need to kill time on their hands. Many of them try to do something productive like renovations or redecorations. At the same time, they want to do it as cheaply as possible. People are more likely to repair something they already own rather than purchase something new. 

#8 Gaming & Streaming 

We might all stay at home, but we still need entertainment. Especially in these hard times. This is why offers focused on gaming, live streams, TV streaming, etc. are seeing huge spikes. 

Types of offers: 

Coronavirus Affiliate Marketing Tips 

What can you do as a marketer in these crazy times? Well, here are a few from us. 

1# Yours and your family’s health is what matters. Make sure you eat well, do sports and get your sleep. You’ll need lots of energy to go through Corona times.  

2# Stay in the loop! The current situation is very dynamic, so try to be up-to-date. You can look for tips and information on our Facebook group or follow threads on popular forums like

3# These times are hard for everyone, also for your competitors. So don’t aim at perfection, just go for survival. The truth is, the best time to double down is when others are not. 

If you are lucky enough to be sitting on some cash during the recession – this is the best time to invest. 

“The affiliate industry as a whole seems to do better when there is an uncertainty in the economy.” – Luke Kling, affLIFT Founder 

4# At the same time – Be smart about money. You will need it. If you’re short on cash, try to cut costs. At the same time, don’t be afraid to seize opportunities that come across.

5# Last but not least – Coronavirus will be gone sooner or later, and what’s coming after will be much worse. Be smart and start thinking about preparing yourself for post-Corona times before others do. 

Be safe. 

If possible, stay home. 

And most importantly – DON’T GIVE UP!

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