How long does it take to make money with affiliate marketing? How much effort does one need? Can you make money fast and easy? Find out here!
Hi there, Edmund here.
I often receive the above questions from new budding Online Entrepreneurs. Many of them are unfamiliar with affiliate marketing and are afraid to tread the uncharted waters, thus a lot of doubts in them.
If you are asking the same questions too, I can understand and I am with you because I asked the same questions when I was just getting started with affiliate marketing.
Let me clear some of your doubts here about affiliate marketing in this post. And let me guide you how to swim in the ocean of affiliate marketing.
Make Money Online Fast and Easy!
Are you attracted to this slogan you so commonly see in the Online World and think that you could make big money fast and easy?
Are you attracted to pictures of big houses, fast cars and stacks of cash?
These are typical tricks that scam sites employ to con honest people who just wanted to learn how to make some money online to supplement their monthly income.
Instead, many honest people’s confident and trust are crushed when they found out that they are being scammed of their hard-earned money.
The Online World is huge and the affiliate marketing ocean is very deep. There are all sorts of scams sharks out there waiting to eat up the next prey.
You may have a bigger dream to achieve financial freedom with your first Online Business but never fall for such scams.
So, how long does it take to make money with affiliate marketing?
I am going to be honest with you here.
It may take you 7-8 months to see your first income online.
“What! That long?” I can hear you screaming in your head.
Yeah, it could be that long. Sorry to disappoint you.
If you need money fast due to your financial situation, work hard to find a day job first. Do not try making money online because you are going to be disappointed and may give up before you see your results. Come back again to explore this option when you are more comfortable with your finances.
If your finances are fine and you are exploring for an alternate passive income stream, then you are in a better position to look at how to make money online with affiliate marketing.
Ok, 7-8 months are typical estimation for an average person, the good news is some may see their first sale hitting around 4-6 months mark. Are they different? No, just that they are willing to put in the extra effort. Edyls Chandra from Wealthy Affiliate is a very good example.
Month 4 My Progress Thus Far – EdylsChandra
Factors affecting speed of Success
Everyone of us in this world is born and brought up differently.
What we are today really depends on our family background, the teachers who taught us, the friends we make and the books we read that shaped our thought and belief.
Our environment, finances and even physical health are different from one another. It is natural that every one of us will experience a different rate of achieving success.
In the Offline Business World, this is true. In the Online Business World, this is real too.
You have to ask yourself these questions,
- Why do I want to make money Online with affiliate marketing?
- Will I be commited to my success no matter what?
- How much time and effort I am willing to invest in the Online Business?
- Does it matter to me or my loved ones even if I failed?
If you know the reasons to succeed and are willing to commit to your Online Business, I have no doubt you’ll be the exceptional one to see your results faster.
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This is a question I kept on asking myself time and time again when I first started out – it’s a near enough impossible question to answer at the end of the day!
The more you work the quicker you will reach your destination at the end of the day. Too many people believe that this is a simple way to get rich quick – it ain’t!
Yes, Chris, this is indeed a very difficult question to answer. It really boils down to individual’s effort and commitment towards their own Success. What does Success mean to them forms the motivational push factor to keep them moving forward.
Online Business is never simple and will never let you get rich quick. It is same as any Offline Business.
Hello Edmund, that is actually a question that no one can answer.It depends on the niche, the efforts of the individual, the competition, the quality of the content and so many other factors that could not easily been described in a single comment or a post.
Your mark of 7-8 months is very logical and it is not a long time if you compare the model of affiliate marketing with other business models.With affiliate marketing you don’t have many expenses, very soon you will be covering and break even.This is the real beauty.
Very good recommendations on Wealthy Affiliate, a network that helped me create my own website right from scratch and with no prior experience.
Hello Tasos, thanks for your comment!
You are absolutely spot on as how long does it take to make money with affiliate marketing will also depend on the niche and the competition in that niche too.
That said, one must do his/her research on the niche they are going embark before starting to build their Online Business. One of the training at Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to do the niche research too.
Wealthy Affiliate is the network that guides and helps my Online Business ever since I started with the Free* Online Entrepreneur Certification (Level 1) course. Definitely my #1 recommendation here.
Wishing you success, Tasos!
Hi Edmund, I think your timescales and points are very valid. As an online blogger I use affiliate marketing as one option along with other income streams, and eventually with lots of patience and work it can pay off, but it’s definitely not a get rich quick venture!
At the end of the day, there are so many variables that progress is always going to be different for different people. The point is to be committed to your own work and try not to make too many comparisons to others or put pressure on yourself to be earning by a particular time.
And finally getting support is important whatever stage of development you are at, and if that can be achieved through some form of online community such as you mentioned with wealthy affiliate then I agree it does make it easier.
Hi Marie, thanks for much for your comment.
I am totally with you on not putting pressure on yourself by comparing with others. You’ll start to get demoralized and asking why you can’t achieve what others are achieving.
Success is a journey, as long as you do not stop during the process, you will reach it eventually no matter how slow. Slow and Steady wins the race!
Sincerely wishing you the best Marie!
Real-life question, Edmund. I have been in this business for years now, and I make money each and every month to be honest.
But, as you made clear, success does not happen overnight as many may want it to happen. It takes effort and ability.
That is why we must find out about what we love doing before we start out. This means if we start doing something because of money, when trials come our way, we can quit at any time.
Thanks for sharing.
Hi John, thanks for your comment.
You are a great testimony of a successful online entrepreneur and we can learn so much from you.
I totally agree that we must find out what we love doing before we start out. With passion, we are already a quarter way to success!
Wishing you the best, John!
A very honest and true article, Edmund. I hear many people troubled with that question. Affiliate Marketing is a business and a business needs time to pay off, as well as hard work and patience. But, in the end, the results are great. “Getting rich quick” is mostly in the mindset of poor people.
Thanks again for the article! Take care!
Hi Effie, you are most welcome.
You are absolutely right! The mindset of an Affiliate Marketer is very important. Most looking for “fast” money will be disappointed very “fast” too.
If you are serious about Affiliate Marketing business, Wealthy Affiliate not only teaches you the “how” but the “why” too. It will guide you on how to define your goals and set your mindset right. These are very important steps to your Success.
Wishing you the best!
I am so glad to see all of the comments here, I just start my affiliate site over 3 months and I think I am too rush to see the result, even some people told me that it took them 6 months to earn money, I feel kinda down sometimes because I didn’t even see a dollar.
Maybe I am too new to this field and the been slow… It took me nearly 2 months to find a good writer, and fix the website, now I have only few article and struggle for the niche, so far I’ve picked 2 broad niches as beauty and electronic/tech, like Top 10 style. I am confused how many articles I should write for 1 product? Can anyone give me some suggestion on this?
I understand how you feel and I felt the same way too. I took almost 6 months to see my first income.
Everyone has to start as a newbie in affiliate marketing and I am glad that you have fixed the website. You have to narrow down further in your broad niches to something like “beauty-for the mature ladies” or “beauty-treat acne”. Once you have narrow down your niche, create as many articles with good contents as you can to help people in the niche!
Good contents bring audiences to your website and you might even get social sharing! Guess what! You can learn so much more from free lessons taught by experienced Internet Marketing teacher, like Kyle and Carson from Wealthy Affiliate.
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Hope this helps!
THANKS Edmund! I will check it out.
You are most welcome! 🙂
Wishing you the best!
I really do hate these “fast and easy” money online promotions because they are all fake. But people are still lured in by the scams!
7 – 8 months isn’t really that long to make money online as an affiliate marketer because the way I see it is that people spend years in jobs, but are still broke! LOL.
Yes, it will be hard work to make money on the internet. But if people stick it out for a very short period of their life, they can have anything.
Wealthy Affiliate sounds like an awesome concept for making money as an online business owner.
Hi, Neil. Thanks for your comment.
Indeed, if people can see this Online Business opportunity as a way to break out and achieve financial freedom, sticking out for a very short period of their life is well worth the investment!
Unfortunately, most of the humans on Earth want instant gratification. That is why many would give up if they see no results within a short time.
Yup, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the place to learn about starting an Online Business. Sign up the free* starter account and experience yourself. You’ll be impressed! 🙂
Hi, Edmund. I have to throw in my two cents. With WA, I made my first $10 in six weeks. I was expecting it to take longer than that but I rank really well for my chosen keywords. #1 on Bing and #2 on Google.
These are the kinds of results I want people to know they can achieve if they work hard like I am 🙂
Thank you for sharing your own experience with us!
Yup, hard work does pay off! 🙂
Wishing you the best!
Thanks for such an honest and realistic review.
Lots of people get lured into affiliate marketing by the promise of quick and easy money. It’s a real shame because they usually get discouraged when the promised yachts and luxury cars fail to materialise!
The real pity of it all is that, just as you say, it genuinely is possible to make money online with affiliate marketing – but it does take time and effort. There is no get rich quick scheme, but money is there to be made.
You are most welcome. 🙂
Yes, you are absolutely right. It’s a real shame because people are usually given a wrong perception by scammers that money can be made fast and quick Online.
I hope this post can reach out to more people seeking to make money with affiliate marketing and create more awareness.
Wishing you the best!
This is a very informative article, Edmund. Thanks!
You are most welcome Dravida!
Wishing you the best!