People new to this whole internet marketing business come in not only expecting to make money online as if it was a God-given right to internet users, but they also want to make it fast!
But, how fast can you make money with affiliate marketing?
This is a question I get daily either on the Wealthy Affiliate platform where I mentor my students or through the inbox.
While I do understand the question and the meaning behind it, it’s very hard to give a straight and proper answer to it.
If you just want to make money fast with affiliate marketing, then I am sorry but this business is not for you.
Actually, I don’t know of any other business (online or offline) that can make money as fast as some would expect it to be (if you know of something, please let me know in the comment section below).
Also, what do you mean by fast?
You mean a day, a week or a month?
There are different levels of “fast” here and while I do believe it’s possible to start making money rather quickly, you’re most likely going to have to do at least 6 to 12 months of work before you start seeing some result worth bragging about.
Now, when I give that answer to whoever asks, mostly I do not get a reply back but sometimes I do get the occasional “Why?”.
I don’t mind answering this. I am here to help people get started with affiliate marketing so if they want to know how long it will take them and why it would take so long, I am more than happy to answer.
Here’s why it will take you a few months up to a full year before you start seeing some results.
The ‘Affiliate Marketing” Learning Curve
If you are a seasoned affiliate marketer with experience in building profitable niche sites, (first of all you wouldn’t ask) but also, you do have a chance of making money in the first few weeks or so.
The reason behind this is that there is a learning curve that you simply have to get over on your way to making full-time riches with affiliate marketing.
Just think of the benefits of affiliate marketing for a second:
- Free time
- Be your own boss
- You get to make money while you sleep
- and so forth.
You think these benefits are going to just fall on your lap because you decided to google “how to make money with affiliate marketing?”.
Even with all the resources in the world to teach you (and I will give you my best training below), you still are going to need to learn the process – and it’s not a process you can learn quickly.
There are a lot of things that you need to know before you start making any money and that that includes learning how to build up a website, understanding keyword research and how it applies to affiliate marketing, writing content, fixing your content, find niche affiliate programs to join and so on.
just that would take you at least a month to really nail it down “like a pro” and that’s only if you are putting in at least 6 to 8 hours of work every day.
Now I am sure that a lot of you do not have that type of extra time on your hands that you can just dedicate to watching video guides and signing up for affiliate programs.
Point being is that even if you do things right from the get-go, which is hard but doable with the right training, you are looking at at least 2 to 3 months to start seeing some income and learning all the ropes.
You Need To Build The Traffic First
One thing people who want to make money fast with affiliate marketing overlook is the fact that you need an audience to sell to.
Building an audience big enough to make money from and cultivating it to trust you also takes time.
Now again, you can do this in a month or you can do this in a year, it all depends on a lot of variables but nonetheless, it will take time to get and master.
There are affiliate marketing niches which tend to make money faster than others but you really have to be lucky to find something you want to promote, that pays well and there’s little to no competition in.
How Quickly Can You Start Making Money With Affiliate Marketing?
You can start from today, yes today.
As the old Chinese saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today.
if you are ready to accept the fact that you won’t be making “fast-money” with affiliate marketing, then the opportunity is right here in front of you to start learning and building to hopefully in a few months be able to make consistent income with your new side-hustle.
Now I can not promise you that you will be successful, but I can promise you – better yet guarantee that if you read the remainder of this post, you will be on the right track to making some decent money in the coming months with affiliate marketing.
How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing
This is where things get interesting and where you are going to really see what it actually takes to really become a successful affiliate marketer.
I am going to offer you 3 resources that you can start using from today to start learning.
My “How To Win With Affiliate Marketing eBook”
This is an ebook I write back in 2014 but I have recently updated it for 2018 with a lot of new material, images, and resources to teach you how to make money as an affiliate marketer.
You can download it for free but you are going to have to sign up for it – you know the drill.
All My Guides on Affiliate Marketing
I have been blogging about affiliate marketing for many years now and have built myself a collection of blog posts and guides that have been read by thousands of students on their way to building an affiliate marketing business.
You can see all my affiliate marketing guides here and I would also invite you to send me any questions you may have straight to my inbox – I will do my best to answer every question you may have – you can even consider me your third resource.
Get An Affiliate Marketing Roadmap
The best thing you can do right now is to find yourself a training course that you can follow.
Most of the affiliate training courses out there (at least legitimate ones) now come with a detailed guide map and step by step action plan for you to follow.
The best one I know and the same one I have used to build my own affiliate business is Wealthy Affiliate.
I would encourage you to join this one over anything else because I am proof that what they show you actually work and also, it’s free to use and get started with.
if you don’t like it, simply stop logging in to the training – but it’d be a shame for you to have read all the way down here and not take action on the opportunity that has just been revealed to you.
I also dedicate most of my time to the students who join so to get the quickest answer from me, you are going to need to join.
How Long Will It Take To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?
Using the above methods, especially if you follow the Wealthy Affiliate roadmap, you are bound to have seen some success in as little as 2 to 3 months, with a full-time income coming in anywhere between month 7 and 12.
You may think it’s a long way to go but the time will pass anyway.
You can spend it either looking up information jumping from one blog post to the other or you can start from today and know exactly where you will be in a few months.
I really hope this post has served more than just to answer the age-old questions “how fast can you make money with affiliate marketing“.
Just in case this post hasn’t answered your question so far, you can’t make it “fast”, but you can make it and the sky is the limit once you’ve “figured it out”.
Anyways, I’ll leave you to it. If you have any questions, come join me in my training program and we’ll make sure you are in the best position to succeed.