So, how long does it take to make money online… with affiliate marketing?
It’s one of the most frequently asked questions regarding making money online: so, I thought it necessary to tackle it.
Affiliate marketing is one of the main ways that I often suggest people to make money online – but why?
Is it fast? Is it easy? Is it quick?
Well, no, it’s none of those things.
I recommend affiliate marketing to people brand new online- partly because there is such a low cost of entry.
However, it’s not something to go into if you’re desperate for money right now – it’s a slow burner and something you need to dedicate a significant amount of time to.
Why Learn Affiliate Marketing?
From my perspective, learning about affiliate marketing provides you with a solid foundation, from which you can grow and learn other internet marketing skills.
There are many things that you will learn in the process of building out your website and these are important and valuable skills to have.
One day, these skills can also help you earn money in various other ways should you choose… (e.g. local seo work, setting up wordpress sites, SEO services, content creation, traffic generation and so on..)
But affiliate marketing is something that you build on gradually – you need to take massive action with your website, but you also need time.
As counter intuitive as it may sound, you need to forget about the making money aspect in the beginning and instead, focus on building something of value.
If you provide people with information and solutions that they need and value, the money aspect follows on from that eventually.
If all you’re thinking about is making money from the get-go and you throw up banners and Ads all over the place…
People will see that a mile off and this will hinder your progress.
Affiliate Marketing – Is No Get Rich Quick Scheme.
If you’re absolutely desperate to make money coming in: get a job, or go for something more immediately profitable online, such as freelancing.
Have the affiliate marketing aspect, as the long term goal to work towards and do not look at it as a quick route to cash.
The time and effort that you put in now though, will be rewarded in the future.
If you’re interested in building a niche website, or monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing, that’s a good thing – but just see it as a long-term investment.
I remember being told this so much in the beginning and, while I took it on board to an extent, part of me still thought otherwise.
Most people go into this online world full of enthusiasm…
but it takes a lot more grit and determination to keep on pushing on, once several months have past and progress is slow.
All that aside, learning about affiliate marketing and all that comes with it, is worthwhile and will serve you well down the road.
I always recommend checking out WA for affiliate marketing training, (review here) as it’s where I started and is like a second home to me now.
You can see via the post below what Kyle, (one of the creators) has to say about making money online and how long it takes…
Like Kyle says, when and whether you make money online, is entirely up to you – your hard work and your perseverance.
From what I’ve witnessed, many people who are writing 3-4 posts per week, often make their first sale in around 3-4 months.
It took a few months to make my first sale, with my first niche – and the same with my second niche.
But it took six months to make my first sale with this very website, even though it had considerably more content.
Potentially Speeding Up Your Progress:
In my opinion, what will speed up your progress sales wise can be the following…
- Narrowing down your niche.
- Writing plenty of reviews, (reviews rank well in google).
- Having a niche without too much competition.
- Focus on a niche where buyers intent is high, (not just people looking for information).
- Seek out product launches within your niche and review them.
The competition aspect is controversial really, as some people will say that competition is good, as it means there is money to be made.
While I think that is true to a point; I believe that if you narrow down your niche in a competitive area, you will do much better and rank much faster!
My very first niche was incredibly narrow – it was too narrow actually and there was not much competition at all.
Consequently, I ranked on the first page of google fairly quickly for the keywords I targeted.
But, I quickly realised that people were mainly seeking out my website for information only, not to buy anything.
This is where buyers intent can also be important to factor in, before you choose a niche.
With Rags To Niches, it took a lot longer to start ranking on page 1, but I started to see big improvements from the 6 month mark and it gradually improved from there.
So, if you’re hoping to quicken things up, what niche you choose can certainly be critical.
As I mentioned previously, product reviews tend to rank well in google, so having a niche where you can review products relevant to your niche is a good idea.
Of course, from a buyers intent perspective, reviews are often also good.
As by the time a reader reaches your site, they’re often already interested in purchasing something and it’s up to you to make up their mind.
Don’t Spend Too Long Choosing Your Niche!
While choosing a niche is important, it’s also not something you should spend too much time on.
Literally, people freeze for weeks, months, or eternally because they don’t know what niche to pick.
It’s much better to just choose something and risk it not working, than to choose nothing.
The reality is that, your first niche will probably not be your last!
Many people find they have some false starts, before they find something that works for them – OR you might get lucky and pick right first time!
Whatever the outcome, that’s in the future – the important thing is just to get started.
Take a look below at one of the training videos within WA, this video specifically talks about finding a niche.
How long will it take to make money online, with Affiliate marketing?…. how long is a piece of string?
This really depends on a vast array of factors including:
- How much content you’re writing, (aim for at least 3 posts or more per week 1000+ words each).
- How well you’re targeting your keywords, (you want to be aiming for low-competition keywords).
- How well optimized your posts are for SEO.
- How competitive your niche is.
- How targeted your niche is.
- Whether you’re using other methods to bring in traffic aside from SEO, (e.g. paid traffic, guest blogging, social media,YouTube, answering questions in forums and so on…).
It boils down to how much action you take and how much time you can commit to it.
Someone writing one post a week is going to find their progress much slower, than someone writing 5 times a week and making some effort to promote their posts.
As well as creating posts or pages that convert well, getting sales is also a numbers game.
Therefore, the quicker you can bring in quality traffic to your site, the higher your chances of making sales.
If you’re looking for step-by-step training, including live weekly training that’s updated weekly, come and join me at WA here.
What’s been your experience of affiliate marketing so far?
Leave me a comment below!
All the best…