How Long Does it Take to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer?

How Long Does it Take to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer?

Aah. The question that is asked pretty much all the time. You’re probably asking it right now, huh?

How long does it take to become a successful affiliate marketer?

Well, it depends. Really. On a lot of things…Like your niche or your time or…Well. We’ll get into that in a minute. But first, I want to get something out of the way:

Affiliate Marketing is NOT a Get Rich Quick Scheme!

Some people who start affiliate marketing don’t realize that it takes time to make money.

It’s just like any other business, you know, it takes hard work and dedication.

So, how long does it really take?

Like I said, it all depends. Everybody’s different. It depends on 2 things:

1. Your Niche

The niche you go with is an important factor to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.


I’ll tell you…

Some niches don’t have much popularity – no one searching for it in Google anymore, no one talking about it on social media or forums, etc.

For example: the Xbox 360 niche.

Nowadays, a lot of Xbox fans are upgrading their consoles from the last gen (Xbox 360) to next/current gen (Xbox One).

So that means, eventually, the Xbox 360 will turn into the first Xbox – ancient history.

So, when you’re choosing a niche, there are certain questions that need your answers:

  • Are you interested in the topic(s)?
  • Are there quality products or services you can promote?
  • Are there affiliate programs?
  • Are there enough people interested in the niche?
  • Are there other affiliates and bloggers in the niche?

Answering all these questions with a positive answer will lead to quicker success. Much quicker.

How do I know?

When I started my first affiliate niche site:

  • I chose a niche I had no interest in. I chose it because of its high ticket products and big commission rates.
  • I chose a niche that was losing popularity. There was a bigger and better and more up to date version of the main idea/product (like the Xbox)

So, what can you do to avoid this?

Before choosing a niche…

You will have to make sure:

  • There’s enough interested people. You can do this through keyword tools (Google Keyword Planner, Jaaxy, KW Finder)
  • You’re interested in it. If you’d look forward to reading/writing about your niche’s topics, then you’re good.
  • There are a lot of products and services. This is for content purposes (reviews).
  • There is at least one affiliate program. Without an affiliate program, there’s no way to generate affiliate sales.

2. Your Time

The amount of the time you spend working on your site will play a major part to your success.

If you want to work 1 hour per day, expect to wait more than a year until you start seeing any results.

But if you’re going to work hard and commit to around 4 to 8 hour days, you can achieve success within a year.

That’s if you use your time right and work on the tasks that need to be done.

Are there ways to speed everything up?


Which brings us to the next part of this post:

5 Insider Tips to Becoming a Successful Affiliate Marketer Faster

Now that you know how long it can take to become a successful affiliate marketer, we'll hook you up with a few tips that'll help you get there a lot quicker.

Check them out...

1. Don't Be Over-Promotional​

Sometimes, people get all caught up in the money making part of this. When this happens, you can get too promotional. Meaning all you do is promote and sell.

And when all you do is promote products, your site and your content will lose its quality.

The 2 main signs of overly promoting​ are:

  • Flooding your site with ads.
  • Creating only affiliate content and nothing informational. (Ex: reviews and comparisons.)

So what should you do?

Isn't it obvious?​

Limit your ads.​ Try and keep them down to one of two. They won't make you much money anyway.

And, most ads will slow your site down a bit. The more stuff on your pages, the longer it'll take for browsers to load them.​

As for your content, don't go all out on the reviews, comparisons, and product roundups. Sure, they're great and all. But you need other types of content as well.

For example, ultimate guides, epic list posts, and how-to posts.​

2. Your Niche is Everything

I've heard a lot of different meanings for the marketing term niche. Some people call it a specific group of people or a target audience. I call it the main topic of your website because it's easier.

In online marketing in general, your niche can determine your success.

I've seen people jump head first into a niche they had no business being in only to fail and lose time and money.

I've even seen people choose niches they're interested in, but still fail because they fail to stick with it or they don't find a unique angle (meaning they add fluff to what's already out there).

So what should you do?

First off, you're niche should be something your passionate about. Or at least a little bit interested in.

Why? Because it'll get you up in the morning. You'll be proud of the website you create. You'll be more than willing to learn and become an expert or authority figure.​

Second, stick with your niche. Don't​ try to go multi-niche (health and wealth for example).

3. Don't Promote Products You Wouldn't Use​

Promoting products you wouldn't use is basically means the product is "scammy." I'd say that's a death wish. It'll ruin you and your blog's reputation.

So what should you do?

Before you start promoting something, try it first. Even if it means buying it. (Actually, I'd prefer you buy the product before promoting it.)

Don't choose affiliate products and offers because it has a high price tag and a sexy commission rate.​

Quality products sell best.​

4. Provide Proof the Product WORKS

When you're promoting a product, you'll need to show the reader it legitimately works. It'll solve their problem.

Failing to do so will only hurt you. How? They won't buy from your affiliate link.​

So what should you do?​

Obviously, show actual proof of the product's legitimacy.

You can either use images (screenshots) or video.

If it's a digital product, then you can use something like Camtasia.

For screenshots, Jing or Skitch will do.​

5. Build Your Email List

A list of loyal email subscribers can be your greatest asset and marketing channel.

With it, you'd be able to market affiliate products, your content,​ and even your own digital products (when you get to that level.)

Stuart Walker of Niche Hacks is a pro at marketing affiliate products via email. He's made thousands from it. Like in this case study here where he shows how me made almost $10K in 5 days.​

So what should you do?​

Build that list.

You can start by signing up for an email marketing service like Mailchimp or Aweber. I'd recommend ConvertKit. It's what I use.​

Then, you get some nice optin forms. I use Thrive Leads. But there are a few free options you can find here.​

When you're done there, you can start looking into some advanced list building strategies. Like the ones mentioned here.​

Call me when you've got a nice amount of subscribers.​


Affiliate marketing is definitely a great income stream. Becoming a successful affiliate marketer, though, can take some time.

But with the advice we've shared here, success for you can come quicker and easier than it would normally.

With that, I say good luck.

If you have any questions, you may leave a comment below.​


Julian is a blogger, an affiliate, and a niche explorer. He loves everything in internet marketing. He also runs other blogs, such as Blogging Aid, where you can go to learn how to take your blog to the next level. You can also find him sharing tips and resources on Twitter. So check him out.

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