How Fast Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

Increasing Your Revenue With Affiliate Marketing

So, the big question is – how fast can you make money with affiliate marketing?

There’s a difference between a site that makes $100 and a site that contributes over $1000 into your bank account every month.

It’s during this transition where new affiliates run into problems. Many people build their sites and give up when they only start earning a small amount of money.

This is a huge mistake! Sadly, the point when newbies decide to quit is right before they realize the breakthrough that leads them to their monthly $1000 mark!

Before we talk numbers, let’s go through the basics.

How Fast Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?
Chapter 1

Choosing a Profitable Niche

It’s easier to work on something that you’re passionate about. For example, if you have a passion for golf, your niche could be for golf equipment.

Although it’s important to pick a topic that you’re passionate about, you should always be confident that it’s going to make you money.

Choosing a Profitable Niche

Next, be sure that your niche surrounding a topic that you’re confident writing about. This is important for search engine optimization because your site must be authoritative.

If you’re unable to produce enough relevant and fact-filled content, Google’s crawlers won’t identify you as an authority on the topic, therefore your site will sink far into the page ranking abyss with no sales

Will the niche you’ve chosen grab the attention of your audience? Without consumer interest in products, your niche isn’t going to make much money.

Chapter 2

Identify the Different Types of Programs

Before you start making money, you need to sign up for an affiliate program. To do this, it’s time to learn how to identify the different programs on offer.

Identify the Different Types of Programs

One Tier

One tier programs earn you a commission once a sale conversion is generated from your affiliate link.

Two Tier

Two-tier programs earn you commission when you refer other affiliates and they start making sales.

Recurring Commission

Recurring commissions work as a result of subscription services. You will continuously earn commissions as long as people are signed up.

Climbing Tiers

Climbing tiers programs provide increasing commissions as you make more sales.

Pay Per Lead

These programs work by paying a commission based on the number of leads are sent out to a business, for example, contact fill out forms. It’s important that your analytics are set up to track the leads and you have a written agreement with your affiliate.

Sitewide Commissions

The program will earn you a commission regardless of what’s bought on the affiliate website. Sitewide commissions are offered on Amazon’s affiliate program.


Cookies track the amount of time site visitors spend after they click your affiliate link and you will earn a commission is a sale is generated for the brand.

Amazon’s Affiliate Program

Amazon allows affiliates to review products you’ve used and write tutorials. For example, you could write a tutorial about how to tune a guitar and include an affiliate link to a guitar tuner. Amazon is popular among a large majority of affiliate marketers. Amazon’s affiliate program is great because it offers the following;

  • High conversions
  • Sitewide commissions
  • The ability to create custom affiliate links to products
  • Up to 10% commissions
  • Commission percentage based on categories
Chapter 3

Sign Up For Affiliate Programs

Choosing an affiliate programme will require you to invest a significant amount of time and research, because this is where your income will come from.

Sign Up For Affiliate Programs

The products that you’re promoting to your audience must be good quality and relevant to your niche. When choosing an affiliate program, it’s important that you make sure other similar sellers are using the same network.

This will help you assess the likelihood of success within that specific program. Next, make sure you sign up for programs that generate a fair return on investment.

Commissions should be over $1 for cost-per-action programs and there shouldn’t be any harsh restrictions on how you promote products.

It’s crucial that you believe and know everything about the products you’re promoting. You need to build trust with your audience to deliver an effective sales pitch.

Lastly, check the level of the customer support that you can expect from your affiliate program once you’ve signed up. Conduct some online research and if possible, speak to other affiliates using the same program to see whether they’d recommend the platform.

Chapter 4

Learn to Build Traffic

Something that beginners often overlook is the fact that they need an audience to sell to.

However, building an audience that’s big enough to make from money from and encouraging them to trust you takes commitment and time.

Learn to Build Traffic

There are some affiliate marketing niches that make seem to make money quicker than others, but you’d have to be lucky to find a product that you want to promote that pays well with little competition.

The more high quality the posts you have, the more search traffic you’ll earn. It’s important to maintain realistic expectations because not every post is going to be a success, however, the learning curve is even more reason to keep at the content creation.

Chapter 5

Focus on Content Creation

Additional traffic strategies generates are useless if you don’t have informative and interesting content to back it up.

Focus on Content Creation

Having more content will;

  • Build your search engine authority
  • Expose you to more search traffic
  • Makes it likely that someone who lands on your site finds multiple posts to read

A good base of content can vary from small to long detailed posts. The most important factor is that the content is rich in up-to-date details and the content can be a mix of posts, images, and videos.

Regardless of the style of content you choose, it will likely take you at least 50+ hours to build your initial base. For most niche site creators, their initial year should focus mainly on content creation.

The most important thing that search engines identify is whether searchers are clicking your link to view your content.

If your link is tested in a higher position but your link isn’t clicked, the search engine will deem your content not worthy of the higher position.

Offering useful content on a broad range of topics on your niche signifies to your site visitors that you’re an authority on the subject matter.

Your site authority will increase the likelihood that your readers will subscribe to your content and purchase products from your affiliate links.

Chapter 6

Scaling Your Niche

Traffic doesn’t start to pick up for the typical niche until somewhere between 6 and 12 months, and it will take at least 12 to 18 months for your affiliate earnings to be over four figures.

Scaling Your Niche

If you want to maximize the earnings of your niche site, you should consider diversifying your income streams beyond affiliate marketing.

How you decide to do this will depend on your niche. Generally, this will involve offering a service that’s relevant to your site such as;

  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Webinar
  • Newsletters
  • Subscriptions
  • Products that relate to your niche

Consulting and coaching are excellent methods of reaching out to your readers on a personal level and help them reach your level of success. This is a very lucrative and rewarding area of business.

Chapter 7

Understanding SEO

Having a knowledge of the workings of search engine optimization will help you generate sales quicker. The more sales, the higher the commission!

Understanding SEO

Using handy tools like Ahrefs have a Keywords Explorer function that will enable you to easily identify keywords related to your niche.

You should seek specific long-tail keywords that are 3+ words long. Once you’ve identified a keyword, you need to research the keyword’s competition to make sure it’s not too competitive.

Including keywords within your content will contribute towards a positive google rank and therefore, increased site traffic. Hooray!

Create interesting, fact-driven and relevant content that includes your keywords. Craft a title that includes the highest-ranking keyword at the front.

Next, write a bitesize meta description to help google visitors understand your content in a few seconds. Make it interesting, you need to draw them in!

However, don’t stress yourself out over keyword density. The important place to include your keywords is in your title, description and post meta description.

Media is important! Whether you choose to use infographics, images, audio clips or short instructional videos, people will love them!

Also, utilizing a reliable WordPress theme can save you a ton of trouble when it comes to security, website speed, compatibility, and built-in SEO.

It’s really helpful to add your blog posts’ publish date to the search results so readers can see how fresh your content is!

Chapter 8

Ways to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

The issue with affiliate marketing is the frustrating masses of self-proclaimed experts and ‘get-rich-quick’ money-making schemes.

Suggesting that affiliate marketing can be scaled without time and effort is incomprehensible.

Ways to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

Perseverance, research and engagement with brand networks and your products is the only way to make financial gain with affiliate marketing.

It takes a large commitment to generate enough traffic needed to result in income. This is important because negative affiliate referrals can ruin your credibility.

Chapter 9

How Long Does it Take to Reach $1000 a Month?

Growth over the first year is irregular and scattered for most sites. Usually, the main factors that help a site rocket include good quality content, on page seo and links..

How Long Does it Take to Reach $1000 a Month?

It’s also important to realize and accept that if your site isn’t generating heaps of traffic in its first six to 12 months, it’s COMPLETELY normal.

You might find yourself feeling frustrated because you know you’re doing everything right but you’re still struggling to get the sustained income and traffic that you know your site deserves.

Please don’t quit, give it at least 18 months. If your site is still young, you’ll want it to grow as fast as possible. There’s a great way that you can do that and I’ve addressed this already – KEEP CREATING CONTENT.

Focus roughly 80% of your time on creating content, this can be in the form of articles, imagery, videos. Overall, the plan is that you offer as much free content as possible.

Having more content exposes you to more search traffic and makes it more likely that a site visitor will land on your page and find multiple posts they want to read.

The more high-quality posts you create, the more search traffic you’ll gain. Of course, you should prepare yourself and understand that not every post is going to be golden.

For example, for every 20 posts you create, 2 rank excellently for a high-frequency search term, 6 rank well for medium-frequency terms and 12 don’t rank very well.

A site with 80 posts will have 8 articles driving high traffic and 24 posts driving medium traffic. However, a site with 40 posts will have 4 articles driving high traffic and 12 posts driving medium traffic. Therefore, the more posts the more traffic!

By offering useful content on a wide range of products and topics within your niche, you reassure your readers that you’re a reliable authority on the topic.


I hope this guide has equipped you with some realistic expectations on how long it takes to generate reliable income on a niche site.

The most important thing is that you give time, and the best practice to influence your success will be to keep creating high-value and relevant content.

I’d like to reiterate that the above applies only if you’ve picked a good niche. Choosing a solid niche is fundamental to your success. You can do this by checking that your chosen subject is something that people care about. Sports, health, fashion, lifestyle and gadgets are amongst popular topics.

If you’re worried that your niche isn’t growing fast enough, remember it’s normal to have low income and traffic in your first 6-12 months and you need a base of strong content if you want your traffic to show a significant growth.

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