How Long Does Affiliate Marketing Take
So, you're wondering how long does affiliate marketing take to make money?
You may not like my answer!
It can take you a minimum of around 6 months to start seeing enough traffic sent to your website from search engines like Google even if you have the best affiliate marketing plan set up and writing 3 to 4 blogs a week. It can take more than another 6 months before you see any type of income success.
This is the spot where you would expect me to start telling you about how you don't need to wait that long by using some "secret sauce" or that I know of some "hidden algorithms" that I can tell you about for the cheap price of $$$.
That won't be happening here as the truth is, there are no secrets to success in affiliate marketing and if you come across some site that is trying to tell there is...I suggest you run to the hills!
If you've seen or heard about wealthy affiliate marketers, it is likely they already put in the hard work up front, probably over a year or two ago, so they can reap the rewards now.
The problem with many new affiliate marketers is that they quit too soon.
I see so many that quit around the 3-month point. They are all keen in the first month but then by the second month they start losing steam.
They still write content but at a lower frequency and shorter blog posts, then by month three, they don't see any results so they start questioning if they should stop before they put too much time into their website.
Then they quit!
Why So Long
I have to say there are 3 main reasons it takes time for an affiliate marketer to get enough traffic to their site.
As I mentioned in the introduction, many new affiliate marketers or niche sites only last 3 to 4 months on average.
Could you imagine if the search engines started sending people to sites that are just starting out and have little information on them?
Only to see those new sites end up being abandoned or removed?
Search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo try to give the user the best answer, the best experience they possibly can by sending people only to sites that have earned their trust.
One way that the search engines gauge if you are trustworthy is by seeing if you are going to stick around longer than the average affiliate marketer.
Once they see that you appear to be sticking around long enough they look at your content.
Again to ensure they are giving the user the best experience they check out your content to see if it helps the person find what they are looking for.
If they see that people go to your site but quickly leave or hit the back button they assume they sent those people to the wrong place and will likely not send them there anymore for that particular search query.
That is why it is important to have good content that is helpful and engaging.
When you do have visitors that stay for a bit on your website the search engines want to see what type of engagement there is on your website.
Are people leaving comments? Are you replying to comments? Are people sharing your blog posts on social media platforms like Facebook? Are people coming to your site from social media sites?
They want to see if your website is becoming, of sorts, a virtual community, a hub of activity where there is some type of buzz going on that people can't help but gather around to get a closer look.
Only once you have successfully answered the search engine's criteria of trust, content, and engagement that you can expect to see traffic directed to your website.
It is important to note that there is no guarantee that you will see that traffic come to your site in 6 to 12 months as there are other factors to consider.
What You Should Consider
What should you consider when starting out as an affiliate marketer?
What else does it take, other than the time to earn the trust, the time it takes to write good and helpful content, and the time to get enough engagement on your website?
You also need to consider search engine optimization (SEO) and choosing the appropriate niche that is not too competitive.
Affiliate marketing is a competitive business with millions of people working at trying to be at the top.
Many people ask me, is it not too late to start affiliate marketing with so many people in the business?
My answer to that question is "No"!
“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” - Walt Disney
You only need to choose your niche wisely.
I see many beginners that create product review sites like "Best Smart Phone Store", "Best Affiliate Marketing Tools", or "Treadmill Shop Express", and expect to get free traffic come to their site so they can send those visitors to Amazon and earn that awesome commission.
Well, unfortunately, those type of product review sites will fail if they plan their business to access free, organic traffic from search engines.
Some of those product review sites provide a horrible experience for the visitors.
I know I would much prefer to visit Amazon directly and read the reviews and specifications from there instead many of the product review sites I see some affiliate marketers create.
Now I'm not saying those sites cannot be successful but it will take a whole lot more time, work and probably money to get enough traffic on their sites to be successful.
Instead of having a niche site that only focuses on the product, affiliate marketers should focus on what people do with that product.
Here is an example of what I'm talking about.
Let's say we take the "Best Affiliate Marketing Tools" review site.
Rather than putting one review after another, write about the affiliate marketing business. You can write about how, where, who can start as an affiliate marketer. Look familiar? 😉
Then within your explanations on how affiliate marketing works or doesn't work, you can talk about what you or others you know have used as tools or platforms to get where you are now.
“User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” –Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter
If your information is authentic and helpful most people won't mind taking a look at what you are recommending.
Heck, the readers will see that if what the affiliate marketers are using is working for them, they should give it a go as well.
That type of consistent approach will bring people to your site, it will build trust, they will find your content helpful, and they will engage in the topic.
There are many that don't use this approach and quit too soon so there is always room for those that do stay the long haul.
Who Has Done It
There are many success stories about affiliate marketers that are able to replace their job income with income from affiliate marketing.
I am a member of an online platform that provides training, web hosting, domain name registry, website builder, keyword research, live chat 24/7, webinars, two free websites, and so much more where we see success at various levels every day.
I am also affiliated with Rick and Jim that have great success with their online niche websites and they are an amazing resource. They have a program called Project 24. That program is meant to take you through a step by step process to build your website from scratch to the point where you can replace your current job income within 24 months.
You can take a look for free at some amazing success stories I see every day on my membership platform here.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful affiliate marketer?
How You Can Get There
If you are ready for the challenge of becoming a successful affiliate marketing then there is no better time than now.
The fact that you read this blog post to this point is a good indicator that you may be ready to make this online venture a success.
As I mentioned above I recommended two separate platforms. I know that Rick and Jim provide great information and support but they don't have all the tools, level of training, and community support to the level that my current training platform provides.
The other difference is that Rick and Jim don't provide a free trial of their platform.
Whereas my current platform you sign up for free, no credit card information required, and if you realize after taking their free beginner's training that affiliate marketing is not for you then you can just walk away.
You don't have to worry about being billed later on for not canceling as they don't have any credit information on sign up. It's Risk-Free!
You can wait another day, another month, year, it's up to you.
Remember that every day you wait is another day further away you are from reaching your goal.
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I hope that answers your question, on how long does affiliate marketing take to make money?
I feel that it is a matter of perspective, for some 6 months to a year is nothing where others will think it is an insane amount of time.
Today, so many people expect instant success when in reality creating a business can take years to be successful and there is no difference with an online business.
You have to put in the time and work now, without any reward for months to years before you can say you are having a successful business.
The cool thing about affiliate marketing is that it is something you can do part-time to start out and the cost is peanuts compared to starting a brick and mortar type business.
Have you decided you want to start a niche website? Let me know what type of affiliate marketing niche you have chosen by leaving it in the comment section below.
Do you have a question or comment please be sure to put that down below as well, I always reply.
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