How Hard Is Affiliate Marketing? – 3 Unchangeable Facts Why You Should Never Give Up

The direct, honest answer to the question of How Hard is Affiliate Marketing? is that it takes a tremendous amount of FOCUSED WORK to succeed. You have to make sacrifices.

You have to spend less time with family and friends to get your affiliate marketing business properly set up. You MUST be willing to make mistakes, get up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.

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Someone Lied To You and Told You It Was Easy

There isn’t now, or never has been, some push button magic do-it-in-one-weekend business -in-a-box that allows you to make consistent money online.

Affiliate marketing is HARD WORK.

If someone sold you the idea of fast internet money with very little work required, they flat out LIED to you.

The issue isn’t starting an affiliate marketing business. Thousands of people every month start out with enthusiastic high hopes of building an online business; dreaming of making enough money online to replace the income from their job.

The problem is far too many people QUIT when they see that affiliate marketing requires more work than they initially thought.

Most People Quit When They Encounter Challenges

Why do so many people QUIT when they encounter the challenges, obstacles and setbacks that are bound to happen on the road to financial freedom?

It’s been my experience in life that it’s very easy to find a reason to quit. I’ve also found that in life everyone has a “story”, a reason or reasons why they do what they do.

In life, you get to choose between persevering in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds or you can find multiple reasons why you should give up, why you can’t do it, why you should quit. In life, you can’t have two “stories”.

If you quit, which the majority of people do when they try to make money online, you will always be able to find enough data to support why your decision to quit was the best one under the circumstances.

Once you’ve convinced yourself that your “story” is real and picked up enough momentum, the direction your life is firmly set. Done.

Do you know why most people fail to build a solid online business, the type of business that replaces their income from their job?

It’s because too many times we take a very halfhearted approach to the endeavors that we pursue, even when it comes to making money online. Most often we undertake the task with the intent on being successful.

What happens is that obstacles come up, unexpected challenges appear and then we want to just give up, quit going after our goals.

We start to reason why it wasn’t a good idea in the first place, or it’s too much of a personal sacrifice to spend less time with our family, friends, and our social media contacts. We’ve been taught to believe that there’s something wrong with a person who does not settle for mediocrity.

“For years I’ve been trying to learn how to make money online. I’ve tried a number of so-called “programs” that did nothing but take my money and waste my time. Wealthy Affiliate is the answer to my problems because it’s affordable, the lessons are easy and I actually enjoy seeing myself make progress day by day. It’s truly amazing!”– Howard Spinney, a Wealthy Affiliate member since 2017

Be Really Honest with Yourself

It boggles my mind how we fail to be honest with ourselves.

If you are struggling to pay your bills, and have been struggling to a long time, how can you possibly tell yourself and the people you know “things are ok”?

Your life is NOT ok…The reality is you’re BROKE. Not only are you broke, you don’t have a clue how to earn money…REAL money; but you tell people “things are ok”.

As long as you continue to lie to yourself your subconscious will continue to believe it, and you will ALWAYS be broke…Period.

If you really feel that giving up is the least painful path then you are sadly mistaken. Why on earth would you want to lead a life of quiet desperation?

I’ve lived a life of quiet desperation for many years. It’s a horrible way to live. People who live that way make you think that they’re ok, but deep down they know their lives are a hot mess.

Three Unchangeable Facts Regarding Building Your Affiliate Marketing Business

So here are three unchangeable facts you must keep in mind in order to be a success in life, but especially regarding your goal to make money online:

  • The “Process” shapes you as an individual before success rewards you.
  • Life is much more meaningful when you’re striving for a worthwhile goal.
  • You are much closer reaching your goals than you think you are

The “Process” shapes you as an individual before success rewards you:

When you set difficult goals for yourself, it will stretch you, teach you perseverance, patience, tenacity, and ultimately build your belief in yourself.

It is the process of reaching the goal that develops you. Greatness will never come overnight, but the way greatness has always been forged is by every inch, every small step of progress we fight for in pursuit of a worthwhile goal.

You’re much closer to reaching your goal than you think you are!

The world of mankind is littered with people who have given up on their goals and dreams much too soon. Sadly, many discouraged and weary people give up not realizing that success is right around the corner.

The problem with these individuals is that there are not always clear markers or indicators letting you know when you are achieving your goal.

There’s no voice in the sky that says to you: “Hey! You’re almost there! One more week to go!” in achieving a difficult goal. In so many cases the finish line was just around the next corner.

Life is much more meaningful when you’re striving for a worthwhile goal:

We only get one life to live. Along with that, time is one dimensional: it keeps moving forward; you can’t get back waisted time.

When you’re fighting for a goal, a cause, a big audacious dream, or something greater than yourself you will find a way to make your dream a reality.

While you are pursuing your dream you will experience the enthusiasm, passion and joy that makes life a truly great adventure. The key is identifying your cause, the thing that is motivating you.

I like to say, “What’s Your WHY?” Why do you do what you do? What’s driving you to push yourself beyond your limits?

I’ve Been in Your Shoes…I Know Exactly How You Feel

 You might be wondering how you’re going to survive the brutal paces of having to learn affiliate marketing when you are new at this or you’ve tried before and failed.

I know exactly how you feel.

In fact, I felt the same way when I started building my affiliate marketing business! And up until recently, there really was a brutal learning curve.

In fact, trying to learn affiliate marketing was worse than most people realize!

But a few months ago, I found a simple way to get my affiliate websites built that’s 100% tech-free. I was able to build everything in a matter of weeks, and it was so easy …I didn’t even have to read the directions!

In fact, there was no software to install, no “code” of any kind, and when I think about it …it was actually fun!

Wealthy Affiliate is the Answer to Your Problem

Wealthy Affiliate is an online platform suitable for both beginners and individuals who have online experience.

If you have only basic Internet knowledge such as navigating Facebook, sending emails, etc. then you will be able to succeed through Wealthy Affiliate.

Initially you can join and try Wealthy Affiliate entirely free of cost with a free trial membership for 7 days. This allows you to dig into Wealthy Affiliate to see if it’s a good fit for you personally.

The free 7-day trial allows you to create two free websites using WordPress themes and gain basic knowledge of how affiliate marketing works:

  • Learn how to build your own niche website on your subject of interest and driving massive traffic to it
  • Understand the difference between paid and free traffic and the best way to get both.
  • How to choose the best affiliate program and find the balance between your interests and making money
  • Understanding how to become an affiliate for companies such as eBay, Amazon, etc.
  • Learning how to by make your content rank high in Google and other search engines
  • Learning how to applying for Google AdSense to make money from the advertisements in a professional way
  • And much, much more!

If you are serious about building a sustainable, profitable affiliate marketing business, then give Wealthy Affiliate a try. If you do and create the kind of monthly income you desire, when someone asks you How Hard is Affiliate Marketing?

You can tell them “It wasn’t that hard at all…because I did it with Wealthy Affiliate!”

Talk Soon,


12 thoughts on “How Hard Is Affiliate Marketing? – 3 Unchangeable Facts Why You Should Never Give Up”

  1. The is so great and whole truth, Its not easy especially when you don’t have the genuine path to follow I had all the problem with the get rich schemes all over the net,but when I landed on Wealthy affiliate I now have the patience and the right tools to help me get there, Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Hey Mercy,
      Sorry it took me a long time to reply to your comment. I’m very happy that you’re here at Wealthy Affiliate. No matter what, DON’T GIVE UP! Use all the resources available here at Wealthy Affiliate and you will be successful.

  2. Hallo there, thanks a lot for pointing out that affiliate marketing is simply hardowork that is needed.

    Before deciding to start working on this money making technique, someone who was trying to recruit me into another program that taught affiliate marketing was telling me that it is very simple and won’t even need to care for the website.

    Am happy I didn’t follow his advice.

    Thanks for encouraging me to keep at it and for being honest here.

    • Hey Dave,

      I’m so happy you didn’t fall for that SCAM! You were able to use good judgement and reflect on what you’ve learned here at WA to know that the “other program” was not going to give you what you needed to build a REAL online business.

      Great decision making on your part and thank you for replying.

      Talk Soon,


  3. Hi there Howard,

    I would certainly not say that affiliate marketing is easy, not by a long shot. It is not what I would call intellectually challenging, but it does require one heck of a lot perseverance, persistence and consistant hard work.

    A top quality affiliate site just simply does not pop up overnight, it takes years to build. On average an affiliate marketer building a sustainable business can take around 3 years.

    • Hey Derek,

      Well, I do think that affiliate marketing can be intellectually challenging. In what way? When it comes to content creation. You just can’t get around the fact that you’re going to have to write A LOT of content to make BIG online profits!

      I have found that you really have to think to come up with good content that solves a problem. You’ve got to use your mind and intellect. You can’t “spin” articles or plagiarize – Google will shut you down and keep you down! So yes, you’ve got to do your due-diligence!

      Thank you for taking the time to write. Been dealing with some health challenges and it took me way too long to reply!

      Talk Soon, 


  4. Thanks, Howard, for your post which has encouraged me. I started affiliate marketing end of 2015.
    With no sales, I was reaching a point of almost giving up.
    You have reassured me with your message. I will remain focused and work until it pays off. The good thing is I am with Wealthy Affiliate.

    • Hello ZEGU,

      You are in the right place, my friend. You have people here who ACTUALLY want to help you. Whatever you do, stay focused and positive minded. You will have obstacles as you try to build your affiliate marketing business, but NEVER give up!

      Talk Soon,


  5. I agree that anything worth achieving in life (including making money online) is usually not going be easy and will take a lot of work.

    I think another reason so many people quit is their conditioned to a 9-5 job lyestyle. Meaning they want to be rewarded instantly for the work they do.

    Reality though it can take over a year sometimes before you even start to earn a regular income online — then it can take up to 1 more year to go full time.

    And this is why people quit, because there not willing or able to wait that long for success.

    • Hey Michael,

      I absolutely agree with everything you’ve said in your comments! It’s apparent you have the feel for this business. I look forward to hearing great things from you in online marketing.

      Talk Soon,


  6. Hi Howard,

    Affiliate Marketing is hard even when done right. I have fell down and dusted myself off many times. I am sure others have done the same. But when we finally get it that is such a good feeling

    You have explained it very well, and many people are going to relate to this post. I have noticed other posts that you have published they look very interesting.

    Thank You

    • Hello Karen,

      Your comment on falling down, dusting yourself off and keep moving reminded me of this quote:

      “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. “

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

      I’m happy YOU could relate to my post. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read it.

      Talk Soon,


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