How Long Does It Take to Make Money in Affiliate Marketing?

If there is just one question I get asked over and over again is How Long Does It Take to Make Money in Affiliate Marketing?

No matter how I try to avoid this question, I always seem pressed to come up with a reasonable answer. Please note that everyone’s results will be different, and some will have no results at all.

The Reality of Internet Marketing the Gurus Don’t Tell You

The reality of internet marketing is that it can take 1 to 3 YEARS to break between four to five figures a month, around $7,000 to $10,000, if you’re building your affiliate marketing business the right way.

The “right way” is adding relevant content to your blogs or websites that can be indexed by the search engines, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

If you are working on your business every day after your regular 9 to 5 job and are completely committed, yes – if you are committed to taking massive action to get your business where it’s making a profit, it can take 1 to 3 years to reach between 7 to 10k a month.

That’s right – I said 1 to 3 YEARS of consistent, daily WORK to hit between four to five figures a month. So-called marketers with poor work ethic (lazy) will NEVER break around $1,000 a month, even after 1 to 3 years.

Lazy, inconsistent effort won’t make it in affiliate marketing.

Please keep this in mind: You can hit your financial goals SOONER depending on the amount of work you put in on a daily basis.

A person who is on disability, retired or a homemaker or housewife can reach these goals quicker because more time can be available during the day to commit to writing content.

The wonderful thing is if you can reach the point where you are making 7 to 10K monthly, you can scale up your business and double your revenue in a relatively short period of time.

From that point forward, you are really building wealth. You’re truly in “job killer” territory.

“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

Why Most People Fail At Internet Marketing

If you’re only giving your business attention sparingly, not taking it seriously, taking your dear sweet time, working on it when you feel like it, it could take 2 to 4 years just to make a couple hundred dollars a month.

The bottom line is this: If you don’t treat affiliate marketing like a real, actual business, you won’t make money at it, or at least the type of money where it can change your life.

The “guru’s” aren’t going to tell you what I just told you.

The sales pitches and scams these greedy online gurus promote is a lie because they make it seem that with a minimal effort you can experience financial freedom in 6 to 8 months.

Heck, you can barely get a decent amount of content up in 6 to 8 months.

Even when you’re dead serious about your business you may not make one red cent in 6 to 8 months. You may not crack the code, as it were, until 1 year to a year and a half into your online marketing.

This is a REAL business. This ain’t a hobby and this ain’t no game.

Either you get in or you get out, and many people who try making money online in a short period of time will get out once they see HOW MUCH HARD WORK IS INVOLVED.

The “guru” sells you the dream. He’s selling you HIS PRODUCT. He’s NOT helping you build YOUR business.

He’s MAKING YOU THINK he’s there to help you build your business, but it’s a carefully crafted lie.

That’s why they make so much money. Not because their training is really worthwhile, it’s because they misled you to BUY THEIR PRODUCT by dishonest sales pages and convincing videos.

They sell you the dream and you’re left with another nightmare…

That’s just not how it works! It’s an absolute falsehood to think your financial worries will all be remedied in 6 to 8 months.

The Bottom Line

Here’s the bottom line: Can you make excellent money online? Yes.

Can you create wealth with an affiliate marketing business? Yes, you can.

Can you do it in a short period of time? Absolutely NOT.

Does it take a lot of hard work? Yes! More than I can describe on this post!

Hard work is an understatement! I’ve sacrificed all of my free time to create content now, so I can enjoy the fruits of my labor later. It’s VERY HARD WORK!

Writing content for your website or blog is the main challenge. You’ve got to do it! There’s no way around it except to hire someone to write your posts for you – but for a new online marketer who is low on funds, that’s not an option. The money just isn’t there.

Make no mistake: although it’s difficult building an online business, Wealthy Affiliate makes the process SO MUCH EASIER!

The platform that has HELPED ME TREMENDOUSLY to build my business is Wealthy Affiliate.

Why Wealthy Affiliate, you ask?

Wealthy Affiliate is an Online Business Course which teaches you how to make money out of any passion you have, by building a WordPress website.

You will learn how to become an Affiliate Marketer which means that you can make money online by promoting products and digital courses. The companies and platforms you promote will in turn give you a percentage of each sale.

The wonderful fact about affiliate marketing is You don’t need to sell and You don’t need to create your own product.

All you have to do is to provide information related to what people are searching for online. In turn, by helping people solve their problems and challenges, you will be rewarded financially!

With Wealthy Affiliate you don’t have to worry about website building because the platform walks you through the steps of creating your own WordPress blog or website from the thousands of WordPress website templates you have to choose from.

Years ago it was somewhat difficult to build a WordPress blog or website. Today, the process is easy and stress free and you do not need any technical knowledge at all.

Thanks to the streamlined process in the Wealthy Affiliate platform, something that used to take weeks to accomplish can now be done in a matter of minutes.

To prove to you that Wealthy Affiliate is the best online business building platform available, you can try it for 7 days FREE – no credit card required!

After your 7-day free trial, you can continue as a free member or become a Premium Member and experience more benefits.

Driving visitors to your website or blog is another major challenge for many in affiliate marketing. After you’ve built your website, you need to drive website visitors, or traffic, to your content and offers.

The training at Wealthy Affiliate is designed to help you rank well on the search engines, which is known as SEO, or Search Engine Optimization.

When your website or blog ranks well on the search engines, you get free, organic traffic ON A DAILY BASIS. The amount of money you make is dependent on the amount of people you can attract to your site.

The more traffic you get to your site = Higher conversions = More money.

What I love about Wealthy Affiliate is there are NO PROMISES OF QUICK SUCCESS! They don’t promise that you’ll be making money overnight.

Search engines need time to “index”, or become familiar with, your website or blog. Google, Yahoo and Bing needs time to know if your content is unique, quality content.

It could take between 3 to 6 months for the search engines to index your blog or website content and an additional month or two to before Google starts exposing your website on the first page search results.

So How Long Does It Take to Make Money in Affiliate Marketing? The time it takes to start seeing money in your bank can take from 8 months to 1 year if you are COMMITTED to making it work and have specific goals you’re trying to achieve with a timeframe.

If you’re working on your business “when you can find the time” or “when you feel like it” or just a couple of times a week or month, then you won’t see a profit for 2 to 3 years, maybe longer depending on your level of commitment.

Remember: everyone’s results will be different. The above estimate and other estimates in this post is based on the timeframe of a number of online marketers who have seen success with their businesses.

If you are patient and completely committed to the success of your online business, you can make this work and have the three things successful marketers enjoy: TIME, MONEY and FREEDOM!

Talk Soon,


3 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take to Make Money in Affiliate Marketing?”

  1. Hi Howard – you are so right! Everyone tries to sell you a Get Rich Quick scheme but they invariably fall at one hurdle or another. Why do they do it? Obviously, because they sell. Why? Because it’s what people want!

    Although it’s been around for a few decades now, the internet is still a relatively new sales medium and many people seem to think it holds the secret to getting rich (which it does) for no work (which it doesn’t). I can imagine a lot of people will read your post and then go off to find the next new shiney object. And so on and so on. It’s still the wild west out there and Trading Standards don’t seem to have caught up with a lot of these folks – their blurbs simply wouldn’t be allowed anywhere offline. The FTC has taken down a few obvious scammers (like MOBE) but apart from outright scms, the so-so systems only exist because there’s a market. If people won’t listen to the truth of the matter, well…

    Just like building ANY business, an online business takes work and time. HOWEVER, one of the biggest attractions of an online business is the incredibly low barrier to entry. Anyone can get started for just a few $/month. Maybe this is where the misonception comes in – if you can get started for almost nothing, you should be able to make money quickly. Although I’m not sure how the two tie tiogether 🙂 Maybe it’s because if you hold one erroneous belief, it’s easy to hold another. I dunno!


    Talking of low barriers to entry, you recommend Weathy Affiliate and I will say that, in my opinion, it offers phenomenal value. For less than $30/month you get step-by-step training on how to do it right!! as well as masses of help and support plus professional hosting for your websites. Try doing that with an offline business. I don’t think you can.

    So to build a solid business, online is the way to go but you need to work at it and do it right! It’s not get rich quick – but I don’t mind getting rich slowly :-)Ian

  2. Great post!

    You have tackled head on, the very part of affiliate marketing where most “gurus” conveniently leave out of their sales pitches.

    Seriously, anyone looking to cut corners and achieve over night success online is no less a dishonest person. Keep spreading the word, so people don’t get led into believing an avoidable lie.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. This is good, straightforward information.  It seems to me that internet marketing is the wave of the future, but it is already starting now, and the sooner we get on the train, the sooner we will reach our destination.  The business sounds very challenging, but doable.  You have been very clear about what one must do to be successful.  Thanks for this informative post.

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