Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?

Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?
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Does affiliate marketing really work? Can you really make money with Affiliate Marketing? After all, affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry. A business model being leveraged by average people like myself.

The answer is Yes and No because it all depends on you.

Affiliate Marketing can be very lucrative if you’re successful, but it can also be very challenging when you’re a beginner with nothing under your belt.

During my first 12 days with Wealthy Affiliate, I earned a total commission of $0.00. In fact, my only referral was my own brother.

What I’ve learned is, if you want affiliate marketing to work, you must focus on delivering value to your audience. The money will soon follow.

Here’s my experience as a car salesperson. People don’t buy from you just because you tell them to. You have to build a relationship first and the same applies to affiliate marketing.

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Why should someone take your recommendation and make a purchase online? What kind of problems are you helping them solve?

As you begin to create helpful content, you’ll start to build a relationship with your audience. Some of these audiences will eventually become your loyal visitors.

If your priority is to make money, then you should save yourself some time and click the [X] button on the top right-hand corner of your browser.

Money should be at the very bottom of your list no matter what stage you’re at. The first thing you should have in mind is what kind of content you want to deliver to your viewers.

In this article, I want to provide you with a few short scenarios showcasing affiliate marketing the right way and the wrong way. Without further ado, let’s get started!

(Scenario 1)

Bob figures, there is so much free information on the internet. It makes no sense to pay $49.00 per month for Wealthy Affiliate.

Therefore, he decided to spend around $15 dollars per year for the website domain and $10 per month for web hosting.

From researching the internet, Bob was able to figure out how to set up his website and proceeded to apply for affiliate programs within his niche.

Many of Bob’s applications were denied because he lacked content and traffic. Eventually, he was approved by affiliate programs that didn’t require much.

However, because Bob didn’t learn things the right away. He ended up spamming his blog by placing flashy ads everywhere in hopes to generate a sale.

Legend says… he’s still trying to make his first dollar.

(Scenario 2)

Bob knew that he had lots to learn, so he decided to join Wealthy Affiliate as a free member. With the free membership, he was able to complete a few basic training courses as well as set up his very own website.

He was astonished by how quickly he could create 2 websites. In fact, it took around 30 seconds each with Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks to the free limited certification courses on Wealthy Affiliate. Bob was able to understand the art of affiliate marketing and how to effectively work his way toward success.

Make-believe person started going over the site tutorial which led him to the certification courses. He was dazzled by the amount of content presented to him.

Choose An Interest → Build A Website → Attract Visitors → Earn Revenue

He took the time to post content that was relevant to his niche and answered every comment that was submitted to his blogs. Eventually, he started noticing an increase in website visitors and eventually landed himself his very first commission.

Now do keep in mind that your success is dependent on you, so there’s no set time for everyone.

Now Let’s Recap On The Scenarios

I know what you’re about to say! The scenarios presented are make-belief and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Well, it’s not so much of whether it’s a real scenario or not. What’s really important is the lesson behind the scenarios.

In Scenario 1, Bob made his own website and found his own web host. That is totally fine because you are not obligated to join Wealthy Affiliate or any other networks. The problem started when he didn’t care about his content and only thought about money.

Money is important, but why should someone buy from a random person like you? Let’s say you stumbled upon a website filled with flashy banner advertisements. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’m sure it’s not clicking one and making a purchase.

In Scenario 2, Bob understands his lack of knowledge is going to give him a hard time when it comes to affiliate marketing. So instead, he joined Wealthy Affiliate as a free member to better understand how everything works.

He took the time and focused on the content first. He realized without consistent visitors, he wouldn’t make consistent income.

How does content make an impact on your overall revenue in the future?

  • Captivating content promotes return viewers and subscribers.
  • Good content promotes sharing on Social media which brings you more visitors.
  • Good content will open the doors to future opportunities such as Adsense from Google.
  • Good content will get you Search Engine Indexed for more organic traffic.

So How Long Does It Take To Make Money?

This is probably one of my #1 frequently asked question! But I hate to break it to you. There is no actual answer to that question because it all depends.

  • How much time are you going to dedicate yourself to your website?
  • How much effort are you going to put towards your blog?
  • Are you going to try to help solve other people’s problems?
  • Are you here to educate and teach people about the niche you are promoting?

Let’s look at an example:

Facebook: Facebook was founded in 2002 by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

During this time, social media MySpace was still fairly popular, so how did Facebook take over?

The answer is dedication and persistence. Their billion-dollar empire didn’t just happen overnight! They went through countless hours of programming and fixing issues within their system. What made them successful was the fact that they never gave up.

Competition When It Comes To Affiliate Marketing

There is a lot of competition in affiliate marketing, but not everyone is successful. Why? Take a look on google and search for anything! Chances are, you will be directed to relevant pages that can go up to hundreds and thousands. Let’s say you get your website indexed and you’re on page 152.

What is the likelihood that someone will see and click your website?

Almost none, because you wouldn’t click-through hundreds of pages to find what you’re looking for. You should be able to find what you need within the first 5 pages.

That is when Wealthy Affiliate can become a very useful resource. They have certification courses that will teach you how to increase your ranking on search engines as well as increasing overall traffic.

You need to think outside the box and not be part of the majority. The majority of affiliate marketers are doing the exact same thing. What can you do that is different?

Are you willing to dedicate hours and hours to your work? Are you willing to create unique and helpful content that will really help someone?

Do you have a mentor to help you? This is very important because the well-established affiliate marketer already has the experience and knowledge, but what do you have being a total beginner?

Hiring a mentor can be very expensive, that’s why I recommend joining a network to get your feet wet before you pursue this career. Any help is better than going out blind and just finding tutorials on YouTube.

Back to Question 1: “Can you really make money with Affiliate Marketing?”

If you really put the time and effort and not give up. You will make money in the future. It might not happen right away, but at least you have a chance.

  • Do you want financial freedom?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Do you want to fire your current boss?
  • Do you want to spend more time with your family?
  • Do you want to work at home?

If any of the above questions apply to you. My word of advice is to give it a try and don’t give up!

Now let’s say you want to be like the make-believe person in scenario 1. You shouldn’t even waste your time. You should click the [X] button on the top right-hand corner of your browser because you will not make any money.

Now that you’ve heard what I have to say! You don’t have to join Wealthy Affiliates if you don’t want to. You can make and host your own websites, but make sure you put your viewers first and focus on the contents that you write.

Talk to your viewers as if you’re talking to a friend! Be informative, be helpful, be creative, and most importantly have fun while doing so.

If you want to check out Wealthy Affiliate though, please click the banner below ↓

Thank you all for taking the time to read this super boring blog and I wish you all success in your current and future endeavors.

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Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?
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14 thoughts on “Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?”

  1. Hi Eric, really enjoyed the read, you have a lot of character in the way you write. I myself have been with Wealthy Affiliate for about a year and 2 months and I still have yet to make any money at all, but I continue to hold a firm belief that I will eventually get this blogging stuff down and eventually see results.

    Affiliate marketing is definitely not for the faint of heart, dedication is absolutely required to master this kind of gig!

  2. Hello Jacob,

    Thanks for your comment! I wish you best of luck in your current and future endeavors. One day, I look forward to reading your success story.

    Kind Regards, 


  3. This message definitely hits home with me. I started affiliate marketing at the beginning of this year and the people that started at the same as me did not make it through. I found that some may have quit on their business because of the lack of instant results.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are as far as getting rejected via email marketing (people just delete the email) vs in person? Do you see it being easier considering all the personal face to face interaction is taken away? I was reading about this on another blog and would love to hear your thoughts since you work in car sales.

  4. Hello Jessie,

    I'm glad you are still sticking around! Unfortunately, affiliate marketing is not for those who desires instant results. As a matter of fact, I don't know any legitimate way to earn money quickly without huge risks involve.

    In all honesty, you just have to take everything with a grain of salt because it means they are not that interested anyway if they delete the email. You can only try your best to be captivating and deliver everything with the best of your ability.

    Even in car sales, I can give out a billion business cards, but only a handful will hold onto and contact me back. The point is, I've tried and it's okay if they don't want to hear from me or do business with me.

    Kind Regards,


  5. What's up Eric? Man... for a complete newbie you sure know a lot about the make money online business. You definitely have the right mindset and other characteristics to become a successful blogger.

    If you continue to write informative content such as this one and stay consistent... I'm sure you'll be rolling in some dough a lot sooner than what it normally takes the average person just getting started.
    Best of luck!

  6. Hello Mark,

    I try my best to apply my knowledge from sales and research to my content. Thank you very much, I really appreciate your comment! 

    I wish you the best of luck in your current and future endeavors!

    Kind Regards,


  7. Hi Eric, awesome post you have here.

    Before this, I too thought affiliate marketing was something that I could gain money quickly. Obviously I was wrong.

    I was assuming I would just create money after a website is done. Just like that. Silly me.

    Anyway, thanks Eric for this great post. Honestly, it was fun to read.

  8. Hello Izuddin,

    Thanks for your comment! The ultimate goal is to make money, but focusing on your content and your viewers are equally important. Best of luck to you on your current and future endeavors!

    Kind Regards,


  9. Hello Eric
    Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas about making money online.
    You mention there is no fixed time it will take to start making money online, when you speak of effort, what exactly do you mean?
    Another thing you mentioned is teaching people about a niche I`m promoting, I`m from Switzerland and would really love to promote m country, how do I teach people about a country?
    Maybe I misunderstood your explanation so I`d really appreciate more explanation.Thanks so much.

  10. Hello Roamy,

    Thanks for sharing your comment with us! I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

    When I speak effort, I mean the time you are willing to dedicate to your website in terms of content and communication with your viewers via comments or email.

    If you are promoting a country, you should start by talking about why that country is so great. 

    For example: Why you should come to Switzerland? - This could be your niche (:

    There are many ways to promote a country you can start off by educating your viewers about the culture, food, recreations, and many more. 

    After you've established that, you can look into affiliate programs for traveling such as booking flights, hotels, etc.

    If you need more help, please don't hesitate to email me through my contact method listed on my website. 

    Best of luck,


  11. Hi Eric,

    Great article about Affiliate Marketing. For being new to Affiliate Marketing, you have a very good understanding on how making money online works.

    I am proof that an average person can make money online and thrive as well. I'm not going to sugarcoat Affiliate Marketing.

    IT TAKES A LOT OF HARD WORK TO SUCCEED! It also takes anywhere from 6 months to a year or more before most people start to see some cash flow.

    The KEY to SUCCESS is to stick with it, keep learning and keep posting. There is no such think as easy money overnight online.

    However, once your business gets off the ground, it works 24/7. It never gets tired or need a vacation. The work you do now will pay you over and over again.

    For those wanting to learn how to make money online. I suggest you sign up for Wealthy Affiliate ASAP and start learning NOW!



  12. Hello Jack,

    Thank you so much for the positive input on affiliate marketing. As you stated, determination, patience, and not giving up will pay off in the end. Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform and its proven by successful affiliate marketers online. I forgot where I read this, but the top affiliate marketers today is from WA and that makes me very proud to be part of it.

    Again, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I wish you the best of luck and keep doing what you are doing!

    Kind Regards,


  13. Very honest article on affiliate marketing. I appreciate you for being so genuine about it and not lying like 99% of the internet marketers online. I am tired of getting lied to and promise quick richness when the only person getting rich is the person promoting these lies.

  14. Hi Jefferson,

    Yeah you’re right! I’m a firm believer of if you make money. I make money.

    The truth is, I make money when you pay for things I promote and if you don’t like it or if the things I promote serves no value. You wouldn’t continue to buy what I recommend and I wouldn’t make any money.


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