How Successful Is Affiliate Marketing? Can You Actually Make Money?

How Successful Is Affiliate Marketing? Can You Actually Make Money?

Affiliate marketing is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. All you need to do is get your own website, start blogging, promoting those products that you enjoy the most, and you’re in business.

But how successful is affiliate marketing, and can you really make money with it? These are the questions we’ll take a look at several people who are successful with their affiliate marketing. We’ll also learn a few key points from these successful men and women.

Successful People In Affiliate Marketing

In this day and age, many people will quickly pop up a website, claim that they are a ‘guru’ in a certain way of making money, like affiliate marketing, and promote themselves just as that. Unfortunately, many people fall for those types of people.

So who are some real people who are actually legit, and know what they’re doing?

In this article, we’ll be looking at three different people. One is the owner of a six figure business, another is leveraging their knowledge with affiliate marketing to do local SEO for companies, and still another is the co-owner of a website that helps people make money with affiliate marketing.

So let’s take a look at their success!

A Proud Owner Of A Six-Figure Business

Ralph - Six Figure Business Owner

Ralph was your normal guy. He was doing some part-time work as a kick boxer trainer, and had thousands of dollars of debt still to be paid. And so, he chose to find a way to make more money.

Finding a program called Wealthy Affiliate, a site that is dedicated to helping people make money with affiliate marketing, he joined it and decided to see how much he could make.

He joined in September 2016.

His first year, the year of 2017 was a learning year for Ralph. His first 6 months were like most beginners, with every little sales and very little traffic. But Ralph stuck with it.

Slowly his traffic increased, and slowly he started making more sales. Of course, Ralph publishing content after content, and article after article. He kept promoting the affiliate products, and stuck with his site.

A little over 18 months after he started, Ralph started making more than what he knew what to do with. You can read about it from himself here.

In short, Ralph made a connection with a certain company, and was able to get an explosion of traffic and sales through them.

As he continued with is business, Ralph was able to make over 24K in the month of December 2018, making his business a six figure business. He explains in his post here how in the days after Christmas, he made over $17K of sales, making it his best month ever.

So what can we learn from Ralph’s success?

Keep pressing on with your site, even if you don’t see results. Ralph had to work for over 18 months before he actually started seeing the success that most people want. Are you willing to put in many hours, and be determined to press through hardships, even if you don’t see any money being made?

Are you will to sacrifice things, like entertainment and luxuries, so that you can spend time building your business? You may need to do that in order to find the success that Ralph did in his affiliate marketing ventures.

Building connections can help your success. It’s so easy to want to go it alone with Affiliate marketing. But building connection can really work to help you gain success with affiliate marketing.

Notice how Ralph was able to get on one of his promoter’s websites, and actually get traffic back from their site. After that, he was able to establish a relationship with this other business, and thus bolster his affiliate promotions even further.

And sometimes, that is just what you may need to do to gain more success with affiliate marketing.

I read of one guy who found fellow bloggers within his certain niche, and he asked if he could guest post on their website. With that guest posting, he was able to get his name out there more, and in the end, became even more successful.

Using The Skills Of Affiliate Marketing To Land A Job

Debs - profileDeborah is also another who had success with affiliate marketing, though her success is a little different than most. Instead of creating a business where she promoted products and programs that other people sold, she created a business and used the skills of an affiliate marketer to promote herself!

That’s right, she promotes herself and gets to keep all the money she makes, instead of just a small commission that most affiliate marketers get.

What exactly does she do?

Local SEO (Search Engine Optimization). You see, there are many local businesses out there that don’t quite understand how to rank well in search results, or how to make their website appeal to an audience.

And that’s where Deborah comes in. She uses her knowledge of those things, things that most affiliate marketers would know, and applies them to local businesses, so that they can rank well in search results. And as they rank well, they get more traffic, and more traffic means sales.

Just last month, in the month of January 2019, Deborah made over 3K worth of sales from her own business. And that’s just the start. With her previous success, she’ll be moving onward and upward in terms of goals and success. I won’t be surprised when she passes the 10K per month mark.

Deborah’s success teaches us something valuable about success in general.

Be creative in how you make your money with affiliate marketing. Deborah didn’t actually do much with affiliate marketing, in terms of affiliating and commissions. But she did take those skills that she learned as an affiliate marketer, and used them to make her own business.

There are thousands who are actually doing this, and is a great business idea if you are interested in hard work and helping local companies out.

Success won’t come immediately, but if you do well, and work hard, you’ll be able to make over 3K in no time. Just continue giving quality content in whichever field of affiliate marketing you chose to be a part of.

Owner Of A Multi-Million Dollar Company

Kyle From Wealthy Affiliate

Kyle and his friend, Carson, started a website called Wealthy Affiliate. Yup, that site that helped Ralph (and actually Deborah as well) to make the money they currently are making.

Kyle and Carson were both going to college for a Computer Science degree. Back in the early 2000s, everything needed to be coded by hand. If you wanted a website, or a program, you would have to do it all yourself. There were no programs out there that did it for you, like there are today.

It was around that time that both Kyle and Carson got interested in affiliate marketing. Both started their own website, and soon, within a year of starting their sites, they were making nearly a full-time income from their websites.

Using their knowledge of programming, as well as their understanding of affiliate marketing, they started Wealthy Affiliate in 2005, creating a company that still goes on to this day.

I honestly don’t know how much Kyle makes per year, but its definitely in the millions. The cool thing about Kyle though, is that he’s a pretty down-to-earth type of guy. You’ll regularly see him on his site, interacting with the community there, and all the new people.

I remember when I first started using his site. I had a question about something, asked it, and he responded within a day, and answered me personally. It was a pretty nice experience of interacting with an owner of that large of a site.

Which leads into one of the most important things we learn from Kyle’s success.

Be helpful with your audience, and they’ll be helpful to you. If you are seen as one who tries to push you to make a sale, or to click through a certain link, you won’t be portrayed in a favorable light. You’ll be seen as one who is just interested in money.

But if you are helpful, and are trying to give good results, then your audience will more likely agree with you, and ‘do’ what you say in an article – like buy from a certain product, or purchase something from a specific company.

So, for success to happen as an affiliate marketer, you need to make sure that you are successful in helping your audience to the best of you ability. Give them legit information, and as much as you can, so that they can see that you’ve done your research, and want to help them. In the end, you’ll be rewarded for it.

Take The Success Into Your Own Hands!

I myself am a member of Wealthy Affiliate. You can check out my review of them here. There are hundreds of success stories that have been cataloged from that one particular site.

When you join, you’ll be able to use that wealthy of success to your advantage by asking question, and have people respond. There truly is a great community there.

Additionally, you’ll be able to interact with the co-owners, Kyle and Carson, as well. You’ll be given the same training as what made Raplh and Deborah successful.

Check out Wealthy Affiliate today!

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