Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

By Ray Alexander

Can you make money with affiliate marketing? It is something you can start today with little preparation at no cost. So it is no surprise that many people falsely disillusioned by the whole affiliate marketing so easily. "I've tried it, but it's too complicated. There's too much to learn in order to earn very little. Plus I'm too busy right now, I might try again in the future."

Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

Unlike any other businesses, you don't have to start-up at the 'startup point'. Signing up with an affiliate program, virtually, is all the 'preparation' is. When your application is approved, you're already good to go - start promoting products on seller's behalf anywhere and by any method so long as permitted by the agreement. Without having to take the important startup process - researching and learning - affiliate marketing is so easy for anyone to try light-mindedly then to give up.

The fact that many affiliate programs keep your affiliate status valid indefinitely probably does not help, either. You quit for now because you're not making any money, but you might try again in the future when you feel like it.

Help Others

Successful marketers' primary focus is not on 'selling', although there are certain sales technique. The key is to focus on helping others. Because products and services are created and sold to solve problems (like food to stop hunger). And people continuously innovate to provide ourselves extra comforts (like gourmet food range or automatic parking system).

This is more so with affiliate marketing. We're not sellers, we are in fact at the opposite end, i.e. users. We need to help fellow users by giving advice and telling them your experience with the products. That will help sellers sell, and your affiliate commission only comes in as a result of that.

Forget About The Money

If you do something just for money, you'll unlikely to see positive results. People pay in exchange for a product or service when they feel the price is fair. If your mindset is simply about transferring money from someone else's wallet to yours, no healthy trading relationship will exist... Universe doesn't allow it, to put it spiritually!

Our own happiness and success are primarily dependent on giving and, only unselfish mindset can see what others really need. When you're able to genuinely help, that's when the money starts to come in.

You Have To Love What you Do

Money and Love Affiliate Marketing

You won't go very far by doing something that you don't like just for the money. Although money can motivate you and you might see a short-term success if you're lucky, it's generally unlikely and it's definitely not sustainable.

Choosing a niche is very important with affiliate marketing to start with. You should be prepared to learn about the niche inside out. Means the niche should be something you love, something you're passionate enough to spend money yourself for and willing to research, hear other people's opinions by reading user reviews & comments continuously. Because people buy your 'absolute confidence' in your niche, and the only genuine factor to gain confidence comes from your passion!

Be Yourself And Believe In Yourself

You don't have to try to be perfect to gain trust from others. You certainly shouldn't try to be someone else rather than you. People see through you if you pretend. The only way to stay unique is to be yourself and be sincere. There are so many others, but you are the only one (stating the obvious!)

And more importantly, believe in yourself - if you don't believe in what you are or what you do, you will never believe in your income!

Negative Product Reviews

Helping others means that if you wouldn't buy a product, you tell your readers so, and tell them why. That's another way to gain your trust, but here's my dilemma. I'm a strong believer of the Law of Attraction and Positive Thinking. I don't personally like to pick up a scam product only to criticise from top to bottom. You always find positives in a negative element, but that's not always the right thing to do ("He's a murderer but has a very good heart!") So I choose to ignore scammers completely instead. Though if I had a bad experience by losing a lot of money to a scammer, I'd be prepared to warn others.

Never Stop Learning

Earning passive income through affiliate marketing is a great thing. Once you successfully refer someone to join a membership, you'll receive a recurring commission - monthly or yearly - as long as your referral keeps paying the membership fee. But you should never overestimate inviting words such as; 

Traffic analytics
  • Autopilot 
  • Earn while you're asleep
  • All-Done-For-You system.

It's not that easy! A lot of people are led to believe that affiliate marketing is "All-Done-For-You", simply join, never learn, fail... and simply quit. You need to keep learning - you need to keep analysing the referral traffic such as by using custom links and see where your referrals come from. (e.g. Via your website? Via your social media posts?)  You also need to keep yourself updated with latest technique - whether the SEO if blogging, or copywriting if you're sending email swipes.

Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

Yes you definitely can, as long as you maintain your mindset genuinely to help others, and take the right steps to learn. In this way, you won't have to find money but money will find you.

Let us hear your opinion - what do you think about what you've read so far? Leave a comment below. Any question or request will be welcomed. We'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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Ray Alexander

Hi! I’m Ray. Over the past 15+ years I have been involved with web designing, programming and online marketing. I work from home and have a passion for exploring new tools, services and programs in order to make money online. I’m here to help you succeed in building a profitable business by sharing my experiences. Any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  1. Great article, Ray. Although I feel it’s easy to say “help others” and as much as I want to help others it’s difficult when I don’t have enough knowledge myself. I don’t want to give wrong advice. I guess I have to grow confidence. Thanks!

    1. Hi Dev, thanks for your comment. Good thing about content writing is if the readers don’t trust what you say in your article/blog post, they can simply leave and look elsewhere.

      So I suggest that you firstly find a niche that you do have some level of knowledge of, and secondly give your readers your honest opinions, what you think is a good advice. If you don’t know, tell them you don’t know – don’t pretend you know everything. That’s the main thing. Keep doing that and you’ll naturally grow your confidence.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts Dev. Good luck, if you have any questions or ‘help’ from me – I’m always here!

  2. Great post about affiliate marketing here.Definitely, it’s one of the most lucrative ways to generate a passive income online.
    However, not every blogger are able to get good money out of it.

    1. Thanks for your comment Steve. You’re absolutely right, and that’s why we need to keep learning, be consistent and never give up. I appreciate your input, and thanks again for your visit!

  3. Hey Ray awesome advice on affiliate marketing. You say you have to love the niche but if you love about affiliate marketing itself, what happens…. Can you keep writing about it and make money? Thanks Ken

    1. Hi Ken, thanks for your comment. Yes of course you can write about affiliate marketing and make money – that’s what I do with this very website, so do many others. You can write about affiliate networks, niche marketing training courses, review of affiliate marketing books and software. Take a look if you’re interested, and if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for your visit!

  4. Thanks for sharing your advice Ray, great points especially about negative product reviews. I also believe in the loa so am not keen on spending time finding out bad stuff. I’d rather move forward and turn blind eye to scammers. It’s not like I can eliminate all the scammers in the world, best to look for people or things that move us forward.

    1. Thanks Derv for your comment. I feel the same, any negativity on my own part (errors & mistakes that I’ve made) should be rectified and improved into something positive. But any bad stuff that I find around me, I tend to get away from it without thinking too much. Although I know the “scambuster” method is very effective in affiliate marketing in terms of helping others and guide them to the right direction. Thanks for your visit!

  5. Hi there. 🙂
    I like your post a lot. It’s one of the best texts about affiliate marketing in general I read on the internet. I can’t agree more with that you can’t be in for the money, because that never ends well. Of course you want to make some money with it but the primary reason has to be something else.
    That’s why it is better to be fully prepared for everything and I’ve learned a lot about this with Affilorama, affiliate marketing training program.

    1. Hi Alex, thanks for your comment. I agree with you on Affilorama, it’s another great program that provides essential trainings and useful easy-to-understand tools. I’m a Wealthy Affiliate member and personally prefer the way it keeps you motivated, though it’s not my main reason to stick with WA (the main reason is the secure web server/hosting, accessibility and technical support). Yes as you say, you need to be fully prepared for “everything” – without a full commitment you’ll unlikely to succeed in any business. Thanks for your visit!

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