First of all, the million dollar questions that everyone is asking me:
Can you really make money with affiliate marketing?
Does affiliate marketing really make money for you?
Yes and yes. You can really make money as an affiliate (or more accurately, you can use affiliate marketing as a monetization model).
I'm living proof (read my full story here).
Making money with affiliate marketing is really the best thing that happened to me.
And you can too.. but no..it's not going to be easy.
Still, you should consider pursuing affiliate marketing as a real “career”. I'll tell you why shortly.
First, consider watching my video on “Can You Really Make Money From Affiliate Marketing?” for a more in-depth answer.
Resources to get started: check out my basic affiliate course for beginners (free) to get started. If you wanna learn more first, here's blog post covering the very basics of how to start affiliate as a beginner.
Dreaming about making money with affiliate marketing?
So you’re scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed, seeing all these amazing pictures of your friends traveling the globe, visiting amazing places and making lifetime memories.
You drift off for a while and you think to yourself: ‘I would love to do similar things, without having to worry about money.’
Well, luckily there’s a lifestyle which actually allow that.
Running an online business using affiliate marketing is one of those ways to achieve a lifestyle of freedom and traveling.
Started dreaming already?
Don’t be fooled though, you still gotta put in the effort, the work and the time.
So how fast can you make money with affiliate marketing?
Honestly, it might take years.
But in the end, if you are persistent and ambitious enough, you will succeed, and realize for yourself that it actually is possible to make money with affiliate marketing, and not just a little, but a lot.
Dedicate your focus and brainpower 100% to it for long enough, and you will acquire a lifestyle that enables you to do so much more than just sitting at a desk 40 hours a week, working for a boss you don’t like.
8 reasons why affiliate marketing might be for you
Why affiliate marketing?
There's plenty of benefits of affiliate marketing and plenty of good reasons why you should consider to start making money this way. Let's dive into those here.
1. Work from anywhere in the world
You can work from anywhere in the world, anytime you want, as much or as little as you want.
You can live the “digital nomad lifestyle“.
While I don't like the term that much, the freedom of time and location is surely the most important reason why one should consider to become an affiliate marketer.
Whether you're laying on a beautiful white, sunlit beach in the morning, sitting on a bench in the park in the afternoon, waiting for your plane at the airport or just relaxing in the comfort of your own house at night: you decide where en when you want to get the job done.
The only necessity is a proper wifi connection. And even if it’s not so proper, it’s still possible.
2. Starting an affiliate marketing business is cheap
Affiliate marketing is a good starting business to become an entrepreneur.
You don’t need a lot of money to get started. Most affiliate programs are free to join and the biggest chunk of your costs will go to referral and/or marketing of the services or products.
And even those costs, if the marketing is done correctly, are way lower than having to rent a commercial property.
And since you're reading this article, you probably already have access to a computer, which means you can leave that startup cost already out.
3. It’s easy to get started
Find the right affiliate programs, set up a webpage, figure out how to get traffic and how to market your service.. and you're practically on your way.
It's much easier than people think but you'll need a lot of resilience. Invest as much time as you can until you start making money. Then you can make the money work for you as the revenue grows.
I actually created a course in affiliate marketing if you're interested to start right now.
4. No need to create a product or service – you're an affiliate
You don’t have the hassle of needing to create a product or service. This is already taking care of by the companies offering affiliate programs.
They do the heavy lifting, while you can focus all your attention on promoting your website. You also say bye to all the responsibility and logistical dilemmas that comes with having your own product.
5. Yes, you can make that business generate “real” passive income
If you are consistent and persistent long enough for the snowball to start working in your favour, your online business will generate money without you even having to perform a lot of actual “work” at one point.
So technically, you can create passive income.
Once your business is properly set up, you can have cash flow generated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So yes, you heard it right: you can even make money while you sleep.
Though the saying “affiliate marketing is about working 18 hours per day so you can make money the rest 8 hours while sleeping” is somewhat true in the beginning.
6. Affiliate marketing is flexible
Create a workplace anywhere, anytime. You can sit in your favorite café listening to relaxing music while pushing those buttons and creating your empire in a way that you choose.
If there is an emergency with a family member or friend you don't need to worry about having to explain what happened to your boss the next day.
You simply pick up the work where you left off. Choose how much you work, when you work. For yourself, or with a team.
It’s up to you..
7. No formal education needed – start today
You don’t need to have a master’s degree in rocket science in order to start an affiliate marketing business. The steps are easy and straightforward.
People with ANY background can learn how to create a successful online business.
- Learn the principles.
- Apply them.
- Profit from the hard work sooner or later.
8. The sky is the limit – earn millions being an affiliate
Whether you want to have a small affiliate business on the side, or build a strong brand with well-known websites, the amount of money you can generate is unbound and the potential for growth is huge.
There is literally no income roof, and no limits on how fast or slow you move up the revenue ladder. All up to you. I've seen newbies go from €100 a month to €50 000 a month in less than 2 years.
Oh, and did I mention it’s also just plain fun?
Learning how to market your website, being creative and having to solve problems can be very challenging and overcoming that can be one of the most satisfactory feelings you'll ever feel.
Go give it a shot.