A: I get this question a lot! Unfortunately there is no answer to it. There are so many variables that it’s simply impossible to estimate the timeline of success. It all depends on your work ethics, your ability to take action, the industry (or niche) that you will create your business is, the amount of work you’re willing to put in and many many many other factors. I have seen people start making money with their online business in their first week, I have seen many others who took 6 months to see their first sale.
An affiliate marketing program is a lot of work, and in most situations there's a lot of competition so you're not going to be bringing in money immediately. Business owners and entrepreneurs suppose that all you need do is setup a site and choose an affiliate to associate with and then just let it run its course. But according to Three Ladders Marketing, only 0.6% of affiliate marketers surveyed have been in the game since 2013. That means that affiliate marketing takes time and effort to build and make money.
Before I share the strategies that I’ve used to generate over $100,000 in affiliate commissions per month at this point, there are two extremely important rules I use when promoting products that are not my own. You don’t have to use these rules in order to become an affiliate or be successful at it, but it’s what has helped me grow my affiliate income tremendously over the last couple of years:
A review site, on the other hand, focuses more on reviews of products and services related to the industry. The advantage of these review sites is that people usually check out these websites when they intend to make a purchase, so the possibility of someone using your link to make a purchase is much higher. One more advantage of review websites is that you don’t have to post updates regularly, instead of waiting for product launches in your sector to be able to truly capture readers with reviews for a product they might want.
As far as how much you get paid for each sale this will vary depending on what affiliate program you sign up for and how much commission they pay. It also depends on what products you promote within your niche. If you decide to promote high ticket items like Big screen TV’s then you can make quite a bit per sale. The monthly income potential is unlimited as this is something that you will be starting from scratch and building it up over time.

As you may know, you can get a free or Basic account. You can also opt for Premium access which costs $49 a month. There are perks to joining with Premium access because you can get much more from the program in terms of training and opportunity. For example, with the $49 a month subscription you get 50 websites rather than just two. You also get more training and the one-on-one coaching is unlimited.
Hey Scott! Thanks for posting such great reviews and replying to everyone’s comments. I’m interested in joining, but I’m a little skeptical about devoting months if my time before earning anything. I understand it takes time to build any career. I mean, I’m going into my 3rd year of schooling for a career that isn’t mine yet! Lol. So my questions…What is the method for payment? Do you only get paid for each time someone clicks on a link to what or promoting or do you get paid for each click and each purchase of that item? Also, how about if I chose a product such as Avon or PartyLite? You know, products that are sold by individuals rather than through a website? I mean, they still have websites, I’m just not sure how that would work with WA. Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide!
If you can figure out how to develop traffic (visitors) to your website and learn how to convert those visitors into sales then you can make money in any niche. A lot of people get this process wrong and end up not making any money. And one of the biggest reasons is because have not correctly identified the right group of people to focus their efforts on.
It also helps to think outside the box. Pinch of Yum long ago set up a blogging resources page, which talks about which host to go with, what sort of plugins you need to use, which theme to use, etc. Because some of these products are recurring (eg. hosting affiliate programs), this page continues to bring in money over time, long after someone makes the original purchase.
I’m glad that you’re interested in signing up for WA to see if this would be a good fit for you or not. I can assure you that I really will be there to support you 100% of the way. This is not just a sales pitch! I sincerely mean it and I’m constantly checking up on my referrals to see how things are going for them and to clear up any confusion they may have getting started.
Also, you wrote a review on WA and on your recommendation I joined them, did not do anything with it and re-joined them a few years later again! Some months ago i was reading your website again and came across your reviews in particular “Proven Amazon Course” by Jim Cockrum. Consequently, I purchased his book and shortly thereafter I purchased the ‘PAC’ course! (You should have received — I hope — some commissions from all of these!?)

A browser extension is a plug-in that extends the functionality of a web browser. Some extensions are authored using web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Most modern web browsers have a whole slew of third-party extensions available for download. In recent years, there has been a constant rise in the number of malicious browser extensions flooding the web. Malicious browser extensions will often appear to be legitimate as they seem to originate from vendor websites and come with glowing customer reviews.[27] In the case of affiliate marketing, these malicious extensions are often used to redirect a user’s browser to send fake clicks to websites that are supposedly part of legitimate affiliate marketing programs. Typically, users are completely unaware this is happening other than their browser performance slowing down. Websites end up paying for fake traffic number, and users are unwitting participants in these ad schemes.
No matter how good your marketing skills are, you’ll make less money on a bad product than you will on a valuable one. Take the time to study the demand for a product before promoting it. Make sure to research the seller with care before teaming up. Your time is worth a lot, and you want to be sure you’re spending it on a product that is profitable and a seller you can believe in.
I repeatedly asked, in the general forum, for help on finding out how to do what I was led there to do. I had NO interest in creating a Wordpress blog page that would promote Wealthy Affiliates. And yet, this was all they seemed to cover. I kept asking questions and received several responses to just go through the training. For what? To buy into the gimmick? Tell me EXACTLY which training of the 10 to go to so that I don't waste my time. After all, you're selling yourself to me for me to buy into your membership at some point.
First of all, GREAT review, in fact the best I’ve read so far in my opinion. Not only was it informative, but it was personal to you and how it really has changed your life. I am in the similar situation you started out in. I’m almost 27, lol, not exactly living with my parents just yet, but if I don’t make next months’ rent then I will have to move back with them, and it’s not that bad, but I just prefer living on my own. I’ve done lots of research, read lots of reviews, and have even started with WA. I was just building my website when I noticed that some of the better platforms for the better websites were Premium, hence the research. I am now going to upgrade to Premium, as your review has officially confirmed the greatness of this company. Just thinking about how the possibilities are literally endless gives me a LOT of hope for my future. I have a lot of social anxiety and it’s hard for me to get a real job. I googled “how to make money today” and a site came up that recommended another site, then from that site I found WA, and now I am SUPER excited!!!!! I don’t know anything about marketing either, so I’m actually amazed how they teach you step by step how to do everything to make you successful!!! It’s such a great learning experience as well. You not only learn more about your niche, but you can learn about other niches and you learn how to be successful as well.
I wouldn’t recommend borrowing articles from elsewhere as you could get into some serious legal trouble if the author finds out about it. Google will also punish you for having duplicate content on your site and won’t give you any rankings. I’m glad to hear that you may be Joining WA in a week and please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to before you join.

As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I highly recommend it myself. I also agree that in order to derive benefit or results, one has to put in sufficient time and energy. But other than that, with the help of WA training and support, the sky’s pretty much the limit. One can have 0 traffic or 100,000 visitors per month depending on how well one follows the instructions or training. I admit I myself have previously not followed all the instructions closely and spent too much wasted time on things that don’t matter very much (at least not in early stage of game) such as obsessing over which WordPress template to use, but now I remind myself to stay on track more and follow instructions.
You also should not join Wealthy Affiliate if you don’t enjoy the community / social aspect of it. A huge part of Wealthy Affiliate is the ability to communicate with other members. It’s a “help and be helped” community. If you have no interest in setting up your profile, asking questions, supporting others, chatting in the live chat sessions, or doing any sort of participation, you will not get the full benefit of the service.

After being accepted into an affiliate program, marketers receive a unique URL that includes their affiliate ID. They share that unique URL with their subscribers, site visitors, and social networks via text links or ads. When someone clicks on that link, affiliate software records that click and any resulting product sales in the affiliate’s account. When commissions reach a pre-determined threshold, the affiliate is paid.


The reason you got this notification is because the starter membership isn’t available in your country. It is in NO WAY a spam website as they have a very strict spam free policy that you must abide by when you join. You must live in either Nigeria or India as these are the only 2 countries that I know of where the starter membership isn’t available.
Hey Scott, I’ve been burned before. I’ve paid out hundreds of dollars to try and get affiliate marketing sites going and have never succeeded. My circle of friends is extremely suspicious about any site that claims you can make money online and I don’t socialize locally to spread out business cards. Promotion on facebook is also not a possibility as I’ve boycotted that site for personal reasons. I don’t like wandering into new forums, spending weeks building reputation, and then promoting a site only to find that they already have all their bases covered or something else. I also don’t have the energy to sit through hundreds of hours of video tutorials that I may not even understand, nor any money to set up websites. How is this going to work beyond a project I work on for 7 days and then give up on?
Yes you can start up a website in the cooking niche. We have many other WA members who are involved in this niche and they are doing really well with it. You could definitely put up your own recipes and share them with everyone. The FREE Starter membership is forever and it never expires. Once you join you will gain instant access to your 2 free websites, your first certification course as well as the highest quality tools available to start up an online business.
Since I’ve been in the industry for 9 years I have joined countless training websites and not a single one came close to Wealthy Affiliate. I am not going to list everything within WA but just their Live Video classes are extremely amazing. There are now over 200 videos that train you on several subject. You can learn how to start and grow your email list in any niche, how to do social media marketing, how to run successful Facebook ads, how to do local SEO and find clients in your city, how to scale your niche websites and a lot more. Jay often does Niche Hot Seat series where people actually share their niche website and get a real live audit and suggestions on how to grow it, scale it and earn more money from it. Unfortunately it seems like you haven’t attended any of those closes and didn’t watch the previous classes which are all recorded. All of these classes concentrate on building a successful business outside of promoting WA.
It was the complete opposite for my gaming headset site which I only had 3 or 4 reviews written before I made my first sale from Amazon. The competition of your niche also plays a huge part in this as well. As for how many words your articles need to be there is no required length that they need to be in order to get rankings in Google. You just need to make sure that your articles are in depth, and that you are giving people all the information that they need to make a sound decision on whether they should purchase the product that you are recommending or not.

You can do this all 100% from the comfort of your home or in your case the farm. The WA website is a training center that teaches you Internet marketing and I like to think of it more like a online college. They teach you how to market a variety of products and services online and you can even learn how to create and market your own products and have other people sell them for you. The training walks you through how to do all of this and you are provided with all the necessary tools needed to get up and running including 2 free websites when you join.
My main gripe with OMG Machines, from an affiliate perspective, is that their affiliate training is limited at best. They definitely are great at teaching black hat SEO, but I found myself searching the internet for more information on affiliate marketing since the course doesn't cover much else. Wealthy Affiliate definitely covers the topic of affiliate marketing way better and is much more affordable. OMG Machines does not offer a money-back guarantee either. They say you need to commit and not have one foot out the door, so no refunds are allowed.
Hello Jack. I trust all is well with you. Please help me with a question I have. I would like to join wealthy affiliate after reading about your experiences with said company. I am new and know nothing about this business venture. I think, if I am correct being an affiliate is you are selling something on-line to the on-line public. And then you receive a commission for your sale. What I would like to know is after joining WA and studying their programs, you are set up and ready to go, where do you go to find products to promote and sell? And how do you know what products to promote? Is it like guessing , such as I think this product sounds like it ought to sell well and so on… please answer this one question. T hanks Jack. Have a good day I reside in Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA.
I discovered your review on WA by first searching the web for reviews on Ameriplan. I am looking to obtain my Associates Degree in Applied Science with a 4.0 GPA within a month and I will need to begin to generate some income. I am hoping to not have to leave the farm to generate this income. Farm girls don’t belong in the city. What exactly does a WA team member do? What is their Website for? Providing reviews on products? Selling products? Are we paid through commissions or by a “sponsor” company? I am able to invest almost unlimited time into this right now as my school benefits carry on about another month and I have basically completed my classes (just waiting on instructor generated material).
Hi Scott, I just posted this question, maybe you can input some feedback as well, I would appreciate it…thanks! Hi, Maybe I missed something….the print is so small I couldn’t read the content…Just finished going through lesson ten and my question is: how will money be generated off this website? are there any links to redirect people to buy a specific ‘How To Reduce Belly Fat’ product or is it that just by accessing the website you get paid or how does it work? Please explain…Thank you!!:
1. Finding a mentor – When you first get started with affiliate marketing, you need guidance. You will have a million questions to ask and having a mentor really does make a significant difference in terms of starting you off in the best possible way and giving you the correct advice you need to start taking action and build your internet business.

Whenever someone purchases the product you recommended to them through your link you get paid a commission. How much you get paid varies from one company to the next. Some affiliate programs pay anywhere from 4% all the way up to 75%. It just depends on the affiliate program. You would just need to drive targeted traffic to their website and help them make more sales (All of this is covered in the training at WA)
That being said, you are free to move your website to a new host. You still own all that material! Most hosts do not provide affiliate training though, so you’ll need to browse blogs and websites to get the necessary information on how to build your website. My blog has hundreds of pages solely dedicated to teaching you how to build a business online.
Mistake #3: Giving your friend’s product a glowing review without actually being familiar with your friend’s product. This happens a lot in the affiliate marketing (and book marketing) world unfortunately. It’s a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type of situation. By all means, give your friend a glowing review, but if you haven’t actually read their book or taken their course or tried their product, don’t talk about it as though you have. Readers deserve honest recommendations! (Here’s an example of me helping to announce the launch of my friend’s book while being clear I hadn’t read it.)

I have several blogs promoting all different products. The hardest thing I find about affiliate marketing is that once you’ve sold someone something you need to find a new product to sell them. I’ve found that promoting a subscription service where you sign up a customer is a great way to go. This way every time they renew or buy something you get paid. You only have to sell them this once.
If you do decide to go ahead and try affiliate marketing, don't give up when things get tough. When you feel like giving up, message me within Wealthy Affiliate first before calling it quits. Every new affiliate goes through the frustrating phase of wanting to quit. When you hit that phase, success is usually right around the corner waiting on you (assuming you followed the training).
Wow, what a thorough, and detailed review of Wealthy Affiliate. You have answered all of my questions, and then some. I now feel as though I have the information I need to make an educated decision. I am amazed at all of the benefits and training that Wealthy Affiliate provides, and 2 free websites to start out with. Anyone that has an interest in this program needs to see this review. Well done, and thanks for sharing. Tom
I am absolutely floored by your review! It is the most in-depth, thorough, creative, and satisfying review I have ever, EVER read! All my questions are answered. I joined in August and have had life interfer with my plans of moving forward with WA. I guess I was losing motivation and by doing so, I allowed simple things to manipulate my progress. But, I have to tell you, after  reading your review, it has absolutely kicked my arse into gear, and I, or I should say you, got my motor running! I dare say, every newbie MUST read this post! It is not only motivational and inspirational, it is spectacular!! I must ask though…what was your career before WA? Some great orator or speech writer??? God bless you and your talent! 
No, you don’t need to be a great writer to build a website and be very successful online. When I first started here 3 years ago my spelling was really poor and my grammar was horrible. However, I didn’t let that stop me from reaching my goal to become successful online, and the more I did it the better I got at it. There are also tools out there that check your grammar and spelling and I think that’s what helped me the most.

If you need some help building your first website and your communication priveledges have expired at WA I would be more than happy to help you get your first website up and running. I know how hard it is just starting out because I was in your shoes a couple of years ago. Feel free to send me an email at Scott@aworkathomebusinesses.com and I would be more than happy to help you out Carrl.


I also want to add that whenever a Panda or Hummingbird update is about to be rolled out there is live video training that goes over how to be prepared for it, as well as things you can do to avoid being hit by it. If you were only with WA for 2 months then you obviously wasn’t serious about starting an online business. You need to give it at least 6 months to a year. It’s no different then starting up a traditional brick and mortal business in the outside world.

The technology we have available today allows us to massively automate many tasks that had to be manually done only a few years ago. This has reduced the level of technical ability required for people do things like build their own websites, set up landing pages and build lists of subscribers. You can literally build a website within minutes today, even if you have zero technical computer skills.


Great article, Zach. The one question I have is about hyperlinking the brand name with your affiliate link. Isn’t it a little annoying for the reader if the brand name is hyperlinked throughout the article? It may even seem obvious to the reader that the blog is promoting an affiliate product. In an article with 1000+ words, a brand name may be mentioned at least 10-15 times. Do you suggest hyperlinking the brand every time?
Often times Affiliate Marketing is Over-Hyped: You’ll see a lot of testimonials promising spectacular results with affiliate marketing, such as “person X made $60,000 in just 30 days as a brand new affiliate” & there’s many similar messaging like this that unfortunately give affiliate marketing the wrong perception, that its some sort of get rich quick scheme, which it is far from. This kind of insanely fast results most likely came from a successful Facebook ad or other successful paid aid. Sometimes due to multitude of factors an ad can just take off and generate high revenues for short period & then burn out. The difficulty is being able to sustain those kind of numbers consistently. FB for one doesn’t like most affilaite offers to be promoted, so eventually your FB ad account will get banned or your ad will burn through its audience and stop working. I know this because I’ve been there done that. Those massive pay days are fun but the real challenge is can you sustain it?
It was the complete opposite for my gaming headset site which I only had 3 or 4 reviews written before I made my first sale from Amazon. The competition of your niche also plays a huge part in this as well. As for how many words your articles need to be there is no required length that they need to be in order to get rankings in Google. You just need to make sure that your articles are in depth, and that you are giving people all the information that they need to make a sound decision on whether they should purchase the product that you are recommending or not.

Unfortunately, the starter membership isn’t available to people in the Philippines due to many security issues and fraud that comes out of that country. However, you are still entitled to the 59% discount off of your first month Ivy as well as gaining access to my valuable bonuses when you join through me. I will be there to help you get started and guide you every step of the way as you begin to build your online business.
 First and foremost, I found this while doing research on these on line work from home business. I am just kind of put off with your review because honestly they way you described your actions and attitude to the company in general, I would have reacted in much the same way but I would not have been as nice about it. Let's face it....you were rude. You know what they say, "you get what you give. I don't think anyone out there who has out the time and effort into creating such a training program would be okay with any one skipping ahead to what they think they need. You came off like a know it all and nobody likes that. So in my opinion, you tried something, it didn't work so, you didn't get your way and so basically this is your rendition of throwing a tantrum...grow up!!!!
The premium membership at WA is a no brainer when it comes to upgrading. No other online community comes close to what you will get at WA as a premium member. There is no obligation to join premium if you don’t want to and you can remain a Free member for as long as you like until you are ready to upgrade. Other programs can’t make that statement due to the fact that they are focused on ripping you off. How to Make $1,000+ Per DAY with Affiliate Marketing!
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