1. Very nice article and beautiful site! Really enjoyed reading it.

    One point you hit on is having patience. And you said that pennies do add up. Absolutely they do. That’s a great thing about affiliate marketing. It IS cumulative.

    But, people do not have patience. We spend our time staring at Google Analytics or waiting for comments or looking at our hops. This is wasted time. Do the work and analyze it from time to time to improve or maybe provide more links to it, but it does take time. So, instead of watching your analytics page spend time doing research, learning or writing another article!

    I’ve heard so often that the reason people fail is because they quit. And that’s not just in the internet marketing world. Michael Jordan said he failed over and over again in his life, and that is why he succeeded. Don’t be afraid to fail!

    Anyway, great post. Thanks a bunch and best wishes!

    P.S. You reminded me. Time to put a disclaimer up! 🙂

    • haha.. yes, put up your disclaimers! Else Big Bro will come a calling. Re: having patience, yes, it seems we live in a world where everyone is in a hurry. This does take a little time, but it is well-worth it. In fact, it’s crazy! …I just checked my AdSense income, and I’m up $160 bucks with only a little more than 5,000 visitors a month! I have 26 referrals credited to me, and my Amazon stream just began. I am immensely grateful…
      Best Wishes to you as well, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Nice tips.

    Agreed that it takes time to build up an affiliate marketing business (hint: start building a list as soon as you can, even if it seems like you’re just talking to yourself) but equally pay-per-click takes time to get right and that can take a lot more cash.

    Keeping track of all those seemingly small affiliate commissions is a lot easier now that most programs pay directly to Paypal or bank – it used to be a real hassle here in the UK banking dollar cheques.

    • Hi Trevor,
      Yes, affiliate marketing can take anywhere from a few months on up. Some WA members tell people that it’s, on average, a year of consistent effort. As mentioned in numerous articles, success truly does depend on the individual and how much time and effort they are putting forth. This is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. It does take honest effort, but it does reward those who do make the commitment. If you have read any of my previous posts, you would know I tried a long while ago, but eventually got a “job,” which didn’t work out …And, after my injuries in 2014 and 2015, I was, pretty much, feeling like a useless blob… So, I came back to my online efforts, and I’m sooooo very happy I found Wealthy Affiliate!

      Re: keeping track – yes, am having that particular problem now, as a matter of fact. Some affiliates do not pay through PayPal, and I’ve been thinking that I really need to stop and gather all my affiliate info to have in “one place.” I was thinking of setting up an Excel file… because now that the money is rolling in, I’d really like to see where I should direct more effort – what is paying me for my efforts, etc. Even though PayPal is a help, it’s really not detailed enough if you truly want to see which affiliate and which product is paying you, which link, is it a banner link, or a text link, etc. So, yes, I will really have to do that in the near future… Right now, I’m having too much fun watching my Google AdSense money roll in!

      Getting back to the time it takes, however, my membership time line does not really reflect my success time line. I had originally joined WA in Feb 2015, but it really wasn’t until December, 2015, that I really began writing consistently, and with a more focused effort. I was dealing with a lot of pain, and physical therapy, etc. So, for me, I’m counting from last December, which is about four months now. I’m ecstatic – I’ve already made my WA annual membership fee back, and I’m about to get my first check from Google when it closes the end of the month! …Now that I’m almost 100% back health-wise, all I have to do is get back to the gym, and make money while I work out!
      Thanks for your visit and your input! It is appreciated!

  3. Great rundown on affiliate marketing and I especially like the pros and cons you mention. I think this post really explains everything a newbie needs to know to get started. What affiliate products do you suggest for someone starting out? I know there are quite a few. Nice post here!

    • Hi Dave, Thank you for your compliments!
      I think that newbies, or for people are just plain skittish, should look up the Free Affiliate programs I have listed under “Categories.” There is zero outlay in terms of money, but they do have to put in some time. I have a few listed there, and people can go there to learn about affiliate marketing and set up their own businesses – for free. One is a Travel Business, there’s a T-shirt business, then there’s Wealthy Affiliate which they can also use for free until they learn enough before deciding if this is something they truly wish to do. Many members at WA started out with the two free sub-domains and built blogs about a variety of niches – from golfing, to yoga, to beach travel, cities, restaurants, recipes, weight loss, and much much more. As I often write – “The Sky’s The Limit!”
      Thanks for stopping by!

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