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How long does it take for me to earn money with affiliate marketing?
One question that aspiring affiliates keep asking is how long does it take to get started? How long does it take to earn money with affiliate marketing?
And luckily there is an exact answer: 3 months, 12 days and 7 hours. ;-)
No, of course there is no general answer to this question.
It depends on the own conditions and individual circumstances, which I will deal with in more detail below.
When I’ll Start Earning Money With Affiliate Marketing?
One cannot say for sure. Some earn a few hundred euros after just one month.
Someone else has earned just 20 euros after 6 months.
The time you need to earn money with affiliate marketing depends on several things.
On the one hand, the prerequisites are of course very important.
Do you already have an established website with a lot of good quality traffic?
Or have you just started the site and have almost no traffic at all?
The content is also important. Which topics are covered and which target groups are addressed by the content?
For example, comparative articles about technical products are more suitable for affiliate marketing than articles about current political developments.
The intention of the visitors also plays an important role.
If they have a problem and are looking for a solution, they are more likely to buy something.
If they are only looking for free information, they rarely buy anything.
The payout periods of the various affiliate networks and partner programs may not be so decisive, but they do vary and play a role too.
Some pay at the end of the month, others only 3 months later.
What is important here is that it makes a big difference with which qualifications you start into affiliate marketing.
How long did it take for your website to earn money with affiliate marketing?
Then there are also the individual factors.
Which would be:
Of course, it makes a difference whether an affiliate can invest an hour a day or an hour a week in his affiliate website.
The more work you invest, the faster you earn money.
If you are willing to invest money, you can e.g. buy texts, buy a professional website design, buy backlinks and so on.
All this improves and accelerates development.
Your own abilities are not irrelevant. If you can write well yourself or have an idea of SEO, it helps a lot.
The know-how regarding affiliate marketing itself also plays an important role.
Beginners make certain mistakes, while more experienced affiliates know what matters.
The know-how regarding the website niche also plays an important role.
If you are passionate about it, you can do a lot more work on details, test different layouts, texts, advertising material etc. and market the website more intensively.
Those who only think about earning money and actually have no time for the project often invest less and the visitors notice that.
A time factor, of course, is also the question of whether you do everything yourself or outsource certain works.
Of course, this is closely related to the point “money”.
So there are many factors that influence the time it takes to earn money.
How can you speed it up?
Basically by optimizing the points mentioned above. So by simply investing more time in building and marketing the affiliate site.
Or one takes more money for marketing in the hand or buys an established project, which then brings instant traffic and earnings.
Also the right choice of the niche and thus the affiliate programs is important, because not all affiliate programs are equally profitable.
And of course the niche is also crucial when it comes to how strong the competition is at Google, for example.
XY may be an interesting niche with good affiliate programs, but if the competition in Google is so strong that you sour somewhere on result page 6, this brings no traffic and therefore no revenue.
And of course you should also constantly expand your knowledge about affiliate marketing and above all gain experience.
Depending on the initial situation and the individual factors, it can be quick or take longer before you earn money with affiliate marketing.
In any case, you should not let self-proclaimed affiliate marketing “gurus” and “experts” talk you into getting rich overnight.
Affiliate marketing also means hard work and perseverance.
What are your experiences in this regard? How long did it take you to earn money with affiliate marketing?