How Much Can a Beginner Make in Affiliate Marketing Online?



I remember three months ago, two people asked me how they can make money as a beginner in affiliate marketing online. Their names were Maggie and John. This is a short story about them.


How Much Can a Beginner Make in Affiliate Marketing Online?



Johnn’s Story

John had heard about affiliate marketing from a family member who was talking about how they were making money in their spare time.

John became curious about this way to make money, so he started searching the web and came across me on Facebook.

We talked about affiliate marketing for about a day, if I remember correctly before he decided to join affiliate marketing.

I worked with John for a few months but he never made a dime. I tried to remind him that we talked about building an audience with free traffic because he didn’t have the following base, but he wasn’t hearing any of that.

I showed him how to take down his site and funnels but before he took everything down, he made his first commission.

It was a little too late though. John had already made up his mind that he was going to try something else, so he requested his commissions, took down his funnels and website, then left.

This is what happens to many people who start affiliate marketing. They don’t make any money and they give up before they see the fruits of their labors.

The funny thing is that the first commission was a sign that he was on the right track.

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Maggie’s Story

How Much Can a Beginner Make in Affiliate Marketing Online

Maggie’s story is basically the opposite, but I want to use it because she started at the same time as John.

Maggie had heard about affiliate marketing from a friend who told her that she would be able to quit her job in 6 months due to the commissions that she was bringing in. Maggie’s friend told her how she had been an affiliate for years, using a blog as her traffic source.

Maggie started to look around to learn more about affiliate marketing until she stumbled onto my Twitter profile where she DM’d me.

We had talked for a few days about affiliate marketing and a number of other things before she decided to start affiliate marketing.

Now, if you think I’m about to tell you I taught her everything and now she’s making $10,000 a month, then you’re wrong.

You see, she already had a Facebook page with 7,000 followers on it. I looked at her page and it had a really good engagement, which is more than I can say for my personal IG account lol.

We worked on getting her audience excited about what she was going to promote and then we started to build a funnel so she could collect names and emails.

Maggie made $1,000 within the first day of launching her first funnel, but I don’t want to be misleading by letting you think she made that because of me. No, she had already put in the work and was pass ready to monetize.

What Maggie had in her favor were key things all affiliates need.

  • The following base.
  • People who knew liked and trusted her
  • Established as an authority figure in her niche
  • Good engagement.

I only helped her get her Facebook page members hyped about what she was going to give them and the funnel she made.

So to answer your question, “How much can a beginner make in affiliate marketing online?” it depends on what you have going for you.

Now there is another route that could have been taken for John where he could have seen some income coming in and that would have been buying solo ads or social media ads.

The thing is, he didn’t have the money to test, make adjustments, and test again so we went the free traffic method.

Unfortunately, using free traffic takes time and not a lot of people have the patience to see that method through.

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