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How long will it take to start making money from affiliate marketing?

One question that budding affiliates ask again and again is how long it takes to get started. How Long Does It Take to Make 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 your own requirements and individual factors, from when you can start earning money with affiliate marketing. I will go into this in more detail below.

[This article is part of the Affiliate Basics article series]

How long will it take to start making money from affiliate marketing?

You can't say for sure. One of them earns a few hundred euros after a month. Another earned just 20 euros after 6 months.

I earned my first euro with affiliate marketing on self-employed in the net, e.g. in July 2007, 5 months after starting the blog. In October it was already over 100 euros a month. It is now a few thousand euros per month.

My microphone and podcast tips website has generated its first affiliate income in 3 months. In February of this year it was 4.22 euros. In April it was already 76.06 euros.

The time it takes you to make money from affiliate marketing depends on several variables.


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 did you just start the site and have almost no traffic at all?

The content is also important. Which topics are dealt with and which target groups are addressed by the content. For example, comparative articles of technology products are more suitable for affiliate marketing than articles about current political developments.

The intention of the visitors also plays a major role in this. If they have a problem and are looking for a solution, then they are more willing to buy something. Those who are only looking for free information, on the other hand, rarely buy anything.

The payout periods of the various affiliate networks and partner programs are not so decisive, but also different. Some pay at the end of the month, others 3 months later.

In any case, it is important that it makes a big difference what conditions you start with in affiliate marketing.

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Individual Factors - How You Will Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Then there are also the individual factors for making money with affiliate marketing.

That would be:

  • time
    Of course, it makes a difference whether an affiliate can invest an hour a day or an hour a week in their affiliate website. The more work you put in, the faster you make money.
  • money
    Those who are willing to invest money can, for example, buy texts, acquire a professional layout, buy backlinks and so on. All of this improves and speeds up development.
  • Skills
    Your own abilities are not unimportant. If you can write well yourself or if you have an understanding of SEO, that helps a lot.
  • know-how
    Know-how regarding affiliate marketing itself also plays an important role. Beginners make certain mistakes, while more experienced affiliates know what matters. Know-how regarding the website topic also plays an important role.
  • engagement
    If you are passionate about it, you fine-tune much more details, test different layouts, texts, advertising materials, etc. and market the website more intensively. If you only think about making money and don't really care about the topic, you often invest less and the visitors notice that.
  • Outsourcing
    A time factor is of course the question of whether you do everything yourself or outsource certain work. This is of course closely related to the point “money”.

So there are many factors that affect how long it takes to make money.

How can you speed it up?

Basically by optimizing the points mentioned above. So by simply investing more time into building and marketing the affiliate site.

Or you spend more money on marketing or buy an established project right away, which of course brings traffic and income straight away.

The right selection of the topic and thus the affiliate programs is also important, because not all partner programs are equally profitable. And of course the topic is also decisive for how strong the competition is, e.g. with Google.

XY may be an interesting topic with good affiliate programs, but when the competition in Google is so strong that you mess up somewhere on results page 6, it doesn't bring any traffic and thus no income.

And of course you should constantly expand your knowledge of 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 can earn money with affiliate marketing.

You should definitely not let self-proclaimed affiliate marketing "gurus" and "experts" convince you that you will get rich overnight. Affiliate marketing also means hard work and perseverance.

How are your experiences in this regard. How long did it take you to make money doing affiliate marketing?

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