Affiliate Marketing – How Long Before You Can Make Money?

If you’re thinking of going into affiliate marketing, you’re probably wondering how long it will take before you can make money.

After all, there’s so much hype about how much money you can make online, you’re probably a bit overexcited about having your piece of the internet affiliate marketing pie.

If you ask me, you can make your first sale within a month of working on the Internet. Personally, it took me three months to get my first sale, you can be quicker or slower, there are many factors to consider.

So, as far as the first sale goes, it is easy. However, building a full-time income on the Internet takes time and money.

And so, we would like to say that if you’re going to do affiliate marketing, set your sight on building a full-time income from the Internet, not just your first sale because, really, within the field of possibilities, it is one of the easiest things to accomplish. There are several tools you need to have though:

1. Knowledge on consumer buying cycle

The proven and tested consumer buying cycle is your best friend when it comes to Internet Marketing, especially when you use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as your marketing method.

The buying cycle indicates that people first become aware of a product, consider it and then buy it. It is in the purchase stage – when people are ready to buy – that you make money. If your method is SEO, you can simply target keywords where people are ready to swipe their credit cards.

If you’re not sure what SEO is, it is simply the method of getting your websites ranked on Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines for certain keywords.

2. Mastery of a marketing method

SEO is not the only method for marketing things online. There are other methods too, like advertising on ad networks and Facebook, or social media marketing.

Any of the methods mentioned above can make you a lot of money. However, we like to say that you don’t get from zero to thousands of dollars by spreading yourself thin and trying out different methods at once. You only have eight hours to work on any given day, unless if you’re willing to be tied to a chair before your computer.

Make good use of your time by studying only one method and disciplining yourself to get to the point where you master it. You’ll know when you’ve mastered a method when you consistently make sales in any given month.

3. Persistence

Mistakes and failures here and there are parts of the learning process. So, when you do commit big mistakes that cost you money, avoid them next time, but keep on learning and applying what you learned until you’ve reached your income goal.

In all, affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme where you simply sit back and relax. It doesn’t take hard work but it does take some amount of work to make a full-time income online.

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