How To Make Money From Affiliate Marketing For A Living

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Is It Possible?

I see a lot of people asking the question, whether or not it is even possible to make money online, let alone make enough money online to make a living.

I can happily say that it is not only possible, you can actually become very rich through it.Make the Impossible Possible

Unlike your typical corporate job, affiliate marketing gives back more, in the sense of, the more effort you put into it the more reward you’ll receive. And once you monetize your business well enough, you can pretty much let it run on its own.

It all depends on how much money you wish to earn, or how much work you feel like putting into it.

Unlike your typical 9-5 job, affiliate marketing will not necessarily give you a paycheck after your first month. I’m not saying it is impossible, but the beginning is always hard.

If you were wondering how to make money from affiliate marketing from home, I suggest you have a look at my free review of Wealthy Affiliate, as I’ve gained almost all of my knowledge from there and I am learning more every day!

In this post however I’d rather discuss how it is possible to make a living from it and talk about specific examples. You will see in these examples that you can not only make a living from it but actually make a killing!

Case Study Examples

In the beginning it is normal to have your doubts. I did too, especially with all the online scams scattered around the internet.

I kept looking for people who were already making a living off their websites. It’s good to contact these people and ask them for advice and/or the struggles they encountered, along their business creation.

The other day I stumbled across a blogpost of a fellow member of WA, that wrote about how she made over $50,000 last month with one of her websites.WA member amazon sales income

Not only was I amazed and I almost dropped my jaw onto my keyboard, but as I continued reading. She also said that this was not her only source of income and that she has other websites.

Now think about that for a moment. In my previous job I didn’t even make $50,000 in a year! She’s making that in a month, with just one of her websites!

This is not a single case either. In the community there are several people making similar incomes. I just felt like sharing this one as it was the latest one I read about. I tend to look for these successful members on a regular basis for several reasons.

  1. It reassures me that I can make money online
  2. It gives me more confidence to achieve the same and beat their income
  3. I make new connections and get to learn more
  4. It inspires me to get back to work

What I’ve also realized, is that you cannot completely leave your websites on a standby mode. These people continuously wrote that if they don’t take care of their business, there is a strong decline in income. (note how there is still an income though)

How I Began

The way I started my affiliate marketing business was actually very annoying. I learned from a course that I do not recommend at all, as a matter of fact I wrote a review about it which you can see here, which led to me actually losing a bit of money.

Luckily this didn’t scare me off but encouraged me to actually learn and find out how to make money with affiliate marketing programs that are legitimate.

New beginningsIf you didn’t know by now, I am planning on writing monthly reports on my progression. When I first started with Wealthy Affiliate, I had very little knowledge and as a matter of fact I actually learned some things the wrong way because of the bad course I joined.

In my second month you will see how significantly huge my progression has become and although there were some moments with set backs, I still cannot believe how far I’ve come in such a short time!

The way I found this wonderful course was, that I was sure there is some way you can learn the true method of making money online and that there can’t only be scam courses out there!

I did my research and found WA. I tried out the free course and was amazed by the value I’ve received in that time. I quickly entered their premium program… and here I am.

I hope that in the near future I can show you some of my income reports and inspire some of you to join me.

Is This Business For Anyone?

In some ways I could answer by saying of course, but the truth is it isn’t. If you are wondering if anyone can learn how to make it through affiliate marketing, then yes, definitely!

Will everyone that attempts succeed? No definitely not. I’ve seen quite a few people give up very quickly. Some people barely start and give up before they found their niche.

Others put a lot of effort into it and get too frustrated after each set back and throw it all away.

The ones that truly succeed are those that start and don’t stop until success hits them in the face. One member almost gave up after a whole year. But when he was near the end of his journey, he got back on his computer and kept building his website. He is now a top earner and lives his life the way he wants to.

If however you are one of the following…:

  • Unmotivated
  • Not interested in online businesses
  • Easily frustrated with technology not going your way
  • A quitter
  • Don’t like writing
  • Have no interest in learning
  • Not willing to take a risk
  • Don’t like working in your spare time

…Then I think you might want to find another source of passive income.

Even the member that earned $50,000 in one month from one of her sites, has been making money for several years now, even before she joined WA.

She did join the community, for one specific reason: Education!

Hard work pays off
It’s only as hard as you make it

The internet and technology constantly evolves. At Wealthy Affiliate, these evolutions are picked up and turned into valuable courses that are taught to all members.

This is why you constantly have to be on top of your education to be able to keep up. So if you cannot be bothered with that, naturally I have to admit that you will probably not make it very far within this business.

I’d rather share this information with you now instead of you finding out the hard way.

On the other hand I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to learn new things. I get ecstatic when new information enters my brain. I love improving as a human being and it is even better when I don’t have to do hourlong researches on my own.

I like the way I’m being taught affiliate marketing through WA. It encourages you:

  • To complete tasks
  • Make checklists
  • Go back and complete things you’ve missed
  • Take breaks
  • Help each other out
  • Motivate each other

All of which are necessary to succeed in my opinion. It is very vital to hang out with people that have the same mindset as you. If you hang out with people that constantly tell you that you will fail and that you are wasting your time, then you will definitely find it a lot harder to get by.

Some people might use this negativity as their fuel, but I think it is a lot better to get support when needed, than fight on a daily basis, as the work itself is already a fight.

supportive community
Support is half the battle

I hope that this post cleared some confusion and might have motivated some of you to join this business venture. I certainly can’t imagine doing anything else as a living anymore.

Of course I would like to have other businesses running on the side, but this is my primary focus from now on, until I succeed. How do I define success? If I can live and pay my bills through my website. Everything above that will be my retirement achievement 🙂

Please leave behind comments and make sure to read my review about Wealthy Affiliate, as I go into much more detail about the entire community on there.

Thanks for reading and hope to see you fall back on my site.



  1. I remember when I first started Affiliate Marketing at Wealthy Affiliate, boy was I ever the skeptic.

    I had so many negative questions going around in my head about the authenticity of this community and it’s claims.

    I took a step in because it was free to join as long as you liked and surprisingly what was offered as free actually blew me away. It wasn’t long before I took the plunge and went premium and haven’t regretted a day since, it really a well-put-together and thorough training program with loads of benefits.

    • I was the exact same. With so many scams out there it is hard to trust any program these days.
      The community is probably the best bit about WA after their courses!
      My story is pretty much identical to yours. I joined for free and instantly went premium 🙂 haven’t regretted it yet!
      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hey Esteban! You’ve really done an amazing job with your site. I’m a member of WA myself and must say I couldn’t be more happy with it. Can’t believe that woman earn more than $50k a month 😮 ?! Surely I still have a long way to go, but the potential is there, and closer than we might think, so keep up the good work! Thanks for a great post!

    • This woman with the 50k earnings from one website is kind of my motivation! I guess we both still have a long way but it just shows what potential this type of business has!
      I wish you all the best and success too !
      Thanks for enjoying my post 🙂

  3. Hello, Esteban. Like many others that are looking for a way to make extra income on the internet, I was sceptical about Wealthy Affiliate being legit. But it was FREE to check it out, so I thought “I have nothing to lose” so I signed up. Well, within 5 days I went Premium. Now, don’t get me wrong it is not for everyone. The training is awesome, but you do have to work at it. And I admit, I almost quit a couple of times, but thanks to the community, I stuck it out and I am still working on both of my websites. I have made a little money, not like the person you refer to here, but enough that I keep on, keepin’ on. Great article!

    • Hey Peggy,
      I must say that is an awesome story to tell 🙂 I like your honesty about WA not being for everyone! It definitely isn’t. Hard work is a must if you want to join WA and be successful at making money online. I myself have almost an identical story to yours but I went premium after 7 days ;). I’m still just building up my traffic and barely making any money but it’s definitely getting better every week!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts,

  4. Hi Esteban,I absolutely enjoyed your site,I am a member of Wealth Affiliate also and as you say,I was very skeptical at first,but I changed my mind in a hurry.I think in the past 10 years I have joined at least 30+ programs and after a week or two found out what their real motives were. 99% of these programs are just plain scams, upsells,and excuses as to why they will not pay you unless you jump through more and then more of their hoops. Wealth Affiliate is the real deal and you have told it like it is. Great job.

    • Hey Barry,
      I couldn’t agree with you more. I am now two months into WA and I have only been making progress, little bit of money, learned, made connections and I am now more confident than ever that I can make a full time living through my website!
      Thanks for reading and I am truly happy you enjoyed my article.

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