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How Quickly Can You Make Money Through Affiliate Marketing?


If you've followed this niche site series, you already know how to build a great site, fill it with content, and when to add affiliate links. But you are probably still wondering how long does it take to earn money from Affiliate Marketing.

The best built niche sites will see their first affiliate commission within the first 6 months. But there is a huge difference between a site that makes few bucks and a site that gives 4+ figures in your bank account every month. So you are really wondering how long it takes to be successful with affiliate marketing and niche sites. Transitioning from a few bucks to high dollar amounts is where a lot of people run into problems. Many people build sites, start out earning a small amount, and eventually give up because they feel like they can't figure out how to grow it.

Unfortunately, the point at which most people give up is just before they would have realized significant breakthroughs in their quest to hit the $1000 per month mark. In this post, we will talk about why this happens and how you can avoid it. I will also share additional tips to increase your niche site income by 4 points at the end.

How long does it take to reach $1000 on average in a month?

As I said above, an unfortunate amount of people starting niche sites accidentally leave them as failures when they are very close to realizing significant successes (like reaching the $1000 per month limit). .This is largely due to extremely unrealistic expectations of how fast a website can grow.

One reason for this is that there are so many success stories out there (commonly used in marketing pitches) of how people make huge amounts of money in a very short period of time after starting out. Unless you're very lucky, you're not going to make 5 points in your first 6 months - or even 4 points for that matter. Even statistics showing relatively steady income and customer growth over a period of months can be very confusing for a new site owner.

Even my 5 year old site has posts that do nothing for months before quickly gaining search traffic. Growth in the early months - and even the first year - is sporadic and irregular for most sites. In my experience, a good niche site won't reach $1000 the first month between 12 and 18 months. Hitting that mark regularly is usually achieved between 18 and 24 months.

Interestingly, jumps up to $1000 are often bullish. A combination of factors, usually reached between 6 and 12 months, come together to allow a site that had shown no signs of success prior to that period to grow relatively rapidly. The three main factors that contribute to a niche site ultimately "taking off" include the age of the site, the age of each post, and the total amount of posts – but there are other, more nuanced factors as well.

The important thing to realize is that having a site that isn't generating a ton of traffic or income is completely normal, including the first 6- to 12-month time frame. Even if you are doing everything right, you may still find that your site is struggling to generate sustained traffic and income during this time. This is a terrible time to leave. If you're serious about succeeding with niche sites, you must commit to looking at your projects for at least 18 months before you're ready to pass a judgment of failure on it.

Now let's talk about how you can (try) to speed up all of this.

The 80/20 Rule for Niche Sites

When your site is young and you want it to be as big and fast as possible, there's really only one thing you should focus on: creating more content. At this stage of your site development, I would say that about 80%+ of your time should be spent on content creation. It can be in the form of articles, videos or anything else - but the general idea is that you should offer as much great, free content as possible.

A rough idea of ​​how you can spend your time - the important point is to focus on content creation. Most people write an introductory chunk of articles, and then get distracted while doing a bunch of other stuff they read that should help them get traffic.

There is nothing – no SEO tricks, no link building exercises, no social media tactics – that will generate a better return on your time than adding to your content base. It's not that you can't and should do other things to maintain your site, it's just that that stuff shouldn't be taken care of in the beginning. Much of this has been discussed in the previous post in this series on 11 Free Ways to Increase Traffic to Your New Blog. Once you build a solid foundation of very high quality content the content in that post is extremely valuable.

This is where the 80/20 rule comes into play. Dedicate 80% of your time to creating content, and the remaining 20% ​​to the things mentioned in the above posts, networking, and other administrative tasks.

Now let's take a look at why more content is so important.

Why you should focus on content creation

Having more content:

Tells you about more search traffic

This makes it more likely that a visitor to your site will find many posts they want to read

Builds authority in the eyes of search engines

Any additional traffic generating strategies don't matter at all if you don't have good content to back it up.

A good base of content can take various forms. This could be a short amount of very long, detailed posts. This can be a huge amount of positions of varying lengths and detail levels. Or it could be a mix of post and video.

But whatever form it is, it will probably take you 50+ hours to build that initial base. For the vast majority of niche site builders, the first year should be primarily focused on content creation.

The more value you create through content, the better.

Let's move on to the points that I have listed above, to understand why…

It tells you about more search traffic

It's fairly straightforward. The more high-quality posts you have, the more search traffic you will eventually get. Not every post will be a winner, but that's all the more reason to keep on creating content.

Think about it this way…

Let's say that for every 10 posts you make, on average, 1 ranks really good for high-frequency search terms, 3 ranks good for medium-frequency words, and 6 either doesn't rank well or only. is for low-frequency words.

A site with a total of 70 posts is going to be:

7 posts driving high traffic

21 posts carrying medium traffic

Only in a site with a total of 30 posts:

3 posts driving high traffic

9 posts driving moderate traffic

The first will obviously get a lot of traffic.

This makes it more likely that a visitor to your site will find something else they want to read

This is an extremely important point as it can be a huge factor in search engine rankings.

When a search engine displays a search result, some of the most important things it will look at are whether or not people actually click the link and what people do after viewing the content.

If they check for a link to rank high, but searchers don't click on it, they take it as a sign that the article shouldn't really rank for that position. Similarly, if people are clicking on a search result, but then immediately returning to the search results and clicking on other links, this is an indication that the information is not eligible for the status quo. he is.

One thing it impresses is its great, engaging content. It keeps people on your page for a long time. The other has a deep backlog of material. This allows you to link to content related to the article that person is reading, which does two important things at once:

It Lowers the Odds They Bounce Back at Google

It increases your authority in the eyes of your readers.

By offering helpful material on a wide range of topics within your niche, you signal to readers that you are an authority on the topic. This makes it much more likely that they will turn to you when they have other problems, which makes it even more likely that they will subscribe to your site or make a purchase if you do eventually offer the products (more on this below). .

Speaking of being an authority, even having more content…

Builds authority in the eyes of search engines

It's not just actual visitors who will take a lot of relatable content as a sign that you are an authority on a topic. Google knows what searchers are looking for, so they use the presence of other posts with related keywords on your site as a ranking factor for each individual post.

For example, my introduction to selling guide on Amazon ranks very well – often only behind Amazon.

This kind of ranking would not be possible without strong engagement and lots of related posts. While the post is long and detailed, it will not rank for such a competitive term if it is the only post about Amazon on this site.

The fact that I have hundreds of other articles about selling on Amazon tells Google that this site, in particular, is likely to be useful to searchers, and my strong engagement numbers back that up — so I keep ranking.

This site has 12 pages of posts within the Amazon FBA category. Many do not rank, but they still play a very important role. This is an often overlooked reason for writing articles on topics with low search frequency. Even though they drive only a small amount of search traffic on their own, they can add a ton of value to readers and significantly support your other posts in search results.


Scaling Your Niche Site Beyond the Low 4-Figures

As we established above, traffic to the specific niche site doesn't start until somewhere between 6 and 12 months, and it doesn't reach the point where your affiliate income exceeds 4 digits between 12 and 18 months .After this point, most sites enjoy continuous growth for years, as long as you continue to develop the value you are offering and engage with the audience you are building.

The two biggest things that will prevent this from happening are bad location picks and bad content making. So if you haven't read the guides on choosing a good niche and creating good content, you should bookmark them now and make sure to read them. If you have a good niche and a site full of good content, there is a good chance that affiliate marketing alone can eventually get you to the point that you are earning enough to change jobs or even. That 5+ figures in a month. But with affiliate marketing only it will usually take a long time to reach this point.

If you want to maximize your niche site's earnings, you'll need to diversify your income streams beyond affiliate marketing. This will help you earn more money earlier, and it will also protect you by not leaving all your income to one source.

How you do this will depend on your niche, but in most cases, it means offering some sort of product or service that is related to your site. It can take the shape of:

A book

a course


to teach

A product that meets the needs of your audience or niche

All of the above involves identifying a problem that your readers have that you are not addressing through existing content on your site. Counseling and coaching are great ways to reach people on a personal level and help them find greater levels of success on their own as quickly as possible. This is a very rewarding route, and it can also be very lucrative.

Books and courses are great because they allow you to reach as many people as possible with mentoring or coaching, plus it allows you to provide training at a lower cost than the more direct contact training model of mentoring and coaching. Is. ,

If the information isn't what will help your audience solve their problems, you may need to look into building some sort of product. This could be an actual physical product that pertains to your niche, or it could be an app or software tool. The best path will depend on what specific problems your audience faces and what you are comfortable creating.

The result - if done well - can be a huge increase in your income. A well built niche site with a strong affiliate marketing base and additional products and services offered on top that truly add value can easily generate regular job income in a time frame of 18-36 months from first start may change.

Stick with it and keep creating content

Hopefully this post has given you a better idea of ​​what it takes to make money with a niche site. A huge component is going to be time, and the only thing you can do to make an impact in a significant way is to continue to create more, higher-value content.

An important point I want to say is that all of the above assumes that you have chosen a really good location. Doing so is necessary to achieve success. If you get that step wrong, even writing hundreds of posts will not bring results.

There's no magic way to guarantee you'll pick a good niche, but the second post in this series is based on how I do niche selection to increase the odds that I end up with a niche. What other people really care about. If you are nervous about your planned location then you must read that post now.

If you've already built your site and are worried that it's not growing fast enough, keep the things we talked about in this post in mind:

It is completely normal to have low traffic (and income) during your first 6-12 months.

If you ever want to increase your traffic in a significant way, you need a strong base of content.

If you see any of these symptoms, there may be a problem:

You haven't found a single search visitor.

You started getting search traffic but it fell back down.

Keep in mind, the problem may not be with your niche. You may have indexing issues (this is why Search Console is important, as discussed in the 11 Free Traffic Tips post), you may not be posting enough, or your content may not be enough. not be very good.

If you're not sure if you're on the right track, feel free to share what's going on with your site in the comments below. Please share the successes too!

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