How Much Can YOU Earn From Affiliate Marketing?

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Alrighty. Another one for the internet marketing newbies.

One of the most frequently asked questions I see from people looking to get into the industry is “How much can I earn from affiliate marketing?” or “What are the average earnings from affiliate marketing?”.

Now, here’s the thing. In affiliate marketing your earnings are determined by your knowledge, natural abilities, and most importantly: – the amount of work you are prepared to put in. Every affiliate marketer is an individual approaching the medium from a different direction, and with a different idea of what they are going to promote. Your earnings are determined by your own efforts, not an industry standard.

So What Does Kirsty Earn?
Well, there’s little point in me telling you what I personally earn. Why? Firstly, I don’t want to talk about it. Secondly, and more importantly, an exact figure won’t automatically mean that’s what you can earn. You’re not me!

However, I do know that an idea of income levels is a great motivator for many people. With that in mind I can tell you I’ve earned enough to buy two houses, and go on two year-long travel experiences. Not good enough? Well. I’ll give you a phenomenal example of affiliate earnings I know for a fact to be entirely accurate.

Kieron of UK Offer made a hugely inspirational forum post over at sitepoint a while ago. His earnings are quite literally unbelievable, and his success is a standard huge numbers of affiliates aspire to. If I reckon I eat, sleep, and breathe the industry this talented chap IS affiliate marketing personified! Wow. I haven’t seen so many zeros since the launch of Big Brother 8! His post should show any budding affiliateer that there is literally no limit to what you can do if you put the time, energy and flair into this game.

However, none of this helps you work out how much you personally can earn.


How Do I Reach My Target?

Righto. Simple answer to this question. How much DO YOU WANT / NEED TO EARN?

That’s what affiliate marketing is. You can earn as much as you want to if you put the time in. First off, a decent income is not a distant ivory tower. If you treat it as such, that’s what it will be. Unreachable.

The best advice I can give to you on this is to compartmentalise your target. It works beautifully for me. £1000 a month can seem a lot to aim for if you have never earned a penny at affiliate marketing. So… break it down into manageable amounts over a set period. Lets say you have 6 months in which to bring your moolah up to £1000.

– £1000 a month requires an average of £32 profit per day in a 31 day month.

– So over 6 months that equates to you finding or doing something every day that will earn you £5.33 every day on an ongoing basis.

That may seem a big ask, and not everyone can pull something that will sell out of thin air. But if you break your targets down in this fashion they will no longer seem as daunting or unattainable. Have a target. Have a timescale. Do one thing each day to reach it, and you WILL succeed. Don’t waste time on fantasing about what you could do “if only…”. A decent income is within reach. But YOU have to stand up and grab it. You won’t get it by reading this or any other article.

Your success is inside, so pull it out and get on with it!

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13 Responses to “How Much Can YOU Earn From Affiliate Marketing?”

  1. Ed Says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    I have acquired a program that converts product feeds into complete sites. I am planning as a test to try and launch a dozen or so sites and just get the content out there. I have changed the standard setup of the information given but just hope by having 10K products on the search engines with different titles and text it may generate some leads.

    I have been reading blogs, ebooks and sites for months now with no action or content being published by myself. I figure by just getting the content on the search engines I can achieve some modest success without going down the PPC route yet.


  2. Kirsty Says:

    Hey Ed,

    Your logic is sound. However, unless you get some unique content and articles into your feed sites you won’t see a huge amount of traffic. To my mind, its better to start with a small niche and work your way up.

    You don’t have to go down the PPC route to achieve affiliate success. It is a good way of getting there quicker these days, but it can be a financial minefield for the uninitiated!

  3. Mark Says:

    Hi Kirsty that post struck a chord within me thanks for writing it: especially the “Your success is inside, so pull it out and get on with it!” bit.

  4. Kirsty Says:

    Not a bother Mark. I must confess, that article is as relevant for me as others in part. I can be a terrible procrastinator at times and regularly waste time thinking about things too much!

  5. Mark Says:

    I do the same to much so

  6. Tom Says:


    That’s a really inspiring post and very true. I think it’s an approach you can take in life generally really. I’m sure I remember someone giving me the same kind of ‘break it into smaller chunks’ advice for my schoolwork :)

    Just picking up on your point Ed, in the past i’ve created a lot of datafeed driven sites and they can work well, even getting pages in Google isn’t too difficult, the difficulty really lies in getting those pages ranked anywhere decent, and without a few good backlinks or some content that can be a challenge. I’d also be tempted to say try making a few quality niche sites and target a specific audience :) But goodluck though!

    Personally I think procrastination, or atleast thinking things through before jumping in can really add a lot to a project. I have a tendancy to work like mad on things and get really into them, but I think that sometimes you can’t see the wood for the tree’s as they say. Maybe better to take a more relaxed approach sometimes, less haste more speed. Everyone’s different though.


  7. Kieron Says:

    Hi Kirsty, just wanted to say thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. Also, I’ve added you into my Blogroll, keep up the great blog.

    Enjoy your travels!


  8. Kirsty Says:

    Kieron – No worries! I’m having the time of my life. Bit sick of living in a chuffing van mind you. Thanks for the Blogroll mention, I’ll reciprocate as I’ve been meaning to add your internet epistle.

    Tom – Yes, everyone is different I must say. There’s definately a case for planning things through before you leap in. Unfortunately some people (like me at times) have planning down to a fine art and have raised inaction to a Zen-like art!

  9. best money market rates Says:

    I definitely think that you need to have original content on these feed site in order to stay indexed by Google and to rank high in the SERPs. I have found that my data feed sites do well for about 3-4 weeks and then slip off into oblivion.

  10. Shane Says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    I know this is an old post now, but Im starting at the beginning and reading through most of the articles.

    I think part of the post is incorrect:
    ” – £1000 a month requires an average of £32 profit per day in a 31 day month.

    – So over 6 months that equates to you finding or doing something every day that will earn you £5.33 every day on an ongoing basis.”

    If you want to be earning £1000 a month and have allowed yourself 6 months, you need to do something each day which will earn you £5.33 per month, 17p per day. which is a far more achievable target. That way you will have

    186 days, each day adding an extra 17p to your income. Come the end of the 6th month you will be earning £31.62 per day or £980 per month.

    My target is to hit £20k per year with 12 months, so im trying to do pretty much the same thing.

  11. Kirsty Says:

    I mean this in the nicest possibly way Shane, but you could have written and posted an article in the time it took you to correct my wording!! As those good people at Nike say “Just Do It” or your 20k target will be completely meaningless 😉

  12. Shane Says:

    True, although I am reading through your blog (and keirons) during my breaks/lunch at my full time job and doing actual work on it during the evenings and weekends – you wont catch me writing long posts like that during either of those times 😀

  13. Damian Says:

    I have to say you have done a briliant job with this blog. I am personally thinking about geting in affiliate marketing. The niche I have chosen is website hosting as I can see potential and the commision is verry high. The 3 main brands I plan on promoting are Hostgator, homestead (website builder) and adwatcher. Yes it is a verry competitive market but I personally believe that it is best to go for a verry competitive and large market as that way you have more people to sell to. I ofcourse believe in promoting everything honestly.

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