The question “when will i start to make money online with affiliate program” is a very common one amongst would-be internet marketers or those who have recently commenced online business.
It is so important that it determines whether some will venture into internet marketing at all or whether some of those who have actually ventured into it without success yet will in fact continue.
I have decided to approach answering the question in the following way.
=> One major factor need to be in place for you to start to make money online with affiliate program.
By implication, as soon as you have this factor in place, you will begin to make money online with affiliate program.
The next question that will automatically arise is
1. What is this factor?
=> Ability to get website traffic in sufficient volume.
Traffic is the life wire of any internet/online business. Without it, the home based web business is as good as dead.
The funny thing unlike many new entrants into internet business seem to have an illusion about is that to get website traffic, you have to work very hard at it.
How do you start to get website traffic?
This indirectly is referring to the various sources you use to get website traffic.
=> Search Engine Optimization
=> Pay per click
=> Forum Marketing
=> Email Marketing
=> Article Marketing
=> Video Marketing
=> Marketing via Traffic Exchanges
=> Classified Advertisements
=> Press Releases
=> Social Media Marketing
When you eventually start to get website traffic, it has to consistently be at a certain average volume for you to start to make money online with affiliate program.
This volume averages between 500 – 1000 daily unique visitors to your website, depending on many factors:
a) The niche you are involved in.
Some niches are more competitive than others and so require more unique visitors to the website to make sales and hence to start to make money online with affiliate program than less competitive niches.
b) Your website conversion rate which again depends on many other factors.
The higher the website conversion rate, the lower the number/volume of unique visitors to your website that you require to start to make money online with affiliate program.
What is the estimated time by which this factor (traffic in sufficient volume) which determines the speed at which you start to make money online with affiliate program, is likely to be achieved?
The answer to this question derives from the speed at which the sources you use to get website traffic identified above can be reasonably tapped to achieve targeted traffic level.
Scientifically, a critical path analysis can be carried out to determine the minimum speed/timing within which each of the sources will get website traffic at the targeted level and thereby identify the fastest, slowest etc
Again, one has to take into consideration how many, which and effectiveness of each of the sources you use to get website traffic.
A cursory glance at the sources you can use to get website traffic reveals the following:
1. Pay per click seems the fastest of all the above sources of traffic that can achieve the desired objective of starting to make money online with affiliate program within the shortest possible time.
It is however not self sustaining as once you stop to invest funds to bid, you stop to get website traffic.
It is also not a free means but rather the objective here should be making a positive net return.
How fast this will be will depend on many factors amongst which are:
(a) The skill level you possess in effectively using pay per click.
(b) The budget you allocate to your pay-per-click campaigns.
(c) Your bidding price.
2. Another deduction from a review of the sources you can use to get website traffic, is that traffic exchanges are another fast means of getting website traffic and can be somewhat free but whether it is targeted buying traffic is another matter.
(3) Of all the sources, Search Engine Optimization seems to be the slowest but effectively the most enduring and self sustaining source.
In summary, it should be clear that to give a precise answer as to when you will start to make money online with affiliate program is impossible as it depends on many variables which themselves depend on many other variables.
The long and short however is that the more the sources you use to get website traffic and the intensity with which you deploy them, the faster the speed and the more voluminous the money you will see eventually.
I know some will not be satisfied without a precise timing given as to when you will start to make money online with affiliate program and having been in this business for some time and utilized virtually all these sources to get website traffic, i can safely say the following:
The very bright with ample time to devote to work at these sources to get website traffic, should budget no less than six months from starting internet business, to start to make money online with affiliate program.
The average joe with ample time to devote should budget about a year.
The less than average joe and those with not much time at their disposal for effectively working these sources to get website traffic, should budget between two to three years.
The key is taking massive and consistent action across a wide range of these sources one can use to get website traffic.
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