Affiliate Marketing Success Stories! How To Make A +$5K/Month Online Business.

Ever thought about making money online? Working from anywhere on the world? Being able to take time off while money keeps coming in?

Then let me introduce you to the method I use to make money online called affiliate marketing and share with you a few affiliate marketing success stories of other people that make money online the same way. 

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a form of marketing where companies form partnerships with people to get more exposure and boost their sales.

They go into an agreement where you get a small percentage of every sale that has taken place based on your recommendation.

Depending on the company the commission given to the marketers ranges from 10% to even 40% of every sale made by a customer that you directed to their website.

Affiliate Marketing is everywhere 

Personally, I think it's affiliate marketing is a huge opportunity for those that want to make money online. While a lot of other methods have become more popular such as dropshipping and selling online courses affiliate marketing often gets overlooked even though it's everywhere.

Take a look at these stats by Awin:

  • 81% of brands use affiliate marketing to make money.
  • Affiliate marketing is generating 16% of all online orders.

That's a lot of money going around.

Why shouldn't you join in the fun?

“Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires.”       — Robert Foster Bennett

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The Benefits of Affiliate Marketing

Before we get into the success stories I thought I'd mention why a lot of people prefer affiliate marketing over methods as dropshipping and selling online courses.

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You can start with $0

The financial risk of affiliate marketing is low because you're making money promoting other people's products. 

You don't have to invest time and money in creating or reselling a product. This makes it easier for people that don't have any money but are interested in making money online.

You Can Work From Anywhere

Affiliate marketing is done from your computer which means you can do it from anywhere as long as you got a good internet connection. While a lot of affiliate marketers work from home or coffee places you also have a large group that relocates to other countries or just keep traveling while they're making money online.

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Earn money by making content about your interests

Affiliate marketers attract potential customers by creating helpful content and suggesting products of the affiliate companies they partnered up within the content. Luckily in every branch, there are companies that accept affiliate partnerships.

This means you can make content about almost anything depending on companies your partner up with. You like surfing partner up with a company with a surfboard affiliate program, you like marketing partner up with a company selling marketing products, etc.

You Don't Trade Money For Hours

With affiliate marketing, you won't get paid based on the hours you work. instead, you get paid for every person buying a product based on your recommendation.

This is why a lot of people either try to build a large audience or rank on Google so that a consistent stream of website visitors keep coming.

You'll have to put in a lot of work in the beginning but once the business is set up (depending on the niche) money will keep coming in no matter how much you work on your business.

The future of Affiliate Marketing

When I started a lot of people told me not to get into affiliate marketing because its over saturated and will soon be a thing of the past with the emergence of other forms of eCommerce.

If you think about it logically there's no way affiliate marketing could get over saturated. As long as there are people willing to buy products and there are companies aiming to make more money by getting more exposure(which every company aims for) Affiliate programs will exist.

A study done by Rakuten Marketing showed that from 2016 till 2021 the affiliate marketing industry would grow to become a 6.8 Billion dollar industry.

Turns out they were right affiliate marketing especially with the help of blogging is still relevant and it's not showing any indication of slowing down.

It's safe to say affiliate marketing is here to stay.


Affiliate Marketing Success Stories

Story #1: Jerry, 22 Year College Dropout Making +$6200/month online.

Jerry is a full-time affiliate marketer that's making around the $6000 a month. He lives in Taiwan after getting accepted into one of the top colleges in Asia he was expected to study there, graduate, and eventually, get a high paying job.

He realized very early that this wasn't the road he wanted to take. Instead of it giving him freedom according to him it'd lead him to debt and living in the rat race (continuously working for money).

He never set foot in college and instead started to pursue internet marketing. He got scammed at first but eventually found Wealthy Affiliate in 2016 and learned everything he uses right now to make money online.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Jerry

Curious to see how he's doing right now? Take a look at one of his business updates.


Story #2: John Became A 7-figure Earner Because of Affiliate Marketing

JohnMKS 100K Sale testimonial

Story #3: Ralph, From $30K in debt to earning a yearly 6 figures

Personally, I think he has an incredible story. Most people that 

Ralph is a part-time kickboxer and personal trainer. Before he found Wealthy Affiliate he was $30K in credit card debt. He came in contact with Wealthy Affiliate and has achieved very impressive feats since becoming a member.

He went from being in massive debt to earning a 6 figure income. He is a fine example of what is possible when you have the right mindset and are willing to take massive action.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Ralph

When you click on the button you'll get sent to one of Ralph's income reports
and see how he's doing now thanks to affiliate marketing. 

Story #4: Grace, Went from $9K/ month to +$23K/Month in 1 Year

Grace joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2016 and has achieved a lot in that time. Before she joined Wealthy Affiliate she had 2 online shops on which she sold handmade products.

She switched over to Wealthy Affiliate because there's a limit to how much you can earn based on how much products you can make. She promotes products from Amazon and also promotes Wealthy Affiliate. Grace now makes somewhere around the 24K/month.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Grace

Take a look at her latest achievements

Success Story #5: Nathaniell
Has Earned $42K in 1 Month!

Nathaniell also has a wonderful affiliate marketing success story. He started his journey in 2010 when he came in contact with an affiliate marketing training platform that taught him everything he knows about making money online with the help of affiliate marketing.

Nathaniell 126K year

He's still active and making money in the affiliate marketing scene and has come a long way since creating his first website in 2010.

Click on the button to read his story!

Success Story #6: Alex, $1.400 on 1 Sale

 Alex started getting into affiliate marketing in 2007. He tried out a lot of other methods before that and literally got scammed out of thousands of dollars.

He learned how to spot scams and found a website that helped him with learning how to do affiliate marketing in an effective way and has been making an insane amount of money ever since.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Alex

Learn more about what he's up to at the moment right here.

Story #7: Anis, Going from $39/month to $2.233/month in 1 Year

Anis is 22 years old and from Morrocan origins. He had no previous experience when it came to affiliate marketing. He learned everything from scratch and managed to be able to earn a full-time income after working on his affiliate business for a year.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Anis

Read more about his story here.

Story #8: Zarina, Earning 4 Figures a Month With Her Affiliate Marketing Business!

Zarina is from Toronto, Canada. Before she joined Wealthy Affiliate she was a student. She realized after studying abroad that she wanted to be able to travel and work from anywhere.

In 2015 she found Wealthy Affiliate and is earning a 4 figure monthly income and has been thriving ever since.

Affiliate Marketing Success Story Zarina

Learn more about what she's up to now by clicking here.

How To Become A Success Story

The people I've mentioned started their affiliate businesses from scratch.

  • They didn't have money to invest.
  • They didn't have a large following on social media.
  • they didn't have previous experience with creating websites. 
  • they didn't have experience with affiliate marketing.

They were committed to making it work so they searched for the resources that gave them the best possible chance at succeeding. 

Just like me, they all landed at the same affiliate marketing website called Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training platform founded by Kyle Loudoun and Carson Lim in 2010.

Wealthy Affiliate has produced thousands of success stories just like these by offering people expert training and a community of +1.4 Million online marketers to discuss things with.

Follow the step-by-step training at Wealthy Affiliate just like the people in the success stories did and you'll create a +$5K/ Month business. 

Remember* When it comes to making money online there is no such thing as overnight success so you're going to have to put in work and time.

The people in these success stories didn't earn 10K/ month after working for 2 months they were patient and consistent. Keep that in mind while you're going through all the training.

Ready to get started?

Create a free Wealthy Affiliate Starters account and start following the training.

Any experiences with Wealthy Affiliate and Affiliate Marketing in general? 

Let me know in the comments.

I'd love to hear your story!

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About Rogier

I’m an Affiliate Marketing and SEO veteran, Blogger, and Pinterest Marketer based in The Netherlands. On this website, I share my learnings about online entrepreneurship, and digital resources while enjoying life to the fullest.

20 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing Success Stories! How To Make A +$5K/Month Online Business.”

  1. Excellent job of pointing out the advantages of affiliate marketing now and into the future. This marketing model will never be saturated as more and more people are getting online every day. Also many who attempt affiliate marketing do not take the time and make the effort to learn the basics so that they will be effective.

    Wealthy Affiliate is certainly a platform where a person can develop the skills and earn a consistent and lucrative income. Thanks so much for your insights into affiliate marketing.

    • Hey Joseph!

      Your right. So many people have benefitted from this platform. If you have the patience and you’re willing
      to apply the things that are taught on the platform you’ll definitely achieve success.

  2. Wow, I heard about affiliate marketing a few days ago and I didn’t really know that it could bring such great results. I was kind of skeptical to get started but after reading about those affiliate marketing success stories I really have no choice.

    After all, if people can succeed with it, I can do it too right?

    In your opinion, how long it could take for someone with no experience whatsoever to start earning some steady money per month with affiliate marketing?

    • It all depends on you.

      Most people have to go through a learning period before they’re able to create high-quality content that can actually get people to buy the products they’re promoting. The more content you create and the more you analyze content from other marketers and try to understand what makes their content great the sooner you can make money.

      I’ve seen some people get their first sale in the first month and others after 8 months. It all depends on how much work you put into it.

    • Hello Harry, Let me reply to you about how long it could take for someone with no experience to start earning some steady, This may depend on how long will you put effort on affiliate marketing every day and every week, the first thing you should take to learn the first 10 basic lessons for online business, if you don’t have any experience, you should learn it in detail and understand well, there are 5 Online Entrepreneur Certification 5 courses50 lessons, I took a month to study it and know the process on how to make money online, and the second month, I try hard to learn my blog post, until today I just wrote for 9 articles in my blog, I try to work hard every day longer than 8 hours, and I got my first sale that was so excited, I think you will be successful through your effort, I am not an English native language but I still and understand well. good lock with you.

  3. Hi! It’s really interesting to read these stories about people that have started their online business with affiliate marketing and have succeeded. One of the things that has surprised me is that there are people from all around the world, different cultural backgrounds and different levels of experience with affiliate marketing, but they all managed to make it! Thanks for these encouraging stories.

    • That’s really the beauty of online marketing!

      It doesn’t matter where you are. If you have a working computer and a wifi connection you have the tools to change your life. Personally, it’s one of the best decision I’ve ever made.

  4. Affiliate Marketing is pretty amazing because you can make a really good living this way. The work that is involved is a lot but as long as you are willing to put in the hours you will be on your way to living your dreams.

    • Hey Norman!

      I’m really glad I got into affiliate marketing. There’s an insane amount of work that has to be put into it but the moment
      you see your content ranking on the first page of Google is the greatest feeling in the world.

  5. Hello Rogier,
    Thanks for your share of affiliate marketer’ successful story which offers much more confidence to newbies like me, I was always skeptical about affiliate marketing before joining Wealthy Affiliate, and doubt about scams, because I don’t found any valuable training courses worth to invest until I join in Wealthy Affiliate, when I search some affiliate training courses, always visit in some promoting of software or ebook but finally didn’t offer any useful lessons. Now seeing so many successful stories, I believe that Wealthy Affiliate is a unique place to learn and invest effort.

    • Hey Camille!

      Yes. Sometimes you just need that confirmation to see if it can really be done. What I really like about Wealthy Affiliate is
      that all the people I mentioned in these success stories are active on the platform so you can actually communicate with them
      and see for yourself how you can get t their level.

      If you want to make money online Wealthy Affiliate definitely is the way to go.

  6. Rogier, great article about a great platform, I’ve been in Wealthy Affiliate for two years now and I wake up at 3AM thinking of more articles to write! I love this platform! I personally have several websites that I work on, my problem is, I am all OVER the place. Once again, you have a great article here, I enjoyed it!


    • Hey Steve!

      Good to hear from someone that’s on Wealthy Affiliate and thanks for the kind words. I’m getting closer to the 2-year mark and
      I haven’t regretted becoming a Wealthy Affiliate member even a day!

      Do you work as a full-time affiliate marketer?

  7. Awesome post on affiliate marketing and all of the success stories!
    A lot of people don’t really believe they can make it online and think that it is a scam, so it is nice to see real people with real results!
    It just proves that if you are prepared to put in some time and effort the rewards are there at the end of it!
    Great article! 🙂

    • Hey John!

      Time and effort are key. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. I remember reading Ralph his success story when I started on Wealthy Affiliate
      and it really put things into perspective. He barely made anything in the first 18 months but skyrocketed at the end of his second year.

      Most people just quit too early.

  8. Hi Rogier,
    I’ve joined the free version of Wealthy Affiliate but this makes me think the premium may be well worth it. It’s not easy to get started with affiliates. I have a few I make some money from but nothing like these folks you have mentioned here. I love the idea of passive income too! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Lisa,

      Thanks for the comment. The premium account is great for learning about the less popular affiliate marketing subjects that have a lot of effect on your business.

  9. My favorite Affiliate Marketing business, Affiliate Marketing business has become even more interesting since reading your article
    This is an excellent post. You covered both topics very well.

    • Hey Emma,

      Thanks for the comment. It is indeed a very interesting business model that seems to become more popular after having a dip in the last few years because of dropshipping.


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