I Made Over $1 Million With Affiliate Marketing.

Last Update: January 23, 2020

Look, I know what you're thinking, here comes the guru hype B.S. But if you've read my blogs here at Wealthy Affiliate or followed me on my sites, you know I'm a straight shooter. I'm not really the bragging type. I like to stay incog"negro". LOL I just do my thing in the background and keep it moving. I don't need or like the attention.

But recently I started a YouTube Channel to help diversify my traffic and income. And one of the topics I wanted to cover was affiliate marketing. Most of the time I cover various other ways to make money online with my videos. But I always encourage my loyal YouTube subscribers to try Wealthy Affiliate since it's helped me earn a full time income online. If you haven't gone premium yet, you may change your mind after reading this article.

Oh Snap!

In any event, I started compiling some screenshots of my affiliate income to use in my Affiliate Marketing 101 video. Showing off my income is not normally my thing, but people want proof that you know what you're talking about. So I decided to start going through my past affiliate income. And I was floored to discover that I had earned over $1 million dollars with Google Adsense over the course of a decade. Think about that, that was just 1 company! I am an affiliate of many more companies. Unfortunately I haven't reached that number with others. But I have made hundreds of thousands with others.

But let's get back to my point. I made over a million dollars with affiliate marketing and more importantly I didn't have to sell anything. Let that marinate in your mind. And if you're wondering how I did it, just read my Back At 5 Figures: I Earned $10,640,56 article, you'll discover that I use various affiliate marketing programs to earn money. Many affiliate programs don't require you to make sales to earn money. But as you'll read in the article, I like to have multiple streams of income from my site.

Who Cares?

So you may be thinking, well that's all good for you Mr "Eddy with a y". Well first of all, don't be a hater, be a congratulator. LOL I'm sharing this with you so you understand the potential you have with this business. It's unlimited. The training you are getting here at Wealthy affiliate can lead to a $1 million dollar business. Now keep in mind this didn't happen overnight for me. That one accomplishment happened over the course of a decade. But regardless, it all started with a few cents and then went on to thousands.

With this business you have to appreciate the small wins and be patient. When I made a few cents with Google I was excited. Because it proved to me that affiliate marketing works. But most of my friends and family were like what's the big deal? They didn't see beyond the now. I did. I knew that it was a start and could be scaled up.

Eventually my dumb ass invested in training from sites like Wealthy Affiliate and it's helped me continue to build on that income. I've learned new things and more importantly I've built friendships and relationships with some awesome Wealthy Affiliate members.

If I never invested in my self with a premium membership, I would have never met some of these people and I would have probably missed out on thousands of dollars that they helped me earn because of the information they shared with me like I'm doing here with you.

Your Take Aways

I added this section because DaveSw did a great job of capturing the lessons of this article.

  1. Hard work is required.

  2. Tenacity is required.

  3. Mindset makes ALL the difference.

  4. This is a marathon-style of business, not a wind sprint (short burst of running as fast as you can).

  5. Don't put all your eggs in one basket (diversification of content type, diversification of platforms, and diversification of traffic sources must be constantly worked as hard as content).

  6. Sometimes it is better NOT to obsess with what is NOT working and RATHER put the focus on FINDING NEW WAYS TO GET THINGS WORKING (i.e. repeatedly doing what is NOT working and expecting results makes no sense - duh?).

  7. Use various sources when promoting services or products. You never know what people want or may need.

  8. Walls are everywhere, and the job is to jump over them, run around them, dig under them, or break right through them. Our choice, just do it.

  9. Affiliate marketing is a viable business model more than ever and all we have to do is figure out how to match buyers with the products they want or need using a medium that they know and use regularly (i.e. YouTube).

  10. Adapt or perish holds true in this business (as with most) - you either pay attention to what is happening in the industry and make changes to your approach or you keep doing what you have been doing (that worked 10 years ago) and go broke - your choice.

What's Next?

No matter where you are in your affiliate marketing business, don't give up. Lately a lot of us in this business have suffered with stupid Google algorithm updates that have been hurting good sites. Even I have been a victim.

But that's part of doing business, you're going to run into obstacles. You can bitch and moan about it. Or you can push forward and adjust. And sometimes you need to be inspired to keep your eyes on the prize which is why I'm writing this article.

I want you to be reminded of your potential with this business. We all need to be lifted sometimes. I've learned not to let the ups and downs of my business affect me as much.

Sometimes that means I don't look at my stats to have piece of mind. And other times it means taking a new direction. I've done both. I spend a lot more of my effort on YouTube now because of the success and advice of other successful Wealthy Affiliate members here. (Shout to BenjisDad, LittleMama, VitaliyG and Roppert) And it's been paying off. It gives me new traffic and now a new source of passive income.

At the end of the day, there is a lot of potential with your business. But you have to be patient and put in the work. Because if you do, you may be writing about how you made over a million dollars and inspiring others!

Well that's enough of motivational crap for today. LOL Let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment down below. Are you inspired to push harder now! Did this article come at the right time for you?

Holler at your boy!

Eddy with a y

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TheAdvisor Premium
What's good Eddy with Y?

Apart from everything that you have earned and are experiencing as a result of your hard work and progress- what's really going on are even more lightbulbs in the minds, as hearts are being lifted as a result of your delivery and consistency-

and the way that you transmit that energy that is necessary to help us harness and cultivate it like plants do with sunlight- and germinate our "online business" seed properly so that we can continue to work hard on achieving to reap from the rewards if we remain persistent and determined on what is possible if we believe we can and work hard for them.

By the way- Jay "Magistudios" gave you a shout-out in one of his previous webinars- what a rocking training!

The NinJay sent me.

Gonna be following up even more often in due diligent time!-

Currently going through- and dealing with a transition that is necessary because it will need to happen in order to open up my doors to more freedom and more opportunities without distractions, setbacks, negativity, and people that affect me in some way that also hold me back!
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EddySalomon Premium
Well you have a way with words Jose. Thanks for the love. I do try to fertilize the minds of wa members so they can grow. I'm glad you can appreciate that.
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TheAdvisor Premium
I welcome, accept, and return the thanks Eddy. You are doing just as you should- enough. As it is perceived that you must be doing your best and giving your all in everything that you do.

You're a master at creating fire content.

Stay blessed, abundant, and eternally successful!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Jose.
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RussellO1 Premium
Thank you Eddy with a y. Lol. This gives me motiivation to push on.
I was one of those who thought that within 6 months the $s would begin rolling in. I was disappointed when it didn't happen that way and frankly, when I look back now, I still am. It caused me to stop working as I should.
Right now I am seeking to get some momentum again so that I can overcome that inertia that has me almost at a standstill for more than a year.
Congratulations on your success and a big thanks for sharing.

Russell
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Russell. I think most people struggle with delayed gratification since we've all been trained to be employees and expect x dollars every x week. So to work on something for months and not see results is disheartening.

But that's why you need to have a different mentality when starting a business and need to be around the right people. Fortunately this community helps with both.

I wish you success going forward. Keep in mind this is a marathon. Don't stop running.
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RussellO1 Premium
Thank you Eddy, I will try to think of it like that.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Russell, You're welcome read this as well: It may help give you perspective.
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RussellO1 Premium
Will do. Thanks once again.
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joyjoi Premium
Hey Eddy,
I wanted to give you a booyahkasha thumbs up for hitting the subject of Affiliate Marketing out of the park! You gave us newbies at this a shot of encouragement while keeping it real at the same time which is good. As with anything we want to do to succeed in life, it takes faith, hard work, the will to learn, and patience. I'm going to come back to read other articles you put out there so, I can be inspired but more importantly, to learn.
Wishing you great success!
Joy
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EddySalomon Premium
Man i haven't heard a "booyahkasha" for a minute. lol You brought me back. lol

In any event, I'm glad you appreciate the content and candor. I like to inspire people but I also keep it real that you need to expect to work and be patient to see results.

People have this misconception that because we do business online that it should and will move instantly. It doesn't. But for those that understand and can keep putting in the work despite that, they get to see some great results. It sounds like you're up for it! So applaud you.

I'm sure you'll get a lot out of my content here on WA and my youtube channel I mentioned above. Be sure to subscribe to it if you haven't already. Thanks
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joyjoi Premium
Yes! I gave the video a thumbs up and subscribed so, I'll get a notification when you publish another one.
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EddySalomon Premium
That’s great Joy. I saw your comment. thanks.
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Jukkah Premium
Good stuff Eddy! I wish I can write a similar post in a decade. This just reminded me that I need to start working harder on YouTube. Running two sites and YouTube won't leave time for slacking. I need to get rid of my day job to get more time :D
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Jukka. Don’t get rid of your day job as long as it pays your bills. I have a full time job and run my business on the side and still have been able to achieve great success with my blog and YouTube. It’s just a matter of balancing your time.
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RDulloo Premium
I've been following you within WA since almost Day 1, Eddy with a "y" and I also follow you on Youtube. You're always an inspiration, not only with this post.. :)

Congrats on making your business such a big success and thanks for sharing it with us not-so-successful-people-YET. You're so right when you say that we have to keep ourselves motivated and keep our eyes on the prize.

Many people look at success and think that it's been done overnight. They don't see all the hard work, the tears, the frustration, the sleepless nights and definitely NOT the growth.

So thanks for reminding us that at whatever step we are at right now, that all that we've done isn't in vain, that the success will come, just like it has for you.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Reyhana,

Thanks for supporting me on all my platforms. I really appreciate it. I agree so many people think success happens over night or to special people. And it's not that. There is a lot of grinding and failing forward that happens to reach success. But most people aren't willing to endure that. They just want shortcuts or avoid putting in the work. Thanks for chiming in!
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RDulloo Premium
Yes, that's why most people fail. They give up and don't want to go through all of that. But little do they know that we learn MORE from failure than we do success.

People who have failed the most tend to be more successful later on because they learn from them. They don't just give up. They get better to OVERCOME that failure.

There are no shortcuts. Only hardwork and patience.

Thanks again... :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly. Successful people see failures as data and learnings to help them improve. Most people see failures as a sign to give up. And that's why most folks aren't entrepreneurs.
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RDulloo Premium
So true.
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