The 4 Attributes of Successful Affiliate Marketers.

Last Update: May 06, 2019

Over the years I have worked with well over a million people in this space here within Wealthy Affiliate. I have seen just about every walk of life imaginable from someone struggling with their current situation, to a business that needs help within the online world, to doctors and lawyers that simply don't love their careers and want an escape.

Regardless of the situation, there are several attributes that I can see in people that indicate to me whether they have a really good chance of success or failure. Instead of my focusing on the negative here, I would rather focus on the positive and what I see within those that I know will have success in their future.

There are FOUR "success" attributes in particular that I would like to discuss and focus on here.

Don't Focus on Revenue in the First Month

Those that create success and do so at a high rate have one thing that is apparent right from the get go. They are not as intrigued or fixated on making money in their first month, they are more intrigued by the business model and how they are going to make it work for them.

The opportunity online is infinite, but if you give yourself a fixed and finite amount of time to succeed, it likely will never happen. The majority of the people I see succeeding are willing to give themselves this adequate amount of time, and those that are failing are disproportionately those looking to succeed in their first month.

I have always found it strange that the same people that are "urgent" to create a business overnight are those that have spent 4-6 years in university and spent $100,000 to get a throwaway degree, and a "normal" job. What if these same people investing that time to creating an online business, which would have saved them $100,000, allowed them to work while they were building an income, and they would now be sitting on a 6-7 figure income.

That is the true reality and one that the main attributes of a successful person.

Realistic About The Fact They Are Creating a Businsess

There is a big difference between a business, and an opportunity. Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that provides you with all the tools and services you need to create and grow a business online (and do so within any niche). Those that succeed realize this and harness all the capabilities that WA offers.

They build websites. They leverage the training. They join in on the live classes. They ask for help when they need it, they help others when they can pitch in. They leverage SiteComments, they understand their SiteHealth and work to improve it. They ask for others to give them a website audit through the SiteFeedback platform. They utilize SiteSpeed to get incredible rankings in terms of speed (which boosts rankings drastically).

They also become research experts in their niche and leverage the Jaaxy research platform here at WA for their keyword, niche, market, and website research.

This is contrary to the approach of those that "fail" at a very high rate. They have the tendency to just look for a quick way to earn a buck. They will see the fact that they can earn $1 credit for referring someone, so they will try to make $1.

This is a business. You can create a business. If you don't treat your approach to this game like you are building a business, you certainly will never have one. Those that succeed at a very high rate take this "I am going to create a business" approach right out of the gate.

Willing to Give Themselves Adequate Time

I touched on this earlier with my reference in my first point, but those that are realistic about the time it takes to build an actual business are those that usually end up creating thriving ones.

So how long can you anticipate it will take? There is a simple answer. As much time as you need.

For some, you might need 8-12 months to create a business that is bringing in a really consistent income, for others this make take a few years. It "clicks" for everyone at a different time, so asking when you will achieve success is a question that nobody can answer other than YOU. Your hard work and dedication to your business is what will result in you creating a successful one.

Give yourself time...any amount of time to achieve a success in business, and that is what will happen. Give yourself a "cutoff date" where you need to earn $XYZ, then you are likely going to cut off the oxygen supply to your business prematurely.

Those that succeed at a high rate, always are prepared to give themselves adequate time to achieve success.

Treat Business, Like Every Other Achievement In Life

What is the last thing that you achieved that you were proud of? Think about this for a few seconds (or minutes if you need it).

Now, think about what you did to accomplish this achievement? Did you work hard at it? Did you face failures on your way to this achievement? Likely.

Creating a successful business is a collection of all sorts of things, failures, successes, ups and downs, a desire not to work, being motivated one minute, then lacking motivation the next...it goes on and on. This is normal, and this is the process to achieve anything you want in life.

Those that are successful realize that they aren't going to be the best, before they work to become the best at what they do. They also are not hard on themselves when they fail, they view this as a learning experience. When I started out playing basketball, I hit very few shots and I certainly could not hit a 3 pointer. With practice, and a lot of failure, and a lot of ups and downs, you get better to the point where you are above average.

The same goes for business. Treat it like everything else you have achieved in your life, and business will be your next achievement.


My goal here is not to predict your level of success or have you try to define your own success by what I have said. Rather, I want to give you a guideline approach based on what I have seen working with people every day over the past 14 years in this space (and from my 17 years of experiences).

There are "tell-tale" signs of success, and these are what I believe to be the FOUR most prominent ones.

I also want to open up the discussion to those that are either already succeeding online and how these fit into your personal attributes and behaviour, or if you are not achieving the success you desire yet, which one of these areas you are perhaps lacking in. I look forward to hearing from you (below). :)

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NnurseBecca Premium
Kyle, you have it right in many Regards. The kindest ones, and no I am not brown nosing because you bailed me out again. I think, in fact, you only need 1 thing that is a big huge giant heart (while holding your tongue at big huge 8 head forehead jokes).

Then again, you need many more things at the same time.

And the ability to put your self in someone else's shoes. Imagine walking a mile in them proverbially, then explain how the features of your company can benefit them. There is the value they find based upon the values of your business.

I think there are elements which you've mentioned within my success and the same ones to continually strive to improve.
My most recent source of pride is trifold.

One is getting prescriptions remotely delivered for my girl. Pills were left on the bus, and 2 needed refills that caught me unaware. Just transferring your child to a faraway school has some quirks to work.

Secondly, I arranged and got my tickets and accommodations for the next round of missions for immunoglobulins.

Third and last, but not least I was restored to authorship on this site. With your help! I appreciate all you do and thank you so much. I am sorry for any trouble I caused, this is serious business.

I think I am doing well at allowing adequate time and balancing it with an onslaught of other responsibilities. I am not in it for the money, and am realistic to say I worked my whole life for it. And will continue that process.
Trial and error is a good expedition, but even better is moving forth with a good plan.

That requires paying attention to how you are received and what you represent.

Money is not what first propels me, and that is why it took me so long. I take my sweet lovely time but the closer you pay attention, the more quickly you get paid.

I hope my notes find you well.
Thank you & kind regards,
Nurse Becca
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Just to be part of this amazing community I feel so very successful because I have learned and continue to learn things I never imagined I would!
Now you have just bolstered my confidence in the fact that 1 year from now I will have achieved better than now and so on with the years to come
Thanks, Kyle!
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rodsingleton Premium
Way to go Jane! :)
Great mindset.
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Thank you ☺️
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CJC67 Premium
This post really hits home with me. The job that I have now for over 25 years has taken its toll on me and I literally had to work my butt off to succeed in it. I'm a red seal Steamfitter by trade and even after all my years with my license in my field just 8 yrs ago I had to change jobs just to find out I didn't have my grade 12 math. In order for me to get my job I had to take a course in post secondary college math. I joined, went to school throughout the day, studied at night till 1 am every night, did 2 tests per day to finish in 3 weeks, pass my final examine and landed my job within a week thereafter.
This is where I am now, so how hard am I willing to work for my freedom for time in my life for my family?
Priceless.
Let's all help one another and use the platform and ask for help when we need it, and in due time we will succeed as long as we don't lose sight of our goals.
Love your article by the way Kyle! As always,
Thank you,
Christopher.
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BruceFleming Premium
Thank you Kyle! I really appreciate the honesty with which you approach business. Having been in an offline business for thirty years I understand the concept and fully agree with your four points.

Even with my experience I fall into the trap of wanting things to go fast and start earning right away. It caused me to get discouraged with myself.

Thanks again
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DaliborT Premium
Well, I am not a successful one (yet), but I did find myself in under all four of the attributes that you described. So I am hoping I'm on the right track!

Already seeing visitors on my site and that makes me happy, no matter how small progress it is, it is still progress!

I am confident in success. How long will it take? As you said, it doesn't matter, because I know it will come, just like I know the sun will rise after each night :)
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