"How Long Does It Take to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?"

This is a very common question to anyone jumping into internet business and affiliate marketing for the first time. It can take any number of forms.

  • "Can you share how much money you're making per month?"
  • "How long will it take me to profit?"
  • "How long before I'm making around $1000-$5000 per month with this?"


The answer to "How Long Does It Take to Make Money with Wealthy Affiliate?" isn't much different than it would be for anyone starting a traditional brick and mortar business from scratch, and that answer is this:

"It depends."

Understanding exactly why this is the true answer is just a matter of understanding the dynamics behind your online business. Don't worry, I'm about to explain exactly why you're exactly in the right place.

Click the blue "Next Page" button below and I'll explain.



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Benmoore Premium
Excellent Inspiration indeed brother. :)
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mechidor Premium
Awesome post, thank you!
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ericcantu Premium
Really glad to help! :) thank you!
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brabus Premium
Almost everyone who joined WA understand how it works ( time, money, efforts needed). The question is how much time/efforts did you spent personally to get your first visible income? And not only you Eric, all people please share your personal stories. This can help others!
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Sharlita Premium
I think the point being made is that no one's personal experience can help someone else regarding this subject. Eric did give two examples of himself taking a few weeks, and the person who referred him taking months. Is it helpful if I tell you it took me five years to see profit? What if you can do it in a year? It's not helpful. It may be entertaining but it could be harmful, because if you stop because it took someone 5 years, or you expect to make it in weeks, you're going to be pressured by something that's not PERSONAL to you. It is natural to want to ask those kind of questions but it's up to you to answer those questions for yourself by doing the work and making your own personal success story. You have it in you, we all do :)
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ericcantu Premium
Well I guess my answer in the training above isn't the one you wanted to hear, (even though I know you didn't fully read this training because I do mention in it how long it took me personally to get my first commission lol), but my answer is still the one you really need to hear. Here's the point:

Imagine I answer your question by saying it took me 6 weeks to get my first commission, or imagine I say it took me 6 months. Imagine the next guy you ask says it took 9 months, and he was ready to give up after 8 months, but now he makes full time income 2 years in with consistent $4k months. Then the next several you ask tell you how they worked this on and off and made nothing, followed by the guy who says he worked it very hard and made just enough to cover his membership. And to finish it off I tell you about my referral who made 2 sales within 30 minutes of her first post being published.

Does any of that help you? Cuz that's what you're telling me you want to hear. The thing is, if you're honest, you already knew these would be the answers before even asking the question, right?

All results are going to be different because almost none of the variables are the same for every single member. But you knew that.

Different themes, different niches, different websites, different content, different writing style, different audience, different styles, different amounts of time worked, different everything. You see why I answer it the way I do now?

It's cuz being reminded of the things that are actually important, like the fact that comparing yourself to another person's timeline of success means nothing when none of those variables are the same, is all that matters. All you can do is focus on you, stay patient with your success, trust the training, and not give up. That's the real secret to this :)

That's the only answer I got, brother :) Hope that helps.
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ericcantu Premium
Great answer, Sharlita :) I appreciate your insight.
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Benmoore Premium
Awesome response.
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Vladd222 Premium
You make great points man, I recently joined a few days ago but I need to be realistic in terms of bearing fruit
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ericcantu Premium
We'd all love to see instant returns, and while you can get your first sale or first commission at any time, even on day 1, to set your goal to making full time income I think the best chance you have of being successful is to have a realistic perspective so you can attack that goal with the right mindset, right?

Thanks for the comment, brother.
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YvonneF1 Premium
wonderful advice, and I'm living it.
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ericcantu Premium
Really glad that helped you :)
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YvonneF1 Premium
You're welcome.
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RayeH3 Premium
Great words of wisdom...
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ericcantu Premium
I appreciate that. Thank you!
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Thanks for keeping it realistic Eric!
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ericcantu Premium
That's the best way to be, right? Thanks!
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JohnBochtis Premium
Eric, this is by far the most inspiring words i have read in a long time. Thanks for sharing!
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ericcantu Premium
I really appreciate that. Thank you, John!
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Joyce122 Premium
Eric,

I truly gotten so much from reading your article! It was very eye opening and I am going to take advice and be patient. Thank you!

Joyce
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that!
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Btwh Premium
Thank you that's great advice
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you! I appreciate it :)
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Good advice...
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you! Glad this helped :)
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how old do you have to be to earn
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ericcantu Premium
As long as you can create a PayPal account, most affiliate programs can pay out through PayPal.
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CraigW315 Premium
This is brilliantly written. I think this will now be my go-to post when someone asks me that question. Which should be in 5...4...3...
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ericcantu Premium
lol. it's the most common question isn't it? I appreciate the compliment. thanks brother.
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dalwhu Premium
Superb !!!
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ericcantu Premium
Glad you enjoyed this :) Thank you!
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billie-p Premium
This fabulous! Thank you!
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ericcantu Premium
Very glad to help! Glad you enjoyed it.
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AmiJayne Premium
This post just gave me the motivation I needed to keep going. I think most people don't stick with something long enough to see results. Thank you for sharing.
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ericcantu Premium
Hey we were just talking over in chat. lol. I'm really glad it motivated you.

Lots of people ask for the secret to online business, and you know it really is? The secret is simply sticking with it and not giving up. a HUGE percentage of people don't succeed only because they quit early.

stick with it! :)
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roamy Premium
Brilliant, well explained it`s funny that anyone will come here, nil experience and expect to make money in a month.There is no time limit to success and what does it matter anyway if it took another person a month and another person a year plus.
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ericcantu Premium
Absolutely true.
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PeterN1843 Premium
Great article Eric! Patience is absolutely important. Thank you for sharing. Now I'll check out some of your other articles!

Peter
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you for the support! I appreciate it!
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LaurieB73 Premium
Thanks, Eric! This is a great reminder that patience will pay off in the end. Great post!! :)
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you! I appreciate that!
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TheBuilder Premium
I'll bookmark it for later.
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ericcantu Premium
I appreciate that! Thank you for the comment!
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PeterVX Premium
Thanks for this, Eric!
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ericcantu Premium
You're welcome. Glad to help!
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MaryAnnL Premium
Dear Eric,

Thank you so much for this lesson. I really appreciate you sharing your experience and wisdom with us. Spot on!
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you so much. I appreciate that!
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you, Eric.
I was getting impatient too.
Could you please refer me to the WA training about traffic.
Ciao
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ericcantu Premium
Here's a couple of training lessons I've put together on building traffic with both on-page and off-page SEO. Hope they help.
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you much, Eric:
Training very good, very helpful, especially the 3Steps one, never heard before.
I have one more question for you today. Can you please refer me to a good CPA training? Some time ago I managed to become a publisher with Peer Fly and MaxBounty but I never did any work with them.
I would like to get into it, besides blogging.
By the way, I see you have a lot of experience so I will read more from your sites.
Ciao
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ericcantu Premium
CPA training as in accounting? I wouldn't even know where to start with that. Sorry! And thanks for checking out my training and my Work From your Laptop site. I appreciate it!
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Kambas Premium
Hi Eric

Thanks for this great training! You have pointed out some profound elements here.

You so right, most people want to earn before learning and understanding the dynamics and what it takes to run a successful business online.
They run away before giving themselves a fair chance to grow and develop.
If you plant a apple tree it will take years to grow and branch out but one day you will harvest sweet fruit that will feed you and many others :)

Kind regards,
Kamil
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ericcantu Premium
Excellent analogy, brother. That's exactly right. Great comment!
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celiacman Premium
Great motivating training

Many people are lead to believe all you have to do is build a website post products comes rolling in.

Jeff
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ericcantu Premium
I think it's important to show that there's hard work involved. When there's hard work that means there's a tangible return that can be achieved. What we have here is real training for real online business. I can't emphasize that enough. Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it!
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Kambas Premium
Then everyone could just quit their daytime job and become online millionaires... overnight! Hehe ^^,
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ericcantu Premium
Yup. If it was that easy everyone and their mom would have an online business.
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JasonHeard Premium
For someone to sit there and work for 9 months without "pay" is incredible ;)

On the other hand, just about everyone within WA can accomplish A LOT within this timeframe. From small victories, such as seeing traffic trickle in or getting organic comments and hearing from your audience, to becoming an established authority site.

I agree patience is key. Realizing the potential within the online space is what kept me at it.

Great share, Eric!
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ericcantu Premium
You're an inspiration, brother! Thank you for the support and thanks for chiming in! I appreciate it.
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BrendanB1 Premium
Thank you Eric, you hear these people telling their story about how they were broke and destitute, but they did this one great thing and overnight they were rolling in cash. (I think a lot of them just gloss over a year or two of hard work).

Success comes in time, but there is some hard work to be done in between and as you pointed out, if you get the foundation right it will come in time.
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ericcantu Premium
I couldn't agree more. Hard work and good training are the absolute keys here. Thanks for the comment!
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asoltys58 Premium
Solid training Sir. I will be connecting this to my site to help people get a realistic, informed viewpoint. Thanks!
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ericcantu Premium
Awesome. I appreciate that. Thanks for the comment!
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Dmorrow Premium
Very insightful and, yes, I see these questions over and over every day. The other one I see a lot is "I created my site and did some pages, but why don't I have any traffic yet? Thanks for addressing!

Blessings,
Debby
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ericcantu Premium
Thank you for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)
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Dmorrow Premium
It takes me back to 2 years ago when I joined. I know sometimes those questions are asked because people have been scammed before and they are unsure but, still, they can be irritating to see over and over and over!
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ericcantu Premium
I think it's a natural question and the main reason I wanted to create this training was to ease some of those asking it so they realize they don't have to put themselves on such a harsh timeline. The training they get here will deliver in time. They just need to be driven and have patience.
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dwcookie Premium
Well you already know my issue, PATIENCE. I've not been patient with traditional business either. I've got timelines for a lot of things. Sometimes, timelines make me work harder to achieve my goal. Most times my timelines are unrealistic to others but I work my ass off to achieve what I want. Sometimes I met it, other times I don't so I set another timeline.

I work for a spa and started my own business after graduating from Massage school in 2012. I got no clients really my first year, second year I ran Living Social specials just to get my name out there. I called this sweat equity because I made nothing per client. LS made the most of it. Maintained some of them but life got in the way, divorces, lost jobs and moving. So again I was at scratch one. My point, I never gave up, still have my office, still work full time at the spa. Was named Best MT in 2015 in my area. I've got referred clients coming in. My problem is that I work way too much now. But I never gave up.

I hate failure, it pisses me off to the umpteenth level. No matter how frustrated I get or how much crap I talk I will press on. I've given up in the pass because I didn't want to do the work. I know what it takes just didn't want to do it. Now I don't have a choice. I can't continue at the pace I'm at.

Took a break for a few days from here. Got my piss and vinegar back, lets get it done. Working on bringing that traffic I need.

Welcome back.
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ericcantu Premium
You're very determined, that's easy to see. And just like with your massage business, you mentioned not getting any real clients your first year, and the second year not really making a profit from your clients. You worked through those times because you understood it's a process. In traditional business this is more understood. Can you imagine being able to start a traditional business from scratch for less than $50/month. That's unheard of. Yet so many come to online business and complain about that figure, and then they want to make thousands their first month.

It's to those that this training is pointed at to help them focus on just how good we got it at WA so it's a little easier to stay patient and driven.
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dwcookie Premium
$50 a month I could spend in a couple days from eating out or a week of DD's or Starbucks coffee and a sandwich the size of a golf-ball. At one point I couldn't afford that myself. Been there done that but WA is freaking awesome and so worth the $50 a month. For the community alone. Other places ask for a lot more money and don't give you half of what WA offers.

Stay patient and driven, even if you have to bitch about it. That's my way of dealing with my lack of patience. Venting is good for the soul.
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ericcantu Premium
amen to that!
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pablocortina Premium
Good didactic
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ericcantu Premium
I'm glad you liked it. Thanks Pablo!
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, yes, yes. I just had some of these inquiries..."Can I make money in the first month?" etc etc.
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ericcantu Premium
I think it's the most common question new members ask. I see it all the time in the live chat. Before they even take a look at the training they'll ask "so how much are you guys making?" and you understand where they're coming from but you also know they don't understand all the dynamics of online business yet.

Hopefully this training can be shared with those who ask those questions so they get a little better understanding of just how awesome this platform is.
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Swangirl Premium
It was a new person who saw some of my posts lately who commented. You can always tell the new ones!

Yes, I will post the link to your training in my answer!
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abdul11 Premium
I asked myself many times this question no answer yet have to wait and see good luck
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ericcantu Premium
It's always a matter of sticking to the great training and having patience and a persistent drive. Thanks for the comment!
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