How long does it take to earn your first commission from affiliate marketing?

One of the most common questions among new affiliate marketers is how long it will take to earn their first commission.

This is where I have to tell you about my “secret system” that shows you a “proven method” to earn thousands of dollars this month working just a few hours a week from home or a beach.

Of course, to learn more about my “tried method” I have to sell you a very expensive ebook or training that reveals everything.

… But, I’m not going to do that.

I am not going to try to sell you a myth that with affiliate marketing you can become very rich in a very short time without having to do a lot for it.

I’m actually assuming that you feel this yourself. If something seems too good to be true, it should warn you that someone is trying to sell you something.

However, you can certainly make money with affiliate marketing. It is a fantastic revenue model with many advantages.

Of course, novice affiliate marketers wonder how long it will take before they start earning their first commission.

This of course depends on several factors .

In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the most important factors and also give you tips to earn your first commission as quickly as possible.

I’m sure you already knew that getting your first commission is dependent on several factors and it will be different for every novice affiliate marketer.

Still, you want to have an idea of ​​how long it will take approximately.

This is important to know because you will have realistic expectations and not get discouraged because you don’t earn your first commission fast enough.

Unrealistic expectations are one of the main reasons why many budding affiliate marketers throw in the towel before they even earn their first commission.


Well, I always tell people who want to start affiliate marketing that it will take about 3-6 months before they start earning their first commission.

This is based on my own years of experience in affiliate marketing, but also from many other affiliate marketers who are part of the largest affiliate marketing community in Belgium and the Netherlands, namely the community around the Affiliate Marketing Revolution of Jacko Meijaard .

This community now consists of almost 10,000 members.

There are continuously new members who start affiliate marketing. Successes are also shared in the members area so you can see how long it took for them to earn their first commission.

In this topic on the forum there are quite a few members who indicate how long it took them: When did you get your first commission?

In addition, Jacko Meijaard has also made a very interesting podcast about it that is definitely worth listening to:

Some manage to earn their first commission in less than 3 months. For others it takes a little longer than 6 months.

Now let me tell you what it depends on and how you can influence these factors to start earning your first commission faster.


If you take two budding affiliate marketers who create nearly identical websites around the same topic, but one person works 40 hours a week and the other 7 hours a week, it’s clear who will start earning commissions the fastest.

Setting up an affiliate business is ideal for those who want to start something without quitting their regular jobs.

So many starting affiliate marketers will only be able to work on their affiliate business for a few hours a day or even less.

Well, that’s okay.

I also have a regular job – which I enjoy doing – and I run my online business after my hours, while still wanting to spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

If you can put in more time , your affiliate business will naturally grow faster and you will also earn your first commission faster .

But this is different for everyone and depends on your lifestyle.

Some people quit their job and go all out. Others work on their affiliate business in their spare time and see it as an additional source of income.

The important thing is that you build consistently, then your affiliate business will continue to grow and you will earn your first commission at some point, after which you can scale further.

The more time you put into it, the more money you will be able to earn.

And the great thing is that you can earn passive income with affiliate marketing.

With the articles you write and publish on your affiliate website today, you can make money for years to come. I also earn money from articles I wrote years ago.

This is because those articles still appear high in Google for certain keywords.

Visitors from Google automatically come to my website and some of them decide to buy the product I am promoting and earn a commission thanks to an article I wrote years ago.


Some niches are more competitive than others.

If you decide to start an affiliate website in the weight loss niche, it will probably take you longer to earn your first commission than if you target a niche with less competition.

Of course you can earn more money in a niche with a lot of competition. That is why there is so much competition.

However, I recommend that you start with a smaller niche, so that you will see results faster.

It is very motivating when visitors start coming to your website. Your first commission will give you a huge boost of motivation to keep going and earn even more commissions.

If you focus on a niche that is too big with too much competition, there is a danger that it will take too long to see your first results in the form of visitors or commissions and that you will become demotivated and throw in the towel.


The products you promote must match the topic of your affiliate website. That goes without saying.

I also absolutely recommend that you only promote products that you have used yourself and that you support.

This way you can give the best advice and recommend products that have helped you and can help your readers too.

It is not a good strategy to promote products just because they pay a high commission. Your readers are going to get this and not really trust you anymore.

On affiliate networks you can find entire lists of products that you can promote. In this article I have made an overview of the best affiliate networks in Belgium and the Netherlands.

There is a big difference in the commissions you can earn.

For example, if you promote digital products via PayPro, it is not abnormal that you receive a commission of 50% to even 90% in some cases.

If you promote physical products at, the commissions are a lot lower, but the advantage is that you receive a commission on everything the visitor purchases, not just for the products you promote on your affiliate website.


If you’re reading this, you may have already put a lot of time and effort into building your affiliate website, but haven’t managed to earn a lot of commissions yet.

Or maybe affiliate marketing is completely new to you and you are still investigating whether it is a good revenue model to get started with.

In any case, one thing is certain: mistakes are inevitable.

What separates those who become truly successful from those who give up along the way is how they label those mistakes.

Thomas Edison – the inventor of the light bulb – made more than 10,000 attempts before he succeeded.

Not seeing those thousands of attempts as failures, he put it this way: “I haven’t failed, but I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

Each “failure” was therefore actually a step closer to success for him.

If you can easily make mistakes and just learn from them as you progress, you will earn your first commission MUCH faster than those who don’t handle mistakes and failures well.

So realize that you will make mistakes, but that you will learn how to do it.

Your first website will not look perfect yet, but you can further improve your website based on feedback.

Your first articles will probably not be very well written right away and not immediately rank very high in Google. But by learning the basics of SEO and writing more and more articles, you will gradually get better at it and you will get more visitors.

In the beginning you may choose the wrong product to promote that will earn you little or no commissions, but here you can also try different products and go with the best one.

And so there are a lot of things that you won’t do perfectly the first time, but if you keep learning from your mistakes, your website will get better and better and you will earn more and more commissions.

The more you can avoid the mistakes that novice affiliate marketers encounter, the faster you will become successful.

That’s what I want to help you with.

I have written many articles about affiliate marketing. You can find them all on my website under the affiliate marketing category .

Be sure to check it out as the articles are going to help you earn your first affiliate marketing commission as quickly as possible.


You are currently reading this article, so you are doing research to learn more. Which is very good!

But sometimes budding affiliate marketers spend so much time researching that they never actually start building their affiliate website.

Knowledge and action must be in balance.

If you want to earn money with affiliate marketing, you must of course first learn how this revenue model works and what the steps are.

After that, you have to jump into action and perform the different steps one by one.

The best affiliate marketing course I can recommend is Jacko Meijaard ‘s Affiliate Marketing Revolution .

I also learned it through this course and have been an active member of its community (the largest affiliate marketing community in Belgium and the Netherlands) for years now. Read my review of the Affiliate Marketing Revolution here .

Many budding affiliate marketers fall into the trap of justifying their lack of action by doing a lot of research.

But at some point you will have to roll up your sleeves and implement what you have learned.

There are also a lot of distractions on the internet. Make sure you are focused if you want to work on your affiliate website. So no Facebook, no Whatsapp messages to friends, no answering emails.


So there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long it will take to earn your first commission from affiliate marketing.

That’s a shame, because every starting affiliate marketer wonders this.

What you should keep in mind is that it is a myth that you can get rich very quickly online without having to put in a lot of effort.

People who claim this are trying to trick you into selling you something.

On this website I am not trying to sell you myths, but to show you how you can actually earn money on the internet.

If you’re hoping to make money really fast without having to do anything for it, I’m not going to be able to help you.

But if you’re looking for a legitimate way to build an online business, you’ve come to the right place.

Affiliate marketing is definitely my favorite online revenue model. If you consistently build your affiliate business, your website can make money for you on autopilot at any hour of the day.

I continue to be amazed when I wake up in the morning and see on my smartphone that I have earned affiliate commissions while I was sleeping.

You also don’t have to do customer service, store products, rent an office, or even leave your home.

I feel there has never been a better way to earn an extra income than now with affiliate marketing.

I have a regular job myself – which I enjoy doing – so I work on my online business after my hours and the affiliate marketing income is a perk.

There are plenty of examples in the Affiliate Marketing Revolution community who are full-time affiliate marketers and have complete (financial) freedom.

So you now have a choice.

Or you continue looking for a method where you can get rich very quickly without much effort.

Or you can start building your affiliate business today.

In a year you will be one year older.

Will you still be in the same position as you are now?

Or will you have a successful affiliate website that generates income for you.

Start today! Right now! It’s going to be fun!

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