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Many people commence affiliate marketing with the expectation that they will instantly make lots of money by promoting other peoples manufactured products. So why do 95% of people fail to achieve success?

Affiliate Marketing your way to success explains the high expectations that newbies have and why they fail. But did you know you can learn to be more successful in affiliate marketing.

So, Why do Affiliate Marketers Fail?

One of the essential requirements of success in affiliate marketing is discipline. Fear of failure that prevents you from choosing a niche that works for you and writing masses of content to promote your niche website can be a daunting task when you are new.

Success in Affiliate Marketing

Between 1 to 5 per cent of affiliate marketers achieve an income of about five figures per month; when you reach this level, you will be known as a “super affiliate.’

Key Benefits to success

When you become an affiliate marketer, one of your main goals is to succeed, and achievement is possible. Creating your business from the ground up is an exciting time. The more traffic you gain, the more you will earn extra income in time. Payment does not come first. Other key benefits include:

  • Website hosting choice
  • Flexibility
  • Low risk
  • Increased traffic
  • Gaining new customers, globally
  • Building relationships with your clients and other affiliates
  • Cost-effective
  • Work from home, flexible and convenient
  • Get paid once you make sales or leads
  • Plenty of affiliate programs to choose from
  • Excellent source of additional income
  • No experience required

The Cons of Affiliate Marketing

The disadvantages of affiliate marketing start with people’s personal experiences and perceptions. Many are disappointed because of

  • Commissions are small on sales
  • Lots of rules and conditions in affiliate programs
  • The need to be dedicated and hard work for very little in return
  • Uncertainty about succeeding
  • Lots of competition
  • The Need to choose the right niche
  • Negative experiences

Fear of Failing

When newbies commence affiliate marketing, they become afraid of failure. Such thoughts can make them either sad, frustrated, or lacking confidence until they realise everyone has been in the same boat as them when they first start.

They then discover communities to help them succeed and overcome their negative emotions. I soon found that being part of a community of affiliate marketers that help is readily available to anyone who reaches out, asks questions and participates within the affiliate marketing community. 

When I started looking at videos online on YouTube, I didn’t have much money, and I found I built a fear factor in making videos. I was afraid that when I asked questions that my question was ridiculous and that I would not get many answers

Asking for Help

I asked the question on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. My question was, “Is there a free video software program that is easy?” In my description area, I elaborated on my question by saying, “Does anyone use a free, simple, not complicated video that does more than 15 minutes? It has to be a simple one for a simpleton.” (that’s me).

Feedback was overwhelming

The responses to my question are more than I anticipated:

  • Have you used Tech Smith? It is easy to use.
  • Screenpresso…its free or hitfilms
  • Tooly and Doodly
  • Sendspark
  • Wondershare Filmora
  • Quicktime
  • OBS

The list was overwhelming yet exciting. I had quite a few to look at, and it kept me busy for a while.

What you want

Thousands of affiliate marketers use hosting platforms such as Wix, Bluehost, or GoDaddy, to name a few. I use Wealthy Affiliate, and so do other 1.4 million members who are willing to help you succeed whether you’re a newbie or an expert.

Fundamental Benefits of Wealthy Affiliate

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Wealthy Affiliate University

What you will learn

Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) is the best one for a newbie. You can watch one of my video’s that will walk you through what you will learn in the course. There are five courses and 50 Lessons. Each level contains ten courses.
Level one Getting Started is available to all members who join either as free or paid member. After completing this level, you will need to go Premium to achieve the other four levels
Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) At Wealthy Affiliate.
Affiliate Bootcamp is the best one for starting Affiliate Marketing after OEC

Phase 1 Getting Your Business Rolling is also available as a free course. To learn more, you will need to join as a member, and you can access the rest of the lessons.

Bootcamp training courses at Wealthy Affiliate.
My Training Activity

It is a place where you can access Tutorials and Videos

Training Activity at Wealthy Affiliate.
Training Headquarters

Training Headquarters is where you can find a classroom, training, videos and Tutorials on any topic such as Site Health,  

Training Headquarters at Wealthy Affiliate

Classrooms are where you will find all classes that answer your questions, provide tutorials, videos and courses on your topic.

Everything WordPress at Wealthy Affilliate.


Why 95% of affiliate marketers fail is based on several personal reasons, as explained above—those who succeed in making income online.

The key benefits outweigh the negatives of affiliate marketing. We only fear failure when we fail to ask for help within the marketing community or we don’t follow or like the advice given to us by the experts.

I found that I needed a community, host, and a learning platform, all in one and I did find it in Wealthy Affiliate. They provide all the real benefits of joining. 

  • Webhosting
  • Warm community
  • Learning platform
  • Tutorials, webinars, YouTuber videos

When you join Wealthy Affiliate, it is FREE, $0.00

Wealthy Affiliate platform designed for all affiliate marketers of all levels.

When you decide to join as a Premium Member within the first seven days, you will receive a 59% Discount

Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links on my website contain affiliate links, making a small commission on purchases at no extra cost to you. Thank you for taking an interest in my site and reading my posts. Click here to read my full disclosure.

My reviews are based on my personal own experience and research. I never recommend poor quality products or create false reviews to make sales. It is my intention to explain products so you can make an informed decision on which ones suit your needs best. If you have any questions about this post’s content, please leave a comment below I would love to hear what you think about the article.

“I’m tired of chasing shiny objects. Today I am committing to becoming a Successful Affiliate Marketer because I know it gives me the best chance at financial freedom. By leveraging other people’s proven products and processes, I can start faster and scale with less resistance. I deserve financial freedom and even though I know building a business takes work, I will see it through.” – Brian Brewer

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  • Lemuel Sacop

    Hello and thank you for this very enlightening article that made me remember what I always love about WA. It’s a community of very supportive and helpful people. I had seen a considerable amount of complaints about the community of WA. That there is something fishy about it. That you are greeted with a warm welcome, constant motivation-giving, even with very personal things, and a very supportive and helpful community. And I couldn’t be silent with it.

    They forgot to realize that most of these people are professionals of their respective fields, raised right, and just plain choose to help and encourage others. We are all in this together. No one is left behind. No crab mentality here.

    Not everyone succeeds, but those who succeed always did the hard work.

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hello Lemuel
      Thank you for your comment, which I have to agree with you regarding people thinking that there is something fishy because people choose to be warm and helpful. I live in a farming community, where we are always warm, respectful and only too willing to help our neighbours.

      I look at Wealthy Affiliate as part of my farming community, except everyone comes from different areas globally. Wealthy Affiliate has lots of experienced people who are so willing to help, motivate, encourage, and cheer you on when you have succeeded or not.

      Being successful takes a lot of patience, dedication, motivation, self-discipline, and anything else that helps us achieve the possibility of the impossible.

      All the best.

  • Sylvie Christ

    Hi Yvonne, I love your article!
    You provide the information we all need to start an online business. I think that affiliate marketing is the best form to earn perfect money. The problem that so many fail is the determination and consistency of working for the business every single day. I write daily, except Sunday, because I need a day to restore my energy. Most time, we go then for a hike.
    Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform; the support, technical, educational, mental, and emotional, is outstanding. Something I have never received before. Believe me, I have tried several affiliate marketer’s products and platforms to succeed, but I wasn’t helped the way we are at WA. Most ask for your payment, and that’s it. I really find the prices at WA very small in comparison to others, and the starter is so much worth checking the platform out. I was positively surprised by the warm welcome I had received when I started my free trial. I can recommend Wealthy Affiliate to everyone who would love to set up an affiliate marketing business. Thank you very much, Yvonne, for the thoughtful information! 🙂

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hello Sylvie
      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your response and honesty on affiliate marketing. However, I totally agree with you regarding why so many fail, and it’s because they lack determination and consistency, not only in working every day but also in writing posts.

      It’s good for the soul to break and do something different; it helps you see things from a different perspective.

      I totally agree Wealthy Affiliate is awesome, and we see so many who have been members since 2005 and are there to offer experience. Kyle, Carson, Jay and the team do a wonderful job in keeping the platform running smoothly. I have been here just under one year, and I have seen upgrades and changes to the platform that can only make it more user friendly.

      All the best, Sylvie.

  • Christine

    It’s true that affiiliate marketing is a lot of hard work for little returns in the beginning, and it can take months or years before the money starts rolling in. Many people don’t want to wait that long, they want money now and so they quit. I think that if you stick to it that all the work and effort will pay of in the end. It will be worth it.
    I also make videos on YouTube. I heard of some of the ones you mentioned but others are new. I’m using invideo, which is also a great tool.

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hello Christine
      Thank you for your comment. I agree many people are too eager to quit before building trust and integrity on the Internet. I have not heard of invideo. I’ll have to take a look at this one. I have been using Filamora for my videos on YouTube.

      All the best.

  • Connie

    Hi Yvonne,

    This is an excellent post. I can relate to all of that. I’m going on a couple of months at WA. I thought I could write, but when it comes to my posts, I just get a block. And I think that is just what you said, fear. Afraid I’m going to write something that doesn’t look good. And, you know what, right now, they don’t look that great. I only hope that with practice, I can write as well as you one day. You are a great writer and this really resonates with me and I’m sure a lot of people, especially those just starting out.

    I know that I am determined to make this work. I’ve been in too many other programs and paid lots of money to get nowhere. Finding WA has been a life changer. The training is right on. It seems tough at times since I’ve never tried affiliate marketing or having a website. But I know it’s what you need to be able to succeed. The community is like none I’ve ever seen. It is so worth the money to join the premium. I have a long ways to go, but I know that with hard work and commitment, success will come.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


    • Yvonne Bray

      Hi Connie
      Thank you for your message. I’m so happy you can relate to my post. Writing comes with lots of practice, so I have learned. It is suggested that we should write at least 500 words a day in a notebook. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. Just write about anything. It will help release what’s on your mind.

      Thank you for your kind words on my writing skills, and like you, I often wonder if I am writing okay.

      You are in the right place at Wealthy Affiliate. You get all the help and training that many other places do not offer. Also, the community is wonderful, and they are only too willing to help you move forward.

      All the best, Connie.

  • Muslimah

    You are right on point, affiliate marketing is an excellent way to start a successful online business, but it’s easy to make mistakes if the process is wrong.
    Undergoing training and learning from experienced people in the field is a great way to start, especially as a beginner.

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hiya Muslimah
      Thank you for your lovely comment. I totally agree with you affiliate marketing is a great way to start your online business. Making mistakes helps us grow as we learn from our mistakes, we become much wiser.

      Undergoing training and learning from those who are more experienced is the way to go for beginners. I see so many newbies getting into affiliate marketing, and they haven’t done the step by step training, or they have missed a step which leads to frustration.

      All the best.

  • Matt Lin

    Hi Yvonne,

    95% of people fail to make money online because they don’t have the correct mindset to build their online business and grow with it. I’ve seen many fellow affiliate marketers quit this affiliate marketing game after 3-6 months, but running an online business is like a marathon, not a sprint.

    Wealthy Affiliate is indeed the best platform for everyone interested in affiliate marketing. I know this because I am also a WA member, so I see how the founders update the platform with a more intuitive UI to better UX or add more powerful functions or features into the platform. This is no doubt! So, if you are interested, join the starter membership today! You’ll see many happy members just like Yvonne and me. 🙂


    • Yvonne Bray

      Hi Matt thank you for commenting. I agree many do quit early, yet they have put in slot of work to get started. When they realise it takes constant effort to build trust, they quit. That’s what I live about WA. We are supported, inspired, and motivated to continue.

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