Affiliate Marketing Home-Based Business Is It For Everyone?

An affiliate marketing home-based business is not for everyone because not everybody who joins an affiliate program makes money.

Not everybody who is looking for a way to start a home-based business should get into online marketing for home-based businesses.

Why is that?!

That is probably not a big revelation because you can say that about a lot of different home-based business models. Certainly network marketing, big-ticket products, and even selling your own products online is actually harder than most people think it is.

I personally like the affiliate marketing business model and it was one of the first things I came across when I got started online back in 2002. However even 14 years ago it was not as easy to make money in affiliate marketing as it was presented.

So, here’s what I want to do in this article. I will give you a few reasons why affiliate marketing is not for everyone and then you can decide whether it’s for you.

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Set Up Your Own Blog

When you join an affiliate program you will be given a replicated website to promote. What this means is you are promoting the exact same website as everybody else in that affiliate program.

The only difference is your website is coded with your affiliate i.d. number. That is how you get credit for any sales, leads, or clicks you generate.

The best way to make money in affiliate marketing is to set up your own blog and use it as a website to promote your affiliate products. This allows you to differentiate yourself from all of the other affiliates in that program.

The downside to setting up your own blog which takes a lot of work to get it off the ground. The exception to that might be if you hire a freelance writer like me to blog for you.

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If you’re willing to promote your blog you can make a lot of money in affiliate marketing. Hiring a freelance writer like myself is a great way to get content added to your blog.

You then spend 100% of your time focusing on marketing your blog. A lot has been written about different ways to market your blog, but I can tell you that social media marketing is the best way to promote a blog.

It’s not necessarily the fastest, but it’s the most common and effective way that successful affiliate marketers make money today.

The exception to that would be if you have a budget for paid advertising. Paid advertising is risky if you do not know what you’re doing. However, paid advertising is fast because you can generate immediate exposure for your blog.

Making Money In A Niche With Google Adsense

Affiliate marketing is not for everybody because people have trouble determining what niche they want to get into. The niche you choose will be used to find products that you’re going to promote.

A big exception to this would be if you’re going to use the Google AdSense affiliate program as an income stream which I highly recommend. You can make money with AdSense in any niche because Google matches the ads to the content on your blog.

You make money when people click on the ads. For this, to work you need a lot of content that Google can match the ads to.

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Again this is where I can help you as a freelance writer. I can write content for your niche, and Google will automatically sell the ads.

The ads show up on your blog based on the keywords in the content that I write. All you have to do is have a small piece of code that determines the size of the ad on your blog.

One reason this is not a good strategy is it takes a while for you to start making money. If you need money fast Adsense is not the affiliate program for you.

You’re not going to earn a lot of money per click unless you’re in a very competitive micro-niche such as mesothelioma as an example. These are hard niches to compete in and not a good way to get started in my opinion.

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This Takes Work

Let’s say you want to write your own blog content. I am going to take a lot of work on your part and many people give up before they ever reach the point of being profitable.

This is why it’s often suggested that you choose a niche you have a passion for. I personally subscribe to this theory and it’s one of the reasons why I have the blog going here that I do.

I enjoyed writing about home business, network marketing, and various forms of Internet marketing including social media. This is interesting to me so I stay current on what’s going on in the industry.

Many people start a blog off with a lot of enthusiasm. That can quickly fade based on a number of factors including your busy lifestyle, and the fact that you’re not making any money at first.

It never really seems like work if it’s something you’re interested in doing. Even when you’re not making money initially it can be fun to put together a high-quality blog in a niche you have a passion for.

Is Affiliate Marketing Home Based Business For You?

I often tell people they should find one specific way to make money online and stick to it. Of course, the problem with that is you don’t know if it’s something you want to do until you give it a try.

In affiliate marketing, you are primarily responsible for your own income.

Of course, this is not the case if you get into a network marketing program where you can earn money by building a downline.

Even though that has some pros and cons, it is a different approach than affiliate marketing where you are not building a downline of distributors.

final thoughts

Is affiliate marketing for you?

It certainly is not for everybody, but it can be a great way to build a home-based business using the Internet. You just need to be prepared to learn how to do it correctly, and then put in the effort it’s going to take to get to the income level you want.

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10 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing Home-Based Business Is It For Everyone?”

  1. Hallo there D.Bishop,

    I have just built a new website and I don’t know how to write content in it. I would like some help as I try to figure myself out.

    I see you have said that you are a freelance writer and you are well acquainted with this stuff. Can we talk more about this privately? Let me know how I can get private access too you.

    • Dave, when you build a website the search engines would want to know if you are serious. And posting regular is one way that they determine, which would help in rankings. Minimum  weekly is considered the industry standard, the more the better.

      I write when i have the time, and I outsource it as well to keep up with the minimum of 8 posts monthly. but I choose the keywords and the sub headings. Sometimes I order 500 words and bring it up to 1000, just to add my flavor.

      You can go to one of my post and leave a comment with your email address so that We can converse. Yo can leave a description like Bishop this is Dave after your name. Talk to you soon.

  2. Hi again David!

    You are so right a home based business is certainly not for everyone!

    It’s something that I think people like the idea of but don’t really want to put the work required into it. 

    The issue I have with this is that if we were given the choice of creating something we are passionate about and working the hours that we’d like online compared to working in a JOB from an early age I think it could be very different!

    Imagine if we could start building a brand whilst living with parents and build the income over time to support our own lifestyles. 

    I really believe the reason so many people have a JOB is because that is “normal”. If it was normal to work online then people would in general have a much better quality of life and could scale the business to suit them.

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Hey Mike, glad to see you again. It gives me great pleasure to see that you are getting value in my website and I can;t thank you enough for your positive comments from time to time.

      Many people live there entire life by someone telling them what to do, this is one of the reason i mention that it would be difficult for most people to make that change and start a business on their own. glad that you agree with me here.

      Yes, we were all told growing up to go to school, get an education and graduate to get a good job. But i believe with the vast changes on the Internet and social media, people are opening their minds on making money online by building a website and joining affiliate programs.

      Thank you for stopping by again! Talk you soon and all the best with your business.


  3. Hi D.Bishop, 

    I agree with you totally that affiliate marketing is not for everyone especially people with get-rich-quick mentality. However, managing a website and monetizing from your contents requires skills that one has to learn to be a good affiliate marketer. I have a website myself but I sometimes get stuck in keeping my business alive because of other commitments. Apart from hiring a freelancer, is there other ways to help me keep my consistency in content writing?  

    • Glad to see that you agree with me here. And yes, no one want to put in the work today. they would work hard on their job but not do it to build a business for themselves.

      When starting out using a freelancer is what had helped me because I started part time and did not had the time to create content consistently. If you are to use them effectively, you should do your keyword research by starting of with low competition. Always have surplus articles so that you stay ahead.

      What I did, is that Sundays were my quiet day of the week, so if I have to post three articles that week, i would fine tune all three and make any necessary changes and save them to draft. So when that day comes, all I had to do is hit publish and do the necessary sharing after my article has gone live. Hope that helps!

  4. Thank you for your outlook on this topic.  So many people seem to think that you set up a website, add a couple of links and wow the money comes flying through the door.

    As you mention, it is hard work and it takes a lot of content to even get Google to see you let alone send people your way.

    I like the idea of getting a good writer to write your posts so that you can concentrate on marketing.  Makes sense.

    Thank you

    • Thank you for the comment and adding that working on your business is not an easy task. I believe the scammers makes it look like that, thus the reasons why most people fail.

      If they treat their business as a job and have the same discipline, then the success rate would increase.

      With the right program like Wealthy Affiliate, and the community that is behind you, it is very much possible for anyone to make it online.

      Glad that you see the benefit of outsourcing your content to help with your consistency and to free up some time to focus on other aspect of your business. All the best, KerryAnn.

  5. Hello Dave, 

    Affiliate marketing is  definitely not for every one. But for someone like me, it’s awesome,   I just got into it and I am doing pretty good though writing is a bit clumsy but them I’m am keeping up. I think in near future I will engage a free Lance writer to aid my content creation with ease. 

    Please,  Dav, can you put me through how the adsence works?? 

    • Glad that you love the idea of being an Affiliate Marketer and that it is working for you. If you can keep up with the consistency of your content and have the time to do all the other aspect of your business, then fine, it will help you to build your brand right.

      If you now starting out in Affiliate Marketing, I would hold off on Adsense for now. The money compare to the bounce rate does not worth it. But you can learn more on Adsense by clicking on the link below.

      Learning how Adsense works!


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