Can Affiliate Marketing Be A Full-Time Job? What’s The Income Like?

Affiliate marketing comes with some of the best benefits that you could possibly think of.

However, is it possible that affiliate marketing can be a full-time job, and can you make a decent income from it?

Allow me to answer all of the important questions for you in this article.

Can You Do Affiliate Marketing As A Full-Time Job?

can you do affiliate marketing as a full time job

You are going to be excited to know, that yes, you can do affiliate marketing as a full-time job. It can be quite lucrative too.

However, there is usually some confusion when it comes to doing full-time affiliate marketing work. And nope, I’m not talking about the controversy when it comes to affiliate marketing being alive or dead.

Here are the two biggest options when it comes to being a full-time affiliate marketer:

  1. You can be a full-time affiliate marketer working for yourself.
  2. You can be a full-time affiliate marketer working for someone else (as a job).

In case you didn’t know, there are jobs out there that allow you to do affiliate marketing for specific companies. However, in those cases, you’re most likely going to be a salary or per hour.

If you want the full advantage of being paid by the commissions that you make as an affiliate marketer, then that is something that you just might want to do on your own time, even if you already have a lot going on in your life.

Speaking of that, here is another popular question that is related to doing affiliate marketing.

Can You Do Affiliate Marketing While Doing Your Job?

Yes! You absolutely can do affiliate marketing while doing your job. In fact, this is what I recommend for most people.

Back over a decade ago when I was a personal trainer, if I wasn’t working, I was busy hunched over my laptop trying to crack the affiliate marketing code.

It took a ton of time to figure out back then but having any type of job didn’t get in my way from going after what I wanted.

To further expand on this question, here is something else that I want you to keep in mind.

I almost always recommend starting affiliate marketing when you already have a job.

So many people get a little too ambitious when it comes to quitting their job for affiliate marketing. Situations like this happen after only a little bit of success too.

This isn’t a good idea for quite a few reasons:

  • You won’t have that extra income from your job.
  • You will most likely be limited in knowledge (which is expected).
  • The internet is always changing, and you need to be able to adapt and pivot.

From my experience, these variables are very important when you are first getting started in affiliate marketing.

  • What if your traffic source is no longer available?
  • What if you lose your ads account and can no longer promote?
  • What if the ad prices significantly increase where you can’t be profitable?

The reasons go and on. Either way, I recommend that someone quits their job for affiliate marketing once they:

  • Are making significantly more money with affiliate marketing.
  • They also have plenty of funds to help grow or rebuild (if needed).

So that’s something that I want you to keep in mind as you dive deeper into the wonderful world of affiliate marketing. Those tips will put you in a much better place for success.

How Do I Make A Full-Time Income With Affiliate Marketing?

Making a full-time affiliate income simply boils down to successfully promoting a few high-converting offers.

Obviously, you are going to need to make more money than you invest. In other words, being profitable.

How you get to profitability and the fact that you eventually make more than a job, comes down to how you want to play the affiliate marketing game.

Here are two (ultra) simplified steps when it comes to the process. Also, keep in mind that there is going to be much more than you need to do from these steps, but it’s just a quick overview.

1) Find A High-Converting Offer

I can’t stress this enough, and that’s why I put it as the first step. The offer (or offers) that you pick will either make or break you.

I’ve seen far too any affiliate looking to promote offers that aren’t in their best interest. What I mean by that is:

  • They don’t have high enough payouts.
  • The offer themselves aren’t high-converting enough.

This kind of relates to, what I like to call, the affiliate marketing instinct. After gaining enough experience, you grasp a good idea about what is going to convert, and what is not.

This is something that you will lack when getting started, but gain as you get more knowledgeable.

The good news is that it’s much easier to see if an offer will pay out more. To make your life easier, look for higher ticket items as the payout is almost always more when compared to your average offer.

2) Send Targeted Traffic To That High-Converting Offer

Traffic and conversions. That’s quite the popular phrase when it comes to affiliate marketing and internet marketing in general.

With that being said, this step is all about sending targeted traffic to the high converting offer (or offers) that you are going to be promoting.

The good thing about generating traffic is that you have a ton of options to choose from. For example, you can choose the lower-cost or no-cost route and go with platforms such as:

  • TikTok and creating videos.
  • YouTube and creating videos.
  • Facebook groups by helping out others.
  • Blogging on your website just like I’m doing here.

When it comes to YouTube, the launch jacking method works fantastically, especially if you are just getting into affiliate marketing. I’ll leave an article down below if you’d like to learn more about that method.

Related: Click here to learn about the launch jacking method.

There will be some costs here and there (depending on the tools that you use), but this is the route if you’re looking to be leaner and have a higher chance of affiliate marketing profitability.

Related: Talking about the average income of affiliate marketers.

Then on the other hand you have the paid advertising route. I won’t create another list of options for you, but this is anything related to paying for the traffic that you want to get.

While you do have to pay for the traffic, you get much quicker feedback when it comes to what’s working, what isn’t working, and the changes that you need to make.

Can You Make A Full-Time Income With Affiliate Marketing? Closing Words

So the answer is yes, you most certainly are capable of making a full-time with affiliate marketing. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it’s certainly possible.

Aside from the two biggest steps of affiliate marketing, there will always be new skills that you need to learn that will help you do better as an affiliate marketer. Examples include:

  • SEO.
  • Sales copy.
  • Email marketing.
  • Video creation and editing.
  • Landing pages and sales funnels.
  • Creating irresistible bonus offers.
  • Writing (if you want to be a blogger).

And there are still so many skills, like lead generation, that can help your affiliate marketing succeed. Don’t feel like you need to know everything at once though.

When I first started affiliated marketing, I took things one step at a time and simply learned what I needed to know next. By doing that, it will help you get past a few of the challenges in front of you, without being overwhelmed at the same time.

Anyway, I hope that this article helped you out when it comes to what’s possible in terms of affiliate marketing and making a full-time income.

I’ll leave you with a great affiliate marketing resource that I found very helpful, and I think that you will like it too. It’s called the Insider’s Guide To Affiliate Marketing, and it also happens to be a very inexpensive yet valuable guide.

Lastly, you can also read my review of the Insider’s Guide if you’d like even more information about it.

Either way, thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy affiliate marketing as much as I do. Stick with it long enough, and you’re bound to start seeing some great results.

James Canzanella

A former personal trainer who went from unemployment to online business success. He's been marketing since 2012 and (still) enjoys lifting weights, listening to rock music, and relentlessly quoting movie lines.

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