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How Much Can You Make With Affiliate Marketing?

Here are only some of the revenues I generated this year with online sales funnels.

This is just to prove to you the kind of income that can be made with the formula I'm about to reveal in a few weeks online (depending when you read this, you may see an announcement on this page).


These are just some of the commissions I generated across niches, not including many of the smaller accounts or the revenues on my other businesses. In fact, one recent promotion to one of my lists was able to make nearly $40,000 in just a handful of days – all from a single product.

So this is how much I make, most importantly perhaps...

How Much Do Others Make?

So now you have an idea of how much I make, but how much does the average affiliate make and most importantly, how much can you make?

According to, when asked the questions:

- “How much is it possible to earn from affiliate marketing?”

- “If I quit my job, how long will it take me to earn X/day?”

The conclusion was that there are 5 earning brackets in the affiliate industry (and I agree):

  • Affiliate Apprentice – Losing money
  • Low Level Affiliate – Anywhere from $0/day up to $300/day.
  • Intermediate Affiliate – Anywhere from $300/day up to $3,000/day.
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    High Level Affiliate – Anything above $3,000/day.
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    The ‘Bag of D***’ Affiliate – He who considers anything less than $10,000/day to be ‘doing it wrong’.

Remember we’re talking about PROFIT here, not REVENUE.

Theoretically, a guy earning $300,000/month in revenue could be worse off than the guy making a steady $100/day with no outgoings.

Money can be hard to earn easy to lose for the reckless

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As Finch states, he would have to be blind, dumb, deaf, drunk and stupid to continue swallowing such a skinny margin, but it highlights one of the rare laws of affiliate marketing:

Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity.

Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity.

Click to Tweet recently ran a poll on an online marketing forum titled "How much do you earn per year?” and the results were as follows:

Clearly, what an affiliate says he earns is not always what he actually earns. It says a lot about the competence (or dishonesty) of affiliates that almost 20% reported a yearly income of above $1 million.

In some of my programs like the Affiliate Marketing Intensive Kickstarter, so many students ask me:

How much do I need to invest in my business to earn $X/day?

Many affiliates fail to align their earnings expectations with business models that are actually capable of delivering the desired income.

Here’s a breakdown of where each type of affiliate is likely to invest his time and money:

Low Level Affiliates:

Focuses on pockets of profit around the web. Ignores economies of scale in favor of high margin campaigns on smaller traffic sources that tend to be extremely volatile. Examples: POF dating campaigns, small scale Facebook Ads, Juicy Ad buys.

Intermediate Affiliates:

Focus on high volume traffic sources with smaller margins than the Beginner, but more volume. Smart movers in this category target mobile marketing and pop traffic.

High Level Affiliates:

Focus on mass market media buys and hugely scalable traffic sources. Greater risk involved, more capital required.

Apprentice Affiliates:

Focus, invariably, on all of the above, to his own detriment.

Bag of D*** Affiliate:

Focuses on Fox News. Competes with when buying traffic.

So, what are you happy to be?

If your expectations are such that you are delighted with an extra $100/day, then fuck anybody who tells you to throw down $10,000 on a costly media buy.

However, if you are the type of affiliate who’s going to feel like he has a ball missing until he’s earning $5,000/day, then take a reality check.

Are you committing your time and energy to the types of campaigns that are statistically and logistically likely to open up the earning potential that represent at least $5,000 a day?

This is common sense.

Enjoy the ride and see you soon.

Tiz Gambacorta

Nicknamed Europe's fastest growing digital nomad entrepreneur, featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today..