10 Affiliate Marketing Myths Debunked

The search for truth is a never ending quest in all our lives. There’s no shortage of half truths and the online world is no exception. Remember when the earth was thought to be flat? Well, there you go. Can money be made online or can’t it? The truth lies somewhere in between. Following are 10 affiliate marketing myths debunked.

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Affiliate Marketing Myths

1. You Will Become A Millionaire Overnight

Unfortunately, internet marketing will not propel you to millionaire status overnight. Like everything in life, the time and effort you invest in your marketing strategy will determine what you get back. Plain and simple! There are no get-rich-quick schemes that are truly viable.

Making money online requires a lot of learning, dedication, and trial and error to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Whether you succeed or not is entirely up to you. This might sound harsh but it’s actually really good news as you decide your online fate.

2. It’s Impossible To Make Money Online

This is also not true. It’s not only not impossible to make money online, but, in fact the possibilities are endless. Does this mean it won’t take hours and hours of effort on your part? No! Again, you’ll reap what you sow. The key to success lies in your ability to persist when things look grim, and be consistent in your marketing strategies. Know upfront that the path to success is not a straight line, – it will take many twists and turns.

Learn to accept defeat from time to time, dust yourself off, and get back on task. Develop wisdom, which means learning from your mistakes, and applying that knowledge to your online business. Don’t give up when frustration hits – set backs are inevitable. Accept that highs and lows are all part of the process. Be inspired by the many many people that are making money online, and learn from them!

3. Everyone Can Make Money Online

Anything worth achieving in life takes a huge amount of discipline, a willingness to learn, and the ability to apply that hard-earned knowledge. It’s not easy to learn new things, much less to apply what you’ve learned. An open mind and tons of hard work are necessary.

Learn everything you can about online marketing, embrace new ideas, develop strategies, and then implement those strategies every single day to turn your dream into a reality. Anyone can make money online IF they are willing to buckle down, and do the work. It all comes down to your individual work ethic.

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4. Not Everyone Can Make Money Online

Again – not true! If you are a cynic, skeptic, and have little faith in yourself, your chances of online success are pretty slim. Although internet marketing can be learned, it does take time to figure it out. You can’t short circuit time.

It will take a certain amount of time to absorb, and make sense of everything you’ll need to learn and implement. The only person thwarting your success is you. You control the outcomes.

5. Internet Marketing Is Too Hard

Yes, it requires a lot of hard work, but it’s not TOO hard. Once you get into it, and garner a support system, you’ll find yourself enjoying the new information and skills you’re learning. You have what it takes to succeed online if you have faith in yourself, a burning desire, and the will to do what needs to be done.

Look within yourself and ask yourself these questions. What do I know? What do I like? What need can I fulfill? Set yourself apart from the crowd.

6. Succeeding Online Will Be Easy

No, but it will get easier over time as you develop and implement the necessary skills to succeed online. Streamline what needs to be done on a daily basis, and it will become second nature to you. Operating an online business is, comparatively, easier than having a brick and mortar business.

You won’t have overhead costs, or the hassle of dealing with inventory, and shipping. That doesn’t mean you won’t have to work hard writing valuable content, optimizing SEO, assessing your niche’s needs, and, then, meeting those needs by promoting your online products and services.

You’ll develop your brand, build trust with your audience, and keep up with the myriad of tasks that need to be done. Persevere – Rome wasn’t build in a day!

7. It Will Only Require An Hour Or Two A Day

This may be true after your business is established and bringing in consistent income.  You’ll be able to automate your efforts at some point. In the beginning, however, many hours will be spent in front of your computer brainstorming domain names, coming up with taglines, deciding on a niche, building a website, writing content, becoming an affiliate, and learning about SEO.

You’ll become adept at running your online business as you become familiar and comfortable with the tasks it takes to succeed online.

8. Online Marketing Is Not A Real Job

I advise you not to say this to someone who has just spent eight hours in front of their computer working on their online business. There will always be those who don’t believe money can be made online. Anything that requires hard work is a real job – even though it will take awhile to see the money.

The groundwork must be laid, and the price paid, before you’ll be rewarded for your hard work. Researching and writing requires a lot of mental stamina. You”ll likely be exhausted in the beginning stages. Ignore those who minimize your efforts. Bask in your successes and keep your failures in perspective.

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9. It’s All About The Money

Money will always be part of the equation, but it isn’t the only factor. There’s also a lot to be gained when entering the world of internet marketing, and who can put a price tag on the satisfaction that comes from building something of your own from scratch. Valuable knowledge will be acquired from the hours you’ll spend researching.

Becoming a great writer is a beneficial skill set in its own right. You’ll learn how to plan and organize your time, along with everything else that is required to make money as an online marketer. Learning will make you a more interesting person. And if that weren’t enough – you can set your own hours.

10. It Takes Years To Make Money Online

Wrong again. Although building a thriving online business requires big-picture thinking, and a long-term commitment, it doesn’t have to take years to generate traffic and make money. You do have to be in it for the long haul because the time table is unknown when you’re just starting out.

Take advice and learn from successful online marketers. Dedicate yourself to building a profitable online business, and watch your hard work and dedication pay off.

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Key Points

Internet marketing is a great way to reach those you want to serve. It’s also possible to make a comfortable income.

If you want to be an affiliate marketer, then be one. You have the ability to achieve what you set your mind to.

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14 thoughts on “10 Affiliate Marketing Myths Debunked”

  1. There are so many tips and myth out there about affiliate marketing. I personally came across two that said it was a pyramid scheme, and that you will not make money and online marketing is not a real job. I feel that people are afraid to accept something that is a new concept. They just need to be more openminded and try it out. How will one progress in life if one stays in the same place?

    Anyone can make money online but it is up to you on how much effort and time you are willing to put into it. I’ve made money online from blogging and from Adsense on my site. I do not make enough money to quit my full time job but it is progress from not making money to making something, and it will keep progressing. 

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and debunking all the myths about online marketing.

    • There really are a lot of myths. That affiliate marketing is a pyramid scheme is one I haven’t heard. Oh wow! And of course people don’t think it’s a real job. Many people just don’t understand the ins and outs of how online marketing works. However, once they understand the process, they’re more willing to try it out. 

      Yep, it’s true, it’s pretty difficult to progress when you stay stuck in the same spot year after year. Anyone can be successful at affiliate marketing if they’re willing to put in the time and effort. 

      Good job on your site. Sounds like your hard work is paying off.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. I think you have done a great job debunking some of the myths about affiliate marketing. You also provided a real look into the hard work and time that needs to be put in before being able to achieve our online business goals, while still maintaining how possible and rewarding it can be. It is a good read especially for someone trying to decide if this is the path they want to take. 

    • Thank you Clare. I’m glad I painted a realistic picture in regard to affiliate marketing. Hard work and money usually go together. Two sides of the same coin!

  3. I became a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate last month. Still, I am learning. It is a great platform for learning and earning. Thank for describing these 10 Affiliate Marketing Myths Debunked. Yes, I do agree with these. People have some myths about working and earning money online. You have pointed out these very well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

    • I’m so glad you’re a member of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s is such a fabulous platform. I’ve learned so much and love telling other people about it. There’s no better way to learn how to build an online business. Thanks a lot for reading!

  4. This is a great eye-opener and motivational article. Since I already know about affiliate marketing, it was a great article to remind me that hard work will pay off. For those that are on the edge about getting into affiliate marketing, I just want to speak on how true this article is. 

    The myths were debunked correctly and accurately. People have this idea that the internet is easy because its done in the comfort of wherever you want. Then when the work doesn’t pay off instantly, they automatically assume it doesn’t work.  

    This is a great wake-up call to show that hard work is required in everything you do in order to reap any benefits from it. Great job debunking these myths! I hope everyone can see this for how amazing it is!

    • Thank you so much. I think it’s important that the myths be debunked so people who want to make money online can do so, yet with reasonable expectations. The internet makes it possible to build and monetize a website, which is awesome, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy or quick process. Sadly, many people give up too soon. 

  5. Hey Holly, thanks so much for the excellent article. I had no idea there were so many internet myths that I just didn’t take the time to research. I used to think that making money overnight was a real thing otherwise I’d given up on having my own business. You made so many excellent points in your article. Your article would be ideal for those beginners who are looking for a quick dollar.

    • Hi RJ,

      Thanks for reading my post. Yes, there does seem to be a lot of myths around affiliate marketing with many people thinking they’ll be earning a good income within a couple of months. Then when that doesn’t happen, they give up which is unfortunate because if they’d stuck it out their business would have eventually paid off. That’s why patience, dedication, and self-discipline are so essential.   

  6. Hi Holly, I can’t agree more with you that it takes a lot of work to operate a brick and mortar business and a lot of money too. I prefer by far fighting against the myths you are mentioning and spending way less time than I would on a traditional business. 

    I think it is a great topic that deserves to be read by many people and applied immediately.

    • Thanks Claude!

      Affiliate marketing is worth the effort if you understand the rules going in. I love working for myself and setting my own hours. It’s the best. I appreciate your comment!

  7. These ten tips are on point. You certainly cannot become a millionaire overnight as so many people think when they hear the term affiliate marketing. But this is sad that many people believe this notion when so many millionaires and billionaires have said how hard they had to work to be where they are.

    I do agree completely that affiliate marketing takes a lot of work. Late nights and early mornings. Long days and tiring days. Putting content together is never easy especially killer content. When you are just starting out it takes so much research, so much time on the computer, so much time brainstorming. You might get demotivated and stressed out, especially when your business is not taking in any income, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

    • It’s so true. Affiliate marketing is a great business to be in but it does take a lot of work and time before you see any profits. I’ve spent many a late night at my computer finishing an article or making sure my SEO is on point or doing keyword research. 

      Working for yourself requires a lot of discipline and motivation for sure. Thanks so much for reading!


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