From Failure to Success – My Affiliate Marketing Journey

Hello everyone. My name is Tyler Cruz and this is my first-ever guest blog post.

I run a blog at TylerCruz.com which I started back in October 2005, just two months before John Chow started his. In fact, I’ve known John since before (right before) either of us even had blogs, before he became famous and an internet celebrity.

My blog chronicles my day-to-day operations as a web entrepreneur and someone who makes their living entirely from the Internet. While more relevant today in 2012, it was a bit more interesting in 2005/2006 as making money online wasn’t so ubiquitous as it is today.

I’ve been making money online for a living now for around 8 years. I’ve had many successes and many failures. I’ve made money online from a variety of different methods including: ad income from websites, website selling/flipping, domain flipping, and commission-based sales.

One method of making money online that has always intrigued me however, was affiliate marketing.

It has always intrigued me because I saw people posting screenshots of their earnings from affiliate marketing, and it always astounded me how much money they were making. I saw people posting screenshots of their accounts, making $50,000 or $75,000 or even $100,000 and higher a month.

This just floored me and I’ve never been able to get affiliate marketing off my mind since. The potential income was just too great.

Failure After Failure

I just finished doing a search on my blog, and found that April 23, 2007 was the exact date that I decided to give affiliate marketing a shot myself.

The following screenshot shows the results after my first 2 weeks of affiliate marketing:

As you can see, it did not go very well. In fact, it was rather disastrous. I spent $1,186.20 to make $84, resulting in a net loss of –$927.70.

But that very first lead I made on April 27th, 2007 gave me a high like there was no tomorrow, and I was hooked.

My results didn’t improve anytime soon, but I kept at it. Fortunately, affiliate marketing was just something I was trying on the side, and I was still making good money from other online endeavours, primarily my content-based websites. This allowed me to keep trying my hand at affiliate marketing.

One year later, I finally managed to finish a month with a tiny bit of profit. While I basically broke even, it was still progress nonetheless.

I continued to try affiliate marketing off and on, always doing it on the side of everything else I was doing, and often going half a year without doing any work on it at all.

It was frustrating to see others pull in such huge numbers when I was struggling just to break even.

Progress…

By February 2009, I managed to finish the month with a net profit of $511.49 and ROI of 28.01%.

It was great to finally see a good month. While I was only making in a month what others were making in a day, it was still a good feeling to know that I was finally able to make affiliate marketing work after all of my prior failures with it.

In late November 2009, I had a fantastic 6-day stretch in which I yielded a net profit of $625.37, resulting in an awesome ROI of 96.94%:

I ended up netting just over $1,000 that month.

Unfortunately, that particular campaign I was running proved to be quite unstable, and the following month I once again ended up in the red by around $600.

It was frustrating to see success with affiliate marketing, only to have things turn upside down the following month. It seemed to be a coin flip, and I wasn’t really getting anywhere, basically just breaking even in the long run.

With affiliate marketing taking up a lot of my time, and due to my very mixed success with it, I took quite a long break from it, only leaving some of my campaigns run on auto-pilot. I tried a few new things here and there, but basically just left it on the backburner for the next year and a half or so.

The Turning Point

I’m not sure what prompted me to do it, but in November of 2011, I decided to give affiliate marketing yet another try. This is something I kept doing off and on ever since I started that day on April 23, 2007, and so I guess I just figured it was time to give it another go.

I think in the back of my mind, I still remembered seeing those screenshots of guys pushing 5-6 figures a month, and it was just something I couldn’t stop dreaming about. And so, back to work on new campaigns I went.

Things started off a bit rough… I had numerous days of finishing in the red again. But at the same time, I saw a lot of potential is what I was doing, which made me excited.

It took a lot of work and a lot of optimizing, but after a few weeks, I finally polished my campaigns to where I was netting around $100/day profit.

What was great was that there was still so much to test and optimize, which meant a lot of growth possibilities.

New Records Left and Right

I kept working hard on my campaigns, basically spending the majority of my working hours on them, and by December 2011 I had my campaigns going quite strong.

In fact, I was setting and breaking new personal records on almost a daily basis. On December 17th, 2011, I set a new personal record by netting $590.72 in profit from my affiliate campaigns. On December 19th, 2011, I set another record by grossing $1,276.50 in a single day, and on January 2, 2012, I set yet another personal record by grossing $1,500 in a single day!

It was amazing. It just goes to show how quickly things can change in affiliate marketing. Two months prior, I was still in the red, then just 60 days later, I was hitting days as high as $590 net profit a day.

But alas, affiliate marketing is indeed one long roller coaster, and the ride will repeat itself. The next 3 months were very slow for my campaigns, as I ran into a number of obstacles such as offers dropping, pay decreases, and increased advertising costs and competition.

But I wasn’t giving up – oh, no. The tremendous growth and success I saw in November and December of 2011 only fuelled me to keep trying further.

It took a little while to get things going again, but on April 29th, 2012 I set another new personal best, by grossing $1,671.82 in a single day.

I was back, and it felt good!

What’s crazy is that a couple days later, I completely smashed that record by grossing $2,341.10 in a single day! $581.25 of that was profit in case you were wondering what my profit margins were like.

On May 4th, 2012, I published a post on how I generated over $9,000 in 6 days from my campaigns,

Over $4,000 in a Single Day!

On May 12th, 2012, my campaigns grossed a total of $4,070.00 in a single day.

Un-be-liev-able.

$1,778.56 of that ended up being profit.

Continued Growth

On June 11th, 2012, around 5 weeks ago, I was encouraged to try advertising on Facebook from a super affiliate friend.

I had tried it a few times before, but had always had terrible results. But my friend was seeing enormous success with it and I had learned a few things since I last tried it, so I decided to give it another go.

Long story short, I’ve only been using Facebook for around 5 weeks now, but have already spent close to $30,000 on it:

I found another good traffic source to scale my campaigns. Woohoo!

I’m One of Those Guys!

As I write this, my campaigns have currently grossed over $3,000 for the day, and the day isn’t even over yet!

Below is a screenshot of my campaign numbers from June 1st, 2012 up to today, July 23rd, 2012, around a 53-day span:

As you can see, I ended up grossing $122,471.85 in less than 2 months!

Suddenly, I’m one of those guys posting the 6-figure screenshots – the very ones that inspired me to give affiliate marketing a try in the first place.

The feeling is a bit unreal, and to be honest, these numbers have only whetted my appetite to grow my campaigns even further.

I now want to work on getting my net profit up to $30,000 a month (and beyond). The sky’s the limit. What’s scary is that compared to some other affiliates, what I’m currently generating is miniscule in comparison, and so the desire to keep growing continues.

The Point

To some, it may seen like this post is just about me bragging about my recent success in affiliate marketing, or that I’m about to pitch some e-book or product to you.

If that’s what you thought, you’re wrong.

The point of this very long-winded post is to never give up and to persevere.

I first started trying affiliate marketing on April 23, 2007, but I didn’t see any real notable and consistent success until November of 2011 – over 4-and-a-half years later.

If I gave up after my first attempt and never tried again, I’d never be seeing the numbers I am today.

Granted, I had funds from other revenue sources that made it easier to keep trying, but it’s not like most of you don’t have revenue from day jobs that you could use. And yes, my campaigns could fizzle out again, but even if they do and I never get them profitable again, the fact remains that I did manage to grow them to huge numbers and overcome my past failures, and that can never be taken away from me.

Affiliate marketing also has a fair bit of luck involved. Sometimes you just get lucky and will find a particular offer and particular traffic source that work – but the only way to know is to keep trying.

Failure is fine as long as you learn from your mistakes and gain knowledge and experience.

Obviously this doesn’t just pertain to affiliate marketing, but rather anything in life.

I know a lot of you are reading this post aren’t actually making any money online. There are a definitely a lot more ‘readers’ than ‘doers’ in this world, and a lot of people unknowingly live vicariously through others, whether it be the singers on American Idol or John Chow on the Internet.

While it’s great to dream and envy others, it’s even better to succeed yourself.

Don’t give up, and keep at it. This may all sound very lame, but the fact remains that you can’t succeed if you give up.

Keep at it, and success will eventually come… even if it does take 4-and-a half years. 🙂

Thank You for Reading!

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my blog at TylerCruz.com. I am also active on Twitter (@tylercruzdotcom), have an RSS feed, and newsletter on my site.


75 thoughts on “From Failure to Success – My Affiliate Marketing Journey”

  1. Yannis says:

    Nice story and nice figures at the end of your affiliate journey!!

    1. Yannis is right there with the nice figures… could even be great figures, right?

      Tyler, it’s so right when you said “While it’s great to dream and envy others, it’s even better to succeed yourself.”

      Thanks for this post.

    2. Nathan Vu says:

      You’re right, this is the best post I’ve read about Affiliate marketing. He showed the revenue, the advertising cost, the affiliate program used. It makes it very clear how he get the traffic and make the money. I wish he would also tell us what product he’s promoting at the time and what keyword he used. I notice how PeerFly helped him make so much money vs Commission Junction and Azoogle.

  2. Simon says:

    That’s bit like me, I started in 2005 and I couldn’t work out how people were making it work? Then I gave it another go in 2007 and it clicked as it were. Since January 2009 I’ve been doing affiliate marketing full time and have never looked back!

  3. Waoh! Stellar write up, am a big fan of tylercruz.

    1. Oliver says:

      As of now, I am also a big fan of Tyler!

      What an inspiring post.You have managed to come a long way, Tyler. That is what is so amazing about paid traffic. You are able to get results incredibly quickly. SEO takes quite a long time before you begin to see results. With PPC, you can make your campaign profitable, and it is just a matter of spending more money to make more money after that.

      I didn’t expect to see such high figures towards the end of the post. Just when I thought, Oh hes making OK money, it just kept rising and rising. I bet it feels absolutely amazing to be “that guy” posting the six-figure earnings screenshots. You have definitely earned the lifestyle that you have now, and you’re right, nobody and nothing can take away from you what you have now accomplished. Great work!

      Oliver

  4. andika says:

    Thanks for the story, very inspiring, cheers.

  5. Whitney says:

    Sounds like you’ve come a long way. I want to be making those kind of figures some day…

  6. Tom says:

    Inspiring story. I had a busy year and my blog suffered as a result. Time to get back to writing.

  7. Brian says:

    Truly inspiring,thanks.

  8. Peter Morning says:

    Very inspiring… my story is exactly the same. I dabbled on it few year back myself with adwords, but it looked like that first spreadsheet above. That ridiculous commission screenshot still lingered all throughout the years and am now starting to give another shot, but this time without Adwords. Hope I can see those results myself.

  9. I have been reading tyler’s blog for a few months and his posts are really inspirational. Tyler you should create an ebook or e-course on ppc for affiliates. It would probably sell out fast!

  10. Cass Mirza says:

    This is very helpful information. I am impressed.

  11. Ashish says:

    An inspirational story,hard work always leads us to the success.I am quite motivated by reading your story,thanks for providing it.

  12. Eric Outler says:

    Very inspirational read. Helps me to remember to jus stay focused and keep at it.

  13. Shannon says:

    Incredible. I gave up once. I re-grouped and began again.

  14. Wow Tyler thanks for sharing your awesome story! Great point of your story, “Never give up”!

    It reminds me of Mike Geary, the author of the “Truth about Abs” ebook. He was doing so so for two years and just kept sticking at it. Finally his third year things really took off and now he is earning over $1 million per month in profits.

  15. sean says:

    Tyler, quick question:

    A lot of affiliates talk about the up and down… one month super profitable, the next month nothing works.

    How are you able to keep things steady (income levels). Do you launch a lot of campaigns, stick to one big niche, build your own following, etc…

    Would love to have your input.

  16. Quinna says:

    Cool story, and I think you are so right on to keep going, never give up and perservere.
    Q

  17. hennyvasaya says:

    Now you are source of inspiration of many people .. including me.. I am jumping in affiliate marketing.

  18. Thomas says:

    A famous golfer once said in response to a journalist’s wisecrack about a lucky shot in holing out from a bunker:

    “The more I practise, the luckier I get”

    The better players hit their shots with greater accuracy. This accuracy isn’t pure luck! Hours and hours of practice lie behind this ability to place the ball where they want it, with the speed and spin they choose.

    Thanks for a great post!

  19. Tyler Cruz says:

    Well in keep in mind that I’ve only seen these big numbers for the past 7-8 months, so I don’t have all that much history of success to answer your question properly.

    But in general, I am running a number of different offers on different traffic sources, which helps to keep things somewhat stable.

    The last screenshot in the post shows a list; each line (albeit blurred out) is a different offer, so you can see I ran 64 different offers, on multiple traffic sources as well.

    It’s the guys who only run 1 offer on 1 traffic source that can have their campaigns dead in the water overnight…

  20. Theresa says:

    Tyler first thank you for putting things into perspective for so many. Too often you see individuals try one thing, maybe two, nothing happens and they blame everything and anyone for their “failures.”

    Most won’t take the time to read about how much time and effort (and when many people actually started as you’ve pointed out… 2007) went into the whole, “I’m making money,” statement.

    I do have a question, if you’re willing to answer…

    In your 4.5 year journey, from a Las Vegas perspective, I would assume you’ve lost (let’s call it invested) more. To get an accurate viewpoint of what you’re making today, do you happen to know how much you’ve “invested” (loss/lost) and what your real net profit to date is…?

    After all, you have to consider everything in terms of dollars (notwithstanding time) that it has taken for you to figure out your winning formula.

    To illustrate what I’m asking let’s pretend I’ve entered an establishment here in Las Vegas. I spend 10 grand over a weekend, and walk out the door with a “jackpot” of $4,000. I would think of myself as a winner, but it cost $6K to get back the $4K.

    Are you in the true black yet, based on your entire 4.5 years? Or are you on the brink of being in the black?

    Of course, it appears obvious that (with luck as you state) from this point forward, you know what you’re doing.

    Sorry, it’s the accountant part of my brain that asks the above question 🙂

    (BTW, again excellent post, pinpointing the necessity to persevere!)

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      Fair enough question – yes, I am in the black now. While I had a lot of days (and even months) in the red, I basically broke even from my affiliate marketing efforts in the past. As a result, my recent success has put be a fair ways into the black.

      That being said, I have always (and will continue) re-invested a good portion of any profit I make online, including affiliate marketing, back into what I’m doing, in order to try to grow.

      As a result, I could have profited a lot more and had much better ROI, but I am always looking long-term and at the big picture. This is why I do not always state what my net profits are (although I do in many occasions, including several times in this very post), because it is misleading, since a good chunk of that is ‘investment’ into trying to grow my campaigns further and find new campaigns to scale laterally.

  21. Clare says:

    Brilliant post – I guess by affiliate marketing, you mean CPA offers – seems that you do, just confirming! Really inspiring, and yeah its hard to have to keep adapting, but hey, nothing good in life comes easy and as you say, if you do nothing you will fail anyway – really inspiring, thanks 🙂 Clare x

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      I personally run CPA, but affiliate marketing could include other payment models as well such as ongoing revenue share for example, although CPA is generally what is considered to be part of affiliate marketing.

  22. Brandon says:

    Amazing stuff here! Those numbers are more than most earn in a full year. I think I just found one more person I will be following daily! My only question is this…of that 122k what was your Net? That’s what really matters here. 🙂

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      I did not calculate it in that particular date range, but you can get a general idea by looking at some of my daily net figures and comparing them to the gross figures that I state in this post.

  23. Joe says:

    I love these stories of success, but the article is only good if you tell us how you did it. Telling me your friend gave you tips and then don’t share those… makes the article less effective.

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      The post was already long enough – I don’t think John would let me turn his blog into a book written by me 🙂

  24. bee says:

    Nice numbers, but it doesn’t show us how to make that much. I think that’s a secret these super affiliates will never share. I wish someone would come here and say, hey this is how it is done. step 1) register for an affiliate program at cj.com 2) register for a website at godaddy.com 3) create a blog at blogger.com
    4) ……. 5)…..6)……. 98)…..99)….100)…….. etc.

    Oh, and then on each of the steps. It should explain further …. 2a) Its going to cost $10 to register with Godaddy. 2b) If a domain is not available, you can either buy one that was registered or come up with a new one. Buying a domain name can cost $100 – $100M.

    These kind of information would help us greatly. I always see someone showing off their money, but never showing the steps to the money.

    1. Brandon says:

      Bee,
      I agree 100% with you. It’s a good motivational booster but virtually useless without more information. Richard Branson could right a post about how he made a billion dollars without giving away the step by step method(s) and its virtually the same thing. Without more depth these are just ego boosters and pick me ups for all to get us motivated…just sayin…

    2. Tyler Cruz says:

      There is no secret to affiliate marketing – or making money online in general for that matter. Everything I’m doing is all the basic stuff that you can read and learn from many different sources out there.

      It’s not rocket science.

      The key in affiliate marketing is to test, test, test, and then test some more. After that, test, test, test, and don’t forget to test.

      It helps to have a bit of a budget too, as the bigger budget you have to test, the faster you can see if something will work or not. That’s partly why once an affiliate marketer gets things profitable, it is common to see him grow expotentially to a super affiliate, as his available funds have a snowball effect.

      Oh, and luck is always a factor as well.

      But really, there’s a lot of free guides on how to get started with affiliate marketing out there. I don’t want to regurgitate that on my blog since that information is already out there.

      1. bee says:

        Tyler, you said the resources to your success are out there. Could you possibly give us a few resources that you used or point us to some of the materials that you used? Please me specific like….”chapter 9 of [insert book name]” or a website.

        You also mentioned testing. Could you advice us on what worked and what not base on your experiences?

        Appreciate the advice in advance.

        1. Tyler Cruz says:

          Hi Bee,

          The funny thing is, I can’t really remember learning affiliate marketing from any particular place, other than perusing some internet marketing forums and blogs from people such as JonathanVolk.com, for example.

          I rememeber reviewing Zac Johnson’s Six Figure Affiliate Marketing e-book a couple years ago, here’s the link: http://www.tylercruz.com/zac-johnsons-six-figure-affiliate-blogging-ebook/. It’s completely free, and while it doesn’t give any “secrets” (because there aren’t any), it’s a real good primer on how to get started in affiliate marketing.

          Regarding testing – I cannot. This is precisely why you need to test for yourself. What worked for me may not work for you, and what worked for you may not work for me.

          Read these two posts: http://www.tylercruz.com/affiliate-marketing-try-every-traffic-source/ and http://www.tylercruz.com/affiliate-marketing-try-every-offer/.

          There are general guidelines and tips that I could share, sure, but that goes a bit beyond the scope of simply replying to comments here 🙂

    3. kelly says:

      Bee,
      You say… “Hey this is how it is done”… could you define “IT”?
      It seems you want someone to tell you how “it” is done… but you don’t define what “it” is?
      There are a ton of ways to make money online. Tyler admits he is not a super affiliate. But it’s obvious he is successful.
      Maybe you could ask a specific question and that might get you a specific answer?
      Best of Luck to you,
      Kel

  25. JamesW says:

    Amazing post Tyler and no we don’t see this as bragging, we know that you just want to help many people and to help them not to make the same mistakes. But maybe they are just necessary in life, I also spend more than i made in the beginning. We learn on the way and then it’s the matter of time when the profit will pour in.
    thanks for sharing this with us

  26. Noor Azman says:

    nice to see that you are making a good income.

    i started my online venture in late 2007. however i dont use paid traffic much, so i did not have bad experience much. except for the down and up experience. all i can say internet marketing is so dynamic. what work today might not useful tomorrow. what more important, we need to be persistence in our effort.

    by the way i love your blog.

    Azman

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      That’s one downside to making money online, in my opinion. You have to constantly learn and adapt as things change at the rapid pace it does.

      It’s very different from most other industries, where you go to school and get your training, and then pretty much don’t have to learn anything else new for the rest of your career apart from the occasional skill “upgrade”.

  27. Vik says:

    Great post, Tyler. I’ve been following your bolg since 2005 and I cannot help but recall all the comments on your blog about “Tyler you are lazy,” “Tyler you are a loser who fails at every project,” etc. etc. etc. It’s great to see that you stuck to your guns and now have a success story to show to all the haters. Great job!!

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      Oh, I still get those. In fact, probably about a quarter of my comments are from Tyler haters, lol.

  28. Great article!! What a story very inspiring.. Good to see success come your way after all that effort. Definitely deserved it. I couldn’t agree more that its about perseverance, its very easy to throw in the towel because affiliate marketing can be very frustrating. Thanks for sharing your great story.

    Cheers
    Lloyd

  29. Deli says:

    This is inspiring 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  30. David says:

    Awesome story! Are you willing to teach me how to do the same?

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      You personally? I’m pretty busy man 🙂

  31. Sherwin says:

    Great article Tyler and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Richard says:

    Im inspired about this.and looking forward to earn more..currently i just earned $1/day with my newbie blogging…

  33. Nando says:

    Phenomenal success story!

    Thanks for sharing and giving us some inspiration.

    To your continued success
    Nando

  34. Truely Inspiring Story ! Although i Would Be More Happy if You Can Share Some Tips With us, i Would Love it If You Write Another Article Soon Here.

    Thanks Tyler !

  35. Great writeup. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with several successful affiliates over the years and it always amazes me how outsiders get the wrong ideas about affiliate marketing. Many people think it is “quick cash” but it really takes a while to get good at it. Seems like 99% of affiliate success stories start with “well… at first I lost a few thousand dollars…” lol

    That said – despite working with several affiliates and getting to know a few affiliate managers I’ve never done affiliate marketing myself (crazy, right?). Definitely getting closer to giving it a real try though.

  36. JO says:

    Tyler,

    Thanks for sharing your story! Can I ask you where do you spend your advertizing/ traffic dollars to gets these results?

    1. Tyler Cruz says:

      You can ask, sure!

      Facebook, PPV, and a variety of other traffic sources.

      I used to use AdWords and Yahoo/Bing exclusively back in 2007-2008, with mixed success, but always found it very difficult to compete with all the big brand advertisers who have unlimited budgets and don’t even measure performance. You can’t compete with that. Or at least, I couldn’t.

  37. Ng Pillai says:

    Seriously inspiring John… I bet everyone can learn from you… I hope that newbie affiliate marketers can read this post to motivate themselves.

    Great post

  38. Glynne says:

    Great post Tyler,
    Must admit to having done affiliate sites for years and never getting anywhere. We then decided we’d turn our attention to helping those in need and I can’t even begin to explain what an amazing journey this has been. The people I have met have been nothing short of astounding. What they have gone through and come out the other side, generally more than a little worse for wear but still managing to conjure up a remarkable attitude. And they are always so very grateful for anything we can do to help.
    One day we might get back to our affiliate sites but in the meantime they are just sitting and waiting. So pleased you managed to get it all together Tyler.

  39. Naveen sagar says:

    is there any way to boost up your traffic and create a huge revenue like this??

  40. joe says:

    ohoo yea what an inspiring story!!!I’M THE NEXT TYLER CRUZ.

  41. Theodore.N says:

    Hmmm Tylar, This is the most motivating success story I’ve read recently. It just worked out for you like a magic. Thank God for you.
    You’ve inspired me to keep on working harder.

    Thanks for sharing.

  42. Its such an inspiring post, I would like to share this post with my friends. Thanks for sharing.

  43. faisal says:

    Excellent post, its true that where there is a will, there is a way

  44. Mark says:

    Those are some very inspirational numbers, Tyler.

    Thanks for posting that for us.

    I think we are all in the same boat. It all boils down to “endurance + split testing”.

    Ultimately, we all come up with our own formula.

    Great post, bro.

    Mark

  45. Richie Richardson says:

    Hey Tyler,
    Okay Affiliate Marketing works. But do you think such an elaborate post was necessary to pass this one message?
    The post provides a picture of success what good is it for us apart from inspiring?
    You could have added your strategies or some methods you used. I know many won’t share such info. Then again there is no point in reading the post on John’s site. Please, if you really wish to help others provide a detailed study and people like me will be indebted forever.

  46. Travs Output says:

    This is truly inspirational and I don’t see this as bragging at all. You’ve always capture me when you intend to inspire…especially when I first watched your old video on how you came about with your success.

    Question though…aside from this post of yours,do you know of other inspirational journal-type of posts that highlights their online marketing success like this? (from zero to hero…stuff like that.)

  47. Nice inspirational story.

  48. Jeff Guindon says:

    Thanks for the info! I’m just starting out as an affiliate marketer and this post was very useful 8)

  49. KatAF says:

    Wow this is very helpful. I am amazed at how you achieved such high numbers. Do you have a site or something that trains new affiliates ?

  50. Abhik says:

    Tyler,
    That was one of the very few great success stories and motivational post I have seen in recent years.
    Congratulations on your success and hats off to you.

  51. jeet das says:

    That’s a great idea to be earn from blog affiliates. But making money from it is difficult as your statistics show above. Every new blogger should not aspect more than this much.

  52. Derek says:

    Just wanted to say thank you! I’ve been cracking at affiliate marketing for the last several months with little to show for it… so, I was about to give in. It’s inspiring to know that my experience is normal and that perseverance will eventually pay off. Thanks for the post Tyler and John and I hope I can someday be one of the “6-figure guys”.

  53. Romi Tuano says:

    Well, you really have to persevere in order to be successful in any field. You have to embrace failure in order to succeed. The trouble with many marketers is they easily give up on the first onset of setbacks…They forgot that Internet Marketing is still a business and have you seen or heard any successful business that didn’t fail or experience setbacks? Guess not.

  54. Ade Sobanjo says:

    This post has given me another boost on my exploration of online passive income. I tell you, it gets quite discouraging when you work and you see no returns on investment – Thanks. I will keep going until I have some cool figures to share.

  55. Daniel says:

    Very inspiring story and article, we need more true stories like this to keep us motivated! Thanks for the article.

  56. Thanks for writing this truly inspirational post. It gives those who are hunkering down and slugging it out the boost that they need to “keep on swinging!”

  57. James says:

    This is a great inspirational post. I don’t understand the comments about it not teaching us anything. They seem to be missing the point that this article is teaching the biggest lesson of all… Internet marketing is not a “get rich quick overnight” scheme, it needs to be treated as a real business and you have to stick at it and not give up!

  58. Warnnie says:

    Really inspiring me to do more hardwork to make money online.
    I know that you don’t have any intention of selling your products or something like that. Congrats from me.

  59. Donna Denil says:

    Congratulations on your success Tyler! I too am working diligently to get my affiliate marketing business off the ground and your post gives me hope.

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