Realistic Affiliate Marketing Goals

January 22nd, 2013

affiliate marketing goals

A common issue with new affiliates is that they have unrealistic affiliate marketing goals. I have been doing affiliate marketing for going on 9 years now. If it were super easy to make $1,000/day don’t you think I’d be doing that rather than sitting here writing this article? Probably not, haha, but I really enjoy my job 

Anyway, here are some realistic goals I think you should shoot for as you learn and earn in affiliate marketing:

Your First Dollar
Earning your first dollar is one of the most gratifying feelings you will experience in affiliate marketing. The first dollar is usually the hardest. We have thousands of publishers at PeerFly who have not earned their first dollar yet (of course, most probably haven’t even tried). You can do it! If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend checking out my traffic sources based on experience post.

Your First Payment
The minimum threshold to be paid on PeerFly is $50. After obtaining your first dollar your next big step is receiving your first payment. This is also a very exciting experience and will motivate you to push harder. Getting $50 is fun, but making $50/day would be even better right?!?!

Your First $1,000 Month
For most of us, $1,000 a month in side income would be very nice. More than likely, if you’re receiving a payment for $1,000 then you had to spend some money to make that money, but it’s still a big leap from your first dollar. Having hit your first $1,000 month you are well on your way to becoming a good affiliate marketer. At this point you know what you’re doing and it’s just a matter of increasing your ROI and scaling your campaigns!

Your First $100 Day
With a good campaign all it takes is some good scaling to get your campaign to $100 a day. Like your first dollar, you will probably remember the first day you made $100 with affiliate marketing. For me, it was a Sunday night and I was in a pizza parlor with some friends when I refreshed my stats on my phone (shameless plug: and my balance was at like $105!

Your First 5 Figure Month
I have not had my first 5 figure month with affiliate marketing yet, but I have plenty of publishers that consistent earn $10k+ a month. Obviously at this point your daily spend is starting to become something you would have been terrified of earlier in your affiliate marketing career, but with a consistent ROI it’s easy to justify.

Last week I had my most profitable affiliate marketing day and made $445.30. In order to move forward and build on what I’ve done, I’m going to focus on what’s realistic and try to consistently scale my campaign. I am by no means a “super affiliate” and I use most of my affiliate marketing campaigns for educations purposes rather than as a source of income. However, like you, I am very excited to see growth in my campaigns and really enjoy the challenge of taking them to the next level 🙂

What is your next affiliate marketing goal? 
What do you need to do to get there?
How can PeerFly help?


I am the Director of Marketing at PeerFly and have over 15 years of experience with affiliate marketing. I am also a blogger and web developer. I enjoy creating applications to help my PeerFly publishers make more money!

9 thoughts on “Realistic Affiliate Marketing Goals

  1. Moussa

    I really enjoyed reading this article, which gives me real hope that it is possible to make decent money from affiliate marketing. Indeed I have been “bouncing around” for months or even years without any specific strategy, and I am ye to get my first dollar.

    With google adsense, I consistently make a couple of cents a day (not much, but enough to give me hope). I believe at this point I need someone who can share with me exactly what he/she has done to succeed. I am willing to work hard for that. Besides I have spent so much money on scammers that I rather keep away from any solution that requires any kind of payment prior to earning money.

    Are my goals realistic, or am I off target? Please help


  2. Anita Ward

    Just received approval from Peerfly and I’ve only been in the affiliate field for a week and I’m lost as a goose. I’m having difficulty navigating thru the site and no sure I’m set campaigns properly and to the max for a return. Just received the email approval for the blog area so I’m going to try to check everything out in the blog to see if that helps.
    I may be overlooking something, but I haven’t found any writings or tutorials explaining the pages and definitions of heading with initials on various pages.
    Could you possibly direct me to where I can find out about the site and clarification/definitions of the many abbreviated headings on those pages. Thanks for your time, Anita Ward

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  4. cbnoob

    Great info here for any beginner – I found it hard to understand what gravity was on clickbank and the rest of their data – found this guide that helped a lot at Clickbank Affiliate Guide

  5. Amar

    Exceed your affiliate marketing goals quickly by offering high priced items or products as an affiliate. Even if you are worried about your followers getting a form of sticker shock, it doesn’t matter. If you offer a high priced item or product, you still have the potential to make money even if you are experiencing moderate results.

  6. Joe

    This is one of the few post that refers to a reality in which you can earn with marketing. Is a good reference to find out in which level you are and what is your next target.

    Nice article.


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