Why Do Most Newbie Affiliate Marketers Fail Online?

In Affiliate Marketing, if you currently do not have a landing page or sales funnel set up for your websites yet, you are FAILING to implement the MOST IMPORTANT part to your business; your EMAIL LIST!

If you are a newbie affiliate marketer, as you progress through your journey as an online entrepreneur, you will learn that if you are not building your own list, you are NOT building your business.

What is a Sales Funnel?

WATCH the video below as Russell Brunson explains in simple form what a sales funnel is!

Scroll down to get your FREE funnel templates below!

Learn from my mistakes…

I remember when I first started 4 years ago, everything was completely foreign to me.

I was lost, confused, and sometimes got so frustrated trying to figure out this whole thing, but I was also very excited to create a new opportunity for me to really start making money online.

At the time, I was like everyone else.

I would sign up for a bunch of different affiliate programs, created content surrounding those products / services, and started sending traffic…

But one of the biggest mistakes most affiliate marketers make and one I learned, was not creating a landing page (aka capture page, optin page…) to collect emails right away.

I lost a lot of money!

Instead, I would send people directly to the company’s Affiliate Link, wishing and hoping someone would buy something.

As affiliate marketers, we are promoting somebody else’s products so you must build your list so you can have a direct line of communication for your leads.

You see most people don’t buy usually buy anything the first time they see the product / service you’re promoting.

Most people will only click on your link to browse around… but if you aren’t capturing their email, or someway to follow up with them, you are missing out on many potential buyers.

The money is in the list!

Remember, as an affiliate you are simply a bridge… you are there to introduce the company’s product / service to your customers.

The way you can do that is with a ClickFunnels; a software / tool most internet marketers use to guide your customers through a buying process and also a way you can automate half of your business so that you don’t have to do any selling.

All you have to focus on is generating leads and getting traffic while you let the sales funnel work for itself!

How great is that?

My very FIRST commission.

In 2017, 5 months after I launched my first website here on Wealthy Affiliate, I finally made my first commission.

You heard that right guys… 5 months later!

However, don’t be discouraged because as mentioned above, I was failed to implement capturing people’s emails from the start!

I also had the shiny object syndrome, where I really wasn’t focusing on one specific thing, I was all over the place trying to master everything at once.

For 5 months, I was wasting time and money… over $3000 on this type of traffic called solo ads (Please do your research on all types of PAID ads before buying…)  and also Facebook ads.

Anyways, it wasn’t until I learned about ClickFunnels and the One Funnel Away Challenge that I really understood how to build and scale up a profitable Affiliate Marketing business.

Click HERE to learn more about the One Funnel Away Challenge!

No Traffic = No Business

In 30 days, I had a a sales funnel for each one of my Affiliate products / services.

All I had to do now was find traffic…

If you’re struggling to get a consistent stream of traffic or NEW people coming to your business, then what you have is NOT a real business.

Update: Russell Brunson’s NEW Traffic Secrets Book is coming out on May 5th.

Click HERE to pre-order your FREE copy of Traffic Secrets today! (Just cover shipping costs)

My $20,000 Affiliate ‘Sales Funnel’

My biggest month online was back in September 2017.

I was part of a high-ticket affiliate marketing company, which pretty much means that the commissions were a lot higher (ranged from $500 – $16,000 and up)…and over the span of 3 months, there was an affiliate contest.

I was still pretty new at the time and had no idea what a simple 3 Step Sales Funnel would do for my business.

I created raw video in a pool while at a Mastermind retreat in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

I ran a Facebook AD towards that video, and instantly, that video went viral with shares off the roof!

But more importantly, along with that video was my Sales Funnel!

You see, if I did’t have a proper sales funnel set up, even if that video went viral, I wouldn’t have made over $20,000 in the month of September alone!

The Solution

ClickFunnels has been the most important tool / software that runs my entire business.

No matter what niche or business you’re in, there is definitely a funnel for that.

But especially if you are a newbie affiliate marketer like I was just trying to really make this work!

I hope you got a lot of value from this post!

Below are 3 ways you can get started with ClickFunnels 🙂

NO CF Account, No Problem!

To help you get started with ClickFunnels, I would like to share these Share Funnel Templates below…

They come directly from the ClickFunnels library and you will have access to ALL of them for free!

If you’re not yet a ClickFunnels user, simply CLICK ON ANY TEMPLATE below and you will be provided with a FREE trial to start testing out your new funnels.

#1. Get your FREE Share Funnel Templates!

PREMIUM #1: Membership Funnel

PREMIUM #2: Modern Funnel

PREMIUM #3: Survey Funnel

PREMIUM #4: StoreFront Funnel

#2. Join the One Funnel Away Challenge

You’re only ONE FUNNEL AWAY!

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#3. Traffic Secrets, Expert Secrets, or DotCom Secrets Books

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I hope you enjoy your new funnels and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of value from the OFA challenge.

Please let me know how they work out for you… and if you want to learn more about sales funnels and getting more traffic, CLICK HERE!

Apply for a custom funnel service is coming soon.

39 thoughts to “Why Do Most Newbie Affiliate Marketers Fail Online?”

  1. Online businesses fail due to different reasons but the truth is when we can find the way to deal with this failure then success comes very easily. I also agree with you that the money is in the list and once we are able to get the list together, getting the money comes easy. Also, if the steps in training are not followed properly, things can get very hard. Nice post here.

  2. Hi! Thank you for sharing your experience (and your secrets) with us. I didn’t know that Click Funnels was so important. I’ll definitely try them.

    Another mistake I’m committing is that I’m not capturing peoples emails either. In google analytics I see I have quite a lot of traffic each day, but no sales. 

    This post has given me hope. Thank you very much!

    1. I was just like you. For me at the time, I was getting about 1200 organic traffic and literally NO sales!

      I wasn’t building a relationship with those people, instead i was just trying to sell you know.

      When they opted into my ClickFunnels + Get Response… I was able to connect with every customers / follower easily.

      I’m glad you got some value from this post!


  3. I would really like to thank you for creating time to make such an insightful article.

    The use of click funnels has been emphasized over and over again. It is one of the most reliable source to get traffic to your website and the important thing is that it will cost you less.

    I would like to know something.

    What is the difference between ClickFunnels and Jaxxy?

    1. Hello,

      The difference is simple.

      They are two different softwares that do two different objectives.

      ClickFunnels helps people get more sales through a sales process and Jaxxy is an SEO keyword platform tool.


  4. Why is it that I have a strange feeling you were describing me in your intro lol! Up to the part where you mentioned you made your first sale in 5 months. I made mine in 6 months and 2 days. However, I totally agree that building an email list using a funnel is where the money is. I was able to get the book “Dot Com Secrets” for free ($10 shipping) but I wasn’t able to finish reading it because I felt overwhelmed by all the information. Now it’s time to start reading it again.


    1. Aloha Sonny,

      Thanks for your comment and feedback!

      I’m sure we’re not the only ones who’ve struggled like that at the beginning lol.

      How’d you like Dot Com secrets?

      Have you already pre-ordered the NEW Traffic Secrets book

      It comes out May 5th!

      This is gonna be the one, cuz everyone needs more traffic!

      Aloha again.

  5. I have been on this business for the last 6 months and I don’t have a landing page which now that I’ve read your article, it’s frustrating. I have a lot of questions and concerns about in-depth aspects of this process, but for now, my first question would be if I need an autoresponder when having a landing page? If I’m collecting people’s emails then where does all of that information go?

    1. Hey again Steph,

      There are many ways you can do that.

      Great thing about ClickFunnels is that they do provide an autoresponder service called Follow Up Funnels.

      You can easily create your automated emails going out.

      All of your leads emails will be stored onto ClickFunnels.

      If you prefer a different service, I actually personally use Get Response!

      Response time is great!

      I also have used AWeber and Mail Chimp before, but I feel Get Response has a better Click Through Rate!

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


  6. Thanks for such a good article showing that mistake of not building a list at the start. Besides, I would like to talk about selecting the wrong product to promote.

    There are millions of products of all kinds you can sell with affiliate marketing promotions and, since it determines your success in this business, you should choose these products carefully.

    When an affiliate product and niche are simply valid for you, it inspires you up to generate more extra marketing actions around it. You might also get on and end up being more authentic in what you do.


    1. Thank you and yes, I agree with you as well.

      You should definitely choose whatever you promote carefully and make sure you actually believe in the products / services.

      Thank you!

  7. I am so glad that I am seeing this article now, this is exactly what my brother needs right now. He is currently working on his website, just explaining vocally all these terms as relating to an affiliate marketter as tools he will be needing to make his online business experience a great one won’t do but I think recommending this article to him will yield a better result. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Sheddy,

      Thank you for your great feedback and for sharing. Definitely let me know if you guys have any questions.

      It’s simple.

      1. You have an affiliate product / service

      2. Create a Sales Funnel for each of your products / services

      3. Send traffic to your Sales Funnel

      4. Let the Funnel sell for you

      5. Attach an email autoresponder service such as Get Response to follow up with them

      Most people need 7 times to actually see what you’re promoting before they actually buy.

      Just repeat this process!

      If you and your brother are doing this together, I recommend The One Funnel Away Challenge!

      Me and my brother did it together and learned a lot through this challenge.

      Let me know what you think.Thanks!

  8. I am new to affiliate marketing since i started my affiliate marketing business just about 4 months ago i have my website set up but getting traffic has been the issue. i have learnt from your experience and i want to follow your guide and become successful too. nothing good comes easy they say.

    1. Aloha Kirkman,

      Don’t give up! 🙂

      Thank you for your comment on my post.

      If Traffic is what you’re struggling on, I suggest and highly recommend Russel Brunson’s NEW Traffic Secrets Book!

      His other book, Expert Secrets really helped me see this whole online thing differently, so I’m sure Traffic Secrets is gonna be great too!

      It comes out on May 5th so it’s out no for preorder!

      I hope this helps and please let me know if you need any help!


  9. Thanks buddy I think you just gave me a bit of a wake up call just at the moment I needed it. I am 3 months in ad starting to get traffic and even getting conversions but if I could maximise that early I think that this could be real good for me . I will definitely look  hard at these products while I do due diligence around the options available to me . Thanks so much for the information but also for the kick in the digital butt!


  10. Hi there, I actually look into their website about the book and how good it is. The way they promote their product is extraordinary and so attractive. I was even thinking of actually getting one and gain more knowledge about traffic to my business which is one of the key element in online business, but the book is not going on sale or shipping yet until next month. Just so I wonder, how do people know its good when it is not on the market? or it runs out and needs a restock? I am not sure.

    1. Aloha Josh,

      Thank you for your comment! Yea, Russell is great and I especially love how he breaks down the entire sales process for any business. It all works the same way!

      To answer your question, there are some members of the ClickFunnels community who have early access. These are the people of the 2 Comma Club and those who’ve promoted the other books.

      Some also received an audio version, but the official launch is the 5th!

      The bonuses are great too! Have you checked them out yet? 

  11. Hi! So I get a lot of traffic and income is not bad as well, but I am now thinking about getting into funnels – I would like to start building an email list – I know it is a great source of income, and I know a bit about clickfunnels, but it is too expensive – what are cheaper alternatives? 100$ for start with no money back insurancebis at for me to expensive reality, but again – Ionow that clickfunnels are the best.

    1. Hello Primoz,

      If you are already getting good traffic and income, $100 to invest in a funnel for your website shouldn’t be anything to worry about because on the backend, you’d make even more money with an actual sales process.

      I hope this makes sense.

      ClickFunnels also has an affiliate program that pays out 40% commissions.

      That’s $38.80 per member. Refer 2 members and that basically pays for your membership!

      At least that’s how I always teach my students to look at it!

      If you want to learn more before actually doing the trial, definitely check out The One Funnel Away Challenge!

  12. I am reading your insightful post a day after I had read that over 80% of small businesses rely on email as their primary marketing channel just because of its effectiveness provided there is a good customer list in place.

    I have not been in the affiliate marketing business for long so I didn’t know the idea behind generating an emailing list and how to take advantage of ClickFunnels. I have bookmarked your website for special reference on these topics which you have shown mastery on.
    Thank you, Lorenz, for sharing this information.

    1. Hello my friend,

      Yes, you’re absolutely right!

      Thank you for bookmarking my site. You are free to use any of these funnels to get started with when you are ready!

      If you want to learn more before doing a trial, check out the One Funnel Away Challenge!

      I’m sure you will get a ton of value for it like I did!


  13. This sums up the reason I am yet to make Amy income for more than three months since I started my website. Thank you for this detailed post out here. Well! I have never truly given more attention to capturing of lists or building the clickfunnels. Rather, I just focus more in contents and seo. Thank you for this and I will get right at it this moment. Thumbs up to you

    1. Awesome Ella,

      Before you start sending traffic from your content, make sure your funnels for each of your affiliate products are setup!

      I hope this helps.


  14. Now I understand why you say that a whole lot of people fail at their online course and do not make it till the end of the course. I find it rather sad though because at the end of the day what everyone is trying to do is to make their business work but we should try to stick to one single thing and work on that. I think i should get my own landing page too.

  15. It’s sad to see a business fail after putting even the tiniest of effort into it and even those who are good in the business could fail if they are not careful enough with the measures they take. For newbie, there could hundreds of reasons why they fall out of business, but one I am quite certain of is the lack of focus to and about you mentioning the list, I believe it would be much easier to get along once the list is together.

    1. Hey Benson,

      Thanks for sharing.

      Your list is your baby. You have nurture and really build a relationship with them.

      Understand that the more they trust you, the more they’ll be likely to buy.

      ClickFunnels does have an auto responder feature called follow up funnels, but if you prefer a different one, I also use Get Response.

      I hope this helps!

  16. This is a very interesting post. Guess I’m gonna have to get my game to the next level to start earning some cash. Online businesses fail for a number of reasons. It’s good that you were able to point out what you were lacking and acted on it to become successful. Great information for starters.

  17. Thanks buddy I think you just gave me a bit of a wake up call just at the moment I needed it. I am 3 months in ad starting to get traffic and even getting conversions but if I could maximise that early I think that this could be real good for me . I will definitely look  hard at these products while I do due diligence around the options available to me . Thanks so much for the information but also for the kick in the digital butt!

  18. Hello! This is awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us. I have little knowledge about Click Funnels and will definitely try out soon.
    For now I am just using my affiliate back end email data base to capture leads and Google Analytic for tracking.

    Now I have a place to refer to when I am ready for funnels and making massive email list. Thanks a lot again.

  19. Hello Lorenz Valdez again!

    I just reviewed your post about starting out online and how click funnels helped you achieve many goals. I agree with you entirely. I too had the same problem for about a year “Bright and Shiny object syndrome”! It is so true. You are running around in so many directions that you cant even get anything done or focus on just one income stream and begin to generate revenue. 

    Great post! 

  20. Part of the problem is that there is so much information out there that we don’t know where to start first. I’ve learned so much thru WA already in the short amount of time that I’m focusing on this niche, and it’s literally a drop in the bucket. Reminds me of golf… in the sense that golf is complex game and mastering it takes a lifetime, but every round I play there is at least one shot that I make that I sit back, admire  and say to myself “I got this… If only I could dedicate more time to my golf game I’d be good”…. but in reality I’m miles from competitive golf. Every day I’m learning something new in this online business dream I have, and every now and again I get something right and think to myself, I’ve got this knocked… but I’m still new and miles away from success. I’ve seen Click Funnels everywhere… so many people seem to be touting/promoting it that there must be something to it, but I can’t wrap my head around it yet because I just don’t know enough… does this make sense?

    1. Aloha Bob,

      That definitely makes sense! It’s fairly simple. Instead of just sending people your direct affiliate links, ClickFunnels will allow you to build a landing page instead so you can capture people’s emails. After they optin, they will be in your list and you can communicate with them easily.

      It does take time to learn, but if you would like to learn more, I definitely suggest check out the One Funnel Away Challenge!

      It really helped me understand the entire sales process!


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