I have been at this for a few years now on a part time basis. I say this because I also have a convenience store which takes up a lot of my time. Now as to can affiliate marketing be profitable? Yes it can. Will you become instantly wealthy and be able to tell your boss where to go? No you will not.
The plain and simple truth of the matter is Affiliate Marketing is an excellent way to build a nice tidy residual income for yourself and your family, most any type of online business is really no more than a source of residual income period. Now I am pretty sure that statement will probably irk many people and so be it I do not care it happens to be the truth, I have seen so many outright ridiculous claims over the past few years that it makes me laugh thinking about them. Affiliate Marketing can be profitable for anyone if they take a few precautionary steps along the way to protect themselves.
1) Investigate the company how long have they been around and are the claims they are making legitimate? You can do this by Goggling them and see what results come up for them.
2) Is it something that interests you or that you actually want to associate yourself with? Not all programs are for everyone.
3) Are you willing to put in the time required to promote and advertise the particular program so that you can make some income from it?
You must realize that the claims of this runs on auto pilot are B.S. no business runs on auto pilot if it did I wouldn’t have to spend so much time at the store now would I? An online business is just like a brick and mortar business if you do not run it and promote it it will fail miserably and that is the harsh reality of it, so if you take the time to advertise and promote any business online you can get decent results from this and start to earn a nice residual secondary income. If you go into anything expecting instant results and instant wealth you are doomed to disappointment as that is not likely to happen, if you are willing to take the time required to be successful than chances are you will achieve a certain amount of success at anything that you try in life.