4 Top Affiliate Marketers (Success Stories)

Published: October 31, 2019 - Updated: October 31, 2019 - By: Kirsty Matthewson


Learn from some of the best

If you’re hoping to enter the lucrative world of affiliate marketing, or if you’re an experienced affiliate and want to increase your bottom line, it’s a great idea to learn from the best. In this article, we take a look at some of the top affiliate marketers in 2019.

Jason Stone

Current location – Florida, US. 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/millionaire_mentor/ http://www.instagram.com/jason__stone

Specialismsbusiness development, global strategy, e-mail marketing, digital marketing, blockchain, organizational leadership, growth hacking.

Jason Stone is one of the most famous success stories in affiliate marketing – and one of the original Instagram influencers. Better known as @millionare_mentor, Jason was an early exploiter of Instagram as an affiliate channel, cleverly using his Insta feeds and blog as advisory resources for motivating aspiring affiliates. This storytelling approach has now earnt him 5m Instagram followers on his Millionnaire Mentor feed and has led to a number of six and seven-figure sum website launches. 

Part of Jason’s success comes from forging alliances with other like-minded entrepreneurs; promoting one another’s services and helping each other to establish influence and spread the word. Jason’s attitude to business is admirable and enviable, preferring to focus on his work as a lifestyle choice, not an obligation. His approach has also served him well financially – at one point earning an incredible $7m in sales in only 18 months!  

What Jason says…

“Breaking away from the competition is as easy as conquering branding and clearly defining your story with a comprehensive content marketing strategy. You don’t need to have better products or services. You don’t even need to sell at a more competitive price point. What really matters when it comes to separating yourself from the innovators and market leaders in your industry is storytelling.”

John Chow

Current location – Vancouver and California. 


Specialismsblogger, book author, speaker, entrepreneur. 

Another powerhouse in affiliate marketing, John Chow went from an industry unknown to earning over $40,000 a month in just two years. Did I mention that involved working only two hours a day?! John runs one of the highest-earning blogs on the internet which is visited by 200,000 active daily readers. He is also ranked no.16 on the AdAge power list. 

With these sorts of credentials, it’s no surprise that John is very well-respected in the affiliate marketing world. He regularly speaks at events, has published a number of insightful books and offers a great deal of useful content on his blog to help inspire others to capitalize on this lucrative industry. 

John focusses on building long-term relationships with his audience, providing them with valuable problem-solving advice. He understands the importance of authority and thought leadership while ensuring that the foundations of his business – the blog and online presence – are approachable and motivational. 

What John says…

“Do you know how to tell a successful person from an unsuccessful one? The easiest way is by the language they use. When you talk to a successful person about his goals, he’ll tell you what he plans to do and when it will be done. When an unsuccessful person talks about his goals (assuming he even has one), you’ll hear something along the lines of, ‘I hope to do this someday.’ Here’s a clue for all you losers out there; someday never comes.” 

Kirsty McCubbin

Current location – UK

Website – http://www.affiliatestuff.co.uk/

Specialisms – fashion blogging, travel blogging, beauty blogging. 

If you’ve ever caught yourself daydreaming about getting rich while basking on a white sandy beach, take a look at Kirsty McCubbin’s blog. Using her background as an SEO, Kirsty branched out as an affiliate marketer in 2003, subsequently balancing worldwide travel with a profitable income and later taking advantage of that flexibility to take care of her two young children. 

Describing herself as a ‘slave to Google’ Kirsty’s technical nous, broad skill set and tenacity have resulted in 16 successful years in affiliate marketing and the winning of an a4uAward in 2010. Kirsty’s focus on work-life balance and her insightful, engaging blog and resources make her an inspirational affiliate marketer to follow in 2019. 

What Kirsty says…

“I’ve always loved the ability to have a rich and varied selection of merchant’s products to work with. That fits really well with my personality. I have the worst concentration ever and get bored quite easily. So being able to jump around at will between projects is very, very cool. It’s also counterproductive at times, but that’s something every affiliate has to try and manage.”

Mark Ling

Current location – New Zealand. 


Specialismspersonal development, online training courses, internet marketing, and affiliate marketing.

Mark Ling is a highly experienced marketer with an astonishing $100m in online sales under his belt. He has also been listed as Clickbank’s #1 selling affiliate of the day several times. 

Mark began his career in marketing in 1999 and launched his first affiliate website in 2017. He has enjoyed enormous personal successes as well as establishing a reputable and credible free online training course and a comprehensive and low cost “Pathway to Passive” course. Mark’s training materials attract budding affiliate marketers as he isn’t afraid of being candid about where he went wrong during his early days as an affiliate. How better to learn than from your mistakes, after all? Mark offers straightforward, actionable advice via his blog and other publications to help novice affiliates get started and experienced marketers to optimize campaigns and identify issues with content engagement or barriers to conversion.


Digital Global reported that affiliate marketing spend increases annually by 10.1% and is expected to reach $6.8 billion by 2020 in the US alone! As we have seen from the above examples, there are opportunities out there for talented affiliate marketers with ambition and drive to succeed. So why not get on board?