One of the cool things about blogging is the people you meet. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from Making Sense of Cents was one of the first people I met when I started blogging. I think we started at the same time, when the blogging world felt smaller, and I remember talking with her back in 2012.
Well, since then, she has figured out how to make money online. Serious money. She makes more in one month than most Americans make in an entire year. Check out her income reports on her blog.
Last month, she earned $70,000.
Affiliate marketing is one of the many ways bloggers can make money. They grow an audience that trusts them, and when they recommend a product, the people who trust them buy that product. Companies give bloggers a set amount of money every time someone buys their product. Depending on the size of audience and level of trust built (and according to Michelle’s income reports!), bloggers can make a lot of money.
Well, Michelle doesn’t believe she’s the only blogger who can make a ton of money affiliate marketing. She knows that she’s figured a thing or two out about how to monetize posts, but she thinks other bloggers can do the same thing.
So she created a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I took it, and if you click my link, Michelle will send me a bit of money to thank me for sharing the course with you.
Here are my thoughts:
Review: the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course
Michelle’s course has six modules, with 30 lessons, helpful worksheets, and bonuses that seem to be added quite frequently.
Here’s what’s included in “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing”:
- Module 1: What is Affiliate Marketing?
- Module 2: How to Find and Apply to Affiliate Programs
- Module 3: Follow the Rules
- Module 4: How to get your Readers to Convert
- Module 5: Strategies to Promote Affiliate Links
- Module 6: Rinse and Repeat
She also goes into her favorite tools and touches on how to use Pinterest to promote your affiliate relationships.
The course is text-based, so it’s like reading a series of in-depth blog posts. It’s easy to consume, and it’s geared toward beginners. It goes into the different affiliate networks and discusses the ins and outs of how to authentically promote affiliate links to your audience without making yourself feel icky (or turning off your readers).
That said, if you’re not making as much money as you’d like from your current affiliate relationships, it could be for you too.
If you’ve taken a half-hearted approach to affiliate marketing and found your results to be equally half-hearted, investing the money in this course ($197 at the time of this writing) will force you to redouble your efforts and focus on finding affiliate relationships that make sense for your audience.
Michelle and I have been blogging for about the same amount of time, so there wasn’t much “new” in her course for me.
That said, the value (as I’ve found in many online courses) is in the closed Facebook group associated with the course. It’s really active, with daily prompts from Michelle as well as organic question threads. Access to Michelle is something that comes with this course, and that can be super helpful. You can be Michelle’s friend, too!
Will taking this course help you make $50,000 a month in affiliate income? Let’s be honest, here, friend. Probably not. But if you want to learn how the world of affiliate marketing works, you may as well learn it from someone who has been making five figures a month (sometimes even six!) from affiliate sales.
- Work at your own pace
- Access to all the lessons so you can re-read them
- You too can become an affiliate
- Facebook group to ask questions
- Mini lesson on Pinterest
- Demystifies affiliate earnings, if it’s new to you
- Course is laid out nicely
- $197 price tag (watch this space for discounts, though)
- All text based, if you’re an auditory or visual learner, you won’t get as much out of it
- Brand-new bloggers will need to understand the basics of blogging already in order to not feel overwhelmed
- More established bloggers will find most of the value in the closed Facebook group rather than the course itself
- Does not include tips on how to make the most of the more popular affiliate programs, such as Amazon
- She makes a lot of her money from BlueHost, which we know I don’t like
Who “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” is Best For
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, take this course. Invest the money, and read each lesson. My guess is you’ll propel not only your income, but your blog traffic, by implementing the tactics she describes.
Many people saw their affiliate income jump immediately after taking Michelle’s course.
Sign Up Now And Get An Extra Bonus From Me
If you use my link to sign up for Michelle’s course, email me your receipt and I’ll enroll you in the Pinterest template mini-course for free ($14 value).