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If there is one thing I hear almost daily, it’s this; You can make money with your little blog? Yes, you can make money with your “little” blog.
Is it easy? NO!
Is it hard work? YES!
But is it possible? HECK YEAH!
In 2017, Anna and I got this bug in us to create some fantastic products for pregnant women (I’m a labor nurse, and she was pregnant) and some products for babies! We saw a severe need for modern labor gowns and wanted to fill it.
However, I also had a deep-rooted dream to start a blog.
So in 2018, we took the plunge!
If you read my blog story, then you know that we decided that Pinterest would be my blog project. I had to unwrap the mysteries of why most bloggers shout PINTEREST from the top of their lungs! I first invested in our blog by researching and taking courses about Pinterest. It paid off people. I took all the knowledge gained and created my thang, and we have EXPLODED!
It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t invested in education.
So, yes, Pinterest has been our primary source of traffic, which is why I am almost finished with our Pinterest course, which will be pretty dang easy to understand and implement. But we found ourselves needing to know what now? We had over 50k visitors per month at the time, but we had no clue how to monetize our traffic.
So my next learning adventure became unwrapping the source of income that most bloggers claim. Affiliate Marketing.
My most significant piece of advice to a new blogger or a blogger who has not experienced the success we have had is this:
Be willing to invest in your business. Think TIME AND MONEY!
Earn Income On What You Use!
Do you know that you can make money only by recommending products and resources that you use yourself? I mean think about the beauty of this?
Don’t you already do it? You and your friends grab drinks at the Moxy Hotel. The next day, you head into work singing the praises of the fantastic staff and the super chill vibe they have going on! Several of your co-workers grab drinks and play pool that weekend. Moxy sends you a check for your recommendation! HECK NO! But guess what? If you did that same scenario on your blog and someone heads to there through your link, you make money!
Ok, so back to the point of this review!
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
When I say to you, that I did a lot of research finding this course, this is an understatement. Just like Pinterest courses, many people are claiming a quick fix through affiliate marketing. And just like Pinterest courses, in which those creators should have established authority and proof on Pinterest before creating a course, affiliate marketers, should also be making some money before creating a course on the topic.
And that is how I chose this course!
Who created this course?
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who is an incredible personal finance blogger is the creator. Her site Making Sense of Cents allows her to travel the world. She created “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” course in 2016.
Um, Hello, she makes over 100k a month blogging! That is INSANE! (For the record, we are not there yet, but we will be!)
Michelle made over a million last year! HOLY SMOKES!
Check out her income reports if you need the what and how and holy moly moments for yourself. But come back and read the rest of my review!
Michelle is not only this incredibly down to earth human being but also she is involved and cares about you individually. She has answered so many of the random questions that I have sent through email. How cool is that? She is sailing around the world on a sailboat yet takes the time to answer my neediness! It is her “realness” that inspired me to take a leap of faith and work on our own Pinterest course. Michelle is just like you and me, except she has figured out the science of affiliate marketing and is willing to share the secrets with us.
Check the blogger planner out now!
What is this course all about?
It has several written modules, a workbook, and a ton of bonus resources.
My one complaint: It does not have video, which was turned out ok because it allowed me to fly through the course.
One of my biggest reasons for recommending Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing is its ease of use and the fact that when applied it works.
This course is entirely understandable and straightforward to implement.
- Module 1: What is Affiliate Marketing? (affiliate marketing for beginners)
- 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
- BONUSES! Seriously, the bonuses are worth the price of this course. It’s insane!
My recommendations once you complete the course
Go back and check out google analytics. Take your top 3 performing posts and implement all of Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing stellar tips.
If you are worried about the fact that she is in the finance niche, don’t be. I am in the parenting (specifically surrounding pregnancy) niche, and I have friends in other niches, like travel, who have had fantastic success! (Our affiliate income has doubled every month since taking the course)
It is a simple course to implement no matter your niche. The fact is, she knows her stuff, and she is willing to share it with you.
Honestly, one of the bonus lessons, that I have learned from Michelle’s influence has been to network with other bloggers. She recommends giving more than you take and reap the reward in return.
Along with the increase in our affiliate income since taking, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, our community has grown because of her advice. I have made some life long friendships with others in my niche and a few outside my niche. (This will be very beneficial to your blogging journey)
Private Facebook Group
If the course doesn’t entice you, the private FB group should. Michelle is hands-on in this group. She responds to questions and comments in the threads, which is unheard of. Each week she drops a thread which allows you to ask her anything! It’s a free mini-mentor session!
It’s well worth the price of the course to have access to an expert blogger of her caliber.
It’s inspiring to share your success and to celebrate others as you watch them succeed. The added benefit of learning from others at the same point in this adventure is also a huge blessing!
If you find yourself with more questions, then head to her course page and read the most frequently asked questions. (scroll down to the bottom)
Free Gift From Us
Finally, If you decide to take a leap of faith and join Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and use our link for your course, then we have an incredible gift for you.
We will send you our blogger planner for free!
Email us at Habibi House with the name and the email you used to order the course. We will email your planner to you after confirmation!