Earn $50k a Month From Your Blog My “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” Review

Earn $50k a Month From Your Blog: My “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” Review

By Rob | July 21st, 2016 | 18 Comments

I just finished the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing — where Michelle shares how she makes over $50,000/month from her personal blog. 

While I certainly benefited from the course (it’s already more than paid for itself — as you’ll see when I launch my first monthly earnings report), I don’t believe that it’s for everyone. The following review will hopefully help you decide if the $197 Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course is right for you.

Who is Michelle and how did I first come across her website?

Making Sense of Affiliate MarketingI first “met” Michelle when she responded to my request for contributors for the article How to Quit Your Job and Become a Digital Nomad: 35 Experts Share.

It’s amazing how fast you click on a link when it says “I earn $50,000 a month through my blog”.

When I clicked through to her site, I found a 27 year old blogger who earns $50k/month while traveling around in an RV with her husband. As a fan of the digital nomad lifestyle, that’s definitely the kind of story that catches my eye!

As I explored her site Making Sense of Cents I discovered that, indeed, for the last 6 months Michelle’s blogging income has consistently hit about $50k per month! In other words, she makes as much in a month as the average American earns in a year.

But here’s what’s crazy about it. She doesn’t push sell and she’s not part of any sleazy multi-level marketing scheme. There are an awful lot of bloggers that get rich by selling worthless books, courses, and advice on how to get rich.

That’s not the case with Michelle. She’s a personal finance blogger and simply mentions products that she values – such as Blue Host for creating a website, Motif Investing for stock trading, and Ebates for online shopping (Michelle earns about $1000/month from Ebates alone).

Which brings me to the purpose of this article…

What is affiliate marketing and how does it work?

Here’s how Michelle, and many other bloggers, make money... Each of these companies listed above (and many others) have an affiliate program that gives bloggers the opportunity to earn a commission when their readers click through a link to sign up or make a purchase. Many bloggers do this (including myself) as it offers a way to share products that the blogger actually uses and appreciates – while simultaneously supporting their writing.

And the beautiful think about it is that there’s no extra cost for the customer! So, whether you go straight to Amazon yourself, or whether you decide to shop Amazon through my link (hint, hint), you pay the exact same amount. But, with the latter option, I earn a 4-6% commission on what you spend.

Meanwhile, businesses love affiliate marketing because they only pay when a sale is made – making it very low-risk. While a TV ad costs a fortune and might not bring in a single sale, an affiliate is only paid once the business has money in the bank.

Of course, just because you link to affiliate products on your website doesn’t mean you’ll make money. First off, we’re all repelled by websites that are overly promotional. If you perpetually tell readers to >>>>>>SHOP HERE<<<<<<  without providing any real value, they’ll likely stop visiting your site.

Secondly, if you try to be too polite – placing a single link in your website footer – you’ll never make any money.

The key is finding that healthy balance between getting people to use your links without making it obnoxiously promotional. This is where Michelle’s course comes in.

My “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” review

Affiliate Pinterest ImageSince I first came across Michelle’s blog this last March (2016), I’ve been fascinated with her success and (obviously) would love to follow in her footsteps.

So, when she launched her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, I decided to check it out!

I don’t usually buy online courses (although I have invested in a few), but this one was definitely worth the money! In fact, I’ll be sharing my first income report this month and the course has more than paid for itself over this last month. I’m finally earning enough from my blog to call it more than just a hobby.

That being said, Michelle’s course isn’t for everyone. Because I already have a decent amount of traffic and understand the basics of writing website content (it’s how I make a living after all), this course was able to help me monetize what I’m already doing.

However, if you’re just starting out and have no traffic,  it may not be your best first purchase – although you’ll have to make the final call yourself.

Here’s what you get from Michelle’s course

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing helps you do exactly what the title suggests – maximize your affiliate marketing revenue. You’ll discover how to guide readers towards your affiliate links, manage affiliate programs effectively, and do this all legally (yes, there are laws that bloggers have to follow).

If you have an established website (or are committed to making yours a success), and want to discover how to improve your affiliate income, then this course is incredibly valuable.

In my opinion, there are three benefits to this course that make it worth $197:

  1. The course has a lot of great information: As I mentioned before, you discover how to encourage readers to click on your links without spamming them, keep track of all of your affiliate programs, and much more. There’s a lot of valuable content – which is the obvious reason to buy any course.
  2. You gain access to an exclusive Facebook mastermind group: Everyone who joins the course gains access to an exclusive Facebook group where we all can ask questions, offer advice, and compare strategies. In short, you are able to experiment with, and learn from, an active group of people at various paths in their blogging journey. You’ll even come across me on occasion!
  3. You are able to ask Michelle questions: At $600,000 a year, Michelle earns more than the majority of CEOs in America (despite what the news tells you). Not only does this make her an incredibly valuable mentor, it also means that her time is worth $300/hr! And when you sign up for the course, she often responds to your questions and comments directly. Essentially, you gain the ability to ask a $300/hr consultant for advice at any time (but please, don’t go overboard).

Considering the three benefits above, for someone eager to excel at affiliate marketing, this course is definitely worth the $197 investment.

What this course is not

As I mentioned above, for me this course was a great investment. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.

Why? Because it’s a course on affiliate marketing – not a course on blogging, writing great content, or growing traffic. Although a new blogger could benefit from the information shared, it’s a pricey purchase for someone who’s simply experimenting with a new hobby.

Before you decide to make an investment in this course, realize that it will only help you with one piece of the blogging puzzle. Unless you’re also willing to put the time and energy into learning how to grow your traffic and improve your writing, this course will offer you little value.

Is the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course right for you?

Thanks largely to what I’ve learned from Michelle, my affiliate earnings for this month are on track to pay for this course five times over! And I’m just getting started. With more money coming into my blog, I now have the ability to invest more into it as well – leading to further growth.

So, if you already understand the basics of blogging and are committed to making your blog a success, then Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing could help you turn your hobby into a business.

Michelle’s process hasn’t only helped her make $50,000/month, it’s also played a valuable role in helping dozens, if not hundreds, of other bloggers improve their blogging income as well – and that includes me!

So thanks, Michelle, for sharing – and I look forward to seeing many more successful blog income reports around the web.

For the comments: What are your thoughts on affiliate marketing? Have you been able to benefit from it, or has it felt like a lost cause? I’d love to hear your tips and thoughts in the comments below!

About Author Rob

Rob blogs at Money Nomad - where he shares strategies and tips for becoming a remote entrepreneur. When not working on his own projects, Rob writes articles for businesses and thought leaders. You can find him on Twitter @rlerich.

18 thoughts on “Earn $50k a Month From Your Blog: My “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” Review

  1. great review – however, I am a new blogger with at least one reader (myself) and I believe that the course is a great way for me to learn about affiliate marketing and thanks to the Mastermind group, I am also learning about a host of other stuff I did not know I did not know as well as getting answers and learning as I go. From a newbie in the blogging world, I would still recommend Michelle’s course if only for the simple reason that she is very present on the Mastermind group and has already answered many of my questions.

    1. Thanks for sharing Marguerite! It’s great to hear that a newbie blogger finds value in the course. I may have been proven wrong then. 🙂

      What I ultimately want to get across to readers is that there is no easy way to make money blogging. Although Michelle’s course will provide tremendous value to someone who is serious and committed, it’s not a magic elixir to riches.

      Thanks so much for your input and I look forward to seeing your continued success!

  2. I’m one of the outliers. I’ve just started the blogging journey. I think I have a good handle on content, but building traffic and affiliate marketing are things still on the horizon. I would say, that as I look at producing more content, Michelle’s info on link placement is going to be valuable, and hopefully lead to less “going back” to revamp posts in the future. Plus my German and Scottish ancestry wouldn’t let me pass up the introductory price! 🙂

    Not to mention the course has helped introduce me to blogs like this one! You’ve helped put a name on what I want for my future: digital nomad.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Stan! It sounds like you’re committed to making things work as a blogger and you’re right, this course at the beginning will save you substantial time as you continue to develop. If I had known about many of these tips from the beginning, I probably could have started monetizing much sooner. I look forward to following your progress!

    1. It is great to come across someone willing to share how to really do it. Too many people share just enough to get you to “buy”, but not much more because they don’t want to give up their trade secrets and create competitors. Fortunately, for bloggers, you’re far more likely to develop partners than competitors.

      Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed the course!

    1. That’s often my challenge — finding the time! I’ve signed up for a few courses that I still need to get around to finishing. It definitely helps when you pay for it, but it’s still a challenge. If you get the chance to check it out, I think it’s valuable. However, buying it alone definitely isn’t worth your time. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review. When I first found that she was doing a course, I thought of joining right away and, then, my schedule got messed up. Hopefully, my schedule becomes a little bit manageable in the next few months so I can take advantage of this course. I’d love to improve my marketing efforts and this one seems to be the one I need. Thanks.
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  4. Thanks. I’m strongly considering the course. I have one affiliate and I make a small amount each month from an evergreen post I did on them over two years ago. I’d really love to up my game on affiliate marketing, though. I guess I just need to take the plunge! (I’m only at about 2500-3500 USD a month in blog income so I’d love to get to $10k. I’d be happy there.)

    1. It sounds like you’re doing great as a blogger already! The course could certainly add some more value to your blogging — especially that active FB group (which is probably the most valuable part of the course). Looking forward to seeing how your income increases in 2017!

  5. Thanks for this review – I am considering buying her course as well. I am in the stock trading niche and my main site has made decent money. Do you think that Micheles course will help me take things to the next level ? I have been affiliate marketing for 3-4 years and make a few thousand dollars a month at it. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Wesley. I think it could go either way for you. She does share a few great little tips for getting started (and she has made a fortune), but if you’re already making money, then this may not be the right course. Ultimately, I would base it on your income per viewer/subscriber. If you’re making $0.10/view, then what you need is more viewers, not advice on affiliate marketing. However, if your site is only make $0.01/view, you may be able to learn something from this course. Hope that helps!

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