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How would you like to make $1M per year while having the flexibility to live life by doing what you want, when you want, where you want and how you want? I don’t know about you, but I would be happy with a small fraction of this amount.
In May, I read a Forbes.com article about Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, a 27 year old who made $1M from her blog last year. Curiosity got the best of me and I started researching the blogging industry. I found there are as many ways to make money online as there are people in NYC.
As time passed I started to flirt with the idea of starting a blog part-time, while I worked full-full time. The progress was slow and there was so much information it was nearly impossible to organize it all in a way to be successful in a timely manner. I decided to bite the bullet and pay to take Michelle’s online course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Michelle is a 27 year old who earns an income as a full-time blogger. She does this while living in an RV and traveling with her husband.
You can find Michelle at her blog Making Sense of Cents, where she blogs about personal finance, traveling and making money as a blogger. I recommend you check out her income reports, as they are impressive. Check out her business income graph below. Her income last year was $979,000 and I believe she is on track to hit between $1.5 and $2M this year.
Now that you have met the woman behind the course, let’s see what it is all about.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step guide to assist bloggers in creating their own affiliate marketing strategy. Overall the course answers questions like,
- What is affiliate marketing?
- How do I find programs?
- How do I get readers to convert?
What does the course cover?
The official course website will provide more details. You can expect to have 6 modules, 30+ lessons, helpful worksheets & bonuses.
- 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
Once you complete the course you will come to the bonus and affiliate information sections.
She shares her favorite tools and a Pinterest strategy to promote your affiliate links, which I liked. I am planning for Pinterest to be one of my main sources of traffic.
How is the course set up?
- The course is text based. The content is easy to understand and the worksheets are easy to complete. The most challenging part is getting your ideas out of your head an onto the paper. If you prefer video, this course may not be a good fit for you. If you try it and don’t like it, there is a 30 day refund policy.
- It’s self paced. There isn’t set beginning or a hard stop, you can go through the material as fast or slow as you would like. I like this aspect of it, because I have needed to reference the information many times after completing the course.
- The course is designed for most. I say “most” because I have heard varying reviews from other students. Some say the course isn’t good for someone who doesn’t have a blog or is new to blogging. I disagree, because I am very new and felt that the course helped focus on the direction I want to take my blog. By taking the course so early in my blogging career I believe I saved a lot of time that would have been wasted on trial and error. If you try the course and it is too advance, take advantage of the refund policy (scroll to FAQs) and register at a later time.
- It isn’t a ‘how to start a blog’ course. If you’re brand new to blogging, I suggest you get your blog started. You don’t have to have alot of post, I think I had 5 or less, but be familiar with the WordPress platform.
My experience with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course
Prior to taking the course I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I had found on the internet about affiliate marking and I wasn’t sure how to move forward. I guess you could say I had “analysis paralysis”. The course was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Michelle prepared the course to be valuable to the reader, regardless of the knowledge of affiliate marketing. The course moves from very basic to advance, so I was able to get a full understanding of what I could do with affiliate marketing on my blog. By the time I completed the worksheets I could see a plan developing.
I will warn you that with each piece of information you learn you will have more questions about the possibilities of affiliate marketing. Be sure to right down these questions and ideas. You will be able to ask questions directly to Michelle and to fellow students in the private FB mastermind group.
Was the course worth the cost?
The Making Sense of Affiliate Marking course is absolutely worth the cost. In the grand scheme of things the cost is relatively inexpensive compared to traditional educational course and it is up to you how quickly your get a return on your investment. If you work on your blog 1 hour per week you will not have the same results as the person who works on their blog for 20 or even 40 hours per week.
The bonuses make the investment even more valuable.
What are the bonuses?
- Access to the private Facebook Mastermind group. In this group you will join myself and other alumni for discussions about all things blogging and affiliate marketing.
- Free Group Coaching Sessions. Michelle makes herself available in the FB group to answer question from fellow alumni. If you don’t have questions you can learn from all the knowledge shared. This information remains available in the group, so you can search for it anytime.
- Pinterest Strategy – How To Receive Hundreds of Thousands Of Visitors From Pinterest a Month ($136 value!). One of my favorite bonuses is course from Rosemarie Groner at The Busy Budgeter to help increase Pinterest traffic. She charges $136 for her Pinterest Strategy Guide, but it’s free with Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
- How to Always Get Approved To An Affiliate Program. This bonus has geared to helped increase the amount of acceptance emails you get when applying for new affiliate programs.
- 9 Things You Must Do When Something Goes Viral. It is my hope to all of us will have a post go viral one day. This PDF outlines all the step you must take to protect your brand.
- How To Increase Your Page views. While you do not need a million page views to make money through affiliate marketing, you will want to grow your audience over time. This is good information for continued growth.
- Michelle’s Affiliate Products And Services. This section provides advise on keeping your affiliate links organized while building your success.
- The Perfect Affiliate Link Checklist to use to make sure your affiliate links are perfect for ideal results.
Pros & Cons
- Self Paced
- FB Mastermind Group
- Free Pinterest Course from The Busy Budgeter
- Lifetime Access
- No video for those of you who like audio
- The worksheets are not grouped together so they can’t be printed at one time and they can not be completed electronically.
How much does the course cost?
The course normally cost $197, but from time to time you can catch a sale!
The course changed how I pursued blogging success and I recommend it to others without hesitation.
Not sure the course is right for you, remember there is a 30 Day refund policy. You can purchase and review the course, before deciding to request a refund or keep the course. Pretty easy.
I hope you found this review of Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing helpful. Feel free to leave additional questions below and I’ll be happy to answer.
If you want to learn more about the course, click this link to go to the course page now.