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Learn how Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month

Learn how Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.

You see the words “affiliate marketing” everywhere, but what does it mean? How do you become an affiliate marketer?

How do you make money with affiliates? These are questions that I hear all the time. People want to know how they can work from home doing something they love and get paid for it.

Well, guess what. Affiliate marketing isn’t hard, there is a lot to learn, but it’s not difficult.

You can’t go wrong with investing in your education. If you want to improve and grow your blog, then you need to make learning a priority.

Most of the free stuff that you find will only take you so far. There isn’t enough room in a blog post to cover the details that you would get from coaching or a course, but it’s enough to get you started in the right direction.

Many bloggers and online influencers skip over affiliate marketing. They either think it’s too hard, that it’s a waste of time, that they will turn followers away, or that their followers just won’t be interested.

However, if you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you are leaving money on the table.

Perhaps you’ve tried affiliate marketing in the past, but nothing seemed to work. Now, you just feel like it’s not possible and that you’ll always be stuck.

Trust me; I know how you feel. When I started out blogging, I knew NOTHING about it.How to create affiliate income

And due to that, I was afraid to try new things, and I was definitely afraid of affiliate marketing because I didn’t want to scare my readers away or waste my time.


What is affiliate marketing?


It’s when you recommend a product or service that you believe in, to your readers or followers, and they make a purchase through your links or referral codes, and you earn a commission.

You get to tell people about something that you love, and that has helped you, and recommend it to others. Everyone wins!

Your readers find a great new product or service, and it doesn’t cost them anything extra. Sometimes they can even get a coupon or discount through your recommendation. How great is that!


How do I earn affiliate commissions?


There are three different ways to earn income from an affiliate.

Percentage: You receive a percentage of the sale of a product. Before you join any affiliate program, you will be told what percentage you will earn. The amount can range from around 4% to 50%, depending on the product or service.

Commission Per Lead: This is when you get a fixed amount for providing a customer with a new lead, such as signing up for an account. This amount can range from a few cents to a few dollars per lead.

Fixed Amount: This is a set commission that you receive regardless of the price of the product or service.


Do I need a lot of readers or followers to make money?


You don’t need millions of people reading your blog each month to earn income. But to increase your income, you will need to keep your blog growing.

When you understand what your readers are looking for and how to find affiliate programs, you should be able to make money from your site.


How do I increase the page views on my blog?


Produce quality posts

If you want to keep your audience engaged, it’s best to post at least once a week.

Try to write posts that contain between 500 to 3,000 words. Your writing should be informative and engaging, making your readers want more.

Use Grammarly, a free browser extension, to make sure that everything you write is easy to read and error free.

Grammarly checks your spelling, grammar, and punctuation in Gmail, Facebook, WordPress, Linkedin, and anywhere else you write on the Web.

This is a must-have tool, in my opinion, no matter what your writing skill level, Grammarly will make it better.

You may write the most fantastic blog post ever, but if it’s full of errors, it’s not going to look professional.

Affiliates, sponsors and other bloggers will take you a lot more seriously when you have a professional looking post. Grammarly is free and easy to install, so if you want to keep your readers coming back, use Grammarly.

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Pinterest generates a lot of traffic for most bloggers. Create a Pinterest image for every blog post.

I use Canva to create my images and Tailwind to schedule pins to tribes and group boards.

This tribe is for all blog topics. Find group boards to join on PinGroupie in your niche or check out this list of 22 Pinterest group boards by Love Megan Anne.

If you haven’t already done so, switch to a free business account on Pinterest and install rich pins.

Make sure that your board covers don’t contain text, just high-quality images.

Use LibreStock, a site that searches 47 free stock photo websites, to find quality images. Use SEO keywords in your board descriptions.

Social media

Create a Facebook business page for your blog. Other sites that you should consider are Twitter, StumbleUpon, Instagram, and Snapchat.


Join Facebook groups. These private groups of like-minded people help each other with feedback, advice, a big dose of knowledge and finding new clients. The following groups are for entrepreneurs and bloggers:

These groups let you share your content and get more eyes on your posts.

Don’t skip this step, this is probably the biggest thing you can do to drive traffic to your site. Each group has its own set of rules, pay attention to them if you want to succeed in the group and not be kicked out.

Guest post

Guest posting is one of the best ways to get exposure or traffic back to your site.

Use Google to find opportunities by typing keyword “submit a guest post,” check out a community of guest bloggers at My Blog Guest, or ask people in your Facebook groups.

Some sites that accept guest posts are:


Add share buttons to all your posts to make it easy for your content to be shared on social media. Social Warfare is a popular plugin that lets you add attractive buttons without slowing your website down.


Make sure your headline gets people’s attention. CoSchedule is a website that will help you determine if your headline needs improvement.


Use search engine optimization to increase traffic to your site. The Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress is a complete SEO solution, and it’s easy to use.

Get a second opinion

Is it clear what your website is about? Are your posts the best they can be? Ask friends and family to give their honest opinion about your site.

Can they figure out what your site is about within a couple of minutes?

To get an unbiased review, try user testing. UserTesting will give you a free 5-minute video of someone reviewing your website.

For feedback on an individual post go to The Daily Post and submit your post to The Community Pool, or First Friday forums for advice.

First Friday is for bloggers just starting out, or still in their first month. Community Pool allows all bloggers to post a link to their post or website for feedback.


How to earn affiliate income blogging.How do I find affiliate programs?

Make a list of your favorite tools, products, and services that you would like to recommend to your readers.

Then you can start by searching online for affiliate programs for the things on your list, just type the name of the item followed by the word “affiliate” in Google.

You can also go to a company’s website and scroll to the bottom and look for the word “affiliate” and click on it.

Affiliate networks are companies that deal with many companies and products, some of the popular ones are:

  1. Amazon’s Associates
  2. Awin
  3. Shareasale
  4. CJ
  5. Ratuken Affiliate Network
  6. Affiliate Window
  7. Viglink
  8. Skimlinks
  9. Rewardstyle
  10. Shop Style Collective
  11. Offer Juice
  12. Izea
  13. Flex Offers

I’m ready to get started earning affiliate income! Is there any other resource you recommend to help me learn more?


There is so much to learn about blogging and marketing. Trends and technology change quickly and sometimes it’s hard to find current information.

If you want to learn more, here is the resource that helped me earn affiliate income.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is an online course that helped Michelle earn over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing.

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is a blogger at Making Sense of Cents and has been featured in, and she shares all of my best tips in this course.


In this course, there are six modules, over 30 lessons, over 20 worksheets, bonuses, an extremely helpful exclusive Facebook group, and more, and she goes through everything when it comes to affiliate marketing, such as:


  • What affiliate marketing is and how it works
  • Why affiliate marketing is great
  • The exact steps she’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post
  • Picking the right affiliate products to promote
  • How to increase conversions
  • How to build trust and not lose followers
  • Required disclosures that you need to know about
  • The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing
  • Different strategies to use to promote your affiliate products
  • How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing (yes, this includes the newest Pinterest affiliate rules!)
  • She even answers your individual questions in her Facebook group

You also get these high-value bonuses:

  • Access to the Private Facebook Mastermind group
  • Free Group Coaching Sessions
  • Pinterest Strategy – How To Receive Hundreds of Thousands Of Visitors From Pinterest a Month
  • 9 Things You Must Do When Something Goes Viral
  • How To Increase Your Page Views
  • My Affiliate Products And Services
  • The Perfect Affiliate Link Checklist
  • How To Always Get Approved To An Affiliate Program

In this Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course:

  • One blogger receives just 10,000 page views a month, yet made over $1,000 through Amazon last month!
  • A blogger went from $87 a month in affiliate income before taking the course, to over $1,700 one month after!
  • One blogger received their first affiliate sale just two days after taking the course (and they were a brand new blogger too!).
  • Another blogger doubled their monthly affiliate income from $2,500 to $5,000.

I recommend checking out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle shares her exact strategy and tips in this very informative online course.

If you’re a blogger (even if you’re a new blogger!), then you NEED this course. She is so confident that this course will work for you that she even offers a full refund in the first 30 days if you’re not satisfied.

She is so confident that this course will work for you that she even offers a full refund in the first 30 days if you’re not satisfied.

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  1. Wow great post thank you so much for sharing all this information with us, Definately going to try affiliate marketing

  2. What an awesome post. I found your information about Grammarly very interesting. I actually hadn’t heard of this tool before. Going to look into it today! Thanks!

    • Grammarly has been a life saver for me. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t use it since it’s free. I see so many blog posts with misspelled words, poor grammar, and incorrect punctuation, I think it takes away the credibility of the writer.

  3. This is such a great post!! Affiliate marketing is everything these days – it never fails to amaze me! Love your tips!

  4. I read this entire post! Thank you for sharing! Affiliate marketing has always been a mystery to me I just signed up for Amazon and Targets affiliate group last week and not the slightest clue on how to strategize them. I will definitely be implementing these strategies. Thank you for the Facebook groups too!

    • Hi, Nicole. I started out with Amazon links in my posts too, and I didn’t make a single sale. After taking the class, I learned that there was a lot more to it. I hope that some of the information in my post will help you make some affiliate income. Good luck!

  5. Great post! I have been looking for sites that take on guests as well, so this article was doubly helpful! 😉

    • Glad I could help. Good luck with your guest posting.

  6. Thank you for the tips! I am hoping my blog grows so that I will be able to earn affiliate income.

    • You don’t need a huge audience to make affiliate income. Good luck with your blog.

  7. Thank you for this..I am new to blogging and there is so much to learn from you…

  8. These are all great bits of advice, and I can’t wait to check some of these out, since I haven’t heard of some!

  9. Just getting started in affiliate marketing! I have heard of the course you are recommending. Will check it out!

    • I made my first affiliate sale in less than 30 days after taking the course, I think it was worth it.

  10. This is very useful, bookmarking. I am exploring all these options right now

  11. This is such a detailed and helpful post! I just started being more purposeful with my affiliate marketing and doing more research. I would love to take Michelle’s course and I bet she has so many good strategies and tips to making great income from affiliate marketing

  12. Michelle’s story is amazing! I’ve been ramping up my affiliate game each month and hope to someday make a substantial amount from it.

  13. This is exciting and I have always wanted to know more about Affiliate marketing. I have bookmarked this post. Thank you.

  14. I am so frustrated with affiliate marketing. In the year that I’ve been doing it, I’ve made less than $50! To be fair, I haven’t given it enough attention. I should really look into this course!

  15. This is a great post, everything you talked about here is super helpful! Thank you for sharing these tips!

  16. Many helpful tips on your article, thanks for sharing. I only sign up for Amazon so far, but it’s a good idea to sign for some others sites too.

  17. thank you for this information, it basically held my hand and walked me through a process that i’ve felt was very intimidating!

  18. Thanks for such a clear and informative post, will bookmark this for the future!

    • That’s great Olivia. I’m so glad you liked it!

  19. These are some great tips! My blog is more of a creative outlet, so money isn’t a huge priority, but I wouldn’t mind making a little extra, so thanks for the advice!

    • You’re welcome, Diana. I agree with you, blogging is a great creative outlet, I really enjoy it.

  20. Oh my gosh, SO AWESOME! I honestly started taking notes and have bookmarked. We are new to blogging and are just soaking up every once of info that we can. I loved your advice on Pinterest and finding guest bloggers!

    Again, so awesome!

    • Oh that’s great Kam. I’m so glad you liked it! I worked really hard on creating the absolute BEST post with as many resources as I possibly could to help as many people as I could.

  21. Great post! I needed this. I am not to the money making stage yet…But I havent really been trying to earn money. I want to grow a following first.

  22. this is such an eye opener to the world of affiliate marketing.

    you should include Maxbounty to your CPA affiliate network list. they’re great.


    • Thanks for the tip Ike, I will check into that.

  23. Thanks for sharing all these! I learn so much just by reading this article. Hope to enroll to your course one day after I finish my other courses.

    • That’s great Tracy…online courses are one of my favorite ways to learn.

  24. Thanks for sharing these affiliate links and other tips for posting. I really need to start using Grammerly. I didn’t realize it was so easy and free.

    • Yeah, Grammarly is free and it makes all my posts a lot better. It was the first thing that I signed up for when I started blogging.

  25. These are some really great tips! I’ll consider enrolling in the course!

  26. Thank you so much for a great insight on affiliates. I have been looking into it for a while but haven’t taken any steps yet. This is really helpful

    • You’re welcome Nondumiso. It took me a while to take any steps toward affiliate marketing also, but I’m glad I finally did.

  27. I’m going to install grammarly right now haha, I need it! I have been learning a new language and my spelling is suffering. Thanks!

    xx nicole

    • Wow! Learning another language is very impressive Nicole. Grammarly has been such a big help for me, I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

    • Glad it’s all useful. That’s awesome! 🙂 Thank you for letting me know Christie.

  28. You have some great information in this post. Thank you! I just started affiliate marketing, in my second month now, and I’m super excited to say that last month I made 11.98 from one sale on Share a sale and this month I’ve made 32 cents on amazon!!!!! LOL Got to start some where right?

    • That’s awesome Sarah! Sounds like you’re headed in the right direction.

  29. Thank you for sharing your tips! These are all so helpful. I’ve really fallen behind on my Pinterest promotion, so I’m definitely going to keep your advice in mind and try to ramp that up again.

    • Sounds like a great idea Jaime. I’ll look you up on Pinterest.

    • I hope you find a good group, Helene. Good luck!

  30. This is an awesome write-up Cara! I’ve been following Michelle for a while now and it’s amazing that she’s been able to bring in this much from affiliate marketing. Thanks for the info!

    • Hi, Ricky. I agree Michelle is definitely the affiliate marketing expert, I learned a lot from her course.

  31. very useful post. As soon as I’m able I’d like to participate in that course. Michelle was my first inspiration! I’m glad it helped you too. I just applied to two affiliates yesterday & it’s going to be great! Best wishes!

    • Congratulations Jaimee. I wish you the best with your new affiliates.

  32. Thanks for all of the information!!

  33. I just started a blog and am pretty overwhelmed by all the information available- this was so helpful in breaking it down a little bit and giving me a starting point!!

  34. Great post. I’m really trying to grow my blog and monetize it

    • You have a great blog Michelle, I’m sure it won’t take you long to grow and monetize it.

  35. Thanks for all the great tips! This is the next step for my blog, and this will be a lot of useful information.

  36. Wow thats impressive! I always love hearing how others do it!

  37. This was such a helpful post!! I currently do implement affiliate marketing but it’s always a great refresher to learn about new opportunities!

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