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This is my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review. *USE BLACKFRIDAY2018CC CODE FOR $28 OFF UNTIL NOVEMBER 26, 2018!*
I started my blog in March 2018 and purchased the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course in April 2018. I was extremely hesitant to purchase another blogging course because I had already spent over $1,000 on my brand new blog that wasn’t earning me any money.
However, after reading a ton of reviews and doing some research of my own, I decided that this affiliate marketing course is the best one for me and the most suitable for bloggers.
Within my first 3 months of taking this course, I already earned over $650 in affiliate income! And it’s just starting!
About the course
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a course created by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents. Michelle is a 7-figure blogger. In 2017, she earned over $1.5 million from her blog. She is one of my top blogging inspirations and that’s already why I wanted to take her course. You can read her latest income report here where she shares the exact breakdown of her income and answers questions from readers.
In the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, Michelle reveals all the secrets and strategies that she used to earn over $50,000 a month from affiliate marketing. To be honest, that figure is now looking closer to $100,000+ a month. It’s super impressive!
What does the course cover?
Below is a list of all the modules covered in the course. Each module is further broken down into several sections, including useful worksheets.
- 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 and Ways To Promote Affiliate Links
- Module 6: Rinse and Repeat
Is this course only for personal finance bloggers?
It’s true that Michelle is a personal finance blogger, which is the same niche as me. However, bloggers from all types of niches also take her course. Michelle also includes a list of popular and recommended affiliate programs for every niche:
- Affiliate programs for new bloggers
- Finance/money affiliate programs
- Parenting/family affiliate programs
- Travel affiliate programs
- Crafts/DIY affiliate programs
- Food/recipe affiliate programs
- Healthy living affiliate programs
- Fashion affiliate programs
- Beauty affiliate programs
- Wedding affiliate programs
- Blogging/business affiliate programs
You won’t have to worry about not finding the right affiliate program for your niche!
What about course bonuses?
The course bonuses are listed below:
- How to Always Get Approved To An Affiliate Program
- How To Drive Thousands of Visitors To Your Blog With Pinterest
- 9 Things You Must Do When Something Goes Viral
- How To Increase Your Page Views
- Worksheet – My Affiliate Products And Services
- Worksheet – The Perfect Affiliate Link Checklist
- How to Maximize Your Reach, Your Impact, and Your Revenue with Facebook Ads
- Editing And Writing Strategies That Will Take Your Content To The Next Level
The course bonus that I benefitted the most is definitely from the Pinterest bonus. It’s very straightforward and teaches you all the essentials to setting up a winning Pinterest profile to consistently drive more traffic to your blog!
My personal experience with the course
When I first started blogging, I was struggling to make money. I had no idea where to begin. In my first month blogging, I made nothing. In my second, I made a whooping $5 in ads. Blah.
I decided that I needed to diversify my income streams and I knew that affiliate marketing was the next thing to look into.
Blogging is super overwhelming. Sure, I knew I could probably get all this information for free elsewhere, but I had no idea who to trust and how to structure my approach.
After starting the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, I learned how to better structure my blog posts and email to convert sales. I learned how to revisit my old posts and rewrite them in an effective way. The course taught me how to incorporate affiliate marketing into my blog posts or emails without coming off as salesy or slimy.
Of course, I cannot attribute 100% of my success to this course. My income increased as I continued to drive more traffic and readers to my blog (mostly with the help of Pinterest). I am taking a combination of blogging courses which all focus on different aspects of blogging. However, this is the main course that I have been using for an in-depth look at affiliate marketing.
How long did it take you to get through the course material?
I read all of the course material within a day. I’m a quick reader and I was so interested and couldn’t turn my laptop off!
However, to implement all the strategies took me some time. Every once in a while, I still revisit the course (you get life-time access). It’s always nice to get a refresher on content or strategies that you may have forgotten about.
- Lots of detailed information. Each section is probably over a thousand words long!
- Downloadable worksheets to help you work through each of the modules and plan your strategy
- Lots of course bonuses that help you with improving traffic, etc.
- The private member-only Facebook group with close to 4,000 members, a lot of which are 6- or even 7-figure bloggers. Every time I have a question I just post on there and get replies almost immediately.
- Michelle is extremely active in her Facebook group and responds with personalized feedback! I also love that in the Facebook group, you can share wins to keep you motivated and share posts to drive more traffic to your blog!
- There’s an affiliate program available for students who have taken the course to put what you learned into practice! And the commission is very generous 🙂
- There’s also a Tailwind Tribe just for course members. I love Pinterest and it’s my main source of traffic.
- There are no videos, so those who prefer video format will just have to suck it up or look for another video-based course (like this one or this one).
- Some of the information is quite basic and already available elsewhere for free (just search affiliate marketing on Pinterest or Google and you’ll find thousands of results)
- It’s not a get-rich quick scheme. You still have to put the work in to see results. Just by reading the material is not enough!
This course is for you if:
- You’re a blogger who is looking to earn money from affiliate marketing
- You have already been blogging for a while but struggle to increase your affiliate income
- You are comfortable with working alone through all of the modules
- You are committed to monetizing your blog and are willing to put in the time and effort!
This course is not for you if:
- You’re already making money from affiliate marketing and know all the basics
- You’re not interested in putting in the work required
- You don’t have enough money to pay for the course
Finally, is the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course worth the money?
The course fee is $197 (or two payments of $105). That’s not cheap, especially for a brand new blogger who isn’t making any money from her blog yet.
For me, it only took me one month to “earn back my investment.” In my first month of taking this course, I had already earned $400 in affiliate income. In my second month, I earned $100, and $150 in my third.
Also, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. If for whatever reason you decide this course is not right for you, then you can get 100% of your money back!
I have been recommending the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course for some time. However, some of my readers were still skeptical and wanted a more in-depth review. I hope you are satisfied! If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email!
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