257: Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: How Michelle Makes $50,000 a Month Selling Other People’s Products

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You might know Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from her super-popular blog MakingSenseofCents.com where she gets hundreds of thousands of readers and makes 6-figures a month.

Around $50k of that monthly revenue (or more) comes from affiliate marketing.

Michelle’s online journey started in the summer of 2011 when she decided to start blogging about paying off her student debts, “I didn’t know what blogs were at the time… I literally didn’t know that you could make money with a blog,” she said looking back.

It was when she made her first $100 six months later with a sponsored post that she knew she wanted to build an online business.

“It became super addicting,” Michelle said.

Fast-forward just two years and Michelle had become a full-time blogger making money through affiliate marketing sponsored posts, working as a freelance staff writer and selling display advertising.

She started to focus on affiliate marketing, and with her most profitable post making more than $400k to-date, it’s fair to say she’s nailed the right way to do affiliate marketing.

The secret to her success?

Listening to her audience and providing relevant content that solves a pain point.

Sounds simple, right?

Tune in to hear Michelle explain how she finds the right affiliate products to promote to her audience, as well as her tips to maximize conversions, increase your social media following, diversify your traffic sources, and much more.

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Learn:

  • Why Michelle decided to start a blog.
  • How she became a full-time blogger within two years.
  • How she turned questions from her readers into a $400k blog post!
  • How to find the right affiliate products to promote.
  • The mistakes most people new to affiliate marketing make and how to avoid them.
  • How to optimize your blog posts to increase conversions.
  • How to build trust with your audience so you’re not seen as a “sellout.”
  • How to properly disclose you’re promoting affiliate products.
  • Michelle’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.

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3 thoughts on “257: Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: How Michelle Makes $50,000 a Month Selling Other People’s Products

  1. I used AdSense and other ad networks but didn’t got any satisfying results. But now after reading this, I wonder that I can also go for affiliate marketing. But I also wonder that affiliate programs only pay for purchase made through link (as far as I know). Then it will require many people to click links from one blog and make purchases to earn a decent amount. Am I right?

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