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Review: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course (+$28 Off Coupon & Discount Code)

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I’ve bought the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing from Michelle Schroeder-Gardner in the first week of April and I’ve read it fast. The course costs $197 in one go or two monthly payments of $105.

What do you get?

You will get 6 modules with over 30 lessons and several worksheets. Here are all the 6 modules:

  • 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

With that, you will get 8 bonus such as Michelle Facebook Mastermind group, Pinterest Strategy, How To Increase Your Page Views and more!

How is the class delivered?

The course is text-based. There are no videos involved and no live videos course. If you have any question about what you are reading you can ask them in the Facebook Group and other students or Michelle will answer you. Also, it’s self-paced so you can read quickly as you want. The course doesn’t expire so you can read multiple time each module. I’ve read the course in a night, but I keep going back to some module every time I am asking myself something.

My review

I am not a new blogger and I am not new to the affiliate marketing but I’ve not made any money with it. While I was reading the course, I’ve found myself knowing some of the strategies but I never used them since they were not well conceived as the one in the course. While you are reading it, you get some idea on how you can implement it on your blog. Also, Michelle put a lot of focus on the integrity of you the blogger, so you will not find yourself promoting stuff that you would not use. This was an important thing to me when I was reading the course.

I’m writing this review a week after buying the course so I don’t have any number to show if the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is really working but I have this feeling that I needed it to show me the ways of how using an affiliate to make money. I will update this review when I will have some result.

These bonuses are really great and I think Michelle could sell them as an option to the course and I will still recommend them to you. The facebook group is wonderful and you can get help from any blogger in it without being treated like an idiot. Two days after using the Pinterest strategy found in the course, I’ve double my Pinterest follower and I’ve got multiple clicks on my pins.

Is it worth the money?

First, of the question, I had before buying the course was if it worth the money? I’ve chosen to buy the course after two weeks without having a precise idea if it could help me. I can say that Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing worth every dime you put in it. The author, Michelle, made more than $50,000 in affiliate marketing with the tips and strategy you will learn. You can find some of this info on google but you will never get them as structured as this course. Also, time is money. You will lose a lot of time to find the information on google. You could use this time to implement the strategy you’ve learned in class and make money faster.

What are the cons?

I’ve read it in a night so it could be longer but you have all the information well concise

If you like to learn with video this course is not made for you. Else I think every blogger could use the course to perfect their affiliate skills even if they are already making money with their blog.

Conclusion

In final, I am very pleased with the course format and the strategy that I’ve learned. Also, at this price, I continually learn new things throw the Facebook Group of the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. It so easy to read that a new blogger would learn how to start well his blog and an old blogger will learn how to make more money with affiliate marketing.

My March 2017 Blog Report

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You want to see some blogger stats ? Come here now and see what are my stats and income for March 2017

This is my second month of blog report. It was a great month and it growth from february. I’ve got couple of weekend reading edition that got shared a lot.

 

Numbers

Here’s is the important part of this report the numbers. Next month you will get if the number increased or decreased.

Page Views:

773 (+58)

This month was one of the best months since I’ve started my blog. I had a 1000 views goal for this month and I’ve failed to get it. So, I would like to get 1000 views next month.

Aquisition

Referral :

83(-71)

I’ve not got a lot of referral this month. I’ve commented less this month on other blog, so it seems to be related.

Direct :

59(-25)

This amount deceive me a little bit since the direct are who are coming back directly to read my blog.

Social

323(+190)

27 (+24) came from Pinterest

294 (+165) from twitter

2 (+1) from facebook

I’m pretty happy with these number since I have used a lot more twitter and Pinterest. I’ve started using BoardBoaster with my Pinterest and it seems to work a lot. I’ve also posted a lot more on twitter and it really helped a lot.

Twitter Followers:

442 (+116)

Last month, I’ve spent a lot of time on twitter. I was tweeting with other blogger and I’ve also setup buffer to schedule some of my tweets. I’ve working a lot to make it growth but I’ve not set any particular strategy for it.

Pinterest Followers: 

140 (+97)

Since last month, I’ve pinned a lot of new Pin and started using a strategy to make my account growth and getting some traffic from Pinterest. I hope it will grow more and more. Next month, I will add some Pinterest image to old post and try to share more on Group Board.

Money made: I’ve made a $0.44 from the AdSense advertising. It small but it’s $0.26 more than February.  On the long term, I am planning to add some affiliate revenue on the blog for the thing I use. I would never recommend something that I would not use or recommend to my friends and family. I’ve bought the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and  I plan to use all my learning on this blog.

Most popular post:
The most popular post I’ve got is the How I plan for financial independence! post. This post got 124 views and Weekend Reading – Build Dividend Portfolio, $50 Day Strategy, Monthly Report was followed by the with 104 views. This Weekend reading edition got couples retweet that helped to get more views. Thanks to everyone who shared my post last month !

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My February 2017 Blog Report

This blog report contain all the info of my February month

This is a new thing for me, I’m now doing a monthly blog report. I will report some of my statistics and if it happens the money I’ve made from the blog. I think transparency is a cool thing to have forward my readers. This way other bloggers can learn more about what worked for me.

 

Numbers

Here’s is the important part of this report the numbers. Next month you will get if the number increased or decreased.

Page Views:

715

This month was one of the best months since I’ve started my blog. I started to be active at the end of January so I find this number amazing. I would like to get 1000 views next month.

Aquisition

Referral :

154

I’m happy with this number since I’ve been included in a Weekend Reading edition from a blogger that I read and respect.

Direct :

84

Social

133

3 came from Pinterest

129 from twitter

1 from facebook

I’m pretty happy with these number since I have used a lot twitter last month and just started using Pinterest in the last days of the months.

Twitter Followers:

326

Last month, I’ve spent a lot of time on twitter. I was tweeting with other blogger and I’ve also setup buffer to schedule some of my tweets. I gain about 1 to 2 new follower every day.

Pinterest Followers: 

43

This month I’ve started to use Pinterest after reading that some blogger gets most of their traffic from it.

Money made: I’ve made a 0.18$ from the AdSense advertising. It small but I guess it’s a start. On the long term, I would like to optimize and make a little bit more money to at least cover my hosting fee.

Most popular post:
The most popular post I’ve got is the Some of my thoughts about budgeting! post. This post got 67 views and was followed by the Weekend reading – Drip, Missteps, Continuous investment, Snowball with 58 views. This Weekend reading edition got couples retweet that helped to get more views.

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This is why I’m blogging!

Some of the reason why I've started blogging and some of them will maybe make you start your own blog.Why I’m blogging? This is one of the questions I’ve asked myself a couple time in the last year of the blog and when I’ve restarted blogging in the end of February 2017.

At First, in 2016, I was looking to make a lot of money fast from working from home on the blog and I was looking at my stats every hour. I thought that would be easy and would bring a lot of money without working. That was a mistake and when I saw that, I stopped blogging in July 2016 and I was so demotivated. Now that I’m back blogging, there’s some reason why I’m starting again.

1. Learning to write

I’m more looking to write articles that I want to share with my readers and I want to learn to write better in the Shakespeare language. I’m a french Canadian so writing in English is kind of difficult since it’s a second language, but it’s an important one. I wish I had practiced it more when I was at school. I can write it but oh my-my I couldn’t do a podcast in English or speaking at an event. The writing part becomes easier the more I practice. Do I write a post in 15 minutes? No, I need a lot of writing session and editing session to make it better and make something that I can post online. Are they perfect? No, with the time I guess I will have to read the old one to edit them to make them better. But when I see my stat and get some comment, I’m so happy that someone read that it that motivate me to continue writing, learning and post more.

2. Blogging is sharing

I think everybody should start a blog and share their experience on a subject they like. Since I love personal finance and investing, I started this blog to share some of the things on my minds. I like to try to have my thought and my personal touch on my thing. I see that like a person who talks to a conference. You can see the same topic two times but the person who talks will make the difference. Everybody have something to share that will interest someone else. It can look stupid to you, but someone can love reading what you write with your perspective and hate how someone else wrote the same information or experience. Who knows, you could be the next top blogger!

3. Social

One more reason why I’m running this is that I can’t really talk about my finance with others in real life so I do it anonymously on this blog. People can become jealous or act weird after you talk about your goal, strategies or your finance numbers. I also love reading about other financial blogger and interact with them on their own blog or on twitter. I love learning from these interactions and how they make their choices, investments, goals, etc.

4. Accountable

It makes me accountable for my goal that I’ve posted and how my finance is doing. I want to show the world how I good I am and how good are my finance. I am not that good but it makes you accountable when you share it with others. When you see that you will not achieve your goal by the next update, you try everything you can to try to make it happen instead of letting the goal go and not even care about it. Also, if a goal is not achieved, it’s good to write on why you didn’t accomplish it and it make you realize the error you’ve made.

5. Organize my idea

To write in a blog, your idea needs to be organized in a way that your audience will understand what you wrote. Since your getting your idea out of your head, it helps you to organize them. Most of the time, in my head, I have too much idea to have them organize. Once it’s written, you can see how you can improve them or which one are really bad. I’ve written some idea in a draft and once it was out, I couldn’t even think it was a good one in my head. So I’ve deleted them.

6. I’m getting more confidence

Since I’m a pure introvert like a lot of the tech guy in this world, I find that blogging really helps to build some confidence to get out of this introvert zone. Every post you do is going out to a lot of potential readers and it’s something that I can’t do in real life. In real life, you would need to speak at some event to get the same audience and for this, you need to be extrovert and have some confidence in what you will talk about. Blogging brings the last part of that. It really brings confidence when you see other sharing your post and comment on it.

7. Challenging

Blogging is challenging. It’s easy to start a blog, but if you want to make it growth you need to challenge yourself to write more and write better stuff.  You always need to find new subject, new marketing idea, interact with the community, SEO, etc. You really need to learn a lot of the technical aspect of a website, if you want your blog to growth a lot else you can pay someone to optimize it and coach you. Also, I’ve set some goal for the blog and to accomplish them I need to learn new things and keep posting new content. They are challenging but it’s important to keep the motivation you had when you started your blog. Without challenging goal, I find that blogging start to be boring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these reason why I’m blogging and maybe it will make you start your own blog and share your own content :-). The more content we have on the internet the more we can learn. why are you blogging?

Bloggers: why are you blogging?

You know that you could easily start a blog too? I’ve made a How to host your own blog post couple months ago and it can help you to start it in couple minutes with low fee. Once, your blog is running, you could also start earning money with your blog with this post.

 

 

How to start earning money with a blog

Start Earning money with a blogIt’s easy to start earning money with a blog, but it require a lot of work. If you think you can’t write something that will interest some others, YOU ARE WRONG. Everybody have something to share, it can be an experience or knowledge on a specific subject. It can be about Finance, Trading, Parenting, a hobby, technology … Think about all the subject you can talk in a conversation with someone  and you can write about the same subject in a blog.

1. Start hosting a blog

The first step to start earning some money with a blog is to start one. To start a new blog, I recommend that you read my tutorial on how to host your own blog on shared hosting. It’s the easiest and the fastest way to start one without having any knowledge on server and computer. Also, if you ever need help you can always try to contact me and I will do my best to help you.

2. Write article and schedule them

To make money with a blog you need some readers and to get readers the first step after hosting your blog is to write multiple articles on a subject. I recommend that you write a couple articles and post them to make a base for your blog and schedule couple one on a regular base to keep getting new readers and old one back.

3. Adsense

An easy way to make money with a blog is to put some ads on it. You can use Adsense, media.net, AdThrive and all the others. There’s a lot of ads company out there for you to try. With ads network, they pay you for the click and the impression of the ads.  Adsense is one of the more common and you can easily put it on WordPress with the official plugin. It’s visual and you don’t need to code anything with that plugin.

Also make sure to have some content on your blog before applying to a ads network. You could be refused if you don’t have content since they can’t really show ads on a no content blog.

4. Affiliate

Affiliate is an other way to make some money. A company pays you for the sign-up or if they sell something throw a specific link you have to share with your user. These companies could be bluehost, Amazon, Ebate, GreatCanadianRebate and more. You can also ask your favorite company if they have one because you would like to talk about them on your blog. The worst answer you can get is No so you have nothing to lose to ask for an affiliate program.

I recommend that you install the plugin pretty link to show link like https://thefinancialtech.com/bluehost instead of http://www.bluehost.com/track/thefinancialtech/.

5. Traffic

More traffic you have on your site the more money you will make. To get some traffic I recommend that you post your link on some social media like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook. These are going to really help you to push your content everywhere. Don’t just publish your link, but interact with your followers and other bloggers. That will bring you traffic and  more followers.

Some tools that can help you with social media :
For Pinterest, you can schedule your pin with Tailwind and Boardbooster to loop your pin.
For twitter, I am using tweetdeck to interact with my feed.

So like you read, it’s easy to start earning money with a blog. You just need to be motivate.

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