4/13/17 – LB Update: If you're at all interested in growing your affiliate income on your blog, I highly recommend Michelle's Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course. Best of all, in conjunction with this interview, she's running a sale on the program! From Thursday, April 13th to Sunday, April 16th (it will end at 11:59 p.m. PT), use code 28APRIL so that they can receive $28 off the course. This will make the course $169 after the discount. The value this course provides is easily worth the regular price, so I encourage you to take advantage of this sale! Click here to enroll.
I wonder if you clicked on this thinking that the headline was fake. It isn't. Many of you have watched my transformation from freelancer writer to money-making blogger monthly via my online income reports.
In January of last year, I was sitting in an office working my butt off to turn over articles I wrote for my freelance clients. I was frustrated and burnt out, and so I took a break from writing to calculate up just how many articles it would take me to reach my monthly income goals. The number was f*cking staggering.
…Sure, I was probably undercharging, but the fact remained I still had to turn over dollars for my time. I vowed then and there I was going to figure out some way to have my website itself (then called L Bee and the Money Tree, for those who are new here) generate enough income for me to let go of my writing clients completely.
One year later, I now only have one writing client (and can scale up or down depending on how much I want to earn) but the biggest shift in my online business has been in ramping up my affiliates, and selling my own products.
Even though I've been blogging for five years, I only started really monetizing with affiliates at the beginning of last year. I had some mid-level success, mostly with my BlueHost tutorial (which has since been taken down, you can read about that here.) But it wasn't until I took Michelle's course in July of last year that things really started to sizzle.
Do you know Michelle?
Many of you probably do, but if not, she's the author of the mega-popular blog, Making Sense of Cents. On the site, she writes about savvy money management and chronicles her own journey and income reports. She makes over $100,000 each month from her websites and affiliates are a large portion of that. Her million dollar blogging business was recently featured on Forbes, and she's an all around kind soul and badass girl boss, AND she was kind enough to do an interview with me!
What follows below is full of great tips you can use to ramp up your own affiliate income, however, I fully recommend you consider taking her course.
LB: When did you have your first “aha” moment with affiliates?
LB: For someone just getting started, what is the #1 thing they can do in the next ten minutes to get started with affiliates?
LB: What is your favorite part about working with affiliates?
LB: Do you ever worry about the business model not being sustainable?
LB: Where do you hope to see affiliate marketing go in the future?
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