SID Reviews: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

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One of the great things about being a SID subscriber is you get access to new or exclusive content before anyone else. Most recently I dropped a review that I had been promising for about a week. Word on the street is email subscribers got a special discount to take advantage of but I could be wrong haha. Anyway now that the promotion is over I wanted to share this review with everyone as the product I’m reviewing is way too good to not tell everyone about it.

See what all the fuss is below!

*The following may include affiliate links. Click here for my FULL disclosure.*

Hey guys as some of you may know I recently took an online course on Affiliate Marketing. As a blogger and online marketer I’ve always wanted to leverage Affiliate Marketing and until now I really didn’t know how to best go about it.

Getting started my knowledge on the topic was a 1 out of 10. I thought all you had to do was sign up for a few programs put some links on your website then boom! Money starts rolling in. I was wrong, so, so, sooo wrong.

That’s why I’m so glad I took the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. Before I get more into that let me tell you something.

I am a hard sell.

Being a salesman and marketer I’m always careful to evaluate what I’m being pitched. I’m SUPER skeptical of online marketers and honestly trust very few marketers. OFF the top of my head I trust Gary Vee, Pat Flynn, Remit Senti and maybe a few other people.

As many of us know the problem with the internet is we can be virtually anything we want to be online. All you have to do is position yourself as an authority figure and get enough people to believe and then boom, you’re a guru.

That’s a huge problem that I wrote about not too long ago here. Frankly there are a lot of crap products and marketers online. So it is extremely difficult to sift through it all and find some actual value.

When it comes to programs I always recommend you do your due diligence before you buy anything from any marketer. That’s way I share so much of my FBA business on Snapchat, I’m a big believer in transparency.

Anyway, I usually only buy from marketers I know personally or that have recommendations from personal friends. When it comes to marketers I don’t know I usually end up doing so much research that I never buy. Seriously, I once looked up all the “Success Stories” from one marketer and determined that none of them were still practicing his teachings a year later.

Getting Comfortable

I first heard about Michelle, of MakingSenseofCents(dot)com, from my buddy Jesse Belvin of 7figuredad(dot)com. He had her on his website as an interview guest. Michelle had posted a monthly income report of $69K, so obviously I took notice. After reading her interview I immediately checked out her website and got sucked in. As a full time travelling blogger Michelle delivers incredible value and racks in a ridiculous income with her finance blog. She’s interviewed a lot of people making money from home doing more than just blogging. Not only that she gives you the tools that she uses to make money online right there in her income reports.

One thing I’ve learned over the years…

Success leaves clues. If you find someone that’s having (not had) success in an area that you’re interested in, you PAY ATTENTION. So naturally I jumped on her email list. Successful bloggers usually have successfully email strategies so I wanted to see just what she was sharing with her readers.

I’ll be honest I don’t read every single email that comes through on an email list, subject lines matter big time. So the first time I got an email about her Affiliate Marketing Course I completely missed it. What caught my eye was this subject line “One student went from $700 to $7158 a month after taking this course.” I instantly opened the email and found a few more quick success stories. Maybe it’s just a coincidence but I’ve heard “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I was ready to kick this blogging thing up a notch but still I was a little skeptical. I’d only taken a couple other courses and they were all free. Never had I purchased a course before, what if it was all stuff I could find online for free?

I was conflicted y’all…

I could keep my money and try to figure it out on my own like I had been, unsuccessfully. Or I could take a chance. I thought about it for a couple of hours. Then I realized I was being stupid, best case scenario I learn a new skill set and drastically cut my leaving curve down.

Worst case, I learn nothing and I’m out of a couple hundred dollars. I was agonizing over nothing, things like this are why I started saving money to invest with. This was an investment in myself and my future. Besides it’s not like it was a $1000 course or anything. So I said “Fuck it” and signed up.

Holy Shit!!!

Am I glad I pulled the trigger… I was on my lunch when I signed up and had a couple days left at work before my 3 days off, so I didn’t open the course until my first day off. Guys this was a Wednesday… I cranked through that course and finished it on FRIDAY!

You ever read a book that you just couldn’t put down? Yeah, it was exactly like that! I knocked out 41% of the course on the first day. I had to tell myself to slow down because I might’ve just pulled an all-nighter and finished the thing.

The course was so informative AND Practical!!

And when it comes to courses you want as much practical, actionable info as possible. In the course Michelle takes you from Affiliate newbie to Affiliate Rockstar, and BMF*. If you know nothing about Affiliate marketing she’s got you covered, if you kinda know what you’re doing she’s still got you covered.

Understand this, Michelle makes Roughly $50K in affiliate income (alone) each month. I promise you someone doing that can teach anyone a thing or two. Before the course I had 3 affiliate offerings. Now just days after completing the course I have 12. The course gives about 80 different affiliate programs to choose from plus teaches you how to find and successfully apply to others.

I didn’t even know there were that many options. Plus it teaches you how to apply her strategies to Pinterest, email, your blog and more. I could go on and on about this course but  honestly you have to see for yourself. This has been the second best purchase, the first being blog coaching/building, that I’ve made for my online career.

If you look back on my first blog posts then you know what my affiliate skills are now look at my most recent and you’ll see a massive improvement.

Matter of fact I’ll show you some initial results:

I’m still experimenting with my audience but I’m getting traffic to my links which just wasn’t happening before. See below:

January – 6 clicks / 0 orders (Before)

February – 6 clicks / 0 orders (Before)

March – 47 clicks / 12 orders (After)

As you can see in Jan/Feb traffic to my Amazon affiliate links were non-existent. I took the affiliate course late-Feb/early-Mar. Almost immediately after taking the course my clicks jumped 783% and my orders jumped over 1,200%!!!

Pretty crazy right? I wouldn’t have believed the potential had I not seen the jump myself. And the best part about these results is that my blog is still a baby! Right now my monthly views range between 150-450 views. Can you imagine what kind of results I’ll be pulling in when my audience is 4,000 or even 40,000 views per month?

If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment below and I’ll get right back to you. Otherwise you know what to do. Sign up for the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course today! You won’t be disappointed.

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