Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review: Earn $50k a Month From Your Blog

I completed the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing — where Michelle shares how she makes over $50,000/month from her personal blog. 

I’m happy to announce that I benefited from the course (it’s already more than paid for itself — see my income screenshots at the bottom), and I believe that you will too! The following review will hopefully help you decide if the $197 Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course is right for you.

If you have read my other content, you know that I’m just like you, someone desiring to earn passive income…well my dream has become a reality. I know you can earn passive income also, I had nearly zero website development or SEO experience before I started in 2017. You can do it!

Because of Michelle’s content, my affiliate earnings for this year will pay for this course 100x over (About $20k in passive income)! Between my several blogs, I make nearly 6 figures a year since learning from Michelle. If you have any additional questions about affiliate marketing, feel free to email me I’d be happy to answer any questions.
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Who is Michelle and how did I first come across her website?

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review BannerI first “met” Michelle when she responded to my request for contributors for the article How to Quit Your Job and Become a Digital Nomad: 35 Experts Share.

It’s amazing how fast you click on a link when it says “I earn $50,000 a month through my blog”.

When I clicked through to her site, I found a 27 year old blogger who earns $50k/month while traveling around in an RV with her husband. As a fan of the digital nomad lifestyle, that’s definitely the kind of story that catches my eye!

As I explored her site Making Sense of Cents I discovered that, indeed, for the last 6 months Michelle’s blogging income has consistently hit about $50k per month! In other words, she makes as much in a month as the average American earns in a year.

But here’s what’s crazy about it. She doesn’t push sell and she’s not part of any sleazy multi-level marketing scheme. There are an awful lot of bloggers that get rich by selling worthless books, courses, and advice on how to get rich.

That’s not the case with Michelle. She’s a personal finance blogger and simply mentions products that she values – such as Blue Host for creating a website, Motif Investing for stock trading, and Ebates for online shopping (Michelle earns about $1000/month from Ebates alone).

Which brings me to the purpose of this article…

My Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review

Michelle's Pinterest BannerI’ve been fascinated with Michelle’s success and (obviously) would love to follow in her footsteps, as I’m sure you would too. 

When she launched her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, I decided to check it out!

I don’t usually buy online courses (although I have invested in a few), but this one was definitely worth the money! In fact, affiliate screenshots are below and the course has more than paid for itself over this last month. I’m finally earning enough from my websites to call it more than a hobby!

Here’s what you get from Michelle’s course

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing helps you do exactly what the title suggests – maximize your affiliate marketing revenue. You’ll discover how to guide readers towards your affiliate links, manage affiliate programs effectively, and do this all legally (yes, there are laws that bloggers have to follow).

If you have an established website (or are committed to making yours a success), and want to discover how to improve your affiliate income, then this course is incredibly valuable.

In my opinion, there are three benefits to this course that make it worth $197:

  1. The course has a lot of great information: As I mentioned before, you discover how to encourage readers to click on your links without spamming them, keep track of all of your affiliate programs, worksheets, and much more. There’s a lot of valuable content – which is the obvious reason to buy any course.
  2. You gain access to an exclusive Facebook mastermind group: Everyone who joins the course gains access to an exclusive Facebook group where we all can ask questions, offer advice, and compare strategies. In short, you are able to experiment with, and learn from, an active group of people at various paths in their blogging journey. You’ll even come across me on occasion!
  3. You are able to ask Michelle questions: At $600,000 a year, Michelle earns more than the majority of CEOs in America. Not only does this make her an incredibly valuable mentor, it also means that her time is worth $300/hr! And when you sign up for the course, she often responds to your questions and comments directly. Essentially, you gain the ability to ask a $300/hr consultant for advice at any time (but please, don’t go overboard).

Considering the three benefits above, for someone eager to excel at affiliate marketing, this course is definitely worth the $197 investment.

Is the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course right for you?

Thanks largely to what I’ve learned from Michelle, my affiliate earnings for this year will pay for this course 100x over! And I’m just getting started. With money coming in from my websites, I now have the ability to invest more – leading to further growth.

So, if you already understand the basics of blogging and are committed to making your blog a success, then Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing could help you turn your hobby into a business.

Michelle’s process hasn’t only helped her make $50,000/month, it’s also played a valuable role in helping hundreds of other bloggers improve their blogging income as well – and that includes me!

So thanks, Michelle, for sharing – and I look forward to seeing many more successful blog income reports around the web.

For the comments: What are your thoughts on affiliate marketing? Have you been able to benefit from it, or has it felt like a lost cause? I’d love to hear your tips and thoughts in the comments below!

If you’re interested in reading my other popular reviews, make sure to check out the Empire Flippers and Jungle Scout writeups. I hope you found this Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review helpful.

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Zach Zorn is the owner of Money Nomad and an enthusiast of all things tech. Zach has extensive experience creating and managing niche review websites. In 2018 one of his websites was acquired by a private equity firm, igniting his passion even more. Zach also runs an Amazon FBA business that has given him experience with customer service, product manufacturing and design. While in high school Zach helped design several successful apps for Disney. When not on the computer, Zach is most likely off the coast of San Diego or Baja fishing for saltwater game fish.

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  1. great review – however, I am a new blogger with at least one reader (myself) and I believe that the course is a great way for me to learn about affiliate marketing and thanks to the Mastermind group, I am also learning about a host of other stuff I did not know I did not know as well as getting answers and learning as I go. From a newbie in the blogging world, I would still recommend Michelle’s course if only for the simple reason that she is very present on the Mastermind group and has already answered many of my questions.

    1. Thanks for sharing Marguerite! It’s great to hear that a newbie blogger finds value in the course. I may have been proven wrong then. 🙂

      What I ultimately want to get across to readers is that there is no easy way to make money blogging. Although Michelle’s course will provide tremendous value to someone who is serious and committed, it’s not a magic elixir to riches.

      Thanks so much for your input and I look forward to seeing your continued success!

  2. I’m one of the outliers. I’ve just started the blogging journey. I think I have a good handle on content, but building traffic and affiliate marketing are things still on the horizon. I would say, that as I look at producing more content, Michelle’s info on link placement is going to be valuable, and hopefully lead to less “going back” to revamp posts in the future. Plus my German and Scottish ancestry wouldn’t let me pass up the introductory price! 🙂

    Not to mention the course has helped introduce me to blogs like this one! You’ve helped put a name on what I want for my future: digital nomad.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Stan! It sounds like you’re committed to making things work as a blogger and you’re right, this course at the beginning will save you substantial time as you continue to develop. If I had known about many of these tips from the beginning, I probably could have started monetizing much sooner. I look forward to following your progress!

  3. I loved the course also! Michelle is very detailed and isn’t afraid to share what she knows. This is a course I don’t regret taking!

    1. It is great to come across someone willing to share how to really do it. Too many people share just enough to get you to “buy”, but not much more because they don’t want to give up their trade secrets and create competitors. Fortunately, for bloggers, you’re far more likely to develop partners than competitors.

      Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed the course!

  4. This is great information, Rob. As you know, this course is in my year-end plan, but I haven’t quite pinned down when to take it (even though it was tempting to take advantage of the launch savings). I’ve been wondering if I should dig-in now or hold off until I am able to build a solid base of readers.

  5. I haven’t signed up for the course but have thought about it. Michelle has a great blog and a proven track record with affiliate marketing. I do plan to take it in the future when my schedule opens up a bit.

    1. That’s often my challenge — finding the time! I’ve signed up for a few courses that I still need to get around to finishing. It definitely helps when you pay for it, but it’s still a challenge. If you get the chance to check it out, I think it’s valuable. However, buying it alone definitely isn’t worth your time. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the review. When I first found that she was doing a course, I thought of joining right away and, then, my schedule got messed up. Hopefully, my schedule becomes a little bit manageable in the next few months so I can take advantage of this course. I’d love to improve my marketing efforts and this one seems to be the one I need. Thanks.

  7. Thanks. I’m strongly considering the course. I have one affiliate and I make a small amount each month from an evergreen post I did on them over two years ago. I’d really love to up my game on affiliate marketing, though. I guess I just need to take the plunge! (I’m only at about 2500-3500 USD a month in blog income so I’d love to get to $10k. I’d be happy there.)

    1. It sounds like you’re doing great as a blogger already! The course could certainly add some more value to your blogging — especially that active FB group (which is probably the most valuable part of the course). Looking forward to seeing how your income increases in 2017!

  8. Thanks for this review – I am considering buying her course as well. I am in the stock trading niche and my main site has made decent money. Do you think that Micheles course will help me take things to the next level ? I have been affiliate marketing for 3-4 years and make a few thousand dollars a month at it. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Wesley. I think it could go either way for you. She does share a few great little tips for getting started (and she has made a fortune), but if you’re already making money, then this may not be the right course. Ultimately, I would base it on your income per viewer/subscriber. If you’re making $0.10/view, then what you need is more viewers, not advice on affiliate marketing. However, if your site is only make $0.01/view, you may be able to learn something from this course. Hope that helps!

  9. The thing is success is not like media shows it.
    And I bought her course about Affiliate Marketing too.
    Which helped me to earn at least a little bit money even in the first month I’ve applied what she told. And money started coming in.

    And you’re right I am also with you Rob, that it not might be for everyone just starting out. I didn’t finish it yet, but I will write a review too, when being through.

    What I learned:

    Her facebook group has so much value like I’ve barely seen on another group. It’s very active.
    Sure, because more than 2000 people now – when I got into the group there were about 1753 or something – all asking about the same challenges, obstacles and how to overcome these
    and even between these floods of messages and contributions she’s still there to answer questions and to help. That’s incredible.

    And forbes magazine states those statements you mention even more thoroughly.

    I invited a friend of mine to join the group.
    He tried to enter the one you’d have to pay for,
    by just applying without having bought her course.
    She was answering him in a matter of minutes.

    So I agree she IS definitely very determined, competitive (in sense of business) and very collaborative in the group. And eager to answer personally as you mention.

    Heck, I even didn’t expect that I would have to chances to grow my blog more and more automatically. Even the facebook group alone would be worth money imho.

    But to see everything behind those doors (all the work she puts in) you have to look very closely and thoroughly.

    And for sure, it’s not like the media often states:

    Overnight breakthrough.

    I still remember the words of Will Smith:

    You were suddenly famous. Overnight. So to say.

    He looked at the host thoroughly. Nodded. Silently.
    Then shaking slowly his head. Like he could not believe it.
    Yes, Ma’am. This had been a damn long 10 year long hard night…

    Which left the host speechless..

    Thanks for sharing this Rob.

    Greets from Switzerland.

    1. Thanks for the comment and it’s great to hear that the course is already working out for you! I look forward to seeing your blog grow.

  10. Thank you for the review Rob!
    I’ve been surfing around this morning looking for reviews on Michelle’s course and yours was tremendously helpful! I’m glad I stumbled on your site. Going to take a deeper look around now.
    See you out there,

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jim! And glad the review was helpful. I’ve definitely enjoyed the content and the FB group (although I need to get more active in it again). Best of luck growing your own brand — and I’m going to have to go check out your blog!

  11. Thank you so much, I definitely need this! I just got my blog to the point where I consider it ready for people to see–but I have no idea what to do next! There’s so much to learn about blogging and I appreciate how you’ve broken it down so there’s a roadmap to follow.

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