Are You Failing At Affiliate Marketing as a Blogger?

Affiliate marketing success is something many bloggers just DREAM about

Let’s be honest – earning an income with your blog can feel HARD. You maybe figured you’d start a blog, put up some affiliate links, and then sit back and watch the cash roll in. (That’s how many affiliate marketing success teachers make it sound right?!)

If you’ve been trying to monetize your blog with affiliate links and earning almost nothing – well, by now you’ve realized there’s more to it than just putting the links in your posts.

Affiliate marketing is one of my FAVORITE income streams as a blogger, because it has the potential to earn me far more than ads and I don’t have to spend my time to create a product. Not that ads and your own products aren’t awesome income streams, just that they aren’t as “passive” as affiliate sales can be.

Ad income requires that you get tons of traffic, and product creation takes time. Affiliate marketing success literally just takes getting the right links in front of the right people in the right way. 

Ooohhh. I just did it too, didn’t I?

I made affiliate marketing sound SUPER EASY.

The thing is, at the base level, it IS that easy. What’s not that easy?

The HOW of those things.

How do we get the RIGHT links in front of the RIGHT people in the RIGHT way?

THOSE are the questions we need answered if we want to earn an income with affiliate marketing. We need to learn how to do THOSE things.

Not all blogs can promote all products successfully. Not all products will sell to all audiences. And, most importantly, if you don’t promote your links to your audiences in the RIGHT WAY, no products at all will sell to your audience.

It took me a while to figure this out.

Who am I to tell you how to make money with affiliate marketing anyway?

That’s something you should be asking, for certain.

If you’re new here, HI!

I started blogging two years ago, TO MAKE MONEY.

That was the one and only goal of my blog – I wanted to stay home with my baby, so I needed to earn a living from home. I really threw myself into it; I took a bunch of classes and worked like my life depended on it…. And it didn’t take me long (about 9 months) to figure out how to get great page views and make GOOD ad income. My blog was a success! I was earning enough to NEVER go back to work. But…

While ad income is awesome, and it’s a totally legit blog income stream (and I think everyone should be trying to get into a great ad network and increase their page views so they can earn more with their ads), there is a HUGE problem with relying only on ads for blog income.

After a few months I realized that my income was sort of capped. I really couldn’t GROW my ad income.  And worse than that, it was also TOTALLY dependent on my page views, which fluctuated like no tomorrow. One month I’d make 3000$ and feel like I’d hit the jackpot, the next month I’d be back to 1500$ and wondering if I could REALLY stay at home for the long haul.

It was frustrating. (And terrifying, because I just dreaded the thought of leaving my baby with someone else so I could work out of the home.)

I’d taken a great affiliate marketing for beginners course, and I totally understood how to find affiliate products, put links in my posts, and promote those posts…so it’s not like I wasn’t TRYING to make money with affiliate marketing. I managed to publish a few posts that started earning affiliate money. 

I’d made a few bucks on Amazon now and then, and some surveys-for-coupons that I promoted in a couple of home making blog posts seemed to be bringing in 50-60 bucks per month pretty consistently. Once in a while I would get really lucky and sell a bigger product, and make an extra 80-160$ that month. So there was SOME income coming in…I was doing SOMETHING right. The course I took to learn affiliate marketing had obviously given me the right foundations.

It just wasn’t consistent income and it wasn’t REALLY enough to make a big difference to my bottom line. I sort of felt like I was stuck and floundering… and totally incapable of doing anything about it.

I’d look at other bloggers income reports, showing affiliate income of thousands of dollars, and I realized I must be missing something as far as how to use affiliate marketing effectively.

So I did what I love to do best… and I started trying to figure out what works. (I know, I’m a bit of a nerd. But that’s seriously what I love to do. Look at what’s working, look at what’s not working, and figure out what’s different about those things.)

I went through those few posts – the ones that were making sales – with a fine tooth comb and I compared them to all my other (not making sales) posts.

I found glaring differences between them…

And so I started working with what I saw. I improved poor converting posts and wrote NEW posts that made MORE sales. I practiced, and after a while I could tell – before I ever wrote a post – if it would be able to make money or not.

I started to figure out what makes conversions with affiliate marketing. 

One year later (two years after starting the blog) I now make over $5000/month with affiliate marketing – CONSISTENTLY.

I decided to share my affiliate marketing success tips for bloggers

One of the first things I realized is that many of my posts were the wrong KIND of post.

The posts that were making sales?

They all had a few things in common. They were all written to a very SPECIFIC audience, and they were all ADDRESSING A PROBLEM. They were all getting good traffic, but the ones that were making the BEST sales were getting SEARCH traffic.

So I worked on those things – targeting the audience I was selling to, figuring out what their problems were and how to solve them with my affiliate products… and how to get the RIGHT kind of traffic to those posts.

(That sentence makes it sound like an easy process, but really, it took months of tweaking and editing. I learned ALOT.)

I learned so much that I decided to create a course to share my tips – and make it affordable so that other bloggers who were frustrated at their lack of affiliate marketing conversions could see the same successes I had seen. You can learn EVERYTHING I learned about affiliate marketing in my new course – Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers: Everything You’re Missing – HERE! 


In this affiliate marketing course you’ll learn:

  • How to tell if the niche your in can make money with affiliate marketing.
  • Which FOUR KINDS of affiliate products I was promoting that were selling. It didn’t matter how many affiliate programs I joined or was promoting. There were four things that made sales consistently – and the more I worked with these four things, the more money I made. It didn’t take me long to realize WHY these four things were selling.
  • How to draw attention to your links to make sure people aren’t MISSING them – to make sure they’re in the right PLACE in your blog posts.
  • What sort of basic “tweaks” to try making with your posts to increase conversions.
  • How to write emails that make SALES, and why the emails you’re writing now are being ignored. (I also include swipe copy – the exact emails I sent – from an affiliate launch I took part in that made me over $5000 in one week with my small email list).

What other bloggers are saying about Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers: Everything You’re Missing

(Since taking the course) “I’ve earned $240 so far this month and my daily earnings are still going up. I averaged $15/day last week. Last February I earned $25.”

— Rachel from Creative Homemaking


“This is easily one of the best course I’ve ever taken (& I’ve taken a lot)! Your strategies have helped me adjust my posts to get my links clicked, and my content converting. When visitors aren’t converting they ARE bouncing around my website! You also helped me easily find new affiliates to promote (in the mom niche). Since joining those programs and implementing your strategies, I was able to convert my content 6x over my average conversion rate, all in under a month! I’m now going through the course for my 3rd time, and every time I circle back, I find more and more information I can implement. Thank YOU!!”

— Amanda from Mimosa Monday Mom


“I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing resource, Carly!! As always you are beyond generous with your knowledge and I am so grateful for that. For almost 2 years now I have struggled with affiliate marketing. I read all the books and followed all the steps but nothing ever worked for me. For months I was lucky to make $20 on my blog and I was getting more and more frustrated. After watching Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Everything You’re Missing I was able to see affiliate marketing in a new light. Carly walked me through how to “talk” about my recommendations in a conversational way rather than just putting them into my posts or just adding a few native ads. I went to work focusing on my most popular posts and saw an immediate increase in Amazon income. I have increased my income by over 700% in just a few short weeks and haven’t looked back since!”

— Tracy Lynn from Simple Living Country Gal


“…Well, I finished your course and the bonus course last weekend. I implemented several strategies learned and in just 4 days I’ve made $96!!! I can’t thank you enough, I think I’ve finally cracked the code to affiliate marketing!!”

— Kristy from Life N Reflection




5 thoughts on “Are You Failing At Affiliate Marketing as a Blogger?”

  1. Hi Carly, I just want to say this post is inspiring. I keep procrastinating making a blog because I feel like I don’t have to contribute in making my own blog and earning with affiliate marketing.

    • Danaisy – the best thing you can do is get it going! Good luck with everything!

  2. Thanks for the article. I just launched my blog last January and now looking to get more traffic. It’s hard sometimes to publish articles and work hard but you aren’t sure if anyone is reading your stuff or even finding you. Good luck to you and your family! Cheers Maik

  3. Awesome post. I have also just started the affiliate marketing journey and am quite puzzled how to go about all this. I’m sure I will get the required motivation after reading this article. Thanks a million…


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