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  1. Hi Cori,
    Affiliate marketing is the best choice that I have made. There was a time when I was depended on Adsense to make money blogging and my earning was only between $500-$1000 every month.

    My affiliate earning is way more than earning from Adsense. So on most of the blogs, I dropped Adsense to use affiliate ads.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Gaurav Kumar recently posted…10 Content Marketing Skills You Must MasterMy Profile

    • Hi Gaurav,

      Thanks for sharing what is working for you. I’m averaging about that much with Google Adsense too. It’s not much but it does add to my bottom line. 🙂

      I’ve only started to ramp up promoting my affiliate products so I haven’t seen the results I’d like but I know it’ll come one day. 🙂

      Congratulations Gaurav and I wish you much continued success!


  2. Hi Corina,

    That’s an excellent tutorial about what is affiliate marketing.

    One thing for sure is that as you said, for you to make money with affiliate marketing, you need to have lots of traffic.

    I think that one of the biggest mistakes that newbies make is that they think that just by putting it out there it will do the trick, but the truth is that without traffic nothing will happen.

    That idea mentioned i the video is great.

    Thanks for the share 🙂


    • Hi Sylviane,

      I have to admit I was one of those who thought placing ads and banners on my blog would make me easy money…at least that’s the kind of posts I was reading at the time.

      Thank goodness I eventually connected with the right people to put in the right direction. I ended up taking down all my ads and banners and started all over again.

      Lesly’s video was great…she shared valuable information and it fit perfectly with this post. I’m so glad Donna let me share it here.

      Thank you for reading my post and for leaving a comment. I hope you’re having a great time in your travels!

      Cori Ramos recently posted…How to Wear a CapeMy Profile

  3. Hi Corina, When Donna shared your post, I knew I had to rush right over and read it myself.

    Good advice. I am so happy that “we” (experienced online marketers) are trying so hard to get the word out to new people that it’s not as easy as put up a site, put up some ads and relax.

    Thank you for also sharing the interview with Lesly Federici by Donna Merrill. We pride ourselves on PAC being a place for new people to go and learn and not get so overwhelmed they want to give up before they really get started.

    • Hi Monna,

      Donna is a true gem. I can’t thank her enough for sharing my post and I really appreciate that you came by to read it :).

      I think the trouble is there are so many folks out there still trying to convince folks it’s as easy as dropping an ad and forgetting about it but I’m glad to see the truth is coming to light :).

      It was my pleasure Monna. I thought the interview was great and I’ve been by PAC…it’s packed with great info!

      Hope you’re having a great day!


  4. Hey Corina,

    Just like you I did things backwards. I started off with networking marketing and incorporated affiliate marketing with it. I found that I was more successful with affiliate marketing and dropped network marketing all together, but still went about it all wrong.

    Yes, it’s true that the best way to start is to froe your email list, show how competent you are, build rapport, then trust and the sales will take care of itself. Easier said than done but it’s how it works.

    I like how you broke down the three ways affiliates get paid. This bears some confusion to many and I even learned how the click through rate is calculated. But you explained each one quite well!

    Thanks for sharing Corina and I hope you’re enjoying your week!

    • Hi Sherman,

      Thank you for coming by and reading my post. It’s so good to know that I wasn’t the only one making that mistake. It’s a horrible feeling when you think you’re all alone. :).

      I’ve had to start my email list over again but that turned out to be a good thing in that my click and open rates have increased. It’s not a big list by any means but they are genuine clicks and that’s what matters :). Oh my yes it is a lot of work, but so worth it.

      I’m glad this clarified the payment process. I’ll admit I was confused on this at first too :).

      It was my pleasure Sherman and thank you again for coming by! It’s a great week so far and now that tomorrow is Friday, it’s getting better! 🙂 Have a great week and weekend!

  5. Hi Corina,

    Affiliate marketing is so exciting to do. One must however, learn how to go about it the “right” way. We can’t be dropping links everywhere, as you well know.

    As an affiliate marketer and a long time student (there is never enough to learn) it takes some work, but it is an endless stream of income.

    Thanks so much for the mention and the video with me and Lesly. I loved doing that interview with her. As you can see I set up another blog – the Buzz – so that people who are interested in doing some affiliate marketing can meet the people behind the product and/or service.

    Also meet others that are in marketing and can teach others either free or paid in that industry. I do have some people lined up so that others can get on board and see what they are doing with affiliate marketing.

    PAC is a great place to be. The people there are so helpful and it is one of my favorite groups. One sure can learn a lot just from being there.

    Thanks again!


    • Hi Donna,

      I agree with you there is so much to learn about affiliate marketing and the potential to make a nice stream of income is there if we put in the hard work.

      Donna Merrill Buzz has been a great resource for me and I know countless others. I’m so glad you did that!

      I stopped by PAC after I watched your interview with Lesly and oh my goodness there is a sea of information there. I can’t wait to have a moment to really sit down and browse through all their resources.

      Thank you for coming by Donna and for letting me share your video here! I hope you’re having a great week :).

  6. This was a very helpful post! I’ve considered venturing into affiliate marketing with my blog, but I probably don’t have enough readership to make it worth it (only a few hundred views a month). Hopefully in the future! Would be nice to bring in a few extra clams now and then.

    • Hi Stormy,

      You are doing the right thing by focussing on increasing traffic to your blog. One way to do that is by joining Facebook groups or Google communities. Or othere sharing sites like Triberr and Blog Frogs will help send traffic to your blog.

      In the meantime, make a list of the types of products you want to promote. Asking your readers or just by reading their comments will give you ideas.

      Hope this helps and if you need anything else, please let me know!

      Take care,
      Cori Ramos recently posted…How to Wear a CapeMy Profile

  7. I haven’t really delved into affiliate things that much. It’s definitely worth taking the time though. I have a few friends who make tons of money that way.

    • It certainly is worth taking the time to learn and join. I know some folks who are making a decent living and when they share their revenue stats, I’m in awe and it motivates me more to work harder :).

      Thanks so much for coming by Liz. I hope you’re having a great week so far!

  8. Great info. Like you, I signed up with lots of affiliate companies without understanding what they really are. It’s important that you build your network first before you do or you will only end up frustrated.

    • Thanks Elizabeth.

      It’s a tough lesson to learn but the good news is we have a better understanding of it and can move foward. 🙂

      Thanks so much for coming by. I hope you’re having a great week!

  9. Hi Corina,

    Informative post indeed 🙂

    Being a writer one never ventured much into affiliates and marketing as such. But now, with the amount of time we spend on our blogs, it just makes sense to do so! I loved that post on Donna’s blog and all that Leslie mentioned – I am learning…a student in progress…lol…

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,

      Donna’s interview with Leslie was great. I was over at Leslie’s blog and there is so much helpful information on affiliate marketing.

      I’m still learning the ropes too but I’m glad I finally got it down and understand how it works, something I should have done in the beginning but that’s neither here nor there now :).

      Maybe we can learn this together :).

      Thanks for coming by Harleena. I hope you’re having a great week so far my dear!

    • Hi Jess,

      I was happy to put this together and share it with everyone who wants to get into affiliate marketing. The only way we’ll succeed is if we help others :).

      Thank you for coming by! Hope you’re having a great week so far hun. 🙂

  10. Hi Corina, great post on affiliates. I like how you explained the ways in which they work. You are so right in the fact it won’t work if they do not target your audience.
    I’m glad you are now making dome money via this method as you put a lot of time in this blog.
    Hope your week is going well.

    • I appreciate that Lisa. Coming from you that’s a compliment :).

      I had to stress that part because like you said, it won’t work if we’re not targeting our audience. I learned that the hard way with the other blog.

      Thanks Lisa. It’s good to see my hard work is paying off. I’m not making bookoos of money but I have a little left over after expenses to enjoy a spa day or treat the hubs to a nice lunch :).

      Thank you for coming by. I hope you’re having a great week! See you in the socialverse!



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