7 Figure Blogger Reveals How To Make Money Blogging

What if I could show you how to make money blogging? Even if your site gets less than 500 visits per day.

You’d probably say I was selling snake oil. Or, that I had some dodgy product for $200.

 But I’m not.
I remember what it was like when I didn’t know how to start a blog and have no idea how to monetize it.

When you’re stuck un that awful time between having enough traffic to be worth creating your own products. And, you know…being able to put food in your belly.

I want to show you how to make money blogging using affiliate products.

No matter how many people come to your site, there’s always a way to earn money.

While blogging can be fun when you do it for free, it’s better when you’re making money.

If you want to make money from your blog, starting today, without all the hassle of creating products, then you’re in the right place.

What You’ll Learn

Throughout this article I’m going to talk you through:

  • What is an affiliate (and why should you be one)?
  • How to find affiliate opportunities as a complete beginner
  • How to create affiliate driven content that makes you money
  • How to use affiliate links to create an endless stream of content

All so you can start to monetize your blog, find new streams of income, and finally realize your dream of making money online.

You’ll also find Do It Yourself stages that talk you through what to do, right now, to get results from that section. You can read the article thoroughly and then take action.

Or, do them as you go. It’s up to you.

Ready to dive in? Let’s go…

What Is An Affiliate (And Why Should You Be One)?

An Affiliate is someone who sells another company’s product or services and makes a commission from the sales of those products.

Let’s say you run an SEO blog, and I came to you with my new eBook about Link Building.

I’ll tell you that, for every copy of my $20 eBook you sell through your blog or mailing list, I’ll give you $10.

You agree and proceed to sell my product on your site.

 Now, you’re an affiliate for my product.
This sale comes at no extra cost to your readers, as well. They don’t pay for your affiliate commission. Instead, that comes out of the pocket of the person who owns the product.

There is no limit to how many products or services you can be an affiliate for. You can do it across different niches, websites, and mediums.

You can become one on YouTube, your blog, a forum or your mailing list. Wherever you have access to people.

Being an affiliate is an excellent way to monetize your blog.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to be an affiliate for my eBook. That doesn’t exist (yet).

But by connecting people in the niche you blog about, to the products they want, you’re able to both help them and earn an income.

For example, a lot of my income on this blog comes through Affiliate Sales on products.

Check out this breakdown of my earnings from September 2016:

matt affiliate income

This is only half of the list of affiliates I work with. And, in that particular month, I was able to make $10,481.41 just in affiliate income.

If you’re unsure how to make money blogging right now and don’t want to invest time and energy into creating your digital products, affiliate products offer the perfect solution.

And, while I don’t quite believe in passive income – where you make money from a product without being there – you’re able to generate automated sales.

People can click your link:

  • Days
  • Weeks

  • Months
  • Even years

AFTER you posted it.

That means you can make extra income you didn’t even account for.

Okay, if I’ve sold you on using affiliates to kick start your blogging income, let’s answer a critical question…

Yeah, That’s Great…But What Do I Sell?

The short answer?

 Anything you think will benefit your readers.
Got a blog post where you recommend a product? Turn it into an affiliate link.

Got an about page where you talk about a book you read that changed your life? Add an affiliate link to it.

Got a tool that you use every day to make your life easier? Man, you may as well become an affiliate for them, too.

The long answer is…

If you can think of a product that you believe in, and they offer an affiliate program that you feel will benefit your audience, you should offer it to them through an affiliate link.

Think of all of the:

  • Books you read
  • Apps you use
  • Tools you use
  • Plugins on your site
  • Concrete products (Protein powders, Powerline Adaptors, Candles, etc.) you use day to day

And, if they benefit your audience (even loosely) you can present it to them as a product available for them to buy, or that they need.

I use this personally on my Marketing Tools page with my favorite book by Napoleon Hill.

marketing tools affialiate

It’s so straightforward and easy to do; you’ll kick yourself that you’ve not already taken advantage of this opportunity.

And, if you’re sat on the fence, you really should become an affiliate convert.

Do It Yourself

Grab a notepad and pen (or Evernote if you’re not Old School) and make yourself a list.

On it, you’re going to include all of the products you use that relate to your niche. Or, that you’ve bought recently that have gotten you excited.

I like to do this by going through my recent Amazon Purchases in my Email history. And by taking a look at how I’m spending my time, and what I’m using when I do it.

For each DIY section I’m going to use examples from the Fitness Niche, because I’m training for an Ironman next year.

Here’s what my list would look like based on the last month:

Books I’m Reading

  • Man 2.0: Engineering The Alpha
  • Going Long: Training For Triathlon’s Ultimate Challenge

Products I’m Using

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR
  • Garmin Forerunner 920XT
  • Tanita BC-1000 Scales
  • 5×5 Smart Lifts App

If you’re unsure of where to start these are some categories I’d recommend paying attention to:

  • Books
  • Physical Products
  • Digital Products
  • Services (Internet Hosting etc.)
  • Products you want to buy

This will be specific to the niche your blog is in. If you’re in the baking niche, you may look at ingredients or electrical products you use.

Alternatively, if you’re in the Cycling niche, you may look for oils, tools, saddle bags and pedals that you’ve been using.

Throw down everything you can think of on to this page, and we’ll look at how you can monetize it in the next step.

How To Make Money Blogging As An Affiliate

If you’re ready to take the plunge into affiliate marketing, you’ve probably got one pressing question you want to be answered, “How the heck  do I become an affiliate?”.

Well, let me tell you.

Becoming an affiliate is a pretty easy process.

  1. Sign Up For An Account
  2. Find Products You Want To Sell
  3. Add Them To Your Content

For a lot of products, it’s just a case of signing up to their program (more on that in a second).

Now there will be some products that have a hidden affiliate program. For example, SERPed is one affiliate I work for.

They don’t openly advertise their program. Instead, they reserve access to influencers they feel will get them results.

These are the higher end of affiliates, so don’t worry about them for now.

But if you’re interested in a product, and can’t find access to their affiliate program, you can always shoot them an email. But they aren’t the focus of this article.

Instead, I’m going to show you the easy ways to become an affiliate, so that once you have a proven track record, you can get access to the even bigger commissions.

Become An Amazon Affiliate

Amazon run a program called Amazon Associates which helps you make money from almost any product available on their site.

You can make up to 8% commission on the products people buy, which can be a nice little earner.

David McSweeney of Top5Seo managed to take a site with just one Amazon Affiliate product from $0 to $3,934 a month in just six months. So, there is potential to earn here.

how to make money blogging with Amazon

All you have to do is place the products in your articles, or on resource pages (more on those later) and when people click through and buy, you’ll get a percentage.

If they continue to purchase other products, you can make a commission on them, too.

So, how does it work?

Step #1: Sign Up For An Account

All you have to do is head to the Amazon Associates page for your country and sign up for free. You need to have an account in every country that you plan to link to.

For example, if you’re in the UK, but want to link to a product only sold in the US (or for a US market) you need an account on the American sites.

In the link below, you can find information about all of the active associate programs.

You can sign up for an account here.

Once you’ve chosen an account, you’ll be asked to fill out some details. Where you’re from, your business, the type of site you own and so on.

amazon affiliate process

Just fill it all out to the best of your knowledge.

It’s not the most exciting thing in the world (I know, I’ve done it and had to write about it), but it’s a small price to pay to make money.

Step #2: Find Products You Want To Sell

Hopefully, you have an idea of products that you want to sell. If not you’re going to need to do some digging around.

Let me show you an example with the Fitbit Charge 2. If I search it in my Associates Dashboard, it’ll come up in my search results:

fitbit affiliate page

You can also do this by browsing the site, too.

Let’s say you want to find what the hottest deals are in your niche right now.

You can head to the Amazon homepage, select your niche, and be taken to a collective page of all the items available.

athletic and outdoor clothing

Go ahead and browse a little deeper until you find a product you like.

Find hot products that have lowered in price. Your favorites from the list you created a little earlier.

Or, your evergreen favorites that people need to know about.

Step #3: Add Them To Your Content

At the top of your page, you should see a toolbar like the one I’ve highlighted…

amazon toolbar

This gives you the option to take that product, in either a text, image or text and image format, and place it on your site.

For these purposes let’s go for text.

Give it a click, and you’ll see a box like this:

link amazon

All you have to do now is take the link and add it to some text in your blog post, or on one of your pages.

A little like this:

add link to text

And then, there you have it, a link that if people click and buy from you, you could make 8%-10% just from that one transaction.

This works for most any product – as long as it’s relevant to your site – and you can put a heck of a lot of these in your content, to give yourself the maximum amount of coverage to convert people.

Okay, well that was easy enough. How else can you make money as an affiliate?

Search Out Your Favourite Brands Affiliate Pages

If you’ve got a favorite brand that you love or a product that you use every day, there is a good chance that they have an affiliate program you can become a part of.

All you have to do is search them out.

For example, sticking with the fitness niche, I found that MyProtein – a global supplement provider – have an affiliate program that I can apply to.

myprotein affiliate program

But, enough about how I could make money. How can you go about finding these opportunities? Well, let me show you.

Option #1: Start With The Products You Use

As a blog owner, you’re probably using some tools of the trade already:

  • Email platform
  • Image creator
  • Theme Template
  • Automatic Social Media Sharer

These are usually at the backbone of your blog. And, that’s before you look at industry specific tools and services you’re using.

So, let’s look at one every blogger shares – email marketing software.

Head to their site – like I’ve done for Drip – and sniff around to see if they have an affiliate program there.

You’ll often find it in the footer. Or, sometimes, in the header-

drip affiliate footer

Click the link, wherever you find it, and it’ll take you to a landing page where you’ll find out about the commissions you’ll make. And, if you fit the right criteria.

This offer from Drip doesn’t look too shabby.

drip commission

Now, I know you might be a little dubious that recommending products like this to your audience may not get you far. Or, that there isn’t a lot of money to be made here.

So, let me show you an example to the contrary.

Take a look at this excerpt from Pat Flynn’s Income Report. In one month, this is what he was able to make by promoting his (old) web host, and his mailing list service on his site:

patt flynn smart passive income

From Bluehost and Aweber combined he was able to generate $52,689.49 in one month. I’m going to guess that might be a little more than what you make in a year, right?

Take a look at my Aweber review to learn how to use it.

The sky is the limit using these products. And, they’ll apply to any niche – lots of people who read your blog want to be bloggers themselves, after all.

You can implement the same methodology to any of the products you’re familiar with.

If you use a product to run your blog or make your daily (online) life easier, you may be sitting right on top of a goldmine.

Option #2: Look For Brands You Want To Work With

If you sit there and think about it right now, I bet you can think of four or five brands you’d want to work with off the top of your head.

They create the products you love and, therefore, the products your readers will love, too. And this is where you should start with this option.

Go ahead and create one of the following Google searches:

  • [brand name] affiliate program
  • “[brand name]” + “affiliate program”
  • “[brand name]” + “affiliate rewards”
  • “[brand name]” + “referral”

Being sure to swap the [brand name] for the name of the brand you want to work with.

These searches will bring up a set of results showing you the affiliate programs for that brand (if they exist).

For example, if I wanted to create motivational social media images for other triathletes, I may use a program like Stencil.

So let’s see if they have an affiliate program I can use as well for when I sign up.

If I do a quick search in Google…

stencil affiliate

Yep, they have an affiliate program, and I can head straight through to their page to join it. Simple and easy.

Not every product you want to be an affiliate which will have a program.

Quite notably tools like Spotify and Buffer don’t offer an affiliate rewards program.

However, you’d be surprised at the amount that do.

Now, once you’ve tried that, there’s one more option to exhaust…

Option #3: Affiliate Marketplaces

Affiliate marketplaces like ClickBank, are like a central hub of places you can find products to sell.

clickbank home

Think of it like the Dashboard on Netflix, or your Amazon Fire Stick.

Here you’re able to browse products, in a category you work in, and find products that suit your site. Then, you can promote them.

Some will come in the form of Banner Ads. Others will be links you can hide in your content. And, there will be others that you can promote to your mailing list, even like a product launch.


I’m going to keep this short because it doesn’t quite tie in with the Newbie approach I want to write for this post.

However, there are opportunities here for you to develop partnerships with products (and people) and promote them to make commissions of up to 50%, or even more.

My great advice to you right now, especially if you’re just starting out with your new blog, is only to promote products you’re familiar with or believe in.

The more you get to know your audience, and the more they start to interact (and purchase from you) the more you’ll be able to pick and choose products based on your gut feeling and what they care about.

And never choose a product just because it will make you money. That’s a sure-fire way to lose yourself an audience right there.

By now, you should have a good idea of how to get access to Affiliate products to start monetizing your site.

But, that leads on to the next question, “How do you create content that sells them?”

But before I answer that in the next section, there’s one important rule I need to mention…

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Don’t Get Caught Out: Make People Aware You’re An Affiliate

One of the guidelines for being an Amazon Associate, as well as others, is that you declare you’re an affiliate to the products.

Now, this doesn’t need to be done on every page. Although some bloggers prefer to do that.

Instead, I suggest you create a separate disclaimer page, like this one from Nichehacks.

amazon affiliate page

That way you’re completely transparent…just maybe not on the exact page that they’re on.

Below is the exact text you need to add and fill in with your information to create the Amazon disclaimer for your site.

[Insert your name] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert the applicable site name (amazon.com)].

Do It Yourself

In the last Do It Yourself section you took the time to find what types of products you’re using, and what you would want to sell to your audience.

This step is a little time consuming, but it’s the most important stage of them all. Because, without it, you can’t make money from any of these products.

So, what do you need to do?

Step #1: Sign Up For The Right Programs

Head to the right Amazon Page and set yourself up as an Amazon Associate. If you’re not sure which one to sign up to, go for the UK and USA ones for now. You’ll be pretty well covered with those two.

Secondly, go ahead and find four different products that you like with Affiliate Programs and sign up for those as well. You may have to apply for those, so don’t worry if you send it off and don’t hear back. Give it two weeks then look elsewhere.

And, if you really want to, take a minute to sign up for Click Bank (or similar) just to see what’s on offer.

Step #2: Find Links That Will Make You Money

Woo! The bit you’ve been waiting for. The bit that you get money-making links.

This will be easiest for Amazon right now. Find the products you like and get their links from the toolbar. Then, add them into a spreadsheet or Google Doc. This will become your go to sheet when you have a product to sell.

It can be as simple as looking at the content you’ve written (or even just a Social Media Message you’re sending) and adding the link in where it fits. That can really be a good source of income.

However for now, it’s just important to have started on the database of links. You’ll learn more about the content creation next.

How To Create Affiliate Content That Converts

In this section, I’m going to show you how to write simple, yet effective, content that will show you how to make money blogging just from a few simple pages.

There are three types of content that you should focus on as a new blogger to promote your affiliate links:

  1. General Resource Pages: A page for your entire blog that covers the top layer of products that you use.
  2. Specific Resource Pages: A resource page for a specific problem.
  3. Product Specific Blog Posts: A specific blog post, like a product review, that covers a product. Or covers an issue that uses the product to solve it.

This should be more than enough for you to promote and begin monetizing your site.

You’ll find that you can promote these pages, while still adding value to your audience, and start making some money.

How To Create A General Resource Page To Sell Multiple Products

A resource page is a page on a blog (or website) that shares the tools you use to help your readers replicate your results. Or, the tools they can use to get the results they want.

You’ll often find these pages on the header bars of blogs, like here on Smart Passive Income:

resource page patt flynn

Or, here on the Nomadic Matt blog:

nomadic matt resources

And, here, on Jeff Goins’s blog:

goinswriter resource page

Resource pages are integral to the incomes of big blogs, yet they’re often overlooked by beginner bloggers.

They’re one of the easiest affiliate pages to set up, and you deliver only value to your reader.

With these pages there is a simple three step process you should follow…

Step #1: Explain Why This Page Exists

At the start of every good resource page is an explanation of why the page is here. It doesn’t need to be an incredible piece of sales copy, either.

You just need to explain that you believe in these products.

nomadic matt resource intro

Nomadic Matt does this perfectly here by explaining that these are the products he uses to get a clear result.

And, that if you want to be like him – either in travel or blogging – this is where you’ll find his secret sauce.

When you write this section for yourself be sure to include:

  • That you believe (wholeheartedly) in these products
  • That they’ve helped you achieve success (whatever that is)
  • This if they want to replicate your success, this is where they’ll find some of the answers

This gives social proof to all of the products and shows that you’re transparent in your efforts. Trust me that can go a long way.

Step #2: Product Groups

The next stage is to group your products into sections that they’ll be interested in.

This allows the reader to skip beyond the sections they don’t want and find the products they’re interested in.

Pro Tip: If you add a heat map here, like the ones from SumoMe, you’ll be able to see where your customers are looking and choose/create products based on that information.

Pat Flynn has an impressive (if not slightly elaborate) way of doing this.

He added a slider that allows people to choose where in the process they are, and what tools they might need…

patt flynn slider

This allows them to get targeted products that they’ll be more likely to purchase.

Now, you might not have the budget for a slider like this, but separated paragraphs with in-content links, or buttons, is good enough.

Just a simple link that they click (that you can also track) that takes them to that part of the page.

Step #3: Explain What The Product Does

The final step is to explain, next to your sexy new affiliate link, what the product does or how it’s helped you.

If you take a look at Jeff Goins’s resource page, you can see that he does this perfectly:

jeff goins writing section

It focuses on the benefits of a product and sells it to you.

You don’t need to be a master copywriter to do this (see my SEO copywriting guide). Just, instead of telling people what the products does, say what you were able to do because of it.

That will be more enough to help convince people on this page to at least click through and then buy the product at the other end.

This is the perfect place to place all of the affiliate links that you have. Every time you get a new product on board, you can just add a link to this page, so it’s forever on display.

Okay, that’s general resource pages. Let’s look at a more specific resource page.

How To Create A Specific Resource Page

A specific resource page is a little different to what you’ve just read about.

These posts stand on their own – and often rank on their own – to share tools to help you achieve a specific goal.

For example, my absolute favorite of these comes from Benny Lewis over at Fluent in 3 Months.

This shows you just how wide a range of options you have to create resource pages. All filled with powerful affiliate links that add an insane amount of value to the end reader.

If head to his blog and search the word resources (or just click here) you’ll find he has a resource page for most major languages, as well as some niche languages like Irish.

fi3m resources

And when you go through to click on to them, you’ll find that it’s a page rich in affiliate links that all help solve a direct problem of the reader.

For example, this page on learning Spanish has some content, but gets right to the links and products.

learn spanish affiliates

And what’s truly brilliant about a page like this is that it always feels like you’re getting value.

This is just a friend who is there to recommend tools you can use to master your language.

Creating these pages isn’t hard, either. It can be as simple as creating a How To blog post. Only filled with products and resources that your readers are going to love.

Here’s how to do it…

Step #1: Find Your Audience’s Pain Point

Choose a subject that particularly eats at your audience. Think about what it is in your niche that keeps them awake at night:

  • Being in a car that isn’t safe
  • Overspending on airfare
  • Baking food that tastes awful
  • Not being able to complete their marathon

If you’re not sure what their pain point is, look for yours. What keeps you up at night?

Keeping with the Fluent in 3 Months example, he’s chosen the biggest pain point for language learners – actually learning the language, and doing it well.

Be that Spanish, Japanese or English.

Whichever strikes you hardest, that’s the topic you’re going to build this post around.

Step #2: Find The Products That Will Help

What products out there in the world are going to help them solve this problem? Or, what did you use to help you solve the problem?

Benny’s chosen topic is Speak in a Week which get’s people to speak from Day One. So, he’s curated products that allow them to tackle that.

fi3m stuff

For you, try to think about the different stages of the problem: getting started, making progress, adding the finishing touches, staying motivated. Then find what works for them.

By the way, these don’t all have to be affiliate products. You’re able to add products that you just think will help, too. But, you know, it does need a sprinkle that will make you money.

Step #3: Create The Post

All you have to do now is format them in a way that your audience will love.

This will be specific to your blog, so I won’t teach you to suck eggs.

But if you are struck, I’d recommend that you follow the structure of the general post section, but with sections that are specific to the problem you’re writing about.

How To Create Product Specific Blog Posts

For these types of posts, you’re going to dive deep into one product and explains the benefits of it to your reader.

In my experience, and through testing…

 I’ve found the focusing on one product and not multiple can be incredibly effective at converting to customers.
This is because it gets rid of a problem called choice paralysis. That’s where people have so many options that they don’t take action on any of them.

And, the good news for you, is that people use affiliate blog posts – whether they know it or not – to cure themselves of this choice paralysis.

Imagine you’re stood in front of a row of 10 books about marketing. You want to buy one of them, but you have no idea which. In this situation, you’ll do one of four things:

  1. Ask someone you know for a recommendation
  2. Look online for a recommendation
  3. Buy a random one and hope
  4. Throw your hands in the air and walk out of the shop without any books

Your job is to convert the people who take option two (the one in bold) into buying the product you recommend.

For the example here, I want to refer you to one of my most successful affiliate blog posts- my SEMRush review.

matt semrush image

In this post, I took the product itself – a huge suite of digital marketing tools – and broke down everything you could do with the tool.

But this wasn’t just to show people who have the tool what they should be doing. It was to show people who were on the fence about buying it what they could achieve when they bought it.

In essence, this is a product review. But how did I get it to generate 800+ comments and massive amounts of social shares?

I solved their problem – sucking at marketing.

For the time being, as a beginner, I’d suggest you stick to writing either reviews or personal stories.

Product reviews allow you to talk about a product in the realm of your audiences life. To some people it will be a great product; to others it’s will be a terrible one.

But giving your expert opinion on them, and showcasing what it’s capable of, you’re able to transform their opinion into one of a buyer (or someone who really doesn’t want it).

Personal stories, on the other hand, allow you to show how the product helped you.

 This provides a lot of social proof and transparency.
For example, if you use a product to make a real change in your life/work/niche/, and document what happened, you can show people the true power of the product.

That gives you a huge advantage in generating sales.

Do It Yourself

That was a big section. So, let’s keep it short and sweet here.

What I want you to do is really simple.

Take one of the above suggestions:

  1. A general resource page
  2. A specific resource page
  3. A specific product blog post

And create it as a page (or post) on your site.

Take all of the affiliate links you gathered for the last section and add them in.

If you want to start from scratch, try and create a more specific page using only products that solve that problem.

Then you’re going to promote it to your audience. Either through social media or your mailing list, whichever you prefer.

Sit back. Relax. And just see what happens.

How To Use Affiliate Products To Create An Endless Stream Of Content

Believe it or not, Affiliate Products can help you create an endless source of content that not only makes you money – but engages and captivates your audience.

Let’s take my affiliate example from before, of the Mizuno Running Leggings.


How many different types of content could I create for this? Let’s get beneath the surface and find out.

  • Product review: After using the product (if I have used it( what did I think of it? What was good? What was bad? And how I think my audience would benefit.
  • Experiment: Share the before and after of your results by using the product. What was my run like with them, and what was it like without them?
  • Essential Products Post: I could include this link in a post about the essential running products you need to buy.
  • Best Of Post: Why not write a round-up of how my performance has been this month? Oh, and these leggings just happen to be a big part of it.
  • Tutorial: How to use the leggings to get a desired result. In this case, less muscle soreness. When should you wear them? How to use them for best results? (This might be a stretch for running leggings, but you get me).

That’s five pieces of content you’ve got, just for one link. And this isn’t even versatile for a product. Imagine what you could create if you’re using a product like a Camera or a Drone!

If you have a database with only five or six links in it, you’d still be able to create 25-30 different pieces of content to fit those links in and sell them to your audience.

That’s a lot of opportunities to sell and create content.

For every affiliate product you find, look at all of the different ways you can spin it in your niche. Use the five examples from above, but also look for what other blogs in your niche are doing.

Copy them. Or, do the complete opposite of what they’re doing and see what results you get.

But every time you come into contact with a new brand, product or service, you also have a handful of new content to write about.

If you do it like you’ve been shown in this article, it won’t feel like a pitch, and you’ll make money while engaging your audience.

Win, win, win, right?

Wrapping It Up

Okay, I know, for a beginner’s article that was quite long. But hopefully, by now you know exactly how to make money blogging as an affiliate.

To help cement it in your mind, here’s a catch up for you to make sure you’re got the key points.

How To Find Affiliate Opportunities

  1. Look at the products in your niche that you use a lot
  2. Look for the products you’d like to own, or work with, in the future
  3. Find them on Amazon, or their own personal Affiliate Programs

How To Get Access To Their Programs

  1. Sign up to become an Amazon Associate
  2. Apply to Affiliate Programs of the products you use
  3. Sign up to ClickBank (or similar)
  4. Create an affiliate disclaimer on your blog

How To Create Content That Makes You Money

  1. Create a general resource page that shows how you run your day to day life
  2. Create a specific resource page that helps solve a problem
  3. Create a specific product post that reviews, or showcases, how a tool can be used
  4. Dig deep to find all the opportunities your link presents you to create constant content

The rest, as they say, is up to you.

Stuck with anything in this article? Want to know more?

Let me know all of your questions, comments and snags at the bottom of the page!

161 Responses

  1. shivakumar

    Explained very nicely. I am also working on a blog. This might comes in handy to me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 29th, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Good luck Cheers :)

  2. Khalid

    This is very helpful content.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 14th, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Thanks, Khalid!

  3. Tiya

    “Amazing write-up!”
    To be honest your article is informative and very helpful. After I saw your site and I read it and it helps me a lot. Thanks for share your kind information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 5th, 2021 at 8:07 am

      Glad it was helpful- Cheers Tiya!

  4. vijay

    This was much needed info .. Thanks a lot

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 8th, 2021 at 8:50 am

      No problem!

  5. Simbi

    quite a long read but worth reading, thanks for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 5th, 2021 at 8:41 am

      No problem! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Trish @ A Clean Life

    That’s awesome content, Mathew. You’ve helped me in so many ways..

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 15th, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Glad to hear that! Cheers!

  7. sara

    I also agree with you have shared an excellent type of tips here. I appreciate your time that you have taken to write the great article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Thank you very much, Sara!

  8. youmovies

    As usual a great article, Matthew! It reminds me that I need to put up a ‘Tools I Use’ page.

    The ‘Do It Yourself’ boxes area a great way to make the information ‘actionable’ – really good idea.

    My only qualification would be that Option #1 should really apply to all affiliat

    • leval Ainah
      November 16th, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Great article as it gets me thinking about the various ways to monetize my site. Thank you so much for your insightful and relevant article

      • Matthew Woodward
        November 18th, 2020 at 11:46 am

        Glad you found it helpful! Good luck with your site ;)

  9. Display Solution

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 23rd, 2020 at 10:52 am


  10. Farhad

    Fantastic article

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2020 at 11:03 am

      Thank you, Farhad!

  11. Mark Toniz

    Awesome cool tips!
    Now I will try this method.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 24th, 2020 at 10:18 am

      Great! Good luck!

  12. Amit Rathod

    Hello, Sir,
    I had made my own blog but I did not know what are the ways to earn money from the blog, you have written this article in very simple language, thanks for providing such an article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 5th, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Nice! Wish you good luck with your blog, Amit! Let me know how it goes for you.

  13. Digital Media

    This is indeed a great content. Thank you for sharing. It is good to know about these things. One of the most effective ways to build brand awareness, while providing relevant and useful content to your target audience is through consistent blogging. Blogging is an inexpensive way for small businesses to drive traffic to their site, enhance inbound marketing efforts, and attract more prospective customers. This pandemic taught me to give time to myself and learn more about myself. I took advantage to take a Digital Media , so I could do something very productive and enhance my knowledge. It is best if we can maximize our time to learn something new that can help us to develop ourselves to become a better version of you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 29th, 2020 at 9:27 am

      I couldn’t agree more! Nice testimonial!

  14. surendra reddy

    Thank you for sharing this useful information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 27th, 2019 at 6:34 am

      My pleasure :)

  15. Cwangee

    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome blog this blog really helps me a lot …keep posting…

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 24th, 2019 at 3:44 am

      Thanks a lot!

  16. Sourav Halder

    very high quality and useful content .keep sharing such informative information…

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 24th, 2019 at 3:43 am

      I certainly intend to Sourav

  17. Zaky

    Thanks Matt…
    Great post for newbies and those who’ve been at it for a little longer.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 12th, 2019 at 1:15 am

      Cheers Zaky – always good to have a refresh no matter what your experience level.

  18. Kavin

    this is Good article Matt….

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 12th, 2019 at 1:16 am

      Cheers Kavin.

  19. Rohman Suparno

    hi Matt….
    This is really nice article. I will try on my blog.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 12th, 2019 at 1:16 am

      Let me know how you get on Rohman.

  20. Reece

    Hi Matt Excellent post

    Is this a typo:
    Step #3: Create The Post
    All you have to do now is format them in a way that your audience your audience will love.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 23rd, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Thanks Reece, yes probably one of very many across the blog. All fixed, thanks for the heads up.

  21. vince

    great guide I enjoyed reading it

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 21st, 2019 at 4:17 am

      Thanks Vince

  22. FG Faizan

    is it possible to earn money with event blogging?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 19th, 2019 at 4:08 am

      I would think so… take a look at people who already do it and figure out how they monetize their blog.

  23. naeem

    informative blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 10th, 2019 at 1:45 am

      Thanks Naeem

  24. Arup Roy

    Hi Matt,

    Really This Is Awesome Article

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 4th, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      Cheers Arup :)

  25. Aaira

    Thanks for the tips. These will be very useful for the newbies like me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2019 at 1:29 am

      Let me know how you get on Aaira

  26. Ben

    Thank you for valuable information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 30th, 2019 at 10:01 am

      No worries Ben!

  27. sumit

    Hi Matt,

    Recently i started my blog i have a question how many articles i have to publish in a day?

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 18th, 2019 at 1:12 am

      Depends on your niche… have a look at what your competitors are doing.

  28. Www.Pocketcake.Com

    This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 14th, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Thanks very much!

  29. utqthiqar

    Great post and so helpful! Love all the tips for new bloggers. I’m just starting out and am obsessed with reading any article for help I can find.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 27th, 2019 at 6:10 am

      Welcome to the world of blogging!

  30. utqthiqar

    great tips and so helpful , Thanks for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 27th, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Pleased I could help!

  31. Momoh Ibrahim

    I think i am going to try affiliate marketing. Though my website is new.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 17th, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Well, everyone has to start somewhere!

  32. Nikita Shevchenko

    Hi Matthew! I am impressed by how you manage to create such great posts on blogging but you definitely know your stuff. Affiliate earnings are sure some of the finest you can get for your online business.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 3rd, 2019 at 4:42 am

      Cheers Nikita, there’s always room for improvement but that’s what makes it fun :)

  33. desert cruise deals

    love this blog.keep posting .

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 3rd, 2019 at 4:44 am

      I certainly will. Got some great stuff on its way.

  34. Shrikant dadhich

    hey..it is awesome…nice to see this informative article..thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 22nd, 2019 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Shrikant!

  35. Biplab Mahanta

    An excellent article is this. Your “7 Figure Blogger Reveals How To Make Money Blogging” have nicely touched every topic. I have found lots of useful information has given through this post. Now more people are looking at blogging to earn money from a blog, and I guess those people who are going start blogging this post will benefit them most. I would like to see more exciting and informative posts from you like this. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 11th, 2019 at 5:52 am

      Thanks very much! You’ll find lots of content on my blog which you should find helpful :)

  36. Christos

    All Great points you have made here Matt! Def bookmarked this site for future reference.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Christos, hope to see you again soon!

  37. RSmart

    I learned lot from your content. Thank you for sharing this vital information and tactics about Money making with us .I really enjoyed reading your blog .Nice article! Great information about.These tips are very helpful to me

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 3rd, 2018 at 6:46 am

      No worries, hope you learnt some new tips :)

  38. Beatrice

    I really appreciate this article. Your guide is very helpful and interesting. Thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 1st, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Beatrice, hope it helps you achieve your goals!

  39. Sujon Ali

    Thanks for sharing and explaining in an easy way to understand .That’s a really great post!!! Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 6th, 2018 at 10:56 am

      No worries and thanks very much

  40. How to make money

    I Liked the Article. Very Helpful for me.
    Thanks !!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 25th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      No problem, pleased to have helped

  41. incomeguru

    It is a complete and detailed article which is good for new bloggers like me. So thank you for your countless effort. Thanks again and keep it up.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Hey there, no problem I hope you put it to good use!

  42. Kristopher

    Awesome post Thank you for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      No worrys Kristopher

  43. Kristopher

    Awe some post Thank you for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      No problem Kristopher!

  44. Mark

    Great post, got a quick question though. How do you get traffic to these “Resources Pages?” Because if these are the main affiliated earning pages on the website, how do you direct traffic there?

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Through websites links and email marketing

  45. Kyle Krason

    Hi Matt,
    This site is incredible.. I had a question about your comment application itself. I tried using whatwordpresstheme is that to see if I could figure out which plugin you might be using for the comment box I’m typing in right now but that didn’t work.
    Is there a specific plugin you’re using? I’m using your authority theme and it blocks the WPDiscuz plugin from showing comments on pages.. But comments will show on posts.
    The problem is I can’t find a decent plugin that works on everything AND looks good!
    What are you using?

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 4th, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      This is just the normal comment system from the theme/wordpress – what are you looking to replicate exactly?

  46. sarganser

    Hello Mathew
    Thanks for sharing and explaining in an easy way to understand.I feel many affiliate marketers promote without knowing their reader’s pain point.
    You`ve made a brilliant post that is easy to understand and follow.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 22nd, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      No problem glad to help :)

  47. Matty

    I have read hundreds of articles of this type, but seriously this is the best and the bible for every blogger. great information all at one place.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      No problem Matty!

  48. Kelly

    Awesome post Matthew, Big fan of your post. I would like to add some words in you post. I think niche affiliate site is a right way and right strategy to earn some good amount from affiliate marketing. I have been earring quite handsome amount and using just two affiliate program on my vpn review website. I am using PureVPN affiliate links and Ivacy VPN Affiliate links on my site and getting good outcome.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Have you tried affiliate programs of other VPN companys?

  49. Mahadev

    Hi Matt,
    May I know which tool do you use for image editing? E.g. to show arrows or highlight the area in image etc.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2017 at 11:56 am

      You could use Skitch

      • Mahadev
        March 7th, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        Thanks Matt.

  50. Muhammad Hayat

    Good work man! Affiliate is the best way to earn 6 figures a month!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      It is indeedy :)

  51. Rob Powell

    As usual a great article, Matthew! It reminds me that I need to put up a ‘Tools I Use’ page.

    The ‘Do It Yourself’ boxes area a great way to make the information ‘actionable’ – really good idea.

    My only qualification would be that Option #1 should really apply to all affiliate products – only promote products that you yourself use.

    Thanks for this great resource!


    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for reading Rob :)

  52. Muhammad Mairaj

    Hello Matthew,

    No doubt affiliate marketing is the excellent way of online money making. You have nicely elaborate how bloggers can earn money with this approach easily and effectively. Hope this spectacular guide will help us a lot in future.

    Many thanks for sharing with us another fantastic post :)

    Keep writing



    • Matthew Woodward
      January 31st, 2017 at 10:06 am

      No problem Mairaj :)

  53. Pooja

    Hi Matthew,
    First of all, I would like to thank you for sharing such valuable content for newbies bloggers like me, who is working hard to acheive positive results with affiliate marketing. I follow your blogs to keep myself aware about latest blogging trends and techniques. You are seriously helping me in achieving my goals. Thank you again!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 24th, 2017 at 10:21 am

      No problem Pooja, I hope you realise your dreams soon :)

  54. Rob Powell

    Again, a great article, Matthew. Although a lot of the stuff I knew already (how to set up affiliate accounts etc) its fantastic to see someone who’s making money from affiliate sales explaining exactly how they do it. Great contribution. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2017 at 8:25 am

      No worrys Rob :)

  55. Rahul

    Great post for newbies.I enjoyed reading this post till end and got very useful information over here thanks for sharing it .

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      No problem Rahul!

  56. Tina

    But how do I start blogging?

  57. Sulaksha Gad

    is it true that you should know copywriting/ copywriting skills to create an affiliate post on your blog?


    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      No but it will help

      • Sulaksha Gad
        December 31st, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        Thanks and Happy New Year! :)

        • Matthew Woodward
          December 31st, 2016 at 2:25 pm

          You too Sulaksha!

  58. Onehalf AU

    Affiliate marketing offers a great opportunity to earn extra income from blogging. You just need to choose the right affiliate products for your niche.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 22nd, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Yeah and super easy to integrate as well!

  59. Calin

    Blogging, slowly but steadily has become one of the best profession for students, freelancers( as a side profession), especially women who keep them to home for family, a nice earning source and get name & exposure to web world.

    Even the 60+ who are free from job has started blogging which helps them to pass time and earnings motivate them further.

    So its a win-win situation for all.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 22nd, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Yes it offers a great opportunity to anyone with a computer and internet connection!

  60. Gagan Kamboj

    thnks for writing . I am new to blogging and this article really helps me to know about making money methods. Keep sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      No problem Gagan!

  61. ColeN

    An excellent post.

    Affiliate programs seems to earn a lot more then displaying ads from advertising networks. Problem is to find the right products to promote that have high demand and almost sell by it self. There are generally two options to choose from: to promote a large number of products and get a small percent of a sale, or just a few ones that pay much more.
    Either way, has to try yourself. Good luck!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      I would say its better to focus on a handful of products

  62. Alyson

    That’s very interesting. I make a fair bit from affiate links and I’m trying to get my husband into it. He already is an Ironman, he’s just done the Phuket half Ironman and this year did Wales full Ironman and previously Cairns full Ironman. I want to get him blogging about it! If you’re interested in connecting with him he blogs at thhp://worldtravelchef.com . But he’s a very non-committed blogger right now! I’ll send him this post to have a look at. Cheers.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Yes there isn’t many ironman training blogs/resources out there that are any good and so many content angles to attack like training checklists, what items to take with you checklist, what you should be training, how and when you should be training etc etc

  63. Keri Vandongen

    The amount of detail you share in your tutorials is appreciated, Matthew.
    Not only could I follow your steps -but I trust the process as it comes from your experience and success.
    Comparing affiliate options is helpful for beginners and people experienced with this type of marketing.
    Question: One of my blogging peers struggles with sending emails promoting her affiliate products. Any advice to pass along?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      I never send emails that promote affiliate products, instead they should send emails that solve problems related to the product.

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 8:53 am

      No problem I hope it helps you to grow!

  65. hopeton wilson

    I am not a big fan of Amazon affiliate program with those low commission rates as low as 4% where you will have to sell a lot of products to make any serious money or sell some high price products that are usually hard to sell. Blogging is a good way to make money online but you must have a lot of traffic to get people to your blog for you to build an email list and to showcase your affiliate products. It is not as easy as you have it outlined in this article!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I would argue that its much easier than going to a job you hate working with people you don’t like, wearing clothes you don’t want to wear all day, every day for the rest of your life.

  66. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for taking your time to write this helpful tips. Based on your recommendations, I have been running a few affiliate links to my blog and will continue to increase them gradually. I’m hopeful that this pays off.

    Emenike Emmanuel

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      I hope you reach success soon Emenike :)

  67. Jyothi

    It’s good to be here and read some interesting posts , i got very useful information over here thanks for sharing it .

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      No problem Jyothi!

    • Jyothi
      December 22nd, 2016 at 3:22 am


  68. Randy

    Matthew, this REALLY inspired me to keep working towards my goal in achieving success in affiliate marketing. At the moment, I’m simply just following your blogging tips on increasing traffic so I can finally promote an affiliate program. Thanks for the tips once again! Wishing much success to all of us! :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      I hope you reach your goal soon Randy, keep up the hard work!

  69. Umesh Singh

    Hi Matt,

    Great ways to earn money. People get stuck when it comes about to create content for a product which has not enough information on the web.

    But, you showed the brilliant way to create multiple posts for a single product.

    I enjoyed reading this post till end and found some great advice that I can use today.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    – Umesh Singh

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 8:54 am

      No problem Umesh, I hope it benefits your business!

  70. Marc Marseille

    Once again another very informative Ebook disguised as a blog post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Hahaaha mwaahahaha!

  71. Abel Pardo Fernandez

    Good post Matthew,

    It’s incredible the quantity of resources for a person with initiative that there are available in the net.

    To life from Internet is possible, you are a example and guides and articles like this one show it everyone.

    The key point is to find a product with good royalties. Most of them are just working for the main brand and the step where you have to develop a whole study maybe could be the most important.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Yes there are limitless opportunities on the web if you open your eyes to them!

  72. Michelle

    Great post for newbies and those who’ve been at it for a little longer. Thanks Matthew.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:02 am

      No problem Michelle!

  73. Engkel Truk Jakarta

    Hey Matt

    I’ve been following you for few years now.

    One thing that i forget to use is resource page.
    That page is helpful in many ways. You could put affiliate links and also you can put guide which later you can promote your own or other people products.

    Thanks for the reminder Matt.

  74. Francis Quarshie

    Hey Matt,

    A comprehensive post you have there.

    I was lazing about with my blog, not monetizing it. Even though through it I make some money. But not from it for almost a year.

    It’s good I realized I had to start with affiliate marketing since I haven’t created a product yet. I’m working on some courses and books which will be out soon.

    Thanks to some few affiliate marketer out there like you. I learned a lot from them. And today, seem to me like you’ve simplified the subject matter more.

    Thanks, Matt. for sharing.


    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:03 am

      No problem Francis, I hope it helps you to earn a little more with your blog :)

  75. Adeel Sami

    Hey, Matt!

    Wow! That’s huge. I am saving this up for my read on this coming weekend! :)

    Truly the best revelation of your strategies!

    And good luck for your session at AWA today!

    Enjoy your time in Thailand! :)

    ~ Adeel

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Adeel, happy reading :)

  76. Sandy Nayak

    Thanks for insightful article. I always look forward for your emails

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:04 am

      No problem Sandy!

  77. Manish Sharma

    This is really nice article. I am working on my blog. Can i first increase traffic on blog then start affiliate or start now with low traffic ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:04 am

      You can do both :)

  78. Shafi Khan

    Hi Matt,

    Excellent post and I loved the way you explained every small point with proper pictures and examples.

    Thanks for an awesome read.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:05 am

      No problem Shafi!

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