Can I make money with affiliate marketing? This thought drifts through every new blogger’s mind. Sometimes it’s a chronic thought. It’s natural to wonder and doubt yourself, but I assure you…yes, you can!
The next thought is usually, “HOW?”
And while I recommend learning how by getting a blogging education, I also think it’s important to learn from others who are further along the path to success than we are.
In this interview, I get to sort of combine these two pieces of advice.
This week, I’m featuring Robin Cockrell of Pajama Affiliates, who’s been earning her income online since 2009. She took her knowledge and turned it into a thriving business, teaching people how to earn an income online with affiliate marketing.
Her classes are affordable and get results. I love promoting these courses because they deliver on their promises – these classes provide you with the tools, techniques, and education you need to start, grow, and monetize a blog. I can’t say enough about them.
Now that you have a little backstory, let’s turn it over to Robin!
*This post contains affiliate links.
1. What were your initial goals when you started and how have these goals changed over time?
I don’t set goals and never really have. Goal setting feels heavy and most things aren’t exactly in my control anyway. Setting a goal is like putting a cap on myself. Setting a goal is trying to control a particular outcome.
I release the need to control how my business unfolds. It’s much more fun this way and I feel lighter and when I am lighter and not rushing to get something done according to my “goal”, my creativity flows effortlessly.
Goal setting is a taught technique that I feel needs to be seriously questioned.
2. Why did you choose blogging over other business models? How did you choose your niche and how did you know it was the right one?
I don’t remember choosing blogging. I just remember the thousands I lost in the beginning buying into the shiny object syndrome.
I discovered a product that I fell in love with and that helped me tremendously in my personal life. I researched it and discovered it was a product that I could also sell as an affiliate.
My research began into affiliate marketing and the rest is history.
3. What’s your personal philosophy regarding content? How do you know what your prospective customers are looking for? Where does this information come from? Do you write all content yourself or do you outsource?
I write most of my own content and some of it is written by a few guest bloggers. Write from the heart. I do some research with a keyword tool for starters.
For the most part, though, I just know my niche and know where people need help. Know your niche and creating content will be easy!
4. Do you have any original tips or techniques for getting traffic and getting your readers to engage with you through your blog?
A lot depends on your niche. One size does not fit all. My Pajama Affiliates blog gets the majority of its traffic via Facebook. My Himalayan Salt site is 90% Google. Again, it’s about knowing your niche and your audience. What works for some will not work for all.
5. How long did it take to start earning income from your business? Is it a full-time income (replacing a job) or a part-time income? What would you say has been the reason for your success?
I have not had a job since 2009, though in the beginning, times were lean. I would say it was about 18 months before I supported myself fully with my blog. In other words, that’s about how long it took me to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul to get by.
The reason for my success? I am willing to learn new things. I invest in my personal growth and the growth of my business.
6. How many different revenue streams do you have? Which ones perform best?
I have around 6 or so revenue streams. Selling my own products has been the most profitable for me.
7. Do you use social media to promote your online business? If yes, which platform(s)? Has it had an impact?
Facebook is where my audience is. I just be me and let it be known what I do.
8. What has been your biggest challenge as an online business owner?
I am a procrastinator.
9. What would your best advice be to someone just starting out looking to make $1,000 or more each month by blogging? What would be your advice to someone who is struggling to make money online with their blog?
Stop chasing the money and follow what you love.
10. And finally…What do you enjoy most about being an online business owner? How has it impacted you, your family, and/or your life?
I love the connections to amazing people that have been made. I love watching others connect. I love the freedom that I have to live my life on my own time and terms.
|My name is Carolina Robin, aka Robin Cockrell. I’m an affiliate marketing coach and mentor making money online since 2009.
I run one of the largest affiliate marketing support groups on Facebook as well as teach. I specialize in no-nonsense affiliate marketing programs for bloggers who want to earn money writing online.
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