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How to Become a Successful Affiliate: 3 Pro Bloggers Reveal their Secret

affiliate marketing by probloggersThis is a epic and must read guest post by Codrut Turcanu, a successful and highly experienced internet marketer.

For bloggers who want to learn how to become a successful affiliate, but don’t know how:

Is your blog not making the money it deserves? Are you at a cross-road? Should you move forward, shift your strategy, change your niche or maybe quit?

These are all insightful questions pro bloggers often asked themselves.

Let’s face it. Making money online is not easy. Write a post and add $1,000 overnight into your paypal account. Yeah, right! We don’t believe this myth. Gurus just use this as HYPE to make you and me, buy their stuff.

Does this mean we’re doomed to never make any real money online?

How come pro bloggers are doing it and we’re just hopelessly watching?

Fortunately, success leaves clues. Pro bloggers can teach you and me how to cash it on, or at least, give us some hints that we can take it to the bank (if we know how).

Aren’t you as excited as I am when reading about some unknown blogger turned into six-figure earner? Don’t you like to know how others are making a living online via affiliate blogging?

In my 11-years online, I noticed what all these super affiliate bloggers have in common. I listened to what they say and how they are actually making big money online. And after interviewing 100’s of bloggers, I understand this is a common practice among pro bloggers.

I’m talking about 4 key elements (approaches that never fail):

1. They know what their visitors want & need (research + close listening = success)

2. They focus on what works the best and dump the rest (that’s why they continue blogging)

3. They do not rely on AdSense advertising or sponsors (the least effective profit methods)

4. They don’t focus on money, but rather connect their audience with helpful solutions & ideas

Now that we know this, let’s dive in and discover the “secrets” that count…

Pro Affiliate Blogger Featured Story #1 – Pat Flynn


The more you give, the more you get back in return.”

Pat Flynn, ex 9-to-5 employee turned into full-time blogger and online entrepreneur. He says getting laid off was the best thing ever happened to him. He teaches passive income streams and affiliate marketing strategies through his blog.

Money-making model: affiliate product reviews, ebooks and niche sites

Pat has several products and niche sites, outside the Internet Marketing industry, which makes him one of the few pro bloggers that not only teaches “make money online” but practice it quite well.

It’s funny to hear how others claim to be making money on the Internet, when they actually just read a book about it. To me, nowadays standard is: just claims – no proof, over promise, lies.

Monthly revenue: not disclosed

I will never affirm something I don’t know for sure, that is why I prefer to leave the monthly revenue figure secret in this post you’re reading now.

Pat’s January 2011 income report gives us some clues though…

$15,110.25 in revenue generated – from affiliate commissions alone. His total was a bit over 35k, including earnings through his non IM niche sites and products.

Tips on How to Become a Successful Affiliate:

“The way I earn money with affiliate links in ALL of my online businesses is by promoting only products that I have used, and only what I would recommend to my friends who want to achieve similar results. I feel that anyone with an audience has a responsibility to do the same thing.

There’s something fishy about someone promoting Apple Computers who only uses a PC.”

What I Learned after Reviewing Pat’s Blog and Pro Blogging Model:

1. Focus on your audience (new/returning visitors, readers & subscribers) like nothing else

2. Always provide content that clicks with your audience (even if you make no money!)

3. You cannot afford to build your blogging foundation on one stream of income. Diversify your revenue model (without going over board) and multiply your traffic sources, regularly.

Pro Affiliate Blogger Featured Story #2 – Yaro Starak

Yaro-Starak-entrepreneurs-journeyYaro Starak is a full-time Internet entrepreneur. He created, managed and sold different online businesses since 1998 and currently teaches people how to make money blogging (full-time living) on his blog and through his mastermind course and coaching program.

Money-making model: affiliate product reviews and coaching programs

Yaro’s dedication to blogging led to creating his own program and course to teach others how to model on his success and replicate his results. Affiliate programs are a major part of his online income model. I suspect he easily makes six figures a year with affiliate marketing alone.

Monthly revenue: not disclosed

Through my research I’ve found an income report dated back in September 2007. Total revenue generated $10, 899, 83 via his blog. Affiliate commissions: $4,407, 96.

All this was raked-in when his blog was only 5,000 RSS readers fat.

4 years later and he’s probably making a lot more. His RSS feed counts now 104k. His mailing list is a major source of traffic to his blog. Notice, I’ve said mailing list, not RSS (big difference!)

Tips on How to Become a Successful Affiliate:

Affiliate income has gone on to become my second highest source of income in recent years, thanks in part to the increase in my audience reach. By combining my blog and email newsletter I can reach thousands of people with just one piece of content. By testing different products and recommending things I personally use myself, I’ve been able to earn as much as $50,000 in commissions selling just one product.” (Entrepreneurs-Journey.com)

What I Learned after Reviewing Yaro’s Blog and Pro Blogging Model:

1. It is not always about you; it’s your visitors that count and what they need help with.

2. Provide “pillar” content that helps people, not wastes their time.

3. Affiliate marketing in combination with products & services of your own is the ideal model. It expands your revenue like never before, particularly if you have traffic coming in or access to a mailing list of your own.

Pro Affiliate Blogger Featured Story #3 – Robb Sutton

Robb-Sutton-BloggingLabs“Blogs make money because they fulfill a need.”

Robb Sutton, fellow Yaro Starak student, was named #30 on IncomeDiary’s Top 50 Most Influential Bloggers of 2009. What is even more impressive, his non marketing blog – Bike198 – received over $100,000 worth of bikes, related items and accessories before its first anniversary

Money-making model: writing (ramped) product reviews

Whether he’s writing on bikes or blogging (e.g. BloggingLabs.com), one thing is for sure: Rob’s passion makes him more than just a living online – a lifestyle others just hear and dream about.

Monthly revenue: not disclosed

Robb doesn’t boast about his income. He is just (quietly) generating cash, doing what he loves the most: writing product reviews and blogging.

Tips on How to Become a Successful Affiliate:

“You can’t be in the review blogging arena just for the free stuff. You will end up burning out quickly and making people mad in the process. Mix it up and include other types of articles and really think of your blog as more of a business and online magazine.”

(source: AuthenticConnections)

What I Learned after Reviewing Robb’s Blog and Pro Blogging Model:

1. If a biking blog can make money and get free (review) products, sky is the limit.

2. Affiliate marketing works in (almost) any niche, so you have no excuses. Just do it!

3. Product reviews help you, your visitors & vendors. It’s a win-win-win formula for success.

Remember, Oni started this blog on April 2010 and said it was the best decision of his life. You want to follow the foot steps of those who’ve been there and done it, not those who fake it (e.g. wannabe gurus and scam artists).

Affiliate marketing (and writing product reviews) is a proven business model, if done right.

Diversify your online income portfolio. Watch pro bloggers at work and “copy-cat” their methods.

If you have any comments, I’d love to chat with you and expand the discussion.

What is your preferred blog revenue method? Why? Do you also generate affiliate commissions?

Codrut Turcanu (the most productive Internet Marketing copywriter) runs a super affiliate marketing blog loaded with free affiliate marketing tips, article writing secrets and tested product reviews to help YOU learn How to Become a Successful Affiliate and earn online income

Category: blogging

47 Comments on "How to Become a Successful Affiliate: 3 Pro Bloggers Reveal their Secret"

  1. Alamin says:

    Hmm. I knew pat and Yaro. You make all thing in a good shape

  2. Eunus Hosen says:

    Pat and Yaro are my favorite blogger. Very inspiring post. Thanks Todrut!

  3. Nico Julius says:

    Interesting article with some great tips. The thing I learned is that reviewing stuff is good business.

  4. Andreas says:

    Great article. I especially like Yaro Staraks approach because we have both in common that we started in 1998 and started several successful online businesses.

  5. Stuart says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing this Codrut! I know about Pat and Yaro, but not about Rob, so this was very interesting to hear of Rob’s story. Who’d have thought that a blog about bikes could get so much? 😉

  6. semmy @ Make Money Online says:

    Hi Codrut thank you very much for sharing this to us!! really appreciated!

  7. Really great post. I’ve been a fan of Pat Flynn for a while but I hadn’t heard of the other guys so that was really useful.

  8. Thank you guys for your support. I’m glad my work paid off. If you have any ideas for upcoming posts or case studies, I’d be grateful to hear what you have to say

  9. Samuel says:

    Awesome post! Glad to know these bloggers business model. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. You rock 🙂

  10. Codrut! Awesome work, man! This post was very in-depth and detailed. It’s always great to learn more about guys like Yaro and Pat.

    I’ll be honest and say that I did not know of Robb Sutton. This guy definitely sounds like a determined and driven individual and am definitely going to have to connect with him soon. This is the reason I love posts like these. The writers expose people that perhaps not everyone has heard of and new connections are established!

    Thanks for your work and for sharing your perspective about these awesome guys!

  11. Java Nature says:

    great post!!! they will be able to get my motivation to succeed with a blog… thanks for share…

    • Deepak says:

      Yes, this post motivate me. Thanks

  12. Thanks for this inspiring post. It’s nice to read about success stories like Pat and Yaro and their the whole process. Thanks for sharing and hopefully we can all do better in our own endeavors.

  13. Codrut your post was awesome! Today is the trend of affiliate marketing and your article beautifully explained it. No doubt Pat, Yaro & Robb are decent pro blogger. Thanks for your great stuff!

  14. I think that it is very important for an entrepreneur to become a member of the best affiliate networks. Select the products related to your business, the products that your visitors will trust and probably will be interested in. Also, develop your business – attract more targeted visitors to a website.

  15. Human Resource Management says:

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  16. This has been a so interesting read, would love to read more here….

  17. Tech Crates says:

    A motivating and great post… Inspired after reading the problogger secrets

  18. Bojan says:

    Pat Flynn becomes big daddy of affiliate marketing. He’s growing day by day, and he’s marketing approach is unique and never seen before!

    He’s a shining example to other bloggers and marketers alike. Kudos for featuring him Oni!

  19. mike says:

    Pat has gotten me back into internet marketing blogging and is a great motivator. The other two are new to me. Thanks for the heads up.


  20. Adrienne says:

    Wow Codrut, great post. I follow Pat’s blog and who hasn’t heard of Yaro.. Now Robb, what an amazing story and I only say that because I’ve never heard of him but am blown away by what he’s accomplished.

    Codrut, I’m really looking forward to your upcoming guest post on my blog. I’m excited that it will be published next week. You have so much to share with others who really are eager to learn.

    Great post my friend.


    • semmy @ Make Money Online says:

      same like mine. I never heard about Robb.

  21. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot says:

    Hi Codrut, thanks for sharing these tips, so good to have them all in one place. I love Pat and Yarron and will be off to find out more about Robb too:)

  22. Really nice post and useful for me. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love Robb Sutton’s Blogging Labs! His Bike198 isn’t insanely popular but he’s figured out a great way to get a ton of cool stuff and then build an audience around it.

    Very good layout too – I’m a bit jealous.

  24. I am highly dependent with Adsense, I need to try Affiliate marketing like promoting ClickBank products. In reality, it is hard to sell online, you need to be credible enough that your visitors will trust you and buy from you.

  25. mrohila says:

    Great article. I especially like Yaro Staraks approach because we have both in common that we started in 1998 and started several successful

  26. mrohila says:

    am highly dependent with Adsense, I need to try Affiliate marketing like promoting ClickBank products.

    • semmy @ Make Money Online says:

      Last time I’ve same business model like you, highly dependent with Adsense. Since I got a lot of my niche site deindex by google. I must change my business model.

  27. fantastic sams says:

    I used to think that on internet getting money from adsense is a great tool but you have revealed an other successful strategy.
    Your this post is too convincing to earn money from internet.

  28. Pat Flynn has always been my inspiration. He has shown tremendous growth in the recent years. Diversifying the revenue model is the key point from Pat’s experience.

  29. zammax says:

    I am impressed with Robb Sutton. Only with a single blog, he can earn so much money online.. Great job

  30. Hey Oni,
    how do you shape your articles so well? They’re just so perfect.

    Prasenjit @ IncrediBlogger.net

    • Onibalusi says:

      Actually this isn’t mine, but from an awesome guest blogger 🙂

  31. Sorry I overlooked it. But hats off to the contributor.

    O by the way, I love your new design.

  32. DiNaRa says:

    Hi, Todrut
    Once again I want to say ‘Thanks’ for the post. really interesting and helpful. Those figures from the world of blogging are real experts and worth listening to and following their experience.
    I am also glad that adsense is rubbish 🙂 – you also think so, I’m not alone. I have had little success with it.

  33. abrablog says:

    i know about yaro satarak. Another two blogger, i should learn more about them. Anyway, this is nice post.

  34. mrohila says:

    Thanks’ for the post. really interesting and helpful. Those figures from the world of blogging are real experts and worth listening to and following their experience.

  35. Ibn Omar says:

    Hey Codrut, thanks for the advice. This wake me up. Will try to write some reviews and see the results.

  36. If done properly, blogging can be boon. Being a successful Affiliate really needs good job. Thanks for the post.

  37. toto says:

    Now I use Google Adsense to get money from internet. I dont know if other method (affiliate) can get more money from internet too. thank for this information

  38. Affiliate Marketing Companies says:

    Yeah blogging is a powerful media to reach targeted people and if we do it right with quality money comes our way.

  39. When I read these success stories, I feel proud being a blogger. I am trying hard to get some advantages of blogging although I have recently started.

  40. Vera Wang bedding says:

    Thanks oni….. I like pat and yaro so much

  41. Worli says:

    People does make load of money with Affiliate Marketing but it require lots of time and effort to make it happen.

  42. Dave says:

    I have been following Pat Flynn’s site until I saw your site. Thanks for showing Yaro and Robb in your article. Great Work!!

  43. kimseasok says:

    Thanks for sharing..! that is really nice blogging tips about affiliate marketing. Well, blogging is about focus on audience and not just all about money. Well, I am absolutely agree with this. First time I blog is all about money, but now I learnt. Blogging is my habit and I have four year with earning until about this.


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