An Interview with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner [Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing]

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About Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is the founder and writer at Making Sense of Cents. On her blog, she helps readers learn how to make extra money, save money, and reach their dream life. She currently earns $100,000 a month through her blog and affiliate marketing course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle and her husband sold their house in 2015 and currently travel full-time in an RV with their two dogs.

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Want to learn more about how you can make money blogging with affiliate marketing? Read this post…

“Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – A Beginner’s Guide.”

I recently took Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, and have learned so much from her course and from her and others in her private Facebook group for students. So, I was super excited to be able to interview Michelle for this series! Keep reading to learn more about Michelle…

How long have you been blogging?

In the summer of 2011, I started Making Sense of Cents with the aim of teaching people how to save money as well as journaling my personal finance journey after reading a magazine that featured a personal finance website in one of their articles. I became extremely interested in that website and my interest in blogging just grew from there. This is interesting and hilarious because before that same summer, I had no idea about what blogs were, that they could even make money, and so on. It’s crazy to think about how much can change in just 5 years!

Why did you start blogging? And is the reason that you blog today the same or different?

I did not create my blog with the intention of making money blogging or to turn it into a business. It was all just a hobby. So yes, the reason is much different today, but I still have a lot of fun with it, of course.

How does your blog help your readers?

On my blog, I talk a lot about different ways to make extra money, the best ways to save money, achieving your dream life, traveling full-time (me and my husband RV full-time), and more. I have helped readers pay off their debt, make more money, start their own business, travel more, and more.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Ha, this is an interesting question. I have no clue what I would do all day if I were invisible.

One word that best sums up your personality?

I would say ambitious. I always find myself wanting more and more, but in a good way. I like to learn, I like to improve on myself, and more.

Michelle Schroeder Ambitious

What is something that you’ve learned about yourself because of blogging?

I’ve learned that I love to write! I actually really disliked writing and English classes when I was in school. I’m sure my teachers would find it hilarious that I am now a full-time writer.

What is your best advice for someone that wants to start a blog?

My best advice would be to just start a blog! Blogging is an affordable business to start, so you can see if you like it or not without spending too much money. Plus, you won’t have to live in regret with wondering if you should have tried blogging or not.

Don’t have a blog? Click here for step-by-step details on “How to Start a Blog for Business.”

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Michelle Schroeder of Making Sense of Cents. Michelle was recently feature on too. 🙂 You can read that interview here…

How This 27-Year-Old Made $1 Million Last Year

Ready to take the next step?

Looking for a community of like-minded individuals and a place to network and learn more about affiliate marketing? Join our private Affiliate Marketing Strategy Facebook group for bloggers and online entrepreneurs! 🙂


Want to learn even more about affiliate marketing?

If you’re ready to get serious about affiliate marketing now, I highly recommend Michelle’s in-depth course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle’s course covers all of these topics and much more, including:

  • How to Find and Apply to Affiliate Programs
  • How to Get your Readers to Convert
  • Strategies and Ways to Promote Affiliate Links

It also includes a six bonus sections, including my favorites:

  • Pinterest Strategy
  • 9 Things You Must Do When Something Goes Viral
  • How to Increase Your Page Views

Learn more >>

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