Hi Creative Ninjas!
Today, I have an awesome interview with McKinzie who is the founder of Mom Makes Cents. Currently, McKinzie makes income from her blog with affiliate marketing and from her top-notch Pinterest course, “Pinterest For Profits”.
In the new course, she shares how she drives thousands of views to her blog every month, consistently doubles her email list and how she generate a passive income stream.
In her latest income report, she shares how she has made over $2000 in her 4th-month blogging doing what she loves- teaching mothers how they can make money by starting their own businesses.! How awesome is that?
I got the chance to chat with her about her stellar new course and about how she makes income from doing both affiliate marketing and from her course, Pinterest For Profits!
Let’s dive right in.
What made you want to start a Blog?
I started my first blog back in 2012 as a way to document my experiences and share them with family and friends. Fast-forward four years later and I launched my blog Moms Make Cents. This blog had a very different purpose than the first.
Right before I had my first child in 2015 the company my husband worked for began struggling and his pay was cut by 30%. We had planned for me to be a stay at home mom, but suddenly our income significantly decreased and I needed to find a way to financially contribute.
In the first year of my son’s life, I started three profitable businesses, which allowed me to stay at home with him. I know many other mothers that desperately want to stay at home with their children, but financially do not have the option. I created Moms Make Cents to teach these beautiful women how to create a business they love that will allow them to work from home.
How did you come up with the Name, “Moms Make Cents”?
The primary goal of my site is to teach mothers how they can make money by starting their own businesses. Thus Moms Make Cents was born.
Something a lot of people don’t know about me is I actually have a degree in Financial Planning, so I left the title “open to interpretation.” That way I could incorporate my financial experience in the future if it fit my readers. Millennial women actually manage the family’s finances more often than men so I wanted to be able to make finances (cents) make “sense” to women. I still may talk about this in the future but the majority of the information on my site is about entrepreneurship and blogging.
How long did it take for your blog to create Full – Time income?
I keep my blog income reports separate from my freelance income. Last month was the fourth month of my new blog Moms Make Cents and I earned just over $2,100! That combined with my freelance income is equivalent to my previous full-time job. It was honestly amazing how quickly things fell into place. If you dedicate time to your blog and provide high-value content to your readers the income will follow.
What made you decide to launch your “Pinterest To Profits” course?
In my freelance business, I have been able to work behind the scenes growing the social media accounts for small businesses. I finally reached a point in my business where I was so busy that I could no longer take on any new clients, but I wanted my strategies to be available to bloggers and business owners that really needed them! That is when I decided to create Pinterest to Profits.
Tell us more about your course “Pinterest To Profits. What can someone except from the course & what will be covered?
Pinterest to Profits is a step-by-step guide to leveraging Pinterest to increase your traffic, subscribers, and income. I take you from a new Pinterest account all the way through setting up Rich Pins, optimizing your profile and boards, creating Pinterest graphics that drive traffic, how to find the best group boards and how to schedule your pins. Plus, included is a module all about creating passive on your blog. This module covers the basics of affiliate marketing, sales funnels and much more!
Pinterest can drive an insane amount of traffic to your business or blog when done properly. I also know that my target market, moms, don’t have tons of extra time to spend on marketing. With my system, they can utilize Pinterest to grow their income in less than one hour a week.
Pinterest to Profits includes text and video lessons that will walk you through everything you need to maximize your success on Pinterest.
Students in the course have seen fabulous results. One student’s Pinterest impressions were boosted by 1630% in the first month.
Another student saw an increase of nearly 750% in her average daily viewers on Pinterest within two weeks of starting the course.
What do you want your students to take away from your course?
I want them to take away actionable Pinterest strategies that they can apply to their business. Once they have completed the course they will an optimized profile and the necessary information to magnify their success on Pinterest. Pinterest doesn’t have to be hard, scary or time-consuming. With my step-by-step guide, Pinterest can become an automated system that continually brings in traffic and revenue for your business.
Let’s talk about Affiliate Marketing. What piece of advice would you give a new blogger looking to get into affiliate marketing?
Don’t be afraid to start! A lot of bloggers feel like they need to have a certain amount of pageviews of subscribers or that it may dilute their brand. I personally disagree. If you are selective with the products that you represent and keep your reader’s best interest in mind you can start from day one. Just remember to be choosy with your affiliate products. Your readers will easily notice if you are just trying to make a quick buck.
What are your favorite affiliate marketing networks?
I belong to a few different networks, ShareASale, CJ Affiliate, Amazon Affiliate and then a few independent affiliate programs. I have had a lot of success on the ShareASale network. There are tons of programs that you can apply for within that network. Also, if there is a specific product or service that you love, check their site to see if they have an affiliate program. I am an affiliate for different, books and courses that I have taken. Typically, the author or creator independently runs that affiliate program.
How long does it normally take to start making money from affiliate marketing?
My first-month blogging I made $.22, by the second month I made about $400, and by the third month over $1,200! If you are strategic in selecting products will truly benefit your reader and also have generous affiliate commission you can be very successful early on!
Do you have any recommendations or resources for bloggers looking to get into affiliate marketing?
- On my site, I have a guide that walks you through the fundamentals of affiliate marketing as a new blogger. Check it out here!
- This blog post shows you how to use affiliate links on Pinterest. Yep, you can use affiliate links on Pinterest. Mind blown, right?
- I also took a course in the first month of my blog called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing it is an incredible resource if you want to increase your affiliate income. If you want to learn more about the course I reviewed it and interviewed the creator Michelle from Making Sense of Cents here. She makes over $50,000 a month in affiliate income and she shared a great perspective!
There you have it! As you can see McKinzie is making an amazing profit doing what she loves! In her course, she goes into full detail about how to start making income right from Pinterest!