Last year, around Black Friday, one of my blogging colleagues shared with me a link to purchase a course on sale from Pajama Affiliates. I have shared affiliate links to products here that I think are quality, and useful for many years. My intention is not to “get rich” from them, but rather to be able to earn enough from them to help cover the costs associated with running a blog each month, a little extra to help pay for the fees and materials my kids need for their sports teams & after school clubs, and then use the rest to offer giveaways to my readers. I do love the brand sponsored giveaways, but sometimes they’re slow to send prizes, they get lost in the mail, etc. etc. and it’s just easier & more fulfilling for me to offer y’all gift card giveaways. I don’t ever want anyone to feel obligated to use my affiliate links, but it is appreciated when you do 🙂 Since these courses have helped me so much, I want to pay it forward. I am giving away the Pajama Affiliates Keyword and SEO Course.
I don’t really have a salesperson personality, and I try not to be PUSHY about promoting affiliate links. I try to incorporate them as naturally as possible. I tend to write my posts first, sharing what I have to say, then when I’m reviewing it, I’ll add in any affiliate links that may be applicable. On my food blog, I really only use the links to show what products I personally use (or the closest thing I can find – some of my stuff is over 21 years old), and that’s to be helpful for people who may not know exactly what something is or may need an idea for a gift. Same goes for School Supplies, Holiday Gift Ideas, etc. I don’t want to share something just to be promoting a link. This sort of goes against everything you learn in affiliate marketing classes 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with doing it differently, this is just what works best for ME.
I say all of that to preface the fact that I’m about to put on my best salesman hat, and share with you why this particular affiliate training company has provided more help to me than any other course I’ve ever taken. They are priced VERY affordably, and are currently on sale at amazing prices. I’ve shared some of this information with some bloggers that I chat with regularly, when I saw that it could help them. One in particular recently gave me a little nudge about turning our conversation into a blog post. She could tell it’s a course I genuinely believe in, and that it could be helping so many others if I just took a few minutes (and a big dose of bravery) to encourage others to give the courses a chance.
Some of you are bloggers, at all different levels of experience. Some of you may work for companies that have websites that need a little bit of help to really become a leader in their area of expertise. Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a blog, but not sure how to do it, what’s involved, or just feel overwhelmed. Whatever the case may be, there is likely a course from Pajama Affiliates that can help you. I love that they go in depth on each topic. There are videos where they walk you through each step of the process, showing screenshots of examples so you know EXACTLY what you need to do.
Currently, the Keyword and SEO Course is on sale for just $19!
For under $20, you can take a class to help you understand how to choose the best Keyword for your post AND make it SEO optimized, to get the best organic search results from Google, Bing, and other search engines. My number one source of traffic on all of my blogs is now Organic Search Engine Traffic. In my opinion, Pinterest is more of a search engine than a social media channel, and after updating some of my Pin Descriptions, I’ve seen a drastic increase in Pinterest Traffic too!
When taking these courses, I kept hearing the ladies refer to two tools that you can pay a monthly fee to use. One is Easy Product Displays, the other is Jaaxy. I’m super skeptical about spending money to try new things. I’ve spent money on things that didn’t really help me in the past, and that’s always frustrating. In the facebook group, someone asked a question and Robin gave them good advice. You have to spend the money to invest in your business, before you are going to get results. I signed up for the free trials, and it was helping a little, but the things I really needed access to were only available to premium members. I liked that they offered monthly memberships, so I finally signed up, knowing I could cancel after the first month if I wasn’t seeing a decent return on investment from them. I was truly amazed that in the first month, my affiliate sales on the posts I used the tools on increased tenfold. Now, these results may not be typical. You DO have to put in the work to take the course (they all have step by step videos, breaking everything down for you – which is what I need). You have to IMPLEMENT the knowledge you learn. You have to PROMOTE your posts. I also had some really good timing. I was writing posts about a month ahead. For example, in September, I was writing about things that would be relevant in October. It takes a bit for the search engines to update, but once my posts were ranked, I started seeing traffic from them. I’d taken the course on How to Write a Blog Post that Converts Sales, and the organic traffic I was targeting found my posts. The information was relevant, helpful, solved a problem, and converted sales. The results earned back MORE than what I paid for the course in the first month.
I spoke with the owner at Easy Product Displays, and she’s offered my readers a 10% discount on the monthly plan they choose, if you sign up using my affiliate link and code: WHENISDINNER. The plans start at $2.99 per month up to $6.99 per month. They have yearly options too, but I always suggest starting with a monthly plan first, to make sure it works for you!
The other tool is Jaaxy. If you write a blog, this is one of the MUST HAVE tools, regardless of whether or not you do affiliate marketing. Jaaxy is a Keyword and SEO tool. You type in your keyword and it’ll tell you how much competition there is for that term, the average number of searches for that term each month, how much traffic you can expect if you rank on page 1 for that term, AND suggests similar keywords/phrases giving the previous information for the similar keywords/phrases too. I highly suggest visiting the Training Tab there to learn about all the features – you can see what page your keyword ranks for in Google, and more! The free trial gives you 30 free searches with helpful information, but not as much as the PRO version. I upgraded to the PRO version, and pay $19/month. I get unlimited searches, SEO analysis, Site Rank Analysis, Brainstorm Ideas, etc. If you want more detailed information on how Jaaxy works, or to see a sample of a keyword search in the PRO version, email me with the keyword of your choice, and I’ll research it for you. My goal is to HELP OTHERS, and I absolutely understand wanting to see something in action before I spend money on it!
The How to Write a Blog Post that Converts Sales course is currently on sale for $29. That’s a steal, and if you implement the knowledge correctly, you should be earning back that amount and more, in a short period of time.
I think of these courses as Continuing Education. In many other professions, it is required to consistently get training to keep updated on the newest information, improving or learning new skills, etc. to be successful. Running a website is no different. If you aren’t doing it right, it will be a daily struggle to earn enough money to cover your expenses. I like that affiliate marketing is passive income. Once I get a post optimized, it should rank and be an evergreen post that pretty much supports itself and just needs to be promoted – and you can schedule that ahead of time pretty easily, or hire a VA (Virtual Assistant) to do that for you. I try to take one new class at a time because:
- I don’t want feel overwhelmed, and try to rush through them.
- I take my time and digest the information.
- I go back through the sections that I need clarification on.
- I take NOTES in a Google Doc or Spreadsheet.
- I think through the changes I want to make on each post.
- I update each post with the new information I’ve learned, to improve it.
- I set up templates for future posts. It makes it very easy to ensure I’ve included important disclosures and formatted the post correctly.
- Once I’ve got one course down, I purchase a new one and repeat the steps.
Additionally, the ladies that run Pajama Affiliates make themselves available to answer questions, because they want to help others. They have a Facebook Group that they’ve opened up to anyone – whether you’ve purchased a course or not. The members of the group help each other out, give feedback when asked, help hold one another accountable, etc. It’s one of my favorite Facebook Groups!
Giveaway: Enter to win the Beginner Seo and Keyword Tutorial Course!
I have purchased AND PAID FOR an additional copy of the Beginner Seo and Keyword Tutorial Course. I will select the winner, then email Robin at Pajama Affiliates the winner’s information, and she’ll get your Pajama Affiliates account set up, so you can access the course. If you’re interested in this class, I’m not sure how long the $19 sale will last, but it is absolutely worth making the investment in your blog.
Winner: ANGIE B.
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