Day 1: An Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 1: An Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

I’ve once heard of a guy who documented his online marketing journey towards financial freedom. While I can’t recall what the guy’s name was, apparently, even to this day he’s still getting traffic to his blog on that particular topic!

So I decided to replicate his steps in the hope that it might help other Internet marketers out there. I’d certainly find such content very useful as many people embarking on this Internet marketing journey feel overwhelmed with information overload not knowing where to turn, what to do, who to follow and what products to promote…

My goal is to document my Internet marketing journey for the next 30 days by sharing my insights, what I’ve learnt, the obstacles I came across and my everyday successes and failures.

So here we go!

Today, I’m full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m under a lot of stress as Google suspended my site so I can no longer send traffic to my blog, meaning that I need to rethink my whole marketing strategy. The lesson I learnt from that experience is: NEVER over-rely on just one source of traffic!

On the other hand, just today I received an email from Mark Low telling me that I’m one of the top affiliates for John Assaraf’s at #25! I’m super excited as my earnings per optin are through the roof at $122.21 per optin!!! (much higher than any other top affiliates). Just to give you an idea, the second highest earnings per optin were $19 per optin. Quite a difference, huh? Little to say, I am proud of myself!

However, as I mentioned earlier my success was overshadowed by the news that my site was suspended. I still hold onto hope that they will reverse their decision.

In the meantime, I set up Facebook ads to compensate for the traffic lost due to the fact that I can no longer drive traffic to my blog using AdWords.

I cannot stress the importance of having multiple sources of traffic and not overly relying on just one source of traffic, be it Google, Facebook or Bing. If you rely on just one source of traffic you don’t have a business. Period!

As a part of my contingency plan should Google permanently suspend my site I went onto to purchase 3 gigs on Fiverr. My plan is to use article marketing to drive traffic to my brand new site: (there’s not much there at the moment). My goal is to use original content to drive traffic to my brand new site with a view to build an email list of raving personal development fans.

Stayed tuned as tomorrow I’m going to use my boyfriend as a guinea pig as we’ll be setting up his very first Facebook ad campaign (please note my boyfriend has no previous experience in Internet marketing whatsoever!) Watch this space I’m going to share with you the results of my experiment!

What I did today: Set up a Facebook ads campaign, Went onto purchase 3 gigs on Fiverr (article writing), Emailed my list – scheduled to go out tomorrow and Saturday (promo), Wrote this post

Lessons learnt: Have multiple sources of traffic – if you rely too much on just one source of traffic you don’t have a business!

Successes: My name was listed as one of the top affiliates for John Assaraf’s affiliate program

Failures: Google suspended my site

3 Replies to “Day 1: An Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom”

  1. Hi Sandra, I just started reading this blog tonight and I can’t tell you how excited I am to continue. I got into the affiliate marketing world about 7 months ago not knowing the first thing about what it took to be an affiliate marketer.

    I just started Mary Morrissey’s DreamBuilder course about a week ago and now with finding you, a huge sense of relief just swept over me. It’s a sense of calm that I can’t describe and the fear and overwhelm are gone.

    I just want to say thank you and I can’t wait to hear more from you in the future!


    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I got into the affiliate marketing world about 2 years ago. Just like you I felt overwhelmed and did not know where to turn, who to follow or what to do. It’s perfectly normal when you’re just starting out.

      Not sure if it’s just a coincidence but I have recently started promoting Mary Morrissey’s DreamBuilder as an affiliate. I suggest you do the same once you complete the whole course. I had amazing optin rates!

      Do let me know if you need anything. I had no one to turn to when I was just starting out so understand how important it is to get help.

      You might want to join my newsletter if you haven’t already as I share valuable tips and strategies with my list. Otherwise, feel free to stop by on my blog.

      Feel free to contact me directly at sandra.stachowicz(at) (One quick tip, it’s always a good practice to format your email address whenever your publish it online and remove @ and use (at) instead as it helps prevent spam).


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