A Blogger’s 5 Year Affiliate Earnings For Inspiration : $80410

Total Affilate Income of ShoutMeLoud

In a previous post I shared a detailed report of my 4 year AdSense earnings, and one of the Shouters suggested that I do a similar post for affiliate marketing income, and it made sense to me that I should share such a report with my readers.

Prior to earning income from AdSense, my initial earnings came from the Dreamhost affiliate program, where I earned my first $47 as affiliate income, and that was a considerable amount at that point in time.

The funny thing is that when I started blogging I had no idea what AdSense or affiliate marketing were, but I soon came to realize how blogs are making money.  That is a story for another post, but for now let’s talk about affiliate earnings.

Since I have used various affiliate programs and networks, it is difficult to offer an accurate report here, but I will use the report from my major affiliate program, and calculate the earnings using that income.  I will also share with you the related network names, which will help you to identify some affiliate networks that can work for you. You can also check out my earlier posts on Affiliate Programs for the WordPress Niche, and Affiliate Programs for the Hosting Niche, which will offer you a great list of affiliate programs.

Note: I last calculated this report before Black Friday 2013, so this report is accurate through mid-November 2013.

List of working affiliate programs with earnings:

Total – $80410.3 ( 50 Lakh INR Approx)

For the curious Shouters, I’m attaching a screenshot from the dashboard of three of my most successful affiliate programs. I have taken this screenshot today, so you will see more earnings than you see stated above.

Bluehost Affiliate Income

Dreamhost Affiliate Proof

Hostgator Affiliate Income

Other blog monetization program earnings:

The following are not direct affiliate programs, but are representative of the monetisation networks and techniques that have worked relatively well to date. I am adding this to show you other ad networks in addition to AdSense which will allow you to monetize your blog. One network which I have tried but have not profited from so far is Media.net, a network which is getting mix reviews.

Total – 15106.24 (9.25 Lakh INR Approx.)

Where to begin with affiliate marketing:

There are countless numbers of affiliate models that people follow in an effort to earn money online.  I follow the technique of sharing what I use,  and earning income by doing so.  If you are using monetization techniques other than AdSense, I recommend that you make a slow transition to affiliate marketing as well. Add one or two banners of related affiliate products on your blog sidebar, and see how it works out for you.

Following are links to several articles which every newbie should read to get a sense of the techniques involved in affiliate marketing:

I strongly suggest that if you are getting into affiliate marketing, you work on creating a sustainable model rather than a hit-and-run model. The affiliate marketing model is very lucrative and well worth your time, if you are doing it the right way.

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This year I’m focusing more on turning my ShoutMeLoud monetization techniques into a more product-based model rather than techniques involving affiliate and other contextual ad networks. I will continue to share my education and my discoveries with you.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 57 )

  1. says

    Thank You so much Harsh…. I have been blogging at kindredworld.blogspot.com for a month now….until today I did not know how much I needed to read your blogs….everything is inspiring….I am on fire tonight…It has been like a reading marathon for me since I stumbled upon your blog earlier Today!!! Thanks a lot!!! I really needed to read your posts!! I wish you more success!!

  2. says

    Affiliate marketing is good but I think one can only benefit from it when you have enough traffic. Traffic helps your affiliates convert fast. Contextual affiliate links also helps a lot.

  3. Amit Kharbade says

    Hello friend,
    I just started a blog and I read most of your affiliate related post I have joined 5-8 affiliate program but my traffic is too less how to increase that and why godaddy is not accepting me as a affiliate? I have joined it through commission junction.

    Amit Kharbade

  4. Rakesh says

    Hi Harsh,

    thank you for sharing this information this will help all the new bloggers to understand which affiliate pays well, “Information is wealth”.

  5. bansidhar says

    Hello Harsh, I am new blogger using Adsense on my blog. But i want to use “Blue Host Affilate” program on same page with Adsense. So is there any Violation of any “Google Adsense Program Policy”. How many ads may i use on same Page?
    Example: 3 Units:- Google Adsense Ads
    2 Units: Bluehost Ads
    2 Units: Hostgator Ads
    Is there possible to use 7 Ads on 1 Page (same page)?


  6. says

    That’s really more than aspiring Harsh..!!
    Bunch of Congrats and Good luck to climb the ladder in future too,
    That really awesome work done, You people lead the blogging word.
    If get time visit my blog and suggest few things, I can’t afford your paid training now.

  7. says

    That’s really a great inspiration Harsh. Thanks for sharing the reports with us.
    You’re one of people whom I’m following for a long time .

  8. srikanth says

    hey harsh,
    this is nice inspirational topic to earn income in these kind of way by younger generation to accomplish their dreams and be sophisticated manner…. thanks for sharing this inspirational informational post.

  9. harish says

    hi Harsh Agrawal thanq u for sharing diz valuable info this can be motivation for lazybloggers, inspiration for new bloggers and goal setting for hard working bloggers

  10. Sagar T Rajan says

    Hello Harsh,

    Back to SML after a long time. I am really inspired after seeing your 5-year affiliate income, I don’t what procedure you have used to earn that much money via Infolinks. Whatever, I am really happy to come back here and ready to shout! :D

    – Sagar T Rajan

  11. Augustus says

    Hi Harsh,
    This is very inspiring, and it further corroborate the saying that “Hard work pay off” You are very committed with SML and I believe that anybody that is as committed as you should definitely earn the reward.

    Thanks for sharing your earnings with we your readers, it goes a long way in showing that your really care about our success too.

  12. ganesh yadav says

    Thanks Harsh Sir for sharing this inspirational article and trust me it’s a dream of every blogger and I hope it will come true for me too. Feeling very glad after reading another inspirational article @shoutmeloud. Thanks again.

  13. Mayur Chettiar says

    Wow, simply amazing. No one around me could have even imagined earning this much just from a blog before you came to mentor us. Thanks a lot Harsh, really appreciate it.

  14. Ramachandran Mariappan says

    Hi Harsh,

    It is really inspiring, and thanks for sharing such a wonderful information, which will inspire each and every one who is very much new to blogging.

    Just wondering, you gave your infolinks earning, but, i could not see infolink ads in your page and goodle adsense ad as well.

    I guess, you use those ads in few pages/posts only, not on entire site, Am i correct?

  15. Simranjit singh says

    Wow.. Dats a great achievement . I also wish to earn like that . I am a blogger and trying my best to earn online but even after trying a lot am not able to earn anything . I regularly visit your site to learn to earn money online . I wish if I could personally get your help to earn online or through ur site

  16. says

    But I have seen a huge traffic drop as soon as i start earning handsomly from affiliate income. Does it mean Google does not like affiliate links. Is it true or is there something else that is totally responsible for huge traffic drop on my site. Your opinion on this matter is highly appreciable Harsh.

  17. Writer Town says

    Harsh, congratulations — and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
    I started as a writer for eHow around 2007. I don’t know if you were part of that group back in those days, but eHow allowed us to publish articles for some ad revenue and the results were fantastic back in those days (prior to Google’s recent changes, etc.)

    These days I run my own blog which I am growing every single day; it is a diverse community similar to HubPages or Squidoo, and I can only hope to achieve half of the success YOU have achieved. You are an inspiration, and I commend you for your hard work.

    – Elvis

  18. says

    Harsh that’s really an inspiring and motivating factor for everyone who is or has to get started with blogging journey. I did start with Google Adsense on my blogs, however I am trying my luck with Affiliate Marketing these days.

    Thank you for sharing the valuable insights and best wishes from cross border fan of yours!! :) Good luck!

  19. Abdul Ghani says

    Hi Harsh, thanks for sharing your income reports. I’m glad to see that we can earn this much of income and you are my inspiration behind blogging.

  20. Ashi says

    Hey Harsh
    that’s insane. These kind of posts are really amazing and really inspiring. 5 Years income really awesome. My favorite blogger :D :D
    Hey What kind of Affiliates should I use for a gadgets site ( Android, iOS ) ? ? ?

  21. says

    Wonderful and congratulations Harsh. You have really made people aware that it is possible to make money online through blogging. And I see your main earning is from Hostgator and Blue, which is really amazing. Best of luck for the future.

  22. Sanket says

    Awesome Harsh really earnings are really awesome and you have worked very hard to earn these amount hats off to you and Best of Luck for your future :)

  23. says

    That’s really awesome and I think everyone will be inspired with you by the way you don’t have any detailed post about sponsored tweet ?

  24. Joy says

    Man oh Man, this is why he is in the top 5 best bloggers in India. Inspiration for all bloggers (newbies or pro alike). This figure early in the morning is a great confidence booster always.

  25. shivaraj says

    Hi Harsh, I am regular visitor of your blog since 4 years.This post will answer thousand questions related to affiliate market and earning through blog. Thanks for sharing in such a beautiful manner. Best of luck :-)

      • alan says

        Actually dude,when I was 16 (10th standard) one of my classmate sold me an adsense account to make money clicking (for 500 rupees) ,,that was the turning point of my life..he would sell me the account making trick @5000 ,So I started my research on internet..but found nothing..so after learning many things and applying my brain-I cracked the trick ,and then I made over 20 adsense account,as every account was being banned by google at the end of the month…SO this was my starting….to the( blogging aff marketing,seo,hacking, ,blogger,wordpress(much later) )world..I used to devote 8-9 hours on my researching when I was in 12th standard-pretending to be studying..

        to be continued

  26. Himanshu Katiyar says

    its really your hardwork+smartwork .. this awesome report is like a proof for nebie bloggers. and congrats to you Harsh. ):

  27. Krishna says

    Dear Harsh, Nice report, thanks for sharing. You earning and income report is always big inspiration for newbies. From this report all can get know the paid affliate programs in online.

  28. Miracle Ayodele says

    What an awesome report. You are really making cool money and I’m motivated never to stop blogging but keeping moving forward. Thanks Harsh

  29. says

    Thanks for sharing the information. Indeed motivational. I am trying my best to help others through my blog and hope one day earn some money for myself too. I think it is a give and take relation.

  30. Subbareddy says

    Nice Monetize Income sir .Its a good inspiration for bloggers like me who are in the baby stage of blogging.

    My eyes are opened that we can earn handsome Money apart from adsense .


  31. says

    Hey bro, this would have been an interesting monthly income if the Hosting affiliate programs were paying recurring income ;)

    Congrats on this earnings though

  32. Anil Agarwal says

    This is really amazing Harsh. You have been the inspiration for lots of bloggers like me. This post is an eye opener for lots of bloggers for whom Adsense is the only way to earn money from a blog. It’s never a good idea to keep all of your eggs in one basket.

  33. vikas yadav says

    Woo, it is a great inspiration for new blogger who just start blogging to earn money only through adsense. You have proved that why affiliate marketing is the best options to make quick money online..Cong..@Harsh

  34. Samir says

    Hi, awesome earning thanks for sharing. You are one of the top bloggers of india. Best of luck.Thanks for your efforts and supports.


  35. Varun says

    :O WOAH!
    after pat’s income this is the largest Income report I’ve ever seen. :)
    you’re the future of Indian Blogging Harsh Bro. ;)
    keep inspiring all of us and I hope that you’ll create the best content for us(readers).
    P.S. never thought that only through hosting affiliate one can make that much money.
    Best of luck :)

  36. Sunith Babu says

    Hi Harsh,

    For me Amazon.com affiliate worked out the best with almost $5,000 in the last 3 years, which focused on the US market for a CAD Software ” AutoCAD “

  37. uday ghulaxe says

    Yeah affiliate marketing is one of the best way to earn online when used properly.
    I think affiliate marketing is fast way as compair to adsense and it gives you more money et a time as compiair to the adsense. And setting up affiliate marketing is much more easy than adsense.

  38. Nizam Khan says

    Excellent earnings. You have done a great job and no doubt You are a great inspiration for bloggers/webmasters. These earnings gives more confidence and motivation for newbies to stuck around and not to give up. Congrats Harsh and great going :)

  39. Akshay Jain says

    Well, The most shocking income I saw in your detailed report is for Amazon. Other than that all the stats are pretty much awesome. Congrats for the awesome income :)

    I wish you best of luck for your further ventures also.

    Take Care :)

  40. Krishna Moorthy.D says

    Awesome Harsh and it’s really inspiring :)
    Seems like Infolinks is verygood for a blog with good amount of traffic..Anyway Congratz Harsh

  41. says

    Unbelievable and inspiring but it really require huge amount of traffic to be successful and earn like this. Apart from main source you also have used small products, but as a regular reader, I haven’t seen banner or much promotion of them, yet you mange to earn quite lot from them. That’s quite surprising.

  42. Robinsh says

    It’s really an awesome income report I ever saw from a blogger blogging in blogging niche and sub niche, thanks for submitting it here because it is a big motivation for the newbie like me.

  43. Prince Molak says

    Why is Media.net not working for you,i started using them on my blog and it as been an awesome experience. Is it that they disaprove your blog or it isnt paying as you expected?

  44. Bishal Biswas says

    Well, Probably like a dream to see such blogger’s earning. Harsh Agarwal has been my main inspiration behind blogging and I am really thankful to you Sir Harsh for such inspirations.

    Keep inspiring us. Thanks a lot.

    • DOK Simon says

      I agree with you Bishal, Harsh has been such an inspiration to so many bloggers. Speaking of myself, I have learnt a lot from him. Thanks man and keep it up.