All Those 30 Cents Add Up – Why Passive Income Rules

Aweber Earnings

The above is a screen shot showing my monthly Aweber earnings from February 2009 to today. Aweber pays 30% commission on new customers that you refer to them. The key is the 30% is on the monthly billings and it continues for as long as the customer stays with Aweber. I love these types of affiliate programs because it helps build passive income. I have stated many times that passive income is the key to living the Dot Com Lifestyle.

Creating passive income requires you to think long term instead of going for the instant gratification of a one hit sale. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy getting an email saying I made a $1,000 commission on a $2,000 sale. However, I get more excited when I get an email from Aweber saying I earned 30 cents by referring a new customer to the Aweber $1 Trial.

Earning 30 cents with Aweber

Given a choice between getting a big one time commission or a percentage of sales for life, I’ll take the percentage every time. All those 30 cents add up! In less than two years, my Aweber earnings went from $83.35 in February 2009 to $1,646.99 so far this month. And guest what? It’ll be higher next month!

The best part is this income comes in regardless of the blog. Should John Chow dot Com go under tonight, the Aweber income will keep going. This gives me tremendous security. This security does not come over night however. It took me nearly 20 months to get it to the point where it’s making almost a full time income. The key is to keep at it and think long term. Don’t think of your blog as a get rich quick scheme. Believe me, it’s not. Think of your blog as a growing business and treat it as such.

Instead of always going after the one hit wonders, come up with a solid business plan that offers a mix of products and services that offer some kind of passive income potential. It can be slow and painful in the beginning but in the long run, it will pay off. Most importantly, it will keep paying.

98 thoughts on “All Those 30 Cents Add Up – Why Passive Income Rules”

  1. Fix Mp3 Tags says:

    This is a great post. I have been looking for some subscription affiliate programs to get involved with.

    1. So far this one is really looking promising and attractive.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        Continuity my friend, continuity!

        1. I just started using Aweber, but it looks full-featured, if not a bit complicated.

          1. Dan Lew says:

            It is very easy to use, if your having troubles just pull up a help video on youtube!

          2. They also have free webinars. They are very helpful too if you contact them.

          3. Yes they are providing all helps and videos.

            So follow videos and you will be able to understand them easily.

    2. Alex Dumitru says:

      Yeah and passive income is the best

      1. i agree with you @alex. It is the best since you can sit for the whole years waiting for money to come every month as long as the company is there.

        1. ibnujusup says:

          the best investment ever…:-) passive income rules.

          1. This is not investment my friend … this is sheer labour and reputation of John which brings more and people under his belt.

    3. d3so says:

      The .30 cents doesn’t seem like much but it adds up. You just have to push volume.

      1. Juan says:

        The commission is 30% of $1.00. You earn 30 cents when your affiliate pixel fires the “$1 Trial Offer” successfully . 😉

        1. @ d3so

          Base of every dollar is one cents so you should never term that in low terms specially when you got the benefit of quantity with that.

    4. Interesting john. 30cents for first month and if they continue it will add up and also non stop.

      1. Truly said…think about how much it would add up to in a year as it grows exponentially.

        1. ibnujusup says:

          wow… 30 cents is a small amount of money, but if it add up for 20 months, i’ll be a millionaire…. 🙂

          1. 30 cents are small but when this small amount will be multiply with 1000 or 10000 than you can understand the important of this $0.30 cents.

  2. Wayne says:

    Wow John, thanks for showing us how much hard work and patience can do with 0.30$ cent payouts!

    1. Alex Dumitru says:

      He’s only getting .30 for the first month. Afterwards the commission increases.

      1. d3so says:

        What percentage is the comission?

        1. Read the post and you’ll find out.

          1. d3so says:

            Oh, i see. I guess I overlooked that.

          2. 30% and this one will keep going …

            Boy … this one is simply awesome.

  3. Samuel says:

    You are damn right Chow! I agree with you. Thanks for sharing and keep the good work up.

    1. Boy we simply love passive income.

      You can not ask for more.

  4. Hey John,

    Good stuff. I heard you talking about these long lasting incremental sources of income at one of the events this summer.

    When you say you’ve been at it with AWeber for 20 months I’m a bit surprised. I thought that you’ve been with Weber for longer time than that.


    1. I believe John has mentioned before that he started email marketing late.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        Yeah shoemoney said the same thing! They both started building their lists only recent!

        1. I think they are building quite long ago …

          To get more twitters followers they have started many kind of contest and iPhone give away as well.

    2. d3so says:

      It surprising how well he did in less than 2 years.
      I’m an aweber affiliate but have had no sales yet.

      1. It’s the amount of traffic he gets and the links in his ebooks etc. that make the difference.

      2. How much traffic does your blog get? How attractive is your affi link to ‘clickers’? SY

  5. Alex Dumitru says:

    That’s great John. Passive income is what I ever wanted and I’m really struggling with this, because you can work on something while earning from something else.

  6. Nomar says:

    Over $1600 a month is a real nice figure, specially when its stable and coming back at you every month. People work for that 50 hours a week.

    I was just thinking of selling one of my sites that is making around $0.50 a day… but might rethink it

    1. Alex Dumitru says:

      You better find ways to increase the income 🙂

      1. Hey Alex …

        Add some tips on your comments … that will be helpful to him.

    2. d3so says:

      At least you’re making something. Just try to scale and improve.

    3. My suggestion, keep the site up. Work on it more since it can increase if you work more on it.

      1. ibnujusup says:

        nice tips shally..:-)

  7. This post inspire me to build my blog more.

  8. Good post. I’ve always personally preferred passive income too. It’s always tempting to go for the lump sum payout, but in the long run, getting a little from many places consistently is way more profitable!

    1. But why not do both? For instance, if you are selling Clickbank products, look for those with recurring income from monthly subscriptions.

      1. d3so says:

        He’s talking about a program where you choose between one payout versus another.

  9. I look forward to my regular payouts from Aweber and it is always a nice surprise when the cheque arrives. 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      How much are you making with aweber?

      1. That’s my business 🙂

        1. ibnujusup says:

          haha… good saying Timeshare… 🙂

          1. d3so wants to know earning of almost everyone … lollzz

  10. Dan Lew says:

    Very good words of advice there, I am also worried about the Aweber affiliate cookie, I heard that it is a first time affiliate cookie, how do you get around this John?

    1. d3so says:

      I don’t understand. What are you trying to get around?

      1. Dan Lew says:

        Type this in Google “First-Cookie Affiliate Programs”

        1. Or Google ‘Cookie Stuffing’, a bit black hat but apparently very effective 😉 SY

          1. @ d3so …

            For you only … read this and you will know more about it.


    2. John Chow says:

      You just make sure you’re the first affiliate. 🙂

      1. Or try to find a good affiliate program that not everybody is promoting already – find your niche 😉 Web hosting, seo tools, email marketing, all these are highly competitive. Start to think outside the MMO box 😉 SY

      2. Dan Lew says:

        Yes, now that is the skill I’m talking about, your the master John!

        1. First affiliate kind of things is easy for people like JohnChow

  11. I agree with you 100% John. Passive income is the foundation for any successful marketer, but sadly the market is so saturated with instant offers and people tend to forget the principle points in having a recuring income. 30 cents might not sound like much, but when you get 30% of those 20$ next month, it’s gonna start rolling from there. Thx for a great post 😉

    1. d3so says:

      I didn’t know you only get .30 but it’s nice that you get the percentage the next month.

      1. They are providing 30% … if you got the email of $0.30 cents than this is happy news for you because in next month you are going to make more ….

  12. Josh says:

    I think whats cool about the Aweber affiliate program is that once someone uses it, it is indespensible. It has a very low cancellation rate, so that passive income is very rarely going to diminish.

    1. d3so says:

      Only newbie would cancel. Those who are serious in building their blog and business will stick with it.

    2. Yeah. Not many will cancel their service with aweber since the service is good.

  13. Dan Lew says:

    You should have a post why John rules! I’m not kidding that is really awesome!

    1. John is very close to the top but he doesn’t rule. I’m sure that when he truly rules he’ll write a post about it.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, he’s not at the peak yet. Hope he does reach it soon.

        1. Than please tell us who is ruling ?? According to you.

  14. DesignsVault says:

    Hello John,

    indeed the passive income is preferable then the big comissions at a long term off course.

    Great post by the way and John keep on being a teacher for us.

    Best regards

    1. d3so says:

      It’s definitely prefferable because it adds up over time. That’s what you call delayed gratification.

  15. Ken says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  16. Custom Essay says:

    Time is money. It seems like, if we give few months to AWeber’s referal program then we can generate constant earning within few months.

  17. Nice job on making that money.You are right those 30 cents do ad up.I’m going to give aweber a try.

    1. If your visitors are new and in learning stage than you can make good money from awebar.

  18. elie palima says:

    Wow john. that’s so unbelievable! people are signing up under you last Aug. 18 every 4 minutes. wow.. O_O

    I always thought that my aweber earnings are “good enough” but after seeing your aweber commisions, now I think it’s better than nothing. lol.

    1. His blogs has more readers than yours? Might that be an explanation for your different results? SY

  19. Ganar Dinero says:

    Excellent tip, hope that you post some more…

    ganar dinero

  20. Recky Nunez says:

    Hi John

    That’s excellent John. I really have tried many different ways to make money online but it really does take the little things to get there. I use Aweber too but they do not have the cheapest plans. You should also check out Cheap prices, excellent reviews and it is run by an internet marketer. It also has a really great affiliate program.


  21. Let’s hope John Chow blog never goes under cz one of the leading blogs on the internet. But John you are so lucky to accumulate such a massive amount of wealth online.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us because it really does motivate us to blog.

  22. I just ‘discovered’ affiliate marketing for myself and I must say I agree, recurring commissions from membership sites etc do add up nicely over time. One I promote pays me $11 / month per member and, even better, it is a site I use and can fully recommend. Compared to this single affi sales like for software and hosting are nice, but – single and non-recurring, SY

  23. Oops, I just checked the Aweber website and it seems they only pay per checque. Is that correct? No option to be payed by Paypal? That might put off a lot of smaller affiliates from non-US countries, SY

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, they only offer cheque payments. No paypal. I’ve asked Aweber about it and they said the don’t have plans to add paypal anytime soon.

      1. Not even Moneybooker? Why not? It might be attractive to smaller affiliate marketers from other countries – and other markets that, one day, will be huge markets, SY

      2. That’s a big blow to a lot of bloggers because PayPal payment makes things easier without the trouble of running to the bank to deposit the check.

        1. And coping with the hefty fees for cashing in an US check in another country, SY

  24. Okay
    That was informative and is making me wonder how much money have I left on the table. Wow youre making 1600$ wow.
    I need to get started with this myself.
    Looks like sites like aweber and hostgator are good starts.

    1. Webhosting is extremely competitive, looking for something more niche and less competitive might be more successful, SY

  25. Shaun Carter says:

    Passive income is most certainly the best kind there is.

    1. Yup, but you have to put in some initial work to get there. Work now hard and reap the passive benefits later 😉 SY

  26. Great job John. I have been trying to get my passive income up but I just don’t know what else I can do to get it up there. I have been working at it for about 5 months now but I guess if I just stick it out I should come up with the answer.

    1. Don’t fear and loose hope before a year has passed, passive online doesn’t happen over night! SY

  27. shako says:

    great job, congratulation, i`ll try that

  28. Thanks for the post John, I just register with aweber affiliate too. Really thanks for this.

    1. You will need readers = traffic to pull that off, just registering as an affiliate will not make you one single sale, SY

      1. Yeah, I have some readers. And it is growing too. Also I try to make it bigger in this few months coming.

        1. Little tip for you, forget thinking ‘try’ and start thinking ‘Do’ and ‘Will’, little changes to your mindset can make a big difference in the long run! SY

  29. Great article John thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Def agree with your comments.

  30. It’s amazing how long affiliate payments from products like aweber with great stick go on.

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