My success story — Affiliate marketing on Medium

“You earned a commission.” — I saw an email from CopyAI when I woke up in the morning.

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Inu Etc in Meghalaya, India. Photo by Inu Etc
Inu Etc in Meghalaya, India. Photo by Inu Etc

It’s my habit* to check my email as soon as I wake up in the morning. *(Off-topic: Is it a bad habit? Let me know in the comments section below)

20 October 2022.

I saw an email from CopyAI when I woke up in the morning.

“You earned a commission”.

Here’s the full story.

Since 2018, I have been waiting for the Medium Partner Program to come to India. I was hopeless after waiting so long.

Finally, I gave up on the idea of making money from Medium and started writing just because I love to write.

On my blog (, I do affiliate marketing. So, I decided to try affiliate marketing on Medium and I added affiliate links to some relevant articles.

Affiliate marketing refers to the business of selling other people’s products in order to earn commissions. Whenever a sale is made through your unique affiliate links, you earn commissions.

That’s it.

It only took me a month to earn some commissions, and I’m still earning every month.

Emails regarding affiliate commissions from brands
Emails regarding affiliate commissions from brands (CopyAI, Tailwind, and SafetyWing). Screenshot by Inu Etc

On Medium, I received a lot of hate for sharing my experience using AI to write a sponsored article for a brand on

Nevertheless, because of the engagement, I also got more traffic to my article, as well as conversions to the affiliate links.

Every month, I still receive multiple emails regarding affiliate commissions from brands I promote on Medium and on my blog.

When you have a loyal audience, affiliate marketing is the best and easiest way to make money online.

Also, if you promote relevant and helpful products, a new audience that you get from Medium or Google, or Social Media will also convert.

Avoid promoting rubbish products solely for the sake of making money. You should provide value first and only include product links that you believe will be helpful to your audience.

I’ve made a spreadsheet of 40+ affiliate programs (I’ll update it from time to time) that you can join and start promoting to make passive income.

Read more about the affiliate spreadsheet here.

Thanks for reading this article. 💚

If you loved what you read, would you be able to buy me a cup of coffee? It’s okay if you can’t right now.

If you have any questions or if you wanna work with me, feel free to contact me. I’m always available to help young hustlers like you @InuEtc on Instagram.

Keep hustling!

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