There are plenty of places where you can take affiliate marketing courses such as Udemy, Youtube*, Google*, IndemandCareer.com, Affiliorama, etc. But from my experience, the #1 best affiliate marketing course for beginners is Wealthy Affiliate. To find out, continue reading below.
(While Youtube and google aren't technically offering courses in affiliate marketing, there are plenty of informational tutorials on how to get a wordpress website set up, how to get hosting set up, how to search for keywords, and how to get signed up for affiliate programs.)
The Wealthy Affiliate Platform is a teaching platform for those new to the world of affiliate marketing. In this program, you get access to over 30 years worth of internet marketing experience from the co-founders Kyle and Carson. Their training course is designed to take someone who has never done internet marketing and build their experience from the ground up until that person themselves is an expert in the field. This platform also can help those who have experience in the affiliate marketing industry as well.
Product Name: Wealthy Affiliate
$0.00 for starter membership
$49.00/month for premium membership
or $359/year for premium membership
Owners/Founders: Kyle and Carson
Website URL: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
What you get with Wealthy Affiliate
I love that Kyle and Carson go out of their own way to help those that are brand new to the community. I was personally welcomed by Kyle and he told me to let me know if I had any questions for him as I went through my training. I love that the training is done in quite a simplified manner and each lesson module has us go through a small number of task. This helped me because it felt more manageable and made it less overwhelming. If I did have any trouble, I can just go to the live chats or forums and have my questions answered very quickly.
Webinars are offered every week for members on various subjects such as SEO, Themes, getting visitors to click through your content more, and more.
Faster Websites than most
(Update May 2017: New Sitespeed Feature)
Wealthy affiliate keeps upgrading their platform to allow website owners to give their visitors a better user experience when it comes to their websites. With the newest site speed feature that had been rolled out in late May of 2017, websites are now loading faster than ever. This is very important as google has been taking website load times into their ranking factor. This means if your site does not rank well, then you don't get much traffic. No traffic equals no money.
Website Setup is easier compared to traditional methods
The platform itself is user friendly as far as setting up a wordpress site is concerned. Traditionally, when setting up a website, the following steps are required:
- Buy a name from a name registrar such as name cheap, GoDaddy
- Register on a hosting server such as hostgator
- Logging into a CPanel and registering the name server into your registrar account (the place you bought your domain name at)
- Registering an Email account
- Then using quick install to install wordpress
- Choosing a theme
While it can be done this way, I think that it can be overwhelming for someone who has never set up a website before. With Wealthy Affiliate, the process is much faster and can be done in 30 seconds (see video on this page) by just buying a domain name and installing a theme. You don't need to set up a hosting account as your sites are already hosted for you on Wealthy Affiliate.
(Note: In the process I mentioned above, it can take as long as a couple hours to a day for your website to become active after you registered your name server into your registrar account. With Wealthy Affiliate, it is active once you choose your name and theme.)
Many different ways to make money
There are an abundance of ways to make money within the Wealthy Affiliate Platform.
You can create training tutorials for new members as well as members of the community. Wealthy Affiliate pays you based on levels of engagement. This means that training that you may have created years ago may still pay you because it is still helping someone else out.
You can also get paid with the affiliate bootcamp which is where you will create a website and recommend the wealthy affiliate platform to those looking to start in affiliate marketing.
The online certification course (different from affiliate bootcamp) is also another way of making money. This is where you will choose a niche that you are passionate about and learn how to make money from that niche. An example is a fitness blog that I am just starting out called "howtoexerciseforabs". This is a website that I had just started as one of my goals was to start a fitness blog and to do so using the course that online certification course that WA provides. The main goal being to make money with something that I enjoy.
Starter Members Should Read This
If your a starter member, remember you pay $0.00 for your membership and you have the potential to start making money of the bat using your affiliate links. If anyone you refer decides they like the program and upgrades to premium, you get a residual commission every month. Where else can you find investments that give you an infinite ROI?
Give first then you shall receive culture
I love that wealthy affiliate enforces a give it back style to the community. Examples of this is the comment and feedback platforms. For anyone that has done affiliate marketing for a while, it is well known that google rankings take comments into account as it counts this as content. If comments are well engaging, it can actually help you rank under certain keywords. This also shows how active your website is in the eyes of google.
However, in order to receive these comments and therefore rankings, you must help others in the WA community do the same for their business. In fact, you have to help them first before you can get help. For comments, if you comment on two other websites, you will be allowed to receive one comment in return.
This enforces us to help others and not be selfish towards our own interests.
As a premium member at Wealthy Affiliate, the most money you are ever going to spend is your monthly or yearly membership cost, and a website domain (typically $15.00 per domain that you buy). Your not spending $400 on a course where you have to spend $1,000 on the next course to spend $20,000 on more information that is "must have". I've seen those and have heard bad stories from them. Once you are a premium member, everything information wise is already there. Now as far as website domains is concerned, the cost of buying the domain name within Wealthy Affiliate will already include the following in the total price:
- Unlimited Email Accounts
- SSL Certificate
- Privacy Protection
Must invest in premium to truly get the benefits
While the free membership is awesome as far as trying it out, the premium membership is where the true learning is at and thats where you have the chance to make money. Its certainly not impossible to make money with a free membership, but your odds of success shoot up if you invest in premium.
(If you are gonna succeed in affiliate marketing anyways, you are going to have to invest money in your business, there is no if's, and's, or but's around this fact. This is a business first an foremost and needs to be treated as such. Whatever you are not willing to do, their is someone else that is willing to do it).
This is a very subjective opinion and just something personal to me. Wealthy Affiliate certainly is not one to hold back any information. In fact, I have learned so much just in the training courses and boot camps to keep me busy for weeks on end. Add to that the training classrooms, webinars, and training tutorials put up every week by current WA members and you should never have any excuse for lack of information as far as why your not starting a business. With that being said, if you are new, it is totally understandable if you are overwhelmed by so much valuable experience. Just know that I am too sometimes. While this information is great, understand that you will not be able to absorb it all in a short time span, and thats okay. For someone who is absolutely obsessed with absorbing information and enjoy it, this may not seem like such a drawback for you.
Limited Amount of Websites you can have
With Wealthy Affiliate, you are limited to having 25 of your own domains as well as 25 siterubix websites (these are not owned by you but you can still make money from them). Granted not everyone is going to want to operate 100 websites but for those who would like to, this might feel very limiting. From my personal experience however, I feel that having 2 websites at the moment is easily enough to generate a full time income as is. Most people I know off don't operate more than 2 or 3 websites at a time as focusing on one at a time yields better results.
(Tip: When starting out, don't have more than one or two websites that you are working on. It is better to focus on making one or two quality websites than it is to make a bunch of websites that are non-quality.)
Can Get Easily Distracted
Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome platform where you have a lot of affiliate marketing experiences shared from hundreds of thousands if not millions of members at tip of your fingers. Keep in mind that the platform works well in giving you information because its built like a social media platform such as Facebook and twitter. This may make it distracting for some to stay focused on the task at hand. Discipline is truly required to get things done.
Who Wealthy Affiliate is For
WA is for anyone who is willing to put in the work from stay at home parents, teenagers in high school, current college students, retirees looking to supplement income, and those who are tired of their current career. Wealthy Affiliate aims to help anyone looking to learn how to make money online. Understand though that the benefits only come to you if you put in the work.
This course is also for those who want to become an entrepreneur online but don't know where to start. This is an excellent place for you to build a source of passive and residual income.
Who Wealthy Affiliate is NOT For
WA is not for those who are looking to get rich quick. If that is what you are looking for, then go buy a lottery ticket or join a MLM or pyramid scheme and lose money. Learning affiliate marketing from the Wealthy Affiliate training course is going to take time to master and this is not going to be a quick fix for any financial problems you may have at the current moment. Its like exercising, you have to do it before any health related issues come up, not anytime after they have come up. You have to want to learn skills of affiliate marketing before any financial situation like a job loss comes about, not after you have lost a job.
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