This isn’t an exhaustive list of courses as I don’t know every one in existence. It is, however, a list of of courses I have used myself, so I can vouch for them.
Bear in mind that not all courses, however good they are, will suit all people. Teaching styles vary. Some people prefer to absorb information by reading, others through watching video.
What course will suit you will also depend on the affiliate marketing model you prefer to work with: Are you a blogger? Are you more interested in direct marketing with sales funnels. Is you goal to get involved with email marketing. And so on.
Also keep in mind that affiliate marketing is not a get-rich quick scheme. It is not a solution to your current financial problems (if this is where you’re at). It takes time to build a business online and it will require commitment, focus, time and work.
All the people behind the courses on this page truly value their customers and will go out of their way to assist them when necessary.
I can’t stress how unusual this is in the world of affiliate marketing/internet marketing. So many “gurus” are happy to take your money but leave you high and dry when you need help. They’ll blame you when you don’t get the results you expect rather than looking at their own training and fixing things that aren’t clear.
You’ll also notice that a number of these courses relate to promoting Clickfunnels (if you don’t know what Clickfunnels is, I have more information on it here). That’s because it’s one of the best programs you can promote online. These are my reasons for becoming an affiliate.
None of the courses here are less than a few hundred dollars. That’s because quality training does not come cheap. Those low-priced courses you see advertised typically teach one strategy or a loophole to take advantage of that will eventually be closed.
A $47 or $97 course is not going to teach you lasting strategies and methodologies.They’re made for a quick sale and then the creator moves onto their next product. These courses aren’t kept up to date with changing marketing trends either. Their sales pages do a great job of convincing you that you can make money online by clicking a few buttons and that the internet is a magic ATM that spits out money because you now know the secret code.
Making money online is not line that at all.
A good education is expensive (ask any College student).
So here are my list of the best affiliate marketing training course recommendations, in no particular order…
Affiliate Secrets 2.0 – This course was created by Spencer Mecham who is Clickfunnels top affiliate
Last year (2018), Spencer made over $1,000,000 just promoting this one tool. Clickfunnels offer to pay for their affiliates’ dream car to the tune of $500 per month if they refer 100 people to Clickfunnels. They double that to $1,000 per month if an affiliate brings in 200 referrals.
Spencer brought in over 1,800 referrals. So he’s won multiple dream cars. These commissions are in addition to the regular commission he’s earning as an affiliate.
Clickfunnels is a subscription-based service, so affiliates earn recurring commissions month after month.
In his course, he teaches you the exact methods he used to become the top affiliate. Nothing is held back.
His course is not cheap – it’s $897. But he also provides free training for people to get started with.
But, if you want to be the best, learn from the best.
Affiliate Marketing Secrets Hacks – Zach Crawford is a 7-figure earner who made his money promoting other programs before becoming a Clickfunnels affiliate himself.
He’s a marketer who puts his customers and students front and center. He bends over backwards to help them in any way he can.
To illustrate this, back in late May (2019), Russell Brunson (who created Clickfunnels) changed the affiliate policy for his service. Too many affiliates were promoting Clickfunnels as a passive income opportunity rather than promoting it as a business service.
Zach had created a course called Top Earner Mentor (which is where I came across him) that promoted Clickfunnels in this manner.
Following the policy change, Zach took his course down and has been rebuilding it and redesigning it as a more general affiliate marketing training course.
He’s spent, literally, several weeks doing this. All his existing students get automatic access to the redesigned course.
He didn’t have to do this. He could have done what other marketers did which was to say “That’s it folks, the party is over,” and left his students high and dry.
His redesigned course will be applicable to any affiliate program you choose to promote and not be focused on Clickfunnels as his earlier course was.
Zach will also be providing regular live streaming coaching sessions and he’s in his private Facebook group, answering questions every day.
He’s invested in his students’ success and his students love him for what he does for them.
His revised course is not currently available, but will be around mid-July. Price: $997.
Daily Commissions Club – This course was created by Rachel S. Lee. She also happens to be one of Spencer Mecham’s students and is also a Dream Car winner herself.
Her speciality is in promoting products on social media platforms, a much different discipline than blogging, for example.
Like Spencer and Zach, she promotes programs using sales funnels (built with Clickfunnels).
She even has a free one she gives away that anyone can use (this is my version of it).
In her course, she teaches you all the latest techniques and methods that have helped her students take a variety of income streams and turn them into one easy, automated business.
She provides weekly live coaching sessions.
In addition to the main course, members will get 8 of her other individual courses for free – these typically sell for between $97 and $197 each.
Her course is currently unavailable while she upgrades it to Version 2. You can get on her waiting list here, to be notified when doors open again. Price: unknown but expected to be around $1,197.
Wealthy Affiliate – This is THE course on doing affiliate marketing with blogging. It’s been around for over 10 years and has been constantly updated during that time. It offers the most comprehensive training you will find anywhere on all aspects of affiliate marketing from creating blogs to monetizing your content, from SEO strategies and backlinking strategies to rank your sites highly in the search engines to how to build a list and be successful at email marketing.
Training materials are kept up to date to keep pace with the rapidly changing online world. And new training is regularly added.
There are now over 1,000,000 members in Wealthy Affiliate, so that speaks volumes in terms of the quality of the course. Bad courses lose members over time and Wealthy Affiliate has been growing its membership base over the years.
Members are part of a thriving community who help each other out and offer their own expertise, advice and strategies in a friendly atmosphere. We’re all there to support each other, not to tear each other down.
If you want to know more about Wealthy Affiliate and get an inside look, then check out my review.
Wealthy Affiliate isn’t just a training course, it also provides its members with web hosting as part of their membership (not in addition to it). Members can build up to 50 WordPress sites on the platform.
This isn’t some second-rate web hosting either. It’s top-notch with fast servers and server-level security built in. Daily backups are made of members’ sites each day, so in the very unlikely event that a site is hacked, it can restored and up and running again in a very short time.
You can even build 2 sites completely for free and take the first module of training for free as well to see if this course and platform is right for you.
Price: $49/mth or $349/yr.
She built her business by combining YouTube and email marketing.
She does some free training videos on YouTube but mostly creates video ads for display before other people’s videos.
She then drives the traffic from these to her optin pages and builds list that she can sent emails to time and again.
Her list building course teaches you how to quickly start building your own email list and scaling it up pretty fast.
This training starts off with a free web class that introduces you to the power of list building and email marketing in creating a long-term, sustainable income, and the basics of list building.
Her full course is $997. She also offers a variety of lower-priced affiliate marketing courses.
Video Hacker Pro – This is Sarah’s course on marketing with YouTube, from creating and publishing videos to build your business to creating video ads and where and how to place them.
It’s not commonly known that advertising on YouTube is actually cheaper than advertising on Facebook Ads.
While you can pick your target audience with Facebook, you are still going out and trying to find leads and customers directly.
With YouTube, your customers are finding you through YouTube search or via your video ads.
So with Facebook, you’re trying to entice cold leads to click on your links. With YouTube, you already have a warm audience because they’re interested in what you have to say or offer.
If there’s another course out there that teaches this kind of information about YouTube, I’m not aware of it.
Outsourcing – One problem marketers face is the amount of time they have to spend on menial, daily tasks as their business grows.
Posting links on social media, sending out emails, driving traffic, administering a Facebook group, writing content for a blog, answering comments on your blog posts, making videos, answering emails, doing customer support and so on all eat up your time.
If there are certain aspects of your business that you want to spend more time on but finding that time is difficult, maybe it’s time to outsource some of the work you’d rather not deal with every day.
Sarah Staar’s outsourcing course teaches you how to find outsourcers, how to create workflows for them and how to monitor the quality of their work so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.
This course starts of with a free web class that looks at what outsourcing can offer any online business.
One Funnel Away Challenge – This is a course offered by Clickfunnels itself.
It teaches students how to create a sales funnel from scratch.
The course is more focused on product creators building funnels to promote their own goods than funnels used by affiliate marketers, but the fundamentals are the same for both. It also teaches fundamental marketing principles and sales techniques that anyone can put into action.
Clickfunnels is used for building the funnels, so a paid Clickfunnels account will likely be required to complete the course. There is a 14-day free trial period for the service but the course itself runs over 30 days.
The first couple of weeks of training is about mindset and theory, so you could get the practical elements of the course done within 14 days if do the daily work.
At the end, you can then decide if you want to take up a paid account. If you don’t stick with the coursework for the 30 days or it takes you longer than that to complete, then it’s pretty certain you’ll need to switch to using a paid account.
The course is taught by Clickfunnels founder, Russell Brunson and two of his top trainers.
Amazon 101 – This is a beginner’s course is for people who are interested in becoming Amazon Sellers. Affiliate marketing isn’t for everyone and if you prefer retail marketing, this course gives you that option.
It’s a course that will get you started selling on Amazon, starting off with selling things around your house or in your attic that you no longer need or want.
The starting budget for selling is very low, so pretty much anyone can dip a toe in Amazon waters here.
The course comes from Jim Cockrum who’s an established expert in selling on Amazon.
Proven Amazon Course – Taking things up several notches, this course – also created by Jim Cockrum – teaches you how to become a professional Amazon seller.
It looks at where you can source products to sell – not low-grade products from the likes of AliExpress but quality products created in the USA and elsewhere.
The course teaches the Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) where you have products shipped to your local Amazon warehouse and then Amazon looks after the shipping of your items to customers.
People tend to prefer buying products that are shipped directly from Amazon. It cuts down of shipping charges and reduces the number of packages that are sent out as well as reducing shipping fees.
This course has been around for almost 10 years. And, like the other quality courses here, is constantly updated with new training and strategies as the marketing world changes.
One of the benefits of owning the course is that other courses that are sold separately are adding into your membership area for free.
Buying this one course saves you a substantial amount of money on buying the individual courses in Jim Cockrum’s stable of products. It also includes the Amazon 101 course.
Jim Cockrum is also the guy behind the annual CES conferences. These events are always sold out in advance and way more people want to attend than can physically be accomodated. So Jim makes recordings of the conferences available for those who couldn’t attend. Recordings of all 6 conferences are available for $399.
Proven Audience Formula – Another course from Jim Cockrum. This one teaches how to grow a large, loyal, responsive online audience to promote any product, event, website or anything else you want. This is the same strategy that Jim uses in his own business and enabled him to have the #1 selling toy on Amazon.
All this can be achieved with simple tools such as your smartphone or free tools. no expensive equipment is needed and you don’t have to be professional anything to get results.