3 Best Affiliate Marketing Courses + 5 SCAMS To Avoid [2019]

Looking for the best affiliate marketing courses on the market RIGHT NOW? I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars and give you the top3 so you can SAVE YOUR money!

Are you looking to jump into affiliate marketing, but want to find the best course available so you don't get ripped off?

Right now is an AWESOME time to get into affiliate marketing. Not only because there is TONS of money to be made – but also because there is awesome training out there that DOESN’T rip you off!

Unfortunately, there are still LOT’s of affiliate marketing courses that are nothing but a money grab that is either recycled trash, or is filled with outdated info that you could find anywhere else on the internet.

There are even worse people out there that put out courses that they know are SHIT and are filled with information that will do nothing but WASTE YOUR MONEY!

If I sound pissed, it’s because I am. Why? It’s because I have literally spent THOUSANDS of dollars on a wide variety of affiliate marketing courses and that PISSES ME OFF.

But what sucks for ME is good for YOU because I have spent the money to get a really good sense for what affiliate marketing courses are out there, and can hopefully help you save money by avoiding some of the real stinkers out there.

Please note that there are of course affiliate links on this page, and I will make a commission if you make a purchase.

Why should you trust me? Because I believe that honest, transparent reviews are the best ways to sell something and it is something that is lacking in online marketing.

best affiliate course

Top 3 Affiliate Marketing Courses

These courses have been carefully curated since I started in affiliate marketing back in 2016. Most of these courses were not available back then, and I have only discovered them in the past year or so – which coincidentally - is when affiliate marketing started to really take off for me.

I don’t think I could have selected 3 courses that are more different from each other. Income School's Project 24 is a totally white hat way to go about building a website, where as compared to SEO Affiliate Domination it is completely Gray Hat/Black Hat and its main strategies are pretty short lived.

The Authority Hacker course on the other hand is more of a white hat way of building a website, but it is very processed driven and a bit more technical compared to the other courses.

Income School – Project 24

income school course

Income School’s Project 24 is a course I just purchased a few months ago. It is the brain child of Jim Harmer and Ricky Tesler.

I saw Youtube channel before and might have watched have seen a video or two, but I have to be honest I wasn’t that impressed.

They seemed like nice guys, but they seemed almost too nice that it seemed a bit off to me. It wasn’t until by friend Arnold told me that it was a legit program that I decided to take a look at it.

I didn’t look at any of there videos, I barely took a look at their sales page, I just bought the course and jumped in.

Why did I buy it so easily? It’s because Arnold is like me and has tried almost everything, is just as jaded as I am. So when he actually recommended something, I knew it had to be special.

I jumped into the program and was instantly hooked. The course is very professional and well done. It is a great course for beginners because you don’t need to spend any money on extra tools or services, so it is excellent for beginners or for those that don't have a big budget.

But most importantly, they give you a COMPLETE roadmap to growing an affiliate site and go over how to accomplish it without breaking the bank or risk getting penalized by Google.

The most controversial and eye opening thing that they do is that they create these sites WITHOUT building backlinks. How is that possible? Through creative highly engaging content that both Google and readers will love.

Here is a list of things Income School – Project 24 gives you:

  • Lots Of Training – Project 24 gives you lots of training that takes you from the very basics of setting up a site, to step-by-step instructions on how to write amazing articles.
  • Active Community –  The Project 24 forum is a very lively place that people interact with daily. Excellent place for newbies to ask questions.
  • Invested Course Creators – Jim and Ricky are both active users on the forum and they are there to answer almost every question, especially ones that are more advanced. You can tell they are really committed to the course.
  • Podcast – Project 24 has a podcast only members can listen to. This is where Jim and Ricky reveal a lot of small nuggets of gold and gives you insight on what they are doing
  • Transparency -  Ricky and Jim show you what niche sites they worked on before, and even show members the websites they are currently working on.
  • No extra tools required – Since Project 24 is focused primarily on content creation, there are really no other tools you will need to complete the course
  • Content Creation System – Don’t want to create the content yourself? No problem get all your affiliate content made using Project 24’s writer training to get high quality writers at low prices (this stuff works!)
  • Full Niche Research – This ALONE is worth the price of the course. A whole list of low competition, high valued untapped niches that you can create websites around

Course Price?

Project 24 is very reasonably priced at only $449 for the first year and $199 for each year after that. Normally I don’t like subscription based courses, but for the amount of updating that Jim and Ricky do, it is well worth it

Pros vs Cons

  • Great for beginners and advanced affiliate marketers
  • Low price
  • Easy to follow formula
  • No extra tools needed
  • Won’t break any of Googles rules
  • Sustainable for the long term
  • Niche research included
  • Will take a while before earning money
  • Not good for those with shiny object syndrome

Authority Hacker Course

authority hacker course

The Authority Hacker course is also another affiliate marketing course that focuses on building niche affiliate sites to produce a full time income.

Authority Hacker Pros the brain child of Gael Breton and Mark Website who also run the popular Health Ambition blog.

I got turned on to Authority Hack from listening to their excellent podcast and hearing their story of how they went from using PBN’s to rank website to completely white hat techniques after they lost all of their income after getting a Google penalty.

After that they went completely white-hat (although it can be argued that intentionally building links is technically grey hat) and focused on building great content and reaching out to other bloggers for getting links to their own sites.

The Authority Hacker system is very systematic and is also well laid out for beginners. The system consists of 3 courses:

  • The Authority Site System: A step-by-step course on how to start, build and grow an affiliate site.
  • Authority Hacker Pro: For established affiliate site owners who already have a website making at least $1k/month and are looking to take their site to the next level.
  • Authority Hacker Pro Platinum: A high-end course meant for affiliate site owners who are making at least $5k per month and are looking to expand past simply ranking on Google. Includes one-to-one mentoring etc.

The awesome thing about the Authority Hacker course is that it is a one-time fee, and it is being updated all the time. In fact, they just re-released version 2.0 of the course and it is completely free to everyone who paid for the 1.0 version. That is truly a refreshing way to do business in affiliate marketing!

The parts of the course that I found most valuable was around content creation templates and outreach templates. These are the exact templates Mark and Gael use to make high quality articles as well as reach out to other bloggers to get links back to their blogs.

Also because the course focuses on gaining backlinks, you may potentially get traffic quicker to your site than with the Project 24 Course.

Here is a list of things the Authority Hacker course gives you:

  • Step-by-Step Blueprints – Authority Hacker does a great job giving you templates you can use to outsource to VA’s, writers and link builders.
  • Systematized Process – Authority Hacker is very systems oriented. So everything is replicable and easy for you to follow.
  • Up To Date Information – SEO is constantly changing and Authority Hacker just released The Authority Site System 2.0 which updated all their templates and blueprints
  • White Hat Link building – Links are a crucial signal Google uses to determine where you rank in their search engine. Authority Hacker gives you an in-depth blueprint for getting high quality links from good websites
  • Active Facebook Group – Authority Hacker’s private Facebook group is full of helpful active members.
  • One-Time Payment Structure – You only have to pay once and get access to all the updated course information.

Course Price

  • The base price for the Authority Hacker course, also know as the Authority Site System is a one time fee of $997.
  • Authority Hacker Pro course is also $997
  • Authority Hacker Pro Platinum is $1997

Pros vs Cons

  • Great for serious affiliate marketers
  • Easy to follow step by step process
  • Over the shoulder training
  • Excellent ideas for gaining links
  • Scalable system for multiple sites
  • Monthly costs of tools required can add up
  • Can be overwhelming for beginners

SEO Affiliate Domination

seo affiliate domination course

The first two courses were no-brainers to put on this list. They are both relatively safe courses to recommend because almost everything they teach is above board and will not upset Google.

SEO Affiliate Domination is the opposite of that. It goes against so many rules I almost didn’t include it on the list. The only reason I decided to add it here is because it works.

The first two courses were about building up long term assets that will bring you stable income in 6 to 12 months or longer. You have to invest a lot of sweat equity before you start seeing REAL results.

But with Greg Jefferies’ SEO Affiliate Domination, you can literally start making money within a month. It is about the short term play, building churn and burn websites that may make you a couple $100 or $1000 in a month and then fizzle away a few months after.

This course is for people who have tried to play by the rules and have failed and are looking for another way to do things.

The course is designed to get you cash flow quickly and then build out true authority websites that you can give you long term, stable income.

Here is a list of things SEO Affiliate Domination gives you:

  • Lots of Applications – Can apply techniques to just about any vertical, including local businesses, MLM and e-commerce
  • Active Community –  Greg Jeffries is very approachable and active in the Facebook group
  • Weekly Webinars – Kevin Holloman run’s weekly webinars (usually every Wednesday) where people can ask questions and get feedback on what is working and what isn’t working
  • Little Known Secrets – The course tells you about the tools that are currently working right now in SEO that you won’t hear about anywhere else
  • Easy For Beginners – Greg Jeffries is a great teacher that can take complex topics and make them simple to understand even for beginners

Course Price

SEO Affiliate Domination comes in two price points:

  • One Time Fee of $497
  • Two Payments of $297

Pros vs Cons

  • Low Cost One Time Payment
  • Active, Helpful Community
  • Quickest Way To Get ROI
  • Easy To Implement Techniques
  • It Just Works!
  • Some techniques taught are not sustainable
  • Not a lot of material on building sustainable assets

Affiliate Marketing Courses - Honourable Mentions

This area is for affiliate marketing courses that are good, but didn’t quite make the Top 3. These are solid courses, but I would only recommend them for people in certain circumstances.

Wealthy Affiliate

pic of wealthy affiliate

Ahh good old Wealthy Affiliate, this was the starting point for many affiliate marketers. Some look back at it and laugh, others look back at it and are thankful for what it gave them.

If you spent a minute looking at affiliate marketing, you have no doubt come across” Wealthy Affiliate as the #1 way to make money online.”

However this is simply not true. The real reason people promote them so much is because of their generous affiliate payout.

That being said, Wealthy Affiliate is not a bad place to start if you don’t already have a website and hosting because their membership comes with website hosting included with their training.

Wealthy Affiliate is good for people that needs their hand to be held step by step, but this can be annoying for people who already know a little bit about affiliate marketing and SEO.

Wealthy Affiliate has a monthly webinar and new features are constantly being added. But the actual material inside of their course is fairly old and is in need of a revamp to keep up to date with better affiliate marketing courses.

Course Pricing

Wealthy Affiliate costs $19 for the first month and $47 per month afterwards. You can also it for $299 for the year on black Friday

Pros vs Cons

  • Good for beginners
  • Comes with web hosting
  • Monthly webinars are useful
  • Easy To Implement Techniques
  • It Just Works!
  • Interface feels like it’s from 2010
  • Material isn’t as useful as other affiliate courses

Spencer Mecham’s Affiliate Secrets 2.0

spencers affiliate secrets 2.0

I wanted to include Affiliate Secrets in this post because it is different from the rest of the courses as it’s main focus is NOT on building a website.

Yes affiliate marketing can be done WITHOUT building a website. Spencer Mecham built his successful affiliate business mostly using AdWords as well as using Youtube, Instagram and Facebook.

While most affiliate marketing courses focus specifically on Google search, Affiliate Secrets 2.0 is a little more agnostic to where you get traffic.

The main idea behind the course is to use both free and paid traffic to go after affiliate offers that have good payouts.

To get the most benefit out of the course you should be comfortable being in front of a camera, because Youtube is a great source of free traffic. If you are camera shy (like me) you can still benefit from Affiliate Secrets 2.0 but it may not be as effective.

The cool part of this course is that you can incorporate what it teaches you with what you learn from other courses to give you an edge on your competitors that might just be relying on Google search.

Course Pricing

Affiliate Secrets 2.0 currently costs $897 for the first 100 purchases

Pros vs Cons

  • Teaches how to get traffic from multiple sources
  • Comes with case studies from successful affiliate marketers
  • Not reliant on only Google for traffic
  • Spencer Mecham is an excellent presenter
  • Need to have capital to spend on Ads
  • Must be willing to take losses early

5 Tips To Avoid Getting SCAMMED When Choosing An Affiliate Marketing Course

When you are looking at affiliate marketing courses to buy it’s important that you don’t get ripped off!

Buying so many sh*tty courses has taught me a few lessons on how to avoid getting scammed by affiliate marketing courses. Here are my top tips to avoid getting ripped off...

simpsons rip off


1.Find trustworthy sources

This is the single biggest thing I look for when buying an affiliate course, or any course for that matter. It is also what I try to make hustlelife.net – a trustworthy source for affiliate marketing information.

The #1 way to find good courses is through people that you trust. For example, when my friend Arnold told me that Income School was a good course, I didn’t even read the sales page or look for testimonials before I bought the course.

Because I know he wasn’t try to rip me off, I trusted his word and bought the course immediately and was very happy with the purchase.

This is the same way I came to find out about SEO Affiliate Domination, my friend posted about his experience on Facebook and I did a little research and bought the course almost immediately after finding out about it.

If you don’t have friends or family that are into affiliate marketing, try to find sites like this one that gives honest reviews on products.

1980s scam

2. Avoid websites that only recommend one product

It didn’t take me long to figure this one out, but be VERY wary of websites that only recommend one product as the “#1 best way to make money online”.

The fact of the matter is that there is no #1 product to make money, and if you look at their other articles and they are all recommending just one product – this is a good sign that this website is motivated by money and not by helping you make an informed choice.

3. Avoid affiliate marketing courses that are advertised by “affiliate marketers”

This might seem a bit strange because aren’t all affiliate marketing course creators “affiliate marketers”?

Yes they are, but what I mean about “Affiliate marketers” are those Youtube personalities that refer to themselves as “affiliate marketers”.

affiliate rip offs

99% of the time, if you see someone label themselves as an affiliate marketer, run the other way.

What a lot of unethical “affiliate marketers” do is sell themselves as some sort of affiliate marketing guru and sell shitty courses that just rip off other courses.

Then they use the dashboards of all the money they made from their course as “proof” of how good they are at affiliate marketing. Then use that to sell even more courses!

It is a self-propelling cycle of bullsh*t that people can get caught up if you don’t know the “game”.

Some of the WORST affiliate marketing courses I purchased were from these Youtube so called “affiliate marketers”

If your tempted to buy a product from a Youtube personality, ALWAYS do your research first!

4. Avoid “push button”, “money on autopilot” or “turnkey” and other affiliate sales garbage

push button affiliate bs

Did your momma ever tell you “if anything ever seems too good to be true, it probably is” – well the same thing applies to affiliate marketing.

NEVER buy anything that promises you anything that offers you anything that seems like it solves all of your problems.

If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing - you want a course that covers all the bases and will give you at least enough knowledge so you can make your money back.

5. Check Multiple Sources

Before buying a course it is always a good idea to look and see what other people think of it. This not only includes websites like this one, but also Facebook and Reddit forums.

So if you learning about one of these courses for the first time, I am telling you to do more research for yourself!

Get all the information you need to make a GOOD, INFORMED buying decision. But when you do, make sure to reward the blogs that give you real information by clicking through their affiliate link (even if it’s not mine) because you should reward REAL reviews, and not ones motivated only by money.

affiliate beginning

My Affiliate Marketing Journey

Hello, I am Jeremy Harrison, I first started in online marketing in 2016 by trying out a few different things, the first thing I tried (and failed) was doing drop-shipping.

I then tried publishing books on Amazon, which I ended up doing fairly well with. However, this didn’t last for very long and I got into affiliate marketing almost by accident.

Humble Affiliate Beginnings

I knew that my Kindle Publishing business wasn’t sustainable and I needed to learn a different skill. That is when I took my first affiliate marketing course called “Affiliate Marketing Revolution”.

At the time I was absolutely blown away by what I learned. It all seemed so easy, start up a Youtube channel, start up a blog and just write reviews about products that I used (and didn’t use).

Believe it or not, I almost instantly started to make money! Even though I really didn’t understand what I was doing, I started making money and I thought I had it all figured out.

I was making around $700 a month just with a Youtube channel! I caught the wave of finding the right product at the right time, and I had the results to show for it.

So I decided to start a blog, thinking that if I was able to do what I did on Youtube, then I would be able to double my income easily.

Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. My website was atrocious; I could BUY a visitor to my site. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong.

I then read a review for CB Passive Income and how you can have “turn key system” that can make you money just by duplicating Patric Chan’s “business” system. I set up a landing page, starting an email list and started buying solo ads to enter my funnel so I can start profiting… and that didn’t work.

I soon realized that the whole system was a sort of Ponzi scheme, where the “business” you were sending traffic to was… CB Passive Income! I literally bought a course that taught you how to get other people to buy the same course you just purchased!

Introduction To Affiliate + SEO

After that is when I discovered Wealthy Affiliate. That’s when I learned about writing to get your articles discovered and ranking highly on Google and the importance of doing keyword research and competitor research. Once again my mind was blown away again, because this was THE FIRST TIME I ever heard of these things.

I again thought I had it all figured out and went full stream ahead on my blog. I thought I had a cool brand, a cool logo and it was only a matter of time until the money started rolling in…

Unfortunately it was just a trickle. My articles were now actually showing up on Google and getting some traffic here and there, but they weren’t ranking HIGHLY.

“Imagine I was able to get on the first page for this term, then I would  REALLY be rich!”

rich affiliate seo

I then stumbled across this guy strolling around Youtube in a BATHROBE. “Who the f*ck is this guy, and is he really expecting people to take him seriously?”

Down The PBN Rabbit Hole

But from watching his videos, I was INSTANTLY hooked. Dan Brock – The Deadbeat Super Affiliate. I still remember the video like it was yesterday “Buy Expired Domains: Private Blog Network SEO Tip” it was a video that lead me down a DEEP, DEEP rabbit hole that I am only know starting to come out of.

“What is a Private Blog Network?” I thought, so I clicked on the video and I was hooked. Buying expired domains to get instant search engine rankings? YES PLEASE!

I bought the Deadbeat Super Affiliate course for $29 and I was ready to start ranking. I learned that backlinks, or links were essential to getting your website ranking.

“No wonder!” I thought “that’s what I was missing”

I was building sites, but I wasn’t building links to my sites. I was missing the key ingredient!

It was toward the beginning of 2017, and I ignored that the course was already a couple years old. After all, how much could things change in a year or two?

It turns out A LOT can change and buying expired domains and fiverr links isn’t enough to rank a site these days...

course really

I did some more research on Private Blog Networks and heard that you could rank sites just using them. Then became familiar with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and realized that to rank sites in competitive niches, you needed a lot more than Fiverr links.

I then decided to go on a learning binge, I bought about 30 courses on Udemy on everything from affiliate marketing to social media marketing. I really wanted to “get” this online marketing thing.

Unfortunately most of the courses were a waste of time, and I swore off ever buying a Udemy course again.

I then went down another rabbit hole and discovered Bluechip Backlinks by Terry Kyle. This was a program that cost $99 per month, that would allow you to find an unlimited amount of expired “powerful” domain.

I was excited to find this and went all in. I probably purchased over 100 expired domains only to later realize that they were mostly “toxic” domains that actually lowered rankings instead of raising them. The training was beyond scattered and confusing and was missing some critical pieces of information.

Gray Hat Affiliate Courses

After that I started to looking for real experts and got into Matt Diggity. From there then started following Lion Zeal and went down the path of grey hat SEO. From what I was learning, it seemed like you can’t rank unless you are using PBN’s and using questionable link building techniques (not true).

But I bought the idea hook, line and sinker. I took Daryl Rosser’s Scientific Rankings and learned a bit more about grey hat affiliate SEO.

Then I took another course by a guy who’s last name rhymes with “Bloate” and learned a bit about backlinks and tiered link building – but I later realized most of the information was useless and he was more of a snake oil salesman than a true SEO expert...

dont buy snake oil from a marketer

I was a bit bitter from the experience, but my sites were starting to rank. I felt like I stumbled and fumbled my way into actually having some success.

Meeting An Honest Affiliate

Towards the end of 2017 I became aware of Greg Jeffries through some Facebook posts praising his SEO Affiliate Domination. I was instantly intrigued as other people were recommending his course in Facebook groups without any prompting.

I decided to check out his course, even though I didn’t really do much research on it other than looking at his website and checking out some of his impressive dashboards.

He just came across as a genuine person, not a know-it-all type “guru” who had all the answers. I took his course and he had all the tactics I already knew at that point with PBN’s, a bunch of tools and writing SEO articles.

If I hadn’t already taken 20 affiliate marketing courses I might have been impressed, but I felt like I had already seen most of it and was sort of disappointed. But just for shits and giggles I decided to make one of his churn and burn style sites from an expired domain I had that wasn’t doing anything, and immediately started making a few hundred dollars per month.

I still didn’t think much of it because it felt sort of spammy. But I tried it again on another domain and then things really started taking off for me. These churn and burn type sites began making more money than my regular affiliate sites, giving me some breathing room to experiment with different things.

From Affiliate SEO To Affiliate Marketing

From the beginning of January 2018 to around October I decided to reinvest into learning even more about affiliate marketing as well as SEO. I took several additional courses and got some high level Youtube coaching so that I could take things to the next level.

The one course that really stuck out was the Authority Hacker course. It showed that using PBN’s really are not the be-all-end-all for ranking sites. I learned that your content should be good enough that people actually want to link to it. So it completely changed the way I thought about writing content and earning links.

Then in November I bought the Income School Project 24 course and it forced me to rethink affiliate marketing yet AGAIN. The real take away from the course was that focusing on obtaining backlinks takes away from the time and effort you could devote to making great articles and earning links naturally.

This made a lot of sense to me, but of course there are some limitations to this way of building sites, especially in more competitive niches.

I hope my story gives you a better sense of where I am coming from, and to see that when it comes to testing out affiliate marketing courses that I have been there, done that.

deciding between affiliate courses

So What Course Should You Get?

If you are just starting out with affiliate marketing and want something simple and easy to manage, Income School Project 24 is the perfect choice.

If you have done affiliate marketing for a while, and need to take things to the next level than the Authority Hacker course is awesome even if you are already earning a few hundred dollars per month.

If you just need some quick cash and are fine with building short term assets, then SEO Affiliate Domination is for you.

Is there a course I am missing?

If you think there is an affiliate marketing course that isn’t on the list, that should be on here please let me know in the comment section below!

Worst Affiliate Marketing Course?

If there is a really sh*tty course that your unhappy with, please say what it is in the comment section!

Get Access To My Updates

Join the newsletter and get access to FREE my affiliate marketing bootcamp training

Leave a Comment:

3 comments
Lusekelo M Hudson says December 20, 2018

What a journey!!!, Jeremy, I salute you, They only course I tried from your list is Wealthy Affiliate, but I didn’t like them very much, I decided to go with Affilorama.

Reply
Juan says December 23, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this! thanks for mentioning the courses, wasn´t aware of 2 of them! J.

Reply
    Jeremy Harrison says December 24, 2018

    Hi Juan,

    Glad you enjoyed it! Which two courses did you not know about before?

    Reply
Add Your Reply