Looking for the best affiliate marketing courses on the market RIGHT NOW? I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars and give you the top 3 so you can SAVE YOUR money!
Best for beginners who focus on uncompetitive niches
Best-overall content to succeed even in competitive niches
Great for people looking to make a quick buck
Updated January 23, 2020: 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LOT’s of affiliate marketing courses that are nothing but a money grab that is either recycled trash, or is filled with outdated info that you could find anywhere else on the internet.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.
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.
Authority Hacker's The Authority Site System (TASS) isn't just another affiliate marketing course.
The Authority Site System the brain child of Gael Breton and Mark Website who (used to run) the popular Health Ambition blog. They also run numerous other successful affiliate sites and have a popular podcast.
I got turned on to Authority Hacker 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's Authority Site System course is very systematic and is also well laid out for beginners. Authority Hacker has three different courses:
The awesome thing about the Authority Hacker courses 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 Authority Site System 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 Income School's Project 24 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 their 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.
Check out my Income School Project 24 review here!
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
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.
SEO Affiliate Domination comes in two price points:
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.
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.
You can read my full review here
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
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. Spencer is one of the top affiliates for Clickfunnels and it's been estimated he makes over $100k per month from Clickfunnels alone.
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.
Affiliate Secrets 2.0 currently costs $897 for the first 100 purchases, but he has free training as well
When you are looking at affiliate marketing courses to buy it’s important that you don’t get ripped off!
Buying so many shitty 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...
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 if I were able to get on the first page for this term, then I would REALLY be rich!”
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?”
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
If there is a really shitty course that your unhappy with, please let me know what it is in the comment section!