Today you’re going to learn which are the best affiliate marketing courses online, so you don’t waste massive amounts of time and money on the crappy ones. These recommendations are based on the 450+ hours I’ve personally spent buying, researching and testing affiliate marketing training programs.
Here’s the top ten:
🏆 Best Affiliate Marketing Course 🏆
Here are all the courses I’ve reviewed in-depth so far:
|Authority Hacker's TASS|| 4.6/5||Authority Hacker review|
|Income School's Project 24|| 4/5||Project 24 review|
|Commission Hero|| 2.6/5||Commission Hero review|
|Udemy affiliate marketing courses|| 2/5||Udemy affiliate marketing courses review|
|Affiliate Marketing Mastery|| 1.5/5||Affiliate Marketing Mastery review|
|Affilorama|| 1.5/5||Affilorama review|
|Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing|| 1.5/5||Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review|
|Wealthy Affiliate|| 1/5||Wealthy Affiliate review|
|Six Figure Mentors|| 0.7/5||Six Figure Mentors review|
|ClickBank University|| 0.5/5||ClickBank University review|
|Super Affiliate System|| 0.5/5||Super Affiliate System review|
If you want to know:
- Why the Authority Hacker course is my top pick
- Why popular courses like Wealthy Affiliate and ClickBank University are so bad
- How much money I make from affiliate marketing
- Why learning affiliate marketing on Udemy isn’t a good idea
- The best places to learn affiliate marketing for free
Then definitely keep reading.
About the Author
Hey, I’m Niall Doherty.
I quit my last 9-to-5 job back in 2010.
Since then, I’ve earned my living online doing a variety of things:
- Web design
- Online courses
At the end of 2018, I decided to focus on affiliate marketing.
Here’s a graph of affiliate income through my first 22 months…
All that to say: I haven’t simply taken lots of affiliate marketing courses – I’ve actually TRIED and TESTED many of the tactics and strategies shared in those courses, and know from experience what works and what doesn’t.
Best Affiliate Marketing Courses 2020
The Authority Site System – Key Points
The Authority Site System isn’t just the best affiliate marketing training I’ve seen – it’s one of the best online courses I’ve seen on ANY topic.
It checks all the boxes:
- Plenty of recent student success stories.
- They explain WHY they advise each action, then show you HOW to actually do it, step-by-step.
- Regularly updated.
- No over-the-top salesy crap.
- Totally white hat.
- An active and helpful private community.
- Combined text AND video lessons, making it easy to learn and refer back.
- Loads of useful templates included in the course.
- A 30-day money-back guarantee (no strings attached).
- A one-time entry fee (no recurring payment).
- Created by well-respected affiliate marketing experts who are constantly building their own successful sites (ie. they practice what they preach).
That’s not to say that the Authority Hacker course is perfect – you’ll find a list of criticisms and nitpicks in our full review – but it’s about as good as an online course can be.
Their training was the main reason I quickly began earning $1k/month as an affiliate marketer 1 … and I’ve yet to find another course that packs the same punch.
Project 24 – Key Points
As you can tell from the criticisms in my full review, there are elements of the Project 24 approach to building niche sites that I find questionable, such as their extreme stance on keyword tools and link building.
But I still ended up giving the course a 4-star rating.
For two main reasons:
- The creators of Income school have a track record of building successful niche sites, so clearly their approach works well for them.
- The same approach seems to work well for many of their students.
Given that, I’m happy to recommend Project 24, and think it may actually work better than the Authority Hacker course for some people.
(If you’re trying to choose between the Authority Hacker and Income School courses, see this article for further comparison.)
The Affiliate Lab – Key Points
I haven’t reviewed The Affiliate Lab fully yet but I expect it’s an excellent course.
Matt is a well-respected SEO and successful affiliate marketer in his own right, and his students look to be getting solid results. Two students even told me they prefer this course to Authority Hacker’s TASS.
Five Figure Niche Site – Key Points
Doug puts out quality free content, he’s built some high-performing affiliate sites himself, and his students seem to be doing well. I expect this to be a solid course, but I haven’t reviewed it fully yet.
Note that Five Figure Niche Site only accepts new students a few times per year.
Affiliate Marketing Video Course – Key Points
Matt has built and still runs some very nice affiliate sites, and I enjoy his free content. (He’s also funny AF.)
His course looks short and sweet and is priced accordingly. But I’ve yet to see/hear of any results from students.
Commission Hero – Key Points
Commission Hero teaches you how to promote affiliate products using Facebook ads.
(The courses listed previously mainly teach you how to get free search engine traffic from Google.)
The advantage of using paid ads – as opposed to free traffic – is that you can start generating revenue right away instead of waiting weeks or months to get ranked high on Google.
But the downside of paid ads is the cost.
Commission Hero claims you can make $1000 per day following their training, but at a typical 40% profit margin you’d need to be spending $600 per day on ads to make that much.
Given that, I don’t recommend anyone interested in affiliate marketing go the paid ads route if they’re on a tight budget.
But if you like the sound of paid ads and you have the money to spend on them, the Commission Hero training is worth a look.
Digital Worth Academy – Key Points
Another course I’ve yet to review fully. But based on the sales page and a quick scan of their site, it looks legit. The student success stories are impressive and they’ve got a 30-day money-back guarantee. No obvious red flags that I can see.
123 Affiliate Marketing – Key Points
I’m skeptical of this one.
No doubt Pat has earned millions as an affiliate himself, but I believe he’s done so primarily from a single site which he started way back in 2010. The testimonials on his sales page mostly offer generic praise for the course, no reports of significant results achieved by students.
Plus, I’ve heard from multiple sources that he doesn’t teach anything about search engine optimization in the course, which strikes me as odd.
Update: Pat responded to the above criticisms on Twitter…
Savage Affiliates – Key Points
Udemy is an online course platform that regularly offers courses for as little as $10.
There are dozens of courses related to affiliate marketing on there. But having spent 5+ hours of researching those courses, I can’t in good faith recommend ANY of them.
But if you’re still keen, these are the 5 top-rated affiliate marketing programs on Udemy:
Disclaimer: the prices shown on this page are auto-updated from Udemy's database every 24 hours. Prices may change at any time. Be sure to double-check the price on the Udemy website or app before signing up for a course.
(For more about Udemy, check out my full Udemy review.)
Skillshare Affiliate Marketing Courses
Skillshare doesn’t seem to offer any decent affiliate marketing training either. The several courses I researched on there all had serious issues.
I really wanted to find a good affiliate course on Skillshare because you can get two months free access with this link.
But it wasn’t to be…
The courses on Skillshare suffer from the same issues as those on Udemy (explained here):
- Meaningless ratings
- Outdated training
- No proof that the instructors are successful affiliate marketers themselves
By all means, sign up for the two free months of Skillshare and go through a few courses, but I believe you’d be better off going through the free affiliate marketing resources listed here.
Affiliate Marketing Mastery by Stefan James
Affiliate Marketing Mastery – Key Points
Affilorama – Key Points
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – Key Points
Wealthy Affiliate – Key Points
Here’s my video review of WA:
The Cashflow System by Tai Lopez
The Cashflow System – Key Points
I’ve bought and reviewed two other Tai Lopez courses.
I’ve learned to believe only 33% of what comes out of the man’s mouth, and I’m not at all convinced that his Cashflow System produces successful students.
Six Figure Mentors
Six Figure Mentors – Key Points
ClickBank University – Key Points
Here’s a quick video I made to give you a taste of ClickBank University’s many sins:
Super Affiliate System by John Crestani
Super Affiliate System – Key Points
Affiliate Marketing FAQs
- What is affiliate marketing?
- How much money can you make as an affiliate marketer?
- Why do so many other reviews recommend Wealthy Affiliate?
- Does affiliate marketing = passive income?
- Why haven’t you reviewed [insert name of course here]?
- What is the best affiliate marketing course?
- How can I learn affiliate marketing for free?
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote other people’s products or services, and collect a commission for every successful referral.
To promote those products and services, you can use free traffic or paid traffic.
Here’s how it typically works for free traffic:
The above graphic uses the Amazon affiliate program as an example. Many other ecommerce sites also have affiliate programs you can sign up for.
- Almost every web hosting service (eg Bluehost)
Search engines like Google are the most common source of free traffic.
If you go the paid traffic route, affiliate marketing looks more like this:
If someone else is selling something online, chances are they have an affiliate program you can sign up for. Then it’s simply a matter of linking to their products and services from your website – or newsletter / ads / social media – and collecting a commission for every sale you refer.
Sounds easy, right?
Well, not quite.
The hard part is getting people to visit your site – or open your email, or watch your ad, etc. – and providing them with enough value that they trust your recommendation, click on your link, and make a purchase.
How much money can you make as an affiliate marketer?
The sad truth is that many people who try affiliate marketing make very little money from it. At the same time, it’s not uncommon for people to earn significant amounts of money via affiliate marketing.
- Michelle Schroeder-Gardner consistently earns $50,000 per month in affiliate commissions from her finance and lifestyle blog.
- A blog about house plants (Succulents and Sunshine) earns about $5,500 per month in affiliate commissions.
- An affiliate website about personal finance (Money Saving Expert) sold for $134 million back in 2012.
For more details on those sites and many more, see my curated list of affiliate marketing website examples.
Why do so many other reviews recommend Wealthy Affiliate?
There are probably more reviews of Wealthy Affiliate online than there are reviews of all the other affiliate marketing courses combined. This is because 60% of the Wealthy Affiliate core training explicitly encourages and instructs students to recruit other paying members to WA.
At most, every other AM course I’ve seen – even the crappy ones – has a lesson or two at the end showing you how to sign up for the affiliate program and start promoting the course to others.
But inside Wealthy Affiliate there are literally 70 core lessons teaching people how to promote the damn thing. Compared to only 50 lessons for folks who are not interested in the make money/affiliate marketing niche.
And it’s the reason why the internet is now littered with overly positive reviews of WA.
Does affiliate marketing = passive income?
No. While affiliate marketing can lead to passive income, and affiliate marketing businesses tend to be quite scalable, it usually takes a TON of hard work and patience before affiliate marketers start earning a decent amount of passive income.
The journey of this Project 24 student is typical:
He worked his tail off and even hired some writers, yet only earned ~$4000 in his first year as an affiliate marketer.
The good news is that his income is steadily trending upwards 📈
I wouldn’t be surprised if his site was pulling in $3000/month after another year, and far more beyond that.
As you can see from my curated list of affiliate marketing websites, it’s entirely possible for mature affiliate sites to earn $10,000’s or even $100,000’s per month.
That’s when the passive income dream becomes real.
But it usually takes several years to get to that point.
Can you please review [insert name of course here]?
There are other affiliate marketing courses out there that I simply haven’t gotten to yet.
Please drop a comment below if you know of a course that should be on my radar.
I’ve also written an article to help you figure out for yourself if an affiliate marketing course is good or not:
What is the best affiliate marketing training?
Below are my picks, based on the 450+ hours I’ve personally spent buying, researching and testing a bunch of AM courses.
🏆 Top 10 Affiliate Marketing Courses 🏆
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