If you have found yourself here, then you maybe already know a little about affiliate marketing? Perhaps you have done some research and decided that it’s a viable business option for you.
So, what is the best affiliate marketing program for beginners?
I have been through all the credible courses out there and selected my top three for you, to give you a picture of what you can get and a cross comparison to help you choose the best course for you.
Choosing the right course is quite personal and it really depends on what you are looking for.
So first I will start with a summary of each course or you can jump right down to the comparison chart if you want to get to the MEAT of this article.
A word of warning, none of these programs will get you rich quick. They all take hard work and dedication, but doesn’t any legitimate business? Get rich quicks schemes are scams, nothing more. These programs I have selected because ALL of them are credible, viable businesses that can lead you to create real wealth online and to own your own successful home business.
And there are more detailed reviews on each one which you can click to.. don’t miss those!
Wealthy Affiliate – Community and training
Wealthy Affiliate is for both beginners and advanced marketers. How can this be? Well the course starts you off, focussing on beginners, teaching you how to build a website on WordPress from scratch (a 30 second website builder is included), Then you are taken through step by step how to set up your affiliate business.
This includes finding a niche, building your content around the right keywords and developing your business through tried and tested methods, such as SEO and organic traffic generation, social media traffic, email marketing and paid traffic methods.
For the more advanced marketeers it is a priceless opportunity to keep learning and network with those already in affiliate marketing through the very active and respectful community. Something to consider that you can continue with when you are no longer a beginner – you won’t be a beginner forever!
It’s a tried and tested training course that provides a stable long term business.
Affilorama – With an Option for fast track
This is one of the largest affiliate marketing training programs and offers a variety of different ways that you can approach setting up your business from scratch. The first way, through the program called Affiloblueprint, is similar to that of Wealthy Affiliate, through setting up your own website and building your business with step by step, over the shoulder, training. It is a highly credible and well respected affiliate marketing training program. And it’s great for beginners.
In addition there is always something to learn for the advanced marketeer with this program too.
You can fast track your business and buy a package (Affilojetpack) where a lot of the hard work is done for you, including your website built, your emails made and articles written and a whole lot more. Naturally this costs a lot more (around the $800 mark), so it depends what you are looking for here and what your budget is. If you can afford it, this is a fantastic fast track way to get started.
There is ongoing training and support offered and the training is thorough, detailed, professional and up to date.
Chris Farrell Membership – Email Marketing at It’s Best
This is slightly different to the two above in that instead of creating a full website surrounding your niche you are essentially using a mini 3 page website to drive traffic to your website and get them to sign up to your email list. Then you use the LIST to communicate with your customers and sell products to them. It’s still affiliate marketing but with a different twist. It’s not all about selling either, as you can imagine how that would turn people off.
You choose your own niche, as with the other two and Chris helps you with this. And then the training walks you through how to build your website, how to drive traffic to it and how to entice that list and talk to them respectfully without pushing a heavy sell.
The training is very clear and easy to understand and this method is probably the most straightforward for any beginner
So now lets get onto the comparisons
So I have looked at what i think a beginner needs when setting up an affiliate marketing business and compared this on all three of the programs that I recommend
Here are the criteria I chose and why:
- Initial set up – how quickly can you get the foundation of your business going, your basic website
- Clarity of training – is the step by step training clear and easy to follow
- Level of simplicity – how easy is it for a beginner to understand the full course
- Speed of training – how quickly can you move through building your business, and get through the entire training program
- Cost – how much is the initial package to set up, the basic cost
- Community – is there a community of other affiliate marketers for knowledge and moral support
- Access to the owners – Can you contact the owners if you need to
- Technical support – is there technical support available once you get started
- Ongoing training and updated information – Once you have completed the course what further information is there to help you build your business
I have chosen a rating scale of 1 to 5 where 5 is the optimum and 1 is that this is pretty non existent as a feature. You will notice that nothing gets below a 3, this is because I endorse all 3 programs because they are ALL very good at different things.
So what does all this mean?
Well this comparison chart is based on my own personal experience, and I am recommending any of these 3 products, which I think are the best three out there.
Whichever one you choose depends on what you need to get started.
For instance, are you looking to get set up really quickly and have something profitable up and running in the shortest amount of time? Then I would recommend either Chris Farrell Membership.
If you have the money and want a lot of the work done for you, Affilojetpack from Affilorama is absolutely an excellent way to get started.
If you are looking for support and community to help you through the process, then I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate.
If you see yourself learning quickly and thirsting for more and more marketing knowledge in the future, then you need something more long term and are better off with either Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama.
If access to the owners for real expertise and advice is important, I would suggest Chris Farrell Membership or Wealthy Affiliate.
I could go on, but then what I am doing is just writing out the table above in words!
The scoring does mean that for me, Wealthy Affiliate comes out on top as I think this is absolutely the best training out there. What I love is that you can try it out for free for as long as you like to see if it works for you. I think if you do, you own’t look back!
What do I use?
Well I use Wealthy Affiliate to build my business as a premium member. I used their training to set up and host my websites because the package is so reasonable.
BUT, to make things more complicated, I use Affilorama for some training information and they often send out emails with ever such interesting information, monthly. I am on the free membership to take advantage of this. I went through as many affiliate training programs as I think are out there when I first started, so I feel I really know which ones are the best.
And I used Chris Farrell Membership to give me ideas to set up my email system and work with my email list. Which I am still working on and always will be.
If you want to know more about my experience, you can find out more here.
The only thing I would say is, as a beginner, don’t overwhelm yourself with too much like I did. Select one, learn from that, in the first instance, just stick to that, then branch out to make the most of the rest. In these packages you get a lot for free, so take what you kind and find the best for you.