What is the Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners?

Are you looking to learn Affiliate Marketing?  Getting Started in Affiliate Marketing is an aspiration of many who are looking for a way of earning money online and finally giving up the day job.

Affiliate Marketing is in a massive growth stage at the moment and to be successful you need to understand what Affiliate Marketing is, and what there is to learn to be successful in Affiliate Marketing.  But more importantly, you are here to find out what is the best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners!

What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you are unsure what Affiliate Marketing is, I have written a post describing it in full – “What is Affiliate Marketing Really About”.

But in short, Affiliate Marketing has 3 parties.  You (the affiliate), the Product/Service Owner & the Buyer.  By signing up with an affiliate program you get rewarded by introducing a buyer to a product or service with a commission.  This is typically a percentage of the product price.

Check out this graphic, which shows you process…

How Affiliate Marketing Really Works?

Whilst the premise is simple, there is much more to learn than just understanding how Affiliate Marketing works.

What Else Is There to Learn in Affiliate Marketing?

There is actually a lot that you need to learn effectively to become successful at Affiliate Marketing – the first thing I will discuss is the need to treat this like a business model.

Thinking about it as a business will have so many benefits to your chances of earning money from affiliate marketing.

When I first started out, I came across an article of Affiliate Marketing and I started looking at a number of opportunities to get started and I came across an online certification course to getting started with Affiliate Marketing – it is an amazing course and covers all aspects of an online business, but before I share with you the course it also highlighted what you need to learn to become successful, but whilst it looks complicated it really isn’t.

But by going through the course I learned what other things I needed to know to get the most out of Affiliate Marketing:

  • Picking a Niche for your Affiliate Marketing Business
  • Building a Website & Optimising it for the Search Engines
  • Creating Content for your website and getting it ranked on the search engines
  • Social Media Marketing & Getting Social Engagement

It might seem like there is a lot to learn, but that is why I spent my time researching and finding the best course to learn it all.  There are plenty of courses out there, but they do not necessarily offer the best courses – mainly due to their training being a little out of date or expect you to pay up front without giving you the chance to see if that course is the best for you.  They also offer only training and not any tools towards achieving it.

The course I want to share with you is the platform that I myself has been using for over two years.  Their training is geared towards people who have no clue to an online business, step-by-step guides and videos to help you get started.  They also offer you the tools included (such as a WordPress website builder and keyword research tool) as part of the membership.  I have exclusively used Wealthy Affiliate for my online business, before I started with them I had no clue on how to get a website ranked in Google or even build a website.

Why Wealthy Affiliate Offers the Best Affiliate Marketing Course?

Wealthy Affiliate’s platform offers 3 elements that sets it apart from other Affiliate Marketing training platforms:

  1. Education – All aspects of an online business and affiliate marketing are covered in step-by-step guides, videos, classrooms.
  2. Awesome Tools – WordPress Website Builder, Website Hosting, Keyword Research Tool, Social Engagement Tools, etc.
  3. Expert Help & Support – Get Help & Support from a community of Internet Entrepreneurs all with the same aims. You will also get Expert Support from Me.

The key training that I want to share with you is the Online Certification Course.  It is ideal for beginners and by the end of the first course, you will have picked a niche, have a website up and running and actually be ready to start on your affiliate marketing journey.

Online Certification Course

This course is set out into 5 sets of 10 lessons and is all geared to getting you started with your own online business.  See details of the first 10 lessons below and what the course objective is:

Online Certification Course - WA

Online Certification Course - WA

One of the things I love about the training at Wealthy Affiliate is that it is written for those that haven’t got a clue, the videos will talk you through all the tasks that are set, and you can actually tick the tasks as you complete.  This makes it much easier to see where you are up to.  When you log back on and click back on training, it will take you straight back to where you were you up to.

Tasks - WA

Their use of pictures is also really helpful. Again, this shows you the steps that are being set out in the training.

Images - WA

Getting Help When You Really Need It

But I think the biggest benefit of the training at Wealthy Affiliate is the community.  Everyone gets stuck sometimes, but by asking the question in the community will give you an answer. You will also find that, unlike other platforms, you get help and support from the owners of Wealthy Affiliate – Kyle & Carson.

When I first started out with my first niche website, I wasn’t too sure what niche to target so I asked the community and it was actually Kyle who answered it and advised me I was being too broad.

The training is great and is constantly kept up to date, and there is plenty of training that has been created by the community on a number of subjects and will benefit anyone in their online business, but I think the help and support you get is just as useful as the training.

How to Get Started with Wealthy Affiliate – With My Support

I always recommend anyone to research a product before trying it, and I will still give you that advice – if you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, here is the link to my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

But unlike other training platforms, you will not need to pay to experience Wealthy Affiliate with their free Starter Membership account.  Kyle & Carson (WA Owners) are determined that you are fully happy with their platform and the only way you can see if the training course and the tools are for you is by checking it out.

I have seen many training courses where you have to pay just to try it and when you actually find it is no good, it is difficult to get a refund.

To get started with a Free Starter Membership at Wealthy Affiliate, Click Here.  If you do decide to try it out, make sure you get in touch. I would love to help you out.

In my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate offers the best affiliate marketing course for beginners.

Free Starter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate

If you have any questions about Affiliate Marketing, Wealthy Affiliate or if you want to share your experiences with Wealthy Affiliate, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

26 thoughts on “What is the Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners?”

  1. Wealthy Affiliate really helps for my knowledge to build a website and make money with affiliate marketing. There are many seminars out there but it is so expensive. The value receive in return is questionable. With Wealthy Affiliate I can learn so much in just $19. Really recommend a newbie to check it out.

    • Hey Kit,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.

      These seminars also tend to be a waste of money, they give enough away to entice you to the product without committing anything.

      You can a lot without spending anything at WA, you can also choose to upgrade at any point – but what I like is it isn’t pushy.  Everyone is different and learns at a different pace and needs more support.

      That is what Wealthy Affiliate is about.

      Thanks again


  2. Great article! I think your use of visuals really explain what affiliate marketing is and how it works.  I would like to add that Wealthy Affiliate is also a great place even if you have some experience.

    I have been trying to make money online since 2008, but it wasn’t until last year in 2017 when I found Weatlhy Affiliate. My websites went from a small amount of traffic every month to thousands of visitors a week.  

    What I’ve learned in just under a year has really helped me on the path to success.

    • Hi James,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  You are so right, Anyone can benefit from Wealthy Affiliate, I used the techniques on my wife’s wedding stationary website and saw great results.  It just shows that there are many benefits to Wealthy Affiliate and it can grow with you as your grow your business.

      I am glad you found WA and it helped your business.



  3. I really liked the post. It laid out just what affiliate marketing was in laymans terms and didn’t get bogged down in jargon. My experience of Wealthy Affiliate is just as John says. High quality training and all the help you could possibly want from a great community of like minded entrepreneurs.

    Great to know that the founders of the company are still active within the community and actually answer questions. This shows an excellent standard of service. Great place to be

    • Hey Jon,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  I know of no other platform that gives you access to the owners.  Kyle and Carson are active in the community every day and are always there to help people.  But you also get a personal coach when you join to help when Kyle & Carson aren’t around (time differences for example).

      thanks again


  4. Well, most of the training courses I’ve researched this week want something in return for a trial run – even if it’s just a dollar, it’s nice to see something that’s free for once. 

    I’m wondering how effective these ten lessons are – how far could you go with the knowledge you gain from just them? Would it be possible to stay on the starter membership without paying the premium to upgrade? Also, how long were you a starter member for?

    • Hi Chris,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving your comments.

      The ten lessons set up the foundations of your affiliate marketing business and by the end of it you would have a website and be able to understand the basics of creating content, SEO and signing up with affiliate programs.  It is entirely possible to stay on the starter membership as the classrooms are still available to a starter member, just not all of the training is available.  But I know a number of people who stayed a starter member until they were ready.

      People do worry about the premium cost, but I know someone who pays £50 a month just for a website.  But it is an option for when people are ready.

      To your question, I signed up and within a week I went Premium – just because a) I could afford it and b) I could see the potential.  But that is what being able to experience it yourself gives you.



  5. Thanks for short introduction on affiliate marketing and wealthy affiliate. The information you provide about affiliate marketing is correct. But, to find good affiliate marketing course is hard because there has a lot of scams out there.

    It seems wealthy affiliate is a good choice to get started with. Can you elaborate more about wealthy affiliate. I believe there are a lot of things in wealthy affiliate that make it very good to get started as a beginner. 🙂

    • Hey Amer,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  There are unfortunately a lot of scams out there, but you can normally spot them a mile away – overpromising, videos where they state the program will do the work for you, etc.

      Wealthy Affiliate is very honest about the time and effort you will need to put in to make it work.  There are million dollar businesses that were started on Wealthy Affiliate, but they still needed to put the time and effort into their business and start like we do.

      I have written a full comprehensive review on Wealthy Affiliate – Head on over and you can get the full details on WA.



  6. Affiliate marketing is a bit difficult to understand for beginners, you have explained it well here. It takes having a good course that teaches you how to go about creating a website and incorporating the appropriate affiliate links. Wealthy affiliate seems to be providing all this services under one package plus helping you build a website of your own. If one is able to get the free package, I would say go for it though in my country the free option is not available.

    • Hey Anita,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  Wealthy Affiliate does offer some great training and many people have benefitted from it.  You are right, there are some countries where the free option isn’t available. But if someone is interested in earning the potential, they can consider the premium option too.



  7. I have been thinking of getting into affiliate marketing to make a little extra income for some time now. I happened upon your website here by sheer luck. I have been doing research on different platforms that could possibly offer me the best training that would best benefit me. I signed up to a couple that i thought might benefit me in my quest. In the beginning they all would say get started free and you will be making money in no time. Once in they would give you like one training video and then, POOW, in order to go any further you need to upgrade for like $97 a month, i don’t think so. I think i came upon this site, which i found on google during my research and found it just might be what i’ve been looking for. So i started researching Wealthy Affiliate and i could not find one bad review. Finding this article has truly been a eureka moment for me and i just want to thank you for that.


    • Hey Robert,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  You are welcome.  I have seen a number of products that do that – “this video is how I did it you can do it too” (but handover your money.).  It is underhand and a lot of the resources out there do not end up being Affiliate Marketing anyway.

      Wealthy Affiliate’s starter membership is free and you can stay free, choosing to upgrade when you are ready to.  I have known starter members that have succeeded with their sites and upgraded when they are ready.  I have also seen people upgrade straightway and reach their goals within 6 months.

      It is totally down to the individual – but i will say the training on offer in the starter membership is awesome for newbies.

      Thanks again


  8. Wealthy Affiliate seems to be the number one platform for beginners for learning affiliate marketing. People mostly have good things to say about Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a pity that its fee Starter Membership is not available in my country, India. While I have heard only good things about Wealthy Affiliate, I would like to hear the cons of it too. I cannot believe that Wealthy Affiliate is all good. There must surely be some cons too. Since you’re a member, I’m sure you’re aware of what  either side of the fence. Please share with us some serious cons. Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Sukumar,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  WA has made the decision to restrict the starter membership to some countries.  Typically it is down to experience of people not being genuine if I am honest.  But it does not stop someone from these countries joining with the Premium Membership (showing they are genuine about the program and not abusing it).

      I agree, there are always things that can be improved – but with WA I wouldn’t say they are cons.  But in my experience, the only thing I would say for a beginner joining the platform is it can be a bit overwhelming the amount of stuff you can learn on there.  & the biggest disappointment tends to come from our own expectations.

      Wealthy Affiliate’s owners (Kyle & Carson) are very honest that this is a business model and you need to treat it like this to succeed.  You will also need to invest time and effort and concentrate on quality content to see the rewards.

      But I cannot say there are any other cons to Wealthy Affiliate.  Manage your own expectations and you will succeed with their training.



  9. I find your article verying interesting.  You mention the free starter program.  How long is the starter program free?  Do I have a week to check it out?  I have search for a long time on finding ways to make money online, and I will get close to starting something out and then there usually seems to be some bells going off that it doesn’t feel right, so I like the idea of being able to check it out before paying anything.  When would I have to start paying and how much would I pay afterward?  Does it take a very long time to develop a website and how do you have find affiliates to work with.  Thanks so much for the information.  Sorry, I have lots of questions.  

    • Hey,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments/questions.  do not worry about the number of questions, someone else will be asking the same and I am here to help.

      The starter membership is free for however long you wish to remain a starter member.  Many stay with the starter membership until they are ready to upgrade to the premium membership.  The Premium Membership gives you full access to all Wealthy Affiliate has to offer, including 25 full domain websites with SSL certificates, Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool, Weekly Webinars, Live Chat and All of the training (just to name a few features).

      The premium membership is $49/month or $359/year.  But is an option there for when people are ready to take the next step with their online business – Some upgrade straightaway as they want to really invest into Affiliate Marketing, but it is never pushed.

      Some people believe they have to upgrade within 7 days due to the special offer ($19 for the first month). but the 2 free websites that are included in the starter membership are yours for as long as you want them.

      Learning to develop your website – You will have a free website up and running by lesson 4 and once you are happy with your initial theme, the emphasis is on the content and not the look of the website which you can cover later on (as long as you like your initial theme).

      It doesn’t take long to find affiliate programs to join, and the biggest one most people consider at first is Amazon.  It is a global marketplace with a lot of trust from its buyers, so many (including me) started with the Amazon Associates program.

      I am hoping this has answered some of your questions, but I do advise you to read my Wealthy Affiliate Review to understand the platform a little more.



  10. Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money. I started Affiliate Marketing three years ago when I was alone with three kids and needed some extra income. So far, I have made two sites that make money, and with the increase in the number of visitors, every month the income is increasing.
    Your article explained great what Affiliate Marketing is, and I would really recommend it to anyone who wants to have a side job or even start their own business online.

    • Hi,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  WE totally agree with you, affiliate marketing is a great route for anyone looking to earn money online.  It doesn’t require huge start up costs, you can choose a hobby or a passion which makes it an ideal choice and it can fit in and around a busy family.  We started it whilst both having full time jobs, people who are serious can definitely do it.

      Wealthy Affiliate is the ideal training platform for someone who wants to learn and earn from affiliate marketing, and we hope we have helped people understand that with our post.

      All the best


  11. This is really a great post here and I value this a lot. Wealthy affiliate is the best platform that anyone could be on currently if one needs to be better at affiliate marketing. The platform seem to have it all especially the fact that they provide enough training to help anyone get started with their journey. This is a great one to see here and thank you for sharing to us here. Thumbs up

    • Hey Rodger,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  We feel the same, Wealthy Affiliate offers a fantastic platform for those looking to find a genuine route to making money online, or even those who have beens struggling to get their affiliate marketing business up and running and profitable.

      All the best


  12. I agree with your writing that one of the best I’ve ever tried is Wealthy Affiliate. Several other sites, which offer the same program, do not help me to make money online, because I feel they teach people who already understand about affiliate marketing (even though I did not understand at all at that time). And thank you to wealthy affiliate who helped me to get out of work 9 to 5.
    By the way, how long have you joined WA and with what username? Maybe I can follow you.

    • Hi Asmadi,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  We have reviewed many other training platforms and they all seem to miss out on offering a real strategy for beginners.  We feel this is maybe because they don’t care as much as Kyle and Carson do about making sure people succeed.  Many of the others do not give you access to the owners, this shows they are only interested in you paying up.

      Kyle and Carson, and every other ambassador at WA really want you to succeed and this comes through in the way the training is written, and the help is offered and the fact you will get to talk to Kyle & Carson in the live chat quite often, where they are offering advice.

      They provide you the information, you need to go and take action.  Which looks like you have achieved this, if you are currently got out of your normal job. (well done)

      My username is JohnCrossley at WA, and we are always here to help people!

      All the best


  13. You have really explained how Wealthy Affiliate is so great for beginners and experienced Affiliate Marketers in your post. In my experience here at Wealthy Affiliate I think that there isn’t any other community that is so helpful and supportive to all members, whether they are beginners or experienced.  There is so much to learn and Wealthy Affiliate has everything you need to be prosperous and successful in any niche.

    Your Blueprint Guide is so helpful for people wanting more information about Affiliate Marketing. I requested it and think alot of other people will too, that want more information from you. Your knowledge and experience will be a great way to help anyone that wants to get started with your guidance and Wealthy Affiliates  courses anyone can succeed.

    Kinda Bush

    • Hi,

      thanks for checking out our blog.  Helping people is what we love to do and we are glad you found our guide useful.

      I think the most important aspect of Wealthy Affiliate for people just stepping into the online world is the support and the help that is available.  This can be a scary proposition, especially if you have no experience online.

      But from the moment you step into the platform you get support from all angles – from the owners, from other members, ourselves.

      Aside from the awesome training and other fantastic tools, the support is hands down the reason we love Wealthy Affiliate and we firmly believe every other WA member feels the same way.

      We are glad you found our blueprint guide useful too, it can really help people make up their mind of whether this is the right decision for them…

      All the best



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