The recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the drastic measures undertaken by most governments to keep it from spreading have given us all the one thing we truly needed – time.
Suddenly, most of us found ourselves free from routine schedules (think about all the commute time you’re saving by working from your kitchen), typical after-hours activities (not being able to hit the gym may suck, but, hey, Money Heist season 4 is out!), and, more importantly, our favorite excuses to procrastinate the hell out of self and professional development.
Quarantine is not the easiest time, both socially and economically. But if there’s any silver lining to all of this, it’s that you finally have a chance to sit down, go to that Coursera page in your bookmarks, and actually learn something new.
Affiliate marketing vs. COVID-19
Affiliate marketing is one of the less Corona-affected industries. Yet, there are still changes that have already been brought by the virus. And, certainly, there’s only more coming in the foreseeable future. But there’s not much anyone can do about it. One thing you could do, however, is to get prepared.
Fortunately for all of us, we live during beautiful times when there’s more information available than ever before in human history.
So it doesn’t really matter if you’re just starting as an affiliate or already have a full-grown business – it’s never too late to learn something new. Why not make good use of all this extra time at our hands?
That’s why you’re lucky to have stumbled across this little post.
Presenting: your ultimate list of some of the best affiliate marketing online courses and free resources necessary for your professional growth.
5 Best online affiliate marketing courses
I’d be happy to tell you that every single link you’ll find here will lead you to the free El Dorado of affiliate knowledge, but let’s be real. We’re not looking for a magic fix here. We provide fool-proof advice for serious players only.
Full disclosure: yes, all of the courses here are from Udemy and Udemy alone. Sorry, not sorry.
With that out of the way, let’s get started!
Mesmerized by the number of offers available online and all the traffic sources promoting themselves as a unique place for your affiliate agenda, people tend to forget the basics. And the main rule here is that best is often the enemy of good. So before you dive into the world of affiliate possibilities – make sure you mastered the basics of digital marketing. And there’s no better place to start than Google Ads.
Strictly speaking, you don’t need a website to do affiliate marketing. But also, it is definitely better to invest in one. And now that you’ve got time – why not try and learn how to maximize those conversions?
One of the most popular courses on Udemy and yet another bestseller in this list. With this course, you get a full overview of using Facebook as your affiliate traffic source. Apart from the record number of enrolled students (136,000+ as of March 2020), it’s also the most recently updated one.
Another Udemy’s bestseller, this course will guide you through every step of the way on how to become a profitable affiliate via ClickBank marketplace. And now, thanks to the newly introduced full integration with Voluum, you can benefit from tracking your ClickBank ads all in one place!
I’ve no doubts you’re well familiar with Amazon as a customer. But did you have a chance to work with them as an affiliate partner? This course can help you learn how to join, use SEO, run link building, and profit as an affiliate for one of the largest online marketplaces in the world!
Best Online Affiliate Marketing Resources
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, I’ve already left a bunch of useful links in this post alone that will provide you with a fair share of affiliate-marketing reading material. But, not to be petty, there are plenty of sources other than Voluum that are willing to help you learn and improve as an affiliate marketer.
If you were looking for a shortcut, a convenient place where all the info you could possibly need would be structured, labeled, and explained to you in excruciating detail – your search is over. Coming from Colin Dijs, a complete detailed overview that could become an invaluable asset to any affiliate newbie is here. The only problem is that this Holy Grail of affiliate knowledge doesn’t come cheap with prices starting at €97/mo.
Coming with an appealing .org at the end, Affiliate Resources brings you just what the name suggests – a free useful knowledge base for any beginner affiliate. Think of it as an affiliate-marketing-101 solution for particularly work-shy students.
And if you’re not appalled by the idea of learning more in-depth strategies of kicking off your affiliate business, Affiliate Resources offer a risk-free educational plan. Imagine what you can do by both subscribing to the program and reading all the materials available online!
Must-See Webinars for Affiliates
Here at Voluum, we love sharing our expertise with the ambitious beginners like yourself. Which is why we take a particular pride in our semi-regular but definitely frequent webinars. Stay alert for the updates! And for now check out the recordings with our best tips & tricks.
Perfect for those of you who want to kick start your affiliate buisiness but aren’t exactly sure how. Learn about some of the most common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them.
For many, the first few steps are the most challenging ones. Using the tracker can seem overwhelming and hard. But it doesn’t have to be! Follow the step-by-step setup process explained by our experts and start creating campaigns without costly errors.
You may already know that harmful bots are every affiliate’s nightmare. If not, you’re bound to find out sooner or later. To be fair, in this case “sooner” is actually better, because that’s how you get experience. Check our webinar to learn how to escape ad fraud and identify bot traffic before it’s too late.
Affiliate Marketing Communities & Influencers
Keeping up with the industry is important. Maintaining human contact and spending time among like-minded people may become a turning point of your current lockdown. So try joining an online affiliate community to share your own experiences, ask questions, and learn how to make the most of this unfortunate situation.
Fortunately for you, there are many affiliate marketing influencers who know how hard the first steps can be and who are more than willing to help you learn from their mistakes. That’s why they tend to create entire communities around their own experiences and to lead by example. But, of course, there’s much more to the social world of afiliate marketing.
Here are a few Voluum-approved affiliate forums you might like
- STM Forum – #1 premium affiliate marketing community. For 9 years STM is uniting thousands of affiliates providing guides, networking opportunities, case studies, and more.
- AffiliateFix – they claim to be “the most active and the friendliest affiliate marketing community online. Why not join a bunch of people who could become not only valuable professional connections but also actual like-minded people.
- affLift – owned by Luke Kling, the forum offers a bunch of real-life examples of profitable campaigns, help from the seasoned affiliates, and many articles to always be on top of the latest industry trends.
If you’re not a big fan of forums format – check out some of the social media groups to consider:
- affLift’s Facebook group
- Affiliate CPA Marketing for Beginners with Colin Dijs
- Voluum – Affiliate Marketing Community
On top of that, many industry experts would share their knowledge for free on their Youtube channels. Some worthy examples include:
- Stacked Marketer hosted by Many Cinca where you can find interviews with well-known affiliates;
- Colin Dijs runs a series of helpful and relevant tutorials on his channel;
- Voluum itself may not be an influencer, yet we too try to provide valuable video content so make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel to see how investing in the ad tracker can help your affiliate game.
Open-access platforms, publications, and more
Even if I wanted to enumerate every single course, article, and Youtube tutorial on affiliate marketing available online – it would take me months. And there’s a thick chance no one would bother to read that monstrosity. Besides, only you know what kind of information you are looking for exactly.
There are plenty of articles on Medium published every day willing to teach you affiliate marketing for free.
There are SlideShare presentations waiting for you to look through them.
Some of the YouTubers are literally jumping out of their pants hoping for you to stumble across their content and click on that bell icon in the top right corner of the screen.
And so on and so forth…
Not only *affiliate* marketing
On top of that, think about something for a second. When starting in affiliate marketing, most people put too much emphasis on the “affiliate” part of the job description. Which can be a fatal mistake.
First and foremost, what we’re doing here is marketing. Digital marketing, if you must. Which is why, all those materials about SEO, Google Ads, eCommerce, email marketing, and every single type of advertising on social media should also have an honorable mention in your professional development plan.
You are literally sitting on the gold mine of possibilities. And in the foreseeable future, there will be minimum distractions for you.
So stop wasting your time. Dig in!