Alternative Affiliate Marketing Training - Do You Need It?

Last Update: October 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered what alternative training is available in affiliate marketing? I did because I wanted to see how they stacked up against Wealthy Affiliate. More importantly do you need it considering all we have here at Wealthy Affiliate?

Right up front I want to stress that I could not find any other training platform that offered everything available in one place such as Wealthy Affiliate. Therefore, anyone who wishes to have the same suite of resources available here will have to do that a la carte using several sites.

For example none of the training programs I found offered website hosting. I am not implying that such a site doesn't exist. I just never found it myself.

Other Affiliate Marketing Training

The following is a result of my search for other worthy courses that provide affiliate marketing training. I tried to show a wide range of options available. In my opinion they are all genuine entities and are not scams. I cannot stress enough that you have to make sure you do not get sucked into such shady operations.

Independent Course Options

The first one was called Digital Marketing Bootcamp through SimpleLearn and connected to Harvard Business Publishing. Their curriculum is available in a PDF Download File. Cost for this course is $1,499

Others were through Udemy where you can purchase courses a la carte from $11 to $19

Then there was a complete step by step system to starting and growing profitable affiliate and authority sites. This training was offered by Authority Hacker, They charged a one time fee of $987 for 5 training modules and

Then of course most of the hugely successful affiliate marketers like the following have created their own courses.

Training Option By Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn offers a course for a one time fee of $699 called 1-2-3 Affiliate Marketing

Training Option By Neil Patel

Neil Patel in my opinion offers a better deal for an affiliate marketing course for $29 a month.

    There are more but I will stop here. I suggest you check all of these out by clicking the respective links

    Conclusion

    None of the above training alternatives provides the value we get here at Wealthy Affiliate. I wanted to share my findings to emphasize this important point.

    However, I have to admit that they may have specific lessons that cover topics in more detail that could be of benefit to you. Since they all offer free trial periods or money back guarantees I suggest you check them out for yourself to see if you can find specific material of value to you.

    As good as Wealthy Affiliate is, it is not perfect. In fact, Kyle and Carson are the first to state that. Very soon they will be launching a revised platform where new and improved features will be offered.

    We are always free to check out other courses, either paid or free that can enhance our learning experience.

    The world of affiliate marketing training is vast. It doesn't hurt to check out other courses that could supplement what we have here at Wealthy Affiliate.

    I wish you all the best in your affiliate marketing journey.

    Edwin

    Disclaimer: None of the links in this post are affiliate links. Also, I have not subscribed to these alternate courses I have referenced.


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    ParthaB Premium Featured Comment
    Hi Edwin,

    Can I throw something else into the mix please?

    Potentially controversial.

    Firstly, I certainly agree that the training platform here at Wealthy Affiliate is superb, and probably the best all-rounder that I too have seen.

    Yes, there are a few quirks that could do with ironing out, e.g. updated training, etc. but overall WA is "pound-for-pound" (in boxing terms) the greatest.

    However, I'm not so much talking about finding alternatives, but rather widening your sources of knowledge.

    Take writing an article for example - on a subject that we know a little about, but require additional research.

    Do you we Google the subject matter, pick the first article we find and base our entire research around that? (well, I certainly hope not).

    No, we'll go to a number of sources, enhance out knowledge, look at the subject matter from a variety of perspectives, and then construct our article.

    To me, the learning journey online is much the same.

    I use the training and webinars in WA for my base knowlege. I'll ask questions among the community to enhance that knowledge, and I'll regularly visit the blogs and YouTube channels of people that I believe are authorities in online marketing (Neil Patel and Pat Flynn are included on MY list, and I'll add Brian Dean to that as well) to even further enhance my knowledge.

    To me, this all forms part of my "training", which in reality is a never-ending journey.

    Thanks
    Partha
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    Jaz333 Premium
    Hi Partha! I also like to visit various learning resources. In case you hadn't seen it before, I wanted to share one of my favorites with you that has been super valuable for me: https://moz.com/learn/seo

    I have also gotten a lot of great ideas and info from visiting Andy's site (YumaBloggers).

    Best, Shannon
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    2playpolls Premium
    Brian Dean is amazing! As well as Neil Patel!
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    ParthaB Premium
    Thanks Shannon,

    Funnily enough I just spoke about Moz about an hour ago on another comment somewhere, but definitely another fantastic resource.

    I didn't know about Andy though, so thanks for that, (I'll be off to check that out), I've only ever read his food-related blog

    Partha
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    ParthaB Premium
    100%, I could watch Brian for hours and hours.
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    mhope7 Premium
    Thanks Partha,

    I have searched and taken classes through a number of sites. It is nice to know that we can get great training here at WA.

    Marlene
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    natasha2020 Premium
    Thanks, Jaz :)
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Parthia,

    Thanks for such an excellent response. We can all enhance our knowledge by going beyond what is taught here. WA will be releasing major changes later this year to update training as well as to provide more options. Can hardly wait.

    Cheers.

    Edwin
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for commenting and sharing this SEO resource with us. There are so many excellent successful affiliate marketers who are very happy to share their lessons learned on their path to success.

    All the best to you.

    Edwin
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    I'll have to check out Brian Dean with all these enthusiastic comments about him. Thanks for sharing.
    Edwin
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Marlene,

    Thanks for your participation. Do you watch the Friday live webinars? What do you think of those?

    Cheers.

    Edwin
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    AbieAJ Premium
    I am with you on this Partha, really great comment indeed.

    I will run a search on Brian Dean to learn more. Thank you for the references.
    Reply
    AbieAJ Premium
    Thanks Shannon, awesome resource.
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    AbieAJ Premium
    Hi Edwin, I am really looking forward to the updates too. Hope soon. Thank you for your notes.
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    Jaz333 Premium
    I can send you his url via private message if you don't see it on his profile. He really is an ocean of knowledge when it comes to affiliate marketing. I have found some really juicy tidbits within his site :)
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    ParthaB Premium
    Thank you Shannon.

    Is it the "3 percent" one?

    If so, got it.

    On a completely separate note, I found it quite amusing that Andy has recently received a message of his personal profile welcoming him to WA and hoping that he finds the training useful, LOL.

    Partha
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    natasha2020 Premium
    Great comment :)
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    Jaz333 Premium
    Yes that's the one. He has a few other sites too but that's the one I've done some reading in recently :)

    HAHA about the comment. Just goes to show lots of people don't bother to check and read a persons profile before commenting!
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    Palatia Premium
    HI Edwin,
    Great article. I've done a few Udemy courses, mostly related to other areas I'd like to pursue other than affiliate marketing. They are probably the best bang for the buck. I have watched Neil Patel's videos but WA seems to follow the same philosophies anyway, so I haven't thought about pursuing training there. Thanks for sharing these.

    Paula
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Paula,

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree with you regarding Neil Patel. It only makes sense to do other trainings if they teach things differently than WA. Or take what WA teaches to a new level. It is up to each one of us to figure out what works best for us.

    In the final analysis, we get everything we need here to create a website that attracts traffic and starts to earn an income. Time is short so it doesn't make sense to dilute our efforts by going outside.

    When we start to earn income consistently it then makes sense to look for anr pursue additional training that goes beyond what WA teaches, Like advanced ways to use ads and PPC to scale up.

    All the best to you.

    Edwin
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    richardgb Premium
    Hi Edwin. Others that are genuine, that I have looked at in recent years include:
    - Ryan Deiss - excellent content by reputation but expensive and biassed towards developing own products and
    - Ian Pribyl - looks excellent. Used to have start for free option, not sure about pricing now but I think no monthly option.

    Major differences include:
    - neither provide hosting,
    - both rely on FB for community which is not as good as the focused community that WA has
    - I think Ryan Deiss has an affiliate program (I haven’t looked recently) but Ian Pribyl didn’t when I looked recently
    - neither of these provide the equivalent of a WA blog or community training facilities
    - neither do they seem to have the ethos of a like-minded community genuinely supporting each other

    I use Ubersuggest, great value at £29 per month and therefore see a lot of Neil Patel’s training, for whom I have great respect... Great content but often just video and have to go hunting for text versions (for easy reference). Again, no hosting or community.

    I believe the WA mix, which is attractive to both beginners developing to expert and people with prior experience, is unique.

    Best wishes
    Richard
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your thoughtful response. You got the right approach.

    Cheers.

    Edwin
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    1Rudy1 Premium
    Its a good idea to investigate affiliate offers, and you will indeed save some money. There are many offers out there to select from.. sometimes you might even find an affiliate program to promote, so its a win-win...
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Rudy,

    Thanks for commenting. Just in case you misunderstood, none of the topics in my post were affiliate offers. And none of the links were affiliate links.

    But I agree with what you stated.

    Cheers.

    Edwin
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    1Rudy1 Premium
    Not misunderstood at all, Edwin. My last statement was something I discovered. I liked the payout on a product's affiliate program, one that I wasn't interested in using. But would certainly promote them.... grin.

    Rudy
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it.

    Cheers Rudy.

    Edwin
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    1Rudy1 Premium
    Sure...grin
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    KathyAnne Premium
    I agree Edwin, this is probably the best platform for affiliate marketing training. You get an all round training in every area, added to which the fantastic weekly video sessions with Jay. The only additional training I invested in recently is Pinterest SEO traffic secrets.
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    EdwinBernard Premium
    Hi Kathy,

    You got the right idea. It is always a good idea to enhance our knowledge outside WA where appropriate. I could do with a Pinterest Secrets training too.

    Thanks for commenting.

    Edwin
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    Caruana Premium
    Hi Kathy, how did you find that training! I love Pinterest as it drives traffic to my site. Occasionally I do paid Pins. Cheers! Marisa
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    KathyAnne Premium
    Hi Marissa, I had been following the course creator on Youtube for a while and implementing her Pinterest strategies. She is one of the very few I follow and was on the fence a while before buying her course. I can highly recommend it as it's pure gold. She also has a very active private facebook group. You can join this after buying the course and she usually gets back to students within a few hours. If you want the link I can pm it:)
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