There’s a lot of confusion regarding affiliate marketing courses in the industry.
Some people say affiliate marketing courses are a great way to hone your craft and learn the necessary skills properly while others don’t agree with this.
We are all living in a consumer market and we are always pushed to purchase new products that include training sessions and courses as well!
So, what’s the final answer you can live with for the rest of your life? Should you pay for an affiliate marketing course? Is it really worth it? What are the things you need to pay attention to before purchasing an affiliate marketing course?
Stick with me in till the end of this post and I’m sure you will answer all of the questions yourself and get an idea about a lot of things every newcomer in the industry should know.
Are Affiliate Marketing Courses Worth It?
So, you might have come across a lot of people and a lot of them might have either voted a yes or a no. But in reality, the answer to this question is a lot more complicated than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Wait, I’m not one of those bloggers who is going to leave with any sort of confusion. First, I’ll answer a digestible answer in two to three lines and then we’ll try to solve the complications:
Yes, investing in affiliate marketing courses is definitely worth it as not only people can learn the required skills and strategies anatomically but also save a lot of time by learning from other people’s mistakes. However, there are a few important things to consider before purchasing a course like the level of the course, creator of the course, pricing, and the way it has been marketed to you.
Just like people do a lot of research before they invest in stocks or products in general, you also have to investigate a lot of things before you decide whether or not the training is worth your time and money.
It can be surely worth giving a shot if the course is genuine and teaches you what you want to learn badly.
Also, sometimes beginners aren’t able to understand whether the course is for beginners or not, they go ahead and buy it, and then understand nothing at all!
You have to remember that there are three levels of courses and you have to pick one accordingly for you:
- Beginner level
- Intermediate level
- Expert level
Paying for courses isn’t a bad thing at all. A lot of people think that all the online courses and course creators out there in the market are scams, but that’s nothing but a big illusion.
Think about how much money you pay for the conventional methods of education that put you in a position where you look back and realize that the twenty years you invested made you a slave and nothing else!
The truth is, we are all comfortable paying for those courses because we have been familiar with those since we were all kids and these affiliate marketing courses that people sell online are new, and we aren’t able to digest them.
Sure, there are a lot of bad courses out there but at the same time, there are good ones as well. Just like there are bad institutions and good institutions in the formal education system.
In short, if you want to get into the industry, you will have to learn and that’s only possible if you get a course. Therefore, it’s undoubtedly worth paying for a GOOD affiliate marketing course.
Some of you might ask if free affiliate marketing courses on YouTube and social media are any good and my answer would be – we’ll talk about that in just a bit.
How To Differentiate Between A Good And Bad Course As A Beginner Affiliate?
Frankly, you can differentiate between a good and a bad course by using a bit of common sense. There are so many things you can watch out for to decide whether or not to pick a course and they are as follows:
- The creator of the course
- Reviews from customers
- The pricing
- The selling point
1. The Creator Of The Course
This first step is pretty basic. If you want to decide whether or not a particular course is legit, go to search engines, social media sites, and forums to do research about the creator.
A lot of times, people create online courses when they themselves don’t know what they are talking about and all they focus on is pushing the course so that they can fill their bank accounts.
See if the person actually knows what he’s talking about. See how many people are following his/her teaching methods and how many people are appreciating what he is putting out on the table.
If possible, try to find his old customers and ask if the tutor is legit or not. This way, you can easily determine if you should go ahead.
2. Reviews From Customers
Try finding online reviews about the courses to learn more about the course. If the majority of the students are positive, it’s a good sign.
I would recommend you go one step further and build relationships with the previous customers to see if there’s anything for you in the course.
So many times, course creators can manipulate online reviews or affiliate marketers don’t actually share the truth because they are the ones who are writing the reviews because they’ll get paid whenever you will click their affiliate links and purchase the courses.
Be skeptical and spot if the earning screenshots students/people share appreciating the course are real or not.
As you can see, this guy on YouTube puts fake income screenshots and get people excited to buy his as well as other people’s courses.
3. The Pricing
Content creators on YouTube will tell you that pricing doesn’t matter for a course but it definitely does matter.
I mean why would you pay a thousand dollars for a course when you can learn the same exact thing for a hundred dollars? Makes sense, right?
It’s not written anywhere that you will only have to pay big sums of money to be able to learn something properly.
I have been in this business for a long time now and I know that there’s little to no investment required in creating a course and the profit margins are really high!
And since there is no boundation on the pricing, people price the courses really high as customers can’t compare info products the way they can compare physical products!
Even if you find everything right in the course, always remember that there’s always an option where you can learn the same thing for less amount of money!
Let’s face it – no one’s going to give you some ‘magical information.’ The basics are going to be the same and that’s what you have to get strong on. The rest of the things will naturally come to you if you invest time.
4. The Selling Point
What I mean by this phrase is that always pay attention to how you are being marketed and sold!
Is the course creator telling you what is going to learn inside the course or he’s telling you how much you will be earning after taking his course?
If he’s selling you the results, if he’s flaunting off cars and mansions, that’s a red sign. On the other hand, if he’s telling you what you will get to learn, it’s a green sign.
Never ever get attracted to those special ‘$997’ offers. No one can make you rich overnight, you will have to learn, work, be patient, and then things will finally start working.
Before we move ahead with the next question, let me explain what I just said in an understandable format:
|Good Course||Bad Course|
|Experienced/Practitioner creator||Unexperienced creator|
|Satisfied customers & genuine reviews||Unsatisfied customers & fake reviews|
|Fair pricing||Unfair pricing|
|Sells information||Sells ‘results,’ ‘cars,’ or ‘systems’|
Free Vs. Paid Affiliate Marketing Courses
Yes, now let’s discuss the left-over question and clear all the doubts regarding free and paid courses.
So, can you learn stuff for free? Well, the answer is yes but generally, most of the free courses that are offered on sites like YouTube or social media are marketing strategies to eventually convert people into paying customers.
And even if they aren’t, you don’t get any kind of support from the creators because you haven’t paid them anything and they’ll not invest their time solving your problems.
You can’t just learn everything watching ten different perspectives. You need an organized training system that will teach you everything step-by-step.
And also, since time is really important for everyone, you will end up saving a lot of it if you get a paid course because:
- A – you will avoid making the mistakes beginners do
- B – you will be motivated watching other members or the course
- C – you will be able to get assitance from the creator and the community
- D – you won’t jump from one video to another and simplify learning
So, yes, you can begin your journey with a free course but should definitely make an upgrade to a paid course as it will be really helpful.
Who Should Buy An Affiliate Marketing Course?
Although everyone can purchase a course in this industry, these are the people who should take this step:
- People who really want to learn and consollidate their basics
- People who will have money left even after purchasing a course
- People who aren’t looking for a get-rich scheme
Yeah, it was a kind of a stupid answer but these are the types of people who should consider buying courses.
Types Of Courses To Avoid
We have already talked about how to spot whether or not a course is a bad one or not but to give you a better understanding, I have listed the types to avoid:
- Make $1000 A Day Easily Courses
- ‘No Work Required’ Courses
- Courses Showing Exotic Cars
- $10000 Value For $10 Courses
- and many more!
You should always stay away from these types of courses and use your common sense to find out if something is valuable or not.
My Experience With Affiliate Marketing Courses
As said already, I have been in this industry for quite some time now and I have bought a lot of courses.
I have also paid huge sums of money for crap courses but I never gave up because I knew that just because I invested in the wrong course, it doesn’t mean that the industry is not worth it.
You should not lose hope if the course you paid for wasn’t worth it. Always be optimistic and work hard. Things will ultimately start getting better for sure.
There you have it. If you choose your course wisely and do your homework before making a decision, it will be surely worth it to pay for a course.
Having purchased one not-so-valuable course shouldn’t stop you from getting into the industry either. Be skeptical and be logical…you will never make a mistake with your conclusions.
I hope you found this little post helpful. Please share this post with people on social media and your own sites so that more people can get to learn about the industry. Until then!