When it comes to finding training guides or decent courses that cover the basics of affiliate marketing, it can be difficult to find both decent paid ones, and even more annoying trying to find free ones, but they do exist and below are a few of the best ones, including a little about what they cover.
Frank Hachetts - ClickFunnels Funnel & Training
The not so underground affiliate market, who has recently really shot into the spotlight after winning the Dream Car competition from ClickFunnels (they essentially give you an extra $1,000 a month towards your car payments), Frank put together a short, but decent training series that comes with a free plug and play funnel (that works beautifully).
The training focuses on how to tailor the funnel towards your own goals, and how to use it as a lead generation tool, with the aim of building up your email lists. He also provides video guides and information on how to get traffic towards funnels, including some lesser known ways.
On top of that he also explains how to build funnels to help you sell other products such as ClickBank affiliate products, or even JvZoo software and tools.
All in all, a really good little training guide. Now, technically you don't have to pay for the course or the training area, but you do have to sign up to ClickFunnels 14 day trial to get access. Obviously if you don't like ClickFunnels or you just don't get on with the training then you have 2 weeks to go through it all and cancel if you want to.
Spencer Mechan - Affiliate Secrets (Lite)
Another ClickFunnels dream car winner (theme here) Spencer is well known in the realms of affiliate marketing and his own paid for course (Affiliate Secrets 2.0) has churned out 10 new dream car winners!
His 'lite' version of Affiliate Secrets is a small training area designed to get you started on your path towards becoming either a ClickFunnels affiliate, or just learning about Affiliate Marketing.
It's not a huge training area, but it will keep you occupied for an hour or two, and provides you with more information than some of the '$7' guides on Warrior Forums and even some JvZoo sellers.
Wealthy Affiliate - Free Area
If you haven't read through the review, it's worth the read, though I admit a bit long.
The Wealthy Affiliate free membership provides you with around 20 videos and the same number of lessons to get you started in the fun world of Affiliate Marketing.
It's geared towards teaching you how to build blogs, or niche websites that can in time start earning you a passive income, either through advertisement or affiliate linking.
The training is part of the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and gives you access to a keyword research tool (though not as good as KeySearch) and also provides you with 2 free hosting slots that can be used to build your money making blogs on.
If you are 100% new to affiliate marketing, have zero money for hosting and you are unsure what to do, then it's definitely worth checking the free training out and exploring their platform.
ClickFunnels - DreamCar Competition / Affiliate Bootcamp
The dream car competition and the Affiliate BootCamp from ClickFunnels go hand in hand, and the bootcamp teaches you how to promote the ClickFunnels platform to start earning your way towards the dream car payments!
You don't need to have a ClickFunnels account to be able to run through the BootCamp but they do provide you with pre-built funnels that you will need CickFunnels to be able to implement them correctly.
Currently the Bootcamp is out of date and needs a revamp, so I would use this training as a last resort, or if you have done all the other free ones found above, then maybe give this a try as a bit of a top up or difference of opinion!
As you can see, there are a number of training programs that you can join that will give you a step up and could even be seen as 'beginner friendly affiliate marketing courses'. Each one is simple to sign up for, and you can start watching or reading your way through the courses in a matter of minutes.
This page will be updated as other good or notable free training options start to appear.
Do you have any courses that you feel are worth sharing? If so, share below and I will add them as I go!
James started The Online Student as a typical blog telling people about his struggles and woes with DropShipping, Amazon FBA and even Affiliate marketing. He then decided that blogging about it all would give people the skills, knowledge and apps to get up and running (while making a little extra on the side). After a few months he realised it was quite lucrative and decided to work his ass off making it a bit more than just a hobby!