Any online guru or platform telling you that you can make money in “less than an hour” or “in one day” always fails to mention the most important things. Affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme and the only way you can make money in less than an hour is if after you put in the work, time, and patience over 6 months, a year, 2 years, even 3 years. So, in brief, don’t focus on the quick buck; coaching and mentoring come first.
Isn’t that the case with everything else? We learned much from teachers in schools, colleges, and universities. It’s only logical that we can use some help when we are learning something new, such as affiliate marketing.
It’s true that you can learn much by yourself, even a language, but in the end you always need a teacher to practice pronunciation, cultural do’s and don’ts, and other important factors that come with a language, things an online self-learning course can’t always teach you.
The point is that no business has risen off the ground overnight. It all takes hard work. Sure, we like to chase the shiny objects but that’s all they are, shiny objects that glitter on the outside but offer little on the inside.
Table of Contents
- Facts about Online Courses and Affiliate Marketing
- Courses – Which are Real or Fake?
- Be wary of these red flags
- The Importance of a Mentor
- Final Thoughts
Facts about Online Courses and Affiliate Marketing
Courses – Which are Real or Fake?
Some online courses come highly recommended while you should stay clear of others. Although I don’t focus much on reviews of making-money-online-platforms (with few exceptions) I prefer reviewing publishing companies, books, and I write about related subjects.
My advice: stay away from the online courses that promise you monetary miracles within the first day or week. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but if it were that easy, then why are most people still stuck in their 9 to 5 jobs?
Before signing up for a course, do your diligent research. Be wary of the following red flags:
- The platform’s founder/owner is a mystery – you can’t find any info on him/her, not even a name
- Lack of transparency
- Pay to join affiliate programs
- An overwhelming amount of dollar signs on the website
- Fake products or services
- It isn’t always easy to spot those, but remember that when you do a Google search, legitimate platforms will be on the first pages.
- Scammers often use stock photos for fake reviews or even fake profiles
- Pics may be blurry – they could be taken from another legit website …
- A good way to find out if something is real or not is by typing the company’s or product’s name in the Google Search bar + affiliate scam. If people have been scammed, you will find reports or reviews on it.
- Upsells with hidden affiliate links for the platform owner
- For example: the founder’s courses require you to get an account with an email marketing provider, and he/she graciously provides you a link to sign up. That URL has an affiliate link, so he/she will automatically get 1000s of commissions for the 1000s of people who sign up.Although this is how affiliate links work, one must always be transparent about it.It is imperative that you let your website visitors know you are using affiliate links. An affiliate disclaimer should be included in your website’s pages.
- Unrealistic promises.
- Make $1000 US in less than an hour!”
- “Fire your boss within a week!”
- And more of those over-the-top claims
- The training platform wants you to promote their course (which you have to purchase of course …), describing it as your “chance” of “getting rich quick.” They do not care if you succeed or not. They just want to make money of your effort.
Note: some platforms make it optional for you to promote their courses as a way of earning affiliate earnings, but it’s not their “only” product. As long as it’s optional, you can be sure it’s legit. Additionally, they also offer you valuable information, training, support, and courses (a good example of such a legit and complete training platform is Wealthy Affiliate)
The Importance of a Mentor
I learned all about affiliate marketing on the Wealthy Affiliate platform where besides courses, classes, and webinars I also got my personal coach/mentor.
Regardless where you sign up for a course in affiliate marketing, having a mentor makes all the difference. The ability to ask questions and always receive help when you need it is priceless.
Let’s say that one particular class is unclear. You can ask your mentor – who has more experience – to explain it to you. When I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate, I did that through an affiliate link on my mentor’s website. He (Stefan) automatically became my personal coach and mentor.
Stefan was great from the beginning, offering his help at once, and whenever I had a question his response time was quick. I could always count on him, and that meant a lot to me. He always had a relevant answer and even extra learning material for me.
It is wonderful to know that you can count on someone, especially when you’re diving into this – which was at the time – unfamiliar territory of affiliate marketing.
When I first learned about affiliate marketing in 2019 I was absolutely clueless, but the training, webinars, and classes were eye-opening and explained everything quite well. Stefan’s personal assistance was a great bonus. I think that every course should offer a personal mentor.
A mentor can be the deciding factor whether you stick with it or you give up.
Although all the courses were well explained and came with examples and assignments, I sometimes needed Stefan to help me. I believe that many people get overwhelmed with all the information on the Wealthy Affiliate platform and a mentor offers that guiding hand, like the one who leads you through the building and shows you where everything is on your first day at University.
Did Stefan make commissions of me? Yes, he did; that’s how affiliate marketing works, but in return Stefan has also given me much value in return.
This is where the real and fake courses differ. The real ones give you true value for your investment. The fake ones don’t, they just take your money, leave you stranded and in a worse financial situation than you were before.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Starting something new can be intimidating, and the internet is teeming with scammers but there are also many legit platforms and websites online. As long as you do your research and pay attention to the mentioned red flags you can avoid the dodgy ones.
A mentor is important in any course you take. Not all courses offer this but if they do, I recommend that you take advantage of their expertise.