Affiliate Marketing - A Beginner's Guide to Earning Online
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Affiliate Marketing - A Beginner's Guide to Earning Online

Affiliate Marketing is a great way to earn with a website online. Discover the BEST approach.
4.7 (575 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,115 students enrolled
Created by Lisa Irby
Last updated 11/2016
Current price: $80 Original price: $95 Discount: 16% off
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Research and select a good niche
  • Research and join affiliate programs
  • Create a website with WordPress
  • Understand how the search engines work and rank websites
  • Avoid getting penalized by Google
  • Convert more affiliate marketing sales
  • Build yourself up as an authority in your topic/niche
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  • Have a WordPress website or be prepared to learn how to create one
  • The desire to learn more about how affiliate marketing works
  • A Google AdWords account (free to setup)

Are you a newbie when it comes to making money with a website? Or are you already an affiliate marketer who is struggling to earn?

Finally! A hype-free, beginner-friendly course that provides actionable strategies and lessons that will help you make money by creating an "authority content website" on a topic that is best for YOU!

You'll learn how to earn money from your site by joining affiliate programs and recommending products that are related to your site's content. You earn a commission for every sale you refer, and the best part is, you don't have to ship anything or deal with the customers!

I'll be using my own personal experiences with specific examples to illustrate...

  • How to find a niche
  • The importance of narrowing down your idea
  • How to position yourself to stand out from the competition
  • Ways to improve your affiliate conversions 

The web is littered with massive amounts of hype about affiliate marketing, other "make money online" topics and no information with any real value.

Many of these sites and products are authored by people who aren't making a dime, and they're trying to sell you a product they don't really use or some get-rich-quick dream just so they can pad their pockets.

I'm not filthy rich, but I make thousands of dollars per month with affiliate marketing -- much of it is passive.

This course will put you in a position to make money with your website for the long haul by ensuring you get off to the right start with topic choice and direction -- which is where most people fail big time.

What's even better is you can apply these principles to ANY kind of website that you want to make money from, not just affiliate sites.

Convincing people to buy products you are affiliated with (and making money online in general) is about gradually building yourself up as a trusted, authority and diversifying your traffic sources so you are not just relying on Google. There are specific strategies and real-world examples in this course that will help you do just that.

I begin with advice on how to brainstorm for the best topic for YOU. There's even a worksheet you can use to help narrow down your topic and angle.

The last section of the course is dedicated to strategies that maximize your affiliate marketing earnings. These are techniques that I currently use myself to make money online. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!

My course is not for anyone looking to make money online overnight, or who expects to drive all their traffic through Google. If that's what you're looking for, I'm sure you can find numerous websites and courses online that will sell you that dream.

Ranking a website takes time and no longer can be done in days or a few months. This course is for people who are dedicated to their topics and sites for the long-run.

This affiliate marketing course is going to give you a very, very solid foundation so you understand how to build an authority website that people trust and will earn for years to come.

Authority websites have a greater chance of making money for years and years to come. This is not a course about creating mini niche sites that rank quickly on Google. Those techniques are outdated. Anyone who tries to tell you it's still possible is going to rip you off.

If you're looking for a keep-it-real guide with a solid foundation, sign up today! I look forward to teaching you.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to make money with affiliate marketing
  • Individuals who have tried to earn online but have failed
  • This course is not for people looking to make money overnight
Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
Intro & Affiliate Marketing Info
7 Lectures 30:44

What this course is really about and setting your expectations.

Preview 05:19

A quick look at a handful of my earnings with affiliate marketing.

Preview 03:50

Learn how it works and how you get paid.

Preview 03:53

How to research and find affiliate programs.

Finding Affiliate Programs

Here are two networks that pay you for generating leads.

Programs That Pay For Free Sign-Ups (Leads)

A look at the niches/topics that have the most and high-paying affiliate programs.

Which Topics Have The Best Affiliate Programs?
Finding a Niche and Standing Out From The Competition
10 Lectures 35:55

Here's some motivation and ideas if you don't think you know enough about something to build a great website.

You're Not an Expert on Anything? Wrong!

A guide to doing researching so you pick a good topic.

Finding Niches That Are Trending

The angle you choose will play a tremendous role in how many people you attract to your website. Do this right, and you'll have a much easier time getting traffic to your site.

An Example of Choosing an Angle to Stand Out

How to brainstorm for a good topic by using important criteria.

Brainstorming Exercise With Worksheet

Link to Brainstorming Worksheet

My take on the role of keyword research to rank on Google.

Is Keyword Research Still Important?

Link to Google AdWords Keyword Tool & Update!

Quick tip on what forum research can reveal.

What Forum Research Can Reveal To You

A testimonial sent from a subscriber in Nov 16, 2016 and real talk about estimating success.

Motivation & Estimating Success

Words of Encouragement
Creating Your Website
4 Lectures 17:41

Discussing the main two things you need to start a website.

Domains and Hosting

How to install WordPress on your hosting account.

Installing WordPress

Setting up your theme and layout with WordPress.

Building Your Site With WordPress (Part I)

Setting up your menus and more.

Building Your Site With WordPress (Part II)
Affiliate Links
2 Lectures 09:08

How to create your affiliate links and add them to your site.

Creating Your Affiliate Links

How to create redirects and shorten your affiliate links.

Affiliate Link Shortcuts
Ranking Your Website on Google - No Hype, Raw Facts!
8 Lectures 40:44

An overview of how the search engines rank websites.

Search Engine Ranking Overview (Part I)

How on-page methods affect search engine rankings.

Search Engine Ranking Overview (Part II)

Meta Tags - What Matters & What Doesn't!

Explaining the Webmaster Tools for the main search engines.

Webmaster Tools

Learn what pinging is and if you should do it.

Pinging Your Site

Learn what links have importance and which ones have little or no value.

Link Building at Your Own Risk

Wrapping up the key points of search engine optimization.

SEO Summary / Wrap Up

A Keep-it-Real Guide About Traffic Building
More Traffic Tips
5 Lectures 26:39
Using Email Traffic Funnels to Generate Affiliate Income

Learn how to create your opt-in form and follow-up emails to generate passive income from your affiliate links.

Setting up Your AWeber Email Account

How to setup an AWeber blog broadcast feature so you can notify your subscribers about your new content.

Setting Up Your Blog Broadcast

Tips on promoting via social media.

Social Media and YouTube Tips

Pinterest strategies you can use to gain traffic and promote affiliate products.

How to Make a Page Go Viral on Pinterest
Specific Affiliate Program Strategies
5 Lectures 29:23

Tips for Clickbank.


Tips on the Amazon affiliate program.

How Spreadshirt and other print on demand affiliate programs work.


Commission Junction (CJ)

A look at one of the popular auto-affiliate link generating programs.

Affiliate Marketing Strategies to Earn More
12 Lectures 42:49

Comparing conversions of links vs. banners.

Contextual Links vs. Banners

This page can really help you convert more. Find out why.

You Need This High-Converting, Must-Have Page!

A quick tip that can help you generate more commissions.

The Product Page Trick

A quick tip about doing reviews for affiliate commissions.

Writing Reviews

Learn how Lisa Leake makes a ton of money from Amazon's affiliate program.

Check Out This Successful Affiliate!

The importance of finding the right balance when promoting affiliate links.

Finding Balance

Pages vs. Posts (Static vs. Dynamic Content)

Using incentives to encourage people to buy from your links.

The Incentive Strategy

Tips for creating demo videos to help convert.

Using Demos to Convert

Using explainer videos to help convert sales.

Using Explainer/Promo Videos

Which is better for conversions? Linking to a landing page or directly to the merchant?

Landing Page or Direct Linking?

Using free guides and ebooks to convert more sales.

Offering Free Guides
3 Lectures 10:03
Sample Affiliate Site and Layout

Summing up what you should be focusing on with your affiliate marketing business.

Summarizing Key Points

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About the Instructor
Lisa Irby
4.7 Average rating
925 Reviews
7,986 Students
6 Courses
Owner of 2 Create a Website & Entrepreneur

I'm a full-time Internet entrepreneur who has taught thousands of people online about website creation and marketing through my site, podcast and YouTube channel.

In 2002, I began educating others to create their own websites and monetize them with AdSense, affiliate marketing and more. In 2006, I quit my full-time job to grow my online business full time.

Since then I have learned to use a lot of different tools and software and have also done consulting part-time for those who want to learn more about website creation and Internet Marketing.

I am ecstatic to broaden my reach to the Udemy community and look forward to teaching even more people online.