I came across the No Cost Affiliate Marketing program while searching for resources to help with online business startups. I thought the name was a bit spammy, but decided to check it out anyway. It turns out that the program wasn’t too bad, but is this the right learning platform for you to grow your affiliate business? Let’s find out more in this review.
What’s Inside The Program
The program comprised of 22 (YouTube) videos conducted by the founder Carl Riedel, who walks you through the basics of the affiliate marketing model, program application and the usage of affiliate links.
Most of the videos run for about 3-10 minute, showing you step-by-step on how each process works.
The videos aren’t the best qualities, but they do get the message across. Since it is offered for free (no membership fee required, hence the name of the program), I couldn’t complain much.
What I Like
- Carl is a pretty decent tutor and quite honest in his teaching approach. He doesn’t do any up sell (which is very rare in online marketing these days) and delivers his information straight to the point.
- He does encourage you to write original and helpful content and doesn’t advocate any act of spamming the internet.
- The program focuses on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which I think is suitable for beginners because free traffic doesn’t cost a lot of investment.
- The video series do give you a good understanding on how to select a niche market, how to search for keywords and how to create content from ideas.
Overall, the program is legitimate and Carl tries his best to keep things as rudimentary as possible to help you understand the basics of affiliate marketing.
What I Dislike
But after spending 1 ½ hours watching the entire video series, there is some information that I have to disagree with.
- The focus is on creating a webpage; NOT a website and you are taught to promote this page using different formats such as slide presentations, YouTube videos and submit to article directories to create backlinks (this is no longer important in modern SEO). Plus, it’s a lot of work to go through various platforms when you can achieve the same results with just one website.
- Carl uses (the retired) Google Adwords (now called the Google Keyword Planner) for demonstrating keyword research based on average monthly searches and not the level of competition. This is not a smart approach for beginners because it would take you forever to rank if you are in a competitive market.
- Both of these strategies used to work in the past, but the current SEO technique is all about content creation, primarily textual information, which you need to publish regularly to achieve good ranking in organic results. In order to get high ranking on Google, you need to target for low competition keywords and not just looking at popularity parameter.
- Like many affiliate training courses, Clickbank is used as a model for finding products to promote and this presents a few problems for beginners. (1) You don’t need a website to apply for affiliate programs (2) The focus is on digital products, but keep in mind that promoting physical products can be just as lucrative (3) The network is filled with unreliable/scammy products so you need to do your due diligence before affiliating with them.
- At some point, you might want to invest in paid traffic to grow your affiliate business, but such tutorial is not available in the video training at this point of writing. The topic might be included in the advanced training course, but there’s no sign of that one coming either.
- The program doesn’t offer any support or discussion board for members. This could be a big problem because beginners are bound to encounter with difficulties and not having this service as a learning platform can be a huge disadvantage for the users.
- Last but not least, some online resources provided are outdated and are no longer practical (such as links to article directories) to be implemented by new business owners.
Is No Cost Affiliate Marketing Worthy of Your Time?
In my honest opinion, no. Most of the techniques that they teach will not reward you with any good rankings and you’d be struggling a lot as a new affiliate marketer. If you want something that works, you’ll require a more up-to-date training and supportive community, such as the one at Wealthy Affiliate.
Here’s a quick glimpse of what you can benefit as a WA member.
The Right Way to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer…
Is to treat it like a business. You need to have an infrastructure (domain and website) and a ton of information (targeted keywords and content) to attract the right kind of customer (online audience) that are ready to buy your recommended product. The sooner you learn these skills, the faster you’ll earn your first commission and generate recurring income online.
Wealthy Affiliate has all the tools and resources in place for you. In fact, I can also be reached within the training area if you need any help. Do check out my personal review about WA to find out how you can start the program for free. Hope to speak to you soon.
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