Lisa Irby specializes in teaching you to create a website. After reviewing her ebook, Niche Website Success, she offered me complementary access to her new video course on the Udemy platform–Affiliate Marketing – Make Money Online–which I’m going to review here.
If you’ve never heard of Udemy, it’s a platform for experts to share their knowledge in video format. You can purchase courses on a wide range of subjects from Photoshop to salsa dancing. Once you purchase a course, you can go through it at your own pace and return to it anytime or anywhere—next week, next year, at home, or on your mobile.
The beauty of a video course is that it simplifies things, especially for newbies. It’s easy enough to tell someone to go to the Clickbank marketplace and find an offer to monetize your site, but if you’ve never done that before it’s beyond your understanding. Tasks like this become very simple once someone shows you how to do it.
I would recommend this course for brand new to intermediate level affiliate marketers. If you consider yourself advanced and are making money then you might not need it. However, if you are like me—advanced and not making money then you’ll want to get the course so you can revisit the basics.
Here’s the thing. I started doing this in 2006. Things have changed a lot since then. After taking the course, I realized I had been doing some things out of order. Making money online is difficult enough nowadays without choosing the wrong keywords and investing money in a site only to find out a few months down the road that you made a bad choice.
There’s a tendency to think that there’s a secret to it all that will let you skip all the humdrum stuff and go straight to pockets full of cash, but skipping over the basics is where most of us mess up—especially if you never learned correctly in the first place. It’s not like you learn this stuff in school. We’re all self-taught, and that means there are probably gaps in your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to go back to the basics if you need to. There’s no shame in my game. If someone else is making money, I want to know what they know. I have no problem going back to square one and starting over again.
Here’s a breakdown of the course. It consists of over 3 hours of video lectures organized into 9 sections –
Section 1 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Section 2 – Authority 101
Section 3 – Brainstorming and Research
Section 4 – Creating Your Website
Section 5 – Affiliate Links
Section 6 – Understanding Search Engine Optimization
Section 7 – More Traffic Tips
Section 8 – Strategies to Improve Your Conversions
Section 9 – Conclusion
This course is not the only course that Lisa teaches. There are three others–Customize WordPress Themes With Ease, Learn Photoshop Quickly and Easily, and Create Animated Explainer Marketing Videos (Powtoons). This last course is currently offered for free so it’s a no-brainer to take it..
Affiliate Marketing – Make Money Online, builds on the information presented in Niche Website Success. It covers additional subjects such as email marketing, list building, social media, plugins, conversions, as well as an emphasis on providing value as opposed to over promotion of affiliate offers.
Lisa teaches evergreen methods—no gaming the system. She shows you how to set up a foundation for success that will withstand algorithm updates. She emphasizes ways to diversify your traffic sources. By the end of the course you’ll feel like a very knowledgeable friend sat you down and told you everything you need to know about how to make money with affiliate marketing
With the holiday season upon us, you may be thinking about setting up a few affiliate sites to make some cash. Not a bad idea if you know what you’re doing. However, if you’ve had your ups and down with the search engine algorithm changes, it might be time to revisit the basics even if you consider yourself advanced. After all, things have changed drastically in the last 5 years. If you didn’t learn the right way or thought taking short cuts was the right way, there’s no time like the present to get on track. Click here to purchase access to the Affiliate Marketing – Make Money Online.