7 Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners

7 Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners

Looking to get started making money with affiliate marketing? These are the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners.

Best affiliate marketing programs for beginners

You've narrowed down your niche, you've picked a social media platform to get started on, you're ready to start building a funnel and sending emails or a blog, but you're stuck because you aren't sure which programs are beginner-friendly.

Furthermore, does it even matter? Aren't all affiliate marketing programs pretty much the same?

That's what I thought when I first got started with affiliate marketing until I started applying for affiliate programs and actually found myself getting rejected. The reason is because I didn't have a big enough audience, yet. That's when I realized that not all affiliate programs are right for beginners.

You will learn exactly what makes an affiliate marketing program right for those just getting started with affiliate marketing. I also include a list of some good affiliate networks to join as a bonus.

This post is all about the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners.

The Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners

The Criteria

When looking for affiliate programs that are going to be ideal for beginners, here is some criteria to consider:

  • Does it Fit Your Niche? If your niche is healthy recipes, there are a lot of healthy recipe adjacent programs you could promote, but if you start promoting a course on how to get started blogging, your audience is going to be confused because that's not why they follow you.
  • What Are the Requirements? Most affiliate programs will have a basic application process with some very basic requirements. At a minimum, most affiliate programs want to know if you have an already established way to start sharing your links. This can mean a website, but it can also just mean a social media account such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or YouTube. As long as you have those basic assets, you will be approved. Some affiliate programs you can join simply by signing up without including any of this information.
  • Is There a Market for It? If you're just getting started, you don't want to get started with a product that isn't going to sell. If something doesn't sell, you're going to become discouraged and may end up giving up. We definitely don't want that.
  • Is it Free? If you're a beginner, I would definitely avoid any affiliate programs that charge you to promote them. Sounds kinda crazy, but yes, they do exist.
  • Does it Have a Good Conversion Rate? In other words, does it sell. You don't want a product that doesn't have a good track record.
  • Have You Used the Product, Brand or Retailer? It makes it a lot easier to promote a product, service, or brand, if you've used it before. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but something to consider.

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1. Amazon

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • Requirements: You must have a website you own (meaning you own the domain, so it can't be something like “www.websitename.wordpress.com” but simply “www.websitename.com”) or a social media account on Facebook (other than a personal account), Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube or Twitch.tv.
  • Requirements for Maintaining Account: Must sell three products in 180 days (6 months) to maintain account.
  • Because of the two requirements above, you definitely want to have your website up and running or your social media account created with relevant content on it and be ready to start sharing links before applying.
  • When someone clicks through with your link and buys, you earn a commission on their entire order, not just the product that contained the link.
  • Commission Rate: Up to 10 percent
  • Cookie Period: 24 hours
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like It?

  • Amazon almost doesn't even need any explanation, but at the end of the day, they sell everything.
  • A lot of people already have Amazon accounts, which makes for an easy shopping experience.
  • The Amazon Affiliate program does have requirements to join, but they are minimal. (I know I was able to join when all I had was domain for my sales funnel and a TikTok account.)

Who Is This Good For?

  • Amazon is great for a variety of niches because they have so many products, and they're already a go-to online store for so many people.
  • I like Amazon for the following niches: lifestyle, organization, books/reading, technology, Mommy bloggers, beauty, gardening, pets, travel, and more.
  • Amazon is great if you plan to share a lot of different products. While they do sell some high-ticket items, they also sell a lot of lower-ticket items, but these are also going to be easier buys for people. With a store like Amazon, the goal is high-volume.

2. Target

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • Requirements: Similar to Amazon, Target requires a basic website or social media account where you will share your links.
  • Commission Rate: Up to 8 percent
  • Cookie Period: 7 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like It?

  • Target sells so many products, and they have already created a brand that so many people like and trust.
  • People might also have the option of purchasing something that they can go pick up in person if their local store has the product in stock.
  • You earn money based on the person's entire order not just the item you linked to.
  • Because of the 7 day cookie period, you will also earn commissions if someone places an order within that 7 day period.

Who is This Good For?

  • Target is also great for a variety of niches including wedding (since a lot of people use Target for wedding registries), beauty, baby and children, toys, technology, health and fitness, home decor, organization, and more.
  • Similar to Amazon, Target is great if you plan to share a lot of different products.

3. Walmart

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • Requirements: Walmart does require a website to signup.
  • Commission Rate: Up to 4 percent
  • Cookie Period: 3 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like it?

  • One of the best things about Walmart is that it's also a full grocery store, this makes this a great option for those in the food and recipe niche.
  • Walmart shoppers also may have the option of picking up their products in person.
  • You receive commissions for the entire sale when someone enters the website through one of your links.
  • You will also receive commissions during the entire 3 Day period.

Who is This Good For?

  • Walmart is great for lifestyle bloggers and influencers including but not limited to the following niches: gardening, home organization, children (toys, back to school, etc.), babies, technology, pets, season items, beauty, and more.

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4. Fiverr

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • Requirements: No website or social required to sign up
  • Commission Rate: $15 – $150 CPA (Cost Per Action) and/or 10%-50% depending on the service. See commission break down here.
  • Fiverr offers two commission structures: Dynamic CPA Plan, which means you are paid a different commission depending on what category of services are purchased that range from $15-$150. Or the Hybrid Plan, which is a combination of CPA and a Revenue Share. With this structure you receive a $10 CPA plus 10% Revshare for one year.
  • Cookie Period: 30 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like It?

  • Fiverr has a lot more layers to it than you might think at first glance. They definitely offer more than just freelancing services. You can earn from all of Fiverr's services including: Fiverr, Fiverr Business, Fiverr Pro, Learn from Fiverr, and Fiverr Workplace.
  • The Fiverr Affiliate program might be one of the easiest affiliate programs to join.
  • Fiverr is also very international-friendly
  • You can also earn from signing up new affiliates, which it calls sub-affiliates. That's pretty cool!

Who is This Good For?

  • Because of the variety of services, I like Fiverr for anyone who is in the online education space, such as teaching blogging, teaching someone how to start a YouTube channel, or teaching how to make money online in general.
  • Let's say someone wants to start a blog, but they aren't very confident in their writing abilities. They can hire someone to write a blog post. Same goes for YouTube — they can hire someone to edit YouTube videos or create YouTube Thumbnails and so many other services.
  • Someone can also increase their skillset through Fiverr Learn.

5. ClickFunnels

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • What is It? Sales and Marketing Software
  • Requirements: No website or social required to join. You do not even need to have a ClickFunnels account to join.
  • Commission Rate: Up to 40% (recurring commissions on ClickFunnels subscriptions)
  • Cookie Period: 45 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like It?

  • ClickFunnels has multiple products from low-ticket to high-ticket as well as recurring products including: books, software, courses, challenges, and other services.
  • I love a subscription service as an affiliate because you earn for every month that person renews. You only have to bring the person in once, and you keep earning. This is the definition of passive income.
  • They attach a “sticky cookie” to the people you refer, and they will start to promote several products to them via Facebook ads and elsewhere.
  • They have great incentives… If you bring in 100 Active Members, they give you $500 per month toward your dream car. If you bring in 200 Active Members, they give you $1,000 toward your dream car.

Who is This For?

  • ClickFunnels is great for anyone who is in the digital marketing niche, make money online niche, online education niche, and others.

6. Elegant Themes

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • What Is It? WordPress Themes and Visual Page Builder
  • Requirements to Join: You need to have a website and a PayPal account to join. No audience requirements. No approval period.
  • Commission Rate: 50% (including yearly renewals)
  • Cookie Period: 60 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Like It?

  • Elegant Themes (makers of the amazing Divi Page Builder) is known as “The Most Popular WordPress Themes in the World.” They make a great product and are constantly adding more products and perks for its customers.
  • They also have an online marketplace where customers can purchase additional child themes, header packs, footer packs, and more.
  • They have one of the most generous commission rates I've seen.
  • I love any affiliate program that offers commissions on subscriptions because it creates the opportunity for long-term passive income.

Who is This For?

  • This is a great platform for anyone in the online education niche, web design niche, blogging about blogging niche, WordPress websites niche, and many others.

7. SiteGround

Basic Information and Requirements:

  • What is It? WordPress hosting platform
  • Requirements to Join: Website and PayPal account
  • Commission Rate: Set dollar amount ranging from $50-$100 per sale (depending on how much you sell; see here)
  • Cookie Period: 60 Days
  • Apply Here!

Why I Love It:

  • SiteGround pairs very nicely with Elegant Themes because in order to create a website, you need a hosting platform, and SiteGround is one of the best hosting platforms on the market.

Who is This For?

  • If you are going to teach people how to blog, build a website or sales funnel, they will need a hosting platform.
  • Great for the online education niche, digital marketing, blogging about blogging, make money online, and more.

Bonus: Affiliate Networks

Example of Affiliate Network

You don't always need to go to individual websites to find their affiliate programs. A lot of online retailers and service providers run their affiliate programs through affiliate networks.

Once you join an affiliate network and work with one of their brands, it can make it easier to get approved to work with other brands it works with.

Here are some affiliate networks that would be worth joining depending upon your niche:

  • PartnerStack: This network specializes in software brands including Asana, Monday.com, QuickBooks, Elementor, Loom, Calendly, Sprout Social, and many more. If these are the types of products and services you plan to promote, this would be a great affiliate network to join. Click Here to Learn More!
  • Impact: Impact manages the affiliate programs of several major brands including Target and Walmart. They are also good network to join if you are in the health and fitness niche, travel niche, education niche, as well as some software companies and online marketplaces such as Tailwind, Upwork, LinkedIn Learning, The Great Courses, and many more. Click Here to Learn More!
  • ShareASale: This network also hosts a variety of brands including fashion brands, online food retailers, online education platforms, craft brands, family brands, and other niches including MasterClass, ButcherBox Daily Harvest, Reebok, MUDWTR, and many more. Click Here to Learn More!

Final Takeaways

This is far from an exhaustive list, but hopefully this gives you an idea of a few places to get started. To learn more about getting started with affiliate marketing, check out my free ebook that takes you through each step of the process.

This post was all about the the best affiliate programs for beginners so that you can get started making money from home by simply promoting brands and products you already love.

Best affiliate programs for beginners

Freedom Breakthrough Review: Is This the Right Affiliate Marketing Course for You?

Freedom Breakthrough Review: Is This the Right Affiliate Marketing Course for You?

You've heard about the affiliate marketing course Freedom Breakthrough, but you want to know if it's right for you and if it's worth the investment? This is an honest review by someone who has taken the Freedom Breakthrough course.

freedom breakthrough course

Affiliate marketing is such a great way to start making money online because you don't have to create your own products or services. You simply pick products that align with your niche and start promoting.

But you're the kind of person who wants to learn all the best practices for launching an online business, so you've started looking at affiliate marketing courses. I can totally relate because I was in a similar situation when I was first getting started.

These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself: Is it worth the investment? Does the course cover all that it promises? Will the course help me achieve my goals?

You will get all of these questions answered in this post and be ready to make a decision on whether or not this is the right affiliate marketing course for you.

This post is all about Freedom Breakthrough 2.0 and how to decide if this is the right course for you.

Freedom Breakthrough Review

Freedom Breakthrough Review


When evaluating courses, this is the criteria I follow:

  1. What does the course promise and does it deliver on that promise?
  2. The second thing I look at is the price. Does the price you pay for the course match the value you receive?
  3. The person behind the course. (a) Do they really know what they are doing? (b) Am I able to follow him or her? (This one is the most subjective and will very from person to person).
  4. What kind of support does it offer if you need additional help?

By the end of this review, we should be able to answer all of these questions. Let's dive in!

What is Freedom Breakthrough 2.0?

Freedom Breakthrough teaches how to do affiliate marketing. But it teaches a unique system called the Affiliate Marketing Stacking Ecosystem.

Some courses just teach people how to set up an affiliate marketing campaign promoting one product, but this course teaches how to promote multiple products all at one that all relate to one another and how to do this in a cohesive way.

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Who is the Creator of Freedom Breakthrough?

Freedom Breakthrough was created by Jonathan Montoya, who says that we was able to quit his $80,000 a year 9 to 5 electrical engineering job nine months after he began his affiliate marketing business.

He says that he created this course to help others be able to do the same. Let's find out what it includes…

What are the Features of the Course?

The Freedom Breakthrough course is broken up into 12 modules. Here is a brief breakdown of what each module includes:

  • Module 1: This module is an introduction to the Affiliate Stacking Ecosystem.
  • Module 2: This module walks you through how to set up an affiliate marketing funnel using ClickFunnels, and how to create a lead magnet.
  • Module 3: Next, you will learn how to set up an email automation using GetResponse along with integrating GetResponse with ClickFunnels, setting up an email sequence, different ways to get emails written, and how to automate the whole process. After you complete Module 3, your campaign will be set up and you will be ready to start marketing.
  • Module 4: Modules 4-12 are all about traffic and marketing. Module 4 starts with YouTube. This module walks you through how to create a YouTube channel, how to post videos on YouTube, how to make sure they are search optimized, and how to grow your channel as well as other tips and tricks.
  • Module 5: This module focuses on TikTok. This includes how to setup an account, how to get content ideas, how to record and edit videos, and how to grow your audience as well as other tips and tricks.
  • Module 6: Drive traffic with Facebook. This module walks users through how to use Facebook Groups and Facebook Profiles to drive traffic.
  • Module 7: Closing High-Ticket Sales. Sometimes high-ticket sales may require a little more effort. This module walks you through how to go about it featuring one of Jonathan's most successful affiliates.
  • Module 8: Make high-ticket sales with Facebook organic. This module features another student who has had success driving traffic with Facebook organic.
  • Module 9: Create an affiliate website. This module walks you through how to create a WordPress blog and how to start writing blog posts.
  • Module 10: This module is all about driving traffic to your blog with search engine optimization, also known as SEO, and how to generate leads from a blog.
  • Module 11: The focus of this module is how to get paid traffic using Google Ads.
  • Module 12: This module is all about how to earn affiliate commissions using a tactic called Launch Jacking. This is done by ranking for keywords for affiliate courses or products that haven't been released yet.

In addition to the modules, the course also includes coaching calls and some additional training on various topics.

The Pros

  1. The Value. If you can't tell from the list above, this course contains massive value. There are people that will charge mega bucks just to master one of those skills, and yet this course covers all of them.
  2. The 3 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge. One of my favorite parts of this course is something I haven't even mentioned, yet — the 3 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge. The 3 Day Challenge is the lead magnet for this course. The challenge costs $7, but it contains real value not just fluff like you sometimes see in challenges like this. You can from the 3 Day Challenge launch an affiliate marketing campaign, which I think is pretty amazing. The advantage of purchasing the full course is that he goes into much greater depth, but the challenge is an opportunity to test out the course to see if it's something you want to purchase.
  3. The Passion. Jonathan Montoya is so passionate about what he does and so passionate about the success of his students. He doesn't sugar-coat the work that it takes to be successful, but he's also very confident that if you put in the work, you will have success.
  4. Generous. If you decide to become an affiliate for Freedom Breakthrough, he is super generous with his affiliates. He's always trying to find ways he can give his affiliates high commissions and more benefits.

The Cons

  1. The Price. The full course costs $1497, which can be paid in one lump sum or spread across three months. While I believe the value is there, it's still a lot of money.
  2. Additional Costs. The course itself doesn't include additional costs, but signing up for ClickFunnels, GetResponse, buying a domain and hosting services do cost additional money. This is something you should know going into it.
  3. Lack of one-on-one coaching. The course does include a very active Facebook Group where Jonathan is very responsive, and he does do live group coaching calls where you can ask a lot of questions. He does offere some one-on-one coaching, but this seems to only happen sporadically.
  4. Refund Period. You only have 14 days to receive a refund if you decide it's not for you and you want a refund. So I would make sure that if or when you purchase this course, you do it at a time in which you will have the time to really dive into it.

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Conclusion: The Key Takeaways

Yes! Freedom Breakthrough was not the first affiliate marketing course I purchased, but I regret not starting here first. (The truth is that I didn't know about it, but I wish I did).

Here's why — I LOVE the affiliate stacking ecosystem! I think it's genius because it really does set you up for long-term success, and I am all about long-term success. I want people to find something that will allow them to make legit money from home and even generate a full-time income from home. This system will allow you to do that.

Does it Deliver on the Promise?

I believe this course absolutely delivers on the promise of what it says it will do — it thoroughly teaches how to do affiliate marketing, and I would say it even over-delivers on all the different platforms and methodologies it covers.

The Person Behind the Course

When I'm evaluating a course, one of the things I look for is someone who is in the trenches or has been in the trenches and has had success. I believe Jonathan 100% meets this criteria.

The second factor I look at is whether or not I'm able to follow and understand this person when they give instruction. If a person is difficult to follow, it doesn't matter how much value the course has. However, this criteria is the most subjective as people vary as to what level of instruction they need so I can only speak for myself. I found Jonathan very easy to follow and understand. He walks through each module step-by-step, click-by-click, and I had no problem being able to replicate what he was doing.

How to Decide if Freedom Breakthrough is Right For You?

Most online courses include a sales video you can watch before signing up. This is the first place to start to see if Jonathan is someone who resonates with you and if you like and trust him.

Other questions to ask: Does he motivate you? Does Freedom Breakthrough teach what you are looking to learn?

If you can answer “Yes” to the questions above, the next thing I would do is sign up for the 3 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge for $7. One of the advantages of this course is that you really do have an opportunity to “test drive” the course through this challenge.

If you like what you learn in the challenge and you can afford the full course, at that point you may decide to purchase it.

How to Get Started with Freedom Breakthrough

If Freedom Breakthrough sounds like what you are looking for, there are two ways to get started:

Want to see what the course looks like, watch Jonathan do a walkthrough of the Freedom Breakthrough course here: