Review of the top Affiliate forums (Paid and Free)
Affiliate forums are one of the best ways affiliates can develop their professional knowledge of the industry. They provide a plethora of information including guides, walk-throughs, directories (often with a nice bonus too), and, most of all, a community of affiliates that can help answer your questions.
Especially in this industry, connecting with the right people can end up being a turning point in your affiliate path. Apart from being a great resource to turn to when you have your own problem, you can also learn from the mistakes of others seeking help before.
As they say, “it’s good to learn from your mistakes, but it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”
Being part of one of these online communities also helps keep you up to date on the industry and the latest marketing trends.
Focus: Push, Pops
At affLIFT, you will find a lively and very welcoming community with numerous experts especially relating to push and pop-up campaigns. affLIFT is potentially the most active affiliate-focused online forum. They added 20,000 new members to their community in 2019 and had over 2,000,000 pageviews and are working to surpass that this year. We awarded them with the title Best Value because even at the cheaper end of the scale, they provide some of the best noteworthy information, especially regarding our favorite topic push.
Focus: Affiliate marketing and FB
With 10+ expert moderators and thousands of affiliate members, STM is one of the oldest and best affiliate communities out there. They provide more than just guides and case studies but video training and industry reports, including their yearly “What’s working in affiliate marketing” report. The people from STM are also the ones that put together the Affiliate World Conferences, and being a member gets you early access to any recorded speeches from the event. The endless amount of affiliate knowledge in STM can help give anyone from newbies to super affiliates new insights to improve their campaigns.
Focus: CPA affiliate marketing
Affiliate Fix is a great place to get started, primarily because it’s completely free. You can discover tons of things from copywriting and creating creatives to managing your business. The atmosphere is welcoming and newbie-friendly, but you might have to comb through the mountains of discussions to find the information you’re looking for.
Focus: FB, Google, Native, Push
iAmAffiliate, created by veteran super affiliate iAmAttila, has over 1,000 active members from around the globe. There’s a wealth of actionable information, case studies, and how-to-guides inside the member’s area. There you can learn how to run a campaign from scratch, find the winning ads of proven products and offers, and the secrets to scaling it beyond $1000/day profits. Affiliates of all levels will be able to find useful bits of information to help them make their pot of gold.
Focus: Internet marketing
Founded in 1997, the Warrior Forum is one of the most popular internet marketing forums with a very established community. With topics ranging from SEO and SEM to copywriting and growth hacking, the forum covers almost all aspects of contemporary internet marketing. It is an excellent place to find new affiliate programs and offers, but there there is less guidance for ad formats like push ads.
Focus: SEO, Making money online, social media marketing
As its name suggests, BlackHatWorld is a forum centered around Black-hat search engine optimization techniques. The forum offers a vast marketplace where you can find every online service there is. Additionally, they have numerous sections discussing the latest black-hat and white-hat SEO techniques and online money-making opportunities. The blog is by far the biggest on the list but is less focused on affiliate marketing. That being said, it is still a great place for affiliates to find some CPA offers and develop their web skills.
Expert insights from Luke from affLIFT
When writing this article, we decided to reach out to one of our friends, Luke, to help provide some expert advice and insights on how to make the most of online affiliate forums. Luke has been in the industry forever and is the creator of the affLIFT forum, making him a bit of an expert on this subject. Hear his answers to some of the biggest questions regarding affiliate forums.
Why join an affiliate forum?
I joined my first few forums related to online marketing and making money online when I was about 13 years old. They were SitePoint and DigitalPoint. I ended up learning how to program with PHP from the SitePoint forum and a book I purchased from SitePoint. I can’t even imagine how much that has changed my life. A majority of my income today goes back to a book I bought from SitePoint in like 2003.
DigitalPoint also had a huge impact on me. I actually made my first money online from selling websites and digital services on DigitalPoint.
So, why join an affiliate forum? Well, if you are doing any sort of affiliate marketing, a good forum can provide a ton of value to you. You can network with companies in the industry. You can learn from other affiliate’s campaigns. It really depends on how you apply yourself and the actual forum you are joining.
Our goal with affLIFT is to provide you with the most friendly, helpful, and open community in the industry.
We have thousands of members who are all trying to do the same thing you are doing. It’s easy to see how that could benefit you.
We know that there is a ton of content out there related to affiliate marketing. What are some good ways for affiliates to find the most insightful content from the rest?
I actually think we’re lacking in good content in the industry. That is part of the reason I created affLIFT. It’s hard to find up-to-date content. Most people don’t write about things they’ve had success with until those things are no longer really relevant or viable.
We’re seeing more traffic sources and affiliate networks realize that there’s a lot of value to them for putting out good content. I believe that’s likely why Pushground now has their own blog too. It’s good for the industry.
So, my recommendation would be to look for content from reliable sources. Pushground has a great team, and it’s easy to see from the posts published so far that this is going to be a good resource. Other traffic sources that have been in the industry for a long time that have blogs are also good resources. I also recommend bloggers who have been around a long time like Servando Silva and Ian Fernando.
How to make the most of forum memberships?
We have literally thousands of members on affLIFT who are just lurkers. They read the content and discussions on a daily or weekly basis, but they literally never post. THAT IS NOT A GOOD USE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
If you do not have time to post because you are too busy taking action then I am not mad at you, but I believe in most cases the people who are not posting and asking questions are also the same people who are reading and not taking action.
The best way to learn is to run your own campaigns. As you run your campaigns, you are going to run into situations where you are not sure what to do.
The reason you get a membership from a forum like affLIFT is to be able to help get those questions answered. ASK.
You also should use the forum membership as an opportunity to get yourself into affiliate networks and traffic sources that you otherwise might have a hard time getting approved into. Most networks are members of the affLIFT community now (like Pushground), so use your membership as an icebreaker and start networking with those companies. Also, we use our giant community at affLIFT to leverage companies like Pushground to give you a bonus for signing up. Use the live chat and ask them for it 🙂
Any tips for getting started in the forums?
There are two things I highly recommend you do when joining a forum (specifically, an affiliate marketing forum):
- Introduce yourself to the community. Create a thread and tell everyone your prior experience and your goals. Telling people about your experience helps connect you with them. Telling people about your goals helps make you more accountable to achieve them.
- Create a follow along campaign thread. A follow along is a campaign that you start and run specifically for the thread on the forum. I do not recommend doing this with a campaign you already have profitable. Create an all-new campaign specifically for the follow along. This is beneficial because it shows you want to provide value to the community. It also makes it so the community can immediately potentially start helping you with your campaign if you run into issues or make recommendations. We have had members turn follow alongs into 5 figure winners.
More great resources
Apart from the forums, these are some other great learning resources for knowledge-hungry affiliates who want to improve their skills.
Stacked marketer Newsletter – the stacker marker is a great comprehensive marketing newsletter that covers everything from big industry news to actionable campaign advice from Facebook to Push ads.
Udemy – Udemy offers cheap courses for literally everything, including for affiliate marketing.
https://charlesngo.com/ – Charles Ngo, a known affiliate marketer shares his secrets to success in this paid affiliate course.
https://affplaybook.com/ – the affiliate playbook is an in-depth training program that walks you through how to start an affiliate marketing business of your own.