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Congrats on landing on my unbiased and revised review of the Commission Academy for 2023!
According to its creator (Dale) – Commission Academy is “the best free affiliate marketing course”.
But can it REALLY compete with other top-dog affiliate Biz training platforms in today’s climate, and at ZERO cost too?
Or is the whole thing nothing but smoke and mirrors designed to scam the pants off total newbies like you?
All the honest answers you seek are right here in THIS review, so hang tight, tiger!…
At a Glance
Name: Commission Academy.
Mentors: Dale & Simon.
Cost: Free + expenses.
Who’s it For?: Mainly affiliate marketing beginners.
My Score: 8/10.
Blog Post Contents:
- 100% free to join (no credit card needed)
- Solid (+ regularly updated) step-by-step newbie-friendly video training
- Member discussion threads under videos (Dale & Simon also chime in to lend a hand)
- Heaps of free high-quality resource recommendations
- Private support from ME (if you join via this review) + a HUGE 2+ million member community
- Live weekly hangouts via the private YouTube channel
- Dale & Simon are successful Super Affiliates (they really know their stuff!)
- Affiliate marketing’s a proven kick-ass Biz model for earning a sustainable full-time online
- A handful of videos are fairly short – they need beefing up, in my opinion
- No guidance on mindset & goal setting, etc (I hope this crucial stuff is covered at some point)
- Some freebie tool recommendations have limited functionality (that’s why they’re free I guess lol)
- Expenses for certain tools & upsells come into play (building an online Biz is never truly a $0 cost)
- It’s not for “get rich quick” seekers (online success requires plenty of learning, elbow grease, time & patience)
To cut a very long story short, I’ve done affiliate marketing since 1999 (YUP, I’m vintage!)…
And lost $1,000s on garbage training programs, but balanced out those losses with wins from following legitimate and quality courses over the years.
So, I’ve certainly been there, done that, and got the faded retro-looking t-shirt.
But the good news is that when it comes to Commission Academy, it DEFINITELY falls under the latter category – ticking all the right boxes.
Because Dale and Simon’s free step-by-step training actually delivers a tremendous amount of real-world value that helps newbies succeed in the affiliate marketing space.
But the guys don’t end things there…
They also engage with members via training discussion threads, recommend some top-notch tools, and do live weekly hangout videos to go hand-in-hand with their course.
But does their platform really offer the BEST free training on the entire cyber planet, you ask?
Everyone has a different view, at the end of the day…
So, I’ll let you figure it out when you become a zero-risk member below and tuck into the training 😉
Either way, Commission Academy is certainly one heck of an EPIC starting point (in my opinion) if you’re looking to learn the ropes and eventually bank a 6-figure affiliate income down the road.
However, because there’s not really a “one size fits all” approach to building a profitable affiliate Biz from scratch – I prefer to keep an open mind.
So, with numerous directions to pick from, I recommend you also check out THIS training program as a beginner.
Which, btw, can also pair up with Commission Academy quite nicely in my book 😉
Final Verdict: Highly Recommended.
But before we dig into the meat and potatoes of Commission Academy…
Who The Heck Is The Creator (Dale)?
Dale is your average 20-something-year-old English guy who “accidentally” discovered affiliate marketing (his words) for himself.
Which basically led to him earning a full-time income online, becoming a webpreneur, and quitting his day job as an electrician.
Fast forward a bit and Dale’s passion lies in helping newbies accomplish the same.
Which is why he created Commission Academy and brought his wingman on board (Simon) as a mentor too.
Simon’s also a successful super affiliate, in case you hadn’t have guessed 😛
Say hello to the duo who met and had a blast at Wealthy Affiliate’s Super Affiliate Conference in Las Vegas, baby! (2020).
Since then, the pair have been great buddies and a true asset to the internet and affiliate marketing landscape.
They are definitely the dudes you really must rub shoulders with if you truly wanna “live your best life” as a webpreneur too.
What Is Commission Academy All About, You Ask?
Put simply, Commission Academy is designed as a $0 step-by-step video training program on affiliate marketing.
More specifically, the course actually shows you how to start a blog from scratch and transform it into a highly lucrative affiliate Biz.
The last “free” course I tried was My Online Startup – But it doesn’t help you connect all the dots when it comes to getting started.
Whereas Commission Academy DOES.
Which is a total breath of fresh air.
However, given the fact that Dale and Simon are both Wealthy Affiliate community members, and Commission Academy almost mirrors its sales page and training…
The way I see it, Dale’s course is basically a *GASP* steppingstone/introduction to Wealthy Affiliate.
Which, isn’t necessarily a bad thing because Dale prepares you for a more in-depth platform…
An umbrella one that offers you so much more of everything – tools, training, support, you name it, for even BIGGER success 😉
Who Is Commission Academy For, You Wonder?
Whether you suck at affiliate marketing or you’re a newbie looking to start an affiliate Biz for free – then the Academy has your name all over it.
Or as Dale puts it on the homepage – it’s “Perfect For Beginners”.
However, just don’t go into the Academy with a get-rich-quick mindset because you’ll be deeply disappointed.
YES, Dale and Simon can help break the shackles of your day job to live the dream life you want.
But you must take that word called ACTION and be prepared to invest at least 10 – 20 hours a week, and make some sacrifices along the way.
That’s the only path to success as a blogger in the affiliate marketing arena, at the end of the day.
How Commission Academy Works Behind The Scenes
Once you’ve signed up for your free membership and logged into the dashboard, you’ll begin with the Fast-Start Training.
Here’s a tiny glimpse of said training (that I’ve personally gone through) from Dale and Simon:
The training comprises 16 lessons that basically help you start your new blog/affiliate Biz with a sprinkling of other strategies for good measure.
Before we move on, a newly-added cool training feature I really love is the discussion thread – there’s one underneath every video.
As an example; here’s a 31-comment thread (at the time of writing) – Dale and/or Simon reply to everyone, further demonstrating their commitment to helping folks.
The Fast-Start Training lessons are as follows:
- Meet Your Instructors (4.09 minute video)
- The Process Explained (10.20 mins)
- Choose A Niche (5.50 mins)
- Launch Your Website (You’ll use SiteRubix to build a blog)
- Laying The Foundations For Success (2.43 mins)
- Customizing Your Website (7.21 mins)
- Creating Your Initial Content (12.13 mins)
- Leveraging An Email List (8.27 mins)
- Preparing To Make Money (1.05 mins)
- Finding Profitable Keywords (14.20 mins)
- Creating Content That Ranks (21.08 mins)
- Adding Affiliate Links (11.44 mins)
- Leveraging Product Reviews (7.18 mins)
- Creating Income On Demand (13.25 mins)
- Scaling With Videos (8.33 mins)
- Congratulations & Your Next Steps (1.36 mins)
But it doesn’t stop there!
Because in comes the Advanced Training stuff that covers the following 12 lessons:
- Introduction To Google Search Console (12.46 minute video)
- How To View & Track Your Website Visitors (10.56 mins)
- Ranking In Google In 48 Hours (Or Less) (11.18 mins)
- Monitoring Your Search Engine Positions (12.58 mins)
- Outsourcing Content Production (7.30 mins)
- Boosting Your Pages With Internal Links (8.12 mins)
- Multiplying Your Revenue With Display Ads (6.07 mins)
- Building Backlinks To Rank Even Higher (6.21 mins)
- Growing Your Email List 10X Faster (20.16 mins)
- Realising Your Own Digital Asset (6.31 mins)
- Leveraging Automated Chatbots (15.20 mins)
- Using Paid Ads For Rapid Results (19.07 mins)
On the whole, I think the training’s bloody brilliant – It’s jam packed with so much value, I tell ya!
But a couple of things I will say about the Fast-Start training though:
First of all, there are a few videos that are fairly shallow – I hope the lads will address this in future training updates.
And secondly, you’re taught to run before you can walk (kinda).
Because, for example, you don’t need to be overwhelmed by the thought of email marketing and YouTube from the offset.
Your #1 PRIORITY is to start an affiliate website (aka blog) and scale it to generate at least some level of consistent traffic from Google BEFORE you focus on other strategies.
Trust me, I learned this the hard way. UGH.
They’re my only complaints with Commission Academy really – so, nothing major to worry about.
In addition to the training and discussion threads, Dale and Simon run live weekly hangouts via their YouTube channel.
Where you’ll gain even more insights into succeeding with this affiliate marketing “stuff”.
How Much Does The Training Actually Cost?
The good news is that Commission Academy won’t cost you a single dime for the training.
But having said that, there’s no such thing as a free lunch – ESPECIALLY in the digital marketing arena.
Because you’ll still need to invest in Dale’s third-party resource recommendations to start your own website and build it into a thriving affiliate Biz.
So, in the name of transparency, here’s a full breakdown of essential resources as recommended by Dale throughout the starter training:
- Wealthy Affiliate (see full costs) – WA is the hands-on starting point of your new Biz. You’ll receive tools, in-depth training, 1-on-1 coaching + community support 24/7.
- Fiverr (from $5 a gig) – You’ll hire a professional designer to create your site’s logo.
- Grammarly (free – $12/month) – A writing tool to check grammar & spelling mistakes in your content.
- Aweber (free – $19.99/month starting price) – An email autoresponder to create a website opt-in form & build a subscriber list.
- Mangools (free 10-day trial, then $29.90 or $49/month basic level) – A keyword tool to find the right keywords for Google rankings & traffic to your website.
- Canva ($0 – $100+/year) – A cool tool to design your own blog post graphics.
- TubeBuddy ($4.99/month – $24.49/month – cheaper if paid yearly) – An advanced tool to easily rank videos on YouTube for traffic.
There are more costs for other optional tools in the advanced training, but you’ll see them for yourself.
Commission Academy Alternatives
I guess you could say that Wealthy Affiliate is an alternative to Commission Academy.
But with that said, CA is a funnel for WA (at the time of writing) which makes both trainings almost identical LOL – CA just offers more up-to-date basic training.
Also, you may have already come across this Quora question in Google:
To save wasting your time, 12 Minute Affiliate (aka Easiest System Ever) will drain your funds (like it did mine)…
It’s just some Done-For-You affiliate system that benefits the creator and delivers VERY little training on affiliate marketing.
Where as CA revolves around a totally different concept and teaches you ACTUAL money-making skills that can create you a sustainable business.
Because said platforms also teach you how to start and scale a lucrative blog from scratch.
Is Commission Academy A SCAM? (The Verdict’s In)…
The short answer is: Absolutely not.
While there’s still room for improvement when it comes to the basic training (in my opinion) …
Commission Academy is still WAY better than any shitty WarriorPlus product by miles.
Not that I’m measuring d*cks or anything.
Joking aside, I love the fact that both Dale and Simon are EXTREMELY knowledgeable when it comes to affiliate marketing.
Not to mention the fact, they’re both massively successful Super Affiliates.
Which speaks volumes.
So, you’re DEFINITELY in good hands with the guys – they teach you everything you need to know about starting off on the right foot online in 2023 and beyond.
But obviously, their training will only pay off when you put it into practice.
So, if you’re prepared to roll up those sleeves and take action to become an affiliate success story yourself – then I invite you to…
Your buddy, Neil.
Got any questions or thoughts on Commission Academy? We’d love to hear them below…