It’s pretty clear that this industry is quite “small” public wise and finding information to learn the ropes or getting started tends to happen in just a few websites.
Some of them are blogs, and some are forums, but the it’s a constant problem because you could pretty much count them with your fingers. Information is good, but sometimes you have questions or you’re looking for some help cause you don’t understand a marketing concept or a tech related problem while setting up your campaigns. Forums work better for this vs. blogs because the community can help you without relying completely in the owner of the forum.
In my case, I have huge respect for forums because back in 2005 that’s how I got started learning how to build my first computer and eventually learned that I could grow and learn from any industry if I knew how to use Google Search properly.
My first project was a forum in 2006 and I still check a lot of forums besides social media groups to learn what I want to learn on about any niche.
However, coming back to an Affiliate Marketing point and specifically about buying traffic or monetizing offers it’s much more difficult to find information vs. just looking for info on how to blog, how to do SEO or any general internet marketing related stuff.
With this in mind, I want to share with you the forums and places where I constantly learn and grab information from. Especially because I know a few of these ones aren’t well known and they could help you.
This is pretty much the biggest forum I’ve ever seen related to media buying, CPA marketing and related. I became aware of this forum back in August 2013 and finally decided to subscribe at the end of that same year when I had problems with organic traffic on FB Fanpages (Facebook being Facebook as always). I quickly realized this industry had much more options than I though and eventually learned the ropes to use a tracker, setup a decent server, launch and optimize campaigns, etc. from the guides and posts here on this forum.
It’s been almost 5 years since I became a member of STM and at the cost of $99 per month I think it’s well worth it. Their team also organizes the Affiliate World Conferences and other projects related which have a huge impact in the affiliate industry.
I won’t really say much because I’m almost sure you already know or have heard about this forum so I won’t even show you screenshots or anything, however if you’re still not a member or never heard of it you can become a member here and start your journey.
AffiliateFix was my second home and a way to make a lot of connections. This forum, previously owned by my good friend Oliver Kenyon, was recently acquired a few months ago.
This forum is pretty active and you can learn a lot of the basics here. AffiliateFix is completely free so if you’re in a tight budget and have no idea on how to get started this is going to be your first choice obviously.
The fix forum has a lot of networks and advertisers looking for affiliates/publishers to get into their networks, and there are a lot of threads and follow alongs about different traffic sources, but there’s also a lot of information about free traffic, SEO and other organic methods if that’s your thing. Go register at AffiliateFix if you’re getting started and your budget is super limited.
This forum is much smaller and owned by Malan Darras. To be honest I’ve been there for maybe 3 months max at different times because the lack of activity, however the content it’s got is good especially for people running (or wanting to) native traffic. The main topic is Native and that’s where the gems are being dropped from time to time.
I know some people who are really good at native and they all have good things to say about Mad Society. The price ranges from $75 to $100 depending on when you subscribe, so if you’re still thinking of it maybe wait until a good discount drops and get inside to learn some good native stuff.
I’m almost sure you haven’t heard of this forum and if you’re an intermediate or advanced affiliate you’ll like it. This forum was created a couple months ago by one big affiliate I’ve known for a very long time.
In fact, a lot of what I learned back in 2014 and my first profitable mobile campaign was due to his knowledge so when I heard he was opening a forum I was lured in instantly.
One of my first questions was how was this forum going to be able to compete with bigger forums like STM and the response was pretty reasonable. He said: “when something is too big, some people are scared to talk about secret things“. So he created the Affletes forum.
Here are some of the topics mentioned in the homepage that lured me into the forum a few weeks ago:
Usually some of my favorite sub-forums in every forum I visit are Case Studies and tutorials. Here are some of the case studies published so far:
Overall, I like it and while I don’t expect it to be very active in terms of members especially considering it’s been alive for 2 months so far, but I’ll keep an eye on it every week to see what’s going on and help if needed.
You can become a member of Affletes here. (Update 2019): The membership is now free for all but the activity is almost dead after the first months. So while there are some golden tips inside you probably won’t do much networking inside.
This is a new forum you probably haven’t heard about either. It seems like 2018 is the year of the forums and Afflift is a community created by Luke Kling from Peerfly to help new people get started.
The pricing here is way lower than the competitors as you can see below:
While this is a new forum, it’s got hundreds of members already and it’s pretty active for its 3rd month of life. Most of the questions are from new people which reminds me a bit of AffiliateFix and the design is pretty neat as well.
From what I’ve seen, the most active sub forums here are in the PPV and tracking sections. This makes sense because PPV is the easiest way to get started to learn the ropes and a big difference here is Luke has done tutorials to setup campaigns, links and trackers which aren’t available in other forums.
If you’re a newbie and you’re looking to setup a less expensive tracker like Bemob you’re going to find a lot of info inside Afflift. Luke does mostly PPV and his campaigns are direct linked most of the times, so if you also struggle with landers it could be a good fit for you definitely.
As you can see, the forum has got some nice traction already:
And something I haven’t seen in other forums is a live chat. This helps when you’ve got simple questions or just want somebody to link you to what you’re looking for.
At $20 per month I think Afflift is super newbie friendly and newbies struggle a lot with technical things like tracking, so if that’s your case it might be worth a check. Become an Afflift member here.
Forums aren’t the only means of communication nowadays. They’re in fact quite old and social media kind of replaced them although for this niche they seem to work well.
However I want to mention a couple of FB groups that are great to get information and pretty active without being spammy or full of offers from advertisers.
Most groups wether on slack, FB, skype or discord die after some time due to inactivity or SPAM, however this 2 are full of questions with decent answers and a lot of people sharing knowledge for free.
This group owned by Tim Burd is the best around FB Ads and definitely worth a mention. Overall it’s probably one of my favorite groups and I know people are happy with it (both helping others and asking questions). Join the group here.
This group was created by the Tan Brothers and its main focus as the name says is eCommerce. However many tactics are shared there around eComm, Media buying in different sources (but mainly FB) and overall great tips around online businesses. Check them out here.
That’s all folks
I’m sure there might be another forum or group around that I’m forgetting to mention but those are the main ones I visit at this moment.
I have seen a lot of forums come and go in the last 5 years. Some were bad, some were super inactive or some FB groups are full of SPAM and ad network representatives so I won’t mention them anymore.
Is there any other forum or group you’re enjoying at the moment? Let me know in the comments so I can add it later!