My Online Startup Review: Is It Worth It For A Free Course? (2021)
Find out if My Online Startup is worth it or not Below!
People interested in affiliate marketing tend to consume a lot of content related to it. People who consume a lot of affiliate marketing content tend to see many ads for courses. People seeing course ads might have seen My Online Startup promoted.
So, let’s review it, shall we?
This course has been going reasonably viral since its release, and it definitely caught my eye. Free value tends to do that for you, and My Online Startup is free, so what could I lose taking it for a test drive?
It’s also a fairly well-ranked Clickbank product, so there had to be something good about it, and seeing how I stumbled across their ads quite often, they also have a solid grasp on marketing.
Well, does that translate into the content customers get? Let’s find out.
My Online Startup: training overview
Chick Nyguyen is credited as the author of this affiliate marketing training program. If you’ve never heard or read that name before, I won’t blame you; most people I’ve seen talking about this course—including myself—learned about his existence after taking this course.
Don’t think that’s something bad, though. The internet is huge, and both affiliate marketing and online courses are two crowded industries. There’s countless people making money with affiliate marketing, so it’s not unexpected to see new names coming up now and then.
That being said, Chuck does have a YouTube channel that’s been around for several years by now. The content is fairly standard, but it’s neither outstanding nor bad; you’ll find product reviews, marketing tips, money making methods, and more entrepreneurial content.
Well, My Online Startup is basically Chuck’s fundamental knowledge condensed into a fairly basic course. You get 8 modules, each one covering a specific step or strategy you’ll need to build a successful affiliate marketing business.
However, My Online Startup is also an affiliate program, so you can start applying the content you learned to promote this product. Once you notice this, it’s easy to see why it became such a popular product.
You’ll have to pay if you want to start promoting and making money from selling My Online Startup. Luckily, Chuck is fairly open about this right from the get-go, and this is not a common sight. I’ve seen many courses hiding the affiliate offer or making them available only through Clickbank and other networks.
Seeing how this course is a lot better for newcomers, I must commend Chuck for making the affiliate offer easily accessible. Still, make sure to think about investing any money before actually doing it.
What do you get with My Online Startup?
Let’s dive into the training itself before covering the affiliate program. As mentioned, you get 8 modules following the entrepreneurial process: from formulating a business plan to marketing your products.
It starts off with a welcome module outside of the core 8 sections. This is your standard introduction: what you can expect to learn from this course.
The platform it’s hosted in is also fairly straightforward. You’re presented with the different modules in a list, and you’re free to mark the lessons you’ve completed. It’s not mandatory, but it’s nice to keep track of your process, and there’s a nice bar at the top showing how many lessons you’ve completed out of the 47 total, and it also displays the percentage you’ve gone through.
Naturally, every module focuses in a single aspect of affiliate marketing. Each module then splits into its own set of lessons detailing the specific steps and tasks you have to complete to develop your venture. The length of each video depends mostly on how complex the topic is and how much depth Chuck goes into; this ranges between less than 10 minutes to more than 30.
A good addition to this course is the ability to take notes in each video; it’s perfect for people who like to highlight certain ideas. Besides, there’s also a list with additional resources with tips on what you’ll need to ensure all the lessons are implemented perfectly.
Going back to the notes, they’re specific for every video. You’ll always start a new lesson with a blank slate to write down your notes, and you’re free to go back to previous notes whenever you want. Honestly, this isn’t a common feature in these types of courses, so I’m really surprised to see this in a free course.
You can also check out comments form other students under the lesson, kind of like a YouTube video. It’s another neat addition if you want to check out what other people think, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you forget about this.
The welcome module is technically a 9th module, but it’s not actually all that valuable. The real content starts with the Gameplan module, so let me start the module breakdown from that one.
The course is free, so you can check it out without losing anything. That’s why I won’t dive into too much detail in case you want to take it yourself. That being said, you’ll have to invest money to implement some of the methods explained in this course—particularly the solo ad section.
I’ll also name the modules after what you’ll learn instead of the actual title. I find it to be easier to understand what to expect from the content.
Gameplan is the subject matter of the first module, and despite being a fairly important topic, there’s not much to say about this.
It’s basically an explanation of how you want to plan your business, but it also acts as a general explanation of how affiliate marketing works. You’ll learn the basic concepts of the business model as well as how you can tackle the industry.
Personally, I found it amusing how Chuck admits this course is free because it’s a strategy to build an email list. Curiously, it’s actually a good explanation of the mindset and creativity you want to develop.
Speaking of mindset, there’s also a module dedicated to that: aptly named “Mindset.” I’ll be honest now, I’m not a fan of these modules; mindset is important, but there’s no reason why it can’t be explained as a lesson in the introduction or Gameplan module.
Still, it’s definitely a trending topic for virtually any business entrepreneur in any industry. You’ll find most gurus saying that mindset is everything, and while it’s not “everything,” it’s definitely good to develop.
Anyways, the second real module dives into how to build a positive mindset that will push you and your business to success. It layman’s terms, you’ll learn how to turn into a better individual, and this includes setting goals, being productive, and improving how you perceive yourself.
It’s an entertaining module, and I can see it being empowering for some people. Personally, I’ve seen enough of these to feel numb to this type of content, but I can see the lessons being positive for complete beginners.
There are some nice resources, though. You get some useful books about speaking in public and selling, so you definitely get value from this module. I really enjoyed the books, and anyone can gain something from reading them.
Affiliate marketing fundamentals
If you remember what the first module touched on, then the third module will expand that knowledge. You’ll learn the basics of running an affiliate marketing business: from finding a niche to picking products and why My Online Startup is a great start.
Chuck points out how you’re getting an advantage over your competitors by starting out with an affiliate product right from the get-go. Sure, you can get a product as soon as you’re done, but you need to invest in the upsell, so it’s still Chuck marketing his product.
I’m not saying I’m against it—just keep in mind it’s not an altruistic opportunity. It’s not the only one, either. You can promote other courses and products in other industries, and it’s not like it’s too difficult to find affiliate programs; you’re learning how to do it anyways.
Besides, you might not even want to promote My Online Startup if you’re not interested in its niche.
I’m mentioning this because I know this course’s target audience, and you might not be aware of these facts. It’s still a legitimate product to promote, but most importantly, the content in this module actually isn’t bad.
The third module comes with nice ideas to spot promising niches and finding good products within your niche. You’ll easily finish this section with a solid grasp on how to start your business with the right foot.
My only real problem with this module is that it’s a little too shallow. There’s some content I found missing, and if you have decent knowledge about the process, you might spot them too. There’s also a noticeable bias towards the online entrepreneurship niche.
Other than that, it’s still a good basic module, and hey, it’s still free.
Leads are basically email addresses from people interested in your business and offers. The fourth module is all about how you can capture them into your mailing list, which makes up a very important part of affiliate marketing.
The lessons in this module focus on lead magnets; these are fairly self-explanatory, and this course is one. It’s basically a free product you can offer to your visitors in exchange of their email. PDFs, webinars, and mini-courses are some of the most popular approaches, and since it’s basically free value, people are a lot more likely to give away their email.
Chuck also explains the different pages you’ll want to use. He goes into landing, squeeze, bridge, and “thank you” pages among others. It’s somewhat of a funnels lesson without focusing strictly on this concept. The lessons are quite good, too.
Speaking of funnels, Chuck also goes into them and the best platforms you can use for it. He touches on BuilderAll and Thrive’s products as well as ClickFunnels.
After you’ve captured your leads, you need to follow up on them and actually gain value from this work. Don’t worry, as Chuck also covers this. He recommends GetResponse as your autoresponder, and it’s an amazing platform—just don’t feel it’s the only one. You’ll learn how to create email campaigns, link tracking, and assessing your campaigns’ performance.
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot of paid software recommendations in this module, so make sure to take note of all the investments you want to make to assess your budget.
Authority site building
Alright, I’ll go ahead and admit it right away: I love this section. It’s rare to see an affiliate marketing course cover authority websites—unless it’s strictly a course about authority websites.
Well, you’ll learn how to build this type of website with 7 lessons going from blogging and its benefits all the way to how to run it. Chuck covers how to build a blog, the article types you can write, and how to optimize your content.
Now, don’t assume it’s an SEO module just because I said “optimize.” This isn’t an in-depth course on the subject like other courses available, but you’ll still learn how to build and run your website.
You do learn about important tools like Grammarly and Yoast SEO to ensure your content is good and has good chances to rank; he just doesn’t explain SEO deeply. He also touches on web hosting and goes back to Thrive Architect for setup.
Don’t worry, hosting won’t cost a lot of money, but he still acknowledges some people might not have enough money to invest in it. His alternative is Wealthy Affiliate, and it makes sense; it’s a reputable platform for affiliate marketers, and chances are you’d eventually feel interested in it anyways.
Now, this is a good module on how to build your website, but that’s considering it’s a free course, and it’s adding this module alongside a bunch of other content. Don’t expect as much content as you’d get from a course like Franklin Hatchett’s Savage Affiliates.
If you want more value, consider that course, but as is, this module is a solid foundation to start your own website and blog.
This module is about as big as the others, but I like how it touches on another platform I don’t see as often as I’d expect in these courses. You’ll basically learn how YouTube works and how to create your content.
The content includes the fundamentals of the platform, which types of videos are at your disposal, and most importantly, how you can rank your videos. Think about the latter like a YouTube SEO lesson.
The information is quite good, and since it’s free, I could definitely recommend these lessons to anyone interested in starting a YouTube channel. I’m particularly fond of the lesson on how to rank your videos.
In general, this is a solid module. All videos bring something to the table, and they’re good insight into Chuck’s own knowledge about video content. He also recommends a few resources and equipment in case you don’t know where to start.
One of the recommendations that caught my eye is a plugin specialized on understanding how YouTube ranking works. There’s also a free tool to record your screen.
Forum marketing isn’t all that big anymore—at least not as it used to be. That’s one of the main reasons why most courses just skip this approach, and that’s fine. However, there’s a forum marketing module in My Online Startup, so it didn’t forget about it, did it?
Well, it kind of did. There’s a single video in this module, and there’s very little value in it. It’s basically a video explaining stuff anyone can figure out as soon as they enter an online forum.
It explains how to join these platforms and add your affiliate link. As you can see, Chuck could’ve removed this module entirely, and it wouldn’t really make a difference.
Using solo ads
The last module covers both a very efficient marketing approach—when used properly—and a very expensive one as well.
Solo ads basically translates into paying others to use their email lists to promote your own offers. This approach saves you the effort of growing your own email list by simply sending your landing pages and links to people who already gathered their own.
The standard approach has the vendor replacing his own links and landing pages with yours in their PPC marketing campaigns. They then run this campaign until your conditions were met: some guarantee a number of sign-ups while others work on a views basis.
Solo ads don’t immediately translate into little effort. You still need to assess the vendors you’ll use and then set aside enough money to invest in them. You might rather go for a vendor within your focused niche, for instance.
Naturally, Chuck mentions the largest solo ad marketplace available: Udimi. That doesn’t mean it’s the best option,though; you still have to test the vendors, and not everyone offers the same results and quality.
Chuck also covers other solo ads marketplaces, but they aren’t as helpful. He goes into Traffic4Me, which is known as one of the worst sites available. Wayne Crows is a better recommendation, but you do need to put up with quite a lot of spam if you decide to sign up for it.
The content actually explaining what solo ads are and how to use them is good. I’d recommend you just take note of these concepts and tips; then, research where to find solo ads by yourself and apply what you learned about the strategy.
The affiliate program for My Online Startup (and extra training)
Now that we’re through with the core training, we can dive into the other enticing offer: the affiliate program. Interestingly, the affiliate program upsell comes with more training, which dives into more depth to expand the knowledge you gained from the free product.
You can become a “founding partner” for My Online Startup if you decide to shell out $197. Naturally, this is the most prominent upsell for the free course, and this lets you become an affiliate marketer for Chuck’s product, promoting the course with your own affiliate ID to the different resources and the tools recommended in the course.
I’ll say that Chuck was fairly considerate to offer extra training and lessons with this upsell, but I’d be wrong if I said these are as good as an extra course. You basically get a bit over a dozen new lessons explaining how you can increase your commissions.
What’s interesting about this training is a challenge for 90 days. In the world of online courses, challenges are basically blueprints to an action plan for specific results. In this case, the goal is to start bringing commissions as an affiliate marketing.
Interestingly, there’s a 45 minutes lesson that explains the challenge that’s quite useful. Of course, it points out that affiliate marketing isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme, and you must keep that in mind if you’re just starting out in this business model.
Additionally, that gives you some insight into who’s the target audience for this course and upsell. Keep that in mind if you’re going to invest into this upsell.
The training itself is split into 3 separate modules that starts with how to grow a “success mindset” and ends with how to use Facebook to drive traffic. The Facebook content is quite useful, especially seeing how much people have been using it. On the other hand, the mindset lesson is a big letdown; you’re spending almost $200 for this training, so there’s little point in repeating roughly the same content you found in the core training, and which you can find by the dozens for free in YouTube.
Still, there’s value in this training, and I’m particularly fond of the testimonials and social proof lessons. These are great ways to boost your sales by improving your credibility as a marketer.
Finally, there’s a DFY (done for you) system with a capture page that you can use to generate leads. It works by pushing your gathered leads to the sign-up section for My Online Startup.
What’s better about this system is that you get over a hundred followup email all ready to use. These already come with your own affiliate links to the entire marketplace, so you can make money from the recommended software. Your ID is also tied to the My Online Startup affiliate ID to track your payments for every sale you make.
About these ID’s, I’d recommend you use your own ID instead of the ones provided by Chuck. Doing the latter would mean you’d have to trust him to manage your commissions; I shouldn’t need to explain why that’s a bad idea.
After the founding partner upsell, there’s another direct upsell called the Legendary Partner Training. This is a huge step in price, as joining the program would set you back $997.
The training doesn’t come directly from the platform, but you’re greeted into a private marketing circle for other members. I can’t say if it’s a Facebook group and what training there’s actually in this package since I didn’t pay for it, yet it seems to grant you entrance to a networking community.
If you’re wondering what’s the main selling point for this upsell, I’d say it’s the amount of opportunities it opens up—particularly with the improved structure for commissions.
Being a legendary partner nets you a commission for every new legendary partner who joins the platform. Given the price, you can definitely make good money if a significant number of people joins the platform.
Then, we have a second commission stream. You also get paid for every course member below your level who decides to upgrade to the Legendary Partner account, but there can’t be anyone else between you and that user.
Besides these offers, there are also several bonuses to My Online Startup’s legendary partner status. You already get paid if your affiliates become a legendary partner, but if your referrals bring their own legendary partners, you make $100 out of that sale. That works with both offers already explained, so you basically have 4 income streams.
You also receive $20 if your affiliates generate a founding partner instead of a legendary one. It adds yet another income stream, so it boils down to building a good marketing team under you.
Now, I’m not really a fan of multi-level marketing, and this really feels like that business model. It’s not a scam or anything, and I’ve seen enough people making money from these models to acknowledge you can earn a good income from it. Still, I feel it’s necessary to point that out in case anyone feels the same way.
There are other income streams to be added to the platform, at least according to Chuck. However, it seems they’re overdue and still haven’t added them, so I’ll stick to what’s currently available.
You should already know since I’ve been mentioning the price for the upsells and all of that, so I won’t delve too much into its pricing.
It’s really funny to me when authors over-inflate the value of their courses, and Chuck isn’t the exception. According to him, this training is worth almost $2,000. Well, Savage Affiliates isn’t even half that price, and it contains several times more content than the entire package offered here.
Speaking about the real numbers, the course itself is 100% free. If you want to become an affiliate partner and sell the course, then you’ll have to pay $197 to become a founding partner. This also entitles you to $100 for every referral who becomes a founding partner, too.
If you want to become a legendary partner, it’ll set you back $997 for several more income streams, but I can’t say I feel this is worth the money. Check out the offer and decide yourself.
Is it the right course for you?
The free course is easily for beginners, and I’d actually recommend anyone interested in it just sign up for it. You’re not losing anything, and you’ll receive a solid course to cover the fundamentals of affiliate marketing.
It’s also worth considering—at least the founding partner upsell—if you’re already experienced but want to add a new product to your business. You can make do by promoting the free product or sending your traffic to the DFY capture pages.
I could only recommend the Legendary Partner upgrade to people with enough money to invest in it without sacrificing anything. There’s definitely a good opportunity to make a good income with the different streams, but you still need to actually make the sales and invest almost $1,000.
My opinion on My Online Startup
I actually really liked the free training provided by Chuck. It has enough content to teach you the basics without leaving too much to your imagination. I’d even say it rivals courses costing $100 and more.
The affiliate program available is also quite good, especially because the free course is actually a valuable product to promote.
However, I don’t really think you should pay—at least so much—to promote the product. You’re still driving traffic to his course, so charging you for the right feels a bit overkill. Thankfully, the DFY pages, additional training, and the free content itself does make up for the price.
My real issues with the course is that it lacks depth in some of the more important and complex lessons. For the free course, that’s not a problem, but even the advanced training lacks a bit of content.
The main course it’s good, there’s not much to say about it. Chuck is definitely knowledgeable about the business model, and he has good insights, which could benefit even experienced marketers. The YouTube content is particularly good, and the same goes for the authority site module.
I can easily recommend anyone to take it, and I’d even say the Founding Partner upsell is worth the money. The Legendary Partner is a bigger risk, so I can only advise you to assess your budget before going for it.[about-me] [social_warfare] [small-favor] [relevant-posts] [wpsites_comment_form]