Is there such a thing as a good affiliate marketing course? Or is everyone out there trying to get you to buy their course?
I wish I asked these types of questions when I first started out in my online journey…
In stead, I got scammed by many gurus (because I’m not very smart). After I got my (useless) business degree from college, I wanted to make money online so I don’t need to go and get a job in a corporation.
Why? Because I hated it. The problem was that my parents were pushing me to play it safe and get a good job because after all, I had a business degree, right? I really wanted to show my parents that I can make money by myself…
You most probably know how it feels to sit in a cubicle for 12 hours a day making someone else rich. It feels awful …
All my free time was spent trying to make money online so I can get out of the cubicle. But I didn’t have enough time to do that …
So I decided to to fake being sick and get one month off of work. Then I started to work those 12 hours a day for myself.
The problem was that my parents thaught I was stupid and they threatened to kick me out of the house. But after some time (and some money spent) I got 1 sale. It was with a Facebook ad that I got lucky with. It was one of the happiest moments of my life.
It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Fast forward to today, I make a full time income with affiliate marketing and ecommerce. But the most important thing is that I showed my parents that I was right. And not I can buy them nice stuff and make them happy.
In the end, this is what truly matters. To make your family happy.
Also, I made this blog more as a hobby and to help people with online business advice, so that they don’t get tricked into buying useless courses and follow bad advice.
So if you’re here for a review of Affilorama, you’re in the right place.
What Is Affilorama?
It’s one of the most well-known affiliate marketing courses in the online business space. It was created back in 2005 (more than 15 years ago. wow…) by Mark Ling, a very famous affiliate marketing expert.
Affilorama is more like an affiliate marketing platform than a course. Why?
Because it has a community of more than 300k people. Also, it has a collection of long articles and videos regarding affiliate marketing.
In theory, you can earn more than $100k/year from affiliate commissions if you follow the course. Keep reading if you want to know how things are in practice.
They offer different packages for different levels of experience. They have a free package which is targeted more towards beginners, as well as multiple paid packages for more intermediate and advanced marketers.
If you ask me, the free membership is one of the best trainings I’ve ever seen for free. It really contains A LOT of value that you don’t have to pay for.
If you don’t know anything about affiliate marketing, I would highly recommend signing up. You really have a lot to win and nothing to lose.
Let’s have a look at what the free package includes:
- Roadmap to Success: this is kinda like a blueprint of how your affiliate marketing business should look like. If you ever feel overwhelmed or confused, this is a great resource to have. I like it because it is very easy to understand because of the way it was made. It’s kind of like … a roadmap 🙂
- Video Lessons: this is pretty self explanatory. There are over 120 lessons at the time of this writing, all of them explaining the right way to build your affiliate business. You will like these.
- Affiliate Marketing Quick Start Guide: This guide lays out all the problems and obstacles you will have (believe me, there are a couple of obstacles) in your affiliate marketing business. You will learn how to avoid some of them, as well as how to overcome the ones that are unavoidable. This is one of my favorite resources in the course.
At the time of this writing, there are more than 20 hours of video lessons inside the free membership plan of Affilorama. At first glance, this sounds absolutely amazing.
Who wouldn’t want 20 hours of free content? Well, there are a couple of problems with this (keep reading to see what I mean).
The Premium package is the most expensive plan they have. You can start your 30 day trial for only $1.
After that, it costs $67/month. If for some reason you don’t like the course, there is a 60 day money back guarantee, so you don’t need to worry about that.
The fact that you get a 60 day money back guarantee is really cool. Why?
Because you have more than 2 months to go through the training and apply the information, so that you have all the information you need in order to decide if this course is for you.
It’s understandable if you don’t want to invest right off the bat, so I highly recommend signing up for the free plan first. You will learn quite a bit about affiliate marketing for the whopping price of $0!
Keep in mind that the Premium package offers a lot more information and evergreen tactics used by experienced marketers. Some of the things included here are:
- Affilotools (keep reading if you wanna know what these are)
- Monthly subscription to the Affilorama affiliate marketing magazine (this is a very cool resource. I personally read it every month because I always get golden nuggets out of it, which I later apply in my businesses)
- Interviews with the best affiliate marketers in the world (you will like this)
- Hosting for up to 15 domains
- High quality affiliate marketing articles every month
Allthough on paper it seems that you get a lot, there are some drawbacks of Affilorama (keep reading if you want to know what these are)
This is a great package of tools that help your SEO. You will be able to purchase this by itself if you don’t want to invest in the entire Premium package.
However, I highly recommend trying it out.
Affilotools is a very useful addition to your website if you are an experienced marketer and SEO. If you are new to this online game and don’t really know what you’re doing, you might want to stay away from Affilotools because it can actually harm your website more than you help it.
Here are some of the things included in Affilotools:
- Rank tracking for every keyword
- Rank tracking for every country
- Clickbank earnings
- No. of indexed posts
- Useful information about your competitors
As you can see, there are 4 options in regards to Affilotools. These range from “Basic” to “Gold”.
The differences between the plans are basically how many keywords you are allowed to track, how many websites and so on. If you’re a beginner with only 1 website, the Free plan will be just fine.
However, once you start getting more experienced, you will need to upgrade.
OK. This costs $997 and Mark Ling states that if you follow his instructions to the T, you will make a huge amount of money on “autopilot”. This is quite the claim …
But what guarantee do you have if you pay so much money for this tool? Well, you actually have 2 guarantees for this one:
First, there is a 60 day money back guarantee (like you found out earlier). Secondly, Mark Ling will give you an extra $100 on top of the $997 if you follow the instructions and don’t make money.
That sounds really cool if you ask me. Mark Ling is a very well-known marketer and he wouldn’t make such promises if he couldn’t deliver.
Why? Because he has a very good image in the online space and wouldn’t destroy it for some extra money in his bank account. After all, he is a multi-millionaire.
Let’s have a look at what you get if you decide to go with the AffiloJetpack.
- Very well written emails
- Templates for content creation (I use these for some of my websites. They are really cool because they allow you to create content very fast and efficient)
- AffiloTheme and web hosting for 1 year
- Guides on how to increase your email opt-ins
There are a lot more things that you get, but these are, in my opinion, the most important ones.
Mark Ling says that you can create a profitable business in 6 days if you use this product. Obviously this is just a marketing tactic.
If you want to create a profitable business online or offline, you need to put in A LOT of work. Don’t think that you can just buy a course and all your financial problems will go away.
If it were that easy, nobody would have a 9 to 5.
With Jetpack, you will also get access to these tools in more than 15 profitable niches. So, you will have a higher chance of making good money.
Another thing that Mark Ling claims is that you can make more than $20.000 in only 1 day if you follow the process. Let’s have a look at what this process is.
- People come to your site
- You offer them a free cheat-sheet or something similar (this is called a lead magnet)
- They take that free thing that you offered them and they give you their email in exchange. After that, you send them a couple of emails.
- You provide value in those emails, so the people will trust you more.
- You easily start to recommend affiliate products (the way you do it is very important. They need to feel that you are not just being taken advantage of)
- They continue to receive your emails and you slowly start to make commissions
- You can then quit your job
This process is more or less affiliate marketing in a nutshell. The information is good but the way Ling presents it is like you don’t need to put effort.
Believe me, you need to put effort. It’s not that easy. AffiloJetpack contains good information, but don’t expect it to be the end of your financial problems.
This is basically a blueprint for creating affiliate websites (kind of like mine). For the price that it costs, it’s pretty good.
You can learn useful tips here. You should try it out to see if it’s right for you. If you plan on creating affiliate websites, I recommend you go ahead and purchase it.
There is also a 60 day money back guarantee (like all the products you learned about earlier). You get access to a never-ending series of videos that show you how to create a profitable affiliate site from the ground up.
The most important thing in the Affiloblueprint is the section where they teach you how to write quality content. I really liked that one.
Mark Ling gives you homeworks after every lesson in order to keep you focused and motivated. I really like this approach, as you will find it quite difficult to be consistent if you never created a website before.
Here are a couple of things that you will get with the AffiloBlueprint:
- Choose a profitable niche that you can make as much money as possible in. You will learn how to properly do your research.
- Customize your site so it looks appealing
- Optimize your website for the maximum amount of sales
- Learn how to bring as much visitors as possible
You will also get access to a WordPress theme that used to cost like $100. It is a very good theme for search engine optimization and will help you improve your Google rankings.
In my opinion, AffiloBlueprint is one of the best products they offer.
What I Like About Affilorama
First of all, you should really sign up for the Free plan. It costs you nothing and you can really learn some useful things about affiliate marketing if you’re a beginner.
It’s really easy to understand and to apply the information. Without spending any money, you can learn some basic but solid information such as:
- How to build a profitable affiliate website
- How to create content
- How to improve your SEO
- How to do proper research
However if you’re not a beginner, I recommend trying the Premium package. Why?
Because you will probably learn nothing new in the Free plan. If you already have some experience in the online space, you can get far more out of the Premium membership.
You probably know that YOU NEED to invest some money if you want to grow your business properly. The Affilorama Premium package will give you a head start in doing so.
I like affiliate websites and SEO myself. If you’re serious about this, the Premium package is for you.
I’m telling you, there is A LOT of information there. You can get it for 30 days for $1 to see for yourself.
If you apply what Mark Ling is teaching you, you will make your money back more 10 times in less than a couple of months. For $67/month, I really think it’s worth it.
What I don’t like about Affilorama
The only thing I don’t like is that they didn’t take out the outdated material. I mean, why wouldn’t you do this?
You already know that you can’t do some of those things anymore. I mean, the course is great and if you apply what they teach you, you will make money.
But there is a lot of content that would now be seen as “fluff”. Sometimes I feel that I’m wasting my time when going through the course.
So, Mark Ling, if you’re reading this, please remove the outdated material. Thanks.
Is Affilorama Worth It?
Yes. If you follow the training and most importantly APPLY the information, Affilorama is still one of the best programs in regards to affiliate marketing with SEO.
I recommend you to take your time when going through the course. Don’t rush, as you will possibly make mistakes.
The $67/month plan is the best for people who are serious about building an online business. If you take action and apply the information, this price will seem like a bargain.
After you start seeing success, the Affiloblueprint and Jetpack are a great addition. You can really take your business to the next level.