What is Affilorama About?
Price: Free Basic Package or $1 for a 30 day Premium trial, then $67 monthly plus multiple upsells
Owner: Mark Ling
Overall Rank: 85/100
Affilorama Review – Scam Or Legit?
Affilorama is an online education system that allows you the opportunity to begin your training as an online/affiliate marketer. I have personally used the basic package and can honestly say this is a very good program with a lot of valuable information.
Where the system falls short is in the upsells. It is way too expensive to gain access to the “best” products. In addition, the basic program is full of information but lacking in real hands on experience. Affiliorama is marketing to beginners to join this business with little to no knowledge and I felt like the introduction to the program was not structured as well as it could be. You feel as if there is no choice but to upgrade because while you are receiving the information, you are still not shown exactly what do with step-by-step instruction.
I also felt like there was way too much emphasis on outsourcing. It is sort of like an architecht being told they do not need to know how to draw because there is software available that does it for them. Well, I believe you must learn the basics before moving to the next phase. It just makes you better at what you do.
If you begin your career online outsourcing without ever going through the process of creating your own content, you will never have anything of true value that is 100% unique to you. There is a time and a place for outsourcing content creation; however, it should not be every article or post and should be reserved for more experienced marketers. The knowledge that comes from creating your own content is critical to long term success.
What’s Included in the Affilorama Member Packages?
Basic 30 day includes
- An introduction on Affiliate Marketing
- How to research Affiliate Marketing
- How to create quality content
- Training on how to build a website
- Insight into marketing ideas
- Basic SEO training
- Basic PCC (Pay Per Click) training
- Training on Affiliate outsourcing
Right off the bat, the first video was about teaching the importance of creating a squeeze page with an e-book to use for the “bait” and setting up an auto-responder to capture email opt ins. I was also advised to create at least a year’s worth of emails for my campaign. In my opinion, this should not be the very first video. There was no “how to” or step-by-step but rather an overview of what you needed to get started.
Let the upsells begin!
The side-by-side comparison right off the bat is an upsell to purchase AffiloJetpack. Average cost to do this on your own according to Affilorama, 3200 but with Jetpack it is ONLY 997. This is not the steal they make it out to be. I will discuss more about this one later.
Second Video recommended AffiloBlueprint as a way to get started fast and avoid doing things wrong, better to get it right the first time according to them. I am confident this package has great training material but why do you need to have yet another system if you are already paying 67/month to be a Premium member? Everything you need should already be available. This is simply a way for the the company to make money. Of course, we all want to make money and that is understandable but this does not show me the folks at Affilorama are too concerned with those customers who simply cannot afford such steep prices when starting out.
I moved on to content creation and while Affilorama has been slammed for using out of date content creation strategies, I am happy to report they have a large disclaimer on the video training associated with PLR (Private label rights) that says the following: Warning, This content is somewhat outdated. No kidding! I guess all the negative hype caused the need to add the disclaimer but why not just delete it out of the system entirely? As an alternative training method, you are then redirected to a link entitled: The Ultimate Guide to Cheap Web Content for the Lazy Marketer.
They also warn that you will be hard pressed to find quality writers right from the start (unless, of course,
you use AffiloJetpack that includes pre-written material, which is their recommendation). Realizing that not everyone has such deep pockets, Affilorama does teach you how to create real content the old fashioned way, which, in my opinion, every newbie should do before they even think about outsourcing.
Premium includes Basic Plus the additional training listed below
- 100+ free video lessons
- Members’ forum
- Free members’ tools
- Advanced training videos
- Product creation training
- Affiliate Blog Bootcamp training
- Free hosting for 15 domains
- 30 high-quality PLR articles
$1 for a 30 day trial, then $67/month. Cancel anytime.
In My Opinion
The free option should include at least one website and hosting. There is so much information to review within the basic course, it would be a much better user experience if the system included a site/hosting to practice on along with a step by step walking the user through how to set up their site. Remember the basic program is geared towards beginners and you do not want to be lost or confused before you even get started. It just makes sense to have a free website building feature.
More About The Up-Sells
This is simply a theme created by Mark Ling advertised as the best option for affiliate marketing. As a newbie, you do not need to pay for a theme, there are plenty of free ones available within WordPress. You can try my free website builder by reviewing this post: How To Build A Website Online For Free.
Affilorama Marketng Blueprint
- 90+ Step by step video lessons
- Downloadable lessons & course notes
- Private members’ forum
- Lifetime access
- BONUS: AffiloTheme website builder
- BONUS: 1-year web hosting for 1 website
- BONUS: 1-month trial of Affilorama Premium
This is where you get step-by-step video instruction, better more efficient member support, and a website with limited hosting. This is really where the true training takes place. Unfortunately, the 67/month is not included in this price.
Affilo Jetpack 1.0 –
No longer available as it has been revamped and is now the 2.0 version due to so many issues such as niche limitations, saturation, and copying content issues.
In addition to Affilorama Premium, JetPack includes a long list of items, see below. They compare doing all of the items listed yourself vs purchasing the JetPack that will pretty much do it for you. From comparing the two in terms of price, it is a no brainer, right? Well, I am going to have to say, wrong! Basically a thousand dollars for limited hosting, preselected niches, preselected websites, and preselected content. You are essentially doing the same thing as everyone else and the bulk of the savings is coming from the email newsletter as well as the reports. If you like the sound of having someone do these things for you (and who wouldn’t) then I recommend at least going through the basics and getting that down first. This will ensure you even want to move forward. If you find this whole internet marketing thing is not for you, better to know before shelling out $1,000!
Training on Backlinking – I do not think this is necessary. There are plenty of successful online marketers out there who are not following this practice, and if not fully understood and if not done correctly can get you in a lot of trouble with Google. Affilorama does advise to stay away from purchasing backlinks (thank goodness) but once that door is opened, it will lead to some being confused as well as possible shady marketing tactics. The practice should simply be avoided in the first place.
PLR (Private Label Rights) – Not a fan! The good news as mentioned above, they have since updated this portion of the training with a big Warning that states the practice is a bit outdated but still included in the Premium features. Maybe someone can clear that up for me, maybe the inclusion list simply has not been updated.
Support – The search feature answered some of my questions, but noticed the forums had delayed responses some as far out as a month.
Owner, Mark Ling, not actively involved in the community
I feel that Affilorama, while definitely legit, is for people who have extra money to spend. In my experience, most newbie online marketers are looking for a way to make money on a very limited budget and simply do not have thousands to dip into. The last thing I ever recommend is paying with a credit card to finance a purchase or using savings for something simply because you think you must have it when not absolutely necessary. However, if you do have the funds available, this is a very targeted platform that will provide valuable information. Stick with the basic learning platform and get your feet wet before deciding to buy additional products.
If you are seriously looking to get started in affiliate marketing or simply marketing your own business and forking out money for multiple products in addition to a monthly fee is not something you can afford (and honestly should not have to) try my #1 Recommnendation. See how I got started for absolutely free, absolutely no upsells and Premium membership of 47/month.
Please leave a comment regarding your experience with Affilorama on any level. I wold love to hear about them, positive or negative. As always, do not hesitate to leave any questions. I respond to every one.