Have you heard about ‘Affilorama’? As an affiliate marketer, chances are you probably have. But if you haven’t, then stay tuned. If you’re a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, Affilorama just might be the website for you to get started with. Let’s take a look.
A lot of people wonder whether affiliate marketing is still a viable business model today.
Well, I’m here to tell them that affiliate marketing is very much still alive, and, it can be very profitable if done properly.
There’s enough evidence in the online business world to validate that affiliate marketing is still going strong, yes, even in 2017 and hopefully beyond.
Affiliate marketing is not likely to die out anytime soon because companies will always depend on bloggers and online marketers to promote their latest offerings.
So, if you’re thinking about starting a new online business venture, then, in my opinion, there’s no better way to start than with affiliate marketing.
As a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, where do you start?
Well, let me introduce to you, Affilorama.
If you’ve never come across Affilorama before, here’s what I’m going to be covering in this detailed review –
- What is Affilorama?
- What do they have to offer?
- Who is the Affilorama membership for?
- How valuable is any of the content, videos, tools, or training provided by Affilorama?
- What about help and support?
- How much does the premium packages cost?
- Pros and Cons
- Is it worth your time and money?
Quick Summary Review
Affilorama is an online portal that offers legitimate affiliate marketing training to new and experienced affiliate marketers.
It’s free to join, and as a member, you get access to plenty of lessons, videos, and tutorials to start you off.
Additionally, Affilorama offers three premium product packages, which I’ll cover shortly.
In addition to the premium training and online tools, Affilorama also provides help and support throughout, as well as a reasonably active forum for its members.
Most of the content and training on the website is sound and legitimate, however, the website does seem to have some redundant information and out-of-date content, which I’ll talk more about later.
Affilorama could be an ideal starting point if you’re completely new to the world of affiliate marketing.
Before we get started with this, I want to quickly share with you my little disclaimer below.
Yes, I am an affiliate member of Affilorama.
No, I have NOT been paid to write this review for the company or their services.
No, I was NOT given free access to the premium training or online tools for any reason what so ever.
Yes, I did sign up on my own accord for a free membership account only, over 3 years ago. It was actually recommended to me by a reader of Magnet4Blogging, and a good friend of mine.
This Affilorama review post contains affiliate links to Affilorama’s premium training and online tools. Should you use one of these affiliate links to purchase Affilorama’s premium packages, I will be paid a small commission, at no additional cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here.
OK, now let’s get started with the detailed review of Affilorama.
1. What is Affilorama?
I’ll assume that you already know what an ‘affiliate’ is, or, what an ‘affiliate marketer’ does even.
Affilorama is an award-winning online training website for affiliate marketers.
The website was founded in 2006 by successful affiliate marketer Mark Ling.
As I mentioned earlier in the short summary review, Affilorama provides affiliate marketing training lessons.
They do this using a range of content mediums including blog posts, lengthy tutorial articles, and videos.
Members also get help and support on their learning journey to building a profitable affiliate marketing business from scratch.
Affilorama is one of the largest affiliate marketing training websites out there, with a community of over 300,000 members worldwide.
2. What do they have to offer?
Affilorama offers free memberships to affiliate marketers of all levels.
So, what is so good about that?
Well, as a free member, you get access to a host of content and training in the form of blog articles and videos.
You also get free access to a suite of powerful online tools with basic options.
Affilorama’s three main premium offerings for advanced affiliate marketers are –
Now let’s dive deeper into each of these offerings carefully.
AffiloBlueprint is a three-part training system designed for two types of people.
- Those completely new to affiliate marketing.
- Those who have tried doing affiliate marketing but failed miserably.
The system will teach you three things –
- How to research profitable niches properly, and how to build great looking websites.
- How to market and promote your website to drive buyer traffic.
- How to effectively monetize your website to maximize your profits.
Mark Ling claims that the training provided through the AffiloBlueprint system is based on solid ‘tried and tested’ business principles that will help you to sustain profitability for your affiliate websites for many years to come.
With the AffiloBlueprint system, you get access to over 90 easy-to-follow training videos, downloadable lessons, course notes, bonus content, including AffiloTheme website builder, as well as a progress tracker.
There’s also some homework for you to do after completing each lesson.
Additionally, you get help and support along the way.
With the AffiloTools suite, you can manage and track the following –
- Keywords and SEO (Rankings and backlink analysis).
- Website health.
- Revenue from affiliates (ClickBank, JVZoo, Shareasale, etc).
- Social media, and more.
Now, as a free member, you can access the free version of AffiloTools which includes basic options –
- 1 x websites monitored.
- 10 x keywords per website (project).
- 2 search engines per website.
- Retrieve rankings monthly.
Upgrading your plan will obviously provide you with more options. See image below.
AffiloJetpack is a “fail-proof money-making system” designed, tested, and proven to help you generate sustainable income from your affiliate websites.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
The words, “fail-proof money making system” just sounds like this could be another internet money making scam, right?
Well, I’ll share with you my thoughts on this later on. For now, though, on with the review…
AffiioJetpack contains four components for building a profitable income stream with your niche website.
These components include –
- Professionally written, conversion focused email templates.
- Free reports you can use to help you boost your email opt-ins. You don’t even have to create your own info-product incentives.
- Complete WordPress website setup, including AffiloTheme and 12 months of free web hosting.
- Content creation cheatsheets that show you how to create hundreds of unique articles and blog posts for your website quickly and effortlessly, and much more.
OK, so let me stop here for just a second.
A few of those things sound a little bit too good to be true. And, one of the things I learned many years ago in affiliate marketing is that if something sounds like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
“how to create hundreds of unique articles and blog posts quickly”?
Again, to me that just sounds a little suspicious, don’t you think?
I certainly hope they don’t mean creating hundreds of blog posts and articles by spinning out poor quality content.
Anyhow, here’s a snapshot of what you get for signing up to the AffiloTools membership package, at the time of writing this review. See image below.
3. So, who is the Affilorama membership for?
Anyone is free to signup to Affilorama. And you seriously don’t have to be an affiliate marketer either.
You could be a blogger looking to learn more about affiliate marketing so that you can apply it better to your blog or online business strategies.
And also, just to remind you, Affilorama is one of the largest affiliate marketing community website’s out there, so you’re in good hands apparently.
So far, it all sounds great, right?
So now the big question.
4. Just how ‘valuable’ is any of the content or training provided by Affilorama?
Short answer, the content is decent enough but certainly not the best, which begs the question “Is it worth your time and money?”
We all know that when it comes to paying for premium online content or training, it has to overdeliver on the value, right?
Especially when you weigh in the fact that there’s already a crapload of legitimate affiliate marketing advice, training videos, and blog articles already being shared on the web. And, most of that content and info is freely available to anyone.
So, does Affilorama’s premium training, content and videos deliver the same kind of value for the money?
Yes and no. That’s my honest opinion.
I’ve been a free member now for over 3 years. In fact, I signed up on June 22nd, 2014.
And yes, I do log into my membership account from time-to-time, primarily to access the forum to see what’s going on and what not.
I also like to use the suite of online tools, which I will say, most of which is useful.
However, I have never bought into any of the premium training.
Nor have I ever bought into the money making systems for the following reasons –
- Based on the free ‘mediocre’ content – Based on what I’ve already discovered and read through the free lessons, videos and blog articles on the site, I don’t feel that I can justify paying huge amounts of money for knowledge that I’m already familiar with. I learned most of what I already know about doing affiliate marketing, including website setup, content creation, marketing, SEO, building an email list, doing market research, A/B testing, etc, by reading books, enrolling in courses, following other influential entrepreneurs training, advice, and case studies, reading blogs, experimenting through trial and error, and what not, many years before I’d even heard about Affilorama. And, most of what I discovered and learned about in those early years hardly cost me a thing, except maybe time.
- Extortionate costs (And upsells) – The actual cost of the premium training videos, content, programs, and systems itself is just a little high, in my opinion. More on this later.
One other thing I want to mention about the content on Affilorama, especially the free lessons. Although most of it is legitimate and sound, and even though a little mediocre at times, the website does seem to have some redundant information and out-of-date content.
Members are obviously warned prior to reading or watching a video, that the content they’re viewing is in fact out of date and are offered an alternative lesson to read or learn about instead. See image below.
For example, there is an article on using PLR articles which is redundant information.
There is also an article on backlink building which also shares redundant tips and potentially dangerous backlink building tactics.
Those are just a few.
Now, I’m not too sure how much value showing redundant content brings to the table to be really honest. And, whether that helps to instill confidence in members who want to explore the premium options.
Personally, I think Affilorama should remove all the redundant information, especially in their marketing section.
So what’s the verdict on the ‘value’ then, Fabrizio?
The verdict is that you get a mixed bag of things when it comes to value, that’s what I really think.
Look, if you are completely new to affiliate marketing or online business, and I mean completely new, as in you haven’t got the slightest clue where to start with it all, then I think you could benefit from the free membership account at least.
As a free member, you’ll get access to the 32-page Quick Start Guide To Affiliate Marketing (Roadmap) downloadable PDF guide.
You’ll also learn how to –
- Find a niche.
- Purchase a domain name.
- Get web hosting and set up your website with WordPress, including installing a theme.
Additionally, much of the free lessons provided covers the following –
- Introduction to affiliate marketing.
- Market research.
- Content creation.
- Website building.
- Marketing ideas.
- SEO and PPC.
- Affiliate outsourcing.
So from the ‘free membership’ standpoint, you get a good amount of value for nothing.
The premium content, on the other hand, just some of it is questionable I think.
Well, I have my own reservations about the ‘high price tickets’ for starters, and also the actual quality of the premium training/content itself concerns me, entirely based on what I’ve already experienced with the free lessons.
5. What about the forum, help, and support?
You can get help and support on pretty much anything to do with the products, tools, lessons, training, etc which is provided via the support center.
Affilorama provides support via email or telephone.
You can also access the forum to ask for help from one of the forum members should you need to. The forum is somewhat active.
6. How much does the premium content/membership packages actually cost?
I hope you’re sat down for this next part because it’s not cheap at all.
Once again, signing up is completely free, and you get instant access to a bunch of free lessons, tools, a downloadable PDF guide and what not, as I mentioned above.
When it comes to value, however, you get a mixed bag of things, some great content, some mediocre content, some expired content, free use of online tools with basic options, etc.
I’m being honest with you here, OK?
So, to add the complete AffiloBlueprint 3.0 System to your free membership, you’ll have to fork out $197, then $67 per month. (You get a 60-day money back guarantee)
To add the complete AffiloJetpack to your free membership, you’re going to have to fork out a jaw-dropping $997. (Again, with a 60-day money back guarantee)
To upgrade the AffiloTools, you’ll have to pick a price plan that suits your needs. See earlier screenshot.
7. Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pros and cons of using Affilorama.
- Free membership.
- Free lessons, videos, articles.
- Free access to online tools with basic options.
- Free downloadable 32-page PDF getting started guide.
- Help and support center.
- A moderately active forum with 300,000 members?
- Options to upgrade to premium content, training, access to boot camp, more downloadable lessons, website setup and hosting, bonuses and more.
- 60-day money back guarantee.
- Premium training and upsells can mount up and seem quite expensive.
- Some out of date information, content and tutorials shown, but these are clearly marked as out of date. (Useful, I guess if nothing else)
- Mixed bag of good and mediocre content, videos, and articles.
8. Is Affilorama worth your time or money?
The video lessons, and generally the content you get as a free member, is OK. Sure
There’s a lot of good advice, tips, and ideas that you can use to start the ball rolling with your affiliate marketing business.
You can easily look past the redundant information I suppose.
However, there are other flaws in some of the content, especially in the marketing lessons category.
I feel some of the advice being given is just not up to scratch, or up to date in some cases.
The ‘sales pages’ for both the AffiloBlueprint and AffiloJetpack are somewhat informative, but they are sales pages at the end of the day and they don’t really provide a great deal of additional value.
The content is basically designed to entice you into buying the premium offers and upsells.
Both of the sales pages uses something called EMV (Emotional Marketing Value).
This means the content is designed to take you on a journey from where you are right now as an affiliate marketer, to where you potentially could be if you purchased and followed the system that promises to deliver results.
I’m not a premium member, only a free member.
Now, again, I’ll be honest with you.
I’m not a premium member, and you might have already guessed that.
So, if I’m not a premium member, how can this be an honest review?
Well, I believe that I’ve spent enough time (3 years) reading through most if not all the training lessons and content, and watched enough of the free videos, as well as made use of some of the online tools in the free membership to warrant this ‘honest’ review.
Rightly so, I don’t know what the premium content, training, videos, systems, or help and support is at all like. However, if it’s anything like the free lessons and content, then I have some reservations about it.
So, would I recommend using Affilorama then?
Generally, as far as I would recommend this website and it’s offerings, by all means, sign up for the free membership.
Explore the free lessons, articles, forum, and videos. Try and get as much value as you possibly can from the free membership.
If you’re completely in the dark with affiliate marketing, you’ll definitely gain some valuable knowledge, insights, and even learn how to get set up properly with a niche website.
The lessons on market research and niche site building are also kind of useful, as so are the suite of online tools.
If you find the training and lessons compelling and rewarding enough to warrant buying into the premium lessons, you can make that choice yourself.
I do recommend using Affilorama if you are a newbie, but be wise about what you decide to pay for when it comes to the premium offerings and eventual upsells.
Affilorama is certainly worth your time, but I’m not 100% sure that all of it is worth your hard-earned cash. That being said, there seems to be a lot of happy premium members, so who knows.
I personally give Affilorama a well deserved 3.5 out of 5-star rating.
What are the alternatives?
There is another more popular website similar to Affilorama called Wealthy Affiliate. You might want to check that one out as an alternative.
As for the alternatives to paying money to learn how to build an affiliate marketing business?
Do your own research, follow and learn from other bloggers and entrepreneurs.
Search for affiliate marketing training videos on YouTube, search using Google, check out iTunes to find any potential podcast shows on the topic of niche website building, etc.
I know this takes time, but if you don’t have the budget, it’s probably going to be your best alternative.
Additionally, you can search for affiliate marketing blogs and forums, Facebook and LinkedIn groups for help and support, etc.
Getting a website set up is not that hard to do either. I created this detailed tutorial post here if you want to check it out.
Have your say
- Have you ever heard of Affilorama before?
- If you have, are you a free member, or maybe even a paying member?
- What are your thoughts on the lessons, videos, and content being provided generally?
- Have you found the community helpful?
- Have you found the help and support adequate enough?
- What about the forum, have you been active and found folks on the forum helpful?
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below as always.