Have you heard Affilorama is now free to join? Affilorama have recently changed to offer a free version with access to certain elements. So, I wanted to join to let you know whether this free membership is the one for you.
Owner: Mark Ling
Price: Free, $67, $197, $197
Free Account: Affilorama
What is Affilorama?
Started in 2005, Affilorama is a platform dedicated to Affiliate Marketing. It offers training material on ways to start and scale your affiliate marketing business. Started by a guy called Mark Ling, who is a very successful online marketer. He is also the owner of Jamorama & Rocket Piano. Being this busy and having multiple projects, it is probably unlikely to bump into Mark in the forum though.
Who is Affilorama for?
Before the free membership option, I would have previously said this was for people ready to invest in their business. Mainly due to the $67 monthly fee for the premium version not being warranted with upsells required to make use of it.
But as it now has a free version, I would say anyone interested in learning Affiliate Marketing would benefit from the training – I was also intrigued by a pop-up for a guide called the “Pathway to Success”. I paid $19 for it, but I have to say I got more out of that guide than I did from the training.
It is a bit different for someone who has no experience of Affiliate Marketing, but even I found some use out of that guide. If you can spare the $19 I would suggest you buy it. Even if you choose not to upgrade to their premium version, that guide will help you with creating great content.
How Does Affilorama Work?
The free version gives you access to some training material and the community forum. You can use the training with your own website which you could source yourselves, but the training for the premium products is designed around their own website builder called AffiloTheme.
The training material is high quality with mainly good techniques to get started in Affiliate Marketing. You used to have to pay $67 a month to access Affilorama, so I found it good that you could properly try out their training for free.
If you have your own website and are doing Affiliate Marketing or plan to get into Affiliate Marketing, it is good that you can join the community for free to learn.
This allows them to build trust with new people to the community and they may decide to purchase the upsells they have.
Like I said, the website builder tool “AffiloTheme” is not included in the free membership. It is a one-off $97. This is a bonus product included in their Affilo-Blueprint product.
The free training is just enough to whet your appetite, but this Blueprint is a step-by-step guide to building a profitable business. This is $197 and includes the website builder and 1-month subscription to AffiloTools, which is then $67 from that point on.
If you think, this used to be $67 before without a free version – this is a good move for Affilorama to make a free version and even though there are plenty of upsells (most platforms do) there is no reason why you cannot join and benefit from the free training and not hand over any money for the Affilo-Blueprint.
Of course, there is an option for someone who wants to jump straight in with a version that will apparently bring almost immediate results and is on auto-pilot. The Affilo-Jetpack comes complete with 90+ emails designed for newsletter auto-pilot, bait for your subscribers, a website with one-click set-up, content cheat sheets, placed in 18 hand-picked niches. This does look like a great help to a newbie but is a staggering $997. It does make sense, in a way, as they do give you a comparison – if you did all this yourself you are looking at a cost $3,253. But I would feel this is for someone who has earnt a grand already and wants to further their earnings in affiliate marketing, rather than a newbie. Unless you have a grand???
- The training and videos are easy to follow
- Access to a large community and forum
- The Owner is well respected in the Online World
- The Paid Tools/Training is proven to work for Affiliate Marketers
- 60-day money back guarantee if you are not happy with the paid version
- Some of the training I saw is out of date. i.e. back-linking can negatively impact your website.
- Expensive Upsells compared to competitors
- Only get the website builder if you pay
- Spam in the forum
The training material is well written, and the videos are helpful, although Mark doesn’t seem to be involved in it. He has a team that are in the videos and offer support in the forums.
I do think some of the training is out of date and promotes practises that could harm your website. I was reading on their training articles on creating content if you are not a writer and some of the suggestions could be a bad move.
Backlinking can really affect your website by bogging it down and speed is a factor in search engine rankings. Private Rights Label content is or could be duplicate content which will affect your website. Using content from article directories is again, duplicate content.
They do point out these practises but still suggest it as a way of creating content. That could possibly confuse a newbie.
On the other hand, some of the suggestions were really good – Outsource to writers, Record yourself rather than writing. We tend to talk quicker than we do type. But if you are not comfortable with it, it won’t work.
The videos are well recorded and take you step-by-step through the stages.
The forum seems to be the best way to get answer for your questions, whilst most affiliate marketing communities are filled with newbies – there seem to be plenty of people ready to answer questions.
It is easy to find the topics that you may want to ask a question in or just see what people have answered.
I did get frustrated at seeing a great title for a blog, for example a post about getting traffic. But when I clicked on the post, it was a post that taught people how to get traffic and was more like a scam post than a helpful one. You would have thought these types of actions would be picked up and removed.
A feature I feel this community lacks, is a live chat. Sometimes you want to ask a question and get it answered quickly (Something I am used to from another community). But this isn’t available in Affilorama, so you may have to wait for an answer.
Let’s look into their tools in a bit more detail.
A free member will not get much use of the tools, you will only benefit when you invest into the AffiloBluePrint. This is a step-by-step guide which gives you access to the AffiloTheme Website Builder and a month’s subscription to AffiloTools.
Now, I haven’t experienced their blueprint training but from what I can gather through research – a lot of this would be available elsewhere without the high price tag. The website builder is included. I feel the main benefit of the blueprint will be the marketing techniques he shares. He knows what he is on about, so follow the training exactly and it will bear fruit.
AffiloTools is for keyword research, keeping an eye on your website rankings, researching competitors, linking to google analytics. Whilst this is a very important factor to any online business, $67 a month does seem a bit steep. You do need a way of checking these factors, but you could do it a lot cheaper.
Whilst I believe they are both quite expensive compared to others, I do believe that a new affiliate marketer could benefit from this training and tools. Although what I cannot get my head around is the AffiloJetPack.
It is billed as building a business in a fraction of the time and leaving it on auto-pilot for it to bring home the money. I get that, it would be anyone’s dream. But, unless you have been doing this for a while and earning good money, which some affiliates are – who can afford $997.
Having said that, if you do have $997 and can afford to invest it, I am sure the techniques work. Email Marketing is still very effective, and they give you ways of monetising it. I only wonder how long it would take to recoup your money?
The basic membership which includes basic training and access to the community is free. This wasn’t always the case and is a great move. Just by offering newbies a way of learning is a big tick for me.
To actually benefit from what Affilorama has to offer, you do need to invest in the AffiloBluePrint. This is a one-off $197 but be mindful you will need to sign up for AffiloTools, which is free for a month and is then $67 a month.
The big money item is AffiloJetPack, this is $997. Although it is designed to be a business you can put on auto pilot once it’s up and running.
Affilorama has been going since 2005 and has a large community of users, at the time of writing there are 620,000 active in the community. When I look at the paid options, I personally feel these are targeting those with money, or can afford the high price to get into Affiliate Marketing. There is nothing wrong with that, it just means there isn’t an opportunity for someone who is looking to find a way of earning money. If I think about who I started with, it started out as costing me $19 to get everything I needed. I wouldn’t have been able to pursue this if I had to pay $197.
By making certain elements available free, this is a great move from Affilorama. You could use the techniques to earn enough to maybe invest in it later.
Their Jetpack does look good, but (being me) I would be wary of handing over that much money.
Their training is a bit dated in some elements, PLR & back- linking. But their platform is clean and easy to use. As long as you expect the occasional upsell pop-up you’re good to go.
If you would to try it out for yourselves for free, click here.
Would I suggest this platform?
I think this is a great way for someone wanting to get started in Affiliate Marketing to learn some of the basics and methods of monetising a site and getting access to the community is great. I still suggest that paying the $19 for the Pathway to Passive Success was worth more to me than the training personally. It isn’t my No.1 recommended Product, but I can see why this is a very popular product in Affiliate Marketing.
Let me know? Are you a member of Affilorama, what is your experience? Have you tried the Blueprint or Jetpack – I would love to know what your experience is.
Whilst Affilorama is a good platform and comes highly recommended, there are alternatives to learn these methods.
A lot of the free material is easy to find for free via searches, this is a painstakingly long way of finding it, but is possible.
They offer a lot more to free starter members and their Premium Membership is only $47 a month without forking out a high figure for it upfront.
Their starter members even have access to 2 free websites, step-by-step guide. If you would like to know more, read my Wealthy Affiliate Review
If you want to get started in Affiliate Marketing, Either Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama can help you on the road to success. But there are some key differences, which I will share with you in my next post.
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