Hi, welcome to my unbiased review of Affilorama! 🙂
According to the website, it’s “the largest affiliate marketing community and training platform online”.
But is it REALLY the biggest and best platform for learning the ropes of affiliate marketing and generating enough income to fire your boss?
Or is Mark Ling just tooting his own horn?
Hmm, we shall see…
At a Quick Glance
Name: Affilorama (AR).
Owner: Mark Ling.
Cost: Free, $37 & $997.
My Score: 6/10.
Blog Post Contents:
- It’s free to join
- Stacks of training (+ some webinars)
- Offers help & support
- Create a free website health project inside ‘AffiloTools’
- The option to buy an ebook guide + a ‘Done-For-You’ system
- Not all free training is “actionable” – making it difficult for newbs to get started
- The support forum is hit & miss – it needs to be more lively
- ‘AffiloJetpack’ upgrade is expensive
I won’t say Affilorama’s awesome.
But I’ll say it’s a good place for learning affiliate marketing because although there’s a lot of value from the free membership, there’s no real step-by-step plan laid out.
It’s a mix mash of free articles on various internet marketing topics, that kinda make it difficult for a beginner to digest.
But I like the free website tool and the fact that community support’s available – even if members’ need to make more of an effort.
Final Verdict: Recommended.
For all the best resources compiled into one place for building an affiliate marketing Biz from scratch that produces a full-time income…
What is Affilorama About, Huh?
AR is designed to help you make money from promoting other people’s products as an affiliate marketer by offering you the resources and support you need.
The platform has been operating since 2005 and seems to be intended for affiliates of all experience levels – whether you’re a beginner or pro.
Mark also claims that his platform is the largest of its type on the web.
But that’s debatable, since there are numerous better and sizable platforms.
Furthermore, Mark reckons AR will “help kiss your day job goodbye” – which is a pretty bold statement to make, in my book.
But I’ll let you decide for yourself when you sink your teeth into this review.
How Affilorama Works For The Bucks…
Upon joining AR, Mark tempts you into purchasing his ‘Pathway To Passive’ ebook.
Which, is a guide on how to build passive profit websites from the promotion of affiliate products and services.
But in my opinion, he should offer his ebook AFTER you’ve actually gone through the free lessons, so you’re more acquainted with affiliate marketing.
Here’s a brief run-through of the freebie training that’s divided into 8 lessons.
Lesson #1: Introduction (10 Sections)
Inside this lesson, you’re basically introduced to the concept of affiliate marketing and making money from it.
The sections cover:
- The essential resources every new affiliate needs
- Affiliate marketing for beginners
- How the process works
- Identifying affiliate sites
- Examples of money-making affiliate sites
- Finding affiliate programs
- Making money without a website
- Generating website traffic using alternative methods
- Essential tips for doubling your productivity
- The fastest way of getting started online
There’s a lot of great information in the form articles, snapshots, and videos. Don’t get me wrong.
But the training doesn’t live up to Wealthy Affiliate’s 10 free lessons that actually walk you through “action-based tasks” for getting an online Biz set up.
The other cool thing about WA is that you can build a free WordPress website using SiteRubix – WA’s in-house site builder.
#2: Market Research (8 Sections)
This lesson aims to prevent you coming up short when it comes to niche market selection.
Basically, helping you to choose the right niche that’s profitable in the long term.
Additionally, you’ll receive guidance on some of the best affiliate networks to join.
- 4 steps to finding profitable affiliate niches
- Keyword research: SEO competition analysis
- What your market wants
- 10 Clickbank alternatives
- 7 techniques & tools for doing keyword research
- Understanding market interactions
- How to select an affiliate program
- Using CJ & applying for your first affiliate program
#3: Content Creation (7 Sections)
Here, you’ll learn all about the written word when it comes to blogging and other sorts of content methods like ebook creation and writing email letters, etc.
- Easy ways of getting content for your site
- Writing product reviews
- Affiliate site headlines
- Writing pre-sells & sales letters
- How to write winning email subject lines
- Recording affiliate videos
- 7 steps to improving conversion rates
#4: Site Building (19 Sections)
You’ll learn about all sorts of website building aspects – from domain name and web hosting set up to choosing the right template theme, etc.
Some topics covered:
- Building a basic web page
- Uploading your website using Filezilla
- Linking your domain & hosting together
- Which website building software to use (Hint: SiteRubix is my recommended builder for newbs)
- Finding & registering a domain name
- Anatomy of a web page
- Good website housekeeping
- Web design trouble shooting
- Hiding your affiliate links with redirects
- Simplifying navigation
- URL Canonicalization
#5: Marketing Ideas (11 Sections)
This lesson basically focuses on thinking outside the box when it comes to your affiliate marketing efforts.
- Introduction to blogging
- How to write a blog post
- 5 ways to monetize your blog
- Introduction to the concept of email marketing
- The top newsletter strategy
- Using Facebook & Twitter for affiliates
- Introduction to Web 2.0
- Social bookmarking
- Creating a buzz with viral PDFs
- 5 traffic methods for inbound marketing
#6: Search Engine Optimization (11 Sections)
In a nutshell, you’ll be educated on both on and off-page SEO strategies for getting your blog content ranked in Google for traffic.
The first four sections already cover topics from the previous lessons.
But as for the other sections, they cover:
- Introduction to affiliate marketing SEO
- What is Google PageRank?
- Getting backlinks for SEO
- Top on-page factors
- How to get your website indexed in the search engines
- 4 areas of on-page SEO to tweak on your site
- 4 steps to building quality links
#7: Pay Per Click (8 Sections)
This lesson teaches the opposite of SEO.
Where, instead of generating organic traffic, you’ll be doing PPC marketing – paying the likes of Google and Bing to advertise your business on their search engines.
- Introduction to affiliate marketing PPC
- What is PPC?
- Doing keyword research
- PPC landing pages
- Writing & placing Google Ads
- Conversion tracking
- Bonues for better PPC conversions
- Alternative traffic sources
#8: Affiliate Outsourcing (3 Sections)
In a nutshell, you’ll discover the best ways to hire freelancers to do the work on your behalf and how to keep them productive.
All in all, the 8 lessons provide stacks of invaluable knowledge you can apply to create your affiliate marketing empire.
But sadly, some training is too generalised and complex for newbies to take onboard – especially when there aren’t always solid steps to follow.
Not to mention that some topics are irrelevant when starting out, like writing sales letters, video & email marketing, PPC, and hiring freelancers.
Mark should be teaching you the ropes of writing high-quality blog content and getting rankings in Google BEFORE diving into the advanced stuff.
And when it comes to building your site (the most important aspect)…
“Adobe Dreamweaver” is recommended – which isn’t just expensive.
But also requires some degree of HTML knowledge – making it unsuitable for newbs, from my perspective.
“WordPress, Mark Ling, WordPress! C’mon, man!”
‘Pathway to Passive’ + ‘AffiloJetpack’, The Only Ways to Success?
In my opinion, as a complete “newbie”, you’ll struggle to wrap your head around most of the free training lessons inside AR.
So in all honesty, I think the best chances of building a profitable online business is by purchasing both ‘Pathway to Passive’ and ‘AffiloJetpack’.
As already discussed, ‘Pathway to Passive’ is an ebook guiding you through the process of building a niche site for earning as an affiliate marketer.
And when it comes to ‘AffiloJetpack’, it’s basically a ‘Done-For-You’ system providing you with all the essential components for building profitable WordPress websites.
But I dislike the fact that Mark refers to it as getting your hands on “magical money-making systems”.
Yes, ‘AffiloJetpack’ makes life a hell of a lot easier for newbies. Don’t get me wrong.
But “hard work” IS still required for a passive income, at the end of the day.
‘AffiloTools’, What The Heck’s That About?
As a free member of AR, you’ll also gain access to an “all in one” tool suite called ‘AffiloTools’ – allowing you to create a free project.
Which, is to help you manage and monitor the progress of your website when it comes to health, SEO & keywords, traffic, revenue, social, and research.
Despite the freebie AR training not being the easiest to follow, I must admit, I was quite impressed by ‘AffiloTools’.
Because it really does help you to stay on the right track with the progress of your website by displaying all the essential data under one roof.
So if improvements need to be made in a specific area of your site, ‘AffiloTools’ will let you know.
Does Affilorama Offer a Helping Hand?
If you’re in a spot of bother with any part of the training or features, there’s a private members’ community forum where you can fire your questions at.
Some posts seem fairly active (receiving replies in minutes), which is what I like about the AR forum.
But on the other hand, it’s been days or even weeks since the last replies on some posts.
So on a whole, the community seems hit-and-miss, which I think is an issue that Mr. Ling needs to address.
Additionally, you can email or phone the AR support team if the forum doesn’t work out for you.
How Much Does Affilorama Cost, Huh?
At the $0 membership level, you’ll have access to training, a taste of ‘AffiloTools’, and a forum for support.
However, I’m not entirely sure of the cost of ‘AffiloTools’ if you want to create more than one website project, since there’ no pricing info.
As for the ‘Pathway To Passive’ ebook, it’s $37 one-time – which comes with a 60-day money-back-guarantee.
When it comes to ‘AffiloJetpack’, it’s a hefty $997 one-time – which also has a 2-month returns policy in place.
Final Conclusion: Is Affilorama Worth it?
Given the fact that you can get your hands on heaps of training, website progress features, and also a support forum for free.
Then, YES, it’s absolutely worth taking the plunge with Affilorama.
However, just bear in mind that the training can be overwhelming for newbs – especially when it’s lacking a solid “step-by-step” structure for getting started.
Which, (in my opinion) means you’ll need to invest cash in Ling’s ebook guide and ‘Done-For-You’ system if you want to make any real progress online.
The ball’s now in your court.
Your buddy, Neil 😀
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