There’s enough evidence in the online business world to validate that affiliate marketing is still going strong, yes, even in 2019 and hopefully beyond.
Affiliate marketing is not likely to die out anytime soon, and the reason is that companies will always depend on bloggers and online marketers to promote their latest offerings.
What is Affilorama?
It is an online course created by famed affiliate marketer, Mark Ling, back in 2005/2006. It is effectively a one-stop shop for all your affiliate marketing needs.
It is initially free to join and its information should prove useful to neophyte and experienced marketers alike.
The training lessons come in the form of blog posts, long & detailed articles, and videos. It is theoretically possible to earn a six-figure income from scratch if you utilize all the tools Ling lays at your disposal.
Affilorama’s community exceeds 300,000 people globally at the time of writing and with affiliate marketing also set to grow, it seems certain that Affilorama will follow suit.
Who is Affilorama For?
Affilorama is for anyone that wants to learn how to make money on the internet,
Anyone that wants to learn how to find a profitable niche,
Anyone that wants to learn how to research and create a niche specific affiliate website,
Anyone aspiring to become an online affiliate marketer,
Anyone that wants to learn how to create a profitable affiliate website,
Anyone looking to create extra income for themselves,
Anyone that wants to learn affiliate marketing from basic to advanced level,
Anyone that wants to start learning affiliate marketing with zero budgets (applies to the Free Memberships only),
Anyone that wants to learn affiliate marketing with a proven step-by-step guide, and with a bit of helping hand,
Anyone that wants to learn how to make money from their website and without any prior knowledge,
Anyone that wants to learn how to market contents!
What does Affilorama has to offer?
Affilorama offers free memberships to affiliate marketers of all levels.
So, what is so good about that?
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 –
- AffiloTools (Bronze, Gold, and Silver).
Now, let’s dive deeper into each of these offerings carefully.
Path2Passive highlights the importance of finding a profitable niche, choosing the right products to promote, creating engaging, interesting, shareable content that will rank well and boost traffic, targeting the right people that are interested in the products and services you promote, and much more.
The free content is useful and provides some solid advice, along with personal experiences shared by Mark Ling. There’s also the option to access the full guide to the Path2Passive book.
AffiloBlueprint is a three-part training system designed for two types of people.
- Those completely new to affiliate marketing. That might be you if you’re just starting out.
- Those who have tried doing affiliate marketing but failed miserably. That might be you if you have hit a wall with affiliate marketing.
The system will teach you three important 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
- 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.
AffiloTools is a suite of premium online tools to help affiliate marketers view, manage, and track website growth and stats.
For members of Affilorama, the tools are 100% free, with limited options and features. Upgrading to premium obviously opens up more options.
Here are some screenshots of my Affilorama Dashboard:
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
AffiloJetpack is a “fail-proof money-making system” designed, tested, and proven to help you generate sustainable income from your affiliate websites, according to the website.
Now, we know exactly what you’re thinking.
The words, “fail-proof money making system” just sounds like this could be too good to be true, right?
Maybe they should have used a different marketing message, one that doesn’t sound so scammy, even if it isn’t.
Anyhow, 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.
Is Affilorama Right For You?
If you want to make money online then YES! But keep your finances in check because Affilorama isn’t cheap (Cost Breakdown in the next section).
If you are struggling with your finances, then the Premium Membership or other products of Affilorama is probably not for you.
In Affilorama, it takes time and effort to complete the courses and set up your online business.
And, it will take probably a few months for you to start making some money.
What is the Cost of Affilorama?
Free Membership – $0 (Join here)
Premium Membership – $67/mth (Join here)
AffiloTheme – $97 one-time
AffiloBlueprint – $197 one-time
AffiloJetpack – $497 one-time
Affilorama – What’s Bad?
Incredibly, Ling and his Affilorama team have done nothing to eliminate the outdated information that has been on the free version of the program for years. In some cases, members are warned that the content they are reading or watching is out of date.
Why doesn’t the site remove it? Examples of outdated content include information on creating PLR (Private Label Rights) articles and creating backlinks. PLR content is nothing more than copied content and while you can tweak it to avoid search engine penalties, it offers nothing to your visitors.
To be fair, backlinking is still an important aspect of SEO, as long as it is utilized correctly. Things have changed in this sphere.
Once upon a time, adding a ton of links from anywhere on the Internet increased your search engine ranking. Today, backlinking is more nuanced. Relevancy of links is crucial but is only part of a more complicated SEO tactic.
We don’t believe that Affilorama’s information on backlinking is up to date in the free version. You need to pay for the Premium membership if you wish to get a better handle on things.
We were also not impressed with the additional fees and the confusion over pricing and what you actually receive.
For example, AffiloTools is supposed to be free with a Premium Membership but it is also available as a free trial with Blueprint. Marketers have also complained that Ling sends them emails promoting services and products from known scam artists. This does nothing for his credibility.
Is Affilorama Worth It?
Overall, it is worth your time and effort to join Affilorama. We advise you to spend as much time as you need absorbing all of this useful information before deciding whether or not you wish to upgrade.
If you wish to move to the next level and have money to spend, the Jetpack and Blueprint packages are fine options but you have to decide if it is worth the cash.
For example, a $997 one-time payment is a lot of money to throw away if you don’t get the most out of it. On the flipside, if you get it right, four-figure days are a genuine possibility.