Is Affilorama A Scam? Let’s See
Price: $1 thirty day trial, $67 monthly $497 for three years + upsells
Owner: Mark Ling
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Ok What Is Affilorama?
Affilorama is a community dedicated to affiliate training and was created by Mark Ling back in 2005.
There are a bunch of different levels and products to Affilorama. Everything from entry level training to more advance options which include several tools.
Affilorama is one of the few programs not to stay stagnet, they keep try and keep up with the ever changing landscape of affiliate marketing.
No they’re not perfect at it. But they’re a lot better at keeping up than many other programs out there.
The Pros And Cons Of Affilorama
- The education resources and software applications are easy to follow
- This is one of the largest online affiliate marketing communities
- You can check things out at the basic level for free
- You have the option to pay for 3 years
- The program can get pretty expensive if you add in all the upsells
- The basic program is very limited compared to the paid programs
- No direct support from Mark – it’s handed off to a support team
- To many choices – hard to pick the right program
- Some flat out mis-information that can harmful to your business
Ok So Who Is Affilorama For?
The program is designed to teach anyone how they can make extra money or even a full time income through affiliate marketing.
In the program you’ll find training from the fundamentals all the way up to more advanced techniques.
And with affilorama you don’t need prior knowledge or experience with hosting, web building, content management or even marketing.
What Training Can You Expect?
The basic training starts with a combination of videos and step by step online tools. This also includes analytic and ranking software tools.
At the premium level you have access to additional training and interviews with successful online entrepreneurs. Plus the bootcamp videos.
There are other tools available such as the Affilorama Jetpack and the Affilorama theme. Which are part of the upsells of this program.
I get into more detail about those additional up sell tools below.
How’s The Support?
You have support from the members most of which are free at all levels in Affilorama.
But this help is delayed as all discussions, questions and comments are shared through a forum and message boards. So it can take several days before you can get a reply.
Not such a great thing when you may need a timely answer – like right away – not days.
Every so often Mark will join in on the discussion but that is very rare. And don’t expect a response from him quickly or at all.
So What’s The Cost?
Affilorama has many different product offering including many upsells.
This is a real sore spot for me. I feel when you pay for something you should get everything.
This is not to say these are not quality products, but they are inferior and much more expensive then my #1 ranked resource for affiliate marketing training.
Ok let’s get into the different products and pricing that Affilorama has to offer.
Affilorama Premium ($67 per month)
The premium membership is the core monthly recurring membership. You get training, limited hosting and forum access.
Most of the training is excellent, however some of it can get you in a world of trouble and really harm your business.
The first problem with some of the core training is the focus on Link Building within the Blog Bootcamp.
Active link building is a BAD idea. This may have worked several years ago.
But with the continues updates to Google’s algorithm such as Penguin and Panda.
Sites that actively seek or put a strong focus on backlinking find their sites being removed the search engine results.
Not exactly what you’re shooting for when building your business.
The next thing you’re taught is using PLR content (Private Label Rights). As a premium member you get 30 new PLR articles each month.
Putting this type of content on your site will guarantee you’ll lose any and all credibility and ranking your site has.
This is such an outdated strategy it’s almost laughable.
Know this – Nothing is better on your site than the content that you create yourself.
Follow this strategy and you will fail with content marketing.
Affilorama Premium Tools
You get 15 tools as a premium member.
Here’s a few tools that I have to mention because well one is completely useless and the other 2 tools will absolutely KILL your website.
The tool that’s totally useless is the Trusted Site Tool. This tool is suppose to give you the pagerank (PR) of a website.
This is such an outdated metric. Google does not use pagerank to determine if a site is trusted or not.
Next is the tool called “Social Snoop”. So this tool is designed to find sites you can get backlinks from.
What did I say earlier about sites that activity seek out back links? This is bad SEO and BAd for your business.
And the other tool that will harm your business is their Article Spinner. The fastest way to kill your business is to use an article spinner.
Like I mentioned earlier – create your own content NEVER use spun content.
Personally it would be nice if Mark would update his site to reflect what’s going on today with SEO. Some of what is in there will certainly hold you back and even harm your business.
The Up Sells
I mentioned this before but I want to say it again.
When you pay $67 per month for a membership I expect to get everything.
Upsell Number 1
AffiloBlueprint 3.0 Membership ($197, plus the ongoing $67 per month)
With this package you get 85 videos that cover topics such as SEO, PPC, Niche Marketing, Affiliate Marketing and 6 wordpress themes.
Just a heads up the AffiloBlueprint does not come with any support unless you pay for it. So you need to pay $67 per month to get support and help.
Upsell Number 2:
AffiloJetpack Membership ($497)
This product is designed to help you promote Mark’s products and services. So with this you get:
- Your Choice of 5 out of 10 Niche Packages
- 5 Newsletter Email Series, one per niche so 15 in total
- 3 e-books (free reports), 3 per niche
- Access to Affilotheme
- Graphics for each niche
- 20 Private Label Rights Articles
So basically Mark is teaching you how to become his affiliate not become an affiliate of a hobby or something you have a passion for.
My question is…
Why do you have to pay so much money so you can be an affiliate for his products and services?
There are far better alternatives available to you.
Upsell Number 3:
This is Mark’s wordpress theme. For this price you get support and you will be taught how to use it. It also comes with 1 year of free hosting.
Here’s the catch you are encouraged to join Affilorama Premium so you can keep your hosting.
Here’s what you get:
- Affilotheme WordPress theme
- Training videos on how to use it
- Private Members Only Forum
- Graphics Creation tool
- One year of hosting
So as you can see Mark gets you in the door for free the core membership is $67 per month. But then asks you to spend an additional $791 to get everything he has to offer.
But do you really need all of it?
My Final Thoughts About Affilorama
Mark Ling is a good guy, in a sea of scam products and opportunities.
The product is quite good and you do get the tools, training and support you need even if the support is delayed.
I do have issues with some of the training as it is outdated and can – no will harm your business.
I’m not to thrilled with all the up sells, I’ve said it a few times. I feel if you pay for something you should get everything.
Instead of all the up sells he can always raise his membership fee to include everything.
As a beginner I think it would be hard for someone to know what direction to take. If you’re not sure just start out with the basic membership.
You can always purchase these additional tools and training when or if you like.
Affilorama At A Glance…
Price: $1 thirty day trial, $67 monthly
$497 for three years + upsells
Owner: Mark Ling
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Verdict: LEGIT – Overall a good product with just a few outdated (harmful) training techniques.
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