Affilorama is one of the big names in affiliate marketing training, and with good reason. Founded in 2006 by hotshot entrepreneur Mark Ling, Affilorama has quickly ballooned to a membership of over 200,000, with multiple awards under its belt and offices in New Zealand, Austin, Texas, and now the Philippines as well. Affilorama was built on the principle that everyone should have access to the tools to build a successful online business through affiliate marketing, and it draws directly on Mark Ling’s incredible personal success in the business as the foundation for its wide range of training tools.
Who is Affilorama for?
Affilorama aims to be one of the most comprehensive resources available for aspiring affiliate marketers, and on that score it does not disappoint. While there are plenty of lessons and tools for absolute beginners, there is also no shortage of far more advanced tools for people trying to get their business to the next level. People with some experience in the field have just as much to gain from Affilorama’s selection of tools as people absolutely new to the business of affiliate marketing.
An overview of Affilorama
Affilorama is a training system, rather than a tool for instant success. Predicated on the idea that anyone can learn to find financial success through affiliate marketing, Affilorama’s aim is to provide a constantly-rotating platform of educational videos and resources to help everyone from beginner to expert take their business to the next level. In addition to the video lessons, a suite of web tools makes the learning curve for actually getting your web content up and running much less steep.
Training, tools and support
Affilorama is built around the idea of training, and so your basic membership gives you access to an extensive, well-organized repository of articles, training videos and webinars that take you through the process of building an affiliate marketing business from the ground up. The library of content is extensive, and new content is cycled in on a monthly basis, so there is always something new to discover. Unfortunately, out of date content is only infrequently purged from the system, so it is a good idea to do some of your own research before taking advice from older videos.
The premium membership – the lowest price tier – comes with a small suite of tools that range from slightly interesting to genuinely useful. A keyword generator helps you choose effective keywords for your web and blog content, while pop-out and opt-in window generators make capturing e-mails and generating subscribers much easier.
Affilorama also offers several tool suites as upsells: the most useful of these is the “AffiloJetpack”, which, in addition to more training videos and some very useful video lectures from expert affiliate marketers, also provides WordPress themes, e-mail templates and other pre-formatted content that vastly speeds up the process of getting your web presence up and running. “AffiloTools” offers web stats and traffic tracking, which, for the very detail-oriented, put all of your web traffic numbers conveniently in one place so that you can keep an eye on where your affiliate marketing business is succeeding, and where it is treading water. AffiloTools doesn’t really offer much more than many free web tracking services do, and its backlink tools are downright out of date, but if you enjoy the convenience of having everything neatly in one place, it could be a worthwhile investment.
One area in which Affilorama absolutely excels is its customer support. The bulk of Affilorama’s support comes in the form of user forums, which can admittedly sometimes be an unreliable way to get information. The solutions to your problems typically come from other subscribers; Affilorama staff weigh in fairly seldom, so when you use the forums you are usually getting “non-expert” advice. Having said that, the most active forum members are Affilorama users who have been using the system for a very long time and know the ins and outs of the system in detail. A quick browse through the forums very quickly reveals a community of friendly, articulate users who answer each other’s questions quickly and informatively and – most importantly – who want to help each other succeed. The active member forums being viewable to non-subscribers is a huge point in Affilorama’s favor: seeing community members helping each other out step-by-step is a substantial reassurance that you aren’t dropping your money on Affilorama blindly.
The pros and cons
Pro #1: You can try almost everything for free or low cost, even the premium membership and upsells.
Pro #2: New content is cycled in every month, so the monthly membership fee is never wasted.
Pro #3: An active community makes it easy for newbies to get help and learn the system.
Con #1: New content coming in so often means that old content isn’t corrected when it is out of date.
Con #2: Getting support from actual Affilorama staff members can be slow and frustrating.
Con #3: The system is based entirely around Clickbank, which can be limiting if you want to expand your business.
Con #4: Like any training system, you get out of Affilorama what you put in. Actually achieving success takes time and effort beyond just watching the training videos.
What does Affilorama costs?
Surprisingly, Affilorama lets you playtest most of its features for free. The user forums are free for anyone to browse, there is a decent selection of training videos available at absolutely no cost, and even some of the upsells like AffiloTools have free trial periods.
Once you’ve tested the water enough to decide to take the plunge, a “premium” Affilorama membership costs $67 per month and gives you access to a much wider range of training videos, articles, and learning resources. The premium membership also gives you step-by-step guides to blogging and optimizing content, and provides web hosting for up to ten sites at no extra cost. You can try out the premium membership at $1 for 30 days, and there is a 60-day money back guarantee as well.
Of course, there are upsells, and some are really worth taking advantage of to get the most out of Affilorama. The most expensive – but also most useful – of these is AffiloJetpack, which costs $497 and offers a suite of tools to jump-start building your online business. Like most Affilorama tools, AffiloJetpack offers a 60-day money back guarantee, but AffiloJetpack takes it one step further, offering an additional $100 back if you don’t make any money at all. The two other upsells are AffiloBlueprint and AffiloTools, priced at $197 and $97 respectively.
Affilorama review conclusion
The cost to access everything does add up, and some of the information desperately needs to be updated, but overall Affilorama is a good, solid source of training and information for anyone ready to build a business based around affiliate marketing. Though you might find yourself a little handcuffed if you want to explore affiliate partners outside of Clickbank, Affilorama does give you a broad range of tools to make the most of Clickbank’s heavy market share, so only real experts in the field should feel like this poses any disadvantage. For the best Affilorama experience, make use of the user forums and be vocal about your experience with the community. The great community – as well as Affilorama’s refreshing transparency about its staff and business model – is what makes Affilorama a worthwhile investment, as long as you’re willing to put in the time to make what you learn work for you.