If you’re in the affiliate marketing world then you will have no doubt heard of Affilorama – a community of affiliate marketers coming together to both gain and offer internet marketing training. Founded by Mark Ling way back in 2005, the training platform sets out help those looking to get into and drive their niches and affiliate marketing businesses.
Yet, as with most online programs, there is both praise and scepticism – is Affilorama a scam or is it genuine. This article sets out to give you the facts about Affilorama and put the internet-talk to bed once and for all.
Program Name: Affilorama
Price: $1 thirty day trial, $67 monthly, $497 for three years + upsells
Owner: Mark Ling
Overall Rank: 7 out of 10
The Affilorama Membership
As with many affiliate programs, Affilorama offers a number of membership levels, from a basic entry level to more advanced.
So let’s clear up one misnomer from the start. Affilorama is, like some other affiliate programs, NOT a scam. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I’d recommend it as one of my top 3 affiliate programs for training and internet marketing. It is fairly priced and offers a wealth of great resources. What’s more, it is widely considered to be one of the best available. Yes, it has its foibles but generally speaking it’s certainly one to look at if you’re thinking about a future in affiliate marketing.
Before I delve deeper into what you get for your membership, here are a few pros and cons of the Affilorama program.
The Pros vs. Cons of Affilorama
- A breeze to follow
- Well respected in the affiliate marketing sector
- Several educational resources and software applications
- A vast community of affiliates to network with
- Basic free membership available that allows you to try the basics without any financial commitment
- Premium level programs include a discounted three-year payment plan option
- Too much membership choice can make it hard to find what’s right for you
- The basic free membership is very limited
- Not all training is ‘best practice’
- Can become quite expensive with the various add-ons, upsells and other options available
- No direct contact with the owner – unlike some other programs available
- Support is managed solely by their Support Team function
Who is the Affilorama program best suited to?
The great thing about Affilorama is that it meets the needs of anyone – from those wanting to become an affiliate marketer to others who are already making a living from it. The training, produced and delivered by owner and highly experienced affiliate marketer Mark Ling, covers the whole spectrum, so previous knowledge of website building, content creation or promoting is not required.
The Affilorama training program
As we have already mentioned, Affilorama offer a range of membership levels. The basic free level provides some ‘get you started’ type training with access to videos and certain software applications like site rank and stats tools.
Affilorama’s Premium level membership gives you access to more in-depth online and video training as well as a number of inspirational videos of successful internet entrepreneurs. At this level, you will get the access you need to create some fantastic content for your chosen niches.
Other tools include Affilorama’s customiseable website creation and hosting packages known as Affilorama Jetpack and Affilorama Theme. See below for more details of these.
How present is owner Mark Ling in Affilorama?
Affiliates of all levels can expect great support from the huge Affilorama member community. As a ‘forum’ this may mean that you don’t get an immediate response to your questions. But you will get a response, though it may be a delayed response. This has its pros as wells as its cons. On the plus side, you can be assured that in most cases you get a detailed answer, as opposed to a quick one-liner on a chat or telephone.
The forums and message boards are very open and as such all discussions, questions, feedback and comments are widely visible. Mark Ling will sometimes pop up and offer a response to questions or comments, though as a busy entrepreneur with several projects on the go at any one time, his time is a rare commodity and as such he is sometimes simply unable to respond.
How much is Affilorama membership?
With so many levels, options and upsells, the cost of membership can differ quite considerably – it’s not s simple ‘pay once and get access to everything’ model.
The products are very good, though if you were to push me to an opinion, then I’d say that there are some other programs out there with better products at a much lower cost.
But to help simplify things, here is what Affilorama have to offer:
Affilorama Premium ($67 per month)
Affilorama Premium membership (their core offering) costs $67 a month. For this you’ll have access to educational training, community forums, limited hosting and software applications. Here is a screenshot of what you get:
So as you can see the Affilorama offering comes with a range of products, including Training, Blog Bootcamp, Premium Tools, Hosting and PLR (Private Label Rights) Articles – see more about this below.
As I have already mentioned, the training is very good, though I believe a little flawed in places.
The Blog Bootcamp is very heavily focused on backlinking strategies. This was once considered an important SEO element to cover, but much less so now. This considered then, it possibly doesn’t warrant 25% of the whole course content!
This, again, is a fine example of some training content being flawed. With every Google update, such backlink strategies have less importance, and in some cases can be detrimental to your site’s performance in search engine listings… never a good thing!
Another potential issue with the Premium package is the promotion of PLR content as being worthwhile – also untrue and should be treated with caution. Why? Because it is essentially duplicate content that will have you marked down by the search engines. This may have been OK once, but not now.
Affilorama Premium tools
With the Premium level membership you also have access to 15 useful tools – many very useful, others less so. For example, the Trusted Site Tool analyses your website’s Google PR (Page Rank). Again, this would have been useful once upon a time, but less so now, as is no measure for site trustworthiness. Similarly, the whole tool box area could really do with a little refreshing as they are not keeping up with the evolution of the internet.
The Social Snoop tool allows you to find social sites for backlinking to. Again, this is an old SEO technique that has long since been deemed irrelevant. While the Article Spinning tool may have a place in some situations, from an SEO perspective it will almost certainly do your site more harm than good. So another one to avoid.
So while the Affilorama platform was once the creme-de-la-creme of affiliate marketing, it has since been a little neglected by its owners and as such has fallen a little behind the times. That said, it does also have some really useful tools and training too.
Oh dear… the Affilorama upsells!
Within the Affilorama platform, you will come across a number of what I like to refer to as upsells – some additional tools or services that you can access at additional cost. Like most people, I hate upselling! When I buy something, I like to know that there are no hidden extras. I have purchased the whole package, not just some of it! And for $67 a month, an already hefty price to pay, I think that’s a big ask – but that’s just my opinion. There are other services available that do offer better value and with no hidden extras.
Upsell #1: AffiloBlueprint 3.0 Membership ($197, then $67 per month for Premium membership)
This membership package offers 13 lessons, with 85 videos that cover a range of topics:
- Affiliate marketing
- Niche marketing and research
- Free traffic techniques- such as SEO
- Pay-Per-Click marketing using Google’s content network
- Six WordPress themes – ideal for PPC promotion and SEO
Unless you take Affilorama Premium at $67 a month, you cannot expect any level of support for AffiloBlueprint.
Upsell #2: AffiloJetpack Membership ($497)
As the price would suggest, AffiloJetpack is a high-end ‘niche marketing’ package put together by Mark Ling himself to help you promote his Affilorama products and services. Don’t get me wrong, these provide some excellent information and access to:
- A choice of five (from ten available) niche packages
- 15 newsletter email series – one per niche
- 3 e-books, 3 per niche (i.e. free reports)
- Membership to Affilotheme
- Graphics for each of your niches
- 20 PLR articles
The cynic in me says that this is a fantastic way for Affilorama to recruit more affiliates, charge them for doing so and make more money themselves. OK, cynic to one side, most affiliate platforms provide an affiliate program to allow its members to generate more revenue for themselves and their network, but to charge extra – and significantly more – just doesn’t sit right with me. There are other less costly affiliate platforms that include this kind of service within their full membership and without extra charge.
Upsell #3: Affilotheme ($97)
Affilotheme is a comprehensive WordPress theme that is supported with a full training program and a year’s free hosting. For $97 I’d say this is a pretty good deal and utilizes the fantastic and powerful WordPress content management system (CMS) – the worlds most popular CMS.
Here’s a breakdown of what you get:
- The Affilotheme WordPress theme
- Comprehensive training videos on how to use it
- Access to a Private Members-Only Forum
- A graphics creation tool
- One year’s hosting
Affilorama – my final thoughts
While Affilorama offer some great and some not so great resources, the Affilorama Premium package is merely the core of a potentially a much wider membership. With the full suite under your belt, you’re looking at spending $791, plus the $67 per month for the core Premium membership. Keep this in mind before undertaking any training – nobody likes nasty surprises further down the road!
Affilorama is unquestionably a good product with lots to offer. Whilst I may have been a little scathing about some of it, the fact still remains that it is a legitimate platform and certainly no scam! Be rest assured that Mark Ling is certainly one of the good guys of internet marketing.
Ultimately, for me there are two pitfalls. One, the endless and expensive upsells. The other is some less than helpful information and tools that may have been fine once, but no so now. Not all…. but some. Not great for those looking to be educated in affiliate marketing best practice.
If you do decide to give Affilorama a try, then start with the Basic free membership. This will give you a flavor of what it’s about and allow you to make a more informed decision about whether to continue into Premium membership,
However, because of the sheer number of upsells and somewhat could potentially be deemed as “misinformation” or “outdated” within the training techniques, it can be confusing to the beginner where to get started.
Final Product Overview
Sign up page: www.affilorama.com
Owner: Mark Ling
Overall Rank: 7 out of 10
VERDICT: Perfectly legitimate. Some (but not all) of the training is technically incorrect, and upsells can be expensive.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review of Affilorama. If you have any questions about anything you have read in this article, please don’t hesitate to get in contact by leaving me a comment below. I will then get back to you when I”m next at my PC.