Affilorama is an affiliate marketing training program. Like hundreds of others, it claims that it can teach you to become a successful affiliate marketer and make money online. I’ve taken the time to go through the available free training, look into the details of the premium membership, and really dig into the nitty-gritty of their paid packages. There’s a lot on offer at Affilorama. The question is, is it worth it if you want to work from home?
Read on to find out.
Affilorama – The Broad Overview
Company – Affilorama
Website – Affilorama.com
Price – Free Membership: $0 – Premium Membership: $67/month
Packages – AffiloBlueprint: $197, AffiloJetpack: $997
Creator – Mark Ling
Rating – 7.5/10
Affilorama certainly delivers when it comes to training. As a free member you get access to 90+ training videos detailing everything from market research and content creation to PPC campaigns and outsourcing.
Is Affilorama limited strictly to training?
At least, not if you upgrade.
So what does Affilorama offer?
Training – Video based, with downloadable scripts
Support – A library of FAQ’s that truly runs the gamut, and live support
Hosting – Up to 15 websites
Research Tools – AffiloTools for ranking stats and competitor info
Training – Video And Written Instruction
Affilorama provides a great deal of training material. Everything you need to know to get started with affiliate marketing in covered.
You will learn about building a website, filling it with relevant content, how to research markets and keywords, and how to rank with SEO and various marketing methods.
Even as a free member you have access to all of this training.
My only issue with the free membership training is that in order to put it into practice and get hands-on experience, you either need to upgrade to get Affilorama’s hosting, or get your own hosting elsewhere. Reading and watching instructional videos is great, and you will learn a lot. But if you can’t put what you learn to use and actually build your website and business, there’s no real benefit.
Support – A Library Of Answers
The support at Affilorama comes in several varieties.
First, there is the 24-hour “live” support. The claim is that someone is always available to answer any questions you may have. However, some people report not getting answers for several hours, if at all. Others tell of the live support answers simply pointing them to a page in the FAQ’s. You get an idea that the “live” support isn’t so live when it asks you for your email in order to send your answer.
There are also a number of member blogs, where you can search for your question and see if another member has had the same issue, and posted a solution.
Similarly, there is the member forum where you can chat live with other active members.
The issue with both the blog and forum options is that neither is very active. At times there are only a handful of members logged on, and days may go by before anyone responds to posts in the forum.
Your best bet for support at Affilorama is the FAQ’s. Most places, the FAQ has about 15 questions and answers. Not so at Affilorama. This is certainly one area where they didn’t hold back. There is a massive library of questions you can search through, broken down into separate categories. I prefer live support, but I have to admit they have done a great job of answering a wide variety of potential questions here.
Hosting – It Gets A Little Confusing
Affilorama does offer hosting as part of the premium membership, and as part of the paid packages. The issue is trying to figure out exactly what you get and how much it will cost.
The premium membership is $67 a month. This includes hosting for 15 websites.
There is also the AffiloJetpack package that provides 5 “95% pre-built websites”. The hosting is free for the first year, then “around $70 a year” (Yes, their website actually says around $70 a year!). There is no mention if a premium member paying the $67 a month which includes hosting will have to pay the $70 a year to host the Jetpack sites, or if they can be hosted on 5 of the 15 websites included in the premium membership hosting package.
Research Tool – Limited Use
The research tools at Affilorama, AffiloTools, is a great tool for tracking and understanding your website rankings, traffic from various sources, and competition.
There are several issues with it, though.
First, it is not a keyword research tool. Keyword research is the backbone of affiliate marketing. If you don’t know what people are searching for, you can’t market to them. It’s great that AffiloTools will tell you how well you are ranking for a particular keyword, but it doesn’t help you research those keywords in the first place.
Second, it’s expensive if you want to look at more than one site. You can track one of your sites for free. To track 3 sites it will cost you $17 a month. For 5 sites the price jumps to $47. And 10 sites costs $97 a month! That’s on top of your membership and training package that you’re already paying for. You can do a fair deal of what AffiloTools does right within Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) and Google Analytics for free. And did you notice that $97 a month lets you track 10 websites? What about the other 5 websites you can build as a premium member? How do we track those? Can we pay for 2 AffiloTools memberships ($97 for 10 sites, and $47 for the other 5)? It doesn’t say.
Affilorama Has Its Good Points
There is a lot of information available at Affilorama and MOST of it is up to date.
Even as a free member, there is enough information available to get started with learning the ins-and-outs of affiliate marketing.
Does The Bad Outweigh The Good?
Although there is a lot of information available, some of it is outdated. And if you need any help along the way, you could be waiting a while.
These issues are really minor, but there are several key points that make me think that the bad really DOES outweigh the good.
Low Member Activity – Negative #1
At any given time there may only be a few members active on the site. This makes things hard when it comes time to ask for help, advice, or even a little encouragement.
It could also point to low membership levels. Nowhere on their site do they disclose how many members are a part of Affilorama.
A large, active community of like-minded people learning to work from home or already successful with making money online is much better for the beginning affiliate marketer. For a program that provides just that with OVER A MILLION ACTIVE MEMBERS, take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review.
AffiloJetpack Just Seems Like A Bad Idea – Negative #2
At first glance, AffiloJetpack sounds like a great deal. Five websites, 95% pre-built, for $997. Just add your personal affiliate links to the already suggested affiliate products and make money. How can you go wrong?
Well, you can go wrong with duplicate content. If the websites are 95% pre-built, that means that content is pre-written. If the only thing you have to do is add your affiliate link, that means that others have the exact some content that they have added their affiliate links to. This means duplicate content.
Search engines HATE duplicate content.
Google, Yahoo, Bing… They all look for UNIQUE content as part of their ranking algorithm. If your content is exactly the same as someone else’s, guess what. You will never rank. The search engines will stuff you down at the bottom of the search results… IF YOU’RE LUCKY!
Traffic Through Backlinking – Negative #3
Affilorama talks in depth about building backlinks. They make it sound like this is a veritable ranking engine.
I have to bust your bubble, but not so much!
Creating backlinks anywhere and everywhere used to boost rankings like crazy. But search engines have gotten a lot smarter. It is actually against the rules of most search engines, and will end up getting you de-indexed. Not just at the bottom of the search results… REMOVED from the search results.
That’s not to say that backlinks are entirely evil. There is such a thing as a good backlink. These will occur naturally as your site gains authority, and people share your content or link to it from their own sites.
Just don’t go to every forum and article site you can find and stuff your link everywhere you can. That’s a very bad idea.
Confusing Costs – Negative #4
In hosting alone, there are 3 options: AffiloTheme, Premium Membership, and AffiloJetpack. I couldn’t find a price for the AffiloTheme hosting. The Premium Membership hosting gives you 15 websites as part of the $67/month premium membership. AffiloJetpack gives you 5 websites (expandable for additional costs – more in a just a minute) that costs “around $70 a year”, with no mention as to whether or not these can be part of the hosting included as a premium member.
If you want more than the 5 sites included in AffiloJetpack, you can buy Booster Packs to expand to up to 18 sites. For 1 additional site it costs $135. For 3, $285. For 5, $375. There is, however, no mention of what the hosting will cost. Can we assume that another 5 AffiloJetpack sites will cost another “around $70 a year” like the original 5? I don’t know.
My Overall Take On Affilorama
The free Affilorama membership does provide some pretty useful information. And lots of it! Based on the quality of that information, I would guess that the step-by-step training provided in the AffiloBlueprint package for $197 would also be quite good.
However, the cost of the premium membership at $67 a month seems a little high for what they include.
Just to provide some perspective, let’s compare Affilorama with my top-rated training platform, Wealthy Affiliate:
It’s pretty clear that Wealthy Affiliate has a lot more to offer, and at a better price. And this table doesn’t even cover all the great things at Wealthy Affiliate!
Affilorama – Is It Worth It?
Affilorama is a decent program, especially their free training. I would say they are worth a look. Just think hard before deciding to upgrade.
With a score of 7.5/10, they join the ranks of “Honorable Mentions”.
It would be great if you could rate this article, and let me know what you thought in the comments below. Ask questions. Tell me what you would like to see added to the site!
As always, thanks for reading, and the best of luck on your journey to financial independence,
If you ever have any questions, you can contact me here.
P.S. If you have any questions, you can always leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I will get an answer to you as soon as I can.
P.P.S. If you want the best training to make money online, take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review. You can learn everything you need to know to work from home with no confusing costs or crazy up sells. They are my top-rated program, and I am still a very active member in the community. I would love to see you there!