After being a member of Wealthy Affiliate for a few years, I came across a number of previous members from another online marketing community called Affilorama. It sounded a lot like the format of WA, and most members spoke rather highly of it. It now boasts over 250,000 subscribers.
So I have become a member of both Affilorama and Wealthy Affiliate so that I could be sure I was getting the best training.
Why I decided To Join Affilorama
When I first investigated Affilorama I initially read some reviews that seemed legit, and along with the reviews gushing with praise also were reviews of other affiliate programs, some of which I’ve already tried and reviewed on this site. That seemed a bit odd: Other creators of affiliate programs reviewing their own products within a site that has a product called Affilorama Blueprint and tools that promise to help the initiate become a self respecting affiliate marketer.
What I soon discovered was that one of the main features of the program was to create your own affiliate product and offer it to the group. This seems a bit disingenuous as new members coming in would suffer a barrage of offers of the latest and greatest ways to make money.
But I decided to join Affilorama to see what the blueprint was all about. For a start, I was pleased to see that you could initially join for free with a simple log in with an email and password.
Unfortunately, the first taste once inside is a special offer for $37 (retail $997) from the founder, Mark Ling who introduces his program of “cheat sheets” of the 10 of most profitable niches. If I was totally unaware of what affiliate marketing was all about, this probably might appear as slightly more than a bit confusing. Or, just another sales pitch and promises of easy money and an easy way.
There is a “community” type of feeling with Affilorama. There’s an active forum and blog, and useful sources of information for internet marketers of any stripe. If you ask a question via an email contact form, you can usually count on getting a reply. This is comparable to the community and support offered within Wealthy Affiliate, and though there are important differences, the fact that you can get help is a huge benefit.
Wealthy Affiliate, along with proprietary tools, offers both content and training created by both the founders Kyle & Carson, the trainers and the members. In fact anyone can offer help and support, and because they are encouraged to do so, most actually do. Sometimes it is quite overwhelming the amount of help that is available.
There are tools and plugins available on the main site, along with written and video training. Here are a few of them:
- A Trusted Site Tool – allows you to gauge how search engines view the site
- A Market Strength Tool Evaluator – gives a market strength analysis overview
- A Keyword Suggestion Tool – rudimentary suggestion tool
- A PPC Ad Generator – helpful creation of
- A Social “Snooping” Tool – keeps an eye on the competition
- Search Ranking Genie – plugin (Beta)
On the face of it, these tools look to be both promising and beneficial. Many of them, however, can be found elsewhere and are free. Google has a lot to offer as does using the Chrome browser with certain plugin type of “Extensions.” Affilorama also provides a lot of not so useful tools as well:
- Pop-over generator- create pop over ads to collect e-mails info
- Bullet-point generator – uh, OK…
- XML sitemap generator – similar to WP Plugin xmlsitemap
- Ping tool – or you can use webmaster tools, or any other free ones.
- Article Spin / Compare tool – though article spinning to generate content is probably not a good idea.
- Backlink checker – again, plenty of free tools out there
These so-called tools are really just pre-packaged systems and not that helpful when compared to the analysis you can get from Google Webmaster tools and various WP Plugins.
All-in-all, the “stealth” marketing training and tactics as well as the bootcamp and “over the shoulder” video training offers a packaged approach to affiliate marketing. Do this, buy that, and then watch how the “underground” millionaire affiliate marketers have done it. Somehow, all of this, when compared to the slow and systematic growth and learning seems to be in contrast to the Wealthy Affiliate marketing courses.
Though the community aspect is the most obvious aspect of Wealthy Affiliate, it is literally packed with features, training and tools. This is a strength to seasoned users, but perhaps one of its main drawbacks for new members. Its sheer size and busy interface make it overwhelming at times. Where you start and what you do while inside Wealthy Affiliate is entirely up to you.
There are quite a few helpful tools included within Wealthy Affiliate. No need to buy a blueprint, extra tools or an automatically created blog. Here is a quick comparison chart:
There are many ways to achieve your goals within Wealthy Affiliate, whereas Affilorama leads you down the path of creating a niche site and without all the heavy lifting. Which seems easier? Sounds as if Affilorama has the edge there. Which works? Seems as if Affilorama might be relying on a bunch of spammy “spun” content on websites that are automatically generated.
As far as overall look and feel, Affilorama has a much more polished approach, including sales pages that do a great job of convincing you that because you don’t know much about affiliate marketing, you need to buy the system.
Wealthy Affiliate’s interface is busy. But to be sure, not everyone is at the same level and so creating a usable interface for everyone at any level has its challenges.
The main objective at Wealthy Affiliate seems to be able to learn at your own pace and timetable while at the same time helping others. It is also apparent that there is a real community whose individual members genuinely take an interest and celebrate each milestone success.
I think the real winner is clear. I invite your comments and can answer questions if you have any. I also invite you to explore more of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.