Last updated on February 10th, 2018 at 01:03 am
I’m a huge proponent of Affilorama’s free membership. It’s free, and it has a lot of information, especially for those just starting out. For some people, this is enough to get started. For others, it would be nice to have a guide that tells you exactly what you need to do and how. Actually, that would be nice for everyone. And that’s exactly why AffiloBlueprint is so great.
- Contains/Doe not contain.
- Why it’s worth the cost.
- Content summary.
- 60-day money back guarantee.
- Final recommendation.
- Important notes.
Contains (with my favorite parts at the top)
- Homework for each step.
- Web hosting for one year for five websites.
- Downloadable videos and notes.
- Private member’s forum.
- Free advice.
- 91 video lessons. (I generally don’t like videos.)
- Progress tracker.
- Full 60-day money back guarantee.
- Web hosting for one year.
- One month free trial of AffiloTools.
- One month free trial of Premium membership.
Does not contain
- Domain name.
- Content for your site. If you need help with content creation, they offer 9 lessons on the topic. If you still help choosing a niche, check out their article, 4 Steps to Finding Profitable Affiliate Niches, or check out their blog for their evaluations on specific examples.
Why it’s worth the cost
I could just list some reasons why, but I like numbers. Let’s use numbers.
|What||Estimated Cost||Cost Justification|
|One year of web hosting for 5 websites||$150||One year of web hosting at Bluehost costed me ~$60 for a year if you take out the cost of domain privacy. If you take advantage of their current rate of $3.49/month for 3 years, it’ll come out to ~$42 a year including cost of domain, not including domain privacy. Multiply that by 5 and you’d be paying a total of ~$210 for a total of five sites. If we say the cost of a domain name per year is $12 and subtract it for each site, then our total is $150. This is the number I’ll be using to reflect the cost of five websites in one year.
Keep in mind that this is a generously low number. This rate is only for a three-year plan, which means you’d be paying ~$630 in one go and have to commit or throw money away. If you were to do what I did with five sites, you would be shelling out ~$300 for five one-year plans. With domains, but still.
Note: The product page says the hosting is for one site, but everyone else in the site it says five sites. I emailed them to verify some facts, and it is indeed for five sites.
|AffiloTheme||$55||Yes, there are free WordPress themes out there that will do fine, especially for beginners. But they don’t come with any warranties and don’t have the features that paid themes do. If the developer decides to stop updating a free theme, there’s not much you can do about it, and you may be subject to more security threats as WordPress continues to improve while your theme does not. Clean code is so important for many reasons. Let’s compare AffiloTheme with the pro version of my current theme, Customizr, the best rated theme on WordPress.
Customizr Pro costs ~$60 for one website and ~$170 for unlimited sites and lifetime updates. I do think Customizr looks a lot better, but AffiloTheme is affiliate-friendly: it includes a squeeze/opt-in creator, affiliate link cloaking, and a pop over generator. Additionally, you get SIX child themes, free updates, unlimited support, and training videos. Plus, it’s “optimized for great SEO,” so Google will like you, which means more people will find you, which means more sales. It is designed by affiliates, for affiliates, to maximize profits and make website design simple. Alone, AffiloTheme costs $97. It does usually come with a year’s free web hosting, but we already have that so I’ll take out $42 for a total of $55.
Enlightenment Gateway was created with AffiloTheme, in case you want an idea of how it might look. The theme does come with a custom graphics creator tool and color customization options so it won’t look exactly like that, but that’s the general layout to expect.
|One month trial of Premium membership||$1||The Premium membership costs $67/month, but the first month is usually $1. Be sure to cancel this within a month so that you don’t get charged!|
|91 video lessons.||$0||Obviously, these lessons are worth more than nothing. Unfortunately, it’s hard to put a price on them. Technically, you probably could find the information scattered around the internet. But the fact that someone took the time to record the lessons, write up all the notes, and then organize it to make it easily digestible should be noted.|
|Advice and critique||$0||Technically, you could go on Yahoo Answers or Reddit to ask randos what they think about your website for free. But with access to the private member’s forum and the support staff, I’m guessing you’d get more knowledgeable answers, or at least answers that will help you more specifically as an affiliate marketer.
Also, unless your niche is affiliate marketing, it’s hard to find people to talk about your experiences with. Yeah, you can tell friends about it, but it’s the difference between just telling someone that you made a sale and telling someone how a banklink you recently acquired managed to get you your first Amazon sale. And being a part of the AffiloBlueprint forums is the difference between being a member of Warrior Forum where everyone is using a different type of affiliate marketing vs. interacting with other people who are following the same step-by-step guide. Or like being a part of a forum catered to all students vs. one catered to students attending your school.
|One month trial of AffiloTools||$0||There are four levels for AffiloTools: Basic, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The included plan is the Silver plan, which usually costs $47/month and monitors 5 websites, 50 keywords per website, 4 search engines per website, and retrieves rankings weekly. However, the AffiloTools plan is included in the Premium membership, so I’ll put down $0 here.
Also, if you do decide to nix your Premium membership, you do have the option of choosing the Basic plan. Unfortunately, this only covers 1 site, 10 keywords, 2 search engines, and retrieves rankings monthly. If you like AffiloTools and end up using it regularly, you could spend $47/month to keep the Silver plan or stick with the Premium membership to get the extra videos and free web hosting for up to 15 domains for an extra $20/month. If you don’t, then go ahead stick to the Basic plan and choose your favorite site. And don’t forget to cancel the membership before your trial ends.
As you can see, this is over $197. And I didn’t even evaluate the cost of the actual guide. If you want to try affiliate marketing with room to experiment and play with different niche ideas for little risk, this is a great deal. Plus, even if your free hosting runs out, your guide will always be yours to keep.
Here’s a very general summary of the 12-step system.
Step 0: Introduction and Mindset
- Introduction to affiliate marketing.
- The millionaire mindset.
Step 1: Market Research and Keywords
- Finding a profitable niche for digital and physical products.
- How to research different niches using keywords, buyer intent, search volumes, and competition.
Step 2: Creating Content
- How to create quality content.
- Techniques for rewriting articles.
- How to get free and paid content.
Step 3: Setting Up Your Website.
- Choosing a domain name.
- Setting up your site.
- Backing up your site.
Step 4: Website Design
- AffiloTheme basics.
- Adding content and plugins.
- Creating redirects.
- Using Google Analytics.
Step 5: On Page SEO
- SEO basics.
- SEO using AffiloTheme
Step 6: Off-Page SEO
- SEO basics.
- Creating infographics.
- Getting mentioned on other sites.
- Replacing old or broken links.
Step 7: Inbound Marketing
- Different kinds of traffic: YouTube, document sharing, Amazon Kindle, Facebook, Twitter.
- Ad swaps and solo ads.
Step 8: Newsletters
- Creating an eBook cover.
- Creating an opt-in report.
- Creating a signup form.
- Newsletter strategies.
Step 9: Tweaking Your Website
- Analyzing traffic.
- Tracking your affiliate links.
Step 10: Introduction To Google PPC (pay per click)
- Using PPC to get traffic.
- Creating landing pages.
Step 11: Creating PPC Campaigns
- Writing ads and creating campaigns.
Step 12: Advanced PPC Techniques
- Ad extensions and bidding strategies.
- Split testing.
Did I mention the 60-day money-back guarantee?
Super general rule: The longer the guarantee, the more you can trust a product. As a comparison, Keala Kanae/AWOL Academy’s products have a 14-day refund period. AffiloBlueprint’s is 60 days. You’ll probably find out in 2-4 weeks if you’re just not interested or don’t have the time. Then you have another month or so to remember to email them. If you don’t like it, that is.
If all goes well, you’ll be making that money back within a year. Ideally, less. Keep in mind that SEO takes time and it can take time for your site to rank. Here are a few examples from the forums.
- First sale within 3 months, one sale from SEO. After a year, almost $2000/month.
- First sale after 6 months ($43 commission). After ~8 months, a total of $419.21.
- If you scroll down from the above link, 5 sales within four months.
Following directions is easy. What’s not easy is waiting, staying patient, and staying dedicated. It takes time to write your content unless you outsource it using places like Upwork or the slavelabour subReddit. It takes time for search engines like Google and Bing to rank your site. If you watched Affilorama’s 7 Ways to Flood Your Site with Traffic webinar replay, you’ll hear Mark Ling (the founder) tell you why he doesn’t recommend paid traffic unless you’re willing to put in a decent investment. (He likes it, but it might take some experimentation if you don’t know what you’re doing and you might lose some money in the beginning like he did.) And it takes time to get that first sale. But believe me, the thrill of getting that first sale is worth the time put in. I think I literally shrieked lol.
It’s hard to recommend the course when I don’t actually have it. My recommendation is to sign up for their free membership, which has a lot, and see how it goes. Then, if you’re still confused or don’t want to read through all the information but you still have the determination to keep learning, I would recommend going for AffiloBlueprint OR AffiloJetpack, not both. Blueprint hand-holds you through the steps, but lets you do the work yourself. Once you’re done with the course and get a feel for what to expect from affiliate marketing, you can apply what you’ve learned to other sites and niches, mess with different strategies, and make more moola.
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Once I save up enough for AffiloBlueprint, I plan on writing progress logs with how many hours I’ve put in and how much I’ve made. For updates on my future progress, subscribe to my newsletter!
The free trial for your Premium membership is automatically included. If you’re not interested, be sure to opt out before the trial ends or you’ll be paying $67/month. As mentioned earlier, it comes with the Silver plan of AffiloTools. I’ll be sure to do a review of it soon but for now, here’s the product page.
Free web hosting
Free web hosting ends after a year. If you’re brand new to affiliate marketing, I would suggest going one site at a time. You’re creating your own content with AffiloBlueprint, so you don’t want to start five sites at once, end up with only ten articles in each site by the end of the year, and have to pay for hosting renewals for all five sites (<$100/year for each). I would try sticking to two or three, even just one, depending on how much time you have. Blueprint would still be worth the cost if you consider the fact that I spent $120-140 for two sites, and you don't have to create five sites just because you have the option (though it's certainly nice to have). If you do have the time, though, go for it!
This isn’t an overnight money-maker. When I read through old posts of the forums and click on links of people’s sites, at least half of them aren’t active anymore. It’s possible that people worked until the last minute and didn’t make money. It’s also possible that a lot of people gave up or got bored after a few months and realized it wasn’t fast money. As I mentioned, you will have to create your own content with Blueprint and you won’t get little cheat sheets like in Jetpack. You can speed up the process by paying for articles and advertising, but who knows how much money you’ll drop before seeing returns. Be patient. Once you get past the initial learning curve and the search engines start looking favorably on you, the amount of money you make will start to increase.
I know that Blueprint and Jetpack can be used at the same time, but I like to be cautious of information overload. I’ll cover AffiloJetpack later, but basically it’s a lot more stuff for a lot more money. There are things covered in Blueprint that Jetpack does for you so you might get confused on what you actually need to do next or lose your place in Blueprint. If you have $1000 to drop and you’re a complete beginner, I’d recommend Jetpack. It gives you 18 niches for you to pick five from to reduce your chances of failing by a lot, and gives you content cheat sheets so you always have something to write about. Seriously, finding out that you have a niche that’s too competitive or too small means having to start over or risking more time to power through. And finding things to write about is a challenge.
On the other hand, Blueprint lets you choose your niche. If you have one in mind that you’re pretty confident in and you kind of understand the basics of how affiliate marketing works, I’d go with AffiloBlueprint. This is what I’m saving up for because I’d rather risk getting less money than to have to write about shit I just don’t care about. Also, it’s cheaper and I’m… I’m pretty cheap.
As always, carefully weigh your options before making any big purchases.
Have you tried any of Affilorama’s products? How was your experience? I’d love to read your comments below.