Which is better, Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama? There's only one way to find out.
It's time we put these two affiliate marketing giants to the test and let them go at it head to head in this Wealthy Affiliate vs. Affilorama review.
I've spent the last 3 years building a blogging portfolio that earns me $6,000+ a month and now I show others how to do the same.
I’ve been a Premium member of both Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama and I'm often asked: “What is the best affiliate marketing training course for beginners?“
On the surface, they both look the same. They both teach beginners how to get started building a full-time income for yourself through the wonderful world of online business.
But dig a little deeper and you'll see the training, tools and support they offer are vastly different. So let's put them both in the ring and see who's left standing by the final round.
Which is better – Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama?
First off, let’s take a look at what's available to members, here’s a quick comparison of what they offer.
Both Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama teach you how to become a successful affiliate marketer. On a basic level, what they teach are real tried and tested methods of building an online income stream that are proven to work.
Neither are scams.
Affilorama is better than 90% of the affiliate marketing programs out there but it feels like it's best days are behind them…
The site is empty, there's no one there. The training is confusing and out of date and the owner is too busy with his other products to invest the time and energy into making Affilorama all it could be. It's glory days are behind it.
There might be some value in watching the free videos you get with their Starter Membership and you might want to pay just $1 for the first month's Premium but don't pay for anything else and you'll definitely want to avoid the long list of ridiculous upsells.
In my opinion, Wealthy Affiliate is the best option, even though it's very inexpensive compared to Affilorama, by quite a margin.
Both the Starter and Premium membership options offer great value. The training, website builders and state-of-the-art hosting are worth more than the membership alone.
I believe anyone who takes massive action on the Wealthy Affiliate will be successful. You have all of the tools and resources you need under one roof and access to the help and support you need as you start your new business venture.
Wealthy Affiliate are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible, relentlessly improving the service they offer and they have yet to reach their peak. I've been a Premium Member for 3 years now and that's got to say something.
My advice? Become a Wealthy Affiliate Starter member, test drive the system for free and see for yourself how they can help you achieve your online income goals.
Round 1: The founders
One of the first things I look at when deciding whether or not to join a program is the track record and credibility of the owners.
So let's look at the men who created and spearhead both of these programs.
Successful millionaire entrepreneurs in their own right, it's worth keeping in mind that both Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama have been around for more than ten years.
In an industry littered full of shady scams that don't last longer than a year, this is definitely a good sign.
In the blue corner we have Affilorama founder Mark Ling. He's an experienced New Zealand-based affiliate marketer who has been running profitable online businesses since 1999.
He is a well-known internet marketer and an international speaker who is respected in his field.
He launched Affilorama in 2006 and grow it to over 300,000 members and leads a team of 29 staff members.
In the red corner we have Wealthy Affiliate co-founders Kyle Loudin and Carson Lim. Based in Victoria, Canada, they launched Wealthy Affiliate in 2005 and have grown it to over 800,000 members.
They are also the creators and owners of Jaaxy.com, the keyword research industry's leading keyword research tool.
Kyle delivers all of the in-depth video tutorials and training courses and is a very active within the Wealthy Affiliate community.
Carson, with a background in computer science, primarily works behind the scenes tweaking the Wealthy Affiliate engine to improve and redefine user experience.
Round 2: Free Trials and Premium Prices
Both membership sites offer free Starter memberships with the option to upgrade to a Premium membership. Affilorama also has additional upsells.
So let's take a look at the pros and cons of both programs and see if they're really worth the price tag they're asking for.
Free Starter membership: $0 for as long as you like.
Premium membership: $1 for the first month, then $67 a month
1st Upsell: AffiloBlueprint at $197
2nd Upsell: AffiloJetpack at $997
Affilorama free starter membership
The Affilorama starter account gets you 93 training videos with downloadable scripts, all presented in bullet form making them easy to understand.
The training is not very organised (discussed more below) and some of the training is outdated. But hey, it's free and there's some good stuff in there. Beginners on a shoestring budget might be able to gleam some value from them.
There's also a forum where you can ask questions. Unfortunately it doesn't seem very active and you can expect to wait 3 days for a reply. You might find your question already answered in older forum posts so you could still find it helpful.
Affilorama Premium membership
I decided to take Affilorama up on their offer of the first month's Premium for $1 to get full access – what a let-down!
Here's what you get:
- 19 training videos (50% of them have nothing to do with affiliate marketing)
- Limited web hosting for up to 15 domains
- 30 private license rights articles per month so you can copy or change them slightly and put them on your website (NEVER do this!)
Remember members pay $68 a month for this ($816 a year/$2.23 a day). That's $19 a month more than Wealthy Affiliate. Honestly I was expecting a lot more. Okay so I paid $1 but still, I would be billed $68 monthly for a few videos I really don't think deserve a premium price tag.
Upsells within upsells…
This is where Affilorama starts to get a little more complicated so stick with me. Inside the member's area you'll see banners promoting AffiloBlueprint ($197) and AffiloJetpack ($997).
If you add up the costs of all these upsells, combined with your monthyl Premium subscription, you’ll have to spend over $2,000 in your first year for full access…!
It's a ‘step by step video course teaching newbies how to become successful internet marketers.‘ It's funny that, I thought that's what the Premium membership was for?
AffiloJetpack offers done-for-you websites that come with content already written and emails you can use in your email marketing compaigns. For $997 you get 3 ebooks, 12 emails series and 20 publically available articles that you can spin.
Though the idea of having a ‘website-business-in-a-box' might sound tempting, you should avoid it. Not only is it ridiculously expensive, but with everyone buying the same articles, it has no unique value. In fact, you're killing any chance you have of ranking on Google, getting traffic or making sales.
Google has updated its algorithms since this training was put together and are now much better at detecting duplicate content. Simple copying and pasting the same articles everyone else is using will have your website blacklisted as using duplicate content, leaving you the owner of a worthless website and $997 worse off.
I have a problem with upsells. I understand why companies do it – to squeeze as much money out of you as possible, but it's not an honest way to run a business.
It's like dangling a carrot in front of someone and saying “If you just take one more step (and pay a little more) then you can really learn how to build an online business.”
Why can't they just include everything within their Premium membership? Perhaps it would help to justify their high prices. Be transparent, be open and be honest. I might not even mind so much if the quality of Affilorama’s training courses matched their premium prices, but they don't.
[alert-note] “The truth is that paying $997 for this product is just too damn much. This product is not even worth that price due to the fact that you can find all of the information you will on a random Google search for free.
Free Starter membership: $0
Premium membership: $19 for the first month, then $49 a month
Wealthy Affiliate free starter membership
Once inside the member's area you'll have instant access to:
- The Online Entrepreneur Certification Getting Started Course (Level 1) – This includes structured training in 10 lessons covering how making money online works, the foundational steps to launching your website and getting it ready for the search engines.
- Access to 1000's of high quality tutorials and training videos from other members.
- Two free websites (including free hosting and free domains) that you can use to apply what you're learning through the courses.
- Open access to the Wealthy Affiliate community. There's a very active and friendly community in Wealthy Affiliate. You can join in the conversation on Live Chat or as a question and get an expert answer in seconds. There are 12 specific classroom covering topics like WordPress, email marketing, video marketing, writing content, SEO etc. Every lesson also has an interactive comments area.
- The Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool – you can use this tool to check competition and traffic data to find the best keywords. All included within your Starter membership (i.e. no upsells!)
Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership
I joined Wealthy Affiliate back in 2014 as a free Starter member (like most people do) and because I was really serious about building an income for myself online, I readily applied myself to the training and started building my first website.
Only 2 or 3 days later I decided to upgrade to a Premium membership and I've been a Premium member ever since.
You can read more about what's happened since then here – My Experience of Wealthy Affiliate 3 Years On: Successes & Failures, Challenges & Set-Backs
With the Premium Membership you have the option of paying monthly or yearly. Yearly works out a lot cheaper, (36% cheaper) because they haven't raised the yearly price since Wealthy Affiliate first launched back in 2005.
At $49 a month, it works out at $1.62 per day. The yearly option is $359 and works out at $0.98 per day. That's a phenomenal price.
As well as everything you get as a free member, the Premium Membership includes:
- Access to 11 more levels of top-notch training
- Up to 50 websites hosted with their state of the art website platform including daily back ups and health checks.
- Easy to use website builders with over 2,000 free themes to choose from.
- Expert tech support – If you ever have a query about your website, you can raise a ticket. They have always replied to me with an great answer within minutes. (Because my websites are my businesses, this is really important)
- Private messaging – you can message the owners Kyle and Carson directly or network with the thousands of experienced affiliate marketers.
What I really like about Wealthy Affiliate Premium is that everything you need is already included. Wealthy Affiliate not only teaches you how to, but they put the tools you need in your hand so you can actually do it.
You can register domains, host your websites, search for keywords, get feedback on your sites, get one on one mentoring from Kyle and Carson and hundreds of other mentors, all in one place. No extra costs or hidden fees. And what they teach actually works.
As I say, I've been a Premium member for 3 years now and that should tell you something! I earn $6,000 a month as a direct result of applying what I was taught at Wealthy Affiliate. Do you think I begrudge paying $0.98 a day? Not a chance! 🙂
Round 3: Quality of training
Both Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama teach the same online business model – you make money with affiliate marketing through building and growing niche websites and learning how to generate traffic and sales.
It's just they approach it in two very different ways. Let's compare and contrast the two in the training head-to-head.
I'm not quite sure what to say about Affilorama's training…
I mean, the videos are clear and cover the basics so they're suitable for beginners which is good. But I just can't help feel like it's all been thrown together in a “Oh this is a good article, add it to the Affilorama page could you?” kind of way.
I'm not even joking, there's more value in my free 10 day make money blogging email course than there is in the Affiliarama Premium membership and it only took me a couple of days to put it together.
It's got me thinking though, maybe I could copy and paste my top 10 most popular blog posts onto a new page and start selling it as an online course. Interesting idea… I'm joking of course! But I think this is exactly what they did with Affilorama.
Here are the different topics covered within the training:
- Discover Affiliate Marketing – 9 video lessons
- Market Research for Affiliate Marketers – 8 video lessons
- Content Creation – 9 video lessons
- Site Building – 19 video lessons
- Marketing ideas – 22 video lessons
- SEO (search engine optimisation) 11 video lessons
- PPC (pay per click advertising) 12 video lessons
- Affiliate Outsourcing – 3 video lessons
As a result of the ‘throw it all together and see how it sticks' mentality, the final result you end up is a bit hit and miss. The training has no beginning and no end, you just pick lessons at random.
The training contradicts itself. I'll give you an example. One of the lessons under SEO says this:
“Use high-quality, original content. High-quality content will keep visitors on your website for longer. Several search engines (notably Google) pay attention to this, and your page earns kudos for being so evidently interesting.”
And then under the Content Creation tab there's this lesson called ‘Easy ways to get content for your site' which says this:
“With content from article directories you're free to post it on your site, as long as you don't edit the content at all; this includes keeping the author's “bio box” and any links in the content intact.“
They've gone from stressing the importance of having high-quality, original content to copying and pasting from article directories in one fell swoop!
On top of that a lot of the training is just painfully out of date. I'm talking 10 years out of date. As you pick lessons to go through you've got to dodge the many warning signs like this one.
Instead of simply deleting an old lesson or even updating it ever so slightly, apparantely it's just a lot easier for one of the 29 staff members to paste this onto the header.
In sharp contrast, I loved the Wealthy Affiliate training courses. I found them easy to understand and because I was a complete beginner, I really liked the systematic, step by step way the course was put together. There's a written tutoral and a walkthrough video from Kyle in each lesson.
The course is also really interactive too with a question and answer sections. You'll often see Kyle getting involved in discussions and helping newbies get set up or giving feedback on an idea too.
Each lesson builds on the previous lesson and you really feel like you're making progress. Probably because you actually are!
Each lesson comes with actionable tasks that you need to complete before moving on to the next. I think this was my favourite thing about this training, because it was practical and meant you were building something as you went through the course.
The Online Certification Course has 5 levels, each level containing 10 superb and well thought-through lessons:
Most importantly, the training is updated regularly, sometimes even daily. There's no mention of dodgy blacklink building strategies or article spinning or any other nonsense from ten years ago.
They only teach what works. I know because I've applied it and my life has changed as a result.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the live training! Every Friday at Wealthy Affiliate there's a live, interactive video training sessions hosted by Jay.
Covering a wide range of topics and lasting 60-90 minutes each, you get to ask questions live and get answers from experienced experts who know what they're talking about.
There are also hundreds of video trianing sessions available for replay on any subject you can think of – these are worth the Wealthy Affiliate membership fee alone!
Round 4: Tools & Resources
In this round we're looking at the tools each training provider offers inside their members area.
If you need a certain tool or software to be able to practice what they're teaching you, do you have to find it externally or do they make it available?
- AffiloTools – An analytics-style tool that you can use to measure how your website is doing in search engine results and social media.
- Limited web hosting – for up to 15 sites up to a certain size. Unfortunately you have to buy your domain from elsewhere.
There's tons of tools included within their membership, including:
- The SiteRubix Web Builder with over 2,000 WordPress themes to choose from.
- State of the art unlimited hosting for up to 50 sites.
- SiteSSL – 256-bit encrypted connections favoured by search engines that keep your site secure.
- SiteProtect – This spam blocker means there's no need for additonal plugins.
- Daily website backups
- Website Health Checker
- Keyword research tool
- Website Feedback
- Tracking tools
- SiteSpeed – As of April 2017 this will be included on every website. SiteSpeed dramatically increasing page loading times, giving a better user experience for website visitors and better Google rankings.
With Wealthy Affiliate there's no need for up-sells because you already have everything you need at your fingertips.
As you go through the training course you can build your websites, register domains, have them securely hosted, find keywords for content andget feedback from within Wealthy Affiliate itself. This is a real strength for Wealthy Affiliate.
Round 5: Community & Support
When you're learning something new it's really important that you can get support and help when you need it. However good the training might be, it's inevitable that at some point you're going to have questions or need a little help.
In round 5 we're looking at how active the community is and how easy it is to get support.
So you decide that you're gonna try this thing jump right in. And then you're there, in the member's area!
I remember when I joined Affilorama as a member and I just sat there looking at the screen (see below). There was no clear sign of anything happening at all. “Where are all the members?” I thought. A bit of an anticlimax to say the least!
I found a member's forum area but they didn't seem to be much activity at all. It just looked empty… You can see where someone asked a question and had to wait 3 or 4 days for a reply.
Whatever Affilorama was at some point, it's not that anymore. It's a ghost town, there's no one there. Okay I'm exagerrating, there were actually 6 members there (myself being one of them). But I mean there was no interaction, no discussions or conversations happening.
Some of the most recent comments and questions were from 5 or more years ago. It's a real shame.
Another strange thing I've noticed about Affilorama that shows just how dead the community is, is every time a beginners comes in and asks a question, no other member answers him. Not a single reply. Only after 3 days will a staff member answer.
Waiting 3 days for an answer? What's that all about? Apart from sticking red “this training is out of date” signs up and finally getting round to answering a member's question because there's no one else there, what do the 29 staff members do all day?
I don't mean to be harsh but there's no new cutting-edge innovations here, nothing happening at all. It just feels like the site reached it's peak 5 years ago and has since been abandoned.
My first impression of Wealthy Affiliate was very different. Not only did I love the training courses, but honestly, I was also taken aback by the welcome I got.
I completed my profile by adding a profile pic and a short bio then I started notifications saying people were now following me and sending me welcome messages.
That same night I remember writing out my money goals and sharing them with the community and people replied right back with encouraging messages within minutes.
A couple of weeks later I made my first sale so I blogged about it (members can write blog posts to share their success stories as well as create training to share with the community) and I got a flood of responses from well-wishers congratulating me on passing my first major milestone.
Once you're inside Wealthy Affiliate, you'll see for yourself; the level of support and the helpfulness of the community is where this program really shines.
The members are very active, friendly and helpful which means you can get answers within seconds, not days or weeks. This is a lifeline when you're learning how to build a new online business!
There are many ways you get support within the members area: live chat, comments areas within each lesson, ask a more specific question within one of the 12 classrooms, leaving a message on someone's profile or sending a direct message to Kyle, Carson or any fellow Wealthy Affiliate member.
Final Knockout Round
We've had 4 rounds and there's been some pretty strong blows given out so you won't be surprised when I say it looks like Wealthy Affiliate comes out on top!
It was pretty much a complete K.O. for Affilorama to be honest, I was expecting Affilorama to be able to defend itself better than it did.
But in the end, Affilorama is outdated, confusing, littered with upsells and very expensive. The whole program just seems tired.
They have team of staff but I honestly don't know what they do all day. Very lack lustre. It could be great. It could be so much more than it is. I guess Mark Ling is too busy working on his other projects…
Wealthy Affiliate on the other hand is lower cost, transparent and gives a high value learning experience to aspring entrepreneurs.
Add the actionable training courses, innovative tools and state of the art web hosting servies with the amazing community support and interaction make Wealthy Affiliate a no-brainer.
Wealthy Affiliate vs. Affilorama video review
Affilorama VS. Wealthy Affiliate
$67/month (+upsells) VS. $47/month
$2500/year VS. $359/year
Outdated training and outdated methods VS. Step-by-step interactive training
15 websites on limited hosting VS. 50 websites on unlimited hosting
Waiting 3 days for support VS. Waiting 2 seconds for support
Going it alone VS. 24/7 community support
If you are serious about building an online business the right way, my advice would be to try out the Wealthy Affiliate Starter membership for free and see for yourself how they can help you achieve your online income goals.
Have you ever been a member of either Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama? What do you think? I'd love to hear your experiences.
Got questions? Ask away in the comments below and I'll always get back to you!
Simon Crowe is the founder of The Make Money Online Blog and is on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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