Cost: $0 - $29 per month
Verdict: Not Recommended
What Is InstAffilliate?
According to the website, this is a patent pending and ground breaking method of making money online. It was created by a guy named Jean Philippe Schoeffel, or JP as he calls himself. I can safely say that this is NOT ground breaking, but it is a little different to most systems I've come across.
It turns out JP has been responsible for quite a few programs online.
I haven't yet reviewed JP's other products but there are 2 common themes across most of his sites. The majority of these websites don't attract much attention and they appear to be outdated. Even the content on the websites you are given hasn't been updated in over 6 months!
That said, he doesn't appear to have a particularly bad reputation online which is good.
How This System Works
Instead of building a website yourself, you simply 'plug in' to an existing site and have it coded with your unique affiliate link. Under the free account you are given a blog in the health and fitness niche which is a very popular niche.
An affiliate link is a unique link that is coded to you and it's free to get these in most cases. When someone buys a product through one of your affiliate links, you earn a commission. In this case you get your link from ClickBank and plug that into the members area of InstAffiliate, which then automatically codes the replicated website with your unique affiliate links.
When someone visits the website, clicks on one of your affiliate links and buys something, you earn a commission. It's a pretty simple concept when you understand affiliate marketing but there are some major drawbacks with this particular system as I explain below.
Why This System Sucks
The affiliate marketing concept itself is awesome and one I personally use to earn an income online each month. The difference with this system is that you don't own anything and you are going to have to pay for website visitors, AKA traffic. Without traffic, you cannot make any money online. Plain and simple.
#1 You Won't Rank In Google
The main benefit to creating a website is that you can fill it with useful content and start getting rankings in Google, Yahoo and Bing. This results in a steady stream of high quality and free traffic to send to your affiliate offers or whatever you are selling. With this system, you are getting a generic website with generic content which means you will absolutely NEVER get this content ranking in any decent search engine. Period.
This also means you are going to be stuck buying traffic and using other, less effective strategies to get traffic to your site. Buying traffic is great when you know what you are doing and follow the right approach, this is not the right approach and will end up costing you more than you make.
#2 You Are Not Building Your Asset
One of the key benefits to building your own website is that you are building your own audience and have the opportunity to connect with people and build relationships. When people come to know, like and trust you, they will buy from you.
By using a generic website that doesn't allow you to alter the content or interact with your visitors via the comments you are not branding yourself or building your authority online in any way whatsoever. This matters. What is worse, when people subscribe via the email opt-ins on the websites you are given, JP gets the leads! Building an email list is an asset and can be a very lucrative one. Building that list in the first place is the hard part and you are essentially handing all of your work to this guy for him to benefit!
You do get commissions whenever someone buys something through one of JP's promo emails though but that is hardly worth sacrificing the ownership of your list.
There is some beneficial training within the 2 main sections and since you are getting this for free it's pretty cool.
Traffic Generation 101: This is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand there are some useful insights but on the other hand it's a little irrelevant and outdated. The first course within this section gives you a '24 hour method' for getting traffic to your website which is essentially an outdated approach. It also doesn't match up with this system since you don't own a website. In other words, it's practically useless. Again, there are some useful insights overall but it's not particularly relevant to this system and the methods are somewhat outdated.
Affiliate Basics: This is actually another one of JP's products called 'List profit MasterClass' and you get access to it for free. It contains some useful videos explaining the general concept of affiliate marketing with a website. If you are new to affiliate marketing this does contain some useful info, and it's free.
The funny part is that even JP explains the importance of having your own unique website within his own training!
Overall there is some useful content here but I wouldn't go through it expecting that it will help you make money with this system or that it will teach you the best approach to making money online in general.
The Cost Of Going Premium
When you 'upgrade' to a premium account you get 5 addittional websites in different niches and there are 3 pricing options.
- $29 per month
- $129 per year
- $169 one time
While you do get extra sites it doesn't make much difference since the concept itself is fundamentally flawed.
The Referral Program
When I first saw the referral program I thought it looked pretty amazing. Refer free members and get paid $5 each... wow. Unfortunately, that's not how it really works and there are some important details contained within the fine print. Here's how it works...
Free referral program: you only get paid on your first 10 leads as a free member and it's not real money. You earn 'credits' to use towards upgrading your account. Yay.
Premium Member Referral Program: There is no limit to how many you can refer if you are a premium member yourself and you do receive real money. However, there are strings attached. You only get paid in blocks of 10 'leads' and you must maintain a 10% upgrade rate on those referrals in order to qualify. In my opinion, this is pretty high considering the product.
Example: say you refer 43 people and only 25 'validate' their account with their email. This means you get 35 leads. If you don't maintain a 10% upgrade rate, you make nothing. If 10% of those referrals upgrade, you'd get paid on 20 leads which comes to $100.
I personally wouldn't promote this given my concerns with the product but if you did, those are the terms. I honestly think maintaining a 10% upgrade rate is going to be a little tough with this, but maybe I'm wrong. I will say with certainty that there are better and more profitable things to be promoting as an affiliate.
What I Liked
- You can join for free
- Some useful training included
What I Didn't Like
- You will not rank in Google with those sites
- You are not building your own assett
- JP gets your email leads
- Not an effective approach to making money online
While this might be a 'quick and easy' system it almost certainly isn't worth it. One of the hardest and most important tasks in any online business is getting people in front of your offers in the first place and by following this strategy you are shooting yourself in the foot right from the get go. The quick fix solution to making money online isn't the best and by limiting the most effective traffic strategy of all (free organic traffic) you are going to be in for a tough and expensive journey.
If you want to use paid traffic then I personally would want to be building an email list, which you cannot do wiht this program. I'm not saying JP is a scammer but based on what I have seen this program is very average and I do not recommend it. There are much more effective ways to create an income online.
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