In this Wealthy Affiliate vs Affilorama review I’m going to break down the key differences so you can work out which option is better for you. I’ve been a member of both platforms and like anything there are pros and cons with both.
What Affilorama Has To Offer
First up you may want to check out my Affilorama by Mark Ling review on this website for some additional info.
Essentially this is a good platform delivering good value to people wanting to learn affiliate marketing. I like how they stand out as providing quality when there are so many useless programs on the market, it’s nice to see.
There’s nothing particularly pushy or overhyped about this platform and what you are buying will deliver value. I’m going to break down the main products on the inside and what they contain to give you a better idea of what to expect.
The Free Membership
This has some really useful information in bite sized videos along with text to educate people at no cost. I really think if you do nothing else, use this free resource as a way to learn some great stuff.
You won’t learn the exact steps to start an online business here though as it is more general in nature, you’ll need a premium membership for that.
The Premium Membership
The good news here is you can try this for only $1 for 30 days to test it out and see what you think. The full price is $67 per month which I am yet to be convinced is entirely worth that much.
There is some good stuff included though such as a monthly in depth PDF covering each step of starting an online business. It is drip fed to you so you’ll have to stay a member longer if you’re ready for the next step.
It is a massive read though so I don’t know how quick you’ll get through it anyway.
There are about 19 videos as well in the members area, 9 of which are on product creation. In my opinion product creation is totally not something you’d be into as a newbie Internet marketer and I don’t remember anywhere being told this would take up most of the videos.
There are also some videos worth watching like traffic generation, outsourcing and other useful topics.
As a premium member you also get access to hosting for up to 15 of your websites and ‘AffiloTools’.
AffiloTools is not bad although after doing some more testing since my main Affilorama review I don’t really think as highly. It is useful yes, and it is also included in the monthly fee but it has some flaws in my opinion.
I don’t like the keyword research tool I think it is very average and the rank checker to see what you are ranking for in the search engines is pretty basic, in fact it seems to only half work. It took forever to load up my ranking (hours) and when it did about 60% of the data was missing. I also think that a lot of what you can do with it can be done with Google Analytics or other free programs.
It’s not bad but I don’t think it’s great either, it is in Beta mode though so maybe it will improve.
This was not working for some reason when I was a member, no idea what’s going on there.
Good idea and miles ahead of most programs online, but it is a bit under active. People are commenting and getting answers but only by a couple of different staff from what I could see.
While it is good to have that kind of support, and the staff seem knowledgable, it is not a robust community of active entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a free member or premium you get access to the same forum, so don’t be fooled into thinking otherwise.
To me the sales material led me to believe I was getting access to a ‘private forum’ but I could not see this anywhere, only the main one.
So it’s good but as you’ll see not great in comparison to what WA offers in terms of a community.
The Good And Bad Summed Up
Let’s sum up my thoughts on the good and bad bits of Affilorama…
- Quality platform
- Useful training
- Decent support
- Ok tools
- Try for free
- All round there’s definitely value to be had despite some of the flaws
- Bit overpriced
- Up-sells that should be included in membership such as AffiloBlueprint
- A bit confusing to know where to start exactly
- The training is not date stamped and some of it is clearly outdated like where you are told to focus on back linking. Hard to know what is ok and what may be outdated
- They associate themselves with known guru’s that have ripped people off over and over again
- There’s a limit on the hosting to 15 websites
- Promote the use of PLR (pre-written) articles… this is just a bad idea and is just being lazy. If your business is worth anything, write yourself.
How Wealthy Affiliate Stacks Up
Wealthy Affiliate is what I personally use these days and is definitely my favourite platform, it has helped me build an online business and finally start making money online starting from a total newbie.
For a start you are only paying $47 per month and getting a way better, more up to date and more comprehensive training platform for this money. The training is just a lot better, more easy to follow since most of it is in video form, not some 158 page PDF and you can be certain it is current since it is all date stamped and regularly updated.
This is important because with each Google algorithm update you’ll want to make sure you know what you are doing so you are not sandboxed by following outdated SEO techniques. This is actually super important.
The community is the real key to what makes Wealthy Affiliate great.
This is by far the most interactive and engaging community you will ever find online for Internet marketing.
Any time I need help, I get it… and fast.
Tech support that responds within 5 minutes every single time (in my experience), Kyle the owner has responded personally to my annoying private messages several times along with Nathaniell, the guy that recommended me into WA. I can’t say enough about how important good mentoring is and this is exactly what you get here. There’s always someone posting something cool, interesting and most of all something worth learning in the community on a daily basis.
- You can start for free with a ton of value, not just general information
- Updated and very comprehensive training
- Training is a lot more consumable and easy to work through as oppose to Affilorama’s huge PDF style training
- An advanced website builder included along with unlimited hosting
- A vibrant community of entrepreneurs eager to help you
- Personal coaching
- Keyword research tool included
- A lot of useful tools
- Weekly LIVE webinars where you can engage with
- Very much a no up-sell platform where the owners are in this to help people, not grab every dollar they can
- You may be overwhelmed by the amount of information and engagement within the community, stay focussed
- I’m really struggling to think of anything else here so please comment below if you think of something reasonable and worth adding. I’m actually not even joking here
One Last Point
One last point I think is worth putting out there is about the AffiloTools. Some might argue that the reason the membership is more expensive at $67 is because you are getting these website tools… fair call and I thought that myself.
After learning what I have I have concluded that yes that does bring the value of Affilorama’s membership up, but if we are comparing let me say this…
The keyword research tool you get with Wealthy Affiliate is better, and it is part of your premium membership for $47 p/m. If you want something with a little more juice, there’s Jaaxy for and extra $19 per month. This is a separate program and was built by the same founders of WA, Kyle and Carson.
Jaaxy is miles ahead of AffiloTools in my opinion and the total of both WA premium and Jaxxy comes to $66 which is less than Affilorama. Jaxxy simply works better, is more user friendly and is just plain cool to use. You can do keyword research, check what you’re ranking for and see what the competition is up to… it’s all there.
There are some features in AffiloTools that Jaaxy doesn’t cover but nothing that can’t be done for free with other tools such as Google Analytics etc. I would rather use Google Analytics for anything Jaaxy doesn’t do since it is by far the best and most advanced analytics tool online, and it’s totally free.
Wealthy Affiliate wins this battle hands down in my opinion, but Affilorama is still a great option. Let me know your experience with these platforms and which platform you think is best below, I’d love to hear from you!