Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers

Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?

Welcome Entrepreneur,

Someone asked the question “Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to Learn Affiliate Marketing“. I’ve mentioned Affilorama a few times in other blog articles without going into any great detail. So, I think its time to step back a little from the big two, Solo Build It and Wealthy Affiliate and take a look at one of the “minnows” of Affiliate Marketing.

In this post I will be covering:-

  • Is it a Scam?
  • Who is Affilorama
  • Who is Affilorama for.
  • The type of training Affilorama offers
  • Benefits of affiliate marketing for publishers
  • To what extent is Affilorama useful for bloggers.

Is Affilorama a Scam

Short answer No.

Although funnily enough, the only black mark I have seen against Affilorama, came from an experienced blogger in the gambling niche. And that was 4 years ago!

There are a number of reviews, which are not flattering to say the least, but rather than throw rocks, just for the sake of pushing you towards something else.

Photo of Simon Slade CEO and co-founder of Affilorama, Used in the article Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing
Simon Slade

I will focus on the product as a stand alone entity.

The owners Mark Ling and Simon Slade have a well-known, 20+ years reputation in the internet marketing world for honesty.

Phot of Affilorama founder Mark Ling, used in the article, Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?
Mark Ling.

With many success stories to boast of.

So this is definitely not a scam.

Who is Affilorama

Founder(s) and Year2006, by Mark Ling and Co-founder and CEO Simon Slade
Owner Affilorama is division of Doubledot Media Ltd,
Country of Origin / Head Office Head office is in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Members 300,000. I am assuming not all will be paid up members.
AwardsNumerous business awards, from the New Zealand government entities, business rating companies and Tech Companies..


  • Deloitte Fast 50 – 44th fastest growing company in NZ: The Deloitte/Unlimited Fast 50 index celebrates the innovation, growth, and success of growing businesses in New Zealand. Doubledot Media was ranked the 44th fastest growing company in New Zealand. This was our second year in the index.
  • Air New Zealand Cargo Canterbury Export Awards – Small to Medium Exporter of the Year Finalist : The Air New Zealand Cargo Canterbury Export Awards celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of exporters in Canterbury.
  • Champion Canterbury Awards – Global Operator Finalist: The Champion Canterbury Awards, celebrate business excellence, passion and success recognizing the contribution both small, medium and large enterprises make to the vitality of the Canterbury region. We were a finalist in the Global Operator category.
  • Vero Business Awards – Finalist: The Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards recognise excellence in the field of business support. The Awards honour those entities and individuals who make real contributions in providing quality products and services, making life easier for business owners. We were a finalist in the one to many category.
  • AmCham Export Awards – Exporter of the Year Finalist: The AmCham-UPS Awards celebrate success and innovation in the import, export and investment sectors between New Zealand and its second largest trading partners the US.
  • Deloitte Fast 50 – 23rd fastest growing company in NZ: The Deloitte/Unlimited Fast 50 index celebrates the innovation, growth, and success of growing businesses in New Zealand. Affilorama was ranked the 23rd fastest growing company in New Zealand.
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific – Winner: The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific program recognizes technology companies that have achieved the fastest rates of annual revenue growth in Asia Pacific during the past three years.

Affilorama has a worldwide team of affiliate consultants, writers, designers, video artists and software geeks, who take care of world wide members questions and site problems, add courses and make videos.

Other business’s Mark Ling and Simon Slade are involved with, include Salehoo.

This goes back to their day’s selling on E-Bay.

After being ripped off a few times by unscrupulous suppliers, not providing products he had sold on E-Bay using the dropship model. He decided to build a verified suppliers directory.

These day’s Salehoo is now part of Shopify’s product sourcing tools. Although Salehoo still has a verified supplier directory and “Lab” report on the best selling items on E-Bay and Amazon.

A heads up. I am a former Salehoo client.

Pros and Cons of Affilorama

Free to get started, Over 100 Free LessonsThe number of lessons can seem overwhelming
60 day Money back Guarantee for the Premium courses.Costs can accumulate if you don’t bundle the Premium courses
A Virtual “Lesson Book” to keep you on TrackDoesn’t have the level of interaction between members other sites have. Maybe that is a pro, you are not wasting time.
Advanced Techniques are explained in an easy to understand waySome of the Free lessons could be expanded upon, to make them more relevant to the changing E-Comm environment.

Affilorama has been around since 2006, and has undergone upgrades to keep up with the ever evolving pace of change, bought about by Google, Microsoft and other search engine’s algorithms updates.

Although the upgrades are no where to the same extent as others, like Wealthy Affiliate have done.

All up, Affilorama has a legitimate place in the internet marketing space. Mark ling and Simon Slade had used these methods for earning online, before they set up Affilorama, so it is a proven methodology.

Any aspiring blogger will find their tutorials useful. Any paid course comes with a 60 day money back guarantee, so there is no risk to you. So far as I can see, there have been no issues with people unable to get a refund of their monies.

Unlike some of the MLM’s I have reviewed on this blog.

Who is Affilorama for

Obviously it is for those who have an interest in affiliate marketing, and don’t want to take the dropshipping route to earning online. But…

Blogging is not for everyone, and many people think that it is a step to overnight riches.

There are so many unethical programs out there, promising that you will be making 10k a month right away, or a $200k year right out of the gate.

That is most likely not going to happen, although there are exceptions.

For a new blogger joining Affilorama, you have at the minimum…

  • Free and unlimited access to over 100 video tutorials with PDF lesson notes.
  • Build your own website with their site building lessons
  • Promote it using SEO, and monetize it with affiliate marketing and PPC
  • Get exclusive interviews with internet gurus as they share their success stories on how they have earned millions of dollars online.
Some of the free lesson on setting up a website. used in the article Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing
Starting point for the beginner blogger

The Type of Training Affilorama Offers

As a new blogger or aspiring blogger you may already have a website that you know you could do more with, or…

Maybe you are struggling to get one set up properly.

Affiliorama like most other affiliate programs has website building tutorials on building websites with WordPress.

They concentrate on the three most important ingredients for any blogger wanting to make money with a website.

  • Having a optimized website
  • Content
  • Traffic
  • Affiliate Products.

As a new blogger you will be taken through the whole process step by step, from setting up hosting to connecting your site to Google Analytics.

Some critics say Affilorama’s free course is outdated. I would suggest that an experienced affiliate marketer may find some of it “old news,”

However the fundamentals don’t change. If the fundamentals worked when they were first implemented and they still work today.  Very little changes in terms of the processes and strategy with building a business online.

You have a customer, you have a product, and then you have an affiliate in the middle (YOU) of this. If you can align a relevant product, with a relevant customer, you generate revenue.

This core fundamental does not change. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Screen shot of free lessons on Affilorama. Used in the article, Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?
Screenshot of some of the lessons available in Affilorama.

Pathway to Passive Resources

For those who want a quick start into affiliate marketing, and are prepared to pay to get going, there is Affilorama’s Pathway to Passive Resources.

This is probably the least expensive, of all the quick start guides I have seen on affiliate marketing.

It covers all the main points to get you up and earning money quickly.

A complete step-by-step blueprint for building passive profit content websites the right way.

  • Build a search engine optimized websites
  • Find profitable affiliate products to sell
  • Generate monetizable content ideas
  • Build a solid funnel that moves people towards a sale
  • Create a website with content that people want to share
  • See the complete details by clicking the banner below.
Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?

This is not only for beginner affiliates, but also experienced affiliates who want an easy to understand system to improve existing sales, boost search engine rankings, and find new profitable keywords to target.

Benefits of Affiliate Marketing for Publishers

If your a blogger, your a publisher. You write content on your blog, then hit the big blue publish button. You’re a publisher.

You should be Paid!

The benefits of affiliate marketing for bloggers can be way North of better than average, if you take a step back and follow a systemized approach.

The Affilorama system probably drives home the point, more than other programs, that it is better to just focus on one model until it is working, and earning well enough, before you spread out into other fields.

You may not be interested in spreading out, and be happy with being an authority in your chosen niche. From which you have a certain amount of status and draw a substantial income.

I know of a guy who has one site. It is all about coffee and coffee machines and anything related to coffee. He has had it for more than 10 years and it brings in about $50,000 a year.

It doesn’t sound much, but these days, he only updates it about once a month.

$50,000 is not to shabby for a few hours work, that takes less than 2 weeks of a year of his time.

I think it is a good little passive earner anyway. Among other things, it gives him time to work on his golf handicap.

Other people like to expand into other areas they are interested in, once they have a blog earning for them.

If you can can have one blog making money for you, why not do the same for something else your interested in.

You have the recipe, you know it works, so why not?

To make Money with your Blog you need Traffic

The problem with many bloggers is they think that by adding a banner to their sidebar, or adding Google AdSense, they will eventually earn some money from their blog.

Basically all you are doing is adding a few decorations to your site. I read somewhere that with Adsense, you need something like 40 million views a year(?), maybe more, to potentially make something like $30,000 a year.

There are not many sites that get those sort of traffic numbers.

The average blogger, although writing on a topic they’re experienced in, generally hasn’t dug down far enough into a topic, to maximize the traffic they could be receiving if they combined two things

  • Broaden the niche to other relevant topics. It may sound counter intuitive, but become a subscriber, I discuss these tactics, and more.
  • Increase organic traffic generation tactics, by improving the Search Engine Optimization for their niche.

A Tip for you.

Take for instance a travel blogger, who writes about her experiences. She may do Ok, with the occasional free hotel stay, or free meals at some restaurant during her travels. And probably gets a few thank you’s in the comment section of her blog.

What if she included a recipe?, What if she started collecting the emails of those who said thank you?, What if she optimized her website with other keywords, based on new content, so the search engines elevated her blog to first page of the search directory?

You may think it sounds like you are saddling yourself with a ton of extra work. The reality is, once the subject is learnt, it becomes part of a routine.

The work is learning the subject, and getting up to speed on the fundamentals doesn’t take long at all. And, once learnt, those fundamentals can be replicated ad finitum with other interests you have.

To What Extent is Affilorama Useful for Bloggers

Probably the most appealing thing about Affilorama, is the amount of free lessons and videos available, so you know the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, making a website and some basic SEO and motivation.

We all need motivation don’t we ?.

The best part is the lessons are all in the one place. Shopping around on Google or U-Tube looking for Free information is only going to provide mountains of conflicting information, and most probably you will not be able to put it into a coherent structure.

In addition to the lessons created by Mark Ling, users can access a range of interviews and videos, from other professionals within the industry.

Passive Income for Bloggers

The Passive Income for bloggers, could be like finding that pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow, for those who follow through on it.

At the very least, it will save you months of figuring out how to…

  • Build search engine optimized websites
  • Find profitable affiliate products to sell
  • Generate monetizable content ideas
  • Build a solid funnel that moves people towards a sale
  • Create a website with content that people want to share

Plus a lot more.

The best part is, it is not going to break the bank. You will still be able to put food on the table after purchasing it.

It is easy to be skeptical of reviews, and Affilorama has been around long enough to know that if you fake it, you will be caught out.

Reviews of Affilorama used in the article,Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing
Happy reviewers


If you are thinking of starting a blog, then Affilorama is as good a place as any to begin the journey to becoming a successful blogger, and creating a profitable blog,

Although the free lessons may not be of much use to an experienced affiliate (in my humble opinion), although refreshers often reveal more information.

A beginner will need to know them. As these are the secrets to having a profitable blog.

At least they are in one place, where a beginner affiliate or blogger can go through them in a coherent structured fashion.

Joining is easy and Free. The 100+ Free lessons and a virtual “lesson book” to keep track of the lessons you have covered, keeping you on track.

The free lessons are a great starting point. If you want (need), a deeper understanding of SEO, Web Hosting, PPC, etc; then you will need the Premium Package.

I think if you are offering over 100 free lessons, and then a 60 day money back guarantee on the premium course then you need to have a lot of confidence in your product.

I don’t know anyone else who is doing that.


There is also Affilotools, which can be added when you sign up for the premium package.

Affilotools is months trial for $1.00.

Click the banner below and get started for Free.

Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?

Thanks for reading.

I have more reviews on Affilorama coming up.

Stay tuned.


5 thoughts on “Is Affilorama Good for Bloggers to learn Affiliate Marketing?”

  1. Joseph Stasaitis

    I am familiar with Mark Ling but never looked into this specific product, Affilorama. I appreciate the information on this. Based on your information this does seem like an okay program to learn affiliate marketing. Pathway to Passive Resources seems to be a helpful guide and as you say it is priced modestly based on its content. I also agree with focusing on one model until it is working well. Thanks for sharing this information on Affilorama.

  2. Michael Dubhthaigh

    We certainly get around Jenni.

    I am from Australia as well, but am living in Colombia at the moment. There are too many roadblocks for me to go back, no flights from Sth. America to Australia for over 12 months now. 

    Affilorama have a good product that is helpful for “newbie” affiliate marketers and others who want to make money online. They have other things as well, but the fact that it has a proper business structure should give people the confidence they need to try their offerings.

     All the best in Florida


  3. Jenni Elliott

    Michael, your article on Affilorama is very comprehensive and full of good information. I was particularly interested that is is a NZ company as I am from Australia, though live in Florida now. When I lived in the Southern Hemisphere, though, I was certainly unaware of affiliate marketing and what the online world offered. After reading your review, I would have to agree that Aftfilorama would definitely be of great benefit to beginning bloggers. Thank you for this honest and interesting review.

  4. Thanks Steve,
    I have been through there free stuff and the paid stuff too. And yes, it is easy to understand.
    Compared to Wealthy Affiliate?
    I have seen so many people sign up to wealthy affiliate, and not have a clue how to set up a WordPress blog.
    And other basic things too.
    Why would you pay money to learn how to do those, when you can learn for free on other sites?
    Wealthy Affiliate only has a 7 day free trial. Affilorama has 120 free lessons. I think from that perspective,
    you might gain a better insight into what goes on with affiliate marketing in 120 lessons with no time limit. Compared to a 7 day free trial. Many people might only have a couple of spare hours in a day to go over the program.
    Probably the Affilorama lessons could be a little more in depth (it’s an opinion), but look at Wealthy Affiliate, and a newbie could easily be overwhelmed with all the different topics staring at them.

  5. Thanks for a very well written and unbiased review. They actually sound OK even though I have never heard of them before. Have you joined them and done any of the training? And if you have, is it easy to understand? You mentioned Wealthy Affiliate, in your opinion who provides the better resources and training? I must admit the lack of social interaction can focus you more on the work, so I don’t see it as necessarily a bad thing.



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