Welcome back to Reviews Boss, how are you going? I’ve got another EPIC and HONEST review for you today. This review is looking at a really high end product in the affiliate marketing scene; Mark Ling’s AffiloJetpack.
This AffiloJetpack review is all updated and good-to-go for 2019. And because this is such a big product with a high price tag I will be ensuring that I do keep my review as updated as possible. If you’re dropping big dinero on a product, then you deserve to know that it is the right choice for you before you hit the purchase button!
Getting Started With A Free Webinar or eBook
If you’re interested in the AffiloJetpack model (and Mark’s classic “niche site + traffic + offer = sales” affiliate system) then there a couple of ways you can dip your toes in the water without having to spend anything.
Mark and the AJP team offer a number of free resources to help whet your appetite for affiliate marketing. These come in the form of an eBook and also a number of webinars.
Now it’s important to understand that by signing up for the webinar(s) or eBook you will be entered into the AffiloJetpack sales funnel and encouraged to buy the full product. There is no requirement to do so, however, and you can enjoy these top-quality affiliate marketing resources for free (and you will also get a nice discount off the full product if you do decide to buy).
The freebie intro resources are:
Click any of those links and you’ll be taken to the appropriate page to register for the webinar or eBook.
Here’s where it gets a bit painful. You see AffiloJetpack is not a cheap product. In fact, joining is going to cost you a whopping $997 USD (in my currency that’s getting on for $2000 dollars! Perhaps even more soon with how terrible our currency is performing)
If you’ve got cash to burn, then that isn’t too problematic. But chances are if you are purchasing AffiloJetpack, then you are looking to make money.
That pricing is pretty brutal; although it is a one-off cost. I bet there would be a huge surge of new customers of a 50/50 pricing option was made available e.g. pay half now and half in 6 months time. I’m also surprised that there is no monthly rebill option at $90 or similar … I bet that would have punters racing through the door!
As far as discounts on AJP go, there’s actually a little trick to getting a good saving right off the bat. It just involves going to a particular link that is set up for a perpetual discount (down to $747) but which is not advertised publicly. Go here to see my instructions for accessing this discount.
The other good news is that you are covered by a comprehensive 60 day money-back guarantee, as the product is sold through Clickbank. This peace of mind is nice if you are sitting on the fence about purchasing. If you do stump up the cash and aren’t satisfied, then it is easy to get a refund.
If you’ve been in the affiliate marketing game for a while, then you will know that there was an earlier, 1.0 version of AffiloJetpack. This was deprecated a long time ago. But in case you’re wondering, here’s what has been updated for the new version:
- Different recommended autoresponder tool. The original version of AJP recommended Aweber (my tool of choice for email marketing). However, the new version pushes a platform called Fluttermail. The upside of Fluttermail is that it is developed into the AffiloJetpack dashboard, which means you can have all your newsletters set up and populated with affiliate links in a few clicks of the mouse. The downside is you are locked into using Fluttermail unless you want to manually download, edit, and then create your newsletter sequence. If you’ve never purchased an email marketing tool before, then it probably does make sense to go with Fluttermail simply because of the good integration (it is partly owned by the company behind AffiloJetpack, which means that support is unlikely to go anywhere any time soon).
- More and better niches. I can’t give too much away, but suffice it to say that there are lots of great niches with well-established profitability potential and lots of good affiliate products. There are far more niches than in the first version of the product, which is nice to see. There is also a better “spread”, meaning that whatever you are into you are probably going to be able to find a good niche that you will enjoy working on and profiting from.
- Article research snippets instead of PLR articles. A key reason why some AJP 1.0 members complained of not seeing results was because that version of the product contained pre-written articles. If you know anything about duplicate SEO, then you can probably already guess where this is going. Lazy newbies just copied and pasted the articles verbatim, and then sat around complaining when Google refused to unleash a torrent of traffic on to their websites. The new version of AffiloJetpack skirts this problem by providing you with what are called “article research snippets.” These snippets provide you with key research and understanding of the niche you’ve picked, which will allow you to create content much faster than having to research for yourself. You can pass this info to an outsourcer if you’d rather have someone else write the articles for you as well.
- Fast site setup process. One of the coolest things about the new version of AffiloJetpack is its rapid site configuration process. With the old version you had to manually set up your hosting, domain name, newsletters and everything like that. With the new version you can do it all from your AJP dashboard and with only a few clicks of the mouse. This is a big time saver and makes procrastination that much harder. I will cover this feature in more detail later in the review, as well as talking about its pros and cons.
- Regular newsletter & product updates. One of the biggest complaints about the first version of the product is that the email newsletters (the bread and butter of the product and what you will be relying on to make money) weren’t updated regularly enough. At the heart of this problem was the fact that some of the recommended affiliate products were removed from sale or changed substantially since the time when AJP 1.0 was first launched. You didn’t get any notification of this, which meant that unless you were manually checking your products on a regular basis your leads could be getting sent to non-existing sales pages or products that were radically different than advertised in the newsletters. The new version of AffiloJetpack includes regular updates whenever a recommended affiliate product is removed from sale; an alternative is almost always found.
- Slicker production. The first version of AffiloJetpack was quite an accomplished product, but it always had the downside of feeling like it was a bunch of better-than-usual PLR content thrown together with some instructions for making a site out of it. The current version of AJP gives off a much more professional vibe. Everything about it is put together in a tight, professional fashion that inspires a lot more confidence and gives off the vibe that a lot of work went into making it. Of course that is not to say that it is necessarily a good product (we are too early in the review to determine that yet!). But at least the facade is nice, right?
What Is AffiloJetpack?
Basically, AffiloJetpack is a sort of “business in a box” type product. You’ve probably heard of the term PLR content, right? Well AJP 2.0 is like PLR on steroids (and I mean Ronnie Coleman Mr Olympia levels of steroids).
Although every man and his dog has tried making this type of product, AffiloJetpack is different because of the scope and detail of what you get.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s actually examine what the product is by looking at what it does:
The “raison d’etre” of AffiloJetpack is to help you create profitable affiliate websites in proven niches. By providing you with the key building blocks of a successful affiliate site, you should be able to get started faster and see results sooner.
The product itself consists of a number of so-called Jetpacks, which are themed around a specific niche (think about a topic like dog training, or muscle building). Each Jetpack is designed to be like one of those cake mixture packets you can buy at the supermarket. Rather than having to sort out all the ingredients of your website yourself – keyword research, niche research, products to promote, a newsletter sequence loaded with promos – you can roll with what’s already in the packet. And provided you can follow the included instructions, then you should have a pretty good result at the end … although this time instead of making a cake you are actually creating an affiliate website!
Hopefully that makes sense. Although if it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don’t worry – by the end of this review of AffiloJetpack you will be a master at what this product does.
AffiloJetpack is made by the same team behind Affilorama and AffiloBlueprint. You actually access it through the Affilorama members’ dashboard system.
There’s a whole bunch of goodies included with AffiloJetpack. Rather than bog my review down too much at this point, I thought I’d rather give a quick “helicopter view” of what you get:
- From the 18 available niches you can select up to 5 Jetpacks. It is also possible to purchase a “booster pack” which entitles you to select more niches. For the price it would be better if you could access all the niches, but I guess that would not be a good business decision!
- Each niche comes with a researched list of keywords to target. All keywords include search volumes, SEO competition analysis score, CPCs etc.
- Around 90-100 newsletters per niche – roughly enough for 1 year worth of promotion. These newsletters are to be loaded into your email service provider of choice and form the backbone of AffiloJetpack. Pre-sell and promotions are included in the newsletters.
- 3 free giveaway reports/eBooks per niche. You are meant to use these as hooks to encourage visitors to your site to sign up to your list.
- Each report/eBook comes with a number of cover variations to help make your offer look more unique.
- You get AffiloTheme bundled, although it isn’t exactly the best WordPress theme (I discussed this in detail here)
- Article research snippets for each niche that are designed to help you write better articles, faster.
- Rapid site setup process (this will be covered in more detail later in the review)
- Members’ forum where you can shoot the $hit with other AJP members and share ideas, strategies etc.
- Bonuses – I will talk about these later.
- Plus a whole lot more smaller stuff that I can’t be bothered writing out in detail – if you check out the sales page you will see everything that you get.
The AffiloJetpack Method
Here’s a basic outline of how most affiliates are using AJP to build sites and make money:
- Pick the niche “Jetpack” that you want. An example that is included with AJP is the prepping/survival niche (think Doomsday Preppers and the like). So you would unlock this niche out of one of your five Jetpacks.
- Follow the site setup process. This is where you pick a domain name, set up your hosting, and connect with Fluttermail – the recommended ESP that is integrated for fast setup. This whole process realistically takes around 30 minutes. If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, then allow for some extra time.
- You should now have the bare bones of a website. Something like www.yoursite.com that you can log into the WP Admin and get to work.
- Now it’s time to get started on actually putting some content into your site. This is where you will use the bundled article research snippets in order to create content that targets the keywords you’ve been provided. A word to the wise: Think beyond the conventional wisdom of 500 word articles. A single mega detailed content piece that is suitable for outreach is going to get you far further than 10 x 500 word articles that nobody will ever link to. Find what other sites are doing in your niche, and then do it better.
- Once your site is populated with content and sign up forms for your newsletters, it is time to start driving traffic like a madman. SEO, referral traffic, social media, PPC … it’s up to you at this point to kick ass and get those visitors flowing through.
- Now you should be getting visitors flowing through your site, and hopefully leads signing up to your email newsletters in exchange for those giveaway ebooks. At this stage you want to be working on two things:
- Driving more traffic (a site getting 100 visitors a day will struggle to make money … 1000 per day and you can be earning a nice income … 10,000 per day and you’ll be making BANK)
- Optimising your opt in forms, welcome mats etc in order to get more sign ups. More people reading your newsletters equals more sales.
That really is the basic AffiloJetpack process. Of course it sounds super easy on paper (and, in fact, the site setup process is easy). But as I will talk to later, it is really all about the traffic generation and monetisation. That is where you make your bread.
Site Setup Process
Perhaps the biggest change between AffiloJetpack 1.0 and 2.0 (the current version) is the rapid site setup process. When you normally create a website you need to register your domain with a domain registrar, pay for some hosting, associate the domain with the hosting, install WordPress or a CMS, install a theme, and then a theme. And if you’re setting up a newsletter list with autoresponder emails, then you will need to upload these all manually to your ESP like Mailchimp or Aweber.
One of the core selling points of the latest version of AffiloJetpack is the “on boarding” process that helps you to get your websites set up faster than ever before.
I could walk you through it step-by-step, but the truth is that if you buy the product you will be able to work it all out for yourself quickly because it is such a fundamental component.
Full disclosure: I don’t use this process, and have never followed through it from start to finish. This is because I prefer to arrange my own hosting and I only use Aweber for my affiliate emailing. Therefore I have no need to make use of the rapid setup system. I think that if you are a newbie or looking to remove as much hassle from the site setup process as possible, then
What’s The Catch?
At face value, AffiloJetpack sounds amazing right? I mean you are literally getting everything you need to start a high quality affiliate site. How could you not succeed?
The truth is, it is very easy NOT to succeed with a product like this.
That is because no matter how great the site you make is in terms of aesthetics and content, it is really all down to getting people to your site who can click your links and make you money.
So what is the difference between someone who uses AffiloJetpack and makes diddly squat, and someone who successfully uses it to go on and make a filthy great pile of affiliate commissions?
Well, specifically targeted traffic.
Many AJP users (and I think this is accurate of affiliates in general actually) have an attitude of “if I build it they will come”. What I mean by this is that there is an assumption – and a massively wrong one at that – that the act of building a great affiliate site is sufficient in itself to see results.
The truth is that it isn’t!
You need to be on point with your traffic generation. Whether that is SEO, social media, PPC, media buys, or whatever. YOU NEED TRAFFIC TO MAKE MONEY.
And that is the REAL value of AffiloJetpack. It is a product that is cutting out the boring part and letting you focus on what actually counts. Targeted traffic is the lifeblood of an effective affiliate website (in fact just about any site, for that matter). Without targeted traffic you aren’t going to get any leads onto your AffiloJetpack newsletter list; that means no chance of making money.
So whatever you do, please don’t buy AffiloJetpack thinking that you’ll be pulling 6 figures within a minute of putting your site live. Sure, you might get some trickles of traffic once you’re site gets indexed. But without a traffic driving plan you aren’t going to see any meaningful results.
The website is done, the monetisation is done – all that is left in the “pyramid” is traffic.
I’ll repeat it once again: If you’re going to purchase AffiloJetpack, then you need to have a good traffic generation strategy in place. Without one, you are only going to find disappointment!
How To Drive Traffic To Your AJP Site
As I have explained on the about section of this site, Reviews Boss isn’t a how-to site. I only review products and tools (and occasionally break news about new releases etc). But I won’t leave you hanging out to dry. What I will do is give a few basic pointers below, and direct you to some other great resources about traffic generation:
- On page SEO. While building your AJP site make sure you pay attention to the fundamentals of on-page SEO, so that you maximise your chances of actually ranking for valuable keywords. If you aren’t sure about how to do on-page SEO, then I highly recommend that you check out the videos of a guy called Franklin Hatchett who has some great tutorials on how he does on-page for Clickbank sites.
- Link building. This is like the most exhaustive topic ever. I’m not even going to begin to scratch the surface, so all I can say is that if you are keen on the idea of getting your site ranking highly in Google for high traffic keywords, then you had better learn about link building. Here is a good place to start.
- Facebook + FPTraffic. I’ve been having a load of fun recently building up targeted Facebook pages that have massive engagement and viral growth through using FPTraffic to automatically post queued content. Despite not having hundreds of thousands of likes, I’m getting more engagement on many of my posts than pages with 5x the likes. And when I drop a link to great content on a relevant blog (e.g. if the page is about The Simpsons, I have a website about the show) I can drive hundreds, if not thousands of visitors in a short space of time. You could definitely try this tactic with Facebook and your AffiloJetpack site, although it would require a bit of outside-the-box thinking.
- PPE Facebook ads can KILL it for driving traffic at cents per click … I’ve gone as low as a third of a cent per click before with this strategy.
- PPC. It is my experience that the majority of affiliates are scared of investing in PPC. This is a bad attitude to have, as driving traffic from Google Adwords or Bing Ads gives you the opportunity to test out your site and its monetisation flow quickly. A $500 budget at a theoretical 50 cents per click will yield you 2500 visitors to your site. If you can convert visits to leads at 10%, then that is 250 emails that could be working to generate you sales, not to mention the chance of commissions up front from the review articles and sales CTAs that your site will (hopefully) have. 20 sales at $30 per sale and you made your $500 back plus $100 profit. This could be achieved in days, whereas getting your first 2500 visitors from SEO might take months. If you can establish that every visitor to your site is worth, on average, $0.80 and you can get clicks for $0.50, then you’re almost doubling your money!
- Please do not come to my house and burn me alive if you spend on PPC and lose money. You need a good budget for testing and tweaking. You also need to be the kind of person who isn’t going to abandon their site after they spend a bit and don’t see results. The WORST thing you can do if you are going to run paid traffic is drop a couple hundy on traffic, have a 50 or 100 leads in your ESP account, and then give up because you didn’t make any sales.
- Hunt around for some PPC coupons and give it a try that way. You should be able to get a feel for how Adwords and Bing Ads work with a couple of hundred in coupon spend on each.
- Media Buys. Find relevant sites in your niche that have traffic and then make a pitch to buy some permanent adspace. If you go through a network like BuySellAds you’ll be paying a CPM rate (not that there is anything wrong with that if you’ve got the creative and messaging to drive healthy CTRs). Smaller sites may also be willing to do under-the-table “native advertising” for you. This is a bit of a no-no from the perspective of getting links, but the chances of getting caught are negligible.
- Blog, forum, and social media commenting. BTB and Meathead1234. That is all I’m going to say on the matter. Go read those threads. Go do some more Googling on the subject. You can drive FREAK levels of traffic from other peoples’ websites if you do it properly.
- Just about everything you need to build a good affiliate site. All the building blocks of a great affiliate site are here. You just need to put in the elbow grease and creativity to put it all together and make something spectacular. AffiloJetpack gives you just about everything you need to get set up to a point where you are ready to drive traffic and make sales.
- Regular product updates. If a recommended affiliate product goes down or is no longer suitable for promotion, then you will get an email informing you of the fact as well as an update to plug the gap (if you’re hooked into Fluttermail, then this happens automatically). This means you aren’t going to get caught short promoting bad products.
- Massive time saver. Writing email newsletters and setting them up using an autoresponder is a painful process. Even a short email will still take you 20 or so minutes to write, proof, and setup. If you’re using the automatic importer then you could have your entire newsletter sequence loaded in less time than it takes to write one newsletter yourself. Of course it’s not quite so fast if you have to manually upload the pre-written newsletters like I do due to using Aweber, but it’s still a heck of a lot faster than writing them yourself. Same goes with the eBooks. To research and write something equivalent yourself would take a heck of a lot of time, whereas you’re good to go here with a few mouse clicks and Microsoft Word’s find & replace tool.
- Covered by a comprehensive money-back period. Because AJP is sold through Clickbank you get the standard 60 day money-back refund window. This is good news when you’re spending a lot of money.
- Actually good value. Although the price tag is high you’re actually getting a heck of a lot of really useful content that will help you build your affiliate site(s). Let’s say you wanted to outsource 3 giveaway eBook reports of similar length and quality to those you are provided. Each one would cost you at least $200 including proof-reading and graphics (and I’m being generous here, it would cost a lot more for a good writer). So already it’s costing you $100 more for the 3 reports for one niche. And then the 90+ newsletters … well each one of those would easily cost you $5 to outsource at somewhere like iWriter. That means around $450 in cost. Then you need to consider the value of the niche research, article snippets, and having products pre-selected. That’s saving you at least 5 hours of work, so I would put a value of around $200 on that, being conservative.
- 3 eBooks at $200 each
- 90 newsletters at $5 each
- $200 for research
- = $1250 (before any incidental costs like extra graphic design and so on)
- So basically you can see that to buy your own content of a similar type for one niche would cost you more than twice what you’re paying for 5 niches with AffiloJetpack. It would cost thousands to get enough for five niches. Remember that price does not equate to value. At $497 this product is actually a lot better value than many $20 training products that might be cheap but offer nothing useful.
- Too easy to become reliant on the recommended hosting, ESP etc. When you’re first starting out I think that the speedy site setup process is of huge benefit. It will save you time and help minimise the risk of setting something up wrong. However, it becomes a problem down the track if your site outgrows the AJP hosting, or you decide you want to move email service provider. Migrating sites is honestly never easy, especially if you’re a one man (or woman) band trying to do it yourself.
- No auto-export of newsletters to other providers. This is designed to get you using Fluttermail as it is closely related to Affilorama and benefits their business. However, it would be nice if there was some API support for Aweber and other big players like Constant Contact (not Mailchimp though as they HATE affiliates). Manually loading up newsletters is a complete pain in the ass and can take a lot of time.
- Big price tag with no payment plan options. $997 is a lot of money to pony up with in one go. From a business standpoint you would think that a split payment option would be offered, and this would also make the product more accessible to new members. I suppose the issue with offering a part payment option (or some kind of monthly rebill) is that it would be too easy to pay one payment and then download all of the content and not pay the rest. However, you could also do this with the way that Clickbank’s refund system works, so maybe it’s more of a moot point.
- Limited range of niches means more competition. This is always going to be a problem with any “business in a box” solution. There will be other people out there using the same keywords, same research snippets, same ebooks, same newsletters and so on. What’s the solution? Firstly, “unique” everything if you’ve got the time to do so. Tweak the eBooks content and eBook covers a bit, re-order the newsletter sequence, make sure you’re not just doing the same as everyone else. Secondly, you MUST go over and above what your competitors are doing. By adding more value to the niche than your competitors, you will find it much easier to get ahead in the long run.
Should you buy AffiloJetpack?
The answer to this question really depends on what you are hoping to achieve with it.
If you are going to buy it and let it gather digital dust on your hard drive as you jump off to the next shiny object, then please put your credit card away. Seriously, unless you actually think you can commit to building up a proper site and slogging away for hours on end driving traffic (or using precious coin to do the traffic generation via paid advertising) then AffiloJetpack isn’t for you.
I cannot stress enough how much you shouldn’t buy this product if you aren’t willing to invest to make it work for you. I mean investing both time, and probably additional money as well to start seeing traffic and sales.
You also need to have the ability to think outside the box a bit with your promotion. Just writing up your articles, building a few Web 2.0 links, and then kicking up your feet isn’t going to result in success.
Think about how you can make your site a true destination for the niche(s) that goes above what anyone else is attempting to offer. Lazy affiliates have a hard time these days. If you want to be a lazy affiliate, then go do something like making copy and paste YouTube videos advertising Clash of Clans cheats and then lock them with CPA (actually, I don’t want to rag on that kind of marketing because there is HUGE money in it … I just don’t particularly thing it’s a lasting business, even if it is a good way to make some short term profits).
I think the litmus test for buying AffiloJetpack is a bit like this:
- You can actually afford the $997 purchase price (if this is a massive stretch that would affect your personal finances, then don’t buy – as simple as that)
- You have a basic understanding of affiliate marketing works, and how to put together a website using WordPress – or you can at least follow instructions to do so.
- You are willing to invest serious time, energy, and probably money in order to see results … as in you aren’t going to abandon your project even if in 6 months’ time you’re not seeing the results you’d like.
- You are willing and capable of being a bit creative and independently minded to get results. You aren’t going to sit in the members’ area forum and whinge that everything isn’t being spoon fed to you.
If you can answer “yes” to the above questions, then AffiloJetpack is the right choice for you. It’s a seriously good product with a lot of value and big potential to make you money. It’s expensive no doubt, but if you are shrewd with how you do your affiliate marketing you can definitely make that money back.
If AffiloJetpack sounds like something that’s right for you, then click here to learn more about the product & buy.