This review is going to be on a program called Affiliate Mastery Challenge. What is Affiliate Mastery Challenge? Is it a scam? Or a legitimate opportunity for you to take part in and earn money online? Is it worth investing time and money into a program like this? These are some of the questions that we will be focusing on in this short review.
Alright without further ado, let’s get things rolling…
Name: Affiliate Mastery Challenge
Owner(s): Creators of STM(Stack That Money) Forum
What is Affiliate Mastery Challenge all about?
Affiliate Mastery Challenge is a video based training course that claims to help you master the arts of Affiliate Marketing in just 6 weeks.
This isn’t the first time they are conducting this course. They first launched the 6 weeks Affiliate Mastery Challenge in 2015 where they exclusively opened it only to members of STM forum. Since then, they have opened the course to the public and have run it a few times in the past 2 years.
The next launch for the AMC starts on 1st May 2017 which is about 3 weeks time from now(as of writing this review). It seems that the course is limited to only 150 members per run which I can understand why. Think about it, trying to teach a large group of people Affiliate Marketing in just 6 weeks is no easy thing to do.
About The Company…
Affiliate Mastery Challenge was started by the same group of people who created the STM forum. Their domain was registered on the 17th of January 2015 under the name of Lorenzo Green.
One thing that disappointed me when landing on AMC page for the first time is, there is not a single information on the owners or people behind the company.
I mean, people are required to pay almost $3,000 up front to start the course. The least they could do is be transparent about who they are and what credentials do they have towards Affiliate Marketing. This would give participants confidence that they are not in the wrong hands and are learning from the right people.
More About the 6 weeks Course!
To master Affiliate Marketing in just 6 weeks is not an easy feat. I have been involved in Affiliate Marketing for the last 2 years and till today I am still learning something new almost every day so I’m sure you would have an idea how big is the Affiliate Marketing world.
This course is suitable for all range of people. From newbies who have zero experience in Affiliate Marketing to pros. I’m just worried that 6 weeks may not be enough for those starting out get a full grasp of everything. When I first started out with Wealthy Affiliate, I was overwhelmed with all the new things and terms. It took me almost a month to get familiar with certain things.
The fact that you don’t get the support after your 6 weeks course is over bothers me a little.
So what you will be learning for the 6 weeks?
- The basics of Affiliate Marketing
- Advertising and media channels
- Vertical and offers
- Your AM toolkit
- Challenges you will face
- Your first launch
- Bidding, commissions, and auctions
- Funnels and landers
- Technical set up
- Tracking and trackers
- Landing pages
- Launching a pop campaign
- Split Testing
- Competitive intelligence tools
- The art of converting
- Affiliate Math
- How DSPs and RTB
- Optimising Campaigns
- Lead Quality
- Ethics & compliance
- Masterminds & outsourcing
- Bidding Strategies
- Testing elements and variables
- Mobile Display Testing
- Brainstorming and creativity
- Clickloss and bots
- Conquering Facebook
- Productivity and time management
- Getting more out of campaigns
- Continued Testing
- The Science of AM
- Leveling up
- Emerging market and sources
- Wrapping up
- The Future
What can you expect in this course?
- As mentioned earlier, this course is conducted in a video format
- You will have tons of support from the individual course coordinators
- Live Q&A session on the weekend where you will get the chance to ask any questions and get them answered almost immediately on screen
- You will receive $3000++ in bonus ad credits
- Case studies, interviews and Q&A with some successful people in Affiliate Marketing
- Technical support has been covered for you
- End of the course you will receive an AMC accreditation certificate
Should you Join Affiliate Mastery Challenge?
Affiliate Mastery Challenge is definitely an interesting course and I’m sure those who participate in it can really learn a lot of wonderful insights to Affiliate Marketing. But the biggest problem I see here is the price tag. To pay $2997 upfront is definitely a big deal. Not many people can afford to pay this amount of money.
You should also take understand that this course may or may not work out for you. Think of it as going to an exam. Not everyone will get the same grades. Some will do outstanding, good, pass and some will also fail.
There is no guarantee that you will make money after going through this course. If you live on a fixed budget, trying to spend a minimum of $3,000 to learn Affiliate Marketing through AMC is a bit of a gamble. So I would say Affiliate Mastery Challenge is definitely not for everyone. You should only consider taking up this course, only you have money to spare, is passionate about building your own passive income stream and don’t mind it not going in your favor down the road.
The other thing I noticed is that $2997 isn’t all you are going to spend through this course. You are expected to spend at least another $1000 for testing some campaigns. So by the end of the course, you probably would have spent $4,000-$5,000 or maybe even more.
Is Affiliate Mastery Challenge a scam?
No, it’s definitely not a scam. However, as I mentioned earlier the price to pay for is just not affordable to all.
Even though they are giving out $3,000 worth of ad credits, you still should understand that it is not real money that you can cash out anytime to put food on your table or pay your bills. So what I am trying to say is your decision to join Affiliate Mastery Challenge shouldn’t be influenced by the $3,000 worth ad credits.
The other thing I didn’t really like about AMC is that they rely solely on paid traffic. Paid traffic is great, it can a generate good amount of traffic if done right but the problem is it requires a lot of testing and for that, you have to spend money. Even till today, they are many experts who struggle to master paid traffic.
Final Verdict: Legit, But Not Recommended
A Better Alternative?
Remember earlier, I mentioned something about Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing community boasting close to 850,000 active members. It provides folks with an all-inclusive experience providing its members with state of the art hosting, websites, expert help, training resources, live video classes, and even access to the founders, Kyle & Carson.
I have been with Wealthy Affiliate for over 2 years and I have never looked back ever since. I learned Affiliate Marketing from these guys and today I am still learning new things as more training and class are frequently added. One of the many things I liked about WA is that the emphasize greatly on organic traffic which is FREE traffic. If done right, you can make a full-time income simply through organic traffic just like myself and many others in WA.
WA is much cheaper than Affiliate Mastery Challenge. Their premium services are only $49/month or $359 yearly. The best part is you can try it for absolutely free and decide to upgrade only if you think this is the right option going forward for you.
Alright, I have come to the end of my review on Affiliate Mastery Challenge I do hope by now you have a better understanding of what it is all about and whether it is something you want to take part in. Those of you who have personally tried are welcomed to share your experiences with us in the discussion section below. Questions are welcomed too.
Thanks for reading…
And I wish you success 🙂