So just the other day, I was reading a blog and an advertisement caught my attention. It’s something to do with affiliate marketing so I knew I just had to check it out. If you are wondering the same thing – what is Affiliate Institute all about – then make sure to read until the end of this review.
My First Impression about Affiliate Institute
At first, the name of the site made me think about some education organization like a university or distance-learning type of program. While perusing the main page, it does feel like that with the exception of a rather thin introduction. It has a very professional look but doesn’t mention much about its establishment.
As it turns out, the Affiliate Institute is an education platform that trains you to become a certified affiliate marketer. There are experts to facilitate the training and the concept of flexible learning suggests that this is some kind of online learning platform that can be accessed from anywhere.
They also pledge to support business owners in poverty-stricken countries through Kiva so that’s quite philanthropic. Best of all, you can get started for free, but you need to reserve a spot first because apparently, the platform is still in beta.
While Filling Out The Form…
I couldn’t help noticing one thing – the URL of the form itself. Usually, when you are on a site, any extended pages will take after the name of the domain. But this one doesn’t and if you look closely below, it says “global affiliate zone”.
Immediately that rings a bell. In case you don’t know, GAZ is another platform that teaches affiliate marketing and it seems to involve a larger community of entrepreneurs. The main site looks very professional just like Affiliate Institute, but there are very few testimonials regarding the authenticity of the training.
- First, their blog hasn’t been updated since October 2018. In fact, there are only 3 blog posts on their site as we speak.
- They don’t give you any tour or breakdown of what’s covered inside the training.
- I am guessing this is some kind of membership site, but there’s no button whatsoever to sign up.
- Most importantly, there are many negative reviews about this platform online, highlighting its expensive fee (at $99/month) and hype promotion tactic. In reality, the program mainly teaches about creating funnels and doing Facebook ads through their mastermind group. That means, on top of the membership fee, there are ad campaign costs to consider as well. This is something they weren’t upfront about and you could be spending a lot of money if you don’t know what you are getting into.
Given the reputation, it looks as if GAZ is sunsetting its operation or perhaps, transferring things over to Affiliate Institute? Well, I was curious to know what the two have in common so I continue to dig and found this.
Same Founder With Different Business Names
I went back to the blog where I first saw the advertisement and click on it again. This time, it brought me straight to a check out page, which I’ve provided a screenshot down below. When I look at it closely this time, two things struck me.
The actual fee for the program also costs $99. That’s the same as GAZ. Coincidence maybe? And when you look right down at the bottom, the referral ID is a guy named Julian Sherman. Who is he? A quick Google search lead me to this review;
Aha! So Julian is the founder of both sites! That explains why we are seeing more or less the same thing. He’s also the coach for another high-ticket marketing education platform called AWOL Academy.
This site offers a few online courses and when you try to register for one, it will direct to this checkout page (with the same fee) that bears resemblance to the one at Affiliate Institute. Did you see what I mean?
Something tells me that Julian is a marketer that wears many masks and for some reason, that is disconcerting. I am not sure if he’s being entrepreneurial spearheading three different projects or if he’s trying to disguise one from the other.
I am interested to know what I can get for free (pending the beta testing form submission) before upgrading to anything. $99 dollar per month is a lot to part with and seeing that the refund policy isn’t very lenient, I have my doubts as to what this program can actually offer.
I will certainly keep you guys posted on the outcome.
My Verdict So Far
Affiliate Institute is yet another high ticket make-money-online program that isn’t transparent about its products. GAZ has been known to train members only to promote their site in order to earn commission so we shall see if that’s going to be the same case here.
If it only focuses on one topic like Facebook marketing, then that isn’t comprehensive training in my opinion. Affiliate marketing is a broad spectrum subject and it should be taught in a way that includes every aspect, not just one.
Besides, you can learn Facebook traffic from other courses that are much cheaper and offers more transparency about the tutors. So I don’t think the fee is worthwhile for just that training alone.
Instead, here’s a better option I would recommend to you. This platform has been around since 2005, teaching everything from basic to advanced and creating a stream of successful affiliates in a variety of niches. At an average of $1 per day, it’s not just up-to-date training, but you are also getting WordPress hosting, a keyword tool and support from real affiliates who actually have experienced. It’s also the first place that taught me how to make money online.
To learn more about the site, please read my personal review here.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments about Affiliate Institute (or other related ones), please share in the comment area below.