Product Name: Affiliate Blogger Pro/Rosalind Gardner's Academy
Product Owner: Rosalind Gardner
Price: $27 per month
What is It?
An affiliate marketing training program designed primarily for people new to affiliate marketing and containing videos, tutorials and articles. UPDATE: The community seems to have been discontinued or inactive for over 2 years now.
Before You Buy:
Affiliate Blogger Pro is a training program designed for people new to affiliate marketing and contains a significant number of articles and videos geared towards this purpose.
There is nothing ‘super secret’ or special about this program, and the program’s hook is simply the amount of information that is provided all in one place. Purchasing Affiliate Blogger Pro gives you access to Rosalind Gardner’s Academy, which is a members area containing articles, videos and information about affiliate marketing and the processes involved.
Overall, the amount of content within the site is good, although it is a little on the simplistic side. This means that it may not be suitable for people who are already experienced in affiliate marketing and looking for new approaches.
What I Liked:
In the online environment, affiliate marketing is probably the most effective way of making money and it is certainly the most popular.
As Rosalind mentions on her site, there are a lot of different expensive products and training online that promotes taking risks on ‘get quick rich’ schemes that are supposed to dramatically boost profits, traffic or both.
Affiliate marketing is a way for people to make money online even if they have never had experience in the online business world. This means that the concept that Rosalind is promoting is actually an effective and legitimate one.
It is somewhat unusual for a product site to spend part of their landing page talking about the concepts behind what they are actually selling, so I was impressed that Affiliate Blogger Pro did this.
Even though the information is somewhat simplified, it is nice to see a product explaining the basics before you buy the product, rather than ensuring you all will be revealed afterwards. With the large number of companies that don’t even tell you what exactly their product offers, I found this quite refreshing.
Information and Price
Affiliate Blogger Pro has the advantage of being relatively inexpensive and it does have a significant amount of content. The members section of the site has a considerable number of articles and videos that can help people to learn the processes associated with affiliate marketing. Many of the articles were a little shorter than I would have anticipated for the type of training, but overall, I thought the amount of information was significant.
However, it is worth noting that the fee for the training is a monthly fee, rather than a one-time-fee. Also, there is the chance that the membership cost will increase during your membership, which is something to be aware of if you plan to retain membership for multiple months.
What I Didn’t Like:
When you see a product being sold in a store or by a physical company, you can be relatively sure that what the company is advertising is pretty close to what you will actually get. With online businesses, this isn’t really the case, and most product owners tend to hype their product so much that it is difficult to tell what they are actually selling.
In reality, about the only place you will find the author being honest about the chances of earning money through their product is in their disclaimer, which certainly isn’t promoted like the rest of the product is.
Throughout her landing page, Rosalind makes her product sound like everything you need to start in affiliate marketing. It’s true that her product does contain a large amount of information, but this information can also be found on many different websites. In fact, much of the information that is provided for free on this blog is in the paid section of Rosalind’s product. Furthermore, most of Rosalind’s claims about profit actually apply to affiliate marketing in general, rather than the specific training that she provides.
Of all the hype on her sales page, what bugs me the most is the way that Rosalind refers to herself as a super affiliate. The thing is, a ‘super affiliate’ isn’t really anything, it is just a term that successful affiliate marketers use when they are trying to sell their reputation.
In the sales pitch for the product, Rosalind makes it sound like you can make money through affiliate marketing by using a WordPress.com blog, without having to put any money down.
It’s certainly true that you can do affiliate marketing without cost, but what Rosalind is actually referring to is using WordPress themes on hosted websites, which can take a bit of work. In fact, trying to conduct affiliate marketing on a WordPress.com blog is directly against the terms and conditions of the site, and is likely to get your site removed.
One of the problems that I have with this product is that it doesn’t have a clear direction. When you purchase the product, you get access to a dashboard, which gives users links to various components of the program, including tutorials, videos, forums, and resources.
Even though there are a decent number of resources on the site, there is no real information about where to start, which is poor organization for a product targeted at people who have never been involved in affiliate marketing.
There is a section of beginners tips, but this contains very basic information on effective ways of using your computer, including organizing bookmarks, protecting against viruses, and even how to download files through email. This information isn't particularly relevant to affiliate marketing, or making money at all.
The most useful aspect of the site for people new to online business is the “Business Blueprint” section, which contains lessons about how to start an affiliate marketing business. However, even this section is limited due to the lack of detail and focus on generalized concepts rather than specific steps.
To be honest, the topics that are covered in this section, and in Affiliate Blogger Pro overall are useful, but they lack important information and can be difficult to actually follow and implement, particularly for new users.
I found that many of the articles on the site were short and tended to focus on what users should do and why users should do it, but there was little information about how to actually do what was being recommended. In fact, if you are new to the field of affiliate marketing, you will probably get stuck on aspects that Rosalind doesn’t cover. This can be a little frustrating, and means that it takes much longer than it should to start the affiliate marketing process.
There is a decent amount of content on the website, even when you take into account the short nature of many of the articles.
However, it is important to note that many affiliate marketing training sites have considerably more information, and training is often provided for all levels of experience in affiliate, not just the very beginning.
Affiliate Blogger Pro is designed for people new to the field of affiliate marketing, and because of this, the training is rather basic, and most of it is obvious to anyone who has spent any time within the affiliate marketing field. Throughout her marketing, Rosalind suggests that she is offering something unusual or unique, that can result in significant profits for users. In fact, most of the information on Affiliate Blogging Pro can be found through simple web searches and blogs often contain much of the same information.
One of the things that I was interested to see about Affiliate Blog Pro is that it has a community. Having a community of people to interact with is very important for learning and practicing affiliate marketing, because it gives you people to discuss ideas with, and to ask questions that are not answered in the training. The fact that this product has a community is a good thing, but I was bothered by just how small the community was.
Somewhat surprisingly, the community for Affiliate Blogger Pro is hosted on Facebook, which is a limited platform for community interaction. Furthermore, the group only has 161 members, which isn’t a lot for how popular Rosalind’s product is supposed to be. It’s also likely that many of these members aren’t active, meaning community support is relatively low.
For me, this is a big letdown, because community interaction can really be important.
UPDATE FEB 2015: According to comments below, the last post int he forum was over 2 years ago. Affiliate Blogger Pro seems to be officially dead.
Who Is This Product For?
Affiliate Blogger Pro is a product that does provide a lot of information, and because of this, it can be useful for people who are new to affiliate marketing. The site is most suited to people who are independent learners, and have the ability to research above and beyond what is presented on the website. However, there is better affiliate marketing training available, and I would recommend looking for training that has step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.
If you are new to affiliate marketing then Affiliate Blogger Pro may be confusing and makes the process of starting up in affiliate marketing much more difficult than it needs to be.
Personally, I did all my learning through the Wealthy Affiliate Community, and I feel that their training is superior in many ways, including step-by-step lessons and videos. I particularly like the community aspects Wealthy Affiliate which are very comprehensive and interesting. There is a free membership level which lets you figure out whether the training works for you before you put any money out.