Product Name: Affiliate Commander
Product Owner: Unknown
What is it?
A PDF of approaches and techniques for being successful in affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Commander is a PDF of information for affiliate marketing. Unfortunately, the PDF tends to be vague and offers little bits of information on a wide range of topics, making it difficult for people to take that information and apply it. Additionally, many of the approaches discussed are already well-known.
This means that most people would get little to nothing out of the book and the book is hard to use for those new to the field.
Before You Buy
With Affiliate Commander there is only one upsell to watch out for. This is an upsell for link cloaking. It is also something that you shouldn’t even consider getting unless you know exactly what link cloaking is and why you might want it.
What I Liked
I do like that the focus of this product is on teaching people what to do, not on providing a ‘super secret’ trick, as so many other sites claim.
I also like the fact that Affiliate Commander actually tells you that you are paying for a 44-page eBook. That information can help readers to figure out whether this product is actually right for them or not. False or misleading advertising is a huge problem in the internet marketing industry.
Although I wasn't particularly impressed with this product, this portion of the marketing was passable.
What I Didn’t Like
Being successful in affiliate marketing is about learning what to do and then applying that knowledge. This is the concept behind Affiliate Commander, but honestly, the amount of teaching that the product actually does is pretty limited.
For the $17 price tag you get one PDF as well as a few ‘bonuses’ that aren’t really worth the bother. So, it really boils down to whether the PDF is as good as the author claims and whether it actually teaches you anything useful.
To start off with, the PDF is 44 pages long and contains a bit over 8,000 words. There is only so much training that you can get into that amount of space and that does show. I write some blog posts that are over 2000 words, but I don't turn around and try to sell them.
The PDF essentially offers a relatively basic introduction into a range of internet marketing approaches and concepts, including direct linking, landing pages, finding products, getting traffic, tracking sales and backlinks.
The author does cover a large number of approaches, and this is actually a major issue.
By doing this, the author is providing snippets of information on each topic. In particular, there simply isn’t enough information on any given topic for people to actually put it to use.
For most of the topics in the PDF, you would want to go away and find out additional information before you tried to apply the approaches. Certainly, there is nothing inside this guide that is going to change how you view internet marketing!
Just a PDF
I’m a big fan of learning – especially when it comes to making money online. There really is so much to learn in this field and sometimes it feels like you could just spend all day learning new concepts and new ideas.
The challenge is finding accurate and useful information to learn off. This is particularly important if you are just getting started in internet marketing, as it can sometimes seem like a big and very confusing field.
In this case, you are presented with a PDF that is vague and not all that helpful.
Learning from a PDF is hard at the best of times. Doing so means you have no real support, no way of asking questions and no easy way of finding additional information. With Affiliate Commander you are also dealing with a PDF that doesn’t have direct instructions or step-by-step information.
Regardless of your experience in affiliate marketing, the best way to learn is through training that takes you through the steps one at a time. You also want training that is community-based, so you have other people to interact with and ask questions.
This isn’t something that Affiliate Commander offers. Instead, you are just left with vague directions that would be challenging to actually follow.
Affiliate Commander is a bit strange in the way it is targeted.
To be honest, it looks like the author was simply trying to target as many potential customers as possible by claiming that the product is relevant to all skill levels.
This really isn’t true. It makes it sound like there's just “one way” to make money online and it's going to teach you it.
Honestly, if you are very new to the concept of making money online, then you might not even know what affiliate marketing is, much less what is involved. The PDF doesn’t really explain any of the concepts and there is almost no information about how to get started in the field.
To make matters worse, the information the PDF offers isn’t provided in a way that can be easily followed. This means that there aren’t any specific instructions for what to do and instead the PDF focused on general concepts and approaches.
So, if you were new to internet marketing, the PDF would be confusing and wouldn’t really offer that much useful advice.
To be honest, Affiliate Commander isn’t all that useful for people experienced in affiliate marketing either. Most of the approaches discussed in the PDF are either common knowledge or they aren’t discussed in enough detail to be useful.
Some people might come away from the PDF with an idea or two that could help improve their site, but I suspect most people wouldn’t even find that.
Some of the things that Affiliate Commander talks about in the PDF are viable approaches; other ones are a bit suspicious.
In general, Affiliate Commander seems to be focused on the idea of running small sites to promote specific products and mentions both ClickBank and JZ Zoo products as possibilities. This approach includes the use of direct links, a landing page, a squeeze page and a sales page.
However, Affiliate Commander entirely hides the fact that this is just one way to make money through affiliate marketing. In fact, it is an approach that has been getting less effective as time goes on, and consumers get wise to old affiliate tricks.
The problem with the approach is getting traffic to the site. Google has been increasing its focus on content-laden sites and attempting to interpret context in keywords. Google also doesn't accept squeeze pages to PPC ads, and Facebook/Bing Ads are hit and miss. That means you're left with paying for low quality traffic from traffic exchanges or solo ads, which is a whole ‘nother can of worms.
Of course, Affiliate Commander doesn’t talk about this issue, and instead promotes getting traffic through paid search.
I don’t like the fact that Affiliate Commander is promoting paid traffic to people relatively new at affiliate marketing – or the fact that the PDF dismisses the potential of free traffic and getting people to your website by creating helpful information.
If you are getting started at making money online, free traffic should always be your first approach in my opinion (especially if you're on a budget).
Until you have been in the field for a while and have experience with your niche and your site, you simply don’t have the information needed to use paid traffic well or to pick good options.
Other Comments: The Writer
There is little information about who owns Affiliate Commander itself, but the eBook is copyrighted to Thomas Witek.
I’ve written about Thomas before because of a product called Click Jacker. Click Jacker is a product that promotes a specific way of earning money online that really isn’t too effective. I wasn’t impressed with the product or the rhetoric surrounding it either, but there is a response video from him within that review worth checking out if you're interested.
In the end, Affiliate Commander is just an overpriced eBook that doesn’t offer much that is new and doesn’t teach users well. If it was less expensive it might be worth picking up for a few tips and tricks for people who are experienced in affiliate marketing. But, the price means that you simply wouldn’t get enough to make that worth it.
Learning affiliate marketing is a good approach for making money online, but Affiliate Commander’s training falls far short. Instead, it’s best to focus on training that can teach you what to do, how to do it and how to avoid mistakes. Support? It's non-existent.
Wealthy Affiliate is a training site that I promote, because it worked so well for me and for many others. The site has a strong emphasis on community and support. It teaches people how to be successful in affiliate marketing, supporting them every step of the way.