Product Name: Super Affiliate Machine
Product Owner: Austin E. Anthony
Advertised Price: $147 or $167
What Is It?
SAM is a kind of software that automates niche website building and certain aspects of SEO.
The automated features of Super Affiliate Machine will kill your website before it even launches. They are selling you a dream of building a portfolio of money-generating niche websites but the reality of actually achieving this is not possible with this product.
Before You Buy
The sales pitch for SAM was quite mild compared to some other scam products out there, but there was a typical “rags to riches” and “fire your boss” pitch which appeals to folks in desperate situations.
Personally, I’m not a fan of this type of sales page. Could it be true? Maybe. But it’s a tired, played out tactic. Please just tell me what the product does and what I’m paying for.
Speaking of which, they actually do a pretty good job of this. They do show a demonstration video of the product in action, and how the software builds niches websites in a just a few minutes. I feel they could have done more to educate the buyer, but they did better than most in this area.
For more insight into the actual software, check out this video. The guy in the vid does a further demonstration of how to use the software with a bit more detail than the sales page of Super Affiliate Machine. He actually recommends the software, but I disagree with him that it will help anyone be successful online.
What I Liked
The coolest thing was that SAM actually manages your WordPress site within dashboard of SAM. This is not unique though, as I can do this in ManageWP and manage 50+ WordPress sites for a few hundred dollars per year from their dashboard. BTW, for anyone with tons of WordPress sites (I have over 40), ManageWP is a a lifesaver. But that’s another story.
I guess I should give them credit for software that actually works as well. From the demo videos, it seems to be pretty fast and although I disagree that it will be of use to anyone, it certainly does what it says.
The $47 launch price wasn’t bad, but the normal $147 for only 3 WP sites is way overpriced. I can manage 25 websites in ManageWP for $149/year.
This a related concern worth mentioning: At a one time fee, I find it hard to believe they will maintain the software for long. What’s going to happen after WordPress updates and API changes? A one time fee for website management software is always a scary thing because they either need to keep growing to get new members in to pay overhead costs or ditch the software and launch something new.
What I Didn’t Like
Bad SEO Advice
There is some seriously nonsensical SEO advice being pitched to you in this product. Not only will listening to these guys get you started on the wrong foot, but some of the advice could harm your current campaigns.
The first sign of BS was when the presenter said “nothing gives you a bigger advantage in google than expired domains”.
Expired domains may give you an advantage in some cases, but not all. Many times they are not relevant to your niche or filled with a low quality backlink history and other baggage. Buying an expired domain that you can actually use requires a decent amount of research and knowledge to know what you’re looking for.
Are we given the tools to check this stuff? Nope. Just told that aged domains are GOOD.
Even then, and aged domain will not guarantee success. You can throw down a few hundred dollars on a 4 year old domain with a PR of 3 and still have less success than a brand new domain with a good amount of blogging and social activity. I’ve seen it happen.
BTW, Google doesn’t even use PR anymore.
Automatically Dig Your Own Niche Grave
The thing which will absolutely destroy your website, new or established, is putting spun content on it. From both demo videos (sales vid + vid above), you can see that content is automatically added to the website based on our keywords.
Where did this content come from? They kind of glazed over that.
As probably THE most important aspect of actually converting visitors into sales, the subject of how to write content that sells is not even touched upon.
Here are two examples of auto-content that you get with Super Affiliate Machine:
Does that look like a human wrote that? Ok, so you can tweak it, but what’s better for building a reputable website online?
a. Spend 20 minutes rewriting spun content to be passable
b. Spend 60 minutes writing original, awesome content readers will love
Would you still be reading this if I had just grabbed content from some other dude online, put it through a meat grinder, and haphazardly pasted whatever came out the other side? Probably not.
This doesn’t even take into account that Google hates spun content, and copying content from other sources without giving them credit, even if it’s spun, is copyright infringement. And personally? I haven’t seen a PLR article rank in years. They also fail to mention where those images are taken from. Using images without the correct licensing or attribution could get your site served with a DMCA notice and taken down.
In combination with the poor keyword choices and bad SEO advice, I really think that this software is setting you up for failure. I know that I would never use it, and I actually do make money from niche websites.
Keyword Problems with Super Affiliate Niche Machine
A feature I was looking forward to in Super Affiliate Machine was the keyword research and domain finder. They are absolutely right that the price of these tools add up.
However, after watching their keyword quality indicator in action, I have to totally disagree with what they consider to be good keywords and good domains! I'd rather pay for a tool I trust than get something for free that doesn't give me good information.
In fact, I would choose the OPPOSITE of what they have given us. In the demo video, Taqi Askari choose the keyword “Weight Loss Pills Target”.
Not only is that not grammatically correct (and he doesn’t even change it), but it’s going to be extremely difficult to rank for a keyword using another websites brand in the title. It’s like trying to rank for “Buy supplements on Amazon”.
Amazon or Target are going to rank, not you!
Finding a good keyword is not just about looking at the numbers. There are many other things that come into play, like doing a bit of competition research before buying a domain. Is that taken into account when showing us good domains in SAM? They don’t say anything about it, so I doubt it.
Here are two examples from the video in the beginning of the review:
The two keywords labeled as good keywords, stop smoking results and my stop smoking make absolutely no sense. What type of context can they be used in? They certainly are not buying keywords or grammatically correct in any way. Just because they are low competition doesn’t mean they should be used.
On the other hand, the three keywords with lower scores, I think are great.
- stop smoking spray
- stop smoking smoking with hypnosis
- stop smoking ulcers
Stop Smoking Spray Related Keywords Traffic/Competition
These are all fantastic blog post topics, and things that people will really search for in Google. They are extremely low competition, high interest, grammatically correct (or near) keywords that could be used for an alternative quit smoking website.
Potential Blog Titles
- Does Stop Smoking Spray Really Work?
- What is Stop Smoking Spray Made of?
- Top 3 Natural Stop Smoking Sprays
- How To Use Stop Smoking Mouth Spray Properly
Stop smoking with hypnosis was most likely labeled as “bad” because it’s high competition. However, stop smoking ulcers also has a lot of potential to market remedies and at the very least, get a hungry audience onto your website.
Potential Blog Titles
- Does Stopping Smoking Cause Ulcers?
- Will I Get Mouth Ulcers With I Quit Smoking
- Natural Remedies For Ulcers From Stopping Smoking
- Fact Or Myth: Stopping Smoking Causes Ulcers & Colds
OK, last part of the rant. TheStopSmoking.net is an extremely lame domain name. It’s poor English, and not very brandable IMO.
The Passive Income Carrot
Products like Super Affiliate Machine perpetuates the idea that there is some way to automate the niche site building process. They want you to think that there is a secret out there that makes building an online business easy, instead of hard.
The fact is, you do not need an army of niche websites. In fact, as an owner of over 60 websites, I know that it’s virtually impossible to maintain that many.
I have about 5 websites that I work on on a regular basis. One of them I update daily. The other I outsource the content and update weekly. A third I update bi-weekly with my own content. Two others still make money but I only make updates a few times a year.
It’s taken me over 4 years to achieve this equilibrium, and I outsource a lot of the work.
It’s my opinion that there’s absolutely no way that the websites you build with Super Affiliate machine will rank, make money, or be around for long.
Sure, you can build them in 5 minutes, but who cares? Spend a week build a really good website rather than a trashy one, and enjoy the results it gets. If you are building a website to last 10 years, what’s a week of work to set yourself up with a strong foundation?
The people looking at Super Affiliate Machine (and similar software) want passive income, and they want it starting next week. But the truth is that building legitimate, stable income that way just isn’t going to happen.
Instead of taking shortcuts, I recommend you learn how niche website building works. Learn how to find good keywords, write content that sells, and rank in Google without tricks or loopholes.
Learn how to build a legitimate online business that will last for years. It takes longer, and requires that you sit down to learn, but isn’t that the way with most things in life?
If you really want passive income, you can later outsource the work you don’t like (or can’t do) when you have a better idea of how to make money with niche websites.
Have you tried SAM?
What do you think about automated website building tools such as this one?