Overall Score: 5/10
Founder: Andrea Fulton
Price: $9.95 + upsells ($27, $97, $67)
Hey there readers! I was recently notified of a new “get rich quick” product on social media, so I naturally did some digging. As we all know, this stuff is never what it claims to be, but my review will sort you out. Let’s do this!
What is Affiliate Cash Empire?
Ever pay $10 at a fancy restaurant for a bottle of water that you could’ve drank at home for free? Or how about hundreds of dollars on university textbooks that can be found at the public library?
Or for that matter, how about thousands spent on tuition when everything you need to know is online?
That’s what Affiliate Cash Empire (ACE) feels like.
Question: would you really believe a product with a name like Affiliate Cash Empire? It screams “get-rich-quick,” even though it’s only 10 bucks!
Created by Andrea Fulton, ACE is an internet marketing video training course that’s supposed to-you guessed it-teach you the secrets to fast and easy online success.
Although the sales pages harps about affiliate marketing, the videos themselves teach email marketing. Now, I admit that email marketing is a legit strategy. It’s hugely profitable once you get the hang of it.
Still, the truth is that despite having 10 whole videos, ACE doesn’t do a very good job explaining the business it’s teaching. If you know the basic concepts behind email marketing and the process it follows, you basically own ACE.
Heck, if you know what a landing page is, you’re already halfway there.
Even if you don’t know anything, the videos will confuse you, since they’re unclear and poorly produced.
But enough intro. Let’s get to the product!
The ACE Training
As I said before, ACE is comprised of 10 video modules on email marketing.
The modules vary in length, but if you binge-watched them all (and you probably will if you bought this thing in the first place), it’ll take you around 3 hours to finish.
Here are the module topics themselves:
- What You’ll Need (7:36)
- Niche Selection (18:18)
- Autoresponders (38:25)
- Autoresponder Walkthrough (26:20)
- Follow Up Emails (13:47)
- Squeeze Page Creation (26:14)
- Choosing Affiliate Offers (8:10)
- Tracking (11:15)
- Testing (4:41)
- Final Overview (24:27)
There’s also a “resource guide,” with links to the tools Fulton uses in the training, like Aweber and Mail Chimp. But these are all affiliate links, because why not?
The Good News
The videos basically run you through the process of email marketing. And honestly, it’s *decent* training.
The fact that these are videos and not text guides is a plus. Video is easier to teach with. Fulton isn’t very fast, so you can follow along quite easily.
As much as I hate to say it, the training will teach you quite a bit if you’re totally green. Email marketing is really important for any online business, so having a good understanding is key.
Where’s the Bad News, Bub?
Yeah, yeah. Okay, I managed to squeeze all the good news that I could. You really can’t blame me now.
The Bad News
For the little that ACE does right, there sure is a lot that it does wrong.
Low Production Value
A while back I reviewed a very similar product called the Commission Machine, by Michael Cheney. It too has several video modules focusing on email marketing, but the CM videos are gold compared to these.
Despite CM being just as misleading as ACE, the videos were mighty entertaining and pretty high quality. Cheney was very humorous and his modules were tutorials. You could see his computer screen most of the time.
Sadly, Fulton has none of that. Her sound quality is horrible and she doesn’t have much of a presence. She uses PowerPoints, for crying out loud!
And it’s not that PowerPoint itself is a bad thing. It’s just almost none of the ACE tutorials are over-the-shoulder. Most of it is just text.
The price of CM is $25, which isn’t much more than ACE’s $10. Why couldn’t Andrea Fulton invest in a better mike? Are over-the-shoulder tutorials that hard to film? Certainly not, considering even amateur YouTubers do it.
It’s just lazy quality. I’m almost sure ACE is a rushed product.
I did mention that the training was decent, but only to a certain degree. Once you understand the basic email marketing model, everything changes.
For one, ACE shows you how to make a simple squeeze/landing page to capture emails. Not a website.
Websites are a necessity for affiliate and email marketers. The people buying ACE are probably totally unaware of how easy it is to make a full website (like the one you’re reading now) these days, so they’re probably grateful that they get a landing page.
A landing page on its own, without any experience, is useless. How do you become an authority in your niche without an actual site?
No Mention of Traffic
The training also doesn’t mention traffic at all. You know, traffic? One of the hardest things to get, and the hardest part about running a website?
Organic traffic is hard enough for real websites. Landing pages have no chance. It’s impossible for them to get hits. You would have to pay for ads on Google, Facebook, or even Twitter and Bing. Oh, and Fulton doesn’t mention paid ads either. Good luck, rookie.
Did I mention that those companies often ban content-lite websites from having ads in the first place?
You can’t build a squeeze page and wait for subscribers. It’s just not done.
Way Too General
What I mean by this is, the training is just 3 hours long. You can’t fit everything you need to know in that amount of time.
Take the squeeze page module, for instance. It’s 26 minutes, which isn’t too bad, actually… in a vacuum. But if you search “squeeze page creation” on YouTube, you get thousands of long videos. I’m sure a lot of them cover as much as ACE does.
Also, Fulton’s slides don’t show real examples. She just explains things. It’s like learning web design without looking at websites. Impossible!
Don’t get me started on niche selection. 20 minutes to explain possibly the most stressing part of starting a new website, without many examples?
Oh, those wascawy upsewws!
I hate upsells, and considering even hundred-dollar programs have them, there was no chance the $10 ACE would miss out.
It’s funny. You’d swear the sales page was promising that you were paying $10 for the complete “six-figure income” system… simply because it does:
But no, as soon as you buy ACE, you get flooded with upsells:
- $27 for How to Get Traffic: Really? I guess this is why the training doesn’t mention traffic. Pathetic.
- $97 for Webinars: I don’t know what to say for this one. It must be overpriced, though.
- $67 for Coaching Call: A woman who supposedly makes $100K per month online is charging just $67 for an hour of coaching. Hmm…
I totally understand why upsells are a thing. That doesn’t make them any less dishonest and annoying, though.
The Affiliate Cash Empire Verdict
By now, you can probably guess that I hate Affiliate Cash Empire. I hate it a lot.
Still, I can safely say that ACE isn’t a scam. It’s a legit product. I mean, the training sucks, but it’s there.
Plus, the price is $10. I can’t blast it like it costs a few hundred smackers. It’s not like it’s gonna break the bank if you fall for it.
Even though it isn’t a scam, I’d recommend staying away. The training won’t do you any good if you’re established online, and it’ll just mislead you if you’re a total beginner. This is a shortcut that’ll get you lost.
And hey, if you insist, go ahead. It’s just 10 bucks. There’s a 30-day grace period, so be sure to return it if you don’t like it.
A Better Choice
Despite all the deception and exaggeration, ACE’s sales page is right about one thing: affiliate marketing is not dead. It’s still a very lucrative business…if you’re patient.
The thing is, shortcuts like ACE never work. They just drain your wallet, or worse, discourage you from online business.
If you wanna be successful, you need quality support and a community behind you. That’s what Wealthy Affiliate, my #1 Super Program, is all about: providing you with all the help you need.
Oh yeah, and you also need a website. That’s no problem. You get two full sites for free when you sign up.
Don’t waste your time on these schemes. Sooner or later, you’re gonna have to either start a real business from scratch or quit altogether.
What do you think of ACE? Got any questions? Leave a comment below!
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