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The Secret Affiliate Machine Review (Is It Worth the “Free” Price?)

Welcome to The Secret Affiliate Machine Review!

Before I even get into this, I took a look at the disclaimers.

Disclaimers are very telling.

In fact:

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review

The disclaimers told me exactly what this is. 

But I'm not going to reveal it just yet.

I want to go through the sales video and take a look at everything and see if this is worth the "free" price. 

Come with me and let's dig into The Secret Affiliate Machine review!

Tired of disappointing or scammy products?

I've got ya covered! 

The Secret Affiliate Machine Summary

Product: The Secret Affiliate Machine
Cost: "Free"​
Owner(s): J? (He likes to remain anonymous)
Good For: Mostly the owner, but also those who want to learn about sales funnels

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review

What is The Secret Affiliate Machine?

The headline for The Secret Affiliate Machine claims this:

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review - Headline

These are pretty bold words.

The video starts off saying that this is a test and if we can pass it we can unlock one of the most powerful machines on the planet. This machine is the secret behind a $6.8 billion industry.

The video claims you can unlock passive income and get your dream car. After showing us some income amounts of thousands plus per day, our narrator, who just likes to be called J, tells us he's sick of seeing hype too. Which is funny because he definitely just gave us some hype.

He says that if we pass the test (watching the entire video), then he'll give us the machine for free. (Oh, but it'll cost ya alright. You'll see...)

The Secret Affiliate Machine will help you make a profit

The Secret Affiliate Machine

J says this is called The Secret Affiliate Machine, and it's a "secret" because most people don't know how to generate results online.

"Affiliate" means affiliate marketing. He says that the product that we'll be promoting is one that virtually sells itself. That's not quite true, but we'll get back to it a little later.

J says that we don't want to promote small-ticket items like socks. Instead, we want to promote high-ticket offers that bring in the big bucks.

He says the "Machine" part of the name means:

Done for you system?

Generally speaking, when you come across a system that is "done for you", it's not a great thing. It usually means you're copying someone's website pre-filled with offers and trying to blast it out there, spammer-style, to get some people to click on it.

I think this is a little different, and we'll talk a little bit later whether it's a good way to do things or not.

Grow Your Affiliate Marketing Machine

J goes on to remind us that he's giving us the $10,000 machine for free and that our job is to grow it. He says we can have the machine up within 60 minutes and could have commissions by the end of the week.

I do think that's possible with this, but it's not without its risks.

He says you need to give this process at least 90 days to do its work. This instruction is important to note, as I'll show you in the next section.

You only need to spend 30 minutes per week tending to your machine. J's goal is to get us to a passive $4000 per month, and when we reach it, we also get our dream car paid for.


How Does The Secret Affiliate Machine Work?

As I mentioned, I saw in the disclaimer what this was about:

Disclaimer says this uses ClickFunnels

Of course, you need supersonic eyes to read that, but it basically says that J is an affiliate of ClickFunnels. Nothing wrong with that. ClickFunnels is a good system. (That's an affiliate link up there. Hey, I'm an affiliate marketer too. 😉 )

So J is using their sales funnels to funnel you into their funnels. lol

Here's a video from Russel Brunson, creator of ClickFunnels explaining about funnels and how they work:

Now, the reason you don't pay J is that you set up a 14-day free trial for ClickFunnels. However, you will pay $99 / month after that to stay with ClickFunnels. That's why J says it's important to give it at least 90 days. That ensures J will make money.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. That's what affiliate marketing is. You promote products and you get commissions.

And you DO need a little time to see if something works, so I'm not saying it's all about the money here. In fact, the more successful you are, and the more money you make, the longer you stay on as a ClickFunnels customer, and the more money J will make.

(Or me if you chose my ClickFunnels affiliate link. Hint-hint. 😉 - *shameless plug, but at least I admit it*) 

So it's in his best interest if you do well. 

That's basically how this all works from my perspective.


Is The Secret Affiliate Machine a Scam or Legit?

The Secret Affiliate Machine isn't a scam, it's just a marketing funnel. As I mentioned above (and I'm going to mention it again because it's fun to say), it's a funnel to get you into a funnel to learn about funnels. (SO fun. lol)

I have to give this one my middle thumb. It's not a terrible way to do things, but I do think there are different, but less expensive ways to make money online. 

Middle Thumb

Also, it seems like the objective here is just to set up funnels to sell ClickFunnels. Is there a real purpose to that?

(FYI - This is J's plan for us, not necessarily ClickFunnel's plan. The second sales page says it here:

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review - ClickFunnels is your product

Even though J says ClickFunnels will be your platform and your product, you can technically use sales funnels to sell anything.)

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review - Pros

  • Affiliate marketing is a legitimate way to do business
  • ClickFunnels is a legitimate company (and they have a good affiliate program)

The Secret Affiliate Machine Review - Cons

  • ClickFunnels is pricey at $99 / month
  • In order to get traffic to your funnel, you'll need to pay for traffic which can also get pricey (we'll talk about this in a sec)
  • We don't know who J is and why we should trust him
  • $50,000 is a pretty hyped-up number. It's possible, but is it probable for most people?

How to Get Traffic to Your Funnel

The way that you'll be learning how to get traffic to your funnel (I'm assuming - I didn't actually sign up with J. I have my own way of doing things which I'll tell you about next.) is through paid ads.

So I want you to keep this in mind as you decide whether or not this is a good idea.

You'll be paying $99 / month for ClickFunnels, plus advertising to get traffic to your funnel.

The problem with paid ads is that you're never guaranteed that they're going to work. It can take some trial and error to get it right.

But that's going to cost you, unless you get lucky and hit on something right away.

People spend thousands testing different ads to see what works.

You can certainly go for it and try it out, but if you'd like a less expensive option, let me tell you about what I do.


Less Expensive Affiliate Marketing Options

First of all, I want to say I haven't personally tried out ClickFunnels myself - yet. It's on my to-do because I want to see how it actually all works and if it's worth $99 / month. If you can make more than $99 / month, then it's worth it. I just don't personally know that answer yet.

With that said, I have some alternatives for you.

If you want to learn affiliate marketing and you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, this is my #1 recommendation to learn it start-to-finish, step-by-step.

Instead of paid traffic, they teach more about using SEO (search engine optimization), which means you'll be able to get free traffic from Google and the other search engines. While this way takes a little while to get rolling, it's not only free, but it helps with ongoing traffic growth.

(If you pay for traffic and you stop paying for traffic, your traffic stops.)

If you'd like to build a funnel, then I recommend:

1. Learning how to create an affiliate marketing website at my #1 recommendation
2. Grabbing a Thrive Membership (they have all kinds of ways to build out a beautiful funnel) 
3. Getting an email autoresponder (you would need this for ClickFunnels too). I recommend ConvertKit.

If you'd like even more help with funnels, and have access to done-for-you funnels, I recommend Funnellogics.


Conclusion

Is The Secret Affiliate Machine a scam?

No.

Is it worth it?

That depends on what you're looking to do and how much money you're willing to spend.

If you're OK spending almost $100 / month on ClickFunnels, plus about $20 or $30 a month on an autoresponder, plus at least a few hundred for paid traffic, then go for it!

If you'd like to learn about creating an affiliate website and attracting free traffic instead (then maybe building your own funnels later with Thrive), then I encourage you to check out my #1 recommendation.


Do you have any questions or comments about The Secret Affiliate Machine review? I'd love to hear from you. Leave me comments below!


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Christina Piccoli
 

I'm Christina, and I hate cubicles. I started affiliate marketing as a path to freedom from the rat race. My mission is to guide others to that same freedom by showing them how to create an income online. Read more about me here.

  • Todd Matthews says:

    Yeah, the mystery owner (J) has always raised an immediate red flag, plus the fact there are cheaper and perhaps better options out there than ClickFunnels, though it is legitimate in the affiliate game and has garnered positive reviews. I personally wouldn’t be willing to spend $99/month on a program that is so-so over spending less than other proven platforms out there, but that’s just me. 

    • Christina Piccoli says:

      I haven’t looked too deeply into ClickFunnels (haven’t felt the need to since I’m happy with Wealthy Affiliate and Thrive), but I’ll have to say, they seem to do fun contests and lots of good training to get people pumped up and involved. I’ll have to look into it a little more. 

  • Amanda says:

    Very good review, I have seen this many times and wondered if there was any truth to it.  Thankfully I didn’t fall into his hands and get caught up in all of his misconceptions of being a free service when it in fact is not.  I do think your number one recommendation would be the best choice for those on a budget thats for sure.

  • Jay says:

    As much as I would like to say that I learned a lot of this post which I actually did I would like to say that this was a fun read especially when you said J is using their sales funnels to funnel you into their funnels. As funny as that might seem the fact is that you were absolutely right and this is becoming a method a lot of people are starting to employ when promoting affiliate offers.

    I don’t really know what this guy J has to offer but the fact is that after discovering this trick being employed by J, I don’t think the person is really interested in providing valuable information to people but rather is just interested in trying to turn them into buyers of the product they are promoting. So for me, I would say a sound no for systems like this and stick with only those I know have something valuable to give.

    • Christina Piccoli says:

      I agree with your assessment about “J” not actually providing value and just selling his funnels. Although, I don’t know what lies behind his opt in page. Maybe he actually does provide some training. So I can’t say for sure. 

  • marlasmith says:

    Thanks for the information on “J” and the Secret Affiliate Machine.  I have not come across “J” before, but I am thinking from the information you are showing here, that if I search hard enough, I might find “J” somewhere else along the way promoting some other type of product beside Funnels.  His own approach would turn me off and make me afraid to even try his program.  

    I do need to learn more about funnels though.  Do you have any information available that gives a better understanding on how to use funnels on your website?  If I am understanding what I read correctly, you would also need to have an email list established to use funnels?  (I need to do that, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.)  I know I would need a plugin for email lists, but if you are creating funnels, do you need a seperate plugin for that also?  (As you can see my knowledge on funnels is lacking.)  I would appreciate any and all suggestions.  

    • Christina Piccoli says:

      Your funnel would help grow your email list. So it would kind of go like this: 

      Step 1 – You add an opt in on your form (this is where they’d enter their email address)
      Step 2 – You send them to a sales page, or give them a free download
      Step 3 – You follow up with them in email 

      You wouldn’t use a plugin, you’d have to use an autoresponder for emails. There are many out there. I use ConvertKit

      You may be able to create funnels just with plugins, but I’m not entirely sure. I use the Thrive products to create mine. 

  • Martin Burt says:

    Hi Christina, I think J is certainly thinking outside the box here, although I wouldn’t be stating such big figures to lure people in. I did guess from the beginning that it was Clickfunnels which I have looked at. But, as you say $99 a month is very steep for someone starting out. I also agree totally with your recommendation of Thrive Membership I use thrive to build all my landing pages and sales funnels and of course it is much cheaper than CF. 

    • Christina Piccoli says:

      Hey Martin, thanks for the comment! I guess those big figures do lure people in, otherwise they wouldn’t use them. Even if “J” makes $50k, I wonder how much he spends to get that. It makes you think…

  • Melody Logsdon says:

    This is an excellent website.

    I use Wealthy Affiliate organization to work from home and start my business. The more I follow the lessons step by step the more I learn.

    In the future I will use clickfunnels, but for now I will just stick with Wealthy Affiliate.

    Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal, they have helped 100’s and thousands of peoples get their business started.

    • Christina Piccoli says:

      You really don’t need ClickFunnels if you’re already at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s just another tool, but you really have all the tools you need at Wealthy Affiliate. (Except an autoresponder, but you don’t need that right away.) 

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