Welcome to The Secret Affiliate Machine Review!
Before I even get into this, I took a look at the disclaimers.
Disclaimers are very telling.
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!
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The Secret Affiliate Machine Summary
Product: The Secret Affiliate Machine
Owner(s): J? (He likes to remain anonymous)
Good For: Mostly the owner, but also those who want to learn about sales funnels
What is The Secret Affiliate Machine?
The headline for The Secret Affiliate Machine claims this:
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
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
Is The Secret Affiliate Machine a scam?
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.
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