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I got an email today from Steve at Steal My System with the subject line “I want this program so freakin bad”.
I have to admit that the subject line got me so I opened the email and checked out the program he was talking about. It was for an affiliate training program called Affiliate Academics by Alan Magliocca who I recently mentioned in my review for his program Easy Clone System.
The weird thing is that after viewing the video for Affiliate Academics is that the order page was for a program called Easy Clone System that appeared to be very different from the other Easy Clone System Magliocca released last year.
There were a few other things that had me on alert. In the end, I decided not to purchase Affiliate Academics because of all these flags that I was getting.
This isn’t a review of the system (because I didn’t get it) but rather 5 reasons why I didn’t bother purchasing Affiliate Academics. If you agree then you might want to skip Affiliate Academics as well.
What Is Affiliate Academics?
After clicking on the link from the email I was taken to a page where I viewed a video then taken to the order page for Easy Clone System.
This was a special landing page for Affiliate Academics it appears since there is also another page where you’re offered a free printed book by Alan Magliocca called From Misery to Millions: The Power of Payoff Through Persistence.
After a little research, it seems Affiliate Academics is a membership site that is modeled after a college type course with member levels such as ‘Freshman’, ‘Sophomore’ and so on.
The site teaches you how to set up an online business “fast and easy”.
I was interested to see how it compared with Wealthy Affiliate but I had some reservations after running into a few red flags.
5 Reasons I Didn’t Bother Getting Affiliate Academics by Alan Magliocca
It’s just a $1 trial but still, I didn’t get Affiliate Academics for at least 5 reasons. Here they are.
(1) Scammers rarely recommend anything legit
This is an observation I made after sticking around on a few email lists of gurus who I’ve deemed to be scammers. Steve (not his real name) at Steal My System is one of them and I’ve never gotten an email from him recommending anything legitimate.
There are a few others like Mike from Rich Janitor just to name one other example. They never ever recommend anything legit.
So when I get an email from Steve pushing this Affiliate Academics thing from Alan Magliocca, even if it is good, it’s hard not to feel uneasy about it.
(2) Alan Magliocca’s reputation
Then there’s Alan Magliocca, who doesn’t have a very good reputation as an internet marketer.
I’ve reviewed a number of products by him over the years and I can’t name one that I’ve found to be of any good. I’ve reviewed the aforementioned Easy Clone System and that was a funnel for Aspire/Digital Altitude which is an expensive digital MLM that I’ve asked readers to beware of.
He also had Banks Experiment a couple years back on Clicksure, a network infested by scammers and gurus who do not care about anyone’s success but their own. I gave that a negative rating also for good reason.
On his Affiliate Academics website, Magliocca appears to have cleaned up his act, no longer hiding behind characters like Ron Banks and blasting internet gurus who “set traps”. But this is sales copy. Only the product, it’s quality and his actions as a “mentor” going forward can redeem him.
(3) They’ll Do All the Work for Me?
The headline on the sales page made me very uncomfortable. “Fastest and Easiest Automatic Money System” it says.
Then it goes on – “We’ll Do All the Work for You”.
This might be what some people want to hear but this isn’t how things work. You don’t just pay a fee and some company does all the work for you so you can make buckets of cash. This just seems like one of those internet guru’s “traps” being set.
What you might want to hear is “We’ll do all the work for you” but the reality is that no one is going to do the work for you. They might offer you shortcuts (such as keyword lists, PLR content, etc) but it’s up to you to put it all together, to put in the effort and make it work.
Failure is inevitable if you believe that anyone is going to do ALL the work for you.
(4) What Easy Clone System?
The fact that I’d seen the product title before and that it was associated with Alan Magliocca and that I’d given it a negative review, made it tough for me to think that this could be anything good.
Furthermore, as both versions have a $1 trial, I wasn’t too sure what this system was all about. Were you going to get the same Aspire/Digital Altitude program? Didn’t seem like it as this system seemed to have video training by Alan himself.
And then there was the monthly fee after the trial which is $34.95 – nothing like that in Digital Altitude.
Re-using the same product name confused me and I’m not going to make a purchase of something with a confused mind.
(5) Please Don’t Threaten Me
The $1 trial is for 10 days of access to Affiliate Academics. After that you’re charged $34.95 every month until you cancel.
To cancel, you have to email the support desk. You cannot do it any other way otherwise there are going to be consequences.
On the order form, there is short passage outlining an agreement you’re making with Affiliate Academics before you hit the order button.
“By placing my order, I agree that I fully understand what I am purchasing, and if I have ANY problems or questions whatsoever, I can contact Affiliate Academics support team at the dedicated support desk here. Also, I agree that if I decide the product is not for me, I will NOT contact my bank, PayPal or credit card company, as this will result in being contacted by the attorney for Affiliate Academics, Inc to begin legal action against me for my actions. INSTEAD, I will contact support HERE to cancel my members area account and get a full refund within 48 hours or less. Please type your two initials in this box to agree:”
In the highlighted portion above, it seems as though they do not want to get chargebacks due to buyers contacting Paypal, their bank or credit card company so they decide to threaten legal action if you do. Instead they’re encouraging you to contact their support to cancel.
I don’t like the idea of being threatened before I make a purchase of anything. If they had a clear refund policy, then I’m willing to bet that most rational thinking persons would follow it and get a refund rather than give themselves the hassle of contacting their bank.
People only usually use chargebacks as a last resort after they’ve tried getting a refund online to no avail. What happens if they decide to ignore your refund requests during the trial period but you want your trial canceled before they bill you the full amount?
I don’t like threats. A clear refund policy would have been the better way to go.
Does Affiliate Academics Work?
I can’t say but I might still try to get it just to review it and compare it to Wealthy Affiliate, my number one affiliate marketing training recommendation.
There might be some value but I can’t ignore the 5 points I mentioned above.
If you have any experience with Affiliate Academics, been a member of the site, read the Misery to Millions book or tried the Easy Clone System, I would really appreciate your feedback below, whether positive or negative just so others can decide whether to try it or not.