The AFFcelerator Super Affiliate Intensive is a 3 day workshop held by Charles Ngo. I’ve attended one of these workshops in October 2015, in London. I’m writing this review at such a later time because he just recently launched the schedule for this year’s workshops and some people have already asked me in private what I think of the workshop and if they should take it. The answer is that it depends on an individual basis if you can make it worth it. I will try to explain the main factors you should consider when attending this or any other workshop for that matter.
If you are new to the industry, you don’t have any half decent campaigns, even if it’s with little profit and with swings you cannot control, you should not take it. The workshop gives the most value to someone who is making some money in affiliate marketing already, even if it’s not something they can live off of. You should understand the very basic things needed to get a profitable campaign.
This helps you understand where to apply the concepts taught in the workshop, and also makes sure that you start at step 1 after, instead of starting from 0. It’s much harder to make an expensive workshop worth it when you start from 0 than when you start from 1. Getting from 0 to 1 is underestimated by many.
2. Funds AFTER paying for the trip.
The upfront investment for the workshop (fee + travelling expenses) is something to not neglect. This initial investment is expensive if you consider it in a vacuum. If you consider the long term, it gets reasonable. The problem is being able to reach the long term. If you only have a couple of thousand dollars funds to run campaigns after attending, you will not be able to get your money’s worth. My quick estimate is that you should not be spending more than half your bankroll you can dedicate to running campaigns on this or any other workshop. This doesn’t mean you need to have the money in cash of course. If you have good credit, then of course you should think about the option of getting a credit once your campaigns are doing well, in order to scale them. At the bare minimum, you certainly need access to another $10,000 to run campaigns after all expenses are paid.
3. Managing expectations
Many people go into it with very high expectations. Realistically, many think of it as a mini MBA when it comes to affiliate marketing and that they buy into a network. That is a somewhat true analogy but you have to be aware that to it’s not so straightforward. You will get to meet other affiliates, likely higher level than you but this doesn’t guarantee you stay in touch and do business together. You must still have some social skills, and be able to prove you are worth keeping in touch with.
One big expectation is that you can be in Charles Ngo’s circle. Well, almost everyone there has the same idea and reality is that when hundreds of people, across tens of workshops, want to connect closely with someone, many will be left out. Don’t expect to become Charles’ BFF in affiliate marketing after it. It might happen and it’s great but don’t rely on this detail to make your workshop worth it.
You should also check the content table for the course. If it’s not what you want to do (CPA Marketing), then rethink if you should attend. It’s not an email marketing course, it’s not a SEO course!
Was it worth it for me?
Short answer: Yes!
Long answer: Some things were not as good as I expected but when drawing the line the course was certainly worth it. My biggest learning from it was how dynamics are in the industry, who can help me, as an affiliate, get to the next level. This is very abstract and it depends a lot on one’s ability to navigate through the social construct in the industry. It also takes a few months to see the results in your campaigns. You won’t have overnight skyrocketing ROI. This was the case for me and it could be different for you.
How would the ideal attendee look like?
In my opinion, the ideal attendee has at least $30,000 total budget, out of which they pay the workshop and travelling. They have launched several campaigns and are able to make $100/day somewhat consistently doing mobile campaigns on display and/or pops.
They are open to exchanging all their secrets with other attendees, and they understand this is a long term investment. They can dedicate at least 4 hours/day to whatever is required for optimizing and scaling campaigns. No weekend warriors, daily grind is very important!
If after reading this you think the workshop is something for you, you can sign up here.
If you have more questions about it, message me on Facebook and I can give you a more specific opinion. As a past attendee, if I think the workshop is suitable for you I can recommend you to Charles and you get pre-approved to attend.
Emanuel Cinca, aka Manu
My story starts in Lipova, Romania, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants, where I was born in a working class family. Growing up in a family that had a shaky financial base and relied solely on month to month wages, and sometimes on short term loans from friends, I knew that I a) didn’t want to get a regular job EVER, and b) I want to have true financial independence.
Fast forward to my high school days, I got admitted into the number one high school of Arad county, “Moise Nicoara” National College. Don’t ask me why they call it a college, that’s just the translation from Romanian. I had a passion for technology and computers, so it seemed natural that I wanted to get into the so called informatics class.
The 4 years here taught me that:
1. Where you come from has little to no impact on your ability to learn, your skills and their value
2. Being number one high school is overrated
3. In the standard educational system, you are not allowed to excel at something, until you have proven to be above average at everything else.
4. Grades are an extremely flawed measurement of someone’s skills
5. I know myself better than anyone else, so I should make my decisions, not anyone else, and I should be OK with the consequences.
These learnings will be reflected in some of my posts here.
After high school, I quit University after 2 months in… TWICE! One time I quit Computers and Information Technology, and the second time I quit Business Administration.
During these years I also developed a passion for poker. I was a content producer at the world’s biggest online poker school for 2 years, and I wrote a book with a Maths professor from Nottingham and TT, who also blogs here. The book is called The Education of a Modern Poker Player.
I moved to Vienna in 2013, at TT’s initiative, and had several failed ventures together, all leading up to what is now Adefy.
I have a keen interest in psychology and in data, which makes performance marketing such a great industry for me. I blog about these topics, sometimes adding education, personal development, and management to the mix.
Interested in: Psychology. Marketing. Management. Investing. Startups. Entrepreneurship.
Hobbies: Reading. Fitness. Football. Travelling.
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