What Is Auto Affiliate Program – Now Called FreeSponder (Scam or Legit?)
What Is Auto Affiliate Program? Is it a scam or is it a legit money making opportunity?
I joined Steven Hall’s popular product several years ago, known as Auto Affiliate Program and here is my review. You will receive the product features and I will show you how you can make money with this service.
As usual, I employ a maximum honesty and I am going to be as thorough as possible in my recommendations. So, let’s get on with it …
The Auto Affiliate Program …
- Product Name: Auto Affiliate Program
- My Overall Evaluation: 4.5 ★★★★ out of 5 ★★★★★ – PASSED
- Cost: $47 per month
- Founder/Owner: Steven Hall
- Website: Auto Affiliate Program
- Head Office: United Kingdom
- Suitable for: Advanced Marketers for best results.
- Training: 4.5 / 5.0
- Support: 5.0 / 5.0
A Quick Update …
Yes, Steven Hall has always been on the lookout for improving his already well performing product to help his affiliates get the best possible chances of making money from home. So, when you click on the Auto Affiliate Program’s link, you will land on a different page than the one you might have previously known.
The program is now called the “FreeSponder“, which is also created and managed by Steven Hall, and it is a much improved platform with loads of extra tools, trainings, etc.
I assume that Steven shut down Auto Affiliate Program and launched a new program to keep helping people to make money online. If you tried the Auto Affiliate Software already, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below to share your ideas.
Since becoming part of the Auto Affiliate Program, a new feature has been added by Steven, which has made the product slightly more attractive. The ability to collect the e-mail addresses you get with this service is a new addition. You can now collect e-mail addresses which can be very valuable for re-targeting during later e-mail marketing campaigns.
Another autoresponder service as AIOP (All In One Profits) is utilized in the application of this new feature. A great advantage with this autoresponder is its relatively lower cost of about $11.50 monthly. Far cheaper than most other popular mailing list programs.
I can’t quite vouch for the features and effectiveness of AIOP because I have not used the service. However, I can’t find any reasons why the very popular Auto Affiliate Program with a reputation to protect would suggest the use of this service if they didn’t trust its reliability.
Is This New Update Helpful?
Yes it is, although at a cost. The monthly cost of Auto Affiliate is $47! For what it is, this price is incredibly steep especially considering the extra $11 for the brand new autoresponder. What does this seemingly high price mean for those looking to use this service for money making?
Does This Update Have an Effect on My Review?
No, it actually doesn’t. Despite being a step towards a better opportunity, the price doesn’t balance up. Especially when looking at limitations of still requiring a huge target audience to actually use this service to make money.
Simply flooding the social media with these books cannot assure consistent income. Making money with the Auto Affiliate Program requires that you own an existing website or you have substantial PPC (Pay-per-Click) advertising experience or an already prepared e-mail list for targeting.
An All New Sales/Squeeze Page
Another addition to Auto Affiliate Program, is the new squeeze/sales page. A countdown timer of 60 seconds is present before you arrive at the eBook link. Any new visitor of this squeeze page will have to wait 60 seconds before being able to download the book. During which an advert of the product appears, BEFORE they can go on with downloading the free eBook.
I’m not too sure if this is good or bad. Well, it could vary between individuals. I personally don’t think it’s of too much significance because people will not have to wait for too long.
There’s a new look and feel for the Ebooks (A LOT BETTER!), eBooks have a different face with the new update. Mainly just for information, the books now contain just 2/3 small text links which direct to affiliate related products.
The new minimalist designs for the eBooks makes them read much better; and you DON’T get any intrusive upsells inside the book. To me, this is a huge bonus. This restructuring gives an extra value to the eBooks.
However, the new look seems to make these books weaker with a different “click-bait” feeling. A free eBook intends to entice you, before getting you get on a 60 second download queue where a ClickBank product is on offer to you.
My preference leans towards the old method which had no prolonged wait and only needed a simple download.
What Is The Auto Affiliate Update About?
My personal opinion is that the eBooks are amazing. It would be great to download and offer them for FREE. Newly signed up persons on your blog/website as a newsletter would appreciate them. Downloading and offering them for free is a great way to avoid the 60 second wait which can be frustrating.
There is a general clean, nice and valuable feel from the books. Being FREE, they can serve a very good purpose.
If you already have of a huge audience or traffic and also have thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook fans to give them away to, I really believe, and by experience, that the monthly $47 membership fee is worth it.
Remember that you only need to introduce 2 paid members for your monthly fee to be paid off. And, in any case, free members are also working for you as when distributing their ebooks for free as a bait to build their own mailing lists, they are in fact promoting highly targeted products on you behalf. Yes, YOUR affiliate link is embedded in these eBooks.
Isn’t it the perfect win-win-win situation?
If you own a website, like I do, and I can show you how to go about that, from which thousands or hundreds of weekly leads/e-mail addresses are collected, this could bring you so much income and therefore is worth a try.
If you, however, don’t quite have a reasonable traffic size, this is not a problem, as there are many other ways to promote the FreeSponder Program (previously called Auto Affiliate Program).
Here, you will get an inside view of what the FreeSponder Program offers. Take the tour and get all the details of what you should expect from the FreeSponder by Steven Hall – the creator himself.
Let’s continue with my review…
As clearly indicated in the video, the member area contains the following features;
You are provided with an extensive eBook collection. A wide range of different subjects for you to freely distribute to everyone or anyone you choose. The books contain numerous links to services and products associated to each.
When they are downloaded and read by people, they offer value though gotten for free which is an acceptable plus. You then get a commission if the links in the eBooks are clicked and followed up with any product purchase. This takes into consideration one-off commissions as well as monthly commission fees. Exactly as is the case with you promoting and product of ClickBank.
Your affiliate link brands all the links in all the books and even after a year’s time – in case the content products are discontinued, a related product automatically replaces the links. This also becomes branded with your affiliate link.
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Another plus is the free website you receive, which you can give to people who wish to find out more about all the eBooks you provide. From there, they can then select the specific eBook the want to download and read.
A mail is sent FOR YOU, by Steven’s team, to anyone who downloads a book and the mail presents other upcoming related products, which can definitely result in you earning even more commission income.
Links which direct towards joining the Auto Affiliate Program are also in the books and you definitely receive commissions monthly when anyone joins through your links.
Fresh material is always available for you to hand out because new eBooks are added weekly by Steven and his team.
They assist you with information on how to send the new releases automatically to the different social media platforms making it easier to give out as many of the books as possible.
Is The Quality of the eBooks Commendable?
After downloading and gone through so many of the eBooks, I can confidently testify that they are not bad at all. Though not award winning pieces, their quality is generally commendable. On top of the value they provide, you can download them and give them away for free.
The length of the books are reasonable with most of them having 40+ pages. They often carry a substantial pool of information which is usually interesting to go through.
Much thought is applied to the affiliate links contained in the books to make them quite subtle. Their focus which I find so refreshing is ensuring to provide value to the reader which then contributes to the extremely ‘’non-spammy’’ nature of the links.
Is The Automatic Nature Of Auto Affiliate Program True?
Yes absolutely. Steven explains in detail, how you can go about setting up an automation process which will execute the automatic sending of the eBooks to any chosen social media platform for distribution.
Some degree of checking and maintenance is obviously necessary here and there, although the process is largely or entirely automatic.
I very much like the fact that their concern is about people enjoying these books and that Steven strongly insists on the fact that people shouldn’t at any point in time use these books to spam others.
What Is Auto Affiliate Program And Who Is It For?
This is the position where some cynicism steps in. This program is best suited for people who already have websites or social platforms with huge flow of traffic. I will let you know why…
Individuals who own websites with enormous traffic numbers will have the ability to give out these eBooks to so many people at a very fast rate enabling them to make huge sums of money from commission sales using this system. The same outcome is facilitated for people with PPC advertising knowledge as well as knowledge of other product promotion methods which can efficiently get the eBooks out to specifically targeted audiences.
A novice who lacks experience and more essentially lacks a reasonable traffic source of, however, has NO chance at using this system to make money.
The simple reason for this is the fact that a novice/newbie in affiliate marketing usually lack the required resources and skills to successfully drive enough traffic to either the free websites provided by Steven or the eBooks to guarantee money making.
Once you sign up for this program, you don’t ever get the option of leaving because staying as a member is the only way to ensure that you keep making money. This implies that the day the program experiences some sort of abrupt trading stop or shut down for whatever reason, you stop making money overnight as well.
The conclusion I draw from this is your lack of freedom to ever gain independence or your inability in reality to ever depend on the income you potentially could generate using this service. It can better serve as side income which should be accompanied by prayers that the program remains up and running for as long as possible.
All The E-Mail Addresses Remain With Steven
My greatest gripe about Auto Affiliate Program is the fact that all the e-mail addresses remain with them. The actual drive behind this product is in this and is the main feature bringing huge sums of money into the coffers of Steven.
He says quite clearly in the video that everyone who downloads the eBooks from your recommendation receives an e-mail from them which promotes more products having carrying your affiliate links.
This actually is true. But it cannot be verified that they send out emails which carry promotion information for other services which profit just them.
Especially nowadays, email marketing for any internet marketer is a MUST! I’m very sure this is the original motive for Steven and his team with this system. What they have succeeded to structure is an efficient way of motivating people (YOU) towards collecting thousands and hundreds of emails for them.
Is The Auto Affiliate Program Worth It?
I’m honestly not totally positive on this one. Steven Hall is a very lovable guy and I really like him. He gives you an inside look at the member’s area using a genuinely awesome product; coupled with an attractive way to promote your products.
He’s honest at least to an extent and doesn’t hide anything worth attention. In comparison with most of the other products of ClickBank, the quality of this product is pretty good.
He provides a good service which can earn you money; even though you have to own a substantial traffic/customer source already. So, again, I don’t recommend this service to novices/newbies.
On the other hand, you do not have access to your email list. This can be so frustrating because the list can be very key to the success of almost every Internet marketer.
Steve Hall’s Auto Affiliate Program would be much more appealing if those who subscribe and promote the eBooks could keep their email lists.
Having said that, I will conclude my review with the remark of the products usefulness and application of intelligence. However, I will not sign out without highlighting the limitations of the program which is due to this email list issue. But do check it out and give it a try, you will certainly love it…
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Hmmm this does seem useful for affiliate marketers. I already have an auto responder. Do you think that I could use the program just for branding ebooks with my affiliate links and sending them to my list? Would people need to enter an email address in order to get those free ebooks, or can I just give them away as a PDF with by affiliate link branded inside?
Thanks for visiting my website and for your questions. If you already have your own auto responder that’s perfect, although you do not need to have one. For example, I have given up long ago building mailing lists, I concentrate in social media marketing. I am a member of about 50 social networks, including several huge Twitter accounts (over 300,000 very active followers), a Facebook account with many pages, a seasoned LinkedIn account, Pinterest, etc.. and it works very well with my giving away branded eBooks from Auto Affiliate Program and the several other affiliate programs that I am promoting.
There are two ways of benefiting from giving away these free eBooks:
1 – If you want to collect your prospects’ email addresses to build up your mailing lists, then you download the .pdf version which is automatically branded with your Auto Affiliate Program ID and your auto responder will automatically deliver the eBook, and you can followup with your subcribers as you wish.
2 – If you don’t have an auto responder, your just advertise the provided capture page by promoting your affiliate link and interested people will have to give their email address to receive the eBook directly from Auto Affiliate Program and follow ups will be done by them on your behalf. They will also be offered other products on your behalf with your affiliate link. So that’s great too.
In both cases, you need to register as an affiliate with Auto Affiliate Program to have access to the branded eBooks.
As you can imagine, a free eBook is always welcome so it is very easy to give away. And as you must have understood, these books are carrying your affiliate ID all through it, so even if the person you have given it away to wants to give it away to 10 other people, and so on, you will always have your affiliate ID embedded into them. That’s quite cool. isn’t it?
I hope to have answered to your questions fully and I welcome any other questions that you may have.
Hello very interesting post. This is the first time I heard about Auto Affiliate program and to me it sounds fun. I like the idea of the ebooks that they have affiliates idea embedded in them. Plus the customer gets free books to read. May be I will wait for this until I have enough traffic to my site. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks very much for taking the time to go through my review of “Auto Affiliate Program” Raman. I am glad that you understand the concept of giving away free books to your online visitors, subscribers and customers, who in turn can give them away. As they are all embedded with you affiliate details, no matter how many times they will go around the world you will always benefit from whatever people will purchase or join, for years to come. That’s going viral at it’s best.
Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you on my website often.
Hi John, this is a very interesting product. I have a website and was thinking of writing an ebook as something to give to my readers when they subscribe. As you well know, writing an ebook of any length takes considerable time and I am tempted to try this program out but at $47, it is a bit steep and I don’t have a strong audience base yet.
Would you happen to know of any websites that provide ebooks for sales so that I can re-use them for commercial reasons?
Thanks for visiting my website Jude, and for your comment on the subject of giving away free eBooks. You can find websites where you can purchase eBooks one at the time that you can re-use commercially, all you need to do is to do a search. Or, you can have your own written by hiring the services of a freelancer on Fiverr.
I hope this helps and if you had success with it, please do come back here and share it with us.
I like how this is laid out.
Thanks Lane, I do appreciate your regular visits and comments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
You said that we need social platforms with a huge flow of traffic I actually work on my Twitter account and it does not go as I want. However, I really wonder what should be the minimum number?
Thanks for your comment Furkan. A huge number of followers is not always necessary. It depends on the program you are promoting. However, 100 real and active followers is much better than 1,000 followers with a percentage of 60% fake and/or inactive followers. You could have just 100 very active followers and know how to write a compelling advert with the right #tags and make a killing.
Writing a professional advert for a social media is a skill in which I have become an expert. I have been doing this since 2009 and if you are interested in hiring my services to promote any business, affiliate program, etc., on social platforms you can contact me on Fiverr.
Thanks for being a regular visitor of my website Furkan and I wish you the very best.
Hi, seemed sketchy to me, but only because they get to keep the email list/contacts. Like the post, very informative, wish I had been educated to this effect prior to joining AWOL Academy. Now, THAT is a scam! Best of luck on your marketing venture. LouAnn 🙂
Thanks for your comment on my review on the Auto Affiliate Program LouAnn. Yes the drawback is that they get to keep the contacts emails. They affirm that they use them for followup and to promote other products on our behalf using our ID number. Of course, there is no way to prove that, but I personally know Steven Hall (the owner of the program) for many year and I can swear on his honesty and integrity. Knowing that this was a drawback in his system Steven has recently introduced a way for his affiliates to run their own autoresponder.
I wish you an awesome ‘wealth building’ day!
Thanks John for this Auto Affiliate program Review. It is indeed a good program for those with traffic already. In that way, one can generate a lot of revenue.
The wait before downloading an eBook should be lowered to at least 30 seconds. Because either way, one’s links are included in the book.
I don’t like the part where they keep the email addresses though. One should be allowed to keep them since it is their efforts that got them in the first place.
I recommend that one has this as a side business, just in case business shuts down.
Thanks very much for taking the time to share your views on the Auto Pilot Program Kyobernard. Indeed, you made a few meaningful points here and I wish to clarify a few points:
– The download time imposed has the effect of giving the affiliate an extra opportunity to make a sale. Although I agree with you that it may be sometimes annoying for the prospect, but it has proved to be very beneficial to the affiliate.
– You are quite right about the fact that the program owners are collecting the emails and that the affiliate has no access to them, but as explained it is intended to prevent the affiliate from spamming his prospects, which would be disastrous to the integrity of the program. However, there is a way around that, as most affiliate marketers do nowadays, it is to send the prospect first to a capture page before being redirected to the ebook download page.
– And finally, as you say, it is a great side business, but I would add that it is in fact a fantastic lead magnet.
I wish you the very best for your online projects and thanks again for your comment.
Hello there, thank you so much for sharing this. this is a very awesome piece and a very detailed one. I’m really happy I came across this.Learning about auto affiliate program just made me realize what the program actually entails in detail and also that it isn’t a scam platform. Thank you very much for the review
Thanks very much for visiting my website and for taking the time to write a comment Charity. I am glad that you enjoyed my review on Auto Affiliate Program and I hope that you will have a close look at this money making opportunity as it is a very easy affiliate program to work with and very much newbie friendly.
I wish you the very best for your online projects and I look forward to seeing you again on this website.
I think if someone has the traffic to make this work, as you mentioned, that would probably to with it (to offset the cost), it might good to try this system. You say the books are good and the ones who run the platform seem to do much of the work. I’d give it a go for a month or two to see how profitable it is!
Thanks so much for commenting on my updated blog post Cynthia. As I am explaining in this review, all you need to do is to send traffic to your affiliate link and the system takes over. Just about anyone online has a social account (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to share the link to. And if you follow the easy training, you will learn how to start and build up your emailing list to run on autopilot.
You should really give it a try for a few months and you will be amazed Cynthia.
Take care, stay safe and healthy,
Informative read, interesting enough to aquire ebooks. However, keeping the email list is not appealing, that money in my pocket just list. Ill keep searching and you keep me informed.
Thanks for sharing your views on the FreeSponder Lisa. I understand what you mean by that, but remember that the saying “The Money Is In The List” has always been, and will always be true!
Take care, stay safe and healthy,