Today, we’ll review the Super Affiliate System(SAS) by John Crestani. Is it actually worth it? Or is it a scam?
I took time watching the all videos (53 of them) to give you a personal review.
After spending more than 50 hours reviewing the entire course content of SAS, I believe that SAS is for junior to mid-level marketers. It’s not for experts nor is it for people who have never marketed a product.
With that being said, let’s get started.
Before I talk about the Super Affiliate System, I’ll talk about the free webinar John’s uses for his own presell page.
It’s kind of like looking at a dentist’s teeth or checking out a personal trainer’s physiques. I do this to see if they walk the walk.
As soon as I signed up, you can see that the live webinar timer countdown started to begin. Ahh. He knows the power of urgency and its effect on users actions. A countdown timer is one of key factors in increasing conversation rate.
This gave me a good impression since often times good marketers will use similar set of techniques to push users to take action.
John spends a good chunk of the first part of the video establishing his own credentials by including testimonials and tax documents. This is reasonable since there are a lot of skeptics surrounding self-proclaimed gurus.
Still, like myself, people won’t be convinced just yet.
He goes on to tell his life story and how he came to where is right now. In fact, Forbes ran an article about him.
Okay, John. Maybe you do make a lot of money and have helped others. But how do I do that?
Paid Traffic,Presell Page, Product
Here is the idea John proposes. Pay for traffic, get them to a presell page, and then to your product page. This method can make you money but I would argue that you can lose money just as easily.
Knowing you can lose money at first, John provides a lot of his own ad campaigns he ran and information he used(I.e images, videos, headlines). All this is provided in the Super Affiliate System.
John gives tidbits of Facebook ad marketing, the tip of the iceberg kinda thing. He says these two things did wonders to his Facebook campaigns:
- Target an international audience
- Use video instead of an image, using pond5
Ok, so the webinar is pretty good. He doesn’t just provide general information, he goes into a little detail about paid traffic. He employs marketing techniques like a trained marketer.
Since the Super Affiliate System is paid, maybe it offers a lot more?
You’re about to find out.
Super Affiliate System Review
The Super Affiliate System (SAS) is a course broken down into 8 weeks.
Here’s the breakdown by week.
- Week 1 – The System Setup
- Week 2 – Understanding The System
- Week 3 – Marketing Skills
- Week 4 – Facebook & Google ads
- Week 5 – Youtube and Native Ads
- Week 6 – Scaling and Automation
- Week 7 – More ad Campaigns
- Week 8 – Implementing The System
Every week has a set of – let’s just call it – lectures. Here’s the basic layout of every lecture:
- Text Content
- SAS member comments
I’ll break down each week with pros and cons of the material presented.
Week 1 – The System Setup
The first week is prep talk. Getting psyched up to make money. In order to do that, John emphasizes goals.
If you’re like me, you failed several times at making goals. I would set goals, do something for a week and then give up.
John understands. So he gives some things to consider when making goals. One factor that sticks out is measurable goals. It’s hard to accomplish something when you don’t have any way to track your progress.
Point taken. Goals are great but I still have no clue what to sell.
That’s why John walks you step by step through his recommended affiliate networks. These networks has a list of products you can promote via paid traffic. He recommends Clickbank, a digital product marketplace.
It’s important to note that all the weeks have testimonials of his students who had success with his course. It helps students connect and validate the content.
Last is setting up your website and posting ads on Facebook. If this week was a 5-course meal, this would be the entre.
To make it easy, he’ll recommend certain out-of-box software like WordPress and Clickfunnels. After that, he’ll walk you through posting your first ad on Facebook.
If you ever tried paid traffic, it’s kind of frustrating to know what the best image or headlines converts the most. SAS provides you with a set of images, headlines that were used in successful ad campaigns.
Ok, so a lot to sink in for the first week. I have some experience with Facebook ads and I’m a developer by trade so I flew through most of it.
If I had to recap this entire week I would say this:
You become motivated, you learn how to host your own site, and you launch your first ad campaign on Facebook.
WEEK 2 – Understanding The System
Week 2 is less hands on and provides more of a birds eye vision into working business models.
He transitions from what business models don’t work to what does work(franchises), and finally what works the best (Online marketing).
In the world of affiliate marketing, it’s simply better to promote products that cost more? Why? Because you get a higher dollar commission AND it’s about the same amount of work. John goes into more in depth using real life examples.
Alright, a lot of common knowledge being passed around here. However, it is a week dedicated to understanding the system, so this is fair.
One key takeaway is what John calls life time value of a customer.
Here it is in a nutshell.
Customers who purchased your product are much more likely to purchase than customers who haven’t.
In summary, week 2 is weak in substance. As someone who wants to make money now, I didn’t get the actions steps or information I needed to do that.
WEEK 3 – Marketing and Skills
Now that your website is set-up, you know how to post an ad on Facebook, you need the particulars to launch a profitable ad campaign.
Well, that starts with the content of your ad. This is referred to as copy writing. Week 3 is about copywriting and ad optimization.
Many people don’t understand what ‘writing copy’ even means.
Because of that, SAS defines it and gives you a layout of what a good copy should look like.
When it comes to ads, you really only care about one thing. Return on investment(ROI). That’s fancy term for the money gained from the money spent.
SAS claims the only real way to know how well your copy is doing is to test them using ROI. I couldn’t agree more.
I personally struggled with creating positive ROI with Facebook ads, so the content was valuable to me.
WEEK 4 – Facebook and Google Ads
Week 4 contains everything you need to know about Facebook and Google ads. A lot of technical substance here.
If you’re new to digital marketing or the SEO space, this is the week where you’ll review the videos several times to fully grasp it. Metrics like CPM,CTR,CPC,CR are a few you’ll learn among others.
Advertising platforms are different. The audience is so different between Google and Facebook. John goes over specific strategy using free tools like Google Keyword Planner. He used to manage millions of dollars in ad spend for a company back in the day so he’s knowledgeable.
The best part is saved for last. There is a presentation done by one of John and Ron Sandlin’s students who gives personal experience making money through Facebook Ads. He gives you examples of which ads brought in the most money. It’s definitely an informative tidbit.
This week is my personal favorite since it covers how to get traffic. Without it, you can’t get leads. Without leads, you don’t get sales.
Week 5 – Youtube and Native ads
Week 5 is more or less an extension of week 4. John walks you through some of the native ad networks he uses. Native ads are ads on a website that look like the other content on it.
John provides a lot of swipe files. These are already-tested images, headlines, ads, sales pages, etc that you can use for your campaign right away.
The last segment goes over Facebook ads again. However, this time it’s more about how campaign structure works and things to do to be compliant.
At this point there’s a number of overlapping content. Week 5 was a little bit dry. I didn’t get that “Ahhh” moment I did with week 4.
Week 6 – Scaling and Automation
For a complete business, you need to scale and automate your processes. If you’re doing everything manually and by yourself, you don’t have a business.
Week 6 focuses on ramping up your system. SAS presents several case studies so you can learn what worked and what didn’t work in the past.
There are different ways you can outsource your affiliate offers. John goes over how he personally hired people to promote his offers.
Week 7 – More Ad Campaigns
This is more or less an extension of Week 5. Bunch of walk throughs on different ad platforms.
The content is more for reference since John guides you through setting up campaigns and ads.
Week 8 – Implementing the system
Week 8 feels a little misplaced since it talks about how to research niche and products. Generally, these are placed near the first half of the course.
It also puts you in that entrepreneurial mindset. Maybe, they wanted to go out with a bang. Kind of like a graduation commencement ceremony.
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