The Lazy Affiliate 2.0 (LA2) Review – Lazy but effort is still needed
$14 $21.24 (starting prices will keep increasing until it reaches $27)
Upsells: LA2 Stealth ($27-$37), LA2 Template Pack ($14-$27)
Support: No live support or community support.
Owners: Mark Bishop
Overall Rank: 4 out of 10
What is Lazy Affiliate 2.0 (LA2)?
Lazy Affiliate 2.0 is the latest product by Mark Bishop. He is the creator of Instant Profit Silos, Niche Synergy & SEO Synergy. LA2 is a full blown and upgraded version of Lazy Affiliate that was taught in Niche Synergy. It teaches how you can use press releases , PR distribution services and backlinks to get ranked on Google.
TL;DR LA2 Review
Mark Bishop’s two main selling points of LA2 are: 1) a strategy that costs $15 to implement and 2) it is a one-time effort. That is true however you are at the mercy of Google. I am not comfortable with the techniques he teaches as it involves buying Fiverr gigs to blast your press release to high PR distribution sites and buying backlinks and traffic. It might have worked well a few years ago but now Google is looking for QUALITY CONTENT and is clamping down hard on backlinks. In fact, LA2 Stealth teaches you how you can get under Google’s radar if you have been flagged (not too brilliant to get on Google’s nerves). If you are looking for a sustainable, long term solution, this might not the way to go.
What training does Lazy Affiliate 2.0 provide?
There are 3 main sections in the members’ area. I will be covering a bit of what each section covers.
LA2 Access – This is where you can access the course material. There are 12 videos (4 hours of training, 2 bonus videos (35 minutes) and 4 PDFs in this course. The PDFs cover the writing of the press releases, finding niches, the use of backlinks and the use of press release distribution sites. He also taught the use of landing pages and how to build your list. For those who don’t like reading, you can watch the 12 bite-sized videos. It started out relatively simple but it became more complicated as the lessons progressed. He promoted the use of OptimizePress 2.0 and of course his upgrades.
Overall, Mark did a good job teaching the main course. I like the fact that he provided videos and reading materials to suit different learning styles. The over-the-shoulder portions of the video made learning less intimidating for beginners.
However, I found some of his techniques questionable. He recommended the use of Fiverr gigs to buy backlinks, distribute to press release sites and buy traffic. If you don’t know, Google’s algorithm upgrades have been clamping down on backlinks. That caused some niche bloggers to lose their rankings and of course, brought down their earnings to a wonderful figure of $0. If you take action and follow the steps in the 12 videos (with hours put in), you would have built a website (and spent more than the $15). If you are looking for something stable and long term, do think twice and choose what you will prefer, Google LOVE or Google FLAGGING your site as spam. Why I say so? Read on.
LA2 Stealth – This is the section that makes me uncomfortable. Mark teaches you how to go under the radar of Google. In fact, in his promotion itself, he did mention that if your new LA2 site gets flagged, you can use this strategy to get out of it. But instantly flagged? Is this the way to go for a sustainable business, that is something you must ask yourself. Live in fear or do it right?
LA2 Templates – In this section, Mark provides you with the landing page templates he uses, bonus products (which I suspect are PLRs or rehashed content), pre-written press releases, pre-sells page and pre-coded press releases and a 25 minute training video. For someone who is new to affiliate marketing, this would be a useful resource but it can still be rather intimidating.
So what support is provided?
As a beginner, support is one of the make or break factors. Having a knowledgeable other that you can seek help from is really important to me. LA2 does not have live chat support neither does it have forums where you can ask for help. Well, I am not sure if just a simple comment page will provide sufficient and just-on-time support.
What are the Pros & Cons?
- Lessons are in both video and PDF format
- Over-the-shoulder lessons which are helpful for beginners
- Case studies
- $15 portion of the strategy (excluding the landing pages) is pretty easy to understand
- The videos takes quite a long time to load
- Lack of live support and forums
- Strategies can get you flagged (Google does not like backlinks!)
- Projects are silos – don’t build on top of each other
- Terribly uncomfortable topics for niche training
- Possibility that you might not get organic traffic as press sites have sort of fallen out of favour
What’s the price?
Lazy Affiliate 2.0 costs between $14 to $27. The price started at $14 and will keep increasing until it reaches $27. There are 2 upsells for Lazy Affiliate 2.0. LA2 Stealth that costs $27 to $37 and LA2 Template Pack that costs $14 to $27.
I will not call Lazy Affiliate 2.0 a complete scam because the strategy he taught is legit but outdated (with a questionable suggestion). You may not get Google love and it might not be sustainable in the long run. It is called “Lazy” but you do need to put in the hours to watch the videos, read the PDFs and take action. Don’t expect immediate results and be prepared that you might not get any results at all. After all, Mark did state in a disclaimer that you might not get the results he has gotten. I don’t know if I would want to put in the effort to learn something that Google is clamping down on and get flagged as a site with “thin content” or worse, a spam site.
Although, I must say that $14 is a reasonable price for all the videos and PDFs. Lazy Affiliate 2.0 piqued my interest but I won’t recommend trying it because there is a suggestion in the guide that I think is not very ethical. However if you do try it, I won’t recommend placing all your eggs in this basket. I won’t touch this as I prefer building my site sustainably with LOTS of Google LOVE. I don’t like to see my efforts go up in smoke. Overall, I will give Lazy Affiliate 2.0 an overall rank of 4 out of 10. If it was a few years ago, this would have worked better and rated it higher but probably not so now. I will not recommend this if you want a long term business solution.
So what now?
If you are looking for a training platform where you can learn up-to-date strategies that Google love, check out my review on Wealthy Affiliate. Any thoughts after reading this post? I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment!