The Karate Kid. Please tell me you remember him. Ah, childhood memories.
Thankfully we aren’t going to be “waxing on” or “waxing off” today but we will be digging into a private affiliate marketing forum: The Dojo by AffiliateFix. Oliver Kenyon is the brain child behind that company, and today we’re evaluating whether or not he’s providing anything of value.
I’m not an affiliate for The Dojo. Oliver has set the price for The Dojo at $147, and I’m finding out whether your money would be better spent elsewhere or not.
The Dojo is a private affiliate marketing network that contains many guides, tutorials, and a community to help support one another. They’re constantly adding new guides to their list which is already 7 pages long.
There’s a big community of fellow online marketers, both successful and aspiring, all sharing ideas on how to make money online with affiliate marketing.
You’ll also get access to their toolkit. 16 scripts are in their toolkit right now which they claim requires no coding knowledge to implement. These are scripts like countdown timers, email integrations, and exit popups.
You get quite a lot in the members’ area. Now let’s dig in deeper and I’ll show you what I found.
There are a lot of users and the “teachers” or “instructors” are very active too. Today alone there were 275 active members and I could see that the instructors who create the guides were online today too:
As you can see, lots of members. The creator of the Dojo, Oliver Kenyon, is known as “K” within the forum and he was online today. I couldn’t find any comments or replies from him but there were several other administrators that were active while I was reviewing the Dojo. This shows that people are getting their questions answered by the people managing the forum and not just other members.
The forum is extremely active. There are lots of discussions within each thread:
This means if you ever have questions or get stuck, you’re going to get replies/answers. The Dojo is clearly a place where you’ll get multiple replies from peers and successful affiliate marketers when you need them.
The only bad thing about this is that anyone can reply. This means you could receive answers to your questions from people who think they know what they’re talking about but could get you into a stickier situation than where you started. Unfortunately this is true for any forum.
The Dojo is where all the training guides are kept. There are over 7 pages of guides created by Oliver and his team. What I love is that they’ve all been tagged with certain topics. This means you can easily filter them by topics to find the specific guide you need at the time.
There are 21 topics in total, which you’ll find in a sidebar on the left side of the forum:
Oliver talked about these filters in the sales video and they work really well.
Some of these topics aren’t very thorough, but Oliver says you can make requests for specific pieces of training and they’ll create them. I would like to see topics like email marketing contain more than just 6 threads:
Email marketing is very important to any online business. There’s a lot more to go over than what The Dojo currently contains. In fairness, though, it’s still a relatively young product.
New guides are always being added so I’m sure topics like email marketing will get covered better over time.
Oliver has created a special thread called “The Follow Along” which I think is the most important thread if you’re a member.
This is a special thread where you can share your progress with everyone. You can post all your highs and lows as you work on your affiliate projects.
The best part is that people can comment on your thread giving you encouragement, advice on what you could do next, and you can track your progress.
Keeping your own thread up-to-date with your progress will give you an opportunity to look back at how far you’ve come since you started. Journaling your progress is something I strongly recommend even if you don’t sign up with The Dojo.
I found it very hard to find basic tutorials for beginners. When you login to the members’ area you’ll be taken straight to the main forum which could be “information overload” for a complete beginner.
The Dojo is a random collection of all their guides and walkthroughs but there’s no filter for the beginner’s training.
I did finally find it though…
You’ll find it under the “wiki” section in the navigation bar. I’m not a fan of the navigation bar as it’s hard to see what’s what.
The beginner’s guide is pretty good. Oliver goes into extreme detail on how affiliate marketing works and the different types of affiliate marketing you can do. He includes a glossary with definitions too. This is great as internet marketers seem to love acronyms!
CPC, CPA, PPC, PPA… Too many! Oliver explains them all.
My only gripe is that it’s not easy to find. There needs to be a big button when you log in for the first time saying “Get Started” or “Beginners This Way” or something along those lines.
Then give them a step by step walkthrough with which training guides they should go through (in the order they should be taken) so a beginner can learn the basics and easily get started.
The Dojo is a very good product. For a one time fee of $147 I think your money would be well spent… If you’re experienced with affiliate marketing.
There’s such a wide variety of guides and walkthroughs that you’re bound to find one on the specific topic you need at the time. The community aspect is also fantastic. You’ll be able to share ideas, strategies that are working, and get help when something isn’t working for you. Great for building relationships with like-minded people.
If you’re a beginner, I think you’ll be completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information and training you’ll be handed. If Oliver made it easy for a beginner to learn the basics I would give a higher rating. A “Get Started Here” section or even a cheat sheet with what training a beginner should start with would suffice.
Add this, Oliver, and you’ve got a great thing going.
But how does The Dojo compare to the free training here at StoppingScams.com?
We’ve got 3 different courses you can check out that are all completely free. If you’re a complete beginner I’d recommend checking these out before you consider The Dojo.
Build up your knowledge for free and then consider other training options.
What are your thoughts on private forums like The Dojo? Do you think you’d benefit from being a member in a place like this? I’d love to hear your thoughts of my review of The Dojo and whether you think Oliver Kenyon has created something great.
Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. I’d love to get a conversation going.