John Crestani shows you $20,000 cash and says you can make this amount of money every day. The best part? You don’t need to do sales calls, build an audience, or keep an inventory. All you need is a computer and time to make massive money online. Is the Super Affiliate System another too-good-to-be-true biz or the way out of your 9-to-5?
Super Affiliate System is an affiliate marketing course that teaches how to make up to $20,000 a day using paid traffic. It covers various paid ad strategies like ad campaigns, page automation, data targeting, and pre-selling pages. The course costs $997. You can also pay in 3 installments of $397 or 5 installments of $297. There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, but the refund conditions aren’t clear. SAS also has a private Facebook community for members. Students of Super Affiliate System 3.0 get
- 50 hours of modules,
- lifetime access to a 6-week training,
- Google and YouTube ads set up and,
- Clickbank product selection strategies.
John Crestani is an 8-figure affiliate marketer from Los Angeles, California, and creator of the Super Affiliate System. His LinkedIn says he studied business at the Southern Methodist University-Cox School of Business. He worked as SEM analyst that optimizes campaigns using comparison shopping engines. His work responsibilities include managing 50 e-commerce data feeds and Google pay-per-click accounts. In 2012, he discovered affiliate marketing. He tried this business for 4 years, but struggled to gain traction and eventually lost over a million dollars. John turned to Google and Facebook ads and finally made his first $500K revenue. With this success, he launched the Internet Jetset and later rebranded the course to Super Affiliate System. If it’s true that he’s making $250K minimum monthly, his net worth would be at least 12 million dollars by now.
Super Affiliate System 3.0: Affiliate Marketing Using Paid Ads
Super Affiliate System 3.0 is taught by a Clickbank super affiliate and is one of the cheaper affiliate marketing options. You’d expect it to be a comprehensive course based on how it’s described by John and his affiliates. Aside from learning firsthand from an 8-figure affiliate marketer, students also learn industry tools like funnel building, landing page creation, email marketing, and affiliate tool referrals. Essential skills, such as tracking sales on Clickbank and conducting split testing on Facebook ads, are also taught in the course. John claims he’s had over 30,000 students so far. If his claim is true, it would be one of the most-bought courses I’ve ever reviewed.
I find it intriguing that the Super Affiliate System has a very poor Trustpilot rating, only 2.5 stars. One review posted last August 2022 by Vishal Saha calls it “one of the worst courses in the market”. The writer narrates that there’s no value in the course and John is only promoting his own products and affiliate links. Another review by a certain Devon Hall debunks John’s claims that SAS can help you leave your 9-to-5 job. He also shared that his friend who worked for the company didn’t receive his final pay, and calls the course an absolute scam. A two-star review exposed Super Affiliate System’s no-questions-asked refund policy. The commenter said he didn’t receive any response after several refund claims. Students also report getting bombarded with upsells and requests for testimonials. They also said that SAS representatives frequently ask about your current financial situation to “see if you’re a good fit” for the business.
What I don’t like about the Super Affiliate System is that John isn’t honest about the hardships of affiliate marketing. He lost a million dollars in his first four years. He was only able to recover half of his loss after trying paid ads. From this experience, he’s somehow convinced he can create a course and charge a thousand dollars for it. There’s no question if his strategy works or not. Affiliates have been using Google, Facebook, and YouTube to drive traffic. But John could have been more honest that running ads is more than just paying the publisher. As an advertiser, you should understand the factors that affect the success and failure of ad campaigns. For example, Google ads pricing is determined by different factors like quality score (quality of your ad compared to competitors), ad rank (position of your ad), and the type of industry you’re in. A newbie can grasp the idea of Google advertising, but implementing the strategies and monetizing from them is a different story.
Super Affiliate System seems to be decent, but there’s nothing unique about it. John talks about how much money can be made from this business model. But he doesn’t walk you through the process of how it can be achieved. Becoming an affiliate using paid ads as the main traffic source is a lot more complicated than what John claims it to be. He never disclosed how much he nets after the cost of ads is deducted. The lack of transparency will make you wonder how much of his earnings goes to ad spending. Another issue with this business model is Facebook and Google ad accounts are prone to getting banned. Some students report having been banned after following the exact steps taught in SAS. Ad account suspensions happen when Google detects activities that violate their terms and conditions. John doesn’t seem to be bothered. He said he has a trick that could reinstate 95% of banned ad accounts. But appealing for a suspended account to get reinstated isn’t easy. It could take a few days to weeks, depending on the case. While some suspensions are temporary, others are, unfortunately, permanent. If you can’t retrieve your account, you’ll need to create a new one from scratch.
John talks about making $20,000 per day through this business model. Technically, it’s not impossible, but it’s also likely that he’s exaggerating his earnings. John’s income claims don’t come close to what statistics say. Niall Roche of Affiliate Hacker estimates that the average income of beginner and intermediate affiliates is from 0 to $80,000 annually. The same report shows that only 1% make it to the super affiliate level and make 6 to 7 figures. Contrary to his claims, not everyone can become a multi-figure earner. It’s possible to gross big, but ad expenses are also close behind. Google’s cost per click (CPC) on display advertising is less than $1 and $1 to $2 on search networks. This means you need to spend a dollar for every click you get. The median CPC on Facebook across all industries is estimated to be $0.4. At this rate, you’ll spend around $400 for a thousand clicks to your site/funnel. YouTube's cost-per-view is also estimated to be between $0.010 and $0.030. Despite high ad costs, the average conversion rate of display ads remains low at 0.57% to 1% according to WordStream.
John Crestani has been an affiliate marketer since 2012, His Super Affiliate System has been around since 2015. He deserves some credit for surviving the tough affiliate marketing industry for over a decade. Super Affiliate System could have been a good beginner course during John’s prime years as an affiliate. However, it failed to keep up with the courses of new affiliate marketers like Dylan Alarie of Affiliate Nation and Wesley Virgin. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend SAS. It has a shady reputation, it’s over-promising, and newbies could easily get deceived.