Authority Hacker review thumbnailThis is the definitive Authority Hacker review for 2019.

I recently spent 20+ hours reviewing all the free and premium training materials for the popular Authority Hacker course known as The Authority Site System 2.0 (TASS).

If you want to know:

  • How TASS compares to other affiliate marketing courses
  • Who are the guys behind Authority Hacker (hint: I’ve met them both)
  • If it’s possible to get a discount for TASS
  • What are the common criticisms of Authority Hacker
  • If the whole thing is legit or a scam

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s get started.

The Authority Site System – Key Points
  About

An impressive affiliate marketing course that teaches you how to build authority websites and earn passive income.

💰  Price

Usually $997 (discount info)

😍  Pros

Created by respected experts with proven results. Concise, step-by-step training. Regularly updated.

😩  Cons

It generally takes several months to start earning decent money from an authority site.

  Verdict

The best affiliate marketing course I’ve seen. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating
4.5/5

About the Author

Niall DohertyHey, I’m Niall Doherty.

I quit my last 9-to-5 job back in 2010.

Since then, I’ve earned my living online doing a variety of things:

  • Blogging
  • Web design
  • Advertising
  • Online courses
  • Ebooks

At the end of 2018, I decided to focus on affiliate marketing.

Here are my affiliate earnings since:

eBiz Facts affiliate income as of August 2019
Note: September saw my earnings fall quite a bit. I’ll have a full finance report published here soon.

I’ve been able to achieve those results mostly from following the advice of Authority Hacker, as laid out in The Authority Site System.

Table Of Contents

This review is a joint effort between Niall Doherty of eBiz Facts, Hazel Lau of Leap Funnels, and Conor Walsh of Nomad Africa.

Our process:

  1. We all joined The Authority Site System separately at the end of 2018.
  2. We went through the course materials and took notes (Niall went through everything twice, several months apart).
  3. We all joined the private Facebook group for members and had a look around, participated in some conversations.
  4. We discussed our impressions of the course, what we liked, what we didn’t like, etc.
  5. We agreed we were happy with TASS overall and would recommend it to others.
  6. Niall searched online for other reviews of the course to see if there were any key points we missed.
  7. Niall wrote a first draft of this review.
  8. We sent the draft to our Freedom Business Builder community and asked for feedback.
  9. We sent the draft to the Gael and Mark from Authority Hacker and asked if they had any comments or corrections.
  10. We made our final edits and published the review.

Note: We earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through referral links in this review. Read our full disclosure here.

The Best Affiliate Marketing Course?

There are many other affiliate marketing courses out there, but the Authority Site System is the best I’ve seen so far.

I’m on a mission to review all the top affiliate marketing courses.

So far, The Authority Site System is the best I’ve found…

Course Rating Review
Authority Hacker (TASS) 4.5/5 Authority Hacker review
Income School (Project 24) 4/5 Project 24 review
Affilorama tbd in progress
Clickbank University tbd in progress
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing tbd in progress
Wealthy Affiliate 1/5 Wealthy Affiliate review

But don’t just take my word for it.

Here’s a member of TASS posting unsolicited in the private Facebook community:

Authority Hacker testimonial
(personal info hidden for privacy)

And here’s another TASS buyer comparing it favorably to other courses:

Authority Hacker testimonial Quora
(via Quora)

What is Authority Hacker?

Authority Hacker is a website (and podcast) that promises to share “actionable online marketing education” and teach people how to “build highly profitable authority sites.”

Authority Hacker has been around since 2013 and has built an impressive reputation in the internet marketing world.

They’ve received praise from big names, such as:

Authority Hacker testimonial Noah Kagan

Authority Hacker testimonial Tim Soulo Ahrefs

Authority Hacker testimonial Miles Beckler

Authority Hacker is owned and operated by Gael Breton and Mark Webster.

They look like this:

Authority Hacker: Mark Webster and Gael Breton

I first met both Gael and Mark in Budapest in 2011, before they had started Authority Hacker. We hung out several times back then and I’ve kept in regular contact with Mark over the years.

Who is Gael Breton?

Originally from Normandy in France, Gael Breton is one of the co-founders of Authority Hacker. He teaches roughly half the lessons in The Authority Site System.

Gael Breton from Authority Hacker

Here’s Gael’s bio from the Authority Hacker website:

Gael Breton bio

Here’s video of Gael’s 2013 talk at Harvard Business School:

Who is Mark Webster?

Originally from Aberdeen in Scotland, Mark Webster is one of the co-founders of Authority Hacker. He teaches roughly half the lessons in The Authority Site System.

Mark Webster from Authority Hacker

Here’s Mark’s bio from the Authority Hacker website:

Mark Webster bio

For the record, having met Mark, I’m 99% sure he’s not a robot 😜

You can learn more about Mark and his story via this 2017 interview with Miles Beckler:

How is Authority Hacker different?

Authority Hacker stands apart from others who teach affiliate marketing in five ways: they walk their talk; they’re well respected by other internet marketers; they excel at design and branding; they play the long game; they are masters of systematization.

I’m reviewing Authority Hacker right after reviewing Wealthy Affiliate, and the contrast couldn’t be more stark.

Here are five things which I believe separate Authority Hacker from most other folks who teach affiliate marketing:

  • They walk their talk
    The Authority Hacker guys are constantly building and running high-level authority sites, and are pretty transparent about their results.
  • They’re well respected by other internet marketers
    You’ll find many big names within the IM world praising and recommending Authority Hacker – see above – and Gael and Mark are also regular speakers at IM events.
  • Emphasis on design and branding
    Mark and Gael aren’t designers, yet their sites always look incredibly well designed and branded. (There are a number of lessons about this within TASS.)
  • Long-term focus
    It’s clear that these guys don’t build sites just to make a quick buck. They strive to create white hat, value-adding sites they can be proud of, and that are likely to be profitable for a long time.
  • Systemization
    These guys are excellent at figuring out step-by-step processes and finding ways to streamline them. You’ll see many examples of this in their free and premium training.

All combined, it’s no wonder that brokers like Empire Flippers and FE International have positive things to say about sites that are built the Authority Hacker way.

Authority Hacker sales page: Thomas Smale
Above: screenshot from the sales page for The Authority Site System

What is an authority site?

“An authority site is content-driven website that is a respected and trusted source of information. It is a larger site that delivers real value through it’s excellent editorial standards. This makes people trust the advice and recommendations from the site.”

That description is from this page on the Authority Hacker website, which does a great job of breaking down the authority site business model.

They go on to explain:

Authority site business model

Authority Hacker Courses – What’s The Difference?

This review is about an Authority Hacker course called The Authority Site System, not to be confused with the more advanced courses Authority Hacker Pro and The Shotgun Skyscraper Blueprint.

There seems to be some confusion about this so I’ll quickly explain the different Authority Hacker courses.

Authority Hacker Pro

This was the first course produced by Authority Hacker. It is for people who have already built a profitable website and want to take it to the next level. Enrollment is often closed for several months at a time.

The Authority Site System (TASS)

This course is for people new to authority sites who want to learn the fundamentals and start generating passive income.

Mark elaborates on Quora:

The Authority Site System: Mark Webster Quora

The Shotgun Skyscraper Blueprint

This is the most recent course produced by Authority Hacker. It’s an advanced course which zooms in on the process of building links to an authority site. Enrollment is often closed for several months at a time.

(Note that the fundamentals of “link building” are covered in a full module inside The Authority Site System.)

To be clear…

Authority Hacker Pro and The Shotgun Skyscraper Blueprint are advanced courses for people who already have experience running successful authority sites.

The Authority Site System is for people who are looking to build their first affiliate site.

This review you are reading is about The Authority Site System only.

THE AUTHORITY SITE SYSTEM REVIEW

The guys from Authority Hacker refer to TASS as “a complete step-by-step training course for building highly profitable authority sites from the ground up.”

Is that true?

Let’s find out…

Who is The Authority Site System for?

The Authority Site System is intended for “online marketing newbies,” people who have tried and failed to earn at least $1000 per month with authority sites, and “builders wanting to scale.”

Here’s how Authority Hacker puts it on the sales page for the course:

Authority Hacker: who is it for?

Who is The Authority Site System NOT for?

I would advise the following types of people to steer clear of The Authority Site System: anyone expecting to “get rich quick”; people short on time; anyone expecting every little step to be detailed for them.

Absent from the TASS sales page is an explicit description of who the course is NOT for.

Having gone through the course materials (twice), I’d say this is a fair assessment of the type of people who would NOT benefit from The Authority Site System:

  • Anyone expecting to “get rich quick”
    Authority Hacker are clear that it usually takes students at least several months of effort to start earning $1000 or more from an authority site.
  • People short on time
    Authority Hacker say you should have at least 5-7 hours available per week to build an authority site. I personally think a minimum of 10 hours per week is more realistic (unless you’re planning to outsource a lot of the work).
  • Anyone expecting every little step to be detailed for them
    Mark notes that TASS is to a large extent “paint by numbers”…
The Authority Site System: Mark Webster comments on Quora
Above: words from Mark on Quora.

… and this is true, but you will still need to Google many things and utilize the private TASS community to solve problems specific to your site/niche.

How does The Authority Site System work?

The Authority Site System helps you build a Stage 1 authority site, which is part of the authority site business model. Authority Hacker explain this model in detail on their website.

Let me give you a quick overview here.

Authority Hacker specify three “stages” of authority site:

Authority Hacker's three stages
Above: screenshot from the free Authority Hacker webinar: How To Build 6-Figure Authority Sites

The Authority Site System focuses entirely on Stage 1 sites, which can quite naturally evolve into the latter stages.

A Stage 1 site focuses on one type of traffic, and one type of income:

  • Organic traffic
    This is traffic from search engines, primarily Google. TASS teaches you how to “rank” high on Google for specific keywords related to your niche, thus giving your site a free, steady flow of visitors.
  • Affiliate income
    TASS teaches you how to sign up for affiliate programs for reputable companies like Amazon, find quality products to promote, and recommend them to your website visitors. When someone clicks on one of your affiliate links and buys the product, you receive a percentage of the sale (with no additional cost to the customer).

Later stage sites can add more types of traffic – eg social, paid – and more types of income – eg display ads, your own products.

But the goal of a Stage 1 site is to keep things simple.

When building a Stage 1 site, you focus on the few key things that are most likely to get your site earning “job replacement income,” which Authority Hacker defines as $2,000 to $10,000 per month.

Authority Hacker stage one site
Above: another screenshot from the free Authority Hacker webinar.

It is also noted in the webinar that Stage 1 sites are capable of earning more than $100,000 per month if taken far enough. But it’s usually safer to diversify traffic and income sources once you’ve reached job replacement income and can afford to spend more time building your site.

How is The Authority Site System structured?

The Authority Site System is divided into 6 core modules with 50+ total lessons.

Once you’ve signed up for The Authority Site System, you’ll see this homepage:

The Authority Site System homepage

Here’s how the modules are described on the TASS sales page:

The Authority Site System content

TASS Facebook Community

The Authority Site System has a members-only Facebook group, where you can ask questions and get feedback from Gael, Mark, and other authority site builders.

The group looks like this:

The Authority Site System mastermind Facebook group

It’s pretty active:

The Authority Site System mastermind Facebook group activity

Here’s how the group is described on the TASS sales page:

The Authority Site System mastermind Facebook group description

Having been in the Facebook group myself for a few months now, I can tell you that they’re not overselling it here.

It truly is a valuable part of The Authority Site System.

While writing this review I jumped on over to the group and grabbed screenshots of the two most recent posts. As you can see, they both received solid engagement within a few hours…

The Authority Site System mastermind Facebook group posts

How much does Authority Hacker cost?

The Authority Site System is Authority Hacker’s course to help you build your first successful authority site. The regular price is listed as $997.

At this point you’re probably wondering if there’s a discount available for The Authority Site System.

And to that I can only respond that you should definitely watch this free webinar the Authority Hacker guys put together 😉

Authority Hacker webinar

It will be worth your time in more ways than one, as it provides a very good overview of Authority Hacker’s system and will give you a feel for the quality of their training.

I watched the whole webinar in about 45 minutes with this speed hack.

Here are a couple of screenshots from the chat during the webinar:

Authority Hacker webinar chat

Additional info related to the price of the course:

  • Lifetime Access
    At first glance, TASS looks to be more expensive than other affiliate marketing courses, but given that you get lifetime access to the course – including future updates – and there are no recurring fees, the price is actually very competitive.
  • Training Isn’t The Only Expense
    To build a successful authority site, you’ll also have to spend money on a domain, hosting, and a few select tools. Authority Hacker are very up-front about this, and even have a lesson within TASS all about budgeting your site.

The Authority Site System: budget lesson

  • Discounts within TASS
    It seems that whenever possible, Authority Hacker provides coupon codes to members so they can buy recommended tools at a steep discount.
Authority Hacker discounts
Above: screenshot from the TASS members-only Facebook group.

TASS Refund Policy

Authority Hacker is somewhat unique in this space by offering a 30-day “no questions asked” money-back guarantee. This applies to all their courses, including The Authority Site System.

Here’s how the guarantee is explained on the TASS sales page:

Authority Hacker money-back guarantee

This is in stark contrast to a couple of other popular affiliate marketing courses:

PRAISE FOR AUTHORITY HACKER

Highly Respected

Authority Hacker has been around since 2013 and has built an impressive reputation in the internet marketing world.

As noted previously, Gael and Mark from Authority Hacker have received praise from big names like Ahrefs, Miles Beckler, and Noah Kagan:

Authority Hacker testimonial Noah Kagan

The Authority Hacker podcast has also received many positive reviews over the years…

Authority Hacker podcast

Proven Results

Authority Hacker have clearly had lots of success building and running their own profitable authority websites, one of which they built and sold in 18 months for “a very acceptable mid 6 figures amount.”

Authority Hacker are quite famous for starting an authority site from scratch in 2017 and selling it only 18 months later for a hefty sum.

Authority Hacker success case study
Above: screenshot of the case study detailing how Authority Hacker sold an 18-month-old site for mid 6 figures

The Authority Hacker website also ranks well for a number of impressive keywords, like this one:

Authority Hacker Clickbank SERP
According to Ahrefs, Authority Hacker receives 20,000 visitors to their site each month thanks to this keyword.

They’re also well known for their success with link building…

Authority Hacker link building
Above: screenshot from the free Authority Hacker webinar showing how many links they built to one of their sites – HealthAmbition.com – in only two years. (In case you’re not familiar with this stuff, trust me, such results are very impressive.)

Practical Advice

Authority Hacker are well known for their highly practical training materials, which you’ll find plenty of inside The Authority Site System.

In the very first video inside TASS, Mark promises that they will always show you two things throughout the course.

The Authority Site System: Mark two things

“Number one: why we do things the way we do, so you can learn to make decisions on your own.

And two: how to do things step-by-step, using over the shoulder, screencast videos, so you can follow along every step of the way.”

In other words, they explain WHY they do what they do, then show you exactly HOW you can do it, too.

My favorite example of this appears in module four of The Authority Site System, where Mark walks you through the entire process – researching, planning, writing, proofreading – of creating a high-level piece of content.

The end result is an impressive 2,590-word article.

The Authority Site System: content creation video

The article is all the more impressive considering, by Mark’s own admission:

  • He’s not much of a writer himself
  • He has little experience with the subject matter
  • He researched, planned, wrote and proofread the entire thing in about 2 hours

All possible thanks to…

Step-By-Step Systems

The most impressive part of The Authority Site System is that it actually lives up to the name, particularly the last part – it’s an authority site SYSTEM.

Perhaps the best example of this is the Trello board you get access to when you sign up for TASS:

The Authority Site System Trello board

The board breaks down the entire TASS system into small, manageable tasks.

As Gael says in the free webinar:

“If you go from the beginning to the end of this to-do list, you will have a profitable website.”

Here’s a deeper look at one of the tasks on the board:

The Authority Site System Trello board detail

It’s not a stretch to say that within TASS, you’ll find a step-by-step system for pretty much everything.

  • Niche research
  • Picking a domain name
  • Designing your website
  • Keyword research
  • Link building
  • Etc.

Templates Galore

The Authority Site System also provides dozens of templates to help you make smarter decisions and save time when building your site.

Like this spreadsheet template to help you choose a great niche:

The Authority Site System niche spreadsheet

Or this 7-page content template (one of three content templates provided inside TASS):

The Authority Site System content template

Or a bunch of email templates, like this one:

Authority Hacker email outreach template

No Bullshit

The internet marketing world is full of hype men who overpromise and underdeliver. Authority Hacker do the opposite.

I really appreciate how the Authority Hacker guys set realistic expectations for students of TASS.

For example, in stark contrast to Wealthy Affiliate – who make the ridiculous “promise” that “you will not fail” – Authority Hacker tell you straight that failure is a possibility, and describe a realistic “worst-case scenario.”

That is, using the knowledge you gain from building an authority site to land a job in digital marketing…

Authority Hacker worst case scenario

They’re also very clear on how much time and effort is required before you start seeing results.

Authority Hacker patience

And how much money you’ll need to spend to build your site…

The Authority Site System: budget lesson
Above: screenshot of a lesson within TASS. They give you a copy of the spreadsheet shown here so you can create a budget for your own authority site. Note that the total displayed above would be spread out over 12 months.

I also appreciate that they point out whenever a student’s success isn’t typical, as in the case of Robert Botha…

Authority Hacker testimonial: Robert Botha

No Fluff

To borrow a phrase from a Canadian rock band I’d never heard of, The Authority Site System is “all killer, no filler.”

A TASS member on Quora may have said it best:

Authority Hacker testimonial: Allan Dore

Not Salesy

You won’t see any desperate or shady sales tactics from Authority Hacker.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve become jaded by all the “gurus” trying to wow you with their mansions and Lamborghinis so you’ll buy whatever course they’re selling.

*cough* Tai Lopez *cough*

Thankfully, there’s none of that with Authority Hacker.

  • You’ll find no over-the-top sales pitch for The Authority Site System.
  • No upsells either.
  • You’ll frequently see Gael and Mark recommend paid tools they could be affiliates for, but they choose not to use an affiliate link.

All that to say, I’ve never gotten the impression that these guys are mainly in it for the money.

Text + Video Lessons

Whether you prefer to learn by text or video, The Authority Site System has you covered.

Each lesson inside TASS consists of text and video.

The videos range from 2 to 30 minutes in length – some lessons have more than one video – and the text is essentially the same info from the videos, but easier to skim through and refer back to.

The Authority Site System video lesson
Above: screenshot of a training video from TASS, offered as a free sample on the course sales page (click through and scroll down until you see “Take A Sneak Peek Inside The Course”)

Regular Updates

It’s clear that The Authority Site System is a constantly evolving course, with improvements being made to the material on a regular basis.

The first version of the Authority Site System was released in 2017 and the course has been updated many times since.

In June of 2019 they began keeping an update log:

The Authority Site System update log

As Simple As Possible…

Building an authority site can be a complex process. The Authority Site System does an admirable job of simplifying and clarifying that process.

In a post on Quora, Mark wrote that “the real value in TASS lies in the structure and simplicity”

The Authority Site System: Mark Webster Quora

It’s easy to see the fruits of this approach within the course.

One small thing they do which I find powerful in this regard: they specify a clear goal for each lesson, so you always know what you’re supposed to get out of it.

The Authority Site System lesson goal

…But No Simpler

While The Authority Site System is a simplified approach to building a successful authority site, it is not oversimplified. The course is quite thorough and doesn’t shy away from nuance.

An example from the SEO 101 lesson:

The Authority Site System lesson: SEO 101

Here Gael explains how, counterintuitively, the second keyword is more valuable to HealthAmbition.com than the first.

While the first brings 9x the traffic, the second generates 5x the revenue.

“It’s not about search volume only. It’s about the mix of search volume and intent.”

You’ll find this kind of nuanced approach throughout the course. They take the time to explain different strategies and tactics, note the pros and cons of each, and point out which is usually best in a given situation.

Uncle Albert would be proud:

Albert Einstein quote: as simple as possible

CRITICISM OF AUTHORITY HACKER

While I don’t consider the following criticisms to be a deal-breaker by any means, my goal with every review is to be fair and balanced, highlighting both pros and cons.

With that in mind…

Does TASS go deep enough?

While The Authority Site System aims to be the only course you need to build your first successful authority site, some believe it doesn’t go deep enough.

I’ve heard this criticism a couple of times, once directly from a student of the course.

To paraphrase the complaint:

I would like to see lots more lessons in TASS, diving deeper into the details. As it is, I frequently find myself googling for answers to questions I have that aren’t answered within the course.

As I understand it, TASS was never intended to be a fully comprehensive course that covers every detail of building an authority site.

To quote Mark’s Quora post again:

The Authority Site System: Mark Website on Quora

Given that, if you are thinking to invest in TASS, do so with the understanding that it will NOT answer every question you have about building an authority site.

Nor will any other course, for that matter.

You’ll always have new questions to answer and unique challenges to deal with.

To figure out that kind of stuff, you can:

  • Search for answers on Google
  • Ask for help in the private TASS community

Personally, I like that TASS isn’t a huge course with massive amounts of information to wade through.

They intentionally kept it simple to help you avoid overwhelm and stay focused on the 20% of tasks that lead to 80% of the results.

Overly reliant on premium tools?

The Authority Site System recommends using a keyword research tool that costs $99/month, and outreach tools – for link building – that can cost a combined $35/month or more.

Another popular affiliate marketing course I’ve reviewed is Project 24 by Income School.

Famously, Income School:

  • DON’T recommend using premium keyword research tools
  • DON’T recommend doing any link building
Income School videos
Above: Income School videos on YouTube arguing against link building and keyword research tools

This clearly conflicts with the advice of Authority Hacker in The Authority Site System.

So who’s right?

Well, I believe they both are.

Income School’s main argument against keyword research tools like Ahrefs is that they are not very accurate, which Authority Hacker actually agree with…

The Authority Site System: keyword tool warning
Above: screenshot from a lesson in TASS

The way I see it, the value of a keyword research tool like Ahrefs isn’t in any single estimate, but in how the estimates compare to each other.

For example, let’s say you’re building an authority site in the fishing niche 🐟

Here’s some data you might come across on Ahrefs:

Ahrfs keyword research: fishing niche

Taken in isolation, the volume, keyword difficulty (KD) and traffic estimates for any of those keywords are fairly useless.

But compare them to each other and it’s clear that you should prioritize creating “fishing pole” content before “fishing gear” or “fishing tackle” content.

As for link building, Income School’s position is that excellent content naturally gets linked to over time, so there’s no need to force it.

There’s some truth to that, but remember the 18-month old site that Authority Hacker sold for a mid-6-figure amount?

That wouldn’t have been possible without the proactive, white hat link building campaign that earned them ~500 linking root domains within 12 months.

Authority Hacker link building campaign
Above: image from the Authority Hacker case study showing the results of their link building campaign

So I guess what it comes down to is this:

  • How fast do you want to build a successful authority site?

The stated goal of Project 24 is to “replace your current income with passive income in 24 months,” which is probably doable without using premium keyword tools or link building campaigns.

But if you want to speed up the process, a tool like Ahrefs and some proactive link building seem to help a lot.

Health Ambition took a big hit

Authority Hacker’s most public authority site – Health Ambition – lost a ton of organic traffic in the wake of Google’s Medic Update, which might raise questions about the viability of Authority Hacker’s approach to building authority sites.

Launched in 2013, HealthAmbition.com had apparently been a nice money-maker for the Authority Hacker guys over the years.

That was until the infamous Google Medic Update in 2018 😱

This graph from Ahrefs clearly shows the big drop-off in organic traffic after the update:

Ahrefs: Health Ambition organic traffic

I asked Mark about this.

His response.

HA was never really our main money maker. As soon as we put it into the public light it became a sort of experimental site. Revenue was pretty flat for years. The site design, structure and setup were poor as this was our first authority site.

Thus, the motivation to work on it was quite low. Any real progress we’d make, would often just be a gift to all the copycats out there.

We were all set to sell the site in May 2018. But the valuation we got wasn’t what we wanted.

So we held on with the plan to do absolutely nothing but keep the lights on and earn a regular paycheck from it. This worked great for about 3 months until the Medic Update hit.

The site gets around 50-60k visits a month, far more than what Ahrefs shows. Yes it has still dropped a lot, but that graph makes it look a lot worse than it is.

Also worth pointing out that the specifics of the niche were largely responsible for the drop.

That last point is significant.

The Medic Update is so-called because it hit the health niche especially hard. You can read more about the impact over at Search Engine Land.

Back to Mark:

No one out there is contesting that the way we build or market sites had something to do with this.

It’s unfortunate for us that the one site we chose to make public experienced this. As a comparison, the other site we sold in Jan 2019 had nothing but growth throughout all these same updates.

So much as to say, that people shouldn’t infer there is something wrong with authority sites in general from this.

Nitpicks

Here are some other minor issues with The Authority Site System worth mentioning, such as the stated minimum time commitment, and an empty final module.

  • Minimum Time Commitment
    On the TASS sales page it says, “We recommend you have at least 1 hour to spend every weekday for 6-12 months if you want to see significant results.” I personally think you should have at least 10 hours per week available to build a successful authority site.
  • Affiliate Marketing = “one of the easiest ways to make money online”
    Gael says this in a lesson called Affiliate Marketing 101. While something like building a SaaS business or an ecommerce site is usually harder than affiliate marketing, I believe most people will find it easier to make money online starting with freelancing or remote work.
  • TASS is unfinished
    As of this writing, there’s nothing in Module 6 of the course, and there hasn’t been for several months. (Not a huge deal, since there was never intended to be any additional training there anyway, and they’re pretty good about keeping the earlier modules up to date.)
The Authority Site System final module
Above: screenshot from the final module of The Authority Site System.
  • Too white hat?
    Authority Hacker only teach “white hat” SEO strategies and tactics. One student told me they’d prefer if the course also covered grey and black hat SEO and let you decide for yourself which path to follow.

Again, I don’t consider any of the above issues to be a deal-breaker for The Authority Site System. No course is perfect – which is why we never award a 5-star rating – but TASS comes pretty damn close.

WRAP UP

Are students actually getting results with Authority Hacker?

Yes, a significant number of students appear to be getting good results by following the Authority Hacker training.

You can see a bunch of testimonials from students of The Authority Site System over on the TASS sales page and in the free Authority Hacker webinar.

Some of them are incredible, like this one:

Authority Hacker testimonial: Robert Botha

But as Mark and Gael will tell you themselves, results like that are exceptional.

The following are more typical results seen by students who put in the work consistently…

Authority Hacker testimonial: David Pedley

Authority Hacker testimonial: Ajay Verma

Authority Hacker testimonial: Dimitar Margaritov

Authority Hacker state on the TASS sales page:

4,500+ customers & partners already saw results using the Authority Hacker methods.

I’ve seen enough testimonials from those customers and partners to believe that the success rate of TASS students is equal to or better than every other affiliate marketing training program.

But what kind of success can YOU expect if you join The Authority Site System and put in the work?

Gael provided an answer to that question in a message to their email list:

The Authority Site System: average student results

Who should take this course?

The Authority Site System is intended for “online marketing newbies,” people who have tried and failed to earn at least $1000 per month with authority sites, and “builders wanting to scale.”

Here’s how Authority Hacker puts it on the sales page for the course:

Authority Hacker: who is it for?

Interested in The Authority Site System?

If so, I highly recommend you go watch the free webinar Gael and Mark put together.

It gives a solid overview of their entire system and they offer a few bonuses in there as well 🤫

I watched the whole thing in about 45 minutes with this speed hack.

Here are a couple of screenshots from the chat during the webinar:

Authority Hacker webinar chat

Authority Hacker Alternatives

I’m on a mission to review all the top affiliate marketing courses.

Here’s my progress so far:

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Authority Hacker (TASS) 4.5/5 Authority Hacker review
Income School (Project 24) 4/5 Project 24 review
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Clickbank University tbd in progress
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing tbd in progress
Wealthy Affiliate 1/5 Wealthy Affiliate review

If you can’t afford to invest in a premium affiliate marketing course, here are some high-quality free resources from Authority Hacker you can check out:

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