Welcome to The Authority Site System 3.0 review.
If you are looking to build an authority website, is this the best course to learn from?
In case you're wondering if I bought the course or not, yes I'm a real member of The Authority Site System and you'll be able to peek inside the course shortly.
I spent well over 20 hours going through the course material.
I have bought a ton of affiliate marketing courses which means I have experience in knowing the good from the bad.
I'll be able to tell you if TASS 3.0 is a good course or if you should look for an alternative.
What is the Authority Site System and Who is it For?
The Authority Site System is a course that will teach you how to make a money making website.
It focuses on ranking websites in the search engines to get free, organic traffic.
It's for those that haven't made at least $1000 a month with their website and also those that want to "scale up" their site.
It is designed with beginners in mind. You don't need to have any knowledge or website building skills.
Below is what you'll see on their salespage that expands on this.
Who is the Authority Site System Not For?
If you are looking to make a quick buck, not put time and effort into creating content, or looking for an easy push-button solution, this course is NOT for you.
It's also not for you if you are looking to do paid advertising.
The course does not teach paid advertising.
Who are the Course Creators?
They used to own a digital marketing agency but got tired of making "others successful" and decided to create their own sites.
They have built many sites and even sold some of them well over 6 figures.
So if you're wondering if they are qualified to teach this course. The answer is a resounding YES!
What is the difference between Authority Hacker and The Authority Site System?
Authority Hacker is their main brand.
They have a Youtube Channel which includes tutorials, podcasts, how-to's, and how to build profitable websites.
Their main property is their website by the same name - AuthorityHacker.com
This review is for that standalone course - The Authority Site System.
If you want to learn more about Authority Hacker, see my Authority Hacker review.
How is The Authority Site System Different From Other Affiliate Marketing Courses?
The course includes things that I have not seen with many other affiliate marketing courses.
Some of these are:
How Much Will it Cost to Start Making Affiliate Income With Your Authority Site?
Mark explains there are two ways to go about this and includes a budgeting spreadsheet.
This spreadsheet includes budgeting for your site build, content creation and link building.
There are some costs that can't be avoided, while others are optional.
This is where you would write the articles yourself. You're spending more time but also saving money.
The cost per word is anywhere from 3 to 6 cents on average or $30-$60 per article based on 1000 words.
You can get this cheaper on places like iWriter.com but will need to vet a few writers till you find a good one.
The Authority Site System teaches 3 different types of link building.
For one of them, which is called the "Shotgun Skycraper", you will need one of these plans. Remember - this is only if you are doing these kind of links :
How The Training is Laid Out
Authority Hacker structures their training not only in over-the-shoulder video lessons, but it also has a supplementary text summary of after each video.
If you've ever bought a course with videos only, sometimes it's a bit frustrating to go back and watch a whole video just to find one bit of information.
Here, you'll be able to get a really good summary of each video so referring back to something is not a problem.
The videos also have closed captioning which is rare to see with many online courses today.
You can even speed up the video if you want to view the training faster.
The Authority Site System 3.0 Review - A Look Inside the Course Modules
The Authority Site System gets frequent updates. The latest update is version 3.0 - where the course got a complete overhaul.
It has been completely restructured with new training.
Essentially it's a completely different course and much improved.
A lot of the improvements were made based on student feedback.
There are 15 modules in total. Here's a screenshot of the course modules and their description of each.
Let's break down these modules so you will have a greater understanding of what you will learn.
Just a warning, I cover a lot here.
If you've got ADD like me and would rather just watch a webinar, I suggest you jump on it here.
You can always come back to my review later.
Just bookmark this page first. ?
Module 1: Internet Marketing 101
This module is essentially a crash course on internet marketing and authority sites.
The goal of this module is to help you understand the BUSINESS MODEL of authority sites.
This is where all you newbies can breathe a sigh of relief because it will bring your understanding up to speed - FAST.
The training here is based on two decades of experience from both Gael and Mark where they started, ran and grew massive authority sites.
This REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE is what separates these guys from the other fake guru's that don't walk the walk.
These guys ACTUALLY BUILD authority sites and you are going to learn how to do it in this training.
Covered in this module:
What an authority site is
There are 6 lessons totalling 17 minutes and 41 seconds. The longest lesson is 21:30 minutes long and the shortest is 5:57.
Key Takeaways of Module 1
If you're an ultra-newbie, this is going to be a very important lesson for you because it teaches the basics of affiliate marketing, how websites are built, make money and how they work.
The knowledge you will gain from this module will give you the momentum to move forward with the course.
It paints a very clear picture and is easy to understand.
The information presented was effective, even citing examples of successful websites.
Module 2: Brainstorming Niches
Finding a niche is probably one of the HARDEST things you can do. It is NOT an easy process.
He is actually going to use this niche as a case study throughout the course so you can learn from example.
That's the best way to learn in my opinion.
You're going to get a mental framework on selecting a niche. This means you'll get spreadsheets to fill out.
In your research you'll be able to determine how valuable the list of niches you gather are.
Why is this section so valuable?
Because most people don't spend enough time to look at a niche properly. They don't evaluate the business opportunites. And, they don't plan.
This module is going to teach all that and it's done in great detail.
Which means - you are going to have a huge edge over your competition and be in a better position in the long term.
Here are the lessons in this module:
There are 11 lessons totalling 92 minutes and 26 seconds.
The longest lesson is 19:16 and the shortest is 1:28.
Key Takeaway of Module 2
This module is arugably the most important of the new and improved Authority Site System 3.0.
This is because a lot of work was put into choosing a niche.
Just imagine for a second what the implications are of choosing the wrong niche.
Imagine writing 25 blog posts, whether you write them yourself or not, invest time and money building your site, spending on tools, etc. - then realize you're in the wrong niche.
Once you're done this module, you will have a good understanding of the many different types of niches and have a good idea what to dive into.
Module 3: Qualifying Niches
The goal of this module is pretty simple.
You are going to pick your niche for your website. So, it essentially builds on all the brainstorming you did in the previous module.
You are going to find a winner here.
This is accomplished by running all the niches in the previous exercise that you found through a battery of mini-tests.
This will determine if they are worth it or not. This will save you a TON of time and a TON of money!
The module will teach you when choosing a niche you have to look at things like
Keep in mind this is not going to be an easy task.
What Gael teaches you here is going to take you a few days.
You heard that right. Days... not hours. But... it will be worth it in the end.
Remember that this is a crucial step. Choose the wrong niche and you are screwed. ?
And this is where Ahrefs comes into play.
You are going to need it for the research. Remember you only really need it for the first couple of months, then you can cancel if you wish.
What's really cool here is that you are going to watch Gael pick the niche for the case study website.
Seeing this in action and how and why he chose that niche really makes the training on niche selection extremely valuable.
Here's a screenshot of the members area for Module 3.
There are 16 lessons in total - yes, it's a big one.
? But seriously - There's a lot to learn here.
There are a total of 223 minutes or 3.7 hours of training in this module.
The longest video is just over 30 minutes and the shortest under a couple minutes.
What will take time though is executing.
As I mentioned before, finding the right niche is extremely important.
Gael will make this process not exactly easy for you, but at least you know you are headed in the right direction.
Hopefully you now understand the importance of niche selection and why this module is very in-depth and does require some work on your end.
Module 4: Planning Your Site
So if you do end up buying the course by this time you will have qualified and picked a niche.
Now you can start building your site! ?
Here you will learn how your site is going to look like, what the different sections and categories will be, etc.
This module also keeps you "in check" by making sure that you stick to the plan.
You will be taught how to create a SITE MAP of your website which he refers to as the V1 of your site. This will be your base website.
Yes, it's not over yet. You've been taught some research already but it's not enough if you are going to plan your site correctly.
So module 4 is going to take care of that. It allows you to put the plan together for your site.
So what's the module all about?
Once that is done, you'll have a complete site map set up.
Exciting stuff, right?
Here's the specifics for Module 4:
This module is 150 minutes and 71 seconds long, or 2,52 hours. The longest video is 35:52 and the shortest is 9:33.
Key Takeaway of Module 4
I don't think i've seen a course that goes into so much detail with competitor research, site planning, keyword planning, etc.
It was a lot to take in and most of this is familiar to me but for those that are new may see this module as a challenge.
Don't worry though, Gael explains it very well using examples and is very thorough.
Once you're done the module it will all make sense.
Module 5: Setting up Your Site
You can now put away the spread sheets and start building your site!
Gael explains that the battle is won during the planning stage and I totally agree with him.
But now this module is going to show you how to set up your site after all that work!
In this module you are going to:
There is no need to worry about tech in this module because you simply follow along what Gael is doing for each step.
Here are the lessons in Module 5:
There are 12 lessons in total in module 5.
The total duration is 68 minutes and 41 seconds. The longest video is 12:45 and the shortest is 2:52.
These are mostly setup videos so there will be a lot of pausing but at least you'll get through them quick.
Key Takeaway of Module 5
If you have experience with WordPress and buying a domain, a lot of the training here might feel redundant to you but I still suggest going through it.
You might pick up something that you haven't learned before.
For example I don't use the RankMath plugin which they suggest, so i'll look into this more from the training.
Module 6: Branding Your Site
Now that all the technical aspects of your site is done, this module is going to help you give it an identity.
The core components of this module is branding preparation and research.
The goal is simple.
You want a brand that:
What I really like about this module is that Gael will teach you how to make a brand that is better than 99% out there using free tools.
There are some inexpensive paid options Gael shows you as well.
You will watch him build his brand for his own case study website where you'll see how he makes decisions, what you should look for and what you should avoid.
If you are the creative type - you will LOVE this module.
If not - do not worry as Gael will take you through all the steps to create an awesome brand.
Here are the lessons in Module 6:
Of the 6 lessons, the total time is 65 minutes and 32 seconds.
The longest video is 17:46 and the shortest 3:12.
Key Takeaway from Module 6
Branding was never one of my strengths but after going through this module I am definitely going to give some love to all the branding I have across my own sites.
Gael does a great job explaining how branding is going to help you with your business. It helps with TRUST which is massive.
Would you trust a site that has horrible branding? Probably not.
Module 7: Setting up Posts & Pages
In this module you are going to take everything you did & learned in the branding & site setup module and bring it all together.
More importantly, this module is going to take you into a deep dive with the Elementor and WordPress interfaces.
So again for the newbies with site design - do not worry. You are covered and will learn everything step by step.
This module will cover 3 major steps.
If you love site design, you'll have fun with this module. Again if you're the terribly uncreative type - don't worry. You're covered as well.
Gael uses his case study website to show you how it's all done so you simply follow along.
Here are the lessons in Module 7:
Module 7 has a total of 11 lessons. The total training time is 153 minutes and 21 seconds or 2.6 hours.
The longest video is 28:36 and the shortest is 1:48.
Key Takeaways from Module 7
What I like most about this module is that Gael uses his case study website to show you how everything is done.
The only downside is that you will need to have a subscription to Elementor.
If you're new, just go with Elementor because that is what you'll be trained with.
Elementor is an add on to WordPress that just makes it easier to build a website and all the pages involved.
It's just $49 a year for the basic plan which is all you need really.
You're halfway done. Or have I lost you yet?
Take a break and listen to Charlie.
It's a quick 5 minute video on how he used the training here to go from zero to over $6000 a month using what he learned with The Authority Site System
Will YOU be the next Charlie?
Module 8: Preparing Info Content
In module 8, Mark takes over from Gael for the next few modules.
There's two types of content taught in this course. Info content and commercial content.
It's also the content you are going to use when writing articles to get skyscraper links. Getting links is what helps you rank. Ranking means money.
Creating info content also gives a great impression to writers and especially to those running affiliate programs.
It sets the bar high for your site and really makes your site look like an authority site.
Mark teaches a fine balance of content here. He teaches content that is going to be appealing to both users and Google.
You need both.
If the users don't like it they will bounce. If Google doesn't like it - you won't rank.
Here are the lessons in Module 8:
Module 8 has a total of 9 lessons. Total training is just over 63 minutes. The longest video is 10:15 and the shortest is 3:21.
These are pretty short & snappy and easy to get through.
Key Takeaways from Module 8
Mark gives really good advice in this module for writing info content.
He stresses things like showing your personality, using short sentences and paragraphs, no passive language or "salesy" language, etc.
This is just an example of what is taught in this module and I myself have picked up a lot of pointers to use going forward.
If you're not a writer, don't worry because he lays out a great guide here. At worst, you could just outsource the writing if you really don't want to do it.
You get templates as well.
These could even be given to your writer so they know exactly what to do or use them yourself.
Module 9: Writing Content
This is where the practical stuff starts!
Mark will teach you how to research, plan and edit your first article.
What I like here again is that he is going to show you how he writes the first article for their case study site.
By the way, this is a live site - i'm just not going to give it away here. Not sure if they'd like that!
There is still some research and planning here, but all is broken down in small actionable steps.
You are also going to learn how to edit the article so it's perfect.
So if you're not a writer - again, don't worry. All is broken down for you in a very easy to learn manner.
Here are the lessons in Module 9:
There are 14 lessons in Module 9. The total training time is 137 minutes and 37 seconds or 2.3 hours.
Key Takeaways from Module 9
This module has really covered all the bases for writing articles.
Things like writing the body of the article first, properly labeling headings with the right tags, and looking to places like reddit for research are just some of the things that you'll benefit from.
The message here is that once you have a format to follow and understand how an article should be written, you can do this over and over without difficulty.
Module 10: Uploading & Optimizing Content
In short, this module is going to teach you everything you need to know to take your written article then optimize and publish it live.
This is where you are going to optimize your article for SEO purposes.
Mark is going to show you 7 different technique on how to do this.
Here are the lessons in Module 10:
Key Takeaways from Module 10
For someone completely new to on-page SEO, this module is going to help.
You'll learn why certain things are done such as tags, writing titles, formatting, proper keyword insertion & more.
What makes it easy to learn is the practical examples of using their case study site to show you how it's done.
Module 11: Initial Link Building
Since the Authority Site System teaches you to build a site that will be found in the search engines (aka Google) then this is a step you cannot miss.
Your site depends on it for its success.
Link building is hard, but Mark breaks this down for you in this module.
There are 3 main link building strategies taught in this module.
Here are the lessons in Module 11:
Module 11 is the biggest module in terms of lesson count.
There's a whopping 23 of them.
I couldn't fit the last two in which are "Finding emails manually" and "Crossniching - the most important concept in link building."
The total training time for these videos is 191 minutes and 74 second or 3.2 hours long. The longest video is 18:14 and the shortest is 2:07.
Key Takeaways from Module 11
Authority Hacker is known for only recommending white hat links which is what they have done here. It can still be debated whether "guest posting" is white hat but still, much safer than using PBN's.
A PBN refers to a "Private Blog Network" that you or someone would own. That's black hat stuff which isn't taught in this course.
The links here aren't exactly easy to get, but with the training provided you should not have that much difficulty.
Haro links should be pretty easy to get once your site is built and you've got a lot of good articles posted.
If you remember previously, branding helps and it certainly does here.
These methods taught in the link buidling module are definitely going to move your site up in Google - as long as you follow the training to a T!
Module 12: Affiliate Monetization Setup
Welcome to module 12. Are you still here? If so - congrats.
Your site is live and you've built links to it. Now it's time to start making some money! ?
Mark teaches you all the tips and tricks that he's had running affiliate sites for the last 12 years.
In this module you are going to learn:
Here are the lessons in Module 12:
There are 9 lessons in module 12
The total training is 74 minutes and 95 seconds or 1.25 hours. The longest video is 16:05 and the short is 2:39.
Key Takeaways from Module 12
For those that already understand the affiliate marketing model, you might not get too much from this module.
However, ther are some interesting topics such as how to treat the Amazon Associates program. Hint - screw that up and you'll get banned!
So you'll want to go over that lesson.
Oh and you only need the free option with Pretty Links. So that's zero cost for you!
The good news is that they aren't much different so switching won't be a problem.
Apart from that, it's a great module for beginners that have very little knowledge about the affiliate marketing model and will get you off to a great start.
Module 13: Commercial Content
Commercial content is what makes you MONEY!
Mark walks you through all the steps required for your authority site to start ranking in Google and making money from these commercial content pages.
This is done by:
This module is a complete revamp from the previous version of The Authority Site System.
It incorporates a brand new way to creating content.
This includes new templates, new ways of writing, new content types and also new ways of publishing.
How the module is structured:
Here are the lessons in Module 13:
Module 13 has 14 lessons with a total watch time of 157.1 minutes or 2.6 hours.
The longest video is 18:07 and the shortest 2:54.
Key Takeaways from Module 13
This module has been on-point with discussing the various types of commercial content pieces you can write.
The review types mentioned like roundup reviews, "VS" reviews and "alternative" reviews can be very powerful if done correctly.
Mark does a great job explaining how these work and how it is going to help you get affiliate commissions from these type of reviews.
All the additional info on how to describe products, creating the right intro and outtro for your commercial content is going to really make it easy for you to come up with some great content.
The templates really help as well. These templates will give you the structure in an easy to follow format.
Keep in mind you can save a lot of money by writing commercial content yourself or you can outsource.
Either way, you've got the tools to carry out this on your own or to give to your writer.
Module 14: Advanced Tactics
The purpose of this module is to introduce to you a number of advanced tactics and strategies to help grow your authority site.
What's unique about this module is that you don't need to incorporate all the strategies taught.
You can simply pick and choose what you want.
Some of these are going to cost you a bit of money. Some of them are not suitable for beginners.
You won't need any of these until you've built your site, and some you won't need until you're actually ranking and making money.
Here are the lessons in Module 14:
Module 14 has 9 lessons. The total watch time is 124 minutes or 2 hours and 4 minutes.
The longest video is 25:43 and the shortest 3:52.
Key Takeaways from Module 14
As mentioned before, you likely won't be putting all of these strategies into effect.
And, at least not right away.
One thing to remember is that most of these strategies will cost some money.
For example the Surfer membership which is about $50 a month, then there's the outsourcing content, hiring writers, display ads, etc.
The point is these tactics are here for you to use when and if you need them.
Module 15: Becoming an Authority
If you have made it this far in this ridiculously long review - congrats.
As a member of the Authority Site Sytem 3.0. by the time you get to this module you are done.
Well, not exactly.
Mark explains that this is just the beginning of your journey. This is because you are going to be tracking your site's progress.
This is a quick module. You are provided a template that you will use for tracking.
Some of these are:
There are just two videos in this module so it's a quickie.
That's it for the Course Modules. What else is included in the Authority Site System?
The Authority Site System 3.0 is not only a complete overhaul from the older version but it also includes some other sections to help accelerate your growth.
1. To Do List
This to do list is set up so that you can follow the course task by task.
Each task will link back to the lesson so you can find these tasks easily without having to scan the whole course again.
This is going to provide you a sense of structure and what to do next.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a course? That's what this is for. To give you direction.
2. Facebook Group
The Facebook group is the first place to go to whenever you have a question or run into a problem.
It's also great for inspiration.
Check out this recent post of a member having great success with the course:
3. Tools in the Course
There's a quick resource page which lists all the tools that Authority Hacker uses.
You probably don't need this because doing a quick search on Google will find you the tool you need.
Some of these are affiliate links so that's proabably why they created this resource.
Hey, why not right? It doesn't cost you extra.
4. Update Log
This is a great feature because you'll be able to see what updates to the course have been made and when.
Throughout the course there are links to templates within the training.
This page lumps them all together so you don't have to try to find the lesson which includes the template you are looking for.
Authority Site System Pros and Cons
Clearly the pros outweigh the cons here. It wasn't easy to find more cons to be honest.
The Authority Site System really does cover everything you need to dominate the search engines.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some common questions that I get asked quite often about the course.
I have put them below. If you don't find an answer, you can either contact me or ask your question below in the comments section.
How do I make money with an authority site?
Your site will be found in Google when people search for a particular term. You will already know what those terms are and your site will be optimized for them.
Not only can you make money with affiliate marketing, but also with ads on your site which is optional.
How long will it take before I start making some money?
Typically though, it is going to take a few months before you start seeing some commissions roll in.
After a few months your commission should steadily grow bigger and bigger.
As you grow your blog, the income increases over time.
I'm a complete beginner and never built a website before. Can I still do this?
There is no coding involved because you'll be taught how to create website using WordPress.
If you ever get stuck, simply post a message in the Facebook group and you'll get help within minutes.
I don't know what niche to pick. Will I get help with this?
Is there a money back guarantee if it doesn't work for me?
If for some reason you don't want to continue, just email support withing 30 days for a full refund.
The guarantee is a no-nonsense one either. You don't have to prove that you didn't have success or anything like that.
Just ask. I'd hate to see you go. Buy hey that's up to you.
If you need more convincing, I highly suggest you check out their webinar. You're going to learn a lot and see their methods in action.
Alternatives to The Authority Site System
Perhaps you would rather have a choice of different traffic methods for your blog other than SEO such as paid traffic on Facebook & Google?
In that case, I suggest you check out Savage Affiliates.
You can read my review here for more details.
This course also focuses on SEO for traffic and is on par with TASS in regards to quality of training. See my review here.
Finally, if you want to see other alternatives, I suggest you check out my article on the best affiliate marketing courses.
The Authority Site System Review Conclusion
The Authority Site System is one of the best courses you can buy to help you build an authority site in almost any niche.
Geared towards beginners, it still produces training that even advanced affiliate marketers can benefit from.
I have learned a lot from the course myself and have implemented the tactics taught with my collection of authority sites.
I can honestly recommend this course in very high regard as it's one of the best I have seen.
The 3.0 version has really "stepped up" from the former course.
It's set up to prepare you for the best chance to succeed.
Comment below if you have an questions or would like to talk about your own experience with TASS.
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Goals & Objectives
The Authority Site System by Authority Hacker teaches you how to build an authority website. You will learn how to pick a niche, build a website from scratch, find keywords, do whitehat linkbuilding and more. It’s designed with beginners in mind and highly recommended.