I’ve received more review requests for Chris Farrell Membership than any other program. Combined with the ridiculous number of positive reviews out there, I couldn’t put it off any longer. I paid my $4.95 7-day trial fee, created my account, and this is my review.
Chris Farrell Membership Review — Is it a scam?
Chris Farrell Membership is an introductory training program for beginners looking to learn Internet Marketing. It was created by none-other than Chris Farrell, a good looking English chap with an accompanying accent. The goal of his site is to provide you with the training, tools, and support to build an Internet Marketing business from home.
You can try the program for 7 days for only $4.95. After the first seven days, you will be billed $37.00 every month that you remain a member. This membership fee includes access to every training program he created, unlimited support from the support staff, and unlimited web hosting (usually costs $20 a month by itself!) You really do get your money’s worth here.
Almost all of his training is video-based. Personally, I much rather prefer text-based training. I like being able to learn at my own pace. With videos you have to constantly rewind, pause, and rewatch segments to make sure you understand it all. If you’re a visual learner, this is definitely a course for you.
Chris started his Internet Marketing career late 2007/early 2008 and within less than a year, he was making enough online to comfortably live in Beverly Hills. His training is a collection of tutorials he wrote after finding what works online. It’s very much a “follow in my footsteps” type program. Chris himself is seen around the site frequently answering questions and providing help.
Yeah, but does it work?
Chris teaches tried and true methods of Internet Marketing. These are methods that I personally use on a near daily basis so I know that they DO work. But, I have found a few of his methods outdated and there was little mention to recent developments in the Internet Marketing world. Take the recent Google “Panda” update for example. This was HUGE news to Internet Marketers worldwide, but I was only able to find one mention of it on his entire site. Someone created a forum post about it and received 3 replies. That was it.
His teaching is also very basic. He starts at an absolute beginners level. I’m talking “I-just-know-how-to-browse-the-Internet” level. His videos are VERY easy to follow and Chris does an exceptional job as a teacher.
Is it possible to make money following ONLY Chris’s teaching? Absolutely, 100% yes. But, I do believe you’ll be spending quite a few months trying to do so and will ultimately seek out help from another program. This is where it gets tricky though. Without Chris’s help, you wouldn’t have the basic knowledge required to seek out and learn more. So while you’re not going to get rich from his training, you will need this basic foundation of knowledge to get started. Does that make sense?
What I Liked
Tons of Training
The amount of information readily available to you is astounding, to say the least. There are over 1,000 different training videos and 20+ different training programs to follow. You are absolutely getting your money’s worth when it comes to the quantity of content you receive.
The site is updated often. Chris is constantly working on providing his subscribers with more. There are new additions made almost daily and every new feature is included with your membership.
Chris & His Likability
Damn is Chris likable. He has a sincerity about him that is unmatched. It’s hard to put into words. When he speaks, you can tell he’s genuinely interested in helping you build an online business. Above all, he is a great teacher.
It’s quite obvious Chris Farrell isn’t in the business of ripping people off. Immediately after creating your account, Chris provides you with cancellation instructions should you feel the need to leave the program. It’s honestly the first piece of instruction he offers. You don’t have to jump through any hoops, or fight your way out of a contract. Login, cancel your account, and be done with it.
Timely, Quality Support
I was most impressed by the support staff. There is a dedicated support team and they offer round-the-clock help. I’ve been browsing through the forum and nearly every question was answered within a few minutes with a detailed, helpful explanation.
It’s really hard to find such quality support these days. Most programs will try and sell you some sort of “support” add-on package or offer additional coaching at thousands of dollars per month, but not Chris. It’s all included with your membership and well worth the price of the membership alone.
What I Didn’t Like
I really do not like the site’s navigation. It feels very clumsy. It’s like Chris set out to build this grand mansion, but built it one room at a time with little regard to previous rooms he built. There’s no real sense of direction either. There are five different introduction pages all explaining different ways of getting started. The site just doesn’t flow.
A face-lift would do the site wonders as well. Even though it’s updated daily, it feels very outdated. I don’t see this happening any time soon (if ever) since his videos frequently refer to areas around his site. This unfortunately means the site will only continue to fall behind in terms of design.
Chris really just needs to go through and browse the pages of his site. The entire site needs to be proofread. I found plenty of typos, randomly capitalized words, the text ‘click here’ with no links, and plenty of other mistakes. Take this for example. This is the text that shows up when you click to Chris’s blog…
Please note that right now (August 2010) I have had to take my blog offline – as I have had interest by a publisher to turn it into a book.
This publisher is currently taking a look at this – but my blog WILL be back online here – by the first week of October.
Thank you – and please do feel free to check back here then.
My apologies for it being temporarily unavailable.
Chris Farrell, August 2010
It’s not a big deal since this doesn’t impact your training, but these little things start to add up.
The Discussion Forum
Man, the forum desperately needs better organization and an updated design as well. It is very text heavy. There are literally hundreds of thousands of posts in the ‘Troubleshooting’ sub-forum alone. This could easily be broken up into different categories. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to find a topic you saw a few days ago and wished to read again.
I took a screenshot of the forum to show you what it looks like.
The Positive Reviews
I was drawn to Chris Farrell Membership mainly due to the overwhelming number of positive reviews about the program. This both intrigued and worried me. While Chris doesn’t ever say “Go here and give me a positive review,” he does ask that you leave a testimonial and review the program. Any one this far into the course will have been with Chris for a while and will likely have nothing but nice things to say about the guy and the sheer amount of positive reviews drowns out any legitimate qualms another user may have with the program.
Little Focus on WordPress/CMSs
This is the number one issue I have with training at Chris Farrell Membership. The main focus of his training is teaching beginners how to build static HTML pages pretty much from scratch. In this day and age, that’s entirely unnecessary. There are tools (mainly WordPress) out there that will build complex, easy to update & manage websites for you within seconds. Why bother spending all that time trying to design, build, and manage a website when you can have WordPress do all of that work for you?
There ARE a few training materials on WordPress, but the videos are from 2009. WordPress is entirely different today. The concept is very much the same, but it functions entirely different today. You won’t get any of the benefits of WordPress (plugins, proper SEO, the ability to connect with your readers, instant & easy changes to your site) without a ton of work on your part with a static website.
If you follow Chris Farrell’s program, you will be wasting a lot of time learning basic HTML and trying to build your own website. Hell, the first few days of his 21 Days to Success program are all about learning about different files on your computer and how to resize images. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff here.
The Bottom Line
So, do I recommend you join Chris Farrell Membership?
Well, yes and no. I suppose if I had some sort of rating system on this blog, I’d give Chris Farrell Membership 2.5 thumbsups out of five.
The training isn’t bad, but it’s not exactly great either. Chris Farrell is a fantastic teacher and he’s very knowledgeable on all topics Internet Marketing. With that said, his training is mainly geared toward complete beginners. He teaches older methods of building websites and I just think there are much easier ways of learning Internet Marketing. Experienced Internet Marketers will be bored to tears and likely won’t stay past the 7-day trial.
His training is good if you want to start venturing out into Internet Marketing, but don’t want to commit a whole lot of money up-front. You’ll learn the basics and get a real good grasp on the foundations of Internet Marketing; however, I firmly believe that you will need to move on from Chris’s training to make a substantial income online.
Chris Farrell Membership is 100% NOT a scam.
I hate not having a more definitive answer for you, but take everything you read here, click here and take a look around Chris Farrell Membership, and try and decide if the program is right for you.
Feel free to leave questions in the comments below and I’ll try and answer them as well.