Poshmark Review: How to Get the Most for Your Clothes

This Poshmark review is for anyone who has Marie Kondo’d their wardrobe, garage, shoe closet and other storage recently.

If you’re not going to give your old clothes away to charity, sell them instead of storing them somewhere you won’t see again in years.

Your pockets would love you!

You’d be surprised at how much money you can raise during your monthly or annual cleaning.

To make your online selling as hassle-free as can be, mobile apps like Poshmark are efficient tools. These apps not only serve as the marketplace platform where you’d buy other people’s clothes and sell your own, some apps also have added features like taking photos, documenting, or recording items.

What is Poshmark?

The Poshmark app is a social commerce marketplace where you can sell clothes, shoes, bags, and other fashion accessories online for cash.

Launched in 2011 by Manish Chandra, the Redwood City, California-based company now has 4 million sellers with an accumulated $1 billion+ worth of items sold since its inception.

Selling via Poshmark is super easy. Just download and open the Poshmark app (it’s available on Android and iPhone), take a photo of the item you want to sell, write a description, set the price, and it’s up for sale.

The cool thing about Poshmark is that it was developed originally as an app, which means many of its features run smoothly even when you’re on the go.

Poshmark listing

Compare this to online shops that you only access via mobile browsers and you’ll see what I mean.

However, Poshmark app does have a desktop version, in case you prefer to work in an office.

eBay vs. Poshmark

If you’re going to sell items online, you’d probably be thinking, “why not on eBay?”

eBay is without question the oldest (and still standing) online marketplace today. When it comes to second-hand items, eBay lets you sell and buy stuff on a national level. Its counterpart is probably Craigslist, which has a sub-category for every city across the country.

Poshmark began with people selling used items, similar to eBay, but has since expanded to include new items as well.

Pros and Cons of eBay

  • eBay has been around forever. While it can still have some glitches, these are often scheduled and announced.
  • eBay and PayPal are under the same company, so expect its main payment gateway to be secure.
  • Many payment and shipping options
  • Everyone knows eBay

eBay’s customer support isn’t the best (especially when you’re handling refunds).

Because of its massive reach and millions of items being sold at any given time, eBay’s app can be clunky.

If you’re only planning to sell clothes, eBay is definitely too much for your needs.

Pros and Cons of Poshmark

  • Poshmark was built specifically for mobile use, so the Poshmark app will definitely appeal to people on-the-go
  • The social aspect of Poshmark means your listings are easily shareable inside or outside the Poshmark app
  • Poshmark lets you list an item for sell by simply taking a photo of the item, then adding a description
  • Poshmark is exclusive to fashion items, so you are 100% sure of the target market

The main problem with Poshmark is the high shipping fees, which doesn’t really do anybody good (whether you’re the seller or buyer).

Poshmark Fees vs eBay

On eBay, you don’t pay anything if the item isn’t sold. eBay gets a 8.75% cut of the final selling price, plus an extra 4% if the item is priced $50 to $1,000.

Poshmark gets a 20% cut on items over $15, while a flat rate of $2.95 for any item below $15. You only pay Poshmark fees once you stuff gets sold.

Notable Poshmark Features

As you can see, the Poshmark fees aren’t really that friendly to sellers, but sellers still stick to the Poshmark fees because of the creative ways of selling, and the perks given to Posh Ambassadors and Posh Affiliates.

Aside from having your own online “storefront” on Poshmark, sellers also benefit from these features:

  • Posh Authenticate – Buyers prefer to shop used, branded items at the Poshmark app, mainly because the company guarantees items first. Whenever someone purchases a luxury item, it gets sent to Poshmark headquarters first where the item will be inspected and tagged as authentic. Only then will Poshmark send the item to the buyer. If it fails, buyers are refunded their money.
  • Posh Bundles – The flat lay generation of Instagrammers have definitely inspired online sellers to step up their game when it comes to showcasing products for sale. The Poshmark app lets you bundle items into one purchase, which means you can easily “style” your items for sale.
  • Posh Parties – Poshmark hosts about 3 “virtual parties” daily. These parties are a gathering of buyers and sellers within a particular time. During the party, sellers can share items for sale as long as the item “fits” the party’s theme. For example, “Summerwear party” gathers all sellers with swim wear, summer clothing items, while “Best in Makeup” party invites both buyers and sellers interested in all things cosmetics.
  • Social Sharing (Posh Love, Meet the Posher, etc.) – The Poshmark app is filled with social media vibes. As a new seller, you can introduce yourself by creating a ‘Meet the Posher’ listing and share it all over the app. There’s also the Posh Love feature, where you share what you think looks cool (within your own listings or other sellers’ listing) to your followers.

How to Become a Posh Ambassador and Affiliate

Posh Ambassadors have access to VIP events, programs and newsletter.

They are recommended to new Poshers, which means their market is almost guaranteed.

However, it isn’t easy to become an ambassador.

You’d have to meet these criteria:

  • Listings Sold: At least 15 individual items sold
  • Available Listings: At least 50 available listings in your closet at any given time
  • Average Rating: With an average rating of at least 4.5 stars
  • Average Ship Time: With an average ship time of 3 days (or less)
  • Self-Shares: Record of sharing your own items at least 5,000 times to the community
  • Community Shares: Record of sharing items from other Poshers’ closets for at least 5,000 times

Another advantage of becoming a Posh ambassador is that you’re qualified to join the Posh Affiliate Program.

Meaning, you’ll be able to earn extra money by spreading Posh listings online and getting a commission with all the links that end up as a sale.

How to Start Selling on Poshmark

After signing up, you have a choice of creating a listing on the app, or via web.

If you prefer to list an item via the Poshmark app, here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the Sell button in the app (It’s the camera icon!)
  2. Your camera will open, so take photos of the item you wish to sell. (You can also upload photos that are already stored on your device).
  3. Add up to 7 more photos for this listing.
  4. Fill in the description, price, size, and other details.

Can You Use Poshmark app for Business?

If you’ve ever faced a Powerseller on eBay or an successful Amazon seller, you know that the buy-and-sell market is alive and well.

Using the Poshmark app as a side gig can lead to a full-blown business if you know how to source products (eventually you’ll run out of things to sell from your closet). You should also be smart with picking luxury items (not all expensive, branded items are guaranteed to sell).

If you look around the community, you’ll see that sellers do make big bucks on the platform, but only a small percent.

It’s mostly due to the Posh Ambassador system that favors long-standing, loyal sellers who have an extensive history with Poshmark.

As a new seller trying our Poshmark, don’t expect to compete against the older Poshers – you’ll just get disappointed.

Instead, welcome the Poshmark app as a new platform to get rid of old stuff hassle-free and convert them into cash.

Manifestation Millionaire Review: Go Back to Sleep

Today I came across a make money online product that goes beyond the normal ideas of making a website, providing value and marketing to people.

The question I have of it is whether it actually a valid way to make money or just another scam trying to take your hard earned cash.

The Manifestation Millionaire by Darren Regan

The idea behind the Manifestation Millionaire is that through a change of thinking you can change your life dramatically, and create wealth.

The ebook is designed to help you change your way of thinking, so if you’re looking for a product to help you build a successful business or learning marketing then this is most definitely not the product for you.

The method that Darren has apparently perfected is what he calls “Portal Jumping”. I was sad to find out he didn’t mean this literally so my childhood dream of teleportation went out the window.

Instead, it’s a mindset thing, as Darren explains:

It’s like a backdoor built into the fabric of the Universe opens up. You just “jump” through to an entire new world.

People, places, things, and events begin to change around you…

Lack and limitation disappear. Abundance and opportunity shows up everywhere you turn.

The idea is very close to a much debated system called the Law of Attraction.

What I found interesting was that the sales video for the product clearly states that the Manifestation Millionaire has nothing to do with the Law of Attraction:

Manifestation Millionaire not law of attraction

However, I found an older written sales page that is virtually word for word for the video sales page which states that actually it was envisioned as part of the Law of Attraction:

Manifestation Millionaire law of attraction

Obviously Darren is trying to shy away from that method, yet his process which is apparently based on “cutting-edge neuroscience” is really very close to it.

The science is based on things called “mirror neurons” which are real but we have clear idea on what they do:

To date, no widely accepted neural or computational models have been put forward to describe how mirror neuron activity supports cognitive functions.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron

This of course opens them up to wild speculation and tinfoil hat ideas.

Bold, Exaggerated Claims

While I’m all up for some self-improvement, after all our biggest enemy is ourselves, the claims that Darren is making here are hard to swallow.

The belief that you can do something is great, but the way it’s worded is that you literally just think about it and it will happen.

Manifestation Millionaire minutes

This is a terrible thing to say to people because it’s simply not true. There’s nothing out there that will materialise a new car or wealth or the love of your life because you think about it.

Now, you might be thinking that I’m taking this too literally and that the process is much slower etc. That’s perhaps true but I’m echoing the sales pitch here, and this is what you and others are being told, but it’s a lie.

Manifestation Millionaire a leap away

Simply jumping through an imaginary portal will not result in you getting a new car. Now, jumping through the portal, believing in yourself, working hard and waiting while you earn the money to buy a new car? Yeah that’s believable, but sadly that won’t sell an overpriced ebook to people.

Let’s See Some Evidence

The Manifest Millionaire has a lot to say, the video is over 40 minutes long, but does it prove anything?

Well, no. The thing is the whole idea behind this system is that you need to believe, so apparently the sales pitch is hoping you’ll just believe it too.

There are some testimonials added to the site. Normally these are stock photos and unprovable words, but here there is a catch. Some of the people giving testimonials are actually real (as far as I can tell).

It’s not beyond some people to scrape image and names off the internet and attribute a fake quote to them, knowing you’ll Google them and hoping they won’t find the site.

Whether this is the case with the Manifest Millionaire is currently an unknown, though I have reached out to some of the people who I could track down, only time will tell if they respond or not.

Either way, you have some potentially faked testimonials and the word of the ebook creator as proof this works, which is not a lot to go on.

There is also little to say about Darren Regan – who is he and why should you believe him? I’ve no idea to be honest. I could not trace any information about him or his prior activities. Personally I’m not entirely sure he’s real.

Take this from the products affiliate page:

Manifestation Millionaire John

Who’s John? Is that the real person behind this? It’s hard to say but it certainly puts doubt on the legitimacy of this product.

Another thing that’s noteworthy is the number of upsells you will be hit with after buying the product:

Manifestation Millionaire Upsells

Upsells by themselves aren’t inherently bad, but you should know what you are getting yourself into after you purchase the product.

The Bottom Line

Is the Manifestation Millionaire and outright scam?

No, definitely not. You do after all get a lengthy ebook about self-improvement.

However, that does not mean I recommend this product. The sales pitch is incredibly hyped up, making you feel like the moment you finish reading the book you’ll become a millionaire.

Don’t get me wrong, a good mindset is critical to making money online, especially with all the failures that will inevitably occur, but mindset is not everything.

To make money online, and good money at that, you’ll need skills and experience, as well as time, patience and probably a little seed money.

The Manifestation Millionaire is also quite overpriced for an ebook, especially as there are lots of existing resources online for self-improvement that are free.

If you’re looking to make money online and want actual targeted teaching to help you achieve it, then I’d suggest avoiding the Manifestation Millionaire and look to get proper training.

Instapage Review: Stop Leaving Money on the Table

If there’s one thing to take away from my Instapage review, it’s this:

The importance of a landing page cannot be overstated.

These pages are designed to focus on one thing, whether it’s to sell a product or to get people to sign up to a mailing list.

Distractions are a major issue when it comes to converting people, even things like your sites menu, or adverts or the latest post feed can have people wandering off to explore instead of taking action.

The idea behind landing pages is to reduce the clutter and shiny things that may distract people so that they focus only on what’s in front of them, which ideally is the action you want them to take.

Creating landing pages on existing websites, especially with CMS’ like WordPress, can be a chore. Also you may not want to even create a site on a domain, but just one or more landing pages instead.

Luckily there are tools out there that can assist you with this, one such is Instapage

What is Instapage?

Instapage is a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) online program that allows you to create landing pages for one or many domains.

Depending on your site setup, nearly everything is self-contained within the Instapage site allowing you to build and manage all your landing pages from one location.

Instapage uses an amazing drag and drop system to build pages, so let’s go through what it takes to get an Instapage landing page created.

Creating a New Page

Once you log into Instapage you‘ll see two buttons, one to create a new page and one to create a group.

Groups are merely for organization and you can create them and assign pages to them at a later date.

If you click the new page button you’ll see a pop up.

Instapage Add New

This allows you to create a new page from a template (including a blank one) or even upload a template from a different source.

Instapage provides you with 193 Templates, plus 1 blank one to get started with. Plus you have the ability to import free or premium templates sourced from designers located on sites like ThemeForest.

With so many template options it’s nice that Instapage have some filtering options based on the most commonly used landing page types such as Lead Generation, E-book, Apps, etc.

Instapage Templates

Some of the template designs are similar but there’s a lot of choice just in the default templates which is great, especially if you’re not too great with designing things. You can also preview these without committing to them which is a nice touch.

After selecting a template you need to name it.

Instapage Name Page

After that then it’s down to modifying the template for your own needs using Instapage’s drag and drop builder.

Using the Instapage Landing Page Builder

Perhaps like me you’ve used a variety of page builders before. They often have some limitations or are awkward to use, especially when it comes to the placement of different elements like forms, images or tittles.

Instapage doesn’t suffer from this at all – it’s a true drag and drop builder and it’s a delight to use!

Every element on the page can be moved wherever you want, no blocks, no columns, nothing like that – you have full freedom to place elements wherever you want!

There is a downside to this though as while there are some guidelines (that cannot be moved), there is only a limited snap to grid system.

This means that getting elements precisely positioned can be a pain. Luckily there are some keyboard shortcuts that can be used. These aren’t mentioned anywhere that I could see but if you click an element you can use the keyboard arrows keys to move the elements a pixel at a time.

Use SHIFT + keyboard arrow keys to move elements 10 pixels at a time.

By selecting multiple elements with the shift key, you can also group elements together and change their alignment relative to one another.

One disappointment was the inability to group elements and then edit certain things such as the font color.

This means you have to select each element individually, edit it then change the color and save. Not a deal breaker but it makes things a bit more awkward and time consuming if you decide at the end that the font color should be blue and not pink.

Also, the color was not retained for new elements which made it a little frustrating when you need to add a lot of text elements to a darker background and have to constantly edit each one to change the color away from black.

Free Images

One of the pains of getting a landing page made quickly and easy is image selection. I can’t count the number of times I’ve spent more time finding and choosing an image than actually creating the content!

Instapage eases this by supplying 100 free background images. These are fairly generic but they cover a wide range of topics such as scenery, coffee cups, people typing on keyboards, and so on.

Instapage - Free Images

You can also buy images directly from Bigstock while within Instapage, but the prices are quite expensive at $4.99 an image – you can certainly get stock photos cheaper.

Instapage BigStock

There were also two other things missing from the images: icons and patterns.

Of course you can import these, but a small selection of basic icons and patterns would have really helped make Instapage that bit more special and help validate it’s price.

Blocks

I know I said that Instapage doesn’t use a block system, and that’s still true, but it does have something called blocks.

Blocks are like mini templates for different sections of your Instapage. Included are approximately 113 templates consisting of the following types of blocks:

  • Headers
  • Benefits
  • Descriptions
  • Steps
  • Testimonials
  • Pricing Tables
  • Call to Action

Blocks will help you speed up your page creation by allowing you to insert common elements as a framework, meaning you just need to fill in the details.

Instapage Block Testimonial

It doesn’t take long to modify a block to make a pretty professional looking section of the site and you again have the power to move any of the block elements wherever you want on the page.

You can also save your blocks for reuse on any of your other Instapage landing pages.

Instapage Block Testimonial modified

I’ve Ran Out of Undos

Instapage has a limited undo feature, it’s OK, but if you really need to go back more than 10 changes you’re out of luck.

The worst thing I found was the complete lack of any form of autosave. If you’re in the middle of changes, forget to save and your cat closes turns off your compute (yes, my cat has done that to me on more than one occasion), then you’re starting your landing page from scratch.

The Mobile Generator is a God-Send

By default you are on the desktop view of your landing page. By clicking the toggle at the top you can swap to the mobile view.

Instapage desktop mobile toggle

Instapage landing pages are not truly responsive; instead the mobile view will automatically try to turn your desktop view into something usable on mobile devices.

It’s not perfect and you will need to tweak the design to fit on mobiles.

Oddly it doesn’t show how it will look on phablets and tablets which are generally wider than your typical phone.

As such you may be tempted to preview the page and resize your browser window. This will show that the page is not responsive!

Fear not though, because I also panicked at this stage and ended up doing some tests. While resizing the browser resulted in a less than optimal site until it hits phone size, when viewed on an actual tablet or mid-sized device it looks perfect!

A/B Testing: The Most Useful Tool Offered

Before I discuss this, know that the A/B testing feature is only available on the Instapage Optimizer plan or higher: see the Pricing section below for more info.

A basic landing page can work well, but unless you already know your audience intimately a landing page will require tweaking to make it perform at its best. To do this you need to use A/B testing (also known as Split Testing).

Instapage’s A/B testing is built into the landing page builder itself, and can be activated from the top left of the page.

Instapage - AB test link

Click the Create an A/B Test link and you can then create a variation. You can either create a new variation (so based on your current design), or choose/import a template.

You can seemingly create as many variations as you want (I got to Variation F before I got bored), though in reality 2 of 3 versions is sufficient.

From here it’s simply a case of modifying your variations and saving.

Publishing Pages

There are a few choices when it comes to actually showing the world your landing page:

Instapage - Publish

Custom Domain

This is probably the most technical option as it requires you to mess about with CNAMES and things like this. It’s probably the most ideal option if you just want a domain with the landing page and that’s it or you want the landing page as a subdomain such as mylandingpage.example.com.

WordPress

If you’re a WordPress user then this is by far the easiest option. All you need to do is install a plugin and log in to Instapage from the plugin.

It will then pull your landing pages in and you can select a URL where you want the landing page to show, such as example.com/mylandingpage.

Facebook

This will show your mobile version of the page on Facebook. I actually couldn’t get this to work for some reason, but the idea is that the landing page is published to a Facebook page.

Demo Page

If you just want to see how the landing page will look on a real site then this is your option. It saves the page to a demo site which you can view live on any device. Perfect for making sure it looks right on multiple devices and in multiple browsers.

Instapage Analytics: What does it tell you?

Landing pages are worthless without knowing the stats behind them. Luckily Instapage makes this pretty easy.

Instapage - Analytics menu

You can connect your page with Google Adwords, Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel and Google Tag Manager.

As well as that you can set conversion goals for links and subscriptions which are shown in Instapage’s own analytics section.

Instapage - Anayltics chart

Another handy tool that Instapage provides is the Heatmap tool. This allows you to see precisely what people are doing on your page.

There are 3 types of heatmaps you can view:

  • Scroll depth – how far down the page people scrolled
  • Clicks – where on the page people clicked
  • Mouse movement – where the mouse was located on the screen

Combined, these different analytics systems and features should give you more than enough information to make informed decisions about the page and what tweaks need to be made.

Instapage - Heatmap

Documentation

While Instapage is quite intuitive, there are a lot of hidden settings and features, so I was glad to see that the documentation for Instapage is large and detailed.

Instapage - documentation

As well as written text that has plenty of pointer images, the most popular topics also have accompanying videos.

The documentation is clear and easy to follow, which is perfect for when you get stuck with something!

Instapage Pricing

Instapage starts at $69 per month and goes up $179 per month with even more expensive Enterprise options out there.

Quality products cost time and money to make, and as such they can often cost the end user a decent amount as well.

Instapage Pricing

If you want A/B testing (which you should want) and Heatmaps, then you’ll need to go for the middle level, Optimizer.

As well as that the month to month prices are significantly higher than the annual pricing. At the Optimizer level, paying month to month will cost you $30 per month extra.

I get that paying annually should offer a saving, but it does feel like they are gouging monthly subscribers.

Is Instapage Worth it?

If you are an occasional user, it’s hard to justify the high-monthly costs, especially when you need the more expensive plans to unlock the best features.

A one-month minimum trial is strongly recommended. You can test your current landing page against variations to see what exactly you are leaving behind.

If you are someone running multiple campaigns perhaps even over multiple websites then yes, it is definitely worth it.

The ease of creating pages and the added features easily offset the cost if you’re using landing pages regularly.

Why Not Use a WordPress Landing Page Builder Instead?

There are a lot of landing page solutions out there, especially for WordPress so you might be wondering why Instapage is a better alternative.

Well, as mentioned above, if you’re a very light user or low on funds, then a WordPress alternative probably is better for you.

If you’re a power user then there are several reasons why you should consider Instapage over the alternatives:

It’s Easy

I can’t get over how beautiful and easy to use the Instapage builder is. Sure it has some areas that could be improved, but I’ve used a lot of builders and this one was an absolute delight to use. There will be no more fighting the builder to get the exact layout you want, which is priceless.

It’s Just for Landing Pages

If you look at something like Thrive Leads for example, Thrive do a lot of other products including Leads. Instapage focus purely on their Landing Page product so all of their time, expertise and effort goes into making it the best landing page system out there.

Multiple Pages, Multiple Sites

This is a big one for a power user: you can manage all your landing pages across numerous domains from one control panel. Not more logging into this site or that site or dealing with different software on different sites.

Asset Management

Instapage allows you to host assets directly on their server and server them to your subscribers directly.

The Bottom Line

I’m beyond impressed with the features offered by Instapage.

With the free trial they offer, it’s a no-brainer that this one comes with a very positive recommendation.

It’s not the cheapest option out there, in fact it’s fairly expensive, so you do really need to make sure you’ll use it.

If you can get over the price then the builder is wonderful, and so easy to use you’ll be firing out landing pages left, right and center!

I’d definitely recommend Instapage to anyone with multiple sites who needs to have multiple landing pages across the site network.

Ads Pro – A Slick But Flawed Advertising Plugin

Continuing with my advertising plugin for WordPress series, I’d like to talk to you about another effective advertising plugin called Ads Pro.

This plugin is only available on CodeCanyon and to my knowledge doesn’t have any free version to test, so it’s daunting to put money on the line when you’re not sure if it fits your needs or not.

As such let’s go through the plugin and see how it functions.

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Ads Pro Setup

This plugin is pretty easy to set up. To begin with it’s a standard install with no other requirements – it’s self-contained unlike Advanced Ads which required Woocommerce.

The plugin is usable without the purchase code but some features are locked until you add it in, meaning use on a development site might potentially get tricky.

Other than that, the settings are straightforward for things like payments and notifications.

The settings also allow you to customize the look of things without needing to resort to CSS. This can be good for those with no or only rudimentary CSS skill but if you know CSS fairly well you may find the styling options limiting.

The plugin integrates with BBPress and BuddyPress so has appropriate options. It also has a “hooks” area where you can add advert shortcodes at specific points such as after the 4th paragraph of content or after the content.

Ads Pro Review - hooks

Ad Spaces

Before you can create adverts you need to add a Space. These are effectively groups and they cover everything from the cost of the advert to the number of adverts shown, order, devices etc.

Each space allows you to limit the number of adverts, which is great especially if you’re looking to sell advertising space.

This is also where you’ll be adding the style of advert, which I found odd, but you can select from a wide range of display types including:

  • Carousel – slide or fade
  • Top or Bottom Scroll Bars
  • Floating (4 options)
  • Pop-up
  • Corner Peel
  • Layer
  • Background
  • Exit pop-up
  • Link

It’s also here that you’ll define the template or dimensions of the adverts. There are a lot of standard sizes here such as 125×125 and 728×90 and so on.

A somewhat unintuitive feature is available to create custom sized templates. This Standard Ad Creator menu doesn’t appear at first and its wording didn’t tell me what it was. Still, you can create custom template sizes which is good.

Creating an Advert

Once a space has been defined creating adverts is really easy.

Ads Pro Review - create advert

As you can see it is pretty much selecting the billing model (if you need that) and adding a URL and image.

The one thing I fell afoul of was image file size. The plugin doesn’t really state what to use and I noticed that larger image sizes got rejected and that rejection reset all the data I had added.

Displaying Adverts

If you’re not using the inbuilt hooks or the (very basic) widget then you can also display adverts by adding their shortcodes to locations in content or if you’re technically minded by adding a PHP snippet to theme templates.

Ads Pro Review - test advert

Here’s my test advert after the 4th paragraph using an Amazon logo as my advert image.

Advert Analytics

Whilst pretty and effective I found the analytics area for Ads Pro to be messy and overwhelming and this is before I added any adverts!

I think it’s made worse by having sections for the extensions even though those extensions were not installed.

Overall though you do get the data that you need in order to see how the adverts are performing.

I also noticed that additional clicks/views per user account were not recorded which is usually a good thing.

Ads Pro also includes an A/B testing system for the adverts (though again this only becomes visible after you create an advert).

Ads Pro Review - ab test

A/B testing is a great way to check how an advert is performing and is also a great selling point.

However, the A/B tests that Ads Pro provides are very flawed. Instead of what you would expect of one or the other advert being shown to see which advert performs best, Ads Pro basically just compares the data of the two adverts.

Really this is not an A/B test as both adverts are still shown at the same time!

Selling Adverts

Once you have some Spaces set up you can sell adverts to people. This is as easy as adding a shortcode to a page.

Ads Pro Review - buy advert

It’s a simple method to sell adverts that look professional. The only thing that seemed to be missing was how to provide more information and direction to potential customers for example about image sizes. Sure you can this to the Space title but that’s limited.

Geolocation

As well as being able to select certain pages/posts and categories to display ads, Ads Pro supports geolocation at the Space level.

This means that each space can be only shown or hidden for specific countries. You can even narrow it down to specific cities or zip codes.

Support

Support is done via Code Canyon and the author seems responsive enough, often answering within hours or a query.

There Are Extensions

The core plugin for Ads Pro is sufficient for most people’s needs, but it does have several extensions that you can buy to expand its feature set:

Ad Templates for Cornerstone

This extension adds integration for the Cornerstone builder plugin making it easy to insert adverts into those templates.

WordPress Affiliate Program

This extension allows you to leverage affiliates for generating more advertising leads.

WordPress Marketing Agency

Want to sell adverts on other people’s sites? Then this extension is for you as it allows you to become an advertising agency.

Is it Developer Friendly?

Can this plugin be easily extended? Well it depends on what you are trying to do. For minor things it should be fine as I found 16 action hooks and 15 filter hooks in the version I tested.

That being said, the use case I needed to modify the plugin for could not be done due to a lack of hooks in the right places, probably because 12 of the action hooks focus on content alone.

As such if you have a complicated use case then I would say there’s no decent way of extending this plugin.

The Bottom Line

Ads Pro is a great plugin but it has flaws. It looks great but seems to lack in certain areas and is quite unintuitive.

I was also dismayed by the completely wrong implementation of A/B testing! It’s effectively useless.

If you’re looking for an affordable advertising system for your own use then Ads Pro is definitely a contender. If you’re looking to sell adverts then the plugin is viable, and certainly looks the best out of all the plugins I’ve reviewed, but it’s not perfect.

As mentioned the A/B test is laughable and the inability to provide direction on a per Space basis is unfortunate.

Overall the plugin has great potential and if the developers decide to invest more time in the development, it could become a powerhouse in the WordPress advertising plugin market.

Right now, it’s average to good.

Advanced Ads Review: The Ad Platform You Have Been Looking For

Off the back of our recent review of AdRotate Pro I thought you might like to know about some of the other options there are when it comes to adding adverts to your WordPress site.

Today I’m going to review Advanced Ads by Thomas Maier, a fully featured plugin that has some interesting takes on advertising.

Advanced Ads

Advanced Ads

Like most premium WordPress plugins nowadays, there is also a free version of Advanced Ads that you can pick up to try. It is fairly feature filled on its own with only advanced features being reserved for the premium plugin.

The plugin has been around for 3 years with regular updates. It has also been downloaded over 800,000 times and has over 50,000 current installations.

This might not be quite like AdRotate, but unlike that plugin Advanced Ads scores an excellent 4.9 out of 5 on WordPress.org user reviews with a similar number of reviews (about 100 less).

The premium version is itself split into several plugins: the core premium version and additional addon plugins.

What do you get?

  • Advanced Ads Pro (the core premium plugin)
  • Ad Tracking
  • Responsive Ads
  • Geo Targeting
  • PopUp and Layer Ads
  • Selling Ads
  • Slider
  • Sticky Ads

There’s also another addon called Genesis Ads, specifically for Genesis theme users, but this can be gotten for free from the Advanced Ads site.

Some Requirements

Unlike a lot of premium plugins, you are still required to have the free version of the plugin installed and activated. Why I don’t know as surely the premium version could have been self-contained.

As well as that if you are looking to use the Selling Ads addon, you’re required to install and activate Woocommerce – more on this later.

Initial Setup

Barring needing to have the free version installed and active, installing Advanced Ads is pretty simple and can be done via a manual upload like most plugins.

The settings are fairly detailed, especially with the addons active as they add to the settings.

General

These are the core setting and should be reviewed. They cover a wide variety of things from settings to beat ad blockers to disabling ads in different areas.

AdSense

As AdSense is one of the most popular ways to add adverts to a site, it makes sense there are specific settings for it.

Selling

Basic settings related to selling adverts.

Pro

Focusing on advanced features like cache busting, click fraud protection and lazy load.

Tracking

Advanced Ads provides some good stats and this settings area allows you to fine tune what you see and what’s tracked.

Creating Adverts

Adverts in Advanced Ads generally require three things: the advert itself, a group and a placement.

Placement

Advanced Ads placement

Placements set where the advert will be displayed and there are a lot of different options especially with all the addons active:

  • Manual placement (shortcode or PHP code)
  • Header area (code)
  • Footer area (code)
  • Before content
  • After Content
  • In Content
  • Widget
  • Header Bar
  • Footer Bar
  • Left/Right “Sidebars” attached to the content area
  • Left/Right bars attached to the browser windows
  • Background
  • Random Paragraphs
  • Above Headline
  • Exact Middle of content
  • Custom Placement
  • Post Archives
  • Popups

These placements will help you position your advert exactly where you want them to go and once set up can be used with any advert or group.

Groups

Groups are optional but are very handy for keeping adverts organized. They can also be set to randomize adverts or show a specific number of ads, amongst other features.

Adverts

Adding a single advert in Advanced Ads is simple yet can be a little bewildering when you first get started due to the sheer number of options available.

To begin with you can add a title and the type of advert to be shown. The types are quite straightforward with Plain Text and Image being the most commonly used.

Advanced Ads adverts 1

The ad parameters section is where you’ll insert your add code, whether this is plain text or the JavaScript provided by services like AdSense. You can even insert PHP code.

Advanced Ads adverts 2

The layout options allow you to tweak the placement by adding margins and alignment, and also to add specific IDs and Classes should you wish to make further changes via CSS.

The Display Conditions section allows you to target this advert based on numerous different options such as geolocation or what page the visitor is viewing. You can add multiple conditions giving you a very granular level of control which is excellent.

Advanced Ads adverts 4

Finally there are stat related options specifically for the advert.

As I said earlier, there’s a lot going on when you create a new advert but most of it isn’t necessary for day to day advert creations. Minimizing the various sections helps but I feel like there are too many options shoved in front of you and some of these could be hidden better to help feeling like you’re wading through options.

Features

When it comes down to it most advertising plugins will have quite similar features, so expect to see a lot the usual when checking out Advanced Ads.

Some of the more unusual features include the following:

Ad Blocker Beating

Advanced Ads has a built in system that you can tweak to help get past ad blockers. After all you’re not going to make money if no one can see your advert.

AdSense Violation Warnings

When using third party advertiser networks, there’s usually a lot of rules and it’s often easy to fall foul of them.

AdSense is no different so Advanced Ads has an in built system to notify you if your adverts are going to cause issues, potentially saving you from having your account banned!

Visual Composer Compatibility

This isn’t the right place to weigh the pros and cons of page builder plugins, but if you use the popular Visual Composer plugin be assured that Advanced Ads will integrate with it.

AMP Ads

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a Google initiative to serve pared down versions of site to mobile users.

Being pared down means a lot of features on a site are removed. Advanced Ads does its best to make sure you AMP ready pages are also monetized with ads.

Addons

When you buy Advanced Ads you can just buy the core premium plugin and any addons separately, but it’s really good value to just buy the bundle of everything.

In this bundle you get the following add on plugins:

Responsive Ads

This addon allows you to set what size adverts appear at different screen resolutions, and even disabling the advert if needed.

While most themes will reduce the size of an image in order for it to be responsive, this might not be suitable from an advertiser’s point of view. Instead swapping it to a different size can provide a visible and therefore clickable advert.

This plugin also handles AMP adverts.

Geo Targeting

Allows you to show a specific advert or hide them for people coming from specific locations. This can be useful to target specific countries with country appropriate adverts.

PopUp and Layer Ads

One of the weaker Advanced Ad plugins, this addon allows you to add an advert or other content to popups. While this can be useful in that you can pop up any content and advertise on it, most existing popup plugins are more feature rich.

Advanced Ads popup ad

A VERY basic advert showing how you can add basic HTML and advertising code into a popup.

Selling Ads

This plugin allows you to sell advertising space on your site. It does a great job of making it easy to sell adverts because it is connected to Woocommerce.

That is also it’s down side. If all you’re doing is selling a couple of advertising space then having to install and set up Woocommerce as well as the advertising platform is a bit much.

If you already have Woocommerce installed and sell other products you also need to be aware that you’ll need to remove or separate the ads from other items on sale.

The requirement of Woocommerce aside, it really is quite simple to set up a product as the plugin integrates directly with Woocommerce.

Advanced Ads woocommerce

There are a couple of other issues I had with the selling ads plugin.

First is a minor one: there was no simple link option. While most people might not need this, selling links for local businesses is fairly common and the Advanced Ads plain text option is simply not restrictive enough.

Secondly the Selling Ads plugin does nothing to the ads overview section. This means it can be quite difficult to find which adverts were purchased by which customers as you have to click the advert, and then click the link to go to the Order in Woocommerce.

You can go in via Woocommerce and click through to the order but it would have been nice to have been able to look at the advert list and see which adverts were for which customers.

Slider

This allows adverts to be shown in a slide show manner effectively rotating them. This is quite a useful feature as you can show multiple adverts in the same spot plus the movement attracts the eye. That being said it would have been nice if this was just built into the pro plugin itself rather than as a separate plugin.

Sticky Ads

Oddly enough this addon allows you to create adverts that stick in place even as the user scrolls. There are other features as well such as backgrounds and header/footer placements.

Support

Support for Advanced Ads is excellent. I had a couple of questions after I bought the plugin and sent them off on a Friday expecting to hear back Monday or Tuesday. Instead I got a response on the Saturday and even had an email conversation throughout the day.

Obviously that might not be typical but I also checked the WordPress.org support section and all questions have been answered and most of those were answered in less than 24 hours which is excellent!

Statistics

Selling or just using adverts on your site means you need statistics. After all there’s no point showing an advert if it doesn’t perform.

Advanced Ads stats section provides details on impression and clicks and is broken down by date and by advert so you can get a general overview or more specific data.

My only bugbear here is that the chart used is not responsive so smaller screens (even laptops) will need to scroll to see data.

Developer Friendly?

Advanced Ads has a basic codex on their website and has enough hooks, filters and functions to achieve most things.

It’s still not really easy to extend, but I found with some work it’s still possible – for example I managed to create a single link option for the plugin with a few hours of digging into the code.

As such it beats a lot of other advertising plugins simply by allowing you access to it on a code level.

The Bottom Line

Advanced Adverts is a solid advertising plugin with a heck of a lot of features and so many options you can fine tune things to your specific needs.

The bundle price for the premium plugin and addons is a reasonable €69 for a single site (about $82) and this includes support and updates for a year. There are more options that further improve the value such as 10 sites for €199 (about $234).

Usability wise, the plugin could be a little more streamlined and easy to use, with unnecessary or uncommonly used settings hidden away but that’s a minor point.

Most light users would likely get away with just using the free version, but those that require more complex setups or more control (or those simply wishing to support the developer) should pick up the Pro version as it definitely adds those advanced features.

My only real gripe is the required integration with Woocommerce in order to sell adverts. Yes it makes it easier to use an existing and popular ecommerce site, but not everyone will want to add a full blown ecommerce system in order to sell a few adverts. It would be nice to see a simple in built sales system in the future.

The question you most likely have is: does it do what I want it to? The answer would be yes. Advanced Ads built in features will cover pretty much any eventuality and if you’re looking for an advertising platform plugin for your site you should definitely consider this plugin.

Pros and Cons of Using Shopify for Your Dropshipping Store

A dropshipping store is like any other ecommerce store, except the business owner doesn’t have to rent a warehouse, pay for lease on a physical store, or stock the products. This means before you could “sell” products, you have to build an online store using one of the many ecommerce platforms available in the market today.

If you’re comparing ecommerce platforms for your dropshipping store, your options may include Magento, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, YoKart, Shopify, Big Cartel, Open Cart, Zen Cart, Symphony Commerce, Drupal Commerce and a whole lot more. But if this is your first foray into the world of dropshipping and ecommerce, here’s why Shopify should be your top choice…

Why Choose Shopify?

The number one reason why over 350,000 online shops have chosen Shopify as their ecommerce platform is because there’s no need for programming, or web design knowledge to set-up a Shopify store. You can basically launch a new store in minutes.

Shopify is best for beginners because of these reasons:

1. Template availabilityShopify has a ton of free, ready-to-use themes to choose from. These themes are professionally made, mobile-ready, highly responsive, and designed with the customer in mind. There’s also option for paid templates, if you want better customization and more features.

2. Massive app store – Shopify has its own collection of extensions and plugins, which help expand the functionality of an online store. Example of tools available at the Shopify app store include tools on stock and inventory, reporting, shipping, customer service, store analytics, and social media, among others.

There are over 1,500 free and paid apps available, all of which are already compatible with Shopify and are easy to install. You can cherry-pick only those that would best fit your business, or experiment on new tools that could skyrocket your sales to newer heights.

Shopify even gives its members a way to connect to mobile app developers, who can customize their apps for you (for a fee, of course).

3. Quick-connect to Facebook and other Cross-Channel Selling Capability – One of the best things about Shopify is that it allows you to connect your store with a Facebook page, and sell directly from the largest social media network today via the Shopify Facebook App. You can also sell in other platforms like Pinterest, Houze, Twitter, and Wanelo for a wider reach of your target market.

4. Huge Community to Help – Even if Shopify is aimed at beginners and designed to set-up a store quickly, problems could still arise. What’s great with Shopify is that aside from its 24/7 livechat and phone support, the community forum is also home to many friendly and helpful people who are (or have been) on the same boat as you and are ready to guide you with Shopify questions you may have.

Shopify also publishes tutorial posts, case studies, and success stories regularly.

5. Built-in SEO Functions – Competition is fierce in ecommerce, which is why it’s a big plus that Shopify has SEO functionalities available. By taking advantage of these features, such as adding tags, editing meta tags, adding product descriptions, arranging collections, etc., your Shopify online store would be “seen” by search engine crawlers and indexed. This means that when someone searches the tags you used on search engine, your store could be one of the results listed.

Shopify Isn’t for Everyone

The benefits of using Shopify for your dropshipping store are numerous, but not everyone could succeed with this platform. Here’s why:

1. Shopify Payment – Members are basically forced to use Shopify Payment since every transaction made from your store would incur 2% transaction fees if you choose another payment gateway like PayPal. This is on top of the 5% transaction fee PayPal deducts from every payment you receive.

Unfortunately, you can’t just skip PayPal. It has been proven by multiple testing and testimonies that adding PayPal to an online store increases conversion rates for up to 30%. That’s a huge percentage to ignore.

2. Expenses Add Up – Shopify lets you try the platform for 14 days without charge, but if you decide to subscribe, you’ll have to pay monthly charges of $29/month (Basic), $79/month (Shopify Plan), $299/month (Advanced Shopify), or $2,000+/month (Shopify Plus). Other expenses could also add up, such as customization of themes and apps, and turnover fees (from between 0.5% and 2.0% of the product amount).

In addition, if Shopify decides to up their subscription plans in the future, you’ll have no choice but to continue, or move to another platform completely.

3. Limited CMS Capability – Shopify may seem like WordPress with its availability of themes and plugins, but the limits begin to show once you’re inside the Shopify platform. Content management systems (CMS) like WordPress are popular for a reason – the potential for development and customization are endless.

4. Shopify only lets you create two types of content – a blog post, or a page. It can be hard to create additional text fields for products, or link posts to products. The cheapest Shopify plan also doesn’t have the best search mechanism, and no advanced filtering for product searching available.

5. Scalability isn’t an Option – It’s good to start small, but if you plan to expand your dropshipping store in the future, it would be a pain financially and emotionally because:

  • Everything is hosted on Shopify. All customizations, uploads, and other content will be hard to export to a new host.
  • You’ll lose Google rankings. If you started with Shopify, but want to move to your own hosted site, the search engine rankings your Shopify store has earned will be all for nothing. Your new site would have to be re-indexed, causing your original site to lose traffic.
  • Exporting data is hard work. All customer data and order details are stored on Shopify. You’re able to export this data, but it is a lot of hassle to do so.

The Bottom Line

Shopify is a great choice for company online stores that house only limited items. If you’re planning to build a dropshipping business, you’d find more success buying a domain name, using a full-featured CMS like WordPress, and be in full control of your website.

Plus, since scalability is key to dominate the dropshipping model, your best bet is to learn how to build a store from scratch, and not be tempted with Shopify’s plug-and-play solution.

Will Affiliate Rebirth Give You 100% Free Traffic and $3K-$5K/Month?

Affiliate Rebirth, which was just relaunched by Grigory Kononenko, Stefan Ciancio, and Shahnawaz Sadiquee, is a video training program for affiliate marketers that makes some bold claims about how much money you’ll earn by setting up websites. In essence, the program claims that you’ll make $3K-$5K/month by implementing its revolutionary affiliate marketing methods.

Supposedly, this program teaches you a completely different method for doing affiliate marketing, making over $1K/week, and not having to pay for traffic.

Yes, you heard right: According to Affiliate Rebirth’s creators, you will learn how to make a sizable passive income using free traffic-generation methods. You won’t even need to do any email or social media marketing.

Does Affiliate Rebirth live up to its hype? I bought this program at its advertised price of $17.70 to learn more.

Inside Affiliate Rebirth

Once my order went through, I found myself looking at the following:

Upsell #1

For $47, Grigory will give you researched information on 10 niche sites you can build right now, complete with affiliate products, keywords, Amazon keywords, and competitor info. This upsell is called the Done-for-You Pack.

Upsell #2

For another $47, Grigory will enable you to copy and paste his most successful niche sites, saving you the hassle of designing your sites and generating content for them. This upsell is called Affiliate Rebirth Elite $60k Case Studies Bundle.

Upsell #3

The third upsell you see is this one, which Grigory says will provide you with secret link-building strategies for your niche sites. This upsell is priced at $27.

Once you get past these three upsells, you’re taken to your Affiliate Rebirth account area, which in my case was hosted by JVZoo. Here, you open up four modules of the following training videos:

Module 1: Niche Selection

Earnings proof (3:18)- In this introductory video, you see the kinds of web traffic that Grigory’s (and his colleagues’) niche websites are generating.

How to find a profitable niche (13:57)- You are taught how to spot great niches by perusing Amazon’s Full Stores and Best Sellers. You are also told to look at big websites and see which products they are pushing.

Criteria to access profitability (12:24)- Grigory goes through Google SERP results and advises duplicating their subject matter for eventual ranking of your content.

Basics of keyword research (6:59)- What are keywords and how do you select the best ones for traffic? Grigory goes through these questions and introduces head, body and long-tail keywords.

Buying intent keywords (6:47)- Here, it is explained that you need traffic generated from buying intent keywords rather than informational keywords, even if that traffic is smaller. Branded keywords are also introduced.

Product research on Amazon and generating buying intent keywords (13:19)- Here, you learn how to do product research on Amazon. Keywords research tools are introduced, including Google Keyword Planner, Long Tail Pro, and SEMRush.

How to find informational keywords (11:59)- Sometimes, you need traffic from users at the very beginning of their buying cycle; this is accomplished using informational keywords. Also, Google rewards pages that have informational as well as transactional keywords.

Module 2: Content Creation

How to create quality content for your niche (11:54)- Quality content is introduced and described.

Conversion tips (6:01)- Grigory explains how to maximize conversion from your generated traffic. Call-to-actions, H2 headings, comparison tables, banners, etc. are all introduced as ways to increase conversions.

Home page layout (3:38)- Grigory goes over how you can best lay out your home page for the most conversions.

Silo structure (4:52)- The idea of categorizing keywords by silo, or category, is introduced. Grigory goes over the concept of keyword silos and how to build them.

Supporting posts (2:34)- The supporting posts link to epic posts and use less popular keywords than epic posts.

Epic posts (4:29)- Epic posts are introduced and described. Grigory also shows example epic posts via his Google searches.

Keyword tips for content (2:49)- Grigory provides additional tips on how keywords can be placed into content for improved SEO.

Get out of Sandbox quickly (3:24)- After your site is launched, it might be placed into the Google Sandbox. This is a location where your site and its keywords are not yet ranked. Grigory explains how you can get out of the Sandbox sooner.

Module 3: Site setup

Site setup (17:10)- A rather in-dept introduction is provided for creating your domain, including selecting your URL, obtaining hosting, generating your WordPress theme(s), etc.

Easy way to set up Amazon monetization (3:14)- In this much shorter video, Stefan instructs you on how to set up and use the EasyAzon plugin for the Amazon Affiliates program.

Niche site checklist (3:09)-  Stefan goes over a few items on your WordPress site, like installing the Yoast plugin, checking your design and logo, having a privacy policy, etc. He notes that you should have at least 15 articles before you launch your site.

Things to NOT do (2:24)- Stefan goes over things you shouldn’t do as an Amazon affiliate, like sending your affiliate link in emails, iframing, link cloaking, using links in e-books, using your affiliate link for your own product purchases, etc.

Boost website speed (2:48)- Stefan shows you how you can easily increase your site loading speed by taking basic steps like leveraging browser caching. Stefan notes that there is a resource (i.e., a quarter page of code) included in the training to help you complete this procedure.

Module 4: Traffic

Getting long term traffic (6:20)- Stefan goes over link-building as a way to get some ranking on Google. He goes over authority links, the relevance of those links, link diversity, and outbound links.

Quick traffic hacks, get traffic instantly (8:20)- Stefan goes over some methods for generating traffic quickly, such as placing site links on product discussion forums.

Web 2.0 links for instant boost in rankings (12:53)- In this video, several different examples are provided on how you can generate relevant backlinks to your nice site(s) by taking advantage of several social media channels.

Scholarship links with high PR (9:47)- Stefan goes over how to get high PR links from educational institutions and other learning organizations.

Infographics links, huge PR (9:28)- Stefan goes over how to insert links into infographics for improved site rank on Google. While this was an excellent tutorial, there was a point in the video tutorial (0:46) where Stefan forgot to edit out some of his expletives (!).

Effective blog commenting (8:39)- Stefan demonstrates how to find websites where you can post quality blog comments and boost your website.

Link building plan for your site (5:34)- Stefan goes over all the lessons of the prior videos and summarizes the strategies that were introduced for effective link-building.

Blog outreach (13:49)- The final video shows you how to target specific blogs in order to get links from them. Guest posting is explained in great detail.

Affiliate Rebirth: Pros and Cons

Like every training program, Affiliate Rebirth has its pros and cons. Here are some of the positive aspects of the course:

Pros

Affiliate Rebirth offers a comprehensive training program for people who wish to create affiliate websites and see them rank quickly.  Lots of time is spent showcasing actual examples of niche sites, link strategies, blogs, etc. There are also additional resources located at the bottom of each video module for further reading.

The program offers a 30-day money-back guarantee that is honored. My refund request was processed within two days, no questions asked.

Cons

Affiliate Rebirth is fairly new and has some rough edges to smooth out before it can become a top-of-the-line training program. For starters, many of its videos feature typed pages of notes that are hard to read. Some of the presenters have rather heavy accents that may be difficult to follow, especially for non-native English speakers. There’s even a point in one of the training videos where Stefan can be heard swearing just before he cuts the video.

The product does not offer a member forum, although it does feature a webinar that one can register for. This webinar might be offered weekly or monthly; the next webinar is scheduled for August 9th.

The Bottom Line: Is Affiliate Rebirth a Scam?

At $17, Affiliate Rebirth is offering up a lot of value for the price. You are given quality information and videos packed full of useful resources to get an affiliate marketing website up and running.

For a beginner affiliate marketer, Affiliate Rebirth offers some good training and examples. More advanced affiliate marketers will probably wish to look elsewhere for in-depth training and strategies. It’s doubtful that, just using the techniques discussed in the base product at Affiliate Rebirth alone, you would come to generate $3K-$5K/month, but you would certainly be on your way towards earning some money through your niche websites.

As for the advertised free traffic, yes, it could be completely free if you did all the work involved in link posting, writing comments and guest posts, etc., but you will then be dedicating a lot of your time towards these efforts. Some of the advertised methods were ways I’d never recommend. I find infographics to be completely useless and blog commenting is only really effective if the blog has allowed dofollow links.

All in all, Affiliate Rebirth is not a scam and is absolutely worth the advertised price.

AWOL Academy: Is it Worth the High Price Tag?

Since 2015, there has been a premium Internet marketing training program called AWOL Academy. This program was created by and is offered through Keala Kanae and Kameron George.

According to Keala and Kameron, AWOL Academy is “The World’s Most Comprehensive Internet Marketing Education & Mentorship Platform.”

AWOL Academy Logo

AWOL actually stands for “Another Way of Life” and offers a series of separately priced trainings on areas such as email marketing, copywriting, traffic generation, paid advertising, etc. The higher priced academy trainings offer webinars and even 1:1 mentorship (via online forums and Facebook groups).

The most affordable training offered by AWOL Academy runs $99, while AWOL Elite costs almost $10K. The full breakdown of AWOL Academy products goes as follows:

  • Pro Academy (aka: AWOL 101 Coaching): $99
  • Inbox Academy: $447
  • Conversion Academy: $1,797
  • Traffic Academy: $2,997
  • Masters Academy: $5,497
  • AWOL Elite: $17,997

Total enrollment costs will run you just under $29,000.

Yikes.

May 2018 Update: Prices of the courses above (with the exception of the Elite program) have doubled over the course of a year. It used to cost around $5,000 to purchase everything. In 2018, it costs over $10,000.

AWOL Academy courses aren’t cheap, that’s for sure.

However, it all depends on what you get for your investment.

The real question here is, is AWOL Academy worth its hefty product price tag(s)? To find out, we take a closer look at its offering and promises.

What is AWOL Academy?

In a nutshell, AWOL’s Keala and Kameron say that their courses and mentorship will help someone who is starting out, or already engaged in Internet marketing, to make money online.

Pro Academy

AWOL Pro Academy

The Pro Academy course, which costs $99, provides a good introduction to the world of Internet marketing. In this package, you receive 4 training modules comprised of 25 videos. You also have one coaching call.

This course is intended for newbies and introduces the concept of the sale funnels as a customer acquisition tactic. You are shown, step-by-step, how to implement your own sales funnel. To this end, several other products are needed:

  • LeadPages- for building landing pages ($25-$48/month)
  • GetResponse- an emaul autoresponder ($15+/month)
  • ClickMagic- a customer tracking system, which is useful for ad tactics like retargeting ($12-$17/month)

So, if you truly implement what the Pro Academy course teaches, you will be shelling out much more than $99.

Inbox Academy

Inbox Academy

The next course up, so to speak, is Inbox Academy. This course offers a set of “secret” strategies for not only creating your own email list, but getting that list to open, click on, and accept the offers you email out. Those secret strategies are supposedly what top email marketers use.

Conversion Academy

This nearly thousand dollar course offers “coveted conversion secrets” for getting customers to do what you want them to do- which is to buy your product or service. So, Conversion Academy focuses heavily on the art and science of good copywriting and content generation, including content such as images, presentations, and videos. It goes over what kind of copy you would present to a potential customer at the start, middle, and conclusion of his buying journey.

Other concepts introduced here include evergreen sales. In order to generate steady sales revenue not just today but in the future, an Internet marketer needs to offer products that are always in need. These products are often called consumables and should be a part of every marketer’s arsenal.

Traffic Academy

This course, which also runs almost a grand, focuses on generating targeted traffic via social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Five training modules cover traffic generation using these three platforms, and offer formulas on estimating whether or not your ad spend is achieving a high enough conversion rate.

The ads that are the the focus of this course are cost-per-action or CPA ads, where money is spent every time a potential customer completes a desired action. That action can include viewing a video, filling out a form, or even just buying your product/service.

Given that this course is focusing on traffic generation, it also goes over how to derive traffic from lesser used search engines such as Bing and Yahoo.

Masters Academy

AWOL Masters Academy

This course, which is almost $5,500, is for Internet marketers who are already making money online and wish to increase their online earnings and/or leverage their efforts. So, Masters Academy focuses less on the step-by-step processes of setting up a website or creating an email list and more on the big picture of marketing. Concepts such as evergreen products, outsourcing, project management, automation, etc., are delved into in meticulous detail.

There are three sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Mindset Hacks
  • Section 2: Wealth Strategies
  • Section 3: Solopreneur to CEO

One way that this course has you look at long term wealth strategies is by getting top online marketers involved, and offering their advice and techniques.

AWOL Elite

For those marketers who want to go all in and take weekly webinars offered by Keala and Kameron, AWOL Elite is the program to buy. In this program, you not only get weekly 2-hour-long webinars, you get personalized mentorship through Keala and Kameron’s private Facebook group and forum.

In addition to this, you also get all the other products shown above.

Shelling out nearly 10 grand for mentorship and courses is no small investment. However, if you are already making a steady income via online marketing, this could be a worthwhile next step for you.

AWOL Academy’s affiliate program

There’s one more AWOL program that you can join, and that’s the affiliate program. As an affiliate, you’ll earn 30% commissions on any AWOL products you sell. You’ll also make 3% commissions on any products your direct referrals sell to others. Seeing tiered commissions in an affiliate program is a rare phenomenon and reminiscent of MLMs.

To become (and remain) an affiliate, you will need to pay $39.95/month. You will also be required to purchase Traffic Academy. So, this is not something to just delve into unless you are fairly sure you can convince others to purchase AWOL products.

Is AWOL Academy worth the money?

The key question you’re probably asking yourself here is whether or not AWOL Academy is worth its hefty price tag. In this case, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. However, there are different pros and cons to consider when looking into this program:

Pros

In-depth training– The amount of training material and videos within AWOL Academy courses is significant and detailed. The lessons are well-planned and go beyond what you would simply find online.

Keala Kanae knows his stuff– You don’t build a high-level course of this caliber without know what you’re talking about. Keala is often praised for the high-quality of this teaching ability.

Direct access to program creators– At the higher level trainings offered by AWOL Academy, members can get one-on-one time with Keala and Kameron and have unique questions/issues answered. The member FB group and forum provide a means for online marketers to collaborate and bounce ideas off one another. AWOL Academy is definitely not a program where you will be left to fend for yourself.

Cons

High ad spend– Much of AWOL Academy focuses on generating traffic and conversions through paid ads such as solo ads. As such, you will be spending a lot of money on advertising. So, if you don’t set up your campaigns correctly, you could easily go through hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the space of a few days. To its credit, AWOL Academy does note that its traffic and other programs are not for those students who are cash-strapped.

Pushy upsells– Once you find enough cash to purchase a program such as Pro Academy, you’ll be offered more selling secrets in Inbox Academy. Once you purchase Inbox Academy, you’ll be told that you should really purchase Traffic Academy. And so on. So, you’ll find yourself reaching for your wallet again and again.

AWOL promotion– AWOL Academy will certainly provide you with ‘done-for-you’ squeeze, landing, and thank you pages, but these pages are, to a great extent, geared towards promoting AWOL Academy itself. Sure, you could strip them down and tweak them to promote your own affiliate or other products. But that takes away from them being done for you.

Affiliate marketing isn’t cheap– AWOL Academy requires its affiliates to shell out almost $40/month in order to profit from AWOL product sales. This is rather unusual in the arena of affiliate marketing- most affiliate programs are free to promote. Additionally, you must purchase the nearly thousand dollar Traffic Academy.

AWOL Academy Review- is it a good buy or goodbye?

AWOL Academy is no scam, but it ain’t cheap either.

Whether or not AWOL is something you purchase will depend on you financial standing and Internet marketing goals. It may be that this system will have everything you need to become a successful online marketer. Or, it may cost you more than you are comfortable spending.

What are your thoughts on AWOL Academy? Please leave your response in the comments below.

Is 100K Factory Revolution Worth $2,497?

Once in a great while, I encounter an online income training program that makes me stand up and take notice.

100K Factory Revolution is one such program.

Why?

Because this program has a price tag of nearly $2,500. If paid off on an installment plan, 100K Factory Revolution costs almost $3,000.

What exactly justifies this high price tag? To answer that question, let’s first look at the program itself.

What is 100K Factory Revolution?

This Internet marketing training program is the creation of Aidan Booth & Steven Clayton, who both earn a full-time income from e-commerce. The 100K Factory Revolution program strives to have members earn $100K/year from four websites that they create and build, and then monetize using Facebook, Amazon and Google PPC ads (among others). The program also teaches members how to drive traffic to their websites and to sell affiliate products.

The 100K Factory Revolution is the newest iteration of the original 100K Factory Revolution, which was launched in 2015 and then revamped in 2016. The newest 100K Revolution product is set to officially launch on February 27th and contains a so-called “secret weapon.”

The program makes some very bold claims, such as how its members earn thousands of dollars each week. Also, in just 60 days, members can earn $100K/year through their own e-commerce websites by following the steps outlined in the program.

These are some hefty claims for any online marketing training program to make. E-commerce is a tricky subject as I’ve seen results where people basically hit the lottery and find a store that works well right from the start. HOWEVER, experience tells me that one must build content-rich, SEO-optimized websites, generate traffic, build email lists, and create actionable offers in order to hit the income levels outlined above. And this is all in addition to creating or finding desirable products to sell.

Can 100K Factory Revolution truly deliver on all these needs and tactics and ensure that its adherents earn 100K in just 60 days?

One big clue came from the case study that the program offers on its sales page. Here, you are offered the opportunity to download a case study of someone who went from earning $0 to $750K+ in just 7 months, and all by using just one website.

If you are at all considering purchasing 100K Factory Revolution, please download and peruse this program’s featured case study content. Why?

Because this report highlights, in very fine detail, just how the program will help you create $100K websites in the space of just two months.

The 100K Factory Revolution training plan

As reported in the case study, 100K Factory Revolution consists of an 8-week training program that results in four e-commerce websites with an average 5% conversion rate on product sales. The steps are as follows:

  1. Hand-pick a product. Here, you are instructed in how to pick popular products that not only sell well, but are highly adaptable to social media platforms, have high profit margins, an approachable price point, etc. Example products to sell and to avoid are shown.
  2. Install your store. “Test beds” are discussed as a way to test products for their potential to make money. In essence, you set up “rough-hewn” test websites and check their traffic and conversion rates early on. The websites with the best numbers are kept and the others are scrapped.
  3. Identify your buyers. You identify your target demographic for your product and then craft your ads to that demographic. The program also introduces you to the ‘Audience Matrix,’ a tactic for identifying who is most likely to buy your product(s). 
  4. Initiate Traffic Machine. Here, you balance the cost of your advertising against product sales and find the optimal formula where you spend the least ad money for the most product sales. A “top-secret, number-crunching advertising super-computer,” called Vulcan, is introduced. This is also the “secret weapon” mentioned earlier, and one of the main points of the 100K Factory revamp for 2017.
  5. Optimize conversions. You optimize product sales by trying different selling tactics, including using different pricing/shipping models, trying different ad types and retargeting, refining the target audience, testing different website designs, leveraging the buyer email list, etc.
  6. Launch your super funnel. The super funnel, as described by the program, consists of launching optimized sales pages to your audience that capture its attention and wallets.
  7. Rinse and repeat. Here, the program tells you that you should shoot for a “modest” goal of making $8,000/month. That comes out to over $100K/year.

So, can this program deliver on its promises?

Pros and cons of 100K Factory Revolution

The 100K Factory Revolution program does make a lot of bold claims about how you’ll be earning thousands of dollars per week in just a few days.

There is also the assumption that, as long as you select the right products and optimize your products and ads, you should be making hundreds of dollars each day.

Could this be the case? Sure, your Powerball ticket may also hold the winning lotto numbers. It simply isn’t as easy as picking a product, creating an ad, and raking in the money.

Spending $2,500 on the program itself will be just the tip of the spending iceberg for you. With all the emphasis on Facebook and AdSense ads, you’ll need to dedicate your money to ad space on various social media sites and the Web itself.

A lot of your ads will fail as well. You can write off the loss of course, but it’s quite easy to lose a lot of money.

Finally, for the information you are provided, you can certainly find cheaper programs. This is on the higher end of eCommerce training we’ve seen.

As we haven’t taken the course, we cannot comment on the quality of the training and that leaves us with this question for you…

Has anyone tried 100K Factory Revolution?

$2,497 is a little too steep to throw down just to review a product, so we are opening the discussion floor up to you guys in the comments below. Please, if you have tried the program or have eCommerce experience, let us hear it.

Is World Profit Worth $99/Month?

World Profit (WP) is an online marketplace and affiliate marketing platform that offers website hosting and domains, paid advertising, traffic exchanges, email safelists, autoresponder programs, etc., that members can both use and sell. This company has been around since 1994, is based in Edmonton, Alberta, and was founded by George Kosch, Sandi Hunter and Jeffrey Lant.

You can sign up to WP as a free member; however, you can’t take advantage of its products, trainings and affiliate commissions until you purchase a Silver Membership at $99.95/month. Membership run month-to-month and can be cancelled anytime; alternately, memberships can be purchased for a full year.

Once you purchase the Silver Membership, you get access to the following products:

  • 20-100% affiliate commissions
  • Sales bonuses up to $1,000
  • Access to affiliate programs, PLR products, web services
  • 12 websites (as part of WP’s FastCash program)
  • Access to a content management system for building websites
  • 9 sales funnels with 100% commissions
  • Landing page builder and 500 pre-built sales pages
  • Sales offer builder
  • E-book builder and cover creator
  • Access to an article directory
  • Ad tracking software
  • 50,000 guaranteed website visitors
  • Email list builder

As a silver member, you also gain access to weekly trainings through the program’s “home business bootcamp” and over 100 self-paced training modules.

Is World Profit worth its $99.95/month membership fee?

Here’s what we found:

1. There are numerous complaints about this program.

Every online business has some negative reviews. However, the sheer mass of complaints about WP has me worried that this program is not all it claims to be.

Complaints range from members not being able to cash their WP checks due to bad routing numbers to WP not honoring refund requests. Other members note that the products offered by WP aren’t quite as advertised; for example, the “50,000 guaranteed visitors” actually refers to ad impressions and not actual visitors. Also, the promised traffic and subscribers are both derived from current WP members, apparently.

WorldProfit review

Other individuals complain that WP promises free traffic and other goodies; however, it doesn’t deliver on its promises. For example, this WP complainant says that the company promises free traffic and email credits in exchange for listening to its sales video. However, this isn’t true and you actually need to sign up for Silver Membership before you get those “free” tools.

Ripoff Report _ World Profit

2. WP uses high-pressure sales tactics.

You can’t peruse WP’s products and sales pages without first signing up as a free member. However, it seems that WP does this so that it can capture your personal information. Once you are a free member, WP has access to your name, email address, and even your phone number (if you provide it in the optional info area).

What does WP do with this information? Apparently, it uses your personal info to track you once you land on its sales pages.

When I went to WP’s checkout page to learn about its membership terms and conditions, I suddenly heard a voice through my computer calling me by my name and asking me to finish the checkout process and to input any questions I might have into the chat box.

When I looked up at my screen, I saw that I had been placed into a chat room. So, I decided to ask my chat room moderator what was WP’s refund policy for canceled memberships.

Unfortunately, despite inputting this question several times into the chat box, I never received a direct response. Instead, I kept hearing how I would get all these free bonuses, traffic, etc. after signing up as a Silver member. My moderator spent a good deal of time telling me and other chat members “how we’d watch the money roll in.”

Worldprofit Member area

I persisted with my refund question and was finally told to contact the head office because the moderator didn’t handle customer service matters.

3. The products aren’t quite as advertised.

WP advertises that it offers numerous high quality marketing products, traffic networks, etc. The products sound good, at least in theory. However, when you start digging into them, you uncover a different reality.

As an example, here are some of the affiliate products that WP advertises on its member site:

Worldprofit Member

When I clicked on the first link in this list, I was taken to Living Off the Net, which is an MLM. Another link took me to EProfits Extreme, which is a scam online business opportunity. Another link took me to a page that brought up a malware alert on my computer, so I didn’t open it.

WP also offers numerous marketing products for its members to support their personal businesses with. However, many of these products are built on outdated techniques such as article spinning and traffic networks. Such techniques are likely to get your websites de-indexed by Google.

4. There are additional upsells.

If you think that paying $99/month is sufficient for gaining access to all of the marketing tools and bonuses that World Profit offers, think again. The WP platform is filled with traffic exchanges, Solo ads, etc. that are all available…but for an additional cost.

worldprofit

Instead of teaching you how to generate traffic to your website, for example, WP’s tactic is to sell you a quick fix product that won’t help you achieve your desired result. However, it will help line WP’s pockets with still more of your money.

Is it worth it?

At a steep $99/month, World Profit just isn’t worth the money and hassle- and especially when there are other online programs that are of far better quality, cheaper, and without upsells- such as our top pick here.

Instant Profit Funnel & Email Cash Funnel: A 2 for 1 Deal

I love email marketing. It allows you to connect directly with your followers, to segment them up and is not reliant on outside forces like Google shifting the goal posts.

The thing is, I’m not very good at it.

That’s why when I see internet marketing products saying that they can help me to improve my email marketing, I have to pick them up and take a look.

Some are good, some contain content I already know and some are pretty bad.

I recently picked up Instant Profit Funnel by Mark Wightley.

What is Instant Profit Funnel?

The product comprises of two systems to make money via email marketing. This is based on making squeeze pages (sometimes referred to as landing pages), which are designed to make your visitors sign up to your email list.

The Sales Pitch

The pitch for this product is typical marketing blurb: lots of bolded and underlined text, grand promises, and very little in the way of actual information.

There was nothing overly scammy about the sales page which is refreshing, though there was the usual unprovable proof of earnings, and unverifiable statements of how much Mark and his customers have earned.

The testimonials look real, at least more real than most testimonials I see, but there’s still no way to check them.

emailcashfunnel no skills

Purchasing Instant Profit Funnel

The product is an e-book and it’s designed as a loss leader, as the affiliates for the product actually get 100% of the money from it.

This is because it’s designed to get you into a funnel (oddly enough) and that’s where Mark makes his money, if you buy the upsells that is.

instant profit funnel upsells

The first upsell is a video course of the same eBook you just bought, plus some added extras for $27. After that you’re offered the videos only for $17.

If you decide to buy one of those, then the funnel continues and the cost starts to increase with a monthly recurring fee for updated training for just $47, and finally a done for you funnel at $97.

Do you need any of that? Not really, though some people may get benefit from them, especially the videos.

Inside Instant Profit Funnel

The member’s area is fairly standard: you’re offered a lot of extras mixed in with the purchased products and of course upgrades to the upsells you didn’t buy to begin with.

The e-book comes with some added extras such email swipes, a checklist and a podcast of the course which is a nice bonus.

You get access to both the Instant Profit Funnel course and the Email Cash Funnel courses. On top of those you get a landing page builder plugin which is actually white labelled version a $19 product on Code Canyon. I don’t think you get updates though which isn’t ideal.

Instant Profit Funnel

A solid 56 page eBook, the text is nicely sized, has plenty of useful images and contains very little fluff.

The eBook covers finding a niche, autoresponders, products to promote, offers/bribes, squeeze page creation, high ticket offers, list setup, tracking, follow ups and traffic.

Of course, if you pick up any eBook on email marketing, it will contain most if not all of these.

However, Mark does offer some good information. For example in the niche selection section, he covers points on finding a solid niche specifically for email marketing that most other writers and product creators fail to advise on. It’s still common sense, but it’s nice to see written down.

The focus on the email marketing is very much a hard sell: you are being advised to email people basically daily.

instant profit funnel hard sell

This might well work as a separate website and system, but I wouldn’t advise you to use this tactic on an existing business website, it’s more likely to annoy your customer base than help.

If you’ve ever signed up to a “make money online” product yourself, and then received countless emails, it’s that style that Mark’s product promotes.

The traffic generation section has some interesting tips, but only covers a few methods and then only in brief which is a shame, as traffic generation is usually the biggest hurdle for most people.

It also seems a bit rushed. As an example he gives you 4 rules to follow for niche selection, but then actually only provides 3.

Email Cash Funnel

A longer eBook at 99 pages, Email Cash Funnel has the same formatting and useful images included.

Useful screenshots

This eBook is very similar to Instant Profit Funnel in that it follows a similar process (select niche, autoresponder etc).

However it goes into much more detail about how to set up a campaign in Aweber. It also promotes things slightly differently. Instead of focusing on 2 or 3 products it pushes 10 or more. The style of promoting also seems a little less hard sell and more focusing on the consumer.

I really liked the fact that Mark included several example emails that look like they would work.

There’s definitely more detail in this e-book, mainly with Aweber but also with creating landing pages.

The traffic generation section is also bigger and more detailed than the other eBook.

The Bottom Line

This products isn’t a scam, in fact you actually get a lot of value for money for the $7 bucks you initially outlay. Sure you have to navigate the upsells and choose wisely but overall the value is there.

The two eBooks you get as part of this purchase are very similar, yet they are also different enough to expand and complement each other.

If you have had success with email marketing before, then you may not get much out of these, but if your fairly new to it or have been struggling to make money with it, then there is a lot of quality advice in these 2 eBooks.

I didn’t like the hard sell aspect of the first book, but it’s been proven to work – if it didn’t you wouldn’t see it in your inbox every day.

Overall I was surprised by the quality of the Instant Profit Funnel & Email Cash Funnel systems, and would actually recommend it for a good grounding in email marketing.

Is High Traffic Academy by Vick Strizheus Worth Its $997 Cost?

If you are a newbie affiliate marketer or website owner, you know how hard it is to get traffic to your site(s). It can be disheartening when you write a brilliant blog post, publish it, and get no comments or even views.

That’s why High Traffic Academy initially caught my interest. High Traffic Academy is the creation of Vick Strizheus, the “King of Online Traffic,” who also offers group and one-on-one coaching/consulting sessions ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

A guy who charges such hefty fees for his time and expertise must really know what he’s talking about, right?

So, Vick is now offering an online version of his coaching sessions, called High Traffic Academy.

What is High Traffic Academy?

High Traffic Academy (HTA) is a membership site, created and operated by Vick, that teaches its members how to get quality traffic to their websites. To this end, Vick offers video tutorials, webinars, e-books, traffic campaign examples, and select products.

The HTA operates on three basic pillars:

Website development

Here you learn to purchase a domain and hosting, create your landing page, and link your landing page to an email autoresponder. To this end, Vick gives you access to his landing page builder.

Traffic Generation

This is the meat of the program and Vick tells you of several paid methods that can help you generate traffic to your landing pages. The PPC methods are provided through his software programs and traffic exchanges including Offline Goldmine Traffic, The Penny Traffic, The Underground PPC Traffic.

There is also software that teaches you how to work with Google image ads (i.e., Secret GIA Traffic), software that tells you about buying email lists (i.e., Email Media Traffic), and software that teaches you about using banner ads (i.e., Banner Media Traffic). You are also introduced to CPA networks and ad swaps.

List control

In this section, Vick instructs you on what you need to do after you have paid traffic coming to your landing pages. For example, how do you get a customer to become a repeat customer? Vick also shows you a secret method for following your competitors’ traffic online and building your email list off of this traffic.

You get the following items with your paid subscription:

  • Email autoresponder
  • Click tracker
  • URL scarper
  • Sales page templates
  • Video/YouTube marketing tutorials
  • Social media traffic generation techniques
  • Lead capture techniques

Is HTA worth its hefty $997 price?

HTA isn’t cheap, and a full membership plan costs $997. Even at its occasional promotional rate, HTA still costs $197/month to get started. So, is HTA worth the money?

I say no, and here are my reasons why.

1. Vick focuses on traffic, not content.

The HTA training is focused almost exclusively on generating traffic with PPC ads, banner ads, image ads, etc. There is very little time devoted to creating a quality website and filling it with valuable content. In fact, Vick makes it appear that you don’t even need a website, just a bunch of sales pages.

Google won’t even index your site if it contains nothing but a sales page. You’ll get no organic traffic whatsoever if you don’t have content for your viewers to peruse. And therein lies to key to Vick’s methods…

2. The recommended methods aren’t free.

Vick tells you next to nothing about generating free, organic traffic by creating a quality website, publishing tutorials and videos, etc. He also says nothing about content SEO and how you can get your web pages to rank well on search engines like Google. The only SEO that’s mentioned is ad SEO (e.g., how to match headline and ad keywords).

However, Vick tells you quite a bit about how you should buy traffic and email lists. Most of the recommended exchanges and marketplaces just happen to be his own products, which he generates a profit from when you make your purchases.

3. You’ll be spending more than $997.

The full year membership to HTA costs $997. However, you’ll be spending much more than that after you shell out the $997.

Vick’s trainings and webinars are nothing more than dressed-up sales presentations where he attempts to have you buy paid traffic, paid email lists, paid ads, etc. Even though Vick claims that you’ll get really cheap traffic (“as low as $0.05/click!”), you’ll still need to spend money to generate that traffic.

Vick also proposes that you test out his traffic-generating scenarios within your PPC and ad campaigns. To complete many of these scenarios, you’ll need some really deep pockets. Furthermore, without an optimized website to back up your sale pages, you’ll be paying high fees to Google due to your low Quality Score.

4. Getting a refund can be tricky.

Current HTA members are complaining about their difficulties with getting refunds. For example, here is a complaint posted by Geoffrey:

HTA comment

5. The online reviews might be biased.

Several HTA members report being offered monetary compensation in exchange for a positive review of HTA just days after first joining HTA. It’s one thing to ask for an unbiased review and offer some kind of compensation, but quite another to pay for biased reviews.

6. Some of the material is outdated.

HTA members have made online comments such as the following regarding the outdated nature of HTA trainings:

HTA comment 4

HTA comment 3

HTA comment 1

7. Vick isn’t exactly innocent.

We found this YouTube news video showing his 90-day sentencing on a charge of grand theft in South Dakota.

We’re passing on High Traffic Academy

Affiliate marketers and website/product owners who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on paid traffic, email lists and advertising won’t find HTA of much use to them. Also, HTA spends little if any time teaching about building quality websites that are indexed well by search engines like Google, Bing, etc. Almost every recommended method has to be paid for, and the commissions from those payments invariably go to Vick.

If you are interested in generating traffic and sales in ways that won’t kill your wallet, there are plenty of other quality affiliate marketing platforms out there, including Wealthy Affiliate.