Blog comments for SEO has became more popular over the years, and rightly so. The reason for this is simply because IT WORKS.
Now to make it clear, I am talking about having visitor comments on YOUR blog that boost your SEO standings. I am not talking about commenting on other blogs/forums and linking back to your site.
In this post I’m going to go over a little bit about why getting comments on your blog can help your chances of ranking higher in Google and other search engines, and then I’m going to show you an awesome tool that you can use to get unlimited unique and real human comments on your blog.
Everyone wants to rank on page 1 in Google. The higher you rank, the more traffic your blog gets, and thus.. the more money you make. Of course I’m assuming that you are trying to monetize your website, which you might as well since you are getting the traffic to do so.
Getting people to comment on your blog posts is seeming to be more important to the Google algorithm lately. And although I don’t have any inside information from Google on what all reasons this might be for, I do know 2 reasons why this is the case…. and these are: user engagement and updated content.
Google loves to see user engagement on your website. If you have a site that people go to and then leave right away, this tells Google that people obviously don’t care for your content too much. And this will lead to lower rankings for you.
But if you can get your visitors to stick around, read over the entire post, and even comment at the bottom, Google knows you are giving readers what they want. And remember, Google is all about providing users with the best and most helpful information possible. So when Google sees that people are actively commenting on your posts, it rewards you slightly and helps your chances of ranking higher.
Google also loves updated content. Because updated content is the newest, the freshest, and has a good chance of benefiting its users the most.
New content, once it settles into place, has a good chance of out ranking old content. Of course this depends on a lot of factors, but generally speaking Google loves new content.
When you get comments on your blog and you approve them, this acts as a content update. With each comment you publish, your post is updated and refreshed. Google will see this and, again, your post will have a better chance of ranking higher due to it.
Jennifer Slegg (author or thesempost.com) actually questioned Gary Illyes of Google on the whole topic of blog commenting benefiting Google rankings. The reason for the questioning is because many sites routinely delete comments because they feel that they have negative effects, due to being seen as “low quality” content.
Gary Illyes confirmed that blog comments are indeed good for your rankings.
He tells us that User Generated Content, and blog comments in particular show that there is a “thriving community”. Gary Illyes then goes on to say that the “thriving community” aspect has an impact on Googles perception of the general quality of the website and content. It is obviously less of an impact and less important than the administrator published content of the site, but nonetheless it does have an impact.
Ok, so now you know that comments are a good thing. Every blogger should strive to get comments on their posts. And if you aren’t already, you need to start.
But how do you get comments on your blog?
Well the obvious way is to write interesting and engaging content that gets people thinking and asking questions. You could also ask them at the end of each post to leave their comments, questions, etc. below.
But I’m not here to explain the obvious ways. What I want to introduce to you is an amazing tool that allows you to get unlimited blog comments from real people. This isn’t some bot commenting software that spams comments all over the place. This is software that gets real people to comment.
What is it? It is…
SiteComments is one of the tools available at Wealthy Affiliate. It is part of the SiteRubix website builder and website hosting platform inside Wealthy Affiliate.
I don’t want to talk too much about Wealthy Affiliate here because I have already written a very detailed review on it. But just to summarize what it is… it’s an online business platform that provides training, support, hosting, and pretty much everything you need when it comes to creating an online business via a website.
Anyways.. back to SiteComments and all of its glory.
Step 1 – Request Comments
Once inside the SiteComments area, you will see a button you can click to request comments. You will click this.
Step 2 – Choose The Website You Want Comments On
Now you will be able to choose the website that you want comments on from a drop-down menu. This will include a list of all the sites you have hosted at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you are going to use SiteComments you are going to have to be a WA (Wealthy Affiliate) member, and you get unlimited website hosting with that membership, so you might as well use it.
As you can see in the screenshot, I’m going to choose to request comments on onlinefinancialsuccessstory.com, which is the site you are on right now.
Step 3 – Choose What Page You Want Comments On
After you select the website in which you would like comments on, the SiteComments tool will pull up a list of every single page and post on your website in a couple seconds. All you have to do is select the one you want.
In the example below I selected a post I wrote about a traffic sharing website called Traffic Monsoon.
Step 4 – Choose The Category of Your Website
This is important and I’ll go over why later. But as for now, just make sure you choose an appropriate category. For my site I chose internet marketing.
Step 5 – Choose How Many Comments You Want
The amount you can request depends on how many “credits” you have. Each comment costs 2 credits. I have over 700 credits at the moment and am able to get 386 comments if I wish to.
Step 6 – Choose When You Want The Comments
This is pretty awesome. Obviously you wouldn’t want all 167 comments all at once. Google would pick up on the suspicious activity and it would be a hassle for you to publish them all.
The good thing is that you can spread the comments out over specific periods of time.
Step 7 – Submit Your Request
Now all you have to do is click submit and your comments will be delivered as specified.
“Credits” are the form of currency you use to request comments. You can earn credits by commenting on other peoples’s websites, creating training at Wealthy Affiliate, referring people, and other ways.
Each comment costs 2 credits. When you use them to request comments, your request will be shown to other members of WA, and these members will be able to earn credits of their own for commenting on your website.
So there is incentive for real members to post real comments, because they will be credited. Also there is incentive for them to leave good comments because you can deny their comments if they are bad and this will impact their rank at WA.
Also, the category that you have to enter when you are requesting comments (as I went over above) helps match up your request with people that want to comment on blogs in that particular category.
One thing about this that is great is that everything is done through SiteComments. There is no need to login to your website to publish the comments you receive.
Once you receive comments you have the ability to approve or disapprove of them. Once you approve them on the SiteComments platform they are automatically published on your website. This is made possible because your websites are hosted in the SiteRubix platform.
My last words are this…. Comments are a must. You need them if you want to SEO your site as much as possible. SiteComments is a one-of-a-kind commenting platform that you can get unlimited real human comments from on demand. It is awesome. And that’s all there is to it.
If you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate, which is the online business platform that provides SiteComments, you can read my review here.
If you are looking to make money online you may have come across AWOL Academy. But are they legit? Or is AWOL Academy a scam? To potentially save you and other readers from falling into a trap, I have reviewed this program to see if it really lives up to the hype.
Now before I get started I want to say that I think there are many things that constitute a scam. It could be a complete scam where it provides no value and are only in it to make money off of you. Or it could be a “semi-scam” where it provides a lesser value than you were led to believe, leading to nothing but utter discouragement.
But anyway… on to the review…
Before I get on my merry way with this review I want to point out that AWOL Academy and Project AWOL are the same exact programs. I don’t know why the creators decided to rename the program, but for some reason Project AWOL came first and now it seems that AWOL Academy is the main name they are promoting this program under. It is likely that this is because Project AWOL got in a scuffle with Empower Nework (an MLM scheme that imploded and people lost lots of money) over compliance fraud.
So maybe the real question should be is Project AWOL a scam?
There are 6 different levels or “academies” as they call them within the AWOL Academy. These include…
One thing that you NEED to know is that you will absolutely need some extra cash to get started here. And I’m talking EXTRA, and I mean in addition to the $99 that you will buy into this program at.
Because the traffic they focus on comes from Paid Advertising.
There are a hundred ways you can pay to advertise online. There is Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Bing, and plenty more places.
Paid advertising gets a bad rep a lot of the times because.. well… you have to pay for it! Its a tricky game and without any experience in advertising you are likely to lose a lot of money, unless of course you have amazing training that teaches you the right way to go about it.
So is AWOL that amazing training that you need??
Well the Pro Academy for $99 sure isn’t. What you will find is that the info and training provided here isn’t sufficient and you will be inclined to purchase the Traffic Academy. SO GET READY TO TAKE OUT YOUR WALLET AGAIN!
Paid Ads are not easy… at all! You can blow though money very fast doing this if you aren’t careful.
To be fair.. even the creator himself says that this is not for those struggling financially, so good for him for saying that.
All of the “done for you” systems that you get when you buy into this program are designed for ONE THING… to make sales. But there is more to it than just this.
They are designed to make sales for AWOL Academy. These sales funnels, lead pages, etc. are all built for selling AWOL Academy to other people.
If you want to buy in to AWOL to start an online business that promotes exercise equipment (for example), you need to think about this more. I’m not saying that it is impossible to do so by any means… all I’m saying is that this is all designed to sell AWOL.
One of the reasons that you find people going crazy promoting this program is because it has a very lucrative commission structure.
I don’t have all the inside information on this part of AWOL, but I do know that you can make some pretty big commissions selling their higher priced products.
This, along with the fact that the sales funnels and lead pages are designed to sell AWOL, leads to pretty much every one that signs up trying to sell AWOL to other people.
Its hard for me to decide on a rating for a program like this, but I think 3/10 is fair.
While AWOL Academy does provide a lot of top notch training and tools, I just don’t like the way that they do it. Much of their different academy levels are severely overpriced, and this is much do to their lucrative commission structure.
If they didn’t have high ticket products to sell other people on then the commissions wouldn’t be that great. So they get you to buy high priced ticketed products and then you are probably going to go out and try to sell them to other people.
The whole system is without a doubt designed to sell AWOL Academy to other people, everything from their done-for-you sales funnels, to their lead pages, to their commission structure tells me this.
So do I recommend this program? No, not really. Unless you have a lot of money sitting around and don’t mind tricking people to buy into the same program.. then not really.
I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate, which provides all the tools and training you need to build an online affiliate marketing business legitimately. And maybe most importantly, they teach how to get free traffic and not that paid advertising stuff. You can read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate here if you are interested.
If you are wondering if Online Profits Blueprint is a scam or not then you came to the right place. I have looked into this program and you will be interested in what I have to say about it. So if you were thinking about signing up through Online Profits Blueprint you should hold off on that until you read this.
Before jumping into a program its always important to see who is behind it. Legitimate programs always have real people behind them, whereas scams often have made up fictitious people because the real creators are scared to show their faces.
So anyway,… who is behind Online Profits Blueprint?
His name is Misha Wilson
Luckily, this guy is a real human, not just a fake name. He is 25 years old at this point and is a multi-millionaire from making money online.
Much of his money has been made from selling his own IM products online, but he is also an insanely good affiliate marketer. And affiliate marketing is what this program is all about.
Online Profits Blueprint is just the front end of a sales funnel that leads you to buy Misha’s program called the Super Affiliate Network. Basically what I am saying is that the Online Profits Blueprint website was set up just to refer people to the Super Affiliate Network.
The Super Affiliate Network is Misha’s own program, and its pretty much what it sounds like… an affiliate marketing training program.
When you sign up with the basic membership you get access to a 3 week long affiliate bootcamp, done for you offers, capture pages, and more. This if for the basic membership, but there are other higher priced memberships that have more to offer.
Super Affiliate Network isn’t a scam by any means, but there are some things that I don’t really like about it and I consider to be shady. One of which is the compensation plan.
Sure you can… but will you? Thats a whole different story.
One of the main things that Super Affiliate Network does.. is sets you up to promote Super Affiliate Network to other people. Sounds shady right? You sign up and now you are trying to get other people to sign up all to make some commissions.
I know this unethical, because newbies are signing up and trying to get others to sign up by telling them about all the money they make, when really they haven’t even made any yet… but thats just the way things are.
I actually promote Wealthy Affiliate (read my review here), which is still my #1 online business choice. I do this because it works and I know this to be true. But you will find a lot of people that just signed up promoting it saying that they make all kinds of money when it simply isn’t true. The one major difference however is that at Wealthy Affiliate they don’t try so hard to get you to go out and promote their program to others.
But anyway… back to the compensation plan of Super Affiliate Network. There is no doubt you can make good money by promoting this to other people. Depending on the membership level you are on, the amount of money you will make varies.
So obviously the VIP membership is the best one to have because you can make some pretty massive commissions. The only problem is that it will cost you $2,000/year.
This whole affiliate commission structure is based off a “licensed rights” type deal. Where you get the rights to a product after you buy it first. So first you have to buy Plus Membership before you can start promoting it for example. This is similar to a lot of different online marketing programs, including the famous MOBE.
As I already stated, I do not consider this to be a scam. Maybe some people would because of the amount of people that are trying to get you to sign up just to make a quick buck, but I don’t.
The fact of the matter is that Super Affiliate Network does provide you with a lot of help. It provides quick and intense bootcamp training to get you going along with many done-for-you factors, like offers and capture pages. There is no doubt that what it provides could benefit many affiliate marketers out there that are struggling to make money.
The compensation plan is the only thing that I don’t like. There are many upsells and you have to buy into the higher level memberships before you can earn commissions off of them. This creates incentive for people to pay more money just to be able to sell these higher priced memberships to others. But, like I said, that is the way just about every IM program is like.
If you are looking to make money online you might have come across Daily Income Method, which the guy claims you can make $500+ per day easily. But is Daily Income Method a scam? Should you trust this guy?
In this review I’ll be going over a few things that everyone should know before they decide to sign up or not for this program.
When the video starts out at www.dailyincomemethod.com, it shows make saying eenie meenie minie moe and trying to decide which of his luxurious cars he wants to take to go cash a check at the bank. And he says that this video is from a promotion he hasn’t worked on at all since last year.
I am very familiar with Mack and this past promotion he is talking about. In fact, I wrote a review on it.
The program he was talking about was an extremely high-ticket internet marketing training platform called ASPIRE. He would suck people in talking about all of the money that they could make with this amazing system and then get them to buy into it.
But anyways, enough about the past, I want to focus on what he is promoting now, which is this Daily Income Method.
But first I want to go over who the guy in the video is a bit more…
Mack Zidan is his name, but sometimes he calls himself Mack Millions, because he likes to brag about all the money he makes.
In all of his promotions he is always flashing sports cars and mansions in front of you as he boasts about all the vacations he takes and things of this nature.
He tells you in the video that he is an affiliate marketer that sets up automated systems that make money for him while he is off on vacation or doing whatever he wants. And this is true.
Honestly, I would guess that he does make a heck of a lot of money and I do bet he is a millionaire. And I say this because I know he is a veteran. I come across his promotions all the time and they always attract tons of people.
I know he pays media outlets like WorldStarHipHop big money to be featured on their front pages and this is not something that comes cheap.
So does he make a lot of money?? No doubt, but that doesn’t mean that this Daily Income Method is a good idea, and I’ll go over why.
There is 2 steps in this system. First Mack is trying to get you to sign up for MCA (Motor Club of America) and then he is selling you on his automated system.
Sounds pretty weird right? Motor Club of America? Why would he want you to sign up.
Well its all about him earning commissions off of you. And when you sign up for MCA, you have to pay a monthly membership fee.
It costs $39.90 for the first and last month, and $19.95 for every other month. And every month when you pay this fee, Mack gets a commission from you.
Mack has no interest in what MCA actually is, he is just promoting it because its a good way to make money off people.
Like I mentioned with his past promotion of ASPIRE. He uses the same system to promote, he just follows the money and changes up what he is promoting.
With his system you will be given high converting lead capturing pages. These are just nice looking pages that are designed to get people to provide their email addresses to you.
And then you will get a follow up series of email templates that you will be able to send these people to try to get them to buy into this MCA program that Mack is promoting.
You will have a website just like the dailyincomemethod.com website. Its a simple site that looks professional and is designed to funnel people into buying into MCA.
The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. Mack is an elite when it comes to affiliate marketing. He has been around for a long time and has tons of experience.
The truth is that Mack is at the top 0.1% or maybe less.
I don’t doubt that Mack makes tons of money because I know how many people his promotions reach and I know that they suck in a lot of people with the dreams that they will make it as rich as him.
He is very good at marketing and throws a very good sales pitch.
But what you have to realize is that he doesn’t care about anything but the money. He just wants to make money off of you. He knows damn well that most of the people that buy into this program will fail miserably.
Affiliate marketing just isn’t that easy.
I make 99% of my online money from affiliate marketing so I know what it takes.
And I’ll be upfront with you.. I’m not on the level that Mack is on. I make a full-time income online. But I sure as heck don’t have to do eenie-meenie-minie-moe to choose what sports car to drive to the bank.
And part of the reason for this is because I don’t sell people with lies.
Mack makes everything sound like a fairy tale. He butters you up with how easy its going to be and how you can live like him by just working a few hours a day. But thats just not the reality of it all.
Affiliate marketing takes work to get good at and I guarantee you Mack had to work his butt off to get to where he is today.
You can learn more about Affiliate marketing here, why it is an awesome opportunity, and how to really get started.
You can make money doing what Mack is promoting, but it just isn’t going to work out like he tells you and thats why I give it just a 3 out of 10. The overall goal of what he is promoting is so that he can make more money off of unsuspecting individuals.
I absolutely do not recommend you join this program because you are pretty much guaranteed to be utterly discouraged when you see that it isn’t working out.
If you want to make money affiliate marketing then read this.
Do you have any questions about Daily Income Method? Any comments or concerns about anything I just covered? Leave them below in the comment section and I’ll get back to you soon.
They claim it to be the #1 work at home system, but can you trust this place? Is Total Income Answer a scam? If you are considering buying this program you might want to think again. I have conducted a review and you will be surprised what all I found.
To start off this review I want show you the a couple lies that the people behind this scam try to pull on you… the first being fake news.
On the website they claim that this Total Income Answer system has been featured on several different news outles… But this isn’t true.
If you do a search on for “Total Income Answer” on CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, FOX News, and ABC, you will NOT FIND anything related to this site.
This is just another trick to try to make you trust this place. They are trying to gain credibility because most people place a good amount of trust with things that are shown on reputable news sources.
But its nothing but empty lies.
The creator of this site is said to be a woman named “Karen Evans”, but this simply isn’t true. Here is a screenshot from Total Income Answer that you should have seen with the picture of Karen Evans and her story about being a broke single mom living paycheck to paycheck…
The strange thing is… this same story and same image has been featured in other work at home programs that I have reviewed and that have turned out to be scams. One of which is called Ultimate Home Profits, which you can see a screenshot of below…
As you can see it is the exact same image and story with the exception that the people who created this changed the woman’s name.
Karen Evans does not exist. She is a fictitious character made up to try to connect with people and gain their trust so that they buy into this program.
If you scroll to the very bottom of the sales page at Total Income Answer, you will see a link for the Earnings Disclaimer.. And if you click on it you will see this…
As you can see this earnings disclaimer is has a program title of “Secure Online Income” instead of Total Income Answer.
Why is this? Well, just as I showed you above with Karen Evans being a fake name that has been used in various other scams. This earnings disclaimer was used in other recycled programs as well, and I guess one of them was Secure Online Income.
This is nothing unusual with programs like this. The people behind them are constantly changing their names to get more people to buy into them.
The information that they tell you is very misleading. Beneath all of the stuff they tell you its a link posting scam that simply will never work out like she says.
So how does she tell you that you can make money? By posting links to products for companies.
And this is true.
Affiliate marketing is when you promote products online and get paid for every person that clicks your product links and buys the product. Pretty much every big company like Amazon, Walmart, etc. have affiliate programs and if you do it right you actually can make a ton of money. This is actually how I make money online.
But there is much more to it then what they tell you. First off, you don’t get paid just for posting links. You get paid when someone clicks the link and buys the product from the seller you are promoting it for.
But Will You Make Money Like She Says? No!
She misleads you a lot in this sales page. For example there is an income calculator in which you are supposed to see how much you can make, but it is nothing but a lie.
There is NO way of guessing how much money a link can make you. Its IMPOSSIBLE. It depends on the amount of people who click that link and the amount who actually continue to purchase the product. Many links you post will earn you a big fat $0. And others could earn you thousands… It all depends and can vary greatly.
She makes it seem way to easy. I mean look at the calculator above. It says that I can make $300 a day just by posting 15 links. And they tell you it only takes a couple of minutes per link. So pretty much I just spent 30 minutes to an hour posting links and I’m going to make $300!!!!
Ya right. This is such a load of BS. If it were this easy everyone would be doing it. But its not. I know this.
Affiliate marketing is how I make a full-time income online, you can learn more about how you can too here if you want.
You can’t make money affiliate marketing by just going out and spamming links everywhere like this program tells you that you can. I mean, if you have social media sites with hundreds of thousands of followers you might be able to make some good sales, but for the majority of people like me, this won’t even come close to working.
This isn’t something you just go out and do. It takes work.
I am giving this program a 1 out of 10 simply due to the fact that I have not bought it and tested it out.
If you do buy it, my guess is that you will get the website that the promise, the customer records, along with some crap training. That is usually how these programs work.
But am I going to try it? Is Total Income Answer a scam? Heck yes its a scam. They lie to you over and over again. They funnel you into the sales page with a fake news story about Elon Musk & Donald Trump. Then they lie about being featured on the news. Then they make up “Karen Evans” who doesn’t exist. And they mislead you throughout the entire article.
I would absolutely not recommend this program.
Is Melaleuca a scam? A filthy pyramid scheme that you should run away from? Or is it a legitimate business opportunity that could be very lucrative to you? If you are into going green, using organic products, and helping save the environment, then Melaleuca might be something you are considering. In this review I’ll be going over a few important things you should know before you decide to sign up or not.
Before I get started I would like to point out that Melaleuca has been in busines since 1985 and they are a Better Business Bureau accredited business with an A+. If you are familiar with the BBB, then you will know that an A+ rating isn’t something you see too often. That is darn good and honestly I was surprised when I saw this. My guess is that they stay on top of their BBB rating and comply with every customer complaint as much as possible in order to keep their rating up.
But don’t get too excited for this opportunity. I do have complaints that I will be going over that you need to be aware of.
Melaleuca is a wellness company that sells all sorts of products in the categories of nutrition, personal care, home cleaning, and cosmetics. Their products are all geared toward being better for the environment, better for your home, and better for your health. And as you can imagine being organic is important… and expensive.
Melaleuca has a membership program where you need to purchase a certain amount of products each month in order to stay a member.
Once a member, you have 2 choices. You can pay for and use their products as a normal customer, or you can also sell Melaleuca products for their own financial gain. And that is a big part of this company. Anyone can create their own home-based business with Melaleuca and sell their products, and this is going to be the main point of this review.. to give people a better idea of what Melaleuca is all about and whether or not they should take advantage of the home-based business opportunity.
I can’t complain with Melaleuca’s products. Being an eco-friendly type person myself, I recognize the importance of organic products and often try to purchase such as much as possible.
Of course with buying Melaleuca’s organic products you will be paying higher prices than their synthetic counterparts that most people are used to buying. But hey.. sometimes you just have to pay the price and its worth it.
Like I mentioned above, Melaleuca offers products in 4 distinct categories: nutrition, personal care, home cleaning, and cosmetics. There are lotions, laundry detergents, essential oils, vitamins, dental floss, and pretty much anything you can think of in these categories. I believe they have over 400 products at this point.
If you do some research on their products you will find that most people like them. Their products are very high quality and I can’t complain here. Sure some people will complain about their laundry detergent not cleaning as intensely as they would like and things of this nature. But this is just the way organic cleaners are. They are gentler without all the harsh chemicals you are used to.
But anyway, enough about their products. If you are reading this review you are probably interested more in the potential home-based business opportunity that it has. So let me get to the heart of this review…
Nope, to put it simply. But they are considered by many to be a pyramid schemes close relative… the MLM (multi-level marketing) opportunity. MLM opportunities often leave a bad taste in your mouth because companies that use this business model are often focused more on recruiting people into their system and selling products more than they are with the actual products themselves.
But hardcore Melaleuca members will fight you to the end telling you that this is not a MLM. But the facts say otherwise. The truth of the matter is that Melaleuca’s business structure resembles MLM in a lot of ways and it can without a doubt be considered an MLM opportunity, although there is one important thing to note.
If you look up the definition of an MLM on Google you will come across this from the BBB…
In MLM you are an independent salesperson selling a companies products on your own. You make money from that and you also make money from recruiting others and earning commissions on what they sell. Your recruits are called “downlines”, and the amount of levels of downlines there are depends on the MLM.
Melaleuca is pretty much the textbook definition of an MLM. If, when you become a member, you decide to sell Melaleuca products on your own, you can do so as well as you can recruit other members and make money off of what they sell. There is really not much of an argument here for anyone saying that its not MLM.
But anyways, there are people that will fight you to the end over this and here is what they say.. along with Melaleuca themselves..
Melaleuca says they are “consumer based marketing”, which is a marketing structure that they seemed to have made up in order to distance themselves from MLM.
Their argument for this is that most of their income comes from customers that purchase their products because they actually like them, not because they simply becoming a member to sell to others. According to their 2014 income statistics 64% of the people who bought their products are strictly customers.
This proves that Melaleuca is not overly focused on getting people to recruit others for them to make a profit. They put a lot of focus on their products and make sure they are of the best quality.
According to the definition of an MLM by just about everyone there is, YES Melaleuca is MLM. But this doesn’t mean they are “bad”.
MLM’s get a bad reputation because of all the scammy MLM’s out there that ruin if for everyone. The truth is that there are some very good and reputable MLM’s that offer products of value. Not every one you come across is just out there to make money and recruit as many people as possible.
Melaleuca knows darn well that they are MLM, they are just saying this “consumer based marketing” stuff to create distance from scam-filled MLM industry.
Seeing complaints about the Melaleuca products isn’t something you will come across much. Like I said, their products are pretty darn good and I can’t complain. But one of the most common complaints you will come across with Melaleuca is that it is hard to cancel your membership.
If you go to Ripoff Report you can see a long list of people who are complaining about Melaleuca.
I am sure I am going to be getting some hasty comments because I am saying this. Some die-hard Melaleuca members have a a cult-like mindset and will tell you that this is a lie. But the truth is that MANY people have experienced ridiculous problems when they have tried to cancel their membership. And this has lead to them receiving and paying for products that they no longer wanted.
First off, they make it hard to do so. You have to fill out an online form. And then.. instead of submitting it right then and there online, you have to print it out and then fax it to them. This doesn’t really make much sense and the only way I see it is a way to make it harder to cancel.
There are many stories out there that you will find just searching the web from people who have been overcharged for months for products when their membership should have been canceled. People claim their bank accounts have been charged even when they don’t have the adequate funding, which causes overdraft charges. The amount of people who have had to cancel their credit cards just to stop being charged is no joke and cannot be overlooked.
Another common compliant is how with Melaleuca you are forced to buy a certain amount of products each month. They have a point system. And in order to keep your membership active you have to purchase and earn 35 points each month. The amount of money you have to spend to earn the 35 points each month is somewhere around $80.
A lot of people are against this because they are often left purchasing products that they don’t even want just so that they can stay a member.
I don’t really agree with this business practice, but then again, you knew that you had to do this when you signed up and you still went through with it. Its not like they don’t tell you this. They make it very clear before you sign up.
Yes they are a MLM, no doubt about it. But they are on the better side of the MLM industry because they do focus on the product quality and not just recruitment and making as much money as possible.
That being said, there are plenty of complaints about people having trouble canceling their membership which would be something you would see on the shady side of the MLM industry. This makes me wonder where their priorities lay. Is it really necessary to make it so difficult? Are they just trying to make money and that is why its so hard? I don’t know.
There are some shady MLM practices mixed in with reputable and legitimate business practices. All in all I will leave the decision to sign up or not up to you. Its not the best opportunity out there but its also no a terrible opportunity.
Green products are a hot topic and one that is only going to grow in the future as far as I see it.
By starting your own website and linking to products on another site like Amazon, you can get paid commissions for each one sold. This is called affiliate marketing. You don’t need to go out and talk to people face to face and bug everyone you know.
You can learn more about affiliate marketing and why its an awesome business to get into HERE.
Do you have anything to add to this review? Any questions? Concerns? Let me know in the comment section below…
If you are wondering “is AdsConnect a scam?” and looking for an unaffiliated and honest review, then here you go. Most of the reviews you will see are written by people promoting this product and trying to earn commissions off of you buying it. But not me.
AdsConnect isn’t some incredible product that totally takes the guess work out of your sales funnel. People are saying that you are pretty much guaranteed an amazingly successful sales page, but in reality this is not true. AdsConnect isn’t some miracle product and its not going to make your rich overnight.
To start off this AdsConnect review I want to go over who this product is really for and who can benefit from it. Many promoters will try to make it seem like its a good idea for anyone to go out and buy, but like I said many people are just trying to sell, sell, sell.
Ads connect is for online marketers that are looking to make things easier when it comes to creating sales funnels as well as relevant ads that are to be used to direct traffic to the sales funnels. It makes it simple to test out variations of different sales funnel pages along with ads.
Basically to put it blunt for you, AdsConnect allows you to copy other people’s sales pages, edit a few things to make them unique, and use them for yourself.
So pretty much AdsConnect is for any online marketer out there really. Because we all create some form of sales funnel in one way or another right?
And one more important thing to mention is that AdsConnect is for online marketers with either their own websites , or with access to edit client’s websites. This is not for social media marketers and other forms of online marketers without websites.
AdsConnect helps you out with 3 things: creating sales funnels, creating ads for those sales funnels, and analyze the data to see what is working and what isn’t.
Sales Funnel Creation
Well it doesn’t really help you “create” sales funnels. Rather, it helps you edit existing sales funnels. If there is a sales page that you know is working well and that you want to mimic, then you can do so with AdsConnect. You can take that existing sales page from another website, edit images, titles, sales buttons, etc., and put it on your own website.
So pretty much you can take all that hard work that has been done creating that existing sales page and edit a few things to make it your own, or unique to what you are trying to sell.
You can also make multiple variations of your edited sales page in matter of seconds to test out how small changes can effect your sales.
When you have a sales page that you think is ready to go. Now you need to drive traffic to that page. And of course on of the most common ways is through advertising, whether it be through Facebook, or private website advertising. With the ads creation tool that AdsConnect features you can easily create relevant ads for your newly made sales page.
These are picture ads and in the ads creation tool there are pictures available for you to use or you may upload your own. You will be able to easily put in pictures, text, buttons, etc in your ad and create it in a matter of minutes. There are even pre-done ad templates that you can choose from if you aren’t sure what to do.
Of course after you create sales funnel and ad variations you need to know how well they are performing. AdsConnect makes it simple to see how they are performing so that you know whether to edit, delete, or keep what you are doing.
I know it may sound really good so far, but there are some downsides that I am going to go over so that you aren’t spending money on something that might disappoint you.
On the sales page it does make mention that users should not download and use data from any site they are not authorized to use. So make sure you do edit the copied sales funnels enough to make them unique so that you can’t get in legal trouble.
Ads Creation Tool Is Nothing Special
The ads creation tool does make it easy, but its nothing special. There are plenty of other ad creation tools out there that are as good, if not better.
But if you are interested in buying AdsConnect you are probably buying it more for the sales funnel, because that is where the hard work lies.
Just like pretty much any product out there, they try to first sell you on the lowest version of the product and then try to upsell you on more expensive versions.
With AdConnect you pay $67 yearly or $97 for lifetime. But there are 3 other upsells ranging from $27 to $97.
A good ad and sales funnel are only part of the equation required to make lots of sales. The other part that is essential to making sales is your target audience. If you are targeting the wrong group of people you won’t be getting anyone to click on your ads, and if you do you probably won’t be getting anyone to read through your sales page and actually buy something.
I know that from Facebook advertising in particular, audience selection is KEY. There are literally millions of audience combinations you can target on Facebook and it is not an easy task to decide on. You might get lucky and you might not. I know from experience that you can blow through $1000’s on FB ads with the wrong audience, but when you hit it right you can bring in even more money.
A good ad and sales page is great, but you need more than just that.
No its not. Its actually a pretty cool software in my opinion and I can definitely see the usefulness of it. It would have been a good purchase for me in particular when I was just starting out online marketing and I wasn’t any good with sales pages or anything like that. If I had it back then I could have copied professional sales pages and made them my own easily, instead of creating crappy sales pages like I did at the time.
So is it worth the money? Ultimately that is up to you to decide. I think its a good software that definitely has some benefits.
If you are looking to make some extra money online you may be considering Earning Station. But before you sign up you need to know is Earning Station a scam? And that is what I am here for. I am a member of Earning Station and I am writing this review so that people know what they are getting into before they sign up.
So first off…
Earning Station is a Get Paid To (GPT) site where you can get paid for doing simple things like completing short surveys, completing offer, watching videos, and more. SwagBucks is one of the most popular GPT sites so if you have heard of them then you know what to expect.
They are a market research company that pays you for your opinion basically. Businesses pay big money for other companies to conduct market research and Earning Station is one of these companies that gets paid to do so. Then they pay you a small slice of that money to participate in there research via surveys, etc.
Its a pretty cool concept and completely free to sign up for.
There are a bunch of ways that Earning Station gives you to earn some money, but I’m just going to go over the main ways.
Of course Earning Station is going to offer surveys. Its one of the most straightforward way to get your opinions. They offer their own surveys and also host surveys from third party research companies.
There surveys are what I would consider normal for this industry. You can expect them to take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes and earn anywhere from 50 – 250 StationDollars (which I’ll go over how much they are worth shortly)
Earning Station offers tasks that you can complete to earn money. They can be put in 2 categories, free offers and paid offers.
The free offers usually consist of you having to sign up for something that is free. For example signing up for another GPT site similar to Earning Station or signing up to an email list somewhere. These free offers don’t pay much. You can expect 100 StationDollars, give or take.
You can earn more from the paid offers, but as you can imagine, you usually have to pay to complete them. These include things like buying a membership or signing up for free trials. The free trials are free but you still have to enter your credit card info.
Earning Station partners with a bunch of different online retailers that you can shop at and get cashback on your purchases. You simply click on the store you want to shop at and shop there. If a purchase qualifies for cashback you will receive some money in your account.
Watching videos sounds pretty awesome but its not really. There are lots of videos available for you to watch and they range usually from 1-3 minutes. You will be rewarded with 2 measly StationDollars after watching 10 videos, which is pretty much nothing.
If you follow them on social media you will see that they post Earning Station codes every once in a while. You can redeem these codes for free Station Dollars.
Refer Other People
Just like every site like this out there you can get paid to refer other people to join Earning Station. You will receive 10% of every referrals’ earnings for life.
Referring other people usually isn’t worth it unless you have a massive social media account or a website with a lot of traffic or something of this sort so that you can refer mass amounts of people.
Each StationDollar is worth 1 cent. So for every 100 StationDollars you have $1 real U.S. dollar.
So for the 10-30 minute surveys that are offered that pay you 50-250 StationDollars you earn $0.50 to $2.50. Its not that much but its decent compared to some other GPT sites.
The payout threshold is $10, so you will need 1,000 StationDollars before you are able to cash out.
You can cash out via gift cards once you reach that amount. They have Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc. And if you are looking for faster rewards you can get cash via PayPal.
There is nothing out of the ordinary here. The complaints you will find on Earning Station are ones you will find for any site of this kind.
Not qualifying for surveys is a big pain that you might experience, but its this way for any site. You might start to take a survey and find out that you don’t qualify after you have already started it and this can be very annoying. To help avoid this make sure you answer your profile survey truthfully so that they can appropriately match you with surveys.
Terrible support is another thing you might experience. Hopefully every thing goes okay for you but if you find yourself in need of contacting support you might get a headache because its not very good. This is simply because they don’t have a big enough staff to provide support in a timely manner.
Not receiving points is another complaint you will find online. There is always the possibility of glitches in the system where you might not get credit for taking a survey or something. This is rare and it has never happened to me but it is still a possibility.
Ok, well obviously its not a scam. Earning Station is a decent GPT site where you can earn real cash for doing simple things online. Although I would still recommend SwagBucks overall, its still a good option for making a little extra money in your spare time.
Just don’t think you will be making a lot of money. A site like this is only good for making little extra money. If you are looking for a real job online where you can potentially earn a full-time income then check out my #1 recommendation.
Ever considered affiliate marketing as a way to make some extra cash online or even as a potential career choice? Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online and it is my main source of online income.
If you are interested in getting started in affiliate marketing you are wise to look for some formal training. This is how I got started and how many others do. It is possible to get started on your own with nothing more than Google and some extra money, but you are going to encounter lots more obstacles and roadblocks that way. With a good training program you can avoid many failures and get started on a proven path that will work.
I have been affiliate marketing since 2015 and have been able to turn it into a full-time income. I have also tried and tested various training programs and reviewed many others. With my knowledge in this industry I have put together a list of what I consider to be the top 3 affiliate marketing training programs.
These programs that I have chosen to list below are all geared toward all the beginners out there. They are easy to follow and they also don’t cost much compared to other programs out there.
Note: None of these programs will magically make you money. You have to put in the work to be successful.
Wealthy Affiliate is my favorite of any affiliate training program I have tried or reviewed. Their training style is very easy to follow and in a step-by-step manner, with lots of easy to understand video tutorials on what to do. They also provide tools to help get you started, such as 2 free blogs + hosting, a keyword research tool, and more.
There are two memberships you can get at WA, the Starter Membership and the Premium Membership. The Starter Membership is free for life and with that you will get some of the training along with 2 free blogs and limited use of the keyword research tool. Its an excellent way to get started without spending a dime and I have not come across any other program that offers a free membership. The Premium Membership costs $49/month or $359/year and will give you access to everything at WA including unlimited website hosting, 1,000’s of training tutorials, 13 classrooms, live weekly video training, 1 on 1 coaching, live chat, website technical support, and more.
The community at Wealthy Affiliate is the best I have seen for programs like this. The forums are very active and it is a great place to communicate with other affiliate markets and learn all sorts of new things. The information you can learn from like minded individuals is infinite and this community aspect is a huge help and another reason why I rank Wealthy Affiliate as #1.
Or read my full review here
UPDATE: As of this year (2017) Wealthy Affiliate is now offering free SSL certificates for Premium Members. To put it simply, this makes your website more secure and would normally cost anywhere from $100 – $500 a year.
Affilorama is right up there with Wealthy Affiliate and is very similar. Here you get training, support, and the tools you need to succeed. Also, like WA, they offer step-by-step video training, which in my opinion is the best kind of training you can have.
There are two memberships offered here, Basic and Premium. The Basic is a free membership, but as you can see below you will only get access to just over 100 video lessons, the members forum, and some free tools. The Premium membership you get a lot more. One thing that isn’t shown on the list below is the Affilotools that comes with the Premium membership in which you get access to a bunch of analytics tools for your sites.
Training on product creation is one thing that is offered here that my #1 pick doesn’t offer. Personally, I would rather sell other people’s products, but if you are into the task of creating your own then this is a good program.
As you can see the Premium Membership is a bit more pricey than Wealthy Affiliate’s, costing $67 per month after the first month.
Besides the memberships, Affilorama also has additional products that you have to buy seperately. They have what they call AffiloBlueprint and AffiloJetpack. AffiloBlueprint ($197 one time payment) is what it sounds like, a blueprint that outlines what to do to be successful. AffiloJetpack ($997 one time payment) is very similar, just it includes done-for-you things so that you don’t have to do as much.
The community at Affilorama is decent, but its nothing special. Its is not nearly as active as that of Wealthy Affililiate, nor is it as organized. This is one of the main reasons I rank Affilorama as #2. The community aspect is a major plus when it comes to learning, there is infinite knowledge that you can learn just from chatting with other affiliate marketers.
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The Chris Farrell Membership is yet another at the top of my list and, like the other 2 listed above, it is great for beginners. It consists of a 21 day training program filled with video tutorials and more. This program goes through how you can become a successful affiliate marketer by following in the footsteps of Chris Farrell himself.
With this program there is only one membership that you can get, but the price depends on whether you pay monthly or annually. This membership includes all Chris Farrell has to offer. You get all the necessary training in traffic generation, creating a site, leveraging Facebook, etc. And one thing that I really like about this program is that it offers live video training weekly (just like WA). I find live training very helpful because you are able to chat in real-time and ask questions and so on.
The one main thing that I have a problem with for this program, once again, is the community. The forum is very dull. Its not as organized as it could be and there just isn’t all that much engagement. Like I’ve said earlier, I think having an active community forum is a massive help that many people overlook. There is infinite knowledge to be gained just from talking with other people in the business.
My second problem with this program is the outdated content. Most of it is up to date, but there are areas that could be updated more frequently. Just to give you an example that you can see before signing up.. if you go to the sales page you will see that it says it is updated so that the traffic techniques work today (2015), as if it is still 2015. There are also some other examples that make it seem as if the entire sales page hasn’t been updated since 2015, but who knows. Anyway, most of the training is up to date its just that it could be more so.
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The affiliate marketing business model is a great choice for beginners looking to make money online. Why do I say it is so great? Well… because there is lots of potential to make money, you help sell other people’s products and this way you don’t have to go through the pain of product creation and all of that, and you can get started with very little start-up cost.
The online marketing world is still full of untapped potential. Affiliate marketing has been around for a while but it is still as lucrative as ever due to the growing number of internet users and people buying things online.
If you are interested in beginning affiliate marketing you can sign up for one of the programs I listed above or you can read more about why affiliate marketing is awesome and how to get started here.
The Global Income Reset program claims to be an amazing opportunity to make money online, but can it be trusted? ABSOLUTELY NOT. This Global Income Reset scam has got to stop, its nothing more than a variation of another scam that I have reviewed recently called Financial Health Reset.
Note: This Global Income Reset claims to be a program that the billionaire Mark Cuban helped to create, but in actuality he has nothing to do with it.
Posting links to products for companies is how they tell you that you will be making your money. They tell you that companies are desperate for people like you to post links for them at home.
And this is true. Its called affiliate marketing. And you can get paid by posting links online. But there is much more to it then what they tell you about. Pretty much they only tell you good things that you want to hear.
The basics of what you do in affiliate marketing is post links to products for a seller, such as Amazon. You best way to go about posting these links is to set up a website and get people to first visit there, then be redirected to the sellers via the affiliate links that you post.
The business model is simple to understand. You help drive more traffic to the seller via your links, and the seller pays you a commission for each sale you help make.
You don’t get paid just for posting links. You get paid when someone clicks the link and buys the product from the seller you are promoting it for. This is a pretty big difference from what they tell you because they act like you get paid just for posting a link which takes a minute or so.
There is NO way of guessing how much money a link can make you. Its IMPOSSIBLE. It depends on the amount of people who click that link and the amount who actually continue to purchase the product. Many links you post will earn you a big fat $0. And others could earn you thousands… It all depends and can vary greatly.
They act like all you have to do is go out and spam a bunch of links everywhere and you will make money. But this just isn’t going to happen.
Affiliate marketing is how I make a full-time income online, you can learn more about how you can too here if you want.
You can’t make money affiliate marketing by just going out and spamming links everywhere. I mean, if you have social media sites with hundreds of thousands of followers you might be able to make some good sales, but for the majority of people like me, this won’t even come close to working.
Apparently they give you some pre-built websites if you decide to buy into this program but don’t get carried away with this. Its not going to do you any good.
In order for the websites to be of any value to you, you will need traffic. You need to first drive traffic to the websites in the first place so that people can then click your links. But they say nothing about getting traffic, and without that you won’t make a penny.
What they tell you about affiliate marketing is very misleading and will not work out. Link posting via spamming links everywhere just isn’t how things work. Just think about it.. how often do you click on spam links that are posted on forums, social media, etc? Probably very rarely.
Other than that there isn’t much more to say here. Its a scam without a doubt.
Btw here is another basically duplicate scam to this out there called Financial Health Reset that you need to be aware of.