Friday, August 22, 2008

Certified oDesk Provider

Got the oDesk t-shirt today from the local post office. Wow! It feels good that it finally arrived. I am now a proud owner of a t-shirt which symbolizes my being a Certified oDesk Provider.

Earning online is no joke. You've got to discipline yourself to avoid procrastination or else you won't meet your deadlines. Working beside the bed is no easy task. The temptation to take a short sleep is just great and if you don't put some structure in your daily life, you will be hard pressed to honor your commitments.

I usually sleep around 10pm at night and wake up early in the morning around 2-3am to start working. I find that I am more productive working in the early hours of the morning. I then take a nap around 8am when my kids leave for school and my wife goes to work. At 10am I then start working again until 12noon when I take my lunch. I rest until 2pm while watching noontime shows. Yes that is one of the perks of working from home. I get to watch eb babes or sexbomb or the wowowee girls daily. It never fails to amaze me how can these girls gyrate and pump with their supple bodies.

From 2pm to 6pm, I work again and watch the news at 6:30pm while having dinner with my family. When I need to do some catching up, I work after dinner until 10pm or if I have spare time, I make it a point to watch a pirated DVD of the latest movies.

If you add it all up, I only sleep 6 hours a day at most and I work around 12 hours daily, sometimes even longer. But I enjoy my life and I earn tax-free income safe from the government leeches. I am so happy to have discovered oDesk 9 months ago. I will never go back to working offline for some corporations again.

Here is the oDesk t-shirt that came with USPS packaging. I was filled with excitement by just looking at it.

Folded oDesk t-shirt. It really looks good.

oDesk t-shirt in its full glory. It is all worth it guys. I am now a full-blooded oDesk Provider.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

US$3800 in one month

for those who are still reluctant to try odesk, here is the proof of my earnings from july to august. i achieved this level of earning after 9 months with odesk. it is far from being passive but i have now started to outsource work so i can accept more projects. the more quality hours you spend in odesk, you will soon find out that you no longer need to apply for new projects. projects will come to you and there were times the past few months, i reluctantly rejected some because i cannot accomodate them anymore.

the earning screenshot is authentic not the usual fake photoshop images by most internet marketers. i just hope to inspire people, especially filipinos, that anyone can earn a good living online. that there is an alternative in corporate life. in my case, there is life after my corporate career was shutdown unexpectedly due to the usual corporate politics.

good luck to all odeskers. with hardwork, prayers and persistence, you will be able to attain the income levels you never imagine getting online. take care of your clients once you secure a project. nurture them as if your life and your family's future depend on them and you will never go wrong.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fed up with making money online? Do it in real life! ANY COUNTRY AVAILABLE $$$ by SinUser of DP

This is a 2-page word document and sells for $20 in DP. Here is the thread in DP:

It promises of a unique way to earn money thru affiliate marketing promoting them offline. Here is the short sales letter extracted from the DP thread:

I bet you all are a bit tired of sitting in front of the computer, trying to find what you really need. Well, same happened to me a couple of month ago - Internet was just making me mad as I wanted to run away for a bit. So I did.

I found this great trick, which is absolutely new between you guys.
Once I started it, the first income came after a week. I received a check worth 520 dollars. I'm cutting the edge this month.

Wanna now I how I did it ? :-)

Price: 20$ // Next 3 copies - 30$
File type: msword, own written (RS link will be provided)

The summary of the method is:
1. Be an affiliate of SFI Affiliate Center
2. Once you are a member of SFI, go to Register with this company.
3. Order EyeEarn Starter Kit for $20.

The starter kit includes EyeEarn tshirt, cards, stickers, forms and more. This is how the starter kit looks like:

Unwrapped package

The T-Shirt

Advertising Tools (stickers, forms, card, etc.)

4. Go around town and promote and recruit EyeEarn affiliates.

I don't know much about SFI and its network and I just don't understand about EyeEarn. You just use the advertising tools and that's it, you earn monthly commission presumably from revenue sharing scheme from all the efforts of EyeEarn affiliates. As it looks to me, EyeEarn is the offline promotional arm of SFI. I cannot call this one a scam since I've seen affiliates in the Philippines earn from it and recover the initial costs of starting up as an affiliate.

Based on my research, most EyeEarn affiliates earn around $10-20 monthly. It is unlike what SinUser claimed in the DP thread which according to him, he earned $520 in one week. Just lower your expectations when you join this network and I guess you should be fine.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

No Sales System by Ewen Chia

"Revolutionary Breakthrough System Reveals Million Dollar Loophole That Will Make You Hundreds Up To Thousands Of Dollars A Day Quickly And Easily...Without Selling A Single Thing...100% Guaranteed!"

If you’re ready to finally achieve the kind of online success you have been searching for, allow me to let you in on a dark secret that’s been kept hidden for years now…

Come closer…

…and listen carefully:

There’s a secret loophole that allows you to make hundreds or even thousands of dollars every single day, without selling a single thing!

And it’s been hidden in plain sight all this time, right under your nose...

I thought Ewen Chia has the secret loophole or dark secret that's been kept hidden for years now? To me ZangoCash or Vombacash is not that hidden after all. These are just ordinary pay-per-install programs wherein you let other people install a spyware programs on your PC. Some of these programs may even damage your system. Will Ewen install this small program into his PC? And PPI is not revolutionary at all as Ewen wants to make it appear. It is a big no-no for affiliates of these PPI networks to install these small programs.

What is so revlutionary about youtube, revver, voxant newsroom and metacafe?

Now brace yourself as I introduce you to my revolutionary system for making easy money, faster than you ever imagined possible, ALL without selling a single thing…

Introducing: The ‘No Sales SystemTM’!

I’ve created a cash generation system that’s designed to send floods of cash straight into your bank account, quickly and easily, without selling anything.

That’s why I called it the ‘No Sales System’.

The ‘No Sales System’ works by tapping into alternative money making resources that you won’t hear about from anyone else.

The real beauty of all this is:

  • You don’t need to sell a darn thing.

  • You don’t need to answer any e-mails from annoyed customers.

  • You don’t even need to maintain the system. Seriously, once it’s set up, it’ll make you money without requiring your attention.

  • You don’t need big e-mail lists. That’s right, you don’t need to send out e-mails to make money. That would be selling stuff. This is a ‘no sales system’.

  • It’s quick and easy. In fact, it’s almost like instant cash flow.

  • All in all, if you can read and write, then you’re qualified to make money with this revolutionary system.

Ewen said to use his "revolutionary system", you only need to be able to read and write. I don't think the minimum requirement using bittorrent and limewire or producing catchy videos is for me to just be able to read and write. I don't know if people even understand what P2P or cloaking is?

I thought this is a set and forget system. Taking surveys is not set and forget. You have to actively participate in it.

Discover How To Make More Than $100,000 A Year Using The #1 Easiest Cash-Flow System Known To Mankind!

‘No Sales System’ is not about putting banners on your website.

It doesn’t have anything to do whatsoever with putting a bunch of content on your website, and then putting some banners up there, hoping people will click on those and eventually buy from the offer they’ll see so you’ll make money.

Again, that would be a form of selling. And this is a ‘non sales system’. There’s no selling involved of anything whatsoever!

Yes this is not about putting banners on your website but Ewen recommended putting in paid pop-ups for advertisers. Isn't these two the same, the only difference is the mode of delivery. And I don't think you will be approved if you don't have a bunch of content on your website. If you don't have contents, no advertiser (regardless thru banners or pop-ups) would like to do business with you. Besides, if I will just be earning $1.80 CPM (1000 visitors), I rather use Adsense.

Ewen advised to use paid for downloads programs like How the hell can I reach the goal to make it to $100,000 if the rate that I am being paid is $1 for every 1000 downloads? It will definitely require a lot of work and promotion.

  • ‘No Sales System’ is not about any other “fad” you can possibly think about…

    This system is probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen online before. I’ve never seen anyone talk or write about these resources anywhere. And I’ve been around…

    One word - this system is truly revolutionary.

Haven't I seen PPI before? I have several ebooks regarding PPI and this is not the first time I've heard about this concept. And again this is not extraordinary or revolutionary. Is taking surveys a revolutionary idea? Think again.

Download "No Sales System" Now For Just A Measly Investment Of Only $197.00, $97.00, $77.00 $47!

(Price Will Go Up To At Least $77.00 At Anytime - Without Warning)

This ebook is just a compilation of various online income opportunities but there is nothing revolutionary about it. It is a rehash of many ebooks readily available on the Net. It has to be maintained, definitely requires more than read and write skills, it is not something unique as I've seen it many times before.

Zangocash, vombacash, paid pop-ups, youtube and other video sites, taking surveys: are these al revolutionary? Ewen Chia, you are a certified copycat and scam artist.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Unique Method = Get Free MobilePhones& Earn $1000+ month by selling them

I found this ebook being sold in DigitalPoint. Here is the URL:

It sells for $25 apiece but I've seen the author gave $5 discounts for some buyers. The author, CASXLV, promises a unique method to get almost free mobile phones. It added you only have to setup your website, hosting and probably shipping costs of these mobile phones. Once you have the mobile phones delivered to you, you can sell and profit from them. The author even showed some screenshots of the mobile phones he was able to get from his sources.

As an added bonus, the author of this ebook provides free online coaching. To be honest, I was quite intrigued to have this ebook. Not that I am interested to profit from it, but curious on how is the method like.

So the $25 ebook is a text file consisting of one page. So the method is like this:
1. Setup your domain, hosting and website.
2. Register in and pose as a buyer of 300 mobile phones and require suppliers free samples to signify their interest.
3. According to the author, this will work 25% of the time.
4. Wait for the mobile phones to be delivered and once you receive the mobile phones, tell the suppliers the phones were junk.
5. Sell the mobile phones to ebay or to your friends.

According to the author, CASXLV, this method is not going to be saturated. I must admit this method may work but as more people apply this method, it will come to a point where suppliers will stop shipping free samples.

I also doubt that this can be considered a long-term business strategy as it is based upon scamming suppliers and making a profit out of it. For all we know, suppliers are already aware of this method and yet this is still currently being sold in DP.

Within the thread, a member of the forum referenced some threads by CASXLV, all of them related to scams:

Will you ever do business with this scammer? Better think twice.

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - work from home site

When I was doing my usual forum posting activities last night, I noticed several threads all pointing to So I followed the link, reviewed the site and check some info about it.

365jobs4u is a work from home site offering opportunities for home-based workers: job opportunities like data entry, typing, and surveying jobs. A quick look on the whois information revealed that the domain owner had applied for whois privacy protection. Not that I am against whois privacy protection but it gives added credence if you can see who owns the domain of a business site you are dealing with, especially if you are to be paid by them in the future. So this is red flag #1 for me.

The home page of this site reveals one glaring fact:

This site is spamming the search engine thru keyword stuffing. An old trick used by webmasters to convince the search engines to rank them well for the stuffed keywords. Look how the site repeated the words data entry, processing, conversion, all highly-searched keywords. No wonder they spammed the forum I was in last night with several threads all pointing to this site.

From the home page, I selected International Customers because I am not an Indian and I am from the Philippines.

The page that followed presented me with several menu options I clicked on Top Vacancies (actually the word "vacancies" was mispelled) and I got a blank page with keyword stuffing of the words data entry, processing, etc. at the top.

I clicked next on Content Writer. I was brought to a sales page. I saw some magic words on this page.

"A single line typed by you ... can pay you $5000. "

How can anyone beat that. There is more. Look at how they defined what is a content writer :

The last line caught my attention.

"It's a pure data entry job."

I never thought that a content writer is the same as data entry. No matter how I scratch my head, I still can't see the connection. Data entry is filling in forms, filling in blanks. Content writing may fill in forms and blanks but the similarity ends there. I don't need to define content writing as I am sure everyone knows what it is.

I also noticed that there are a lot of grammatical errors in this page. I don't claim to have perfect grammar but for a site promoting a content writing service, I will not transact with you if your sales copy cannot even come up with simple elementary English.

Now on the top of this page, there is a "Payment and Plan Options", I clicked on it and I got this screenshot.

"Just spend some time & make any-time life-time income"

This is not American English. I am not American but I haven't heard this English usage. I cannot comprehend what this paragraph is, it talks about so many things and this is a sales copy.

Btw, you need to register for $45 for the Basic Plan and $85 for the Premium Plan. I don't know what is the registration for. I guess it has something to do with the maximum number of articles you can submit per month.

I've taken another screenshot of the payment plan to show the complete information.

Take note of the last line in the above image.

"Time required to complete each article is around 5 minutes"

Are you nuts? Why give me time limit to write my article. And it was written in red and in italics so that it will be difficult to read. How can I get paid if they require me to write within 5 minutes. Let me see, for a 400-word article, I need to write 80 words per minute. But I can type only 60 words per minute and that is typing not writing.

I reviewed the other pages like the one for online typing job. Again, they have two payment plans. $55 for Beginner Typist and $95 for Professional Typist. You can get 50-100 assignments daily and you are allowed only to commit 2 mistakes per assignment. Similar to content writing, they set the bar high so that you won't get paid.

I believe I've seen much of this site and there is no need for me to go farther. I won't outsource my content writing to a site which can't even come up with grammatically-correct basic English copy. I won't also pay for membership for any work of this type.

I will not brand this site as a scam. But the way I see it from their website, even if you get some work from them, you will never get paid because it is just difficult to meet their requirements. There are a lot more opportunities out there which require no upfront payment and guarantee you receiving your payment regardless of your typing or writing speed.

I've been with oDesk for several months now and I haven't paid oDesk a single cent. If you are interested for this type of opportunities you can click on my oDesk banner link. Absolutely, no membership or registration fees will be charged to you.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I happened to view this website and it has a compelling sales copy that I never wasted any time to sign-up. Here is the home page, above the fold.

The site allows me to setup my site in 2 minutes for free. They even boasted that it would have cost me $1097 for them to build me a money-making site. Then they showed me an earnings screenshot showing earnings averaging $1500 daily.

Farther down the page, this caught my attention.Once I activate my new website, I will have millions of potential customers. That is so compelling. I am sold. Let me have my website. So I applied.

Let us see what happens next. I signed-up using one of my throw-away emails just to check what this site has to offer me.

After signed-up I got this welcome message from Costa Dedes himself.

It gets exciting at this point. Costa Dedes gives me two options: to choose between the Basic Package, which is free and the Pro Package, which will cost me $11.95 montly. I thought it was all free. OK at least there is a free option. They repeated once more that whatever option I take, I will get the $1097 website. I just don't know how they arrived at that figure.

Of course, as I don't want to spend any money, I selected the Basic Package which is free. It asks me for the website title. I put in some fictitious title and a captcha to ensure that I am a human.

Then I received an aweber autoresponder message from Michael Vincent requiring me to confirm my request. Since it is just a throwaway email, I consented.

Another autoresponder message from the same guy (I wonder where is Costa Dedes) now congratulating me on setting up a new website. Here is the email.

The email recommends a next step to start getting customers to my website. I thought I will have millions of potential customers once I activated. So they recommended me to for $49.95, an upsell.

What is worst is that my new website is nowhere to be found. They did not even mentioned in the email regarding my access account and password.

Another day, another scam.

Costa Dedes, you are in my hit list.....Michael Vincent.....another scumbag.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The "My Mistake System" by Jorge Arguello

Here is another of those ebooks which I term "no-fluff, no-substance" ebooks.

"BY MISTAKE, I Earned $1,580.47 In Less Than 3 Hours of My Spare-Time!"

Emotional selling here. Do you honestly believe you can just do this in your spare time. No focus. No concentration. When you are taking a break from work or business. That is my spare time.

How Much Will YOU Make Copying Me Now That I've Created An Easy-To-Use, Step-By-Step System
Which I Want To Give You Before It's Too Late...
Absolutely FREE!

Wait until you read his ebook for the step-by-step system. He said absolutely free but at the end of his ebook, he asks you to send your payment for $100 to I thought this is absolutely free. Repeated this absolutely free offer 2x. Now I know, he will give you the system absolutely free as long as you pay him $100.

His salescopy started with storytelling regarding his life as frustrated musician to open-handed philanthropist. He mentioned two websites in his book regarding his Majical band site and the philanthropy site with URL at Curiously, before Jorge acquired this domain was being used by an organization called "Utah Alliance for Mentally Ill". So this appears that the domain was only bought by Jorge in 2007 in time for the launching of his "My Mistake System".

Skeptical? That's O.K. - I understand completely. I was the guy who would buy every product from all the Internet marketing gurus. And I realize that you, like me, discovered many of those systems were nothing more than a lot of empty promises. And you, like me, understand that all the systems from those money-sucking guru leeches were a lot of bull-stuff (you know what I mean).

Maybe you've been cheated. But the worse mistake you can ever make is to cheat yourself now.

You're Cheating Yourself Out Of ALL The Profits
You Owe To Yourself and To Your Family

Again, another of those emotional selling strategy.

And then it happened! I made a mistake... a HUGE mistake.

Before I tell you about the mistake, let me share with you how life is today. I've almost magically gone from frustrated musician and marketer to an open-handed philanthropist. Well it seems like magic but because I am blessed with success including friends, time and money, I decided to "GIVE BACK" and help our world as best I can. And I want to HELP YOU TOO!

Today I'm the Director of the United Arts Movement International... a non-profit organization which enriches and empowers the lives of our youth. (Click Here to learn more about UAMI)

He decided to give back and help but he does is to scam you with your $47 for this"no-fluff, no-substance" ebook and another $100 so he give you his system absolutely free.

You'll soon discover that I've only barely scratched the surface when I reveal to you how quickly and easily you can make money copying my mistake. In fact, I've put my tested and proven system into a limited edition, easy-to-understand and duplicate guide, which you can follow step-by-step from the privacy and comfort of your own home. I named it, "My Mistake System" and the biggest mistake you could ever make is failing to grab your own personal copy... right now!

Jorge coined it "My Mistake System" so that you will have the impression that it is an easy to understand and duplicatable guide. Well, based on the ebook it is not. It is not actually step-by-step but high-level steps on how to do his Mistake System. For newbies, you will be left hanging and wanting more.

That's why I'm contributing a large part of the profits to my favorite charity, the United Arts Movement International. You have the opportunity to not only help yourself and your family, but a great bunch of kids. belongs to Jorge and he is the CEO and founder of If he scams you with this ebook, do you think he is an honest to goodness guy? What happens when the funds are diverted to Your guess is as good as mine.

That's when I realized it had nothing to do with the products... nothing to do with me. It had to do with the easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand, step-by-step system I created. A system so simple that even a child can do it; well an older child anyway.

Again, this is not a step-by-step system. For example, in Chapter 5 about JV deals, he goes on and on about how easy is it to do JVs with the gurus and he cited some case studies. But he doesn't tell you how to go about it. The only tip he mentioned is to build a relationship with the marketers. But he stopped at that point, then referring to the end of ebook in which he offers you to JV with him to use his system absolutely free if you pay $100.

You'll get the COMPLETE MY MISTAKE SYSTEM for FREE when You ORDER the same POWERFUL package of seven "hot" money making products so you can experience first-hand the same excitement, profits, and success I enjoyed when I made my HUGE mistake. Use these tested and proven wealth-building products to copycat my mistake!

The 7 powerful packages are just PLR products. He just used the main ebook which is "My Mistake System" to cover for these 7 PLR products. Actually selling PLRs and public domain materials are also covered in his mistake system.

In a nutshell, his "My Mistake System" covers the following step-by-step process:
1. Find a hungry market for a solution to a problem. Heard this advice a zillion times.
2. Find PLR and public domain materials and bundle them together in coming with the solution to the problem you found in step 1.
3. Create powerful sales copy for your website. And there is another upsell in this step for his copywriting course for $177.
4. Create JV deals with marketers in your niche. Complete newbies beware as there is no real helpful information in this ebook about getting those JV deals. Instead, he offers you to JV with him for $100 (another upsell?).
5. This is the upsell of $100 to JV deal with him.
6. Copy his "My Mistake System". I believe this is the IM cliche which only means "rinse and repeat".

Internet Marketers will really go thru any length to be able to sell you their crappy ebooks. They will reach for the gods just to make a positive impression. But I will tell you that not all those who profess to be charitable are good people. Some of them just use them as fronts. I am not telling you that Jorge is one of them. What I am only saying is that there is no direct correlation between doing a good deed and producing an outstanding product.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - another product by Sebastian Foss

Here is the sales page:

Just by looking at the sales page, I know right away that this is a scam. Here is the sales page:

Make $500, $1000 or even $5000+ per week
with 15 minutes of your time !

If it is too good to be true, then keep away from it.

With my new & proven "CashCreation" - System!
I never released this information to the public before and it's hot!

He never released it before, only him. But others did. Many are also aware of these surveys. So by him releasing this to the public, you are not getting any value from it because this info is already there long time ago.

Im releasing my well guarded method that I use to make $800 per day with online paid survies!

Well-guarded from whom? Sebastian makes it appear that this system is not yet known to most people.

How would you like to make $75 - $250 every single day just for clicking your mouse ?

Will it only involve clicking my mouse? I thought I need to fill-up surveys. Even if I use roboform, I still have to type in some information. When an income opportunity is too easy to do, that should already raise a red flag.

All you have to do is click your mouse!

Again what is this mouse clicking all about?

Let’s do the math: Let's suggest some companies only pay $15 per survey - 15 survies for $15 each equal $225. That’s $225 for 60 minutes of work! If you do this five days a week, you can make $1,125 a week… $4,500 a month… and $58,500 a year!

The mathematics is also flawed here. How often will you get $15 per survey? Is it sustainable for a year. $225 for 60 minutes that translates to 1 $15-survey for every 4 minutes. Too good to be true.

I put in about 2 hours a week and I make between $900 - $1500 a
week! My personal best was $800 in one day and Im going to show you how you can make an incredible income with very little effort, too!

Again, Sebastian how can you do $900 a week of income for 2 hours of work. Even if your math is correct, filling a $15-survey every 4 minutes will only allow me to earn $225 per hour or $450 for 2 hours.

Make at least $500 per week by completing 5 surveys from my big database or I'll personally refund every single dime of your order!

Here is another math fallacy. 5 surveys for $500. That means $100 per survey. If you have that, I cannot find it in your database.

All you need to do is click your mouse, fill out a form and you will receive an average $75 - $250 per survey you complete!

I think Sebastian figures have many inaccuracies. Sometimes it is 2 hours per week, $15 surveys, $100 surveys, $75 surveys. Can you specifically point me to the $75 surveys? You never did show it in your report.

I only spend about 2 hours a week doing this and I make over $400 a day!
If you want to put in more time you can make more money! Its all up to you!
The only thing you have to do is click your mouse! Its that simple!

The first time you were saying you are earning $900 for 2 hours a week. Now you are working 2 hours a week and yet you earn $400 a day or $2000 a week. I am confused with your math.

Once you set up your "CashCreation" - System you will make money every single day!
I personally Guarantee it!

Where is the system? You just provided us with a listing of survey companies in your report. I probably missed that part. A listing by itself is not a system. I can easily create that list by searching Google.

My Internet Friends told me I'm crazy to share my method for such a low price!

Yes you are crazy because you are sharing something already known to most people. And you are sharing this for $49.97 and will probably increase to $99.97.

Good Question! I have been so disappointed by the lack of kept promises that all those make money programs made. For many years I have spent a fortune on MLMs, get-rich-quick, paid to read email, newspaper & stuff envelope scams that I finally want to make and end to it. I know how you feel and I want to make an end to it.

Sebastian is Mr. Good Guy? Wait until you read his ebook.

Ebook Summary:

The first few pages contain links to his other products and his other affiliate links.

He then discussed preliminaries like:
- register with the companies
- take out surveys
- payment processing
Is this your well-guarded method you claim in the sales page? And people are paying for it for $49.97?

BTW, there are 2 bonuses:
- paid to drive opportunities
- mystery shopping
These bonuses are cosmetics only to mask the real meat of this report.

Now comes the list:
The first few companies are all CJ (Commission Junction) affiliate links. And people are paying $49.97 to click on his affiliate links? I even found some CPA offers in those links. CPA is cost per action where you fill in some forms like submitting your email and/or zip code and Sebastian gets paid for it.

The first company and do not even exist.

Throughout the report, Sebastian is offering you to be join his affiliate program to sell his CashCreation product.

This guy never stops to amaze me. He goes on and on to produce trash materials and earn from people who are too naive to understand his modus operandi. "Too good to be true" promises, run away from it. Too much affiliate links, run away from it. Math fallacies, not that I expect Sebastian to be a math wizard, but if the figures are jumping from here and there, there is a big chance he pulled those figures from the air.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Review of "Secret Method To Making $1000+ a Day With Clickbank Easy"

This is an ebook about the potential of earning $1000 daily thru Clickbank. This was posted in DP (DigitalPoint) last May 24 by soicy88. Here is the URL of his thread:

Let us see here. The thread generated a lot of attention in DP for the past few days because of its claim of consistent earnings of $500-1300 daily from Clickbank. The selling price of this ebook is $50 for the first 10 buyers and according to the author there will only be 25 copies of this ebook to be circulated.

A curious observation by some DP members noted missing clickbank dates (May 12 and 14) in the sample screenshot and the earnings bar of $968 for May 21 appearing shorter than the earnings of $900 of May 24.

Someone even further noted that the $ is too far-out from the date in the Clickbank stats. Right there and then, I smell this as a scam. I can see them even miles away. Soicy excused lamely that there is some glitch in his Clickbank stats and desperately corrected it by putting youtube video.

Even with the youtube video and the image, a lot of DP members commented that these are fakes/doctored because of the discrepancy in the earnings bar.

soicy countered that people have nothing to do but say negative comments or misinformation about his thread which is again a lame explanation since he is not directly answering the comments but reacting to it only by telling them to leave his thread if they have nothing better to say.

This went on for 5 pages in DP and the skeptics continued to pound soicy for the fake video and screenshot. As of today, 5 units were sold and there are 20 more to go.

Here is my review of soicy's ebook:
It is a no-fluff straight to the point report consisting of 6 pages only. So for $50, it costs around $8/page. The method involves PPC but not adwords. It recommends using AdBrite PPC because of its low CPC (cost per click) as compared to adwords.

Initially, soicy outlined what will be discussed within the ebook:
- Adbrite step by step process
- how it can make you potentially hundreds to even thousands of dollars a day for as little as 5 cents a click
- how to setup up ads that get clicks and conversions
- what type of products to promote to maximize the return of every click you get
soicy further boasted of seeing ROI figures as high as 1800% on some campaigns with just $5

According to the ebook, to first step in profitable internet marketing is to find a hungry market. soicy presented questions to help you focus in finding that hungry market. No keyword research just pure common sense.

The second step in the process is to find a product in clickbank. I feel his clickbank product selection focuses only on 2 factors which I found lacking: $/sale and grav. $/sale does not include refunds. To check if there is significant refunds, you should check Total$/sale. Usually total$/sale is less than the $/sale. When the difference is more than 20% between these 2 numbers, then a lot of refunds is going on for this product. So better look for something else.

His tip on the sales page is also very basic. He recommends a sales page should be longer and professional without even mentioning if there is an opt-in page or a contact number which are meant to take away the commission from the affiliate.

3rd step is setting up your campaign. His best tip here is choosing your campaigns in English-speaking countries such as US and Canada. Other than that there is not much gem here.

4th step is the meaty portion which talks about creating your ads, tricks and strategies. It emphasizes using psychological triggers which can be found in any IM forum. soicy makes it appear so easy I almost found no substance to what he is saying in this.

In concluding the report, he asked in the report "how do you gross $1000 a day?". The simple answer is rinse and repeat.

My overall take on this report:
1. too overpriced at $50.
2. not a lot of fluff. not a lot of substance either
3. the screenshots are fake based on the submitted images in the DP forum
4. it talks of generalities and for newbies this may confuse or misled them.
5. I don't subscribe to finding hungry markets without going thru keyword research. A question checklist is good but you have to support it with stats and keyword research will do that.
6. A ctr of 2-3% is not too common in PPC. Even in adwords. Much more in adbrite. soicy does not tell you here how you will achieve 2-3% CTR.

Overall, it is a no-buy recommendation. Waste of money and better find better products out there. It is a horrible product.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Addicted To Online Income Opportunities

For the past six months, I've been busy doing consultancy work with several clients. Got several SEO projects from oDesk which allows me and my family to live comfortably. I never imagined ending up in a work-at-home environment having exposed to corporate life for more than 18 years, I still can't believe in the good blessing I am getting now. I am receiving good feedback from my clients and I've been racking up good oDesk hours. The payments are always prompt. I get paid every Wednesday thru my Payoneer card and paypal.

God is so good to us. I remember just a year ago, I was on the verge of despair and depression. Don't know how we survived those trying times. But everything looks very bright and promising right now. I've never relapsed since then. How can I relapse, I am just too busy to think about it.

Aside from oDesk, I have some mini projects in the field of affiliate marketing. I started by reading ebooks on internet and affiliate marketing. There are just too many opportunities out there I don't think a lifetime is enough for me to tap into this virtual goldmine.

I remember a few years ago, I experimented with adsense. I stayed with adsense for years without knowing that there are other more lucrative opportunities like affiliate marketing. When the Google slap happened, my adsense earnings went down and I had to find other ways to get a piece of the internet marketing pie.

That was the time I discovered Affiliate Marketing. It was actually the same time when I discovered oDesk. With my SEO consultancy work and affiliate marketing on the side, financially, things turn for the better.

I am not posting any screenshot of my earnings. I don't need to. That is not the purpose of this post. I am not here to brag about what I earned from my online work and online income ventures. All I would like to share is, it has been one hell of financially satisfying six months for me and my family.

And things are looking good today and tomorrow. With various income streams, I can assure myself of comfortable income for months or years to come. As days go on, I find internet marketing addicting. There were days when I earned really good but there were weeks I don't earn any. But if you average them up, earnings get to a decent level on a month by month basis.

In this addiction blog, I will be doing something other internet marketers are not doing. If you happen to read any blog about the "make money" niche, you will notice bloggers putting their affiliate links here and there in the hope of getting some sales. Most internet marketers you would find make mini-reviews and recommendations of internet marketing products and ebooks.

I won't be doing that here. You won't see affiliate links all over this place. In fact, what you will only see is my Adsense. Other than that, I am not interested to put up my links all around this blog. I am not recommending any internet marketing products here. Instead I will be reviewing products and ebooks which I feel are just scams. No affiliate links. No money making links. Plain and simple.

If you are an internet marketer, and if the product, software or ebook you are selling is a scam, or you are peddling misinformation for the newbies and veterans alike, you will surely find your product here.

The scammers of the internet marketing world will be my focus in this blog. I am now focusing my addiction to online income opportunities by giving you honest reviews of low-quality products to positively help people in the internet marketing arena avoid falling for it and spending their hard-earned money.

Take note, you won't find any link here and I don't expect to earn money from this blog. This is pay back time for me. I will do something negative to produce positive results to help other people who may want to embark on the internet marketing minefield.