I think paying for Wealthy Affiliate is not for me. At least currently. I'm fine with my free membership.
Most of the supporters of Wealthy Affiliate tout its greatest benefit is the community. And I agree, but I have not actually gotten into the community. I go on and off since 2014.
What It Is Not:
It is not a scam. It does teach some good things. I just don't have the time to learn from it enough to pay for the 47$ monthly membership fee.
It is not a product. Or rather, it is a platform with products such as a website builder and community.
What It Is:
It is a community. It is a community of affiliate internet marketers. It is a place where one can be... an internet marketer.
It is course-based. There are a lot of courses. They are very hand-holding courses. So if you have absolutely do not know what you are doing, just look at the steps and do them.
What You Are Getting For Free:
What You Are Getting For the Premium ($47 per month):
If you can put in the time and effort in learning, get Premium. Otherwise, settle for the free membership.
Q. Are there upsells/additional products/hidden costs?
A. Yes, the Premium monthly membership (47$ per month), and the keyword tool (which you can get for free), and other products they promote. But really all you need is the free one. If you want domains on your website, that's a cost (but you can free ones anyways through here).
Q. Is the free trial limited?
A. No, it is forever, think. If not, my trial started since 2014. The Premium features are active for the first month, though, and you lose that as the month rolls.
None of that limited time free trial stuff.
A wise man said if you can't make money without money, you can't make money with money.
That is part of my philosophy here at Forays Into Marketing.
I don't hold it too strictly, but I do believe every prototype must first be free and successful before I start throwing money at it.
I avoid monthly subscriptions until I know I can get a return to afford that monthly subscription.
My current autoresponder, Send In Blue, only has automation in Beta.
Which means I would have to email them to get access to automation. And I did.
But instead of waiting for their answer, I took the time to find some truly free alternatives for automated marketing automation. No 14-day trials. No free-but-no-automation-at-all email clients. Free marketing automation.
Free Plan: 200 profiles and 400 emails per month. All features included.
Features: A/B testing, Triggered Emails, Liquid Templating, etc.
Free Plan: 1 user and 2500 contacts. All features except advanced automation, some customization, and API.
Features: Web Form Submit Actions, etc.
Free Plan: 1 user and 400 free emails per month. All features except for some extra modules such as e-commerce, affiliate, and helpdesk modules after 2 months.
Features: Marketing Autopilot, Sales CRM, etc.
Free Plan: 20,000 emails and 2,000 contacts. All features except some customization.
Features: Advanced Workflow Rules, Social Media Integration, etc.
You can't go anywhere online right now without hearing something about Michael Cheney's "Commission Black Ops".
The hype is phenomenal.
It seems everyone is keen to promote this thing and make a quick buck.
But what is it really like, is it actually any good and should you buy it?
That's what you're about to find out in this review.
Firstly, I have to say, I know there are people out there who don't really "gel" with Cheney's upfront style of marketing and writing salesletters. And I can understand that.
I personally love it.
And more importantly - you can clearly see everything he does in a certain way is done for a reason.
This isn't some new kid on the block we're talking about here - Michael Cheney has been mixing it up in the internet marketing space since the year 2000.
So anyhoo, what is Commission Black Ops actually like?
Well the first thing you notice when you get into the members area is just how professional laid out everything is. No getting lost or wondering where your downloads are - everything is easy to find.
You can dive right into the Commission Black Ops "Field Manual" and I'm gonna be straight with you here - it's worth every penny.
Now sure - if you've been doing affiliate marketing for a long time then there may be around 1 - 2% of this info which you already know.
The content is pure gold and I took masses of notes and have already started implementing his strategy.
The way he breaks it down is really step by step so you can just copy it for yourself and start using the method in your own business.
This is what I really like.
It's also cool when you see how much money he's made with this strategy.
You know this stuff works.
And for the small fee he's asking for this I'd recommend it to anyone doing affiliate marketing or anyone considering doing affiliate marketing.
As Michael Cheney says - he's looking to train up his own legion of "affiliate special operatives" who can then smash it for him on his next product launches. It's a smart strategy.
And as long as you go through the product and apply what you learn there's no reason you can't become a top-earning affiliate too.
So there you have it;
I give Commission Black Ops a big thumbs up, 9/10 rating (because nobody's perfect) and recommend you grab it right now like I did and start making money with this thing;
Get Commission Black Ops and become a top-earning affiliate!
Building up curiosity is the main takeaway of this course. If you can't build curiosity, you can't build sales.
Using media and culture material such as headlines from Buzzfeed and lines from movies and books for your copy is another takeaway.
But the most important takeaway, I think, I will only send in an email, as it is far too important to disclose here.
It is his secret for making 4 times the money as other affiliate marketers. So you see why I have to keep it back?
This whole review until the takeaway? It was swiped from the affiliate page. So no, I didn't actually write it, but I agree with most of it so far.
I'm going to go through this course and apply it to properly review it, not just give you the website-given blog review.
The only way you can find out exactly how the takeaways apply, however, is by subscribing to the email list or actually buying the product.
So if you don't want to spend the money to know if the product is legitimate, just pop in your email, and I will give you updates as I go through the product.
The first piece of internet marketing tutorial I decided to critique is Brian Dean's excellent list for listbuilding. I will be listing the 17 things to see if I was able to implement them quickly.
1. Use Content Upgrade Popups
If you now notice the email subscription popup, that is the application of this item. Cool, huh?
2. Hack Qualaroo To Build Your List Fast
Qualaroo costs money, so I tried finding a free survey alternative. Haven't found it yet.
3. Optimize This Often-Ignored Page and Increase Your List By Up To 25%
The ignored page is confirmation page for a double opt-in. As this website uses single opt-in for various reasons, I don't need this action but it is noted.
4. Make Users Feel Like Idiots for Not Opting In
This is a bit tough with the platforms I am using for my opt-ins, so I can't give two choices.
5. Use This Simple Trick to Solve The “Social Proof Paradox”
The trick is using testimonials. I can probably lift up some testimonials about me somewhere.
6. Use BuiltWith.com To Steal Your Competitor’s Best Conversion Tools
I don't need to do this yet, but the website is bookmarked in My Favorites now.
7. Use The LPF Technique to Turn More Blog Traffic Into Subscribers
I created a Landing Page, but I have not integrated the actual page to this website yet.
8. Turn Your LinkedIn Group Into a List Building Fire Hose
I don't have a LinkedIn Group (yet).
9. Use These 8 Words to Dramatically Increase The Value Of Your Giveaway
The 8 words are:
I plant to add one of the words to the opt-in.
10. Giveaway a Bonus For YouTube Videos
No Youtube videos yet.
11. Use “Readers” or “Visitors” to Generate Social Proof
I'm not really comfortable lying about my site's numbers, and beside it only recommends doing that for those who already have 5000 visitors.
12. Pitch Your Email Newsletter to Twitter Followers
No Twitter account for this blog yet.
13. Surprise New Subscribers With a Free Bonus
I am planning a new bonus for new subscribers.
14. Use a Blog Post Teaser
I might use this on the next blog post... actually, I will do that now, ha.
The goal of this blog is to:
1. Create a growing list of 10,000+ subscribers
2. Make $10,000 per month
3. Record my foray into Internet Marketing, successes and failures
To achieve these goals, these will be my starting steps:
1. Integrate a mail opt-in option to this website through Mail Chimp.
2. Create sales funnels for some businesses I have contacted.
3. Started this blog website with a free domain.
Samuel Garcia helps entrepreneurs, small business owners, and hobbyists succeed in using the Internet to increase their business.