Author Archives: Alan James
Author Archives: Alan James
Slingly is an e-commerce online marketing software package owned by Ricky Mataka, which works on the Shopify platform.
Ricky Mataka is a highly experienced marketing veteran with a lot of different sales and marketing campaigns to his credit.
We have seen Ricky Mataka speaking at the TREX conference in San Diego at the end of October 2017, and he certainly is an impressive speaker. He obviously knows a lot about marketing and gave good advice about strategies for marketing TREX products using Facebook Ads, also other methods which had worked for him to give big sales revenues and profits over many years.
We subscribed to Slingly on 19th October 2017, after hearing a TREX webinar presentation which made it sound like they had a very saleable set of products, with unusual designs, and were expecting to get a Done For You store within a week or two as per the sales pitch.
After a few weeks, nothing had happened so we chased things up through the support desk at Slingly. It appears that our order had been overlooked, but they promised to get on the case.
After several more weeks, we chased things up again and eventually received the website completed on 13th December 2017, almost 2 months after we paid for our subscription.
We were charged the $100 monthly subscription payment to Slingly, for November, even though we did not have our store operational.
We also paid all the usual charges to Shopify ($39 per month).
In December our credit card expired so the regular payment was not taken as normal, and we needed to update our payment details for the new card. We received an email from Slingly which stated that they had tried to take our payment five times, and because of the non-payment, our subscription was cancelled.
We replied pointing out the delay in the completion of the Done For You website and received a curt response saying that access to our site was denied until the payment problem was resolved.
We responded again stating that we had expected a better response to our earlier message pointing out the delays in completing the website build and thanking Slingly for missing the Black Friday and Cyber Monday date with their site build, also effectively missing the Christmas sales season because they only gave us access in mid-December.
Anyway, Slingly has taken our access away, so we now have to decide whether to continue with Slingly and pay up for what could be more poor service. or alternatively write off the total purchase payment which we have made as a poor choice, and not continue with Slingly at all.
Does anyone else have experience of Slingly (previously Commercify), and if so what was your purchase experience like?
There was also an aspiration to link Slingly with TREX, which was a possibility for a few months, then that aspiration disappeared as well so there is even less reason to subscribe.
We can’t really see any reason to recommend Slingly, from our own experience. Maybe our experience was not typical? We don´t know.
Maybe you have a different experience and can recommend Slingly, or even do your own Slingly Review.
If so, we would be pleased to hear from you about it, so please share your experience with us.
Keyword Research is essential in internet marketing for identifying relevant search terms in order to identify niches or audiences (groups of people) who are potential customers or users of your product or service.
From the articles which we refer to you will see that Long Tail Keywords are very important for SEO because they make up 70% of all internet searches.
A key word is a single word or a group of words (key word phrase), which is used in order to make a search for a particular item in a keyword search on a Search Engine.
Key word Research is the process of finding keywords or keyword phrases which are relevant to particular niches. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyword_research
A niche is a group of people, potential customers, or an audience.
There is a secondary stage as part of the key word research process of deciding whether a particular keyword or keyword phrase is suitable for development.
This decision is made as a result of analyzing the data obtained from the key word research and verifying its suitability.
As an example to demonstrate the keyword research process, if the word Christmas is entered into the Google search box, then a number of phrases are illustrated or suggested by Google below the search box, such as:
This is because Google returns the most relevant, commonly used, search terms in response to the keyword entered.
The purpose of key word research is to identify those key words which have the potential to be used for Search Engine Optimization in relation to your niche and for which it is worth developing content.
A keyword which is too broad will be pointless to develop content because there is too much competition or the subject is too vague. As an example, if a keyword is used such as American, it would apply to the whole population of the USA, which is around 220m people, which is far too broad an audience to be able to realistically target for internet marketing purposes. For normal Search Engine Optimization, the audience or niche must be narrowed down considerably to be useful.
The key word search needs to narrow the audience down to a level which can be reasonably targeted without too much competition.
Within Wealthy Affiliate the JaaxyLite keyword research tool which is provided free to Premium members, and this will allow a user to identify the traffic and the competition for any keyword, as well as its grammatical sense.
For a key word or key word phrase to be worthwhile developing content for, the traffic should be in the region of 30-50 searches per month, and the competition should not be more than 100 for a new site.
Additionally, the key word should make grammatical sense as well as meet the search criteria identified above.
Within the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool, Jaaxy Lite is provided as standard to Premium Members.
Jaaxy Pro can be subscribed to at $19 per month or Jaaxy Enterprise at $49 per month.
The Jaaxy software is more sophisticated than the WA Keyword Tool, and provides more information for a keyword researcher and allows the user to save searches for further analysis.
For our review of the Jaaxy keyword research tool click here.
Other Keyword Research Tools which could be used are:
Another good option for research is Squirrly, see their pricing options.
Yet another option is to ask questions on Quora, in order to do key word research.
If you have an e-commerce business, you need to find the optimum way to get traffic to your website. E-commerce is a particular internet environment where you need to successfully differentiate your brand and your products from the many competitor websites and companies.
As an e-commerce business owner you have a lot invested in getting traffic to your site so that you can maximise conversions or sales, hence choosing the right tool for efficient key word research is essential.
T-REXecom Megastore is an e-commerce online marketing software platform marketed by Greg Writer and Randy Parker, which was launched in 2017. They offered a pre-made online TREXecom Mega-store pre-stocked with more than 2,500 products. They also offered a TREX Mini-store which is similar in concept but has fewer products. This post is a T-REXecom review which will update on what has happened during the last year or more since the launch.
Greg Writer is an Entrepreneur and Public Speaker who has championed the cause of entrepreneurs for the last 15 years. Greg was at the age of 21 years the youngest owner of a bank in the United States of America.
Greg Writer is a founder and major shareholder of Celebrity Lifestyle Brands, in partnership with Burnt Ullman, and Randy Park the owner of Print Tech Corporation. They are the owners of the T-REXecom platform.
The software used by the T-REXecom platform is a WordPress based funnel system, and is fully supported, and offers alternative DIVI Themes and adequate plugins, so it is completely self-supporting and members do not need additional software systems. Members can choose to use email management by MailChimp which is integrated with the T-REXecom platform.
There are many training videos available to help with set up of the store and also with the marketing of T-REXecom products on Facebook, or other social media. The T-REXecom store owner prepares marketing and advertising Campaigns consisting of several products which are offered to potential purchasers in their niche.
Fulfilment of the supply and delivery of the drop shipped products is done by PrintTech Inc, who is based in Hannibal Missouri, where they have a 165,000 Sq. Ft. storage and production facility. So rather than drop shipping fulfilment from China, T-REXecom offers worldwide fulfilment from the USA.
Another powerful feature of the T-REXecom Megastore is that it offers personalised messages and designs on many of the products which they offer, via PrintTech Inc´s Print On-demand facility. For example, there is a range of LED night lights which can be personalised for children.
Similarly, there are many special products for Christmas which can be personalised, such as mugs, sweaters and Christmas stockings, also wine glasses which are etched with the family name, also the usual sweaters hoodies and T-shirts, as well as Canvas Artwork.
The original offer of T-REXecom Mega-Stores was for them to include the following features and functionality:
Greg Writer claimed that the value of all the above plug-ins and functionality is equivalent to $630 per month if using Shopify.
Work was ongoing in late 2017 to integrate Slingly with TREXecom to offer even more powerful bespoke designs and personalisation, but this has now been abandoned.
Now in August and September 2018, there are plans to roll out LaunchCart, in which T-REXecom subscribers will be entitled to credits if they wish to transfer and upgrade. However, the monthly cost for LaunchCart will be around 3 x higher than that for T-REXecom. at $300 per month, versus $100 per month for T-REXecom.
T-REXecom is an e-commerce platform and online business community which is dedicated to selling its own drop-shipping products, although members can also sell their own products sourced from their own suppliers if they choose to do so. PrintTech confirmed they will fulfil delivery of Megastore and Ministore owners products for a handling fee.
A powerful feature of the T-REXecom platform is that it can offer extensive personalisation of products bought from the site, using PrintTech´s Print On Demand graphics software and printing facilities.
T-REXecom products are fulfilled by PrintTech Inc which is based in Hannibal Missouri, so they offer very quick drop-shipping times to the USA and also worldwide when compared with drop-shipping times from China-based fulfilment companies.
T-REXecom was founded by its owners Greg Writer and Randy Parker, who also runs PrintTech Inc the company which fulfils drop-shipping orders for T-REX e-commerce. T-REX is now owned by Celebrity Lifestyle Brands, whose major shareholders are Greg Writer and Burnt Ullman.
Extensive training videos are provided and a step by step set of instructions/advice which explain the full detail of the e-commerce platform software system on which T-REXecom is founded.
Also extensive training in marketing especially Facebook is provided via videos within the system knowledge base and also by weekly seminars every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with Ask the Expert Question and Answer sessions on each Tuesday and Thursday.
There are support groups on Facebook and other platforms such as Skype.
Content building for Campaigns and Products as well as Collections of Products is done using WordPress, and many Plug-ins are provided within the system, so it is totally comprehensive and no other software is needed. MailChimp is supported, although members can elect to use other email management systems.
Many different Divi (website) themes are available free to Members, as well as the facility to import their own themes if they prefer.
Software Updates/Development and Support: TREXecom has a team of IT technicians working in the background who maintain, update and develop the systems constantly.
Support is available to TREXecom members 24/7/365 days a year from a number of sources (see below for details).
TREXecom has recently been re-launched, and it is being further developed to appeal to more users, and potentially rival the major platforms such as Amazon and Shopify. It will be re-branded as LaunchCart.
It has a number of unique features which are specific to TREXecom giving their members particular advantages. For example, TREXecom members own and build their own businesses, using the TREXecom platform, therefore, can build their own email marketing lists.
Amazon, on the other hand, owns all the customer emails when selling on their platform, and can compete with their Affiliates, and even close down their operations and offer their own rival products.
TREXecom members have all the software within their platform to do the necessary marketing of their products, with no additional monthly charges.
Shopify owners, on the other hand, have to pay a monthly subscription to belong and are charged extra for many apps which are necessary to sell efficiently on their platform.
Training is offered via webinars, held Monday Wednesday and Fridays, together with Ask the Expert Question and Answer sessions which are held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, there are many videos about the software as well as marketing training within the knowledge base.
There is a Facebook users group which provides an online community for support, and new releases are announced here and files made available to subscribers.
There is also a Skype user group for live Question and Answer sessions.
Support tickets can be raised for any technical queries directly with the T-REXecom support team and these are responded pretty quickly, usually.
T-REXecom held a conference in October 2017 in San Diego California for their members, and this event offered extensive and intensive training in marketing over three days, and fielded a panel of online marketing experts who gave individual presentations to the audience, and who participated in a panel of experts who were available for live Question and Answer sessions. At the end of the three-day conference, there was a boot camp to review and receive training on the software itself. The event was excellent and was fully recorded so that non-participants are able to receive copies of the videos for their own training purposes.
Other boot camps are held every month at the Printexinc facility in Hannibal Missouri for member training and familiarisation, and a Europe Bootcamp has been suggested for Spring 2018.
T-REXecom Support is available to members 24/7/365 using any of the following features, and experience of use indicates that the community as a whole is extremely supportive.
1) Live Chat – this feature allows members to raise queries and problems online and seek guidance from other members and leaders.
2) Support tickets can be raised for specific queries and logged with T-REXecom.
3) There is a Facebook community and support, and new products and information are announced therein and can be downloaded from there if required.
4) There is a Skype user group and community as well so that peer support and guidance is available from fellow members, also contact with mentors within T-REXecom.
Kevin Anderson is an experienced marketer and look at his T-REXecom review where he explains how it worked for him:
Here is a TREXecom review from a subscriber who made $4500 from their TREXecom store:
What a difference a year makes!
We invested in a T-REXecom system Megastore a year ago, which at the time seemed a good idea based on what was being offered and claimed by the company.
Now, we have a worthless Megastore, for which we paid $2497, and don’t know what we can do with it.
T-REXecom is now being called a PlugIn, by Greg Writer, what´s that all about? $2497 for a PlugIn??? I must have been stupid.
I also invested in a trip to San Diego for the T-REX launch and Bootcamp, for which I spent a week in a hotel in San Diego, and expended several thousand dollars.
During the last year I never made any sales through T-REXecom.
Maybe the problem is my end as Kevin Anderson made T-REXecom work for him.
I tried to do so and learned about Facebook Ads, and invested in some of these, but the cost of FB Ads for conversions became prohibitive.
I also got very busy on other things so suspended my membership from January to September 2018.
Now T-REXecom is being transitioned into LaunchCart which is available at extra cost. Supposedly T-REXecom Megastore and Ministore owners are to be supported, but we wonder for how long this will last.
When looking at the massive range of online marketing software products available on the internet, it can be very difficult to find a baseline for comparison between these software products because they are all slightly or greatly different, fall into different categories, and may offer completely different features and functionality, and are often priced quite differently as well. See the following references:
The overall or final cost of each purchase may be very difficult to determine, from what the initial marketing and sales offer may indicate, since there may be numerous upsells to achieve full functionality, which depends on your particular requirements.
Additionally, the online marketing software may be marketed in different ways to attract different audiences or subscribers, who may then be offered various upsells or enhancements at different stages in order to achieve the best possible functionality whereas it may not have been apparent from the initial purchase that you were not buying that full functionality which you thought you were buying.
Some online marketing software products may not be what they appear to be and there are many products that have crossed over into Multi-Level Marketing, meaning that the software itself is part of a sales pyramid or layered marketing process. Purchasers of the initial software may have been offered a discount or a loss-leader level of pricing because purchasers are being drawn into a Sales Funnel, which will lead to much greater expenditure than was first apparent from the advertising of the product.
For that reason it is necessary to categorise the marketplace and to allocate each of the software products into one of the following categories, to clearly understand how they may compare:
This group of online marketing software products focuses on the education and training of their subscribers and are essentially educational products, which are purchased by subscribers who are interested in gaining knowledge about online marketing with a view to making money online. Even though such software products may have a particular approach and claim that their methods have achieved great success, the making of money online is not part of the sales offer and most of these educational online marketing software products make disclaimers about any particular level of success which may be achieved.
The best example in this category is Wealthy Affiliate, where students are offered great educational training, great technical and website hosting capability as well as community support from the members who vary in capability from beginners (students) up to leading experts in their respective fields in internet marketing and commerce. Wealthy Affiliate is a type of Social Media site, which requires interaction and engagement from subscribers. For our review of Wealthy Affiliate click here.
These products host websites and offer domains for sale at various prices. Some of these companies do not offer training. An example of such a web hosting company would be Bluehost.
Wealthy Affiliate is unusual in that it offers its members tremendously capable website hosting and building capability, as well as the training which is described above.
Companies and products in this category offer software and educational products which are targeted at people wanting to make money online and these may be part of a pyramid type selling operation.
Examples of companies in this category are The4%, where subscribers may be invited to join at an apparently very low rate, but are drawn into a sales launch process, which requires them at each next step or stage to buy more of the educational products which they are selling in order to meet their targets.
An example of a company which has crossed over from category one, educational type products into MLM is Digital Elites, which is now marketed under a different alias, and may even be defunct.
This type of company is selling physical products usually by drop shipping (the customer pays for the product after ordering it online, then the drop shipping company orders from the supplier who fulfil the order directly to the purchaser.
Because it is very easy to get into this market, because of low investment compared to bricks and mortar business, there are a number of companies who offer services to subscribers to help them to get into the E-commerce business. Examples of such companies are Shopify, and there are companies who offer Shopify related products (training and software and services) to enhance Shopify stores for subscribers, for example, Slingly (previously known as Commercify).
For our review of Slingly click here.
Amazon is the most famous and largest of the e-commerce stores, and there are companies which specialize in Amazon, for example, ASM.
Another example of an e-commerce platform is T-REXecom, for which you can read our review here.
Differentiate between the offerings of various Online Marketing Software Providers
We have prepared a matrix which helps to better understand where each product which we have reviewed sits in the marketplace to give our readers a better idea of what they can expect from each product.
Anthony Morrison is an entrepreneur, author and public speaker who has had massive success over the last 15 years in various internet businesses. He claims to be self-taught and has established himself as a guru in internet marketing with more than a million followers and students around the globe.
Anthony Morrison says that he enjoys empowering people to fulfil their entrepreneurial ambitions above all else, and helping people to be successful.
Check out Anthony Morrison´s Facebook Page click here: Anthony Morrison is a highly successful entrepreneur and author. His books are The Hidden Millionaire and Advertising Profits From Home.
I Am Anthony Morrison And I Have More Than A Million Students!
Product Names: Morrison Ambassadors Club (Affiliate Program), Morrison Academy, The Success Connection, Partner Profit Strategies, Morrison Education software products (various), Ambassador Club Program, Anthony Morrison´s Travel Agency advertising Florida.
There is some controversy about Anthony Morrison and his businesses and methods, and you will see a lot of complaints and negative comments in the following Review of Anthony Morrison Products:
However, Anthony himself doesn´t seem to see that there is any problem at all!
Prices for the Anthony Morrison software and educational products range from approximately $50 up to $2000+.
Anthony Morrison (AM), who describes himself as an email marketing mentor, has recently rolled out the Morrison Ambassador Program (See new review below) and also runs Morrison Academy and offers a number of software products and extensive training programs under the banner Partner Profit Strategies and The Success Connection. Membership is entitled IncomeEDU which entitles the subscriber to all of the training videos and live webinar training as well as fortnightly coaching to ensure that a subscriber keeps up to date with changing marketing and online sales techniques developments.
Anthony Morrison has recently rolled out in January 2018, his Morrison Ambassador Program, which enables you or any subscriber to act as an Affiliate for all Morrison Education products, which are listed below. The subscription cost for this Ambassador Club Affiliate program is:
Lifetime Ambassadorship – $1497 one time.
Annual Ambassadorship – $997 per annum.
Quarterly Ambassadorship – $397 per quarter.
The benefits of membership of the Ambassador Club Affiliate Program are that it gives you 50% commissions on all first tier sales of all AM software and educational products.
Additionally, an Ambassador received 10% commission on all second tier sales from new subscribers introduced by him.
Anthony Morrison says it is not an MLM program, but it seems to be pretty close to it to us.
Below are listed all the software and educational products which are offered by Morrison Education, upon which the above commission rates apply for life.
Hence Anthony Morrison is offering benefits of ongoing commissions and regular income, rather than the one-time commission offers of many Affiliate programs.
You generate traffic and send this to your Opt-In page, from which you collect new subscribers´email addresses, which are collected on your AutoResponder, so you can build your own email list for your personal business.
As a Lead Magnet, you offer a free Morrison Education course called How to Build Your Online Business.
New subscribers are invited to create an account, after which they are sent to a Thank You page, which invites them to subscribe to a Morrison Webinar.
New subscribers are also given access to a Morrison Members Portal.
New subscribers email addresses are passed to AM´s AutoResponder, which is loaded with 218 days of follow up emails to new subscribers, and they are offered various other education and training products, from which the introducer receives a commission.
Subscribers to AM Ambassadorship Program receive lifetime commissions on all products and services purchased by their introduces.
At the Webinar, new subscribers are offered the following products:
The Success Connection is a community which subscribes to and receives Live Coaching from Anthony Morrison at twice-weekly webinars (usually attended by approximately 1000 people per session). Anthony Morrison also teaches Email Marketing Strategies Which Work, Traffic Generation Strategies, and Featured Live Questions and Answers. There is also a Facebook Group for subscribers to join and exchange information informally and receive updates and bulletins.
Anthony Morrison runs regular twice-weekly webinars and introduces guest speakers at these quite often. These guest speakers are usually expert and successful marketers or entrepreneurs, who are known to Anthony Morrison and who will offer their own specific brand of training and value-added services of how to make money online, very often at quite highly discounted rates, as Anthony Morrison presses guest speakers to give good deals to his students. The webinars are usually available as recordings online for a few days after the live webinars, for students who may not have been able to make the live webinar, and these are all free of charge in the training area for subscribing members.
Additionally, within the training webinars, Anthony offers his own specialized and detailed training about funnel building and marketing of products and services online. He quotes from his own successful marketing and sales and traffic generation strategies, including social media marketing and interaction, often using examples from his own businesses which have been tested and proven to be successful.
Anthony Morrison is a subscriber, user and Affiliate of ClickFunnels, and many of the free giveaways which he gives (of which there are many Done For You Funnels, as well as videos, and emails for various purposes) and they are quite comprehensive as well as proven sales funnels which are based on his own successful businesses which are marketed online. One such site is for holidays in Florida, AM also designs and develops software packages of his own.
AM his own team of software programmers who prepare software programs and sales funnels for his own businesses and these are the ones which he regularly gives away to attendees of his webinars, usually given away during the live sessions and for a few hours thereafter.
AM frequently gives away random cash prizes to incentivize students, as well as Investing Scholarship amounts of $1500 in students meriting reward.
Comprehensive training is offered over a long period of time and AM tries to develop and educate all his students along with him to achieve a higher level of knowledge and helps them achieve the taught goals with the giveaways and coaching. The weekly webinars have been going for approximately 3 years, although we have experience of them only for approximately months. These are totally good quality training and education, and from our experience has been highly valuable.
AM introduces and recommends many guest speakers who have different software or services to offer, and there is usually a pitch at the end of the presentation in the webinar. Many of the offers are highly discounted because AM insists that his guests offer great value for his students. We have tried quite a few of these offers but never succeeded in making revenue from any of them.
AM makes a commission from products and services which he recommends, and which may be purchased by students. His view is that Clickfunnels is an ideal Landing Page builder, and also integrates Mobile Optin. The cost of Clickfunnels is $99 per month at a basic level and $297 per month for professional level higher volume users. However, AM makes clear that he does not force anyone to take up the recommended products such as ClickFunnels. For example, he invites people to go and buy ClickFunnels directly from the company if they do not want him to earn an Affiliate commission from the sale. AM does say to subscribers that if they choose not to use ClickFunnels, they will need some package with which to build their sales funnels.
Another product which is recommended to members is BuildRedirects, an Anthony Morrison product, which is a Link Redirect software program costing Basic $19.99 per month, PRO $49.99 per month, and Super Affiliate $99 per month.
AM´s products and services are aimed at those people interested in making money from marketing and selling online, such as entrepreneurs, small business owners, people looking for part-time income, retired people, and some of whom are Affiliate Marketers, others are in the E-commerce market.
We have changed our opinion about the products and services offered by Anthony Morrison. His training is very detailed and based on his own successful email marketing and sales strategies. Anthony Morrison is loyal to his regular students and gives away many free and very valuable products, at the weekly webinar training. Also, he gives away email templates as well as Done For You Funnels, including videos and other graphics and documentation.
However, subscribers pay him to sell his products as well as underwrite their own advertising costs. Anthony cannot lose money, because he receives money from people (you) whether he sells products or not. We have spent a lot of money on Morrison products and listened to many of his webinars, and have never received any return on our investment.
We do not recommend Morrison Academy, The Success Connection or any of Anthony Morrison´s products or services.
Marcus Campbell is the Affiliate Marketing Dude and within that brand are their advertised all his products such as Simple Sites Big Profits 2015, 2016, 2017, Simple Sites Bonuses, BlogNetwork2015, SevenDayBlogProfits, HighLevelNiches etc
Marcus Campbell is an expert marketer who does a lot of training online and offers various educational courses. Marcus makes no secret that he is a reformed alcoholic and has overcome various difficulties in his life before achieving his current success. Here is Marcus Campbell´s Facebook Page:
Here is a typical training video from the Affiliate Marketing Dude (Marcus Campbell).
Price: Product prices vary depending on the particular product offering, see below (Prices can vary from time to time so best to check directly with the company for their current offers):
Simple Sites Big Profits, 2015
Simple Sites Big Profits, 2016
Simple Sites 2017 – Upgrade $297 (or 3 x $127) from Simple Site Big Profits 2016
Blog Profit Network, 2015
Blog Profit Members + Plug-Ins
Seven Day Blog Profits
Simple Sites Bonuses
HighTicketNiches – Upgrade from Simple Sites 2017 is one-off $700 payment, or $997 (or 3x $397) for a Done For You niche and domain package complete (includes 90 days support).
Ongoing Support: Affiliate Marketing Dude Mentorship Program: $37 per month.
We have subscribed to those products underlined above, and have a lifetime membership for these subscriptions.
Owners: Marcus Campbell
Overall Rank: 50 out of 100
We have been using and carrying out a Review of Affiliate Marketing Dude for the past 6 months or more and have built up a familiarity with how the site and its group of products works, and its approach to online marketing of its various software packages such as SevenDayBlogProfits, BlogProfitNetwork, SimpleSitesBonuses, Simple Sites Big Profits, and High Level Niches.
After expressing initial interest in one of the products and subscribing to that, a user is then encouraged to upgrade to one of the other products on offer which are claimed to offer greater benefits for making money online.
Marcus Campbell is the proprietor and founder of Affiliate Marketing Dude and all its related products, and he personally makes many or all of the training videos which are provided by the group of companies, and personally advertises the products for sale.
Once subscribed, email activity starts off at a tremendous pace and we received numerous (more than 100) emails from Affiliate Marketing Dude about its various products and encouraging buying upgrades for various purposes such as 2015, 2016 and 2017 versions of software described as Beta versions, offered at reduced prices.
Marcus Campbell emphasises his skill at finding small specialist niches, and he does this using his Trigger word method, which is his own unique approach to keyword research, which does not choose the popular keywords but identifies more obscure keywords and less competitive niches.
Marcus Campbell has been marketing online for more than 17 years and is clearly very skilled at selling his products online, and uses many of these successful sites as examples in his training videos, for example, he quotes the following from his track record of successful sites:
My Space (made approximately $2m), Gas prices, Tattoo market (made $137 per day), Auto loans, Six Pack Abs, Football scores and results site, and Encouraging Bible Verses, all of which have been very successful for him over many years.
The Good & the Bad
The Good: Marcus explains how he achieves his success in a clear and simple, and sometimes self-deprecating manner through the numerous training videos which are available within his site, and also generally available on Youtube. His manner is very personable and he inspires trust in a viewer.
PRO #1: There are numerous training videos which explain in the overview and also in detail various stages of the process of niche finding, domain selection, website building and driving traffic to your website.
PRO #2: There are no refunds available on his products so it is not possible to try for a certain period to see if you like the product(s), or to see how they perform.
PRO #3: It is possible to get support via email, and also via LiveChat, including contact with Marcus himself.
CON #1: There are numerous products and upsells, so when you think you are purchasing the product, you find that you only have part of the story, and you receive emails suggesting you upgrade to either newer or better functionality software products, for example, Simple Sites Big Profits has been sold (to us) in versions for 2015, 2016, and 2017, all in the last 3 months.
CON #2: In addition to the software products you need to pay extra for mentoring from Marcus Campbell which costs $37 per month, and it is quite unpredictable what level of support you will receive.
CON #3: The organisation of the reference material in terms of training videos could be better, and it is sometimes difficult to track down the answer to a particular query from the overwhelming number of available training videos.
Marcus Campbell aims his products at people who are interested in making money online and implies that those signing up to his products and training can achieve success but he makes it clear there are no guarantees that a subscriber may achieve the same level of success as him.
There are lots of specialised tools within the software which is purchased and numerous training videos to explain step by step how to go about finding a niche, choosing a domain name, setting up a website and driving traffic to the website in order to generate sales of Affiliate products. Many of the topics are repeated so you sometimes have to spend a lot of time reviewing known material in order to find the particular reference point which you want.
There is email support provided to subscribers, as well as Live Chat and also the opportunity to chat with Marcus when he is available online. There a user community, and forum, and personal support, which is active from week to week.
The overall pricing of Affiliate Marketing Dude is difficult to predict, as to only buy one or two of the available products would give very limited functionality. There is constant pressure to upgrade, especially to High-Ticket Niches, which involve an outlay of approximately $997 (or 3 x $397) for a Done For You niche and website. We did upgrade from the previous products which we bought (Simple Sites Big Profits 2015, 2016, and 2017 (early release demo), plus Blog Profit Network 2015, and Blog Profit Members plus Plug-Ins), and paid $700 for the Done For You niche, which we did eventually receive after 2-3 months. We never managed to get it working, nor to obtain any revenue from it in all this time.
Not everyone has had a good experience with Affiliate Marketing Dude:
Affiliate Marketing Dude is a suite of software products which have been designed and developed over time by Marcus Campbell to enable you to identify a suitable specialist niche and identify a suitable domain name and register a website in order to make money from Affiliate Marketing. The information available is quite a lot, but it is difficult to find exactly which information you will need in order to solve a particular problem, so the indexing and cataloguing of training information could be improved.
Marcus is obviously very experenced and expert at Affiliate Marketing and has an intuitive approach to it.
After a year´s usage and Review of Affiliate Marketing Dude products including the Done For You High Ticket Niche Website at $997, and never received a penny in return for our investment, so we would not recommend you to buy any of the products.
I am Alan James the proprietor of Alpus Online Marketing Software, which is part of Alpus Group, established in 2015, and is based in Central Europe. The Alpus Group is involved in the marketing of handmade goods through our company Midiya Trading (www.handmadegoods.org), as well as marketing personalized goods through our sister company Alpus Personalized Goods (www.personalized-goods.com). We also have a Shopify store (www.midiia.shopify.com) which offers another range of consumer products.
I have always been interested in computers and their technological development through the years, as well as software and its rapid development to make peoples lives easier and much more productive in every field of endeavour. I was involved in the early use of specialist project management software systems for design and construction planning, monitoring and coordination of different elements also cost control of major projects and programs.
I took a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computing, and later did a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering to develop my computer knowledge base.
Having always continued to develop my interest in the World Wide Web, and how best to use the internet for the speed of gaining knowledge and therefore greater efficiency of time use in my life, and of those around me.
I would like to help people who are interested in online marketing by identifying and sourcing the best possible software and providing this to them for their own and their colleagues’ benefit. We will pass on the knowledge which we have gained in order to help people who are seeking solutions to particular online marketing software requirements.
There are many software products in the vast internet marketplace which are not what they appear to be or what they are claimed to be, and which for various reasons may not be suitable for specific uses and demands.
We aim to filter out the best products for various purposes and to provide these to our customers, who may be reassured by the reviews which we carry out on products.
The goal of About Alpus Online Marketing Software is to identify and review the best of the available products in the marketplace and to provide them to our customers. Our customers will be reassured that the software offered by us has been thoroughly tested and reviewed to identify benefits and shortcomings which it may have before we incorporate it into our range of offerings.
If you have any questions about the products which we offer, please get in touch with us and we will be pleased to explain and clarify any issues. Or if you have a specific problem which you are trying to solve, feel free to talk to us and see if we can offer any advice to help you.
Alpus Online Marketing Software (www.onlinemarketingsoftware.org)