Avoid the scams, find out which Business Opportunities actually work
19th August 2009
Filed under: Internet Marketing,Seminars,Special Deals — Ben @ 9:38 am

This year’s “UK Gold Event” is being held in Haydock, Lancashire from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September 2009. Speakers will include Neil Stafford, Neil Travers and a specially picked team of speakers from their membership site – ordinary men and women who have made a fortune after learning from Neil and Neil.

The event is no ordinary internet marketing seminar but your chance to listen to and meet a group of successful people and learn from some of the UK’s leading Information Marketing Experts in a private meeting.

The ‘Two Neils’, as they are known in the IM world, promise that their event will get you focused on building your business with the very latest online techniques. There’s no fluff and no pitch-fest – just excellent, solid, money making information.

In fact, here’s how powerful the event is.

Just last year one delegate sat in the small audience and listened hard to what he was being told. He then twigged onto an idea for his fledgling business and went away and focused on that idea.

I’ve been told that this attendee is going to be back this year – as one of the specially chosen speakers

The reason?

Because he made a ton of money and he has promised to reveal exactly what he did and how he changed his life around inside 12 months.

His success is a direct result of applying A.L.F.I.

This is the secret UK Gold Event Success Formula:

Attend, Listen, Focus, Implement = Money.

Grab a seat and start applying A.L.F.I. in your business:

Internet Marketing Review UK Gold Event September 2009

Neil was also kind enough to give a special discount for readers of the Biz Opps Blog.

Use the link below to receive £500 off the ticket price and still claim all of the bonuses including the full DVD set of last year’s event which he’ll send to you within 48 hours.

Internet Marketing Review UK Gold Event September 2009

Please note: Discount is valid until 31st August 2009 ONLY

18th August 2009
Filed under: Internet Marketing,Warning — Ben @ 8:34 pm

Affiliate Jump was launched last week with usual launch fanfare i.e. lots of affiliates aggressively mailing their lists, seemingly desperate to get to the top of the “leaderboard” of JV partners.

It seems to be some kind of CPA network – CPA meaning “Cost Per Action” – where you basically earn commission by getting people to fill in forms. Sadly it also usually involves “free trials” and forced continuity as the money has to come from somewhere to pay for all those forms people fill in.

CPA has been a buzz topic for months now and it’s no surprise that Filsaime has decided to jump onboard the trend. I am slightly surprised though to see that there is no guarantee to this opportunity and some CPA experts aren’t convinced that it’s worthwhile.

It seems that Affiliate Jump is pretty much just a CPA network that you have to pay $200+ to join whereas most CPA networks are free to join.

Also, you share any commission you make with Mike and his partners which is not ideal.

I’ve read some reviews by some very disappointed people who have, quite rightly, asked for their money back because they aren’t satisfied with the quality of the product. Those same customers are also complaining that they are being refused refunds.

One was kind enough to post the response from the Affiliate Jump support desk:

“Please note that there are no refunds for Account Activation fees or your first month of service. Because of this, we’d encourage you not to cancel and to stick with the program.”

The “Account Activation” fee is $200. The “first month of service” could be $39.95, $89.95 or $99.95 depending on the level chosen by the customer and is an ongoing monthly fee.

Therefore any disappointed customer who wants a refund and is refused it will be out of pocket to the tune of between $239 and $299.

In my opinion, this is unacceptable.

According to the small print during sign-up, the $200 fee is refundable only when (if?) you earn $1000 through the program. On the affiliate signup page, potential affiliates are told that until the 23rd of August they will earn $200 for each new member they introduce.

So it seems that the $200 “Account Activation” fee is actually the affiliate commission which may go some way to explain why it is non-refundable.

I was under the impression that best practice for marketers is to refund immediately whenever there is a complaint. It’s extremely disappointing to see that a well-known marketer like Mike Filsaime is putting his name to a product where unhappy customers are denied a refund.

Please heed this warning if you were looking at Affiliate Jump with an intention to buy – if you are unhappy with the quality of the product you may find it difficult to get a refund…

** UPDATE 19/08/09 **

There are rumours on certain forums that people are now being issued refunds so perhaps the marketers behind this product have decided to retract their “no refunds” policy. Let’s hope so!

13th August 2009
Filed under: Horse Racing — Ben @ 11:31 am

An email came in yesterday from John Harrison of Streetwise trying to tempt me into buying a “brand new system” called “Lay Bet Genius“.

There is obviously some kind of affiliate arrangement as the domain name ends with “sw”, indicating Streetwise’s involvement no doubt.

This tactic seemed familiar as it was used by several companies to promote the The Lazy Lay Quick Profits System by Bill Stratford back in late 2007.

At that time each different company (i.e. each different joint venture partner) was provided with a specific URL to use to promote the system.

For example, if the company was called “X Promotional Masterminds” then they would use a URL such as lazylayxpm.co.uk (not a valid website or company name, I’m just using it to show an example) – where the xpm was added for tracking purposes.

In any case, the Lazy Lay system was pretty expensive for what it was – £197 for a short PDF file outlining the simple system.

Sadly it didn’t work very well either. As you can see if you go to the link above, I tested it extensively and found it lacking in its basic premise – it didn’t make any money.

This Lay Bet Genius system is also surprisingly expensive at £297, which is another reason why I think it might be from the same people as the Lazy Lay system.

I’ve also discovered that both the Lazy Lay and the Lay Bet Genius domains have been registered by the same company, “ProMax Data”.

So by adding up all of the little clues, my guess is that the same people are behind both systems.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Lay Bet Genius system won’t work but there is the track record (pun intended)…

(Just as a side note, if you are thinking of buying this then please thoroughly read through the guarantee conditions. If I remember correctly there were some rumblings about problems with the money back guarantee when the Lazy Lay system went wrong).

12th August 2009
Filed under: Domain Names,Internet Marketing,Useful Tools — Ben @ 11:55 am

Big news this week as the popular URL shortening service tr.im announced it was going to stop forwarding links from the end of the year.

In addition, it stopped allowing people to create new shortened links and prevented existing members from logging in to see what links they had made.

For those people that had used the service extensively it was a huge blow because, basically, they lost a load of links at the click of a mouse. There was no way to discover what links they had made and where they pointed to.

The reason for the closure given by the owners was that they were finding it difficult to make any money and were feeling hobbled by the fact that flavour-of-the-month social networking site Twitter.com pushed bit.ly to its users rather than their site.

Predictably there was a bit of a backlash from tr.im users – many who had plastered their shortened links everywhere – as their links would become redundant at the end of 2009.

The decision to close the website was reversed yesterday due to the owner feeling “absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive“.

So it looks like tr.im will live on for the moment. However, this whole show (whether staged or not) teaches us a couple of lessons…

Lesson 1: Never rely on a free service to provide an important function for your business. These sites can disappear with no warning – or just shut up shop as we saw with tr.im.

Lesson 2: Not every website makes money on the internet, even if it is very popular. Even Twitter doesn’t seem to have any kind of monetisation in place and it intrigues me as to what they plan to do in the long-term to make any money. At some point if they are still not making any profit, they are also likely to close…

18 months or so ago I launched a URL shortening service using one of my domains – kliq.com – which I thought was perfect for the task (kliq, it’s like “click“, get it?).

It wasn’t hard to get some software to run it, or to install it.

I didn’t even promote the site and yet still got quite a few people to use it.

One problem was that sites like this attract spammers. After all, they can simply use your site to shorten a website address and then send that address in emails to hide their real website address from spam filters and blacklists.

Another problem is that it’s very difficult to include any sort of monetisation on a URL shortening site.

You can provide advertising on the front page such as Google AdSense or banner ads but they don’t tend to attract many clicks as visitors are there for a purpose – to shorten a link.

Some URL shortening services include a short delay in forwarding where they show an advert. Not many do this though, as it tends to put people off using their service. Let’s face it, if I want to use a shortened URL, I want the person clicking the URL to go to the website I specify. I don’t want them distracted by adverts. This is why using frames will not work either.

If you try to use advertising or frames, you’ll suffer a loss in users because there are plenty of services that don’t inflict this on visitors.

In short (no pun intended), URL shorteners are a great idea in practise but apart from hoping for another company to buy you out, it’s difficult to make any money from them.

And if you’re planning on using one to shorten a link, remember that the link could be useless tomorrow if the service decides to shut up shop on you. In many cases you’d be better off creating a redirect link using your own website so you control it.

4th August 2009
Filed under: eBay,Internet Marketing — Ben @ 10:57 am

Back in the good old days it was possible to sell digital products on eBay. In fact, I know of one particular marketer who made a fortune selling on that site alone.

eBay then went and changed the rules and banned digital products which pretty much instantly ruined some businesses and made some great software almost completely redundant (I’m thinking about MyDD but there were others).

Over the years I’ve made some good money from eBay.

One trick was to buy old business opportunity manuals which had been listed incorrectly and then flip them for profit.

One I remember quite well had been listed with the title “To be Wealthy in simpl way” and no picture.

Reading the description I discovered that it was a second hand copy of Vince Stanzione’s “Making Money From Financial Spread Trading” course.

I won the item for £17.49 (which included postage) and then as soon as I received it I created a new listing, dressed it up a bit with a good photo, decent description and a very descriptive title and set it up as a Buy It Now item.

That item sold after a couple of days for £80 and I made a quick £35 profit after fees and postage. It was a simple way of making a few pounds profit without doing much work.

Another trick I used was to search for misspellings of a UK marketer’s name. One search term I used was “Goheler” which will tell you immediately who I was searching for. It was often possible to buy his products cheaply because the seller had spelt his surname wrong, and then create a good listing with a reasonable Buy It Now price and ‘flip’ the item for a nice profit.

I’m sure this still works if you are willing to put the time in although I’ve not sold much on eBay in quite a while and if I do I tend to just use eBay to clear out items that I don’t use anymore.

However (didn’t you figure I was leading up to something?)… I’ve just listed some biz opp items on eBay as I’m clearing out some DVDs etc I haven’t watched in a while.

It’d be nice to see them go to someone who will use them and if you’re reading this you obviously have some interest in making more money.

The first item is Mike Filsaime’s “7 Figure Code” seminar which includes 16 DVDs showing unedited footage of his $5,000 seminar held in February 2007.

You can find more details of that auction here:

[Link removed as item has now sold]

The second item is an 8 DVD set of Andrew Fox’s “Millionaire MEGA Yacht” seminar/brainstorming session with Dave Miz, Jeff Walker and Ewen Chia.

Like the 7 Figure Code DVDs, this starts at just 99p:

[Link removed as item has now sold]

The third set is 4 DVDs and a CD from Sean Roach’s Rip2it company. These materials are only given to members of Rip2it and are not available to purchase separately.

They also start at just 99p (can you see a trend here?):

[Link removed as item has now sold]

I’ll be listing more items over the next few days so make sure to keep an eye on the main site where there is a list of all the items I am selling:

Business Opportunity Manuals, DVDs and Videos For Sale

This is a clearout meaning I’m not looking for a huge profit, I just want to see them go to someone who will use them. In effect, these business opportunity courses could go for just 99p so make sure you don’t miss out!

Any questions, please either leave a comment on this post or ask me a question through eBay’s “Ask the Seller” feature.