My name’s Thomas. You can read about me and my personal details in the “About Me” page should you be so inclined.
I first discovered the ‘net way back in 1994. In those days, it was all dial-up connections and pages that took up to several minutes to load. Boy, we were a patient lot back then!
I guess I always knew the internet was going to become big business, but no-one, I’m sure, could forecast the internet as we see it today. I, and most people, never dreamed that it would become so easy (and so hard, in some ways) for ordinary folk like you and me to become online entrepreneurs and be running our own internet businesses. Read more
What is bUnited, and Is This Legit, or Is It a Pyramid Scam?
I received the following message on my LinkedIn profile recently.
I just joined bUnited. You might also be interested.
bUnited has the power to make our world more sustainable. Not just greenwashing, real substantial changes.
And the great thing is that bUnited pays everyone to unite. Very innovative.
Just click and see for yourself. I love it!
Now if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my time as an affiliate marketer and blogger, it’s summed up in one sentence. Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything! (Actually, that’s three things, but you’ll get my drift) In fact I even have a sign on the wall near my desk with the letters BCT in large, bold text.
Here’s the sign, I just snapped it with my iPad.
Having never heard of bUnited before, and being the skeptical soul I am, I assumed it was some sort of scam. Nevertheless, I thought I’d check it out.
Before using the link, I googled bUnited and quickly found their webpage. Here it is if you want to take a look.
Is bUnited a scam? Actually, I don’t believe it is. Read on and I’ll tell you why.
Is BuilderAll worth the money, or is it just another scam?
Well no, BuilderAll is NOT a scam. BuilderAll is a product/system designed to help anyone with setting up an online business. It does have its limitations however, and in this unbiased BuilderAll review I’ll attempt to sort the wheat from the chaff and give you an honest appraisal of the BuilderAll Platform.
Should you invest in this system? Spend a few minutes reading this review now and arm yourself with the right information to make a much more informed decision.
Please Note: I’m not an affiliate of BuilderAll, so I’m not going to sugar-coat this review. (Not that I’d do that anyway. I only recommend products or services that I know are good value.)
Legendary Marketer Review: Is This Legit, or Just Another High-Priced Scam?
Chances are that you’ve recently heard about the Legendary Marketer Club and you’re wanting to know whether Legendary Marketer is a genuine opportunity to make money online or another rip-off scam.
If this is the case, I don’t blame you for being a tad sceptical. I’ve looked into heaps of online money-making schemes and yes, it’s true, a huge number of them are nothing but scams designed to separate you from your hard-earned money. Some aim to do this as quickly as possible. Others will attempt to hook you into a slow drip, like the proverbial frog in hot water, until you feel you have invested so much already, you just have to keep going.
In this Legendary Marketer review, I’ll be attempting to cut through the hype and tell it like it is so you can make an informed decision about investing in David Sharpe’s newest offering.
So Just What is Legendary Marketer?
And More Importantly
Can you make money by investing in Legendary Marketer?
Read on and I’ll try to give you the run down on this scheme. In this review I’ll attempt to answer all your questions, even some you may not have thought to ask. If you have further questions you’ll be able to ask them at the end.
Feel free to jump ahead to the following sections if you wish to.
Legendary Marketer is the brainchild of one David Sharpe, a well established internet marketer and “guru”. The products offered range in price from $30 per month to well in excess of $58,000 one time.
Yes, you read that correctly, $58,000. How many people would be prepared to shell out that much, I don’t know. Apparently there are some out there who will. The bottom line though, is that you’ll have to sell these high priced “products” to others in order to earn the promised commissions. (There’s another catch, which I’ll get to in a minute.)
Here’s a video created by David Sharpe himself. It runs for ten to fifteen minutes.
If you visit their website there’s a similar video showing a countdown for a “Special Offer” which is due to expire within hours. If you go back tomorrow the clock will be reset, of course. This is a big Red Flag to me. It’s just the same old FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) trick all over again.
I came across Legendary Marketer via a similar sales video from an affiliate of his who told me there are people making thousands of dollars in their first 30 days. Some up to 5 digits!
Everything in the sales pitch screamed Scam! to me so I simply deleted the link. After a bit of thought I decided to look into it properly.
I actually paid for one month of access just to test the waters and then decided to write this post to help you and others like you avoid falling for this smooth, practised spiel.
You may have even seen this system marketed under other names, including End Financial Stress Now and others, but they all lead to the same sales funnel for Legendary Marketer.
Please Note: This system is in no way connected to the book, End Financial Stress Now by Emily Birken. Available on Amazon, this book is a goldmine of genuine financial advice, and I’d recommend it to anyone. My guess is that David Sharpe, also known as Duplicate Dave, is attempting to cash in on Ms Birkin’s book’s good reputation.
How Does Legendary Marketer Club Work?
In a nutshell, you have to buy a “Licencing Fee” to promote and sell the products. You can only earn commissions on products you have purchased yourself. (This is the catch I mentioned earlier)
It’s basically the same as so many other schemes like Digital Altitude and MOBE that have recently been SHUT DOWN by the FTC. All the products you’re being expected to sell are digital products, so there’s no way to justify the high prices asked.
The sales pitch will tell you everything you want to hear, including the fact that you hardly need to do anything to have bucketfulls of cash dumped into your bank account every day.
The work, they say, is all done for you by your very own coach and sales team. What they don’t tell you is the true cost you’re going to be facing.
For your initial outlay of $30 per month you will get entry to the back end where you can access your “training”. This access is pretty basic, however, and you’ll probably be soon needing help from your “coach”. This person is really just another sales person whose job it is to upsell you to as high a subscription as they can. They earn a commission for themselves as well as the person who referred you into the scheme.
At this basic level, the biggest commission you can earn is $18 per sale. If your lead then goes on to buy into any of the high end offers you get nothing.
So is Legendary Marketer a Total Scam?
Well actually, no. Legendary Marketer is NOT a Total Scam.
If you’re genuinely seeking to learn how affiliate marketing works, this product will show you. The $30 per month basic access will give you some rudimentary training in affiliate marketing. There are also some occasional live video classes included. Where Legendary Marketer falls short is in the total package.
The LM membership does NOT include such things as website hosting, website building tools and training, and other features available with programs such as this one, at a similar price. It seems they want you to concentrate on email marketing and paid advertising.
That’s fine, if you have the money to spend, but the best long term success comes from building your own website and generating free traffic. This doesn’t happen overnight, but once the flow starts it’s never-ending. The top affiliate marketers know this, and will never fall for a get-rich-quick scheme such as this.
The other drawback with the Legendary Marketer Club is that the whole system is geared towards selling and reselling their own very expensive products. Of course you can make thousands of dollars if and when you sell memberships! Provided, of course, you can find anyone prepared to pay the exorbitant prices being asked. (And if you have purchased all the upsells yourself, of course)
The commission rates are on par with most digital products, at around 60% for starter members. (This commission does drop to 40% for the top end stuff though, as 20% is assigned to the “coach” who helps secure the deal.) That’s why you’ll find quite a few sites online spruiking Legendary Marketer. Especially with paid ads.
Do I recommend Legendary Marketer as a means of making money online? Well, No.
First, there’s the combination of high upfront costs and difficulty finding customers. Then there’s the fact that the primary focus is not on teaching you how to set up an affiliate website, but how to sell their ‘products’ to others with paid advertising. Others who will then be shown the same thing all over again. It’s not MLM, but it has similarities. There’s a good chance the whole scheme could be shut down by the FTC any day. Enough to tell me we need to look elsewhere.
By far the best long term option is Affiliate Marketing. What you need though, is to be associated with a genuine, reputable, and ethical organization that really has your best interests at heart. (Yes, such a thing does exist)
I’ve been an affiliate marketer since 2016, and believe me, I wouldn’t still be here if it didn’t work.
I have a number of websites, and I work about 20 hours a week. As a semi-retired person, I’m just a dabbler, yet I’m still earning a decent additional income.
I have friends in the business who are a lot more dedicated than I, who are earning five or six-figure incomes after just a couple of years. This post here, will tell you how you too can become an affiliate marketer. You can even start for free.
Anyway, thanks for visiting my site. I hope you found this article informative.
Have you had any experience with Legendary Marketer or a similar program?
Can You Make Money Selling CBD Oil Online? Definitely!
It’s a simple fact of life that these days we can make money selling just about anything. The Internet is a wonderful place, as they say, and the opportunities are endless.
The trick to being successful with internet marketing is to find a product or service that is relatively new, and shows increasing popularity. That’s not to say you can’t be successful with established goods or services, but trending offers definitely present the better opportunities.
CBD Products fulfill these requirements perfectly. We can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV these days without hearing something about this wonderful ‘new’ product. Medicinal Cannabis, however, is anything but new. (If you click the link above you’ll be taken to a page which explains many of the pharmaceutical benefits of this wonderful plant. It’s OK, the link will open a new tab and you can come back when you’re finished. I’ll wait for you here.)
I’ve also sourced an informative video for you below.
For this article though, let’s stick with the main topic; how to build your own online CBD oil business.Read more
I heard about this stock market newsletter recently, and thought I’d do a little investigation.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of TPC, let me share something with you. There is a genuine, legitimate way to make money online with minimal risk and endless potential. A method that won’t make you rich overnight, or without effort, but that can earn you a lucrative passive income within a surprisingly short time.
Click This Link for a review of my personal favorite online business model. It’s OK, the link will open a new window so you can get back here easily.
How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Way we Write?
There’s been a fair bit of hype lately about the WordPress Gutenberg update. Is this really going to be a great leap forward as promised – or just another level of confusion?
One thing’s for certain, we won’t be able to avoid it, so we’d better learn how to use it – and quickly!
I’ve been experimenting with Elementor Builder for a bit. (you can read my review here) I’d hopefully be excused then, for thinking I’d have a bit of a head start at understanding Gutenberg. There are some similarities, and I’ve already found a couple of pros and cons. As I did with the Elementor review, I’m using Gutenberg plugin to write this post and learning as I go. Read more
Are You Looking for a Way to Establish an Online Business?
Maybe Drop Shipping is the Answer
Earning money online is a dream of many people these days. However, unless you have a plan, it’s likely to remain just that – a dream.
Yeah, I know; I’m stating the bleeding obvious. But have you really thought about it? There are loads of folk earning what can be a very good living with internet marketing. What all these successful people have in common though, is a plan. (And the willingness to work at it)
I’ve talked quite a bit elsewhere on this site about Affiliate Marketing. Another avenue that lots of internet marketers choose to invest their time into is Drop Shipping.Read more
When I first started learning how to build a website, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice when it came to page building.
My first sites, and all the content, were assembled using the basic WordPress Editor. For its time, WordPress Editor was the be-all and end-all so far as content editing was concerned. Let’s face it – WordPress is the one platform that’s enabled more mere mortals like myself to build our own websites than any other. WordPress truly is simplicity itself!
Then along came the Wealthy Affiliate Site Content editor. To those of us associated with the WA group, Site Content Editor was a boon indeed. It was a huge jump from what I’d become used to and made page building and content management a breeze by comparison. (Thanks, Kyle and Carson)
Not heard of Wealthy Affiliate? There’s a review you can check out here.
Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of eight tried and tested keyword tools for you right here.
Keyword research has to be possibly the single most important aspect of successful internet marketing. Unless we get the keyword research sorted before we even begin to write, we’re going to be behind the eight-ball from the start.
If you’re new to internet marketing, I suggest you read this post first. In it I discuss and explain just what a keyword tool is, and why you should be using one. Read more
How can we know what is the best free keyword research tool?
We all know, or we should, just how important Keyword Research is to any online business. Without it we won’t be able to write the sort of content people are looking for, and we’ll stand little chance of appearing prominently in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs.
Unless we do our homework on this, our valuable and well-researched content runs the risk of being buried forever beneath all those well-aged and authority sites that control most of the top rankings.
If we seek, find, and qualify good low competition keywords, however, we can rise above the tide. To do this we need at least one good Keyword Finder.
For the purpose of this article I’ll assume you understand the basics of what a keyword research tool does. If not, please read this post for a detailed explanation.
What is a keyword research tool, and why do we need one?
Keyword research is the cornerstone of successful internet marketing.
Imagine this: You’ve spent hours building your website. You’ve written informative, engaging copy. You’ve added images and diagrams, internal and external links. In fact, you’ve built a web presence you can really be proud of.
You publish the site, promote it on social media, get indexed by the search engines, and you wait for visitors. And you wait… Nothing! Six months later you’re still waiting.
So what went wrong?
In all probability, you failed to perform proper keyword research.
It’s one thing to know what items you wish to promote, and what sort of things internet users may be searching for. It’s another thing altogether to know precisely what they are entering into the search box and how to utilise that knowledge.
It’s also another thing to know just how many websites there are out there competing for the same search terms, or keywords. Read more
A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so decided to do some research.
Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.
I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments.Read more
I’m assuming that you are reading this as the result of an internet search. Perhaps you’ve found CFM online and are wondering if it’s a legitimate program. Maybe it’s another scam?
Well I’ve done some research on CFM and here’s what I turned up.
Actually, I did the research a little while back, when I was first thinking about dipping my toes in the Affiliate Marketing pond. I’d read here and there about people supposedly earning vast amounts of money online with little effort, mostly from Affiliate Marketing.Read more
Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.
Since that time, literally thousands of people have been able to become financially independent with the help of the team at Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
For the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.
When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”. Read more
What are they, and can they boost your SERP results?
Hreflang tags (pronounced aitch-ref-lang) are a Google initiative. They were developed in 2011, and intended to advise Google when websites have identical or similar articles aimed at visitors in alternate languages.
It makes sense then, that Google would want us to implement them whenever and wherever appropriate.
If you write posts or page articles that are directed exclusively towards one audience, eg. en-us for English speakers living in the USA, then you needn’t bother with hreflang at all. This would also apply if your site wasn’t directed at any specific zone, and only written in one language. Search engines are perfectly capable of working out what language your website is written in.
(There’s a bit more information further on in this article dealing with Geographic Targeting using Google Search Console)
However, if your site has articles with similar content written in various languages or dialects, you should be using these indicators. Read more
Amazon Continues to Dominate the Online Retail World.
Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational as of Dec 2017.
Amazon.com, Inc., was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.
After a slow start, during which they made no profit at all, Amazon showed its first return on investment ($5 million, on revenue of more than $1 billion) in late 2001. This amounted to just 5c per share. It was Bezos’ plan to start slowly, but I can’t help wondering if he knew it would be that slow.
Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the company’s 2016 revenue was almost $136 billion in the US alone!
Today, Amazon has separate retail websites for the US, the UK and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and now Australia.
There are also Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German website and they also offer international shipping to certain other countries for many products.
The Amazon juggernaut continues to dominate the online retail world.
Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational.
Dec 2017. Up to now, Amazon Australia has only marketed books and digital products. The full service Amazon.com.au store was originally expected to open in time for the Black Friday sales on Nov 24. Some behind the scenes issues delayed the launch, and no doubt the back room boys were frantically burning the midnight oil ironing out any glitches. (Much better now, rather than later, I guess) As of December 5th we now have an (almost) fully stocked and functional Amazon Australia store.
There’s an informative article here from Wikipedia on Amazon’s history.
Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.
Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance. Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing.