I was supposed to be outside helping to clip some sheep today (new readers and those of you that are unobservant – I live on a real life farm), but the sheep clipping man has failed to turn up.
I believe the Americans would describe him as having “demons”, and us Brits would describe him as “an alcoholic”, all I know is that it usually takes him until at least 11.30 (am) for the smell of booze to be replaced by the smell of Red Bull, but I digress, on with the blog post.
When I’m not sat behind a computer screen writing moderately offensive things about my farming workforce and wondering to myself if said workforce man is ever likely to buy a computer and read this blog, I provide web design and hosting services to local businesses.
Recently some of these businesses have been asking me about Facebook, they’ve seen the little blue icon everywhere and they want a piece of the action, but what’s the point?
Does a Facebook page really help a business?
*prepare for mass un-researched personal opinion presented as fact*
In my opinion, it depends, and here’s why.
Facebook was (ironically) invented by geeks, a tribe of people known for their lack of social skills, but despite that, they created the biggest socialising medium the world has ever seen. (BOOM, there’s the irony)
It was created as an easy, geek friendly way to keep in touch with class mates and friends through a centralized system, at this point business and marketing had never even been considered, it wasn’t until the Facebook boom that businesses caught on that you could get in touch with potentially millions of people who would be interested in their product with little or no cost, it was at that point that more and more businesses decided to join Facebook.
But joining Facebook and creating a fan page doesn’t equal instant success.
Facebook is still primarily used for it’s original purpose, and as the years have gone by lots of great new features have been added to make it more accessible for people, whose primary goal is to keep in touch with friends and relatives. For example, here’s what the majority of people use Facebook for:
1. Impressing your friends with your amazing sense of humor, despite having clearly copy/pasted the joke from elsewhere.
2. “Checking in” to cool places with other people, to make people sat at home on Facebook feel jealous of your coolness and popularity, not only do you go places, but you feel the need to tell people where you’ve been.
3. Taking pictures of yourself in situations you believe will make you seem more attractive and desirable to the opposite sex.
4. Showing everyone what a great sense of humor you have by liking amusing things that other people have written.
5. Flirting with Crystal St ‘Clare
6. Trying to convince people that your taste in music is better than theirs by posting links to countless Youtube videos.
It’s all very vain, mindless, and shallow, but nobody cares, because it’s all a bit of fun, you go on Facebook and you can turn your brain off and relax. That’s what Facebook is good for.
When you are on Facebook “doing your thing”, do you really want to know that Joe the local window cleaner has just “cleaned one of the biggest windows I’ve ever seen, it was banging”, or that Mary the local Baker just made an exceptionally nice batch of pies….bad example, I probably would want to know that.
But my point is kind of in there somewhere, people don’t log onto Facebook to see what a local business is doing.
If you run a business (and I do, so I can relate to this) it does tend to rule your life somewhat, you are passionate about it and want to tell people about it, but in reality do the people on Facebook really care?
A real life example for you, one of the companies I work with designs bespoke furniture, and they’ve just created a Facebook fan page. Now how often are you likely to buy a new sofa, once every 4 or 5 years maybe. When you walk into the showroom to check out the sofas, that’s what you are concentrating on, your mission for the next few hours is to buy a sofa, but once it’s bought, that’s it. Is the customer going to get any benefit from “Liking” the company on Facebook and having to put up with their Sofa related status updates for the next 4 – 5 years, I doubt it.
However, it’s not just local businesses that are on Facebook, all the big multi-national’s are on there as well. Look what I found just this morning whilst I was having my breakfast:
Now I like Crunchy Nut Cornflakes as much as the next man, but what would be the purpose of “liking” them on Facebook? Would all of my friends see that I liked Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and suddenly have an urge to go buy some?
I tried to find out more information on what the purpose of the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes facebook page was all about, but when I clicked on the link it didn’t work:
McDonalds are at it was well, in the past 2 weeks I’ve “liked” every Mc* there is, but after “liking” the page, absolutely nothing, so what’s the point of them spending money on a team of boffins to put together a Facebook page that will serve no benefit to me, and ultimately them? I’m starting to think it all must be part of a masterplan and it’s going way over my head.
Not all Facebook pages for businesses are pointless though, another of my offline clients actually uses it to very good effect. He’s a very good artist, and so he has genuine “fans” that check out his Facebook page to keep up with his latest art work. He provides value to them by posting pictures of his latest work, and just generally chatting to them, answering any arty type questions. I’ll even link to his page so you can check it out for yourself:
You can see the difference between his Facebook fan page and the bog standard business fan pages I’m sure you’ve all come across, I have no data to be able to put a figure on it, but the vast majority of business fan pages on Facebook are like Ghost Towns.
Even our very own D9 Hosting Facebook fan page:
Isn’t a hive of activity, despite people using the service on a daily basis.
So I just really don’t get the point of a lot of these businesses having Facebook fan pages, there is obviously some potential there, purely due to the number of people that use Facebook, but as of yet, I’ve come across very few that have been able to make Facebook “work” for them, on a business level.
P.S. As you can see from the screen shots in this post, I do have a Facebook page, but it’s used purely for people I know in “real life”. So please don’t be offended if any readers have added me in the past and I’ve declined, it’s purely because I don’t know who you are, it doesn’t mean you aren’t cool, or look funny, it’s just me keeping work and play very much apart
P.P.S. If you are a friend on Facebook, and I’ve never met you in real life, I was either intoxicated when accepting the request, or you are very, very special!
Interviews are a great way to produce a blog post without having to actually write anything, the sun has made me lazy, and as such instead of a normal blog post I’ve sent off some questions to another local marketer; Aaron Danker.
I promote a lot of Aaron’s products, and I hope you will find the following interview at least a little bit useful.
Q. Before I start asking the proper questions, could you give the readers a brief overview of who you are and what you do?
Sure, my name is Aaron Danker. I’m 27 and I’m just a simple humble guy with an ambition. I left school with GCSEs and A-levels, even a BA in Computer Games Design, but never managed to get my feet firmly on the ground and settled with a job.
I’ve always believed that there is more to this world than just going to school, getting an education, getting a job, working nearly every do of your life, getting married, having kids and growing old, worried and in debt. For me, that’s not living – that’s just existing.
For me, being able to do what you want, where you want and with whom you want is the definition of wealth. You can have a great income, but if you’re tied down to a boss telling you what to do or where to go, then you’re restrained. You can have all the freedom in the world, but if you have no money, how you going to go anywhere or get what you want?
The internet definitely opens up the gates for this so since it’s here why not use it?
Q: How did you first get started in Internet Marketing?
I didn’t even know the term existed until I actually started getting involved in it! Before this whole ‘internet marketing’ business came about, I was trying to make money on eBay selling unwanted items. This was way back in early 2007. When I started looking around I couldn’t help but notice the amount of ‘eBooks’ that were listed for $0.99. What attracted me to them at the time is how people managed to make money selling these downloadable items for $0.99.
One of the first products I even bought online was ‘How To Set Up Digital Delivery’. This was selling for $0.99 on eBay and came with its own reseller’s kit – it was immense
I thought that if I could somehow automate the way a product was delivered to a customer after they made a payment for one of these eBooks, then I could essentially automate the way I make money.
So what did I do?… I took the same product and listed on eBay. I managed to sell it for $0.40. In fact I made a loss when you take into consideration eBay fees, but I was happy because it was the first sale I ever made! From then on I was hooked!
Q. I first came across you when you were just starting out, I think one of the first products you asked me to promote was about Tattoos? Did you find it hard to get people to promote your products when you were first starting out?
Yes that’s right. One of the early products I asked you to promote was a ready-made tattoo niche package for internet marketers. I was doing well selling tattoo designs on eBay back when digital delivery was still around so I thought this would be an excellent offer to put together to help other marketers cash in on this niche.
Getting people to promote my product wasn’t my main concern at the time. My intention was to create a quality offer and set up a website with the hope of continuously selling it. I had no affiliate program in place, I had no idea on how to promote my product, nor was I building a list. I was lucky enough to pick up any sales back then so I knew I had to start changing my tactics.
Q. Everytime I promote one of your products I always get positive comments about your sales page graphics, do you design all the sales pages and graphics yourself?
Yes I do all the graphics myself. I have hired others to do the work for me, but I’ve been disappointed to say the least with the quality of work. So for now I’d rather do the graphics myself and do the job properly!
Q. If yes, have you ever considered doing a bit of graphic design freelance work on the side?
I consider myself to be more of a marketer than a designer. I have done mini-site graphics privately for others in the past. However as a marketer, it’s not the most productive thing for me to do. It takes a full day to produce a complete mini-site graphics set, yet that time can be used to create a new promotion with PLR products.
I could get $300-$500 for doing private work for someone else. I work once, I get paid once. However I could generate $1000-$2000+ for doing a promotion, and more importantly an on-going income by promoting it again and again with my auto-responder. Which would you rather have?
This is why I’ve had to turn down a lot of graphic requests in the past. As I say, I consider myself to be more of a marketer than a designer and would rather cater to the needs of 1000 people than 1 person.
However despite this my partner and I still provide personal graphic services for others at XtremeWebTemplates.com
Q. Over the past 18 months or so, the vast majority of your products are priced under $20, with a lot priced at $10. Why do you charge so little for them?
There’s a couple of reasons why I create low-priced products that over-deliver on content.
Firstly, if you’re going to spent $10 on anything online, you can’t expect a lot. So when I over-deliver on content it goes against their expectations which means high conversions and lower refunds.
Secondly, it’s a chance to expose my second offer. After the $10 purchase, I like to provide an even better deal. This could be more of what was just bought, or could just another great offer. I could price this from $10 to $97 or more depending on the offer, but this is more that would not have been made otherwise. If had a $97 price tag from the beginning, this would have put off a lot of people from the site. I want to include as many as possible.
Q. How many products on average would you say you create each year?
Every year I find myself making more and more products. I’m currently running 3 memberships which provide ready-made products for others. With these memberships alone, I have to create a total of 5 per month (60 per year). On top of that I create about 5 new offers every month for promoting and maybe 1 ClickBank product if I can fit it in. So you’re looking at roughly 120 products per year. This may sound a lot, but a lot of them stem from PLR works and are built for members.
Q. How long does it take for you to create a product from start to finish, do you create all of the material yourself or do you outsource some of the tasks?
When I first started out, I use to spend about 1-2 weeks writing ‘how-to’ guides from scratch! I’d spend another week or so on the website itself and write up a sales page and create some graphics for it. All in all, you’re looking at nearly 1 month before I could actually get my product up for selling. This was early 2008 when I was still a newbie and struggled to write sales copy, struggled with Photoshop and just slow at putting up a website. This is a fine example of how NOT to do things
Fast forward now and you will NEVER find me creating a product from scratch. I always work with something that’s at least got the product half-made and the sales page content written up. Everything else can be moulded to how I see fit. I invest heavily in PLR products, and out-source a lot of written work. The only thing I concentrate on now is graphics and because I’ve had a lot of practice with Photoshop and enjoy doing it. I also have my own scripts, PSD templates, and ready-structured mini-sites, and useful find and replace program, so I can churn out a new looking product within 24 hours.
If I want to create affiliate resources, I’d spend another day putting that together. Then on the third day I’d prepare my promotional emails, launch them and also add them into my auto-responder. These days I have to be quick when creating products especially with the number of membership sites I’m running!
Q. A lot of the $10 products I’ve promoted for you come with 100% commissions, how do you manage to make this profitable for you, is it all about building a list or do you have a number of back end systems in place?
This is true. Again it’s a case of attracting affiliates and customers to promote something that they just bought. I love automation – so if all it takes is one day to create a $10 offer and give 100% commission in exchange for a continuous sign-up of buyers then I’m happy.
Anyone can just put together a quick site and give 50-75% commission but what makes your affiliate program different from any other? If you put yourself in the minds of your affiliates, and give them everything including instant pay, along with materials such as articles, banners, blog reviews etc., then they’ll jump on it straight away!
My intention is not to make money on these offers – even though I do with an initial launch and auto-responder sequence – but to gather as many buyers as possible so that when I have another offer ready I can repeat the process and even up-sell my high-ticket items.
Q. I know firsthand how popular your $10 products are, but have you ever tried selling any higher value products, and if so how did they go down with your subscribers?
Yes I do sell higher priced products which range from $47 to $197 and a couple at $497 but these are offered to qualified people that already have a firm grasp of what they’re doing online.
Like many marketers who are involved in list-building I have a lot of freebie seekers who will sign up for your free gift, but then do nothing else once subscribed. These are not the people you want on your list because it’s only running up a larger bill on your Aweber account.
This is why I create a lot of low-priced offers (even $1 offers) and offer 100% instant pay commission on them. They are essentially list builders for buyers only. If someone has bought a product from me in the past even for $1, I know that they’re willing to spend and do business with me in the future in order to develop themselves. These are the sort of people I want to cater to and where I spend more of my time on.
With high-end offers you have to be in front of the right kind of people. For example, if I created a fantastic looking ClickBank site with resell rights that sold training videos on how to fix your xBox, only the seasoned marketers would see the value in it and buy. However, if I presented that same offer to complete beginners who didn’t know what an index.html was or how to upload with FTP, I’d be getting a lot of support emails and refunds! It’s all about targeting your offers to the right kind of people.
Q. If I made you look back over the years and asked you to pick the best product you’ve ever created, what would it be, and why?
Honestly, I’ve had a lot of success with almost all the products I’ve launched. They continue to sell even to this day despite the fact that I haven’t updated them for years.
I think it’s important to note that it’s not about the product itself, but what niche or sub-niche you’re in and what you can do for that market. For me, I seem to fall into the RR/MRR/PLR niche – and what I’m able to provide is solid graphics and good looking websites.
But if I had to start again and didn’t have a single website to my name, the first thing I would build is my main membership site – Platinum Resell Rights.
Although I had a wobbly start, it’s definitely the bread winner out of all the sites I’ve created. I think the main reason is because it’s an on-going service that I’m able to provide without sacrificing time doing individual private work.
Q. If you could go back, would you have chosen another sub-niche or market?
I think I’ve ended in this market now because I try to fill a demand. When I first started I would have no idea what market to enter, whether it’ll be profitable, how to create a mini-site and so on. Where I’ve ended up is after months and months of refining.
Q. What are your plans for the future are you going to keep working with the system that has served you well so far or are you looking to expand into different areas?
I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing until I’ve got enough time and money to invest seriously PPC. For me, this is the pinnacle of making money online.
You simply buy traffic and convert it into sales by sending them to the right offer. The difference is profit (or loss) but it’s the simplicity and lack of interactivity that appeals to me
There’s no need to put up a website, build a list (unless you want to), create a sales page, build links, write articles, deal with emails etc. etc.
Of course this business model does come at a price – RISK. I’ve done a bit of PPC but never really gone full swing into it which is why I plan on using my current business to fund this new venture.
Q. Looking back, what would you say the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in your online business?
Mistake is such a harsh word. I don’t think I’ve made any epic mistakes that could cost me – maybe because I haven’t taken enough risk?… depends which way you look at it. I have however had minor set-backs and disappointments where a promotion didn’t do as well, or if I didn’t make as many sales as I hoped.
The point is to be receptive to what you do online and understand why. Was it the offer? Was it priced too high? Was the quality of the offer bad? Was it too complicated? Was it aimed at the wrong people?
The biggest mistake anyone can make is giving up and going back to work in the offline world. I don’t plan on going back – and why would you want to? Getting up in the morning, going to work, getting paid minimum wage, and just scraping by? No thanks. I’d rather get paid for using my brain and being creative and get paid handsomely for it!
The internet really does open up the doors for a lot of potential but it’s only there for people that want to take it.
Q. What would you say is the number one most important skill a marketer can have?
The skills you need will vary on what you do online. For me being able to create unique looking mini-sites is what allows me to separate myself from the rest. However as a general overview, the most important skill that any marketer can do with is the ability to generate targeted traffic. With this skill alone you can be a product creator, an affiliate or an Adsense publisher, it doesn’t matter. If you can generate traffic to a site, you can make money online.
The next most important skill is the ability to sell. If you’re a product creator this is quite obvious because you need to write great sales copy or a convincing video presentation to get people to take action. Even if you’re an affiliate, you will still need to create landing pages that get people to click where you want them to. Or even if you’re a product owner and need to convince affiliates to promote your product you still need to write great sales copy.
For me these are the most important skills that everyone needs if they want to make money online!
Q. Have you got any words of wisdom for people wanting to start their own business online or who are desperate to start making money online now?
Yes! Firstly stick to what you DO know and use that as a point of leverage. Find what you’re good at. If you’re good at writing – get involved in writing articles for others as a freelancer or even think about starting your own article membership where you provide PLR articles on a consistent basis! If you’re good at programming- get involved in forums and find out what people need and create a program for it or provide a service for them. If you enjoy teaching (no matter the subject), think about creating a video training course and setting up a sales page to sell your expertise. If you can play an instrument, create training videos and put them on YouTube and recommend training products as an affiliate! I don’t care what you say, we all have something that we’re good at… and if you honestly think you’re good at nothing, dedicate time to become good at it!
Secondly, learn all the basic skills that you need to know in order to get yourself set up online! Do you need to learn to upload?… then learn it! Do you need to learn to create a sales page?… then learn it!… Do you need to learn how create an eBook?… then learn it! There’s no excuse for NOT knowing how to do something especially when a simply Google search will provide you with all the answers.
Thirdly, be real! Get it out of your head that just because it’s ‘online’ that it’s suppose to be easier to make money. This is utter non-sense. In fact, when I tell others that I make money online they immediate think ‘scam’ or that I don’t do any real work. This the mentally of poor minded people – I’ve even had to re-phrase my titled to ‘website designer’. Not everyone can dedicate themselves or have the discipline to make a living online – they are better off working a normal job.
Fouthly, stop messing around! If you really want to make this work for you – get rid of that TV, unplug that phone, turn off your mobile, and dedicate a room just for yourself where you can shut the door and concentrate. Distractions (including people) will stop you from progressing and it’ll just take you longer before you get anything real done.
Take action every day and have a plan on what you need to do. Use Google calendar to start planning what you should be doing every day. Do you need to put up your first squeeze page? Do you need to watch training videos? Do you need to buy hosting or a domain or an server scripts? Do you need to promote your site? Do you need to write an auto-responder series? Do you need to create a free report? Do you need to create an offer? Do you need to create graphics for your site? There’s never a day that goes by where I don’t have anything to do. Even if you take baby steps you’re eventually going to accomplish something much bigger!
Fifthly, become emotionally retarded! That’s right – it’s probably the only thing you should regress. If something didn’t go to plan don’t quit. If you didn’t earn as much as you wanted to with a promotion, don’t get emotionally involved. If you get a refund on something you worked hard on, don’t take it personally. If other’s tell you that you’re wasting your time online, smile and continue with your business. There’s only one person to rely on in this world and that’s YOU! So get to work and start making money!
Aaron continues to create products for other marketers. His reputation for quality graphics and resell rights products is what makes his membership Platinum Resell Rights a consistent source of income for other marketers. You can pick up a free 2 hour training video on how to set up your own website at PlatinumResellRights.com
Haley has vanished *unhappy face emoticon*
Shortly after the poop hit the fan, Haley decided she’d sold enough copies of Stripped Down Profits, and she pulled it from the market.
Quite upsetting really, think of all those poor souls who will miss out on that amazing 1 click software that will make them up to $237,729 per month, they are the people I feel sorry for, they are going to have to resort to, god forbid, doing some work.
I wonder if Haley really did decide to pull the product off the market because she sold out, or if there was some other reason. Normally someones word would be enough, but after getting my heart broken by Haley Milano I’m still not sure of her.
So I’ll bring up the sales page from the Bing.com cache and try to order via the order link, which I just happen to have here:
She broke my heart for a 2nd time, when will I ever learn:
This product is no longer for sale or has been disabled due to a terms of service violation This product is no longer for sale or has been disabled due to a terms of service violation”
Maybe Clickbank actually got a conscience and realized that selling a product using nothing but lies might be, I don’t know, a little bit illegal?
Or maybe Haley got Clickbank to close the account on her behalf.
Make your own minds up.
And before I move on from Miss Milano, here is something to remember her by.
Was The Sales Page Really That Bad?
Yes, it was.
If any of you are glutens for punishment, you can view a full copy of the controversial sales page by clicking on the image below.
Dan “Still on the Market” Thompson
This is not a review of Stripped Down Profits – this is me giving you my opinion on the sales page. I haven’t seen or used the product they are selling, but if the sales page is anything to go by, stay well clear of it.
Start of meaningful words.
Sometimes in life all you need is a break.
A chance encounter with a stranger could change your life forever.
You could be working in a strip club, and a client comes along, gives you money, and you show him boobies (.) (.) roflcoptorpmslw00tetc
But this client isn’t any client, he just happens to be a top secret internet marketing guru ninja.
You ply this unnamed ninja guru with more booze, drugs and boobies than his mind can handle, and you then threaten to show his wife and kids the implicating video of said debauchery if the guru ninja doesn’t show you how to make a billion dollars on the internet.
As I said, sometimes all you need in life is a break.
And well done to the delightful Haley Milano for seizing her break with both hands.
Not only did she blackmail (yeah…she went there) a successful guru into giving her all his secrets, she then used those secrets to become an overnight Clickbank millionaire at the touch of a button.
But that’s not all, this girl just can’t stop giving….sorry, bad turn of phrase.
She’s decided that “Doing nothing but figuring out how to spend your money and avoid paying taxes” sucks….sorry, cheap joke, that’ll be the last of them, so she’s selling the “1 touch money making software” that she’s using to crank out millions of dollars on auto-pilot.
And get this, she’s selling it for just $47, what a gal, I wonder if she’d marry me.
Hmmm, but wait a minute, I’m having pre-wedding jitters.
After commission and Clickbank fees, Hayley will only be getting around $20 per sale, and imagine the amount of support she’ll have to do.
Why would she want to make $20 per sale selling her 1 touch millionaire making software, when she could carry on using the software herself to churn out the wonga.
Maybe my jitters are right, I need to do more research before asking her to become Mrs Thompson.
So I’ll start with the sales page.
And before I go on, full credit to everyone in this forum thread who has done some digging on the product, I don’t deserve full credit (if any) for the detective work below.
The first thing that catches my eye is that Haley used to work in Spearmint Rhino’s before getting her break, that doesn’t bother me at all, I would have no issues marrying a stripper. Moving on.
I can see that she also likes pancakes, I like pancakes too, maybe she is “the one”.
Hmmmm, but then she says that her personal chef cooks them for her every morning. That sounds a little bit lazy to me, but we all have our flaws. I can live with her being a little bit on the lazy side.
As I scroll further down the page, I see that Hayley Milano (google approves of my misspelling) has posted a picture of some gurus enjoying a few drinks in what I assume must be some sort of private party.
If I right click on the image and look at the file name, it looks to be a picture of a bachelor party in Atlantic city. Apparently there isn’t a Spearmint Rhino club in Atlantic city, Haley must have got that picture off a friend or something.
Or maybe she’s just using a stock photo to represent what a group of Gurus sipping a few drinks MIGHT look like.
Because if you do a search for “Bachelor party atlantic city” on Google images, the very same picture comes up, and can be found on the following site:
They must’ve nicked that picture off Haley’s page, the swines.
Never mind, I can understand Haley using a stock photo to represent what gurus drinking MIGHT look like, it makes sense, I might even start looking for honeymoon destinations….
I’m getting excited now, carrying on down the page I can see this:
SHE BOUGHT HER PARENTS A HOUSE!!!
She is the girl of my dreams, if she got her parents a house just because they produced her, what will she buy the love of her life….I want a plane and a dolphin please Haley Milano of Stripped Down Profits. (in that order)
Just out of interest, I think I’ll right click on the image of her parents house, then do a search for the filename on Google images…
Hmmm, that’s strange, Haley’s parents house looks exactly like this one:
Maybe there’s an innocent explanation for this, maybe instead of taking an actual picture of the house, she decided to use one off a website to represent the house. Yeah….that makes sense, I wonder what sort of ring she’ll like, probably something big and tasteless.
WOW, not only did she buy her parents a house, she then retired at 29 and bought herself what looks like a god awful apartment, and she then created her own range of designer handbags.
Again, just out of interest I’ll do an image search for the filename of Haleys house…….WAIT A MINUTE, WHAT IS THIS:
Out of the first 18 search results for “29399440.JPG”, 15 of them are Haleys house. How strange is that.
A little bit more reading leads me to this page:
Haley Milano lives in an apartment that cost $25m – the most expensive home EVER in the history of Brooklyn??
Hmmmm, that smells just a bit fishy to me, she lives in a $25m home, but is wasting her time selling software for $20 on clickbank?
My Conclusion: I’m not going to ask Haley Milano to marry me, I feel I can do better
My Other Conclusion
Anyone with an ounce of sense can see the sales page is 100% fiction – the story is fake, Haley Milano is fake, the images are fake, so how did it get past Clickbank and why are people promoting it?
I haven’t sold a product of my own on Clickbank for years, but when I did the approval process was a nightmare, if the wording of the page was even a little bit iffy, they’d make you change it. So how can a product like this get past the review team, and didn’t the American Government bring in some kind of legislation to stop these kind of sites?
When did copywriting amount to lying?
Update 16th March 2011
The sales page has since been taken down, but don’t worry, you can view a copy of the full “sales page” here:
(Link to the full sales page at the bottom of the post)
P.S. Anyone wanting to get this “review” to the top of Google, I’d appreciate if you’d link back with the anchor text “Stripped Down Profits Review”, lets see if we can’t do a bit of fake sales page exposing for the greater good. It’ll be good karma and stuff.
If you rearrange the words in the title, it will make up a sensible title for the post, it’s a little Christmas game, I hope you enjoy it. I actually had a different title, but I’ve been informed it was quite offensive, so I’m playing it safe.
I thought I’d be normal and write a quick year in review, it seems to be the “in thing” right now, must be the time of year or something.
But I’ll make mine a bit different, it will contain minimal marketing stuff, mainly because I’ve not done any! I will however include some D9 Hosting stuff in there, so anyone looking for anything semi-serious to read wont be totally disapointed with the content.
This blog post contains mild references to genitalia, if you are offended by this, please don’t read any further.
The year started with January, but it must have been an uneventful month because I’m having serious trouble remembering it. I should point out at this point that I’m useless with dates (date dates, not date dates, more on that later), so if I say something happened in March, don’t take that as gospel, it probably happened in August.
February and March were the same as January.
This blog post is starting to sound like a bad idea.
Instead of doing things by the month, I’ll just think back to a few memorable things and talk about them, they may or may not be in chronological order.
One of the most amusing things that happened to me in 2010 was a foray into the world of online dating with a couple of friends, it’s led to many amusing stories being shared between us, none of which will ever be discussed on this blog.
To sum it up, I’d say a lot of the stereotypes are correct, there are A LOT of really crazy people on there, but some really nice people as well, a bit like life in general really.
So if you live in a village where the number of girls/boys aged between 18 – 26 (insert your own age range there) is less than 5, or if you just fancy meeting a few new people, I’d recommend giving it a go, if nothing else some of the profiles will make you laugh.
My favourite was the bluntness of this one:
“I’ve joined *name of dating site* because I’ve just found out I’m pregnant”
Meat Loaf & Malfunctioning Penises
This happened in December, I’m 100% sure of this because it was only 3 weeks ago.
As a birthday present for my Dad, I bought 4 tickets to go and see Meat Loaf at the Manchester Evening News arena. My Dad’s a bit of a fan, but so am I, so I killed 2 birds with one stone.
I managed to get good tickets, we were in the tiered seating right next to the stage, and around 7 rows back.
During one of the songs (Paradise by The Dashboard Light), Meat Loaf and his sexy (in an older woman kind of way) female singer stopped half way through, and proceeded to bring out 2 big mechanical penises that fired t-shirts into the crowd. As we were near the front, I thought the chances of us having a t-shirt fired at us were quite high.
After a couple of shirts had been fired, the female singer (Patti Russo) turned around and pointed her penis at us. She pressed the fire button, and the penis malfunctioned, she proceeded to take the shirt out of the penis and threw it to someone in the front row, I was disappointed.
It was a very good gig though, and it contained a few more stories that will never be told on this blog, but if you are into that kind of music and he’s in your area, go see him!
I’ll include a couple of Youtube clips for your viewing pleasure, be warned that they contain a little bit of naughty language, if you want to skip most of it, jump to 1m 60s on the 1st video.
Bobby Farrell & The Thompson Curse
Bobby Farrell was the male singer in the 70′s Disco group Boney M, he sadly passed away yesterday from currently unknown causes.
This on it’s own wasn’t enough to warrant a mention in this blog post, but read on, the plot was like the custard my mum put in this years xmas trifle, it thickens.
Here are a list of gigs that either me, or a member of my family have bought tickets to in the recent past:
- Meat Loaf, 2008
- Tina Turner, 2009
- Elton John, 2009
- Michael Jackson, 2009
- Meat Loaf, 2010
- Boney M, 2011
Out of all the above, the following went as planned:
- Tina Turner, 2009
- Meat Loaf, 2010
And the rest:
- Meat Loaf, 2008 – Cancelled, cyst on vocal cords
- Elton John, 2009 – Cancelled, bad illness
- Michael Jackson, 2009 – Cancelled, death
- Boney M, 2011 – Likely to be Cancelled, death
I also have tickets to see Peter Kay in October 2011, so I’d be very nervous if I were him.
Yay, a semi serious story from 2010 that doesn’t relate to music!
D9 Hosting has been going well throughout 2010, it’s gone from being a hobby to a full time job. So much so that we took the decision to get some staff in back in the first half of the new year, which allows us to offer true 24/7 technical support.
The first few weeks were obviously a little difficult whilst we got everyone trained up, but we have a good set of customers who were very understanding, and now that the staff are trained up, I’m sure any customers will agree that any technical issues are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.
2010 was really a year of stabilization for us, we wanted to build solid foundations from which we could move the business forward in the coming years, and I think we’ve gone a long way to achieving that. There are still a few little things that could do with some tweaking, but all in all it’s been a very good year.
With a bit of luck we’ll be ready to go on a full on marketing spree in 2011 and take the number of sites we host past 20,000.
Other “D9 Stuff” to happen in 2010 included the launch of our official Facebook page:
We should probably launch our own Twitter account as well, but….I have an intense dislike of Twitter :-0
I Went to Leicester
In November I drove down to a service station in Leicester to pick up a new car, can you tell I’m running out of things to write about?
I Tore my Groin
As you may (or may not) know, I’m a keen football player.
Back on August 15th I tore my groin. It’s now December 31st and I’ve only managed to play 2 games since, I think my football career may be coming to a cross roads.
We had a Christmas in 2010, it was around 1 week ago.
Unfortunately my 88 year old Nan got rushed into hospital the day before Christmas eve, we were all prepared for the worst but thankfully after 5 days in Hospital she’s back home and back to her normal talkative whiskey drinking self. But I did spend most of Christmas going to and from the hospital.
That’s a pic of me and her from this past year:
And I know what you are thinking, why on earth is Dan wearing a suit? Well I had to, it was a wedding.
But whilst we were at the hospital, it dawned on me where I get my warped sense of humor from – it’s from my Nan! A couple of quotes from the hospital include:
“You know we were going to have a big party for my 90th birthday, I think we should probably bring it forward a year just to be on the safe side”
“I’m like the Angel of Death, that old dear (looking at the person in the next bed) was fine when they brought her in 2 hours ago, and now her feet are blue and she’s unresponsive”
Who knows what the new year will bring, I suppose we’ll find out in 12 hours and 5 minutes time.
So a very, very belated Merry Christmas and a very, very Happy New Year to you and your family. I’ll be back in 2011, with (maybe) a more serious and relevant blog post.