Review: Traffic Victory

You Need Traffic Victory for Your Internet Marketing Business

As with all my IM reviews, this is not just a sales pitch for Traffic Victory. I don't use a lot of incomplete sentences of bad grammar (that was a shameless plug for my editing services). I don't use a lot of white space and eye-catching fonts with colorful text and multiple “calls to action.”

This is an honest review. I'll tell you right up front that I've purchased and used Traffic Victory.

It's worth every penny.

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Traffic Victory

The basic product, which you can purchase for an extremely reasonable price, is a series of videos and PDFs that get you up to speed, starting from zero (no web, never made a dime in Internet marketing) and taking you through everything you'll need to know to run an income producing Internet machine. The basic topic is SEO — you'll get Marc Gray's expert advice on how to maximize your site so it can be found by search engines. This is how you get free traffic from people who are actively searching for what you have to offer.

This isn't just an SEO primer. Marc's course contains information and advice you won't get in SEO books or other online sources. Some people know every trick in the book; Marc knows tricks that aren't in the book — tips and tricks based on years of experience and success.

The course contains several hours of videos as well as printed materials. If you choose, you can also purchase a DFY program so that you hardly have to do any work. This review covers the main product. I list here some of the primary content, but this is far from a complete table of contents of this course.

The First Series of Videos

Traffic Victory Module One
Traffic Victory Module One

begins with an introduction to Internet marketing to make sure everyone is on the same page as he walks through the process. He covers Why MMO site, income, and making contacts.

The second and third videos are basically a show-and-tell of Google rankings and a case study of the web site, “The Wolf of Internet Marketing,” which he readily admits is borrowed from the movie title, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” (a very good movie, IMHO). I fully understand wanting to set the stage and introduce himself as someone to listen to based on results, but both videos could be combined into one — all the information that's needed could be reduced to one short video.

He provides documents that you can download and use for reference:

  • Legal Pages Copy & Paste
  • 7-Day SEO Plan
  • Review Template
  • Robots Text copy paste
Traffic Victory Module Two
Traffic Victory Module Two

The second module of videos covers

choosing a domain name and actually setting up your site with a host and installing WordPress and various plugins you'll need. This is a great introduction for those who are just getting started with Internet marketing and owning a site. For those of us who have been running a site for several years, this is a lot of review. If you're just getting started, this is a great introduction to everything you'll need to know to get your site up and running. The module includes:

  • how to choose a POWER domain name,
  • how to buy the domain,
  • hosting,
  • SSL,
  • CDN,
  • cache,
  • and how to set up add-on domain,
  • how to set up WordPress,
  • hiding core user ID and installing plugins,
  • setting up widgets, Yoast SEO (my personal SEO of choice) and how to verify your site with Google,
  • what is robots.txt and how to set it up to maximize search engine performance.

The third module covers

  • more on robots.txt

    Traffic Victory Module Three
    Traffic Victory Module Three
  • making your site live with Fetch
  • setting up WordPress Smush,
  • using Google Analytics
  • SSL, CDN, Cacher, and how to set an add-on domain
  • how you can add your site to a CDN and why prefixes are important

Module four covers

  • social media accounts,
  • backlinks,
  • finding the best products to promote,
  • how to put together bonus packages to increase your conversions,

    Traffic Victory Module Four
    Traffic Victory Module Four
  • how to create your content and your reviews, types of reviews,
  • how to create a browser icon,
  • how to stay organized,
  • TinyMCE,
  • keyword images,
  • learn about Schema ratings.

 

Finally (this is all included in the ridiculously priced base product!)

Module five includes

  • Specific information concerning on-page Search Engine Optimization,

    Traffic Victory Module Five
    Traffic Victory Module Five
  • what to do once your content is up:
    • how to promote it,
    • how to get traffic to it,
    • how to use Fetch and social signals,
  • the complete 7-day SEO plan that Marc himself uses on every post, and how you can do the same.

If you're not a wildly successful Internet marketer and if you haven't yet written the book on SEO, this is an invaluable course.

In addition to the base product you'll also get access to several bonuses:

A WordPress plugin to enable you to create viral content and drive additional free traffic to your site.

Another training program, Traffic Victory Quick Skill, to improve your Internet marketing skills for even more income.

And there are more bonuses. I can’t believe Marc would sell all this for such a low price, but it’s his business. If it were me, I wouldn’t let this go for less than $100 plus a monthly subscription fee. In fact, just listening to Marc’s occasional ramblings while he explains something in a video is worth well more than the price of admission. The guy has a lot of experience and shares it throughout the videos.

This is not something you’ll just plug in and use – it’s an education program that will take some of your time. But if you’re serious about IM, you’ll want to watch many of his videos more than once.

 

 

 

Review: Azon Authority

A fool and his money are soon parted.

If you’re thinking of setting up an Amazon Associate store, please allow me to pass along some expensive (for me) advice. Don’t bother with Azon Authority and ADD Marketing Group. In my defense, I looked for information on the product before buying it but if there is one thing Sean Donahoe is good at, it’s promotion. The internet is full of his marketing disguised as reviews. Don’t be fooled. All the good reviews for his products are from ADD Marketing Group.

Not finding a bad review—My bad, I didn’t put enough diligence into my research—I purchased AzonAuthority, Done For You Power Builder, and AzonAuthority – Advanced Training and Power Bundle for a total of almost $400. I was serious about getting an Amazon store going and was willing to invest the money to do so.

The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, there are problems with the products and I made the mistake of struggling with them 2 days longer than I should have. Don’t go an hour over that limit. I fully understand that they’re in business to make money, but there is also such as thing as ethics. This company doesn’t understand the latter.

During my 32 days of struggle I spent countless hours watching the video tutorials, reading the FAQ’s, and looking for any other documentation they might have on their web site to solve my problems. I submitted 7 trouble tickets beginning the first week after purchase and continuing through day 32—the ONLY way of contacting customer support—and received helpful answers to only 2 of them. Other responses were, “Read the FAQ’s, then get back to us.” I’m currently “between contracts” (unemployed), so I was able to spend several hours per day wrestling with these products. I have been a technical project manager since 1982 and have experience as a web/database application designer. I am not ignorant of the technology in use.

So what’s wrong with Azon Authority? Let me count the ways.

  1. Support is awful. They are slow and unresponsive. The only way to contact them is through a trouble ticket, which may or may not be answered with anything resembling timeliness.
    2. The FAQ’s are sorely lacking in information.
    3. You can join a discussion group to see if other users can answer your questions, but that costs extra.
    4. There is no documentation for the product that I could find. The only setup instructions are in video tutorials, which are short on useful, and long on extraneous information. (Do I really need instruction in Photoshop before even getting the basic product to function?) The videos are also poorly produced and unprepared. Sean goes through what might be useful information much too quickly with little regard for explaining how the product works. I watched the videos again and again, stopping, backing up, studying the screen to see if I could figure out what he was doing. But Sean is so unprepared, at one point in video #5 he even states that he forgets what’s on the page being displayed. He asks the viewers to wait a minute while he tries to remember. The he has the gall to state that this product is so powerful—blah blah blah blah blah. This is in a video that is already an hour in length, which is about twice what it should be if he would just stick to the material and present it with some logic. Mr. Donahoe may be good at marketing, but he’s like the Music Man—all sales and no support. The videos demonstrate that Mr. Donahoe doesn’t have enough respect for his paying customers to even produce decent-quality training videos, much less product documentation.
    5. The Azon Authority template is extremely “heavy.” Response time is painfully slow. When I finally gave up on Azon and installed Prosociate response time improved noticeably.
    6. As a final note, every time you log into your customer home page you get Mr. Donahoe yelling, “Hey there, I forgot to tell you about…” I asked repeatedly in my trouble ticket texts if there might be some way of logging into the company’s site without having to have your finger ready on the “stop” button to avoid the annoying video. Maybe the answer was in the FAQ’s but I couldn’t find it.

My contention is that more than 30 days is required for in-depth evaluation of Azon Authority and the add-on products to determine whether they will function, given the lack of documentation and poor customer service. I wanted the product to work, thus my 32 days of trying. I would have continued, and maybe I would have eventually resolved my problems, except for the fact that on day 32 I found someone who recommended a better product, Prosociate, at much lower cost and was able to get my store in a presentable condition in a matter of a few hours with it.

While ADD Marketing Group has no legal obligation to refund my $400, in my most humble opinion they do have a moral and ethical obligation to do so. Their product is poorly documented, heavy, and poorly supported. I have approached them with my justification for a refund, but their answer was an insincere “Sorry, no can do. Thank you for your kind replies, you are greatly appreciated.”

As a staunch free-market capitalist, I feel I have a moral obligation to you, my readers, to let you know the problems I had with their product so that you might not lose your money. We can vote with our dollars. My advice: do not give Sean Donahoe your vote.

In summary, do not purchase anything from ADD Marketing Group.

Caveat emptor.

Review: High Ticket Cash Machines

Do you suppose it might be possible to find an honest review of an online (affiliate) marketing program that is simply a straight-forward review and information source you can check out before purchase? I, personally, am sick to death of “reviews” that are nothing more than some affiliate marketer’s landing page. This review of Michael Cheney's High Ticket Cash Machines is my honest assessment of the product after having purchased, studied, and used it.

I can understand other reviewers' motives; I too market and want to sell products to help online marketers achieve their objectives. And of course, if I find a product that I believe has value and high quality I would like to market it and receive commissions for my work. I am, if nothing else, an unapologetic capitalist and salesman.

By the same token, if I find a product I believe to be a waste of money and time, I’ll tell you about that also. I will not, however, provide links to the product or encourage its purchase. It should not take much effort to realize that reviews of those products, taking time from my business and other pursuits of life, are going to be few and far between. Naturally, the vast majority of products I review will be positive and I will encourage you to purchase them if their purpose is what you need for your particular circumstances.

My Review of High Ticket Cash Machines by Michael Cheney

With that as introduction, I invite you to read my review of High ticket Cash Machines. This High Ticket Cash Machinesisn’t a landing page. I don’t have lots of white space and leading sentences. This is an informational article to give you the information you need in order to make an intelligent decision on whether you want to make an investment in this product. If you're not already in the affiliate marketing business, check out one of my other articles here.

High Ticket Cash Machines – How to Sell High Ticket Products is a done-for-you (DFY) marketing program that gives you access to a suite of products from Michael Cheney. You not only become an approved affiliate marketer of this product, but several other high-quality programs from Mr. Cheney. As this is a DFY product, you have access to Mr. Cheney’s entertaining email texts so you don’t even have to be concerned with writing engaging ad copy.

When you purchase High Ticket Cash Machines by Michael Cheney you’ll first get access to this page.

High Ticket Cash Machines Home PageThis is the Dashboard, giving you access to training and some other bonus products you can use for content creation and additional training and support.

The value to this product is not only that you get access to marketing rights to a suite of high-quality products, but you receive an extensive series of training videos, including recordings of seminars that people have paid thousands to attend. The training is well-paced, informative, and created with high production values. If you’ve purchased other products and sat through their “training” videos, you’ll appreciate the quality of Mr. Cheney’s. He's obviously been doing this a while and has perfected his presentation skills.

What You'll Receive

In the Product Selection training you’ll learn How to choose affiliate products and the best networks, How to choose CPA offers and best CPA networks, and How to choose high paying Affiliate and CPA offers. Mr. Cheney also includes a “Rolodex” of high-paying affiliate offers to choose from.High Ticket Cash Machines Rolodex

Under the Lead Capture tab you’ll receive extensive training in How to set up a landing page, templates to help you set up your ad copy that work in any niche, and landing page analytics and optimization, including tracking and split testing to ensure optimal opt in rate.

The Research and Traffic tab offers a wealth of information you could easily pay thousands for and spend a year researching on your own. This section is so extensive I can only provide bullet points in this review. I have to repeat, though, that all training materials and videos are of the highest production quality and well worth your time to watch more than once to digest fully.

  • Competitor traffic Analytics – How to analyze your competitors’ traffic and advertising,
  • Audience research – How to research your audience demographics and behaviors,
  • PPC basics – Pay per Click basics including key word research,
  • Bing PPC ads set up – Bing Pay Per Click Ads Set Up including tips and research,
  • Facebook traffic – How to get Facebook traffic both free and paid,
  • Facebook audience insights – Advanced training on how to use Facebook Audience Insights,
  • Video traffic – How to get traffic via video,
  • Solo ads,
  • CPV – How to get Cost per View traffic,
  • Media Ads – How to get traffic via banner ads across the web,
  • Mobile traffic – How to get traffic from mobile device users,
  • SEO and Keyword research – How to get free organic website traffic using Search Engine Optimization and associated keyword research,
  • Article Marketing – How to get traffic from publishing articles,
  • Other traffic sources – how to tap into 6 underground traffic sources,
  • Retargeting – How to follow your visitors all around the web using this ultra-cheap, high converting traffic source.

And that’s just one module of training. You should plan on spending the better part of an entire week studying the material you’ll receive with this product. In fact, the greatest value of High ticket Cash Machines is not just the affiliate access to his products, but the wealth of information you’ll get in the training. You can follow up and educate yourself in any of the topics above, but you could certainly take only what you get from the training videos and build a successful online marketing business.

In addition, you’ll have excellent support from Mr. Cheney’s team in addition to an extensive knowledge base of FAQ’s and other tips.

Any Complaints?

Nothing is perfect. As a DFY product, your only task is to generate traffic of people who are interested in what Mr. Cheney has to offer. And that brings me to the only downside of this program.

You want to build your own list of people who are interested in online marketing, but if you send them directly to High Ticket Cash Machines, Mr. Cheney gets their email address – you don’t. True, he will then market to the people you send him and you will get commissions from their purchases – immediate and future. But you won’t have their email addresses for your own follow-on marketing. This is fine if you don’t care to market products other than his. Mr. Cheney is an expert in online marketing, so if you send good prospects to his site you will earn commissions.

If you have an email auto-responder you can set up a landing page to capture the prospect’s email address, give them more information, and then offer the prospect the ability to click to Mr. Cheney’s landing page. But the prospect will have to again enter an email address to gain access to a sales page. In my humble opinion, that might turn off some people.

On the other hand, this might also weed out the ones who are not really serious about finding out what’s on the other side. After all, you’re not interested in sending traffic to his site; you want to send high-quality traffic, people who are willing and ready to buy. I’ll gladly exchange one hundred non-purchasers for one purchaser. Wouldn’t you?

My Recommendation for High Ticket Cash Machines

High Ticket Cash Machine is one of Michael Cheney’s products you will find through the Commissionology suite of products, which I will also recommend in a future review. As you might gather, I am a fan of Mr. Cheney’s products; I appreciate their quality and the obvious time and thought he puts into their creation and his training programs. I’ve been around the block a few times and I’ve seen a lot of poor quality. You will not have this experience from any of Michael Cheney’s products and training programs.

I highly recommend High Ticket Cash Machines, which you can find through this link to Commissionology. (I'll be reviewing Commissionology in another article.)

A Fool and His Money…

…are soon parted.

If you’re considering setting up an Amazon Associate store, please allow me to pass along some expensive (for me) advice. Don’t bother with Azon Authority and ADD Marketing Group. In my defense, I looked for information on the product before buying it but if there is one thing Sean Donahoe is good at, it’s promotion. The internet is full of his marketing disguised as reviews. Don’t be fooled. All the good reviews for his products are from ADD Marketing Group.

Not finding a bad review—my bad, I didn’t put enough diligence into my research—I purchased AzonAuthority, Done For You Power Builder, and AzonAuthority – Advanced Training and Power Bundle for a total of almost $400. I was serious about getting an Amazon store going and was willing to invest the money to do so.

The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, there are problems with the products and I made the mistake of struggling with them 2 days longer than I should have. Don’t go an hour over that limit. I fully understand that they’re in business to make money, but there is also such as thing as ethics. This company doesn’t understand the latter. I contacted them several times through their slow ticketing system; my paper trail made it evident that I couldn't get anything to work over the month I tried.

During my 32 days of struggle I spent countless hours watching the video tutorials, reading the FAQ’s, and looking for any other documentation they might have on their web site to solve my problems. I submitted 7 trouble tickets beginning the first week after purchase and continuing through day 32—the ONLY way of contacting customer support—and received helpful answers to only 2 (two, dos, deux, zwei) of them. Other responses were, “Read the FAQ’s, then get back to us.” I’m currently “between contracts” (unemployed), so I was able to spend several hours per day wrestling with these products. I have been a technical project manager since 1982 and have experience as a web/database application designer. I am not ignorant of the technology in use.

So what’s wrong with Azon Authority? Let me count the ways

  • Support is awful. They are slow and unresponsive. The only way to contact them is through a trouble ticket, which may or may not be answered with anything resembling timeliness.
    The FAQ’s are sorely lacking in information.
    You can join a discussion group to see if other users can answer your questions, but that costs extra.
  • There is no documentation for the product that I could find. The only setup instructions are in video tutorials, which are short on useful, and long on extraneous information. (Do I really need instruction in Photoshop before even getting the basic product to function?)
  • The videos are also poorly produced and unprepared. Sean goes through what might be useful information much too quickly with little regard for explaining how the product works. I watched the videos again and again, stopping, backing up, studying the screen to see if I could figure out what he was doing. But Sean is so unprepared, at one point in video #5 he even states that he forgets what’s on the page being displayed. He asks the viewers to wait a minute while he tries to remember. The he has the gall to state that this product is so powerful—blah blah blah blah blah. This is in a video that is already an hour in length, which is about twice what it should be if he would just stick to the material and present it with some logic.
  • Mr. Donahoe may be good at marketing, but he’s like the Music Man—all sales and no support. The videos demonstrate that Mr. Donahoe doesn’t have enough respect for his paying customers to even produce decent-quality training videos, much less product documentation.
  • The Azon Authority template is extremely “heavy” (programmatically) so esponse time is painfully slow. When I finally gave up on Azon and installed Prosociate response time improved noticeably.
  • As a final note, every time you log into your paid customer home page you get Mr. Donahoe yelling, “Hey there, I forgot to tell you about…” I asked repeatedly in my trouble ticket texts if there might be some way of logging into the company’s site without having to have your finger ready on the “stop” button to avoid the annoying video. Maybe the answer was in the FAQ’s but I couldn’t find it.

My contention is that more than 30 days is required for in-depth learning and evaluation of Azon Authority and the add-on products to determine whether they will function, given the lack of documentation and poor customer service. I wanted the product to work. I was serious about making the most of the product stack, thus my 32 days of trying. I would have continued, and maybe I would have eventually resolved my problems, except for the fact that on day 32 I found someone who recommended a better product, the aforementioned Prosociate, at much lower cost and was able to get my store in a presentable condition in a matter of a few hours with it.

While ADD Marketing Group has no legal obligation to refund my $400, in my most humble opinion they do have a moral and ethical obligation to do so. Their product is poorly documented, heavy, and poorly supported. I have approached them with my justification for a refund, but their answer was an insincere “Sorry, no can do. Thank you for your kind replies, you are greatly appreciated.”

As a staunch free-market capitalist, I feel I have a moral obligation to you, my readers, to let you know the problems I had with their product so that you might not lose your money. We can vote with our dollars. My advice: do not give Sean Donahoe your vote; DO NOT purchase anything from ADD Marketing Group.

Caveat emptor.