Product Name: Affiliate Jackpot Cash
Product Owner: Michael Harris
Advertised Price: $9.95
What is it?
Affiliate Jackpot Cash is a two-part video course that teaches you how to find affiliate offers and create video reviews so that you can earn a commission from the sale.
For the most part, I think Affiliate Jackpot Cash is worth the cost, but it falls a little short in some areas. Some of the suggestions Michael makes are pretty far off the mark, and they could give you some unrealistic goals. Overall though, I think the product is okay. It’s certainly not bad, it just isn’t great.
Before You Buy
Michael has one other product he asks you to buy after you buy Affiliate Jackpot Cash, it’s called “Tube Review Profits”. Judging by the name, it sounds like it’s very similar to the original product. And since Michael wasn’t very clear in his sales video, I can only guess that it is.
What I think Michael was trying to say in his sales video, is that this product, Tube Review Profits, helps you learn to create better call to actions and sales funnels in order to produce more sales from the same amount of viewers.
The only thing he says that’s any different from the original product is “make more sales”. That is obviously not very detailed, but I’m pretty sure I know what means. The problem is, if he can’t clearly communicate the details of his upsell, how is he supposed to teach you to do it?
What I Liked
There’s nothing too bad about Affiliate Jackpot Cash. There’s not much to rave about either though. The things I don’t like you can read more about below, but there is one good thing I thought was worth noting.
A Good Tactic for Beginners
Michael suggests setting up Google+ Hangouts — which are basically live YouTube videos — to make your reviews. Now, Michael suggests using Hangouts for the SEO benefits. His theory is that using hangouts gives you a boost in search results, placing your video at the top of the SERP (search results page), therefore allowing you to gain free traffic from people searching for the product(s) you’re reviewing.
I’ll discuss his SEO theory in a bit, but for now I want to tell why I like his suggestion to use Hangouts.
Using Google Hangouts allows you to use Google’s free tools to create your video reviews. You can do screen recordings, webcam videos, or a combination of both. So instead of buying expensive screen recording software, you can simply utilize the Google’s Hangout features.
This is a great way to get started promoting affiliate offers without having to spend money on expensive software.
In addition to that, Google Hangouts has lots of other features that can make them fun to use and to watch. They have a Q&A app, comment tracker, funny sound bites, costumes and all sorts of funny and festive little apps that you can add to your videos to make them standout.
It’s a free and easy way to get great videos online, and on YouTube quickly. So I think Michael’s suggestion to use them to create reviews for affiliate products is pretty smart.
What I Didn't Like
There are a couple things worth mentioning in this section about Affiliate Jackpot Cash. First, let’s look at his theory about the SEO benefits.
Misguided SEO Theories
Michael’s suggestion that using Google Hangouts will give you an advantage over other YouTube videos is just wrong. Unfortunately, this was Michael’s big selling point too. But I don’t think he was being intentionally misleading, I just don’t think he knows any better. SEO is tricky stuff, so most people don’t fully understand it. In my opinion, 90% of so-called professional SEOs are talking about stuff that maybe works or worked a few times and not stone-set rules that work all the time.
In his first video, Michaels shows us how to create a hangout and get things steup on YouTube. Once he’s done he goes over to the search results page to show us that his new Hangout is already on the first page of Google.
What Michaels doesn’t understand is that Google uses personalized data to show their results. Basically that just means, if you search for something online then you will probably get a different set of results then I would get if I searched for the same thing.
Had Michael turned off the personalized results setting (or signed out of his account) he would not see his video. In fact, most of his results would have probably been different.
Let me show what I mean
The images only show the first few results (I couldn’t fit them all in here) but I counted that eight of the ten results changes when I switched to non-personalized results.
Both searches were done for the same exact term. The only difference was, after I typed in my request I clicked the little button that allows me to switch back and forth between personalized results and non-personalized results.
You can’t gain instant search engine traffic, simply because you use Google hangouts. There's a lot more to YouTube SEO and getting videos ranked.
Another big problem I have with Affiliate Jackpot Cash is that it promotes a set it and forget it mentality, which I’ve come to learn in my time in online business almost always yields little to no results.
Michael’s method sounds great, and it seems like it would work, and it probably does. But the truth is, it’s only going to work in very small amounts. You’re not going to be able to setup a hangout and all of a sudden start seeing tons of traffic and sales roll in. It takes a lot time to build a brand, get traffic, and then make sales on top of that. I do a monthly (previously weekly) HOA about internet marketing, and don't get much traffic to it…and I've been doing it for almost 3 years now.
Granted, I haven't done a lot with promotions, but that's exactly my point. Without a marketing strategy, you're just talking to no one, or random people.
Sure, it works, just not like you might hope it would.
Maybe you could turn things up a notch but you’re still dealing with time vs results: Is it worth it to create twenty to thirty videos for a few bucks? For me it’s definitely not. It would take hours to create that many videos, and that’s time I could be doing other things that give much better results.
Michael says all you need is thirty minutes a day to make these videos. But then, in his actual video, where he shows you how to do everything he spends over fifty minutes on one review. During this video he shows himself recording a review video, which only lasts about five minutes. So you’re looking at a minimum of forty-five minutes, per five minute review (fifty minutes total). Let’s call it an hour per video.
In this video Michael also suggests that doing three reviews each day is the “absolute minimum”. That means you’re spending three hours minimum each day to record these reviews. That does not include the time it takes to find and buy the products. And remember, this is a minimum. My suggestion (if you were to use this tactic) would be more like ten to fifteen a day.
This wasn’t a bad attempt at teaching a portion of what it takes to run a successful online business, but it doesn’t show the whole picture. To see the big picture, and get a roadmap from start to finish of how to run an online business, I only recommend one website.