Product Name: Tsunami Sites
Product Owners: Shawn Casey + Brian Koz
Advertised Price: $27-$47
Other Costs: $27, $9.97 or $19.97
What Is It?
Curate content from other websites do drive traffic to your website.
Sites like Buzzfeed an Upworthy do make a ton of money and have unbelievable amounts of traffic. But they also have big budgets, a team of professional writers, and coders on staff to achieve this goal.
This is not going to happen with a $27 piece of software.
Before You Buy
As usual, this product is hyped, misleading, and leaves out a bunch of details that would probably affect your decision to buy it or not.
From the advertising video for Tsunami Sites, you'd guess that it's super easy to just grab “viral content”, load it onto your blog, and watch the traffic come in droves.
Unfortunately, it's not that easy. We'll talk about some of the reasons why below.
In my opinion, this is not a product created to make you an internet marketing success, it's a product made to fill the pockets of the developer and its affiliates.
Look how the sales funnel is structured:
What really annoys me about people in the internet marketing industry is that this is the “standard” sales procedure. Offer a low-cost front-end product, then hit people up IMMEDIATELY for a high priced product, and set up hurdles along the way.
I know it works, and I know it makes money, but I hate it. Why not let the person enjoy their purchase for some time before asking them to upgrade or “supercharge” or whatever the pitch happens to be.
Oh, and that's not the end of your costs! I don't really know what this stuff is, but there seems to be more Tsunami Sites related products waiting to be sold to you somewhere! (found the image in Google)
What I Liked
Pulling content from Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube is not the worst idea I've heard. Though I'm not a fan of curated content, I do see that if you have an interest in a subject and a lot of your own voice to add to content that you curate, you could create a successful site with this concept.
However, I think the content should be hand curated, not automatically grabbed as an easy way to “go viral”.
What I Didn't Like
There was really very little instructions or help getting everything set up. This is what you see in the members area.
So what this is telling me is that it takes only 5 instructional videos for me to create a multi-million dollar website?! Wow. And to think, I've been doing this the hard way! (sarcasm)
Going viral is a buzzword that's passed around and no one really thinks about what it means. Most viral content gets passed around because it's crazy, awesome, or makes people mad.
Much of it is unintentional (though not all).
Creating a crappy WordPress blog with a bunch of copied content from other sources is not going to go viral, sorry.
In the setup video we are give the example of “Does protein powder really work”.
Umm, seriously? No way is that going viral.
Cutting Corners On Your Foundation
If you are just starting out in the world of internet marketing and have zero followers, no website, and no ‘brand' to speak of, you are going to have to put A LOT of energy into getting your first business off the ground.
And if you are putting that much work into this thing, I would not rely on a plugin to do the work for you. Why would you trust a brand new plugin that's supposed to skyrocket you to riches to build the foundation of your business?
If you're going to put time and money into this thing, then you need to do it right. Curate by hand and build from the ground up.
Autoblogging Doesn't Work
I've already ranted on autoblogging before, so I'll keep this short.
Setting your blog on ‘autopilot' to generate money while you sleep is just a fantasy created by internet marketing gurus to sell junk products like this.
Anyone who makes money in this industry has to work. If you have your sights set on autopilot income for no investment that will start making money next week then you need serious reality check.
I touched on it above, but what the Tsunami Sites sales pitch forgets to mention is that these viral websites that curate content from other places have huge budgets and a full staff.
They have hand-coded websites, custom designed to create a unique brand.
- They pay writers (probably much more than minimum wage) to write around the clock.
- They pay researches to find hot topics and hand-curate the content.
- They have money to pay for press releases and other things to generate buzz around their brand.
You are not going to accomplish the same thing with a $27 plugin and a free WordPress blog. Creating a popular site that curates news from various sources might be possible if you put in the work but Tsunami Sites is not the way to get there.
This is just another product that will probably be defunct in a few months time and I'd recommend you avoid it. If you want to create a curation website, choose a niche (link), hand curate, create unique content, and get active in the appropriate social media circles.