Product Name: Automated Paydays
Product Owner: Jamie Shaw
What is it?
An online training site designed to teach people how to earn money online that doesn’t quite make the grade.
Even though the sales page for Automated Paydays seems more legitimate than most, the product itself isn’t really worth the time or effort. Even though it is a training product, most users will be confused by the layout and the fact that the product doesn’t really teach you how to do anything, just tells you what to do.
Before You Buy
Somewhat surprisingly, Automated Paydays has a free trial and a trial that costs a $4.97 activation fee. The one that costs a fee requires your credit card information while the other one doesn’t.
Just as a warning, the one trial that is actually free is quite difficult to find, and I’m not even sure if it is supposed to be up there. Nevertheless, if you can find it, it offers you a good glipse into the product and what it actually has to offer.
What I Liked
The big thing I liked about this product was the way that it was presented. Normally sales pages are very focused and contain nothing more than vague information about the product. For Automated Paydays, there was more information about what the product offered, and even statements that it did not promise overnight success.
To me, that is much better than the hype that surrounds most internet marketing products.
What I Didn’t Like
Automated Paydays is really targeted at people new to making money online. I mean, anyone experienced would already know most of what they are teaching.
I don’t have a problem with that, but I do have an issue with the way the site is designed. It wouldn’t be easy for a newbie to navigate and there is so much there that it is hard to work out what to do and when.
Now, there are steps. Like this one:
Making money online normally does involve setting up a site, but the offer here isn’t actually free. The site actually costs $1.95 for the trial and then $37/month. It’s difficult to know, but I suspect that is just for the store builder, you would still end up paying hosting.
In fact, a lot of the steps are upsells or they contain upsells.
Overall, it’s very difficult to work out what to actually do on the site or how to use any of the training practically.
To actually use any of the stuff on Automated Paydays you would need a decent understanding of developing a website, of actually writing content, of how to select a niche and many other things. Most of the instructions on Automated Paydays are focused on theory, there is little information or instruction on actually how to do any of what they are suggesting.
Automated Paydays is largely PLR based, and that’s a real issue. PLR stands for private label rights. This basically means you have a bunch of content that you have the rights to resell and to edit.
Sounds wonderful in theory. In practice, PLR is tricky and it doesn’t save you nearly as much time or effort as you would imagine.
PLR content tends to be low-quality and uninteresting, so it certainly isn’t a good way to get traffic or sales for your site. The article below is a small part of one of the PLR articles that the site offers.
The thing is, when you are trying to make money through a website, you actually want to interest your audience, and you want to use your personally. Copy-and-pasting pieces of content like the one above will do absolutely nothing for this goal.
Now, I know some people will argue that the whole point of PLR is to rewrite those articles rather than use them as is. Even Automated Paydays seems to realize that – although there is no recognition of the challenge of rewriting PLR products.
The problem is – it would take me about as long to make that article decent as it would for me to write one to start off with. This is true for most PLR products.
Besides that, do you really think you can sell a product that you didn’t write and that isn’t even that good? Most internet marketers sell products based on trust and reputation. If you are trying to sell PLR you really need to stop and go back to building your site and your audience.
This product is being sold through ClickSure, which should be red flag from the start. ClickSure is a bit like the cousin of ClickBank, and it tends to sell many of the scam products that ClickBank refuses. Additionally, people often have trouble getting refunds through ClickSure.
Despite offering a 60-day refund policy, many people have found it very difficult to get a refund through ClickSure, or even to get the company to cancel a recurring charge. What bothers me is the conditions that ClickSure attaches to its ‘moneyback guarantee’.
Be very careful if you choose to give ClickSure your credit card information, because you might have to jump through a lot of hoops to get them to stop billing you.
Internet marketing is a rapidly developing field, and any training has to be up-to-date, or it isn’t even worth the bother. The thing is, if you are following old training, the advice it gives you may harm your website instead of helping it.
Automated Paydays isn’t clear on the date that it was produced, but some of the techniques promoted suggest that it is at least a few years old. For example, one of the approaches that the product promotes is article marketing.
This used to be a widely used and effective method for ranking websites, but it simply isn’t a good approach anymore, particularly not by using PLR for the articles.
Another example of this is the way that many of images on the site don’t even work. This also another indication that the site isn’t updated very often, if at all.
In fact, you can see from the pack of PLR articles that Automated Paydays offers that most (if not all) of the content and training was written in 2009. That’s five years ago. In internet marketing terms that is the same as information that is decades old.
Automated Paydays is best avoided. You really don’t learn anything from the product and some of the techniques may actually harm your attempt to make money online, rather than help you.
Automated Paydays is out-of-date, confusing and even downright misleading. Not only does the system rely on PLR, but it doesn’t actually teach users how to do anything. There are much better internet marketing training programs out there that actually show you how to make money online – the right way.
One such program is Wealthy Affiliate, which is community-based and continues to be regularly updated and developed. While the author of Automated Paydays appears to have walked away from his product, the developers of Wealthy Affiliate continue to be active in the product and its community, helping to support people as they learn to make money online.