Product Name: Bring The Fresh
Product Owner: Kelly Felix
Advertised Price: $7, $87
Upsells: $67, $77, $197
Note: Score has been changed after multiple member complaints brought to my attention.
What Is It?
Make money by building niche websites and promoting products or services through affiliate marketing.
A legitimate system that's worth the price, but a slow forum and lots of upsells means you need to be informed before you buy.
Before You Buy:
Bring The Fresh is a well known product. Surprisingly, I haven't seen a lot of comment spam advertising it, but I have seen a lot of advertisements on internet marketing blogs advertising it. The introduction and site layout is pleasant, not too hyped, and short. Good job guys.
There is quite a myriad of upsells and downsells to navigate, but once you get to the actual product, it's a trial of 1 week for $7, and $37 more if you want to stay on. It's not a bad price for what you get, and trials are always nice.
What I Liked:
Once you enter the members area, it's easy to find what you need to get started. It's called the Fast Start Guide. Duh. There are video to go along with too. The introduction video is long, but Kelly Felix pretty much lays out the whole site for you, step by step. This is great.
The other thing, the major score for Bring The Fresh, is that you actually know how you will be making money just by watching this introduction video. Usually you really have to dig, and sometimes, with some of these products, after 2+ hours of video you still don't know what the ‘system' is.
Here, it's simple. Build websites based on keyword research. Find products and services people want to buy. Rank them in Google. Get traffic to the sites, then tweak them to increase your profits. It's called affiliate marketing, and it's what I do.
There is also a forum, which is awesome. You can connect with the site owner himself, or other members. Getting support during the learning process is crucial to success, and part of that is having an active community of like-minded people. You are sure to have lots of questions, and Google doesn't know everything. There is a negative side to the forum however, so be sure to read below.
I also thought it was interesting that Kelly Felix didn't try to oversell the other various products and services that are available for purchase. Though having so many side-promotions is one of the negative points I discuss below, he emphasizes in the introduction video that these are optional, and if you don't want them, he's not going to cry himself to sleep at night.
What I Didn't Like:
Let's keep on that track of mind and talk about the upsells. The problem with many of these products is that they get outdated. Bring the Fresh is pretty up to date, but it's obvious that BTF is in part an effort to sell other products and services. There's hosting, exclusive memberships, mentoring, backlinking packages, articles writing tools and many more things. Basically, the costs don't end with the $37 one time fee.
I mentioned above that having a forum is great for connecting with other people in your situation, and support is essential for many people's success. I know it was for mine. However, I found that there weren't many active members in the forum, and many of the posts lingered from 1 or two months ago. Most questions or topics had 1-5 replies, and some had none. A forum is only as good as the members inside.
And speaking of support, while doing research on Bring The Fresh, I ran across several comments complaining about the support. Complaints included being ignored, being refused a refund, cancellation of membership, and lack of response in the forum. Naturally, there will be complaints about any service, but I felt that there were enough to put it in my review.
Most importantly, I felt that some of the methods they use to rank their sites should not be used AT ALL in an effective, sustainable marketing strategy. These mostly have to do with the idea of automation. Things like spinning articles, automatically submitting them to article directories, and focusing on backlinks as a way to rank a page in Google are outdated, and can actually harm your site.
Another key thing to mention here is that this is not the best site for newbies. There are very good strategies outlined here, and someone with enough patience and entrepreneur spirit could definitely implement them to start making money. But someone that's totally lost online is going to need a bit more help. I don't mean to say these are super-advanced tech things inside BTF, but there could be some improvements made to make it more newbie friendly.
That's pretty much it, but another thing I noticed is that a lot of the content that makes up BTF is random videos about internet marketing. I found them interesting, and will probably go back to watch some more, but I don't' think they'll help out with a beginner online campaign. The actual meat of the BTF product is basically the Fast Start Guide (a PDF) and the Fast Start Videos (7 Videos).
Who Is This Product For:
I felt this product was worth the price, and the total $44 dollars would be well spent for a low-intermediate to intermediate level marketer. It's a one time fee for a somewhat active forum and some decent training videos, which is good. But you should definitely have an idea of what your personal marketing strategy is before you go into Bring The Fresh, because you DO NOT want to get caught up in automating article marketing to get backlinks (among other things) as they suggest.
My request for a refund was met with a very friendly support message. It was slightly annoying because I really tried to make it clear that I was not interested in continuing with the program in the first email, but I guess I can't blame them for trying to help. What is even more annoying, is that within 1 day, Kelly Felix sent me an automated email trying to get me to upgrade to the mentor program, ‘claiming' that he has never done this in 13 years. Yeah, right!
Over the years my #1 rated training remains the same. It's the same training I used to get started in online business and it's the training I always recommend for newbies. I wouldn't have made it through the challenging times without the support of such an awesome place, and I'm active, contributing member today.
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