There is no shortage of reviews of “make money online” or “online business” products. There are thousands of products released every year; some of them good, some of them outright scams.
Some sites are strictly about reviewing these products, and IM Report Card is one of the biggest.
Any user that registers to the community can request that a product be reviewed, comment on other member's reviews, and grade products on a scale from F to A, F being the worst, and A being the best. The grades are then averaged out for a final score.
But can you trust these reviews? I think you should be very careful with this website because the quality of information is questionable.
Low Quality and Scam Ads
First off, the ads on the site link to products that I consider scams. The main one they link to consistently is Internet Income University. This is one of the worst products I've ever reviewed, yet they seem to think it's worth your money…enough to put up a permanent advertisement for it!
The other ad they offer is a set of videos from some people you may or may not recognize. They are presented here as knowledgeable people in the industry with well known products.
I registered with an email address, and no videos were sent, but that's not my main problem. The issue for me is that these 2/4 of people are NOT people I would suggest you follow the advice of.
- Kevin Blue, the creator of Internet Income University (now defunct) and Skillpay (now closed) created a terrible product that is several years old and has never been updated (since my review)
- Jim Cockrum created an *average* product called Silent Sales Machine about Ebay several years ago. It's a simple PDF, and I'm not sure if it's been updated since. However, his course on Amazon Selling is quite good (and updated as well, though not as fresh as some other courses on Amazon FBA.
- Chris Farrell is legit, and his product Chris Farrell Membership is one of the higher rated products on my site.
- Jo Barnes sounds legit, but the Social Networking Academ shown here has been discontinued.
I haven't reviewed her new product.Updated Review of Online Marketing Academy With Jo Barnes Product Here.
What kind of legitimate review site doesn't update their ads for 2 years? Seriously?!
Top 25 Dead Links
Their Top 25 list of people, products, services, biz ops, and more are all dead links. They go nowhere, so I guess these lists are non-existent. Why would they even have this page?
When you dig into the recommendations it becomes clear that this site was created at least 5 years ago and the top product recommendations are not updated frequently.
Affiliate Blogger Pro: I gave this product a 68/100 which is pretty high for my brutal reviews. It's not a bad pick for their “top product”. HOWEVER, if you do a Google search for Affiliate Blogger Pro reviews, it's impossible to find any real information from legitimate customers. There are blank pages with links, and reviews from over 3 years ago.
It doesn't sound like a thriving learning center to me!
Chris Farrell Membership: This is a product that I liked as well. Although my #1 rated product is different (and better, lol), everyone is entitled to an opinion, so I can't really complain here.
Social Network Academy: This product has been discontinued, so why do they still recommend it?
Findspotter.com: This site looks like it was made in the 90's. Should you really be trusting a site to train you to make money when they color the word U.S. in blue and red? That doesn't make sense! Amazon always makes new rules and changes their affiliate program frequently. You need up to date training if you want to tackle Amazon, and you won't get it at Find Spotter.
Market Samurai: This used to be a hot tool and I even spent a bunch of money on it a few years ago. But changes in Google's API and the way SEO is done for websites has made this tool pretty much useless. I used to recommend it on my own site, but no longer do. There are much better keyword research tools available today.
Micro Niche Finder: I used to hear a lot about this tool a year or two ago, but not so much any more. Again, it seems a bit out of date. Plus, why would you need to pay for a niche finder when you can discover niches with a keyword tool like Jaaxy.
Profits 101: This one from Chad Hamzeh has been discontinued, and the site now redirect to Traffic Blackbook (another Chad Hamzeh product). TBB teaches paid advertising including PPC, and is rated very highly on my site, but come on guys, you really need to update your recommendations!
4 Day Money Blueprint: This is a dead link on their site, so I guess they don't recommend it anymore!
Hostgator: I use them and it's
pretty good hosting (I hate them now after multiple issues this year) s o I can't complain here. I have had issues with them recently, but like I said above, it's an opinion I can understand.
Silent Sales Machine: Another old product about eBay. Ebay has changed a lot recently, and it's extremely competitive because it's so easily accessible and well known as a “money maker”. Yes, you can still make money on eBay, but I doubt you'll do it with this product.
Project Payday: This site is a huge scam, as are all the other copycat sites that followed the same model of “try products and get paid”.
What All This Means
As you can see above, a large portion of these recommendations are old or discontinued. If I was reading this list in 2010 I might be impressed, but not in 2014. I don't think these guys really know what they're talking about.
But Are The Product Reviews on IM Report Card Legit?
OK, so the recommendation on IM Report Card suck, but what about the product reviews? There is a community behind this site, so the information you get on here should be legit, and by averaging out the reviews, you can get a more unbiased sense of what's good and what isn't….right?
What I discovered is that many of the reviews provide little insight into what the product is really about. Many of the reviews are copied directly, or reworded from the sales page. Here is an excerpt from the review of a product called Commission Buddy.
It's obvious from reading this that the reviewer copied this info from someone else's review or from the sales page. In the review they fail to mention many of the negatives that caused me to give it a 10/100 rating. IM Report Card gave it an A. Fail!
OK, this one was reviewed by just one person and no one found it “helpful”, so let's check another.
The next one I checked out was one called “Sales Bot Generator”. It got a rating of C- with 11 user reviews. I haven't rated this one, but I'm seeing a trend now after looking at a few products.
The products with the best rating have the fewest reviews. The more reviews they get, the lower the grade!
This makes sense because most of the products out there teaching internet marketing are pure junk.
Are the Comments Helpful?
Some comments were extremely helpful and provided insight into the product. Others were completely useless. Quite a few just repeated the same rhetoric about how you can make money bla bla bla, while others were just spam, like this one. Hm guys, I guess you need a better comment moderation system.
This is a huge resource, full of tons of information. But the information is poorly organized and very low quality. This site is not a scam, but I do not recommend you start a business based data and reviews from IM Report Card.
Their top products are outdated, the reviews are unhelpful, and comments are hit and miss. Plus, a lot of the info is coming from newbies that haven't actually made money online.
I have been working online since 2010, and a full time internet marketer since 2012. I spend every day helping newbies start their first websites and showing them how to make money from it. I highly recommend you look at Wealthy Affiliate so you can start your first website just like I did, and then I can help you as you build your first online business.
What do you think about the reviews on IM Report Card. Are they helpful? Are they fake?