Product Name: Chris Farrell Membership
Product Owner: Chris Farrell
Advertised Price: $4.95/7 day trial, $37/month
Upsells: $997 for coaching, $147 for video creation thing (EVS)
What Is It?
A membership website with videos teaching you how to create small websites, drive traffic to them, and then market products to an email list.
An honest, step by step, video-based system to make money online, with a moderately active community and high quality support.
Before You Buy:
There's a lot going on with the Chris Farrell Membership (CFM). The first introduction videos you see have a little bit of marketing jazz in them with Chris telling you how much money he makes, but mostly they are describing what you will do inside CFM and how you will make money.
There are many high quality instructional videos inside the members area, but navigation can be difficult at times. There are also promotions mixed in, so you will definitely, at one point or another, be asked to buy another product or service.
The content provided is slightly out of date, but is still relevant (2013), and could definitely serve as a positive start to your online marketing career. There is also a forum to ask questions.
What I Liked:
Videos are great, and where a lot of products miss the boat is by uploading low-quality videos. Chris Farrell personally appears in many of his videos, and they are well thought out, step by step, with good audio and video. The instructions are easy to understand, and teach ethical marketing methods.
Though in the negatives section you'll see that navigation is a bit of an issue, once you find a set of videos you like, they are usually laid out in an orderly fashion. This can keep you focused and on track.
There is also an active forum, with posts, questions, and answers as recent as today (May 23). Other products I've reviewed have forums but are ghost towns. There are many active members and Chris Farrell fans to chat to.
Free hosting is a an awesome bonus that not many programs offer, and though you probably can't get away with using their hosting forever (ie, if you want to grow your business to 20 or more sites), but a moderate amount for a beginner is perfectly OK. Free hosting will certainly save you money.
Lastly, there is a lot of information, so you DO get what you pay for.
What I Didn't Like:
I never like ‘gurus' telling me how much money they make. I guess I have done the same thing from time to time at One More Cup of Coffee just to prove that I am actually successful at internet marketing, so I can't blame him. Still, I do not like this type of marketing hype.
The forum is rampant with people having huge logos, ads, and banners in their signatures. No thank you, I do not want to buy your crappy automated blogging system from your signature link. It takes away from the learning and community aspect of the forum.
The forum is also very limited is scope. There are only a few divisions within the forum, meaning that ALL questions get funneled to one area, making it hard to navigate, and you will quickly get fatigued browsing the questions/answers. It would be much better to divide questions into smaller categories to help with navigation.
Some of the methods he teaches are slightly outdated, and I don't agree with all of them. He focuses on building a tiny one-page website, or ‘squeeze page' as it's officially called with an email sign up form. You are then supposed to market products to this list. Nothing is said about building niche websites or authority sites, and how to gain rapport with your email list. It's also very hard to rank these sites because there is very little content on them.
Speaking of outdate, his last blog post was from 2009, which just goes to show you that some things on the site are out of date.
The last thing I don't like is that the promotions don't stop. You buy into CFM, then on the first page you join, the most recent item is another thing to buy. There's also an optional coaching program, and a 4 week fast track course that require additional fees. He also has a number of other products out there. Ugh.
Who Is This Product For:
A complete beginner who would rather pay $37 per month instead of $47 per month for a Wealthy Affiliate membership. Keep in mind, CFM is pretty good, but Wealthy Affiliate is better. Honestly, you can learn more with a free membership at WA than with a paid membership at CFM.
Also, this would be good for someone that likes videos. There are more videos at CFM than in Wealthy Affiliate. That being said, if you join Chris Farrell Membership, you will eventually need to graduate to Wealthy Affiliate. There is no advanced training or alternative marketing methods in CFM.
CFM also focuses more on building an email list and marketing towards your ‘list'. If you like the idea of building a list and marketing products to that list, then CFM is the way to go.
[Update] Apparently, the CFM site hasn't done so well recently, and I don't hear as many positive reviews as I have in the past. There's a reason that my #1 rated training remains the same after so many years. 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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