Product Name: Commission Autopilot
Product Owner: Paul Ponna
Upsells: $49.95/month ($4.95 trial), $67/month ($1 trial), $127
What is it?
Software that claims to automate money making process.
Commission Autopilot is full of sales pitches and upsells, but the product itself doesn’t offer much in the way of quality or effectiveness.
When I tried the product, I found that many of the videos inside it were poor quality and the software itself didn’t work, and didn’t seem like it would make profit even if it did.
Commission Autopilot is nothing more than a heavily hyped program that lacks quality and substance.
Before You Buy
Be warned, the signup process for Commission Autopilot is tedious and a little confusing. Once you order the product, you are taken to a video, which is simply an upsell. Like the first video, this one is very persuasive and tries to convince you to spend more money on the program.
This first upsell if for something called the Automation X software, which is what is supposed to make the money making processes automated.
You can skip past all of the upsells by clicking the link right at the top of the page
Or you can move onto the next upsell by following the link at the bottom of the page
If you are actually interested in the upsell, you need to watch through quite a bit of the video before the link (and price) even appears. At $197, it is an expensive upsell, particularly when the initial video implied that process would be automated without having to pay any extra money.
Once you get through this upsell, you are faced with a second one, which again is focused on automation. Thankfully, this video has information about it underneath, which means you can skip past the video.
Be warned, the upsell sounds inexpensive at $4.95, but you are charged $49.95 after just three days, and again every month.
Once you get past this upsell, you finally get the chance to register for the site, which is pretty simply and just involves entering your name, email and phone number.
However, it was the next step that I found confusing, as it asked me to put in my order email, without actually explaining what that was.
Turns out, your order email is whatever email address was associated with your payment. Now, for me this was confusing, because my PayPal email address is not what I use for anything else, and what not what I used to sign up for the site. Nevertheless, that was the address I needed to progress.
Once you get past this part and into the site itself, be prepared for more upsells. If you actually buy the product itself and get this far, I would recommend reading the fine print of each upsell carefully, because many of them have hidden costs.
What I Liked
There wasn’t much I liked about this product. I suppose I could say that the sales videos were interesting because they were well presented. Mostly, I found it interesting how much Paul was trying to manipulate the people watching the video.
What I Didn’t Like
When it comes to internet marketing, hype is the name of the game. Product owners love claiming that you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars with barely any work and live the lifestyle you always dreamed of.
It sounds wonderful, but it simply isn’t realistic. In fact, all of this hype and all of the promises are nothing more than an over-the-top marketing trick, to get users to pay for something that isn’t really as good as it sounds.
Honestly, the videos for this product and its upsells are beautiful. They are very well done, and they look much better than what most products of this type offer.
Appearances aside, the videos are a huge marketing gimmick, and they are quite effective at convincing viewers that they need what this product offers, and that the product itself is much better than anything competitors offer.
In fact, Paul even throws in the whole ‘us versus them’ perspective, telling his viewers that he is here to reveal the secrets people in the industry have been keeping.
This type of line really targets people who have been victims of scams before, and it’s important to note that this product does not really have super-secret information and he really is no different than all the other ‘gurus’ out there who try to convince you their product is wonderful.
In going through the process of purchasing and reviewing this product, I felt absolutely bombarded with upsells. Normally, I would expect one or two upsells for this type of product, but the sheer number surprised me.
Personally, I think that it is a very bad sign when a company has this many upsells, because it means that their product wasn’t that good to start off with. After all, if Commission Autopilot was as good as the first video suggests, all of the upsells wouldn’t be needed.
One major issue I have is that this software was originally advertised as being automated, yet all of the upsells are targeted at the same idea. This suggests that what you initially purchase isn’t nearly as good as the sales pitch implies.
Another serious issue I have with the upsells is that they are misleading. One example is Paul’s ‘vault’ of automated software, which he offers to users for “just $1 today”.
However, the $1 is just a trial price, and the actual cost is $67 per day. Plus, you don’t actually get access to all of the automated software that Paul implies, instead, you are given access to one per month.
This is actually a really bad deal, especially as you actually have no idea whether the software is any good, or even what it is. An earlier upsell used the same approach, offering a low price trial and a higher priced monthly fee.
Now, I don’t have a problem with the idea of a trial. My issue is that the trial is really short, and the rebilling information is barely mentioned. I imagine that there are people who have purchased these upsells without even realizing that it was a trial and they would be billed in full after three days.
Really, this is nothing but dirty marketing.
One of the things that Commission Autopilot offers is video training in how to use the software. I had expected the videos to be the same quality as the sales videos, but I was completely wrong.
Honestly, the training videos are painful to watch. They are very poor quality and many of them are short. In fact, the narrator for the video isn’t even the same person, and speaks slowly and seems to struggle with English.
Even though the training is poor quality, you can probably get by fine without it, because the software is very basic and simplistic to use.
The Actual Product
Once you get past the various upsells, the real question is, does the software actually work?
Basically, you get two pieces of software with the product, one is called Commission Activator and the other is called Commission Multiplier. The concept is that Commission Activator searches for ‘quality’ content that you can save, and then Commission Multiplier posts the content for you on a range of sites.
My first issue with Commission Activator is that it doesn’t actually tell you where it is getting the articles from. Personally, I find this concerning, because if you are posting an article online that someone else has written, then you are going to have issues with duplicate content and it can give you a bad reputation.
I used the keyword “making money” to test out the software, yet after ten minutes, the software was unable to find anything at all. Given the popularity of the niche making money, that is a very concerning outcome.
In fact, I wasn’t able to get the software to give me a single article, even when I used the same keywords as in the training video and followed the instructions to the letter.
To test the second program, I created a file and uploaded it into the software. Theoretically, I should have used an article from the first piece of software, but it didn’t give me one, so there was no point.
The program didn’t take long to run, but the problem is, it was hard to see whether it actually did anything. I searched for my document manually on the sites that I posted it to, but I couldn’t find it at all. Personally, I’m not sure the program does anything at all.
When it comes to these programs, I have two thoughts. The first is that they really don’t seem to work that well.
Second, I’m not sure that they are at all useful for making money online. Taking random articles and hosting them on largely obscure sites isn’t a good business strategy and it doesn’t have a lot of potential.
My own experience with Commission Autopilot shows that it really isn’t an autopilot system for making money. Personally, I wouldn’t use the software that Commission Autopilot even if it was entirely free, and I definitely wouldn’t pay $47 for it, much less buy the upsells.
Who Is This Product For?
I don’t think this software has benefits for anyone, and it is particularly misleading for people new to making money online, because it promotes a very ineffective approach.
Making money online needs to use an approach that is long-term and sustainable and Commission Autopilot does not offer this. The most reliable approach is affiliate marketing, which can be an effective way to develop an online business that can service changes in the online environment and produce consistent profit over time.
Many people look for approaches like Commission Autopilot because it offers a quick-fix and claims to be an easy way of making money. In a way, Commission Autopilot is a good way for the owner to make money, but isn’t nearly as effective for anyone else.
It’s true that making money through affiliate marketing takes time and training, but there are some very effective training programs that can support people throughout this process.