Product Name: Commission Shortcut 2
Product Owner: Chris Frevelle & Mike Daniels
Upsells: $196 (discounted to $96); $197 (discounted to $97)
What is it?
Training for affiliate marketing through links in eBooks, with free eBooks provided.
Commission Shortcut 2 focuses on a single approach to affiliate marketing, involving taking advantage of free eBooks and affiliate links within them. The low quality of the eBooks and the limited nature of the training provided means that the technique is unlikely to be effective for making significant profit in the long-term, particularly as the eBooks do not appear to be regularly updated.
Additionally, the limited nature of the training that the site provides means that users are not provided with much information about the processes of making money online overall, forcing them to rely on this single questionable technique. Overall, the product is nowhere as good as its authors claim, and earning profits through it is far from guaranteed.
Before You Buy
The sales video for this product is pretty good in terms of quality, and to be honest, it plays more like a movie than a sales pitch. That being said, the clip is a marketing technique to get viewers hooked, and it makes the product sound too good to be true.
When it comes to any sales pitch, including this one, it’s important to be careful in what you believe, because they are full of manipulations. Needless to say, I doubt anyone threatened Mike at all, particularly as what he has to say isn’t even that original or useful.
As usual, actually purchasing the product involves going through a number of different upsells, while the product owner is trying to convince you to spend even more money. For example, one of the upsells starts with saying how wonderful free money is, yet ends with a link for a $196 upsell.
Not only is this manipulative, but the upsell isn’t even that good. For example, this particular one is an upsell for an automated system for making money online. I have reviewed systems like this before, and they simply aren’t any good.
One very good indication about the quality of this upsell comes from the fact that the presenter says barely anything about what he is actually selling, and simply focuses on how wonderful and life changing it is. I don’t know about you, but I want to know exactly what I’m paying for before I spend $196 on any product.
It’s also worth noting that if you choose to skip the upsell, you do have the option of buying it at $96 instead of $196 – although I still don’t think it’s worth it.
What I Liked
I’ll admit, I did find the sales videos entertaining, not because they were good, but because they were so cheesy. I’m not sure this counts as a good thing about the product or not, but I was relatively unimpressed with the product as a whole.
One good thing about the product was that the videos were easy to follow, and training was available both in video and in pdf format. Most people will prefer one format or the other, so giving people the option of either is certainly an advantage.
What I Didn’t Like
Hype and Upsells
I showed you a little bit about the upsells that are part of the sales pitch for the product. Upsells are unfortunately very common in this field and they tend to be very manipulative. Honestly, just about every upsell video I have seen makes it sound like I am missing out on something fantastic.
One of the problems I have is that the videos for products and for upsells tend to be very vague and often hyped. For example, do these numbers make sense to you?
This is how much the automated system is supposed to ‘siphon off’ for users. Needless to say, the upsell video is very vague about how this is actually achieved, and this should be a red flag on its own.
Realistically, no system is going to passively provide users with significant consistent income without any work on the part of the user. Most systems like this require considerable work on the part of the user, and the level of income promoted is highly optimistic. Many people who use systems like this won’t make any money at all.
It’s also worth noting that the attempts to get you to spend money don’t stop once you get to the website. For example, the very first thing under the welcome video in the members’ area is a link to claim a free website (plus yet another video).
Getting a website makes sense when you are trying to make money online, and a free one sounds even better, right?
As you can see, the free website isn’t nearly as free as it seems. It’s worth noting that these are outrageous hosting fees, and you can normally find a place to host your website that costs less than $10 a month. Additionally, some platforms actually offer websites that are actually free.
While we’re talking about hype, using daily sales figures is another approach that this product makes use to convince viewers. Personally, I would recommend ignoring any images like this:
What is being shown is a summary from Clickbank, apparently for how much was earned in a two week period. This is often used as a way of convincing users that the system (or upsell) being advertised really works.
The first problem I have with this is that there are approaches that can be used to edit this, meaning that so-called gurus can simply make up figures. In fact, there is even some information online teaching users how to fake their earnings.
Many screenshots like the one above are faked earnings, and they make people think that the system really can earn them at least $1,000 per day.
In some cases, the data might be true, but it doesn’t actually mean you will make that much from the product. After all, we really have no idea how the money in Clickbank was made, but my guess would be by manipulating people into making purchases that they don’t need – much like the upsells for this product.
If you are considering Commission Shortcut 2, be very careful, because there is so much hype involved in the advertising for this product. Realistically, I doubt any product could live up to this level of hype.
The Product Itself
Commission Shortcut 2 is essentially training for making money online and includes some free (low quality) products. The training comes in steps with 12 different steps and each step comes with a video and a pdf.
It’s worth noting that the videos from this point on are not from the same presenter, and they have a lower level of quality overall. Like the sales videos, they also contain a substantial amount of fluff and it sometimes takes the narrator a while to get to his point.
Like the previous videos, these ones don’t give users the option to go forward or backwards in the video, but they can be downloaded. Additionally, the pdf guides provide the same information as the video, so that can be useful if you don’t feel like watching it all.
A lot of sites have the habit of promoting PLR (private label rights) like it is the best idea in the world. This is an approach that basically gives the user a set of products that they can freely edit and sell.
Commission Shortcut offers a variation of this, where users are given eBooks embedded with their own affiliate links, which they then either sell or give away on their website. The concept is that the user will make money by getting people to read the eBook and click the affiliate link(s) within them.
Like many sites that offer PLR, Commission Shortcut 2 is providing users with very low quality eBooks, ones that most people wouldn’t even bother to download, much less read.
Now, users do get the actual word file for the eBook as well, and the rights to edit it, so theoretically, you could use the information in the eBook to develop your own, much better, product.
However, the amount of work and research that goes into doing this is considerable. Realistically, you are better of making your own product from the beginning, or promoting affiliate products in another way entirely.
Promoting low quality PLR is rarely a good move, and you risk damaging the reputation of any website you have by attempting it. For example, the image below is from one of the eBooks that Commission Shortcut 2 offers.
The problem is, most of the profit-making through Commission Shortcut relies on this approach, and the low quality of the eBooks means that it is unlikely to be effective. It’s also worth noting that the products that these eBooks promote don’t tend to be particularly good.
For example, one of the links from the eBook I talked about above took me to this website.
First, I don’t think any product is going help any guy get girls to literally chase them. Second, I find it hard to imagine that the product actually doesn’t disrespect women, given I find just that part of the sales pitch incredibly insulting. I also don’t know many people who would pay the $37 that this product is priced at.
Most of the products that the eBooks link to are somewhere around this quality, and a number of the links in the eBooks I looked at didn’t even work. This isn’t surprising, as these books don’t appear to be updated, which means that over time, more and more of the links will stop to work as the products stop being available.
The biggest problem that I have with Commission Shortcut 2 is that promoting these eBooks and developing your own like them are the only ways of making money online that are even considered.
Honestly, promoting affiliate products through eBooks isn’t a particularly good strategy. There are so many free eBooks online these days that people frequently download them without ever bothering to read them, or they ignore them altogether.
With an eBook, you are asking the website viewer to go through a lot of independent reading before they get to the point where they are going to buy something. This isn’t efficient at all.
Commission Shortcut 2 does offer training in both video and pdf form, and some of it is useful. However, in general, the training is very basic and it is exclusively focused on the single, narrow-minded, way of making money online that Commission Shortcut 2 uses.
Now, I’m sure you can make money through links in eBooks, but this is just one path and it isn’t highly sustainable.
The training only considers some of the elements of actually developing and running a successful website, and it is specifically focused on small websites that market that single book and using other websites to give away the book.
There are some major problems with this approach. For starters, the site itself won’t rank well, particularly as there is little information about content creation. Additionally, giving away your eBook on sites might work well, but only to a degree.
One of the issues with this approach that isn’t considered in the training is that the eBooks aren't unique. In fact, everyone who uses Commission Shortcut 2 has access to the same eBooks. Some people will choose to edit them while others won’t, but at the end of the day, there will be a lot of very similar eBooks online, all promoting the same products.
Because the training in Commission Shortcut 2 is so biased towards this one way of making money online, users end up missing out on a lot of important information, and have little knowledge about how to actually make money online, develop or promote websites.
This is a pity, because successfully making money online really involves an understanding of the field and the processes involved, rather than picking one specific technique and hoping it continues to work in the future.
Who Is This Product For?
I personally wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone, because it is short-term at best, and I suspect most users won’t make much (or any) money by following the techniques. If this product was for anyone, I would say it might be an approach for someone new to making money online who doesn’t have much time on their hands.
Making money online is a long-term process. When done correctly, it can result in significant levels of income, but it is not fast and it takes effort. Commission Shortcut 2 is a very specific approach that focuses on one technique, which is unlikely to be effective in the long term.
Realistically, a much more valid approach is to learn about affiliate marketing (Commission Shortcut 2 uses one specific application of affiliate marketing) and about how people make money online and market their websites. The #1 Recommended Tool on this site is a fantastic place to start this process, as the amount of training and support is much higher than what you will see on other sites.