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Product Name: Complete Newbie Training
Product Owner: Dave Whitworth
Advertised Price: $10 per month
What is it?
Complete Newbie Training is a membership site with twenty video lessons that are supposed to teach newbie marketers everything you need to know about building an online business. It’s an A to Z kind of thing…well, it’s supposed to be anyway.
Given the limiting nature of this product, there’s just no way I would recommend it to anyone. But on top of that the age of the information is by far the worst thing about it. Online marketing advice from 2009? No thanks!
Before You Buy
Let me start off by saying that I had high hopes for this product. Looking at the salespage and the name of the product lead me to believe this was going to be one of those rare, truly helpful courses for beginners. I quickly figured out how wrong I was.
The course is severely outdated, which limits its benefits from the start, but if it wasn’t it would still be seriously limiting because your ability to learn from it is throttled by the creator who only allows you to watch one video per week.
In his own words he says, “each week you remain a member, one new training will be provided”. Really?!?! That’s just absurd. Plus, he doesn’t mention that until you’re inside the members area…after you’ve bought the course!
The course in total is supposed to take twenty weeks. That is far too long to string someone along when they are ready to devour information, learn new strategies and start an online business.
What I Liked
I’ll be honest, there’s just not a lot to like about this product. But I always try to see something positive in everything. So…
If you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know that almost every product you buy online comes with some sort of upsell. The “Complete Newbie Training” however did not. I figure that’s at least one good thing I can say about it, although I’m not sure if it’s entirely true. I’ll have to let you be the judge of that (read the next section).
What I Didn't Like
Although technically there were no upsells associated with this product, the way the information is dripped out seems to accomplish the same thing. Instead of taking you to an additional offer immediately after you purchase, Dave strings you along for months at a time, ultimately making you pay over $200 for the full lesson. A lesson that — if it’s anything like the first — is useless, vague and outdated.
One of the things that caught my attention immediately was that Dave was giving some pretty bad advice. Once the video got to the part where he discusses using Google trends, I realized that technically his advice wasn’t bad….in 2009!
The image speaks for itself, but I should mention that online marketing has changed a lot since 2009. In fact, I’d say it’s done a complete 180. The things that marketers could (and did) get away with back then will permanently damage your business now. I have no idea why this product is still being sold, especially by JVZoo but it is without a doubt one of the most out of date products I’ve ever reviewed.
The Blatant Lie
Had I known how outdated this product was before, I would have never bought it. But it continues to show up at JVZoo, so I assumed that it must be something worthwhile.
The salespage shows a barrage of information laid-out in a neat little lesson plan, instead of wild claims and screenshots of bank statements, so that gave me some hope.
The fact that Dave took the time to display all the things I consider to be important to newbie marketers (like I once was) shows that he at least knows what newbies need. But knowing and providing are two very different things I guess.
Looking at all the information on the salespage, and the way it was laid-out, I made sure to check that the buyer (me or you) would have the option to learn at our own pace.
So there it is, the biggest lie of them all. Personally, I found this to be a bigger spit-in-the-face than your typical hyped-up salespage that shows outrageous earnings statements.
The fact is buyer’s can’t learn at their own pace. We are forced to learn at the pace Dave has created for us all. And that is a snails-pace of one piddly video lesson per week.
Most times, when a course is offered in video, I consider it to be more valuable because it provides the viewer a more accurate look into what the video creator is trying to teach. However, there are some cases where that’s just not true and Complete Newbie Training is one of them.
The videos you get don’t give you that over-the-shoulder view that you need as a newbie. Instead you get Power Point presentation that’s been recorded with screen-capture software.
Now, I’m not saying that those types of videos are inherently bad. But when it comes to teaching newbies, that over-the-shoulder view is necessary. Unfortunately this product just doesn’t give it to you.