Product Name: Content Arbitrage Confessions
Product Owner: James Renouf
Advertised Price: $9.86
What is it?
Content Arbitrage Confessions is a 20-page guide that promises to show you how to make money using other people’s content online.
This is just another one of James Renouf’s low quality ebook’s that claims to uncover something you never thought of before and use it in a totally new way, but it’s really a simple link or free tool that you’ve known about forever, and don’t use because it really doesn’t do anything.
This time James has written an ebook about using the search feature at the Creative Commons website to images and videos. He claims this alone will make you money. No it won’t.
Before You Buy
The upsell involves a group coaching session hosted by James where he takes you through his “advanced content arbitrage strategies”. I’m not sure what that means, considering the core product is basically nothing.
However, if you decide to purchase this, it will cost you an additional $17. It might not be necessary to say this, but I strongly recommend you do not buy this upsell.
More Renouf Products
To see exactly what kind of trash this guy produces on a regular basis, take a look at some things he's published before. Traffic Tree Monetizer was probably his worst (although Content Arbitrage Confessions comes close). Imgur Exposed was an OK idea, but very impractical, and certainly misleading in its advertising.
I have looked inside the affiliate area of the Warrior Forum, and sometimes Renouf has several products available at one time. His business model is clearly based on VOLUME of products, not quality, and I think it's rare to find any one selling outside of a product launch where he pays people to promote his product (probably via solo ads, or exchanged JV reviews)
What I Liked
There honestly isn’t one-single-thing to like about this product. The whole thing is written to inform you of this link — Search.CreativeCommons.org — and to pretend that it will magically make you money…somehow, he never explains that part.
I bought this product because the idea of arbitrage and content interested me. He didn’t mention PLR content, which is something I stay away from. And he didn’t say anything about using Creative Commons, which is exactly what he ends up talking about. So based on those things I thought — for good or bad — Content Arbitrage Confessions might have some unique twist on teaming up with other bloggers and website owners, or something like that.
I didn’t realize “content” meant visual content only, and I didn’t realize “arbitrage” meant Creative Commons.
What I Didn't Like
As I said before, there’s nothing to like about this product. Let’s look at some of the reasons…
This is a problem I’ve noticed with all James’s books. Normally though, I try not to call attention to these sort of things because I don’t think poor writing skills should hold anyone back from becoming a marketer, or any other goal for that matter.
But it’s getting a little old with James. This is the third product I’ve reviewed from him and things aren’t getting better, they are getting worse.
When things like this go from bad to worse it usually means the creator does not care about quality. It’s easier to simply pump out ebook after ebook, than to concern yourself with the quality of the information or the content.
Well, sorry James, this time I’m calling you out on it.
Let’s take a look at some examples so you have a better idea of what I’m talking about.
1.) Almost No Punctuation.
Okay, I’m not some grammar snob and I know my own writing skills aren’t perfect. However, the occasional comma, hyphen or question mark can make things a lot easier on the reader. Mistakes like this okay sometimes, but an entire twenty-page ebook like this is impossible to read.
2.) Too Much Hype.
You can look at the image below and see a small sample of the kind of stuff James likes to inert into his message. What you see here is just a few phrases from the first couple pages of the ebook. There are plenty more just like these in almost every paragraph.
This is another common trait from James that’s rather annoying, but it’s not just that — this kind of overhyped message creates a poor quality product. Instead of simply giving the reader the information they need, James insists on proving that his product is something that it’s really not. Sorry to break it to ya’ James, but proof is in the pudding.
Although there is so much hype, the ebook is actually quite boring to read. That’s because James is simply writing about stuff that you already basically know. Since he gives you no real information, the ebook is just dull.
There’s No Substance
James Renouf has made several products by simply talking about a common website. He gives no advice, no guidance no useful information whatsoever. He just talks about it — whatever it is — in this case, Creative Commons.
Remember Imgur Exposed? It's nothing more than a memo letting you know of Imgur.com’s existence and how to use it. Content Arbitrage Confessions does the same thing for Creative Commons.
Most people know of Creative Commons, because even the newest online marketers are starting out on a budget but want images for their website. All James has done is written a bunch of overhyped text, touting Creative Commons as some type of new secret weapon that only his buyers will know of.
Content Arbitrage Confessions, like all his other products do not provide any kind of guidance on how to use the things he tells you about. Like I said, Creative Commons has a few different licenses. It would have been great if James gave some insight on the different types, how to use them, when to use, which one is best, etc.
If you’re not familiar with it, Creative Commons is a type of licensing agreement, usually between photographers and the public, which allows them to post their photos to the public for them to use in whatever way they want.
I’m not a lawyer — and there are a few different licenses to use with Creative Commons — but basically, when a photo, video, or audio (or whatever) has a creative commons license that means anyone can use it. For example, lots of bloggers use images with Creative Commons licenses to avoid purchasing costly photos or being slammed with a lawsuit for stealing images from Google search.
Well, that was disappointing. Let's move on. Rather than just follow the next Warrior Scam Offer released by gurus who need a paycheck this month, how about starting a real online business that you can continue to build and grow for years. I've been online since 2010, and recommended the same training for 3 years straight. I'm still here, and that website is still being updated to refect the NEW online marketing scene and how to take advantage of affiliate marketing to start working from home.