Coursely is a fairly recent product to hit the affiliate market, officially launching on June 31. Like many product launches, Coursely comes with plenty of promises about how much money you can earn and how easy the whole idea is.
If you’re hunting for reviews, then you probably already know that such claims are rarely ever accurate. Companies like to make bold statements about income potential, while the products themselves don’t live up to the claims.
So, what about Coursely? Does this new launch follow those same tired old patterns, or is there something more interesting going on?
The Red Flags
The very first thing I noticed about Coursely was all of the classic sales tactics. This includes the very first claim. Coursely apparently offers a ‘cash-generating software business’, where all you need to do is push a button. That’s it.
I can’t count the number of sites that have made a claim like this. It sounds fantastic – just buy a product, activate it and the money will start flowing in. The problem is that it makes no sense. The real world does not work like this. You can’t just magically generate money.
As always, Coursely makes it sound like the underlying system should work. For that matter, the basic concept is legitimate. Coursely is using a variation on affiliate marketing, where the focus is on digital products. We’ll come back to that shortly. Before we do, there are a few more red flags I want to point out.
One of these is a common pattern, which pops up all over the place – income ‘proof’. The sales page includes plenty of screenshots about how much money that can be made, like in the image below:
Marketing like this is frustrating. For one thing, the images are incredibly easy to fake. They don’t offer any context either. Even if the figures were real, we have no way to know who made these sales and how they did it.
On a side note, the $202,000 commission comes from more than 52,000 visitors. There’s no indication about how the website got those visitors and there is little elaboration on the site.
All of the figures shown are theoretically possible with affiliate marketing. Getting to that point is an entirely different story. Developing a popular site that gets regular traffic is a process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s also incredibly unlikely that a push button website would ever attract this amount of traffic. The site just wouldn’t have enough value.
There are other issues too. For example, the site has a timer for when the price increases, to try and make people hurry. If you let the timer run out, the price remains the same. That’s no surprise. Their ‘discounted’ price of $16.93 is simply the actual price for the product.
Let’s not forget the testimonials on the page either. They include claims like this:
Have you ever heard an actual customer talk like that? There’s no way that this is a review from a user. It was probably made up for the sales page.
What You Get
The initial marketing suggests that Coursely allows you to create and sell online courses. That’s true enough, although it is somewhat misleading. The basic idea is that you’re installing their theme on your website. The process automatically adds various digital products for you to sell, including software tools and courses.
The app even “optimizes for SEO”. At least, that’s the claim. The whole thing is meant to be passive after this point.
Some aspects of the idea are legitimate. You do get a website that people can buy products from and you would earn a commission from sales. There are also some serious problems.
For one thing, the products aren’t likely to be very good. It looks like you’d be promoting mostly PLR products and items in the make money online niche. One of the upsells highlights products like the ones below, which don’t seem appealing at all.
You would basically end up with a site that’s using templates and replicated sales pitches to promote products that aren’t appealing to begin with. Some might convert but the odds aren’t great.
The second issue is your site. The fact that you’re selling on a website is a good thing, but your site itself is simply replicated. Every member is going to get roughly the same thing on their sites. The approach also means that you’re not providing visitors with value, so it’s hard to imagine how you would make sales.
You also need to get traffic to your site. Sourcing traffic is critical for any successful website. It’s also a process that takes time and energy.
Coursely does have some focus on SEO, which is a good start. Even then, I’m not convinced. You need to put time into SEO and you should be developing content. If you have to do all of that with Coursely too, what benefits does it offer? The products certainly aren’t appealing. The sales pitches will probably be subpar too.
The process doesn’t end with the initial sale either. There are also three distinct upsells:
- Coursely Pro ($37). Includes various readymade products (probably PLR), legal pages for GDPR compliance and developer’s rights.
- Coursely Membership ($19.95/month or $47/year). 5 or more products and apps each month (probably PLR), training, graphics and
- Coursely Resellers ($57). The ability to resell the product for 100% commission on the initial product and 50% on all upsells
Each of these promises to be a powerful way to earn, as long as you’re willing to pay. There are other potential costs too, like an autoresponder and keyword research software. You would also need a site to begin with. This typically means that you’d have hosting and domain name fees.
The end result is that Coursely is far from amazing. You could potentially make money if you started with what they give you and grow it from there, doing your own keyword research and content creation. The question is, why bother? You could get the same outcomes from your own site with a similar amount of work and just get advice from blogs like mine, which give out the information for free. The “free website” you get is just the same old junk you see marketed on ebay. Your own site would also allow you to promote better products, ones that people actually want to buy.
Other Coursely Reviews
There are a ton of positive reviews for Coursely right now and relatively few negative ones. This might make the software sound amazing, but everything is not what it seems to be.
This type of review distribution is very common. You’ll often see it when a product is first launched on an affiliate network (JVZOO, in this case). Product launches typically come with a large amount of hype. Affiliates then get involved for the chance to promote a relatively unknown product.
It’s an effective approach. For a little while, the search results are filled with positive reviews from affiliates, many of whom have never tried the product. In that space of time, some affiliates will convince visitors to buy the product and they’ll make money. As time goes on, real reviews of the product surface, ones that take a more balanced look at the pros and cons.
I don’t have a problem with affiliate reviews, but I get concerned when they are nothing more than sales pitches. Many of the reviews don’t tell you anything about the product itself or how it works. For example, this is the start of a list from one such site:
None of those claims tell you anything about the business. Most of the review is similar. The discussion on user experience talks about how the tool helps people to ‘gain sales-pulling stores’, without providing any further insight. In the end, the review is basically a rehashed version of the original sales pitch.
Even the reviews that don’t follow this style still give very little information. Readers aren’t told much about how the system works, just that it does. There’s no proof, so we’re meant to take the reviewer’s word for it.
Coursely isn’t a scam. The site is actually more up-front than most about what you’re getting and the methods of earning. If you were willing to put time and effort in, you might even make money from Coursely.
The biggest problem is the marketing. Coursely is meant to be this amazing piece of push button software and it isn’t. All it really does is create a template-based store that sells low-quality products. It would take a lot more work to get traffic to the site and make sales. Honestly, it’s just not worth it. You’d have better luck just starting at the beginning on your own.
Most products like this last just a few short months then disappear. That's the nature of hype in the business of making money online.
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