Product Name: CPA Monopoly
Product Owner: Yair Dolev
Advertised Price: $14.95
NOTE: This review is written mainly for beginners getting into internet marketing. Still, if you are familiar with CPA or Bing Ads I think you will be seriously disappointed with the amount of training in the members area). If you are new to making money online and want to know if this product is appropriate for teaching you to make your first dollar online, then I think you can benefit most from this review.
What is it?
CPA Monopoly is an online video course that is designed to teach people how to make money with CPA (cost per action) companies. It teaches people how to use Bing to advertise CPA offers and earn cash. The videos are in-depth and show an over-the-shoulder view of how the strategy works.
CPA marketing is a competitive business that’s riddled with fraud and deception. There are some good nuggets of information in CPA Monopoly, but overall, the course is too advanced for beginners, and the strategies taught are far too expensive to implement for any new business online. You won’t be able to build a sustainable business using the methods taught in this course. So it’s best to avoid it.
Before You Buy
The product in itself is not expensive. But that's just to reel you in.
There are a lot of upsells you have to go through before you can access your purchase. And then there’s even more hidden within the member's area. If you purchase all the upsells you'll be down a few hundred dollars. The problem is they try to convince you that you need the upsells to make the most of this product.
Here are some of the upsells you’ll be asked to purchase before you can even access CPA Monopoly.
CPA Monopoly Cash – $14.97
This upsell expands on the main course and contains a case study and some instructional videos on how to reuse traffic. It also contains an ebook that contains a list of traffic sources where you can purchase traffic for cheaply.
Done for You Package – $27
The last upsell, is a package of training videos, untapped niches, quality keywords, copywriting swipes, offers, squeeze pages, email sequences, and ebook covers. This is supposed to help you save time and money on research and design costs.
Neither of these products is necessary, and I certainly wouldn’t purchase them. Much of this will just mean information overload to the average marketer.
What I Liked
I’m happy to say that there are a few things I liked about CPA Monopoly. Like many other products, the things I like tend to involve using the product a little differently than it was intended, but that’s okay I guess. Knowledge is knowledge.
Learn how to Find Cheap Traffic
Buying traffic online is one of the most difficult things you can do. If you’re not careful you can easily spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in just a day.
And that’s because most traffic sources charge an arm and a leg for traffic. But CPA Monopoly teaches you a few ways to find cheap traffic sources. The product focuses almost entirely on using Bing ads to buy traffic, instead of Google or FaceBook like most other traffic products do.
When you compare Bing to other paid traffic sources, they’re definitely cheaper. This is where I started in my own PPC campaigns, and I'd recommend most people start there too.
You Can Also Use The Traffic for List Building
If you use the methods taught in this course you can easily build your own email list in no time. And when you’re building a business online, an email list can have major benefits. If you use the traffic strategies to build your list, and not promoting CPA offers, you’ll be much better off in the long run.
Quality Members Area
When the purchase has been verified, you'll be able to access the member's area, which consists of several modules that explain various aspects of their CPA strategies.
Each module consists of one or two 3-10 minute presentation style videos that explain the core concepts of each process. These videos are reasonably detailed, simple, and they're easy to follow; not too fast paced like some other online courses. Although the courses are slow paced and better than most stuff I review, as you'll see in the following section, I still don't think it's a great course for beginners.
There are 7 modules in total. The last module, module 7, explains how to outsource the process to maximize revenue and automate income. Then there's a bonus page for members who want to learn more money making techniques.
What I Didn't Like
There are a few things that I didn't like about CPA Monopoly.
Too Many Upsells
It looks like the creators want to send you through as many sales pages as possible before they can get to the actual core of the product. In other words, they want to squeeze as much cash out of the product as possible, regardless of whether or not it actually helps you with your businesses. I know that this is standard for this industry, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
When you access the member's area, there's a list of modules at the top of the page, but on the main page, there's a list of steps that you will think are the actual training videos. These “steps” are actually the upsells and are not required.
It's a little bit tricky — I was confused — and I can imagine many people will overlook the modules and buy into the upsells because they're listed as numbered steps. I’m sure that’s exactly what the creators wanted, but I don’t think it's ethical. The layout of the main page should be conducive to learning the strategies promised.
Members Area Content Volume
I realize the product was only $15, but 1/2 of the videos were under 5 minutes long. All of the videos were 12 minutes or under. In total there were 11 videos. In fact, the first 4 modules were about choosing a niche and an offer. Module 7 is a 3 minute video about outsourcing. That basically means that the ‘meat' of the course was modules 5 and 6 which explains how to make Bing Ads.
CPA Monopoly? More like CPA Lemonade Stand.
Fails to Mention You Need Cash to Buy Traffic
The product makes a lot of claims that are hard to back-up — and all without proof. But if you have access to cheap traffic you can definitely use it to make cash. You can send it to a squeeze page, an ebook, affiliate offers, your own website or anything you choose really.
There are a lot of different ways to make money with paid traffic. But you also need to realize that you'll need additional money to start with this program. You need money to purchase the product, of course. But you’ll also need money to buy traffic — lots of money.
The amount you might need will depend on you and the goals you’re trying to achieve for your business. But a realistic budget for paid traffic would easily be $100 or more.
Too Advanced For Beginners
CPA Monopoly focuses on CPA marketing, which is one of the most competitive industries online. Part of the reason I haven't gotten into CPA is just the fact that the tracking is beyond what I really understand.
Making money in CPA requires a big budget, and a head for numbers. If you don't get your conversions under control, you are going to end up spending a lot more than the original $15 you spent for this product.
Though the videos do cover some beginner topics (niche research, finding offers), there are so many other things left out of the process that I don't even know where to being. This review is already over 1000 words and I'm not going to spend time breaking down everything I think that product should have included.
For something called “CPA Monopoly”, I don't think anyone that purchased this product is going to be monopolizing the CPA industry any time soon.
There are plenty of ways to make money online, but I’ve always found affiliate marketing to be the easiest to understand, and the cheapest to get started in. An $11 domain is all you need to get started. You can learn how to do what I do here. If you want to know more about paid advertising, my recommended PPC product is Traffic Blackbook which has recently been relaunched.