Product Name: Mobile Monopoly
Product Owner: Adam Horwitz
Price: $47 + $9.95/month
Upsells: $147 (discounted to $47),
What is it?
A collection of training videos by Adam Horwitz containing information about various techniques of earning money online through the mobile environment.
It’s certainly true that people are using the internet on their mobile devices more often, and this is an area of growth, but Mobile Monopoly is limited in the amount of help it brings. Targeted primarily at people experienced in making money online, Mobile Monopoly contains a collection of videos that are of good quality, but tend to be vague with a considerable amount of filler.
While some of the techniques that Adam promotes may be effective ways of earning money, he does not provide much information about actually how to follow through on these approaches. Additionally, it is difficult to know how effective the approaches that Adam promotes are, but some of them that I looked at seemed unlikely to be effective.
Before You Buy
The landing page for this product doesn’t have any download link at all, and all of the information about the product is in the video, rather than the text. Honestly, the video is well-designed but it drags on, and really doesn’t tell you that much about what Adam is trying to sell.
This approach isn’t an unusual one, and normally products reveal the purchase link after you have watched a little bit of the video. For Mobile Monopoly, the amount of the video that you actually have to watch before the link actually turns up is a considerable amount.
I didn’t time it, but I’m fairly sure that I was watching the video for more than ten minutes before the link finally appeared. I know that videos for products are supposed to be useful, but in reality these videos are nothing more than elaborate sales pitches, and really they get tiring to watch after a while.
When I purchased the product, one thing that I noticed was that it had a base fee and an additional $9.95 fee per month. This is worth keeping an eye on, because if you don’t like the product, you need to cancel this recurring payment before it comes out again.
Once you actually make the payment, you are told to enter your email address to get your login information, and are then taken to a page with another video. Now, I got an email from the company relatively fast, but I had to wait longer to actually get my login information, even though the email said it has already been sent.
As usual, after purchasing the product, I was faced with an upsell. Even the text for skipping past the video wasmanipulative, which is always something that bothers me.
For example, the text for skipping past the $147 upsell was this:
In fact, this text isn’t even true, because the following page had the same upsell for $47 instead of $147. At this point, the upsells were beginning to feel like a bit of a money grab to me.
In fact, the option to upgrade to this upsell is actually present within the members area of the site itself, meaning that there is no ‘limited-time offer’ whatsoever.
Personally, I recommend never purchasing any upsell before you have actually used the product that you paid for, because upsells are typically not as good as they seem and you may find that you don’t particularly like the product that you paid for to start off with.
I was surprised to find that there weren’t any subsequent upsells, as some other reviewers had noted that there were two or three upsells instead of one. After you get past the upsells, you end up at the log-in page for the site.
A final note is that if you use a different address for PayPal and for signing up like I do, your log-in information gets sent to your PayPal email address, whether you want it to or not.
What I Liked
The area of mobile marketing is still relatively new, and it is an area that many traditional internet marketers have not tapped into. With the popularity of smartphones and other handheld devices increasing, there is certainly significant potential to make money in this field.
Much of the training that Adam offers is legitimate, and could be used to make money on this medium, even for people who don’t have a smartphone (the training is entirely computer-based). The training does teach some ways of making money through the mobile platform that people might not have thought about, so with time and effort, some of these approaches could really pay off.
What I Didn’t Like
Not For Beginners
At first glance, Mobile Monopoly seems to be targeted at people who are new to making money online, but really this isn’t the case at all. The level of information that Mobile Monopoly provides assumes a significant amount of previous knowledge, and if you are inexperienced at making money online, you would find this product very challenging to actually use.
For example, some of the terms that are used in the videos without any additional explanation include internet marketing, PPC and CPA. This can get confusing fast. Now, I don’t really have a problem with the product not being designed for beginners, but I do have an issue when much of the marketing for the product appears to be targeted at this group.
It’s also worth noting that Mobile Monopoly is more effective if you actually have a product of your own to promote, rather than trying to promote the products of other people. Additionally, many of the techniques that the author promotes require an advertising budget up front, which is something that people starting online business often don’t have, and shouldn’t need.
The Product Itself
Mobile Monopoly is a bit of a mixed bag. Ultimately, the author is promoting multiple different ways of making money through the mobile environment and each of these approaches has its own training and information.
The training videos are decent quality, and the fact that he uses an over-the-shoulder approach sometimes is nice, but there is a whole lot of hype and filler. Multiple times his videos felt more like sales pitches and a lot less like actual strategies.
In some cases, his videos were vague, and didn’t even provide information about exactly how is method was supposed to work. There was also limited evidence that his approaches actually worked. I ended up feeling like he had come up with every idea possible to make money through mobile phones and simply thrown this information at the reader.
Overall, it was a frustrating experience, because when it seemed like Adam was actually suggesting something useful, the amount of guidance and information provided was so limited that it would have been difficult to follow though.
One example of the modules that is part of the product is on developing apps for smartphones. Yes, this is an avenue for potential money making, but it is nowhere near as fantastic as people like Adam claim.
In reality, app development takes a considerable amount of time, and making a dent in the market is also very challenging. Many marketers claim that there is a lot of money to be made through apps, because the official revenue from these apps from the App Store (i.e. Apple’s app store) alone is more than a billion.
Some people argue that if you take the amount of money earned and divide it by the number of apps, you get a figure of around $8,000 per person. Sounds wonderful right?
The problem is, this revenue is far from evenly distributed, and some of the most popular apps have millions of downloads. So, in reality, some app developers make millions of dollars, while other developers spent more money creating their app than they ever make by selling it.
In short, this approach to earning money is nowhere near as good or guaranteed as Adam claims and this is really the case with many of the other approaches he promotes as well.
Another problem I had with the product is the considerable overlap between the videos. Often one video will contain some of the information that was present in an earlier video, which is a pain. Personally, this is why I don’t like video training, because there is no way to speed up the learning process or skip past the filler.
Sometimes I think that this is the whole reason people do video training to start off with. If they turned the same training into a written version, many people would be turned off, because of the amount of filler.
It’s also worth noting that although the site hosts a significant amount of content, most of the videos are short, with many being less than five or ten minutes in length. This means that in reality, the amount of training provide is not nearly as significant as it first seems.
One of the parts of this site was software designed to support making money through a mobile platform. This software is rather limited if you don’t purchase the upsell, but personally, I would not recommend purchasing the upsell based on the quality of the site and its content.
For example, one of the premade squeeze pages that the software offers is this, which I don’t personally find appealing whatsoever.
In reality, Adam doesn’t provide any indication about how successful this approach is for earning money online and this would make me nervous about actually putting any time into the product.
Additionally, you also get access to pre made webinars, which really sound a lot better than they actually are. Personally, I found watching these videos painful, and they didn’t provide any useful information whatsoever.
I highly doubt that any of the information that the software provides would convince people to spend money online, which means that it also wouldn’t be very effective for earning money.
Many training sites like this one create a set of content and sells it to users, then the author moves on to the next product. This means that over time, the information on the site becomes out of date, and the product owner doesn’t make any attempt to update the product.
For example, I reviewed another product that Adam was partially responsible and it was nothing more than a misleading attempt to get users to pay money for the product.
It is always concerning when product owners follow the pattern of making product after product, because it really shows how focused they are on making money, and not on actually supporting their customers. It is also an indication of how manipulative their approaches are, because every business that person engages in can’t be as wonderful as it sounds.
When it comes to any form of training online, particularly in a field that is developing as fast as mobile marketing, I would want to find information that is up-to-date and relevant to current trends.
Who Is This Product For?
This product is really for people experienced at internet marketing who are looking for a direction to expand in. Some of the approaches discussed in Mobile Monopoly may be particularly useful for people wanting to provide a mobile version or extension of their online business.
However, for experienced users, much of the information provided in Mobile Monopoly will seem obvious or not well developed. Additionally, information about many of the approaches that Adam talks about can be found elsewhere online, which significantly decreases the usefulness of the website.
Honestly, if I was really interested in the mobile environment, I might consider picking and choosing information from the training that Mobile Monopoly provides, but I would certainly not pay for anything more than the first month, particularly as the information doesn’t look like it is updated frequently.
There are some positive aspects of Mobile Marketing, but it isn’t an approach that you should attempt as a beginner to the field. Ultimately, you can make money more effectively through promoting products of other people in the online environment, and this is an approach that has much fewer costs.
One of the most effective and reliable training sites for making money online is Wealthy Affiliate, which offers comprehensive training as well as strong community support. In fact, if you are interested in making money through mobile marketing, you might be able to find some information about this through the community, as there are a large number of experienced people who use the site.