Product Name: Income Society
Product Owner: Adeel Choudry
Advertised Price: $9.95
Upsells: $37, $37
What Is It?
An internet marketing video course that focuses on affiliate marketing and product creation.
I was very unhappy with the advertising that Choudry uses for Income Society, but he delivered something that was far more valuable than what I paid for it. I have some minor complaints and suggestions for improvement, but overall it was a very good product.
Before You Buy
Typical of products you find on JVZoo and other digital product marketplaces, the sales page for Income Society was full of BS statements like this:
Note: Some of the videos from his “case studies” are created by other marketers in the JV product space, meaning that it's quite possible the reviews were paid for, or favors were exchanged for cross promotion.
Then, after purchasing the product, we are mislead to believe that we are going to get a website valued at $1997 totally for free. First off, there’s no way the junky, cookie cutter websites shown in the video are worth $2k, especially if they are not earning money right now.
Second, they are “ready” to make income which simply means they have affiliate links or opt-in forms pre-installed. They are not actually earning money, which is part of the misleading advertising common to this industry.
Third, why is my free website going to cost me $37?
He also attempts to sell us a package of videos create by successful internet marketers. Sorry to say, but you can watch interviews with millionaires for free on YouTube and learn habits of successful entrepreneurs in many podcasts.
THEN, once inside the members area, we are shown a link that says, “Start Your Training Here”. That link actually leads to a video advertising private coaching with Adeel, and even goes so far as to ask us how much money we are willing to spend on our business.
Imagine that! A private marketing course custom tailored to your bank account!
What I Liked
But despite all my issues with the advertising and lead-up to the members area of Income Society, I actually liked what I found inside.
The videos were consistent, high quality (audio and video), easy to follow, and I would even say that the presenter was pleasant to listen to (friendly, well spoken).
There is an absolute TON of training, not only in the “main training” portion, but also in the Vault, and Special Training sections of the website.
Another really cool feature that I’ve never actually seen before in other similar products was a test at the end of each lesson. I’m sure this took a while to create, and was not cheap to do! Legitimately thought-provoking questions are at the end of each lesson to see if you learned what they are teaching.
Though I have some suggestions below, just based on the price of the product and the value delivered, I can confidently give this product a positive rating.
What I Didn’t Like
Restricted Access Is Annoying
The main complain that most people will have is a lack of access to the rest of the training. I guess this is done for the benefit of the user, to make sure they are not skipping ahead, but for someone who knows the basics, this will be frustrating.
The tests are easy enough to breeze through for an intermediate user though, so I guess it’s not that big of a deal. At least they didn’t try to charge you for full access like Clickbank University (link) does.
Some Training I Disagreed With
I couldn’t get access to all the training and didn’t want to take 30 tests to reach it all, but from what I did see there were some ideas I disagreed with.
For one, I’m not a fan of Market Samurai. I don’t know if it’s improved lately, but I used it back in 2012 and it was very slow, crashed a lot, and had lots of annoying updates to deal with.
I use Jaaxy, which has, in my opinion, more accurate competition and traffic numbers than the Google Keyword tool, and provides similar insight to that of Market Samurai, stuff like competition keyword density, meta data, and a few other things. To be honest, Market Samurai has MORE data though, and I know that some people do use it.
Another thing I wasn’t too hot on was the SEO Smartlinks plugin that was recommended. I’m not a fan of anything automated. Using something like this has a real potential to create a negative user experience and over-optimize your internal linking, which may result in a penalty.
No Personal Support
The thing with this product is that once you’re inside – that’s that. You’re on your own. You may have to pay for outside coaching, or follow the pros on social media, which may give conflicting advice.
They sure as heck aren’t going to be able to advise you on the training inside Income Society.
There is a “support” button, but it’s outsourced to Zendesk, and those people have no idea how to make money online. They are just there for billing and tech issues related to the website. It also made me unhappy that the “support” link goes to the coaching upsell first and you have to navigate the page to find the actually support box.
Covers Too Much?
Going through the first training modules, I was under the impression that we were going to be building an affiliate marketing website. However, further down the page, I can see that Choudry gets into product creation, affiliate recruitment, and JV stuff.
I would think that one would want start with one method and stick to it before moving to another. It’s great that there’s a lot of information covered, but I don’t believe that a complete newbie will be able to have a full time affiliate marketing business running in less than 20 lessons and be ready to move on to product creation.
I would have rather him stuck with one business model and taught it more in-depth than trying to cover everything from A to Z.
For the price you pay and the quality of material, I think that Income Society delivers a lot of value. However, I think that anyone needing extra assistance with the training material is going to get stuck and frustrated at some point, with nowhere to turn.
This is why 8 of 10 of my top ranking products I’ve reviewed are membership websites. Without the continued help of experts, or the ability to reach out to peers for advice, most people will get stuck. With no one to turn to, a large portion of people will just give up, or move on to the next product that promises quick money.
The “has it all” website I recommend for people that want to build an affiliate marketing business is Wealthy Affiliate. Not only do they have stellar, up to date and newbie-friendly training, but with a membership you can also reach out to community members for support.
Some of these members are full time online marketers that can share their experience and wisdom with you to get you business off the ground and profitable.