Product Name: Insta Profit Sniper
Product Owner: Ryan Ross
What Is It?
Online training and a tool for obtaining affiliate marketing profits through the social networking tool Instagram.
What to Expect:
There are two main components to the product that Ryan is promoting. The first is training on how to do make profit through affiliate marketing and Instagram, including how to target keywords and topics and how to earn profit quickly.
The second is a tool that helps to link Instagram to affiliate marketing and to find followers. The general basis of Insta Profit Sniper can be obtained through the video, but be prepared to sit through a considerable amount of rhetoric and sales pitch to actually get to this point.
Overall, the approach that Ryan promotes has some merit, although it is reliant on a large number of assumptions, and may face some challenges in long-term effectiveness. It is not a good approach for people new to affiliate marketing or for people looking to make quick cash, as the majority of users will not make the level of profits that Ryan promotes.
What I Liked:
Linking Amazon’s Affiliate Program and Instragram is a clever technique, especially because Instagram is very popular. This can be particularly relevant if a person is trying to promote a product or a brand that is highly visual in nature.
Because the method that Ryan promotes in Insta Profit Sniper is based on images and using a visual platform, it is much faster than traditional forms of affiliate marketing. This means that most of the time-consuming elements of affiliate marketing can be bypassed, but this also gives the user less ability to target and hook buyers.
What I Didn’t Like:
Focused on one specific affiliate program
Affiliate marketing is a common way to earn money online, and with good reason, it tends to be highly successful. Insta Profit Sniper focuses specifically on one affiliate program, the affiliate program offered by Amazon.
Honestly, Amazon’s affiliate program does have a lot of advantages, because it is a reputable company and it has a large number of products that you can sell. However, Amazon can also be a pain to use for affiliate marketing, because the website only holds the cookies of users for 24 hours, which makes it harder to get a sale. Other affiliate programs often hold cookies for considerably longer periods of time.
Additionally, the amount of commission you earn from Amazon is much less than other affiliate programs, with the absolute highest level of commission being 8.5% and this is quite challenging to reach. When you start off with Amazon, you only gain 4% for each sale you refer, which makes for a slow process overall. Also, Amazon does not operate in all countries, or even all US states.
Ryan does mention that his processes work with other affiliate sites, like Clickbank, which can be more effective at obtaining profits than Amazon, providing users with more options. Nevertheless, the majority of the focus of Insta Profit Sniper remains on Amazon, which is a popular, but limited, platform.
Just about every one of these ‘life changing products’ that people sell focus on just how much money you can make. In his video, Ryan claims that he makes close to $16,000 each week, which really is a pretty enticing figure, particularly if you consider what this totals to each year.
Technically speaking Ryan is correct, it is possible to make this much money each week through Insta Profit Sniper, but the majority of users won’t make it. In fact, it’s actually possible to make this amount of money using regular affiliate techniques, although in both cases this level of profits is uncommon.
What Ryan doesn’t mention is that in order to make this amount of profit through any type of affiliate marketing (his method or others), you have to put in a considerable amount of time and effort, and get lucky. Ryan’s technique does not guarantee the large amounts of money that he promotes and he is not at all realistic about how much money people are likely to earn from his approaches.
Likewise, Ryan promotes earning money very quickly through this approach, but for many users, this will not actually occur. Even though the approach does have the potential to be profitable, any profit is unlikely to be as fast or as high as suggested.
He also fails to mention that sites like Instagram and Pinterest do not convert very well because people browsing those sites are not in “buy mode”, but are in “browse mode”. Because conversions are low, you need high amounts of traffic, and that simply can't be done overnight.
Honestly, rhetoric in advertising just plain annoys me, particularly when it is obvious that the person speaking is doing nothing more than trying to sell a particular product. Throughout his video, Ryan makes a point of differentiating his product from other ‘scams’, but uses most of the same language and advertising techniques that they do.
For example, one of the key parts of his presentation is the idea that people take pictures all the time on their smartphones. Actually, I have one, with a camera, and I rarely ever take photos on it, and most of the time I wouldn’t want to share those photos.
That actually applies to a lot of people. Ryan also argues that regardless of where a person lives in the world, they are likely to have a smartphone with a camera. This is a huge assumption, and really only applies to a fraction of people in the world.
The fact that Ryan is prepared to use blatant manipulations of the truth to sell his product makes me hesitant from the start and suggests that he isn’t being entirely honest about how effective his approach is at making profits either. In fact, if anyone makes a large amount of money from Ryan's approach, it will be people who are already very familiar with affiliate marketing or have large social media audiences already, rather than the new users that the product appears to be targeted at.
Ryan’s method relies on the relationship between Instagram and Amazon, which is a bit of a risky method. Instagram is a social networking site that is designed primarily for the interactions between users and providing people with a way of sharing their stories and their lives through images. For Ryan’s technique to be effective, Instagram has to remain popular, and it has to be possible to use the affiliate linking method that he promotes.
First, it is difficult to know whether a company like Instagram will remain popular. There are a large number of competitors for Instagram, and the site has the disadvantage of being focused on mobile phones and devices.
In fact, even accessing Instagram photos from a computer can be challenging and it is currently pretty much impossible to upload photos from a computer. This excludes anyone who uses a digital camera and a computer, meaning they have to use something other than Instagram. Additionally, Instagram has been getting bad press lately for the changes it made to its terms and conditions, and its movement towards increased advertising.
Second, it is unlikely that Instagram will continue to allow this form of marketing for long. The current terms and conditions indicate that the site should not be used for behavior that is self-promotion, which could be applied to affiliate marketing.
Currently, Instagram does not specifically address affiliate marketing within its terms and conditions, but it is likely that this will chance in the future.
The technique in Insta Profit Sniper focuses on manipulating a social site for profit, an approach the site owners are unlikely to accept for a long period of time.
This means that even if Ryan’s techniques result in profits in the short-term, it is likely that they will become ineffective in the future, making the product worthless. Furthermore, you risk losing the time that you spent setting up the process and be left with nothing left to show for the time. Basing your entire business strategy on something like this may turn a profit for a short period of time, but it likely not something that will work long-term.
Not for beginners
Regardless of the approach used, affiliate marketing can be tricky to begin, particularly if you don’t have any idea of the processes involved. Insta Profit Sniper gets around some of these challenges, because it does not involve building a website, but the product is still targeted at people with an understanding of affiliate marketing and some experience in the area.
One example of this issue is the idea of signing up for affiliate sites, such as Amazon or Clickbank. Most people new to affiliate marketing don’t have any idea how to sign up for the sites, how to find your affiliate link, or how to build an online business. Again, it's clever advertising that leads you to believe that you will be making money instantly, but I'm sure that the profits Ryan generated from his Instagram account was the result of testing techniques over a long period of time, and working through lots of failures along the way.
Who Is This Product For?
As a standalone way of making money online, the approaches promoted in this product are not a good idea. They are unlikely to be successful in the long term, and can be confusing to set up and use for people not familiar with affiliate marketing.
Insta Profit Sniper does have some advantages, but it is no nowhere near the revolutionary concept that Ryan suggests it to be, and with products like Insta Profit Sniper available, the amount of competition is already increasing quickly.
Honestly, this product works best for someone already engaged in affiliate marketing who wants another approach for getting sales. The approach may provide a short-term spike in profits, but honestly, you could probably obtain this just from a brief glance at the video.
Also, if you do not already have some background in affiliate marketing, or at least have a detailed understanding of the concepts involved, many of the approaches used in Insta Profit Sniper can seem confusing and difficult to achieve.
In Insta Profit Sniper, Ryan promotes is product as if it is something new and unusual, but in reality it is simply a spin on the traditional approach of affiliate marketing. In reality, there are a large number of different ways to make money online for people with no experience, and these can be done without having to spend a lot of money on products or training.