I have a special spam inbox where I find junk products marketed to me from lists of the “gurus” online. Internet Income Explained was sent to me in an email, so I checked it out.
According to the sales video, Internet Income Explained is an effective way to earn in your free time, even if you’ve tried and failed at countless techniques before. You don’t need any experience or skills either, as the whole thing makes use of a ‘clever shortcut’.
Marketing pitches like this are a dime a dozen and they mean very little. In this case, Internet Income Explained isn’t even a real system or product. It’s simply a sales pitch to something else, called AWOL Academy.
You can see this clearly on the website, as the logo and tab title both reference AWOL Academy. The sales pitch also mentions Keala Kanae. This is another indication, as he created AWOL Academy.
AWOL Academy And Income
AWOL Academy is promoted as a comprehensive platform for internet marketing education. In other words, they teach you how to make money online. Their specific focus is on affiliate marketing.
I’m completely behind the idea of affiliate marketing training. Affiliate marketing is a reliable way to make money online and is an approach that many people follow. The idea means that you’re promoting products from other companies. How much you earn varies depending on the product and the rate that has been set.
You can teach yourself the field and there is plenty of free information online. Personally though, I think that training is much more powerful. There’s simply too much information out there for a beginner to sift through. The field also changes over time, especially as search engines tweak their algorithms.
This doesn’t mean that I’m advocating for AWOL Academy, not in the slightest. AWOL Academy follows a style that’s sometimes called a high-ticket affiliate program. This means that the prices get high very fast. Their various options look like this:
- AWOL101 ($99). This is the introductory product and involves a business planning session, a 1-on-1 call and a customized action plan.
- Pro Academy ($99). Teaches internet marketing, including areas like sales funnels, traffic generations and leads.
- Internet Income Explained ($49). Contains 4 video modules that focus on the basics of internet marketing and the precise approaches that AWOL Academy takes.
- Inbox Academy ($447). As the name suggests, this one emphasizes email lists and how to make them effective.
- Conversion Academy ($1,797). Talks about different aspects of converting traffic into sales, including live presentations and the choice of language.
- Traffic Academy ($2,997). Focuses on various ways to generate traffic.
- Masters Academy ($5,497). This one highlights some less common areas about creating long-term business success, including tax planning, money management and investing.
See what I mean about the pricing? Even the early products are pretty expensive for training, especially as the information doesn’t sound especially unusual. The later ones are even more concerning. Almost $3,000 to learn how to generate traffic. Ouch!
This pattern is where the income potential comes from. Members earn commissions from sales. So, if you could sell one of those $3,000 tiers, the commission would be high indeed.
There’s just one catch – you have to purchase a product before you can earn from it. If you want those high commissions, you first have to sink a considerable amount into the company. You’re doing this before you have a concept of whether making sales is realistic.
The first step in the process is buying AWOL 101. This comes with Pro Academy thrown in, so you pay $99 for both. AWOL 101 includes a 1-on-1 voice call. That sounds like a good thing, but it’s also problematic. The entire income approach with AWOL Academy is buying the expensive training and then selling it on to others. Even if you want to take things slow, the person you’re talking to is likely to try and pressure you into the higher tiers.
In fairness, those tiers are where the most income potential lies, so the idea isn’t entirely unreasonable. Still, it’s much harder to be objective when you’re talking to someone live. Salespeople are also pretty good at being pushy.
Could You Make Money?
Honestly yes, you could earn through AWOL Academy. I have no doubt that the training is decent and the approaches work well. The websites for Internet Income Explained and AWOL Academy itself are indications of this. Both sites rely on a range of techniques to make the idea seem appealing and realistic. For Internet Income Explained, the emphasis is hype, while the AWOL Academy page focuses on quality and legitimacy.
The underlying model is viable as a way to make money. Despite this, the idea isn’t nearly as amazing as the marketing suggested.
The biggest selling point of AWOL Academy is the high commissions. Let’s be honest, no one actually buys the packages for the training itself. It might be decent training, but there’s no way anyone would pay those prices – not with so many other options out there. Instead, people are buying for the chance to earn.
The high commissions are also the biggest issue. To get those commissions, you must sell expensive products. That’s tough to do at the best of times. To make matters worse, you’re selling products where the cover price is higher than the value of the product.
Is the process really worth it? There are plenty of high ticket affiliate programs that don’t cost to join. These often have products that people are likely to buy, such as jewelry and vacations.
It’s also worth reading the disclaimer at the bottom of the Internet Income Explained page. It basically states that most people who join the program aren’t going to see success. The approach also requires ‘massive and consistent effort’, which isn’t what the sales pitch claimed at all.
This would be bad enough for a program that was inexpensive. For something that costs thousands of dollars, it’s just absurd. There’s too much risk and not enough reward.
If you still think the underlying idea sounds good, consider the initial sales pitch. It’s filled with bold claims that cannot possibly be real. I mean honestly, the video even uses a stock photo of it raining money. That’s not realistic. Earning up to $689 per day isn’t either.
The sales pitch also keeps talking about how easy the process is. That’s simply not true. Affiliate marketing always takes time. The process tends to take longer when you’re trying to get sales on expensive products. After all, even the first sale is $99. That’s a lot of money for many people.
For that matter, the video opens with the idea of an amazing shortcut and a fantastic way to make money. There’s nothing at all unusual about AWOL Academy. What’s this shortcut meant to be? The fact that you get high commissions per sale? That’s not a shortcut, nor is it that unusual.
There’s also no shortage of manipulation on the site. The sob story told throughout the sales video is one example, as is the whole idea of the page just being up for a little while.
Let me be clear. I have not tried AWOL academy, but I do plan to try it in the future. I'm just giving my first impressions here because I was “tricked” by Internet Income Explained into landing on the AWOL academy. This reminds me back when Empower Network was “re-marketed” by hucksters trying to build their brand, but still get referrals. Well, the scammers and their program aren't around any more because it was an unsuccessful long-term business model.
I'll update with an AWOL review when I have the time and money to dig in.
AWOL Academy is yet another company that offers high commissions because their training is so expensive. Some people do make money with this type of system, but the vast majority never break even.
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.
The only system I've seen last more than a decade is the same place where I learned how to start an online business. They've been around teaching newbies to make money online since 2006. You can join for free and start your first website in the next couple minutes