Product Name: Snowball Traffic System
UPDATE: This product is no longer being sold
I was requested to review this product by a commenter, and was under the impression that it was still being marketed as a “new” product. There seems to be some confusion as to how this person received the pitch for this product. I reviewed it as if it was released in 2014, but I guess it's been offline for some time.
What is it?
The Snowball Traffic system is a large course designed to help you learn the in’s and out’s of affiliate marketing. Nyback (creator) discusses everything from how to find products to promote, to how to create your own products
There’s a lot of information inside this course that was valid at one point. However, it's severely outdated and there's absolutely no support. If you are going to spend money on starting a business, there are much better options out there.
Before You Buy
While there are some good techniques here that will help you build a solid business online, there’s also some stuff that can hurt it. The information in most of the course is still relevant but much of it is not. The stuff that is no longer relevant might actually hurt you.
Jason teaches you all the right things when it comes to the basics because those haven’t changed that much. Things like, how to find your niche, or developing your own product are all well covered here. But the web has changed a lot since this course was created.
2011 was a year of many changes for Google and other search engines. Much of what he teaches about getting organic traffic is wrong now. It worked back then but it will get your site penalized and removed if you do it now.
What I liked
Jason is very transparent. He’s not afraid to show you case studies of things that that didn't work. He’s also very good at explaining why certain they didn’t work. He does this by giving you a side-by-side view of the campaigns.
A lot of affiliate marketers are terrified to let their ‘numbers’ be known, Jason is not.
Finding your way around the members area is easy, so that was nice. He has a lot of information back there but he’s done a nice job of categorizing everything into separate modules to make sure you get around easily.
Jason gives you in an over-the-shoulder view of what he does to get traffic and sales. Everything Jason teaches you, he does through video. Information like this is much easier to take in that way.
The course is made up of many different videos. Each category has an introduction video and then a video on each topic within that category. This helps to break down the topics quite nicely and it’s easy to know how far along you are.
What I didn't like
As I said above, the parts of this course that cover the basics are great. Jason could've easily re-recorded the outdated parts, repackaged it and resold it. If he had done that he’d still have a very nice course that would have been valuable to a lot of people.
Unfortunately, he didn't do that. He didn't do anything, he’s left the course completely unchanged since 2011. Beginners who buy this course will damage their website’s because they won’t know what information is good and what’s old.
One of the tactics Jason teaches is article marketing. The idea is to publish as often as you can to article directories like Ezine.com. A couple years ago this was a valid strategy that most people used. However, if you try it now Google will remove your website from the search results.
Once that happens, your site is ruined, making it impossible to gain any new visitors from the search results.
Another tactic he teaches is to outsource much of your writing work. Outsourcing is okay in many cases but Jason suggests you outsource to foreign writers because they are cheaper. This is terrible advice, it wasn't great advice in 2011.
Even if all the information in the course was relevant, you're left on your own. There is no one there to help or guide you. No one to ask questions and no forum. There was no option to ask for support of any kind. More often than not, people want help. Support is really what makes a course like this worthwhile. Without it, it's just another course.
EDIT: I've been contacted by Jason and told that he did in fact provide good support for the product while it was available. The fact that he's still around and still marketing, proves that he's at least active with his newer products. Though I can't comment from personal experience, I think it's safe to assume that he's involved in the members area of his newer releases. I'm currently looking through my notes to see why my initial impression was that there was no support and will update when after re-reading them.
Update 2: I was just reading over my notes, and see that my complaint about support was the fact that there was no easy way to contact Jason. I simply couldn't find a “support” or “contact” button anywhere on the site.