Have you seen promotions for Message Money Machine around? This relatively new Clickbank product claims to be the next amazing thing for making money online. Why? Because it takes advantage of a new technique that allows you to make money.
If you’re rolling your eyes right now, I don’t blame you. This exact claim has been made time and time again, often by people selling Clickbank products. That begs the question, what’s the real story this time?
How Message Money Machine Works
Message Money Machine follows a familiar path. It takes affiliate marketing as an underlying approach, then promotes a variation of this. The argument is the same as always – that affiliate marketing works but it involves too much time and effort.
Message Money Machine apparently “cuts through all of this” by offering an easy way to get traffic and sales. As the site boasts, this is done through sending ‘random’ messages. In fact, you’re taking advantage of an incredible traffic source.
It’s not as great as all that. They’re simply talking about YouTube. The idea is that people are always sharing videos with one another. Some of them get extremely popular and go viral. Why not piggyback on that idea and earn some money?
To do so, users create a website through Message Money Machine and add affiliate links to it. This means that you need to join affiliate networks first and get the appropriate links. Needless to say, the created website isn’t going to be very good. It will also be similar to the sites from other members and will have very little content.
This means you won’t have any chance to rank the site and get traffic through search engines. Instead, you have to entirely rely on the traffic method that Message Money Machine is promoting.
With their technique, you’re choosing YouTube videos that are very popular, adding the link to your website and then sharing those videos. The videos will (theoretically) get shared a large number of times, gaining you plenty of traffic and income.
To be clear, you’re not getting paid based on who sees the video. You’re only getting paid when people click on your link, go to your website and purchase something. That’s a huge difference. Let’s be realistic. How many people actually click on the links in YouTube videos? Not many. Even fewer would choose to buy something.
The site does also include some training about affiliate marketing. However, the training is limited and it’s not going to be enough to get you earning money regularly. Beginners may also find it confusing.
It almost looks like a good idea on paper. If you know nothing about affiliate marketing, it might even seem convincing. The problem is that the system won’t be effective at all. It has some serious flaws that limit how much you could ever earn from it.
Problems With The Approach
The first issue is simple, people aren’t going to share and reshare your link. Many will look for the original source of the video. Besides, even if the original version got shared, that doesn’t mean yours will. The way that videos go viral is only partly based on the video itself. There are a host of other factors too, including timing and chance.
Even if your video was shared a ton, most people won’t even notice your link, let alone click on it. If you did get some traffic to your website, most visitors won’t buy anything.
Why would they? You’re focusing on people who are interested in funny videos. This isn’t an audience type that’s ready and willing to make a purchase. Most people will just watch the video without clicking on any other links. Some may even leave once they realize you want them to buy something.
Conversion rates with this type of audience always tend to be low. It’s much better to target people who are already interested in the products or topic at hand.
The second problem is traffic. People aren’t going to automatically find your website and videos. Instead, you’ll need to share the link, many times. Common recommendations include approaches like social media, forums, comments on websites and similar avenues. In other words, you’re basically spamming your link.
It’s a horrible way to get traffic and never works well. Your link will often get taken down immediately. Even if it doesn’t, few people are going to click on it. After all, spam links are already incredibly common. Website visitors are getting very good at ignoring them.
Message Money Machine also focuses on copying content from other people’s sites and using this on your new site. Not only is this unethical – it won’t help your site. Duplicate content tends to get flagged by search engines and won’t rank.
Another thing is your website itself. For one thing, it’s not really your site. It’s owned by Message Money Machine. You have limited control. You certainly don’t have the chance to improve it or get it ranking in search engines. If Message Money Machine goes under at any point (and it almost certainly will), you will lose your website as well.
The site doesn’t have much value either. There’s little reason for users to revisit your site and nothing to keep them there. Any video you’re showing just comes from YouTube already, so they’ll just find more there.
All of these aspects show that the system isn’t powerful. It’s not going to drive amazing viral traffic to your website, even if some videos themselves are extremely popular.
Marketing Issues And Manipulation
The shady system isn’t the only problem with Message Money Machine. The marketing is another concerning area. The sales video starts off with a series of clips, including one from ABC.
Clips like this are used to add legitimacy, especially as they do talk about working from home. The problem is that they have nothing at all to do with the site in question. In fact, Message Money Machine is similar to the scams one clip mentions, rather than a legitimate approach.
The video also includes typical video testimonials (sourced from Fiverr, no doubt). One of the biggest clues with this type of clip is the vagueness. The people giving testimonials miss out key pieces of information that real reviewers would include, while providing too much information about income.
The testimonials don’t even mention what program they’re talking about. Multiple testimonials seem to have parts cut out of them, right where it seems like they’re going to name the program in question. I’d bet anything that those testimonials were originally used to promote something entirely different.
There is also a Clickbank video that shows income ‘proof’. This is more manipulation, as the video doesn’t prove anything at all. People can actually fake these videos. It’s a little more difficult thank faking a screenshot, but not impossible. Even if the video was entirely legitimate, it doesn’t prove a thing.
All we know is that someone was making these commissions. There’s no way to know what system they were using or their level of experience. I doubt they were using the Message Money Machine approach. They were probably using a combination of other techniques, like a squeeze page, an email list and the hype surrounding a recent launch.
There are many other problems with the sales video, but one more stands out. The pitch claims that you don’t need to know how the system works, just that it makes money.
That’s not true. You should always understand how a system works before you spend anything on it. There are so many scams out there and countless sites claim to have something unique and amazing. The best way to know what is legitimate is to understand the underlying system. If the site isn’t willing to share that information, it’s a sure sign that there is something wrong.
Message Money Machine simply won’t work. Members just end up trying to drive traffic to websites that will never take off. The YouTube angle won’t even provide traffic. It certainly doesn’t offer visitors that will convert into sales.
In the end, you’d spend far too long trying to make this work and you won’t get very far. The program is just a waste of time and effort. If you want to make money from affiliate marketing it’s best to focus on providing something that offers some value to your audience.