Why You Should Not Trust Anything That Michael Young, Ricky Mataka, Kevin Byrne and/or Simon Greenhalgh Tell You
I received an email today from a guy called Michael Young. Whether that's his real name or not, I don't know.
This email linked to a website called rickymataka.com, promoting a product called Interlink Express.
But I did not land on rickymataka.com, instead I was redirected to a website called Clickthrou. UPDATE: Just a few days later, the link was unavailable.
It must have been blocked by their autoresponder because the link still worked and brought me to this page.
Internet marketing reinvented? Unfortunately not. With products like Interlink Express and it's affiliation with Octamarketing, it's the same old game. As you'll see below, these guys are trying extremely hard to scrape every last dollar out of you, in any way possible.
About Interlink Express
The product is supposed to create an perfectly “interlinked” website on autopilot, zero work, increase rankings, bla bla bla.
We've heard all that before.
I'll admit that my understanding of the product is shallow, but I do know that some algorithm is not going to be able to link my website better than me.
Making consistent money online, from ONE business, is going to be about creating a brand that people trust. Part of that is giving your visitors a positive user experience. When you have a WordPress plugin choosing which links to create and where to direct them, no one is going to know what the hell is going on in your website.
This is not a product review of Interlink Express. It's a commentary on the products creators and the scam artists associated with it.
What Happened Next
Before I could even get halfway down the page to read details about what Interlink Express actually does, a pop-up appeared; “Wait, before you go, we want to give you a free gift!”.
Ummm, I wasn't trying to leave. I guess someone didn't code the site correctly. If they can't even create a proper sales page, how the heck are they going to create a reliable WordPress plugin?
So I clicked on the button to see what this free gift was.
I was then directed to a website called Octamarketing, which is somehow affiliated with the guys at Interlink Express.
Here was my free gift
5 links, and a PDF guide on how to do internal linking in WordPress.
Have You No Morals?
I always hate to pass judgement on the owners of the products I review, but sometimes they leave me no choice. I don't know who the owners of Octamarketing are, but I do know that the way they have set up this free gift is to take money from your pocket in any way possible.
ALL OF THE LINKS REDIRECT TO LOW QUALITY Make-Money-Online Products
I clicked links 1-5, all of them directed me to various internet marketing products. The types of products they promote via these links are the ones that say, “This one little trick made me $236,763.45 in just 7 days”
or, “Skyrocket your online business with this guru secret I've never told anyone about.”
or, “Achieve financial freedom for just $47”
I took a screenshot of 4/5 products, but then couldn't remember which one I missed. So I clicked all the links one more time.
AND I WAS REDIRECTED TO 5 COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PRODUCTS!
The gifts were not actually gifts, but randomly generated affiliate links to other online marketing products. I clicked on the link for Gift #1 and was taken to a different product 5 different times.
What's even worse, is that many of these products had their own landing pages, own redirect, own bonuses, and own set of affiliated products/services in the “make money online” space.
By the end of my click session, I had about 20 tabs open in my browser, each to a different product claiming to have the secret to online riches. I was going to present them in order to show you the ridiculous path I had that Octamarketing has sent me on, but I lost track.
Here is just some of the junk they tried to sell me.
So, Michael Young, Ricky Mataka, Kevin Byrne and Simon Greenhalgh – are you seriously telling me that this is your business strategy: Try to sell me something, and if I don't want it, send me to the lion's den and hope I buy something from the thorny bush of internet marketing scams?
Is Interlink Express selling so poorly that you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and pray that a total newbie actually believes that they can learn the secret to internet millions with a $97 PDF guide?
Is your brand so disposable that you don't care about the people landing on your website, and care even less once they try to leave, attempting to sell them complete trash?
Because that's what it looks like to me.
In my opinion, this is just another fly-by-night product by a couple of guys that will just turn around and try to sell you something different down the road. I've only used ONE training center to learn how to make money online, and it's been my #1 recommendation for the entire time I've been blogging on One More Cup of Coffee. The guys who run Wealthy Affiliate have been around since 2005.
In internet-years, that's worth a lot (Facebook only started in 2004), and in terms of internet marketing products, there really hasn't been anything else out there that's survived that long.
Did you get caught in the web of trash or know something about these guys? Let me know in the comments below!