Product Name: One Week Marketing
Product Owner: Jennifer Ledbetter (PotPieGirl)
Advertised Price: $97
Rating: [recommendation revoked]
What Is It?
A guide on how to make money selling Amazon products on Squidoo lenses. (If you are unfamiliar with Squidoo, it's a free online community of writers that make mini-blogs about their interests) *See why I no longer recommend One Week Marketing.
A refreshingly honest product that really work, but with limitations.
Before You Buy:
Jennifer, AKA PotPieGirl is pretty famous in the internet marketing community. She's very active, always honest, and always looking to provide quality content to her followers. Her product reflects this. There are to BS upsells, no marketing tricks, and no hype. This is one of the only products I've ever seen that does this.
Inside the members area there are ‘modules' (see screenshot below), and in each module are tasks you need to complete to finish the module. Instructions are simple, built for newbies, easy to understand, and there's no technical jargon.
Most of the content is written out, through there are a few videos.
What I Liked:
Obviously I liked a lot about her method of delivery. She's a great marketer, and an equally good teacher. This product can definitely teach anyone to make money online.
As I mentioned above, everything is laid out very simply, and she even has ‘to do lists' made for you to keep you on track. The instructions take you from A to Z, and there's no, “But you can make more money if you buy my other product” sales page at the end.
No website building knowledge required, and no technical learning needed! Plus, I know that selling Amazon products on Squidoo works because I personally know tons of people that have done it and currently do it.
What I Didn't Like:
But if it's so awesome, why did it only get score of 85?
Well, there are some things missing, and some potential problems you should know about.
1) By making a Squidoo lens, you are putting your business in someone else's hands. You do not OWN your lens. Squidoo does. They can shut you down at any time, and complaining will not do you any good.
2) There have been two major changes in the past couple years which have destroyed some marketers ‘Squidoo based businesses'. Most of it was fair. There are lots of people making low quality pages that do not contribute to the community. Some delisting and bannings were unjustified, causing many to swear they will never build another lens again.
3) The earnings are not enough to build a full time income. Squidoo is flooded with similar minded people who want to review similar products from Amazon. It's very competitive. Although you can certainly find many products that are low competition, many of the popular items, or high-priced items already have professionals taking that space. Duplicate lenses are often frowned upon, meaning you could lose your lens later on down the road. There's also a fine line to walk between being creative AND promoting a product versus ONLY promoting a product.
4) 90% of the course is written in high-contrast bold font which is annoying to read (but maybe good for older people?). There are very few pictures, plus they look like they're from a free picture database. There are even fewer videos. I feel for the $97 price ticket there could be more done with higher quality pictures and videos to aid with getting through the content.
Who Is This Product For:
This product is for someone that does not want to even think about building a website. It would also be good for you if you like making mini-blogs about a variety of topics. The Squidoo website is very ‘cute', and has a real community aspect where you can rate your friends lenses, connect with other users, exchange ideas, and do more than just “make money”. If community and creativity is your thing, then One Week Marketing could be good for you.
Update: I can no longer recommend Pot Pie Girl's One Week Marketing Program. As of 2014 she has recommend 3 separate products to her members of her program that I think can seriously damage your site and your business. Honestly, I have to question the direction she's taking her brand, and suggest you take her advice with a grain of salt. Apparently, I'm not the only one that thinks this.
The first product that fits this description I can't remember the name of. I did not have One More Cup of Coffee at that time and was only about 2 years into my marketing training. It was a content curation plugin that scraped content from other sources.
*I have now learned of a 4th junk product she promoted as “short cut”, and Amazon auto posting plugin called WP Zon Builder. Just more of the same “automate your business with software” type stuff.
This guide was pretty good, but it was still JUST a guide. Considering information that has come to light since my original review, I don't think this is a mentor worth trusting (sorry PPG).
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