Product Name: Safe Simple Commissions
Product Owner: Bill Gregory & Rob Walker
What is it?
Training and tools for posting affiliate links on Facebook and Twitter.
Safe Simple Commissions is nothing short of a scam. I would be surprised if anyone made money through following their methods of affiliate links through Facebook and Twitter. Not only is the concept bad, but it is poorly executed, and the product provides very little actual information or training.
Before You Buy
Purchasing the product itself was simple enough, but as you can probably imagine, once I actually purchased the product I was immediately faced with upsells. Personally, I was a little amused at being told that I had won the chance to purchase an upsell, although I was getting a little tired of the cheesy videos by that time.
There was nothing particularly unusual or difficult about the purchasing process, but as usual, keep a close eye out for upsells – particularly as you don’t know whether the actual product is any good at that point in time.
It’s also worth noting that some of the upsells appeared to be unavailable, as they gave me an error message when I tried to find out the price. It always concerns me when I find a product that does this, because it is an indication the owners aren’t putting that much care into it.
What I Liked
Normally I can find something about the product I like but I’m drawing a blank this time.
What I Didn’t Like
Same Old Sales Pitch
If you’re anything like me, the video for Safe Simple Commissions probably seems a little familiar. It’s a video of a middle-aged white male, nice car, nice house and a sales pitch that sounds far too good to be true.
While Bill might sound convincing, there really is nothing unusual about his sales pitch – and it is the same hype and spin that just about every product owner provides. It’s also worth noting that the ‘lovely’ family in the sales video is probably made entirely of actors.
Safe Simple Commissions is a Clicksure product and Bill also heavily promotes the use of Clicksure as well as Clickbank for affiliate links. Now, there are some quality products on Clickbank, and I do believe that it is possible to make money from Clickbank. However, many of the products on Clickbank are scammy in nature and most of them simply aren’t worth the time to promote.
Additionally, Bill also does the trick of showing his Clickbank earnings – which seems to be how everyone sells their products these days. As I have mentioned before, it is very easy to fake Clickbank earnings, even in a video. He does the same with Clicksure, which is similar to Clickbank, and again – the earnings don’t mean much.
Personally, I don’t care how much money a product owner has made – it is absolutely no indication of whether the system actually works not. It’s also worth noting that there are internet gurus who make a lot of money online and do so mainly by selling scam products that offer very little and are very expensive.
There are a number of reviews on this system online already and these include both positive and negative reviews.
Personally, I would recommend ignoring most of the positive reviews of the product, because many of the reviewers are affiliates, and don’t always appear to have a strong concept of what the product actually does. Reviewers like this try to put a positive spin on the product, simply because they make commissions from any sales.
The negative reviews of the product were what I found more interesting. Some people mentioned that they had been unable to earn any money from the product, while others said that it was very difficult to actually get a refund.
As one person noted, promoting affiliate links through social media is unlikely to be effective, because people hate being spammed with sales. Additionally, social networks are not designed for money making – so it is likely that at some point Facebook and Twitter will restrict users from being able to do this.
The Actual System
The product itself (once you finally get to it) contains ten steps most of which also include a training video. The concept is that users go through these steps to make money online, but really… I seriously doubt it, especially when one of the steps looks like this:
In terms of quality, the training videos were nothing to be thrilled about. They had good resolution and the audio was crisp, but it often sounded like the narrator was just trying to stretch it out. Personally, I got annoyed by being told that ‘this is the video in the membership area, now let’s go to the membership area, here we are in the membership area’ (not word for word, but you get the gist).
In fact, all of the training was very rudimentary – such as having four steps dedicated to setting up a Facebook page. Normally I appreciate training that actually takes you through steps properly, but with only ten lessons it’s pretty clear that the product isn’t getting anywhere.
There is also no way to fast-forward or rewind the video. This is very frustrating for training, because it means if you miss a bit, or need to re-watch something, then you have to refresh the page and watch the video from the start again. The system itself isn’t really much better. It is basically an extension of affiliate marketing, where users create fan pages on Facebook and use these to promote affiliate links. This is a very optimistic approach to making money online.
Users basically end up with a page like the one below, which they host on their own website (meaning they have to pay hosting for the website):
The idea is that people make money because of the advertisements on the page. This is actually very unlikely, because the ads don’t have anything to do with the actual content of the page, and people don’t browse funny images on Facebook with the intent to purchase. Maybe users could make a few sales – but they would be more likely to annoy all their friends and family.
Personally, I also take offense to the way that the site claims it generates viral content. First of all, the page I’m referring to simply generates a link. Second, no one knows why some content goes viral and other content doesn’t – not even marketing experts. There is simply no way to predict it.
Honestly, the product really annoys me, and I sincerely hope that no one ever purchases it, because it simply will not work as a way to make money. Additionally, you get barely any product, which is concerning given the purchase price is $39.
Who Is This Product For?
I can’t think of a single person that would benefit from this product. If you really wanted to make money through affiliate links on Facebook, you would be better off doing this on your own, rather than attempting to go through the Safe Simple Commissions system.
Safe Simple Commissions is certainly simple, but it is also a very ineffective approach. From my own personal experiences, including much trial and error, I have learned that the most effective way of earning money online is through affiliate marketing. This includes developing your own website, but it is nowhere near as difficult as it sounds and can turn into a sustainable long-term business.
Some people think that this approach sounds like too much work. However, if you want to make money in the long-term, then you are going to need to put in some effort. Anyone that tells you otherwise is trying to scam you.
My #1 recommended product is the most user-friendly and relevant training that I have ever found for affiliate marketing and it is relevant for people new to the field as well as people who are more experienced.