Product Name: SEO Synergy
Product Owner: Mark Bishop, Radu Hahaianu
Advertised Price: $37
Upsells, $27, $197, $37
What Is It?
A “system” on how to rank niche sites in Google for the keywords you want them to rank for.
The product is not bad and the owner is legit. But I don't believe in magic, and I don't believe SEO synergy works as well as he says it does. I also think that if you start following the advice of Mark Bishop, you will get stuck in the world of looking for new ways to “climb the ranks” instead of focusing on what matters – producing content that your visitors want to read.
Before You Buy
Usually it's quite obvious to me within the first five minutes if a product is legit or not. This is not true of Mark Bishop's SEO Synergy.
Because of this, I did a bit of leg work to see who he was and what his history is (lots of these guys are serial product creators, making several scams a year), but was pleasantly surprised to see that Mark is a real guy, that has a somewhat active presence online.
He did a few interviews with harmless-enough-looking people (that I've never heard of) which can be found on YouTube. I didn't watch them all the way through so can't comment on the content.
He also had an active Facebook page with real information, not just ads! Lots of guys just set up a Facebook page and leave it. There's ZERO activity, with 4,000 likes, which makes it obvious that they paid someone to send robot-likes to their page.
When someone takes the time to share content and ask questions via social media, it's a positive in my book.
The sales page was not hyped, and there were no “fake discounts” or “one time offers” that beg for sales, as is typical with internet marketing or “Make Money Online” products. Kudos on the sales page bro.
After you buy, there were two upsells and one downsell. This type of activity is usually annoying, but Mark did it in such a way that was non-intrusive. It was clear that he was just offering some other stuff if you were interested, but if you didn't buy, it that was perfectly OK.
On top of that, I was able to quickly and easily access the product. This may sound like not a big deal, but many of these internet marketing products have issues. I buy a lot of them for reviews, so I'm pretty used to having to contact support and wait a week for my login information.
What I Liked
The overview and week 1 training were done in videos and PDFs. I always like to see BOTH, because some people like to read, and others prefer video. They are meant to be complimentary, so you'll have to go through both, but still, it's a nice touch.
Speaking of nice touches, it's worth mentioning that the general layout, navigation, and design of the graphics etc was done well. The site was easy to navigate, and it was easy to find the training to get started. There were no ads, and no junk sold in the members area. Another thumbs up here!
The Getting Started videos were pretty newbie friendly, but if you are a complete beginner, I think you'll get lost pretty easily. I'm sure he designed it to be as simple as possible, but I work with newbies every day, and am 100% positive that a large number of people would be overwhelmed by some of this stuff.
Still, with some patience and time spent figuring it out, I think the average person with a little experience in internet marketing would do fine with the material.
What I Didn't Like
To start off, I wasn't impressed that his two case studies were about penises and asses. I thought that for a product like this that's going out to thousands of people, he could have chosen some more tasteful topics to show for examples of how his system works.
Going through the beginners stuff, and then week 1, I thought this was going to be a totally awesome product.
But as I went through week 2-5, I found that quality suffered.
Videos stop after week 1, so week 2 is just PDF guides. They are just a few pages long, and generally contain the same information as previous weeks.
He focuses a lot on social sharing and backlinks as the foundation of his SEO practices. Fair enough, but I don't think it's the magic formula that he makes it out to be. What's more, I think that long term, things like obtaining artificial links in a “backlinking strategy” could do serious damage to your site long term.
The most dangerous thing he recommended in SEO Synergy is buying backlinks from Fiverr. I 1000% recommend you stay away from Fiverr and don't let anyone on that website touch your money-making business.
Would you trust someone that will fix your car for $5? So why would you bank your business on a $5 gig that's supposed to work “SEO magic” on your business?
The same goes for paid comments. Paid comments are almost just as bad as spam comments. It's obvious to me when fake comments are left, and to a non-marketer, it will just seem confusing, and not add value to the discussion.
The training, while geared toward newbies, will surely confuse many of you. I see the type of questions that come through my inbox, and there are some real beginners out there.
Where do you get support?
Not from Mark or Radu apparently
The Big Picture
The bigger issue with SEO Synergy is that it's a guide on how to get crappy content ranked in search engines. It doesn't help the people that land on your site. Sure, maybe there's a chance that using his system you can get ranked faster, but there are no instructions on how to convert customers, or even how to produce quality content.
In fact, once you sign up for SEO Synergy, you are immediately hit up by BOTH Mark Bishop and Radu Hahaianu on 2 separate email lists promoting more products that are supposed to boost your site's rank.
Stuff like content curation as is advertised in the email above will not help your site rank, and is not a great way to build the foundation to an income producing online business. With all this backlinking, curating, and rank-gaming, when are you supposed to be working on your actual business?
Not sure about…
As mentioned above, I wasn't impressed with bumbigger.com, a site that's supposed to help girls get bigger butts. I thought it was a bit lacking in taste.
However, it was a real incentive to work though the training when I knew there would be pictures of big butts awaiting me in the next PDF.
I'm not convinced that following this guide will guarantee rank. His two examples are legit, and really do rank, but I highly doubt that submitting articles, pining them, and getting links exactly how he outlined in exactly the order he recommends is “SEO Synergy”. It seems more like SEO Magic, and we all know that magic isn't real.
Still, it was a legit product, and for $37, would be worth a try for someone with a bit of experience in internet marketing.
To be honest, it's not often that I get to give a product a thumbs up. Most of what's out there is complete trash, so reviewing SEO Synergy was a pleasure.
However, there are much better ways to build your first website out there. There's better support, better training, and and most importantly, a better way to build an online business. My #1 recommended training center is where I learned how to build my first websites, so it's where I recommend everyone goes to learn how to make money online.