Product Name: Snap Affiliate Profits
Product Owner: Stephen Gilbert
Advertised Price: $7.25
What is it?
Snap Affiliate Profits is a ten-part video course that teaches one method of affiliate marketing. The idea is that instead of using PPC (pay per click) to drive traffic to an affiliate offer or product, you can use that same traffic to build your email list.
Snap Affiliate Profits is nothing new. This is a tactic that’s commonly used by just about everyone in marketing. The fact that the product creator thinks it’s something new and fantastic scares me more than anything else.
Stephen is an admitted newbie in online marketing, and he doesn’t seem to know (or maybe he just doesn’t care) that he’s teaching a tactic that is as old as online marketing itself.
Before You Buy
You’re offered two more of Stephen’s products after you purchase this one. These upsells are supposed to help you earn more money from the tactic Stephen teaches.
This upsell basically sounds like it’s three products just like Snap Affiliate Profits, rolled into one. You get three more case studies, videos and “secret techniques”. It will cost you another $17 though.
The second upsell is a “Done for You” product. Apparently you get access to Stephen’s emails, website building software and a few plugins to help you collect email address. This one will cost you an additional $37.
This is all standard far for the Warrior Forum. Sell a cheap product for $7 about whatever. Then promote a supercharged version at $17. Then promote a done for you version for $27. It's a typical formula that everyone follows because they are not creative enough to come up with anything interesting or new to say.
What I Liked
The Members Area
The members are is laid out really nicely. Once you login you can easily find everything you need, and get started. All the information is provided in single-lesson videos. When you’re done with one lesson, you can move right on to the next.
It’s obvious that Stephen put a lot time and energy into making this part of his product nice. Gold star for trying 🙂
Although I didn't find this product particularly useful or interesting, I suppose someone that's totally new to internet marketing could get value out of it. It wasn't a poorly produced product, and the videos were pretty good. It's hard to judge a product like this because it was alright, but still flawed in many ways.
Anyway, the presenters genuine enthusiasm for the information he's sharing with you is something to admire about Snap Affiliate Profits.
What I Didn't Like
Nothing New For Me
The things being taught inside Snap Affiliate Profits are nothing new. It’s the same, rehashed, info that you can find in literally thousands of other products. It's so ubiquitous, that most of the info is available for free on blogs, or as a free PDF you get when you sign up for someone's email list.
While Stephen does try to paint it like he’s teaching you some new technique, he’s not.
Actually, I think he might actually believe he’s stumbled onto something totally new. In his first video, Stephen mentions that he’s only been doing affiliate marketing for about a year. That leads me to think that maybe he’s just naive, and doesn’t know this “new strategy” of his is really just old news.
Here’s how it works:
- You find an offer or product to promote.
- You setup a PPC campaign to drive traffic to this offer.
But instead of running the traffic straight to the offer page, you send them to a squeeze page where they are required to enter their email address before going any further. This allows you to build an email list, so you can market to these same people later, the next time you have a similar offer or product to promote.
This is something affiliate marketers have been doing…well, as long as I can remember. An affiliate you are promoting products that don’t belong to you. So while you do a lot of the work, unless you setup this extra page to grab the email addresses, you'll basically lose that customer forever.
By setting up a squeeze page and collecting email addresses you are growing your customer-base every time you run a campaign, and making more sales each time, because you can combine both — your email and PPC campaigns.
In order to follow the advice given in Snap Affiliate Profits, you are going to have to take on some additional costs.
One of the things Stephen fails to mention in this course, is all the money he had to spend acquiring the tools, resources and traffic. Sure, these are all mostly, normal costs of doing business online, but that isn't clear from his sales page.
This is a typical sales pitch, trying to make a desperate beginner think that all they have to do is buy this product and their problems are going to be solved. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
To follow the specific advice in Snap Affiliate Profits, you are going to need:
- Autoresponder – $20/mo
- Squeeze Page software – $97
- PPC Budget – $50
These number are estimates but they are also very conservative. So, you’re looking at $167, just to get started.
Look, it takes money to make money, and I’m not trying to say it doesn’t. But there are far cheaper ways to get started. And on top of that, I don’t like misleading messages on sales pages like the one used here. In my mind, that’s reason enough to walk away.
PPC To Squeeze Pages and Email Opt-Ins
Depending on where you drive paid traffic from, you might run into problems if you are driving traffic to an opt-in squeeze page. I know for a fact that Google would count this as a bridge page (if you have no full website, ie squeeze page = no-go”
Bing is pretty lax, and Facebook is hit and miss. Beyond that, you have to start looking in creative places like Pinterest, Plenty of Fish, 7 Search, and others.
I don’t want to be too hard on Stephen’s support here, because he did offer his personal email address, but I have a few issues with that.
Support is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a product like this one. I prefer products that offer some type of community, like a Facebook group or a forum. Just in my personal experience, people offer assistance as a way to ease your fears, but the true assistance starts to fade quickly since you are not paying them a monthly fee!
Just speaking from my own feelings, if you paid me $10, I'd help for a bit, but emails every week would get tedious after a while considering I'm doing it for free.
In his introduction video, Stephen does give his personal email address and says that he responds to requests personally, within 24 hours. The problem is, you can’t hear what he’s saying — it’s inaudible. And secondly, I couldn't find the email anywhere in the members area.
Snap Affiliate Profits wasn't terrible, but it was just another Warrior Forum product about making money promoting offers through building an email list. A newbie will be able to learn some stuff from it for a few bucks, but as far as a long term business plan it leaves out a lot of details, including a robust support system.
Are You Serious About Making Money Online?
Lots of people drive from product to product in the Warrior Forum, looking for that magic bullet to teach them the secrets of earning money online. Creating a full-fledged, money-generating business from a few pages or videos is unlikely in my opinion. Take a look at my own journey how I got started in online marketing and how I started working from home. It wasn't fast, easy, a simply task, but it worked out for me!