Product Name: The Clickbank Heist
Product Owner: Billy Darr
Advertised Price: $8.37
What is it?
The Clickbank Heist is a short ebook that supposed to show you how to promote new affiliate products through a simple website. Basically, it teaches you how to be a launch jacker for new affiliate products.
The Clickbank Heist is one of the worst products I've seen in a while. Its intense focus on fast money, cheap tools and bad advice make it a terrible investment. If the product was free it would still be overpriced. You cannot use the information given inside this guide and expect to walk away with anything but an empty bank account. Avoid this product.
Before You Buy
As you might expect, there are some additional offers after your purchase.
Up-sell #1: Generate Over $18K In The Last 60 Days – $17.55
When you purchase this up-sell you will be given access to Billy's private instructional videos that supposedly will show you how to make $18 in 60 days. There are a few instructional videos along with an eBook that include some more tips that can be used to boost your income.
Downsell: Generate Over $18K In The Last 60 Days – $9.55
It's the same up-sell but with a huge discount.
Up-sell #2: Make $10,000 Online – $9.20
This up-sell includes some instructional videos, a step by step system, sales page review, “secret” traffic generating techniques, and much more. But these claims should be taken with a grain of salt because most of these products aren't really designed to teach people how to make money. It's all about sending money back to the creator's bank account.
What I Liked
I didn't like much about this product because it's really short and not very in-depth. But there's one thing that I did like…
Most ebooks that each people how to make money online are drawn out and full of fluff and long, unnecessary back stories. This book is short and the the point. It doesn't capitalize on a lot of important aspects of online business but it does summarize a quick system that can work.
What I Didn't Like
Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with this product.
Too many up-sells
Once I bought the product, I had to skip through a bunch of pages of up-sells just to access the product. It was quite irritating and I don't want to be forced to purchase up-sells. Not to mention the fact that the up-sells are more expensive than the core product.
It's one thing to offer additional products, as upsells to your buyer's. That's totally normal, and it's even an effective marketing strategy. But it crosses the line when it becomes overpowering to the point that it start to distract people from taking advantage of the product they already bought.
Unfortunately that is exactly what happened with The Clickbank Heist.
The Product is Hosted with Google Docs
I don't have anything against Google Docs, I think it's an awesome platform for a lot of things. It’s just not a professional way to host a product. Is it really that difficult to upload the book to the website's hosting server?
When you finally land on the download page, the link sends you to a Google Doc document.
I think if Billy is making all this money, like he claims, he should be able to invest in a decent hosting platform and website design. As it stands now, it's very obvious that he has not spent a penny on these things. This is just another fly-by-night product he slammed together over the weekend.
The Product is Really Short
33 pages to be exact. I know I mentioned that I like the fact that the product is short and to the point. But I know people who are not familiar with internet marketing will need more information than what is presented in this ebook.
Recommends PLR eBooks
PLR (Private Label Rights) eBooks are horrible for business for a number of reasons. It would take for too long to explain all of them, but I’ll tell you about the biggest ones.
For starters, these products are slapped together in a matter of minutes and are almost always full of typos, grammar mistakes, outdated advice, and other problems. Also, PLR ebooks are created using content that has been bought and sold countless times before. It’s copied content.
But a lot of people recommend using PLR ebooks as a give-away to build an email list because they're cheap and don't require much work. Billy is one of these people. I don’t like the idea because it doesn’t give the audience any value.
Fiverr as a Source of Traffic
This is what killed it for me. In case you didn't know, Fiverr is a website where sellers complete tasks for $5 ( level 2 sellers and above can charge more for gig extras) and there's a wide range of services that anyone can purchase for a measly five bucks.
Billy recommends using Fiverr to find gigs that promise to deliver traffic. He doesn’t recommend one particular seller but, instead tells you to search for “the good gigs”. I think it goes without saying that you can't expect much for five bucks. The traffic will undoubtedly be completely un-targeted and won't convert at all.
Take a look at the screenshot below and tell me if these gigs sound promising:
You can see that one seller offers “unlimited traffic”. I’m sorry, but that’s just not possible. There is no such thing as unlimited traffic, and if there was it would sell for much more than five dollars.
Using traffic from fiverr is a waste of money because it's not targeted. It's usually fake clicks from click farms, bots, or spam emails send out en masse.
Submitting to Article Directories
Article directories have been dead for a few years now but for some reason people continue to believe they work. Submitting articles to article directories in hopes of traffic is a another total waste of time. It’s just not going to help your website at all. In fact they can cause more damage than anything else if you go overboard.
Article directories like Ezine were once a great place to get traffic and other benefits. Now they are pretty much useless for website owners.
Launch Jacking for “Fast Cash”
Clickbank Heist is all about making a “quick buck”. It's based on the idea of launch jacking, which means you'll have to create a new website for every product you want to promote. And since these products only remain popular for a short time you’ll be creating new websites all the time.
Once all the launch festivities are over the product will lose attention, your sales will dry up, and your website becomes useless. In other words, you'll always be on the lookout for new product launches and working on new websites.
Done as CBH suggests, it’s a bad idea and a terrible way to build a business online. I do think you could theoretically do an OK launch jacking site if you provided real insight into product creators and got a hold of review copies, but this is not explained in the guide, so most folks will end up regurgitating non-facts they find on sales pages, thus creating a completely unhelpful website.
There are plenty of ways to make money online, but I’ve always found affiliate marketing to be the easiest to understand, and the cheapest to get started in. An $11 domain is all you need to get started. The product I just reviewed is a terrible example of how to actually make money through affiliate marketing. My methods are quite different, honest, and completely newbie friendly. You can learn how to do what I do here.
Most products like this last just a few short months then disappear. That's the nature of hype in the business of making money online.
The only system I've seen last more than a decade is the same place where I learned how to start an online business. They've been around teaching newbies to make money online since 2006. You can join for free and start your first website in the next couple minutes