Product Name: The Facebook Vault (FB Vault)
Product Owner: Mike Buontempo
Advertised Price: $7, $1
Upgrades: $47, $27
What Is It?
Get cheap clicks for paid advertising on Facebook and promote CPA offers.
This is an extremely simple concept and Mike's videos will certainly not show you the path to $10k months. He also tells you to do some stuff which is deceptive and might be considered copyright infringement.
Before You Buy:
In typical guru fashion, the advertising video speaks of an amazing system that allowed him to make a ton of money. No doubt he has made money this way, and I won't speculate whether it's a lot or a little. But once you are inside, there are only 10 videos, about 5 minutes each, most of which are him saying “thank you for buying”, and “consider upgrading to the Platinum offer.”
What I liked:
If you click away, he offers the course for $1. This is a typical guru move, selling a front end product for cheap so they can sell you more crap to your email address. Still, $1 for 10 videos isn't bad. If you read between the lines there are a few nuggets of info to pick up by watching.
He give some good advice about focusing, and the videos themselves are very focused on one tiny aspect of online marketing. If you really did CPA offers with Facebook advertising, you definitely could make some money. How much money will depend on how much other training you buy because this course will simply not be enough.
What I didn't Like:
I always hate handing over my phone number, especially when I know they are going to call me (he said they will). This is opening your personal number to being hassled by cold-callers trying to sell you more stuff. It's happened before.
Right away, he jumps right into talking about 1-3 cent clicks. If you don't know what CPA is, you'll be lost by this point. These videos were not made for the super noob. Unfortunately, the concepts he covers in his “system” are ultra simple compared to some of the stuff other people are doing, so anyone with any CPA or PPC experience will likely not gain any benefit from this course.
I was shocked to see that he suggested that to find images for your offers and pages, that you just take them from Google image search. Many times these images are copyrighted, or are not available for commercial use. Though it's likely that no one will notice, and people get away with it all the time, you could get stuck with a hefty fine or legal trouble if you snag the wrong image.
The thing that sealed the deal for a big, fat, thumbs down for FB Vault is that he is promoting random offers that have nothing to do with the Facebook Page that he created. In the instruction videos he created a Call of Duty (game) fan page. On the fan page, he opted to promote coupons for baby stuff. Though there are probably people with babies that also like COD, promoting baby offers on this page makes no sense whatsoever.
And, the icing on the cake was in his example about promoting another game called Halo 4. He created a small image that said “If you love Halo, like and share this. Winner gets Halo 4 for free”. He then said on the recording, “It's not exactly true, but, you know…” and trailed off.
Clearly he's posting false information and fake offers as an incentive to get people to like the page. Then, when something goes “viral”, you sneak random CPA offer links into the page. Not a good idea in my opinion.
The product was worth $1, but won't turn a noob into a marketing hero. It might be worth your time if you are interested in marketing CPA offers on Facebook, but I would not follow all of his advice.
If you are interested in PPC, Traffic Black Book is a much better course. If you are just getting started with online marketing and do not know the difference between PPC, CPA, or affiliate marketing, then I suggest you join my beginners course. It's 5 days of emails sent to your inbox, it's free, and it's geared towards people that know very little (or nothing) of how to make money online.
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