Product Name: The IM Goofball's Guide To $51-$74 Per Hour
Product Owner: Tome E & Mark Tandan
Advertised Price: $9.97
What is it?
The IM Goofball's Guide To $51-$74 Per Hour (The IM Goofball's Guide for short) is one hundred page PDF guide that promises to teach you how to make money ($51 to $74 per hour) online by offering “IM services” (internet marketing) to successful online business owners.
The services, they say, can be anything you want but they recommend sticking to three main services: Writing emails, writing product reviews, setting up sales funnels.
Basically, The IM Goofball's Guide teaches you how to be a freelance writer.
“The IM Goofball's Guide To $51-$74 Per Hour” is not at all what it claims to be. It’s misleading, and at those grounds alone I would not recommend it. Additionally, they try to upsell you on a $37 product that, in my opinion is highly unethical.
Before You Buy
There is one upsell you’re asked to consider purchasing after you buy “The IM Goofball's Guide To $51-$74 Per Hour”. It’s a PLR package that you’re supposed to use along with what Tom and Mark teach you in this product.
PLR stands for “Private Label Right” and it’s basically content you can buy the rights to, which someone else has written. You can purchase this upsell for an additional $37!
I can’t even begin to tell you how disgusted I am with this offer. Seeking out marketing professionals, asking them to pay you for writing, then giving them PLR content is wrong on so many levels. Your clients may not know the different, but PLR will not bring them good results. If they actually read the content, it will probably be clear that it's junk content, and your client will be lost.
You will not make money doing this and the fact the Tom and Mark even suggested it shows how little they care about anything but lining their own pockets.
What I Liked
This is one of those products that I had to really try to find something good about. I always try to find one good thing, but this time it was pretty hard to do.
Some Good Resources
If nothing else, you will be able to find some pretty good resources in this guide. There’s links to tools, forums, tutorials and other helpful stuff for beginners. Many of the resources I had never heard of before but I checked them out and most of them are handy.
Most of the resources listed are title and subject line generators. Tools that are used to help created catchy openings for emails and blog posts. Other resources are links to tutorials videos that will help you setup a Facebook fanpage or a blog.
The most useful for one for beginners is the link to Michael Hyatt’s video that shows you how to setup a WordPress blog.
What I Didn't Like
This product has some serious problems. Here are some of the things I didn’t like about it.
What About Experience?
The big problem I have with this guide is that Tom and Mark act like anyone can simply decide they want to offer these services without any previous experience. The truth is, that will probably cause you a lot of problems very quickly.
Well, if a successful internet marketer hires you for one of these tasks, let’s say email marketing or setting up a sales funnel, they are going to expect results. If you have no experience in these things then there’s just no way you can produce results.
Email marketing, for example, requires a fairly talented copywriter to attract opens, clicks and sales when you’re dealing with a large list owned by a successful marketer. One wrong word could easily send that marketer’s conversion rates down by as much 10%, which could cost them thousands (or more).
I’m not saying you shouldn’t try your hand at email marketing in your own business, in fact I’m saying the opposite. When it’s your list you can do what you want and all the risks lie with you, and since you’re a new marketer you’re playing with a smaller email list and less money. Plus, you won’t have to compete with the previous month’s conversions like you would if you're working for someone else.
What this really boils down to is this: Are you willing to risk permanently damaging your reputation? Because that’s what will happen if you’re hired by a successful marketer and you fail to deliver. If you want to do something like gain the experience first, then come back and read this guide.
Mostly Geared Towards Writing
When I bought this product there was nothing on the sales page about writing. In fact, it didn’t mention freelancing of any kind. So when I opened it up and saw that it basically a one hundred page ebook for freelance writers I was a little let down, as I’m sure many other buyers will be.
Just take a look at the resources I mentioned earlier: Almost everyone of them has something to do with writing.
There is no shortage of “How to be a freelance writer” guides. You can do a quick search and find millions of them, maybe more. If Tom and Mark had something new to say on this topic it wouldn’t be so bad, but they have basically tried to disguise a freelance writing product as an internet marketing product and that is misleading.
There are many services that you can provide the internet marketing community, and writing is just one of them. What about social media management? How about link building, blog commenting, project management, or graphic design?
One thing that seems to plague text-based product like this one is the lack of support. Most times though, even a text-based product will offer minimal support through a third-party support desk. However, Mark and Tom chose not to do that, the bare minimum.
Even though their PDF is full of links to other sites and resources they could not include a link to their own. I’m sure they’ve only partnered up for this product, but I know they both have websites of their own. They could have linked to one or both of those to help new buyers.
I searched through the guide, the download page, even the sales page, but there is nowhere to contact anyone about getting support for this product.
There really is no indication that you can actually earn $51-$74 per hour
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