Product Name: Trust Jacker
Product Owner: Rob Jones
Price: $39.95 ($1 trial for one week)
*note: This article used to be titled “Trust Jacker: Some Merit As A Revenue Stream”, but I've since hardened my stance that this is not an ethical way to make money online.
What Is It?
Software used to link content to advertisements through social media.
Before You Buy:
This product is software that helps users earn profits through sharing content, such as news stories or blog posts, and linking a Clickbank or Cost per Action (CPA) advertisement to it. The concept is that people who view the link will also see an advertisement that the person using Trust Jacker chooses.
As such, the user of Trust Jacker will choose an advertisement that is directly related to the topic of the link that the person is viewing. Often, these links will be shared through social media, and Trust Jacker only contains minimal training for how to attract larger audiences.
What I Liked:
Trust Jacker is an approach that can earn users money within a relatively short period of time and has the advantage of not requiring a website and using social media well. Many reviewers of the product pointed out that they made money quickly, although the money was not nearly as much as advertised in the video for Trust Jacker.
I also liked the fact that Trust Jacker did come with some level of training, helping users to take advantage of the software. Also, the software was quick and easy to set up and use, which was somewhat refreshing. Overall, the product certainly has the potential to make money, but the real question is how much and for how long.
A final advantage of the software is that it has a $1 trial for seven days. According to the author, you can make profit in that time period, so that makes it worth checking out if you have the time to spare in learning an entirely new approach to making money online. However, make sure you cancel before the week is up, or you will get rebilled the total.
What I Didn’t Like:
One of the key components of Trust Jacker is in the advertisements that the user links to the article they are promoting. Despite the claim that users are earning money by not actually selling anything, the author of Trust Jacker focuses on using these advertisements to sell things through Clickbank or through CPA approaches.
Under the CPA approach, the user gets paid based on actions that the visitor performs, such as the example that is given in the video for Trust Jacker.
The author’s point was that most people viewing the website would actually fill the form out, earning the marketer some money. Now, I agree that some people will fill it out, so if you have enough traffic, odds are you will get some profit, but honestly, this approach is not nearly as effective as it seems.
For starters, a large number of people have pop-up blockers, which means they wouldn’t even see the advertisement in the first place. Other people close pop-up ads immediately, without even looking at them.
There are also many people who would read the ad but not believe it and certainly not fill it out. This leaves a small proportion of people actually responding to the ad out of the number that initially saw the link. This proportion is also likely to get much smaller if it is a Clickbank product that is being promoted instead of a CPA, because people will have to spend money for you to make any.
It’s pretty normal for a product to be hyped, and it seems like most authors of internet marketing products refuse to sell products any other way. I hate having to sit through a video and listen to an owner of a product tell me how wonderful it is and how much money it could make me, while only briefly covering what it actually is being sold.
Admittedly, Trust Jacker is nowhere near as hyped as some products I have seen in the past, but the level of hype is enough to make me seriously wonder how much the author says in the video is even true. One example is this early part of his video:
This is a pretty broad statement, and to me it suggests earning money from browsing the web. In reality, the author is talking about earning money by linking together an offer on Clickbank and through CPA marketing with a relevant link, like a news article.
Personally, I don’t think this even resembles earning money from what I already do online and also requires more work than the video implies.
Trust Jacker might be an approach that helps people to make money online, especially in the short-term, but it is not a self-contained business approach by any means. Anyone using Trust Jacker still has to find the content that they are promoting, align this with the right content and the right audience. This can all take a significant amount of time, and involves being actively engaged in a community that you can share with and will obtain traffic from.
Just like any online business, how much money people make from Trust Jacker depends on how much work they put into the processes, and most people will make nowhere near the amount advertised.
Most of the reviews that I read for this software focused on how little effort was involved, and how they were able to make money relatively quickly. However, the short-term success of a product is not an indication that it is worth buying, as many products are only effective in the short-term and cannot be used for long-term business.
With the right amount of work, Trust Jacker may represent one income stream for an online businessperson, but unless the user changes networks often, there is a very real chance that profits will decrease over time. This is because the whole approach involves subjecting people to advertisements every time they click on one of your links.
Now, some users might not figure out what is going on quickly, but over time, people are going to be less likely to click on your links if they know they are going to get ads. Alternatively, they may take the approach I use and many others also, which is to simply install a pop-up blocker.
Additionally, the training in Trust Jacker is focused almost entirely on finding audiences within your own social profiles. This approach is limited, and the training that does consider finding larger audiences is very basic. This is surprising given Trust Jacker is an approach that heavily relies on having a large audience and can be limiting for a new user.
Who Is This Product For?
This product is focused on people already experienced at online business, probably those who already engage in internet marketing. As a revenue stream, Trust Jacker does have some merit, however, it is unlikely to be effective, particularly in the long-term, as an online business approach in its own right.
Simply put, Trust Jacker is not a good way of making long-term stable income online on its own. There is also the change that it will decrease in effectiveness over time, as people, or websites, start to respond to the approach. Also, remember that you will be making money by annoying people with pop-ups. Honest, do you enjoy or even believe ads that say you can win a free iPad by entering your email address?
A more reliable and long-term approach to making money online is niche marketing. Although this may start slower in most cases, building a niche website can become a highly effective way of making money online without the need for gimmicks or manipulation. Building a solid foundation to your internet based business is key, and searching for “quick profits” will always lead you to products like this.