The VSN Cash System (or Viral Success Network) is yet another site that is meant to help you earn money online. The marketing calls it an automated income system, one that will work for anyone.
I’m sure you’ve heard those claims before. Countless sites make them and reality rarely ever matches up. What about VSN Cash System? Is it yet another low-quality product or does it have something genuine to offer? You can probably guess my opinion already, but take a look at the review to see exactly what to expect.
The Sales Page
VSN Cash System doesn’t rely on the same long squeeze page that you see with many other companies. There is more honesty than normal and less hype. For example, the site says the emphasis is on affiliate marketing. It even states that their advanced training focuses on Facebook ads and that members will be earning through affiliate marketing.
Still, there are some misleading claims. One is the idea of an automated income system. Automated systems are a marketing myth. They don’t really exist and they certainly don’t match the claims.
The ‘blog’ for the site (which isn’t a blog at all) uses manipulative income claims to try and convince people. Ontarian Hawkins apparently earned most than $1,400 in one day with the system and more than $12,000 in 45 days. That’s incredibly unlikely. You don’t see affiliate marketing results this fast. It simply doesn’t happen.
Even if the results were real, good luck getting them yourself. The income potential with VSN Cash System would have been the highest when it first released. Because time has passed, there are now more negative reviews of the system out there. This will decrease the odds of making a sale.
The sales page is pretty short, so that’s mostly it for manipulation. This is one good aspect. It’s nice to see a site that provides details and doesn’t go on and on about unproven claims.
How It All Works
VSN Cash System has one thing going for it – the site is surprisingly honest about how you’re going to be making money. The system itself is simply affiliate marketing and is targeted at promoting VSN Cash System itself. Members earn 50% commissions on all sales.
There is also a 50% commission on the two upsells. One of these is Advanced Marketing ($199.99) and the other is One-on-One Coaching ($997.00). Commissions on these could be considerable, as long as you get people to buy. The trouble is that you have to convince people to buy this stuff, so are you willing to pay $200 and $1000 to find out the quality of these products?
Affiliate marketing can be an effective way to earn, but there’s nothing unusual about the strategy. Most products in the make money online industry have an affiliate program. Many other products and services do as well. The 50% commission rate is appealing, it’s just not exceptional either. There are plenty of high paying affiliate programs to choose from, including various hosting services and VPNs.
You also need to buy into VSN Cash System first. The program costs $97.99. This is a significant price jump – the same system cost $37.99 when it was first released. It’s also a considerable amount to pay for the chance to be an affiliate.
VSN Cash System claims to be more than just affiliate marketing, as it has an automated system for making sales.
In other words, if you get traffic to the site, their marketing then converts that traffic into a sale. They’re basically just referring to the same sales pitches that anyone sees when they visit the site.
There is also training provided, including information about email marketing, website building and tools that you can use. However, some of the training is part of the $197.99 upsell, rather than a core component of the product. It is also limited.
For example, there is a strong emphasis on email marketing, sales funnels and ads. While these are useful areas, the training misses many of the fundamentals of affiliate marketing, like SEO, content creation and website building strategies. The style would be frustrating for beginners, who might find the training confusing and subpar.
Another aspect is a reliance on Facebook Fan Pages. I’ve seen that idea in the past and it’s not the most wonderful way of promoting a product. Facebook now restricts your reach to your own fans meaning you have to pay money to get your posts (on your own Fan Page) full exposure.
One advantage (if you want to call it that), is the way VSN Cash System provides marketing materials. These can be easily shared and could increase the chances of making a sale. This is only good if you think that the marketing is convincing. I don’t. It seems very spammy to me. Most people aren’t going to believe the claims.
For that matter, the website for VSN Cash System doesn’t look very appealing. It simply makes the same general marketing claims that countless other companies do. It also feels unprofessional in places. For example, the image below comes from the blog on their site.
Sorry…what?! That sounds like some crazy word salad about making money online. These people are supposed to help me convert visitors to buyers?
The Automated Angle
The general idea with VSN Cash System is legitimate. You can earn with affiliate marketing and their program should work fine – it’s just not as simple as it sounds.
Even if the marketing does convert as well as the company claims, you still need to get traffic to your affiliate link in the first place. Obtaining traffic is the most challenging part of affiliate marketing, without a doubt. VSN Cash System ignores many of the common techniques, like SEO and marketing on social media.
Instead, they promote a ‘done-for-you traffic’ system. This is meant to automatically provide you with traffic that converts into sales.
The catch is that you have to purchase the traffic first. The traffic purchasing is also a little odd. You buy a package and then email them your details.
Most sites have a better system in place. This style makes VSN feel pretty low-quality. For that matter, the VSN site doesn’t look amazing either. There isn’t anything wrong with it exactly, it just feels like one of those sites that no-one has put much time or effort into.
So, the idea is that you’re buying traffic, driving it VSN and then profiting off the sales. The prices look like this.
Few details are provided about the traffic. You’ve got no way to know where it is coming from or how well it converts into sales. There’s a very good chance that you’d spend more on traffic than you ever made from it.
The one other traffic approach is Facebook ads, which aren’t amazing either. While they do work, people often end up spending a lot on the ads without seeing much traction. Using Facebook ads effectively involves considerable strategy, the right audience and the right product. I’m not convinced that VSN Cash System could possibly teach you what you need to know.
Both approaches are pretty unappealing. You’re not taught any long-term traffic techniques. Instead, you need to keep throwing money at VSN Cash System or Facebook to get traffic and then hope that traffic converts. It’s tough to turn a profit when you’re constantly spending like that.
You don’t have much control either. VSN Cash System could easily change the quality of traffic over time, resulting in less profit. If the traffic is being consistently pulled from the same general audience, you might find that conversions decrease over time.
If you focused on affiliate marketing and skipped the paid traffic, then you could make money with VSN Cash System. After all, the underlying idea is just affiliate marketing, which is a viable way to earn. The real question is, why bother? You'd just be promoting the VSN product, so it's kind of like a pyramid scheme where you buy the product, then promote it, and the people that buy it from you promote it as well.
There are plenty of other affiliate programs, ones that are higher quality and are more up-front about what they offer.