Product name: Zamurai PBN Blueprint
Product owner: Joshua Zamora
Advertised price: $27
What is it
Zamurai PBN Blueprint is a 16 page ebook that teaches you how to create “Private Blog Networks” so you can trick Google into ranking your website higher than others.
The ebook itself looks nice and has a decent amount of content. My main issue is that it's ebook that teaches shady blogging strategies. It’s not ideal for beginners and it’s simply not a legitimate way to create a sustainable business online.
Before you buy
Zamora releases or endorses an SEO product every few months. Honestly, I don't understand why his name seems to pull so much weight in the SEO community because all he seems to focus on are creating backlinks and other temporary SEO strategies.
He created Seamless SEO, a plugin for WordPress not too long ago. He's also did a cross endorsement with Andrew Hansen of The Rankings Institute and he's endorsed Niche System Domination and Speed Demon Backend SEO.
You can see that all these marketers like to endorse each other products, which makes their “stamp of approval” pretty much meaningless.
SEO is not a magical button you can use for guaranteed rankings. Even the best SEOs have to tweak and figure stuff out, and there's no ONE formula that works all the time, despite what the “experts” say.
What I liked
Reading through the ebook I noticed a lot of valuable resources. To be fair, it was beautifully done. The content was there and solid, the pictures were high quality, and although I don't really like “PDF Only” products, this one was one of the better ones I've seen. Another great one is Niche Flipper, but that's a completely different kind of product. They mention places for outsourcing work and even some great tools you can use for SEO. These can be valuable if you pay attention to the resources themselves, and not the way they’re being used.
One of the products Joshua Zamora thinks you should have is called “Instant Domain Sniper”. It’s software that helps you find domain names that are in good standing with search engines. If you are into PBNs and artificial link building, a product like this could be useful.
I also like that there was just one upsell. Instead of trying to beat buyers over the head with multiple offers, Zamora did the classy thing and recommended one helpful product.
It was a potentially useful product, and the downsell wasn't a ‘fake discount'. It was a lite version of the tool, so it made sense. Instant Domain Sniper would be a welcome addition to anyone who buys this product.
In the members area there’s an area specifically for updates. There you will find a page that gives you information about any new tools or shortcuts that might save you money and time if you use this product.
Most of them are available at no additional cost, which was surprising. It’s good to see that someone is thinking of the customer after the purchase.
What I didn’t like
The Zamurai PBN Blueprint was a major let down in almost every way. The strategy it teaches is spammy and temporary at best. The ebook itself was short and lacks tangible advice. This is just another product aimed at new bloggers who don’t know about the long term effects these strategies will have on their business.
Once I was logged in and taken to the members area I was immediately confused. The navigation seemed simple enough but it was difficult to find the product at first.
Once I figured it out where to find the product it was easy to see why I was so confused at first. They set up the navigation in the members area in such a way that almost everywhere you go you’re taken to an upsell or an advertisement for another product.
As it turns out, I just bought a $30 PDF. Under “must have”, it's instructions on how to promote HIS product. “Get it free” links to the exact same page. No reason for the 2nd menu item bro. “Bonuses” are links to products that are probably PLR (didn't read them), and more Zamora products. That's about it; not too impressive IMO.
Private Blog Networks
Zamurai PBN Blueprint teaches the use of private blog networks. If you don’t know what that means you should avoid this product. A Private blog network (or PBN) is a bunch of blogs (10 or so) you create for the sole purpose of tricking search engines.
Private blog networks violate all the major search engine’s terms of service.
Do they work?
Yes, they do….sometimes…only if done right…for a period of time…and it's very hard to pull off for a new marketer. Also, “work” can mean mean different things. If you want to build a site, ruin it and sell it to an unsuspecting buyer – then yes, they “work“.
If you want to build a longterm business, then this is playing with fire. And using products like a “Fake name generator”, you can surely bet that you're doing something wrong here.
Will it last?
Absolutely not. This is a temporary loophole that spammy marketers have found to be effective sometimes. If it was effective 100% of the time they wouldn’t be selling courses that teach it to others.
Even the testimonials for this product, from other marketers show the doubt.
Notice how he says “right now”. Any results gained using a PBN are temporary, and these marketers know it.
Buying the ebook is just the beginning of the costs associated with this product.
Other purchases include:
- Multiple domains – $300 yearly (roughly $30 per site)
- Hosting for each site – $300 monthly
- Writers – $1,000 (or more)
- Tools – $100 – $800 Monthly
Each of the prices above are based on recommendations from the ebook. They are rough estimates, but they’re on the low side. You’re likely to spend much more.
Today (Sept 20, 2014), a large number of Private Blog Networks were deindexed. These were promoted as “safe” and “Google proof”. I guess not. If you read that article do not believe for a second that PBNs are not dead. Some are still hanging on, but they will be found eventually. Google's algorithm and quality control is getting better every year. Messing with stuff like this is putting your site and income at risk.
As a bonus warning, if you ever buy a website from Flippa or Empire Flippers, double check that the site you are looking at has not had rankings boosted by these types of links. It may have worked temporarily, but you can bet that it will eventually get hit with a penalty.
The web moves fast enough on its own. Using spammy marketing methods to get a temporary boost in search results is not a business plan. It’s a recipe for failure.
Build your business on a stable foundation with strategies that have been proven to work for years.