And as a follow up from Part One of the Google Biz Kit article here is the second half of Jack Dalton’s report of what he found inside the Google Biz Kit:
Yesterday, I promised a follow-up comment on the continuity sites themselves. I only checked up on one, the $60 site with only only a week-long preview, yet what I found baffled me. It was basically an e-book, repackaged as a website, on using Google Adsense to sell affiliate products. This book was written for beginners, taking a newbie from “what is an affiliate sale?” through “how to track profitability on a spread sheet.” If it had a weakness it was dismissing some of the more sophisticated strategies and recommending that the reader not worry about them. But this might also be a strength. The course would have to be three times as long without this policy.
So what baffled me? This is a well written course, easily on a par with courses selling for $47 to $97. It could not have been created by the same mind which came up with such a blatant scam to sell it. At first, I thought that this was a case of an affiliate run amok. But the site itself offered no affiliate opportunity. “Curiouser and curiouser!”
Doing some more research on the course URL, I found a website which is basically a message board for complaints concerning scams. Strangely enough, the page dedicated to this one had a sponsored link to the login page of the web site for which I have a trial. Mind you, this is not a link to the sales page, but to the login page, which contains no link anywhere to the offer. This guy has gotten his links mixed up and is actually paying for clicks which can never lead to a sale!
Further down the complaint page, someone had pasted a copy of their welcome e-mail, which looked just like mine, but the URLs were different. But what was telling was that the username and password to the main site was the same! Of course, I tried to log onto the alternate URL. This site had an intermediate screen asking me to give an e-mail address and set up a unique username and password. It caught me out as not being that site’s customer when it did not recognize my e-mail. Contrast this with the site I received, which lets me in via the initial information. These sites can’t have the same owners or they would both be fixed.
(Now, the astute might use this hint to find a way to access a very good course for free before the hole gets plugged in the site I received, but you didn’t hear any pass words or URLs from me! Just do the right searches and you should find a way in.)
So what do I think this scam is? Someone (Let’s call him “the Master-Scammer”) obtained a PLR product which was pretty good. He repackaged it as a “turnkey business” complete with credit card acceptance, membership sites, and continuity. Unfortunately, it was also complete with a very slimy marketing campaign. He probably sold about 10 of them to make himself a quick $20,000 without warning his customers of the fulfillment nightmare they were setting themselves up for.
Is what the customers of this “Master-Scammer” are doing illegal? Absolutely. Did they know it? Probably not. They failed to accomplish their due diligence, and some of them may even serve jail time. Lesson? Learn the laws, conduct a business you understand, and remember that the lure of “easy money” is probably too good to be true.
I have to say Jack, I’ve had a couple of theories about where all these tens of Google Kit scam sites are coming from and what you’ve said above certainly fits the bill of one of my top thoughts.
My theories are:
- What you stated above, that someone is selling a complete Get Rich Quick Selling Google Kits turnkey package and they people buying them will be in for a treat when the FTC gets around to them.
- That a couple of super affiliates are just rotating a number of different Google type offers around over and over again to try and keep the people from realizing it’s the same thing in a different package and getting keen on the scam.
- There are people on various sketchy forums like BlackHatWorld joking with their buddies about how much money they’ve taken from poor unsuspecting folks by getting them to sign up for these Google Biz Kits. Then lots of other people chime in with scripts and pre-built sites on how to make their own scam.
- Some people make a living following the money and copying all the moves of super affiliates. If you see someone spending $10000 a day advertising something for days on end on the front pages of FoxNews.com or ABC.com or other big media sites, they just copy their site as closely as possible and start advertising themselves, thinking that it must be working if they had spent so much on advertising it.
I honestly think it’s a combination of all of them, which is why there are SO MANY of these damn fake blogs and fake news sites promoting these hidden monthly charge get rich quick schemes.
Anyone have any other ideas or further proof about someone selling turnkey Google Money type sites?