Bring The Fresh 2012: Ultimate Review
Kelly Felix and Mike Long’s Bring The Fresh reviewed
As I mentioned in one of my first posts on this blog a year ago, I owe a lot to Bring The Fresh, Kelly Felix, Mike Long and the hundreds of great girls and guys within the Bring The Fresh forum.
It was one of the first courses I looked at when I set about expanding my on-line portfolio and I’d say overall the most beneficial to me in terms of knowledge gained, self-belief and outside support (I’m sorry Mack, but it’s true…)
This MackMichaels.org blog itself was set up, SEO’d and marketed using their exact methods – the first draft of the site only taking about 20 minutes to complete (I’ve since upped the standards of the graphics a bit, but only because I’m into my Photoshop – and started using the awesome Afilorama tools, but heck – still pretty much a Bring The Fresh site!).
It was my first ever attempt at using wordpress, my first ever blog, the first time I’d used an unlimited hosting account. A lot of firsts.
In fact since studying the Bring The Fresh method I’ve barely built anything other than wordpress sites – quite a change from taking 1-2 months per website to be making 1 or 2 a day.
So, without further ado – here’s my Bring The Fresh review.
When a friend mentioned Bring The Fresh to me (thank you Alison) I’d never heard of it. It was Spring 2011 and I’d decided that this was the year I was finally going to make a real push on my Internet Marketing.
Alison and I are old buddies and quite independently she’s also into internet marketing so we quickly got down to brass tacks.
She’s not one for mincing her words and we’d barely taken our coats off and ordered coffee at one of our semi-regular coffee workshops when she was going on about Bring The Fresh.
She was literally shouting with enthusiasm about this club she’d joined where all the BS and hype surrounding internet marketing had been taken away and where methods that actually worked were openly discussed in their forum. People not only shared niches, but their actual domains. For anyone that knows internet marketing forums, this is unheard of.
“So it’s a forum then?” I asked.
“Oh Mack, it’s WAY more than a forum. The forum is the icing on the cake, Jeez it’s, Oh God how do I describe it?”
“Deep breaths Alison” – She was unusually agitated. It was honestly like she’d discovered the secrets to eternal youth.
“Right, you know Kelly Felix?” She asked.
“No. Honest” she looked at me like I was from Mars.
Ok, this isn’t a play, so I’ll get to the point. For anyone who as I did, had not heard of Kelly Felix I’ll say another name. The Rich Jerk.
Now THAT’s someone I did know. The awful, show-off, obnoxious foul-mouthed internet marketing “Guru” from way back.
Turns out that Rich Jerk was in fact Kelly Felix having a laugh and playing a part. Thing is, playing Rich Jerk netted him over $12 million.
Alison swore blind he was nothing like the Rich Jerk character. She had his phone number. “He’s really cool and laid back”, “He’s actually quite shy”, “He’s quite hot”.
Apart from Alison having an e-crush on the guy I spotted something awesome. SHE HAD HIS PHONE NUMBER. His PERSONAL cell-phone. And e-mail. And home address.
Was this the beginnings of a relationship? “Oh no”, she said, “He gives it to everyone on the course. And besides he has a girlfriend and she’s a model or something”
My mind was taking this in. An outrageously successful Internet Marketing legend, giving away his personal contact details?
“Have you spoken to him?”
“Oh yeah, I’m in touch with him all the time. He’s got an amazing Boxer dog. And Mike’s great too”
Here’s a name I did know. Mike Long. You see before I discovered internet marketing I was a geek. I was a full-on, card carrying, Dungeons and Dragons playing geek – and Mike Long is almost a folk legend. He was a Magic The Gathering champion and had famously caused a furore, allegedly cheating. It’s even on Wikipedia.
I also know of Mike through a friend of a friend. He ghost-writes for a lot of famous internet marketing gurus, as does one of my best friends. His penmanship rocks. He writes compelling copy like no-one else I know.
“So there’s this Kelly Felix / Rich Jerk and THE Mike Long? And what else?”
“Well there’s the forum, which is totally awesome – with all these seriously successful marketers sharing ninja tips left right and centre” She’d started shouting again.
Seemingly any problem you were having with ANYTHING, someone would help. Coding? No problem. Graphics? Someone’ll even knock something up for you! Niche finding? There’s a whole section.
She went on and on about the masterclass videos, something about Macro Ideas (the underlying ethos behind the whole Bring The Fresh club) which seemed to be all about helping each other and never judging. And Mike is heavily into Reagan and it’s almost become a drinking game watching him mention him in videos.
I’m fairly certain I banged my fist on the table and shouted “ENOUGH!”, although Alison swears I was a little more colorful.
I took out my netbook (remember them!?) and without pausing or reading any pitch, signed up to Bring The Fresh there and then.
“You’d better be right Alison”
If you’ve managed to stick with me so far – I’m getting to the most important part – the part that’s taken me SEVEN months of testing, and OK I’ve been out of action for 5 of those months due to an accident, but the test has been ongoing.
I’ve taken Mack Michaels’ Millionaire Society Mass Traffic System and used it on a number of my existing websites. 35 to be exact.
Not just any websites either – but what I’d call my failures. Sites that I’d built and for some reason or another they’d never achieved the kind of results I’d been hoping for. This could be down to bad judgement on my behalf, or as is usually the case I got bored / lazy or moved on to other better performing websites.
I’m not saying they were outright failures, as all the sites I keep active at least pay for the domain renewal and hosting costs, plus 100%. They were still small-scale internet assets, but they were hardly keeping me in loose cars and fast women.
Those of you who know me, know that I like dating sites – and the bulk of the work I do involves building and promoting dating sites, dating and relationship products and anything to do with the romantic side of the web. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the web will also know that the relationship, dating and on-line personals market is one of the craziest uber-competitive markets out there.
What I’m saying is that if Millionaire Society works for a dating site, it’ll work for ANYTHING!
The first site I tested was one of my oldest. At two years old it had never set the world alight.
It was a general dating site – no niching, no specialization, no nothing – just a simple old vanilla flavored dating site. It wasn’t particularly ugly, it wasn’t particularly pretty – it was just lost in a sea of competition.
The traffic to the site was dismal. It averaged over those two years 10 visitors a day, but thing is it converted quite well when people did find it.
Pulling up the all-time stats for the 2 year old site, you’ll see it made me all of £387.86 in that time. Shocking.
Yet looking deeper you’ll see that over it’s lifetime I’d had 186 members, 2 were still active – members had converted at 8.59% and each full member earned me on average £26.89.
If I could increase traffic and all else stayed the same, I’d have a decent little site on my hand – so this became test subject number one.
I planned to “turn on” the Millionaire Society Mass Traffic system for a month, then check out the new lifetime stats for the site. Two years, versus two years and a month.
System turned on, I made no other changes to the site – nothing that could effect the outcome other than using Mack’s Mass Traffic system.
Now I’d seen positive results on a new site, but was entirely taken aback by the turnaround – from one single month’s use of Millionaire Society my sleepy site had gained 943 members (a 560% increase on it’s TWO YEAR figure) and my take was up to almost £3000 – from £390. £2300 in a single month versus £390 for the previous 24.
But it gets better – my conversions have actually increased, don’t ask me how, a 4% increase on their old rate. The only small negative is my value per full member has decreased fractionally – but I can live with that!
This is at a time when all general dating sites are losing market share to specialist niches – my little old plain site had a massive gain – and that’s entirely down to turning on the flow of the Mass Traffic system.
That’s just one site. My head’s now thinking WHAT ABOUT ALL MY OTHER SLEEPERS!?
My next dating site test for the Mass Traffic System was on an abject failure.
It was a prettier site, it was quite new – my coding had got better, but I’d made a pretty major mistake and had forgotten to turn the “exact match” button on when researching my keywords.
If you know what that means, you’ll share my deep horror when I realised my site was possibly doomed before it had started. The traffic I was expecting just wasn’t there.
A different reason maybe, but as with site one, site two had failed on traffic.
Nothing for it but to check my stats, turn on the Millionaire Society Mass Traffic magic, wait a month and check the stats again.
There’s a before an after thing going on in test two. See if you can spot it…
For the clever amongst you, the result was beyond astonishing. A site I had decided was dead – and was going to either lose or flip had suddenly made me almost £3000 in a month (for anyone in America, that’s about $4500).
I couldn’t unleash the system on my other sites fast enough.
I started with the worst performing sites and turned on the mass traffic flow to each site in turn. I estimated it would probably take a day per site to do the work required, but I was confident that this month’s worth of work would benefit me sufficiently to be worthwhile.
As it turned out, I got quicker and quicker at taking the methodical steps laid out in the Millionaire Society and I had more or less finished by the end of week three.
As I was working I’d keep an eye on the sites I’d just done waiting for the inevitable uplift in traffic and sure enough there was an obvious lift in traffic from 24hrs in, with a further spike 3 days later. There would then be a slight drop and another maintained rise a day or so further on.
All sites, all niches, all markets and all products behaved similarly – it’s just the percentages differed.
(I have all the screen grabs from my stats somewhere and will put them up later in the week)
What I DID notice, given increases in traffic was that some of my Clickbank products were doing dismally in comparison to others. With a small flow of traffic its hard to notice poor performance, but given a tsunami of web traffic you quickly see what products are worth continuing to promote (or you build YOUR OWN landing pages for their products, but thats ANOTHER story!)
I wanted to start doing some spring cleaning and revamp my sites, but then I couldn’t say for sure that any uplift was purely down to Mack Michaels and his Millionaire Society.
These sites were and are largely dating sites (19 of them are anyway), information sites, review sites and product sites and probably earn about the same as your average non-rock-star Internet Marketer makes on a like-for like basis.
Averagely bad. Pretty awful. So a real world test on real world sites would be valuable, yes?
Sites like yours?
So the proof of the pudding is…
Millionaire Society Mass Traffic System turned on. Sites untouched apart from using the system….
Now I don’t know about you, but where I’m from that’s a result.
Normally when I’m writing reviews I try and stay dispassionate, level headed and balanced but here I had an utterly awesome result staring at me from the cold hard facts of my statistics.
Amongst these sites, some did better than others – but there was not a single instance where traffic and as a result income didn’t at least quadruple.
I’ve received a number of e-mails from visitors asking for an example of the Mass Traffic system being used on an already successful site, rather than a failure, so I have added an additional test site to the mix.
On the 9th February 2012 I tested the system on one of my niche dating sites that potters along getting between 50 – 60 unique visitors a day.
Pretty poor traffic I hear you say! Ah, but this little gem converts highly valuable and targeted traffic at better than 1 in 10. On average 50 visitors, will produce 7 new members.
What would happen if I turned on the traffic tap for a single day? What kind of results would I see?
Three days ago I “hit the switch” and waited for the inevitable surge. Can you spot it?
I think by now you’ll be seeing a pattern! I was particularly impressed because the traffic quality didn’t suffer as I’ve always suspected it may have – in fact my conversions increased slightly from 7 in 50 (14%) to 65 in 460 (14.2%)
Would I be continuing with the Mass Traffic method? Of course I would.
Would I recommend Millionaire Society to anyone else? Yes I would but…
Despite my fairly awesome success in following Mack’s methods, Millionaire Society possibly contains a little TOO much information and could overwhelm someone just starting out. If you are completely and utterly new to internet marketing, something like Bring The Fresh may be an easier entrance-level course to what can at times be a difficult game.
If you already have a little experience, you may already know a few of Mack’s tricks but you’ll gain a LOT from following everything to the letter and its here that I think Millionaire Society offers the most value: to someone already with a small amount of experience.
For someone experienced in Internet Marketing, there are still a few things to learn from Millionaire Society – as I said in my review I discovered two new methods which I calculated would add another high 5-figures to my income.
I have to say that Mack’s Millionaire Society follows some pretty complex methods for obtaining traffic and some of them are not for the faint hearted. To become a huge success when using the system you are going to need an additional budget – and most people starting out simply don’t have a budget, no matter how small. Mack perhaps doesn’t make this clear enough in his current marketing materials.
Don’t get me wrong it is entirely possible to start out from scratch with no budget at all and do EVERYTHING by hand (I did) but it’s going to take a bit more time. Outsourcing is a vital ingredient to scale this business from 4 to 5 figures monthly – so unless you have a lot of time to spare your initial success may be limited.
For anyone already with experience of affiliate marketing, internet marketing – or any kind of internet based business where increased traffic will lead to an increased level of profit, and who understands return on investment, then I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Millionaire Society Mass Traffic System and give it my first ever 5 out of 5 score.
How well will it work for you? Well it really depends on your sticking power.
Can you stick the first few weeks and even months when you see little results for your efforts? If you already have some cash to invest in outsourcing it’s much quicker – but the danger is if you start to run before you can walk you’ll be throwing good money after bad.
Take your time to watch all the videos and read all the materials. Take your time selecting your first project and don’t skip ANY parts.
If you’re already in Internet Marketing please DO NOT think you know better and take short cuts, or do bits of it differently. Are you a multi-millionaire like Mack? No, didn’t think so.
It is not a one-click system and it is not get-rich-quick. It’s about building web assets that grow and continue to pay for your lifestyle whether you keep working at them or not.
If you already have web assets as I do – it’s an awesome way of exponentially increasing your web income.
I’m going to start this review in general terms, looking at what Millionaire Society would be able to do for the average Joe, with limited or no computer experience, then what a seasoned Internet Marketer can learn before zeroing in on what I’ve been able to achieve since I started using the system on 35 of my own existing websites and a few I built especially for the test.
Mack Michaels says that he designed Millionaire Society initially for his friends and family – as a way to teach them everything he knows about Internet Marketing and he says it really does contain EVERYTHING anyone would ever need to succeed in the game, so I want to see if the course really IS suitable for anyone.
The first thing you’ll be aware of when you join Mack’s Millionaire Society is the content.
SO MUCH CONTENT.
The society’s interface and members only site is a veritable encyclopedia of internet marketing information. I’ve since heard it said that there’s too much content, with the truly cynical saying all the information’s there just to keep you a member until you can no longer get a refund.
This is of course nonsense. If the society really has been created as a detailed resource center covering every aspect of internet marketing, there’s got to be lots of content. Sure, to the untrained eye there seems to be a real case of information overload – but everything is very clearly laid out and marked.
What EXACTLY is in Millionaire Society?
* Mentoring – Mack’s astonishing range of quality step-by-step videos
* Skillsets – Training videos for each and every skill you’ll need in IM
* Blueprints – Very quick step-by-step guides to refer to as you go
* Rolodex – Links to useful websites (some his, some affiliate, all useful!)
* Labs – New developments – as the web changes, the course adapts
* VIP Section – exactly as it sounds – the inner circle!
I don’t think it’s too much. Take SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for example. I have a huge textbook on SEO over 700 pages long of small, single spaced text. That’s too much detail for most people. Mack has taken the essential steps within this complex subject and broken it down into readable, interesting and importantly easily actionable content. He’s done exactly the same with every part and every step in the process of niche selection, product selection, site creation, design and building, marketing, SEO, and most noticeably getting traffic.
There’s no fluff, piffle or waffle – every aspect of the process has been distilled from what could be a vast textbook into an interesting and at times eye-opening read. There’s still a helluva lot, but what’s there IS the essence.
The fact of the matter is that there are now an almost infinite number of ways to make (and lose) money on-line that any guide going into any level of detail on the majority of these methods IS going to be pretty heavy on the content.
So here’s my first opinion. There’s NO WAY you’ll get the levels of traffic or business Mack states in the first seven days of following Millionaire Society – because you’ll still be reading and watching videos. For months.
…Unless that is you quickly read a few bits, watch a couple of videos, make a half-baked attempt at building a site, think you’re monetizing it, guess it’s good and then demand a refund when you make nothing in your first two weeks. If that’s you – if you’re going to do this in a half-arsed way, fail, moan and move on – as usual – DO NOT buy the course. It’s complex. It takes time
To truly get the best from the course, you do have to take a little time. Set aside some time each day and digest the content. I “watched” the videos, whilst going through the tedious task of manually building links to some of my many sites. You could leave the sound running while loading the dishwasher, or something else you have to do about the home. Paying bills? Writing checks?
You’ll soon pick up the basics and you’ll develop an idea of which parts of his methods appeal to you. There are some bits of internet marketing I love and some I couldn’t see far enough – you’ll be the same.
Having scanned the content in this way you can now zero in on the bits that matter to you. Now you’ll be starting to work through examples. You’ll be building websites – you’ll be amazed how easy it actually is. And you’ll be looking at all the ways you can monetize the living daylights out of them.
Now I’ve seen Millionaire Society get some flack for advising its members to earn money by promoting Millionaire Society. They say, or allude to it being like some tawdry pyramid selling scheme, or at best MLM. Lighten up folks, IT’S JUST AN EXAMPLE. Mack isn’t going to say promote someone else’s method is he? You can use Millionaire Society methods for any site in any niche – as I will show in my examples, using my actual money sites.
By the end of the first month you should have at least one website built, ideally you’ll have made more, given the ease of Mack’s methods.
You’ll have a decent idea as to how to find a market, find a product or service and promote it. You’ll have a flow of traffic to your website – for free – and your sites will be earning you money.
How MUCH traffic and therefore money your sites will be generating will be down to you – your choice of market or product, the effort you’ve put in and the degree to which you’ve followed the Millionaire Society methods will have quite an impact on your success – but you WILL make money.
It WON’T be instant.
You’ll want to improve though – and this is when you’ll be pleased just how much content there is on Millionaire Society. You can go into as much detail as you like and believe you, me – making money on-line is ALL about the detail.
Get stuck? Mack’s help team, (or Concierge Service I believe he calls them) are there for you if you get stuck – but – again, most if not all question’s you’ll have are covered in extensive detail in the course, it’s just a case of finding them.
The truth of the matter is, you can turn the process to any website on any subject, in any niche, for any market in any country, so the question should be more what can’t you do?
Well, you can’t make millions in a week or even a month, unless you already have money, decent websites and established knowledge of internet marketing. You can’t just click a few buttons, write a hundred words and that’s you done – instant web-millions. I’ve been in IM for two years and am already doing fairly well – so I hit the ground running with Millionaire Society, but most people buying the course are likely to be new to internet marketing. It will work, just gradually, so stick with it!
I’ve simulated being new to it. I’ve ignored what I’ve learned and I’ve thrown away all my tools. New method, new site, new me – and that’s what I’m going to go into now. Using Millionaire Society as a newbie. (THEN, I’ll go into how I used it with my existing sites)
First up I speed read through most of the introductory material and watched a number of videos. Because I’ve been in the business a while already I knew some of the techniques, but as always Mack was putting an interesting slant on them. (Forgetting I was being a newbie I spotted a brand new technique that I’ve never heard of and I knew that was an extra high-five figure addition on my yearly income, so ker-ching the program had already paid for itself but I’m a newbie, so shush.)
He was covering the basics in an interesting, entertaining and simple way. Following his instructions to the letter, I had a new domain purchased (he called it a vanity domain) within an hour and within two I had a website.
By hour three, Google had found my site and by the end of the day all it’s pages were indexed. That was fast, believe me.
Day three I’d made a sale. It was only for $14.45 but had already covered the $9.00 I’d spent on a domain, plus a months unlimited web hosting. I also started doing something I’d never done before and that was outsourcing.
I spent $5 on the services of a nice chap who made my site known to lots of people.
That $5 got me 347 visitors to my site the next day, 521 the day after and made me 8 sales. I was averaging one sale per 100 visitors and sure enough looking at my statistics 1 in 10 was clicking to the sales page and 1 in 10 of them was buying – so 1 in 100.
This was fairly good and broadly comparable to my better converting sites (which of course I don’t have, being a newbie), so I was happy. The fact that these sales were monthly recurring only made me happier. My 5 day old site was making between $45 and $60 a day. It took me probably six hours of work to build and write some content for and I already had what I’d call a productive site.
Maybe I’d been lucky, so I set up another site using the Millionaire Society method, I did this one a little quicker as I copied a lot from my first site, got it indexed within 24hrs and paid my man another Fiver(r!) for some more traffic. I also used another $5 trick (this outsourcing was fun) that was completely new to me.
Different offers, lower conversion rates, horrible landing pages but after a week, site two was earning me $10-$30 a day, giving my two sites an average income of $55 – $90 a day, from 10 hrs total actual work.
Next, I added to the SEO of my sites to get them to rank better for free. My better earning site was pretty competitive, so SEO was going to be harder than average and take longer than my trial, but my lesser site should be a piece of pie and sure enough a week later I was position 10 on page one for my main keyphrase.
I vowed to keep acting as a new internet marketer and not to veer from the course in Millionaire Society, so at this point I DIDN’T do something I normally would, and called upon Mack Michaels’ trump card. I spent another $18 and procured the services of another outsource company. Something that would normally take me 20 hours or so was done in seconds – and done better than I ever could!
(sorry if I’m being vague here, but it’s a key point in Millionaire Society and something other so called Gurus don’t seem to do)
By the end of month one, I had made $2169 and spent $311 including my Millionaire Society fee. That’s a 900% return on investment – entirely from following Millionaire Society to the letter.
Now I’m not going to give away any details of Mack’s, shall I say “interesting” methods of obtaining mass amounts of unique visitors, because
A) Lawyers are expensive and
B) Mack Michaels and his team have clearly been working hard at this.
And I should add at this point that the following review doesn’t contain ONE SINGLE affiliate link to Millionaire Society – if you’re looking up reviews you’ve already clicked someones affiliate link – let THEM make some cash. I don’t need it.
Actually the main reason I’m not going to divulge any of the secrets of the Millionaire Society is that if I was to give away even a slice of the system then some of you would go away and try and fill in the blanks, think you’re saving the few hundred bucks of lifetime membership and then lose a hell of a lot of cash, possibly have some of your sites penalised, maybe even de-indexed by Google.
I don’t want to have that kind of blood on my hands because I know how hard affiliate marketers and internet marketers work, how many sites never make more than a few dollars a day at best. To lose ranking, or worst still to lose a whole site because you THINK you know what you’re doing trying to second guess a pretty complicated system is not a good place to be.
I’ve been there. I’ve had good money sites shut down, de-indexed, royally stuffed, penalised and it’s not fun.
The truth is, Mack Michaels Millionaire Society when followed properly with no shortcuts will not endanger any site ever.
Not in the least.
It’ll never get old and it’ll not affect natural ranking in any way other than good (Alexa rank especially!!)
Probably the first thing most of you will be thinking – hell I was very skeptical at first given the debacle of his mobile phone product… but having had a huge amount of success with his previous Maverick Money Makers – which itself had received mixed reviews, I was willing to give it a shot.
Plus the fact that I’d been selected to trial the system pre-launch helped pander to my ego, but that’s another story
Had I been an outsider and looked into the product for the first time after it’s launch I’d have been even more skeptical because Mack Michaels goes to great lengths in telling us in the promo video that the product is NOT Twitter, Facebook, CPC ads, media buys etc but a revolutionary new traffic system.
The thing is, digging a little into his affiliate tools, the marketing methods he suggests to affiliates are EXACTLY those “old” and “dated” methods used by “sheep”.
So what gives Mack?
I think he’s actually being very clever. He knows that most affiliates never buy the products they promote and just write generic reviews, punt up a nasty little micro-site and move on to the next product to sell.
Well LET THEM do that.
LET THEM use these tired old tools, methods and saturated markets to make a sale here and a sale there because this Millionaire Society system is SO genuinely different – like Peter The Platypus, oh yes – that the potential exists for affiliates to make life-alteringly large amounts of cash selling it, that Mack’s top affiliates will all be using Mack’s actual system, making Mack lots of money – and the lesser affiliate can go to hell (IMHO).
You’ll probably guess from that last outburst (for which I can only blame coffee) that it does. How well does it work? Well you’ll have to wait a couple of days for part two of my Mack Mack Michaels Millionaire Society Review.
Haven’t seen the infamous Millionaire Society Platypus video yet? You kidding me?
Branded as Profit Bank it is a stand-alone addition to his massively successful
Given the truly awful Cell Phone Cash and the sublimely wonderful Millionaire Society – I was really worried as to which way Mack was going to go with this. He does have a tendency to bring out something brilliant and follow it up with something garbage, much like every second Star Wars film.
I was concerned when I heard it was going to be branded as part of Millionaire Society – was he just cashing in on MS’s success with a quick slap-dash product? When I heard it was a one-click-riches product my heart sank.
I’ve gone on record countless times saying that one-click systems don’t work, can’t work and will never work. I’ve said they’re bait for the gullible, greedy and lazy. I’ve maintained that the only way to achieve success on-line is through research, hard work, perseverance and to some extent good fortune.
You can imagine I waited on my review copy with a certain sinking feeling in my gut…
Was it BS? Well my initial impressions weren’t favorable. It was indeed claiming to be a push-button system for internet marketing – and was in essence a kind of business-in-a-box, done-for-you affiliate site.
You click (several) buttons and out pops a website. Or websites.
Ignoring my snobbery, it’s actually quite clever because your new sites are set up to promote the “hottest” Clickbank products, all you need is a Clickbank ID. Oh and if you want to build an e-mail list (and who doesn’t) you’re going to want to join Aweber and that integrates in there too.
If you are completely new to Internet Marketing or Affiliate Marketing and you don’t have the time, inclination or cash to sign up to Millionaire Society then it’s most likely a good compromise as some of the same material is hiding in there subtly re-branded.
I was going to say it’s like Coke and Diet Coke, but its more like Coke and an own-brand cola drink. Both are brown fizzy drinks, but one’s better and costs more. It’s up to you which one you drink. And don’t say Pepsi.
So with Profit Bank, you get some sites built and you pay for them for the duration you want your sites for.
Great. And I really mean that.
I mean do you know how EASY it actually is to build a site with WordPress? You just click some buttons and it’s done – like Profit Bank.
ok, well I maybe made it out to be a LITTLE easier than it is – you buy a domain, set up some hosting, point that domains DNS at the hosting companies nameservers, go into cPanel, click install wordpress, set up wordpress, pick a theme, install widgets, set up a back-up system, get your SEO started, write your content, hope that your theme you picked can integrate with adsense, or however you want to monetize the site, keep on top of spam, keep the site new and fresh, fend off hackers…
Hmmm maybe there IS space in the market for a done-for-you affiliate website!
They look ok. Considering all you did was press a few buttons the sites look, well, ok.
They don’t shock, they don’t scare the horses and they seem to be set up in a way that will get you clicks… and that’s what it’s all about, after all Mack Michaels knows what he’s doing.
The sample I’ve shown is one of the three sites you get. This one is obviously set up to review Mack Michaels Profit Bank! So straight from the get go, you immediately become a Mack Michaels affiliate (which given that Mack’s products convert well and have a low refund rate is all well and good).
The other sites are equally nice and inoffensive covering other high converting, highly sought after clickbank products.
One thing you’ll spot is that they all share the same three top level URLs, the difference between your site and the other sites in the Profit Bank system being the sub folder your’ site is in – that is: www.MackSite.com/your-site/
Again, that’s fine if you like that kind of thing – and there are LOADS of affiliate schemes out there where you get your own website set up in a similar way – so it’s common practice and clearly works for millions of affiliates the world over… BUT…
If you ever want to build links to your site, it’s often easier to build links to a root domain. Blog commenting fine – but directories? Top-level url’s only, unless you want to pay.
Then there is the problem with your site in search engines.
Your site is broadly the same as tens, maybe even hundreds of other sites that Mack’s Profit Bank system has generated.
Google (and the rest) will decide that these sites are effectively duplicates and so will only show what it considers to be the original of each type of site. Your site will most likely not show up in the natural search engine results pages – unless you work really hard.
Which begs the question how will your sites get traffic?
Ha ha. I guess you’ve got to join Millionaire Society Mass Traffic! That Mack’s a genius.
The thing is, with Profit Bank, Mack is competing directly with the excellent and proven Affiliate Launcher so you’d think he’d offer more. There are clearly much better click-and-its-done products at the same kind of price point.
Maybe he was tired after writing Millionaire Society? Maybe it IS like Star Wars…
You may have gathered from the tone of my review that I’m not a huge fan of one-click systems.
Grudgingly though, I must say that for what it is Mack’s Profit Bank system is good. It does exactly what it says – builds you websites in a few clicks. Some systems are significantly better (such as Affiliate Launcher) and many are much worse.
If you are lazy, or inexperienced it’s a great way to get started in Internet Marketing but you have to realize that it would be better for you to start properly – and learn how to build your own websites, do SEO, do link-building, do product selection.
I’m only giving it 3 1/4 out of 5 because it is genuinely better for your long term affiliate marketing career to learn the ropes from the ground up, however if you don’t have time, or are just too daunted at the work involved it would be close to ideal.
I had two rules – they had to be:
a) really useful or powerful and
b) ultra cheap or even better – free
These were so many tools I tried that were pretty average or downright poor, so I’m going to concentrate on what I’d consider as Must Haves and save you wasting your time on the rubbish. First up:
1. Obviously Maverick Money Makers
It’s not free, it’s not even that cheap – but it’s where I got started. It’s the main reason I went from $0 to $1000 a day in IM.
If I was starting out again would I use it?
Most probably. The best thing about the Mack Michaels Maverick money Makers Club is you can stay signed up for as little or as long a time as you want – I felt six months was perfect. The worst thing is that a few of the techniques don’t apply so much now as they did maybe two years ago – but the basics are bang on the money. Try to resist his up-sells and some of his other courses – in my opinion MMM is still the one to go for.
2. Ewen Chia
If you haven’t heard of Ewen Chia, look him up. The man is an Internet Marketing and Affiliate Marketing genius.
Don’t sign up for his course unless you have a spare $800 kicking around (although I‘m sure it‘s first rate) – what I recommend is picking up his free book The 7 Hidden Principles Of Super Affiliate Marketing. That was enough for me – and you can gleam everything you need from it to see you in the right direction.
3. Kelly Felix / Mike Long
Two of the coolest friendliest guys in the whole world.
They have a course called Bring The Fresh – well when I say it’s a course it’s a way of life. There’s a forum, more videos than you could ever watch and they even give you their cell numbers and email if you’re having any problems. Like nothing I’ve ever seen, it’s back to basics, gurus be damned stuff. I got this free site you’re looking at right now built in 10 minutes, indexed and onto Google page one in 3 days using their “fresh“ methods.
Handy hint: go to their site, read what’s there and then hit your browser’s back button and you’ll be offered the course for $7. Grab it, seriously.
Written by Mike and Kristen Holden – two of the greatest SEO experts out there with an incredible track record, it’s like a university course in SEO. There’s no fluff and no crazy marketing talk – it’s very much a text book type thing but saying that I found it very easy to understand. This was the second purchase I made after signing up to MMM and it made the difference between me making $50 a day and $500 a day within a month of implementing their techniques. Not for everyone, but if you read the four free chapters you’ll see if you click with their methods.
1. Google’s External Keywords Tool.
Free. What more can I say except unbeatable for initial keyword research. Just remember to set it to “exact match” (I promise if you don’t, and proceed with what seems an amazing keyword to building a site that then gets no traffic – you’ll NEVER make that mistake again!!)
2. Traffic Travis
Free (there is a paid version, but the free one is all you’ll ever need)
I always move to Traffic Travis after I’ve been on the Google tool – to check out promising keywords. It’s fantastic for finding more long tail keywords, adding Yahoo and Bing results – and then checking the competition that’s out there. You can rapidly find high traffic keywords with low competition to base websites / articles on – and then when you’re done you can check out the on-page SEO score of your work and make improvements as required.
Do NOT be without Traffic Travis.
3. Social Monkee
Free. A brilliant package that produces quality links to your websites entirely automatically.
25 links every day. It’s really easy to use and you can install a widget into your firefox browser that does a lot of the work for you, taking information off any site that you happen to be on. You just spin the content and press go – 25 links will be created in 24 hours.
Sign up for free for 25 links a day, or if you’re keen pay a small fee and create 100 links 3 times a day – 300 quality links every 24 hours!
4. Content Professor
Free. They say it’s the “The World’s Best Web Based Article Spinner” – some would disagree preferring Spinner Chief – but I’m a big fan.
Again there is a paid version, but to be honest the free version is great. Before I knew about spinners I’d spend hours everyday manually re-writing articles. I gave Spinner Chief (also free) a go but didn’t like the interface, couldn’t afford The Best Spinner – and then landed with Content Professor.
That’s it. You DON’T NEED any other tools. REALLY you DON’T
I’ve had a number of comments from people saying that the whole Maverick Money Makers opportunity by Mack Michaels is a scam (only to go on and either link their signature to a Mack Michaels affiliate account, or some other affiliate product).
This can be very confusing for anyone starting out in Internet Marketing or Affiliate Marketing – as one of the simplest ways to create traffic is to come up with a dramatic headline usually involving SCAM or CON – because at the end of the day it’s what people seem to read – just think National Enquirer…
So how do you know that the educational product or business opportunity you are interested in is for real or not? Clearly typing in “Mack Michaels Scam” (or whatever product it is that you are investigating) is only going to bring up all these fake reviews that start with a dramatic headline only to go on and try to sell you the product (it’s called Bait and Switch by the way)
First up realise that there is very little on the internet you can trust. If there is a link ANYWHERE in an article or blog to a product – take EVERYTHING written with a large pinch of salt.
If you are in the US, check with the state Attorney General’s office, consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau in your area and the area where the promoter is based to learn whether there are any unresolved complaints about the business opportunity or the promoter. (In the UK, try your local Trading Standards office, or Citizens Advice Bureau). While complaints may alert you to problems, the absence of complaints does not necessarily mean the company is legitimate. Unscrupulous companies may settle complaints, change their names or move to hide a history of complaints
If you DO join a program having researched it and then find out that the advertising that led you to make a purchase has been misleading, or that the product itself is not what you were looking for or expected, file a dispute with the company concerned.
If you can’t resolve the dispute with the company, file a complaint with:
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
On a final note – I can say in all honesty that I’ve never had a problem with the Mack Michaels MMM course and that it has genuinely changed my financial situation for the better – but – and here’s the BIG but, I worked at it and worked at it for months before I began to see anything like half decent results.
There were days when I made nothing and I felt like it was all a big con – but I kept going because I actually knew some other guys who were making big bucks. If I hadn’t and I’d have asked for my money back firstly I’m sure I’d have had no problem, but secondly I’d have never got to where I am now.
If you expect to make instant megabucks – Mack Michaels probably isn’t for you.
Sorry about the delay! I’ve built 12 websites in the week since part 1, 10 of them are on page one of Google already for super competitive keywords … How ?
Suddenly this was no-where near enough!
I started to think smarter and listened to my tutor. I needed to find me some hungry markets.
I headed over to the google keyword tool, I opened up my godaddy account, set up Traffic Travis and started looking for BIG things. I was looking for keywords where people were desperate. I needed search terms that people typed when they were gagging to solve an urgent problem, where people were just grabbing the money in their wallets and wanting to spend it!
Easier said than done.
Of course, the majority of big terms were saturated – millions of results on google, and all the good domains were gone.
I kept searching – for days and days.
Then thanks to the other Mack Michaels teachings and the guys at Bring The Fresh – I found an affiliate marketing beauty.
This keyphrase had 130,000 exact searches per month. There was an exact match domain available as a .net. There was a good product available on Clickbank that could help people. There were loads of books available on Amazon, to assist people with this particular problem…
I was stoked! I bought that domain there and then, and set up a website in about 10 minutes using the Bring The Fresh methods.
Google found my site in 12 hours and I got onto page 1 against 9,500,000 other websites – within 14 days.
I started getting 100, 150, 200, 300, 500 visitors to my site every day. As I approached the number one spot I was getting 800, 900, 1000!
These were the craziest statistics I’d ever seen – and the site was only a month old.
That was when I added my Clickbank offer, and opened my Amazon shop.
Can you imagine a week later, finding $4200 in my Clickbank account? Just from this one site?
My other sites were still bringing in $80-100 a day and this was all starting to be a rather nice income!
So I left my job – for good. Rash? Yes. Smart move? Damn right – I could concentrate ALL my time on copying this one successful website.
Remembering the valuable lessons in Mack’s early videos I bought similar named sites to my big one. I followed the same methods to rank and build the sites, and I hand spun the content from my main site to produce 4 similar sites.
Looking at Google today, I’m on page one, positions 1,2,3,6,7,9 and 10. THAT’S DOMINATION!
So what does this little group of sites bring me in daily? $600.
Back, then (what about 3 months ago) I started to think really big.
Thanks to Mack Michaels MMM course and Bring the Fresh – the next few months were going to get VERY exciting indeed!
(To be continued)
I’ve just deleted this content today (31st January 2012) and am going to replace everything with up to date stuff that I’m using now – 9 months are a LONG time in internet marketing!
So here’s part one – bringing a little bit more detail about me, the “REAL” Mack Michaels and how far I’ve come in six months.
As I said I’d never heard of any other Mack Michaels but me and was playing around on google looking up school friends and seeing how they were doing with their lives. I’ll point out that my life wasn’t exactly the success I’d always dreamed – I’d settled for a regular job, quite dull, Monday to Friday drudgery and a small pay check at the end of each month – I wasn’t poor, or destitute, I wasn’t eating out of trashcans and sleeping in my car. I was just normal.
Anyways, my dreams of wealth and travel had been put in the Never Likely To Happen category several years previous and I’d gotten round to just accepting my life for what it was. A bit crappy, but ok on the whole.
So I was checking up to see if I was doing better or worse than my old friends.
I couldn’t find many of them but one guy was a hotshot international lawyer and an ex girlfriend was president of a multi-million digital media company. At a push I’ll say I was happy for them but it made me feel a bit small.
Just out of interest I wanted to see if I appeared – and thats when I came across all these “Mack Michaels Is A Scam” type sites.
Who the HELL was this other Mack Michaels!? What the hell was the Maverick Money Makers Club?
It was probably luck that I was feeling pretty low when I came across the MMM site as reading through that LONG page, something in it resonated with me (either that or it was just cleverly copywritten!) and I found myself ordering it there and then.
I liked the idea of being a maverick, but I liked the idea of making lots of money even more!
I’d never heard of affiliate marketing. I didn’t know of Internet Marketing and assumed it was just the banner adverts you see all over websites.
Those first few videos were pretty eye-popping!
Now those that know me know that I’m a realist – some (or most) would call me a pessimist so I knew to take some of the things said with a pinch of salt. I reckoned that if I even managed 1/4 of what Mack was suggesting then I’d be in a better financial position and could maybe start to do some of the things I wanted – simple stuff like wear cool clothes. Get a newer car. Go out for meals.
I procrastinated wildly for a couple weeks putting off doing anything – mostly out of fear and because I didn’t feel I knew enough (the start of the course COULD be a bit broader).
Then one day I was sick of being a bit of a loser and so I bought a domain name, took out some hosting and set up a very simple, ugly website using some free online software and joined an affiliate network. I was going to promote a dog product as I liked dogs and so I was quite excited by my start into internet marketing…
Using a few hints and tips, I got the site indexed in Google after about 4 days and I was ready for the commissions to roll in!
I earned $7 that first month.
I was officially the WORST internet marketeer on earth. The other Mack Michaels was probably laughing at me.
Ok. Put it down to experience and pick a better product, build a nicer looking website. I even invested in some stock images so it was 200% better than the dog one.
It was indexed in 3 days, fully in a week. I started to get traffic – like 20 people a day and I was YES I’m THE MAN!
I started selling. $25 one day, $30 the next, and suddenly a week later it was $40 – $50 a day. I checked my traffic and I was getting 70 people a day. SEVENTY PEOPLE were visiting my little site every day.
I knew I had to roll this out. Do more. Do better
Mack Michaels and Mack Michales Pt 2 to follow – I’m off to check my stats
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