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I hope you found this article helpful! I'm Kyle, the creator of this site, which is probably pretty obvious after seeing the name. Like most, I've had my fair share of difficulties and a pretty bumpy road while trying to find success online, which is why I put togetherthis guide so that others can get started right the first time around.

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Is WinLoot a Scam? – Read Before Joining!

Winning free money is awesome. But do you know what isn’t awesome? Getting scammed.

Is WinLoot a scam that you should probably just avoid or is this the real deal? Can you really enter for free into these contests and win money?

There or so many different sweepstakes scams out there that you have to be careful with what you get involved in. Whenever I come across an opportunity like this, I always make sure to do a little research and see if things check out before spending a bunch of time and getting my hopes up.

In this review I’ll be going over what exactly this place is, what they offer, how it works, some concerns I have and more.

Read before joining!

What Is WinLoot?

In a nutshell, WinLoot is a free sweepstakes website that claims to be “home of the $1,000,000 sweepstakes”, which is a potential prize, yet I don’t think anyone has ever won it.

The opportunity to take part in these sweepstakes entries requires you to be a resident of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. This is typical of sweepstakes sites like this and is the same for Sweepszilla.

If you live in any of these areas then you can enter to win a variety of different cash prizes. Some of the highlights of the website include…

  • Over 30 daily drawings and 96 ways to win total
  • You can enter to win their $5,000 sweepstakes drawing up to 65 times a day
  • Have a $10k per month for life contest and a $1,000,000 jackpot
  • They pick a $250 winner every day
  • They also have $500 and $100 instant winner sweepstakes contests
  • Around 50,000 people have won prizes to date
  • 100% free to play

One of their biggest drawings is the $250 daily winner. As you know they also have much higher drawings, yet it seems that people barely ever win these. I don’t think anyone has ever won the $10k a month drawing of the $1 million drawing.

How It Works

So obviously the first thing you’re going to have to do is register. I was reading the roles of the website and has stated that I would have to enter my name, email address, ZIP Code and birthdate, yet whenever actually went to do it, all I had to do was enter my email address.

After entering my email I was then sent a confirmation link to that email which I had to click to confirm my account.

When I clicked on the link I was taken to a page to  “win $10,000″ a month” which was weird because I thought I was entering to win $250 contest based on the page that I entered my email shown above.

But whatever…. I mean winning $10,000 a month is a lot better than $250 one time… So I played the game anyhow.

This was a typical lottery style game. What I had to do was pick 8 numbers from the 99 numbers that were listed there and after doing so it is said that “your $10,000 for life entry is now complete”, however below that it talked about the $250 entry as if that was what I just entered to win.

Huh? Okay this is confusing.

At first I thought I was entering the $250 contest, then it made it seem that I was entering the $10,000 for life contest, then it told me that my entry for the $10,000 for life contest was complete, and now it seems like it’s talking about the $250 entry again… What the heck is going on?

But anywho… Free money is free money, so either contest is still good… As long as I have a chance to win some money.

After entering for the first drawing, there was a button for me to “continue to our $100 instant win sweeps”, which I then did and it took me to a scratch-off style lottery game.

It doesn’t seem like there is any way to navigate to a particular sweepstakes contest. You enter the first one it provides you with and then it will take you to the next, and then the next, and so on.

Potential Scam?

Sweepstakes scams are no joke. According to the FTC, sweepstakes and lottery scams are “one of the most common consumer frauds operating today.”

So as I mentioned are other, I looked into this opportunity a little more.

I did find that they aren’t accredited by the BBB and have several complaints, however that definitely doesn’t mean they are a scam and isn’t anything too unusual, although it would definitely be comforting to see them accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

I found that they are owned by ShareStakes LLC which also owns UWinIt, RewardIt, and PrizeLoot, three other sweepstakes websites. But when looking into the company I wasn’t able to really find much of any information. It was also pretty confusing because it seems that there is another company called Globalizer LLC associated with this site as well.

A lot of sweepstakes scams pop up on the Internet for a quick amount of time and then disappear forever. In order to see if this was the case, I looked into how old the website actually is, and found that it has been around since 2003. That is a very good sign.

However they state on their website that WinLook was founded in 2013. So I guess the website was already around but they didn’t own it and operate the company yet??? I don’t know…

I was also able to see that they have a very active Facebook page with an okay amount of interaction with members. This is another good sign. Scam sweepstakes websites might have a Facebook page as well but usually you won’t find much activity and if there is activity you can usually tell that it is fake.

But I Still Definitely Have Some Concerns…

One thing that you should always consider when you come across a site like this is where exactly the money is coming from.

Where are they getting the money from to be able to reward their members if it is a free to join?

They have to be getting money from somewhere, right?

Well… Traditionally sweepstakes contests are held for advertising reasons. Usually a company/brand holds one of these contests to spread brand awareness and get their name out there, which can be effective for marketing.

However, this website isn’t really doing that. So how are they making all the money?

Well… They do make some money from online advertising and such, but other than that your guess is as good as mine. I don’t know.

What Real Members Are Saying

Something I always make sure to do when looking into these types of opportunities is to see what real members are saying.

Sure… they show you pictures of people like the person shown below on their website winning $5000 and such, which is incredible and I’m sure these people would have great things to say, but I want to hear all the negative reviews as well.

SiteJabber is a good place to find independent reviews. This site often gets a lot of complaints, so you can hear all of the bad things that companies don’t want you to know about them.

As you can see below, this person is calling it a scam, claiming that they send fake emails and such. This is a complaint I have come across numerous times. The problem however is that the place actually sending out these fake emails might not actually be WinLoot. I have seen it happen before where a scammer will pose as the real company and try to scam people out of money.

Then there are quite a few complaints complaining about not winning anything although participating on a daily basis…

And there were also more than one complaint I came across from people who claim they have one big money but can’t get ahold of the company to claim their money…

Conclusion – Scam or Not?

While I definitely do still have concerns about WinLoot, I definitely do NOT have any proof that this place is a scam.

Now whether or not you consider a scam is completely up to you, but I’m not going to call it one.

And I know you may be wondering, well how could it possibly be a scam if it is free to join these sweepstakes contests? This is a good question and the answer is that… Places like this can sell your personal information for money, like your email address for example. This may sound a bit odd, but I have seen websites that participate in this sort of activity.

But I’m not saying that this place does.

Anyhow… I hope you enjoyed this review and found it somewhat helpful.

If you do join WinLoot and participate in their sweepstakes contests, definitely don’t expect to win money. It seems that, while there is a $250 winner every day chosen, pretty much everyone else is only winning around one dollar and very few people are winning the higher prizes. But I guess this is what you should expect.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon…

How Often Should You Post a New Blog? – The Winning Method

So you have a blog and you want to know the optimum publishing schedule is?

How often should you post a new blog?

Every week?

Twice a week?

Three times a week?

Every day? Twice a day? Three times a day? Every hour?

Seriously... how often should you be doing this?

You want as many readers as possible, whether you are looking to make money or not with your blog. ​

The answer: It's complicated

There is no one answer I can give you because the best publishing frequency can depend on a lot of different variables, such as your niche, where you are getting your traffic and more.

But don't worry... I'll explain and help you decide what's best for your blog.

Quality vs Quantity

One thing that is for sure no matter what your blog situation is that quality is always more important than quantity.

Quality always wins.

If you pump out the content but it lacks good structure, lacks readability, lacks clear messages, lacks correct spelling, and lacks overall, people are not going to want to read as much.

You need to provide value to your readers in one way or another. Now what value consists of is  largely an opinion and depends on who your audience is.

Maybe you have a blog where you share funny memes, which some people may find absolutely no value in, yet your audience loves what you blog about. It all depends.

Find a happy medium…

That said, it isn't all about quality.

Yes, if you had to choose quality versus quantity, you should probably go with quality. It is better to put out one good quality post a week than scrap together two shoddy posts. However you want to find a happy medium.

Of course you don't want to spend days on end trying to perfect every bit and piece of a blog post.

How "good" your blog post should be is judgment call that comes from a bit of experience. If you are new to the world of blogging it may be tempting to re-read your blog post over and over again trying to make it the masterpiece you dreamed of. Oh, well maybe this paragraph should be moved here and this sentence would be more perfect if it was there, and so on. Don't spend a ridiculous amount of time on things like this.

It Depends Where Your Traffic Is Coming From

Something else that is going to make a big difference on how frequent you should be publishing is where exactly your traffic is coming from.

Is your blog mostly focused on SEO and getting traffic from search engines like Google?

Is your Instagram account driving traffic to your blog?

Do you have a massive Facebook following that is visiting your blog?

The source is important

If your blog is getting most of his traffic from search engines than there isn't really any specific frequency that you should be pumping blog posts out at. The reason being because people are coming to your blog after searching for keywords in the search engines… They aren't actually following your site and waiting for new blog posts to come out.

As I will go over in a bit, the search engines don't give a crap how often you publish.

HOWEVER, if you're driving traffic to your blog from social media then it is much more important. This is because you have a "following" that is waiting on your every move. They are following you for a reason. They like specifically what YOU have to say and you don't want to leave them hanging, waiting in pain and agony for your next blog post.

If you have a following then it would be best to publish on a regular schedule so that people know when they can expect new posts from you.

The same type of thing goes with email marketing. While it is different from social media, you still have a "following" so to speak. Your following is your list of subscribers that has consented to stay up-to-date with emails coming from you, which might be emails telling them about new posts on your blog, depending on how you go about it. 

But how often exactly should you be blogging if your traffic is coming from social media? Well… There are still more variables at play. Your niche also matters.

Why Your Niche Matters

Your niche is your particular subset of the market in which your blog is focused. It is your target audience that is, or at least should be, a group of people in a particular market.

The reason I say it "should be" is because it is advisable to choose a somewhat narrow niche, rather than having your blog be about every and anything. You want your blog to have a particular focus… Not just be some random blog that you talk about whatever comes to your mind. While that may work for people who are famous celebrities, most people don't want to hear a bunch of random ideas coming from some person who they don't even really know.

Do you talk mostly about cats and cat toys on your blog?

  • Then your niche would be cat owners. But not just any cat owner, specifically owners that care enough about their pet to try to make he/she as happy as possible by supplying them with toys.

Do you blog about Little League baseball?

  • Then your niche is probably going to be dads who have young sons that play baseball. Because let's be honest, the kids that are playing that young probably don't care much.

Do you have a blog about new women's fashion?

  • Then your niche is going to be women that like to stay up-to-date on the hottest new fashion trends.

Do you blog about diabetes and weight loss?

  • Then your niche is most likely people who have diabetes, are worried about the negative health effects that will come from this disease, and are wanting to make a change.

These are obviously just some very general and broad ideas, but I think you get the point.

How does this effect the optimal publishing frequency?

It can make a big difference. Some niche markets are going to be hungry for frequent content while others it won't matter so much.

For example: If your blog is about weight loss and you are trying to take your followers on a journey with you, providing them with tips and advice over the coming 6 months or so, then you're probably going to have to publish some pretty frequent content. But there are a lot of other niches out there that wouldn't require so much.

This is something you kind of just have to guess on. There is no right or wrong answer. Just think about your audience, as if you were someone following your own blog, and think about what you would want from it. Would just one post a week be fine? Would it be better to do two?

Google Doesn't Care!

I mentioned earlier that if you have a blog where most of the traffic is coming from search engines like Google, it doesn't really matter how often you publish.

Google doesn't care. Google doesn't give a shit.

Sure, publishing 5 quality posts a week that are going to rank well in Google and bring you traffic is going to be more beneficial than publishing one quality post a week, because obviously you're going to be getting more traffic by publishing more frequently and ranking for more keywords. But what I mean by "Google doesn't care" is that the frequency isn't going to affect your ability to rank.

And... Like I mentioned earlier, you don't have a following that is waiting for new content.

So in this case you just want to do what you can. If you only have a couple hours of free time a week then just publish one blog post a week. If you have more then do more.

The Google Ranking Factor that Loves New Content

There are over 300 (I think) different metrics that Google uses when ranking content. 

One of them is called the QDF, or query deserves freshness, ranking factor. What this does is gives new publishings an edge up when it comes to ranking.

So for example, a new blog post might outrank and older blog post even if it is not as good by Google standards, simply because it is newer.

This would make you think that publishing more frequently is going to help you out more. HOWEVER, this factor only comes into play if you are blogging about… 

  • Recent events or hot topics
  • Regularly recurring events
  • Frequent updates

Most of us probably are not blogging about any of these things so this really doesn't matter.

Content Length Can Be Important... Especially for SEO Blogs

The length of the blog posts that you are publishing is also important. 

You don't want to fill your posts up with a bunch of "fluff" just to make them longer, but generally speaking a longer blog post is often a more valuable one because there is more information provided.

But don't get the wrong idea. This doesn't mean that every blog post should be crazy long. Your goal is to provide value to your readers and it is not all the time that a 3000+ word blog post is going to be necessary. It all depends on what you are talking about and how much length you think it requires.

I'm definitely not saying that a 1,000 word post is too short. Even a 750 world post can be fine at times. Getting too low will make it harder to rank.

For SEO

If your blog is getting traffic from SEO, as in getting traffic from Google, then there is an additional reason why longer content could be better.

The reason... Because you will rank for more keywords.

When you write a blog post and target a specific keyword with the help of a keyword research tool, there are also a number of other keywords that you will rank for as well... Google does all this automatically. It is Google that decides what the keywords are, you just kind of help feed the Google bot your targeted keyword when you go about your targeting for each post you write.

Since a longer blog post has more words, it makes complete sense that there could be more potential keywords to rank for.

So if you do run a blog that is focused on SEO then you may want to consider writing longer content, which means that you would likely have to cut back on your publishing frequency when compared to writing shorter posts.

But again, there is no set length that a post should be. This depends on the topic you are writing about as well as your audience. If your audience is on the younger side, such as high schoolers, then they probably are interested in reading too long of content. But if your audience is a bunch of Doctorate holding scholars, they might be more interested in more in-depth information.

Conclusion: The Answer Is There Is No Answer

So as you can see the answer to the question, of how frequent you should be publishing blog posts, is that there is no answer.

It all depends.

Where your traffic is coming from, your niche,, etc. are some of the things you should consider when trying to decide on a blog publishing strategy. And there are probably other things that might be worth considering as well.

But... Although there is no good answer I would still recommend setting a goal for yourself and sticking to it. This can be beneficial to your success.

Set a Goal - Ex: I'm going to publish 2 blogs a week

Not only might a consistent publishing schedule make your audience and followers of your blog happy, if you have a following, but another big reason why this is important is because it makes you accountable.

There have been many studies done showing that setting goals is important when it comes to achieving success.

If you just say... I'm going to publish a blog post whenever I feel like it… You are not holding yourself accountable and likely won't get much done. But if you do a little thinking and find that you should be able to have time to publish two blog posts a week and make this your goal, then you are going to be able to easily hold yourself accountable for such.

You've probably heard the importance of setting a goal with diet and weight loss. This seems to be talked about a lot when it comes to getting in shape, but it applies to a lot more than just that.

So set a goal 

It doesn't have to be perfect. Maybe you think you should be publishing twice a week but you are only going to have time to publish once a week. Just do what you can.

I know that a lot of people are running blogs on the side, with hopes to get them to generate some good income eventually, but as of now still have to work full-time jobs and such.

Just do what you can.

But anyways… I hope you found this post at least somewhat helpful and informative. I'm sorry I couldn't give you a clear-cut answer to the question, but it is what it is.

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The Silk Road Effect – Scam or $1,800 a Day? [Review]

The Silk Road Effect is supposedly “the quickest way to make $1800 every day” online, but of course that is a bunch of BS. No… This is definitely not the quickest way… It is actually a big old SCAM, as I’m sure you are pretty well aware of already.

When it comes to “make money online” systems/programs like this, you always have to be really careful with what you get involved in.

There is certainly no shortage of online scams out there claiming that you can strike it rich with their “done for you”, “autopilot”, “secret system”.

I actually review scams nearly every day on my site here and that sometimes it is difficult just to keep up with all of them. It’s almost like every day is a new scam or two. I actually just exposed The Ecom Freedom Blueprint and Profit 365 recently.. two other scammy programs.

But anyways… Yes, The Silk Road Effect pretty much is a scam in my opinion and you will see why I am saying this in my quick review here.

The Silk Road Effect Review – EXPOSED

So you probably got an email talking about some new system that is going to change your life, that is going to give you financial freedom, and so on.

How do I know this?

Well… Because that is how most of the scammy systems are promoted.

Then there was probably a link in the email that you clicked and were redirected to the incredibly scammy sales video.

The guy tells you that you can become a millionaire in 12 months by using “ancient secrets” and then talks about being able to buy an item for $5 and sell it for $100, which would be a darn nice profit.

Now as I’ve said, I’ve reviewed a heck of a lot of scams online. However, I will say that I don’t think I have ever reviewed a scam promoted in this sort of manner. I’ve never heard of some sort of “ancient secret” to becoming a millionaire.

But I guess I have heard a lot of crazy things over the years so this is nothing too surprising.

And of course, as they all say, this “will be the most important video you have ever watched”…

Apparently this video contains “highly sensitive information” that “has been held back from you for centuries by the western world”. And you are not supposed to know this.

But… That is all just a bunch of BS.

The spokesperson is just trying to make this opportunity seem better than it really is and trying to act like you stumbled upon the holy Grail.

The creator of the system, who I don’t think ever mentions his name but I found it to be Steven Jenkins as you can see on the screenshot he shows below, claims to have generated over $1.3 million in the last 12 months using this system…

One thing they should definitely know is that a bank account screenshot like this proves absolutely nothing. It can be easily photoshopped and I for one definitely did not trust what he is showing.

How You Are Supposedly Going to Strike It Rich

This “ancient secret” is all about what is called drop shipping.

This is when you sell items online through your own e-commerce store but never actually hold any inventory or deal with the products directly. Basically how it works is you set up a e-commerce store with a bunch of products and when people come to your store and purchased the products, you then go directly to the manufacturer and purchase them, having them sent directly to the customer.

All of this is done online.

Belive it or not… Although it might seem that everything that comes out of the spokesperson’s mouth is a bunch of BS, this is actually a legitimate business model. In fact, I had my own e-commerce store and was drop shipping for around 2 years at one point.

HOWEVER… As you can imagine… This is NOT nearly as easy as he leads you to believe it is.

If it was then I would still be doing it and I would have all my friends and family doing the same, making boatloads of money.

But… It… Is… Not…

$17 Is Just The Beginning

This “The Silk Road Effect” system is being sold on the ClickBank marketplace.

Clickbank is well known to have a lot of very scammy products listed, and what is also known for is upsells.

Sure enough, after you purchase the system for $17, you are then pushed into an upsell that you are going to “need”.

This is a load of crap because when you originally buy into this you think that you are getting all you need. But that isn’t true and they do not tell you this.

This is all very scammy and not the type of system I would really want to trust.

Conclusion – Scam or Not?

Do you consider systems that are promoted in extremely misleading ways to be scams? If so, then yes this is a scam. However, whether or not it is depends on what your definition of a scam is.

When you buy into this you do get training on setting up an e-commerce store and drop shipping. So you do get some value for the money you pay. However, it is just nothing like you are led to believe in the first place and will just be something that you are highly disappointed in.

There is absolutely no way that I’m going to be recommending this system to my readers.

Not only do I think it is going to be largely a waste of time, and likely just lead you down the wrong path having you waste your effort on something that isn’t going to work out well, but there are also other reasons why this sort of online business model might not be the best way for beginners to get started.

Doing e-commerce via drop shipping can be profitable and is a legitimate business model, as I said, but it also can be fairly risky due to the fact that you’re going to have to run paid advertisements, which include things like Facebook ads, Bing ads, etc. This can get expensive.

My Recommendation:

If you are just a beginner looking to for a legitimate way to make money online then I highly suggest that you take a look at how I went from $0 to over $6000 a month doing so. What I do is beginner friendly and all in all is a great way for beginners to get started.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you 🙂

Is Sweepszilla a scam? – A Review You’ll Be Glad You Read

Sweepszilla claims to give away prizes every day and even claims to have given away over $10,000 in prizes total but is it all really true?

Is this really the awesome sweepstakes opportunity that it seems to be or could it potentially be another scam?

After all, sweepstakes scams are incredibly common. According to the BBB, 2,820 people reported sweepstakes and lottery type scams in 2017… And those are just the people who reported them. Think about all the others that didn’t report.

But anyways… You have to be careful when it comes to these sorts of opportunities.

You always want to do a little bit of extra research before hand, which I see you are doing now based on the fact that you are reading my review.

In this review I’ll be going over what exactly Sweepszilla it is, how it works, some scam concerns and more.

Can you really win a bunch of awesome prizes here? Keep reading to find out…

What Is Sweepszilla?

  • Website: sweepszilla.com
  • Type: Sweepstakes/giveaway site
  • Cost: Free to join
  • Availability: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

As you may know if you have been on my blog before, I often review online scams and help expose them to the public. So when it first came across this Sweepszilla website, I didn’t jump right into it and try to win a bunch of prizes. I first looked around to see if things checked out.

One of the first things that I noticed that was a bit unusual is that they say their team has been involved with online sweepstakes since 1994, yet the website was just registered at the beginning of 2018. Sure, they don’t specifically state that this site has been around for that long, but the statement they make is very vague and offers no proof of such being true.

Also, the website is owned by company called Taptastic, LLC, which I could find absolutely no information on.

This certainly does not mean it is a scam, and it is a relief to see that this website doesn’t contain any of the “warning signs” that are talked about on Fraud.org when it comes to sweepstakes scams since it is free to play, but it is still a bit worrisome.

Types of Prizes Given Away

Mostly what you will find on this website are prizes like cash, gift cards and electronics. You might also find some other things, such as coffee makers and whatnot, but not so often.

Just to give you an idea of what you are looking at here, below are some of the current sweepstakes offers that are available to me right now as I am writing this…

  • $5,000 cash prize ending in 4 months
  • $1,000 cash prize ending in 5 weeks
  • $50 Amazon gift card ending in 15 hours (daily giveaway)
  • 50″ LED TV prize ending in 8 days
  • $25 cash ending in 15 hours (daily giveaway)
  • Samsung Chromebook 3 ending in 2 months
  • $250 Visa gift card ending in 1 day
  • Bose bluetooth speaker ending in 13 days
  • $20 Target gift card ending in 15 hours (daily giveaway)
  • $500 Amazon gift card ending in 3 weeks
  • And more…

How It All Works

So the first thing you obviously have to do is register. Whenever you click on the “play now” button beside any of the offers there will automatically be a little pop-up that comes up where you will be prompted to enter your email address.

That is literally all you have to do, or at least that is all I had to do.

After that they will send you an email with a confirmation link you will have to click to confirm your account.

After clicking on that link you will be directed back to the main page of the website where you can then enter any of the different sweepstakes opportunities.

When you click on an offer you will be directed to a page where you will collect your entry ticket. You can either play a simple little game and choose from one of the 3 treasure chests (you can’t lose) or you can choose to skip the game and collector ticket.

And that is that… Pretty simple right?

You will be able to go through this process 10 times a day with each giveaway.

The limit is 10 entries per giveaway per day.

Zilla Points

In addition to all of this you will also get what are called “zillas” when you enter into a sweepstakes contest, 1 zilla per entry. These zillas are just points that you will then be able to use to enter into other sweepstakes contest inside the Bonus Prize Vault section of the website.

Things you can when here also include things like cash prizes, gift cards and electronics.

The Odds of Winning

Sounds like fun… But do you have any real chance of actually winning?

Well… The odds of winning are going to vary greatly depending on how many people enter into the contest.

Naturally more people are going to be entering the contests for larger prizes.

If you have a contest for a $5000 cash prize and 100 people enter into it, and each of those people enter in 10 times including yourself, then you would have a 1/100th chance of winning the $5000 cash prize. But of course a prize like this is probably going to get a lot more than just 100 people entering… I would expect a heck of a lot more because of how long the entry is opened for these sorts of bear prizes.

The daily gift card giveaways, such as the $20 Target gift card giveaway that happens daily, would be a lot easier to win however.

This is all assuming that they actually give away the prizes they say they do.

Scam Concerns

I have no real proof that this site is a scam, however I am still a bit concerned. Some concerns that I have are the fact that it is a…

  • New site with a lot of giveaways
  • Not much info on the company behind it
  • Not much third party information (people ranting and raving about winning and stuff like this)
  • Posted winners can’t be verified
  • Where is the money coming from?

Now the website is very professional looking and everything, but this doesn’t really mean a thing.

How could this possibly be a scam if it is free???

You may be wondering how the heck this can possibly be a scam. After all, is completely free to join and the sweepstakes contests are completely free to enter.

Well I have seen it before… they are collecting emails from participants and these emails could potentially be sold for profit. Yes, this is actually a thing that does happen and I have seen it before with other scammy sweepstakes websites, such as Get It Free.

So although they are not charging you anything it still could possibly be a scam in a way.

Where is the money coming from?

Something else you might be wondering is where the heck they are getting all this money from to be giving away?

Sweepstakes contests are usually for advertising purposes. Companies giveaway things to help promote their brand and draw attention. HOWEVER, I don’t really see anything like this going on at Sweepszilla, which is concerning.

How are they making their money? I honestly have no idea. Sure, they do have ads on their website and small things like this, but it certainly doesn’t seem like that would generate enough revenue for them to be able to giveaway such large prizes.

Conclusion – Worth a Try or Not?

The decision of whether or not to give it a try is up to you. However, I would advise that you use a email address that is not your primary email just in case. Their privacy policy seems to check out and all, and it doesn’t look like they are going to spam the heck out of you, but for safe measures I would recommend doing this.

And since you are interested in sweepstakes you may also want to read a review I wrote on Sweeties Secret Sweeps, which is a sweepstakes membership site that basically keep you informed on all the good to sweepstakes opportunities out there that you can participate in.

Before you go:

I know this is a little bit off base, but since you are looking to make money online in your spare time, you may also want to take a look at this guide which goes over how I do so and make over $6000 a month consistently. It has nothing to do with sweepstakes and does require real work, but I’m just throwing it out there because some people might be interested in it.

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this quick review and found it at least somewhat informative and helpful. I’m sorry I can’t give you a very conclusive answer on whether or not Sweepszilla is a scam, but I hope I have a provided some good insight.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂

Rat Race Rebellion Review – Scam or Good Work at Home Opportunities?

If you've been looking for work at home job opportunities than you may have come across a little website called Rat Race Rebellion, which claims to help people find opportunities like this.

BUT… Can you trust this place and what exactly do they provide? Who are the opportunities that they present best suited for? How much money can you make with these opportunities?

These are all very important questions… Especially the one about whether or not you can trust the service they provide. After all, in the online world scam work at home opportunities are extremely common. I think it was actually on the Rat Race Rebellion website itself that I read there are about 40 scams for every 1 legitimate work at home opportunity.

Now I have no idea if this statistic is actually true or not, but there is no doubt there are a heck of a lot of scams out there.

But anyways… Let's get onto the review. I will be going over what exactly Rat Race Rebellion is, what type of opportunities they list on their site, whether there are scams you have to be worried about and more.

Rat Race Rebellion Review

  • Website: ratracerebellion.com
  • Creators: Christine Durst and Michael Harren
  • Type: Work at home job opportunities
  • Legit?: Yes

The company is very old… I'm talking about super old in Internet years, having been around since 1999. It was started by Christine Durst and Michael Harren and has grown to be pretty popular over the years, so much so that it has even been featured on national television, such as on Good Morning America, TODAY, and others.

I also found out that the founders actually helped design the first virtual career training program for the US State Department and the Arms Forces, which is pretty darn impressive.

But of course this stuff probably doesn't matter too much to you all that much… You want to know how this website can help you out.

In a Nutshell... They Help You Find Work at Home Jobs..

Everyday the post new leads for different work at home job opportunities. These are up to date on their Newest Daily Jobs page.

In addition to this they also have a newsletter that you can sign up for at no charge you and keep updated via email.

You may also want to join their Facebook page where you can stay up-to-date. Christine is pretty active on their and they seem to have a nice little community with a lot of interaction among followers as well.

To date, as I am writing this, they state on the website that they have posted over 375,000 different job opportunities. So yes... They do provide a pretty active service of letting you know what different work at home jobs are out there.

What Type of WAH Opportunities Do They Provide?

It's important to know exactly what type of work at home opportunities they help you find.

Are these opportunities good for full-time work, part-time work, just earning a little bit of money on the side? How much money can you make and are all of the jobs virtual, where you can work from home on your computer?

Well... Let's first take a look at some examples of new job opportunities that they had recently posted…

Examples:

  • WAH Concierges Needed  
    • Position to be a lifestyle concierge; will be handling calls from premium American Express Card members; starts at $15.50/hr
  • Work from Home Opportunity for Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, etc
    • Virtual positions open including account managers, analysts, virtual concierge, etc
  • Work from Home Jobs & Extra Cash
    • This article goes lists different opportunities to write for reputable websites, takes surveys for money, work online as an interpreter and more
  • Work from Home for United Nations
    • Expert positions, specialist, consultant, and other WAH opportunities  
  • Work from Home for Progressive
    • Customer service rep opportunity that starts out at $15-$20 per hour

As you can see there is some pretty broad coverage of different opportunities out there.

They present work at home opportunities where you can work for well-known companies and get paid hourly rates, but they also present work at home opportunities where you are basically a freelancer and work on your own time.

And those listed above are just a small example of different jobs you might find on this site. You can find jobs in a lot of different categories, including…

  • Customer service
  • Virtual call center
  • Writing
  • Concierge
  • Chat hosting
  • Tutoring
  • Driving (for Uber as an example)
  • Completing surveys
  • Proofreading
  • Transcription
  • And more

Based on what I see there isn't much that is off-limits here. There are a lot of job listings that are virtual, meaning you can work from your computer, yet there are others that are non-virtual.

That said, all of the jobs that they do list help you "escape from the rat race" so to speak. They provide some sort of freedom from the typical 9 to 5 work schedule where you have to commute to work day in and day out.

Full-time or Part Time Work?

They list many positions that are full-time and many that are part-time, and also positions that are freelance.

You will find opportunities for companies that everyone knows about, where you can do things like work as a call center representative, for their concierge team, for online chat support, etc.

You will find freelance positions where you are considered an "independent contractor" and where you will set your own schedule, although hours are not guaranteed.

And then you will find very low income earning opportunities, such as paid survey opportunities, where there really isn't much potential at all.

Who These Jobs Are Best For

As you can tell, since they provide a lot of different "escape the rat race" types of jobs, there are opportunities for many different types of people out there.

That said, it does seem that most of the opportunities listed on their site are for virtual positions working for reputable companies, which I think most people would like. Many of these positions offer full-time work and have set hours, which makes them good for people looking for a reliable and steady income. The ones that do actually hire people full-time also offer benefits.

They Provide Good Opportunities But You Still Have to Be Smart

While Rat Race Rebellion does provide a pretty good service and is trustworthy overall, you still have to be a bit careful when getting involved with the opportunities they present.

For example, take a look at the picture below from their Newest Daily Jobs page…

Now as you can see the first 2 listings are for work from home opportunities where you would be working for a legitimate company and getting paid a steady wage. HOWEVER, the 3rd opportunity that I circled where you can "get paid to take surveys" is completely different.

If you have ever taking paid surveys online then you know they are not very good money making opportunities. Sure, it seems that getting paid "up to $5 per survey" sounds pretty darn good, but the amount of surveys you will be able to complete are extremely limited on these types of sites. When you factor in all of the time that you waste getting disqualified from surveys and things like that, you usually end up making much less than minimum wage.

I'm familiar with the MySoapBox paid survey site and they are pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill type of survey site.... not a very good opportunity.

That said, I do see that Rat Race Rebellion states this opportunity is "not for core income", but many people that are unfamiliar with paid surveys might not understand exactly what that means.

Scam?

There is absolutely no reason I see to call Rat Race Rebellion a scam. All in all, I think they provide a very good service and they even actually expose some of the online scams out there, which I also do here on my site.

But,as you can imagine, you should always do a little bit of research into the jobs they list before applying or getting involved with them. There could always be a scam that slips onto their list without them really knowing. 

Conclusion

Overall I like what I see with this site. I think they provide a good service and, while I don't know the statistics, I can imagine they help a good deal of people find jobs that help give them a little more freedom in their lives, which is what we all want right?

One thing that I like about the site is that Christine, in particular, is very active in the community. She is active on Facebook and even makes a lot of videos for their Youtube channel. You can tell that she is real and does just want to help people.

Just realize that not all of the positions they post may be worth it for you. It all depends on your particular situation and what exactly you are looking for. Some are virtual, some not. Some are full-time, some not. Some you can earn some pretty good money working your own schedule, some will pretty much be a waste of time in my opinion (like the paid surveys... I hate paid surveys).

Stay smart and look into things a little before getting involved.

Another Good Opportunity:

Something else I think you may be interested in is doing what I do... which is work for myself online. 

I've been making money online since 2015 and make over $6,000/mo consistently. However, this isn't an hourly wage job where you will start making immediate income, just to let you know. But it can be well worth the investment without a doubt, especially because it allows you to earn passive income.

But I'm not going to get too into detail here. You can take a look at this guide I put together that explains everything and shows how you can get started as well.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Take care and be sure to leave any comments or questions below 🙂

Sweeties Secret Sweeps Review – Scam or Good Opportunity?

If you are into participating in sweepstakes contests, then you may have come across a “secret site” called Sweeties Secret Sweeps.

Is this site worth your time? Is it a scam? Does it present good opportunities?

These are all good questions that I will be answering in this review, in which I will be going over what exactly this place is and what it offers, what I like about it, the cost and more.

By the way, I am not promoting this website and have no affiliation with it, so this review is going to be as unbiased as you will get.

Sweeties Secret Sweeps Review

Sweeties Secret Sweeps is a membership site that was created in 2009 by a woman named Wendy, who claims to have had quite a fair amount of success with sweepstakes in the past. In fact, she claims to have won a $25,000 trip to France, a truck and more… And created this website with the purpose of helping teach others of all the great opportunities out there.

The membership is more than just a place to find a good local and national sweepstakes. You also get a” full-service” newsletter and access to a caring community.

Some of the mentioned benefits to becoming a member include…

  • Shows you how to enter sweepstakes
  • Provides a method for tracking entries and organize your list
  • Keeps you updated on new sweepstakes and ones that are ending
  • Gives you access to a community of other “sweepstakers” where you can share information
  • Provides local and national sweepstakes everyday

In addition to all of this, you can also submit sweepstakes to Sweeties Secret Sweeps and if they decide to list them on the directory… you earn points, which can then be used for things of real value, such as Amazon gift cards, paying for your membership, stamps and more.


What are sweepstakes exactly?

Sweepstakes, as far as most people are concerned, are a way to win free stuff.

They are sort of like lottery style contests that you can enter to win free things, whether it be an all-inclusive vacation package, a car, a kids toy, etc. The prizes given out can literally be anything.

Contests like this are put on by companies for promotional reasons. It didn’t always use to be this way years ago. It was more like a lottery, but now it is focused around marketing. It is all about companies getting their names out there and drawing attention. There are lots of statistics showing that this can help companies increase sales very successfully.

But… Like I said… Most people aren’t concerned about all of that, and I’m one of them. As far as I’m concerned, sweepstakes are a way to win free things.

And Sweeties Secret Sweeps helps you find good sweepstakes, enter into them, keep track of them and so on.

What I Like About This Site

One thing that I really like about this site is that they do not sucker people into thinking they are going to strike it rich. They are honest and tell people the truth, which is that becoming a member will help you find sweepstakes contests and give you a better chance at making money with them, but it certainly isn’t going to guarantee earnings.

I’ve reviewed a few scam sweepstakes websites in the past, such as OMG Sweeps and Get It Free, which is why it is a relief to see an honest website such as this.

Also, they seem to go above and beyond in some ways. For example, this place even as a team of workers who watch TV and post answers, words of the day, trivia codes and answers, etc. for sweepstakes.

More Than Just a Way to Find Good Sweepstakes

All in all it seems to be a pretty caring community that provides good service. And the reason I say “community” is because, as stated earlier, they provide more than just a way to find sweepstakes. You also get access to the community forum where you can talk to other members, guidance on entering sweepstakes contests, help keeping track of different sweepstakes and more.

The Cost

The cost of becoming a member is $40 a year, and to me, this really doesn’t seem like much.

Of course it makes a difference how much time you invest into this, but $40 for an entire year could very well be worth the price. You could easily win more money than the cost and also save a lot of time looking for sweepstakes because they are provided to you.

But, like I said, this all depends on how seriously you are going to take this.

How Much Money Can You Make?

This is kind of a dumb question but I thought I’d touch upon anyhow.

There is no real answer to this. You could make a ton of money or you could make very little money.

Sweepstakes sometimes have pretty incredible prizes, such as vacation packages and nice cars, but of course there is no way to predict whether or not you are going to win.

It definitely is not a reliable way to win prizes or make money, but can be a fun and rewarding hobby if you are into this sort of thing.

Potential Scam?

Is see absolutely no reason to think that Sweeties Secret Sweeps is a scam. This place seems to provide a legitimate service that people like. They provide real value.

Conclusion – Worth Joining or Not?

Now as I mentioned in the beginning, this isn’t something that I am going to promote. So I’m not going to tell you whether or not it is worth joining for you. I just wanted to give you a good idea of what you are looking at here so that you can make a better decision for yourself.

That said, if you are looking for a way to stay up-to-date on what sweepstakes are available to you and you want to take your sweepstaking hobby to the next level, this very well could be worth the investment.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found at least somewhat helpful.

Before you go, you might also be interested in taking a look at my topics for making money online in your spare time.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂

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Is Richard Lustig’s Lotto Annihilator a Scam? – Pretty Much In My Opinion

Richard Lustig claims that his new Lotto Annihilator system can give you better chances of winning the lottery and that many people have already used this to win big, but is this really true? Can you trust what you hear? It is Lotto Annihilator just another scam that is going to give you false hope and leave you discouraged and disappointed at the end of the day?

I’m here to warn everyone against this product.

THIS IS A WARNING. After reading my review here you will see that this system is not worth purchasing because it is not going to do anything for you, except of course drain your bank account a little bit.

I’m sure you were suspicious of this whole thing being a scam before me saying that anyhow. The entire promo presentation does seem a little bit “scammy”, does it not?

The presentation starts out with a warning that “this video is very controversial”. Then Richard Lustig, starts off talking about how some guy one $9 million using his method, but of course he’s going to keep his name private for confidentiality reasons.

Lotto AnnihilatorSystem

Most of the video presentation is Richard talking about how much money he has won and how he has been able to spend it on luxurious things like cruises, staying in penthouses, buying his kids anything they wanted, his dream house, and so on.

He even goes as far to say that his method, which helps give you an unfair advantage and the ability to predict the winning numbers of the lottery, will have you winning so much that you are going to need to start rotating the gas stations where you buy your tickets because the owners are going to hate giving out money to you all the time.

Quite a bold claim to make… And one that is definitely not backed up.

Lots of Unverified Claims

The video presentation is filled with a lot of unverifiable claims.

First off… the guy he talked about who supposedly one $9 million with his method… There is no way to verify that any of this is true because of course he does not share his name with us. Does this guy even exist in the first place?

He also talks about others who have supposedly won big payouts with his method…

But again… These are completely unverified…

Who is Richard Lustig?

At this point you may be wondering if this guy is even real.

Well… Believe it or not, yes Richard Lustig is a real guy and yes, he really did win the grand prize in the lottery 7 separate times, being the only one in the world to do so. This has landed him on all sorts of TV shows and even in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

That said, he has been milking the heck out of his fame for years now. This is not the first program he has released that uncovers his “secret method” and will supposedly make you rich. Instead of winning the lottery again and again with his “secret method”, he now seems to be making all of his money off of selling products like this to unsuspecting individuals.

Lotto Annihilator Review

So what this system supposedly does is increases your chances of winning. It isn’t going to guarantee a win every time but, according to Richard, but it will increase your odds.

The basics of how it works just like this…

  1. Write down previous winning numbers for the games you intend on playing. You want to do this for at least 7 of the most recent drawings. These can be found online easily.
  2. Then you will plug these numbers into the formla Richard has created in which you will have to do some simple math.
  3. Go out and purchase tickets based on the winning numbers the formula has given you.
  4. Rinse and repeat

Now as you can see he makes it sound like you’re going to be winning again and again, getting consistent income from this that can replace your job. He talks about how “some months you may only win $10,000” and other months you may “find yourself cashing a check for $200,000″… As if $10,000 a month is going to be the least you are going to win.

This is one heck of a misleading statement.

The Method… Does It Actually Work?

You guessed it… The answer is NO.

His “secret method” does not work and it is not going to increase your chances of winning. The only thing it is going to do is leave you with less money and give Richard more money.

Why is it not going to work?

Well… Because it is statistically impossible.

There is a good article on Business Insider that talks about this. In this article a journalist takes Richard Lustig’s method to a statistics professor and has him take a look at it, which he concludes makes no sense.

You can’t cheat the system when it comes to lotteries… The numbers generated are completely random and because of this there is no way to predict the numbers that will be chosen.

Sure, you can join lottery pools and things like that to increase your chances, but this has nothing to do with actually predicting winning numbers or anything like that.

Re-hashed Old Product?

Like I said earlier on, Richard has released a number of these products in the past. I have reviewed 2 other of his products here on my site, one called Lottery Winner University and another called Auto Lotto Processor.

They are both the same exact thing… They give you this formula to supposedly increase your chances of winning. In fact, they even have pretty much the same sales video.

This might make you wonder… Why is he re-branding his products and rereleasing them under different names?

The most likely answer is because is products have been getting a lot of negative attention due to the fact that THEY DON’T WORK.

So he repackages the product under a different name and sells it as some great new thing.

The Cost

The initial cost when you buy in is $97, but there are up-sells.

I’m not sure exactly how much everything costs, but I do know there is at least one upsell that you will be pushed into for $125.

Conclusion – Scam or Not?

The big question is whether or not Richard Lustig actually believes in his method or not. If he does really believe in it, and truly believes that he is helping people win the lottery, then I would not see this as a scam.

HOWEVER, if he is aware that is method is a complete sham and knows that it will not work, then yes I would definitely consider this a scam because he would know that he is ripping people off.

Scam or not, it doesn’t really matter. The bottom line is that this does NOT work and is definitely NOT something I’m going to be recommending to my readers.

The only tips I can give you for the lottery is to select numbers higher than 31, because this will decrease chances (if you do win) that you have to share the money with others because so many people pick their birthdays. Or you could join some sort of lottery pool, but then again although that would increase your chances of winning you would have to share the pot.

So anyways… I hope you found this little review helpful.

Something else you might also be interested in, since you are looking for ways to make money, is how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month working online for myself. This is something that is legitimate and beginner friendly, which is the reason I often recommend that to beginners looking to get started making money online.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂

The Ecom Freedom Blueprint Scam – This Isn’t What You Think!

Is Teo Vee’s new program called The Ecom Freedom Blueprint a scam? Ya… pretty much it is and you will see why.

The guy tells you that this is pretty much your one-way ticket to financial freedom, being able to earn money on autopilot from your very own e-commerce store… But of course things are not always what they seem and you definitely cannot trust everything you hear online.

I’m guessing you probably came across one of the video presentations and thought that it sounds a little bit too good to be true. Luckily, you took the time to do a little bit of extra research, which you always should do, and ended up coming across my review here.

And… It’s a darn good thing you did because this “The Ecom Freedom Blueprint” is NOT what it seems to be.

Teo Vee acts like this is all a walk in the park, like this is some sort of system that you can just “plug into” and get fast results with, like it is some “secret” formula or something. He tells you that you can get predictable and reliable sales day after day using the system and that other people are making tons of money with it, but I’m going to show you what’s really going on here.

The Lure

There are several different video presentations that funneled people into the system. I’ve come across 3 of them which I took screenshots of that you can see here…

All 3 of these sales funnels have a different starting point, but they all lure people into the same thing, which is The Ecom Freedom Blueprint.

As you can see above, the one video is about the “#1 money making secret”, another is about a “broke dishwasher… made $114,501 in just 90 days”, and the other is about some children’s toy that holds the secret to successful online business.

These sales pitch is are very over-hyped and who knows what you can actually believe. Most of the information provided in them is probably just made up.

Teo Vee acts as if this is the greatest system to have ever been invented and claims that is super easy. I don’t know if he said this in all of the sales videos, but in one of them that I watched he claims that it only takes 3 simple steps, which include…

  1. Claim your page
  2. Let people visit
  3. Collect your cash

What he tells you is so misleading it’s hard to believe. It makes you think that this is some sort of done for you system that is just going to start cranking out cash after you buy into it, which is completely untrue.

Too good to be true?

Ya… Obviously this is too good to be true and I’m sure that you had your suspicions of this already.

I’ve actually reviewed some sales pitch is from this guy in the past which have gone along similar lines. There usually extremely over-hypes, very misleading, and just overall very “scammy”. They lure people into something that they really don’t know what they’re getting involved with by use of deceptive and misleading information.

One of the sales pitches I reviewed in the past from this guy was called the Click and Flip System and basically he was telling people that you could make tons of money online by simply clicking your mouse. Now I guess this is true to some extent, because if you are going to be working online your definitely going to have to click your mouse, but obviously this is an extremely misleading statement that really gives people the wrong impression.

Who Is Teo Vee?

Well… In the one video presentation he claims that he used to be a broke dishwasher with no experience at all who then went on to make $114,501 in just 90 days of using this system… But who knows how true this actually is.

It seems like a lot of what he says is just a complete lie.

What I can tell you about this guy is that what he is most known for in the online world is his ecommerce training called My Ecom Club. In fact, this it is all I know him for and I know he promotes the heck out of it.

He is pretty well known in the online marketing world as being one of the marketers who’s products you probably don’t want to buy. Most people who buy them just end up disappointed and feeling scammed at the end of the day.

Something else I can tell you is that the guy actually speaking in the video presentations is not actually him, that is a paid spokesperson. I know this because the real guy has a strong accent, as you might be able to guess from his unusual name.

What Is The Ecom Freedom Blueprint Really?

I should have known before even looking into this.

Sure enought… The Ecom Freedom Blueprint is just another sales funnel to get people to buy into his My Ecom Club program that I mentioned above.

After watching one of the video presentations for this “system” and clicking to buy it, you are directed to the order page which you can see here…

As you can see there is no mention of any name. There is nothing that says My Ecom Club or anything. This is the type of marketing stuff I do not care for. People are being lured in and don’t even know the name of the darn product they are buying.

The initial price is only $97 or $47 depending on what sales funnel you go through.

But that is far from the end of it. If you do buy in you will get hit with a series of upsells, one costing $1,997!

What You Get If You Buy In

So what you are getting if you buy in is My Ecom Club. And My Ecom Club is basically an educational platform that shows you how to build an ecommerce business, specifically focusing on dropshipping and using Shopify stores.

Basically how this works is you would set up a Shopify ecommerce store and load it up with products. You don’t actually need any products as inventory because you are dropshipping. What this means is that when someone buys a product from your store you then order it directly from the manufacturer and have it shipped right to them.

This is actually a pretty popular business model and is something I have personal experience with, but it certainly is not as easy as you are led to believe.

Besides the core training you are also upsold on a personal advisor for $37, which isn’t bad, and also a “done for you” package for $1,997.

I’m not entirely sure what the “done for you” package includes but supposedly they basically give you a pre-built ecom store already loaded up with products. I’m not sure if this also includes pre-made marketing campaigns or anything like that though.

It’s Not Nearly as Easy as He Makes It Seem

While there is definitely tons of money to be made in e-commerce, this is not even close to being as easy as he makes it seem. I know you are probably already thinking this, but I just want to really make this point known.

I was involved in e-commerce and did drop shipping for around 2 years. I had some success with that but also a lot of failure. You can’t just expect to start selling products like crazy right from the beginning. You’re going to have to go through a lot of testing to find the right product, the right audience, and winning ads.

Even if you by the “done for you” package for $1997 I doubt you are going to have success right away. You can have the most beautiful Shopify e-commerce store in the world, but if you don’t market products to the right targeted groups of people, it simply isn’t going to work out very well.

Tons of Complaints with the BBB

You should also be aware that there are plenty of complaints from other people who have bought into this My Ecom Club and are thoroughly disappointed. I was able to find a fair number of complaints on the complaints on the BBB website, some of which I took a screenshot of so that you can see them below.

There complaining about simply failing after going through all the training and not getting refunds, being pushed into the expensive $2000 upsell, and so on…

Conclusion – Scam or Not?

One thing is for sure… The promotional material that is used to lure people into this is incredibly misleading. Now whether you consider it a scam or not is a different question. The bottom line is that Teo Vee does indeed provide a fair amount of value in the My Ecom Club training, HOWEVER people are given the wrong impression when they are joining and don’t really know what they’re getting involved with. They think is going to be some super easy “plug and play” type of system but the reality is that it takes a lot of work and most people fail.

Personally I am not going to be recommending this to any of my readers because I don’t care for the marketing tactics behind it and I also think there are much better options out there.

The Ecom Freedom Blueprint is obviously just a made up name that is part of a misleading marketing tactic which deceives people. I did call it a scam in the beginning but of course this is just my opinion.

Personal Recommendation:

One thing that he also is not tell you before hand is that when you create an e-commerce business like this you are going to have to drive traffic to it via paid traffic sources, like Facebook advertising for example. This is another expense that can become an easy way to drain your wallet fast.

There are better much less risky and more affordable options out there. For all the beginners out there I would suggest taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6000 a month doing something that requires little to no startup cost and that you don’t need to mess with paid advertising for.

Questions or comments? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂

Tai Lopez Amazon Sales Blueprint Review – Scam or Worth It?

Welcome to my review of Amazon Sales Blueprint, a new training course that Tai Lopez just put out.

I know a lot of people are hesitant to buy into “make money online” programs and courses like this, and may even be wondering if it is a scam, which is the reason I decided to write this quick review.

What I’ll be doing is basically be giving an overview of what exactly this this course is about and whether or not I think it is worth getting involved with. And by the way, I’m not getting paid for this review so what you are reading here is as unbiased as it gets.

Amazon Sales Blueprint Review

So basically the Amazon Sales Blueprint, which is available at tailopez.com, is a course that Tai Lopez put together about, you guessed it, selling on Amazon. But of course you already knew that.

It’s pretty obvious by the name isn’t it?

In this course Tai has flown out experts from different areas of selling on Amazon and has basically put all of their knowledge together in a bundled up form in this nice little training course. He mentions one person named Liz, who is a follower of his, that sells household and kitchen items on Amazon and makes over $100,000 in profit a month. She is one of the experts sharing her secrets in the course, but other than that he doesn’t really mention who else is going to be helping out.

The reason for him throwing this course together is because there aren’t many good sources of information out there for people looking to get started selling on Amazon. There is no really good guide. Colleges and other traditional education outlets don’t teach anything about this stuff.

The course is designed to cover many different aspects of selling on Amazon, such as selling your products, selling other people’s products, driving traffic to your product, and so on. It is an all-encompassing type of course.

In addition to the recorded training videos, which make up the bulk of the course, you also get access to a private Facebook group where you can communicate with other members as well as coaches, and you also can pay additional money to get special coaching.

You can take a look at the video he put out about this new course below if you want.

Who Is Tai Lopez?

A lot of people don’t really care for how much Tai Lopez likes to show off his cars, mansions, etc., but one thing for sure is that he does put together good online training courses.

I actually reviewed one of his other recently released programs called Ecom Agency, which it is completely different from Amazon Sales Blueprint.

Now one thing you may be wondering is how the heck he can be so experienced on everything to put out all these different varieties of courses.

The answer is, he isn’t.

When Tai puts together a course he always flies out experts in the particular areas to share their secrets and help put everything together. He is well known for doing this and this is the reason why his courses are often so successful. And… That is exactly what he is doing with this Amazon Sales Blueprint course.

The guy has been involved in online marketing for well over a decade and isn’t just someone who sells a bunch of courses. He also does a lot of what he teaches for himself and is very successful at it. What he doesn’t do for himself, as mentioned, he has experts teach. So no matter what you learn in the course, you are learning from someone who has a lot of experience doing exactly what they are teaching.

Why sell on Amazon in the first place?

There our a lot of different reasons why you might want to start selling on Amazon. Some of the reasons that he mentions include…

  • People trust them – People trust Amazon and are much more likely to order products from them than some small little Shopify store somewhere online.
  • Don’t have to worry about processing payments – Of course Amazon takes care of all the payment processing.
  • Don’t have to create your own website – Since you are selling on Amazon you will not need your own site. Besides being easier, this also saves you the cost of paying for website hosting, a domain, e-commerce software, etc.
  • People have their credit cards stored on Amazon – Tai brings up a good point here… He talks about how Amazon stores people’s payment information in this makes it a lot easier for them to buy from Amazon in the future, which is something you don’t hear about often but certainly does have an impact on sales.

The Quick Start Course and 4-Month Course

The Amazon Sales Blueprint has 2 different course paths you can take. You can take the quick start course or the 4 month course.

The Quickstart course just gives you a sample of what is going on here. It includes a lot of introductory material, which might be good enough for some people, but most people are going to want more. Basically it allows you to buy into this at a very low cost and then you can go from there depending on whether or not you like what you see.

The 4 month course obviously is a lot more in depth. It is broken up into different steps of the process to provide a more organized and much more detailed training.

The Basic Process

I’m not entirely sure how exactly the course is broken up, but I believe the 4 month process focuses on each of these 4 points separately…

1) Find a niche – The first off of the process is to find a niche. What a niche is, is the particular market you are going to be targeting. You want to sell dog food, cookware, power tools, etc.?? You just have to first decide on what market you want to go into.

2) Find products – The next step is to find products that you’re going to be selling. Now you don’t actually have to have products to sell, there are different ways to go about this. You can also sell other people’s products as I mentioned earlier.

3) Get traffic – And of course you are going to have to get traffic. There are many different ways you can get traffic. You can drive it in from an outside source or you can even focus on getting traffic from people searching in Amazon.

4) Grow your brand – Once you start making sales you are really going to want to establish your brand and help expand it from there. You don’t want to just sell products as some no-name.

Will You Make Money With This?

This is actually a really dumb question to ask but I’m going to be touching upon anyhow.

Will you make money with this?

The answer is very complicated and cannot be answered. You definitely “can” make money but that is a completely different question.

Sure, like any online business a lot of people are going to fail, without a doubt. Success depends on many variables, such as how much work you are willing to put into it as well as the particular niche you chose, what products you are selling, how good you are at targeting an audience, competition in your niche, etc.

There certainly are not any guarantees.

Is This a Scam?

There is absolutely no reason I see to call this course a scam. One thing I know about Tai Lopez is that the courses he has put out in the past I’ve always been pretty good and have gotten good reviews overall. I would expect the same from this one.

Also, there is no way he is going to tarnish his reputation by putting out some crappy scam program. I really don’t think you have to worry at all here.

Conclusion

Based on what I see, Amazon Sales Blueprint might be something worth getting involved with. I expect Tai to overdeliver, as he usually does.

However, if you are going to get involved with this then you have to be willing to put in the work. This is not going to be “easy”. You’re going to have to be focused, organized, self-motivated and more. The course is going to give you a lot of good information and show you how to potentially be successful selling on Amazon, but ultimately it is going to depend on a lot of things, one of which is the action that you take.

But anyways… I hope you found this review at least somewhat helpful. I was wanted to clear things up a bit and give my honest opinion of what I see here.

If you are looking for a way to make money online that is a little bit more “beginner friendly” and doesn’t require quite so much startup cost, I would suggest taking a look at this method I use to make a living working online.

Comments or questions? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂

Constant Content Jobs – Worth Your Time or Scam? – Review

Are Constant Content jobs worth the time and effort? Is this a good freelance writing platform where you can make some decent money on your own schedule? Is it a possible scam? Find out…

Freelance writing can be a nice opportunity because of the freedom that comes with this type of work… You have the flexibility to work when you want and you can work from wherever you want.

But there are lots of different opportunities like this out there. Constant Content it is just one of them and in this quick review of the jobs they offer I hope to give you a better idea of whether or not this is the right opportunity for you.

What Is Constant Content?

Constant Content is a service that provides content to clients looking for content. And of course you, being the freelance writer, can get paid to write this content.

All in all this is definitely one of the better freelance writing platforms I have come across. They are professional and pay pretty good, but of course there is always a downside and the downside here is that getting accepted is not easy.

The platform they have is very well laid out and makes it easy for freelance writers to manage projects and really turn this into a nice money maker, whether just on the side or full time.

Job Overview

At Constant Content you will be able to write various types of content while responding to specific requests or even write content before requests have been made, which I will touch more on in a bit. I know that may sound a little bit confusing.

The types of content talking about include things like…

  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • eBooks
  • Product descriptions
  • White papers

…. and these could be on all sorts of things. As far as I know, there isn’t really anything off-limits.

And, since this is a freelance platform you are going to be able to “brand yourself” so to speak. You will create your own writer profile which includes uploading a picture of yourself and a description, in which you want to include all relevant qualifications and achievements.

Clients are obviously going to be able to see your profile so it is important that you make it look very professional.

Schedule

One of the big lures to a job like this, which is a huge upside, is the fact that you get to work whenever you want. As always you are submitting work in a timely manner (when responding to requests) then you are pretty much good to go, which makes it a great way to earn extra income on the side.

Ways to Get Paid

1) Submit Articles to Your Catalogue

The first and most common way to get paid is by submitting articles to your “catalog”. Basically what you do here is write content before a client asks for it. You write content and then upload it to your catalog, which clients can then come along and purchase at their own leisure.

You are going to want to include good keywords in your content so that clients can easily find it when searching for specific types of content for whatever it is they are in need of.

2) Submit Requests

You will also be able to earn money by submitting content for specific requests.

Clients are able to request specific articles, white papers, blog posts, etc. and this request can either be made public or private.

If the request is made private directly to you, then that is that… The project is all yours to complete and get paid for.

However, if the request is made up public then this means that other writers can also submit their content as well and the client will choose which he/she wants to purchase. If yours is not selected it will be added to your catalogue, which can then be purchased as talked about in the 1st way to earn discussed above.

Clients also have the ability to submit requests to specific “writer pools”, which are basically groups of writers that have expertise in a certain field, category, whatever the case. In this situation you would also be competing with other writers and it is possible that your work will not be chosen.

Content Review

After submitting content it will then be subject to review and it is possible that it could get denied if it has too many mistakes, self promotions, or just doesn’t really follow the instructions very well.

The review process takes around 3 to 5 days, or at least that is what they tell you on their website. However, from what I have heard it doesn’t take nearly as long when you’re submitting  content requests.

How Good is The Pay?

On the website they state that their top earners are making over $90,000 a year, which is some pretty darn good money. However, you definitely cannot expect to be making anywhere close to this one starting out.

One of the nice things about this platform is that you are able to set your own price on the work that is submitted to your catalogue. When responding to requests the price is already outlined by the client, but with the work in your catalog you set the price. But of course you can’t set it too high or you aren’t going to get any buyers.

CC takes a 35% cut out of the profits, but you can still earn some pretty decent money. For example: Seeing a 1,000 word article self for $75 or so is nothing unusual… And after they take their 35% cut you would be getting just under $50, which is a lot better than many other freelance writing sites out there.

But… Like I said it is difficult when starting out on a site like this. You start out without any sort of reputation and this is the hard part to really get going. Once you start getting a reputation and building relationships with clients, then you really start having the ability to boost your earnings.

As far as payments go, you are paid via PayPal at the first week of each month.

Requirements & The Application Process

If you want to apply, let me first start out by saying it ain’t easy. Well, I mean the process is easy, but getting accepted is not easy. They state that around 80% of their applicants are turned down each month because of how competitive it is and the limited amount of people they let in.

But if you want to give it a go the process is as follows…

  1. Register – You will first need to fill out a short form and provide them with personal information and all that good stuff. You can do this here.
  2. Take Quiz – Then you will have to take a quiz… and pass it of course.
  3. Submit Sample – Laslty you are going to have to submit a 100-250 word writing sample.

I was reading another review in which the person recommends that you send your sample through a service like Grammarly to help check for mistakes and also have someone else proofread it. There is no time limit on submitting this as far as I know so this is definitely possible to do.

What Writers Are Saying About It

Like any place of this type, there are lots of mixed reviews.

When you read the reviews on the official website of course you are only going to hear good things. The only show you the incredible reviews from people who have been writing for them for years and really love it.

However, when you go to independent review sites like SiteJabber where anyone can leave reviews, you find a different story. And actually I was pretty surprised with what I found. A lot of reviews were pretty negative which reminded me of another lesser quality platform I reviewed recently called WriterBay.

There are a fair number of people complaining about the lack of support that this place offers, content being rejected with no good reason and no ability to resubmit, complaints about the pay being too low and so on.

Overall the rating was a 2.4 out of 5.

All that said, I have also read a number of independent reviews that really love this place. So it just depends… Many of those complaining are probably new to it all and are upset with the low pay, which is often result of simply being new.

Conclusion – Worth Your Time? Scam?

That all depends. It “can” possibly be worth your time, but then again it “might” not be. This depends on many different variables, such as how good of a writer you are, what types of content you’re going to be creating, whether or not you build relationships with good clients and so on.

What I would suggest if you are still looking on joining is to start out slow and kind of “test the waters”. See how much potential it has for yourself and go from there.

They are definintely not a scam so if you want to apply then go for it.

You might also be interested in looking at this post I wrote that goes over some other similar freelance writing opportunities.

Another Good Alternative

Have you ever considered going a completely different route and  writing for yourself online?

This is what I do and I make over $6000 a month consistently doing so. It is slow to start out but it definitely has a lot of potential, more so than I see with freelance writing.

But anyways… You can  read this guide I put together that explains everything, including the whole process and how to get started.