Product: $500 Launch Jacker
Owner: Fred Barton & Pallab Ghosal
The sales page claims that this is an easy way to start banking $500 per week as an affiliate and that you can get started right away doing this. It's not a new concept, but it can absolutely work and it can work very well. I'll show you what I found after buying so you know what to expect.
This product was launched in late October of 2016 by Fred and Pallab. These guys claim they hold the secret to helping you make an easy $500 per week as a 'launch jacker'. I'll explain what that is shortly.
Personally, I think making an extra 500 bucks per week is not an outrageous claim and to be honest it was kind of refreshing not being told I could just plug in and start making $1000's per day on complete autopilot. So the level of hype wasn't crazy which I liked.
What Is $500 Launch Jacker?
According to the sales page this doesn't involve paid traffic, product creation, MLM, websites and SEO, Facebook or Fiverr. Hmmmm... what could it be? One thing I've noticed with these sales pages is they are always good at telling you what the product isn't more than what it is.
Anyways, I bought it to show you guys what to expect and basically it's doing Youtube video reviews on upcoming products. It works because you will get your videos ranking way easier than you would for an established product or service.
There were 4 upsells in total and each had it's own 'downsell' which means if you click past it, they reduce the price a few bucks.
- 1st Upsell $17: 10 Done For You Campaigns
- 2nd Upsell $27: Secret Case Studies
- 3rd Upsell $37: Traffic Training
- 4th Upsell $197: Digital Affiliate Marketing Academy (from their 10k coaching course)
Total Upsells: $278
I rarely buy the upsells because I like to see if the core product does what they said on the sales page without spending extra money. You should get what you paid for right? I think so.
Inside The Members Area
The very first thing you are greeted with in the members area is 5 'steps'. Basically, this is the usual welcome video, an invite to a 'secret' webinar, 3 steps all promoting something else and finally, the 5th step is access to the core program. Man, what a rigmarole!
One annoying thing I didn't like was how this guy automatically signed me up for his webinar, even though I skipped that step altogether. Not cool, but it's pretty easy to cancel though.
The core product consists of 8 videos explaining the system which in a nutshell is all about creating YouTube video reviews. Nothing new, but there was some useful information and I'll show you what to expect if you do decide to buy.
Video #1 (Welcome)
This explains the concept of launch jacking. Fred explained the concept in a really sugar glossed and somewhat elaborate way, but it is really just about finding a product that is about to launch and doing a Youtube review video.
Doing Product Reviews- Does It Work?
You are reading this review right now and found it on the first page of Google right? If you click through to my #1 recommended product and eventually make a purchase, I get paid an affiliate commission. So my point being, the video equivalent works very well also and can potentially bank you many times more than $500 per week.
The key is to always offer people genuine value and never just publish a review for the sole purpose of convincing them to buy that product or another product you recommend. In other words, give people real value above all and also never recommend something you know is crap, no matter how much money it might bank you. You need to maintain your reputation as someone who offers value.
One of the key reasons this system works well is because you are going to be getting in front of the traffic. What does that mean? It means that you are going to be searching for products that haven't even launched yet and that not many people have published videos/ articles about. So, you will easily get your video ranking in the search results of both Youtube and Google (videos rank in standard Google results) before anyone else and probably stay there as a result in my experience.
The end result of this is getting high quality, targeted and 100% free traffic to whatever it is you are promoting. You are being taught to promote whatever you review or another program you recommend.
Video #2 (Tools Of The Trade)
As the name suggests, this video is all about getting the tools you need to make this work. Namely, a screen casting software like Camtasia (I use this it is freaking awesome) and a microphone. You don't need those and you can get rolling with free tools, but those are good. I liked how he wasn't even trying to promote those and he did point you in the direction of legitimate products.
Video #3 (Picking a Product)
This is where you learn the best place to go to find new product launches. Fred recommends using a website called muncheye.com which shows you the latest products launching within the Internet marketing space. Essentially, these are all of the products being launched within JV Zoo and Warrior Plus which are all related to the 'make money online' niche.
Video #4 (Getting Your Affiliate Links)
This video is all about getting your affiliate links. These are your unique links that people will buy through, when they do you'll earn a commission. This is definitely useful if you are new to the Warrior Plus or JV Zoo network as it explains the process of getting approved and getting those links to use within your reviews.
Video #5 (Your Marketing Angle)
Fred talks about some of the different approaches you can take to doing your review. As in, your 'reviewing persona' and the 'angle' you can take when you talk about the product you are reviewing. Fred suggests a few different options here and points out that most people won't have time to buy each product they review.
On the one hand, what he is saying is good and can work but on the other hand, I don't recommend doing 'promo' style reviews. People want a real review from someone that knows what they are talking about. I'm not saying you have to buy everything you review, but you should make sure that whatever you do review you are giving a fair opinion on backed by facts. Otherwise, people will see you as someone who just does 'thin' reviews to promote the product, or to promote another product you recommend. In other words, give people genuine value or you won't build a good reputation.
Video #6 (Uploading Your Videos)
This is a basic video shpwng you how to upload your videos into Youtube and some of the key elements to make sure they get ranked in the search reuslts.
One of the things I wasn't keen on is his advice to list your video as "review + bonus". This is not something I personally like as (in my mind) whenever I see a review like this I know the person is just promoting the product as oppose to giving me an honest appraisal on how it works. But hey, that's me.
Another thing I didn't like is how he is showing you to put your affiliate link directly in the description box under the video without cloaking it with Bit.ly or something of that nature. This can cause problems and another product I reviewed a while ago called Lazy Profit Engine provides a more advanced and effective strategy when it comes to this element.
Video #7 (Off Page SEO)
This is about getting your videos ranked higher and in my opinion, the advice is terrible. It is about buying backlinks and it is one of the oldest and worst strategies you could possibly use whenever it comes to getting written content ranked organically.
According to Google's quality guidelines page itself:
Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site's ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.
Granted, this is video based content and the above is more relating to written content on a website. However, this is a bad idea all the same. Don't do it if you want to build a longterm business. Period. It may not be as big of a deal with videos, but it will be. Google is constantly working to remove anyone who is trying to game the search results. They are very good at detecting this kind of behaviour.
Video #8 (Wrap Up)
Basically just wraps the training up as the name suggests.
What I Liked
- Simple strategy that can build you an income over time
- Won't cost you much at all to build this
- Not a huge amount of hype in the sales material
- Low cost product
What I Didn't Like
- Annoying upselling and members are routine before getting access to the product
- Terrible advice about backlinking
- Very little training on the actual creating of the reviews
It's not the most detailed training out there, but it is legit and overall worthwhile.
Overall, this is a legitimate method of making money and Fred does give some really good advice throughout. On the flip side, the training is pretty basic though and it's nothing new. You probably don't need addittional training to make this work but it will take time and practice to get this profitable. Like anything, it's a game of trial and error to get the results you are chasing, but it's totally possible.
Whatever you decide from here, I hope this review has been useful to you and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Cheers