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The Wholesale Formula Review

23 Jul 17
Katie
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wholesale formula day 1This is the only Wholesale Formula Review that is not by an “affiliate” of the program. Read on to get an actual review not a sales page.

Basically “The Wholesale Formula” is a course to teach you how to buy wholesale and become a top seller on Amazon. (aka dropshipping)

It was created by Dan Meadors and Eric Lambert in 2011 and they claim they started with $600 and now make millions with their formula.

They only open it for a limited time to sign up and that time is now!!

Amazon FBA Program

The training is based on and income is generated by selling on Amazon’s FBA Program. (Fullfilled By Amazon).

Amazon’s FBA Program is where you send products you want to sell directly to Amazon and they handle the rest.

When someone buys it, Amazon ships it to them and handles all aspects of customer service related to customer inquiries, refunds, and returns.

==>The key to being successful with Amazon’s FBA program is finding products at a wholesale price to sell.

This is where The Wholesale Formula comes in. They teach you their techniques for finding products.

They train you on reaching out to a company, and even negotiating exclusive contracts with them so no one else is selling the same thing on Amazon.

If you already have products selling and would like to up your game or are new and want to become an Amazon seller then their program will provide many tips to getting started and being successful. But is it worth it?

I found some interesting information on Reddit such as the answer below to a question about The Wholesale Formula.

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Reverse Wholesale Sourcing

This is what they have coined their system as: reverse wholesale sourcing.

Some of the things you will find when you join are:

  • Discounted Prep Center Service with MyFulfillmentTeam.com
  • Your Own Done-for-You Website
  • Discounted Website Hosting
  • Niche Markets Training Videos
  • Keyword Training Video
  • Directory of 200 Wholesale Suppliers
  • Discount on CSV File Scanning Service INDBL.com
  • Intellizon – legally ‘spy’ on major Amazon sellers
  • The Complete Blazing Profits Training Program

These seem to vary from affiliate to affiliate.

Affiliates

From what I can see you pay the fee to join and they have upsells that you can buy into and get affiliate links for.

Those are personalized to you, the affiliate, and you can offer these to others so not all affiliates have the same bonuses when you sign up under them.

Some affiliates, but not all offer one-on-one coaching so you better shop around and see what the affiliates are offering to get the best for your buck.

$600 Startup

Contrary to what they state in their video that they started with only $600 they are charging quite a hefty fee for their training $1,997. Plus, what you will need to buy your own wholesale products.

My question, as always is, why are they charging such a hefty fee if they are making millions? You would think they would bring it down to the startup amount they had, as a way to show they identify with you and really want to help you “make millions” like they do.

Their bargain is: 4 installments of $397 each for lifetime access and a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee.

Videos And Blog

There are 5 videos full of information on what you will learn along with how successful they have become.

I myself can get turned off when a site starts off with their income claims.

Makes me leery of them right off the bat.

<<== You can check out their 5 intro videos here to see what they are selling. ==>>

They do have a Pinterest page that lists a whole bunch of blogs posts so you can read more before buying their training.

I do suggest you research well to see if this is right for you because of the cost.

I myself and not interested in buying their training.

I feel like all the questions you have can be answered by Amazon’s help page and you can get information for free by Googling “buying from Alibaba wholesale” or something similar.

Just A Little Secret

So when I research,  I research.

They are registered as Ascension Consulting, LLC a limited liability company. Now if you research further you will find this: SourceSellProfit.

SourceSellProfit

Now when you go that page you will find the same techniques in their training to do Amazon arbitrage.

Here is what is included in this one:

the wholesale formula arbitrage

BUT the amazing thing is this course is only $297. Yes that is correct and not a typo.

$297

Now if you are really serious about learning how to make money on Amazon that is by far the best deal I could find.

Once you have learned the basics then just test the waters and moved into other areas like Private Label and FBA.

My Final Thoughts

I am an Amazon Associate (Affiliate) and have not yet mastered exactly how they figure out your cut. I have sold and got $0.00 from them and then sold again and saw a profit.

Of course, if you dig deep you will see that their % varies based on what type of product the customer is buying and some offer no %.

I have been interested in Arbitrage and FBA for awhile but have my hands full right now with my niche websites. I look forward to starting small and giving this a shot in the near future (without paying an arm and a leg for training).

I do belong to one program, Wealthy Affiliate, and they have many members who do both, arbitrage and FBA and I will go there with any questions I have that I cannot find answers to.

I highly recommend checking out Wealthy Affiliate first, since you can sign up for free (no credit card required) and get help from others who “have been there and done that”.

You can check out my full review of WA to see just what it is all about.

Is Wealthy Affiliate Any Good?

I am not here to “sell” you on WA, I am creating an income myself online and I am exploring many different avenues and sharing what I learn.

If you sign up with WA, I get a $1, so not gonna get rich from my affiliate link but I highly recommend their program. Of course, if you decide to go Premium and become a paid member I make a little bit more, but still not going to get rich.

It takes alot of work to make a profit in any business you decide to start, but with the low start-up costs to any kind of internet marketing field you decide to get into, in time you will start to see it grow and profits start coming in.

My favorite part of WA are Jay Neill’s Webinars. I put those on instead of tv and they inspire me to write and I always learn something new. He has been an interent marketer for 10+ years and is not a founder of WA but he participates and does the live webinars.

I can’t think of anyone else better to learn from then someone with that much experience. They are live every Friday night and available for viewing anytime the day after and there are years of webinars to watch.


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Quick Sprout University

15 Jun 17
Katie
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quick sprout university seo – Waste of Time?

Quick Sprout University and Neil Patel are at the top of the heap in online marketing.

Everyone who has any interest in making money online has come across Neil’s sites many times.

He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. (Quicksprout.com)

They sites are hard to miss since they are always at the top of Google’s search results.

You will find Quicksprout, KISSmetrics, NeilPatel.com, CrazyEgg and Hello Bar and who knows what is up the pike.

Quick Sprout University – Free?

Quick Sprout University used to charge for access but received many, many complaints.

The reason being, that once you entered the university Neil was nowhere.

All of the training is presented by Brian Dean.

People were paying to learn from Neil and got Brian Dean instead.

Now that is not to say the videos are not full of information and worth watching (all 5 minutes of them).

Just your classic bait and switch which made people mad.

Don’t mess with people’s money! Neil should’ve known that.

Quick Sprout University Content

You will find many training videos in the following categories with them further broken down into:

Beginner – Intermediate – and Advanced.

  • SEO
  • Link Building
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Paid Advertising
  • Email Marketing
  • Reputation Management
  • Conversion Optimization

But for the Beginner there is no direction on HOW to get started in the training.

You have to figure it out for yourself. Not exactly advantageous to a beginner’s training.

The videos have some great information if you have hours to spend watching to find the important information that you need to help you.

Quality produced videos, but many are only 5 minutes long with not a lot of help.

And Brian talks so fast it can be hard to keep up on a new subject you are just learning.

So how are you helping anyone Neil?

How is anyone really benefiting from your videos, even if they are free now?

If you look at the bottom of the NeilPatel.com page you will see “© 2017, by I’m Kind of a Big Deal, LLC”.

Kind of says it all. Either he is a huge fan of the Anchorman movie or he has a high view of himself.

Neil Patel Marketing School And Neil Knowledge

Neil also has a Marketing School which has a huge list of 10 minute podcasts with him and Eric Siu.

You can find a wealth of information here on his blog and videos and these are really his, unlike Quick Sprout University’s.

I believe his success comes from the programs he created to help with metrics and heatmaps but his actual “training” is not his forte.

Some people should stick to what they do best and the same goes for you Neil!

Advanced Customer Acquisition Webinar

I know why he calls it Quick Sprout. Neil Patel sprouts them up like weeds!!!

I just now ran into another product of his (his newest one0 — Advanced Customer Acquisition Webinar

More training videos, fake live webinar. About $1,000 for this one.

Gotta give him an A for Effort.

Who Does Do It Best?

NOT Affilorama!!

I have tried two paid online training membership sites myself and while both are great I do prefer Wealthy Affiliate. It is by far the most comprehensive training available today.

  • Online Certification Course – Takes you from step 1 to your first success.
  • Affiliate Bootcamp – Affiliate marketing all inclusive from setting up a website to making your first affiliate sale.
  • Live Chat – 24 hours a day
  • Live Webinars – My absolute favorite as a premium member are the Webinars by Jay Neill.

Quick Sprout University - Jay neills webinars
You do not have to pay to be a member but once you start learning you won’t want to quit and if you have the funds you will upgrade.

Just saying. It is addictive.

Especially when you see the emails rolling in saying you got a sale from an affiliate program you belong to.

WA Social

We are all in the habit of going to our social media accounts and posting and getting instant commentary on what we post.

But what do we learn? Nothing. Just passes time.

WA is part education, part social media. Have something to say? Have a question to ask? Get instant feedback and learn at the same time.

 

 

In A Nutshell

Now that you can access the Quick Sprout University for free I suggest you watch some videos and see how it goes.

If you are able to get a website up and running and start making money from his videos, Awesome!

But if you need more, like step by step training and tasks to do to achieve marketing success then I would suggest you then go and check out Wealthy Affiliate.

Yes the name is cheesy, but don’t let that stop you from checking it out. I am a testament to going from newbie to semi-successful.

I have a lot of learning left but not doing too bad for being a WA member for only 6 months.

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What Is Long Tail Pro And Is It Worth It?

10 Apr 17
Katie
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Everyone in the field of online marketing has faced the strategy of keyword targeting in optimizing campaigns. If you have not then you should! Long Tail Pro is a keyword research tool to find the best keywords to use in your articles.

Using keywords to optimize your articles for search engines is the number 1 way to get traffic without paying for services like an Adwords campaign.

If you skim the popular SEO related forums right now you will find dozens of newly posted threads dealing with keywords in general, and long tail keywords in particular.

So what are the pros and cons of targeting these longer, niche specific keywords in search engine optimization?

We will be discussing some of them in the following article and how Long Tail Pro can benefit you.

Long Tail Pro Keyword Tool

Long tail keywords are those longer search queries that have lower competition.  A typical long tail keyword will have at least 4 words at minimum.

In searching for keywords to rank for you want ones that are with less competition, which means that they generate less traffic compared to shorter more lucrative keywords.

Why would you want to do that you ask? Good question. 

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What Is Kindle Autopilot For Publishing?

08 Apr 17
Katie
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Are you interested in becoming a self-publisher and selling books on Amazon for Kindle but don’t know how to get started? Then Kindle Autopilot is for you.

I have heard all of the people who say how great it is to publish some books and sit back and reap the sales.

But it is a massive undertaking that I hesitate to start.  Write a book? Me? Idk.

Kindle Autopilot To The Rescue

You can be an entrepreneur who wants to add another vertical to their business or someone how has an idea for a book but don’t feel like you have the talent to write it.

It can actually be for anyone since you don’t have to do the work yourself. I will explain.

What You Will Get

When you order Kindle Autopilot you will receive 33 video training courses that will teach you step-by-step how to outsource the writing to receive a quality ebook for publishing.

The main focus of the program is to outsource every aspect if it from start to finish.

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Can You Make Money With Cash Crate?

07 Apr 17
Katie
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Everywhere I go when searching for ways to make money at home I find people recommending Cash Crate.

I don’t see any actual evidence that these people are making money but of course their links are affiliate (referral) links which got me thinking.

Do they actually do the surveys and make money or is it all in the referral program that they make money? Read on to find the truth.

What Is Cash Crate?

We have all seen the survey sites advertised. Inbox Dollars is a big one along with Opinion Outpost and Swagbucks. Cash Crate seems to be the newest rising star, although it has been around since 2006, it seems to be popping right now.

I signed up, through an affiliate link, to check it out and see if it was worth. Now keep in mind I have tried the others but gave up due to one thing:

It takes a lot of time to answer the questions to see if you qualify for the survey and I only qualified for about 1% of the surveys so I was just wasting time.

I found that Cash Crate is no different. Surveys are surveys, no matter what site you use and I don’t seem to qualify for them.

I have tried changing my answers to see what happens and still “fail”. I cannot figure out what they are looking for but it certainly is not me.

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Wealthy Affiliate Review 2017

19 Mar 17
Katie
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wealthy-affiliate-profileAre you looking to better your life and take control of it? So was I, and I did! I am going to show you in this Wealthy Affiliate Review everything you need to know to start your own online business.  

I have been a member for 6 months and still going strong. This is a community for the newbie and experienced marketer alike. You will always learn something new every time you log in like I do.

I will detail the pros and cons of being a free member – or a paid member and I will present my financial achievement at the end. 

If you have any questions you can comment below or send me a private message via my profile page.

How To Get Started With Wealthy Affiliate?

First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Katie Mullen and I have been blogging for years. I had installed Google Adsense on my blogs but at pennies a click I never saw a big return.

I have always wanted to have a successful business to quit working for and making others rich. But I also just like blogging.

One day I came across a blog that looked great, had great articles and pictures and a review of Wealthy Affiliate. Well I was skeptical. I had heard of affiliate marketing but didn’t pay it no mind.

So I read the review of Wealthy Affiliate and I clicked the link. I took a look around on the site and  I knew I  wanted to get serious about making money. It was time to take my blogging up another notch.

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Online Surveys – Top Legit Sites

25 Dec 16
Katie
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My most asked question I have gotten in my years of online marketing has been “what’s up with these online survey sites”?

Everyone wants to know if they are for real and can you make money. The answer is YES.

Not a lot of money but this falls into the extra income category.

Can you create a full-time income? NO

I recommend this for all who are in need of some extra cash every month and has time to spare. Personally I tried Amazon Turk which takes forever to actually make a full $1.00 but surveys are a faster way to make that $1.00.

Working a full-time job then blogging after work can wear you out and once it hits night time I am vegetating in front of the tv. Since turking was getting me nowhere I decided to try some survey sites.

This is still not at the top of the list for good ways to make money. Blogging and information product sales are at the top for me.

But it fills the gap when I am watching tv at night and too tired to do much else. I also do it during work sometimes since I work at home in IT support and A LOT of my job is waiting on systems to load or reboot. Gets real boring at times.

It is definitely at the top of the list as far as an easy way to make extra income and if you stick with the well-known survey sites you will not get scammed.

How Do Survey Sites Work?

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Beware Of Invite 2 Share – Fake Income Opportunity

24 Dec 16
Katie
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Invite2shareInvite2Share formerly known as Fans2Earn claims to pay it members for doing tasks and activities. But is it legit? Can you really get paid? Or is it just another rip-off?

(Fans2Earn now redirects to Invite2Share so they are one and the same.)

Initial Impression

Landing page is simple enough as seen in the picture. Does not go into much detail on exactly what kinds of tasks and activities you have to do.

So I signed up to test them out. One thing that did stand out to me were the typos. Paypay instead of PayPal. Hmmm

What Is It About? Really, what?

The landing page after logging in tells you how much money you can make by promoting your referral link. And Violà, I have $20 already just for signing up.earnings-invite-2-share

Well maybe this will not be too bad. So let’s make some real money.

So I looked and looked, (not too much to look at) and there are no tasks or activities. Pretty much it just says this:

How much can I earn?
You can earn without any limits, it depends solely on your efforts and how much you work to promote your link. Many of our top members are earning more than 200$ per day and 5,000$+ per month

So they just want you to bring in more people. But why? Hard to say. They say they are paying you to generate traffic to their advertiser’s website. But you got me where it’s located at.

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SEO Link Vine Review

18 Dec 16
Katie
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What is SEO Link Vine?

callens-seo-link-vineSEO Link Vine is a service to create unique quality backlinks to your website or blog created by Brad Callen.

It is designed to help your website rank higher in search engines as an authoritative site.

It gradually obtains quality backlinks from other sites in a natural way from  authoritative websites in your niche.

This is a well-known strategy which he takes one-step further then the basic article marketing link building strategy or PBN, Private Blog Network.

SEO Link Vine has been around for 6 years and it has time tested proof that it works. I decided to give it a go along with The Hoth link building.


How does it work?

Callen has created an SEO Link Vine network that uses blogs created by users that links to your content (in similar niches) slowly over time. This slow link building process is the way to get quality links for ranking and not just linking to irrelevant websites.

Backlinking use to be just full of spamming to any site out there whether it was related to your niche or not. Even if it was just your link in a comment on a blog. That used to help with ranking but does not work anymore.

Therefore, in order to build quality links faster you can use this system.

You can still do it the old fashioned way using only SEO to draw traffic, slowly, over time or jumpstart your linking naturally with Callen’s system.

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What is Google Sniper 3.0? – My Review

10 Dec 16
Katie
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google-sniper-3Google Sniper 3.0  teaches you how to create a site that will rank high in search engines which they calls “sniper sites”.

It is focused on affiliate marketing and ranking in search engines to get a lot of visitors. The more visitors you get, the more clicks, the more money you make.

George Brown, the creator, modeled the training on what he did to build up a successful internet marketing business.

He started this back in 2010 and it has helped many individuals over the years to be successful in affiliate marketing. If you watch the sales pitch it will say

“Hurry, I am just releasing this to the general public right now! It is only available for this one time price $47 right now”

and the headline says:   $2,293.26 Per Day From My Laptop

This program has built up a huge following and went viral not long after it’s release.

In The Beginning…..

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