Here’s a list of popular Internet marketing tools and products that I recommend you DON’T buy.
Please note that this is in no way a complete list of all IM products that you shouldn’t buy. In fact, there are thousands of IM products that you should avoid at all costs and I’ve simply grouped them all into the one item called “Newbie Traps”. All of the products on this list were tested extensively by myself and are on here because they are either really bad or simply not good enough and/or overpriced compared to competing products.
Finally, I tend to list products here which are popular and well-known, rather than products no one knows about, anyway.
Without further ado, here’s the don’t buy list:
SEO and Link-Building Related
Don’t Buy RankBuilder 2.0
- Clumsy and sub-optimal user interface
- Many fully-featured and better priced alternatives available
- Recommended Alternatives: Magic Submitter, SEnuke X
Don’t Buy SEOLinkVine
- Articles don’t get many publishes (compared to competing products)
- Competing products simply offer (slightly) more bang for your buck
- Recommended Alternatives: Traffic Kaboom, ArticleRanks
Don’t Buy SEO Blueprint
- Article Blueprint provides extremely low quality links.
- There are free alternatives available to Link Blueprint.
- Blog Blueprint is okay, but in direct competition with the vastly superior BuildMyRank.
Don’t Buy Bookmark Demon
- These types of social bookmarking backlinks have close to zero value, nowadays.
- “Regular” use will yield zero ranking results.
- “Advanced” use requires proxies, a lot of time invested in setup and maintenance and still doesn’t provide good ranking results.
- Submitting to 100s of article directories is a waste of time (explained here).
- Article directories targeted by submitters have mostly been spammed to oblivion. There are no quality links to be had from mass article blasting.
Other Products (Non-SEO)
Don’t Buy Newbie-Traps
- Any product that makes huge promises (usually along with lots of “earnings proof”) but is vague about the actual offer is a newbie-trap.
- These product are complete garbage and don’t deliver even a fraction of what is promised on the sales-page.
- Your suspicion that the only one making money in this deal is the guy shilling the product is correct.
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Don’t Buy Kajabi
- During launch, Kajabi was promoted as the perfect solution for anyone and everyone. It’s only worth considering if you are already marketing info-products and memberships.
- The prices are quite steep and there are some flaws to the product.
- There are alternatives available that are likely to be more suitable to your needs (see this post on membership site software).
Don’t Buy Wealthy Affiliate
- The training material is disjointed
- The tools and extras offered are outdated and generally low quality