Affiliate Marketing

OnlineWebFee – Review

Affiliate MarketingAffiliate marketing is an idea I have been toying with for quite a number of years.  Throughout that time I’ve been searching for a product which will help me in two ways:

  1. Help me with building a decent website,
  2. Give me the training and tools to make affiliate marketing a worthwhile option.

I happened upon OnlineWebFee a while ago, and it looked very attractive to me because the start-up cost was only $1.95, followed by $29.95 per month!  Wow, I thought this was absolutely awesome.  It also sounded really great because I was told I would have a live website already launched ready to make money.

I did get a basic website, and also some helpful information step by step on how to register with the Amazon Affiliate programme.

What I found when I had my website all set up was:

  1. For $1.95 for the first month, and $29.95 thereafter, I did indeed have a website which was “launched”.  Unfortunately I found I would have to do a whole lot more work. Getting my website to a position to gain traffic and in the end be a source of income was going to be hard work.
  2. For “some” additional training on affiliate marketing, OnlineWebFee would help my website be really attractive and I would see the money start rolling in.

I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a call from an OnlineWebFee representative who wanted to find out if I was doing allright.  That was basically the ONLY part of the conversation which went well.  The representative quickly launched into a sales pitch for their training.  George gave me a huge amount of information about what this training entailed.  The explanation went on for quite a while – at least 15 minutes in fact.  Eventually, all I wanted to do was beg the man to please get to the point, because I knew there had to be one!

Worldclass Training??

Affiliate MarketingBefore getting to the point, George asked me if I wanted to make money from OnlineWebFee.  I said, “I do”.  I was hoping this would be a match made in heaven, but also feeling a bit apprehensive. There’s a lot of online scams out there, as you know!

George asked: “What would you be willing to pay for world class training?”  I was quite curious, but also getting a little tired of the constant sales pitch so I asked George to kindly get to the point.  He did not, he asked me again to answer the question.

I got pretty deliberate at that point and insisted that he tell me what the cost would be.

I’m a single mom, I don’t have a lot of time, and my patience was running a little thin.  In saying this, I am generally a very patient and polite person.  In fact, door knockers and telesales people alike must love me, because I always give them the time of day.  I can only imagine how hard it must be in that sort of job to constantly have the phone put down on you, or the door slammed in your face!  So, I make it a point not to do that to people.  On the other hand I also expect to be treated with the same respect.

Eventually, George explained that the training would cost $6,000.00 and when would I like to start? At this point I almost laughed, because I honestly thought that was quite a ridiculous sum!  I explained to George (still very politely) that I always carefully considered a high cost decision like that before making it immediately.  I felt I was being rather wise – George did not.

George became quite condescending at that point asking me “Don’t you want to make any money?  Because if you need to think about spending money to make it then you clearly don’t want to.” So, it was at this point that I became a little less polite and told George that it was my Ran away from OnlineWebFeedecision to make.

I was mentally running for the hills at this point.

What I learned

There were two things that went through my mind:

  1. It’s all about the Up-sell
  2. He wasn’t really interested in me

George did send me some information by e-mail regarding the training, however, I had already made the decision not to move forward.  On canceling my account I received a 50% reduction offer on the training fee.  I declined and then received a FURTHER discounted offer till the training offered would cost me a mere $1,500… By this time I was well a truly disgusted and disillusioned by the whole situation. I unsubscribed and closed my account.

The Verdict

I get it – he didn’t have to be interested in me, but what most people are looking for when searching for a way to make money online, or specifically with affiliate marketing is an honest to goodness resource which is HELPFUL.

I would most definitely and unequivocally NOT recommend OnlineWebFee.

The Honest Truth

Affiliate Marketing is hard work, it takes an investment in time and effort, and it is not a get rich quick scheme.  It is a way to make money online which is honest and can become quite lucrative.

A Better Way

To do well in Affiliate Marketing, you need to have a desire to help people with original and helpful content.  You also need to be prepared to put in some hard yards.  I have found a better way, and if you are interested in reading about it, please have a look at my post on Wealthy Affiliate. You may also find my post on 5 Rules for Online Business Purchasing helpful.

I have included some links to books on how to deal with pushy sales people driving the hard sale!  Have a look through these – they may also save you from a potentially disastrous credit card moment!

8 Comments

  • Cheek Legend September 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This is a very informative and interesting piece. Your story on how George tried to milk money from your pockets on the basis of a supposedly high quality training is just funny. What was he thinking. Am glad you made the right decision, to forfeit. there are many people out there like George and we should all be careful not to fall in their traps. Thanks for sharing this

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    • claire winter September 29, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Hi Cheeky Legend. I appreciate the feedback so much. I really did want to make a go of it, but I’m so glad I did not spend a cent on their training. I’ve found something infinitely more suited to my pocket and my needs. WA allows me to make my website unique to my personality – something that was very limited with this option.

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  • Fairweather Green September 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Nice to see another one of these types of scams exposed. They always turn out to be the same – professional tele-sales people who are great at selling themselves and not so great at selling the need to a solution.

    I like the books you advertise at the end in dealing with pushy sales people. May be they would teach me to more polite when I slam the phone down 🙂

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    • claire winter September 29, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Hey Fairweather! Love your comment – it brought out a great big chuckle! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Warm regards, Claire

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  • Andrew G September 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    That was a really clever post given the amount this relates to people of all walks of life trying to get away from worthless sales pitches. Even if the products offered were quality, they were going about it the wrong way and corporates have to think about that when it comes to serving real customers. Its a business decision and glad for you with that. Thanks for the colorful way of positioning this post.

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    • claire winter September 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Thank you for the feedback, Andrew! I absolutely agree that they handled it the wrong way, because if they had a programme like we have in Wealthy Affiliate, I would still be a customer! 🙂

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  • Andrew October 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

    This is a great review. Thank you for it. But I agree with you, most programs are not sincere in helping you succeed. They just want to cheat and scam you. These gurus prey on our desire and greed to make a fortune thru the internet. That’s just wrong. People need to be aware that there is no such thing as easy money in this world. Everything is earned thru hard work and effort unless you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth.

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    • claire winter October 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Hey Andrew, thanks for stopping by! I couldn’t agree more, and I am glad you have found something useful in my review. To your success!

      Warm regards,

      Claire

      Reply

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