This is the wrap-up post for my review of Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome. You can find the other parts here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6.
Overall Thoughts on the training:
I think this is a quality training. The basic premise, to do reviews of internet marketing products and trainings that you buy and sell them as an affiliate if you find them worthwile, is creative. Most of the time, Tiffany Dow explains how to do your reviews in a manner that’s easy to follow. She gives examples, including a few links to reviews she’s done in the past. She also gives some additional ideas on how to make money if you either can’t recommend a product or once you’re done with the review.
She gives an overview of what you’re trying to accomplish and then takes you through the technical details to get you started with a blog. She also takes you through actually writing a review, again with plenty of examples and suggestions of what you can focus on. She brings up some questions I hadn’t even considered and gives answers to them. All in all, I felt confident about doing reviews when I was done reading the training information.
She also stresses ethics and honesty throughout the training. She doesn’t suggest the old “gush and then mention one thing that’s not really a weakness but you say it is” method. She wants you to tell it like it is, warts and all. This appeals to me because one of my stumbling blocks in getting into IM is the vague notion I have that it’s not all ethical. I feel like following this method can allow me to look myself in the mirror each morning while possibly still making money.
So that’s the good. The bad?
First, a nitpick: this may just be the teacher in me–or maybe just my style of teaching, but there are times when I think she jumps over stuff that newbies might not know. In the set-up of the blog section, there were some things that had to do with setting up WordPress that she just kind of breezed through. Having set up blogs before, I could follow her without any problem, but I would have felt a bit frustrated and confused if that were my first blog. There were also some things that weren’t hard to understand how to do, but she just didn’t explain why we were doing them. Same thing with the extension ideas and “how to become an affiliate” at the end. A little more explanation would have just rounded that part out.
Second, a more serious problem. On the first page of actual content, she says, “Don’t have any readers yet? Don’t worry, you will!” But from where??? There’s nothing in the training that addresses getting your blog out into the world where people can find it.
I mean, if you already have a mailing list or a blog that people frequent, it’s easy enough to say, “I started reviewing X over here. Check it out!” But if you’re totally new to the IM world, or in my case mostly new, the internet pretty much doesn’t know you’re alive. For example, I’ve posted 9 posts to this blog including this one, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s read any of them. I’m not going to make money off selling a product I’ve already bought to myself.
She mentions early on that she doesn’t do much SEO. That’s fair enough. Nevertheless, I think she needs to address the issue of traffic in some way, hopefully with suggestions on how to get it. Or, if she thinks it’s going to happen naturally, she could talk about that some. I feel very floundery on that subject. I think I can make this review stuff work, but not if no one reads them, you know?
The Final Verdict:
With all of that, do I recommend this product?
You’ve probably already figured out that the answer is yes. It has some minor weaknesses and, IMO, one major one. However, it also has a lot of good advice and information. I think newbies and experienced IM’ers could both benefit from what she has to say. My personal experience prior to buying this product is that Tiffany Dow practices what she preaches and is willing to answer questions as well as engage with her blog readers, so I have no reservations there. I also think following this system has the potential to make money in a way that is ethical and fun. Whether or not it does work remains to be seen.
So, if you’re interested in putting your tendency to buy IM products to good use, Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome is worth the money and is a great way to get started.
Am I going to continue reviewing stuff? You bet. I need a couple of days to A) sort out the traffic thing and B) figure out what I’ll be reviewing next. I’ll post anyway to update what I figure out for traffic.
And if you do read this, please feel free to say hi in the comments!