Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on SNO Syndrome Review – Follow Up with Exciting News!

Okay, this is exciting (to me, at least). I got my first sale of Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome today! I am officially an affiliate marketer!

Also, you remember how I was worried about traffic? Get this. My blog actually holds, as of this moment, the 4-5 search results on Google for “review of Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on SNO Syndrome” and “Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on SNO Syndrome”! That’s not traffic per se, but it is presumably a way to get traffic.

What have I done beyond posting the IM product reviews? Well, this afternoon I submitted my sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and and set up a Google Analytics account for it. I added a link to my signature at the Warrior Forum — I didn’t have anything in my signature before because I didn’t have a IM-related website until now — and posted a reply on a few threads. Nothing to do with this blog or reviewing, just a few topics that I was interested in. I have no idea if any of these things have had an effect.

I can now safely say that Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome works … at least once. I’ll keep you updated on further developments.

Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on SNO Syndrome Review Wrap Up–To Recommend or Not?

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!

Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome part 6

This is Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome part 6. You can find the other parts here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.

I’m finishing up today with the last few sections, starting with Parlaying Your Review Status Into Something More.

She gives some ideas of what you can do based on either the reputation you’re (hopefully) going to build as a reviewer or based on the product you end up with (websites, etc.) after completing a training. They’re good ideas, but they’re just mentioned, not gone into in detail. Also, if you’re a newbie, you may not have any idea what a JV partnership is, and she doesn’t explain that.

I’m torn on this section. On the one hand, these are good ideas, and not necessarily things I would have thought of right off. Also, they’re beyond the specific scope of this product, which is review sites. She didn’t have to add them in, and she certainly isn’t failing to deliver on what she promised by not explaining them more.

On the other hand, I would have liked to have more details, or maybe just some links pointing me in the right direction to learn more. Even if she put in links to products I could buy from her training me in how to do some of these things, I would have felt like it was more useful than just a pesky upsell, you know? So this section could have been better, but I still like the ideas she did share.

And on to the last section: Ready to Review This Course As an Affiliate?

Since we’re here, I think we know the answer to that. She explains how to get an affiliate link set up through Clickbank and invites us to use this product as our first review. That’s a great idea, one I obviously took her up on.

Again, the instructions she gives are not hard to follow. I just feel like she kind of skipped over the big picture for newbies. What is Clickbank? How does it work? That’s not a huge thing, and maybe it’s not even necessary. I think it would have added to the training, however.

I think I’m going to post my final comments and recommendation in a separate post just to make it easier for people who want to cut right to the chase. So the final part of the review is coming right up.

Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome part 5

This is Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome part 5. You can find the other parts here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.

I’m starting this section of the review with Step 5 – Sharing Your Experience. The training talks about how you should actually go through the product and discuss what you encounter.

I like the specific examples of things you can talk about. She also mentions not giving away the specifics of the training, and this is where I’ve found it’s a little tricky. I understand her reasoning. If your review tells everything in the training, then your readers are basically getting the training for free. That’s not fair to the product creator.

What I’ve found difficult, sometimes, is knowing where to draw the line between giving enough information that someone reading the review can understand what I’m talking about, and not giving so much that I’m revealing the details of the training. I think this is more an experience issue on my part than a problem with the training. She does give an example of how to comment on the training without giving everything away.

I suspect that the more reviews I do, the better I’ll get at it. This review is a bit complicated because the training is about the review process. I’m talking about how I’m doing the review while doing the review, so I’m probably giving away more of the details than I would on a training about, say, an Amazon affiliate system. Hopefully I haven’t crossed the line, though.

At the end of this section she makes a suggestion that I like about extra info for your reader.

Moving on to Step 6 – Sharing Your Results.

She makes a good point about when you should show your results. I hadn’t even thought of the issue she raised, but it would definitely be a problem. She also talks about why you should be honest about your results even if they’re not what the training promised. She says she’ll show how to turn a “thumbs down” review into something profitable even if you don’t want to sell it as an affiliate.

Step 7 – Your Final Recommendation

She talks about what to include in your final review, including some things to consider before deciding if you recommend the product or not. I like what she has to say about why she does/doesn’t recommend things. Sometimes life isn’t straightforward, and you have to look at more than just if you made money or not.

And now, just like she said earlier, she’s explaining ways to make a negative review still work as a money-making opportunity. This is great. It’s actually why I bought the course–I could figure out how to review stuff and put up an affiliate link, but I couldn’t figure out how you could keep it honest and still make money. If you didn’t like something or found it didn’t work, how could you honestly act as an affiliate salesperson for it? So these are excellent suggestions.

Step 8 – Review Compilation.

Okay, this is basically common sense navigation stuff, but she mentions some ideas I hadn’t thought of. She does mention having a chance to rank high for stuff, which makes me hope she’s going to tell how she ranks for anything. I mean, there’s not a lot of point in doing reviews no one is reading, right?

Step 9 – Review Updates Over the Years

This is mainly about keeping readers updated with further results, if any. She also talks about what to do if a product is discontinued. Good advice.

Step 10 – Complementary Product Reviews

This is a great section because it mentions something you can do with your reviews that should be a great service to your readers and keep things interesting on your site.

That’s the end of the steps. There are two or three more sections to go, but it’s late, I’m tired, and I think I’ll wrap it all up tomorrow. Hope to see you in the final section with review part 6!

Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome Review Part 4

This is Tiffany Dow’s Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome Review Part 4. You can find the other parts here: part 1, part 2, part 3.

I didn’t do any new reviewing yesterday–got a call from my mom saying she was sick and needed me to go pick up prescriptions and groceries for her, then we did a bit of Christmas and grocery shopping for us. Busy day, and I was wiped at the end of it. But onward and upward today!

I’m starting with the 10 step review process: Step 1 – Being Honest About How the Review Came About.

She mentions doing a minor bit of SEO that also helps readers–and is kind of common sense just from a blogging perspective. After teaching for 16 years, though, I can safely say that not everyone has common sense.

She also says that this isn’t to “smash” the competition, which makes me wonder why SEO terms are so violent. Smash/kill/destroy the competition–can’t we all just get along?

Sorry.

Anyway, she talks about the things you want to disclose in your first post. All good info and I can see why you’d want to do this.

Then, my favorite part, she gives examples!! I’m an example person. I learn from seeing something in action, so I love that she provides some action. Also, as a teacher I found that my students learned best when I modeled for them. Sure, some ended up more or less copying my example the first time and just changing details. But the more they practiced, the more they branched out and made it their own.

I clicked on both the examples and read them. They back up her instructions and make things a little clearer. I like that.

Okay, I see some things I’ll want to edit in my first Review post. If you’re reading this in the future (how sci-fi!), anything you saw in that first post with an ETA was added after reading these steps.

On to Step 2 – Sizing Up the Sales Copy

She says this is one of the most important parts of the process. She talks about what you want to focus on and gives some specific examples of things she’s seen when doing this. She also gives advice on what to do if the product owner offers an exclusive affiliate link that they don’t offer to anyone else. I do like that she talks about situations she’s encountered and what she did. That’s helpful.

She gives a tip about post titles that makes sense but I haven’t followed at this point. Then there’s a list of things you can look for in the sales copy. That’s helpful, especially when starting out. And she stresses again to be honest and not to worry about hurting feelings.

Step 3 – Describing the Order Process

This section is what it says on the tin. She gives some examples of what you might talk about. She also talks about whether she buys upsells and what she usually does in relation to reviewing them. This is a pretty simple, straightforward section.

Step 4 – Implementing on a Schedule

Here she talks about how often you should post your reviews. She mentions a few different options and why she likes the one she likes. She also acknowledges that sometimes you’re just not going to be able to stick to a schedule. Like yesterday, for instance, when I really planned on posting this section of the review but didn’t even get to it due to helping my mom and generalized consumerism. Stuff happens. You do the best you can and move on.

Aaand that’s where I’m going to stop for the day. I need to change a few things in my first few posts based on what I’ve covered today, so I’ll get that done today or tomorrow. Hopefully today, since my husband wants to go out tomorrow and I don’t know how much I’ll get done. Again, stuff happens. Hope to see you in part 5!