When I meet people who are working online we naturally swap ideas.
So when someone mentioned they had purchased an affiliate website builder called Speedlings from this guy, Adam Ginsberg, I got interested.
What they said sounded fair enough. They had been to one of those Trump/Kiyosaki/Robbins seminars, and bought this product with a training weekend, and a push-button system for making websites that earned affiliate commissions.
When I got back to my computer, I went to do my own due diligence and check out this Adam Ginsberg fellow.
Over in trusty Google I type in “Adam Ginsberg” and then work through the whole bunch of results that come up, including a Wikipedia entry saying,
Adam Ginsberg is a guru of internet marketing…. He has written the book ‘How to buy, sell and profit on eBay.’, along with other titles, which were published by Nightingale Conant.
Then I start reading around, and I slowly realize this is one of the strangest set of Google results I have ever come across when I have researched an internet marketing figure. So I thought I would put this post up to see if my research can help others, and also to get further comments and feedback.
You see the Wikipedia entry is all old, and goes to dead or unhelpful pages, and on Amazon his book has 2 reviews for a 3-star average.
Most of the first page of Google for “Adam Ginsberg” seems to be websites that have old entries (eg 2007 & 2009) and that either, Adam owns directly, or there is no identified owner (eg http://adamginsbergcomplaints.com/ which has 2 posts, no identified author, and the owner of the domain is hidden.)
And yet Google’s External Keyword Tool says that this guy is being searched for. It’s not like he is an unknown guy or anything.
So I went on searching for all the usual due diligence stuff, “Adam Ginsberg scam”, “Adam Ginsberg complaints”, “Adam Ginsberg review”, “Speedlings review” and getting bits like, RipOffReport & PissedConsumer (where people can say what they like, and just the title of the sites means that you are only going to get complaints), TrustLink.org which has 6 1-star reviews in a row followed by a two-week run of 6 5-star reviews , an old 2004 news item, etc etc.
In summary, here is what I came up with:
- By and large, Adam’s current products are promoted offline to people who are new to online marketing.
- Adam’s ‘Speedlings‘ program is teaching a form of affiliate marketing that has been well used and promoted by many, many others before and yes, I’ve made money this way too, so certainly the actual method isn’t a scam, even if Google is making it harder to profit from recently.
- The program costs thousands of dollars, with ongoing fees and upsells.
- Although promoted as “Point. Click. Profit” on the Speedlings.com site, it certainly is a tough way to make money because each individual site will only make small amounts a day. You need a LOT of sites to have a decent income.
- Even if the method or software is quick and easy, there is lots of time for the learning curve, finding the best domain names or websites, or to simply building up a big enough portfolio of sites.
- Many of the complaints are about customer service problems.
- The double-your-money-back-guarantee people talk about online is not a free kick. You have to work hard to qualify for the guarantee.
It certainly isn’t the most careful way to make money online, because you spend thousands of dollars before you know about your own psychological suitability for working online, let alone how well you and Adam Ginsberg’s support team will get on in this long-term commitment.
Personally, there are other options out there I would recommend ahead of this one.
Love to hear more people’s responses and experiences.
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