As promised this week I’m going to review an online “opportunity” called Click2Sell, which appears to be everywhere at the moment. Delete this email at your peril…
Each week I get at least a dozen joint venture emails from people asking me to promote their products. As you know I pretty much only promote my own stuff, because rarely does anyone create anything worthwhile.
In recent weeks joint venture proposals have gone through the roof as I get the same email over and over and over again. The email starts like this…
“Please do not delete this email. It is not a scam or junk mail. It actually works!”
Roughly translated that means “This is probably a scam, it’s definitely junk email and by saying it works I’m actually telling you I’m not sure what this is all about”.
In the space of a few weeks I received dozens and dozens of emails from people telling me I had to jump in on this life changing opportunity. I deleted the first few because the email people send screams junk straight away. But after getting so many I decided to delve a little bit deeper and find out what this was all about. What I found was laughable.
A company, Click2Sell, have basically set up a multi level marketing program that promises the world to people. The reality is it’s a load of old balls.
I’m going to break down the email you get inviting you to join the program and I’m going to explain why it’s yet another opportunity that preys on the naivety of newbies online.
As I said it starts with the usual “This isn’t a scam” and goes on to say “Paypal have also admitted this is legal”. Admitted? That word sets off a few alarm bells for me. Why would Paypal have to admit something is legal?
Next come the usual made up testimonials. All, bizarrely, from people in the UK. This is a global opportunity so why would only those making money from the UK give testimonials? What about everyone else? Red flag two. One particularly laughable “testimonial” states that a guy made over seven grand in three weeks and thought there must have been some kind of error. There was one, he doesn’t exist.
The bit that really had me laughing out loud though was the explanation by the “geniuses” behind this of why anyone could make so much money.
Bascially you click on the first payment link (there are five) and pay them nearly four pounds. Then you move your link to spot five, which you get when you sign up, and move all the rest of the links up one. Then you send out that email to as many people as you can with your payment link in. They will sign up below you, bump your payment link up one place and then send the email out themselves. And so on and so on.
Here’s the funny thing. In the email that gets sent out it states “When you send out your email, your payment link will initially be at No 5 on the list. That is the best position that you can be in if you want to earn serious money”
Erm. No, it isn’t. The top spot is the person who gets paid the four quid, so why would you want to be in spot number five? You don’t get paid in spot number five! You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out this is all a load of rubbish.
It gets better though…
“As long as you send out your emails to people whom are likely to be interested in this program, then on average you can expect a response of around 25%. But let’s be extremely conservative and assume that the average response rate is 12.5%!
If you send out your 40 emails, you can expect at least 5 of those people to do exactly what you did (12.5% of 40 = 5 people). By the time your payment link will have moved up to No 4 in the list, and this list will now have reached around 200 people (5 people x 40 emails = 200 people)”
Ok. First off contacting people with an email like this is spam. End of story. No matter how anyone words it this is a spam email. And spam is for morons. It’s illegal in the States.
Secondly a normal rate for the people who actually open your email is ten percent. And that’s if they know who you are and have requested information from you! So for these muppets to say that you can expect between twelve and twenty five percent of people to sign up is beyond ludicrous. You’d be lucky if one percent read the email. And even luckier to get any sign ups at all.
“Over the course of 30 days, a few thousand people just like yourself, who are willing to invest £3.98 and 20 minutes of their time to receive around £10,000 or more in cash, will send this money to you.
The first payments will arrive within a few days, and then they will continue at the rate of about 100 payments per day, for about 30 days (obviously this will depend on how quickly you act, and how quickly people take you up on this offer and then pass it on). After that time, the volume of payments begins to taper off as your payment link is removed from the No.1 position”
I had tears streaming down my face by the time I had got to this point. It’s beyond a joke.
Firstly their predictions for what you can earn are so off the mark it’s insane. But what really gets me is where they say “your payments will taper off as your payment link is removed from the no.1 position”. In other words the number 1 position is where you’ll make the money. Hang on, I thought “When you send out your email, your payment link will initially be at No 5 on the list. That is the best position that you can be in if you want to earn serious money”
Oops! They haven’t thought this one through at all have they!?
What really, really gets me though is this. Once you get your payment link there is absolutely nothing stopping you from removing the person in number one and replacing your own link there. Thus bypassing the other four poor sods who fell for the same scam and are waiting for their link to reach number one.
Sweet Moses in Heaven give me strength!
Here’s the bottom line. This is a pointless, boring multi level marketing program. It’s not a scam par se, although pretty close. It’s just shockingly bad. It won’t make any money and is a complete waste of time.
If you’ve emailed me one of these emails please don’t feel ashamed. You’re one of many who have fallen for this.
Here is the ultimate bottom line when it comes to multi level marketing, pyramid schemes or any of the other get rich quick opportunities online – avoid them – or waste time and money making someone else rich.