The IM Report Card is a brilliant concept – it gives anyone with direct experience of internet marketing products a chance to share their experiences, good & bad, of a product that they’ve bought/used.
It aims to become THE place of effective peer-review in the Internet-Marketing Community, and it’s aims in that respect are commendable.
What’s more interesting, is that the owners will also *pay* the reviewers money, which is a good way of encouraging people to bother to review. All submissions are monitored for spammy links, and are reviewed prior to publication.
Here’s an article I’ve just finished about Global Domains International, with whom I’m a member:
Little Disclaimer: I can only speak from personal experience here, so please don’t take what I say as ‘gospel’.
I’ve been using GDI for a couple of months now, in ‘set-and-forget’ mode.
I found out about them through an affiliate link on Twitter.
If you’re new to website building, and don’t mind paying a little over the odds for a basic webhosting/design service, then I think GDI is great value – the GUI-based interface is a real God-send for anyone new to designing web pages.
For myself, I didn’t personally ‘warm’ to the web-building interface, as I’m the sort of guy who likes building things from the ground up.
Having said that, I didn’t join GDI for the web-building tools; I joined it to earn some money.
I’m currently working on a few businesses, one of them being affiliate marketing, and so one way I’m promoting GDI is through a very simple banner ad on my blog.
I’m not expecting it generate significant income initially, but once traffic grows significantly to my blog, I’m sure that some people will like what GDI offers, particularly in the niche that the blog focuses on.
The other way I’m promoting GDI is again incidental – through Kimbal Roundy’s Spider Web Marketing System, which he’s imminently releasing in it’s version 2.0 form, using social media.
Undoubtedly Kimbal uses GDI & other affiliate schemes to earn himself money, and I think he’s a very clever guy (& all the best to him for creating SWS 2.0).
In the long run, I expect to earn the most using GDI through Kimbal’s system, as it’s a very powerful lead generation product that he’s created.
If you’re not doing either of the above, or promoting it through other methods that the GDI trainers recommend, I would say that unless you totally focus on GDI completely, you’ll be disappointed with the results.
But in truth, you shouldn’t expect to gain much in any niche/business model unless you put massive action into it, so noone should be complaining that GDI doesn’t match up to their expectations.
To anyone out there who’s just starting out using the internet to make money – don’t be angry with the marketing, just learn about it, and learn from it…..monitor your own emotional response when you see good marketing & learn why it’s so effective in drawing you in.
In time, you’ll have the principles firmly established in what you do. Remember, good marketing is all about AIDAS (Attention/Interest/Desire/Action/Satisfaction). The GDI marketing is amongst the best I’ve seen.
But I’m not cross with them for drawing me in – I went into GDI with my eyes open. I’m not disappointed. Remember too that there is a *lot* of training available to help you if you want it.
I’m busy developing my primary businesses, so I haven’t availed myself of that training – but it’s there if I ever want/need it.
So, if you are a GDI member, take the advice from the few reviewers here who have stuck it out, some of whom *are* earning good money.
And if you’re thinking about joining them, but haven’t yet made up your mind, make sure you realize that you *will* have to work hard at it initially – and as one other reviewer said – be prepared to think outside the box a little bit & find you’re own unique angle.
That’s one of the key ingredients for any *really* successful marketer, whatever you’re promoting/creating.
All the best,
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