Anyone joined Instant Affiliate Website program by Mike Filsame?

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I got an email from Rich Schefren this morning raving about Instant Affiliate Website program
by Mike Filsame. Rich is very well-respected name in IM industry(I heard so) and hence took a look at the program.

It appears to be a a cookie cutter for creating affiliate website and you can sell Mike's own products or anything from CB. It provides tools to customize the website and add reviews.

I would love to hear any views/comments/experience from people who have used such sites before or who have joined Instant Affiliate Website program.

Sonia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bear Angelo
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    • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
      Originally Posted by Bear Angelo View Post

      I have tried many different affiliate programs. I actually wasted almost 2000$. And one day i was promoting products for clickbank, and i stumbled across this affiliate program. And i was very skeptic, but i decided to go for it, and try to get rich as fast as possible. And amazingly it works perfect. there's no booooring reading, it's all made very simpe and complex, because it,s all videos, you only have to click and write where the man says (Mack Michaels), But It takes more than five minutes to get all the knowledge and secrets about affiliate marketing ito the head (it took me a month) and i Have calculated that in the next month i will reach the first goal 30.000$, By the way here's a link, good luck

      Why don't you find a different forum to SPAM with your affiliate link. This is not allowed here.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    I got dozens of emails from many big names in IM about IAW and many from Mike Filsaime himself. I saw a nice bonus offer and I thought that this free affiliate website idea had merit, so I purchased. I was quite happy with my downloads and the bonus until I realized that my access to the IAW was connected with a subscription to Mike's Best Damn Newsletter. At first, I thought the deal was just like with 7figuresecrets a few months back and that I could cancel future shipments and still get access to IAW, but no deal.

    I'm not sure if this is properly explained or not on the salespage, but since I didn't see it the first couple times, I'm not sure it's there. So maybe it's their fault for being sneaky, maybe it's my fault for being blind, but in any case, I canceled because I would rather not pay $40/month for a free affiliate website.

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  • Profile picture of the author alari55
    more explaination
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  • Profile picture of the author sonia431
    Thanks everyone for the replies.
    Bear Angelo, I had watched all the videos on Maverick Money Makers before and
    there is a thread on it here at Warrior forum and many warriors recommended to stay away from the program hence I dropped that idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author soffell
      I also get email for this offer, but not interest yet

      I just using produk viral generator from Mike Filsame so far
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    • Profile picture of the author GopalG
      This one has a forced continuity. You have to continue with the subscription of Mike's newsletter if you have to continue past the free trial . It is not free as specified in the website. MAny gurus are getting into the continuity fever and its Mike's turn now. I was recommended to this by Eric from ericstips.com . The 39$ fee is for the physical newsletter and the Instant Affiliate website is free. You will lose all your projects if you discontinue. If you can afford 40$ per month, I think you can give this a go.
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      • Profile picture of the author jjkapp
        I also received emails about this IAW from Rich Schefren and others. I did not bite on it...though I did look at the sales page. It's the same drill as usual from him...over-the-top hype, (I'm guessing) many upsells, and general "this seems a bit shady" vibe. I've decided from now on to ignore Mr. Filsaime's product o' the moment.

        Several months ago I joined up for his Butterfly thingie, which was also a continuity program. During checkout I think there were 6 upsells and his affiliates pitching stuff on top of that. It really turned me off...but I still bought it because of the up-front bonuses, and cancelled the continuity after reading the initial issue of his "Best Damn Newsletter."

        I know Mike Filsaime has a pretty good reputation, at least within the 'guru' community...he's everyone's "good friend," but I honestly don't see why. Anyone have GREAT results using his products?
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  • Profile picture of the author abuhakim
    Originally Posted by sonia431 View Post

    I got an email from Rich Schefren this morning raving about Instant Affiliate Website program
    by Mike Filsame. Rich is very well-respected name in IM industry(I heard so) and hence took a look at the program.

    It appears to be a a cookie cutter for creating affiliate website and you can sell Mike's own products or anything from CB. It provides tools to customize the website and add reviews.

    I would love to hear any views/comments/experience from people who have used such sites before or who have joined Instant Affiliate Website program.

    Sonia.
    Haven't tried that program, but I have signed up for a few of Mike's other programs. Mostly cookie cutter stuff. I was really disappointed in his MarketingDotCom Newletter. For all the money the guy is making you'd think the print and copy of his newsletter (advertised as "The Best Damn Newsletter") would be better.

    I belong to Stompernet and they deliver. Not only is their information top-notch, but all the materials are first class also.

    Enough ranting... I just get a little tired of some of the Guru antics!
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    I was almost going to try this until I realized that it's only "free" when you sign up for the $40/month magazine. Since I don't want to get a magazine in the mail that will most likely be full of more offers -I see enough of these online already!-- I decided not to try it. I really don't see why you should have to pay to be someone's affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    How can anything be free when you have to pay $40 a month PLUS 50% of the commissions on Mike's products.

    It's about time advertising standards were introduced in Internet Marketing.

    THIS SITE IS NOT FREE! IT IS CONDITIONAL
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      • Profile picture of the author mikefilsaime
        Originally Posted by brand-all View Post

        Be careful Artwebster and Qbiz, Mr Mike 'I'm the only real Guru' Filsaime does not like such critical remarks at all. Just read the thread on Traffic Crusher.

        He'll hit you with dozens of reasons why you don't have a clue what you are talking about and why you are stupid because you didn't 'buy' his latest FREE offer.

        I mean come on people, all you have to do is subscribe to a $40 per month magazine filled with golden nuggets that you already know and BINGO you get a FREE web site!! That is free isn't it?

        Tip....always read the fine print. Especially when the offer has that name on it.
        Nah. You got it wrong. You make me out to be a bully. Seems you have not read my posts in this forum in the last 5 years.

        I will defend my self with facts. I encourage anyone to read the TC review in full context.

        I only put people in place that attack me with NO BASIS and no truth.

        I would not attack someone for saying it is not free it is conditional. Why would I?

        I would argue that it is Free for 30 days. You do get free bonuses that you get to
        keep too when you pay the s&h.

        And if you do not like it, go to cancelmetoday.com with your login and you get out
        INSTANTLY and will NEVER be billed.

        One you get the newsletter and pay the $39.95 plus s&h, and you like the content
        and wish to stay on, you get to keep the website for FREE and not have to pay
        extra for it as I was going to charge for it as it was a separate project at one
        time. So it is a free bonus yes, based on the condition that you are an active
        subscriber to my newsletter. And many will tell you, once we got passed our
        first 2-3 issues as we were learning the process, the content is very good and
        can help you a lot as I give my best info there. And when someone can not
        see the value or does not have the budget, they get off instantly without even
        having to talk to a human.

        Brand-All, you do not get it. It is not me that starts with people. It is you and
        the people you reference in the TC thread. Look at your attack on me

        "Mike 'The only Real Guru' Filsaime" - That is just a blatant attack on me
        and I never said anything to you. And your statement is crazy to say that
        I act like I am the only real guru. It is just more trash talk that is not needed
        in a forum where people are looking for discussion from users that have
        the product or from others that passed on the offer and why.

        Mike Filsaime
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        • Profile picture of the author daleshorse
          If you did join and want to cancel note the address Mike gave
          "And if you do not like it, go to cancelmetoday.com with your login and you get out INSTANTLY and will NEVER be billed"
          That one works, the instructions for canceling received with the package of calling the phone number or going to thecustomerhelpdesk.com do not work, I could not get my own url to work with the site and the newsletter is probably worth the money if you got some time to implement, I am strapped for time right now so decided to cancel, but might be right for you!
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          • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
            Originally Posted by daleshorse View Post

            If you did join and want to cancel note the address Mike gave
            "And if you do not like it, go to cancelmetoday.com with your login and you get out INSTANTLY and will NEVER be billed"
            That one works, the instructions for canceling received with the package of calling the phone number or going to thecustomerhelpdesk.com do not work, I could not get my own url to work with the site and the newsletter is probably worth the money if you got some time to implement, I am strapped for time right now so decided to cancel, but might be right for you!

            cancelmetoday.com went through some changes and now works better than ever.

            Quite honestly, I am on various newsletters and Mike has provided the EASIEST way to cancel, hands down.

            Does it work 100% of the time? Well, does anything? But it definitely works MOST of the time. And it is the best way to cancel...

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            • Profile picture of the author Amanda_Davis
              I tried Mike Filsaime's Traffic Fusion. The Butterfly Marketing script that came with it had a few critical bugs and Traffic Fusion/HyperJava was missing a critical feature (linking it to BFM). Basically it wasn't ready to be launched.

              Support for Traffic Fusion was non-existent - just a "support forum" that nobody ever checked.
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              • Profile picture of the author mick535
                I am not surprised to see the comments in this thread. I am always testing and trying new products because I review them for my blog. I have been preparing a review about this very service, the Instant Affiliate Website.

                First off, I didn't set out to get the IAW, I was interested in signing up for the 7 Figure Secrets Affiliate Program because it was a part of a viral ebook I was promoting back in December. I ended up getting the long line of OTO's and Upsells from the Free Newsletter for 30 Days offer Mike has been running. I came across the Butterfly Marketing 2.0 Script/ 7 Figure Code/ Instant Affiliate Website/ HyperPlugin/ Upsell Module One Time Offer from hell. I thought what the hell it will be a nice test. It cost $935.

                You can read more about my review on the Butterfly Marketing Script in another thread, but while it has improved greatly from the last time I used it back in 2006, the biggest problem with Butterfly Marketing and the HyperPlugin was that the support is terrible. You have to use the forums for help and you are lucky if your question gets answered. Sorry Mike, but its true.

                I attempted to use the Instant Affiliate Website on my server, which would only make sense. After 3 weeks of trying to get Google to like my new Affiliate site, I quit. Some of you would argue that this isn't enough time, but I can get most of my sites indexed in less than 48 hours easily. The entire interface works against any independence away from Mike Filsaime's business. So even though the framework and overall concept have a lot of potential, it is just too focused on keeping it tied to his business and not enough on being practical. Having it kept on your server isn't helping anything. That was a big mistake on your part I think. The comment from Mike A. about the site not being yours even if its not on your server was pretty funny considering the potential audience on this forum. Sorry man, nobody is buying that. Just my opinion.

                I think most of the products that Mike is offering these days don't have much substance and just carry a lot of marketing hype. Mike is good at Marketing, no one will argue that, but if you look at most of the products he has on the market, they are considered worthless to most seasoned marketers. You won't see any of the top guys here using ListDotCom, Free-Advertising-Blog, or JVNetwork because they are Newbie "hook" sites. Plain and simple.

                The Newsletter, much like Infomillionaire (the same exact marketing idea) has barely enough information in it to get you past 5 minutes of reading and then you are done and your $30+ dollars are gone for the month.

                It is all excellent Marketing, but it doesn't come with any substance. No bashing Mike. I thing the Butterfly Marketing Manuscript was great, but I don't think I would buy anything else you are producing (except the products you are co promoting like Viral Inviter).

                Finally I said enough is enough and I went to cancelmetoday.com and canceled my subscription. Easy. What wasn't easy was getting my refund for the Butterfly Marketing package I returned, but that is another story. (Nancy is still working on it.)

                Just my 2 cents.

                Mike
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                • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
                  Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

                  The comment from Mike A. about the site not being yours even if its not on your server was pretty funny considering the potential audience on this forum. Sorry man, nobody is buying that. Just my opinion.
                  Mike,

                  Point of clarification on my comment...

                  What was meant basically, is that even though you may purchase a domain name, it's in your name, etc. - it's subject to many terms that really don't make it "yours".

                  Ask anyone who has had their domain suspended.

                  Here is a statement from GoDaddy's terms:

                  You agree that if a dispute arises as a result of one or more domain names You have registered using Go Daddy, You will indemnify, defend and hold Go Daddy harmless as provided for in this agreement. You also agree that if Go Daddy is notified that a complaint has been filed with a governmental, administrative or judicial body, regarding a domain name registered by You using Go Daddy, that Go Daddy, in its sole discretion, may take whatever action Go Daddy deems necessary regarding further modification, assignment of and/or control of the domain name deemed necessary to comply with the actions or requirements of the governmental, administrative or judicial body until such time as the dispute is settled. In this event You agree to hold Go Daddy harmless for any action taken by Go Daddy.
                  Essentially, and why I say it's not "truly" yours, is if I decide I don't like you or your site, I can go to your registrar and file a few spam complaints, or some other complaint that claims your site violates something, your site CAN be shut down. (Note - I didn't say definitely will, or even that the odds are against yo. But it's still a possibility)

                  Even if you win, you lose because now you have to spend time - and money - to get it back. GoDaddy charges $250 before they will even consider turning it back on.

                  None of this is new. It's been discussed extensively on this forum.

                  THAT'S why I made that statement.

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                    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
                      Originally Posted by davebo View Post

                      Mike D, are you paid by the gurus to be their public face and defend them in the WF?
                      Dave Bo, are you paid by the bashers to be their public face and bash the guru's in the WF?

                      To answer your question, I respond to stuff I have personal knowledge of, such as IAW, BFM, TF/HJ - I have spent time on both the development/test team the advanced support team.

                      What are your qualifications?
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                  • Profile picture of the author mick535
                    Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

                    Mike,

                    Point of clarification on my comment...

                    What was meant basically, is that even though you may purchase a domain name, it's in your name, etc. - it's subject to many terms that really don't make it "yours".

                    Ask anyone who has had their domain suspended.

                    Here is a statement from GoDaddy's terms:



                    Essentially, and why I say it's not "truly" yours, is if I decide I don't like you or your site, I can go to your registrar and file a few spam complaints, or some other complaint that claims your site violates something, your site CAN be shut down. (Note - I didn't say definitely will, or even that the odds are against yo. But it's still a possibility)

                    Even if you win, you lose because now you have to spend time - and money - to get it back. GoDaddy charges $250 before they will even consider turning it back on.

                    None of this is new. It's been discussed extensively on this forum.

                    THAT'S why I made that statement.

                    Mike
                    I know what you meant. It just doesn't carry a lot of weight with me considering I have over 400 domains registerd with Godaddy and after being with them for at least 7-8 years now (heck I can't remember how long) I have never had a single instance of this happening to me (and I probably should have). The main point being, it is a very weak hook to get people to think that having the IAW hosted on your server is the best methodology considering the "dangers" of losing their site.

                    You've been around long enough to know only newbies are buying into that.

                    I know you are Mike Filsaime's right hand man and know you have a stake in keeping the image of your company on the right track and I appreciate that.

                    No hard feelings.

                    Mike
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                    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
                      Originally Posted by mick535 View Post

                      I know what you meant. It just doesn't carry a lot of weight with me considering I have over 400 domains registerd with Godaddy and after being with them for at least 7-8 years now (heck I can't remember how long) I have never had a single instance of this happening to me (and I probably should have). The main point being, it is a very weak hook to get people to think that having the IAW hosted on your server is the best methodology considering the "dangers" of losing their site.

                      You've been around long enough to know only newbies are buying into that.

                      I know you are Mike Filsaime's right hand man and know you have a stake in keeping the image of your company on the right track and I appreciate that.

                      No hard feelings.

                      Mike

                      None taken Mike.

                      You are 100% correct about the domain thing. It was not meant to be the main driving force or hook. It was meant to simply educate newbies. That's because IAW was specifically made and targeted for newbies. That's our target market.

                      As well, the post I was responding too was talking about the fact that the "Own Domain" feature was problematic (which I agreed with) and mentioned that they weren't comfortable with doing all kinds of work on a site they had ultimately no control over. I was merely pointing out that they didn't have full control over ANY site, whether on IAW server or their own. Certainly you can't disagree with that...

                      I have about 220 domains and I have never had an issue either, but I personally know several marketers who nearly had their businesses destroyed by this, so mentioning it is indeed viable.

                      None of my responses here are designed to "save face". They are designed to educate people to the "other side" of the story. If this is a review section, and people are giving reviews to one side, I will chime in on stuff I know to be true, not speculative - hence creating a balanced review.

                      Nothing is perfect and even Mike Filsaime would admit that. But we are as entitled to an opinion as anyone else.

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  • Profile picture of the author thomasukm
    It lacks a flexibility and if you want to be able to differentiate from the rest, learn basic HTML, FTP and stuff, and you can do affiliate site equally fast.

    No need to pay monthly fee and yes, it is fully customized.
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    • Profile picture of the author Qbiz
      I havent joined Mike's Instant Affiliate website program nor will I do so. The model, if I understand it correctly, just doesn't sit right with me. I wouldn't expect to have to pay good money to join an affiliate programme just for the privilege of marketing the owners products at my expense and for just 50% of the commission.

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      • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
        Just as a point of clarification...

        Instant Affiliate Website was designed as an incentive to get people to join and stay with Mike's newsletter. It was not designed to be a paid affiliate program...

        Also...

        The flexibility of the site is such that you can simply add all of your own or other people's products as well as be an affiliate for Mike's products.

        The idea is to have an affordable way to get great information, as well as supply people with a ready to go review site with a built in blog, that is loaded up with products the AFFILIATES can make money with.

        Additionally, the site is hosted on Mike's server. There is nothing you need to do except put in your affiliate id's or emails, add your own products (if you want), and start promoting the links.

        While it's designed for the relative "newbie" in mind with it's ease of use, an astute affiliate marketer can also use this as another avenue of affiliate income.

        You can also add unique content both on the blog as well as with whatever products you decide to add to your site.

        Once again - it's NOT just about promoting Mike's products. I have my site up and I have several of MY products there already.

        Oh, and like Blogger.com, you can ALSO have the site hosted on your own domain if you so desire.

        Watch the video Mike did for it on the sales page. I did all of the training videos and this is one easy way to get your own affiliate site up and running quickly.

        Finally, since you get access when you get the 7 Figure Secrets, it only costs the S&H charge to get started. You can always cancel before the 30 days...this way you can at least see what the site is about instead of assuming what it's about.

        Hope this clears things a bit...

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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Deiboldt
    I've been a mamber of Mike's newsletter since promoting 7 Fig Secrets, and there's always great stuff in there.

    Easily worth the monthly fee.
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    • Profile picture of the author markdsullivan
      Yea I got the Instant Affiliate Website and it looks great, but I don't plan on staying subscribed.. I also thought that I could keep the IAW if I stopped my subscription to the newsletter... I guess I'm retarded
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  • Profile picture of the author netedition
    I have joined the7figure secret program to get access to the Instant Affiliate Website. I was lured by curiosity regarding the IAW site, but waht made me really bite the hook was his OTO, (the final one) that offered his butterfly marketing script for 3 easy payments of 189 dollars.

    I have wanted to get this script for a long time to monetize my membership sites. The butterfly method is skillfully incorporated into the T7S site. The get your CC with a samll "shipping" payment for issue 1 of the newsletter. Then the oto flutter by, and meet you at your level of resistance. Very clever. Certainly go me!

    This program is not about selling newsletters, It is the get people to buy the OTO, and probably a lot more coaching and training to get your own site running.

    Interesting that the high end offer is for a very technical pice of software, really intended for the someonme skilled in HTML and coding, but the Tease, the "free" Instant Affiliate Website" was really made for the newbie. I think that says something about the profitablility of the newbie market.

    That being said, the IAW is a brilliant concept, that incorporates user and community generated content and reviews, customizable widgets, and the flexibility to add any offer, including PPC blocks. I don't think I will keep the site though, unless I can show a profit in the 1st month. Unless the newsletter is worth the money. I am a skeptic, so we will see.
    I will post an update in arounf 1 month to let you know my progress.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by netedition View Post

      Interesting that the high end offer is for a very technical pice of software, really intended for the someonme skilled in HTML and coding,
      The Butterfly script, while not the easiest script to use, is really not all that hard to install and set up.

      When you are a BFM customer, you get access to a very comprehensive set of tutorial videos on how to install and set up the script.

      Once you do one or two, you start to understand the logic and the flow and it gets MUCH easier.

      Installation - on a CPanel site, I have the site installed in roughly 3 - 4 minutes.

      Setup - it helps to know what you want from your site so you know what options to use and how to set them up.

      In the end it's worth it. I love making butterfly sites because I know I will make money with it.

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  • Profile picture of the author rajsidhux
    I am a memeber of IAW. I did not go for the free offer as I took this up on one of Mike's earlier offers and so I was entitled to IAW.

    I have not thouroughly gone through the site yet but of what I have seen it is like an online website builder that is geared towards creating an affiliate product review site. I will look at it more over the weekend and post a more indepth and informed comment on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamLCasey
    Ha, ha! Mike Filsaime you're alive.

    Mike I don't know you and as your reputation amoungst people I admire and have trust in is high I will not give you the tongue lashing I should.

    I bought into your latest offer for the Butterfly script and I was very interested to see how my free IAW worked. Now o.k. I did signup for this around christmas time but I've had no luck with getting your support team to help me with a problem that's stopped me dead in my tracks after trying to add my own URL!

    I've had two responses so far and none of them have gone anyway to solving my problem the latest told me to email you back if it had not been resolved by this Monday it's now Wednesday and nothing???

    It's past 15 days of the thirty day free trial and I still can't use the site with my own URL. Loosing patience fast.

    What makes it 10 x worse is that your auto responders are peppering me with more and more offers and it just gets me more and more angry.
    I even tried getting hold of you through Twitter and nothing.

    Mike please respond, I'd hate to miss the chance to explorer a big name guru's product due to poor support. (you made $10million last year surely you can afford decent support team?)

    I'll be unsubscribing this Friday if I still have no answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Rudge
    I lost a lot of respect for Mike Filsaime when I came across the IAW. How can you possibly call something "FREE" when you have to pay $40 a month to access it? Is he serious? What an insult!

    I'm not even going to mention how useless some of the available products are.

    My Tuppence

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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by Ben Rudge View Post

      I lost a lot of respect for Mike Filsaime when I came across the IAW. How can you possibly call something "FREE" when you have to pay $40 a month to access it? Is he serious? What an insult!

      I'm not even going to mention how useless some of the available products are.

      My Tuppence

      Ben
      While you are entitled to your opinion of the products, et. al., it is stated on the website that it's free with the purchase of the newsletter.

      IAW is free. The newsletter is not. You must be on the newsletter to get IAW. It's part of his "stick strategy".

      Now, if you don't see the value, again, that's you're opinion. But to be honest, if you understood what you COULD do with IAW you would actually try to make it work instead of feeling all "insulted" by something that's explained on the website.

      It's an enormous value when used.

      Adam - PM me here and I will get you situated.

      Thanks,
      Mike

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    Hi Mike

    As I'm new I have to submit more posts to be able to PM you so I will do this as soon as I've racked up enough posts. 5 more to go.
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    yes i jwnat to join
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobru
    I also tried IAW, and had the exact same problem as Adam described above, although my time frame for getting a response was much longer. To Mike's credit, when I tweeted him as a last ditch effort, he DID respond (and to Mike--sorry, I meant to make that a direct tweet instead of an @! --Blonde moment!!). Personally, I think it is a pretty cool strategy on Mike's part. I was perfectly aware that IAW was a FREE BONUS to my newsletter subscription. I didn't see any subterfuge or trickery in the copy.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I am in the process of trying to cancel. I have decided to take this course of action for two reasons. The first, and lesser, is that it has been around a month, and I haven't received any of the mailed bonuses (had I received them, I may well have considered it an irresistible offer): the second, and much, much more compelling reason was the fact that I'm just not very comfortable taking the effort to customize a site that really doesn't belong to me at the end of the day. I do still, however, think it is a pretty cool model. I can't imagine dealing with the flood of customer support the program will inevitably create for Mike's staff.

    Personally, I think it will be interesting to see how this, and other programs like it fare over the long haul. I find the little differences in them very interesting.

    It may not have been the right fit for me; but I can definitely see its value--the fact that you can put other products on the site is a pretty awesome little nugget for newbies that want to get started fast.

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the matter!
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      The issue that you and Adam have been having is being addressed. It's expected to be fixed by weeks end, barring any further complications.

      To be honest, the site is a highly technical one from a programming point of view. The fact that this is really the one issue we have had is a testament to the development team and the test team (of which I am part of).

      As far as the value of editing a site that's "not yours" let me let you in on something you may not be aware of...even your own domains hosted on your server are not really "yours" so to speak. Read the Terms of most any registrar...they can (and do) shut down your domain if they feel you are breaking their terms.

      Heck, even a webhost can delete your account for something as simple as a single spam complaint. They do it all the time.

      At the end of the day, IAW is like anything else you might purchase. You have to decide if it's right for you. If it's not, cancel/return/etc.

      Originally Posted by awdevore View Post

      I would recommend reading the magazine and if you really, really like it, then pay the $40 a month . DON'T do it just for the instant affiliate website. Make your own blog instead.
      This is good advice, but consider one other thing... Right now, what I like are the fresh new backlinks I added for my products that are coming from a relevant, content filled site from a different IP.

      Is that alone worth $40 a month? Not to most people, but linking your sites all together from the same server doesn't get the same "Google Love" as links coming from a completely different IP block...

      BTW - if you have any problem canceling, drop me a PM and I will help you out.

      Thanks,
      Mike

      Originally Posted by Bobru View Post

      I also tried IAW, and had the exact same problem as Adam described above, although my time frame for getting a response was much longer. To Mike's credit, when I tweeted him as a last ditch effort, he DID respond (and to Mike--sorry, I meant to make that a direct tweet instead of an @! --Blonde moment!!). Personally, I think it is a pretty cool strategy on Mike's part. I was perfectly aware that IAW was a FREE BONUS to my newsletter subscription. I didn't see any subterfuge or trickery in the copy.

      In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I am in the process of trying to cancel. I have decided to take this course of action for two reasons. The first, and lesser, is that it has been around a month, and I haven't received any of the mailed bonuses (had I received them, I may well have considered it an irresistible offer): the second, and much, much more compelling reason was the fact that I'm just not very comfortable taking the effort to customize a site that really doesn't belong to me at the end of the day. I do still, however, think it is a pretty cool model. I can't imagine dealing with the flood of customer support the program will inevitably create for Mike's staff.

      Personally, I think it will be interesting to see how this, and other programs like it fare over the long haul. I find the little differences in them very interesting.

      It may not have been the right fit for me; but I can definitely see its value--the fact that you can put other products on the site is a pretty awesome little nugget for newbies that want to get started fast.

      Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the matter!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bobru
        Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

        The issue that you and Adam have been having is being addressed. It's expected to be fixed by weeks end, barring any further complications.

        To be honest, the site is a highly technical one from a programming point of view. The fact that this is really the one issue we have had is a testament to the development team and the test team (of which I am part of).
        Yep, I should have made this more clear in my earlier post--my issue with getting my domain on your servers DID clear up. After getting frustrated and giving up, I tried it after a couple of weeks, and it DID finally work. And, like I said, I can't imagine what it must be like to launch this kind of a system---seems like the stuff nightmares are made of!!
        (SHUDDER SHUDDER!!) ;-)

        Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

        As far as the value of editing a site that's "not yours" let me let you in on something you may not be aware of...even your own domains hosted on your server are not really "yours" so to speak. Read the Terms of most any registrar...they can (and do) shut down your domain if they feel you are breaking their terms.
        Yep, I DO realize that. Just like "my" house isn't really that. Even if the mortgage is paid in full, what happens if I don't pay the taxes for a few years?

        Actually, if I had received the mailed bonuses and a copy of the newsletter I purchased, I very likely would have continued. It's just a little hard when you have 30 days to decide, and you don't get the product or bonuses to make an informed decision with. Please don't take that as a slam, I don't mean it to be.


        Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post


        This is good advice, but consider one other thing... Right now, what I like are the fresh new backlinks I added for my products that are coming from a relevant, content filled site from a different IP.

        Is that alone worth $40 a month? Not to most people, but linking your sites all together from the same server doesn't get the same "Google Love" as links coming from a completely different IP block...

        Thanks,
        Mike
        That is an awesome point, and one that has been dancing around in the back of my mind. Never said I don't see the value in the program!

        If you want to PM me, and let me know when the snail mail stuff will come, I may very well reconsider!
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