Ethic or Profit, Do You Buy and Test the Products You Promote?

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The other day I was doing a little research for a product that I wanted to promote, I google the name of the product + review, and Google show me a hundred of review pages from this products, I went and read the first 6...

I bough the product, a short 60 pages ebook about gardening to fits wonderfully to my "weed `n joint blog" (just kiddin :p and no, I'm not going to name it...) and after reading it I realize that all the 6 review sites That y check has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the ebook.

This makes me wonder how ethical is to review an ebook, training course, site or wathever, without having an honest first hand opinion?

I realize that there is no enough time to try and test every product that some people promote, but puting the template "Don't buy xxx before read my honest review..." come on guys! I know this phrases are catchy and converts well, but how about buy the product and give an actually "honest" opinion?

Is Ok to recommend a product that even you aren't sure what is about or if is good or not?

What if you put all your chips promoting a "Magic System to Make Money" as the big next thing to make money on internet, a blueprint to success, with all the hype, and turns out that is just an ebook about how to make money as a magician? And don't give me the speech that the sales letter tells all, because in many cases it doesn't tell anything at all. Specially in the IM niche.

I'd rather prefer to be the guy who buys a ton of IMO's and ebooks, read them (I spend about two hours a day reading) and then give a real and informed opinion about the product I choose to promote.

I guess that Build trust to your readers seems over rated for some marketers these days who focus only in make money. And is not that I blame them, because I'm in the same ship, I do want to make money as well but also I do want to know that I'm not fooling anyone recommending something that I have only a hunch is good judging by the sales letter or what other says.
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  • Profile picture of the author smplylvn
    So far everything that I have promoted I have purchased and reviewed personally first. I am not sure if it is the right way, but it is the way I feel comfortable. This is an interesting post and I am curious to read more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Sometimes I buy them, sometimes the product owner offers a review copy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Jensen
    If you get a copy and give an honest review you'll make 3x the amount of money, especially if you're giving a phony review that is general and not very specific.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tyson Faulkner
      I think a lot of people out there are just following a book they read that told them how to make a review site, but they don't care about providing value or being honest, they just want to make money.

      While some of these methods work, they aren't building a business so it's likely that they will just 'go away' eventually. I don't think there's a huge problem promoting a product you haven't bought, as long as you don't say you did buy it and offer a review of it. I personally wouldn't 'highly recommend' anything I haven't had a chance to go through, since I would have no idea if it was good enough to be recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Originally Posted by neodarth View Post

    This makes me wonder how ethical is to review an ebook, training course, site or wathever, without having an honest first hand opinion?
    It's kind of a misnomer to call them "reviews" if the product has never been seen by the 'reviewer'.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    No ... I don't buy the products I promote but I don't promote dodgy products either. Don't promote forced continuity programs, dodgy health remedies, make believe weight loss products, Make Millions Online, etc. and I don't DO review sites.

    I do promote a "How to Pick Up Chicks" guide/program (Mystery) and I have no idea if it is dodgy and No ... I'm not going to buy a pick up chicks program and give it a whirl ... for obvious reasons
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    • Profile picture of the author neodarth
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      No ... I don't buy the products I promote but I don't promote dodgy products either. Don't promote forced continuity programs, dodgy health remedies, make believe weight loss products, Make Millions Online, etc. and I don't DO review sites.

      I do promote a "How to Pick Up Chicks" guide/program (Mystery) and I have no idea if it is dodgy and No ... I'm not going to buy a pick up chicks program and give it a whirl ... for obvious reasons
      You certainly got a point right there, but how you focus your promotions in a product like this?

      For example the other day an email came into my inbox offering a "Get pregnant" program to promote... I don't want to get pregnant! and my wife doesn't either (with the two kids we have we surpass our craziness quote), so how can I test it? (even thought the trying part is still fun after 10 years of marriage).

      Do you trying to contact to someone who actually test the product? or buy it for a friend and ask her to try it? Or you just simply wrote your thoughts about the topic and in a sideways recommend that product?

      Or shoot a blind PPC direct link campaign?
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by neodarth View Post

        You certainly got a point right there, but how you focus your promotions in a product like this?

        For example the other day an email came into my inbox offering a "Get pregnant" program to promote... I don't want to get pregnant! and my wife doesn't either (with the two kids we have we surpass our craziness quote), so how can I test it? (even thought the trying part is still fun after 10 years of marriage).

        Do you trying to contact to someone who actually test the product? or buy it for a friend and ask her to try it? Or you just simply wrote your thoughts about the topic and in a sideways recommend that product?

        Or shoot a blind PPC direct link campaign?
        Good question. That certainly wasn't a very targeted email, was it? lol. I bought a men's blog that gets good traffic and I am building up the content and twitter followers, etc. to flip it sometime soon.

        I only put banners on the site ... no email or anything like that. It seems like a good niche for this site. I just put them up yesterday so it's way too soon to tell whether or not people will click and buy.

        I made a couple of sales from a Fling Personals banner but I'd prefer this PUA product over that if it will convert.

        I have heard a couple of men who like this product ... and they mentioned in the WF, not as a review, so I'll go on their word that the program has value for men.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    I never suggest anything to my list that I have not personally reviewed. If you start emailing suggestions to your list for junk products then your opt-in list will start to shrink. If you suggest products that will actually help you opt-ins, then your list will grow.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmyKay
    Whether or not it's ethical depends on what they say in the review, I think. If they outright lie and say it's making them money, yet never used it, that's not ethical, thus the new FTC guidelines.

    But to simply promote a product you haven't tried is not necessarily unethical. I promote thousands of products for amazon and ebay. I have certainly not tried them all.

    The previous poster was right, though.. as an affiliate if you want to really stand out and rake in the cash, USE the product, make money (if an IM product) and then you can honestly review the good AND the bad. This is why people call me "affiliate girl" now. LOL I made over $30,000 in the last few months because my review is from personal experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by AmyKay View Post


      But to simply promote a product you haven't tried is not necessarily unethical. I promote thousands of products for amazon and ebay. I have certainly not tried them all.
      Agreed. Before getting into IM, I had worked in retail stores (e.g. KMart) where I have sold thousands of products I have not personally used. I've also waited tables in restaurants selling food I have never tried. I see nothing unethical about that or the online equivalent.

      But to make things clear, I would not claim I have tried a product if I haven't.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    It is certainly not unethical to market a product that you have not tried. Do you think that WalMart tries every product they sell? No, they have a buyer agent that decides whether or not the product will sell well.

    As I mentioned before, I do not personally put my seal of approval on anything that I have not personally reviewed or tried, but that is different than just marketing something.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    If it's a digital product... YES... I get a copy in one way or another.

    Physical products are a different story. I promote too many on various sites to be testing each and every one.

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  • Profile picture of the author indexphp
    I dont even write reviews. I just compile the real ones that already exist on the web into a useful page for the searcher. You're severely limiting yourself on making money if you buy every product beforehand. +1 for getting a review copy from the owner, that's worked out for me plenty of times. Sadly, most of the time I doint even evaluate the product anyways hahah and it collects cyber-dust
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by indexphp View Post

      You're severely limiting yourself on making money if you buy every product beforehand.
      Are you sure about that?.... Care to expand on it with some reasoning?...

      I have found the complete opposite.

      Purchasing a product allows me to give more thorough reviews, answer questions in the mind of the buyer etc...

      Buying the product has never hindered my money making ability with any product.

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      • Profile picture of the author indexphp
        Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

        Are you sure about that?.... Care to expand on it with some reasoning?...

        I have found the complete opposite.

        Purchasing a product allows me to give more thorough reviews, answer questions in the mind of the buyer etc...

        Buying the product has never hindered my money making ability with any product.

        Jay
        its numbers man.

        "review" type keywords are buying keywords, which have a certain volume.

        If you have 1000 pages that rank for their respective products, you will make more than than if you had a few.

        not rocket science
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        • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
          Originally Posted by indexphp View Post

          its numbers man.

          "review" type keywords are buying keywords, which have a certain volume.

          If you have 1000 pages that rank for their respective products, you will make more than than if you had a few.

          not rocket science
          :rolleyes:

          Have a nice day.

          Peace

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          • Profile picture of the author indexphp
            Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

            :rolleyes:

            Have a nice day.

            Peace

            Jay
            wow, what an insightful post. another amazing post by JayXtreme. I wish to subscribe to your newsletter :rolleyes:
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            • Profile picture of the author neodarth
              I have read some reviews given by the owners of the product and I found most of them as full of hyped up as the sales letter. So I think it can't be a unbiased review. If you are the owner of a product will you point the flaws of your product in a review for the affiliates?

              By the way I now center my promotions in digital products i don't promote physical goods anymore, but is just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author P.Sharma
    most of the time, if you ask them if they can give you a review copy and tell them that you are willing to promote their offer they will give you a copy.

    Most of the times, I do own the products I promote but sometimes it is otherwise too, I just make a site in the product niche and have a affiliate banner + testimonials in the sidebar. Although, not as successful as a review site, it still does make money if you can rank your site well
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