Product: OPF Kit (Online Profiting Formulas)
Price: $3 trial / $49 - $67
After going through all of the training modules I found there was some decent guides on getting started in various ways. Some of the methods are worthwhile and overall it's not a scam. That said, there are some things I really wasn't keen on which you should know before diving in.
The website was registered anonymously back in 2014 and from what I can tell, this is the 3rd version of the platform. Who is running the show? I can't say since there's no information on their website about this.
What Is The OPF Kit?
The name stands for 'Online Profit Formulas' and according to the company they are on a mission to help regular folks create an income online. One thing I liked was how the sales page wasn't very overhyped, as in they aren't trying to convince you that all you need to do is push a button and watch the money roll in.
This theme continued into the members area with the very top message stating:
Remember making money online is like any other business, it requires work and patience!
So, off to a good start. But how exactly does this system work? Read on...
How The Platform Works
The training is divided into 5 main 'chapters' and the concept of this is to take a complete newbie by the hand and guide them through the entire process of making money online. I do like this concept.
The reason being, after trying and reviewing 100's of programs over the years, many will show people a 'narrow' system that doesn't really teach the essentials to becoming a successful Internet marketer. As in, some 'trick' to make money and leave out all the fundamental training which leaves a person running around in circles (spending tons of money) trying to figure it all out on their own.
So, hopefully it does what it says because the concept so far is cool.
Chapter 1: Making Your First $300
This is more of a 'bonus' chapter than anything and I have to say it kind of turned me off right from the start. Why? This is a tutorial about promoting the OPF system itself. There's nothing wrong with that but it wasn't a good first impression for me.
That approach can work no doubt, but the traffic is generally low quality and can end up costing you a fortune as a beginner with little to show for it. The other thing I wasn't keen on was the quality of the landing page. I seriously doubt this converts very well, but stranger things have happened I suppose.
Using the capture page/ email follow system can work very well but to make it effective you really need a decent set of follow up emails. Many people in this space have already been sold to by the last 1000 gurus, especially when you are buying solo ads. Those people get promo emails left right and centre.
That is why when I saw the follow advice I was a little shocked:
Sending daily emails along the lines of "buy now" is a sure way not to make money and how not to build a loyal subscriber base. If you want to follow this chapter, get your own landing page and don't just spam your email list.
On the plus side, the services they recommend are pretty good and they do give you a clear set of instructions to get you started. They also offer to set you up with a free landing page, so it might not be amazing, but it's free and they are doing the hard work for you.
Chapter 2: Starter Level Lessons
This chapter is all about making a small amount of money by completing basic tasks like watching ads and doing surveys etc. They provide links to various companies and I haven't reviewed these myself. After doing some digging though, some seem legit and some look not so great.
For example, they have 3 main recommended sources of income:
Again, I haven't reviewed these myself but I can say that based on what I have seen, they aren't without genuine concerns. Many people are claiming that they aren't getting paid, having accounts shut down for no reason and that they simply make almost zero money.
In my experience, doing surveys is a complete waste of time. I get how a person wants to make some money easily and quickly. Who doesn't. Unfortunately though, these platforms really only waste the most precious resource you have- your time! The amount of money you will make doing this stuff isn't just low, it's ridiculous. And that's when you are dealing with a legitimate company.
I personally recommend a site called UserTesting.com which mainly works for those in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. It absolutely does pay (up to $100 per week max) and the reason you've probably never heard of it is they don't have an affiliate program. People (myself included) have nothing to gain by telling you about it! But it does work, I've tried it myself. If you are looking to make a few extra bucks, that's one of the few genuinely legit places I have found.
They do recommend other platforms as well such as Clixsense which seems quite good and has many good reviews. The bottom line, if you MUST join these sites to make money, do your homework.
Chapter 3: Intermediate Level Lessons
Thankfully, this is where the platform started getting better! This is all about setting yourself up as a freelancing professional in Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com or Voices.com. They give you a very easy to follow tutorial on setting up your account in each platform, setting up your first gig and how to attract customers. These are legitimate ways to make an income online and the training here is decent.
It's not a comprehensive strategy guide though so becoming successful will take time, effort and a lot more research. So, this will get you rolling but be prepared to do a lot more reading and maybe even buy more training on how to master these methods effectively.
Chapter 4: Pro Level Lessons
It starts out by showing you some of their recommended affiliate networks which is where you get your affiliate links. These networks act as a kind of 'middle man' that facilitate the sale between the customer and the vendor, and these are the guys who pay you a commission when someone buys through your affiliate link. If you have no idea what I am on about here, read this article.
The networks they recommend are also quite good and totally legit. The training goes on to show you some examples of the different products you can promote and sources of traffic. The traffic sources shown range from traffic exchanges, Facebook ads and other common methods. Some methods I like, some I don't. They do provide some good basic tutorials on getting your accounts set up with these and some basic training on getting your first ads set up in some as well.
Being someone who knows how to build a website and make money with it, I was interested to see what they had to say about the 'Blogger' traffic method. While it was good how they showed you to get your account set up, the advice they give you is nothing short of terrible.
I cannot overstate how bad that advice really is, these guys clearly don't know much about making money with a website. At least, when it comes to getting your website ranking in Google. You will NOT get your site ranked by copying other people's content! The ONLY way to get content ranking in search engines is to publish unique, high value and relevant content that people find useful. Period. If you listen to that advice I can tell you right now you won't be getting ranked much, if at all.
Chapter 5: Elite Level Lessons
This is actually an entirely separate product they have bundled into this called the 'Lucrative Business Blueprint' or LBB. It is an extensive 363 page PDF that talks about becoming an entrepreneur and covers topics like mindset, idea generation and others.
It gives you a range of different types of businesses you could start like creating an e-book, audio course and coaching among others. The last section talks about using affiliates as a way to get your products in the market which can be very effective indeed.
Overall, there was some great value in this PDF and some worthwhile concepts shared and I guess this is where the value other than 'basic how to' is found.
What I Liked
- Marketing is not very overhyped and they don't make unrealistic claims
- Some legit methods of making money given
- Good tutorials on getting yourself setup with the basics
- Easy to follow
- I like the concept of taking people from beginner to advanced in a structured way
- Provide a support thread at the bottom of each lesson
- You can try it for $3 (recommended if you do this)
What I Didn't Like
- This is very basic training, even at the Pro level
- Some of the advice given is really bad
- You'll need way more education that this to see the kind of money they talk about
- Some programs they link to are questionable at best
It's not a scam, and it will help beginners get a basic idea of making money online, but it's not something I'm raving about either. To be fair, I'm basing my score off the $3 option.
If you are a total newbie and want to get an good overall snapshot of what it takes to make money on the net, it's worth the $3. It provides some good how to guides and will help you get setup. I also think the LBB is worth a read if you are keen to create your own products.
Finally, I did not get the vibe these guys were trying to rip me off. Although anonymous, they do seem pretty legit overall and they didn't overhype things which is very common in this space. Whatever you decide, at least you have a better idea on what to expect if you do join.