Name: Tube Commission Sniper
Verdict: It's OK
What Is Tube Commission Sniper?
Video training product created by Mike Appleton showing you how to make affiliate commissions via YouTube video marketing. The sales page was surprisingly ethical and didn't make sleazy claims about making tons of money quickly. I think it's very realistic to be making $100 per day with this. In fact, depending on how you go about it and how committed you are, you could earn much more with this business model.
The TCS Members Area
I got free access to this product as a bonus through a partner website, so I was able to dodge whatever upsells there were. The product consists of a welcome video, an overview video and 4 core training videos.
Video #1 Picking An Affiliate Product
This is a video showing you how to sign up for Warrior Plus and/ or the JV Zoo affiliate network so you can choose a product to promote within your videos. An affiliate network is just a marketplace full of products and connects the product owner, affiliate and customer together to facilitate product sales.
Below is an overview of how this fits together and how the business model works:
The idea is to create video reviews based on 'make money online' products currently being sold through JV or Warrior Plus. This means you'll need to sign up for a free account with one of those and grab your affiliate link for whatever product you want to promote. This video shows you how to accomplish this and gives you some tips on choosing the best products.
Video #2 Doing Your Video Review
Once you've got an affiliate account and you've chosen a product to promote, you'll need to create the actual review. Mike walks you through an easy to follow method of doing these and provides links to both free and paid tools to get the job done. You get a PowerPoint template to download that gives you a guide on how to progress through each review according to his method. He also gives you some good advice about filming yourself in your videos to increase conversions.
The thing I didn't like about his method is the way he tells you to do the reviews. You are essentially told to create a review based on the sales material instead of the actual product itself. That might work to some extent but it makes for a pretty lame review in my opinion. The video review would look like this "hi guys, this product is awesome.. the sales page even say so. You should buy it!". Come on.
How many people do you think are going to take that kind of review seriously? I know I wouldn't. People look for reviews to see what the product is about and to get your insights into whatever it is, not get some promo disguised as a review! This approach won't convert very well and it sure as heck won't show you as a trusted authority in the space, which is critical to your long-term success.
Video #3 Uploading Your Video & Getting Rankings
Mike shows you how to upload your video and gives you some worthwhile insights such as checking out the competition, sharing on social accounts and how to use keywords among other things.
Everything was great until he started talking about buying backlinks...
For a fact, this is a HUGE mistake when it comes to a website and since videos rank in Google and it owns YouTube, I don't recommend this. Many websites were practically wiped out after Google's Penguin algorithm update several years ago for attempting to game the search results by purchasing backlinks.
He also talks about using 'Private Blog Networks' or PBN's as well but this isn't much better. These are a network of websites used to build artificial links to your site or in this case, video. In 2014 Google reportedly de-indexed a large number of PBN's and the websites using them in order to clean up their search results and stop people trying to game the system. In other words, Google doesn't like them.
These cases are referring to websites, yes. But given how Google owns YouTube and you'll be trying to rank your videos on Google search results as well as in YouTube itself... it's simply not worth doing. In my opinion and experience ranking content on my websites, it is much better to focus on creating quality content. Unfortunately, this advice and the lack of training on the right way to get your videos ranking (ie. better content) takes this product down a notch.
Video #4 Wrap Up
Things took an unexpected turn for the better in the final video where Mike explains how it's totally worthwhile to buy the product yourself as it will increase your conversions and profits. The reason is because you are giving people more value. It's nice to see he explains this to people because it's super important to offer more value to people than just re-hashed promo material. The rest of the video summarises the training.
There are 2 bonuses at the bottom about social media and getting free traffic. I didn't go through those fully but there's a fair bit of content in each PDF so it might be worth a read. It's most likely PLR content though so I wouldn't get too excited.
What I Liked
- Mike seems pretty legit and overall seems to be trying to help people
- There's a Facebook group for extra support
- The concept of doing video reviews and getting free traffic is good and absolutely works
- Gives people a good overall understanding of getting started with YouTube video marketing
- Low price
- Doesn't overhype income claims on the sales page
- Provides links to both free and high quality paid tools to use
What I Didn't Like
- Encourages you to do 'thin' reviews that offer very little value to people
- Buying backlinks or using PBN's to increase your video's rankings is a bad idea in my opinion
- Not enough information on getting rankings or targeting low competition keywords (essential)
For a complete beginner looking to make money doing YouTube product reviews and for the price, it's not a bad product overall. Mike provides a good overview of how this model works, provides some useful insights and gives you what you need to get started.
That said, there's some really bad advice on backlinks I don't recommend following. I'm not an expert when it comes to video marketing but I do know how to rank website content which is why I can safely say I don't recommend focussing on backlink strategies or writing 'promo' style reviews.
If you're looking to build an online business leveraging free organic traffic then there are better training programs available but this does offer value to the beginner.
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