Guaranteed Signups

Guaranteed Signups – do they really work?

 by Dave Cottrell

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about making money with PPC (Pay-Per-Click), looking at it from both being a PPC user and being a PPC affiliate. A question came up about that, regarding how to do the research for keywords and PPC. That is a terrific topic, and is one I plan to address, shortly.

Today, however, I want to talk about so-called “Guaranteed Signups.” For a few years, now, it has seemed that this was a dead product, but it appears to be making a comeback, especially in places like Fiverr, SEOClerks, and several other of their competitors.

Over the years, people have asked me about guaranteed signups. Here are some of the questions and my short answers, followed by perhaps some eye-opening information.

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  1. Does anyone have any experience with buying guaranteed signups?

    1. Yes, I certainly do!  When I first started online in an MLM business, this is how I was told to market it.  In fact, they even very graciously told me who I was required to buy them from.

  2. How was it?

    1. Every one I tried was totally useless.  At first, I thought maybe I just didn’t buy enough.  I thought my budget was too frugal, and of course, my upline agreed.  Often they were in the same boat as I was, fully believing that buying large blocks of guaranteed signups was the way to go in this “amazing” online goldmine.  It’s not hard to understand why so many uplines disappear.  When they realize they’ve been scammed, they quit.

  3. Did they do as promised?

    1. Yes, they did.  Although I didn’t realize it at the time, what they promised was a bunch of free signups.  Nowhere did they actually promise that anyone would upgrade or become a paying customer.  I got exactly what I bought: free signups.

  4. Was it just for free programs?

    1. Yes.  Again, the programs, themselves, generated no income from free signups.  The way they got around this was by having a separate, arm’s length website dedicated only to creating hype.  Those who upgraded were added to the database and back office of the paid site.

  5. Would you recommend them?

    1. Absolutely not.  All they ever did was cost me money.  No one ever upgraded from a being a free guarat

    1. What kind of feedback can you give me on any of the guaranteed signup programs? Anything you can tell me would be appreciated before I risk spending good money on something that doesn’t work.

      1. Don’t spend ANY money on ANY of them. They simply do not work, unless you’re trying to market a downline building system (often called a powerline – more on that one later) and want to make it LOOK like it’s a screaming success machine.

        1. Here’s how almost all so-called guaranteed signups work. There are more and more companies around the internet that offer to pay their members a fee for performing small, easy tasks for them, such as taking a survey or free trial, etc. (Lots of hungry newbies looking for a way to cash in on the so-called “Internet Goldmine” sign up for these paid-to programs, most of which pay very little in reality and often nothing at all.)

        2. Here is the bottom line. These companies also sell guaranteed signups on a separate site. The tasks that they are “paying” people to do almost always involve signing up for the free introductory offer in some MLM, affiliate program, powerline, etc.  They are usually paid anywhere from a mere fraction of a cent to several pennies for each task they accomplish.

        3. What is worse is that many of the companies that sell guaranteed signups never end up paying the people they are offering these “paid” incentives to.  They have virtually impossibly high minimum pay-outs, meaning that a person would have to sign up for thousands and thousands of sites, or sponsor thousands and thousands of people who are signing up in for freebies.  You are basically taking part in a huge con by buying guaranteed signups!

        4. These so-called signups have no interest, whatsoever, in what you are marketing!! All they want is their one or two cents for doing the task. They will never, ever upgrade, unless, by some amazing miracle, they actually figure out that they’re being scammed and helping the scammers to scam you.  In fact, many of these people come from third world countries or from places where the people live FAR below what is considered the poverty line in the west, and can’t possibly afford to upgrade, even if they wanted to.

        5. If you’re unethical and want to make it look like you’re the sponsoring guru of the program you’re in, then go ahead and buy a block of guaranteed signups, but be aware that eventually, the real, upgraded signups who come in will notice that almost no one is actually upgrading, and if they have upgraded, will quickly notice that no one is actually upgrading under them, either.  Your attrition rate will become ridiculous, and more than likely, your business will ultimately fail, unless you can afford to pump more money into it and start from scratch.

Now let’s look at the so-called “powerline” programs. I bring these up, because they so often encourage their paying, upgraded members to buy guaranteed signups. Why would they do this? It makes their look good at no cost to them! It makes it look like everybody on the internet it scrambling to get into it, and if the new, gullible, online entrepeneurs who haven’t learned the ropes yet don’t hurry up, they are going to miss the sure and instant wealth that just has to happen with the program!

(We were all new once. I had to learn the hard way, too…)

A powerline campaign generally uses huge blocks of guaranteed signups and tons of equally useless paid traffic to splash pages to create a massive amount of fake momentum.

The sole purpose is to kick-start an upgrade frenzy in as short a time as possible, so that those at the top can sit back and let all the people they fooled do all the hard work while they cruise and schmooze with all their heartless friends.

The people who own the powerlines are almost always “arms length” from the actual business the powerline is involved with. Professional marketers (people who know the ropes and have made a living at it for years) are the ones to whom the company with the product or service first throws the ball. They then develop the system to get maximum momentum as soon as possible, and then they unleash it and sit back for the ride. They will almost always buy a huge block of guaranteed signups, knowing full well they will get very little real action from them, but also knowing they will make their downline builder – aka, powerline – look like everyone in the world is going to sign up.

Does this sound too negative? If you haven’t been online long, it might, but once you’ve been kicked around enough, as I have, you’ll realize I’m simply telling it like it is.

There are lots of good businesses and opportunities out there, but you have to do your due diligence before you take the plunge.

Ask the people who pitch their business to you how much money they’re really making, and how they really did it, before you spend any money on the next great “We’ll Do All the Work and You’ll Make All the Money” program.

Ask them how much their monthly advertising budget is and what their NET income is, after all expenses. If someone is pitching you with their business and won’t divulge this information, stay far, far away!

If someone is relying heavily on guaranteed signups and paid, generic traffic, stay away from them. If they really are making money, that’s not how they’re doing it.

The advice I like to give most people with little online experience, or who have never made any money online, is to join an affiliate program like the one at Adlandpro. It’s free to join. Take the money you saved and get your own domain name and pay to have it hosted.

Write regular blog articles, post them on your own site, and promote your site everywhere you can, without spamming. You can do this most easily with signature files for your email, blog comments, and forums.

Seek out real business clients on social media, by posting things of interest relating to your site’s niche, without posting blatant advertising.

Learn by watching what other, successful bloggers and businesses are doing online, and follow their example.

It’s not fast. Business is often a very focused, steady, plodding enterprise. But just like the story of the hare and the tortoise, the one who perseveres is the one who wins. Guaranteed signups are a waste of money, in almost every case. But hard work, focus and perseverance will pay off in the end.

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