Introduced to me by: E. Brian Rose – EBR 365
Ocean Point, MS 39564
I’ve been looking for content that I can use on my PBNs.. Who isn’t, right? So, when I got Brian’s email, I was interested. It sounded easy and at less than 30 dollars, it was worth a shot.
It was pretty easy to set up.. You have to install a plugin that allows the app to communicate with your WordPress or Joomla website… It only took a couple of minutes to set up and then you start creating posts.
Unfortunately for me, the search process got hung up when searching and never actually returned articles that I could curate, but I am assuming that they would fix that problem and I continued my test.
What I realized is that this app requires me to actually search, curate and edit the posts myself. And that just doesn’t seem automatic enough for me. There are other content curators out there that work much more hands-off.
SO… Rather than waste a lot of time here, I removed the plugin and requested a refund.
The point of buzzcity.com is to advertise banners on mobile networks…
Stay away from Buzz City.. .That’s really it in a nutshell.. I ran three days of tests and can’t find a single shred of evidence that this service does anything other than run up the stats on their site.
This was actually my second dip into the Buzz City pool. I couldn’t remember what happened the first time, so i did it again. What an idiot, right? I was advertising my Visibility Engine, which allows you to indentify the contact information on your website visitors.. Pretty cool, right? Here’s a sample of the banner I used
So, I spent 40 dollars and broke it into 2 campaigns. You can see the table below, but in a nutshell, 808 clicks to my website according to Buzzcity.
Here’s the problem.. .Not a single person visited another page on my site.. nor did they demonstrate any interest at all…
Mobile Advertising Network Results
As you can see, the CPC reported by Buzzcity was 3 cents per click… which would be peachy, if it were real vistors. During the course of the day, the interface showed more clicks than exposures. Go figure how that happens.
There’s no need for me to spend any more time with this mobile network advertising site. Just avoid this site totally. It was a total waste of money…..Not a single real customer found. BTW.. I am really looking for a network that I can reach mobile users… Any ideas? 🙂
I couldn’t make this work. My plugin wouldn’t post to my Facebook fan page.
The way this is intended to work, is that it will post a preview to my Facebook page, and then link original blog post to appropriate websites. Unfortunately I couldn’t make this work, so I couldn’t evaluate if traffic actually happens. Customer support attributed this problem to Facebook blocking certain content – including the internet marketing products that were written about in the original blog post.
I’m including someone else’s review – which is really a sales pitch, but it has some good explanations of the plugin. I’m not recommending it.
Customer Support Was Responsive
Customer support was responsive, though not particularly fast. They did seem determined to figure out the problem, though immediately blamed problems on things outside their control. i.e. CRON, Facebook, Me, etc. They did process my refund quickly though and I had purchased the premium version of the license.
I made the mistake of doing business with bol7.com Hopefully you can learn from my story.. These guys advertise a bunch of different marketing products. Avoid them all.
Things they promote, generally on my Skype account:
Beware of This
After two months of not working properly, and lack of response from customer service, I initiated a claim through PayPal. Jack Simpson, (not sure if that’s his real name) who has presented himself as the head guy at bol7.com, said he would give me my refund if I could just close the claim. He also said that he would give me his new, top of the line, server for a month. As silly as it sounds, I believed him and closed the case. Since doing that, Jack refuses to respond to my communications.
DO NOT CLOSE PAYPAL CASE – they cannot be reopned.
Fortunately I can use the second billing to make sure I get them listed as scammers.
My Experience with bol7.com SMTP Service
This service is connected to my email program and allows me to send through their SMTP server, bypassing my hosting provider and my ISP. You use their server and they assured me 95% inbox rates.
In actuality, the inbox rates are closer to 5%.
SMTP SERVICE DELIVERED .01% OPEN RATES
That’s kind of ridiculous. The same email, with same subject line to the same list delivered about a 10% open rate, or about 1000 times better than bol7.com’s service.
Naturally I contacted customer service. But they were useless… So useless that I’ve decided to post the entire transcript, minus some login information…
[9/2/2016 7:19:38 AM] Drew L: Are you having any luck with my issue that Barry sent over yesterday?
[9/2/2016 7:20:00 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: tell me what is the issue sir
[9/2/2016 7:20:34 AM] Drew L: No mail getting through…
[9/2/2016 7:22:04 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: but ur campaign is running fine
[9/2/2016 7:22:39 AM] Drew L: No mail is actually geting delivered.. I jsut sent 16 message to my own accounts – and none were delivered.
[9/2/2016 7:23:26 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: yeah sir thats the reason is 23245 mails in queue
[9/2/2016 7:23:52 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: so first release these all
[9/2/2016 7:24:02 AM] Drew L: How do I do that?
[9/2/2016 7:24:12 AM | Removed 7:24:20 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: This message has been removed.
[9/2/2016 7:24:27 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: after that u can insert new
[9/2/2016 7:25:04 AM] Drew L: Why didn’t the emails I sent yesterday get delivered? And how do I clear the queue?
[9/2/2016 7:25:41 AM] Drew L: Why are the emails backed up? I only send about 5000 per day?
[9/2/2016 7:26:27 AM] Drew L: I think there’s another problem. This issue has been going on for a while, and I’ve brought it up several times without any resolution.
[9/2/2016 7:29:58 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: nothing wrong with this sir ur almost data is bad thats y raise this issue..if u any doubt about that so we can send log files of u
[9/2/2016 7:30:58 AM] Drew L: How is my data bad.. I sent 16 messages to my own mailboxes and the email doesn’t go through.
[9/2/2016 7:31:18 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir listen to me very carefully first
[9/2/2016 7:31:33 AM] Drew L: I hope you’re listening to me..
[9/2/2016 7:31:42 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: which u talk about those 16 mails that are now in queue]
[9/2/2016 7:31:58 AM] Drew L: I sent them YESTERDAY.. and again TODAY.
[9/2/2016 7:32:10 AM] Drew L: and also last week.
[9/2/2016 7:32:25 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i m talking about ur previous campaign based on queue
[9/2/2016 7:33:46 AM] Drew L: I am not a rookie and would appreciate if you understand that first.
The emails are not getting through. Your service isn’t working. I”m trying to find out why so I can get a reliable tool to send 5000 – 10,-000 emails per day.
[9/2/2016 7:35:07 AM] Drew L: HOW DO I CLEAR THE QUEUE? (The 3rd time I’ve asked the question)
[9/2/2016 7:35:32 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir if u permit me then i can release all the queue in ur account after that u can look at the actual seen
[9/2/2016 7:36:35 AM] Drew L: Yes.. Let’s do that.
Of course, I’d like to know how 23,000 emails can be backed up when I only send about 5000 per day.
[9/2/2016 7:36:56 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok sir i am releasing
[9/2/2016 7:37:01 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: wait for somtime
[9/2/2016 7:37:24 AM] Drew L: sometime?? Minutes? Hours? Days? Or until my account expires?
[9/2/2016 7:40:04 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir plz stop shoot campaging from ur side first
[9/2/2016 7:44:58 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: confirm me plz?
[9/2/2016 7:45:13 AM] Drew L: I stopped the emails….
[9/2/2016 7:45:54 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok’
[9/2/2016 7:48:42 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i have released all queue from ur account..plz send some 4 or 5 ids for testing
[9/2/2016 7:50:14 AM] Drew L: I just sent 16 emails…. to my accounts.
[9/2/2016 7:50:22 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok
[9/2/2016 7:55:40 AM] Drew L: How long should I expect it to take? Nothing yet.
[9/2/2016 7:56:16 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: chking sir
[9/2/2016 8:04:00 AM] Drew L: How long should it take?
And can you tell me why the queue was backed up? What is the daily capacity?
[9/2/2016 8:13:41 AM] Drew L: What are you thinking? I sent same emails through another SMTP and they arrived 16/16.
[9/2/2016 8:19:50 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i understand sir and i m chking this
[9/2/2016 8:53:20 AM] Drew L: Any word for me? I have to run out for a few minutes…
[9/2/2016 8:53:59 AM] Drew L: Can you tell me your name please?
[9/2/2016 8:59:07 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: Dear Sir
Your smtp server has been changed,details are given below.Please wait 1 to 2 hours to update it .
[9/2/2016 9:00:43 AM] Drew L: Those credentials are the same as before…
[9/2/2016 9:01:01 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: look at the from id sir
[9/2/2016 9:01:13 AM] Drew L: I didn’t have that before..
[9/2/2016 9:02:10 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: no worry after 2 hours u can shoot with this details
[9/2/2016 9:05:01 AM] Drew L: What is the 2 hour wait for?
[9/2/2016 9:05:09 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: to update sir
[9/2/2016 9:06:04 AM] Drew L: I’m trying to understand the problem… and why it takes 2 hours to make a change.
[9/2/2016 9:06:17 AM] Drew L: What caused the 23,000 email backup?
[9/2/2016 9:06:51 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: this is the Maximum global propegation time sir for switching server process
[9/2/2016 9:07:24 AM] Drew L: propagation of what?
[9/2/2016 9:07:46 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: propegation like update
[9/2/2016 9:08:03 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: update to globally
[9/2/2016 9:08:42 AM] Drew L: a global update of what?
[9/2/2016 9:08:46 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: server sir
[9/2/2016 9:08:58 AM] Drew L: I still don’t know what you’re talking about….
[9/2/2016 9:09:22 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i think u know i have changed ur server
[9/2/2016 9:09:35 AM] Drew L: and my server is where?
[9/2/2016 9:09:49 AM] Drew L: Were there DNS issues that were present?
[9/2/2016 9:09:56 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: the new server details are already given
[9/2/2016 9:10:14 AM] Drew L: I’m trying to understand why I’ve been wasting my time and money with you guys for so long.
[9/2/2016 9:10:24 AM] Drew L: What was the problem?
[9/2/2016 9:11:20 AM] Drew L: Why wasn’t the email going through for the last month?
[9/2/2016 9:12:27 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir whenever execute the process of server switching then new server will take maximum 2 hours to update globally
[9/2/2016 9:12:46 AM] Drew L: update WHAT globally?
[9/2/2016 9:13:08 AM] Drew L: be specific…. I can handle it.
[9/2/2016 9:13:25 AM] Drew L: Specifically … what was the problem?
[9/2/2016 9:13:27 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir i think already enough trying
[9/2/2016 9:13:56 AM] Drew L: You realize that you’re going to lose a customer?
[9/2/2016 9:14:11 AM] Drew L: Maybe that doesn’t matter to you.
[9/2/2016 9:14:25 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i was said 2 hours maximum sir that means maximum may be start at moment
[9/2/2016 9:14:32 AM] Drew L: If you don’t know…just say so.
[9/2/2016 9:14:42 AM] Drew L: If you don’t know what the problem was, I mean.
[9/2/2016 9:15:28 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir ur problem was didn’t recived a mail right??
[9/2/2016 9:15:37 AM] Drew L: Just so I understand.. With these settings,. my DKIM/SPF settings are a non-factor right?
[9/2/2016 9:15:51 AM] Drew L: That was a symptom of the problem..yes.
[9/2/2016 9:16:02 AM] Drew L: non-delivery was a symptom of the problem.
[9/2/2016 9:16:27 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: yeah so to overcome this problem we can change ur server
[9/2/2016 9:17:00 AM] Drew L: Why don’t you answer my questions?
[9/2/2016 9:17:03 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: server change means change smtp server in backend’
[9/2/2016 9:17:24 AM] Drew L: okay… Still one shared IP address?
[9/2/2016 9:17:37 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: what?
[9/2/2016 9:17:43 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i didn’t get that
[9/2/2016 9:17:52 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ur means
[9/2/2016 9:18:49 AM] Drew L: With the new server…. Will it be using a bank of IP addresses or only one shared one?
WIth this new fromid – email is sent from your server, and DKIM and SPF and server reputation is all connected there.
[9/2/2016 9:18:52 AM] Drew L: Correct?
[9/2/2016 9:22:22 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir provided ip address only just dedicated to u not a shared and secondly all the three authentication (spf,dkim and dmarc) contains or exist in our all servers…so not to be worried about that sir
[9/2/2016 9:23:55 AM] Drew L: Okay. That’s different. Before I was sending from my email address and was maintaining my own reputation.. (which was good) My DKIM/SPF settings included your domain as an authorized sender.;
[9/2/2016 9:26:14 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: no problem sir u continueing with this coz its more benificial for u
[9/2/2016 9:26:57 AM] Drew L: We’ll see if the emails get through… That’s the thing that matters. I’ve paid for a couple of months of things not working.
[9/2/2016 9:37:55 AM] Drew L: FYI.. You still haven’t answered several of my questions:
1. What is your name?
2. Why were 23,000 emails backed up in queue?
3. What is sending limit?
4. Why wasn’t mail getting through?
[9/2/2016 11:59:03 AM] Drew L: FYI – initial test were good.. Got all the emails.. I’m going to run a bigger campaign.. I sill would like answers to my questions, particularly about volume capacity /speed.
[9/2/2016 11:59:13 AM] Drew L: Thank you for your effors.
[9/2/2016 12:11:48 PM] Drew L: I especially want to know why the email backed up in the queue…. As I have an important outgoing mail to send.
[9/3/2016 1:49:57 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: coz SMTP uses FIFO method
[9/3/2016 5:55:13 AM] Drew L: What does that mean?
[9/3/2016 6:26:43 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: first in first out
[9/3/2016 6:27:12 AM] Drew L: So… What is the limit so that it doesn’t get backed up?
[9/3/2016 6:27:46 AM] Drew L: Considering I send about 5000 per day… Why would it be back up so much?
[9/3/2016 6:27:48 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: 50k per day for better performance
[9/3/2016 6:28:10 AM] Drew L: I never have approached 10,000 in a day.
[9/3/2016 6:28:36 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: yeah its a good volume
[9/3/2016 6:28:54 AM] Drew L: So.. Why did it get backed up if my volume was so low?\
[9/3/2016 6:29:17 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: previous server bandwidh is going to low
[9/3/2016 6:29:22 AM] Drew L: okay.
[9/3/2016 6:29:26 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: so thats y i have changed
[9/5/2016 8:22:46 AM] Drew L: HI.. Over the weekend… I was not getting mail out.. It was backed up.. Though it seems to have corrected itself. Can you tell me what’s causing that? I am not sending a lot of mail.
[9/5/2016 8:23:04 AM] Drew L: Some mail totally disappeared.. Some was delayed.
[9/5/2016 8:37:48 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: u r mistaken Mr. drew
[9/5/2016 8:38:19 AM] Drew L: I know that when I sent out 16 messages to myself and they don’t show up.
[9/5/2016 8:38:34 AM] Drew L: You’re kind of rude. dude.
[9/5/2016 8:38:52 AM] Drew L: I’m telling you what happened. .You can either listen or not.
[9/5/2016 8:38:55 AM] Drew L: Your choice.
[9/5/2016 8:39:01 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: the current status is total in :- 30160 and total out yet :- 28408 so plz tell me what more u should be fast
[9/5/2016 8:39:28 AM] Drew L: It’s working better right now… MY QUJESTION IS – WHY WASN”T IT WORKING YESTERDAY?
[9/5/2016 8:40:14 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir i think u can see the logs of yesterday
[9/5/2016 8:40:25 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: if u want then i will send
[9/5/2016 8:40:25 AM] Drew L: Never mind.
[9/5/2016 8:40:35 AM] Drew L: You dont’ listen.
[9/5/2016 8:41:19 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: if u will see the previous logs then clear any question of u
[9/7/2016 6:52:28 AM] Drew L: So.. I sent out 17 emails yesterday and they neve made it to my inbox… It’s apparent that some mail gets through but the system is inconsistent and unreliable.. Why do emails sometimes disappear?
[9/7/2016 6:56:30 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir ur campaign is still running
[9/7/2016 6:57:35 AM] Drew L: Yes.. I get that….Try and follow my thoughts… I sent 17 emails to myself.. 17 different boxes. Yesterday afternoon. NOT ONE GOT THROUGH.. While some mail is getting through… for some reason, mail occasionally disappears.
[9/7/2016 7:00:29 AM] Drew L: I don’t know if we’re having trouble communicating because English isn’t your native language, or you’re just difficult. But the real issue is that I can’t count on your system. Either you’re gong to work to fix it or you’re not. If you are – I’ll hang with you, If you insist on telling me that my campaign is running or that you’ll send logs showing that my campaign is running, we’re just not getting anywhere.
[9/7/2016 7:00:33 AM] Drew L:
Do you understand?
[9/7/2016 7:02:00 AM] Drew L: When I ask a question, I hope you can take the time to answer it… I repeatedly have asked you what the expected capacity of the system is… and you repeatedly have ignored my question.
[9/7/2016 7:02:51 AM] Drew L: I have asked you on multiple occasions, why the mail backs up if I’m only sending 5000 per day and you ignore my question.
[9/7/2016 7:02:59 AM] Drew L: Can you see that might be frustrating?
[9/7/2016 7:03:52 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok sir ask me ur major issue in one question or one line i will answer immidieatly
[9/7/2016 7:04:59 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: tell me sir?
[9/7/2016 7:05:20 AM] Drew L: 1. What is the daily capcity?
[9/7/2016 7:05:29 AM] Drew L: 2. What causes the email to back up?
[9/7/2016 7:06:10 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: anything else or finished ur query?
[9/7/2016 7:06:28 AM] Drew L: I’m waiting for those answers before overloading you.
[9/7/2016 7:06:39 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: fine now read carefully
[9/7/2016 7:06:46 AM] Drew L: Don’t be a dick
[9/7/2016 7:07:22 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: 1. capacity is 25K in a day
[9/7/2016 7:07:46 AM] Drew L: Okay.. that’s good, but I can’t seem to approach anything close to that.
[9/7/2016 7:08:28 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: and secondly what is the exact mean of email back up can u plz explore that word ” back up”
[9/7/2016 7:09:06 AM] Drew L: Remember when there were 23,000 email in the queue? Despite the fact that I was sending only 5000 per day.
[9/7/2016 7:09:57 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok so u mean to say u wanna know what is the causes of queue right?
[9/7/2016 7:10:23 AM] Drew L: What causes the email to accumulate in the queue if I’m only sending 5000/day maximum?
[9/7/2016 7:10:34 AM] Drew L: If capacity is 25k per day.
[9/7/2016 7:11:23 AM] Drew L: I’m also interested in knowing what would be different if I upgrade to a more expensive plan…
[9/7/2016 7:11:35 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok sir u r right let me know u
[9/7/2016 7:15:44 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: look which u r talking about on that day the server is slow coz some bandwidth or technical issues but its not happens in everyday coz u have seen in another days working and u know very well and these kind of problems somtimes could be raise coz all re the depends on cloud base technology… i hope u understand sir
[9/7/2016 7:16:39 AM] Drew L: So.. It doesn’t seem like I can count on 5,000 per day..due to occasionaly technical difficulties.
[9/7/2016 7:18:01 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: yes sir this is only occasionally not everyday
[9/7/2016 7:18:21 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: u can shoot easily 10K per day
[9/7/2016 7:18:57 AM] Drew L: But.. I haven’t been able to send 5K per day without mail accumulating in the queue.
[9/7/2016 7:19:22 AM] Drew L: Thank you for your answsers…
[9/7/2016 7:19:38 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ur welcome sir
[9/9/2016 1:18:44 PM] Drew L: Emails don’t seem to be getting through.. Can you check..
[9/9/2016 3:13:03 PM] Drew L: EMAILS NOT WORKING
[9/10/2016 5:24:19 AM] Drew L: I was speaking with Barry yesterday… Emails not getting through again.
[9/10/2016 5:25:03 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok sir let me chk
[9/10/2016 5:34:37 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir i m chking
[9/10/2016 5:34:43 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: on my gmail id
[9/10/2016 5:34:52 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: and its perfectly delivered
[9/10/2016 5:35:57 AM] Drew L: Numerous emails were lost yesterday.. Once I realized they weren’t getting through, I sent to my mailboxes and they never arrived…
[9/10/2016 5:36:29 AM] Drew L: I just sent another test.. the problem is that the delivery is NOT DEPENDABLE…
[9/10/2016 5:36:59 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sir plz test now i have every record
[9/10/2016 5:37:15 AM] Drew L: I have it in the queue
[9/10/2016 5:38:04 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: ok whenever finshed ur queue then shoot again at ur test id’s
[9/10/2016 6:09:47 AM] Drew L: Looks like the test went out fine.
[9/10/2016 6:14:33 AM] Drew L: Though not all got through
[9/10/2016 6:15:30 AM] Drew L: yet.
[9/13/2016 6:04:07 AM] Drew L: Mail not going out.. Please check.
[9/13/2016 6:09:27 AM] Drew L: Never mind.. Seems like it was only delayed.. Got through.
[9/13/2016 6:25:32 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: sending fine sir
[9/13/2016 6:25:37 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i have chked
[9/13/2016 9:39:02 AM] Drew L: Yes.. Mail is going out, but the inbox rate is very low….
[9/13/2016 9:58:48 AM] Drew L: I am gong to send the same email to the same list and compare open rates.. .05% to a good list is a waste of my time…
[9/14/2016 10:29:07 AM] Drew L: Today’s open rate is…… 0.0% on your system… 9.7% open rate on alternate system.
I think there’s a problem…
[9/14/2016 10:29:41 AM] Drew L: Same email list.. Same subject….
[9/15/2016 6:50:57 AM] Drew L: NOT EVEN A RESPONSE???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
[9/15/2016 6:51:43 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: coz no problem from our end
[9/15/2016 9:09:06 AM] Drew L: All I can say is that I’m very dissatisfied with your service.. and especially your support.
[9/15/2016 9:09:31 AM] Drew L: No resonse necessary.
[9/15/2016 9:09:43 AM] Drew L: I meant.. No response is necessary.
[9/15/2016 9:11:25 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: no sir nothing like that
[9/15/2016 9:11:32 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: i have answerd u already
[9/15/2016 9:11:42 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: no problem from our end
[9/15/2016 9:12:04 AM] Drew L: Your answers continue to be unhelpful… What was your name again.?
[9/15/2016 9:13:37 AM] BOL7 SUPPORT TEAM: so what can i do for u
[9/26/2016 3:17:17 PM] Drew L: NO EVIDENCE OF ANY EMAILS GETTING THROUGH — AGAIN.
[6:54:13 AM] Drew L: You asked what you can do… How about fix your system.
[10:06:26 AM] Drew L: As ususal.. No response…
[3:02:44 PM] Drew L: STILL NOTHING???
[3:03:32 PM] Drew L: Your service is worthless… If you don’t respond within 24 hours, I will take steps that I can.
Southwest Digital Media and Mike Cravens Enter Wereviewed Hall of Shame
We don’t do this lightly.. In fact this is only the second time, but we’ve added Southwest Digital Media to our list of folks we’ll never do business with and also feel compelled to share that Hall of Shame designation.
Here’s what happened.
I was seeking an company to perform some off-page SEO.
I posted an advertisement on Craigslist looking for an SEO wizard. Numerous entrepreneurs responded and some were knowledgeable but the most seemingly sharp guy was Mike Cravens from Southwest Digital Media. I told him straight up that I was impressed with his knowledge and despite the fact that his quote was much higher than some of the offers I’d received, I was going to give Southwest Digital Media a chance for one month, but my goal was for a long term arrangement.
My biggest concern, which I expressed to both Mike and his sales guy, John Hogwood is that my goal was to engage someone to handle the off page SEO and get things done. I would evaluate the success based upon the number of people that found my site using the Google search engine. This seemed fairly straight forward to me.
Once I paid my bill for one month of service, I was bombarded with a series of administrative tasks that I needed to complete. Most were geared towards analyzing my site and tracking what turned out to be their complete lack of progress. They signed me up for trello.com, dropbox and created a todo list on trello.com. None of this stuff actually changed anything on my site, nor off site..
I Did Get Some Useful Information
Although not part of my agreement, I did spend quite a bit of time on the phone with Mike Cravens, who is extremely knowledgeable about all things SEO and he’s certainly willing to talk. and talk. He spent a lot of time telling me about his SEO success with a local attorney – who he may just be needing soom. 🙂 He also gave me some tips on tools and techniques, which I incorporated on my own in about 2 hours time. He recommended some plugins and websites that I used. This was great, but not what I was paying for.
Southwest Digital Media Dropped the Ball
From week one, I could see that these guys were disorganized. They requested the same information, such as login credentials multiple times despite the fact that they already had everything. They created deadlines for their ‘tasks’ on Trello.com, but they didn’t event meet their deadlines for most items.
They Didn’t Adjust
I saw what was going on early on. I called Mike and told him as directly as possible that I didn’t need reports, tracking sites, or other administrative tasks to do. What I needed was actions. Unfortunately, they did absolutely nothing related to improving the performance of my site. They didn’t change anything on my site, nor did they change anything off site. They did point a few things out, mostly before I agreed to hire them. All changes that occurred during the time that they were engaged, were actually done by me based on Mike’s input before I hired them. Specifically I added WordPress plugins that fixed the sitemaps, links and meta tags.
SCAMMERS OR INCOMPETENT?
To be honest, I really don’t know. But, either way, I will never hire Southwest Digital Media again.
UNABLE TO GET A REFUND
Before resorting to legal actions or writing this review, I contacted Mike and told him that I was dissatisfied with progress of Southwest Digital Media. I gave him multiple opportunities to start doing things to make the site more relevant. Nothing changed, so I told him I would like a refund. I even told him that I would accept a 50% refund and we can part as friends. I thought this was generous, but I felt like Mike Cravens had actually taught me a few things that I could use in the future and I thought if we could reach an agreement here, I would be interested in possibly using them in the future if I saw a situation more suited to Southwest Digital Media’s abilities.. They were not interested.. At one point, Mike offered me 100 dollars (out of the 35o) back if I promised to not write a negative review… I didn’t take it. 🙂
When I spoke with Mike Cravens and told him that I would initiate a Paypal dispute, he made it clear he had been down that road before. He said, “We’ve never lost a Paypal dispute”. Until I went through the process, I couldn’t understand how Southwest Digital Media would have any chance. But it turns out, that the invoice that Mike sent was so vague, that no one could really make sense of it. Although it was obvious to me that Southwest Digital Media had done none of the work, the did create some reports. I guess that was enough for Paypal. It’s hard to avoid using Paypal but the lesson here is that it’s important to make sure the invoice is clear in the performance specifications. Another lesson learned.
Here’s my buddy Mike Cravens. Beware if you run into him. Hold on to your wallet.
Retargeting Cloud takes this old method to another level
Traditional retargeting has been around for 5+ years, by my estimate. If someone visits your website, or any website where you can add your code, a cookie is placed on their computer that allows them to receive your ads when they visit a site that displays ads from a participating ad network. (The ad network reads your cookie and displays appropriate ads)
The idea is that user sees your advertisement, clicks on your banner and returns to your website. It’s been a cost effective method, as compared to other forms of banner advertising.
Retargeting Cloud Takes This Technique to the Next Level
What’s special about RC is that they can target websites that you don’t own and this platform also has the ability to target users who search on your specified keywords. Think about that…
The first thing you need to understand is that the sites that you target must be using one of the three ad networks connected to Retartgeting Clouds’ platform. This includes Google ad network, so that means that any site that displays Google Adsense is a realistic target to build your office. This is exciting.
I’ve been a paid member of the Retargeting Cloud platform since February 2016. About four months. I’ve paid a total of about 2500 dollars to use the platform and I’ve tried it on a number of different projects. ( weight loss, biz opp seekers, LED lighting, & boaters) So far, I’ve gotten 58 clicks. Yeah, that’s pretty miserable. About 43 dollars per click. There are some really good reasons that it’s so high, but as you can see it’s been a huge waste of money for me. There are some mitigating facts though.
$1497 to get started means that over time, as this is spread out over my work, the impact diminishes.
$297 a month membership is steep. For a small shop like mine we could probably spread that out over a few clients and it would be negligible.
The training that’s included is pretty good – especially if you’re not a natural born salesperson.
The support team (Steve) is pretty responsive, though occasionally possessing of a condescending attitude.
I put my membership on “FREEZE” which means I can protect my original investment and access the weekly training. I know that they’re working on a couple of new features that sound powerful and once they are active, I may give this another shot. I like the way the platform works, in general, but it hasn’t been cost effective for me. I am not going to be an affiliate and sign up people because I can’t recommend that you invest this much money to generate a few clicks. When you consider how much fraud exists in the PPC arena, it’s difficult to calculate exactly what I’ve paid so far per click. I can say, that I have not received any real leads from this method to date.
So.. It’s interesting, shows some promise, but it’s just way too expensive for me.
We’re always looking for cost effective ways to generate targeted traffic. Traffic is easy to come by, just go through fiverr traffic gigs and you will see pages and pages of gigs driving traffic. Unfortunately, though these gigs all drive traffic cheap, it’s mostly worthless traffic, if you’re looking to find real customers. I say most are worthless, because I haven’t tried them all yet, and I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to those I have missed. I admit there are uses for this traffic related to SEO ranking – but in the long run, I’ve had more success building real traffic that generates leads, sales and new customers.
Let’s define ‘Cheap Traffic’ For an example, take a look at the most in-demand keywords for weight loss. Certainly a competitive niche:
how to lose weight
how to lose weight fast
how to lose belly fat
low carb diet
lose weight fast
weight loss pills
weight loss tips
weight loss calculator
As you can see, for the keywords that are applicable to most weight loss niches, you can expect to pay 2.50 – 5.00 per click. So, if your conversion rate is 5 %, the cost of a new sale or client is about 50 to 100 dollars each You can’t promote cheap things and make money by buying clicks from Google at that rate. So, for this example, I see cheap traffic as targeted traffic at 25 to 50 cents per visitor.
Here are the ways that I’m using to get traffic cheap – much cheaper than buying Google adwords.
CHEAP TRAFFIC SOURCE #1 – EMAIL
Yes.. Email marketing is still cost effective if done properly. I start with target lists that I buy, link to a autoresponder platform such as iContact or Aweber. I actually use Interspire, which I purchased and installed on my server. It doesn’t really matter which autoresponder you prefer – as long as the email is getting to the inbox. This is not always simple and you can spend a lot of time and effort getting these cheap visitors. But I do get targeted visitors in my target price range. 25 to 50 cents per click.
** DISCLAIMER – These results are mine. I’m not suggesting that you would get the same. There are so many variables that affect your final CPC.
CHEAP TRAFFIC SOURCE #2 – Page1 Rankings
There are some niches where this is my number one go to method and I’d be surprised if you are using this method. I buy zip codes and rank my website locally. For example, if I want to dominate the search results in an area of the country, I buy a bunch of keywords and zip codes and my listing appears on page 1 of Google in the organic section. Exactly where I want to be, and in some niches, this is clearly the most cost effective traffic source.
Note.. The company doesn’t guarantee rankings on page one. I did get on page one for the keywords I chose.
For example.. Suppose I was promoting a weight loss clinic. I would buy the listings for 10 nearby zip codes wit 15 keywords for a year. This would cost me about $250 dollars for the year, or 20 dollars per month. That means when people search in my keywords from a location close to the clinics, my listing appears on page 1. Very effective and in some niches this is a great money saver. One added bonus is that it requires no maintenance on my part. It just keeps on delivering for the year. It’s monitored and optimized daily by the tech guys at seoflyer but I don’t do anything.
** IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER – My experience with this site is based upon ranking the keyword “INTERNET MARKETING” in zip codes 10017 (New York City) and 34473 Ocala, Florida. They did exactly what they advertised for me but there are no guarantees made by me that they can do it for you. This is only my opinion of a service that has worked for me.
CHEAP TRAFFIC SOURCE #3 – VOICEMAIL MESSAGES
Voice mail messages directly to the inbox
This one is a little out there. But I’ve had success with it. It costs about .04 cents per message and you can send voice mail messages directly to someone’s cell phone voice mail box. You can send thousands and it’s amazing how many people respond. So, generally I only send 50 a day or so. For the niches where you’re looking for a conversation this is huge. I also have had many people going directly to a website that I mention in the message.
I know it sounds like it’s black hat – but it’s totally FCC compliant. Check it out yourself at http://morebiz.club
If you don’t want to buy the system, I’ll do a test for you for .10 a message. Drop me an email if you’re interested.
** DISCLAIMER – This has worked for me. Messages get to the voice mail box. The response rate is directly related to your message and they (goringless) don’t guarantee any response rate.
CHEAP TRAFFIC SOURCE #4 – RETARGETING
I know you were promised 3 cheap traffic sources, but in an effort to “Exceed Expectations”, (our marketing team motto) here’s one other thing to consider.
What is Retargeting? or Remarketing. Some people call it “banner stalking”. The way it worked in the past is that when you visit a website, the website advertising follows you around the web wherever you browse. Visit Cargurus.com and you can see it in action.
But things change on the internet and now you can target people that never even visit your website. It takes some work to A/B test creatives and keywords for building a retargeting list. But, once you get it down, it’s worth it. I’ve only been doing this one a week – so expect to hear more about this shortly.
** DISCLAIMER – These results are from my test. Your results may vary.
None of these techniques include a magic bullet, but if you put in the effort you can make them work to get you targeted traffic.. Then it comes down to conversions… Which is a topic for another day! If you have any questions about any of these things, shoot me a note! firstname.lastname@example.org.
I say that because the program stinks not because we received a complaint from her legal department about this review.
So.. Of course, it’s without merit as this post is only our opinion based on experience, along with recommendation. But.. we took down the images anyway. But it does reinforce the fact that her products should be avoided.
wbacklink.com – Is it a scam?
This product is advertised under several different names on JVZOO alone.
Google Website Indexer & Pinger – Professional SEO Software
Google SAFE Website Indexer & Pinger – Basic
Best Proven Automatic Google Backlink Software
GOOGLE Website Indexer & Alexa Ranking Software
Regardless of which choice you make, they’re all bad, and the links all take you to www.wbacklink.com. Remember that, if you see wbacklink.com in the URL – get as far away as possible.
What Attracted Me?
It’s not difficult to see.. This is software advertised to be simple to use. In fact they claim,
“Even the absolute beginner with zero knowledge of SEO will be able to start creating thousands of backlinks on auto-pilot within minutes of purchasing and starting wBaclink Beat.-”
First of all. Don’t believe it. Don’t run off and buy it. Stay with me, please. This is the explanation on how this software works. It’s sounds incredibly simple.. Enter the URL,keyword and backlinks are built on auto-pilot.
Don’t be fooled!
Here’s another quote:
“The result is instant usually within 1 hour you will notice your site appearing on Google for your chosen keyword.
Why pay hundreds or even thousands for an SEO company when our software can do it all for you…?”
Again, don’t be fooled. This product was a huge waste of my time.
Not as Advertised
Screenshot of my computer
First of all. It’s not that simple. In fact, what you get is a link to 22 pieces of software that all do different tasks, such as these shown in a screenshot:
You need to install 22 pieces of software and then get yourself familiar with each topic. This has the smell of pirated software, but I haven’t gotten a chance to check on that.
Clearly, this is no easy project that will have results within an hour.
There is training included and actually it is quite interesting. It covers a variety of SEO topics, but I haven’t found anything that actually shows you how to use these 22 pieces of software.
The training is a little rough, but there is some good information there. I’m still not sure why it was included.
JVZOO – I’m not a fan.
I am an affiliate of JVZOO. I haven’t bothered to remove myself, and I could sell this product and make money. The advertising is good and people will buy this. But, no one with any integrity should sell this product.
This is important. JVZOO will not protect you when you have problems with a vendors. Most of the vendors I’ve encountered on JVZOO have proved to be reasonable people, but not this vendor. When the vendor ignored five emails from me regarding this product, I contacted JVZOO and this is the very unhelpful reply I received:
Hi Drew, Thank you for contacting JVZoo.com Support.
I can completely understand your frustration with this. While JVZoo has no way to guarantee that sellers take care of all of their customer support requests, we will monitor things and contact the seller in question.
Unfortunately, JVZoo does not have the ability to process refunds for customers as they do not have that kind of access to vendor/affiliate PayPal accounts.
If you have contacted the seller and are not happy with the amount of time that has passed since you requested a refund, you may want to attempt to contact PayPal directly. Please be sure that you have tried contacting the vendor in all other ways first (their support email, on their sales thread, in a PM, etc).
I sincerely hope you are able to resolve accordingly and receive your money back soon.
Anthony Customer Support, JVZoo.com
When I contacted Paypal, the vendor did reply with a non-sensical rant about why they don’t do refunds – even though they list a 30 day guarantee 3 times in their advertisement. Of course, I’ve wasted way too much time on this product already.
The vendor for this product is listed as: Anne-Marie Ronsen and it just has the feel of a complete fake profile to me. But I did notice that ‘she’ is linked to i-Autoresponder.com. Another product that I’m going to avoid.. Let’s repeat that: