Lance Tien and Jamie Lewis approached me a couple of times to promote their copyNprofit program – the overall premise of which is that buyers can copy and paste one or more of their successful Google Adwords campaigns.
I took a quick look at their sales page and because I thought the copy (and videos) could mislead those who are new to affiliate marketing, I chose not to buy or review it.
However, after seeing all the hoopla and hype delivered about copyNprofit over the last few weeks, I thought it best to investigate further, so I bought copyNprofit today, thoroughly investigated the product and what follows is my review of the copyNprofit system.
copyNprofit Sales Pitch
Let's start with that copyNprofit sales page which opens with…
Copy the exact campaigns that make up to $94,133 in 30 days on autopilot.
You won't need to “learn” anything …. Just COPY these. No margin for error… just a template that's already profitable for you to duplicate.
The “no need to learn anything” theme continues again down the page with…
“Stop trying to give me a fishing pole, just give me the fish – seriously!”
Well, seriously, I could go off on a lengthy tangent here about how trying to debunk “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is just plain wrong — but anyone with half a brain and a modicum of life experience understands the truth in this old Chinese proverb.
But there are more problematic issues still…
In the video on the salespage, Jamie answers prospective buyers' most common questions including (and I'm paraphrasing) – “If everyone copies these campaigns will they work any longer?” and “Do I have to spend money?“.
Jamie's answers are “Absolutely” and “No!” and where I take serious issue with the copyNprofit sales pitch.
Let's look at the second question first. The product is about copying successful PPC campaigns. PPC advertising costs money. Yet Jamie says that you don't have to spend money because you can still use the program using other techniques (such as article marketing).
Well, let's just say that the teaching of those other techniques is scant at best.
For example, the 44-page ‘manual' included with the course describes – in one paragraph – how affiliate marketing works and then summarizes as follows:
- You post an ad promoting a product
- Someone visits your ad, clicks & buys the product
- You get a commission!
The “Learn Affiliate Marketing” video is likewise short – barely 2 minutes in length. (You'll get a much better overview from my “How Affiliate Marketing Works” video which is free to view.
Speaking of videos – Most of the videos in the copyNprofit are very short in duration and the screen size is too small to properly see the application being explained. On occasion, you are directed back to the manual for more information on the Google Keywords Tool, but when I searched the manual for that information, not only was it never mentioned by name, but there was no link to it.
OK, so the product is (in my humble opinion) definitely not suitable for someone who is brand-new to affiliate marketing – but what about someone who understands how affiliate marketing works and is just looking for profitable niches?
Well, let's go back to the first question answered on the video – “If everyone copies these campaigns will they work any longer?“
copyNprofit Niche Evaluation
There are 38 niche products inside the copyNprofit package listed under 8 categories that include Society & Culture, Weight Loss, Computing & Internet, etc.
I immediately hopped to one of two product recommendations that was most applicable to my primary niche – online dating. (To be fair, I can't say exactly which product it is – let's just say that I'm very familiar with the topic and product).
The copyNprofit interface promises $49.00 per sale on this particular product.
Here are the numbers from the Clickbank interface for that product:
$/sale: $16.71 | Future $: – | Total $/sale: $16.71 | %/sale: 70.0% | %refd: 66.0% | grav: 23.87
As nothing is listed under Future earnings this is a ONE-time sale – NOT recurring… so I don't know how they figure $49.00 in earnings per sale.
Regardless, I set up the campaign as recommended – 50 cents per click, a budget of $30.00/day targeted at Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. and ran it through the Google Traffic estimator.
Here's what was returned.
I'd be spending 2 – $5 a day for 4 – 9 clicks given the keywords provided because the search volume is so low. Assuming a 2% conversion rate, it might take 50 clicks to garner a sale at a cost of $25.
Spend $25.00 to earn $16.71. Hmmmm…
Because I like to run volume and use up my set daily budget to test a campaign properly, I tested until I found a campaign that promised to deliver enough clicks to exhaust the budget.
Then I ran the campaign through Google Cash Detective and counted the number of campaigns for the primary keyword.
There were 113 campaigns!!!!!!!!!
OK, granted not all those campaigns are running right now. However, that fact in itself is pretty telling — MOST of the campaigns for those keywords had only run for a day or two and then been suspended, indicating really low profit potential. Moreover, the ONLY campaigns that indicated serious profitability were those running by the Clickbank merchant themselves.
Too, consider this.
If there are a multitude of Adwords ads direct linking to the same destination URL, the ads will be rotated… and yours will be rotated out of view because Google doesn't like “thin affiliates” – those that direct link to merchants and provide no additional value to visitors.
What happens to “thin affiliates”? They are charged MORE for their Adwords Ads. Instead of 50 cents, you could get charged $5.00 a click or even 10 bucks a click.
So, now that both questions are answered honestly… here are my copyNprofit summary findings
copyNprofit Review Summary
For anyone wanting to learn affiliate marketing from scratch, this $77 one-technique wonder product is NOT the answer. You'd be MUCH better off investing $47 in the Super Affiliate Handbook which is the industry's standard training manual for new affiliates and actually teaches affiliate marketing techniques from the ground up.
However, for more advanced affiliate marketers, I'll say this…
I was surprised by some of the niche market products that I found listed in copyNprofit. From that standpoint alone, copyNprofit is worth $77, 'cause we both know that you'll make your money back in no time flat with a relatively untapped market and product — and it would cost you more than that in time to find that niche on your own.