Clixstarter claims to be a "time machine for SEO". It predicts future trends, works out the keywords for each trend and compiles blog posts based on the specified keywords. All you need is to give them a little tweak and publish them. Your posts will be ranked high in Google because they're all about future topics, no one else hasn't written about them. So you'll make money.
Something's wrong with the concept, right? My Clixstarter review will reveal that, the long story you hear about this tool is actually quite irrelevant to your potential income - if at all.
Content rewriting job + banner income
$27 per month
You're Going Pay To Work For THEM
The Clixstarter is a ClickBank product. What was said in the sales video drew my attention - the idea sounded somewhat unique to me and I thought we could all make use of this tool to improve our blogging experience.
I signed up, and found the product descriptions so LONG, distracting and misleading. The seller tells you about the "SEO time machine" tool that her friend has developed (whatever), but it's their tool, not going to be yours. You won't have much to do with the tool itself.
The seller is asking you to help her work. It is a content rewriting job. And she's also asking you to tip in $27 every month towards her web hosting fee. Effectively, you'll be paying to do some work. But in return, you might receive some advertising income from it. I'll explain this as briefly as I can.
All the story about how many people search on Google every hour is just a foreword, and almost irrelevant to the core of the product. This is what the seller's trying to say.
- The Clixstarter tool analyzes data from news stories and predicts what brand new keywords are going to be searched in the next 30-60 minutes, i.e. before anyone else starts to write a web post using the keywords.
- It will automatically find relevant content from another website and paraphrase the entire content using an article spinner.
- But a spun content is usually unreadable. Each sentence needs to be edited by a human manually.
- That's why they need you - they need you to join and edit the content for Clixstarter so that the web page becomes publishable.
- When you've finished editing and the page is published, it should be ranked high in Google, because the topic is brand new and nobody else will have written about it yet.
- The web page displays banner advertisements, and the advertising income will be yours.
Why Clixstarter Doesn't Work
ClixStarter is packed full of conflicting intentions. Here are some of the top reasons why it never works.
#1 New Keywords + Old Content = No Sense
Clixstarter will find a brand new keyword of the brand new content that's not written by anyone. But it will find "existing content" from other websites relating to the keyword. Does that make sense?
For example, President Trump has just tweeted an outrageous comment about LGBT rights in the past 30 minutes (just an example!) His comment will be a hot topic in the next 30-60 minutes for sure.
The aim is to publish a webpage about it before anyone else, in the next 30-60 minutes. So that the Clixstarter page will appear at the top of Google Search.
But it's impossible to write an article so quickly. So Clixstarter will find an existing webpage elsewhere using the keyword (e.g. Donald + Trump + LGBT), and quickly spin the content.
Obviously that particular existing content is about Mr. President's LGBT comment on a different occasion in the past. Clixstarter's spun content will not rank in Google because it's nothing to do with the President's latest tweet. Even if it did, and it was well re-written (which will never be the case), users who accidentally visited the page would quickly leave.
#2 Spun Content Will Never Make Sense
Clixstarter spins someone else's content because it can't write an original content within such a short space of time. Sure, an article spinner can paraphrase every single sentence within a minute.
But if you've ever tried automatic article spinner tools, you know how useless they are. All they do is to simply turn every other word in a sentence into a similar word that appears in the thesaurus, in order to mask the fact that the original content is stolen from somewhere else. But the finished work is absolutely unreadable. It doesn't make sense.
And your "job" is to crack each and every sentence - work out what it's trying to say, and turn it back into everyday English again. Imagine how many hours it may take you to do this.
Needless to say, by the time you've finished it, someone else may have written about the topic already.
#3 Find Brand New Keywords - Others Are Doing It
Well, thousands of online marketers are trying day-in, day-out. It's easy to find brand new keywords, what's NOT easy is to determine whether these words are monetizable or not.
Clixstarter says it collects data from three main sources; (1) trends on social media, (2) new product releases and (3) breaking news stories. You can find out hot topics from Google Trends or social hashtags, but if a topic has longevity, hundreds of authority sites with proper content will quickly catch up. If a topic is on a temporary trend, then the content won't be "on the money".
#4 You Won't Make Much Money From Banner Ads
Banner ads are generally useless if you don't take the total control over them, unless you have thousands of daily visitors. There are mainly three types of banner ads;
- CPC (cost per click) - you'll be paid when a visitor clicks the ad in your webpage. The rate can be as low as $0.10 per click to as high as $1 per click.
- CPM (cost per 1,000 impressions) - you'll get paid per every 1,000 visitors to your page, where the banner is displayed (i.e. come into their view). Around $0.30 - $3 per 1,000 impressions.
- CPA (cost per action) - you'll only get paid a commission when a visitor makes a purchase from the link destination site via your banner ad. The commission rates vary. Lucky if the product is $100 and the commission rate is 50% (you'll be paid $50). The product can be $2 and the commission rate can be 5% (then you'll only be paid $0.10).
You don't know if a banner ad that's displayed on your page will even be relevant to the content. And you'll have to pay a monthly "license fee" of $27 to Clixstarter. Making more than that amount every month solely from banner ads is a very ambitious plan.
The LONG Story Is A Distracter
The product seems to be marketed towards users who are "computer illiterate". Because the seller tries to impress the users by explaining how difficult for Nick, her "genius" techie friend to develop the Clixstarter software and how pioneering the concept is.
She goes on and on about it - Nick had 3 computers with all sorts of buttons and sliders on the screens. She was so mesmerized by the work that he'd done but was so nervous about the results...and goes on. But she fails to explain the user benefit, apart from merely mentioning the word "monetizing".
Maybe the product is not intended to help the users make money, and she's just being honest about it!
It Clixstarter A Scam?
Yes, most definitely, for two reasons;
- Because the user is selling it incognito. Her (or his!) name and background information cannot be found anywhere in the site. You don't want to buy a product from someone with a totally hidden identity, do you?
- The product support is not available either - the link from the footer menu is broken. You definitely not want to buy something that doesn't come with support.
60-Day Money Back Guarantee
One good news is, you can ask for a refund within 60 days if you're not happy with the product. You can contact ClickBank directly.
Clixstarter Pros and Cons
Clixstarter Review - Conclusion:
Clixstarter doesn't even clearly suggest that YOU can make money by using this product. You cannot fool Google by editing a spun (stolen) content, you cannot beat authority sites by writing about popular topics randomly, and you cannot earn decent money from banner ads this way. The seller's unknown and there's no support - Clixstarter is one to avoid.