The Commission Code is another done-for-you affiliate marketing package. The method has been around for years which promotes "make money online" by recruiting others to the system itself. A typical package includes free landing pages, integration with an autoresponder, free email swipes, and a recommendation of some solo ad sellers. The Commission Code is no exception. But the thing is, this one is simply a copied version of other products and even worse, I've discovered some malicious intent by the seller. Today my Commission Code review will discuss whether you can make any profits with it. But to be honest, this is a scam. The way the seller spams you after the purchase is out of order. Also the autoresponder - don't use it. The seller's trying to make affiliate commissions for himself using your email service fee. I'll explain it later, but I don't recommend the Commission Code to anyone.
The Commission Code Review
The Commission Code
$9 for the first 14 days, $47 per month thereafter.
What Is The Commission Code?
To simply put, the Commission Code is an inferior copied version of Click Wealth System, which has been released a few months earlier, and the idea is based on other high-end products such as Perpetual Income 365.
It is a "make money online" package, encouraging you to sell the product itself to others, who then also be able to sell it. The necessary tool is already "done for you", so you barely require or need to learn the marketing skills.
It includes 2 x already-made landing pages and web-hosting, plus a daily email sequence for 45 days that integrates with GetResponse.
Your followup emails will be promoting various ClickBank products. However, your emails will be in the seller's name, and the hyperlinks in your emails will be the seller's affiliate link, not yours. It means that if anyone signs up with you using this system and decides to make a purchase via your followup emails, you will not receive any commission. The seller Bill McRea will.
In other words, you'll be "unknowingly" paying $15 to GetResponse to build leads for Bill McRea and help him make money.
If you are brand new to affiliate marketing, for $9, at least you'll be able to get the feel of it. But you have to pay a lot more money for it to work, many similar products have already been around so there's no uniqueness, and so on. I'll explain the pros and cons in a little while.
The Easy Setup
Setting up your basic Commission Code system is easier than anything, and the instruction video for each step is very short (1 minute+) and clear. The steps are;
- Sign up with GetResponse if you haven't already, and connect it to the Commission Code using the API code.
- Sign up with ClickBank if you haven't already, and save your ClickBank ID in your Commission Code account.
- Install one (or both) of the two ready-made landing pages with a few clicks. A domain "infodialcenter.com" is allocated to you, so you just need to name your subdomain (e.g. mysite.infodialcenter.com)
That's all you have to do, and your landing page is ready to promote. The question is, how can you take it from there? In order to actually make money using this tool, you'll inevitably invest a lot more money on buying traffic and building a list.
The Landing Page Templates
The landing (squeeze) page templates are the ones you often see via solo ad traffic; they're designed to maximize the number of opt-ins. Visitors from solo ads typically don't spend more than 30 seconds+ before they decide to sign up, so the sales copy is kept at minimal. Both the templates invite visitors with some unrealistic income claim ("Make $1,000 commission today!")
Solo Ad Traffic Recommendations
The majority of "done-for-you affiliate marketing package" sellers are affiliated to the same solo ad sellers; Udimi, Traffic For Me, Wayne Crowe, Roy Tay, etc. The recommendations made by the Commission Code are no exception; it recommends 4 x solo ad traffic resources.
- Traffic For Me (TrafficForMe.com) - I've shared my bad experience before (poor opt-in rates and gad communications). You might want to google and check various reviews and make your decision.
- The MLM Traffic Center - $0.59 per click when you buy 100 "Commission Code Clicks", which I think is a good price. The more clicks you buy, the more discount you'll get.
- Wayne Crowe - Wayne is a great seller. I've received very responsive traffic from him in the past. He's also a great tutor, he's very helpful.
- Udimi - Good solo ad marketplace. You need to check the feedback ratings to find good sellers. It has great support and the good thing is that it has its own filter system. Although bots can still bypass the filter, at least it analyzes each seller's traffic independently for you.
There are some advantages and disadvantages of using solo ad traffic services. The main advantage is, it's quick and handy. You don't need any "strategies" apart from choosing a trustworthy seller.
Whereas the main disadvantage is you never get a good, target audience. Many leads that you acquire from solo ads are non-responsive or do-nothing-and-get-rich-quick dreamers because of the way it's advertised.
By all means, using solo ad services is the easiest way to acquire leads so long you can afford to pay. However...
GetResponse (Autoresponder) Integration
The Commission Code integrates with GetResponse, an email marketing service with a few clicks, and instantly 45 x followup emails will be installed on your GetResponse account. It means all you have to do is to sign up with GetResponse, free trial for the first 30 days and the price starts from $15 per month thereafter.
...This appears to help you generate leads and make affiliate commissions via your followup emails.
Unfortunately, what I discovered was that
- The emails will be sent out in the seller's name ("Bill"), not you.
- The links in the followup emails are the seller's affiliate links, not yours.
It means that you'll be paying $15+ GetResponse fee for nothing. The emails will be sent every day for 45 days, promoting random ClickBank products, but each time your subscriber clicks one of the links and makes a purchase, the seller Bill McRea makes an affiliate commission. You'll receive nothing.
So frankly, the seller is NOT helping you to make an affiliate income with this whole tool, but he's trying to get you to pay for an email marketing software, get you to pay for solo ads to generate leads, and sneakily divert your leads to his own affiliate pages.
If this isn't a scam, what is?
The only way to turn the leads into your own and make it possible for you to make money is to go into each email and change each email link to your affiliate link. But if you knew how to do it, you probably wouldn't need the Commission Code at all.
How Much Would It Cost You?
You'll be paying for (1) The Commission Code membership, (2) GetResponse membership, and for (3) solo ad traffic. As I just explained, I don't recommend you to connect it to GetResponse, but if you did, this would happen.
- The entry fee of $9 is for the initial 2 weeks and you'll be charged $47 per month thereafter.
- You need to use the email marketing service GetResponse to make it work, after a 30-days free trial, you'll be charged a minimum of $15 per month (up to 1,000 subscribers).
- It's up to you how much you want to spend on solo ads. If you buy 500 clicks from The MLM Traffic Center, it will cost you 500 x $0.55 = $275 to acquire 200 leads (*** See below.)
- Total: 47+15+275 = $337 per month (this is just an example).
*** The Commission Code's own traffic service MLM Traffic Center says you'll get 35-45% opt-ins. Assuming that the seller will make sure you'll receive the rates as promised, say, 40%, you'll pay $275 to acquire 200+ leads (subscribers).
Can You Make Profits with The Commission Code?
I don't think so. Unless you know how to change the followup email sequence and make your leads on your own, you'll be wasting your solo ad fees.
Assuming you change each and every link in your followup emails to your own affiliate link to The Commission Code (which I wouldn't recommend either...you don't want to promote a scam product to others!), okay, this is a rough measurement.
You are likely to make a huge loss in my opinion, and I suggest that you'll really need to keep monitoring your expenditure.
You will make a 50% commission ($4.50) every time someone buys The Commission Code via your campaigns.
Here's the breakpoint. To pay off your monthly expenditure based on buying 500 clicks every month, 75 people need to buy The Commission Code via your campaigns (75 x $4.5 = $337.50.)
The seller says typical click rates are 5-10%, which means a maximum of 20 people may make a purchase, i.e. 20 x $4.5 = $90.
I think that's about right - although 45 followup emails will be sent to each of your leads, you can't expect 75 people out of 200 leads to make a purchase...that'll be too ambitious.
But of course, some of your referrals may go on to become a full monthly member, in which case you'll receive a 50% of $47 (=$23.50). So it's really hard to say, if you keep making profits in the long term or end up making losses.
So You Won't Make "$1,266.75 Instantly Today"?
You may already know that the exact number ($1,266.75) is just made up to draw attention. But when it says "make"... It's referring to the gross revenue, not the profit. Of course you can easily make over a thousand dollars if you spend tens of thousands of dollars in solo ad traffic, you see what I mean?
Realistically speaking, as an affiliate marketing beginner, you'll never make that kind of profit so soon, let alone "instantly".
Is The Commission Code Worth Any Money?
Unfortunately, no. Mainly for 3 reasons, in my opinion.
Reason 1: When compared to others
I can compare the Commission Code with Click Wealth System, which has been released in the past few months, and I see Click Wealth System offers far better value - almost identical to the Commission Code PLUS a lot more content.
- One-off charge of $9 with no monthly recurring fee that includes your landing page hosting.
- 10 landing page templates to choose from instead of 2.
- Free click tracker
- Free 200 clicks (visitors to your page.)
- Main domain rather than a subdomain.
- Helpful PDF guides including a free traffic guide.
Reason 2: The recurring monthly fee
I think what's most critical is the monthly fee of $47 which is a killer. I've searched in the members' area but cannot seem to find out what exactly the fee is for. I assume it's for web hosting and the landing page usage, which seems very high to me. Like I just mentioned, Click Wealth System offers these for free.
Of course, you'll receive $23.50 each time your referral decides to become a full member, but it only happens if they either really decide to promote this product or they forget to cancel the membership.
Reason 3: Followup emails won't make you any money
As I already explained earlier!
Okay, I also felt extremely disappointed when I discovered this.
When I bought the Commission Code, I received a welcome message, login detail, etc. But subsequently, I started to receive daily (or twice a day) emails which look like typical solo ad swipes.
They were clearly sent from "William, The Commission Code, email@example.com", but the link destinations were other ClickBank products including Perpetual Income 365 and Click Wealth System, both of which are "better versions of" the Commission Code.
So the seller first sells you his own product, the content of which he copied from Perpetual 365 and CWS, then he tries to sell you the originals to pocket some extra affiliate commissions to himself.
I think he's being disrespectful to his own buyers. This shows that he doesn't even pretend to care about his buyer. He only sees YOU as a spam target. He thinks he'll be lucky if you buy 2 x almost identical products, Click Wealth System and the Commission Code.
Would you still buy this product?
60-Days Refund Guarantee
If you're not happy with the Commission Code for any reason, you're covered under ClickBank's refund guarantee policy. You can claim a refund within 60 days of the initial purchase. No disclosure about the further $47's automatically charged to you after 14 days, which will also be refunded, I assume.
The Commission Code Pros and Cons
The Commission Code Review - Conclusion:
Well, it's a scam. Don't buy it.
But even if the affiliate links in your email were placed correctly, I wouldn't recommend it either. Because although it may let you have ready-made landing pages, you can't customize them and make them your own over time. As soon as you stop paying the $47 monthly fee, you'll be left with nothing. If you are interested in signing up with GetResponse, GetResponse comes with a free landing page builder, anyway. If you accidentally bought The Commission Code already, I suggest that you either request for a refund or, learn how to replicate it yourself, so you can leave The Commission Code membership within the initial 14 days and will start promoting other affiliate products.
If you're looking for a sustainable affiliate marketing business that you can expand in the future, I would rather recommend you to get a WordPress hosting and a landing page builder such as Thrive Architect. That's how I did when I was involved with solo ad business a few years back, and it worked perfectly.
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