In the past week I have moved into my new apartment, had a water pipe burst and had bereavement in the family. When it rains it pours as they say!

So please be patient with any emails yet to be answered I’m working through them as and when I can and should be fully back to normal by the end of this week.

This week I want to reveal a Paypal scam that has left a sour taste in my mouth.

Yet another Paypal scam to be wary of

In recent weeks I’ve been helping my friend Ed get his Internet energy business off the ground. He’s been following my teachings to the letter and had his first sale this morning, which is great news. However he also told me he was just about to blast an advert out to 84 million paypal customers.

I nearly choked on my cornflakes.

I told him whatever he was about to do to stop it. At once. He told me it was all legit and I need not worry; he knew what he was doing. I asked him to explain and soon realised he would have fallen foul to the latest scam artists out there looking to make cash by conning the good people just looking to market their business.

Here’s how it works:

You get an email from an address that has paypal in it. So for example it could be [email protected] The subject line will be something like “You’ve Got PayPal Funds”.

When you open the email it explains how PayPal are starting a new advert blasting service and if you send them five hundred dollars they will blast your ad out to all of their customers. “It’s a no brainer Jon” as Ed said.

Now, Ed is a pretty clued up guy. He’s worked in marketing for a long time so for him to be sucked in by this farcical ploy I dread to think how many people have actually handed over money. You be sure that once the money is handed over you’ll never see it again.

Avoid this kind of thing like the plague.

Listen to me. Whenever you see something online that sounds a tad too good to be true – for example “We’ll send you one million visitors to your site for twenty bucks” – have a good, long hard think. Is that likely?

Hell no.

Keep your credit card, PayPal account and web site details set aside for genuine offers. And by genuine I mean it doesn’t sound like a blatant con.

Finally… an affiliate marketing course worth the hype

Since the beginning of the year I have spent thousands on Clickbank products claiming to teach you the “holy grail” of making money online as an affiliate. Some, like MOLB Formula, were worth the hype and the investment. Others, like Google Nemesis, weren’t.

So it was with a heavy heart I received an avalanche of emails from the Clickbank Brady Bunch all promoting a course called Commission Blueprint found at http://commissionblueprint.com. I was really skeptical about this one, the usual hyperbole of screenshots and guru promises filled the sales letter. But as your faithful online detective I took the plunge and signed up.

Boy am I glad I did.

Commission Blueprint really is a top quality course. It is a mixture of manuals, video and templates that walk you through every step of making money online as a pay per click affiliate. Due to spending so much on these types of affiliate marketing courses I usually get the de ja vu feeling of just more rehashed rubbish. However whilst I worked my way through the course I was genuinely excited about what I was learning.

Something that may not be apparent to the “naked eye” is that in the video tutorials one of the product creators is sitting in the corner of the screen whilst he walks you through the process.

Firstly this was a really, really cool way to learn. So brownie points there as I had never seen that before.

Secondly this is really encouraging because it is nigh on impossible to speak about a subject unless you know it like the back of your hand. With the majority of these Clickbank “experts” it’s easy to see how they could wing it as it’s all just an ebook. Anyone could create that. But live video takes a sound knowledge and a confidence which inspires the student. This guy not only teaches clearly but he gets you excited as to how the whole affiliate marketing using pay-per-click works. I’ll be honest – I usually find the subject a tad boring but I spent a good few hours solidly working my way through the course contents.

These guys make some pretty insane amounts of cash from pay-per-click. However I want you to be aware of something which may not be apparent to “newbie” affiliates. You need to spend big money if you want to make big money. Whilst you see these guys and gals making forty thousand dollars a month their ad spend could be twenty thousand just to make that. Pay-per-click is not cheap and it’s ultra competitive.

However if you wanted to bring in two hundred quid or so a week I think this course is the best out there on affiliate pay-per-click marketing. But be prepared to spend cash.

Also be prepared to fail. In fact… you almost certainly will fail – it’s part of this business. You need to fail and keep changing your ad and your template until you get it just right. When you do you can be in the money by just ramping up your ad campaign. However most people never get that far. Persistence is the key here.

If you want to make money in this business you can’t give up at the first hurdle or you’ll never get anywhere. So if you are not willing to throw a bit of money against an ad campaign, and prepared to lose that money this isn’t for you. If you’re not willing to fail and persist this probably isn’t for you either.

If however, you are willing to work hard and do the above and affiliate marketing interests you this gets my highest recommendation. The training is top quality and easy to understand, the teachers are affable and if you followed their teachings to the letter I have no doubt you’ll make money.

By the way when I signed up I also signed up for the upsell which is a monthly membership fee for new training. I can confidently say that the new training matches the quality of the product and if you’re really serious is also worth a look. This entire product gets five out of five for me.

News on the Youtube training videos

I had a huge response to my blueprint in the recent edition of the printed monthly Digital Upstart newsletter. Making money from Youtube is really new, really fun and really cool and from your response the idea got the old adrenaline levels rising. Awesome that’s what the newsletter is about. Unheard of money-makers and quick cash.

Now in the newsletter I promised two training videos and they will be uploaded to the link in the printed newsletter as promised. With everything happening in the last week and a half I haven’t had time to upload all of the videos. There are still a few there you can watch, but I’ll soon be adding a couple more so watch that space.