Why Am I Writing About Evergreen Wealth Formula?
When I first found Evergreen Wealth Formula through Nathaniell's website one-more-cup-of-coffee, I was quite disturbed with what I found inside his article.
Don't get me wrong, it's not Nathaniell that caused this alarming situation but James Scholes, founder of Evergreen Wealth Formula.
James is giving the impression on his blog post that Wealthy Affiliate members are scammers.
This includes claiming that affiliate marketing formula taught inside Wealthy Affiliate is meant to promote the program rather than to produce high quality content.
He did this by showing proof of Wealthy Affiliate members providing inaccurate information about his product on their website including his other “so-called proof” which I'll show later.
Before I even continue, I would like to let you know that I am member of Wealthy Affiliate and has no intention to buy Evergreen Wealth Formula as of now.
Not because this product is bad, but the method taught inside is not what I want.
I still prefer SEO method to drive traffic that's hardly taught inside Evergreen Wealth Formula.
Furthermore, I am not comfortable with the hyped-up claim by Evergreen Wealth Formula that anyone can start generating sales …. TODAY, if you buy this product.
This claim is giving me the impression (and I believe others too) that I can make MANY SALES starting from the very first day EASILY.
Here's the claim shown as title of Evergreen Wealth Formula throughout its sales video.
In this post, I will share with you my honest critical review of some of the claims made by James Scholes of Evergreen Wealth Formula inside his post and let you decide whether Wealthy Affiliate is really what he claims to be.
What is Evergreen Wealth Formula and Wealthy Affiliate?
I wouldn't want to go into details to explain about Evergreen Wealth Formula nor Wealthy Affiliate.
In general, both companies offer different strategy to help their members make money online.
Evergreen Wealth Formula teaches members about sales funnel, list building, emails, Facebook campaigns with little SEO strategy taught inside this program.
There are upsells inside member's area.
Whereas Wealthy Affiliate focuses to teach people how to create SEO-optimized content of their chosen niche to promote affiliate products.
Tools required to apply this strategy are provided inside the program without the need for members to pay more.
Some people call this method niche marketing, affiliate marketing or content marketing.
Both program can potentially help people make money online as methods taught inside are proven methods used by many successful marketers.
But why is James Scholes, founder of Evergreen Wealth Formula call Wealthy Affiliate members scammers? And were the proof shown in his article real?
What about Wealthy Affiliate members? Why are they calling Evergreen Wealth Formula a scam (if there's any)?
Let's find out the conflicting views from both parties.
How James Scholes Call Wealthy Affiliate Members Scammers?
James Scholes in his article is calling Wealthy Affiliate members scammers.
He came into this conclusion by sharing some proof of unethical behavior of WA members on his blog post.
Here's what he claims.
Inaccurate Product Information Provided By Wealthy Affiliate Members : There are some Wealthy Affiliate members sending request to Evergreen Wealth Formula to become their affiliate but was rejected.
This is because only members of Evergreen Wealth Formula are eligible to promote this product.
Below is the screenshot taken from James's article.
Without the ability to assess this product as an affiliate, some members of Wealthy Affiliate failed to provide accurate and up-to-date product review about Evergreen Wealth Formula.
This is something that I must apologize on behalf of some Wealthy Affiliate members. There are indeed few outdated product reviews on the web.
I hope in future Evergreen Wealth Formula can approve non-member as affiliate of this program so a more comprehensive and accurate product review can be produced.
Review Not Based On Real Experience: Many product reviews made by Wealthy Affiliate members were produced based on desktop research as claimed by James.
Indeed this is true. I am also one Wealthy Affiliate member who write product reviews without buying into some of the products that I am reviewing.
But who doesn't right?
I know you might be thinking this is unethical.
But please give me a chance to explain more before you jump into any conclusion.
Look, scholars produce literature reviews based on previously published journals, white papers and reports (can be more than 10 years) as a basis for funding proposal so they have money to start their research. All they did were desktop research.
These scholars were not even part of the journal report, yet their literature review is acknowledged as part of a legit document inside funding proposal to help sponsors make a decision.
What every reviewer does is the same as scholars did – that is to collect information from both positive and negative perspectives (from real users or credible sources), then produce a critical analysis on the subject matter based on personal opinion and provide recommendation.
Their intention is the same, that's to help readers make wise decision after reading critical review about a product.
If all Wealthy Affiliate members are called scammers just because they provide review without buying into the product, I guess all scholars might be considered the same too.
As they too didn't conduct the research published in existing journals or reports but merely leveraging on the information to convince sponsors for funding.
Personally, I do not agree that product review has to be produced based on real experience, despite it's a better way.
Fake comment on product review: Yes, Wealthy Affiliate does provide a platform for members to comment on other members' website.
But the intention is to help members explore the strategies and methods used by other member's sites at the same time help with page rank.
Members are taught to provide relevant and genuine comment but not to spam.
Unfortunately, many people have no patience with success.
This is the reason why some member's comment carry little relevance or with inaccurate information. They just failed to read the entire article and simply comment.
This is one shortcoming of Wealthy Affiliate program which I've highlighted on my post pertaining 5 Things I Don't Like About Wealthy Affiliate.
WA Members Site Are Not Creating Value For Readers: This is one negative claim that I strongly DISAGREE.
There are thousands of Wealthy Affiliate members' site out there.
By just showing a few sites and start making assumption that Wealthy Affiliate members are not creating value for readers is really unfair.
A good product review can help readers make the right decision.
If James claims that Wealthy Affiliate members are not creating value just because members write product reviews but not “how to guides”, then he doesn't really understand the true meaning of VALUE.
VALUE is very subjective and distinctive to each individual.
For instant, a person who has money to invest into paid advertisement might not find any value in Wealthy Affiliate as this program focuses to teach free traffic strategy, that obviously can't deliver fast results.
But, if a person has limited money to spend but willing to devote his/her time into building an online business, then Wealthy Affiliate will be a great value to the person because all training are geared towards investing with time rather than money.
This is also the reason why I have no intention to become member of Evergreen Wealth Formula as I too prefer to invest my time more than money.
Whether you are creating “how to guides” or “product reviews”, both can potentially deliver value to readers.
Therefore I can't agree that Wealthy Affiliate members' sites are not creating value.
My Take On Wealthy Affiliate
After having experience with Wealthy Affiliate for 3 years, I would like to share with you my critical review on how I really think about complaints I found inside James's article.
Click Bait Strategy: I would say Wealthy Affiliate indeed teaches click bait strategy to members as this is proven to work for even the most experienced marketers.
Who doesn't use click bait?
Even James uses this strategy inside his 3,000 words article that claims Wealthy Affiliate members are scammers.
If such an experienced marketer can put in so much effort writing such lengthy article as click bait to promote his Evergreen Wealth Formula, then this strategy must be really good.
Wealthy Affiliate Is Just A Platform: Will you be calling hosting providers such as Hostgator, Bluehost, Namecheap a scam if those so-called scammers' websites are hosted on their platform?
You won't right?
What about email marketing tools that real scammers use to send promotional offers that give little to no value to you?
You too won't be calling AWeber, Mailchimp and GetResponse a scam.
So why associate Wealthy Affiliate with scammers when there's no proof showing this program is teaching unethical method?
Wealthy Affiliate Never Teaches Members to Call Other Program A Scam: Let me SHOW you the TRUTH.
Creating product review is a systematic approach. The way Wealthy Affiliate teaches this formula is nothing unethical at all.
Kyle, who is the Chief Trainer inside Wealthy Affiliate never teaches members to call other people's program a scam, unless it's a real scam like MOBE or Digital Altitude.
Both companies were shut down by FTC last year. And this happened after many Wealthy Affiliate members exposed their scams few years earlier.
Even the baseless law suit lodged by MOBE against Wealthy Affiliate was ruled in favor of Wealthy Affiliate.
Without us as product reviewers, more people will fell prey to scams and lose more money.
Not only that Wealthy Affiliate didn't teach members to call other program a scam, they even stressed the importance of “DO NOT FALSIFY” statements inside their training.
If you can find any proof that Wealthy Affiliate is specifically telling members to call other program a scam, then please show me so I can unsubscribe as a member.
In every program, there are things people like and don't like. No program is perfect that can make everyone happy.
The best way to know whether a program is good for you is to first understand your goals and personal capacity before jumping into one.
You can find more ways to assess whether a program is good fit for you here.
Of course, reading reviews is a must. I suggest to read at least 5 reviews from diverse perspectives, so you can make well-informed decision.
Of course, the best is still to try the program.
If you want to know whether Wealthy Affiliate is for you, then I suggest you to sign up as Free Starter Member and find out yourself.
It's FREE anyway.
But for Evergreen Wealth Formula, there's no free trial. You must buy the product in order to assess for yourself.
I hope by reading this post, you will have clearer picture on why James Scholes, founder of Evergreen Wealth Formula call Wealthy Affiliate members scammers.
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