Green Dot Money Pak

After hearing from several customers and visitors of Today-Liquidation.com, it seems that the Green Dot MoneyPak is a part of the problem. I’m usually not one to take sides, but the Green Dot MoneyPak seems to benefit the merchants far more than the buyers.

Based on reviews and information I’ve read about the MoneyPak, I recommend ONLY using it with the list of partners that accept MoneyPak. Most horror stories seem to surround merchants who are not directly affiliated with Green Dot MoneyPak.

I can’t find any benefit to buying a MoneyPak versus other payment methods. Credit cards have buyer protection, and even PayPal has a chargeback policy that favors the purchaser. (hence why some businesses only accept MoneyPak instead of taking credit cards or PayPal)

If you’ve had a good experience with a Green Dot MoneyPak, I’d love to hear from you. And if you think MoneyPak is a scam or have a horror story to share, please leave a comment and help spread the word.

*** Update ***

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is aware of scammers using GreenDot MoneyPaks to steal your money. Here’s an excerpt of an article about it on the BBB website. (Read the full article on the BBB website.)

The BBB says the public should be very cautious when using a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay an unfamiliar company or individual. Anyone who requires an upfront payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak is very possibly operating a scam.

Nationally, BBBs have received numerous complaints from consumers who say they were scammed by fake companies requiring online payments through Green Dot MoneyPaks.

I also found the BBB site for Green Dot Corporation in Monrovia, California. (Los Angeles BBB) Follow this link to learn more about Green Dot or to file a complaint. Somehow they still have an A+ rating, even though they have an average of 1-star rating by 68 users and have nearly 914 complaints filed. (as of 5/16/2011) *If we get them over 1,000 complaints, maybe they’ll finally lose their A+ status?

(I know it sounds like self-promotion, but please share this page with whoever you can to help get the word out.)

Doba.com Drop-Shipper Review

Whether you are starting an online business or
expanding an existing one, you’re going to need a drop
shipper that you can trust. When it comes to online
sales, your name and your reputation are on the line and
this is no time to take chances. The best thing to do is
to base your business on the solid rock of trust and
experience. When it comes to trust and experience, the
first name in online drop shipping is Doba.

What is Doba?

With connections to more than three hundred wholesale
distributors, Doba is regarded as one of the most reliable
drop ship companies around. In fact, Doba is one of
the elite 30 Certified Service Providers in eBay.
Impressively, Doba has been ranked yet again as one of the
most quickly expanding companies in America for the third
year running.

How it Works

At Doba, the entire selling process is very simple. For
example, what happens in the process goes like this:
First, you login to your account. Then you choose the
products you want to sell. Next, you create a listing for
those products wherever you desire to sell them. You then
receive the money from what you sold. Finally, you simply
login to Doba and place the customer’s order. Doba will
handle the rest.

Benefits of Doba

Doba has already created packages for the brand new,
start up business as well as a plan for the advanced
business. These packages include both access to an amazing
array of products as well as seller tools and
comprehensive training.

With Doba, there are millions of products available
wholesale that will be drop shipped right to your buyers.
It is thrilling to see that so many recognizable brand
names are available at Doba, for example, Sony, Dell,
Adidas and many others.

Some of the many categories available include apparel,
shoes and jewelry, automotive, industrial, books,
electronics, games, books, health and beauty, home and
garden, kids, outdoor and sports. Then there are so many
subcategories within the overall category listing.
Anything you could want to sell can be found at Doba.

It is so convenient and easy to be able to do
everything in one place. They have made it super simple at
Doba. You just have to look for what you want to sell,
list it, sell it, do the transaction with Doba and
everything else flows from there.


14 Day Free Trial from Doba

As if all this isn’t enough, Doba even offers a free
seven day trial (14-day trial for a limited time). This will
allow you to experience the benefits of Doba yourself
directly. You could just try it and see how simple it is
and whether it would work for you and your type of
business. This kind of offer is great because there is
really nothing to lose. Why not try it? As the wise old
saying goes, seeing is believing. See what it is like for
yourself. No amount of explanation can take the place
of solid experience and once you experience Doba
for yourself you will come back again and again.

Now you know what Doba is, how it works, some
benefits as well as the 7 day trial offer. Apart from the
reliability and utter trustworthiness of Doba, what really
makes them stand out is how simple they have made this
process. Nobody wants to be confused and mixed up in a
difficult transaction. Doba makes everything so easy and fun.
Since you know this now, give the seven day a try and begin
your exciting online career in successful selling today.

* Doba has recently been offering a 14-day trial. I’m not sure
how long this will last or if it has already expired. Give it a try
and let us know what you think.

==> Click here to try Doba for 14 days for free. <==

Traffic Travis SEO Software Review

I’ve used many of the top SEO products on the market, and I just found a new one that I really like. It’s called Traffic Travis, and so far it is proving to be one of the best SEO software products I’ve ever used.

Let’s start with the main problem of SEO tools. It’s so hard to get actionable data out of them! I’ve used some very expensive SEO tools, and you really need to spend some time just to learn how to get the data you want. Then, it can be a chore to export that data so you can digest it and come up with a plan to improve your site’s SEO rankings. This is where Traffic Travis is so different. As you create a new project, before you can even start entering data to start your analysis, a video pops up showing how to use that section. I love this! You don’t have to log into a separate website, or watch videos on YouTube to figure out how to use the software, it just pops up right as you’re getting into a new project. Maybe it’s just me, but this feature really sells me on this product. Which, by the way, has a totally useful free version. There is a paid version if you want to expand some of the features, but for most of us getting started in SEO, the free version is a great first step.

If you can’t wait, you can download Traffic Travis for free here.

Now that you know how much I’m personally impressed by Traffic Travis, here’s a review of features so you know how you can benefit from all of its wonderful usability.

The goal of Traffic Travis isn’t simply to provide you with keywords, but to give you a complete overview of your niche and your competitors. So, while other programs focus on keyword analysis, this one will also go into greater detail for PPC data and your competition’s site structure. Here’s an overview of what Traffic Travis offers:

Keyword Research
The most popular feature to any Traffic Travis review is keyword research. The keyword researcher works by taking a search term of your choosing and spitting out 20-2,000 keywords related to the term. It’s all automatic and instead of just one site’s data, you’ll get data from both Yahoo! and Microsoft’s search engines as well, allowing to see how many total daily searches there are. Those keywords can then be saved in a file for later use or sorted to remove any unwanted long tails. (or you can keep those long tails in a separate file for those of you that like to target them)

SEO Research
Want to know how your site performs for various keywords? Just toss in your list of keywords along with a domain name and see where it lists for each phrase in each search engine. Pages and pages of data are available for instant analysis. Additionally, you can use the Page Analysis to dig into your pages and see a detailed SEO report for that domain. These reports include lists of links, page ranking, traffic ranks, header data, titles and meta tags and top keywords. In short, it’s an instant breakdown of how well you’re performing in SEO.

*** Tip: Do the same analysis for your top keyword competitors to figure out how they’re getting such great rankings. You can copy what they’re doing right, and avoid what they’re doing wrong, and with time you’ll come out on top!

PPC Data
Any good Traffic Travis review has to hit on the value of this tool for Pay-Per-Click (PPC) research. Traffic Travis will take your list of keywords and provide a breakdown of the number of ads for that phrase, the top sites for any given keyword, and a list of the most popular keywords in that advertising group. You can see instantly who is advertising for what and which phrases actually work to make money. Again, this is a great place to spy on your competition and one-up them just by a bit.

SEO Analysis
This is a commonly overlooked tool, allowing you to see the top sites for any given keyword phrase along with Page Ranks, age, back links, directory listings, title tags, and all the other SEO data you’ll need. This is the tool you’ll want to use to get information about your competition.

I wrote this Traffic Travis review to show you not only everything the software has to offer, but how those features have made the lives of so many Internet marketers easier. Of course Traffic Travis can provide every one of the tools you need to test your sites, check your competitors, choose your keywords, and ensure your PPC campaign turns out as well as you’ve planned. For features like these, most SEO software packages cost $100 or more. Beyond all of that is that the people behind Traffic Travis really made the software easy to use. Even though Traffic Travis is free, I’m starting to think it’s one of the best programs out there for optimizing your SEO efforts.

Time to give it a try! Get Traffic Travis for Free Here!
* If you do give it a try, I’d love if you could come back and leave a comment about your experience.


*** I’m working on a post to directly compare several of the best SEO software packages. Just add a comment below to nominate your favorite SEO software! ***

What is XRaider SEO Software?

I recently discovered a new product called XRAIDER SEO. It is billed as “The last lesson in search engine optimization that you’ll ever need…” This product is actually so new to me, I haven’t even had a chance to fully review it. At first, I asked myself, what is XRaider SEO Software? That’s why I’m throwing this post out there, just to see if any of you have heard of XRaider SEO software.

Here’s what I know so far about XRaider Professional SEO Software:

  • It allows you to “copy the secrets” of top ranking websites on Google.
  • It helps identify links specific to your niche.
  • It shows how your competitors are getting their links.
  • It details why your competitors links are working so well.
  • It also appears to help with email marketing by turning the tedious activities on auto-pilot.
  • They have a 30 day no questions asked guarantee. (Important when trying out new services.)

They also have 3 different editions of the software:
XRAIDER Platinum Edition (Only available after you’ve cleared $500k in free traffic.)
XRAIDER Gold Edition
XRAIDER Silver Edition

I can’t talk about the pricing here, but if you click the links above, you’ll get to see the pricing as well as some additional information about the XRAIDER software.


I’d like to hear from someone else who’s used this software before I write my review of XRaider. ***Lots of good comments below!*** If you have, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’ll be done with the full review soon. There are a lot of good features in this software, so I expect it to be a good one.

CPA Traffic Dojo Review

Pay Per Click Ninja CPA Traffic DOJO is a course on how to find, test, track, and convert traffic from some hot new traffic sources into cash. You’ll learn about a great alternative to Google Adwords, as well as how to get into highly-competitive CPA networks.

[[[*** CPA Traffic DOJO goes live on Monday, May 24th at 12PM EST * The offer will be limited, so if you want in, please watch the videos from this link and follow the instructions closely. ***]]]

The extremely valuable part of the secret traffic sources is the demographic targeting. These “secret” PPC networks allow you to target your ads by age, income level, drinking habits, and many other demographic metrics. This allows you to laser-target your ads to exactly the right customers. The idea is that you’ll spend less on advertising and have higher conversion rates (success) with your offers.

This guy was banned from Google AdWords last year and now he uses all of these “secret” traffic sources because they are more lucrative for him. He’s currently doing over $50k per month with these rare traffic sources.

If you want access to this information, watch the videos from the link below:

<Link to CPA Traffic Dojo

*Make sure to watch to the end of the video for all of the information you need to get started.

One difference between this guy and all of the self-proclaimed “gurus” out there is that he actually uses his own systems to make tons of money online.

He’s been doing affiliate marketing for 6 years, has made millions, and even recently won a CPA Network Super Affiliate Contest where they flew him to Costa Rica. If you want to make that kind of money and be given free vacations, click here to watch the videos.

He’s not using Google Adwords, Facebook, PPC or any of those “standard” traffic sources. This is about CPA Networks, Traffic sources and how he made over $500,000 in 5 months and won a free trip to Costa Rica through the Super Affiliate contest.

If you need more traffic to your website, please take a look at his videos. This is some of the best traffic information online today.

>>>Click here to watch the videos<<<

*** Update: Unfortunately access to the CPA Traffic Dojo has been closed. Hopefully they will reopen soon. ***

Outsource Force Review

This week, John Reese, internet marketing’s undisputed king, launched a new program called Outsource Force. To be clear this program is in fact a coaching program where the program will train you on how to find and outsource software development work in cloud based organizations with additional aspects to helping you expand your business. The program is also touted as being able to filter out your best ideas and keep you focused to make the best use of your time. From creating customer support to actual product creation, the Outsource Force program will instruct you on how to maximize your time and investment.

Being involved in various entrepreneurial ventures that have stalled for one reason or another, it’s hard to argue with John that Outsource Force is the next big thing in the global economy to grow your business as fast as possible. John tells a relatable story as being the inspiration to creating Outsource Force, from his early realization that EBay in its early stages was not user friendly for updating images to the auctions. Not being a developer himself, he realized spending time on learning how to program this functionality was simply above his head. This lead to an on line forum he created to ask for help with creation of this idea. While he received many helpful tips, the light bulb went off when a man from another country offered to build his entire application for a fee. This was the foundation of Outsource force, and through many years and many other successful programs, John Reese has finally been able to bring this program to the public.

***Update: Registration for this course is almost full. If you are even remotely interested, please click here to review Outsource Force for yourself. ***

SEOLinkVine Review

On March 31st, I was fortunate enough to have beta access to Brad Callen’s SEOLinkVine system. This is a system for both receiving free content to be published on your blog, as well as submitting your own content to gain backlinks. Being one of the first 100 people to use this system, I’ve had over a month to review the costs and benefits. My review of the SEOLinkVine system begins….now.

SEOLinkVine Flow for Link Building

There are 2 parts to SEOLinkVine

1. Get Free Content
The first part is a system to get free content added to your sites. If you have a blog, and don’t have time to write enough content to attract new visitors, you simply sign up for this free service and start getting free content. If you have a blog through one of the major blog services, WordPress, Blogger, etc…, then you can enable xml-rpc publishing. This sounds fancy, but you only have to click a button and provide login information for your blog. Once that’s done, you log into your SEOLinkVine account and review articles. You have the option to approve or reject any of the articles that are presented to you.

If you’re concerned about SEO, you’ll want to be very choosy about the articles you pick. Every article you publish on your site generally has 3 one-way links AWAY from your website. You’re then sending your “link juice” to that other site. (Link Juice is an SEO industry term for the search engine influence passed around by adding links to other websites.) I have used this site for a few articles, and the interface is very user friendly. You can review an article, view stats about that article, and quickly approve or reject it to move onto the next article.

This is a great system if you rely on Google AdSense or other advertising for your revenue. It’s perfect for keeping the content stream steady and gaining long-tail keywords to start pulling in some new visitors. I think this service might even warrant a paid version, but if you want to get free content, click here.

2. Submit Articles and Get Links
The second part, which is the real magic of the SEO Link Vine system, is an automated way to get valuable one-way links back to your website. Link building has always been one of the most difficult parts of the SEO process. Where do I get links? Who would want to link to my site? While you still want answers to these questions, SEOLinkVine offers a new way to get hundreds, if not thousands, of one-way links back to your site!

You start buy writing an article related to the keyword you’re promoting. You then use their “article spinning” technology to spin your article into thousands of variations. Article spinning is the act of taking an article and adding variations to different sections to make the article unique. For example, you might take the phrase, “Review of SEOLinkVine” and spin it to say “SEOLinkVine Review” and “Our Unbiased Review of SEOLinkVine”. You might also take the term “SEO” and spin it to “Search Engine Optimization”. You now have 3 variations of “Review of SEOLinkVine” and 2 variations of “SEO”. Right there, we already have 6 different variations of the article. Now if you spin 20 different sections of your article into 3 variations each, you’ll have 3.5 BILLION unique variations of your article. So now you’re asking, “Why do I need to spin my articles?” Well, the search engines have caught onto people writing one article and publishing it all over the internet to get backlinks. They, specifically Google, compare these articles, and if they’re too similar, they only consider “the most relevant” article as the one that will pass the link juice on to the site that the links point to. By spinning your article, you create thousands, or billions, of unique articles for the search engines to eat up.

Once you publish your first article, you just wait as it gets published out to the SEOLinkVine network. At this point, you can begin writing your next article, because you can write an UNLIMITED number of articles! According to Brad Callen, this is how he got nearly 30,000 backlinks in 3 months, which moved him to the #1 spot on the search engines for a highly competitive keyword.


Like I said, I’ve been using the SEOLinkVine system since their beta launch, and I’m pleased with the results. You’ll notice several trackbacks on my review of SaleHoo.com. These are nearly all thanks to the SEOLinkVine system. My traffic has already started on an upward trend, and it seems to be growing every day. I will continue to use this system, and I recommend it to anyone trying to promote a new website. I have also had a few opportunities to contact their customer support about an issue with their SEOLinkVine Ranker App. This app runs stats to show your search engine position for the keywords you’ve linked in your articles, and also lists how many links you have going to those specific pages. The stats are great, but being in the beta program, I did have a few times that I needed some help. Their support system is easy to use, and the response time was acceptable. (Not super-fast, but acceptable.) It was less than 24-hours to respond to a non-emergency issue.

If you’re interested in trying SEOLinkVine, either to get free content for your blog, or to get tons of one-way backlinks, please click here. They have a 56-day, no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. Also, in the month or so that I’ve been using them, the price has already gone up once. This is such a popular program, that I think they’re going to continue raising the price until people stop buying. If you’re thinking about paying for a service to help you get links back to your site, you should move quickly on this one.

***** [5/12/2010] UPDATE *****
I received an email from Brad Callen today indicating that they will only be allowing new members into the SEOLinkvine program until 2:00PM ET this Friday, 5/14/2010.
They have reached their user capacity in just a few days and can only accept new members until Friday.
The part of the program for getting free content will be open indefinitely, but the “get links” portion will be closed to new members as of 2pm ET on Friday.
If you wanted to get into this program, you need to move even more quickly than previously stated.

*** The doors might be closed, but you can sign up to be notified if and when they reopen them. They do this to limit the number of users so they can properly support the new influx of members. Use the link below to see if you can sign up. ***

Click here to sign up for SEOLinkVine.

Liquidation.com Review – Video Followup

Liquidation.com has received a less than warm welcome from the readers of our wholesale blog, according the comments in our previous review of Liquidation.com. Nonetheless, I’m still on the search for someone that has had a fantastic experience with them.

I’d like everyone to check out this video and let us know what you think. The video portrays Liquidation.com as a great source of wholesale HDTVs. One guy bought 6 LCD TVs for $1300 and expects to resell them for $1800 each. Is this possible with the prices and selection at Liquidation.com? I would love to hear from someone that has visited one of their warehouses. As always, I’m trying to give Liquidation.com a fair review. However, all of the comments on our previous review told of horrible experiences or average experiences where the customer was able to break even. I have yet to hear a real success story, but I am optimistic. I can’t believe that a publicly traded company (Liquidity Services – LQDT) can be as terrible as everyone is saying and still be in business. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Liquidity Services Inc has a B+ rating and they are BBB accredited. It looks like they have about 100 complaints per year, but most of those get resolved. If you’ve been burned by Liquidation.com, you may have some success if you file a formal complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Here’s a link to Liquidation.com’s BBB report. They show lots of customers leaving happily with their fully functional merchandise. Does this video accurately portray your experience with Liquidation.com?


If interested, Liquidation.com is having a huge open box HDTV sale.

Doba.com Review

Doba.com is a wholesale service that concentrates on dropshipping. Their main focus is on making it extremely easy to sell their products. Obviously this isn’t purely for your benefit. If you sell more products, they also make more money. You pay a monthly fee of $49.95 or $59.95 depending on the features you want. In return, you get access to 1.2 million products that their suppliers will dropship on your behalf.

From the Doba.com website…

Doba provides a place where suppliers can list their product inventory, and you can find items to sell. These different suppliers will drop ship products right to your customers, so you never have to handle or ship products. If you’re a retailer looking for products to sell we have a service package that will work for you.

Features:

Push to Marketplace Tool: Doba.com has an integration with Ebay that allows you to post an item for sale in just 3 steps.? This is one of the ways they make it so easy to sell their products.

Custom Product Exports: You can export a custom list of products that contain titles, descriptions, MSRP’s, and images to be imported into your eCommerce website.? *Note, this feature is only available at the $59.95 per month level.

eBay and eCommerce Training: Tips, tricks, and strategies for selling on eBay by Steve Lindhorst.? They’ll also teach you the basics of setting up your own eCommerce website.

Advanced eBay and eCommerce Training: This gets into the finer details of running an online business.? Topics such as marketing, revenue analytics, selling bundles, and customer retention.?? *Note, this feature is only available at the $59.95 per month level.

I’ll say that their prices aren’t incredibly low.? However, the fact that they take care of most administrative tasks more than makes up for it.? Calculate all of the time you would spend buying an item, storing, packing, and shipping it before sending it to your customer, and you will truly value this drop shipping service.? As long as you can make a few dollars on each sale, you should be able to have such an automated system that you can sell much more than you could by manually processing all of your orders.

They also carry brand name wholesale merchandise.? Brands such as Dell, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Skechers, DKNY, JVC, Kenneth Cole, Disney, Kenwood, KitchenAid all have products available for drop ship from the Doba.com site.

Upon signing up for the free 7-day trial, I received an email with a link to a 45-minute webinar titled, “Picking Products That Sell”.? Hopefully it will help with my “starting a wholesale business” project.

Why should you sign up for an account?

Automation.? That pretty much sums it up.? They’ve gone to great lengths to make it easy for you to sell their products.? A couple clicks and you have an eBay listing configured.? You don’t have to worry about inventory, shipping, or returns.? And, depending on your business model, you really don’t have to pay for anything until you’ve already made a sale.

You’ll need to be fairly active to justify the monthly fee, but I encourage you to sign up for a free 7-day trial account, if for nothing but to compare their prices.

SaleHoo.com Review Redux

Originally, I thought SaleHoo.com was a site very similar to Liquidation.com where you could buy products directly on their site. However, my original review was based mostly on their sales page. This was before I had much time to do a full review of Salehoo. I apologize for this, and hope to clear some things up with this post. (Here’s the first review of SaleHoo.com)

Q. Can you buy anything directly from the SaleHoo website?
A. No. They are basically a directory of wholesale suppliers. You search for a product and a list of suppliers that carries that product is displayed. If you click one of those listings, you’re taking to a “company detail” page that lists the supplier’s name and business information. They also have member reviews listed on this page.

Q. Are the member reviews useful?
A. There are a few good reviews scattered around, but for the most part, each supplier has 1 comment stating that the company does what they say they do. There are a few useful user submitted comments, but this wouldn’t be my main selling point.

Q. Is the member forum useful?
A. Yes. Very. This may be one of the best reasons for signing up for SaleHoo. They have topics covering everything from how to get started, to commenting on bad experiences. The forum has over 50,000 members and 30,000 articles. Access to this forum is worth the selling price.

Q. What is the SaleHoo.com Research Labs?
A. This is a great new addition to SaleHoo, because it helps take some of the guesswork out of choosing a product to sell. Just enter a keyword and the research labs will give you a plethora of great information about that keyword/product. The information is geard toward selling on ebay, and they give you information such as Average Sale Price, Sell-Through Rate, Best day to end your auction, most common auction duration, and a rating of how much competition you’ll face. This tool is a great start for any of your product research.

They also have a Learning and Training Center with articles about setting up your business, watching out for scams, selling on Ebay, and how to import products internationally.

So SaleHoo.com is a bit different than I first expected, but it turns out that it’s an excellent resource for finding and researching wholesale suppliers. They have some excellent tools which actually makes them much more than just a directory. For the relatively small fee, you do get a good list of wholesale sources, and access to a member forum that’s very useful. I think Salehoo is one of the best ways to get your wholesale business off to a quick start.

>>> Click here for access to SaleHoo <<<