UPDATE 6/15/2016: I am no longer promoting Project Breakthrough and probably wouldn’t have promoted it to begin with if I’d known its sustainability was all of about two months. FULL DISCLOSURE: I didn’t make a dime…but I also never invested in the tools and upsells.
UPDATE 7/5/2016: As per a High Traffic Academy webinar tonight, I have removed all links to Project Breakthrough. I highly recommend finding another affiliate marketing course. See Affilorama link below.
Why I’m No Longer Promoting Project Breakthrough
You know, I took the course, and I figured I would give promoting it a try. I couldn’t afford the tools, so I just created my own landing page here on Stacking Benjis. My original review quickly began to pull in traffic and is still responsible for about 30% of the visitors coming to this site. Welcome.
I stopped promoting Project Breakthrough in May 2016 because the links went dead. In true Vick Strizheus fashion, the program fizzled after a couple of months. I only knew a few of the thousands who went through the course, bought the upsells, and gave it a go. NONE of them made money.
I still stand by my initial conclusions that there was valuable information shared in the course regarding affiliate marketing, but the 14-day hype, and all the other stuff is kind of BS.
Since Entralife hasn’t officially launched yet, it remains to be seen if my positioning in that company will do anything for me.
Project Breakthrough is still online. I will leave my review intact below so you can check that out if you’re interested. I saved all of my notes and PB downloads as well which you can access as well.
What I’m Using Instead
I have moved on from following people who use the “launch a product, rake in massive cash, jump to next product” model because it’s simply not how I want to build my business.
I have become a student of a list of several blogs which you can check out here.
I’m also ramping up content here at Stacking Benjis with the intention of helping those of you who want to do the same.
In the coming weeks and months, you will see a variety of great content coming from me. I have plans to release some courses as well as continuing to offer you great free content here on my own blog.
In addition, I’m utilizing various products and training further my knowledge on affiliate marketing. You may have read this post.
I also recommend Affilorama.
Affilorama is run by Mark Ling, and what you get with him is a ton of great free training with paid training available if that’s something you’re interested in.
Get in there and check it out. You have nothing to lose with Affilorama if you want to learn affiliate marketing.
Also, for the sake of full disclosure, I wanted to share this information. As I was writing the review below, I created several iterations as I, personally, went through Project Breakthrough. Both Vick and Jason visited this review during that time.
Jason reached out to me personally on more than one occasion. First, he offered to pay for the first month of my upsells for Project Breakthrough. I respectfully declined.
The second time, he offered me a job writing for his brands which I graciously accepted.
Jason has a heart for helping people and I have experienced that firsthand.
Original Project Breakthrough Review
This is not the original review that I started to write here. >>> You can find that here. <<< That is a PDF of my original review. I was a HUGE SKEPTIC until Day 6.
Because Project Breakthrough is 14 days long, on about Day 6, it became apparent that I wouldn’t be able to continue updating this ONE blog post for all 14 days. I was trying to do a day-by-day update, but it was just too much. I honestly didn’t believe that I would make it through the entire course. I figured I would find enough reasons by about Day 4 to bail. As a result, I had to restructure my review to make it more easily digestible for my readers. As it was, it was more than 3,000 words and counting. For the duration of the 14 days, I continued to write daily updates in addition to taking notes. All of this including the course handouts are available to you as well here. I feel it is essential to this review that you have access to that evolution.
I had every intention of writing a scathing review of Project Breakthrough because I’d seen Vick Strizheus in action before and I was terribly unimpressed mainly because he was 15 minutes late for a webinar that I’d stayed up past my bedtime to attend and proceeded to blather on about nothing important. How dare he!!! He was apparently out of sorts that night. Either way, he was finished in my book before he had begun. I felt he had disrespected my time with his lateness, and I don’t have much but my time.
The morning after the webinar, I began Googling this obviously horrible Internet Marketer only to find that I was RIGHT! He’s a con man and scammer! Google said it, so it must be true! He’s a scammer who is ripping people off and lining his pockets with their hard-earned dollars. There was no way he was going to get mine! I’m better, faster, smarter, stronger. 😛 I happen to like the guy who referred me to both the webinar and this course or this review would not exist. You can meet him in the comments below. Trust me, I made him earn his buck fifty before I agreed to give this a shot. Poor guy.
I was wrong about this course in the beginning, and I think I misunderstood who this course is actually for.
Who This Course Is For
You can find opposition to Vick Strizheus in many places online. I feel that’s one reason he partnered with Jason McClain. Jason adds a lot of credibility to his cause. I really think this is where these guys get caught up in the negativity and people yelling “scammer”: while they have a clear idea of who their target audience is, some of their audience does not, myself included. Vick describes his audience on Day 4:
35-50 year old male who works a day job that he’s not enjoying. Trying to make money online selling someone else’s product, but is not getting results. Confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed, he still believes in the dream. He wants to make enough money to replace his $45,000 per year salary. His goal is to make $3k to $5k per month online.
I don’t fit the demographic. Do you?
This course if for someone who has, at the very least, $5,000 to invest in building a real online business. If that’s not you, then you’re going to feel scammed.
If you notice, the couple that was chosen to participate as examples throughout the course obviously had money to invest. Not only did they buy all of the up-sells, but they sank $2,000 in advertising on camera. I’m sure having capital was a requirement for them to participate.
Who This Course Isn’t For
If you’re looking for a totally free way to make money online, this isn’t the course for you. Throughout Project Breakthrough, there is near constant up-selling. Jason and Vick really push their other products and services. Wouldn’t you? I would. This is nothing new. If you are a connoisseur of YouTube, you’ll notice YouTubers do the same thing. They “up-sell” you on liking and following them on other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They might even have an Amazon store of recommendations for you as well. This is an authoritative approach to Internet Marketing. They are promoting products, but the key is that they won what they are promoting. Basically, that is BOSS in the Internet Marketing world.
Project Breakthrough is a 14-day commitment. You get 14 days of FREE training in video format with a list of assignments and notepad available for each day once you set up your free account. You will receive daily email reminders when your training is available each day. I am including the list of training below along with the time investment.
- Intro – 33 minutes 55 seconds
- Day 1 – How to Build an Online Business – 42 minutes 47 seconds
- Day 2 – Understanding Online Marketing – 84 minutes 2 seconds
- Day 3 – The Quickest Way to Profits – 85 minutes 22 seconds
- Day 4 – Custom Campaign Blueprint – 35 minutes 25 seconds
- Day 5 – Secrets to an Effective Landing Page – 35 minutes 54 seconds
- Day 6 – Custom Funnel Creation – 91 minutes 26 seconds
- Day 7 – Building a Custom Video – 36 minutes 15 seconds
- Day 8 – Connecting the Dots – 105 minutes 56 seconds
- Day 9 – Pre-Flight Checklist – 46 minutes 5 seconds
- Day 10 – Traffic – “Lowest Hanging Fruit” – 53 minutes 47 seconds
- Day 11 – Activating Your Passive Income Stream – 47 minutes 21 seconds
- Day 12 – Becoming a Facebook Champion – 71 minutes 27 seconds
- Day 13 – Leveraging OPP and OPL – 27 minutes 8 seconds
- Day 14 – Reveal and Graduation – 62 minutes 35 seconds
Is It Worth The Time?
This course is absolutely worth the time. I have seen a TON of products including a load of Udemy courses, and this is hands-down the most high-quality material I have seen. What you have here is Internet Marketing 101 as well as a FREE course on affiliate marketing which can make you a TON of money. That by itself makes this course valuable and worth the time. If you are a complete newbie to making money online, this course will teach you the basics.
What’s unique about Project Breakthrough is that Vick and Jason don’t leave anything out. They show onscreen exactly what to do. They explain every detail. So, they give you the step-by-step procedure, but they back it up with the knowledge you need to complete the steps. You’re not left hanging with a missing piece.
You can take the basics they teach in Project Breakthrough and make money with it even if you don’t buy any of the up-sells. It will take you longer, and you’ll put in more time and work learning how to do things without their tools, but it is possible.
Is it a Scam?
If you asked me this on Day 1, my answer was, “Probably.”
I hit a turning point on Day 6 as Vick walked through how to create a Landing Page. He created a complete sales funnel with 3 different Landing Pages for split testing and 3 matching Thank You Pages in about 10 minutes using SiteSuite. SiteSuite is a tool included in High Traffic Academy which is Vick and Jason’s company that provides other paid tools and training for online businesses. I was blown away by how simple the software was and how valuable it is to Internet Marketing. It’s basically a drag and drop, what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor that builds proven sales funnels that Vick, Jason, and hundreds of other marketers use to make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
You could take the steps and knowledge presented in Project Breakthrough and use it to promote ANYTHING. They just happen to teach you by showing you how to promote their products because why would they teach you promote other people’s stuff? Think about it…if you owned a car lot, and you were training someone to sell cars, would you train them using the cars on YOUR lot or the cars from someone else’s lot? It’s a no-brainer.
Now that I’ve graduated from the course, my answer is, “No, it is not a scam.” The tools and products that Vick and Jason promote starting at Day 3 are valuable, but you can do this without them. It will just be a slower process. That’s the other focus of this course. While they teach you to build your business, they attempt to show you the fastest way to profits which is through buying their products (more training) and tools. This is OPTIONAL although they do push it quite hard.
How Much Does It Cost?
Project Breakthrough is completely and absolutely FREE.
If you choose to become an HTA Elite member so that you have access to additional tools like SiteSuite and other educational materials, it will set you back $297 per month. Yes, I too, felt that was crazy expensive. I actually can’t afford it AT ALL, but once I saw what SiteSuite could do, and realized the other things available through that membership, the value was apparent. You could pay THOUSANDS elsewhere for training this good.
If you sign up for the tools such as the autoresponder, tracking tool, and spy tool, these ALL have trial accounts for 14 days or so to start so that you don’t have to pay anything at all in the beginning. After that trial period, these tools range from $15 to $19 a month.
You will need to purchase a domain name which is about $11 per year.
So in summary, you are looking at about $320 as you go through the course give or take if you choose to purchase HTA Elite, the recommended tools, and a domain name. This is the least you can spend and be able to follow the course step-by-step.
If you have additional knowledge, and words like tracking, autoresponder, and landing page are not foreign to you, you can get by using alternative services and tools that may cost less.
How Much Can You Make?
I haven’t gotten to this point yet. I’m up against some financial challenges as of this writing, so I’m going to have to pull part of the system off on my own without the benefit of things like SiteSuite and Get Response.
Vick and Jason do everything they can to put money back in your pocket while you’re taking this course by:
- Paying you a commission to promote Project Breakthrough
- Showing you how to make commissions on the tools they teach you to use like Get Response, MouseFlow, etc.
How much you make is really up to you and how well you put into practice what you learn from Project Breakthrough. On Day 14: Reveal and Graduation, they release a ton of numbers regarding the results the couple in the videos experienced. You can see most of the numbers in my notes from that day.
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