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Old 04-24-2008, 07:39 PM
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Does anybody have any recent, factual complaints about CMPS/Global Cash Flow Network/Mary Gersten and/or Mark Hodges? I do and if anyone is interested, I'll provide the details. For now, suffice it to say that I fear I've been scammed by one of the smoothest pros in the business.


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Old 04-24-2008, 07:47 PM
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Re: Certified Media Placement Specialist

I hate programs that say they offer "certifications." Certified by whom?




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Old 04-24-2008, 08:45 PM
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Re: Certified Media Placement Specialist

I never heard of this, but I do tell people on here, to calll up or email the >>> Better Business Bureau that should straighten out things for you.


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Old 05-26-2010, 10:20 AM
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Re: Certified Media Placement Specialist

"Certified Media Placement Specialist" is the new alias for "Affiliate Marketing," which is DEAD on the Internet. Affiliate Marketing is no longer a system that new people can profit by because it is completely monopolized by those who have mastered SEO and PPC. Google and other search engines , and advertising outlets are no longer tolerant of affiliate activities, and have designed their algorithms to stifle these activities or make you pay dearly if you use them.

I told them up front I was not inetrested in "Advertising" or "Affiliate Marketing." Been there, done that!

By what I was being told I thought this was simply placing or otherwise uploading media (video, audio) to various websites for businesses. Hence, MEDIA PLACEMENT! No mention of advertising or it's corresponding costs (which I am fully and painfully aware of.)

This is clearly a scam, and it is evident by the fact that they are not using the established terminology for what they are doing. They have changed the name simply to dupe new people into believing they can make money with an already dead system, and they are profiting at it by making it almost non-refundable. It indeed, is non-refundable for $30.00 in shipping to send a packet that only cost $5.00 to ship.

That's a guaranteed $25.00 sale for them regardless if anybody decides to try it or get out of it.

They do not reveal the "Affiliate Marketing" nature of the program until you have agreed to work it for 12mos, without a refund until the 12mos is over. Most people will give up their money or become discouraged that they can make it work.

It will cost you a small fortune to even make the smallest results. They will upsell you hard on additional tools and addons to make it work. If you do not invest this small fortune and do what they suggest, you will lose your initial investment based on their contractual clause that you have to try to make the system work.

This contractual clause is psychologically designed to leave out the details of what you will really need to invest (time/energy/money) to see results, while obligating you to these further unknown investments. The investment is large because it includes you having a huge sophisticated learning curve of marketing knowledge and technique, as well as advertising costs. The kind that has already monopolized the Internet.

Now the big business push on the Internet is to get people to pay for the advertising of businesses through recruiting "Affiliate Marketers," and this is done by cutting everybody in on a piece of the action. You pay to advertise their business, and if you are as good as the established dominant players, you may see small profit from your sales effort. However, you will lose much if you are not as good as these players, and it requires a HUGE amount of INVESTMENT to even figure out what they are doing and to have any chance of competing.

The businesses who are selling the products don't care about you because they have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people around the world already putting up their advertising dollars and time to make those businesses successful. They have leveraged the masses to pay their advertising costs, and only the few really smart and established seasoned Affiliate Marketers will make any money doing it. Herein lies the losses for the majority. It's like drug lords, drug dealers, and drug users, only the big players survive and got out of jail for free, everybody else loses. Gambling is also like this. Many are used for the profit of a few.

While these techniques are not unethical, and can work, the point is that what is left out is YOUR FURTHER INVESTMENT SCOPE! Plus, I don't like new words put on existing ideas in order to trick me into buying or investing into them. The only reason anyone does that, is because they know the truth about the old term, and what it means to the unsuspecting subject. I call it DECEPTION and LYING. Or simply, SCAM!



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Old 05-27-2010, 11:06 AM
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Re: Certified Media Placement Specialist

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"Certified Media Placement Specialist" is the new alias for "Affiliate Marketing," which is DEAD on the Internet. Affiliate Marketing is no longer a system that new people can profit by because it is completely monopolized by those who have mastered SEO and PPC. Google and other search engines , and advertising outlets are no longer tolerant of affiliate activities, and have designed their algorithms to stifle these activities or make you pay dearly if you use them.
That is partially true, but not at all completely true. They definitely do seem to be favoring ecommerce sites over affiliate sites or at least trending that way.

What they are trying to do is get rid of scammy offers and low-quality sites.

If you create REAL, valuable content, and clearly identify affiliate offers/compensated offers it is possible to compete on PPC and in the search engines.

However, there are SO many other advertising avenues that I think most long-term affiliates are thrilled to read posts claiming that "affiliate marketing is dead".



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