Welcome to my Expansion review Today we’re going to be looking at Dawud Islam’s latest product release to see just what is really involved with it and if you can make money with it.
Dawud Islam is a familiar face on this blog and someone who I thought was a breath of fresh air in the sometimes unsavory world of internet marketing.
That bubble was unfortunately burst when I found out a couple of things about him, I’ll “expand” on those a bit later.
I really hope that he has gone back to doing things the way he used to and not get influenced by others in the industry because he can put together some good stuff without all the usual BS that accompanies so many product launches.
What you’re going to learn today is if the sales page is a fair representation of the actual product or if it’s just a page full of hype.
I’ll give you the good bits as well as any bad bits and let you know who this wouldn’t benefit most.
We’ll also take a look inside the members area as well as go over the many upsells that this product has before giving you our final thoughts.
Before we get into the actual review this product has a $14.95 price tag, but Dawud Islam is actually giving away $1,000 to the person who sells the most copies of this product which can only mean one thing, the upsells is where they are going to be making their money.
Affiliates will go all out to sell as much as possible regardless of the quality of this product, you’ll be pleased to know you’ll be getting an unbiased review here cause I’m not an affiliate 🙂
So just be careful not to get caught up in the excitement, a warning about the upsells later on.
OWNERS: Dawud Islam & Al Cheeseman
What Is Expansion About?
Before we take a look at the sales page I just want to give you a sneak peak at what Expansion is really about then we have something to compare what the sales page claims to what it is in reality.
I purposely haven’t had a look at the sales page so I really don’t know what the main selling points of this product are.
What We’re going to do is look at the Expansion overview video because most of the time vendors will tell you stuff there whereas they won’t divulge it on the sales page so it’s a good place to start.
In this 2 min video Dawud explains the 5 step process:
- Log into the software
- Request your links for the included offers
- Paste your links into the software
- Start promoting the offers via the squeeze pages provided
- Earn multiple dollars
Now, that all sounds good and I just want to elaborate on a few points. Getting approved for affiliate links if you are new can be extremely difficult, but with this you are apparently guaranteed to be accepted if you use a certain phrase when applying.
The other thing is you’re going to be able to see all the emails of your leads which can be downloaded as a CSV file and used in future campaigns.
The only part of that process that I can see being a problem is probably the biggest stumbling block of all, traffic. You have to get traffic to those squeeze pages.
Luckily they cater for this as well in the form of a completely different course on getting free traffic which is included for free.
The only downside I can see with this at the moment is the fact that everything is hosted on their servers so if anything were to go wrong or if they simply decided to pull the plug you’d be left high and dry.
The Sales page
Time for a quick look at the sales page just to make sure you’re not being sold something that doesn’t exist in the actual product.
Sales pages are by their very nature designed to sell, but how frustrating is it when they are full of hype? That’s one of the things that I liked about Dawud.
His sales pages were always understated with no hype or false promises, but he teamed up with some other vendors and that unfortunately went out the window.
It would seem he has followed that path with this one as well which is a real shame. The first thing that I notice is the sheer size of the page, it’s massive, totally unnecessary.
They are claiming that all you need is 3 steps;
- Step 1 – Grab your copy of Expansion
- Step 2 – Add your 1 click money machine
- Step 3 – Hit go and watch the money come rolling in!
Are they having a laugh or what. First of all what is the “1 click money machine” and secondly where’s the “GO” button? I certainly couldn’t find one inside so I have no idea what they are talking about.
But seeing that you would think that’s all you have to do wouldn’t you and you’d probably be hitting the buy button by now.
So, apart from not being able to find the “GO” button I failed to find the “Full $300 a day training”
I’d like to think they were better than to lie to you, but I have to say they are stretching the truth to the extreme here. There is no such thing as unlimited free traffic with just a few clicks of your mouse.
I’ll let you decide if they are lying to you.
The Good Bits
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Pretty newbie friendly apart from the traffic which unfortunately plays a major part
- You get to keep any leads you create
- Seperate course included on traffic generation
- Guaranteed acceptance for affiliate link
The Bad Bits
- Questionable sales page tactics
- Sub par training for Expansion
- Hosting out of your control
Time for a look inside Expansion, but before we do let me take this opportunity to give you warning about the upsells. These are what you are going to see straight after you hit the buy button but before you get access to your purchase.
I want to let you know about the potential to lose a lot of money, sometimes the upsells are NOT covered by the guarantee. Take a look at Matthews comment here to see what I mean and hopefully save you some money.
On to the members area of Expansion.
The layout is pretty standard with the menu on the left and the corresponding videos showing on the right. The first 2 videos are simply an intro and overview video.
The main training is divided up into 4 sections:
- Introduction to the training – 1.39
- Access the software – 6.32
- Case Study – 10.56
- Delivering your bonuses – 3.01
As you can see there isn’t a massive amount of training here, in fact there is much more in the other course, Tigers Traffic that contains 10 different methods for getting traffic.
I’m not sure if it’s a bug or not, but I can’t seem to get the software to do what he does in the training. I’m meant to put in an email address and then get taken to a bonus page which has a review video and some other giveaways, but all it does when I hit the button is reload the squeeze page???
Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come.
Let’s quickly take a look at the upsells and their prices and see if there is any discount associated with them.
- OTO #1 – Expansion Premium – $67 with a downsell to $47
- OTO #2 – DFY Set up + extras – $197 with a downsell to $97
- OTO #3 – Expansion Traffic – $97 with a downsell to $67
- OTO #4 – Reseller rights – $67 with a downsell to $47
- OTO #5 – Master Academy – $67 with a downsell to $47
So there you have the upsells. Don’t take any notice about not seeing them again because they are available inside the members area.
My advice would be to give them a miss and just try Expansion first then if it doesn’t live up to your expectations you only have to worry about getting $17 back.
To take advantage of those discounts you can either just move your mouse as if you were going to leave or click “No Thanks” at the bottom of each individual sales page.
For all the bad bits I can see this being of some help to people especially those of you who are new. Getting guaranteed approval is a pretty big deal, not having to worry about building a squeeze page and a bonus page (when it works) is a big deal.
But and it’s a pretty big but, getting traffic to these offers isn’t going to be easy regardless of what the sales page says. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.
You’re not going to put your affiliate link on a Facebook group and get tons of traffic, you’re going to need to build a relationship with the group, they’re going to have to get to know you, trust you and that take time, a lot of time.
So please don’t think you’re just going to pick this up and start earning that $385.42 in 46 seconds or less because it’s never going to happen.
I said earlier that Dawud Islam was someone I thought this industry needed. That was until he confessed that he doesn’t have any original ideas, his products are just based on what is already out there and he credits that as the reason he can release a “new” product twice a month.
The sales page for this product isn’t what he normally produces, it would seem he has let himself be influenced by other people again.
With all that being said this is one of those products that is just going to scrape by.
What Other Options Are There?
The scope for affiliate marketing is huge. You don’t need to restrict yourself to promoting products like this, beside the competition being pretty fierce you need to believe in the products you are telling other people to consider buying.
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The sort of training that doesn’t leave crucial elements out and try to upsell you it.
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