Welcome to my ArbiCash 2 review. I think I may have heard about the original version of the ArbiCash System a while back, which is probably why it jumped out at me when I saw version 2 had been released. I was looking for something new to review, so I thought I would take a look at it and see what it’s all about.
Product Name: ArbiCash 2 (previously known as The ArbiCash System)
Owners: Eric Holmlund, Jeff Hunt, Paul Counts
Price: $27 (upgrades are available)
My Verdict: 5/10 – Okay
The ArbiCash 2 Sales Page
Well, at the top of the sales page is this dramatic headline:
I’ve seen so many sales pages for money making opportunities, these headlines no longer impress me so much. It contains the same types of key phrases that you will see in so many other sales pages, including:
- Secret System
- Generate Millions of Dollars
- Super Simple Ads
- Easy Little Websites
It makes you think that this is a never-seen-before way to get rich easily. But what actually is this “secret system”?
Well, below the headline is a video which explains it all very clearly. It’s all about making use of “native ads”. These are the types of ads you often see these days that look like they are actually news articles. For example:
Apparently, to make money with native ads, you don’t even need any products to sell. It’s a system called “digital arbitrage” (or “native ads arbitrage”), which involves buying ads at one price, to send people to your website where you make more money from your own ads.
So, what exactly is ArbiCash 2?
The main product is a 62 page ebook costing $27. One thing I found that didn’t make sense is that the sales page refers to it as being “brand new” and “never released before”; but it is ArbiCash 2, so of course it has been released before because this is the 2nd version, right? So I think they just forgot to change that part of the sales page from version 1.
Anyway, let’s not worry about that. What results can we expect from this method? Well, the product creator claims they earned $28,000 per month in just 4 months. That’s a lot lower than the “millions of dollars each day” mentioned in the headline.
But I think that “millions of dollars” line referred to the success of a particular well-known website:
Apparently the website in question is Answers.com. But I had a look at Answers.com, and although there were articles listed on the right side of the website, but no native ads.
Then I realised I had my ad blocker on, so I turned that off. After reloading the website, ads appeared, but they were standard ads, not native ads. So maybe Answers.com are no longer using this method. If not, why not?
But I have seen native ads on other websites, and they definitely do make you want to click.
Anyway, let’s get back to the product creators (Eric Holmlund, Jeff Hunt, and Paul Counts) and the success they’ve had with this method. In the video on the sales page, he mentions how he earned over $900 profit from 4 articles. One of these was a loss, so he removed it and scaled up the 3 winners.
In the end, he earned over $3,000 in one month, as you can see in this screenshot:
But apparently the great thing about native ads is that you don’t just have to use them for arbitrage like this. If you have an established website, you can use native ads to bring in additional traffic. Alternatively, if your website already gets plenty of traffic but you think you could squeeze more money out of that traffic, you can place native ads on your website.
So, I was interested enough to give this a try. It’s only $27 and there is a money back guarantee, so what have I got to lose, right? So I clicked the “Add to Cart” button and bought it:
Upgrade Offer 1:
Well, surprise surprise, immediately after buying ArbiCash 2, I got offered an upgrade. I could pay another $97 for the “ArbiCash Intensive Pro Upgrade Package”, taking the total cost to me up to $124.
Here’s what this $97 upgrade contains in addition to the main ebook:
- Complete video version of the ebook – it could be nice to watch videos rather than read the book.
- Native Ads Helper plugin – apparently this makes it easier to create native ads.
- Information about where to get images – I already know where to get images, so I don’t need this.
- 25 Proven Traffic Methods Video Course – but I thought these native ads were supposed to be a great way to get website traffic, so why would I need this?
- ArbiCash Facebook Mastermind Group – this could be really useful if you get stuck.
- Exclusive Webinar – this could be good to get even more information about how to make this successful.
- Native Add Buzz: 50% off trial and first month – isn’t this just way to sneakily promote someone else’s product?
- Arbitrage Intelligence Newsletter: 8 free editions – could be a great way to get even more information.
Here’s what they think it’s all worth:
Really? Are they sure? That figure seems rather inflated to me.
Even so, I don’t want to spend an additional $97 for all this. As far as I’m concerned, the main product should be enough, so that’s what I’m sticking with.
Upgrade Offer 2:
After declining the first upgrade, I got a 2nd offer:
This is a reduced version of the previous upgrade. For $39 you get
- ArbiCash Video Course
- Native Ads Helper Plugin
- Free Images Training Session
Again, I decided to decline this offer and just stick with the main product.
Upgrade Offer 3:
As if 2 upgrade offers wasn’t enough, I then got sent to a different website with this video on it:
This is something a bit different. This is all about buying websites. The idea here is that instead of taking the time (and money) to build up your own websites, you just buy established websites that are already making money.
For $197, you get a full course showing you everything you need to know to succeed at this. To me, this seems a bit cheeky because if the ArbiCash System was as good as they say it is, I wouldn’t need to buy websites, right?
Think about it. The headline at the top of the first sales page said that the ArbiCash System involved just creating “easy little websites”. If that’s’ the case, it should be dead simple and quick to just throw up a bunch of these “easy little websites” and to earn money through native ads. Therefore, there is no need to learn how to buy pre-built websites.
Review of the ArbiCash 2 Product Itself
ArbiCash 2 eBook
The ebook explains the concept well, and shows how to sign up for the various services. While I was reading it, I felt like I was learning a lot and building up a picture in my head of how it all works.
However, when I got to the end of reading it, I felt kind of “lost at sea”. I felt a bit bewildered about exactly where to start, what to do to put all this into action. I felt like the ebook was more of an overview, whereas I wanted a step-by-step guide that told me exactly what to do, like this:
- Task 1: do exactly this.
- Task 2: do this.
- Task 3: do this and this.
Maybe this is the problem with getting the information in an ebook. Perhaps I would have felt clearer about my next steps if I had watched the video version. The problem is, the video version was part of either of the first 2 upgrades, and I didn’t want to upgrade.
Why didn’t I want to upgrade? Well, for 2 reasons:
- I don’t have the spare money available to pay for it.
- I believe that a product should be good enough on its own without any upgrades. The purpose of this review is to assess the main product to see if it’s good enough on its own.
The ebook also contains links to various external resources, and some of them are obviously affiliate links. This is another way for them to try to squeeze extra money out of you.
The ArbiCash System came with two spreadsheets that can be used for keeping track of everything: one for campaign tracking and another for daily tracking.
The spreadsheets look good. They look like they would be extremely useful, or possibly even essential. But after looking at them I am left feeling rather overwhelmed by it all. I’m still not quite sure where to start with all this.
Q & A Sessions Video
There is an accompanying video of a Q & A session with the product creators. As far as Q & A sessions go, it is very good; it is very long and thorough. They cover a lot of topics and expand on a lot of the information that was covered in the ebook.
But again, for me it comes back down to the whole step-by-step issue. Although the video contains a lot of extremely useful information, it is very conversational in nature, rather than step-by-step. I need someone to give me the exact steps to follow rather than just elaborating on the various concepts and issues.
Ultimately, when rating a product, I need to conclude whether or not it lives up to its promise. Can I achieve what the sales page said I could just from buying this product and putting it into action? I came away from reading the book feeling unsure about exactly what steps to take to get started. For me, this means it did not show me “step-by-step” what to do, as they claimed it would
It is a good overview, and it’s possible with a bit more research I could make a success of this. But I shouldn’t have to do any additional research. I should come away from reading this ebook with absolutely no doubt about what exact steps I need to take to make this succeed, and for me that’s just not the case here.
If you are looking for a good overview of what native ads arbitrage is all about, and you have $27 to spare, it might be worth buying. However, if you are looking for something more step-by-step that shows you EXACTLY what you need to do at every small step of the way, this isn’t it.
It’s possible that some of the additional features of the $97 upgrade would give you a clearer idea about what to do, but then that pushes the price up to $124 and therefore becomes a much more expensive product. Unfortunately, I did not buy the upgrade, so I am not qualified to give an opinion on its contents.
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I hope you found my ArbiCash 2 review helpful. Have you tried the ArbiCash System yourself? If so, how did it work out for you? Have you made much money with it? Or perhaps you are thinking of buying it and have some comments or questions. Feel free to post them below.
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