Welcome to the 1k Freelance SEO Challenge review. I saw this was being released today so I thought I would take a look at it to see whether it’s worth buying…
Product Name: 1k Freelance SEO Challenge
Owners: John Shea & Paul James
What is the 1k Freelance SEO Challenge?
It’s a course which shows you how to use freelance sites like Upwork to get high paying SEO jobs. You can do this without cold calling, without direct mailing, without face-to-face meetings, and without even having your own website.
The trick to this is to outsource the work to someone else for a lower price; so it’s a form of arbitrage. He gives an example of one job for an SEO audio where he was paid $500 and outsourced the work to someone else for only $30. So he made $470 profit on that. We don’t know how true that story is, though.
It reminds me of the methods taught in Social Media Success Blueprint, but with SEO work rather than social media work.
Although that video has the word “review” in the title, it is just one of the product creators, John Shea, talking about it. Still, it does offer some insight into what it’s all about. As he says, when you start out on a site like Upwork, it’s best to start by doing low paid jobs. This enables you to build up your rating by getting lots of 5-star reviews by happy clients. Once you have that good reputation, you can start to charge more.
How much does the 1k Freelance SEO Challenge cost?
To begin with, you will pay between $6.95 and $9.95, depending on how quick you are to buy it. But then they will try to upsell you on two additional products, as illustrated here:
So the 2nd product costs $17 and the 3rd product costs $27. This makes the final cost up to $53.95. That’s not a ridiculous sum of money to pay. I’ve seen upsell funnels which end up being over $1,000.
What are these additional products?
Take a look at this video from one of the product owners, Paul James:
The first upsell is a PLR course that you can give to your clients to build trust. The 2nd upsell is a list of the actual outsourcers that they use. This takes all the work out of finding people to do your work for you. But I have my suspicions about this, as you’ll find out if you read on…
Who are the owners of the 1k Freelance SEO Challenge?
He does indeed have a profile on Upwork, as you can see here:
One thing that concerns me slightly, though, is he only has 19 jobs on there. 13 of them he has completed and 6 of them are in progress. So this is not something he has done over and over again. This is something he is quite new to and has done a bit of.
His completed jobs are:
- Aug 2015: Basic Report on Local SEO – $50 fixed price.
- Aug 2015: Need UX/Layout revamp for WordPress site + theme – $175 fixed price.
- Mar 2016: Google My Business Expert needed – $50 fixed price.
- Apr 2016: SEO Audit Needed For My Website – $25 fixed price.
- Apr 2016: SEO Help – $25 fixed price.
- May 2016: E-Commerce Expert! Add affiliate products – $25 fixed price.
- May 2016: Keyword Researcher with PPC/Adwords experience – $50 fixed price.
- Jun 2016: Local SEO & Google My Business – $50 fixed price.
- Jun 2016: SEO Help – $500 fixed price.
- Aug 2016: SEO Expert for keywords research & website audit – $220 fixed price.
- Aug 2016: Create a series of short, “how-to” e-commerce and Amazon videos – $750 fixed price.
- Aug 2016: SEO For A Local Service Company – $500 fixed price.
- Aug 2016: Launch 3 HVAC SEO – $25 per hour for 5 hours, $125 total.
His in-progress jobs are:
- SEO Work – $21.92 for 1 hour.
- Promote my Local Locations on Google MB – $500 fixed price.
- Holiday villa rental online agency – $300 fixed price.
- Need a Digital Marketing Audit Expert to help us develop a template for our clients – $100 fixed price.
- Backlink Project for HospitalCareers – $1,300 fixed price.
- SEO for Launch3Telecom – $210 fixed price.
So, if you add all that up, in total he has earned $4,976.92 from upwork since August 2015. There are some high earning jobs in there: 1 at $1,300, 1 at $750, 3 at $500, 1 at $300, and 1 at $220. However, the other jobs are low earning.
On the positive side, he has clearly managed to convince people to pay him a lot of money for some jobs. The evidence is right there in his Upwork profile. On the negative side, he’s not turned this into a full-time job like his partner Paul James said in the video above. So that’s a lie.
Also, if John has only had 19 jobs, the list of outsourcers in the upsell will not be a long list. If it does turn out to be a long list, it will be a fake list because he hasn’t done enough jobs to have employed many outsourcers.
Paul has been a member of the Warrior Forum internet marketing community since 2011. In that time he has started 71 threads, and here is a screenshot showing some of them:
As you can see, many of them are posted in the Warrior Special Offers section. This section contains product launches. So Paul is a bit of a serial product launcher. That in itself doesn’t mean his products are not good quality. It just means he is an opportunist who jumps on any opportunity to get money out of people. On the other hand, it could be a positive sign that he is consistently successful.
One slightly concerning thing is I found a complaint about him on ripoffreport.com. It doesn’t say anything too bad, and to be honest, ripoffreport.com does tend to attract people who whinge about anyone and anything. However, that was in September 2014 and Paul has not yet bothered to defend himself on there. Maybe he doesn’t know it’s on there, I don’t know.
Should you buy the 1k Freelance SEO Challenge?
To be honest, $53.95 is not really a huge amount of money to learn how to get high paying SEO jobs and outsource them to other people. Just be aware that there is going to still be some work involved in corresponding with your clients and your outsourcers. You will need to find a way to be very organised. If are not an organised person and you end up with lots of clients, things could get chaotic.
John clearly does have a real Upwork profile with real work history, including some high earning jobs. However, he hasn’t done enough work to be sure it’s a foolproof method that can be repeated over and over again. So you are getting taught how to earn money doing something that someone else has only done a bunch of times.
But would you trust Paul, who lied that John does the Upwork thing full time? I’m not sure I would. Once I know someone has lies to me, I lose trust in them.
I hope you found the1k Freelance SEO Challenge review helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the comments section below and I will reply as soon as I can.
All the best,