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My dishonest review of Affiliate Trax

By Britt Malka | Affiliate Marketing

May 08

I’m challenged.

NO! Not mentally, who said that?

No, the challenge came from one of the product creators behind "Affiliate Trax".

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If only one man holds the honest truth, then the rest of us are liars.

So now you know what to expect 😉

Anyway, I’m going to challenge Brett and do an honest review of Affiliate Trax.

What Is Affiliate Trax

The product consists of three parts:

  • Training – learn from the holder of the only source of honest truth, Brett Rutecky, and his partner (who does things in other ways) Mike from Maine, how to do affiliate marketing.
  • Tracking tool for list building – this is pure genius, and I’ll tell you more about it further down.
  • The agency – meaning the software – for you to resell.

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You can get Affiliate Trax here ==> http://malka.im/trax

How’s the Training?

The training is divided into two parts: One is showing how the honest truth-bringer Brett Rutecky does things (and he openly disagrees with his partner), and one is showing how Mike from Maine does things.

Both training parts are good, and I like seeing how two successful marketers do things differently and yet bring in thousands of dollars monthly.

You can certainly learn from them here.

What about that Affiliate Trax software?

That one surprised me.

Brilliant, but maybe not 100% legal.

This is how it works:

You get a unique tracking link, you add to JVZoo to the product you’re promoting.

When somebody buys your product, you can see that stats show up on your dashboard, and you can see the name and email address of the person who bought.

Why is that smart?

Because at the end of the day, you can either download a CSV file with names and emails of buyers, or they’ll go directly to your autoresponder, if you’re using MailChimp or AWeber.

That is really clever, because it means that if you pay for ads through Facebook or other sources, or if you do YouTube videos to send traffic, then this traffic is not lost.

Every buyer ends up on your list.

I found that really awesome.

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Only, it’s a pity it didn’t work with WarriorPlus or Zaxaa, because I don’t like JVZoo. Their bugs have cost me a lot of money, and they never even got back to me with a reply, so I avoid them as much as I can.

Therefore I asked WarriorPlus if they would allow a similar solution to JVZoo’s ZIP API (or whatever it’s called). And I got this reply:

"The feature you are referring to is not something we would be willing to add in our system. Basically what it does it give access to buyer info to an affiliate, which will put them on a list, etc… from someone they may not know or have any relationship with. In general we do not agree with giving the contact data of a buyer to someone that is not the vendor of the product, and it also likely violates CAN-SPAM regulations. (The same issue exists with their "autoresponder" integration for affiliates.)"

I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t tell you whether JVZoo or WarriorPlus is right.

Based on what I’ve found about the CAN-SPAM regulation, this practice doesn’t violate the regulation. You’re not harvesting emails by adding random letters together or dragging them from addresses left on websites. But like I said, I’m no lawyer.

And besides, I don’t hold the only source of the honest truth, so who am I to tell you about legal or not? 😉

In The United States of America, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 made it illegal to initiate commercial email to a recipient where the electronic mail address of the recipient was obtained:

Using an automated means that generates possible electronic mail addresses by combining names, letters, or numbers into numerous permutations.

Using an automated means to extract electronic mail addresses from an Internet website or proprietary online service operated by another person, and such website or online service included, at the time the address was obtained, a notice stating that the operator of such website or online service will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer addresses maintained by such website or online service to any other party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, electronic mail messages.

Furthermore, website operators may not distribute their legitimately collected lists. The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 requires that operators of web sites and online services should include a notice that the site or service will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer addresses, maintained by such website or online service, to any other party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, electronic mail messages.

I do like that you can build a list based on your advertising or video efforts, but it would be perfect if there was a way to let potential buyers know that if they buy through my link, they’ll end up on my list.

And I can resell this tracker?

Yes, you can resell the tracking software yourself and make money that way.

Conclusion

Is Affiliate Trax useful to you?

In my … opionion, yes. (I always make that typo, but here it makes sense.)

If you’re an affiliate, and you want to make more money than you do already, you can learn a lot from the two gentlemen, Brett Rutecky and Michael Thomas, also known under the name Mike from Maine.

Their training is really good.

On top of that you get a tool that will help you track your JVZoo sales and it will grab the buyers name and email for you to add to your list.

This means no more wasted ads, sure, making you money, but profiting the vendor more than you.

It means no more wasted time spent making videos, without building your list.

Should you use this tool to build a list? That’s up to you to decide. Is it a grey area? Are JVZoo allowing nasty things to happen when they make it possible for affiliates to grab the name and address of the people who buy through their link? I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer. But being somewhat honest, I thought I would mention this to you.

Now it’s up to you to decide.

You can get Affiliate Trax here ==> http://malka.im/trax

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