Today I have got to grips with a scheme called Laid Off to Paid Off (which I’ll call LOPO from now on) which offers a an “100% free” system for generating money.
Bryan Winters, the creator of this system says it is not a paid survey system, MLM/Pyramid scheme, gambling site or spam related.
He also states:
- No money needed
- No website needed
- No list needed
- No hosting needed
- No training needed
- No (computer) scripts needed
- No writing needed
All right, that sounds pretty good – a system that requires no skills, overheads or money!
Getting Started with Laid Off to Paid Off
After sitting through the main video this is what I have found. The system bases itself around another site, one called ZNZ One (Zip Nada Zilch One). ZNZ One is a trial offer website, you sign up and participate in trial offers in return for credits, and you can exchange these credits for prizes.
LOPO states that most of these offers are free, but from my count less than 10% were free and most require some sort of money to participate.
What Bryan is trying to say but actually fails to say is that you don’t need to sign up to more than one of these offers, you just need to get the basic credit requirement in order to be able to become an affiliate for ZNZ One. That seems to be just a single credit, but there was no place that confirmed this.
The whole reason for signing up with ZNZ One is to be able to then refer other people to LOPO and therefore ZNZ One with your affiliate link as apparently ZNZ One will pay you $20 per referral.
Again, I could find no details of this on the ZNZ One site.
Getting back to LOPO, you are told that you will get an automatically built website for you after signing up. This is BS. What will happen is that the same site that you have just been using will be used, but the affiliate code will be added to the end.
The system for promoting the LOPO system (yep a system for promoting a system!) it is pretty basic, with very little in the way of training or guidance. You are provided some adverts and a link and the advice of “mixing things up” by using free and paid for advertising. He then goes on to list places and services where you can get traffic from.
Some of these are free, but dotted in between them and given much more effort are some upsells.
Let’s start with the main one, billed as an “optional” step 3 of the sign up process. This step advises you to join a system called CashBlurbs, and it costs $20 a month to get it. Bryan will receive 50% of this fee. Joining this allows you to get a “customised backend”. What this really means is that your affiliate code will be added to the back end so you will get commissions on these upsells if anyone else falls for, erm, takes up the offer.
Already mentioned this one, but on looking closely at it guess who owns it… Bryan! I actually don’t know how this works; it smells rotten to me, especially when the “How it works” link on the main page takes you to the Join Now page…
Charlie Page’s Directory Of Ezines!
$197! That’s a lot of money, and what for? Well once more it isn’t clear; the sales page doesn’t really tell you much but from what I can gather it’s like a pooling system for adverts on ezine (directory) sites.
Now if you aren’t heavily into internet marketing and SEO, you may not know that a little while ago Google “slapped” directory sites for having garbage like this on them. They took a beating in the rankings and mostly you will not see them in the top few pages of results anymore.
As such this sort of system may not net the ROI (return on investment) that you want it too, and $200 bucks is a big gamble in my opinion.
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Another upsell to yet another system, which probably has yet more upsells. This one runs a $1 trial and then $97 a month!
Another Bryan Winters product! This one is a little worrying as it seems to suggest to basically allow others to advertise to your email list (if you have one). This is worrying because it could easily cause your readers to lose faith in you especially if the products that you are promoting are junk.
Weirdly there is no link to this, which is strange, as it looks like it should be being pushed to you. Perhaps this was an oversight by the creator. Still, it is a paid for service for creating video adverts.
The remaining items are each just a paragraph or so long and cover the following:
- Facebook Ads!
- Facebook Pages And Groups!
- WarriorForum.com Classified Ads!
- Online Forum Participation!
- Article Writing And Submission!
The Bottom Line
Is Laid Off to Paid Off a scam? It’s borderline. Whilst there is a potential for making some cash, I do have some concerns about it.
For one thing there are a fair number of upsells and even the “optional” purchase is made to look like it should be bought.
The system is confusing, even with the step by step videos, and there was no confirmation on the ZNZ One site regarding affiliate payments. I also wonder about any site that needs a page called “Proof Gallery” to help strengthen its legitimacy.
There is very little training, I would say none really. It’s pretty much here are some crappy adverts and some places to put them, now buy this and then off you go.
If you have no clue about internet marketing, you could easily waste time and probably money trying to drive traffic to this site.
Then there is the actuality of the system, placing adverts. This is well known as being a really rubbish way of generating leads. You have to place hundreds of these a week if not a day, just to pull in some traffic. And you will be fighting with the forums/directories/sites to not be seen as spam and with the other people trying the system and probably using the same adverts, which then becomes spam.
I would steer clear of this one, it looks like a lot of work for potentially not a great return, and there is a danger of being sucked in to spend more cash.