• Report: #207311
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Internet Marketing Center, marketingtips.com

  • Submitted: Tue, August 22, 2006
  • Updated: Tue, August 22, 2006

  • Reported By:Long Island City New York
Internet Marketing Center, marketingtips.com
1123 Fir Avenue Blaine, Washington U.S.A.

Internet Marketing Center, marketingtips.com, Derek Gehl, Corey Rudl, deceased, misrepresented what the $9000 mentor program would teach me Ripoff Blaine Washington

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I attended a free 2 day seminar about internet marketing. It was terrific, useful info. But then I got sucked in (they use a very persuasive promotional 30 min. speech) to buying their $9000 mentor program. I WAS PROMISED THAT I WOULD LEARN HOW TO BUILD A WEBSITE AND ADD ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES TO IT. THAT I NO LONGER WOULD BE HELD HOSTAGE BY A WEB DESIGNER...

What i got were 6 months (60 minute/week appointment with an assigned "mentor") of how to use wordtracker.com and excel to find a suitable--one that makes money--internet business. Finding an internet topic is very very difficult. I spoke to other IMC mentor students and they said they had the same problem.

We spent 3 of the 6 months on this step. I finally decided on a topic that might work. When i complained about not learning about web design as i had been promised i got 2 seessions on how to use a free website builder and a quick review of Dreamweaver. Nothing about e-commerce other than you need it, no how to add stuff.

Around the 4th month I asked about my free website that should have been started earlier. I was told that the free website was not included.
Turns out that my $9000 account was mislabeled in their computer to NOT include the free website that was part of the $9000 package. This took several weeks to get fixed.

Oh, yeah, in the beginning, i did NOT receive any emails after the first one. It seems my email address had gotten "blacklisted". It took me a week or so to get my email address "whitelisted".
Eventually I received an email with links to several products included in the $9000 package--eBook Pro, Hover Ad, Associate Trac, etc. All useless software, that proved extremely difficult to use. There were many CDs of success stories--boring and not very informative.

With my $9000 pkg i has 6 months access to the Secrets to Their Success private membership site. Each month they had 3 very long stories (about 40 pages each or more)about how a handful of the thousands of customers actually were able to use IMC stuff and make money--$2000/month maybe.

These stories were too long to read in one sitting and i was unable to find the necessary 3 hrs or more each to read them while i was busy with the mentor program. Finally towards the end of the 6 months i saw that there was some info to be had, but the prior months stories had been removed. They were archived somewhere, thou. After 6 months i was unable to get into the stories at all.

All in all this is a poorly run company. The mentor was nice enough but did not give me any information that was not already included in the $197 IMC manual. Read this manual, follow it, save $9000 on the mentor program.

Once the mentor program was over you have limited access to him to get your questions answered. Mentor had moved on to a new batch of suckers.

Customer service was difficult to get thru to. After a few minutes on hold you get forwarded to an operator that takes your number for a call back. It never happened. I finally sent an irate message to the mentor who had someone call me back.

My total experience was an extreme waste of money and time. My advice: DO NOT BUY THEIR MENTOR PROGRAM OR THEIR SOFTWARE. There is better software out there--Adobe pro for ebooks, a decent shopping cart--i use 1shoppingcart.com which includes autoresponders and hover ads/popups in your monthly cost and a great customer service dept that you can easily reach.

Don't bother with the Internet Marketing Center other than attending a free seminar and/or buying their "Insider Secrets to Marketing a business on the internet", written by Corey Rudl around $200. I bet Corey is rolling in his grave watching what has happened to his company.

Elaine
Long Island City, New York
U.S.A.

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