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Report: #1390264

Complaint Review: Online Success Academy Cheap Basic RipOff Scam - Nationwide

  • Submitted: Thu, August 03, 2017
  • Updated: Tue, September 12, 2017
  • Reported By: Chris — Affiliatecity Arkansas United Kingdom
  • Online Success Academy Cheap Basic RipOff Scam

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After comparing what these guys are offering and what can be found on eBay for less then a tenner. It's a rip off and looks like a complete scam to me. Offering basics affiliate websites the same as what's on eBay for £500 to £3600.00 Is outrageous! A little background check the site is owned by FENNELL, Chris correspondence address Office 2, Eddystone House, 6 Eddystone Road, Wadebridge, Cornwall, United Kingdom, PL27 7AL Been warned!

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#1 Author of original report

SHALE NOT BE TRUSTED

AUTHOR: Darren - (United States)

Gone Cold ? Small claims get thrown out when you live overseas so maybe that's why. Ask Mel.  Videos with links pointing to your site isn't really gonna benefit your competitors in terms of SEO. You clearly dont know anything about search engine optimisation.

I wouldn't call it chasing competitors. i would call it doing a good deed to stop people from buying cloned websites which you can find on places like eBay for less then a tenner.

With the growing number of people complaining about you online lately, Advice and guidance from me of course to point them in the right direction. You have suffered for many years to come. In just over a year your business has failed. This is what happens when you offer low quality garbage.

So why is doing business with Chris a bad move ?

Affiliate marketing gets a bad rep for many reasons. First off, there’s a ton of spammy affiliate marketing sites. These are sites which are what search engines refer to as bridge pages – pages set up with the sole intention of getting the visitor to the merchant’s site and providing no added value. These are deceptive sites that are set up very similar to large sale sites like Amazon, but if you actually try to buy something from within the site you’ll just be redirected to another site. This is spam links - No true value - And why should google rank you high for spam/copied content.

Stop obsessing over Amazon Affiliate sites (or ANY kind of affiliate site for that matter)

Seriously! You’re NOT going to make a living out of it especially if you’re a newbie

If you want to build a sustainable, dependable, and long-term business, starting a product/category specific affiliate site that depends solely on Amazon & AWIN commissions is the WORST piece of advice anyone can give you.

1, People buy from people like Chris because they want a second income and earn some extra money. Its good to learn from someone who is proven to be successful. Anyone can get a photo of a affiliate account showing 4000 Balance. This doesn't mean that your successful. And using that same photo/video to try and trick people in thinking that they can give up full time work or even part time work.  Lets say you wish to learn judo, you wouldn't go to a teacher that has never one any fights and is a white belt would you ?? Chris mentioned in business since year 2009 - But only has an affiliate account with a balance of 4000.  Come on guys you really that stupid.

* What happened to the tax returns to prove your successful and have the skills to teach people ?
* What happened to your VAT number ? You must be earning enough to be VAT REG ?
* Why change your website - What happened to the last one ?
* Why pay actors on fiverr.com to leave good reviews - You shouldn't need to if your successful ?
* When you plan to grow your fb - only 140 fans in over a year.. You just gonna buy some on fiverr.com yeah ?

Now that has been clear and out in the open lets discuss the websites that Chris Funnell sells;

2, Datafeeds can actually have a negative impact on your site’s SEO.  If your datafeed has the same short and long descriptions, product names, titles, image names, etc… as your main website, you are now allowing affiliate product pages to compete with the same content on your website.

If you offer a datafeed, which is vital to many affiliate programs, make sure to have a second set of descriptions, images, etc… and the same goes if you are using marketplaces, comparison shopping engines, etc…  They can use the same set of descriptions, etc… you send to your affiliates.  I wrote this post about datafeeds that you should read if you are using one for any channel, not only for affiliates.

* Chris data feeds are not unique - So now value in google eyes. You will not find many pages indexed in google.com from Chris websites. Ask him for the domain name and then go to google and type in '' site: '' and the domain name and you will find how many pages are indexed. Here is an example type google - site:www.websiteaddress.com - Then you will non of Chris websites will ever be ranked in google. Not unless you have totally unique content.

3  Not Producing Original Content

Too many affiliate sites are little more than content-less shells with lists of products. You can spur traffic to these sites with PPC ads, but what happens when your advertising dollars run out? Your site will sink.

“A real site has real value and unique content for your visitors,” Polk said. “Why would a search engine want to rank your site over a vendor or the originator of the content? Answer: they generally do not. Yes, there are examples of sites that do rank, but the vast majority of sites that duplicate content do not rank well. You have to add value in order for the search engine to want to rank your site.”

* Chris copies his websites over and over again.. Go to page one here within this forum and you will see.
* The links are like link farms - No SEO value whatsoever. Thousands of people use those links. Why should google give you first page ?

4, Duplicating Meta Descriptions

Here’s a simple recommendation that a lot of affiliate sites are missing out on: ensure your listings’ titles and meta descriptions are relevant and unique. These appear as snippets in the SERPs and go a long way toward setting you apart from your competitors.

* Chris will be unable to fix this because the affiliate link titles cant be customised. He is basically leading you down the garden path into a unprofitable online copied useless seo website.

Here are the reviews for the affiliate companies Chris will get you involved with;

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/awin.com

About myself! I have been running internet companies now for almost 10 years. I have had a lot of companies all online based. I get board easily so often sell my business and move onto more exciting things.  I spend a lot of my time researching different unique opportunities, Stock Market, Crypto Trading, And sometimes sell the odd website or app development for our clients. If I see a scammer online or giving misleading information, I will be the first to stand up and say something. That's me, I cant help myself. If my time helps somebody then that's good time well spent.

Have a nice day people

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#2 Author of original report

ONE DODGY CROOKIE

AUTHOR: Darren - (United States)

Gone Cold ? Small claims get thrown out when you live overseas so maybe that's why. Ask Mel.  Videos with links pointing to your site isn't really gonna benefit your competitors in terms of SEO. You clearly dont know anything about search engine optimisation.

I wouldn't call it chasing competitors. i would call it doing a good deed to stop people from buying cloned websites which you can find on places like eBay for less then a tenner.

With the growing number of people complaining about you online lately, Advice and guidance from me of course to point them in the right direction. You have suffered for many years to come. In just over a year your business has failed. This is what happens when you offer low quality garbage.

So why is doing business with Chris a bad move ?

Affiliate marketing gets a bad rep for many reasons. First off, there’s a ton of spammy affiliate marketing sites. These are sites which are what search engines refer to as bridge pages – pages set up with the sole intention of getting the visitor to the merchant’s site and providing no added value. These are deceptive sites that are set up very similar to large sale sites like Amazon, but if you actually try to buy something from within the site you’ll just be redirected to another site. This is spam links - No true value - And why should google rank you high for spam/copied content.

Stop obsessing over Amazon Affiliate sites (or ANY kind of affiliate site for that matter)

Seriously! You’re NOT going to make a living out of it especially if you’re a newbie

If you want to build a sustainable, dependable, and long-term business, starting a product/category specific affiliate site that depends solely on Amazon & AWIN commissions is the WORST piece of advice anyone can give you.

1, People buy from people like Chris because they want a second income and earn some extra money. Its good to learn from someone who is proven to be successful. Anyone can get a photo of a affiliate account showing 4000 Balance. This doesn't mean that your successful. And using that same photo/video to try and trick people in thinking that they can give up full time work or even part time work.  Lets say you wish to learn judo, you wouldn't go to a teacher that has never one any fights and is a white belt would you ?? Chris mentioned in business since year 2009 - But only has an affiliate account with a balance of 4000.  Come on guys you really that stupid.

* What happened to the tax returns to prove your successful and have the skills to teach people ?
* What happened to your VAT number ? You must be earning enough to be VAT REG ?
* Why change your website - What happened to the last one ?
* Why pay actors on fiverr.com to leave good reviews - You shouldn't need to if your successful ?
* When you plan to grow your fb - only 140 fans in over a year.. You just gonna buy some on fiverr.com yeah ?

Now that has been clear and out in the open lets discuss the websites that Chris Funnell sells;

2, Datafeeds can actually have a negative impact on your site’s SEO.  If your datafeed has the same short and long descriptions, product names, titles, image names, etc… as your main website, you are now allowing affiliate product pages to compete with the same content on your website.

If you offer a datafeed, which is vital to many affiliate programs, make sure to have a second set of descriptions, images, etc… and the same goes if you are using marketplaces, comparison shopping engines, etc…  They can use the same set of descriptions, etc… you send to your affiliates.  I wrote this post about datafeeds that you should read if you are using one for any channel, not only for affiliates.

* Chris data feeds are not unique - So now value in google eyes. You will not find many pages indexed in google.com from Chris websites. Ask him for the domain name and then go to google and type in '' site: '' and the domain name and you will find how many pages are indexed. Here is an example type google - site:www.websiteaddress.com - Then you will non of Chris websites will ever be ranked in google. Not unless you have totally unique content.

3  Not Producing Original Content

Too many affiliate sites are little more than content-less shells with lists of products. You can spur traffic to these sites with PPC ads, but what happens when your advertising dollars run out? Your site will sink.

“A real site has real value and unique content for your visitors,” Polk said. “Why would a search engine want to rank your site over a vendor or the originator of the content? Answer: they generally do not. Yes, there are examples of sites that do rank, but the vast majority of sites that duplicate content do not rank well. You have to add value in order for the search engine to want to rank your site.”

* Chris copies his websites over and over again.. Go to page one here within this forum and you will see.
* The links are like link farms - No SEO value whatsoever. Thousands of people use those links. Why should google give you first page ?

4, Duplicating Meta Descriptions

Here’s a simple recommendation that a lot of affiliate sites are missing out on: ensure your listings’ titles and meta descriptions are relevant and unique. These appear as snippets in the SERPs and go a long way toward setting you apart from your competitors.

* Chris will be unable to fix this because the affiliate link titles cant be customised. He is basically leading you down the garden path into a unprofitable online copied useless seo website.

Here are the reviews for the affiliate companies Chris will get you involved with;

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/awin.com

About myself! I have been running internet companies now for almost 10 years. I have had a lot of companies all online based. I get board easily so often sell my business and move onto more exciting things.  I spend a lot of my time researching different unique opportunities, Stock Market, Crypto Trading, And sometimes sell the odd website or app development for our clients. If I see a scammer online or giving misleading information, I will be the first to stand up and say something. That's me, I cant help myself. If my time helps somebody then that's good time well spent.

Have a nice day people

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#3 Consumer Comment

Found Guilty! Facts here that they are running a dodgy business

AUTHOR: OSA-R-RIP-OFF - (United Kingdom)

How do you explain the facts above about '' Online Success Academy Ltd '' Video proof showing you have copied and pasted the same travel websites over and over again and sold them on to customers? Sherry Burns who is also your customer received a cloned website just like the one above.

Anyone can write bull sh*t and say - James has been court x amount of times ETC! I am just looking at the facts here! Its easy to point the blame and say its a competitor writing the comments..

Now please explain:

1, Fact - Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXUgpCszcHor

What's meant to be two different customers - Both left the same review on a different business over 1000 miles away from each other.. Totally Random people left a review on the same small two business. Yourself and some Pluming business. The odds of around 7 billion people in this world - The same two people left a review on your business and some other business. Your reviews are fake! Most likely bought on places like fiverr.com

2, More Facts & Proof:
Link: https://youtu.be/ZLSXp1UgtnQ

a, You said you don't clone websites and offer unique websites to customers ? Please explain why by doing a simple search with the domain name into google like this '' www.osa.me.uk you find lots of cloned websites which looks like you have sold over and over again to these poor customers.
b, Websites with trademark logos as per the video ? Are you affiliated with these companies ? I think not!
c, If your running such as honest company why are you paying for adwords.com to show positive reviews ?
d, Your selling business packages to help people sell online and make money, BUT! You haven't even filed your first year company HMRC accounts! Don't you have any trading years ? Please show proof because this doesn't look good: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10403021/filing-history
e, Your company was born on 30 Sep 2016 - Why you haven't filed any tax returns ?
f, Explain the reviews - Two People 1000 miles apart left a review on the same two businesses.
g, What's your VAT Reg Number ? You must have right considering your successful!
h, This business priced at £1700 to buy but makes £4500.00 a month so it says: https://www.daltonsbusiness.com/ecommercewebsite-based-retail-for-sale/work-from-home-online-business-with-5-we/434756
Is this true or fake ? Because if it isn't true, its misleading!

Anyone with a little common sense will see your running what looks like a dodgy scam business! Loads of faults and reasons why I think your a scam but have better things to do with my time.

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#4 Author of original report

Isnt Fair!

AUTHOR: Jenny - (United Kingdom)

New people adventuring into starting a business shouldn't listen to figures given out on the internet. It's often not true! This company claims you can start a brand new travel business and within a couple of months make 500£ a month.. How can anyone guarantee the money the business would be making with the little hours this kid says you need to do - he doesn't even know you! Let's face it if it's true why don't you set up like 1000 websites and make half a million a month? By year 1 you would have almost 10 million in the bank ? Ball crap if you asked me... I feel sorry for the poor soles who lost money.

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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

HOAX - Clearly a competitor, obvious defamation

AUTHOR: OSAChris - (United Kingdom)

Dear competitor of mine. When I first read this I was angry and annoyed since I have over 100 satisfied clients. Then I realised this was clearly a competitor trying to ruin my business for me. As you can see on my website, I have a real business selling real websites, my in-house team of staff are all on the website, including myself!

So you didnt need to do a "little background check" - MY FACE AND MY EMPLOYEES FACES ARE ALL OVER THE WEBSITE, AS WELL AS MY ADDRESS! Great scam...?! We create bespoke and custom made websites - the websites you can buy on Ebay or Amazon for £10 clearly aren't made by a team of professionals! So, if you are actually a client of mine (doubtful) why don't you tell everybody who you are? This is a shocking case of defamation and legal action WILL be taken if this defamatory report is not removed IMMEDIATELY.

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