There are times when I find a scam where I think “this could be good” until it goes flying down hill and crashes into our pile of scams. With a name like Trust Jacker the alarm bells instantly went off. With a name like that, wouldn’t you be concerned too?
I’m not an affiliate for Trust Jacker. There’s a couple reasons why I don’t like this one. However it’s not the worst thing I’ve seen out there. If the creator (Rob Jones) re-marketed this product to a different audience for a different purpose it could be awesome.
I’ll explain myself in a second.
Trust Jacker is a plugin you download and install on your WordPress website. Whenever you link to another page on the internet you can use Trust Jacker to overlay an advert when the person clicks the link to view that page.
I like certain applications of this. You could show an advert to show why someone should sign up to your email list or to advertise your product. Overlaying these types of adverts over your own content could be effective.
My problem with Trust Jacker is their suggested use for this plugin.
What Rob suggests is you send people to trusted websites like government and medical sites (the sites he targets in the sales video and training videos in the members area) and overlay ads on these pages when they go to leave.
If the person clicks on the ad you’ll earn a few cents.
Let’s dig deeper.
Rob suggests in his training if you’re using a CPA (cost per acquisition) ad about a new diet pill, you should link to well-established and respected medical site and overlay your ad there. That’s incredibly deceptive.
You’re “jacking” the trust of these highly respected websites so people are more likely to click on your ads, which is a very cheap tactic in my opinion. And with CPA ads you’re only going to earn a couple of cents.
Here’s what you’ll see when you first log in:
All you’ll have access to is the members’ dashboard, resources, and support tabs. The Mastermind Training is a $47 upgrade which I highly recommend you steer clear of. You don’t want to be trained by a scam artist.
If being ethical doesn’t interest you, then Trust Jacker is an option for you.
This website was last updated in 2013 so the Mastermind Training option is probably just a scam. You’ll never end up training with Rob.
Let’s look at what’s in the members’ dashboard:
The first video walks you through the examples I mentioned earlier; using medical websites and government websites to overlay ads.
The second video walks you through how you use the plugin. All you do is add the link to the page you’re sending people to and the link for the ad. The plugin will spit out a new link for you to use.
Very simple really.
Just below that there’s a few videos showing you where you can find the ads you’ll be overlaying. Rob recommends places like ClickBank Offers. You’ll only get asked to pay out more money to purchase that “tool”, and Rob Jones will get a commission if you buy.
You then have the plugin itself:
You’re given 2 licenses. Rob explains that he received lots of customer service emails of people setting Trust Jacker up wrong or moving to a new site. To save himself the legwork of cancelling and reissuing licenses he’s given everyone 2. He states that if you mess up twice and require more licenses you’ll have to upgrade to the 100 license package.
The blogger edition can replace all the links on your website with Trust Jacker links. This means every link will have an ad popup when they go to leave.
I think that’s a tad excessive. People will quickly get pissed off if everything you link to has an ad popup in their face.
Then the PDF is a small guide showing you how to install a plugin.
That’s it for the members’ area. A plugin Rob recommends you use in a rather deceptive way. Essentially placing ads on anyone else’s websites and ruining the experience these people have created on their respective sites.
Definitely not something I recommend doing! I’d hate it if someone used Trust Jacker to link to my sites.
I did manage to find one thing I liked, which was the resources page:
Rob has created 30 WordPress related how-to videos. As you can see in the image above they cover a wide range of topics. At least if you have any issues setting up your site whilst you’re installing Trust Jacker there’s a good chance Rob’s covered it here.
He’s covered enough here that you should be able to get your website set up and looking the way you want.
Is it worth the price tag for Trust Jacker? I wouldn’t say so. These are all thing you’d be able to find in a simple YouTube search and it’s only really here to compliment Trust Jacker.
I honestly sat here at thought about what rating to give Trust Jacker. But because of the way Rob suggests you use this plugin I have to give it an F.
You shouldn’t be overlaying adverts on other people’s websites without their permission. Just because it’s possible doesn’t mean you should do it. Personally I think a person’s ethics says a lot about them. If Rob is someone who’s happy to abuse the credibility that other websites have created with their audiences just so he can make a few cents… Then I don’t want anything to do with him.
If you use this ethically, it could be pretty good. A simple popup plugin will do the job Trust Jacker would do if you used it ethically.
I encourage you to stop looking for the quick buck and do things the right way. Our advanced, free internet marketing training shows you how to make money the ethical way. It takes time and effort, but teaches people how to build ethical, legitimate internet businesses. Here’s how it compares to Trust Jacker:
Avoid Trust Jacker. I won’t trust anything that Rob Jones puts into the world if this is what he’ll resort to just to make a few cents.
Do you think I’ve been too harsh on Trust Jacker? Maybe I have been, but being ethical is something I think is important in this business and life in general.
Let me know your thoughts about Trust Jacker and Rob’s ethical stance in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.