I’ve never heard of Jim Daniels, but he’s been around since 1996 and wants to show you his methods for making money online. Today we’re looking at ezWebBusinessBuilder2 to see whether Jim knows what he’s talking about. But more importantly, to see if it’s something that’ll lead you to a successful online business.
I’m not an affiliate for ezWebBusinessBuilder2. Even though it’s only $27, I don’t think Jim has delivered the goods and provided the right tools or information to create a successful business. I’ll show you what you get for $27 and explain why it’s not worth parting with your money.
Jim Daniels has created ezWebBusinessBuilder2 to teach his methods for making money online. Jim’s been working online since 1996 and this is the second version of this course, so it’s already been through a massive update once.
Inside the main PDF you’ll find a 12-week action plan with a list of tasks for each week. By the end, you’re supposed to have a website earning money… Sadly this is highly doubtful.
Let’s go through what you’ll find inside the members’ area before I dig into the pros and cons of this course.
The members’ area is neatly laid out with a handful of sections:
Most of these sections are video libraries that supplement the main course, a 140 page PDF. Click on the “Jim’s PDF” tab and you’ll find it:
Jim recommends you view the PDF online rather than downloading it, so you’re always viewing the the most up-to-date version. He claims to update the guide every month, and as of this review it says it was updated in June 2015. However it’s easy to just change that first page and claim that it’s up-to-date when it really isn’t.
So I did some searching… And I found this:
This is regarding an update Google made in late 2014. It’s about removing Google Authorship from the search results (your little profile picture is no longer there) and discontinuing the “AuthorRank” associated with it. Seeing as this course was originally created MANY years before this update, it shows that Jim is keeping it at least partially up-to-date.
The next 4 sections in the navigation menu are video libraries that complement the PDF guide. Here’s an example of one of the videos you’ll find:
The guide contains links to all these videos, so you’ll be directed to them when necessary. I wouldn’t recommend skipping ahead by watching one video after another, likely confusing yourself by skipping over steps outlined in the PDF.
Finally, you have list of services Jim recommends using, which are mentioned throughout the guide:
All of these (apart from one or two) are links to Fiverr.com gigs. This is alright for graphic design work, but when it comes to link building or content writing – you should steer clear from Fiverr.
The link building services offered on Fiverr are ineffective, black hat techniques (things Google really hates) or grey hat techniques (other things Google hates and are slowly cracking down on).
Other methods Jim mentions in the guide like guest posting and regular blog posting on your own site are much better and won’t piss Google off. We want to keep Google happy because they can make our site disappear from all search results, and we’ll get no traffic.
Unless you want to use paid ads to get all of your traffic. This is a very expensive route, so let’s just keep Google happy.
That’s pretty much everything in the members’ area. Now let’s talk about the only good thing I can say about this course.
The bulk of the videos in the members’ area are related to setting up a WordPress website, and they’re pretty damn good:
Jim has broken everything down into bite-sized chunks and walks you step-by-step through how to setup your website. He also goes through setting up pages, posts, and using plugins/themes:
These videos are a little outdated though. Jim recorded these before WordPress updated to version 4.0 several months ago. They’re all still relevant, however the WordPress dashboard will now look different compared to the videos.
Now onto what’s bad about ezWebBusinessBuilder2…
The most notable thing is how boring the PDF guide is. I almost fell asleep reading through it because there’s ALOT of text and no images to break up the monotony.
This may seem petty and unimportant, but there’s a lot of better, more engaging video training on the market for a similar price:
The guide is like this through all 140 pages, apart from the odd coloured box (see below), but even this isn’t enough to make the guide easier to read:
This may not be a bad thing for most people, but with all the technology available it’s easy to make PDFs more interesting and engaging. Just look at iBooks Author on any Mac computer:
Using a theme that allows you to add more images will break everything up and make the whole thing much easier to read. The majority of the content is good and I believe Jim is losing people’s interest because the guide looks extremely outdated.
As I just stated, the majority of the content is good, however there are two things that stand out like a sore thumb. Firstly, Jim recommends using PLR sources to create your own product:
I strongly urge you not to use PLR products because 1,000’s of people are already peddling that crap online. Products like this are usually thrown together quickly because they’re sold in bundles. The eBooks in these bundles are rarely kept up-to-date, so you’ll just be lumping together out-of-date crap to sell to people.
Don’t be that person. Create your own product from unique content so you stand out from everyone else online. Provide your followers the value they deserve – don’t take shortcuts to make “easy” money. It’ll destroy your brand over time.
The other thing Jim recommends you do, which you really shouldn’t, is to spin articles:
This is a big no-no. Google is cracking down hard on spun content. Google’s smart enough to tell when an article or blog post was written by a person or spun by a computer using synonyms for almost every word. Most of the time this leaves you with a sentence that makes no sense if a person reads it.
Imagine a 500+ word article that’s full of gibberish. No one will stick around to read it and they won’t take the action you want them to take. They’d just hit the back button and look for something else in Google’s search results. Low-quality, spun content like this isn’t hard for Google to identify and punish.
ezWebBusinessBuilder2 needs to be split up into two section: creating a WordPress website and marketing your online business, because I’d give it two different ratings.
The videos for building a WordPress site are a solid ‘A’, but everything else in the guide is a disappointing “F”. It seems like Jim’s entire business is run by outsourcing everything to Fiverr.com, where you’re really going to struggle finding high quality workers to help build a successful business.
You typically get what you pay for with Fiverr gigs, and it’s only worth using for the occasional graphic design job or for occasional, non-skilled tasks (data collection, video transcription, etc…).
If you were to follow Jim’s 12-week action plan, I honestly don’t think you’re going to get anywhere. Once you’ve started spinning articles and selling rehashed, low-quality PLR products you’re just going to piss a bunch of people off (mainly Google and anyone who purchases your product).
You should be following up-to-date training that’s not about gaming Google (which is what Jim seems to be doing). You need to learn how to focus on quality, and how to provide value to your target audience so that they’ll become loyal followers.
We have our own free courses here at StoppingScams.com, and they’re focused on building your knowledge and moving your internet business forward. Here’s how they compare to ezWebBusinessBuilder2:
I know $27 isn’t a lot of money to most people, but it’s not worth paying $27 for a handful of videos showing you how to setup a WordPress website. Save that money for something else that’ll be useful.
Have you heard the name Jim Daniels before? What are your thoughts on ezWebBusinessBuilder2 based on what I’ve mentioned above? Do you agree with my final rating?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so leave them in the comments section below. Let’s get a conversation going.
Until next time.