CB Passive Income – A Good Idea For Beginners?
CB Passive Income Overview
The CB Passive Income License Program 4.0 is an all-in-one marketing system geared toward beginning marketers. If, you are a beginning marketer, lack the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to successfully market products on your own, this system claims to solve all of these problems.
On the surface this seems like a really good idea.
CB Passive Income calls itself a turnkey business. The marketing material appears to cover, largely, the business itself and what’s involved on your end. It all presents itself as straightforward and workable. The sales page touts the operator as an accomplished author and long time online marketer in an attempt to lend credibility and gain your confidence in the system.
The program is run through an affiliate network and offers a 50% commission if you wish to resell the system itself. However, the initial price seems a bit high to me and could be a tough sell. The program also contains up-sells which I personally hate (the way their used here) and consider to be a questionable marketing tactic.
The Sales Page
The sales material itself is pretty well put together, with an old-school style single page format, starting off with a video which has decent production value.
The CB Passive Income sales page is largely a recap of the video but also includes the usual ‘super valuable’ bonuses supposedly worth hundreds of dollars. This page is also sprinkled with testimonials that seem to express realistic results from the program by real, ordinary people.
Some copy on the sales page contains poor grammar which raises some red flags. English may not be the author’s first language. Nonetheless, more care should have been taken since the target audience is assumed to be largely English-speaking. It comes across as sloppy and makes you wonder if it was put together in a hurry or not sufficiently proofread.
No Website Required: You don’t need an expensive website or the time and skills to manage one. Many beginners have no website of their own and aren’t ready to jump into one too soon.
No Marketing Skills Needed: No skills in the online marketing arena are necessary as that part is supposedly taken care of for you. Acquiring these skills is time-consuming but can be done mostly for free.
Provided Content: You don’t have to produce any content yourself for a website or as free gifts to exchange for email addresses on squeeze pages. Producing or even finding free content for this purpose online is time-consuming and requires effort.
Online Support: Support is included via email. It isn’t known how responsive this support is or the extent of the help available. There is no community or other support channels that are known at this time.
You Only Have One Task: You’re only task in this deal is to drive traffic to the ‘Secret Websites’. Material is provided on how to achieve this for both free traffic and paid traffic sources.
Training Included: Some training in the form of online marketing how-to materials are included in the program. The sales page claims this material is step by step.
60 Day Guarantee: You have 60 days to request a refund. Nothing else is known about acquiring a refund as far as how long it might take or if there are questions involved.
No Control: You have no control over the back-end marketing or how it’s conducted. You’re putting everything in the hands of a stranger claiming to be an expert. I realize this is sort of the point but it is a negative in the end.
If CB Passive Income just sends a bunch of sales material, your leads are going to unsubscribe defeating the purpose, wasting your time and money.
Giving Away Leads: You will be providing leads to someone else’s list. There’s a $97 up-sell that allows you to collect these leads to your own list as well but it is basically unworkable and a waste of money.
Most email marketing list sites require an opt in email be clicked through before that recipient will become active on your list. If the recipient receives two of these emails, one from CB Passive Income’s list and one from yours, it becomes confusing and unlikely they will follow through, on yours at least.
Initial Cost: The initial buy in price of $97 seems steep. The sales page admits the system is mostly automated which means you are doing all the truly hard work. You aren’t only doing the hardest part of driving traffic, but you have to pay almost a hundred dollars to get in. This doesn’t seem like a good value to me or a truly fair deal.
Up-Sells: You aren’t really getting what you thought when you are subjected to a bunch of up-sells. I personally hate this marketing tactic (the way its applied here).
The up-sells are presented during the purchase, but after you pay the initial fee, which I find to be unethical behavior. The up-sells aren’t required to make the system work, but they have the effect of making you feel tricked. Not adding the up-sell also seems to diminish the value of the system as a whole.
Cut Out Of Some Offers: Some offers are made to your list but you won’t get any commission from them.
The operator sends offers on the back end only he will benefit from. It’s unethical at best when the site owner will be the sole beneficiary of your hard work. The sales page conveniently fails to inform you of this fact. This behavior alone would be enough for me to avoid CB Passive Income.
Users Can Just Unsubscribe: The ‘Secret Websites’ are just squeeze pages offering something for free in return for the user’s email address. Once the user gets their free gift there is nothing stopping them from simply unsubscribing from the list immediately. No one wants to be subjected to constant selling.
Even if they don’t unsubscribe immediately, they likely will after a few sales emails if no substantial value is provided as well.
One time $97 vs $47 monthly: This is odd. Who would pay $47 a month when they can just pay the $97 for a lifetime? It makes me wonder if the $47 a month offer is what allows the system to even call itself a passive, sustainable system at all. How are ongoing profits made otherwise?
Questionable Ethics: As described above, some of the operator’s behavior is unethical in my opinion. These lapses are the only ones currently known but begs the question of what other shenanigans might be going on behind the scenes.
The diminished value of the system, if you decline the up-sell, is also a sore spot for me, not to mention the up-sell is unworkable anyhow. None of this is revealed in the sales material.
CB Passive Income Rating & Wrap Up
I don’t recommend CB Passive Income and have serious doubts that many of its users are making a substantial income. There are a lot of unknowns like the back-end marketing and how it is conducted.
I also hate surprises when doing business. The up-sell technique qualifies as an unpleasant surprise because I already think $97 is too high for this type of system considering you are tasked with the hardest part of the work.
The fact that you are cut out of some offers should be enough for you to agree this isn’t a good deal on your end. This behavior alone shows an ethical lapse which makes you wonder what else might be going on without your knowledge.
Up-sells are a sore spot for me especially when they are presented during the initial purchase. You aren’t required to buy the up-sells to make the system work but not doing so seems to diminish the value of the product.
The reality is, no one will buy anything from you online until you have their trust. Sending cold traffic to a squeeze page is a tough way to earn a living these days. Most online opportunity seekers are a jaded bunch and are savvy to this type of marketing.
I don’t see CB Passive Income as a viable long term system that has a good chance of earning you a living online.
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*The articles on this site are my opinion based on thorough research and/or personal experience vs. the claims made by the product sales pitch. The information provided is for educational purposes only. Your experience may vary and you are encouraged to research all products and form an opinion of your own prior to making any purchase.