Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Internet jetset

Becoming involved in IJ or any of Crestani's affiliate programs may represent differing levels of opportunity for the affiliate marketer. While the success of Crestani as an internet marketer has been documented exhaustively, and there are many willing to sing the praises of Crestani and his systems across the internet, one must be vigilant against MLM or affiliate marketing scams that are nothing more than pyramid schemes in the end.

For every glowing review of Crestani and his affiliate marketing businesses out there, there are some that have questioned him and his methods. Many have pointed to Crestani's prior attempts at employment or entrepreneurship as questionable morally or ethically, which then reflects poorly on the practices he may employ in his current businesses.

John Crestani himself admits that one of his prior endeavors during his college years was to obtain blank copies of midterms and final exams and then sell them to students who wanted to prepare for these exams – something that the was suspended for after his university suspected he had obtained the test information illicitly.

Prior to this endeavor, Crestani was running a successful online retail business through eBay, claiming to make between $1,000 to $2,000 per month. However, this was also cut short after the PayPal Security Team contacted Crestani to investigate, as it turns out that he had been selling items that were not approved by the company. PayPal shut down his account as a result, which prompted him to return to college and attempt his online exam business.

While borderline unethical business behavior in the past doesn't automatically mean that current or future business behavior will be the same, it does set a precedent that Crestani needs to overcome. The fact that Crestani still seems to foster a reputation of being a “black hat” affiliate marketer – one that uses strategies where the ends justify the means -further sends warning signals that there may be some risk involved.

Some have come out and accused Crestani of earning his riches through pyramid scheme-like MLM scenarios. However, there doesn't seem to be any proof of this sort of behavior on Crestani's part in regards to any of his companies, either through selling the IJ course, the Super Affiliate System, or Nutryst, all of which incidentally – or not so incidentally – have affiliate programs.

The truth is that Crestani, IJ, and all his associated affiliate courses and programs represent income opportunities for both him and for his “students,” as he calls those who partner with him. What the spread is between him and his students is unknown, nor is it possible to ascertain just how well someone will do when trying to market any of these products or services on their own, while using the techniques taught in the IJ course, or otherwise.

If the IJ course has merit – if it incorporates the techniques and strategies that Crestani used to build his substantial affiliate marketing empire and if it's not just a throwaway supplemental income stream for Crestani as he looks for easily-duped would-be internet marketers to bilk – then the opportunities for genuine affiliate marketing income look to be valid. If it is the opposite, however – nothing but smoke and mirrors, and simply a way for Crestani to funnel as much cash into his coffers as possible through the clever and targeted use of upsells – then the IJ course may not be worth much at all besides an object lesson on how a fool and his money are soon parted.

In the end, investing in the IJ system or any of Crestani's other marketing opportunities is going to be a personal decision. The waters are not nearly as muddied as in instances of obvious fly-by-night companies set up behind poorly-designed throwaway internet landing pages selling obvious scams, as Crestani is a real, verifiable person making real, verifiable claims. However, incredibly successful affiliate marketers sometimes end up with a reputation for being scam artists or for employing methods that are just this shade of unethical, and this is something that Crestani's image suffers from considering his other attempts at entrepreneurship were less-than-legitimate.

Would we try out IJ or any of Crestani's other products and services? Probably not. Even if they represent a lucrative affiliate income opportunity, Crestani's suspect morality and black hatter nature are enough to put us off our feed, as we prefer income opportunities without any ethical baggage. However, we always take conservative stances when it comes to our recommendations, as we have a responsibility to our readers to err on the side of caution in an effort to not inadvertently recommend an internet marketing scheme that ends up leaving people worse off than they were before.

However, the choice is ultimately yours, and while we can't outright tell you to not invest in the IJ course, we can recommend at the very least a modicum of caution. There are some safeguards in place for you; the $47 entry fee is relatively affordable, and if you decline any of the upsells your investment is mostly in time and effort and not money. It may prove helpful to pay for the initial course and evaluate it on your own terms, testing to see if the practices and methods Crestani teaches are legitimate and profitable. If they are, it may behoove you to invest further if you feel so bold as to do so.

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