Is The Online Ad Network (TOAN, for short) a scam? I can guarantee you that every other online article you will find on this topic will have been written by a member of this network, and will gush about all the wonderful potential benefits – especially the money-making side – of joining the program.
This article will not. It will tell you my experience. It will be honest. You will not finish it and click away feeling all warm and fuzzy. You will probably not run out and join the program.
On the contrary.
The first thing you need to know about TOAN is that it is a network marketing company. That’s what attracts many people to it. They can build a downline with The Online Ad Network, and therefore eventually make enough money to get their account paid for – and beyond.
The next question to ask is: Is TOAN a company you should get involved with? To watch the opportunity video, you might think it’s the greatest idea on earth: writing unlimited ads for a small fee every month, in order to drive traffic to your primary company’s opportunity (or your own squeeze page, or product sales page), and be able to build a business with TOAN on top of it.
How The Online Ad Network really works
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you how it really works (and you will not hear this from either the TOAN powers-that-be or from any member of the company who is trying to make money with it). Your “unlimited ads” show up on a very limited number of websites. And when yours shows up, so do a bunch of other ones. Your ad may show up first, but it is more likely to show up in the middle or toward the end of the list.
Think about your own web-surfing habits. When presented with a list of ads or links, how likely are you to go through them all to analyze which one you think you should click on?
Right. And that’s how likely everybody else is to do the same. In my TOAN dashboard, my earliest ads eventually showed that they had been shown on any given page thousands of times. But I’d have only, say, ten clicks. Mr. Rooney would claim that my ad copy was no good. For his and everybody else’s information, I know how to write good ad copy. But I don’t know of any way to make my ads show up first in the list, when they show up at all.
The Online Ad Network has been around for several years now. That means, there are probably already thousands of people signed up in it. Thousands of people who have tens, perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of ads in the system. How likely is it that your ad is going to number one, show up at all, and number two, show up close enough to the top that it will be noticed? Even if TOAN had only hundreds of members, the sheer total number of ads will make either case unlikely for you.
I rest my case on that point.’
Spill ain’t where it’s at.
Think you can just sit in the matrix and get spill? That’s as likely to happen as with any other MLM that’s been around for more than three years and allows you to make money off of spill. Which means, it ain’t gonna happen.
Well, then, it should be easy to get people to sign up for the program, right? After all, it’s only $20 per month. First of all, there is an ethical problem with that. Based on what I said above, you should realize that inviting people to look at the TOAN opportunity is like asking people to join an MLM company which sells outrageously-priced health products that provide absolutely no benefits.
Second, I ended up having about seventy people watch the TOAN opportunity video during my time with the network, and none of them signed up. (Which is a good thing, after all, because now I don’t have to feel guilty about having signed people up into a sub-par program.) It seems like the video isn’t enough all by itself – you need to get people on a list that so that you can try to persuade them through hype and manipulation to join.
Sorry, but the truth is, to get anyone to purchase something that is not quality, you have to resort to hype and manipulation.
Here’s another thought about the quality of TOAN as a network marketing company: When I’d been in the system for a couple of weeks, I noticed something weird going on with the URLs I was putting at the bottom of my ads.
I e-mailed support to ask if I should write the URL like X or like Y. The response I got went something like, “Gee, based on what you said, I guess you should write it like Y.”
In other words, TOAN support did not know a very basic answer to a very basic question about their own software!
So, is The Online Ad Network a scam? Technically, no. But, is it of such a quality that you can recommend it to your friends with good conscience? Will you be able to make money with TOAN with zero hype, zero manipulation, and zero twisting of the truth, however slight?
For myself, I had to answer “no” to both those questions, and I got out.