Under anonymity, two former students of the Affiliate Traffic Jam program, formerly known as Facebook Traffic Jam, which purportedly anchors on leveraging Facebook advertising to earn more money reveal their findings regarding the program.
Making money through Facebook may seem like a smart idea in the world for internet marketers and online business owners. Through advertising, entrepreneurs are taking their product or service to the top social media, banking on its popularity and incredibly wide audience reach.
Facebook Traffic Jam, a program that leverages paid Facebook Traffic claims to explode the profits of any business using this technique. FBTJ, also known as Trail Blazer Marketing, Bad Ass Media and Affiliate Traffic Jam teaches members how to advertise on Facebook and run those profitable ads with others in the group.
According to former members, "We believe that if given the choice of continuing with a partial refund of their money or continuing with the program of the 100+ members in the group, 80% of them would leave. The campaigns were not only ineffective; it also yielded zero usable Facebook Advertising account for many of its members."
Based on the technical aspects of the program, student who are unaware of what a proxy server is or even what virtual private servers are, will have to learn about these technologies. Through these technologies users can create new Facebook accounts using different IP addresses, something that is required because without an ad account, there is no chance of running any campaigns.
One student, who uses the name "Liam", joined the FBTJ program in early 2014, and waited until the release of the second ad campaign. He had paid the first of three payments amounting to $3,000 that he signed up for, having been promised to run "proven profitable Facebook ads" with others in the group. The ad spend paid to Facebook is reimbursed by the company and the profit was supposed to be split 50/50.
"I was told I would probably be making $300-500/day after maybe a few weeks," said Liam. "Their sales guy is a good talker by saying, 'we all know of people who are making good money running ads on Facebook'. I felt that this was a chance to learn how it's done."
When asked about the results, Liam said, "Months later, there were absolutely none of those benefits promised for my investment; instead, I, as well as others in the group, were stunned to learn that the campaign shut down their Facebook ad manager accounts."
"The tactics and strategies used by this group are questionable to put it very moderately," he said. "Their advertising technique is staunchly against Facebook's advertising policy. The result of using these tactics will result in Facebook permanently disabling an ads account - and it is impossible to run paid traffic with an account that is shut down by Facebook."
The FBTJ package also said members will be getting 8 training calls, but Mr. Liam never had any one-on-one training. Strangely enough, despite the problems, FBTJ continued to sign up new members and recruited people in the groups to become coaches.
Liam had made his sentiments known to the FBTJ team, but to no avail. With further research, he later found out that the company in question also has FTC complaints filed against them by people who are trying to protect others.
"I am not sure if this has reached a level that I would call a "scam" but I would certainly label this as a good idea gone bad," he said. "I have no confidence in their ability to help me make money if I continued (I would have to be paid in full additional $6K payment to proceed with them). It would be just a bigger loss" said Liam.
According to other sources within the group, the latest idea since many of the campaigns brought to the table were paused within days is for its current students to start promoting this course to unsuspecting people within the Facebook community.
However in light of the disappointing results of the program, Liam does agree that entire training will teach students how to run traffic, learn how to setup campaigns the right way and how to optimize and expand. But that is not what most of the current members signed up for.
"Students were promised profitable campaigns, and only a small number of students, like 3 or 5 out of 100 members, most likely made money before the campaigns were finally shut down by Facebook or by the principals of this group," said Liam. "If facebook training is what you're looking for, there are many other courses available that are being released weekly. These courses will also teach you what you need. We hope that other will learn from the mistakes we experienced," said Liam.