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Teaching Sells Does It Work?

Updated on March 17, 2011

The hype is winding up for the forthcoming fall launch of Teaching Sells - again. Yes this product has been around for a while - I first stumbled across Brian Clark, of copyblogger fame, Teaching Sells back in late 2007. He seems to re-release the product every 6-months or so - and the price seems to be on the up - though the price for the current release is conspicuous my its absence in the pre-sale materials I have had to date.

So What is Teaching Sells Selling?

What indeed you may well ask - even after reading your way through the free 25-page report it may not be entirely clear to you if you are not familiar with A-list, internet marketing game. Teaching sells has the *brilliant* idea of telling newbies to the making money online game that they should set up a membership site. The set up a site on a topic of their choice, apparently you don't even need to be an expert and then you will get lots and lots people sign up and they will pay you monthly and you will make $40,000 in one month just like Steve Pavlina did or even Aaron Walls of SeoBook fame.

Teaching Sells - Is It a Scam?
Teaching Sells - Is It a Scam?

What Is Teaching Sells?

Now I know how this game works I am impressed with the level that Brian Clarke plays at and his shear audacity of his vision. For two years he has been hyping this product explaining to people that you can make money by developing a membership site, providing lots of PLR and other cheaply available content, keep people hooked by providing a forum of interactivity where your tribe can play and interact and keep them hooked by continuing to upsell them to the next new thing / product. And what happens when you sign-up for Teaching Sells - well basically you get access to an friendly forum with lots and lots of content and a never-ending supply of new content on approximately the same topic - yup you got sold to big time!

Why I Dislike Brian Clarks Teaching Sells so Much

Quite honestly it was Teaching Sellsor one of his pupils look-alike products which nearly made me quit my making money online back in 2007. It felt like a con, it looked like a con, I knew that students can see through teachers who are only a few chapters ahead of them in the book (had some of those in High School) = and I basically couldn't sleep at night if I had people paying me for information on a subject I knew little to nothing about.

Teaching Sells Review - My Take

From what I have learned from some real experts (check the side bar) Brian Clark really doesn't know what he's talking about. Apparently getting Google search traffic and monetizing it, particularly with Google's Adsense, is not the way to build a "real" business. Yeah right, is all I can say, many of us are starting to see some real income from just that approach, and then of course their is Grizz's blog…

Instead I should be building my own tribe and repurposing all that boring old text into new and fun ways to interact with. Yeah maybe - but to be honest it sounds like too much work to me - I would rather have a business which runs on auto pilot and gets me passive income!

Teaching Sells Does it Work?

Look if you are a specialist in a subject, with a real-world following, preferably a published book or two, AND your subject is a topic people are prepared to spend money on learning about AND you are clueless about how to setup a website or a bulletin board - then Teaching Sells may be for you.

If you are like the rest of us - know a bit about lots, not famous in the real world, not a trained teacher or motivational speaker - no I think you will lose your money and waste your time with Teaching Sells - and I utterly do not recommend this product.

Teaching Sells makes plenty of money for the A-listers such as Brian Clark, Darren Rowse (problogger) and Yaro Starak - who are all out there happily promoting the hell out of it! I am sure they won't make any money at all if you take the time and Google their sites to give them the site up fee - just don't call me when you find it doesn't quite make you the millions you were hoping for!


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    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      11 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Very wise advice at the end - was wondering where you were taking us. Great Hub! I appreciate the realistic.

    • JuliaR62 profile image


      12 years ago from Madison, WI

      Hi Lissie,

      I know you can make money online, but it is real work. It is like any other business--you need skills and knowledge and it doesn't happen overnight. I'm also amazed at all the programs out there that make it sound easy and quick.

      I appreciate your comment about not feeling right about trying "con" people when you don't have full knowledge of a subject.

      I think that people can teach when they're only a few chapters ahead of their students (everyone has to start somewhere, right?), but that they should teach with full disclosure about what they have to offer and charge accordingly.

      Memberships sites seem like a very advanced way to make money. They require tons of work and tons of knowledge to pull them off. I agree that they are a strange way for a beginner to start.

      Thank you for your very honest review. It's refreshing to get a full perspective on these kind of products.


    • BJC profile image


      12 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting!!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Pam, Pam you must NOT price your book at $1200 - it will never sell! Try $1197 or get radical and try $1147 - looking forward to your spam emails LOL

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      12 years ago


      Well, I'm off to put the finishing touches on PAM GRUNDY'S SUPER DUPER NO FAIL SELLING SELLER!--the new must have internet marketing program with FREE EBOOK (entitled, "How to Get People to Pay You for Your Free Ebook") IF YOU ORDER NOW!

      Only $1200, way cheaper than Teaching Sells.

      Be there or be square! lol!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      LOL Pam - this is not just any crap -this is expensive crap - $1600 to be exact - but they do have a payment plan. Sadly they are already claiming to be nearly sold out - so 500x$1600 - yes that's why there's a lot of products out there - theres a lot of money in it!

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      12 years ago

      I once had a job writing 50 reviews a week of these kinds of internet marketing products. I had never even heard of internet marketing at that point (this was couple years ago), and I could not BELIEVE how much of this crap is out there. I mean, there's truly a never ending, infinite supply of this kind of thing. lol! (Maybe if I read some of it, I wouldn't be writing reviews of it--but then, maybe not--I mean, you're way smarter than me and if you're passing on it, I pass too.) Thanks for the review!

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      Bernie Perry 

      12 years ago

      Final TS pre-launch document came out today. It includes 20 testimonials most with webiste URLs. Interesting to discover that none of them are examples of sites that are TS success stories.

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      Teaching Sells 

      12 years ago

      Great post Lissie, I can relate to your high ground on these programs.

      I feel the same way

    • artrush73 profile image


      12 years ago

      Great tips thanks for sharing :)

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      Tesa Adams 

      12 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I appreciate that you share your honest opinions with us. Please continue to help those of us that are fairly new to this business keep out of the pits by keeping us informed of shady or questionable deals that some of us may be led to because of lack of experience. Keep up the great work as usual!

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      Nancy's Niche 

      12 years ago

      There is so many “internet marketing or income scams” out there today. One has to be very careful or lose lots of $$$$. Remember the old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Great article and thanks for sharing your info….

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      Amanda Severn 

      12 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the advice Lissie. There's too much dross on the internet as it is, without being encouraged to add more to it, and paying for the privelege.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      @Pete oh no there is a big difference with HP and products like Teaching Sells - HP is all about making money from profit sharing with writers - you don't pay to be here. Teaching Sells is all about you paying - a lot around $970 last time it was offered to be part of their community and learn all their secrets - avoid like the plague!

    • projectmaster profile image


      12 years ago

      Lissie thanks for reviewing the stuff so we dont get scamed and being the eyes and ears for all us newbies thanks goodness for your least we can avoid all the crap out there on the internet, and avoid getting exploited....

      again thanks for your great info ... look fww to more hubs

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      Pete Maida 

      12 years ago

      Haven't you just defined HubPages and all of the sites like it. I agree with you; it sounds too much like work.

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      12 years ago

      Thanks for that Lissie.

      Never heard of this, but you are correct is stating the internet is littered with such worthless schemes.


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