Update 28th January 2012: I am not recommending TKA anymore, for the reason please see this blog post >Idea Theft<.
Update 27th July 2010: Even their trial month is now completely free, they just waived the $1 fee for the first month!
Back in April when I read on Lissie’s Blog that The Keyword Academy was about to increase their monthly subscription fee from $33 to $67, it was for me the last push I needed to join them in order to benefit from the lower price. This morning I received an email saying that this monthly fee has been reduced again to the old price of $33. So, why am I writing about all this when, in fact, it doesn’t affect me at all? Lets look first at what The Keyword Academy (TKA) actually is, what it offers, what it does well and what it does not so well.
TKA is a membership and monthly site that teaches people how to make money online by teaching them how to choose profitable and low competition keywords to build sites around them.
Their method in finding these sort of keywords works top-notch and additionally they offer the use of a range of online based tools to make this task even easier and to help you with your own accountability. And there is postrunner, basically a guest posting hub distribution center that makes and receiving guest posts for your site a blast. Plus an active, troll-free forum were a lot first class internet marketers (the sort that makes money, not the sort that claims to make money) are willing to share in their experiences. Plus videos, webinars and q&a sessions, they even do a regular q&a for the ones of us that are in the European time zones.
So, they provide sound teaching and great tools, why did they reduce the price then? From the horses ones mouth (love that sentence 😉 ): “… many of our new members don’t understand the value of PostRunner until they’ve been around a while, and $67 is just too high during the time they get their head around what we’re doing here.” , the ‘horse’ is called Mark and is one of the founders of TKA. What does that now mean is practical terms?
- For existing members like me that already are fixed on a subscription of $33/ month: nothing.
- For existing members that pay $67/ month. You should have received an email stating how to change your subscription amount to the lower price. If not, send an email to Lisa at support.
- For people that have contemplated on signing up, but found the price to steep, here my friend Lissie’s:
>>Honky-Tonky big and yelling TKA affi link ;-)<<
When you sign up you will be charged only $1 for your first month of membership, if you like it, you stay and pay $33 / each month until you cancel your subscription in Paypal. If you don’t like it, you can cancel the subscription in any given moment directly in your own Paypal account. So, the most what you risk is one dollar.
For whom is TKA and for whom not?
TKA is no a get rich over night scheme nor teaches anything that goes against any Google TOS. It is basically an online school teaching you SEO and making money online by building quality websites around certain, profitable and low competition keywords. It is great for absolute beginners, but the advanced tools and the community input and experience level make it also an useful place for people that know already the basics and / or are at an intermediate or even advanced level.
TKA is not for people that don’t want to put the work in, they don’t teach any magic shortcuts that make you tons of money over night, because such shortcuts don’t exist. If you don’t want to put the work in, don’t join. Keep buying useless get quick rich over night schemes!
Are there any negative points to TKA
Yes, there are a few points that could be seriously improved. One is the organization of the teaching material, it needs improving and updating. The material is great, but it needs to be presented in a better framework, at the moment it is very much watching everything non-stop and then connecting the pieces in your head. If you have already a bit of an idea of internet terminology and wordpress etc, that is not too difficult. If you are an absolute beginner that knows little more than turning a computer on and off, that can be a daunting task! Manageable, but daunting. In case you get stuck, their forum is always full of people that are willing to help out.
Summary: TKA is a great place to learn SEO and MMO if you are willing to put the work in in order to benefit from passive, residual income from your websites in the years to come. Link: TKA
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