lightning never strikes twice. unless you’re a spammer.

they say that lightning never strikes the same place twice.  that’s a good thing, because if you happened to be an idiot out in a lightning storm holding a weather vane in an open field unlucky enough to get hit once (and walk away),  you probably wouldn’t want to be the guy out in a lightning storm holding a weather vane in an open field with some seriously frizzed hair when lightning struck there again.

if you go to upstartblogger.com today, you’ll see a disclaimer announcing that ashley morgan wants to relinquish control of genesis rocket, and pawn if off on some other poor sap so they can spam it to the masses and try to turn a profit, or else assimilate it into a new and equally unsavory “twitter method“.  this act couldn’t be a selfish act at all; no, i’m sure it’s done with the best of intentions.

but as effectively as holding a lightning rod in a thunderstorm, ashley morgan — author of “the only legitimate passive income twitter method” — has had his own twitter accounts suspended.  again.

@morganzero
@uptheoctave (his upcoming “book“)
@followenormous (his band — which is actually unfortunate because there are at least 3 other members of the band who may not condone scamming or spamming)

that couldn’t possibly have colored decision to pass on the ownership of his “successful twitter method” to someone else.  it’s a little like playing chicken with thor, there’s only one way that’s going to end: burnt to a crisp.

seriously.  let this be a lesson to anyone even remotely thinking about either taking over genesis rocket, purchasing it now or in the future, or publishing it in another form or something similar in the future: spammers get banned.

a little argument with myself

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this is the argument i have in my head:

upstart blogger has been around for a while. he’s established trust with his honest representation of things. he approaches topics reasonably. he’s also exposed a few twitter scams and pyramid schemes. he’s built a good reputation. also, he makes a lot of money blogging: a lot more than i do (which is none). the only money-making links he has on his site are his affiliate program with AN hosting and, now, Twitter Rocket. Twitter Rocket, therefore, must be like a gift from god, given all the reviews…

really? what’s so special about it that’s different than the scams he’s exposed? the language he (and his following) uses about it make it sound exactly like other twitter scams.

surely you can’t fault someone who’s discovered something worthwhile for trying to profit from it. that’s what any product is. you’re paying for something that someone (multiple someones) finds valuable. that’s not a scam.

the self-perpetuating cycle of twitter rocket -> affiliate links -> twitter rocket sales feels pretty scammy.

that’s just using the system.

seems to me that @blogginghannah abuses the system. her twitter stream is littered with twitter rocket aggrandizement, and she’s purportedly the top seller. as glorybug posed the question: is it possible to make money with anything else?

sure it is….in theory. but if it’s a great product, and you’re using it, and you think it’s great, you become the perfect salesperson. it’s just part of the system.

that kind of system will break, won’t it? i mean, if it was really so awesome, everyone would eventually either be using it, or refusing to use it.

we’ll see, i guess.  however, there are enough twitter users that that won’t happen for a very long time.

what about all the upstart blogger wannabe’s? luke davis’ (aka @sixfigureluke‘s) comment over here uses almost the same language as upstart blogger when dealing with people who haven’t used twitter rocket but make claims against it. even @blogginghannah occasionally uses the same voice in her blogmondo dynamo is no different. and they both use wordpress themes that are based on ashley’s own (or at least an older version of upstart blogger). could it be that they’re all just characters ashley morgan has created to sell his product?

occam’s razor: it’s easier to believe that they are actual people than to believe the web of intricacies necessary for them to be fictional. plus, it would sell his product a lot better if it actually worked.

that doesn’t mean it’s not true…

no. just highly, highly unlikely.

it would appear than that twitter rocket is without fail. so, what’s the holdup?

i can’t see it.

excuse me?

i can’t see it. when i go to best buy and buy a game, i’ve read reviews of it. the reviews talk about what the game is like, who it was made by, what the gameplay is like, what other games it resembles, and rates it accordingly. when i go to the store, i look at it, check out the graphics, read the description, and then decide if i want to shell out fifty bucks for it. since i don’t know the details of how twitter rocket is so great, and so much better than everything else, and completely NOT like those other twitter scams (although we’re not sure exactly why), i distrust it. it feels scammy. moreover, it feels exactly like all those other money-making schemes where there’s this great thing, but we can’t tell you what it is until you buy it:

what i have in this box is the most remarkable thing you’ve ever seen. once you see it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
what’s in the box?
i will reveal it to you after you pay me $97.
i just want to know what’s in the box.
i can’t tell you what’s in the box. i can only tell you that it is so very valuable, that you could potentially make that $97 back in a matter of hours.
um. great. what’s in the box?

that’s true. but what if it is true? what if i really can make that money back quickly? if it pays for itself, and then some, isn’t it worth the investment?

it depends. i hate being a salesperson. if using twitter rocket means all i ever do is tweet about how great twitter rocket it like hannah does, i would hate myself, passive income or no.

but twitter rocket claims that it can support any kind of revenue. and anyway, it’s just the method to get followers, it’s not a money-making tactic in itself.

no, but i’ve yet to see much evidence to the contrary.

…and so on. it drives me completely nuts. or at least, was driving me completely nuts until i decided to just try to figure out my own method. and that’s the thing: since revealing (sort of) twitter rocket, ashley morgan has polarized his followers. they’re either in the “yay twitter rocket yay” camp, or they’re in the “you self-centered hypocrite — you’re selling the same crap that you just revealed as a scam” camp. and i’m smack in the middle, swinging from one pole to the other.

that’s why i’m revealing my process. and that’s why, if my process results in enough sales (through my two, count them, two affiliate links on my blog — twitter rocket and 1and1 hosting), then i will check out twitter rocket myself and see how it works. and maybe i’ll become one of the people shouting to the masses what a wonderful tool it is. or maybe i’ll just be a tool for having spent money on something i could have figured out on my own.

(p.s. you can help “sponsor” the project by buying something, you know.  just click on the link and sign up for one of those two things.  i wouldn’t put them there if i didn’t think they were worthwhile.)

a social experiment

photo credit: <a href=i’m starting a twitter experiment today. i’m tired of reading upstart blogger and listening to all the tales of how great his new product twitter rocket is.

i’ve no doubt it works.

however, i am left with a lingering skepticism: as great as the product may be, and as fantastic as a 50% payout on his affiliate program is (it’s actually unbelievably good), that still makes 50% in ashley morgan’s pocket. his recent @sixfigureluke campaign to promote a random schmoe to generate a six figure income in six months just means that ashley morgan will also be on a six figure payroll in that time. i can’t help but be skeptical.

but i’m left with a lingering doubt about generating even a modest amount of steady, passive income — am i doing the wrong thing by listening to the skeptic in me?

i’ve tried following upstart blogger’s example and find out how twitter rocket works without actually buying it. he himself did that with Twitter Traffic Machine and Brute Force Twitter. i didn’t have much hope in accomplishing anything in my searches, but i figured i had to at least look.

then i tried another tack – with our @ArcanePalette twitter account, i tried out Tweepular. lots of people use it, right? it suggests followers and reveals people who you follow who aren’t following back and vice versa. so i followed everyone who was following me, and unfollowed some people who weren’t and then added the first 200 (and some change) recommendations. huge mistake. my inbox was suddenly spammed with worthless marketing zombies and porn bots. i regretted what i did within 2 hours of doing it.

it can’t be that hard, right?

here’s the thing: like i said, i have no doubt twitter rocket works. way too many people are preaching its virtues for all of them to be creatures of ashley morgan’s imagination (as was accused by others of @BloggingHannah – she literally spends just about all day tweeting about Twitter Rocket). but i’m unwilling to shell out cash on anything that’s promoted that hard. it sounds too much like a scam. what i know of twitter rocket is:

  • it’s a process (as opposed to a software).
  • you spend about 30 minutes a day on it.
  • you can find targeted people to follow (and followers) that are in your niche.
  • you can pretty much tweet naturally as you would otherwise.
  • it’s easy.

my experiment: reverse engineer twitter rocket (or something close).

i’m a smart guy. i’ve been around the net for a long time. i also know how upstart blogger approaches things and what he’s good at, having read his blog for a while. i am a twitter rocket affiliate. mostly this is an experiment to see if i can figure out how twitter rocket works. or, failing that, at least figure out a process that i can use — let’s call it twitter schoolbus (my 4 year old loves Magic Schoolbus, and a schoolbus that can turn into an airplane, a spaceship, and an alagator is a good enough metaphor for my experiment).

i am going to create a new twitter account and try my theories. as soon as i test them, i will post what i’m doing. because i’m also sick of everyone saying “i’m letting you in on my secrets” without actually letting anyone in on anything (without paying, that is). and if i can generate at least $97 through twitter rocket affiliate links, then i will buy twitter rocket just to appease my curiosity.

what’s my real goal? this blog gets very little traffic.  i think it could do better.  the theory is that if your twitter following is big enough, you can drive a good amount of that to your blog and generate your passive income if you have well placed ads.  at this point, i’m not concerned about making money, although it would be nice.  all i’m trying to do right now is to drive some traffic to my site without feeling like a spammer, or part of some crazy pyramid scheme, or using black hat seo techniques.  if i do make money, well, so much the better.

let the experiment begin: @teh_s3quence