Traffic Takeover – Review – Unethical & Dangerous
This review is about 'Traffic Takeover' by Glynn Kosky and I'm going to tell you if you should use it when driving traffic to your CPA offers, affiliate links and e-commerce websites.
This method uses a plug-in which replicates, or clones, an authority website such as CNN or Huffington Post and dupes your readers into thinking they are going to one of these websites when in actual fact they are being redirected to your website.
The following post is my opinion only and in this instance, I am basing my opinion on the 2 demo tutorials made by the creator of Traffic Takeover where he demonstrates what the software can do.
I am not a lawyer and the following is my opinion only. I base my opinions on my experience as an affiliate marketer and blogger.
I think it goes without saying that the software is extremely unethical and could land you in hot water with the DMCA and other copyright infringement laws. Check out this ultimate guide to Copyright Laws.
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How Does Traffic Takeover Work?
Essentially this is a plug-in which allows you to copy a page on somebody else's website and display it as your own.
The plugin works by using iframes where they essentially hijack somebody else's website with the purpose of duping the readers into thinking that they are actually going to the authority website.
- Step 1 - Choose the action you want the plugin to take, for example, a URL redirect.
- Step 2 - Choose which affiliate offer you want to redirect to.
- Step 3 - Choose when and how you want the offer to appear on the cloned page, for example, after a certain time or on exit intent.
- Step 4 - Take the URL from the authority website, such as CNN, and copy it into the plugin to integrate it with your own domain/URL.
- Step 5 - Share the new link which will send people to the fake page.
There are a variety of different options and features you can choose from when it comes to how the affiliate links or promotions appear on the new fake page.
Here is a live DEMO of the software in action:
In the video below you can see that's the author shows an example where they copy a page on CNN and display it on their own website.
You can choose one of the following actions to take when somebody visits that page:
- display an image
- display a video
- display an opt-in form
- redirect to another domain
- display Facebook Messenger
- display social sharing buttons
The idea is that when someone sees that page, either on social media or through an email campaign, they think they are going to the CNN website.
Once the page loads they are then presented with some sort of product promotion in the form of a pop-up, and opt-in form, or any other method I mentioned above.
This gives the illusion that the product promotion or the opt-in form comes from CNN which means you are effectively stealing their authority.
From there it is simply a numbers game...
Some people will instantly see that they are not on CNN and will exit the page but, unfortunately, some will not realise they are on a cloned website and they are quite likely to buy or opt into a product promotion because they think they are on the CNN website.
Here is a quote from the Traffic Takeover sales page itself, this gives you an idea of the unethical nature of this product.
Quote from the Traffic Takeover sales page!
“This is a proven piece of software that works over and over again, as the visitor is sneakily tricked into thinking you are sending them to CNN.COM”
As you can see even the sales page says that they are “sneakily tricking”.
Does that sound like something you want to be involved in?
Why This Method Is Unethical
This method is very unethical because you are stealing somebody else's work.
The content which you are claiming to be yours is not, it belongs to somebody else.
How would you feel if you knew somebody was copying your content and displaying it as if it was theirs?
In the process, the person copying your content is making money based on your authority, your hard work and promoting content as if they are you.
Not only are your posts and pages being copied illegally but they are pretending to be you. They are pretending to sell products on your behalf as if you are selling them.
This makes this product extremely unethical because if you choose to use this plugin you do not have the permission from the author and creator of that website to used their content.
By using it without their permission you are effectively stealing and stealing is unethical, regardless of what, where, how and when.
Stealing is stealing.
Why You May Get In Trouble When Using This Method
As I said before I am not a lawyer and this is purely my own personal opinion but I would think that using a service like this would infringe every copyright law there is.
Laws like the DMCA are in place to prevent this exact method from happening.
Whether or not the 'Traffic Takeover' plugin is actually breaking any direct laws, I do not know, but you do not need to be a lawyer to feel a personal obligation not to lie and steal other people's content.
Should the owner of one of these websites become aware of what you are doing, should you choose to use this plugin, you are putting yourself in the position where the owner of the content you copied is very likely to take legal action against you.
Given the fact that most of the pages you will be copying have extremely high authority, not to mention a huge legal department, means you are completely isolated and outgunned by a dedicated legal department which is there to fight plagiarism and copyright infringements.
Do you really think multi billion dollar behemoths like CNN or BBC would allow you to blatantly copy and monetize their content without taking action?
Why Would You Want To Dupe People?
On a more personal note I would like to suggest you ask yourself these questions:
- Why do you want to lie to your readers and pretend you're somebody else?
- Why would you want to steal somebody else's hard work in order to benefit from it?
- Do you not have more pride and self-respect?
- Do you not want to give your readers the best value for money with honesty and integrity?
If you are serious about making money online and about building a future for yourself with a real honest and sustainable business model, then blatantly stealing content from other people is not the way to go.
By using methods like the one suggested, with 'Traffic Takeover', forgetting the legal implications for a minute, I suggest you think about what you are doing here and ask yourself this:
Do I really want to be the person who lies to my readers in order to make money?
I think the majority of us are honest and do want to make money online and an honest and simple way so I would implore you to think twice before using these types of strategies.
Is Traffic Takeover A Scam?
I do not like to use the word scam and I do not enjoy writing negative reviews.
In my opinion, services like 'Traffic Takeover' skirt around the edges of legal boundaries by using ethically questionable methods in order to gain an upper hand on the competition and the try and make money.
They use these methods to:
- capture emails
- collect personal information
- promote low-quality products
- promote CPA offers
- and any other methods they can think of to make money
With this method, in particular, it is unusually murky because you are skirting around some very hot waters in relation to copyright laws.
Whether or not there are laws actually broken, I do not want to speculate, but I think anybody can see that the ethical boundaries here are definitely broken and morally you are stealing other people's content by using this service.
This is not an opinion or I guess, this is fact. They even state this on their own sales page.
Quote from the Traffic Takeover sales page
"Traffic Takeover is an easy-to-use software plugin that lets you takeover any website online with just a few clicks of your mouse in a bid to generate more traffic, leads and sales into your online business.
By taking over the authority of huge websites such as BBC, CNN, Daily Mail and similar, you will easily convert the visitor into a sale due to the high level of trust the visitor has for that high authority site."
The authority you are 'Taking Over', as they say on their sales page, is not yours to take. The visitors you are 'tricking', are not your visitors to trick.
If you want to use the plugin then, by all means, you are more than welcome to but please be aware of the moral and legal implications that you are exposing yourself to.