Welcome to my Free Turnkey Websites Review.
So, you're looking for a way to make some extra money. I know how you feel. If not the weight of debt pushing you down, it could be the stack of bills piling up. You're not alone.
FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com claims to be the #1 easiest way to make money online for beginners... but are they legit?
I know it can feel overwhelming to start your own website if you’re a newbie. I was also a newbie (as is everyone when they're starting out) – knowing nothing about domains, hosting, design or how to get noticed online.
So, if you're like I was, a turnkey ready-made website I'm sure sounds appealing. Especially if it makes instant money.
It can't be that easy though, right?
I must admit, at first glance Free Turnkey Websites looks to me like a scam. In fact, anyone (or any system) that claims making money is easy or as simple as turning a key, I'm 99.9 percent certain they're a scam.
But, I've been wrong before.
So, in this review I'm going to explain what Free Turnkey Websites is, who they are and how they work. I'll also pull back the curtain to find out if they're legit or just another scam.
I’m going to cover the following topics in detail...
- What is Free Turnkey Websites?
- Is Free Turnkey Websites a Scam?
- How Does Free Turnkey Websites Work?
- What I Like About FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com
- What I Don’t Like
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Free Turnkey Websites. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is "Free Turnkey Websites"?
According to Free Turnkey Websites, they’ll give you a free website you can use to make money with and all you have to do is you join their site.
What exactly is a turn-key website? I'm glad you asked...
A turn-key website is just as it sounds. Like a car or a house... you turn the key and you're off to the races (or the kitchen and living room) 😉.
It's a fully functioning ready-made website complete with hosting, a domain name, templates and a theme.
What's unique about Free Turnkey Websites though, is that it's free.
There are certainly turnkey websites you can buy, and there are free websites you can build. But rarely do you come across a website that's BOTH turnkey and free.
Building a website takes time and effort though, so you can't help but wonder what would motivate someone to give one away for free. I'll talk more about that later.
For now let's discuss how Free Turnkey Websites work because it really does sound like a dream come true, especially for newbies who want to start their own online business but have no idea how to put up a site.
How Does Free Turnkey Websites Work?
Free Turnkey Websites has structure their process in three steps...
- Signup for free
- Customize your free website
- Make money
Of course, within each step there are things you'll have to do.
1. Sign Up
Clicking on the [Get Started] button will bring you to their Sign Up page.
There, you’ll need to input your name, email, password, and phone number to gain access to their site.
I signed up myself to see what’s inside and it really is easy (and free). You’ll get instant access right after signing up.
2. Your Account Dashboard
After signing up, you’ll be brought to your account Dashboard where you’ll get instructions on how to set up your website.
There are also sections for your profile, training, an option to upgrade, and more. Chris Jackson (more on him later) will immediately greet you through a voice recording when you get inside.
3. How Your Website Makes Money
1. Give away Free Turnkey Websites.
2. Build your email list (you need traffic for this).
3. Earn referral commissions from 3 of their partner companies.
4. Buy One of Free Turnkey Websites' Traffic Packages
Up until this point I've been trying to figure out the "catch".
Here’s the deal… they’ll try to convince you to buy a traffic package. Of course they mean online traffic to your websites. After all, you need traffic to your website to earn money.
And how to you get traffic? Your site is only one of 1.74 billion websites (as of 2020) online. So how to you stand out and get noticed?
Without traffic, your website is useless. A lonely shell of ignored content in a dark untraveled corner of the internet.
Free Turnkey Websites' solution is to pay for traffic, and they will "conveniently" selling it to you...
Reaching this page and being offered traffic was a huge let down, and here's why...
One of the most common schemes online that rips people off is a paid traffic "bait and switch" that masquerades as a system that makes you money (the bait), but is in reality an instrument that drives traffic to the scheme's owner(s) by using other people's money (the switch).
I'm not accusing Free Turnkey Websites of purposefully being one of these schemes and using you to buy their traffic, but I will explain how these schemes work, and where the key components "appear" to operate within Free Turnkey Websites' system.
From there, you can decide for yourself if the money they're asking you to spend is for your benefit, or for theirs...
This is how it works...
What You Need to Make Money Online...
Anyone and everyone who has ever built an online business has discovered there are two key skills you need to succeed.
- Traffic - you must know how to get traffic.
- Conversions - you must know how to covert your traffic into clicks and sales.
Most never get beyond the first skill (and you can't learn the second skill if you don't get beyond the first). In other words, you can't learn first hand how to convert traffic into sales if you don't have any traffic.
The reason most people never get beyond the traffic stage is because it comes at a price.
The cost is either time and effort if you want traffic without spending money.
Or, if you don't have time and you don't want (or can't) put in the effort, you can shortcut the entire process and just buy traffic.
The problems with buying traffic are...
- It gets to be expensive.
- You don't know if the traffic is any good until after you buy it (a common example is fake clicks... or "bot" traffic that has zero chance of ever converting into sales).
I have experience with this, and anyone who has ever bought traffic has experience with this.
They've spent hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars on "views" and "clicks" with very little, if anything, to show for it.
Those with big marketing budgets can spend thousands of dollars testing various sources of traffic to filter out the junk sources and scammers.
They can test different offers and target different audiences. Eventually, if they stick with it they'll find a combination (a campaign) that's profitable... meaning, for every $1 they spend on traffic, they earn at least that much in sales and/or commissions.
But this testing process takes a lot of time and it's extremely costly.
And, when they finally discover a winning campaign, the return on their investment is not immediate. It can take several months or longer to recover the amount of money they spent on traffic.
More often than not, they don't earn their money back on the front end with a direct sale, but rather on the back end by collecting a "lead" (a person's email address) and the re-marketing to that person through email for many months or years.
And because of this, the primary purpose of paid traffic is not usually to make money on teh front end, it's a long term investment to build an email list.
Remember the second item under Free Turnkey Websites step "How Your Website Makes Money"?
The 3 ways your site makes money are...
- Give away Free Turnkey Websites.
- Build your list.
- Earn referral commissions from 3 of their partner companies.
Number two is to build your email list. But there's something else going on here...
The Bait and Switch...
To summarize the previous section, the real purpose of paid traffic is to drive an audience to your website where you collect "leads" (email addresses) and build a list.
You then use email marketing strategies to promote products and offers to your list, and hopefully recover the cost of the paid traffic, and hopefully have enough left over as profit.
But what if you did not have to pay for traffic? What if you could build your list for free?
Then every sale and commission would be pure profit, right?
So, let's back up a little bit and look at item number one on Free Turnkey Websites' list of ways your website makes money...
- Give away Free Turnkey Websites.
- Build your list.
- Earn referral commissions from 3 of their partner companies.
The first thing on that list is to give away Free Turnkey Websites, and what's the first thing someone does when they sign up for a Free Turnkey Website?
They fill in their name and email.
Who is getting that name and email?
Free Turnkey Websites is getting that name and email, just like they acquired your name and email when you joined... and thus, added it to their list.
So, here's the question...
With the traffic they are selling you, are you building your list...
... or are you building THEIR LIST?
You see, Free Turnkey Websites is just like you. They are trying to build their email list too because the bigger their list, the more money they make.
But I'll ask the question again.
Who is paying for the traffic that ultimately builds their email list?
Here's a hint... their lowest package price is $27 (for 50 visitors).
Effectively what's happening here is they are using your money to test traffic and build their email list.
As I mentioned earlier, paying for traffic is expensive and you don't know if the traffic you are buying is any good. In most cases, it's not profitable. In most cases, it's like flushing money down the toilet.
Remember a moment ago though, when I asked... what if you did not have to pay for traffic? What if you could build your list for free?
The way you build your list without having to pay for traffic is by getting someone else to pay for you traffic.
And the way Free Turnkey Websites works, who's paying for the traffic?
And that's why I said reaching Free Turnkey Websites' OTO page (one-time-offer) that sells traffic was such a huge let down. It raised a huge red flag.
In my opinion, it's a bait and switch.
Why do I think that?
The Paid Traffic Scheme
In my opinion, if the traffic Free Turnkey Websites is selling you was profitable, they would not need to YOU to buy it. They wouldn't even want you to buy it.
Why do I say that?
Well, the goal of paid traffic is to earn MORE money than you spend. In other words, for every $1 you spend in traffic your goal is to earn more than $1 in sales/commissions.
So here's a hypothetical...
What if you could double your money and earn $2 for every $1 you spend in traffic?
- Spend $1 and earn $2.
- Spend $100 and earn $200.
- Spend $1000 and earn $2000.
- Spend... well, you get the idea.
You are talking about a virtual machine that prints money. Every time you throw money at it, you get double back.
Of course, if you had a machine that gave you more money than you put in, you'd throw every penny you could get your hands on into it, and then some. The more you feed it, the more it gives you.
That's the theory of profitable traffic. It's the big promise, right?
They give you a free website, all you have to do is send traffic to it, and "presto change-o"... you get back more money than you spend. And, the more money you spend, the more money you make.
But here's the thing...
If Free Turnkey Websites' traffic was profitable and worth buying, the question is... why would they sell it to you?
The answer in my opinion is that they wouldn't, and here's why...
Remember, a profitable campaign (a combination of traffic with a website/funnel and an offer) can take months and tens of thousands of dollars testing different traffic sources and audiences.
Many people go broke searching for this magical campaign that spits out more money than you put in.
It is the HOLY GRAIL of online marketing. Everyone wants it.
It's not the golden egg. It's the goose laying golden eggs.
It's a money printing machine.
The more money you throw it at the more you make.
Would you give away a money printing machine?
What Free Turnkey Websites is suggesting here (as I see it), is that they not only have the Holy Grail (a profitable campaign of traffic + website + offers)... but they have an "infinite" number of Holy Grails and they are giving them away for free.
One to you, and as many as you can give away to others.
What are the chances you and I just stumbled onto an infinite number of Holy Grails?
I don't know about you, but in my opinion, the chances are absolutely zero.
And that's why in my opinion, if Free Turnkey Websites' traffic was so great, they would not sell it. In fact, just the opposite. It would most likely be a well guarded secret.
And let's not forget the obvious problem with paid traffic.
It costs money. What if you don't have money to buy traffic?
There are some free ways to make money online... survey sites are just one example.
They can also be a stepping stone to something more serious like an online business that doesn't depend on paid traffic.
You may be at home because of difficulties with your health for example, or young ones to look after.
If that’s the case and a full-time income online is what you want, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
5. The Next Stage: Pay to Join Their Partner Companies
Let's do another quick summary...
They've given you a free turnkey website which is great. They've saved you a lot of time and effort learning how to build a website.
The catch though, is they want you to send traffic to your website and one way of doing that is by spending money with them to buy it.
And your goal with that traffic, is to convince others to sign up for a Free Turnkey Website, so that they can get a free website and buy their traffic.
In the process you're collecting some email addresses to build your list. Free Turnkey Website's is also collecting these emails (when they sign up for a free website) and building their list.
In other words, the same people on your list are also on their list and while I can't say for certain (and I'm not accusing) Free Turnkey Websites of doing this, the "potential" situation here is that they're marketing to the same people you are, and are therefore your competitor.
But to be clear, I'm only speculating. The potential for that situation exists, but that doesn't mean it will happen.
That brings us to the next stage though...
Paying to join their partner companies (highlighted text in the screenshot below).
The three companies you must pay to join if you want to earn commissions with your website are...
1. Online Sales Pro – This is a lead generation tool (software).
2. NowLifestyle – This is an MLM in the health and wellness niche.
3. Traffic Authority – This site sells traffic (just a quick word of warning, they currently have a D-rating at the BBB during time this Free Turnkey Websites review is being written ).
This is not a review of Traffic Authority though. I don't have first hand experience with any of these three companies.
I'm only shareing their Better Business Bureau rating to illustrate why it's important to know ahead of time what kind of companies you are promoting, especially if part of your promotion strategy includes friends and family.
So, do "birds of the same feather flock together?"
Is that D rating also a poor reflection of Free Turnkey Websites? I'm not sure yet, so let's ask the next obvious question...
Is Free Turnkey Websites a Scam?
So, I've shared with you how one of the most common online scams work.
There are countless make-money schemes out there that are designed strictly with the goal of tricking others into buying traffic. Paid traffic is risky, and these schemes push all of that risk onto people who are trying to improve their lives.
People who have families, who have dreams and goals and in a lot of cases, financial situations that are already shaky.
Now, I want to believe Free Turnkey Websites is legit. That ultimately they provide real value and can help a lot of aspiring Internet Marketers start their online businesses... despite their similarities to the paid traffic scam which may not even be intentional.
So far, anything devious that may or may not be going on here is just speculation. To find out more we'll have to look deeper to see if there are specific red flags.
I did find a several...
Red Flag #1 – Who Is The Owner/Creator of Free Turnkey Websites?
At this time, Free Turnkey Websites site does not have an "About" page, nor do they tell us who it's founder is or how Free Turnkey Websites was started.
If you go inside (should you decide to join their site), you will hear from someone named Chris Jackson who's recorded voice will greet you and guide you through all the steps of setting up your site and online business.
I really don’t know if Chris Jackson is a real person because I can’t seem to find any Chris Jackson that’s connected with Free Turnkey Websites, despite various searches.
Remember, the entire system if profitable would suggest Free Turnkey Websites has the Holy Grail of online marketing. A winning campaign you simply plug into and make money.
So I'm a little confused to be honest that there's a lack of transparency as to who owns Free Turnkey Websites.
It's not proof they're a scam, but it is a red flag. Scammers hide their identities for fear of getting caught.
To be fair though, just because scammers hide their identity, doesn't mean hiding one's identity makes them a scammer. They may just prefer to protect their privacy and there's nothing wrong with that.
Red Flag #2 – Fake Testimonials
Up until this point, the red flags I mentioned (including the potential for a paid traffic scheme) are speculative.
They don't prove Free Turnkey Websites is a scam. They suggest there could be something dishonest going on here, but they are not proof of dishonesty.
This red flag however, goes further.
So far, I've been giving them the benefit of the doubt. And, despite what I know about these types of systems (having reviewed hundreds) and Free Turnkey's Websites' similarities to what are actually flat-out scams... I've been providing an out.
Explaining why what I see does not mean they are being dishonest.
I don't know how to explain this one away though...
About two thirds down Free Turnkey Websites' homepage, you will find three testimonials.
Kendra from Marietta GA, Paul from Lansing MI and Kevin from Boca Raton, FL.
Unfortunately, these identities are fake.
Below is Kendra...
As you can see, Kendra's testimonial image is a slightly distorted version of a paid model who appears on a HubSpot article titled, Why Emotional Well-Being Matters at Work.
Sites like Hubspot use stock images from sites like Shutterstock.
Next is Paul...
Paul appears all over the web, these are just a few examples.
Of course, Free Turnkey Websites claims he is one of the members and that their system is the only one he's made money with.
But apparently, Paul also goes by the name Provine Thomas and teaches a course on Udemy titled, Make $500 a day Trading Fibonacci with Thinkorswim.
I guess Free Turnkey Websites isn't the only system he's made money with.
Over at The Lonely Petunia, Paul shows up as Jeremy Lewis who wrote an article about relationships and alien abductions.
You can probably guess, I'm losing faith in Free Turnkey Websites.
In the next screenshots, you will see that Kevin from Boca Raton is an "Average Guy" from Shutterstock.
These fake testimonials are real deal killer in my opinion. The one piece of evidence they are providing to convince you that Free Turnkey Websites is legit, is the one piece of evidence that is flat out fake. No speculation here.
Furthermore, it begs the question...
If they've ever had a member who made money, why are they using fakes?
The obvious answer is that they've never had someone make money with their system, and therefore, they have no real testimonials.
When you combine this with the questionable use of paid traffic and a lack of transparency as to who owns Free Turnkey Websites, I don't have a lot of confidence in Free Turnkey Websites.
I've said it many times already, I'm not making an accusation but I also can't say I have a good feeling about them.
I'm going to lose the term "red flag" from here and simply list the following points as observations.
The truth is as I've stated earlier, there may be some real value here and while I'll share my thoughts and the following points, I won't preempt them with obvious negative context by referring to them as red flags.
Domain History of freeturnkeywebsites.com
This may actually be a positive observation, which I noticed when doing some domain name research.
Based on their WhoIs profile, their domain freeturnkeywebsites.com was registered in 2005.
However, when I checked freeturnkeywebsites.com at archive.org (also known as the web's WayBack Machine) it looks like the domain as been parked for more than a decade.
As you can see in these screenshots (below), prior to 2019, the owner of freeturnkeywebsites.com was offering it for sale... for $1,950 USD.
The Free Turnkey Websites we see now only started around August of 2018 according to The WayBack Machine.
Why does this matter?
Well, as I mentioned, I've been reviewing systems like these for awhile and more often than not, when it comes to scams, they are not willing to purchase a premium domain.
This one was going for $1,950 in March of 2018.
That's an important detail actually. It would have been easy for them to pick another name, or even buy freeturnkeywebsites with a .net or .org extension for a lot cheaper. But it seems they cared enough about their program to spend a little money on the domain name they wanted.
Their Earnings Disclosure
Inside Free Turnkey Websites, their process is explained as a fool-proof method.
In their Frequently Asked Questions section they refer to it being a turnkey solution that's PROVEN to work (if you follow the steps and work consistently).
They also claim to be the #1 easiest way to make money online for beginners.
These are all bold claims...
And then there is this claim...
It says you're virtually guaranteed to succeed.
It’s as if you have nothing to lose but everything to gain if you follow all their instructions.
In spite of all their sales talk and convincing powers of persuasion though, they have an earnings disclosure/disclaimer on their site which states…
- There is no guarantee that you will make money, you may even lose money.
- We can’t guarantee anything even if you follow the advice on this website.
- Your results will vary based on your individual capacity, experience, expertise, skills, background, dedication, etc.
Okay, they're being safe and for legal purposes publishing an earnings disclaimer. That's a good thing.
My issue here is the use of aggressive marketing tactics like "virtually guaranteed to succeed" when I'm very skeptical they've ever had anyone succeed.
Why am I skeptical?
Because they don't have any real testimonials. They are using fake ones.
Keep in mind, they are saying it’s the #1 easiest way to make money online. That you don’t need any technical experience and skills to earn money through your site. That their system is "proven"...
And yet, I see no evidence of anyone succeeding and they've stated as much with their earnings disclaimer.
Is Free Turnkey Websites Too Good to Be True?
Free Turnkey Websites will give you a free (ready-made) website and with a little traffic you're virtually guaranteed to make money.
It sounds so easy.
You also give other people their own free turnkey websites and earn $1 for each one you give away. Wow.
It should be easy to give something away for free. And to make money at it too?
But it doesn't stop there. You’ll also earn $0.50 for all level 2 signups (if people join through the people who joined through you). Double Wow.
According to Chris Jackson, you can earn up to $3,000 if you give away 500 websites. Triple wow!
So the set up here is that you get something for free, and if you give away 500 free things... presto change-o... $3,000 bones in your wallet.
In my opinion, it sounds a little too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, well… you know how the rest of that saying goes.
There's a reason most people don't make money online.
It's not that there is no "easy" money to be made. You can also earn extra money with simple things like online survey sites.
But you can't get rich with online survey sites.
Market research companies like Inbox Dollars are a simple way to get paid for your opinion. Swag Bucks is another site that pays for doing things you may be doing online anyway, like searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
But these sites are not going to pay thousands of dollars per month. They just don't.
If you've never made money online before, they can be a good place to start, but they're just a start.
For something more significant, a real online business may be what you're looking for. One that requires some real time and effort.
Making money from home might be something you need because of medical issues, children to look after, or maybe you're just tired of working for a boss.
If that’s the case, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
Is Free Turnkey Websites a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?
Similar to being too good to be true, in my opinion Free Turnkey Websites is a get-rich-quick scheme.
It has all the hallmarks.
- Earn thousands of dollars.
- Everything is done for you.
- Virtually guaranteed to succeed.
- It's the #1 easiest way to make money online
Furthermore, once inside FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com, they’ll show you pictures of nice cars, big houses, vacation spots, and so on... Supposedly, this is the lifestyle you'll be living and the kind of money you can make with their site.
Free Turnkey Websites is also boasting of 3 partner companies who can pay you up to $40 per month per referral for the life of the person. Chris Jackson talked about earning $400, $800, $1,200, and $4,000 PER MONTH in residual income by doing absolutely nothing.
The real kicker here is the claim that making $400 per month with 10 referrals is a "worst case scenario".
No! It's not the worst case scenario.
You must spend money to join these programs and you must spend money to buy traffic.
The worst case scenario includes wasting thousands of dollars, hours upon hours, and in the end having your dreams crushed with nothing to show for it.
The worst case scenario could also be dragging your friends and family into it and having them lose thousands of dollars, and blame you.
And I don't need to explain how your spouse is going to feel if you have one. Losing thousands of dollars usually doesn't go over very well.
There are several "worst case scenarios" here... and to be fair, these worst case scenarios are possible with even the most legit systems.
The difference is that legit systems don't make false promises like it being easy, or guaranteed. And they don't say your worst case scenario is making money residual income every month.
I know you want to make money online, and I know you'd love it to be easy. I wish it were that easy too. To just plug into a proven system.
To be given the Holy Grail of online marketing that prints money.
But in my opinion, any system or program that makes those kinds of promises is a get rich quick scheme.
So, is Free Turnkey Websites a scam?
Well, I haven't made that accusation yet and I'm not going to. I have some serious concerns about Free Turnkey Websites and I don't agree with their marketing strategy that claims making money online is easy.
In my opinion there are some false promises here, but as far as being a scam, I'll leave that judgement up to you.
What I Like About FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com
- Clean, professional looking website.
- Introduces you the concepts of making money online.
- You can get a peak inside for free.
What I Don't Like
- Paid traffic from a source you can't trust. You don't know if it's targeted traffic, where it's coming from, or even if it's real... until AFTER you've paid for it.
- Free Turnkey Websites, whether intentional or not, is structured like the common paid traffic scam.
- It's not really free. In addition to traffic, you must pay for memberships to join their partner companies if you want to earn commissions. And those companies have monthy subscription costs.
- Fake testimonials.
- All the sign of a get-rich-quick scheme in my opinion. Easy, big money, virtually guaranteed... but no "real" testimonials.
Where Do You Go From Here?
I've expressed some concerns here but I want to be clear, I don't have any evidence that Free Turnkey Websites is purposely doing anything sinister here.
I'm not fond of their system and I have my doubts it'll work, but that does NOT mean they're trying to rip you off.
There's another important challenge I see with FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com though...
What they’ll give you (for your free site) is EXACTLY the same as everyone else who joins Free Turnkey Websites. They all look like this...
As you can see, these are carbon copies of one another with each person's name and profile image changed. Everything else is pretty much the same, even their stories (which are supposed to be sincere).
Without unique content on your site, search engines will simply ignore you. Therefore, free search engine traffic is out of the question.
That leaves you with paid traffic, which we've discussed extensively already.
And here's the problem. They are selling you traffic, but everyone is being sold traffic from the same source.
So, the chances are, your website is going to be seen by the same people who are seeing everyone else's identical websites. There is no credibility, no authenticity.
When I read these websites above (and others), their stories were all EXACTLY the same. Copied and pasted with a simple name change.
The free turnkey websites they are giving away are also the same.
As I said earlier, I know you want to make money online. I know you probably have stacks of bills and debts keeping you up at night. I get it.
But those challenges can't be solved by repackaging the same recycled content that hundreds (or even thousands) of other people are repackaging and calling their own. And then promoting that content to the same audience using the same traffic source.
That doesn't mean you can't make money online. It just means you need to provide people with real value that's unique. Not something identical they're also getting from hundreds of other people.
You might be a student in school or a single parent at home. You may have health challenges that make regular work difficult, or maybe you just hate your job and you’re desperate for a way out.
If that's the case, an online business YOU create is what you want.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
They won't make you rich, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step.
I hope my Free Turnkey Websites review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with FreeTurnkeyWebsites.com, please share in the comments section below.