Welcome to my YouTube Secrets Review.
This review is about the YouTube Secrets program that you can get from the ClickBank marketplace.
This is NOT about the YouTube Secrets audiobook/paperback (authored by Sean Cannell and Benji Travis) that’s being sold on Amazon.
I just thought I’d make it clear so as to avoid confusion and make sure we’re on the same page.
With that out of the way, please read on if you want to find out if we’re dealing with a legit product here. Because if it’s a scam, I’m sure you’d want to stay away from it, right?
Here are the topics I’m going to cover:
- What is YouTube Secrets?
- Is it a Scam?
- How Does YouTube Secrets Work?
- What I Like About YouTube Secrets
- What I Don’t Like About It
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for YouTube Secrets. 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 YouTube Secrets?
Simply put, YouTube Secrets is a training program created by a certain Mike Williams. It will teach you how to earn money using YouTube without creating videos yourself.
Yes, you read that right, there’s no need for you to create your own videos. You probably know that people are already making money from YouTube – but with their own videos.
Well, YouTube Secrets is supposed to be a game-changer at this. They’ll teach you how to re-purpose already existing videos so that you can upload these on YouTube as your own, and similar to products like Lazy Affiliate Method... you can earn money in the process
Established in 2016, this product is still actively selling in 2019 (this is a good sign).
Who is Mike Williams?
I found a lot of Mike Williams on the Internet, but none of them seems to be the creator of YouTube Secrets.
The guy who’s supposed to be Mike Williams on their sales page is a fake (there’s your first red flag). As it turned out, he’s a Fiverr actor with the name (account name) “wickedstuff.”
I consider this a red flag because legit products have real people behind them. They’re supposed to be proud of their creations especially like this one – it’s supposed to be a cash machine for YouTube!
Also, this guy (who’s supposed to be the creator of YouTube Secrets) is supposed to give you your training. Well, how can he do that if he’s a Fiverr actor in real life?
If you're uncertain about YouTube Secrets and just looking to make a little extra "end-of-the-month", you may prefer something simple like online survey sites.
Research companies like surveyjunkie.com and swagbucks.com pay members for doing small tasks and sharing their opinion. It's not a lot a of money, but they are free to join and a good way to pass the time if you're not ready for anything serious.
Having said that, if you're looking for a significant income from home, an online business may be what you want.
With all the shady programs and systems out there though, which ones do you trust? Knowing how to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
Is YouTube Secrets a Scam?
For now, I’m going to give the Mike Williams guy the benefit of the doubt that this product is not a scam. Maybe the program creator is just shy or something and decided to use a fictional character and a pen name for his product.
But here’s another red flag I found while researching YouTube Secrets. One of the testimonials on their website has a photo of a lady named Kristy Lynch.
Well, further research shows that this exact lady/photo is also named Dannielle. She’s a travel blogger and even has her own blog (While I'm Young). For me, this Dannielle person is more credible than the Kristy Lynch one because she has a big online presence (especially in social media).
On second thought, I’m also considering the possibility that she's using a pen-name… Her real name could be Kristy Lynch and her pen-name could be Dannielle… But if that were the case and she’s using YouTube Secrets, I’d say it didn’t work well for her.
See the screenshot below. Her YouTube channel currently has 17 videos and 13 of those with less than a thousand views. There's nothing wrong with that of course, it’s just not a ringing endorsement for YouTube Secrets (where you're supposed to earn 10K/month).
To be clear, this is not a "smoking gun" that YouTube Secrets doesn't work. Like any program, it only works if YOU work it. Maybe it's just not Dannielle's (or Kristy's) thing.
So, in spite of the 2 red flags I’ve shown you, I don’t believe that YouTube Secrets is a scam. It has some shades of lies, but I actually believe it’s legit. Well, legit in the sense that I think it could be useful…
How Does YouTube Secrets Work?
To get an idea as to how YouTube Secrets work, let’s look inside…
Here are some of the things you’ll find in the program:
- How to set up your YouTube channel
- Video editing
- How to write descriptions using keywords
- How to get views
- Niche research
- Tips and techniques
How to Use YouTube Secrets
YouTube Secrets comes with training videos, guides, and instructions on how to set up your YouTube channel and use their techniques to monetize it.
In a nutshell, you’ll be re-purposing already done videos and make them your own. When you upload these on YouTube, you can place ads on them and make money.
Just one thing… I don’t think it’s entirely true that you won’t be making videos. Perhaps you won’t need to shoot them yourself, but you’ll still need to do some video editing.
YouTube Secrets will cost you $1 for the first 7 days. After that, you’ll be charged $47 every month.
If you have no intention of continuing with the program, be sure to cancel it before 7 days (or anytime before being charged for the month).
The YouTube Secrets program comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
The nice thing about ClickBank products is that you can go directly to ClickBank if you want something refunded. So, if you can’t contact the product vendor himself (which may be risky if it’s someone fake like Mike Williams), you know you can always get your money refunded through ClickBank.
I found some possible issues with using YouTube Secrets’ methods…
Issue #1 - Use of Any Video
The thing is, you can’t use just any video on the internet for your own YouTube channel. This is tantamount to stealing – so aside from being unethical (and wrong), you can get into trouble for it.
Should your YouTube channel get 3 copyright hits (when the real owners report you to YouTube/Google), your channel will be terminated. Now, this can be pretty hard, especially if you’ve already built a following.
Issue #2 – Use of Free-to-Use Videos
There are free-to-use videos that you can legally re-purpose and use and monetize your YouTube channel with. These include videos that are labeled with creative commons and those in the public domain.
I suggest going for this option if you’re going to pursue the re-purposing of videos. However, please note the following:
- Do take caution when using videos from creative commons. Some people copy videos with standard licenses and label these with creative commons for their own use. Using these (unknowingly) can get you into trouble when the real owner finds your channel with it.
- When looking for videos in creative commons, check on the conditions/terms attached to the videos (one condition may be to credit the owners when you use their videos).
- It’s not that easy to find videos that are free-to-use (free images easier to find). You also need to consider your niche. For example, it may be easier to find free-to-use videos of cats and dogs and babies than something about Accounting.
- Duplicate content. You're not the only one using these videos so you're competing with other people, and in a lot of cases (unless you have a unique editing approach or style) there will be nothing unique about your videos, which will make it difficult to build a following.
There's no question there's a lot more time and effort involved than YouTube Secrets suggests. Again, that doesn't mean it doesn't work or that it won't provide another piece to your online journey puzzle and get you closer to where you'd like to be.
If your current situation doesn't allow for such a commitment though, there are other ways to make (some) money online.
They won't make you rich, but online survey sites are a simple way to earn a few extra bucks in your spare time.
Sites like Survey Junkie are a simple way to get paid for your opinion. Swag Bucks is another site that rewards members for doing small tasks like searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
They are collecting opinions and in some cases, online behavioral data and paying people for their time.
For the kind of income that can replace your job, you may be interested in an online business.
If you're sick of working for someone else or dealing with something like a medical issue for example, a full-time online income is what you want. Knowing how (and where) to get started though is what you need in order to get what you want.
What I Like About YouTube Secrets
- It’s possible – I think it’s possible to make money with YouTube using the methods taught in YouTube Secrets. But not 10K/ month especially in the beginning (even if the product is legit).
- 60-day money-back guarantee – For me, 60 days is a generous amount of time. You're given 2 full months to test-drive the product.
What I Don't Like
- Use of fake product creator – I'd like to know who Mike Williams is, and why he’s hiding.
- Use of fake testimonial – I found at least one fake testimonial on their sales page, and that makes me doubt the credibility of the others and think the whole thing is a scam.
- It’s not that easy – They make it look like it’s easy to create a YouTube channel that will earn 10K per month and with very little work (30 minutes per week). However, even when you have your YouTube channel set up, you’ll still need to get subscribers and traffic to monetize it. Also, video editing (and finding free-to-use videos) can take a lot of time.
Where Do You Go From Here?
The truth is, you can really make money with your YouTube channel – so YouTube Secrets’ claim is legit. However, you need to have 10,000 views and 1,000 subscribers before you’re allowed to monetize a video.
When ads are displayed on your videos, you’ll get paid for this. So, realistically, what YouTube Secrets is promising you is true – it's just not as easy as they claim.
If you’re keen on getting YouTube Secrets, I think there’s no harm in checking it out. For only $1, you’ll get complete access to all their training materials on how to make money online using YouTube (through the method of re-purposing videos).
If you think the product is worth it (and not a scam), you can even continue with your subscription (beyond the 7 days).
If it were me, I would much rather create my own videos. If you're into that kind of thing, it's a lot easier these days and you can even do most of it on your smartphone. It would be fun (again, if it's your thing) and the risks of getting hit with copyright issues are less. And then, I would apply all the monetization techniques they’re teaching in YouTube Secrets. But that’s just me…
If creating videos is not your thing though, or you're just not sure YouTube Secrets is for you, there are other ways you can earn money online.
You might be a student in school or a single parent at home. You may have health difficulties, or maybe you're just tired of your job and desperate for a way out.
If that's the case, an online business 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.
Of course they won't make you rich, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step to bigger things down the road, like an an online business.
I hope my YouTube Secrets review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with YouTube Secrets, please share in the comments section below.