Preamble: InstaNiche – Owners: Mo Miah – John Gibb – Mike McKay – KME Byrne – Host: Bill Hugall
Well, sad to say, but yes… “It was too good to be true.” I gave them time, I waited to hear something… anything from them before writing this review, but… enough is really enough. Not only was the product totally hyped up and promoted by some of the “best in the business,” many are still swooning, still supporting these people and not calling them out. But, I will! I gave them time, lots of time to explain to me, a paying customer, what in the world is going on. Why hasn’t InstaNiche lived up to the expectations and promises? What actually happened is way less than expected, AND what they have done in the interim is just plain unacceptable. It just is. And, it’s time to share this information in case paying customers wanted to do something about it, and/or before it happens again to other unsuspecting people.
To my knowledge, those who are responsible for InstaNiche and the broken promises have not reached out to their customers, they have not automatically refunded people, and now, they have other products being hyped and sold by some of those who are among the best affiliate marketers out there. Now, Mo Miah and John Gibb, along with another, Bill Hugall, even have another product available on JVZoo under the InstaNiche Lite identifier being pitched to unsuspecting people who are, or may be, unaware of past business practices. And, seeing that at least two of them have not provided the value or the promises offered with this product, there’s an obvious possibility that it may happen again. Am I right? I mean, I believe this is a fair assumption.
This Review is not meant to “attack” or try to bring harm to valid efforts, honest business people or valid business practices. Rather, this is my opinion and perception of the facts regarding how this product was hyped, how it enriched affiliate marketers who “pushed” this product even before using it or thoroughly reviewing it, what was actually received, and how those responsible have received massive payments from a large amount of people for a product that did not deliver. As an Affiliate Marketer who purchases and reviews products in order to provide honest reviews to my readers, I’m getting pretty fed up with the hype, sellers going back on their word, and/or not honoring money back, “double your money back,” or guarantees with an “additional $100 back guarantee” (See Re-Recorded Videos Below). Therefore, this is my review of InstaNiche, the founders: Mo Miah, John Gibb, Mike McKay, and KME Byrne, and the inexcusable business practices of receiving payment for a product to include other features and benefits – all of which were not delivered.
NAME: InstaNiche – Mo Miah – John Gibb – Mike McKay – KME Byrne
Overall Ranking (For All Combined): 1 out of 10
Price: Initial Offer InstaNich Pro: $47.00 / InstaNiche Academy: $67.00 / InstaNiche Content Syndication $47.00 / InstaNiche ReSeller Commercial License $197.00
Owners: Mo Miah, John Gibb, Mike McKay, KME Byrne
Author’s Review Disclosure: Yes, Author Purchased This Product!
(Status Update 12/25/2016 – See Below)
(Note: This Product Is NOT Currently Available. They have “Closed” it for now, but they do ask for your email address for you to be notified when it “Re-opens.”)
This post is not just to discuss one particular product, InstaNiche, it’s more about “character.” Words and actions are two distinct things, so it matters not how owners may come across as “sincere,” or how much they may express how they wish to help teach others, what really matters is what did they actually do to “remedy” a situation that has not lived up to expectations, did not deliver all the sales promises, or lived up to all the hype. What did they do to make their customers whole again? How did these owners/developers treat paying customers? Have they provided anything in the way of: Support, Customer Service, “automatic” money back, or are they waiting for people to “ask?” And, that begs another question…
Have people asked for and received money back? Have the owners honored their Money Back Guarantee, their “Double Money Back Guarantee,” or the “Additional $100 Guarantee” despite the time frame being long past and after giving them chance after chance to “fix” the problems that paying customers realized after the “major launch” of InstaNiche? Have the owners done anything to rectify the problems after leveraging some of the best affiliate marketers out there who 1) either have egg on “their” faces with their own readers who bought the failed product BECAUSE of their customer loyalty to them, and/or 2) continue to downplay the shortcomings of the hyped product in order to save “face” with their own readers/customers? More on this aspect below… But, I will tell you that this whole experience has led me to address another important and related topic which I will address in the near future. Please read “Affiliate Marketing’s Dirty Little Secret” – coming soon…!
In the meantime, I have found an unhappy customer on “RipOff Report,” and I know of approximately 790 other customers who purposely joined the Facebook Group, but have now been effectively shut down from communicating.
PROS & CONS:
The “Pros” and the reasons why I initially purchased this product are, or were, numerous. First, you “could” get a site up and running in 60 seconds. Once you learned the cloud-based software, it was possible to get a site up and fully functional quickly. I wasn’t explicitly interested in the “less than 60 seconds” part, but was interested in “quickly.” In addition, the offer and original video explained that there were English speaking writers who were well versed in the English language and would be providing original content which would only be used once, pass “Copyscape,” and would definitely be safe to use “as-is.” Another selling feature, with the additional “One Time Offers,” (OTO) talked about the availability of ongoing content as well as support, tips, and further discussions via the Facebook Mastermind Group for an ongoing subscription fee. Another important feature to be included with the one-time fee was the “Unlimited Hosting.” As an Affiliate Marketer, I was very intrigued that I not only get sites up and running quickly, but that I could host additional sites through InstaNiche and not be charged extra hosting fees. This was a “big plus” for me.
Numerous… where to begin is the question! I will begin by telling you how I began seeing the “Red Flags.” I was not even through the video training before I began receiving emails from these owners who were talking about another product entirely. It was a product that had to do with Shopify. I thought, at the time, hmm.. why not focus on your “major launch,” which, I believe, was the biggest in JVZoo history? Why not make sure that all your customers are happy, and then offer another product? Yes, that was the first Red Flag.
I had bought all three items beginning in March 2016:
- InstaNiche Pro $47.00
- InstaNiche Academy $67.00
- InstaNiche Content Syndication $47.00
I bought the product to both use as well as to provide a Review for my readers on my blog who are looking for “work at home opportunities.” I was hoping to give it a good review, and I was also hoping to also promote it as an Affiliate Marketer. I did apply to JVZoo to market this product. I was approved, and I even sent out one email to my blog list group! But, after that, things started to go sideways pretty quickly…
Those of us who bought into the product were eventually notified of some sort of server issue after not being able to log-in to our sites. Those of us who already had sites up and running, and who had already changed the “Domain Name Servers” (DNS) to a particular server were now told to change our DNS and point to a “new server.” Specifically, we were to change:
- ALPHA.INSTANICHE.IO to NS1.INSTANICHE-DNS.COM
- BETA.INSTANICHE.IO to NS2.INSTANICHE-DNS.COM
I apologize to any newbies out there who have no clue what I’m writing about, but just bear with me. Basically, we were told to change where our content would be “parked” and “served” to those calling it up through their browsers. So, OK, I thought, I’ll just change my DNS and continue on…
However, after I did this, I then realized that I had lost all my content, and no, I wasn’t happy. I wrote in numerous times, submitted support tickets for help and to complain. There was no warning. There was no notification. They hadn’t backed up our sites. There was no notification that you “may” lose your content or warning that if you want to keep it, you should copy or back it up “yourself.” No, they didn’t do anything. There was no consideration for those of us who had sites up and running at all or any work we may have done. So, yes, I complained. I don’t like to waste my time. I had written additional posts about specific products. I did the research, obtained pictures, uploaded, edited, and posted valuable content and product reviews. But, no, they didn’t offer of any type of restitution… no sympathy, nothing, just – pretty much – “so sorry for your loss,” etc. …Red Flag #2.
After changing the name servers for the second time, I quickly got three sites up and running with new content. In the meantime, I had been writing to support. And, though I don’t have the March emails listed, here are the rest of what was being sent:
To: IN Support
Re: Tickets: 21926 and 21464
Closing these tickets do not fix my problem. Someone really does have to read and comprehend the problem – then offer the SOLUTION!
I AM STILL HAVING A PROBLEM! IN FACT, NOW I HAVE 3 PROBLEMS!
Problem #1) I still cannot bring up my website:
CampingandSurvivalGearShop.com. No one has responded, and someone has now CLOSED out BOTH of my Support Tickets that I wrote waaaay back on May 24th and 26th.
I had asked WHICH SERVER to point it to as it was originally in the “io” server. Should I change it to the NEW SERVER????? I cannot bring up my site, and, what happened to all my content that I had on it???
I am not happy that I have to basically Start Over simply because someone decided not to answer me and wipe out my tickets. I have paid for this product, and I do expect a response.
New Problem #2) I cannot go to my cpanel on the other two sites. An error code comes up and tell me that the owner …has configured their website improperly. Therefore, Firefox will not connect to this website.
New Problem #3) I decided to “add” pages to my Arthritis site. I had already posted three articles and published that site more than a week ago, but now I just wanted to add more content. I clicked on the “pages” icon to ADD pages to my previous three. I had done this before when I added pages to my Camping Site, and it worked fine. So, I did the same this time…
When I clicked on the pages icon, it brought up the articles as it had done before. I went through it all and chose my articles, images, and videos for all three. When I clicked to finish up, it said something about “publish my site.” I knew it was already published, but I clicked it anyway to add the three new posts.
IT WIPED OUT MY PREVIOUS POSTS, OVERWRITE MY TAG LINE, AND WIPED OUT MY USER NAME – as though it was publishing my site for the first time!
What is going on??? I did this before to add pages to previous content, but now, it totally wiped out and overwrote my whole site! What is going on??
WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE READ AND ADVISE??? I do not appreciate being totally ignored.
June 5th; New Ticket 22990 re: Tickets 21926 and 21464.
I also wrote to JVZoo: Here are my notes:
Wrote to JVZoo on 08/23/16 to notify them of this problem!
Apparently, either you are unaware of what is going on, or perhaps, you’re actually part of it! What is going on??? There are multiple people who bought into InstaNiche, InstaNiche Pro, Lite, Academy, and Syndication, and the two owners HAVE NOT HONORED THEIR OFFER! There are 796 people in the Facebook Group which has now been effectively shut down, and these two have not responded. AND THERE’S MORE…!
Now, the link for InstaNiche Lite goes to yet another “product” being offered by these two THROUGH JVZOO, and you are either not aware of the “switcheroo,” or you’re part of the deception! Here is the original link to InstaNiche Lite: http://jvz5.com/c/428643/208179. It now goes to eCommPagesLaunch.com!
Not only did I waste all my time and effort learning and putting up sites via InstaNiche, I have lost my three sites and all the search engine traffic I would have received had they kept hosting them – AS THEY PROMISED TO DO IN THEIR INITIAL OFFER!
I AM REQUESTING MY MONEY BACK – A FULL REFUND! I will contact PayPal as well.
Please Advise asap!
New Ticket 25913 Requesting Refund 08/23/2016
I have submitted Tickets as far back as June (It was actually May). Here are my Ticket Numbers: June 5th; New Ticket 22990 re: Tickets 21926 and 21464.
I never received any response, and my Tickets keep disappearing.
Now, I have discovered that all three of my sites are down, I cannot log-in to InstaNiche.com or my sites, and I’ve wasted all this valuable SEO time that I thought was up and running – and working to obtain natural traffic with the content I had put up, and all the products I had up and running.
I am requesting a refund for all three of my purchases:
May 13, 2016: InstaNiche Pro $47.00
May 14, 2016 InstaNiche Academy $67.00
June 14, 2016 InstaNiche Content Syndication $47.00
Please advise asap.
Attached ScreenShot Pics 672, 673, and 674.
MY SITES WERE DOWN!
Yes, you read that right. After I initially began writing to support, I was busy buying and evaluating other products. So, yes, time was going by. I hadn’t checked any of my InstaNiche sites from approximately June through to August 23rd, and when I did check, yes, all three of my sites were “down.” I then went looking to find whatever I could on a well-known affiliate marketer who I knew had also bought the product. How did I know? She was one of the top sellers during this particular product launch.
After a bit of searching, I did manage to find one of her sites. And, when I found it, her site was also down. So, at least four sites were down for possibly two to three months. And, what do you suppose happens to search engine traffic? …Nothing, that’s what. No Hosting = No Web-site = No Traffic = No Sales – plain and simple.
Yes – they did provide a variety of training videos. Mr. Miah does have an accent, and you do have to listen closely in order to understand him at times. In addition to that, some of the videos were recorded in a way that – even if I turned up my speakers to 100% – I still had trouble hearing it. So, the audio quality of some of the videos could have been better.
WHO IT IS FOR:
The product is, or was, specifically targeted to newbies and beginners who either don’t want to, or can’t, commit any time to learning the “right” way to build a site. It was marketed to save time and not have to learn anything technical – basically addressing classic newbie fears. People were told they could get sites up and running and be fully functional raking in hundreds per day. Yes, that’s enticing, to say the least… But, obviously, that was a very false claim.
I think you can see for yourself, above, how well this product was supported.
Begins at $47.00 with numerous One Time Offers (OTO’s / UpSells).
Here is one video that addresses the “Double Your Money Back Guarantee” and the Additional $100 Guarantee “for your time!”
These owners failed to deliver what they had initially offered and promised. Not only was this product over hyped and relentlessly pushed, the owners basically took the money and ran to push yet another product before making sure their paying customers, for this product, were happy. In the end, I did receive my money back – minus PayPal’s fees for “refunding,” ..which I find absurd, but that’s an entirely different matter. But, yes, I received my money back, and I have decided that I do not wish to reinstate this product at all even though they have my sites up and running again. (They will be moved to a new server shortly.)
Even further, it is highly unlikely that I will purchase any other product (for myself or to review) from these people again as they haven’t even attempted to reach out to their paying customers. It is my opinion that they can’t be trusted, they didn’t deliver, and with all my sites down while they are emailing me “other offers” shows me that they could care less about their paying customers. All of these things combined nails the proverbial coffin shut on this product as well as the owners, and this whole scenario also shine a negative light on those who associate themselves with them as well.
Yes, I admit, I was trying to circumvent some of the work. Yes, I admit I was trying to save some time.. Yes, I wanted a way to get more sites up quickly. Yes, I wanted to save money on hosting. Yes, I’m guilty. But, I was going to also implement my knowledge into these sites, so, I didn’t really plan to circumvent the whole process. I mean, I know what I know, and I was hoping to save some time as well as hosting fees which brings me to another point…
Surely, these owners didn’t think they only attracted newbie beginners – or did they? If so, I guess that was yet another mistake made on their part because not only am I NOT a newbie, here I am writing a Review…
Surprise! I’m a Wealthy Affiliate Member!
Yes, many of us are “around.” And, although I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate which emphasizes fewer sites at least until out of the “newbie” phase, I know what it takes to build a quality site. I still do intend to build a network of sites. What can I say, I’m hooked. I like working from home, the beach, the backyard, etc., and yes, I have lots of ideas. Not all will be blog sites. Some will be static sites, and some will be straight store sites, but yes, I do know what it takes to build a quality site. I’ve learned a lot, and still learning, in fact! But, this experience leads me right back to Wealthy Affiliate yet again. If you, yourself, wish to learn from a reputable source, want to learn how to build a good quality site (or sites!), have your sites backed up daily on secured and protected servers, and learn how to create a good “work at home opportunity,” there’s nothing better than Wealthy Affiliate – period.
Status Update 12/25/2016:
As of December 21st, all my sites hosted via InstaNiche and the founders discussed herein, are down. I checked the other person who I know to have one site as well, and her site has been down for at least four days as well. Yet again, there has been no outreach to former, or current, paying customers to provide automatic refunds, or to even offer to rectify the harm done.
WEBSITE NAME: InstaNiche
OWNERS: Mo Miah – John Gibb – Mike McKay – KME Byrne
PRICE: Was $47.00 with Numerous UpSells (OTOs) for additional features
OVERALL RANK -1 OUT OF 10
VERDICT: LEGIT – BUT NOT RECOMMENDED (based on actual experience.) Do NOT Buy.
To Your Wealth!
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