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Google Cash Detective 2 Review
Date Added: 5/18/2009     Reviewer: windychris
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Website URL: http://www.gcdetective.com
Company Name: Chris Carpenter
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Google Cash Detective 2 Description

Google Cash Detective 2 is a service run by Chris Carpenter (known for his famous Google Cash course). The service allows you to spy on your competition, find out what keywords they are bidding on, and what search terms they’re ranking for. Included are 14 learning modules that take you from researching a niche and using GCD to create profitable campaigns.

Google Cash Detective 2 Detailed Overview

Using PPC can be a long process as it requires you to test multiple affiliate products, research tons of keywords, and set up many landing pages before you start to find winning campaigns. That’s affiliate marketers are always looking for tools that give them an edge.

Google Cash Detective 2 is a service that is a shortcut to the whole process. It allows you to follow your competitors and see what keywords they’re using, what ads they’re testing, and what offers they’re promoting. You can even track and see what kind of landing pages are working for them.

Google Cash Detective was released earlier but had a lot of problems. Many people complained that the tool had bugs, crashed, and didn’t pull in the results as expected. It seems Chris Carpenter revamped the tool, fixed the problems, and released the second version into the market.

First, I’m going to discuss how the product works. First you’ll have to do some keyword research or use the keyword tool directly. You can then either use the keyword search or search by URL and the tool will give you back results of advertisers using those keywords (or URL).

The URL function is really effective because you can enter in the first characters of an affiliate network like http://”clickbank”, and you will get back results of many different products being marketed by affiliates. This is a great way to figure out to get ideas on what to promote.

You can analyze and track your competitors over a set amount of days. What this allows you to do is find out which ads are working. You’ll get back results that show the range of clicks, average CPC, average position, which ads your competitors were using the most, variations of the ads, and the display URL.

This data lets you know which combination of affiliate offers, landing pages, Adwords ad, positioning, and bid is leading up to a profitable campaign for the affiliate. Basically your competitor has done all the testing/research for you and you can model his campaign while making slight improvements.

At this point there are many tools on the market that does the same thing Google Cash Detective does. What makes this stand out is that the tool tracks over 2.5 million keywords daily and indexes it into the system. This enables you to get information on campaigns that were running as far back as 2 months ago.

However, I do feel there are many features that this tool is lacking compared to others. First, there is only support for Google and none for Yahoo/MSN. There is no alerting system for changes to keywords. You also have to search for affiliate links by using the URL. Other systems detect affiliate ads and let you know which network is being used. I also think the interface leaves a lot to be desired when you compare it to other services.

Next, I want to go into all the extra training material. You get access to the Google Cash video training course. This is very similar to the original course with a few new additions. There is a better overview of the system, tips for efficiency, and extra training on using the Google Cash Detective.

You’re given another course called the No Money System. The video course teaches you how to promote affiliate program with free promotional methods. Everything from using web 2.0, blogs, social networking, and social media is taught. This is a pretty solid course, but if the customer is buying the Google Cash Detective, it’s pretty safe to assume they have some money to spend on advertising.

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Google Cash Detective 2 Reputation

In conclusion, Google Cash Detective 2 is a pretty solid tool for research affiliate promotions and finding out what elements are making a campaign profitable. I do feel that other tools in the market are better, but the main important features are all there. Customers have given positive reviews about the tool, but there are some complaints about customer support. Other than that, I think this is a solid purchase and a worthy investment.

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Asked for refund - which took forever to get!

I'm was a member of PPC Classroom 2.0 and purchased GCD based solely on Amit's recommendations. I took the 4 x $350 payments, then $97 a month payment plan. Being in Australia, it works out to around $500 a payment, then $130+ each month.

I ended up trying to get a refund for ages and received nothing but "I'll pass your email onto Chris" responses. They told me they would cancel my account, but that just left me out of pocket $2,000 (Aust) and nothing to show for it.

It took me almost three months to get the majority of my money back... was not happy and will never buy from Chris Carpenter again.
 
 


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avatar   by Melani on January 29, 2010 at 9:33 PM CST

 
 
 
Cancelled and took ages to get a refund

I purchased Google Cash Detective when it was first released and had a horrendous time with it. There were a lot of issues in the first few days and after spending many hours trying to get value out of the system, I decided to take advantage of the refund guarantee and put my money into a cheaper program that did the same thing with less bugs.

Unfortunately, I found getting the refund a long and painful process. Initial communication was high handed and aimed at putting me off going for the refund. In hindsight I suspect it was frustration on their part because they were desperately trying to iron out the bugs and wanted me to hang in there till they did.

Also, although it took 3 months to get the money back into my account, much of this wasn't actually their fault, it was down to the money being temporarily misplaced in cyberspace by one of the intermediary banks.

When in the end I had emails directly from Chris, he was much more professional and helpful than the support staff who initially dealt with the issue. So although I couldn't recommend the product, it wouldn't necessarily put me off using anything else of his in future, I just wouldn't want to be one of the first ones in. Especially since he tends to charge a premium for early adopters who are then effectively used as guinea pigs while the bugs are ironed out.
 
 


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avatar   by gseymour on December 23, 2009 at 6:17 PM CST

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Is it fair to pay $1400 plus $97 per month then find out ...

Think very carefully and read every bit of print before signing up!

I purchased Google Cash Detective 2 (GCD2) in March, and paid 4x $350 (the last payment just recently taken) and thought that $97 per month was for Google Cash Automator (GCA) with the first 2 months free (which I subsequently cancelled).

So I have paid $1400 and now find that $97 per month is due every month from now on. I thought the $97 was for GCA so it was a heck of a shock to find out otherwise. This was not made clear at all, and easily fooled me, and I am an intelligent person.

That was in March and now I find in June 09 that it is available to anyone and everyone for 7 days free and $97 thereafter or just $1 for a further 7 free days, then $97 per month thereafter.

So just 3 months later, before paying my final $350, I am utterly stunned that the current promotion is $1 purchase of Google Cash 4 and the No Money System, and a free or $1 trial of GCD, and $97 per month thereafter.

We have effectively paid $1400 and we still have to pay the same $97 per month!

I am still waiting for someone to get back to me from "Upper Management" but it makes me feel literally sick that I needn't have paid $1399 just 3 months before.

I'll let you know what they say if I get a reply but I think the only fair thing is to let those of us that paid the huge premium fees have GCD2 without any further $97 monthly membership fees.
 
 


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avatar   by fruitbat on July 11, 2009 at 4:38 PM CST

 
 
 
Chris C. is the best.

I tried the GC Detective for about 10 days with different keywords and URLs, and it worked great. I was able to see the competitor's keywords and ads, plus how long each ad has run using his software. This is much easier than guessing which keywords will be successful.

I don't know how the software does it, but it's very effective.

Did I sign up for the paid term? No. Why not? Short answer; it's pricey.

I may in the future, but I'd sign up under my own affiliate URL, if I can, and get about a 50% discount each month. This reduces expenses greatly.
 
 


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How to cancel your membership

I tried Google Cash Detective for a few days under its 7 days for $1 deal. I decided it wasn't for me - nothing inherently wrong with the program - it just wasn't something I wanted to do.

I tried to cancel my membership so I would not be charged the $97. However, neither the email address nor the phone number given on the page titled "Cancellation Policy" actually worked.

The email I sent (several times) bounced back with the message that there was no mailbox by that name (team@gcdetective.com), and the phone number went to some Qwest conference area.

I finally sent an email to the company's support staff and received one back saying my membership had been canceled (I hope).

Also, and maybe this is just me, but I seriously dislike a program that puts the burden on me to cancel - especially when you have to provide credit card info and not Paypal - where it is much easier to cancel a subscription.
 
 


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avatar   by Dougger1 on June 27, 2009 at 7:35 AM CST

 
 
 
Monthly billing

I am a Google Cash subscriber. First program that I joined, but never followed through. Receive masses of mails, the latest one includes a package for $1, however after 7 days you pay $97 per month for the Cash Detective. Uncertain about the value?
 
 


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avatar   by JasonD on June 25, 2009 at 8:43 AM CST

 
 
 
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