I was a member of Bring The Fresh’s full disclosure program for 2 years. I have a lot of good and bad things to say about them that I will be sharing in this review. Currently Bring the Fresh is offering a 7 day, $7 membership to check out their “proven system”. And as someone whose already seen it, I’d like to share with you EXACTLY what to expect from them before you take the plunge. I’d like to also add everything written here is based on my personal experience and opinion with BTF.
Update: It appears BTF is NO longer in business. Feel free to read my experiences with it though!
An Inside Look Into Bring The Fresh (Full Disclosure):
Bring the Fresh is a website which was founded by Mike Long & Kelly Felix. Both are successful internet marketers who set up the site to teach their members the same tactics they use to generate a large income online.
The most important components of Bring The Fresh are it’s “Fast Start Guide” & Forum.
The Fast Start Guide is a 70+ page step-by- step guide which walks you through the process of making your first website and setting it up “correctly” for search engines to spot. Then it gets into ways to make your site rank very high on Google. Overall great SEO tips. Nothing about PPC or Email marketing though.
Having tried out some of their strategies, I did have success with 3 sites as they hit the #1 position. But in all honesty, this approach to SEO isn’t really anything unique. It is however rare to find a place with good SEO tactics. The fast start guide is one of the few sources that does have good SEO info.
The forum is also a good place to get advice and help. Though half the time I spent asking questions there, it would take up to days to get answers sometimes and in some cases never. I also noticed Kelly Felix, one of the site’s owners doesn’t often communicate with the forum community. Just an observation and that may have changed since I “left”.
The BTF fast start guide and forum make up for about 50% of all the material you’ll get initially. And the remaining 50%? Well…
The Not so Good (Up-sells)…
While the site does have good information on making successful websites and ranking them high on search engines via genuine and even shady SEO tactics in my opinion, most of the website (in my estimate 50%, possibly more) consists of up sells once you join. Up sells are future products they try to sell you once you join their membership area.
I’m not a big fan of up-sells in general since the main BTF page talks a lot about how they’ll teach you all these grand things about SEO and then once you join, you do get good information, but you also get a lot of other offers they try to get you to buy which gives people like me the impression that what I originally purchased isn’t enough. I don’t like this method of marketing. It works, but I find it disingenuous mainly because you’re not told about these up-sells until you join.
Some of Bring The Fresh’s Upsells:
Done for you websites. Kelly Felix claims he’ll make a website for you and make it work while you do nothing. This up sell costs anywhere from $500-$2,495 depending on which package you select. I’ve heard good and bad stories about this from people. I personally am against any kind of done for you approach to building websites for a number of reasons.
The biggest is that it’s never guaranteed. This is the case with Bring the Fresh. If it doesn’t work out, you’ve lost tons of money. Buyer beware.
And any place which says they guarantee SEO results is something I’d be very careful with. In my experience most of these places either don’t know what they’re doing, charge you ridiculous prices for their service, are lying about their guarantee, or they use black hat methods of marketing which can get your website Google slapped. BTF does know what they’re doing, but in my case, it didn’t end well (more on that below).
Bring the Fresh backlinks: This is the service I used. It can cost you several $100 a month. At least 2 out of the 3 sites I used these backlink packages on ended up getting Google slapped. And I never got a refund until I filed a dispute with my CC company. More on that below.
There are a number of other upsells this program provides, but these are the 2 which are most popular and controversial.
This is one of my biggest issues with Bring The Fresh. Imagine for a second buying a very expensive toy in a box, opening it up and seeing that only 50% of the toy was in it, with the other 50% located elsewhere and worse costing even more money. That in essence is what I saw in Bring The Fresh.
Note: If anyone reading now this has tried any of their up-sells, please share your experiences with this below.
Why I “Left” Bring The Fresh…
I never actually left this place. I was kicked out because I disputed their services on one of my websites they were supposed to help improve. Allow me to elaborate…
Bring the Fresh offers backlink packages as one of their upsell services. For a small price of $100-$300, they will send backlinks to your site and help boost it’s rank. Now I’m not sure exactly what it is they do. Some speculate it is sending high PR backlinks to your website, while others say it involves getting people to comment on your blog to artificially boost your site. It could be none of the above, but either way, it didn’t work for me personally.
I first tried 2 backlink packages to see how it would work and the price of that was close to $400. After applying those backlink packages to each site, I saw incredible results. My pages did in fact rise in the SERPS and I did receive tons more traffic.
I was boasting about it to people at my #1 recommended place and though SEO would be effortless from now on. However, the people from this place warned me against using them and said it would eventually ruin my website. I didn’t believe them and as it would later turn out, they were right.
But before everything came crashing down and things were still good, I went back and decided to purchase more backlink packages. But at the time, the prices/packages changed. I purchased the most expensive one at the time which was $300/month. I would then end up using that package for 2 months which would cost $600.
Now where the problem came in: The $600 I spent was on 1 site, and after 2 months of patiently waiting, my site did NOT move up in the search engines. How did I know? Because prior to these backlink packages, my site was already ranked on the second page for it’s keyword and after the packages, it remained there.
Furthermore one of the original sites I used a backlink package on which had great results initially got Google slapped. For those of you who don’t know, it means your site loses it’s position and thus it’s traffic which is a complete catastrophe for profits. One more reason I do not recommend EVER using backlink packages. As I said before, the people at the other place turned out to be right.
I went to BTF demanding an answer, received none, so I disputed the $600. I decided not to go through with the previous ones, because the purchases on the 2 original packages were made 6 months prior. After disputing the $600, they immediately disputed back saying they don’t guarantee their services. Mind you this was NOT directly to me, but to Paypal which handled it.
Not once did these guys ever try to figure things out with me. I found that downright rude and insulting. Then they manually kicked me out of their website. How’s that for customer service? And there is how my 2 year relationship with BTF ended.
I realize that some of it was my fault in trusting them and in hindsight should have been smarter, but I did write this review to let anyone interested in joining this place know my story.
Overall Rating For Bring The Fresh:
Green Flag (Barely)
5 out of 10 stars: Good SEO training, but WAY too many upsells I personally recommend staying far away from. Also as time goes on, I feel BTF has been losing momentum. See #1 recommendation.
Final conclusion & recommendations:
I’m going to be honest. I had good experiences with BTF in the beginning but it didn’t end well. And frankly how I was treated angered me greatly. In spite of all that, I have to be objective when I do reviews.
With that said, in spite of my “beef” with Bring the Fresh, I still believe what they teach in their fast start guide and help you get in the forum to be very useful stuff for SEO, although there are much better options in my opinion. Compared to the dozens and even 100’s of crappy programs that teach you online marketing, Bring the Fresh does possess good information that does get updated every few months, but I would strongly advise massive caution with their up-sells.
Having said that, I ranked them #5 out of the best places to learn. I would advise checking out my #1 recommendation, Wealthy Affiliate as an alternative to BTF because I personally believe it to be much better in terms of training, support, and pricing, and there are no sneaky up sells. And they did call it right, before my downfall with BTF’s services occurred. Plus, here’s a VS chart:
If you’re still convinced BTF is the place to be…
I’m going to show you a discounted way to join BTF that will help you save a ton of money in the short & long run. The original price of joining BTF is $7 for the first 7 days and then $87 every month after that. However, if you follow my steps below, you’ll only be charged $37 a month. Here’s how to do this:
Step 1: Visit Bring The Fresh’s website here.
Step 2: Click the back button. This will take you to a new BTF page where you will be offered a discount for 60%. Now instead of $7 for the first 7 days and $87 every month after that, you’ll only get charged $7 and then $37 every month after that.
Note: I am not sure if it’s really $37 a month (even though they claim it) or if it’s really $37 the first month then $87 after that. Make sure you keep a close eye out for this.
Step 3: Once you sign up and start looking through the website, the first thing to check out is the “Fast Start Guide”.
Step 4: In the Fast Start Guide, you will have to buy a domain name and hosting (your own website). That’s going to run you about $20 up front and $7 every month after that. But I have a method I personally use to build websites in less than a minute, that cost $0 and includes hosting. Here is that method.
Through these steps, you are going to save a ton of money with BTF. Thank me later 🙂
My personal advice:
Again, I do NOT recommend you try out ANY of the up-sells BTF offers. This is my opinion. I could very well be wrong on this, but my experiences have taught me differently. Their up-sells are expensive and they are not guaranteed as you found out in my story. At the very least, try out the strategies in the fast start guide, see if it works for you. If it does, keep going and enjoy. If not, come back here and try my #1 recommendation.
If you have any questions and/or experiences with BTF you’d like to share, feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback on this subject.