Tsunami Sites Review: Should we believe the hype?
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the recent release of Tsunami Sites – a product that claims to allow people to share trending online content and benefit from the surge of traffic that it brings to their websites.
So today I thought I would fight my way through the fluff and hype and see just how good this product really is. Does it genuinely offer users the chance to create a rush of traffic and generate a consistent income in the process? Let’s look under the hood and find out.
Name: Tsunami Sites
Program Type: Content creation program that allows you to share existing content.
Cost: $47 per month plus upsell costs
Owners/Creators: Brian Koz and Shawn Casey
Tsunami Sites – Why So Much Fuss?
For as long as I can remember there has been a fascination for earning money online without putting in much effort. Let’s face it … we would all do that if we could get away with it.
In essence, and although it’s not actually mentioned on the website, this is what Tsunami Sites is suggesting you can do with their product.
Casting an eye over the video on the homepage it’s obvious that the emphasis is on simplicity and ease of use. This will obviously appeal to the majority of most if not all of the people who hear about it.
The Tsunami Sites Process
The whole idea of Tsunami Sites is to provide users with existing online content in either written, video or picture format that can be automatically added to their websites.
This is all made possible via a simple interface where content be searched for by keywords and can then be added immediately to your website or scheduled to be posted at a later date.
Where the Tsunami Sites action takes place
The idea is that you will be doing exactly what some of the biggest and most popular websites on the Internet are doing…syndicating popular content. The Tsunami Sites team go to great lengths to explain how common this process has become in recent times on their website.
But isn’t this a risky way to add content to your website?
Despite what Tsunami Sites might say, they cannot guarantee that this method will continue to work indefinitely. This makes it something of a risk.
I have been building websites since 2006, and in my experience the only type of website content that will always be acceptable is original and unique content.
During my time online I’ve also seen many ‘automation’ programs suddenly stop working because an industry authority (Google, Yahoo, Facebook etc) suddenly decided they didn’t like the way a program creates website content.
Build your website in the wrong way and you will always run
the risk of losing your traffic and income without warning.
I’ve also met many individuals who have lost their entire income almost overnight as a result, plus numerous multi-million dollar websites go the same way just because they were taking risks with content on their websites.
Let me just state though that I’m not suggesting this will definitely happen to users of Tsunami Sites.
I am simply explaining what I have witnessed first hand within an industry that is ever-changing and unfortunately, volatile.
When all is said and done, Tsunami Sites and the process it preaches is in its infancy so it should at least be treated with a degree of caution.
Does $47 per month represent value for money?
This is actually a competitive price point within the Internet marketing world, and even the best and most comprehensive services charge a similar amount for a whole raft of Internet marketing tools, training, support, website building resources plus a completely free trial.
It therefore might be the case that some might question if $47 per month is value for money in comparison. Tsunami Sites is after all just a WordPress plugin.
It is worth pointing out that your $47 per month at Tsunami Sites does give you an unlimited site license, and this means it can be used on as many sites as you want to.
If you are new to making money online or building websites then you will need to learn how to build WordPress websites before using this program. Whilst WordPress is the most popular website building program in the world, Tsunami Sites does not provide any training for those who haven’t used it before.
I was pleased to see that support is a priority with Tsunami Sites in the shape of a customer support team. They can be reached by support ticket and promise a reply within 1 business day.
Will upsells within the program greatly increase costs?
There are a handful of upsells within Tsunami Sites, and they currently work out at an extra $10 or $20 per month for an ad network on your sites and $97 for an advanced traffic program.
However, the actual costs associated with building websites is what you should be most aware of because because these can climb very quickly.
As a member you will have the unlimited sites license and for every website you build you will have to pay domain costs of between $5 – $10 each per year.
You will also require hosting for your websites and if you are going to be generating the kind of traffic that Tsunami Sites suggests then you will need powerful hosting – definitely not a $20 per month (or less) hosting package.
My final thoughts … for now
Tsunami Sites is without doubt a well put together product by two experienced marketers with positive reputations. The website is clean-looking and doesn’t attempt to push any of the scam buttons that we see so often in other products. The Tsunami Sites plugin works well and as suggested by the website.
I am in the very early stages of testing Tsunami Sites and I anticipate it will take some weeks, possibly months to get a clear idea of the potential it might offer.
To date there have been no major successes reported online by those using Tsunami Sites, and this might possibly be because, like me, people are skeptical about generating website traffic in this way.
Is Tsunami Sites suitable for the newbie?
I would have to say ‘no’ … for the reasons stated above. I would also advise that anyone new to making money online should first get an education on building websites (WordPress in particular) and learn how to create your own unique content. This will give you a solid grounding within the online world.
More experienced marketers might well feel inclined to try it, and I can totally understand that. However, I can almost certainly guarantee that they will also be wary of the downside of building a website with content from elsewhere online.
Have you tried Tsunami Sites? I’d love to hear your feedback, both good and bad, in the comments section below.
Marcus – WFHW