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Originally Posted On: How Fake Guru Benjamin Fairbourne Scammed Hundreds (webmarketkings.com)
Today, the vast majority of people use the internet when they are looking for a product or service they require. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that advertisers are willing to pay a premium to advertise on websites and videos that receive a tremendous amount of traffic. If you want to capitalize on that revenue to make money, then you might have heard about Benjamin Fairbourne, who is known for creating a course that helps people drive traffic to their YouTube videos to make money. Unfortunately, it appears that his courses are scams, according to an investigation published by the online marketing blog WebMarketKings. What does he claim and what actually happens?
The Benjamin Fairbourne Course: The “Golden Ticket Method”
While Benjamin Fairbourne has several courses, one of his most popular is called the “Golden Ticket Method,” which focuses on using popunder ads to drive traffic toward certain YouTube videos. Then, the makers of those YouTube videos make money through Adsense. Other advertising methods focus on “persuasion, adult marketing, sweepstake marketing, affiliate marketing, and 25 cognitive biases,” along with “10+ more courses as a sweet surprise.” He claims that the courses are worth close to $10,000, but the price will be “increasing” to $497 at the end of the month from $197. It appears that he could have charged close to $1,000 for this information at some point in the past.
Next, he also says that all purchases are “final” because the knowledge inside is “so valuable.” This is the opposite of what most companies do when they are confident in the product or service they offer. Most companies actually provide a 100 percent money-back guarantee when they are confident in the product they offer because they are willing to stand by the results. If you aren’t happy, the company will give you your money back. It appears that Benjamin Fairbourne is not willing to do this, which is a significant red flag.
How Is It Supposed To Work?
If you listen to what Benjamin Fairbourne claims is supposed to happen, the idea behind this marketing method is to purchase a monetized YouTube account. If your YouTube account has been monetized, you will get paid by advertisers who pay to put their ads on your videos. After this, the idea is to purchase cheap website traffic to watch the videos. If you pay people to visit the YouTube video, the viewer count goes up, which means more people are watching the advertisements, which means you should get more money.
What Actually Happens?
If this sounds like a pyramid scheme, that’s because it’s very similar. You bought the YouTube account, and you’re buying the viewers. Then, you have the intention of driving up the amount of money the advertisers are spending because you’re paying people to watch the videos.
Unfortunately, it appears that Google and YouTube have caught on to this trick, which has led to numerous followers of Benjamin Fairbourne’s tricky methods getting disappointed because they paid for the course, paid for the video, and paid for the traffic, only to see that they are not getting any of their money back. According to information that has been published by Google and YouTube:
“We’ve found that some of these services actually send artificial traffic to websites, despite their appearance. To deliver the traffic levels that their customers expect, these services often generate clicks and impressions using click bots, or by providing users incentives to visit sites or click on ads.”
What this means is that if Google and YouTube notice that someone is using an artificial bot to send more traffic to their videos and websites, YouTube will actually void the money made from those advertisements. This makes sense, as advertisers want to know that they are getting the money’s worth if they are paying for advertisements. If someone is using bots to send traffic to the video, then the advertisers don’t really have a shot of earning new customers, so YouTube should give them their money back, which translates into voided earnings for the person making the video.
Of course, this also means that people who paid for Benjamin Fairbourne’s course to learn how to do this has been sorely disappointed. Given the clear statement on his website that purchases are “final,” victims of his scam don’t have much of a shot at getting their money back.
Generating Automated Videos and Traffic Can Get Your Account Demonetized
If it sounds like getting your earnings voided using the Golden Ticket Method is bad, it can actually get worse. Sadly, some of Benjamin Fairbourne’s students have actually had their entire accounts demonetized as a result of this scheme. This means that their accounts no longer are able to generate money. According to Google’s support page:
“Artificial impressions and clicks that are generated through automated means such as a bot or deceptive software, are prohibited. Automated traffic can be generated by a publisher, or can be received through purchased traffic.”
Based on this statement above, it is clear that the exact method used by Benjamin Fairbourne is prohibited. There are many people who work hard to create videos that provide valuable content to their viewers. Then, they support themselves using ad revenue from companies paying valuable money to display their content in front of their viewers. Using a bot to drive traffic to the videos is clearly prohibited, which is why some people following Fairbourne have lost the ability to generate money through their accounts.
Automated traffic is damaging to advertisers, the reputation of YouTube, and those who rely on YouTube for valuable content. It makes sense that this information is prohibited.
What Happens If You Ask Benjamin Fairbourne for Your Money Back?
Clearly, the method promoted by Benjamin Fairbourne is a scam, so it only makes sense that people would ask for their money back. Given that this is the 21st century, you can probably guess what happens next.
That’s right. If you reach out to Benjamin Fairbourne to ask for your money back, he will simply ignore you. You can try reaching out to the customer service team for help, but there isn’t one. This is a powerful statement that shows just how much he cares about his students.
Your next option would be to ask PayPal to refund the transaction, but the PayPal buyer protection policy doesn’t protect you from scams, it is intended to protect you against fraud. Fraud takes place when someone else uses your account to buy something, posing as you. Because this is not what happened here, PayPal is highly unlikely to give you your money back. Furthermore, Benjamin Fairbourne has done a great job of protecting himself and understands how PayPal works. You probably will not get your money back. You can try initiating a chargeback through your bank to get your money back, reporting a scam or fraud.
Do Not Buy Anything from Benjamin Fairbourne
The best way to deal with Benjamin Fairbourne is to avoid supporting him. Do not buy any courses from him, and do not try anything he recommends, as it could result in your account getting demonetized or banned completely. Some of the other issues related to Benjamin Fairbourne that you might run into include:
- The Juggernaut Course, which focuses on adding affiliate links to videos and then creating as many videos as possible
- The adult affiliate course, which also does not work as advertised
- Stealing courses from other people with legitimate internet marketing content and trying to sell them as his own
- Benjamin Fairbourne operates without fulfilling any of his legal obligations: no terms and conditions, no refund policy, no business name and info, and so on
Oh, and under no circumstances should you ever give Benjamin Fairbourne your payment information, as he might try to charge you for a monthly subscription you did not sign up for. If that happens, you might be able to reach out to your bank, your credit card company, or PayPal to get the transaction voided.