Yes my friend, IBOToolbox/IBOsocial is indeed overrun with fake traffic using bots and IBOtoolbox is a Scam site. The profile pages at IBO are at IBOsocial and I myself was at one time a very active member at the site. I even recommended and referred IBO to many friends in the past, I do apologize and didn't know about the bots back then.
Now I do know about the bots and even though I do have many friends at IBO, I am no longer a member and don't recommend the site to anyone. If you are a member and/or do become a member, I recommend not sharing your actual website because the bots will ruin your rankings at Google, Yahoo, Bing etc…..
There are many wonderful people at IBO and you can indeed share your opportunities there successfully, just don't spend any money and/or much time there. Your banner ads that look like they're receiving clicks, maybe 10% of the clicks are real, the rest are bots.
What is IBOToolbox – IBOsocial?
If you aren't yet aware of IBOToolbox/IBOsocial then I'll share some popular reviews about it right here so that you will have a better understanding of the platform.
Below I will share a few of the highest ranked reviews about IBO:
- Home Business for Veterans.com/IBOToolbox Independent Business Owner Marketing Network
- ZerotoAffiliateHero.com/IBO Toolbox I Had Zero Results, Read My Review
- StevePronger.com/Small Business Marketing/IBOToolbox Review 2017
- LeadsLeap.com/Social Review IBOToolbox.com
IBOToolbox launched in 2010 and the original owner/founder was Paul Williams, in my opinion IBO went downhill fast after the sale of the platform. The current owner is unknown but I do have a very good idea who owns IBO now and she has no clue as to how to run any business, let alone a platform for members.
How do I know that IBO is a Scam and Uses Bots
Thank you for asking & I will tell you that I was so surprised when I found out. IBO does have the opportunity to share ads via text, banners, YouTube videos etc… and in the beginning I would share basically only Affiliate links to sites such as Wealthy Affiliate, Global Moneyline, Social Media Traffic Exchange etc…… with some results.
I decided to start sharing my content via my website posts and/or pages and saw traffic coming to my website so at first I was thrilled. That all changed when I started taking a better look at the stats, normally I try not to place too much emphasis on stats & instead more on results.
When I took a closer look at the statistics, that is where I noticed that although I was achieving some results, I was also seeing a much higher bounce rate and less time on my posts. It was so drastic that my posts were receiving site views that weren't even 5 seconds …… Wow, why were so many people visiting and then deciding to leave so quick?
At first when I saw my stats take a turn for the worst, I thought that it was me, so I took an even deeper look at my stats and that is how I found out that IBO was utilizing robots to send my ads fake hits and traffic. Even though I was only targeting my ads to the IBO wall, I was receiving clicks from their other associated sites like IBOTube, IBOGigs, IBOurl, IBOsearch, IBOList etc….
I immediately stopped sharing my website at IBO and my rankings with the search engines slowly started climbing back up and guess what, my stats went back to normal again.
To test my theory about the use of robots, I decided to do a couple of things differently to see what the results would be. At IBO there are traffic leaders and the leader board resets daily and is based upon how much traffic goes to your IBOSocial profile page. I pointed my ads to go to my IBO profile page and almost immediately became a leader in traffic, ironic right? Well, I didn't stop there, I also uploaded a YouTube video and had the learn more link linked to my IBO page.
Yes, You are correct!
My traffic to my profile page at IBO increased even more and I was even higher on the leader board for traffic at IBO. What I did next is even more telling …… I uploaded 13 YouTube videos (Not anything even remotely associated with IBO) and sent the learn more traffic to my IBOSocial page. From that point on, I was not only on the leader board, I was by far the #1 traffic leader at IBO.
If you are a member at IBO, try it for yourself and you will also see. How do I know? Because I asked 2 friends who were new to IBO to try out this method and yes, they were both at the top within the traffic leader board within 24 hours.
Better alternatives to IBO = Share Your Online Business Opportunity Here!
Club IBO – Should I Join?
IBO does have an upgrade option and also an affiliate program within the platform. When referring others to IBO, You are supposed to receive 20% when that person purchases a traffic package. (Club IBO purchases don't qualify) As a Club IBO member you are said to receive 50% of your referrals advertising purchases that aren't ClubIBO memberships.
Did you notice above that I said, “you are supposed to receive 20% and said to receive 50%” The reason that I said that is that I myself was cheated out of many commissions and know others that were as well. That being said, the “trainer” at IBO who I sincerely believe to be the owner also cheated me on another occasion.
Why did I stay and why did I remain a Club IBO member even after she cheated me? Because the community is full of great friends of mine and for the most part, IBO is a place to share opportunities with others. Club IBO is only worth it because of the added exposure within the system as the membership is less than $20 per month. Don't share anything except for affiliate links, never ever share your website, because the bots are rampant there.
Should I Share My Google Adsense Code on IBOSocial?
No, absolutely not!
IBO does say that you can share your Google Adsense code on your IBOsocial Profile Page and while that is indeed true, don't do it!
Because although Google hasn't shut down IBO yet for the fake bots, I am confident that they will eventually. You don't want IBO to take you down with them, they are cheating those who pay Google every day for fake traffic to their Google AdWords. Do you pay Google via Google AdWords? My recommendation is that you turn IBO in for cheating you, view the YouTube video below to see how IBO not only cheats you with bots but also rewards its members with advertising credits for clicking on your ads. (View it at about the 40-minute mark.
Training & Support
Both are almost non-existent at IBO, members are what make IBO even tolerable. Don't expect any kind of support from the admin and/or help team at IBO, they will either take forever to help you or never respond. Training at IBO is terrible as well, they do have a Sister site called MarketwithKris.com that is ok for showing how to use IBO to share your opportunity. Other than the training on how to share your opportunity, complete your profile on IBO, utilize the advertising etc.. The training is outdated and as inspiring as Kris is. (She isn't and neither is her so called training)
Do I Recommend IBOToolbox?
The above is a great question and I will answer it this way, The Community is great but:
- Don't share your website there
- Don't refer friends there unless you share the above with them
- Don't expect any support and/or training from the admin/trainer
- Don't get caught up in the stats (Only about 10% is true, the other 90% is bots)
- Don't share your Google Adsense on your IBOsocial Profile Page
Remember, IBOToolbox/IBOSocial Scam does indeed utilize Fake Bots for Traffic so tread with caution in the event that you do decide to join and/or stay at IBO my friend.
What do I recommend?
Thank you for asking and my answer is that it depends upon where you are at in your online journey, where you want to go and when you are ready to start ………. It's all about learning and earning so leave a comment below with any specific questions and/or concerns. You can also contact me privately via the message me form below as well.
Talk with you soon,