After so many years, I thought that Paid Social Media Jobs would have been erased and forgotten.
But, today it is still alive and I wanted to know why.
For sure the sales page and process is exactly the same...
But, what has changed? What has kept PSMJ alive for so long.
By now, we should know the popularity of the social media and the job market it has created.
4 years ago, social media jobs were still a new thing. Everyone was raving about it, and I thought that the hype would die down someday.
Instead, social media jobs are on the rise, and PSMJ is riding on that right wave.
What has changed in Paid Social Media Jobs?
1. Social Media Job Database
Back in 2014, the user interface looks like this:
Now, the job market looks like this:
What I think?
The previous version is simply a low quality job market, but the new version is simply a duplicate job market.
I'll be very honest with you, you definitely do not need to pay money to get access to these jobs.
Not for $17 (the discount that they share with you so freely) nor the $25 (their retail price). Why?
Because these jobs are freely available on Freelancer.com, Guru.com, and Upwork.com.
These are websites that connect freelancers with business owners, and they have a dedicated search engine to help you find a suitable job.
And, they are free to join.
Which leads me to the question, "what exactly is the need of Paid Social Media Jobs?"
Social Media training? Getting you ready to be a social media manager?
These are the possible reasons for its existence, but let us cover what training materials this program provides.
2. Social Media Training
The social media that we know in 2014, is definitely not the same as what it is now.
So much has changed...
But, not for Paid Social Media Jobs.
The training material is still the same. It has 3 core modules and 1 advanced training.
To be a social media manager, you need a specific skill set...
And, PSMJ does not have that kind of training that will teach you everything about Social Media Managing.
Basic skills like community management, social media posting schedules, managing social engagements, are not even discussed in PSMJ.
These are utmost important skills that a social media manager needs.
Which leads me to the question again "what is the point of Paid Social Media Jobs?"
What's in the PSMJ Training?
Here's what PSMJ teaches you:
- Write good resumes
- Promote yourself
- Attract business owners to engage your services
- Many other surface information, but none of the pertinent importance
I assume that you are looking to join PSMJ because you wanted to earn some money online.
But, if you don't have the skill set, how do you offer your services?
3. Social Media Affiliate
This is a new feature in PSMJ.
Basically, you will be introduced to the concept of Affiliate Marketing.
However, it is not as simple as it seems to earn money from Affiliate Marketing.
The information you get from this training is just the tip of the iceberg.
And, you can hardly progress or make any money after going through this training.
If you really want to learn how to become a successful affiliate marketer, then I'd recommend that you check out this program instead.
My Updated Opinion
Well, I wouldn't say Paid Social Media Jobs is a scam, because you get what you paid for.
For $17, you get a social media job marketplace, and some training that covers surface information.
If you are oblivious to the social media developments, and the freelance job market, you would probably feel that you've benefited.
But, for someone who is well aware of what is happening, you'll probably feel deceived.
So, if you ask my opinion, I'll say that Paid Social Media Jobs is not a good program for you to join.
And, definitely not a place for you to learn how to make money online.
From this point on, you will be reading the review written back in 2014.
[Original Version] Paid Social Media Jobs - An Overview
I did it! After countless hours of concentration, I've finally gone through all the lessons and tested out the Paid Social Media Jobs (PSMJ) system. Now I am ready to share my experience with you.
Here is my overview of Paid Social Media Jobs and what they are teaching you to do:
- You have to create a "stunning resume" to attract people to employ you as a freelancer to handle their social media accounts
- Learn how to market your expertise to businesses that do not even know if they need your service
- Convince your clients to trust you with their social media accounts (i.e. the client's facebook, twitter, etc)
- Write a legally documented agreement with your client
- Once you have landed a job, you have to know how to manage your client's expectation
- Perform your expertise
- Charge your client's on the service rendered
- Chase your clients for overdue payments
Do any of the tasks above look easy to you? Yes! I would probably say number 7 and 8 are the easiest. As you can see, you would probably need to perform tasks (1) to (6) before you can proceed to collect money from your client's.
This is a legitimate business model, however, it is not as easy as it seems.
You were promised an easy way to make money with Paid Social Media Jobs.
I would presume that by joining Paid Social Media Jobs, there would be a system to at least handle steps (2) to (4), but to my disappointment I have to do all the tasks manually.
The Big Problem with the PSMJ Course...
The big problem is "HOW" do I do the above task manually.
The courses in Paid Social Media Jobs are a perfect example of a "WHAT" and "WHY" kind of course but do not provide the "HOW" solution. PSMJ only tells you the things you need to do and why you need to do it, but it did not give you a solution to your problems. I will go in detail on the Paid Social Media Jobs course below.
Practically, there is no "system" in Paid Social Media Jobs, it is just a course which teaches you how to start your online business by selling social media services like setting up social media accounts with facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc.
The Paid Social Media Jobs Marketplace, a place where you can sell your expertise and get jobs, is definitely not pleasing for both the employer and the freelancer like yourself. Again, I will discuss in detail below.
PSMJ is definitely not worth joining because it uses Private Label Rights (PLR) content as part of its course. There are no originality and the quality of the courses are questionable.
The Paid Social Media Jobs Courses
There is a total of 4 Modules:
Module 1: Understanding Social Media Clients
After going through this Module, Paid Social Media Jobs assume that you are able to address to the following social Media client's concerns:
- WANT - Everything that is easy for the clients
- NEED - Spending money on social media needs to be WORTH IT
- FEAR - Social Media GOING WRONG
However, as a total beginner who is new to social media, I will be very concerned at this point and probably would have given up as I do not understand what is going on or how should I provide any service to anyone let alone convince the clients.
Module 2: How to be a Social Media Manager
This module shows you what kinds of social media jobs are out there, and where you can connect with clients seeking help with their social media management needs.
It teaches you to start with Starter Social Media Jobs like setting up social media profiles for clients, if you are a total beginner, this is probably the only feasible job you can offer.
So my next question is, do Paid Social Media Jobs provide any education to further knowledge on Social Media? No! It doesn't.
Module 3: Introduction to Social Media Management
This Module talks about branding for businesses. To be honest, branding is a very wide topic and a sensitive one for successful businesses.
People go through years of college to study how to manage brands and maintains a brand image, but Paid Social Media Jobs can train you to be an expert within the next hour.
I wish it was that simple, and if it was, students will be flocking to Paid Social Media Jobs to get their education.
There is practically no content about managing a brand for a client, there are no case studies, no advice on what to do to create a brand, no advice on how to respond to a negative comment.
Getting support from the help desk within Paid Social Media Jobs is practically useless. All PSMJ do is to tell you that you need to know how to manage a brand. - What a rip-off!
I will not go into detail of this module because I do not feel that it is even worth mentioning.
Almost all of the contents created by Paid Social Media Jobs are giving vague advices on what you should do and that's all.
Out of all training within PSMJ, I personally feel that the most important education I need to get is about Social Media platforms (facebook, Pinterest, etc).
I need to know how to make money for my clients on these social media platforms.
BUT all I see is a bunch of Private Label Rights (PLR) books.
This is really a bummer because I would thought that Paid Social Media Jobs should at least have great contents on teaching social media, it is called Paid "Social Media" Jobs anyway.
The Paid Social Media Jobs Market place - A place for you to get free-lance jobs. Really?
Basically, the idea of the job market within Paid Social Media Jobs is exactly like fiverr.com, elance.com, odesk.com.
One big difference between the market place of Paid Social Media Jobs and the others is the lack of activity.
You cannot find any ratings or comments on any of the jobs from the employers in Paid Social Media Jobs.
Personally, I have engaged free-lancers from fiverr.com and elance.com, and the most important factor I look at is the rating of the service and the comments by other employers.
By looking at the rating and comments, I can easily tell if the service provider is suitable to my needs.
With Paid Social Media Jobs Market place, I cannot find a single job being rated or commented.
I am not even sure if any of the jobs were being engaged by any employers.
All I can say is that if I want to sell my expertise, I will post my expertise to a place like fiverr.com, elance.com, etc where I know that my chances are higher to get seen and engaged.
Furthermore, signing up to fiverr.com, elance.com and other job markets are free, unlike Paid Social Media Jobs where you need to pay $37 to join as a member.
My Final take
While Paid Social Media Jobs is not a scam, it is definitely not worth joining.
The fact that its contents are sub-par and the market place has no value to either the employers or the free-lancers, says a lot about this program.
I would personally take my chances with better job markets like fiverr.com or elance.com if I were to provide any type of services.
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