You may be wondering if IBO Toolbox is a scam or a completely legitimate platform for providing you with the marketing resources and the support required for growing a successful business on the super information highway.
Ibotoolbox.com is tracked by us since April, 2011. Over the time it has been ranked as high as 4 309 in the world, while most of its traffic comes from USA, where it reached as high as 9 771 position. It was hosted by CALPOP.COM INC, SingleHop Inc. and others. While GODADDY.COM INC. was its first registrar, now it is moved to GoDaddy.com LLC.
Ibotoolbox has a mediocre Google pagerank and bad results in terms of Yandex topical citation index. We found that Ibotoolbox.com is moderately ‘socialized’ in respect to Facebook shares (14.4K), Twitter mentions (3.03K) and Google+ shares (190). According to MyWot, Siteadvisor and Google safe browsing analytics, Ibotoolbox.com is quite a safe domain with mostly positive visitor reviews.
Name: IBO Toolbox
Cost: Free. $19.95/month for CLUBIBO. Ad credit packs from $10 to $100 each
Owner: Kris Karafotas
Verdict: With its community who mainly interact with the intention of “receiving free ad credits”, inbox spam from some members, ineffective text/banner ads that don’t convert, and biased Press Releases from some MLMers promoting crap…
We really do not recommend the program, at all!
What is IBO Toolbox
Apparently, IBO TOOLBOX is an all-in-one Internet Marketing platform, providing you with a social network of business owners to engage and hang out with, tools, training, support, and other features, that you can leverage for building your online empire.
Who is IBO TOOLBOX Suitable For?
As mentioned above, this is not a training site. This is for the person who already has an established online business and already knows the basics.
The community is a hangout for any online-based business owner, whether you’re an Affiliate Marketer or in the field of MLM (Network Marketing).
But judging from the ads/banners and how the platform’s structured inside the members’ area, it clearly swings more towards the MLMers.
What we Liked and Disliked
- It costs nothing to get started
- Free credits for completing various tasks
- Training from Kris Karafotas (IBO owner and trainer)
- Video tutorials on using IBO TOOLBOX’s resources
- A “SafeHaven” for online business owners and marketers.
- Live weekly training webinars
- Live chat is available
- The platform is overwhelming when starting out
- Not a training site. All members are assumed to know the basics of affiliate marketing and website design.
- Banners and ads make the community spammy/tacky
- Your promotions are ineffective – Free credits are useless
- There are some low-quality micro jobs within the IBOgigs feature
- It can be confusing when you first join. You have to search hard to figure out how to do something. The platform is not intuitive.
- IBO TOOLBOX doesn’t provide any training. It’s sourced through Kris’s own website
- Some MLMers direct message you with spam
- If you’re a newbie, your Press Releases are ignored by members
- Very little to no engagement from members on your profile
- Most Advertisements go to Kris Karafotas – 80% and to Paid Members of IBO only 20%
- The click through rates no matter what you do, how many credits you purchase, or how great and flashy your banner is will also be 4% in the end.
- Negativity is disallowed – You’re not entitled to honest “unbiased” opinions
- There are online business owners of ALL kinds which means you will run into people marketing pyramid schemes and MLM-type schemes such as Herbalife. I personally believe the majority of MLMs are scams. So, watch out because there are scammers on IBOToolbox. Use your senses and keep your guard up.
In addition to the cons above, there are a number of scam complaints against IBO TOOLBOX.
Here are 4 examples we found on the Warrior Forum for digital marketers.
A Handful of IBO CONS in More Detail
The negative aspects of IBO are from our own experiences of experimenting with the community platform for a short while.
In all honesty, the time and effort would have been better invested into other tried and proven strategies for building my online business. But hey-ho!
Some of the beef we have with the program…
#1 Ineffective Advertising
On the doorstep of Black Friday 2016, we participated in tasks within the community – mainly welcoming new members and publishing new Press Releases to accumulate enough free credits for the promotion of a short text Ad and a banner to the community.
But did we make a single referral or a dime from my affiliate offers? Nope, not a sausage!
Yeah, they received a total of 1,446 views and 57 hits, but there are 2 very important reasons why they didn’t convert. For starters, members are busy promoting their own stuff for money.
Why would they have any interest in mine or yours?
Secondly, members also receive “free credits” from clicking on your ads. They accumulate credits for advertising their MLM opportunities and other products to the community.
So if every community member is chasing their tale, how on earth can anyone make money from promoting on IBO, huh? lol. It’s your typical ineffective “traffic exchange” program.
#2 Ineffective Press Releases
Apparently, there are other benefits (besides accumulating worthless credits) when it comes to publishing Press Releases via the PR tool.
1: They are visible on the community wall. 2: Your articles can be found in Google. So we wanted to test out the waters with a PR on Wealthy Affiliate and one on the Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday offer 2016.
We can’t say we was a little surprised to discover the Press Releases generated “zero” member engagement in the form of likes and comments, no new referrals, no commissions, no Google page 1 rankings, no traffic, no nothing!
The truth of the matter is unless you’re a well-established member who’s been knocking around the IBT community for some time, MLMers are simply gonna turn a blind eye to your content, especially if you’re a newcomer in town.
If you ask me, it’s pretty disgusting, because everyone should be supporting one another “paying it forward” in the community, regardless of how many stars are next to their names. There are far too many “brown nosers” in IBO, and it’s inexcusable.
See the proof below of somebody with a couple of stars next to their name vs someone who looks like a highly decorated veteran. Also, notice the time differences between the posts?
Yeah, the Press Releases cover different subjects and one’s even authentic, but still, everyone should support one another, regardless of how much they contribute to the ITB community.
“Support” is an essential key to success. Wouldn’t you agree?
#3 SPAM From Members
Not all members are guilty of it, but the majority of direct messages I received as a community noob contained spammy links to opportunities and affiliate offers.
Take it from me, one of the ways to successfully build an online business is definitely not through “spamming” people’s inboxes to death, whether it’s via personal email or in-house messaging systems.
Spammers have obviously never been taught how to be profitable online using ethical and effective marketing strategies.
Unfortunately, IBO allows too many of its members to abuse its direct messaging feature. But we guess if it clamps down on these folks, it’s gonna lose a lot of revenue lol.
#4 The Banning of “Negativity”
We guess slapping a ban on community negativity is one way to protect IBO’s best interests, but it also results in some “biased” ads and Press Releases that can’t be trusted.
It means that members are gonna be blowing the smoke up the asses of completely “trashy MLM” opportunities and “low-level” affiliate products. This in itself reflects extremely badly on IBO.
If you want 0ur advice – if you do become a member, then take everything you see in the community with a pinch of salt.
What Training & Features, Can You Access at IBO?
Inside the members’ area, Kris Karafotas has put together some quick step-by-step walk-through video tutorials on using the features effectively. There are live training webinars every Wednesday as well.
In addition, there’s a recommended site called “Marketing With Kris”, where she gives you step-by-step training for taking full advantage of the platform and its benefits.
Included in your membership, are the following tools and features:
- Social Media Traffic Exchange
- Banner Exchange Network
- Banner Creator Platform
- Video Sharing Platform
- Online Classified Feature
- Micro Job Site
- Question & Answer Site
- Press Release Tool
- Link Shortener Service
- SMS Lookup Tool
- Mobile APP Version of The Site
What Level of Support is Available?
There are a few options available when it comes to member support.
- The help desk gives you the opportunity to create a ticket, view a knowledge base, the how-to videos & also community forums
- You can join chat rooms or create your own
- Live chat is available to connect with other members
- The opportunity to follow social profiles & engage
- There’s also a wall, connecting biz owners together
What’s The Cost to Become a Member?
To become part of the business community isn’t gonna cost you a single penny.
However, you can upgrade your membership to CLUBIBO for $19.95 per month and receive additional member benefits. You also receive a free 7-day trial before parting with money.
Finally, there’s the option to purchase advertising credits for text ads and banners from $10 – $100 per time.
When it comes to IBO Toolbox, we dislike the ineffective traffic exchange, hyped up cheesy banners + text ads, and the “spamming” from members.
What really peeves me off especially is that the community is “fake” – the people make very little effort to connect and engage with you, and even when they do perform tasks within the community, it’s so they can accumulate credits from promoting their stuff.
It’s a never ending process of members advertising garbage programs and opportunities to one another “under the same roof” and having little success.
But then again, that’s the kinda behavior you should expect from a lot of people in MLM lol. Some of them have no clue whatsoever when it comes to “value”.
A real online business is built from “helping” folks, creating trust, and building your authority on the internet. Not through ramming poor-quality products/opportunities down people’s throats within a community.
There maybe one or 2 features that do work inside IBO, but upgrading your membership and buying ad credits with the program is a complete waste of time and money.
Did you know there are nearly 4 BILLION internet users? Incredible, huh? That’s a MASSIVE opportunity to build a successful business. So why waste time chasing your tail with a group of MLMers advertising to one another? The internet’s your oyster! 😉
Our Final Verdict: It’s hard to come to a decision with IBO because there are some legit aspects but also many scammy aspects too. Over the years IBO stopped being a place to build relationships and started becoming a spam database. Associates spam their business to others even though it is strictly prohibited.
and…we don’t recommend IBO Toolbox, since there are way better alternative programs for earning on the web.
If you have any questions, feedback or negative experiences with IBO, please post your comments below…