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Uplevel POD, or print on demand from SixFigurePod.com is a course created by Ryan Matthews and Hayden Ditto on the world of Shopify and creating a brand to sell your own merchandise. It claims to be a 40+ step by step premium video training series that offers access to an exclusive mentorship community and coach.
The claim to fame is the course only looks at free traffic which offers a done for you copy and paste free traffic method template worth $2,997 that claims to give you results quickly, efficiently and best of all for free.
Who is Ryan Matthews & Hayden Ditto?
Ryan Matthews is a 17 year old, high ticket dropshipping (self claimed) expert who claims to be making $2,000 a day. There’s limited information about him online, except his Instagram which includes random photos of him sitting in other peoples cars, probably his families cars.
He’s done some interviews where he talks about his businesses and how he likes to help others through his six figure pod courses. From Instagram he funnels other young entrepreneurs through to his free case study which then promotes his $997 course.
Hayden Ditto claims to be the CEO of a successful streetwear apparel brand called Versus Enigma that was started 3 years ago. Likewise Hayden was interviewed by the same radio station about his own experiences which is a lot more interesting and looking online he does have some real life stores under his wing.
Both are now touring around giving talks on their success stories.
Uplevel POD Review
The first deal breaker is the course actually only includes 20 videos. There’s also ten documents on various things such as using a premium theme, Shopify affiliate link, Facebook ads and the copy and paste method but there’s definitely not 40 videos here.
If you take out the welcome video and the POD explained video then you’re down to 18 videos. Take out the usual BS mindset videos and you’re down to 15 videos for $997. In my eyes that’s seriously overpriced and works out to be $66 per video. Now some videos are only a few minutes long too.
But of course you might think that the money is in the mentorship you’ll receive but given the lack of content in the course, I’m unsure what you could expect from that.
The course is split up into 8 modules.
Module 1&2: Welcome & Mindset
You get a welcome video followed by a video on what is print on demand which you probably already know given you’re looking at buying a print on demand course.
Next up is a module with three videos on the mindset you need including what it takes to win, determining your goals and facing failure.
Module 3&4: Starting Out
There is a short introduction into branding and how to pick a niche. In under 10 minutes you’re suppose to know what you’re doing and then in a 4 minute video they show you how to map out your process.
From there you’ll create your store, and setup the basics including conversion rate optimisation. The longest video in the course 24 minutes.
Module 5: Building A Brand
Module five looks into brainstorming and then how to create a logo and custom design using Fiverr. Fairly basic, you just pay someone on that platform to create the designs for you.
You’ll also learn how you can create your own content using Canva.com which is a paid subscription tool.
Module 6: Advertising
This module includes three videos on advertising such as why consumers buy and how to become a master sales man.
There’s a video on creating campaigns.
Module 7: Facebook Ads
This module includes some documents on how to setup and advertise with Facebook, creating creatives, optimization and retargeting.
Then you get their free traffic method which shows you how to hit $5000 per month.
What about that $2,000 per day that Hayden is making? No mention of that?
Module 8: Scaling To 6 Figures
The shortest module in the course, which you’d have assumed was the most important one to actually get to the number where you’ll be making serious cash.
Instead they recommend doubling down on what’s already working. Well if you’re only making $100 per day, that’s $200 per day?
You also learn how to retain customers, create upsells as well as email re-targeting campaigns.
The saying, fake it till you make it couldn’t be more true in this course. It’s clear the two creators have simply launched a course to cash in on their own success from selling t-shirts online and now claim to be experts who can mentor you.
First red flag, why would anyone in their right mind offer unlimited 1-2-1 mentoring for a one time fee of $997?
Second red flag, the course offers 15 videos of content with most videos being less than 10 minutes in length. It’s lacking so much content. Take the scaling section, they have 3 videos on email marketing, up sells and customer retention.
To scale you need far more than that, what about the most basic topics such as paid ads retargeting on Google, Bing and Facebook Ads? What about conversion optimization techniques, chat bots, as well as extensive traffic generation techniques. There’s no content on other marketing methods such as Pinterest which is great for promoting POD products.
What about hiring VA’s to help you, plugins that can automate the entire process, designers to create more designs.
I’ve reviewed courses that have hundreds of videos on starting a dropshipping business that cost over $800 less than what Uplevel POD is trying to charge young entrepreneurs. Rather than ramble on, take a look at both of these course reviews that include POD content and you’ll see exactly what the differences are. eCom Elites ($197) by Franklin Hatchett and Product Winner Blueprint ($397) by Tristan Broughton.
- Remember buying a $1000 course, you still have to spend more money on your business.
- Would you rather have $800 to spend after buying a course or $0?
- Free social traffic is great but unlikely you can scale fast
- You need to spend money on paid ads to get to 6 or 7 figures
- You’ll need $500-$1000 on top of the course fee to start properly.