Is Golden Ticket a Scam? An Unbiased Golden Ticket Review

Welcome to our Golden Ticket Review!

A new day and a new product in the Internet Marketing field but Is Golden Ticket a scam or is it the answer to those looking for ways to make money online.  Well, we will try and answer as many of your questions in this unbiased review.

I will point out that at this point many reviews out there are offering bonuses and are fully recommended this program and that is because they are going to benefit from any purchases you make.  But I wanted to get to know the product, rather than blindly offering it out, especially as a number of these reviews actually came out before the Golden Ticket was launched, which is a bit suspicious and shows they are profiting from doing reviews on it (in my opinion).

But one thing I will say at this point, that many of these reviews do not actually tell you how you are going to earn money from this “golden ticket” program… So, I will make sure you know exactly how you will be earning money from this system, as well as telling you whether I think it is all as it seems…

To be completely transparent with you, we’re not associated with Golden Ticket in any form.  We’re not here to pitch or sell you anything.

Instead, we’ll give you the full lowdown on how Golden Ticket really works…

Golden Ticket Review Summary

Product Name: Golden Ticket

Founder: Anthony Mancuso, Paul Nicholls, Shaun Baird

Product Type: Internet Marketing Training Course

Price: $8.97 (at time of writing) + Upsells

Best For: Those Looking to Get Started with Internet Marketing


Summary: Golden Ticket is a training platform that claims to help you get started with Internet Marketing.  But you only learn that once you have gone through the endless upsells.  On the surface, its an “ok” product, but it will lead beginners into thinking that it’s possible to start earning money quickly and easily, and that is just not the truth.

Bottom line, is that this product won’t help you really make the most of internet marketing, unless you spend a fortune on the upsells, and even then it won’t work…

Rating: 40/100

Recommended? No

Table of Contents

What is Golden Ticket?

That is one of my biggest problems with this program, from the sales page you have no clue what you are signing up for… Just a system that means you only need to put in 30 minutes work, and you can start to see results within 72 hours… That sounds awesome – But how?

Well, after a lot of research and checking out the system, in essence it is a training course in how to create a niche website using the Affiliate Marketing model.  With training videos and tools there to help you create a small niche website that you can use to promote products and utilising ads to earn revenue.

On the face of that, it seems quite legit and is a model many people use – But it is not a “get-rich-quick” type of revenue, so how can they promise results within 72 hours?

I can’t get my head around how it can be a ‘set & forget’ system, as regular fresh and unique content is needed to master it to be able to earn money.

I get their point about some training courses focusing on the Making Money Online niche, this is highly competitive, so picking a small niche that you are actually interested in can be a good move, but they state you do not need to “create boatloads of content” so how are you going to get ranked well, especially as they are only using free methods of traffic.

Who's Golden Ticket For?

They are targeting people who are new to the MMO world or those already struggling with Internet Marketing.  But I think it is misleading, that you have to pay anything to find out actually how the system works, and then find that the upsells are pushed at you because that is where the owners will really make their money.  

You will also find that these products they push at you, are really where the automation they are discussing comes into play to allow you to earn money passively.

Whereas a training program like Wealthy Affiliate offers a free starter membership where you can experience their platform and training and make your own decision.

I am not feeling 100% confident the Golden Ticket program is a great move for those just starting out.

How Does Golden Ticket Work?

Basically, it is a training program with videos showing you how to set up your own niche website in any interest you have, and supposedly once you have set it up you just need to go on and create content every now and then to keep it going. In the sales pitch, they state 30 minutes a day.  Now, I want to put that into context.  My website is a niche website and I work really hard to make this work, and it is still nowhere near the earning potential I want and the website is 6 months old.  I have to create content to tackle the free traffic method called SEO and the time it takes to write an article is much longer than 30 minutes.

Writing an article or recording a video takes – keyword research, actual research into the product or subject I am writing about.  Building a flow for that article and actually writing that article could take a couple of hours.  Because the search engines are looking for thorough and useful articles, not quick and pointless information.

Whilst the training could benefit people, I think the expectations of someone signing up for Golden Ticket is going to lead to them giving up way before they make any money.

Affiliate Marketing is a proven method for earning money online, but there are no shortcuts and I feel all the sales pitches on the Golden Ticket website is just to get you in, and hope you fall for the fact that it is going to earn you the money they talk about on their sales pages

I am in no way saying that those sales are unachievable, but you need to understand you will not earn money straight away from it.  Once it starts earning you money, it can become a great way of earning money.  But I feel Wealthy Affiliate is a better training program, which you can try for free and have realistic expectations and awesome support too.

The key bit they go on about, is the 3 steps below:


this is the only place where it mentions potential, it is potential commissions because no one can guarantee sales from internet marketing.

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How Much Does Golden Ticket Cost?

Look, people are going to be interested as it is only going to cost $8.97. But I have already mentioned expect the upsells to kick straight in, and there is no mention of them in the sales pitch at all, and looking at them, you are probably going to need them to actually get to the point of earning money with this program.

Upsell One – Done-For-You Golden Ticket Pack ($37)

This is a DFY pack, which includes a list of (top-secret) and high-converting niches with keyword research/templates and quick start videos.

So, you don’t get this support as part of the main product?

Upsell Two – Advanced Golden Ticket Tactics ($37)

This is where you learn how to up your profits by 5x, with insider secrets from Shaun.

Upsell Three – Golden Ticket Licence Rights ($47)

This gives you full rights to resell Golden Ticket.  You have to pay $47 to be able to promote Golden ticket to earn 100% of the commissions.  They include step-by-step training on this

Upsell Four – Golden Ticket Outsourcer Rolodex ($27)

Access to the best and affordable contractors for any project.

Whilst all of these features look great, why do you need to pay over $100 to get this type of support, I normally advise people to stay away from products where you need to pay to be able to recommend it for affiliate commissions.

I think this product will offer some value, but the main reason why people fail at Affiliate Marketing or Internet Marketing is having unrealistic timescales.  I did not earn anything for 6 months, most give up after 3 months because they still have an employee mentality.  I do an hour’s work, I should earn an hour pay.  It doesn’t work like that.  

But when you have an article that does finally start making money, that same article (with regular updates) can earn you money for years to come.  I just think this product is overhyped and will lead people to believe they can only spend 30 minutes a day on their business, when I have to spend hours on it every week, and I am only just starting to scratch the surface.

What We Liked About Golden Ticket

Here is what we liked about Golden Ticket:

#1 Training on Internet Marketing

Whilst the training videos could be better, they still do teach you the basics of setting up a niche website and how to earn money through advertising and affiliate marketing.

#2 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

AS this is covered by the WarriorPlus money back guarantee, it might be worth trying it.  But I would recommend you go in with caution.  The timelines for earning will be longer than 30-days, so not sure how likely you are going to get your money back.

What We Didn't Like About Golden Ticket

Here is what we didn’t like about Golden Ticket:

#1 Hitting you with Upsells the Moment you are in

This is a typically method, they bring you in with a low-price ticket item and then they start pitching to you the need to buy these products to amplify your sales.  But this is where it gets interesting, if you have a training program that you are raving about and it works for you and can really benefit people, you are going to want to promote it.  I recommend WA, because it has worked really well for Gem and I and we did not have a clue about starting an online business before we joined.  We can also promote WA for free, and benefit from anyone who joins.  But you have to pay to be able to promote Golden Ticket.  These upsells are also not visible until you join, which I feel is quite naughty as you are expecting to get the product for $9

#2 Done for You Packs

The first upsell is a done for you pack, which means what it sounds like.  But these are typically the same for everyone that buys them and means that it is going to be duplicate content.  Google hates duplicate content, and if you cannot get ranked in the search engines, how do you think you are going to get any traffic?

#3 Only Positive Reviews

This isn’t necessary a bad thing, especially if a product is good like Wealthy Affiliate.  But these positive reviews all came out prior to the product launching, meaning they are insiders and aren’t necessarily coming from a place of being neutral.  Especially as they are all offering the same bonuses that are on offer when you supposedly buy it.  But when you look at the bonuses on offer, it is just the main product reworded to sound like bonuses.

#4 Vague Information Upfront

Until I did some thorough research, I did not have a clue how this system would work.  The sales pages looked like so many scams I have seen, with the clock ticking down until the price went up (which didn’t), all of the money earned with “less than 20 minutes work a day”.  It was only by watching another video review, that I actually saw it was just an Internet Marketing training program, which if I am honest is no patch on Wealthy Affiliate.

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My Golden Ticket Review - Final Conclusion

No, I would not say it is a scam.  But I would say it is a typically MMO program that is making a lot of promises that are unrealistic to achieve in the timescales they are talking about.  Most people starting out have a limited amount of time to learn and put these methods into practise.  

If I could get away with just 30 minutes a day, that would be awesome, but I am realistic that I am building this for the long run, and that it could take a year or more to earn enough to give up my day job.  But it really needs to be something that you are spending hours on to achieve the earnings the guys mention in their sales pitch.  

He talks about 2 years working the making, I can totally understand those earnings from someone who knows what they are doing earning that after that amount of time.  A newbie will not unless that are lucky or have the right training and support.

I cannot say this system will not work, but what I will say is hopefully you are better informed now and will have a better grasp of the expectations needed to be successful in Internet Marketing.

How We Make Money Online

Affiliate Marketing is a great way of getting started with your own online business online to achieve your financial and non-financial goals.  But without the right training, expert support and the right work ethic and expectations you could fall into the high number of affiliate marketers who fail. 

If you truly want to be one of the successful ones, I would advise you check out my Wealthy Affiliate review and learn how Industry Experts help you get started on the right path.

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Thanks for checking out our Golden Ticket Review!  If you have any questions or comments to add, then please write them in the comments section below. 😉

Golden Ticket

$8.97 + Upsells



Value for Money


Overall Rating



  • Training on Internet Marketing
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee


  • Upsells
  • Done For You Packs
  • Only Positive Reviews
  • Vague Information Upfront

28 thoughts on “Is Golden Ticket a Scam? An Unbiased Golden Ticket Review”

  1. Hey John,

    I wouldn’t consider the Done-For-you packs in the Cons section, at least not without checking it. I do agree about the duplicate content, but it does depend if it offers to create an email list alongside ready-made emails as well. It also comes down to the niches and the quality of the content. 

    What is a red flag as far as I’m concerned is the “limited time offer”. I usually challenge their time limits to see if they stick to them.   

    Have you tried the “Done for you” packs? Do you have a personal opinion?



    • Hey Marios,

      I get your point about the DFY content, and maybe not all of it is useless.  But my problem is the core product isn’t enough to achieve what they state and you need to pay more to get to these DFY content, which I didn’t purchase – but in my experience they are usually the same stuff everyone gets and how could they cover the sheer number of different niches to ensure this was useful to everyone and not those that are targeting a small number of niches.  Just seems a waste of money in my opinion.

      The running clock is definitely a red flag for me, however I did notice the price doesn’t change when the timer does run out – I was on the sales page for a while doing the research.  It was quite a surprisingly long timer too.



  2. Thanks for the honest review of  Golden Ticket. Among the internet marketing programs, transparency is important in my opinion. I like the straight forward description of the program and hate the program with a lot of upsells. They initiate with an attractive price. In this case, they advertise a price of $8.97 and anyone could afford to pay for this. But with purchasing of $8.97 program, you generally could not do anything. If you want do this, you need to pay this much more and if you want do that, you need to pay that much more. In most cases, the owners are not confident in their own program, but pay attention to how to make money from customers. I stay away from such program.

    I like Wealthy Affiliate. They are very transparent on their program and there is no any hidden fees to pay. Their services are super. 

    • Hi Anthony,

      thanks for checking out my review.  It is a fair point, they are drawing you in with a low price, but the upsells are the core products really and you cannot achieve much without them.

      Honesty and transparency are why we recommend Wealthy AffiliateA, along with the awesome training too.

  3. Thanks so much John for this valuable and honest review of Golden Ticket. I quite agree with you. Programs like Golden Ticket promises what to the sane mind looks too good to be true, with high expectations. The challenge about some of this get-rich-quick program is that they leave people disappointed and make it difficult for some people to believe even the legit online business opportunities. I would not recommend it to anyone. 

    • Hey Tolu,

      thanks for checking out my review.  It will lead people into a dead end, as they will believe the hype and when it doesn’t earn them money quickly, they will move onto the next one.

      That is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate – honest and a proper route to an online business.



  4. Well the first thing that came to mind when I heard the name of this new opportunity was Willy Wonka, wasn’t he the one who dished out a few Golden Ticket offers in his chocolate? 🙂

    Anyway, I’m glad you covered this site so quickly as it’s nice to know where you stand with it before it starts sucking people in. It sounds like it’s doomed to fail eventually (to me anyway!). Do you think it will still be in business in 12 months time, or will it have run with the money?

    • Hey Chris,

      funnily enough that was my first thoughts when I saw it too.  If they were really clear and honest upfront, I think it would look and feel completely different.  That is my mine issue, and feel too many people will be drawn in and fail (because of the unrealistic timescales) and end up with the product failing.

      it is a shame, because the premise is fine, it is the marketing that sucks


  5. After reading this review I can say is not meant for someone looking for reliable income for life 

    and in the case of those that are promoting product like Golden ticket they are just in there for a quick cash and they know the true that the product is not worth promoting 

    From experience have seen many program that will pay at the beginning and later exist scam.

    any program that don’t encourage learning from beginning to the end like wealthy affiliate I don’t promote it on my blog simply because at the end of the day if everything goes wrong. I will loss my recommendation and that can have effect on my career.thanks for the honest review 

    • Thanks for your thoughts.  It is the lack of showing what it is all about upfront, you need to buy it to understand that it is training you do the same thing many people already do with resources that are available.  It is the tactics they are using for marketing, rather than the program itself I have an issue with



  6. I see lots of these type programs teaching novices how to make money online. Most of them are average and contain information that can be found online for free. The question is how much is your time worth to research and find all the information presented in the Golden Ticket and similar programs. I think it is hit or miss because, as you pointed out, there are so many positive reviews. I purchased and reviewed a similar product a short while ago. The amazing thing I found was the program is very good and worth the purchase price. I was disappointed to find that the upsell for reseller rights was no longer available. So the bottom line is that I agree with your assessment of Golden Ticket. People won’t make money quickly only working 30 minutes a day.

    • Hey Glen,

      thanks for checking out my review.  That is the problem, the over-promising and unrealistic timescales.  Not necessarily the training itself.  Honesty is important (to me) and if they were clear that this method takes time, I might feel completely different around this product



  7. I thought as much that this Golden Ticket program would turn out to be a program that would not deliver on its promises. I try to always avoid products that promise wealth within just a few days because there is a very high chance that it is not going to be able to deliver on its promises.

    It seems they have so many upsells and I count 4. That is a lot and I don’t know how they want a newbie just starting out online to be able to make those payments. It is clear that they are not totally interested in helping people succeed online but rather they just want to collect more money from anyone that signs up even if the person has not started seeing success online. 

    That says a lot about them and it seems like a program I cannot just get myself involved in.

    • Hey Jay,

      thanks for checking out my review.  Yep, 4 upsells and unrealistic timescales.  It might be a good training platform, but it is setting people up to fail.



  8. It really is a shame they are misleading people in this way, I for one know it takes longer than 30 min. a day and like you said not a “set and forget it” kinda thing.They charge you for promoting the company that is already charging you LOL wow…that takes some kahuna’s.

    Geez I am glad I happened upon wealthy affiliate before I found anything like this.  I started mid January with w/a I have got a lot accomplished, more than I ever would have without the training.

    • Hi Amanda,

      thanks for checking out my review.  I think if they were open and honest upfront, they would probably make this into a decent program.  But they need to tell you realistic timescales otherwise it feels too much like a low quality product.

      Wealthy Affiliate is a genuine, open and honest platform that tells people to be realistic and that hard work is required.  All of these programs that promise quick results are misleading, that is my gripe.  not the program itself.



  9. Hi John

    I have found a great review about “Golden Ticket Scam”.Really this is an awesome review.I have read your whole review.By reading your article I understand that for a proper internet marketing golden ticket is not so good.They don’t offer the right system of online business.But the wealthy affiliate is the best of all.I am an affiliate member for this I know that wealthy affiliate is a great marketing place.Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful article

    • Hey,

      thanks for checking out my review. I think there is some value to their training, but I don’t like products that hide away how it actually works and then expects you to pay up without telling you that you will need to invest a lot of time to make it work.

      Wealthy Affiliate

      is open and honest, and is a great platform for beginners to start out with.



  10. Thanks for sharing a review on Golden Tickets. It’s really good. I think I will like to invest in it. But presently I am with wealthy affiliate and am yet to be through with the training. Probably when I am done with wealthy affiliate. I will give golden ticket a shot. Thanks for sharing this article. You are doing a great job.  

    • Hey Olalekan,

      thanks for checking out my review.  If you are already benefiting from the training at Wealthy Affiliate, stick with it.  You will find success with WA, as they teach you the right way.  This Golden Ticket program will not.

      You will find success, just stay persistent and you will achieve.



  11. Hi John,”just starting out” – this is the main chant. Just we have to start. Protract ruins the working appetite. However, I am also a member of the WA like you. The difference is only I’m in the premium level. But one day I must reach the position Entrepreneur. Your detailed review of the Golden Tickets in this article praiseworthy. What is the Golden Ticket in Internet Marketing, how profitable it is, how it works, etc. you presented all above the information with data. I am inspired and fascinated by reading this article as well. Of course, such kind of writing consistently hopes to you.Be healthy, be good.

    • Hey Raneo,

      thanks for checking out my review.  We try and be thorough in our research to be able to present the facts to you, glad you found it useful.



  12. Everybody is trying to make money online now by trying to sell a “course” on “how to make money online.” Thanks for reviewing one more that clearly is not being honest and is a scam even at $8.97. Selling online takes time and work! It’s sites like this that ruin it for the rest of us who are trying to offer an honest helpful sites by just clogging up the internet with junk. 

    • Hey Erin,

      thanks for checking out my review.  Whilst it isn’t really a scam, I get your point they are just after your money and are full of fake promises that it will work.  People are drawn in as it is only $9, but how much are the owners raking in and people go away thinking there are no real ways of earning money online.  That is the sad part.

      all the best


  13. Hey, John!

    Yeah, I definitely agree, they’re probably profiting from doing the reviews, thus, if they’re paid to do so in advance, it kind of loses the whole purpose of the review as they are most definitely biased. And the concealment of explaining how exactly the money earning takes place suggests two things, either they themselves are not aware of it, or nothing about it will work and they know it, yet they do not disclose it.

    I guess it’s just proof that one can’t really depend solely on one single review unless you really know that the person reviewing is actually legit and is all about being honest instead of making a buck.

    This is the main reason why I find myself at your blog frequently. You’re the real deal, man! Keep it up and thanks for yet another genuine review. I appreciate you, John!

    Cheers, and have a Great One!


    • Hey Matiss,

      thanks for checking out my review.  It just stinks of people who don’t really care what the product is, as long as they make some money.  But reading their reviews, they missed out the core points of a review.  What exactly does the product do?  

      Research is really important, if we are do to land on a genuine product that is worthwhile.

      Thanks for the feedback, we try really hard to keep reviews coming and helping as many as we can.

      All the best


  14. I feel that too often people do want the easy way out. This is why they fall for this “work 20 minutes a day and earn some absurd amount of sum”. I feel that there is no grounded, self-aware, and conscious person that would ever fall for this. 

    “To get what you want you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.” – Charlie Munger

    Thus, to earn money, one has to be able to provide value to other people. But how much value does one expects to provide to others if that one works only 20-30 minutes daily?

    And I completely agree with you it takes a hell of a lot longer to make quality articles. I mean, if I worked 20-30 minutes a day, I would not finish even one article a week. 

    And, uhhhhh…. I hate upsells, I always feel scammed when I get them as it usually feels as if you were to not buy them all you miss out on the full product. I mean there are instances where you get upsells with completely different products and that’s fine but I hate when they do it the way they’ve done it here. Maybe you feel the same way.

    Anyways, I’m grateful for all the information you shared! Thank you! 🙂

    • Hey Rasa,

      thanks for checking out my review.  Too many people are looking for an easy way of earning money online… and all too late do they realise there isn’t a way to do this. 

      You need to graft and you are right, 20 minutes a day is a dream we would all love but in reality is just not feasible.

      The upsells are there for a reason, the core product isn’t good enough and so they tell you to buy these products to get ahead.  I agree, I find that if the product is good enough you wouldn’t need upsells and people would probably be ok with paying more.




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