TESOL Affiliate Link Warning The TEFL Academy review, submitted by Caitriona Maria.
TESOL Affiliate link Warning! (ShareASale Affiliate program)
Trusted TEFL Reviews received this TEFL Academy review earlier today. After a quick initial check, red flags were raised because of the type of language used in the review. Upon further scrutiny, we discovered that the review had been written by someone who is earning money for writing and saying nice things about The TEFL Academy.
Caitriona’s real name is Caitriona McTiernan.
This is Caitriona Maria’s customer review, minus the website link (DELETED) where Caitriona has The TEFL Academy ShareASale affiliate link brazenly advertised on multiple website pages, and further notes and comments are located lower down the page:
I completed The TEFL Academy course in 2016. While this was a long time ago, the course provider was nothing but supportive.
The course has become much bigger and better since then. I am saying this because they are now a level-5 course, and this can be found on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, so you know it is legit.
Upon reflecting on the course, I think it was sufficient for my needs. In just three months, I was certified and flying out to a summer school in Spain. It didn’t teach me everything I know now, but I think a lof of what teachers learn occurs on the job, and it is tough to prepare fully for that.
My course included a weekend course, and I felt this was the most beneficial aspect. We became students and got to see what a typical class looks like by learning beginner Spanish. We also had to teach in front of the other teachers and got feedback. This was definitely very helpful, so I highly recommend getting some teacher training if possible.
The TEFL Academy also invited me to come back and tell others my story. I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I would have liked more support when I was applying for a job and how to avoid scams. While I didn’t face any job scams, I did face some poor working conditions in my first job. I would have liked more details about how to find a good job, as I used some third-party sites to find my job and not their official jobs board.
Also, I would like to mention my website, called [DELETED]. If you are looking to start teaching online or have any questions about TEFL, I do my best to cover it on this blog. Thank you!
Caitriona’s reply, after we realize that they are getting paid to promote The TEFL Academy courses:
Response to question:
I should have mentioned this disclaimer, so I apologise for that.
Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for The TEFL Academy. I was not paid nor told to write the review. This is an honest review.
When you complete the TEFL academy course, you can become a brand ambassador. This means that you can receive a small commission when someone purchases through your link. But no link is included for that reason.
Caitriona’s “brand ambassador” reply, when they realize that their TESOL Affiliate link Warning flagged review (and their subsequent comment) looks bad on the overall reputation of The TEFL Academy:
I think this is really rude. If someone works at something really hard and they want to share it with others, there is no harm in giving the link that allows them to earn a commission.
Websites have to make money one way or another, and it is a way for them to earn something in exchange for free information. They spend hundreds of hours on their articles, and people are told they are affiliate links, so they are not misled.
The reason I wrote to you today, was because I wanted to share my website. I write about amazing free resources for teachers, provide helpful guides for teaching abroad and online and do my best to give honest opinions and reviews at all times. If you have a problem with that, it is your problem and I want no part in that.
Your bashing has honestly upset me greatly, and I am very sorry if I offended you. But I want you to remove that review, as it no longer represents who I am and what I stand for.
Trusted TEFL Reviews wants to make it crystal clear that Caitriona submitted their TEFL Academy review of their own volition. It was only after we questioned the legitimacy of the review, and the commercial benefit of the review, that Caitriona suddenly decided that the review “no longer represents who I am and what I stand for” and that it should be deleted.
Sorry, Caitriona. Neither you nor The TEFL Academy gets to cherry-pick the review submission process.
Trusted TEFL Reviews strongly feels that the affiliate marketing business model is flawed. It is a great way for companies to make more money, but we see very little, if any, upside for the consumer.
MyTEFL and ITTT are two other companies that are well-known for paying people to recommend their courses. In the case of MyTEFL, when you search for reviews about them online, you can see how some people are almost desperate to recommend their courses. Some, have created entire travel blogs around the MyTEFL affiliate link commercial model.
The biggest downside when it comes to random people recommending a particular TEFL TESOL course when they are earning an affiliate fee for doing so is that you can never be sure whether the person a) took the course, and b) is providing a real account of the course.
The core motivation behind any affiliate link review is money, and some people will write literally anything just so that you click on that affiliate link, buy the course, and they get their affiliate money.
Trusted TEFL Reviews has a zero-tolerance policy towards affiliate marketing, and we always ensure our readers that no affiliate links are located anywhere on this site.
If we discover one, we immediately bring attention to it – as we have done so with the above TESOL Affiliate link Warning.
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