This is a Historical Perspective of a once-thriving Company which is now defunct.
[September 28, 2019: Important note to readers:
I, the author of this Article am here with an important amendment about a few items that apply in the way of truth with Derek Gehl having visited today. Here, Mr. Gehel provides the amendment – a much-needed history about unknown details concerning what happened to the Internet Marketing Center (IMC) in its last years of operation that were outside of his control as you will read.
Some statements, especially in the Comments Section, some of which are mine, are unfair to him, though for the sake of integrity, those statements will remain as they were written. However, in keeping with the pursuit of the truth, I urge all readers to read Derek’s reply as it sheds an important light on what took place and dispels any false perceptions found here, about those events.
As an author who can, and does make mistakes, it is my responsibility to amend such. Many thanks to Derek Gehl for providing this information.
Internet Marketing Center & MarketingTips.com, Product Overview
At the time, and for over a decade from its inception, the Internet Marketing Center was the place to go for serious learning about how to market on the Internet. Historically, this company started during the pioneering days of the World Wide Web, and was known and trusted by aspiring online business entrepreneurs everywhere. It’s earliest appearance on the WWW was in 1996, the same year the WWW was born.
The Good & the Bad
PRO #1 This company was clean, honest and offered the kind of service never seen anywhere else in its time.
PRO #2 Always up-to-date per the wishes of its late founder, Corey Rudl
PRO #3 This company turned out many wildly successful Internet businesses that are with us today!
CON #1 Over time bad decisions led to the demise of the original company.
CON #2 The company thought it was invincible. Time indicated otherwise.
CON #3 Sadly, this company did not keep up with the trends and soon after Web 2.0, it began to fall.
Who Was Internet Marketing Center (IMC) For?
The IMC was for anyone seeking to discover how to build a business on the Internet, working at home. Not long after I found the concept of Internet marketing in 2004, the company was already full-blown and I would invariably find it. At the time I discovered it, the main product, Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business on the Internet was a two-folder, two CD Rom Course. More on this below.
This was essentially one of two very high products that were available to opportunity-seekers wanting to learn how to create and run a home-based Internet business. The other is the famous Site Build-It, which is still running strong today.
Internet Marketing Center (IMC) Tools & Training
The main Course featured by this company, as stated above, was the Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business on the Internet. Over the years, this blueprint began from a report-sized course to the last physical set that I had obtained before it went digital.
This blueprint showed IMC’s students exactly how the company realized its own success, which raked in millions of dollars during its heyday. In 2005, the owner and CEO of the company was killed in an automobile accident, an event which shocked the online world then. Derek Gehl would be next in line and would make solid changes to the product line-up including the expansion of the products as well as the addition of new ones. The site, as it was before Gehl’s reign is shown below. Gehl’s IMC had more color, better support systems and better product line.
In 2009 I purchased the 2008 Edition at a discount in order to get the 2009 Edition. The set was not completed at the time I ordered it and was on a waiting list. When it did come out, I was dismayed that this was completely digital.
There were bad vibs that this company was starting to have difficulties.
Other Courses that were made available by IMC were:
- The Step By Step Guide to Selling Online (an upgrade from the older Insiders Secrets…)
- The Insiders Secrets to Selling On Ebay
- and More…
Internet Marketing Center (IMC) Support
The Program did not have any forums or any other member interaction. Albeit, customers could call technical, sales and billing support systems by telephone.
During Derek Gehl’s reign, the company also supported a mentorship team which helped its students build their businesses.
There were other ways to contact customer support, including help desks and one-on-one chat systems.
My Final Opinion of Internet Marketing Center (IMC)
For a decade, this company held the number one spot for being the best training program out there, I aspired greatly to get this course. (More on this below.) There is no doubt that all those who took Corey Rudl’s place in this empire did try to keep in standing with the founder’s wishes. Albeit, over time, this company began to fall by the wayside as later CEOs simply did not share in Rudl’s tenure.
Just today I went on to find this company to discover that it no longer exists and this is a great lesson for us today that, no matter how large an empire is, it can fall, and invariably does. Thus, rather than a review, this historical perspective on a once-great and thriving company now gone bust.
Internet Marketing Center (IMC) at a Glance…
For the time it existed, this company was highly renowned, and for sure, I longed to get the Insiders Secret to Marketing Your Business on the Internet Course. In 2009, just before becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I indeed was finally able to get it as it was being offered at a discount. To my dismay, the latest edition of the Course at that time turned out to be totally digital and all buyers were required to print this material up.
I never finished copying all the materials and today these are no longer available, so the complete Course I have in my possession is the now-dated 2008 physical edition. The Course does provide some basic marketing lessons that are timely even to current times, such as proper marketing etiquette, etc.
I went extensively into this Course but during this time I had found Wealthy Affiliate which, even at that time, in 2009, rivaled the IMC. The Course went on the shelf and I became a member at WA, which, in my opinion, picked up where IMC left off and today is the top online business community of our day! Please check out my review for Wealthy Affiliate to see why this company now out-does all the rest currently online!
If the Internet Marketing Center was still in existence, this would be my second-to-the-top pick!
Owners: Formally, Corey Rudl, followed by Derek Gehl
Overall Rank: 95 out of 100
Overall Scam Rank: 2% out of 100
VERDICT: LEGIT This company was, in every way perfectly legit and was trusted by many aspiring entrepreneurs, now with empires of their own!