As I see it, “Acceptable” in the way of online business programs, training areas, and opportunities don’t quite make it to my list of Excellence. It doesn’t mean they’re bad programs, just that they are not quite up to par.
In other words, there are better programs out there, but these will do.
An acceptable product or service follows one or more of the following:
When I do a review, this is where I start with any product or service. The advertising may say one thing to most people, but I have had instruction and sheer interest in what makes up advertising in any one product. When I review something, I delve into the promotional campaign.
In an acceptable program, hype, misinformation and deceptiveness are at a bare minimum if at all. I realize that some folks out there putting out their products mean well and have the customer in mind insofar as solving a problem. They do not “fish” for their customers. I look for tell-tale signs within promotions and can see the intent, though this may not be evident to most people, I know what to look for.
That some otherwise “good” programs may have some of the attributes of bad advertising, I will note this even though I’ve found the program to be worth the money they’re asking for and that it does the job intended.
The promotional campaign of a program give strong hints towards intent. I look for this in a program. Why is it being (or has been) launched?
If I find a program works the way it’s intended and is not fraudulent, yet it may contain some errors (below) I will deem them acceptable. At times, I may mis-represent a program and when it’s been brought to my attention, or I find this on my own accord, I will bump it up or down as suited.
Quality of the Product
The things I look for in quality are its aesthetics, ethics, purpose, what the program does and how it works, and if it’s worth the money being asked for.
To be “acceptable” the program must have good points in all or most of these. The program may have some rough areas in it, but overall, it does its job and is done with good intent (I can usually tell the intent, and if I find it to be on par, but yet the program does have a few minor glitches in it, I will put it here, depending on the other factors as well.
What Others Are Saying
What are others saying about the program? What is the reputation of the folk(s) launching or having launched it? If the program has been out for any length of time, others have found the program to be good or bad, or in between. All programs come with mixed views and I weigh these out to help determine how I rank them in any of the three categories I have for them.
If a program doesn’t have excessive complaints and are reported by many to do the job that it is intended, yet it does have issues, I will add it to the “acceptable” column. This of course, depends on the other factors as well. Those using the program are usually going to be honest about what they say about it, and that’s evident.
What I DON’T consider are those reviews that purport to give a review (titles that don’t deliver on the content) and give bare minimal discussion to the program. Instead these reviews give a few general thoughts about the program and then jump straight into what they really intend – using the product as a springboard to a different product – bait & switch.