Honest Video Essence Review – Traffic Essence Review


Review of Video Essence and Traffic Essence

Lately I’ve been trying to cut back on the number of WordPress plugins / themes that I purchase because I get way too busy to actually implement or use them on a a day to day basis. Yesterday while in a marketing forum I frequent there was some buzz and chatter about a video curation theme and plugin. I decided to purchase along with several other people in forum and see how fast we might be able to set up…I already had an active domain and thought I would simply install the theme and be off to the races as the promotional video for “Video Essence” demonstrates.

Like others in the video forum, excitement turned quickly into disappointment.

Here are some of the issues I have / had with Video Essence and Traffic Essence:

  • The curation plugin never served any video results for anything trending (plugin default) or simple keyword phrases I entered that generate numerous results on Youtube
  • No disclosure up front on server requirements…only after you purchase will you see what server requirements are to use Video Essence theme / plugin
  • The claim of 120 channels with Traffic Essence is based on purchaser manually¬† creating up to 40 accounts on 3 web 2.0 sites.

After talking with several users this morning in video forum other purchasers are requesting refunds as well. This is a a product where the sizzle definitely tasted better than the steak.

Only after purchasing Video Essence will you discover that you need to run at least PHP 5.4 and Mcrypt PHP extension.

Video Essence Review - Server Requirements

When trying to curate videos with Video Essence I never got beyond this point or could get any results to display.

Video Essence Review - Video Curator Functionality

Traffic Essence relies on the purchaser creating up to 40 accounts on WordPress.com, Tumblr, and Blogger. This should be disclosed up front vs. making potential buyers think the 140 channels are built into the plugin.

Traffic Essence Screenshot

Again, myself and several other competent video marketers were not able to get Video Essence working. If you have better results and some working examples please feel free to comment and share your results here. I hope you found this Video Essence and Traffic Essence review helpful.

3 thoughts on “Honest Video Essence Review – Traffic Essence Review”

  1. They have a working site here:

    They presented the site further down on the sales funnel to sell a bundle of a so called commercial license (Video Essence + Traffic Essence + Local Essence). I just got Video Essence and start testing it today, so I will drop some updates later. About Traffic Essence I didn’t buy it, I just followed my instincts of not betting on something that only relies on text spinning and network creation, Google is crazy about that now, so it will be a complete waste of money and time.
    Thanks for sharing your advice and early review.

  2. Thanks for the review has really helped my decision process. Will not be purchasing.

    As the saying goes… “if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is.”

    It’s a shame this is not as good as they claim, there is obviously a lot of interest for this type of theme, so why not make one that is great and is exactly what people want.

    Maybe I will add that to product creation list and call it InspireORB video theme.. ūüôā

  3. I am glad it was not just me. I experienced everything you mention in your article.

    The theme did not work and when I upgraded to PHP 5.5.9 it worked. The plugin does not work.

    After more than 10 “trouble ticket” requests the Video Essence folks would push out a plugin update which they claim fixed the issue with the “video preview” not appearing, links in the settings section not working, and fixing the curate process. Well, they fixed the inactive links and the video preview but the “discover content and curate” does nothing. No videos are returned.

    After more than two weeks of having the VE plugin and theme I asked for a refund three times and I get no response from them. They even promised me (in a trouble ticket I requested) that if they could not resolve the issue with the curate process they would gladly and promptly refund me.

    No refund. I get nothing but silence from them.

    Obviously those guys raked in a lot of money with VE and TE and stand a lot to lose if they have to give it back.
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