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