Srini Saripalli is a Success Engineer?

There are a lot of blogs out there that talk about how to make money online and there are even more that just talk about making money in general. The blog of Srini Saripalli, which serves as the subject of this review, isn’t all that different in this respect, but his presentation appears to be honest and genuine. Heck, his blog doesn’t even have much in terms of advertising!

Who is Srini Saripalli and Why Should I Care?

I wish I could tell you. His blog must be fairly new, because when I went to the about page, all I got was a message about how he’s “working on updating this page….:)- Please Check Back Soon!”

As far as I can tell, Srini is trying to establish himself as an expert in marketing, small business ownership, making money online, and entrepreneurship. The content of his posts range from business development to real estate investing. The trouble is that without an About page, it’s hard to give any sort of “expert” status to Mr. Saripalli. Contrast this to the established “expert” status of a John Chow or a Guy Kawasaki.

Another issue with his blog is that it’s pretty hard to spell SriniSaripalli.com. His name isn’t his fault, per se, but he could have selected a domain that’s a little easier to remember. As such, you’ll notice that he says he’s from SuccessEngineer.com in his videos (which I’ll get to in a moment). That domain just redirects to SriniSaripalli.com.

I should also note that the products and forum links at the top of the page only return 404 errors. That just lacks professionalism.

The Only Advertising on Srini Saripalli dot Com

Although he may use AdSense on some of his other sites, Srini Saripalli has made it a point to keep advertising to a minimum on what he calls his “authority site“. He says that he wants to use this blog to provide value to his readers, rather than make any money directly. It’s more about establishing his name. Poking around, it seems like the only advertising is comprised of four 125×125 buttons in the sidebar.

Strangely, two of the four links lead right back to SriniSaripalli.com. In terms of the other two, one leads to a single-page sales letter for an online workshop, and the other is a form to get pre-launch notification for some training program. It seems that Srini is behind both of these, so there’s no real paid advertising on his blog at all.

What’s weird is that the buttons are replaced by text links when you go into an individual article. Even so, I don’t think this “How Can I Help You?” section is all that useful.

Quality Content or Another Dud?

On some level, you could say that Srini Saripalli has some decent ideas on his blog. Unfortunately, English does not appear to be his first language and this shows in most of his posts. Here’s a brief excerpt from his post on selling e-books:

Execuse if the content in this post sounds very generic. The intenet of the post is to give a new reader and overall idea on what how to get started with information marketing?.

I can discern the meaning, but it’s still a little frustrating to read. The videos, in like manner, seem to start with good ideas, but there is definitely room for improvement. The image is over-exposed, resulting in a big wash of white. You can see this in his posts on transcribing random thoughts and his post on using AdSense.

Other posts that caught me eye include:

Srini has a habit of putting question marks where they don’t belong, as you can see in the title of the second and fourth post on the list.

Srini Saripalli: Decent Start, Has Work To Do

The concept behind SriniSaripalli.com is a good one and I think that he’s going about it the right way by being honest and open. The posts, if you can get past the grammar issues, are genuine and offer a decent amount of value. Srini isn’t exactly groundbreaking in the advice that he gives, unfortunately, so it’s hard to recommend him over some other blogs that offer more original content.


50 thoughts on “Srini Saripalli is a Success Engineer?”

  1. Reed says:

    I have to say the design on his site is good.

    1. Yes, the design is pretty good, but getting past the grammar is a bit difficult.

      1. What good is the design if none of the stuff works? For that matter, why pay for a review if none of the stuff works? why should I trust his advice if he doesn’t plan things out?

    2. Robert says:

      The design is good, and so may be the content, but the grammar and overall English are horrible. He should hire a proofreader.

      1. I’d gladly help him!

  2. Reed says:

    the design is decent.

  3. Is this a case of putting the cart before the horse? I have to admit I am a bit guilty of this, but at least I didn’t drop $500 to find out. I know I have a lot of work to do, just trying to build some good content before entering the bigtime.

  4. Zero and Up says:

    It looks like he has determination, which is very important. Maybe after a few months to a year he will be a bit more comfortable with certain aspects of writing – Although, if I were him, I would have purchased a review after that point, not before it.

    Best of luck to him and his blog, though 😎

  5. Joe says:

    Lol, you put a question mark on this post title.

    1. Mayank Rocks says:

      Which means John is doubtful πŸ™„

      1. Robert says:

        That question mark speaks volumes. Almost like a little jab at the website and its content.

  6. Paul says:

    I’m afraid to click the links.

  7. Internetsalsa says:

    If john can do crappy videos then whats wrong with this guy?
    I think he is stikcing up to his point/ideas.
    Afterall affiliates !!!1

  8. The design does look great. He can add more advertisors without it taking away from the content.

  9. Ecko says:

    Hmmm, a new blog is always interesting to be checked. Let’s go to the blog! ➑

  10. king kong says:

    indian john chow. that is all.

    1. Mayank Rocks says:

      haha. Then it is a long way to go :mrgreen:

  11. Hi All,

    Thanks to Michael, John for the review and everyone here who provided some valuable comments. I know there will be more coming…

    I am not at all surprised by this review. This is exactly what I expected. My site is still under construction. This design went into effect in February 2008.

    As you see I was not well prepared going into this review, yet I really wanted to know where I stand? because all my past efforts to get some honest comments got me nowhere. All I ended up with was “your blog design is good” and “you are good”.

    My biggest take away from this review: my usage of questions marks all over the headings. This is worth the $500 I paid for this review.

    Needless to say I would have never gotten the quality comments that you guys provided else where.

    Going forward I will try to contain the usage of questions marks. Not that I can completely eliminate them, but I will try to balance the usage.

    As far spelling and grammar mistakes go? I will slow down and be cautious with my speed/pace.

    -Srini Saripalli

    P.S: Total 2 question marks used πŸ™‚

    1. Joe says:

      Hi Srini.

      Questions marks are to be used after questions only. For example, your first question mark in this comment is after a statement, not an actual question.

      Instead of:
      “As you see I was not well prepared going into this review, yet I really wanted to know where I stand?…”

      You are not asking a question, so do not use an exclamation point. If you said this, you would use a question mark: “Can you tell I was not well prepared going into this review?”

      Another example: “I am confused.” This is a statement, not a question. So there is no question mark. This sentence, however, would have a question mark: “Are you confused?”

      Also, never use a question mark in the middle of a sentence. Always use it at the end. I am certainly not an expert at grammar, but these are the basics of using question marks. Anyway, your attitude is great and I wish you the best of luck!

      1. Joe says:

        Oops. Replace “exclamation point” with “question mark” in my above comment. I’m not an expert at proofreading either. Ha ha.

  12. Brian says:

    πŸ˜› Nice review. I wonder if I should spend my $500 for the review by this blog. My blog is new too. I’m on the way to build my “rich content.” For sure I’ll ask John to promote my site, but not now. Try your best Srini. I’ll give you a visit right now.

    Brian Nguyen at BNguyen dot NET πŸ˜‰

  13. Robin says:

    I think the most important thing that Srini should do is to put a thoughtful plan after getting the ‘John Chow Effect’. I believe this sort of review JC has made is beyond $500! The good example on who can handle the effect is Adtoll.com. I mean, look at them now. All in all i think Srini’s blog is ok.

  14. Deepak says:

    Dude! you’ve killed this guy’s hopes. But I appreciate you giving an honest review. I wonder if the Sirni dude was just looking at scoring some links through your blog? He’s sure got those hits now.

    1. Robert says:

      It looks like he wanted a critical review, which he got. But I like his attitude. He wants to improve his blog and make it better as per this review’s suggestions.

  15. Hannah says:

    I think he needs to use the enter button a little bit more. The instant I see a wall of text, I don’t read it. But as said, the design is good, the grammar is lacking.

    Maybe if he started writing in Punjabi (or Hindi, I can never remember which is the most popular language in India) he could become an expert in that niche, but I just don’t think he’ll make it in the English world with that type of grammar.

  16. logosamurai says:

    Pretty organized.

  17. Why doesn’t he ask for someone to proof read his articles?

  18. Mayank Rocks says:

    Nice blog there. Very good design. If you update the blog regularly. You have a good chance πŸ™‚

  19. SiteHoppers says:

    Looks pretty good, now just do some great internet marketing like John or Gyutae. :mrgreen:

  20. Chetan says:

    Yep have to agree that he needs a proofreader to check the spelling and grammar. But the design is pretty good.
    Good luck to him..

  21. I think That it goes without saying to make it in the make money online niche you 1.must be an expert or have been trying to become one 2. do alot of homework finding out whats hot to compete with everyone else 3. the most inportant is work work work very hard and then work very hard some more

  22. joshuaun says:

    come to visit my friend=)

  23. Internetsalsa says:

    so you paid $500 for traffic LOL

  24. Fitness Site says:

    nice blog and content there.
    I like the advertisement blocks. πŸ˜€ and his videos.

  25. Michael, Come on, he has tried his best to put a good design and where his grammar is concerned, I can immediately name many other sites where the grammar is horrible. Not everyone is perfect and have loopholes somewhere or the other. Srini has shown it and others love to hide it. I am sure he must have accepted this critic writing with good heart. You have done your part, now let him play his part.

  26. I personally know a lot of people who waited for years to perfect their content…

    I myself waited a long time to get four months worth of content in place for one of my membership sites. Neither the content nor the site ever saw the light of the day.

    I came to this website for a sincere review which I received.

    I will make all the improvements you guys suggested and may come back here for another honest review sometime later.

    With this I think I killed two birds with one shot…

    #1. From now on I have a new direction to my blog…

    #2. I am co-authoring a book on Information Marketing with several other successful information marketers and the father of guerrilla marketing Jay Conrad Levinson. It will be available in book stores early next year…

    Imagine a physical book with these kinds of mistakes…

    No doubts there will be proof readers on the project to correct me, but imagine the time wasted going back and forth on these silly things.

    For everyone who thinks I did this for getting some links, trust me with $500 I could have bought a ton of PPV or PPC traffic to many of my offers, which I do frequently and profit from.

    And yes English is not my first language and I only studied in an English medium school until grade 3!…but that’s not an excuse!

    So far this $500 has turned out to be a good investment.

    Cheers!
    Srini

  27. Wade says:

    Srini, I hope that you take the comments from John and the fellow readers with the best intentions. With my site being new as well, I understand the time it takes to build up your site. You look at all these large sites and you want to do the same, but the truth is, they ALL started at the bottom. What got them to the top was the road they took. It is impossible to make a couple month old site to = a site that has been around for over a year. Users can spot speed posting, but providing constant and solid content will set your site from the others.

    A nice review by John once again. Very professional and to the point. Nice to point out the pros and the cons, instead of just the cons.

  28. Gaj Subudhi says:

    Hi Srini,

    As you have posted in many blog posts. Being a consistent visitor to your blog, I have always enjoyed your blog content and the value you create for your visitors.

    I highly encourage you to take the comments and critiques positively do the necessary in your power to make it a better experience for all your visitors.

    I always value quality content and rest of the comments on accent and spelling mistakes takes back seat sometimes I don’t even know if it really matters that much.

    Keep up the good work.
    And Happy Blogging,
    -Gaj
    http://www.affiliatemarketingsuperstars.com

  29. Felex nTan says:

    Contents are the core of the blog ,he made it!The design is nice.Hope to see Srini become one of the top blogger in the world.

  30. Chetan says:

    You really have some good aspirations and yea hope that you make the changes as suggested by the commentators here πŸ™‚

  31. Chetz Yusof says:

    I was an engineer too! Now I’m trying to make money online. I found great tips from John Chow’s blog.

    I went to Srini’s website. It looks clean and the layout is similar to John Chow’s blog.

  32. VLN MURTY says:

    Hi Srini,
    In all walks of like for achieving success goal, critics are the only best path-providers. With all the reviews u got now, it is good for u to make ur goal technically and fundamentally more successful in the near future. Grammer ! though it is an essential part of any content,u will check it gradually-better late than never.
    The design of ur blog is no doubt excellent and I am sure u will come up with good contents also. Go ahead with ur sincere and honest approach as hitherto and u will succeed. God bless u.

  33. Rasmita says:

    Hi Srini,

    Take JC’s comments as nothing but a critical appreciation of your work. All grammar gurus are neither Shakespears nor Miltons. Your messages are highly potential and educative. Don’t worry for grammatical errors. After saying so much JC also made a mistake which I feel is apparent.”Other posts that caught me eye include:” instead he should have written “other posts that caught my eye include:”. So even those who comment on other’s work are also not immune to mistakes. Mistakes are very common whether they are of first language people or of no language people. Take things very sportively and continue your work. No doubt you will turnout to be number one.

  34. Can someone kindly read, proof read this for me?

    http://www.srinisaripalli.com/announcements/john-chow-review/

    Srini πŸ™‚

    1. Chetan says:

      The review already looks like proof-read πŸ˜†
      Good post!

  35. No Chetan…I think there are a couple of mistakes there too.

    But I spent a lot of time writing it…

    Srini

  36. Infogle says:

    Obviously nice on the review part but for the blogger srini i would like to recommend that blog on consistent basis and currently your review can only constitutes in brining traffic but for a review it is always recommended rather then creating a buzz have to create a right atmosphere whether in terms of positives or negatives…

    i hope my point is clear

  37. Deepak says:

    Did I read somewhere in comments that he is writing a book? A book? OMG save me from ??? assault. Just kiddin Sirni πŸ˜€

  38. No problem Deepak,

    Bring it all on my friend!

    I love these comments, suggestions and recommendations!

    I am on the Job!

    Srini

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