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Google Cash Detective and Google Cash Automator No BullSh!t Review + Video

This is a NoBullSh!t Review that covers Chris Carpenter’s Google Cash Detective (aka GCD, gcdetective) + Google Cash Automator (aka GCA, gcautomator).

It is a big package so this review is going to take a bit of time to cover completely and objectively, this will happen across multi-part review so you can jump around.  Here is what is inside the Google Cash Detective Membership:

  • Google Cash Detective Tool
  • Google Cash Automator
  • Several times a week Live Training
  • Google Cash Home Study Course videos
  • Monthly Landing Page
  • Free support
  • Moderated Forum of several thousand posts
  • Google Cash Revolution

The focus is on Google Cash Detective (aka GCD), while a powerful tool, since It is not a cheap eBook, it is definitely not right for everybody. Since it has some bright spots and some blemishes, and the sales pages are filled with hype, you will want to pay attention.

At the end, you will have a clear picture of what you are getting into, to make the decision if GCD is right for you.

GCD is a small membership site, that has been closed for months but GCD has reopened for an unknown limited period.  Therefore, provided they are still accepting new members, you will have an opportunity to buy it and when you get it through my affiliate link. I will be throwing my well-received TroyNotes of GCD as a bonus to jumpstart you.

About Me:

While you can find more about me in the about tab.  Unlike the hordes of scammy affiliate sites out there I looked at prior to writing this review, I actually use Google Cash Detective on a regular basis.  Here is why I am qualified to give you a NoBullSh!t Review:

  • I have used GCD for months (and GCA too, though I’ve stopped using it).
  • I actively use it in my own profitable businesses outside the Internet Marketing space.
  • I actively participate on the GCD forums seeing others success and triumphs.
  • I’ve been through most of the training (there is quite a bit) and have summarize the key points in the TroyNotes.
  • Since I make money off my other niche products, my opinions can’t be bought. I hate hype.

The Review covers 6 Key Areas

  • What is it?
  • How do I benefit from it?
  • Where did it come from, how does it work, and where is it going?
  • How well are other people doing using it?
  • How would I use it, and what can’t you do with it?
  • Is it right for my business?

We’ll cover each in a page. So without further ado lets’s go:

CLICK to watch the Video Tour:  (5 min)

What is Google Cash Automator?

This is a part of the No Bullsh!t  Multipart Review of Google Cash Detective and Google Cash Automator.


The Google Cash Automator is an automated bidding assistant for optimizing ROI on AdWords PPC campaigns with conversion tracking. A profit squeezer.

More Detail:

Google Cash Automator (or GCA for short) is a web-based service (meaning you use a browser to use it) that closely ties into the GCD tool and your own AdWords campaigns. Chris Carpenter of Google Cash notoriety created it.

There are highly complementary tools in intent. GCD finds profitable ads and keywords, GCA manages them in your own.  Right now, the GCA is a free up sell on the various packages, buy a year of GCD and you get lifetime access to GCA.

Key Benefits:

  • Saves you time managing campaigns
  • Maximizes Return on Investment for keyword->ads->landing page->conversion via a couple formulas
  • Tracks conversions, e.g integrates with clickbank.
  • Manages campaigns more frequently
  • Can handle big campaigns with thousands of keywords
  • Integrates tightly with Google Cash Detective.

Where it came from:

It is relatively new, only a few years old, and less than a year of live customers on it.  This shows and is still rough around the edges.

Chris Carpenter (of Google Cash Fame…not the Xfiles) created it, it was inspired by Chris to automate his 20-30K a month affiliate businesses.  Freeing him up to live a high “internet lifestyle”—  living on the beach in Mexico, surfing and spending time with family, heli-skiing, surfing. traveling, etc.

5 Minute Tour

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How GCA works:

Google AdWords has an interface that allows third parties to talk to your campaign and manage it.  You have to integrate GCA with your AdWords account, which requires a bit of set-up, taking about 30 minutes to an hr.

For each of the keywords you use, GCA will give it a tracking id.  Your PPC ads will point to GCA’s URL instead of your merchant site, and GCA will track the click, and then redirect it to the merchant site.

If you are using Clickbank or the like, GCA accepts the export of sales conversions, which also have the tracking id, so GCA can match them back up and tell what is working.

At the end, GCA attempts to squeeze the most money of the campaigns while keeping them in decent conversion slots.


There are several analytic tools: Affiliate Prophet, Google Conversion Tracking, Prosper101. With different goals.

While there are other automated campaign managers. At present, I am not aware of any other competitors in the same ballpark as Google Cash Automator.  Currently $97 a month, presently the only available for purchase with the Google Cash Detective packages, which give several months to a lifetime free if you buy a year of GCD.

Google Cash Detective and Google Cash Automator Pros and Cons from an Active Member

This was written near the end the refund period (around April 8th) inside the Google Cash Detective— after honestly trying several things with no success and watching many frustrated users. Sadly, this is hard to sugar coat in humor.


Being honest, I find myself on the fence and confused as to whether or not I should continue or get a refund for GCD.

I don’t think there is one answer, I really think it does depend on where you are in the game, and what you have at your disposal.

For me, I measure things by opportunity costs, and progress towards desired outcomes.

The desired outcome for most here, I imagine, is making money as quickly as possible and eliminating the possibility of losing money as much as possible.

If you ONLY had $2k in your hand, right now, you could spend it on on either:

  1. GCD/GCA (1yr subscription)
  2. 20x $100 test campaigns or 10 landing pages
  3. Developing 10 informational products

**Since GCD/GCA will never send you a paycheck** and you NEED to get campaigns/products up to get a paycheck. If I only had $2k, it would be no question I’d go with the latter two… However if you have more than that, the answer gets less clear…murky even.

So what do you need to make Money Online?

Rabid Market + Good Marketing + Good Product = Success


Rabid Market + Better Marketing than your Competitors + Better Product than Competitors = Success

Finding a market can be done in a bunch of different ways. In the test phase, you want 20-30 solid keywords not 1000’s, and there are multiple ways to achieve this: WordTracker, Wordpot. To determine profitability use slower/complimentary approaches like Affiliate Espionage.

Here is the key quandary to me, given the above…

Just how useful is GCD as a tool?


  • Months, eventually years of data to search through.
  • You CAN find profitable campaigns.
  • You CAN find good affiliates to stalk.
  • You CAN easily find hot markets.
  • You CAN EASILY find what’s NOT working (e.g. Fapturbo froth+churn)..this could save some serious $$$.
  • You are surrounded by a good community here going through the same challenges on the same tools.
  • The spy and automation tools are here to stay, and are changing the affiliate marketplace, get used with them, or else you will be out of business in a year. Being here can help shape them in the direction you want them to go.


  • You CAN find other people’s profitable campaigns…. but that doesn’t mean they will be profitable for you, just by cloning.
  • GCD keyword research many not be any more profitable than using traditional approaches (in at least one seminar with Frank, he didn’t use GCD at all).  This is a core frustration— As I am reading through the forum, I see many frustrated cloners wondering why they haven’t made a single sale on a campaign using a strategy that should supposedly work. This is not that they aren’t making good money, that I could understand…just zero sales! It’s not GCD’s fault, it’s just a tool that collects data we tell it. GCD has limited knowledge of the past, but it is not omniscient to ‘reality’ of the living breathing marketplace as it exists right now, and isn’t a crystal ball at all. I wish I had better answers to this one.
  • Like the Death Star, GCD it’s operational but not fully complete, and not easy to use. I know from personal experience in high-tech startups how difficult building apps of this scale are. ..I know that Chris and team are working very hard on it. I do empathize…it’s a small team, and there are only so many hours in a day! In one of the training videos Chris said he’s spending 15hr days…I’ve been there. Regardless, as a consumer I am disappointed. Maybe I got blinded by the sales video and copy which made it appear like GCD was solid and complete and bug free, and would be a genie in the bottle. It wasn’t, the training that is up is great, but incomplete, and guessing at present rate a month or two away from completion. So this feels a bit like supply your own manual. I’ll admit, part of my dissatisfaction is pride, had it been my product I would not have released the product in the state I was in. To their credit, Chris and team have given an extra time, and are headed in the right direction.

Just how useful is GCA as a tool?

GCA too is an advanced feature— I know how it’s supposed to work…but I don’t know how to use it (I really couldn’t comprehend the training videos) …or even if I can use in conjunction with tools like Affiliate Prophet, which I DO see immediate return on investment for.   I may be wrong as I don’t fully understand..but I don’t think GCA is meant for new campaigns. In the beginning of a new campaign, I’m not convinced that any tool can absolve a person from paying attention and learning what’s going on, or even if that’s a desirable goal. Just my opinion that if you care to make money, you should care about what people are REALLY searching on, and what terms are really converting to sales, adjusting copy/ads as you go. No tool can fully automate that.

Again, if I am just starting out with 20/30 keywords, Adword Editor is tedious, but easy enough to use. Long term with dozens of campaigns… I can totally see the value of GCA and $97/mo is cheap, cheap cheap…once those campaigns are profitable, and there is ‘money to spare’.