Why doesn’t ESLinsider have any 3rd party reviews?

Are you searching for reviews of ESLinsider’s courses? Wondering why there aren’t any on many other sites? Or maybe you saw the reviews on ESLinsider and are wondering if they are fake or if there are any bad reviews of ESLinsider?

Not Well-Known, Yet Has Invaluable Information and…” Kyle

Towards the end of this article I’ll talk about the “bad reviews”, but for now I’ll talk about why there aren’t any reviews on 3rd party sites.

But wait a second.

Actually there are on Youtube.

I’d like to point out that unlike many other courses ESLinsider actually has a lot of “reviews” if you want to call them that on its videos on Youtube. And those videos are used in ESLinsider’s courses.

Take a look.

ESLinsider's Youtube stats

Here’s a comment from one of the videos:

“I’m a new teacher and these videos really saved my hide (they still do) and my students like these activities a lot. I would like to thank you…” – Luiz Felipe

Why I don’t use 3rd party review sites

If you are searching for reviews on ESLinsider’s courses then I’ll assume that you are also checking out other companies too and you have probably been to some 3rd party review sites like:

  • gobroad.com
  • teflcoursereview.com
  • gooverseas.com

They make money by referral links and advertising the courses on their site.


You have to create an account there before people can leave reviews on your course.

I did initially create an account with either the goabroad or the gooverseas site (can’t remember which one as they look the same to me) a few years ago, but changed my mind and had it deleted for a few different reasons.

No, it wasn’t because of a bad review as I only had the account for like a week or two. But one reason was if I wanted a better position on their site and to be found there then I had to pay money.

Those sites are not “unbiased” like some say.

So I decided to put the review software on my own site instead.

I don’t do affiliate marketing

Unlike most other TEFL courses, ESLinsider doesn’t have an affiliate program. Maybe I could make more money doing that, but I just don’t like it.

I don’t know about you, but to me it’s not very genuine. It’s basically like bribing people to write a review of you or link to your course.

Accreditation is another 3rd party

Accreditation in TEFL is also basically a paid review.

You may think accreditation is a sign of quality, but is it?

  1. It’s easy to fake or it’s paid for in TEFL.
  2. It’s seeks to maintain the status quo on “standards”.


The question nobody seems to ask…

What do you know about the accreditor?

The idea behind accreditation may be good, but some say it doesn’t work.

I have taken two different TESOL/TEFL courses and both were accredited, but neither one was very helpful or practical.

And that’s the problem with “education”.

How many classes did you take in high school and college that were useless? I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember anything from geometry, chemistry, biology, most history classes, etc.

I have read that many of the reviews written online are fake (Amazon is said to have 200,000,000+ fake reviews) and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are plenty of fake reviews in the TEFL course world too.

I know there are some out there.

ESLinsider is small and more like a mom and pop shop

I try to be transparent vs. not.

ESLinsider wasn’t originally designed to be a course. The courses came later. It’s more popular as a resource (its videos) for current teachers.

I have no interest in being another look alike TEFL course. Are all the courses out there starting to look and sound the same to you?

I have taken some atypical stances not trying to fit in to what I don’t believe in. For example, TEFL course “hours“. When it comes to online courses those hours mean nothing.

I completed a so called “120 hour” online TEFL  course in 8 hours.


I don’t follow “best business practices” in some sense and I do criticize the TEFL course industry (some of my so-called competitors) because I went through the system and saw and still see the lies and hype.

I don’t want to tell those lies or try to fit into a system I think is partly bogus.


I try to keep it simple and practical minus the hype and lies which might not appeal to some.

It’s not popular maybe because I didn’t do what other people did, but on the plus side I think you’ll find it to be more personable. And one of my favorite quotes by Seth Godin was…

Regardless of how you measure ‘best’ (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it’s almost never present in the thing that is the most popular.

It’s been up and online since 2011. It didn’t actually start as a course. It started with how-to videos and an ebook. There was no course until late 2012.

All the reviews that are written on my site are written by people who have taken courses there. I also kept some testimonials (2012-2016) which started long before I set up the reviews on my site in 2016.

As of right now there are 29 (5 star) reviews on ESLinsider and 1 with just a 4 star rating, but no written review. I ask people if they can leave a review when they finish the course, however they aren’t obligated to.

There I do say that I may delete a review if they don’t use their name and email used in the course.


I say that to prevent possible trolls or evil competitors from writing a malicious fake review like some of the people below did.

Does ESLinsider have any bad reviews?

Well, to be honest there are a few that were written by people who used troll accounts.

They didn’t take a course with ESLinsider although one of them claimed to.

One troll claimed that I was selling diplomas, perhaps he saw this drawing I did and believed it. Duh…

But if you search Google for the keywords “ESLinsider diploma” you won’t find any place where you can buy a diploma on my site.

If you search:

eslinsider reviews

You’ll see some negative pages that were written by the people below.

See the site “Eslinsiderreviews.com”?

A troll competitor whose affiliate marketing I pointed out in a review really hated me and created the site “Eslinsiderreviews.com” and called ESLinsider a “spam machine” and that I “smeared” competitors.

I later figured out who wrote that.

I wouldn’t say that I “smeared” any competitor. “Best business practice” is to not talk about your “competitors”. But I think “best practices” are stupid.

And I just got tired of turning my cheek while this guy and the next one below – some troll with no guts to reveal who he is takes a $#@! on my work.

I just told the truth.

Am I biased?

Yeah, everyone is. But there is a difference between a bias and a lie. Every review that you will read was written by a biased human.

There is no such thing as an “unbiased” review. Sure, some people are more objective than others, but we all have certain tastes and preferences for certain things.

And most of the articles of reviews of other courses that I wrote on my site aren’t actually my reviews, but quotes from other people that I took off of Youtube, Reddit and other sites where I added my own comments.

Some of the articles that I have written were before I even had a course like this one on lies.

I criticized the TEFL industry then for it’s lies and still do.

I just tell it as I see it.

He also said something about a “free course scam”. I used to have a free course from about 2012 to 2016, but that was discontinued and that was mentioned in a blog post called, “Free TEFL is dead”.

He also said I did affiliate marketing referring to an old article and interview with Alex Case. You can see the link in that article is not an affiliate link and you can go ask Alex Case that.

He also criticized my “qualifications” or lack of them. True, I am not a “licensed teacher”, but I did graduate from Northern Arizona University.

I have done 2 different TEFL/TESOL courses, but I don’t put that info in my blog because I think it’s irrelevant because they are just superficial qualifications.

You are not a resume.


If you look in the search results for…

eslinsider reviews

You’ll find…

“Trusted” TEFL reviews

There’s this other newer site out there that claims to be “trusted” who wrote a fake review of my site and attacked me on Quora, TEFL.net, etc.. His sites are called trusted TEFL reviews and TEFL online pro (the winner of some award on that “trusted” site).

Aside from that…

Any critical reviews?

Yeah, 1,000 dislikes on the videos in the pic above which is like 11% of the people who watched my videos and pushed either the like or dislike button.

Here’s a critical email I got once about the course:

“I understand the level of difficulty between the courses. However, in the 20 hour course, when answering the questions, the answer could be easily seen in the text that was meant to be studied.

I would suggest more of a challenge where studying the context is mandatory to correctly answering the question. Not just searching for the match to the question.
That is my personal opinion. Other then that, the material was well put. Thank you.” –
Sarah Gilbertson

My thoughts on that are why should I make it intentionally more difficult to learn? I try to make it easy not hard. Some teachers make you want to work for no good reason.

Not me.

I intentionally broke up all of the text into mostly small bits because that’s a better way to learn AND I put the answer right there as I didn’t think hiding the answer would help.

Listen to Seth Godin’s comment.

“Open book open note ALL THE TIME. There is zero value in memorizing anything ever again. Anything worth memorizing is worth looking up.” – Seth Godin

“Not Well-Known, Yet Has Invaluable Information and Advice From a Great Teacher…

At first I was hesitant to take Ian’s Advanced Course, since there didn’t seem to be much information about it online. However, I can now say with full confidence that Ian has put together a masterclass catalog of teaching materials, each presented in a clear and logical way, with a great website to re-find anything if needed. The course pages seem to be frequently updated and Ian is incredibly quick to respond to submitted assignments or messages.

Direct communication with Ian is a huge plus. There are a few assignments to submit (Lesson Plans, mainly) and Ian gave me very detailed and meaningful feedback on every one. – Kyle P.

Read more reviews of ESLinsider’s online TEFL courses or ask me a question.

Last words…

Your reading this on my personal blog, but you can also learn more about ESLinsider here.

Also there are some reviews on a guide book that I wrote on Amazon and other related posts below:

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