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What are the facts behind all of the Empower Network Scam claims?
If you’ve been doing your homework on Empower Network then you’ve probably run across good, bad, and downright ugly reviews. There are plenty of disciples and haters alike telling their “stories.”
But the truth is simple.
Folks out there that get involved with Empower Network and expect to magically become millionaires overnight are borderline delusional or just simply misguided.
Any successful online marketer’s gonna tell you that it takes hard work to strike gold. But when it does happen, it can happen FAST.
Unfortunately, “FAST” is what most people focus on. They come in with a lazy attitude, take very little action, and when they don’t make it, they blame the product or company. Then they go online posting scathing reviews about the so-called “Empower Network Scam.”
It’s kind of ironic though… if some of these folks had put half the effort into their Empower Network business as they did spreading the hate, they probably would’ve succeeded.
But, lemme step back and say that a lot of the folks that failed can’t be faulted entirely. They may have been misled by some “guru” that sponsored them into EN. …it happens.
I’ve heard stories of sponsors that sign up members only to fleece them for all they’re worth—upselling them on advertising co-ops, marketing materials, lead capture pages, etc., etc.
But what their sponsors don’t tell them is that the advertising vehicles they’re buying into are so worn-out and saturated from others trying to sell Empower Network the exact-same-way, that they’ll probably never make a single sale.
So these poor folks, spending their hard earned cash, and trusting their Empower Network “leader,” eventually start to question, “Is this worth it?”
They’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars… waiting to make just one sale, and it never happens.
They reach out to their sponsor for help, but get nothing (except maybe another upsell).
Other sponsors give misguided advice about how to make money from blogging. They tell their team members to hop onto their Empower Network blogs and blog their little hearts out…
…blog about anything and everything.
Well, that ain’t gonna work either, and most people figure this out the hard way.
They pour their heart, soul, and every bit of free time into their blog and see zilch in return.
And after a few months of the same-old-lame-old crap, they get pissed off.
I’d be pissed too.
But I wouldn’t throw in the towel and start whining all over the Internet about it.
I’d figure out what I was doing wrong, because people are making BANK with EN, and I know they’re not any better or smarter than me.
They’re doing something right. Some “thing” you just haven’t learned about yet.
Plenty of people are making a good living from Empower Network. And these are honest folks… not Empower Network scammers. They’ve just figured out how to reach the millions of other people that haven’t yet heard about EN.
One of the keys to succeeding with Empower Network is partnering with the right team—one that’s invested in helping its members succeed.
Now, I’m not sayin’ all the big guns in Empower Network are just out to empty your wallet. I believe most of ‘em are good people.
I know for a fact that a few of ’em are AWESOME people.
But you’ve gotta realize they’re also very busy people.
Keep in mind they’re probably not gonna have the time to devote to new members like a lower-level, but still-successful sponsor would have.
The lesson to be learned here… if you plan on joining Empower Network to resell their products, choose your sponsor wisely. Because once you’re signed up, you can’t switch to another.
Empower Network Scam – Misconceptions
The haters out there will tell you that Empower Network is a scam because it’s only about getting others to sign up for Empower Network.
Empower Network is first, and foremost about its products.
- Empower Network Viral Blogging Platform – $25/month (base product)
- Inner Circle Audio Library – $100/month (optional training)
- Viral Blogging Academy – $295/one-time (optional video training)
- Costa Rica Intensive – $500/one-time (optional video training)
- $15K Formula Series – $1000/one-time (optional training)
- Masters Video Course – $3500/one-time (optional training)
The viral blogging platform lets bloggers and small businesses use the authority of the “empowernetwork.com” domain name to create their own blog—making it easier for a newbie to rank higher on Google searches to promote their products or services.
The optional training courses provide progressively more advanced training for newbies and experienced marketers. The courses teach how to better promote a blog or website to increase the number of daily visitors and how to better convert those visitors into paying customers.
One major upside to the training is that it’s portable, meaning you can use the concepts for ANY business, website, or blog.
It’s not just about selling Empower Network.
As a matter of fact, there’s no requirement at all to resell EN.
It’s completely optional, but a lot of people choose to.
…it’s kind of a no-brainer
Empower Network Scam – Is it a Pyramid Scheme?
Empower Network, if you choose to participate in the optional affiliate program, is a multi-level marketing business.
And no… Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) doesn’t always mean “pyramid scheme.”
Other examples of a legit MLMs are Mary Kay, Avon, Wake Up Now, Tupperware…
Are these ALL pyramid schemes?
People making generalized statements that they’re all pyramid scheme’s really try my patience… they speak before they think.
Or at least speak before they know what the hell they’re talking about.
True Pyramid Schemes are outright illegal. They offer absolutely NOTHING to the folks on the bottom of the pyramid until they themselves start recruiting in new members.
They offer no products, no services…
And that ain’t how Empower Network works… plain and simple.
Like the rest of corporate America, there are leaders at the top making damn good money.
…and mid-level leaders making very, very good money.
Then there are folks lower down in the ranks making “ok” money, and some making no so much.
So, what’s up with those at the bottom? Are they victims of the evil corporations?
They’re either just getting their career started, not that good at their job, working the wrong job, or they’ve decided they’re happy where they are.
So, how is EN or any other MLM out there different from a corporate structure?
Or ANY structure in our society?
You’ve got a big guy at the top, some powerful people under him, more people under them, and so on, and so forth until you get down to little ol’ You and Me.
But… The BIG difference between being an Empower Network affiliate and being a virtual slave working for a corporation, is that YOU have the power to make things change.
You don’t have to wait for your boss to quit, retire, or croak before you can move up one measly rung of the ladder.
With Empower Network, your commitment to your own success is the single most important factor in determining how well you succeed.
Empower Network Review – Why Do Members Have to Pay to Play?
Well, here’s another ridiculous “Empower Network Scam” myth.
Critics are gonna moan about the “affiliate fee.”
Tell you that it’s a big red flag that EN charges you extra to sell their products.
That’s a buncha crap.
The fee’s optional, by the way.
Here’s the deal:
If you choose to resell EN’s product’s, you’ll need to pay a $19.95/mo fee that covers the cost of setting up and maintaining a credit card merchant account.
That account is necessary for processing your members’ credit card payments and is no different than what a brick-and-mortar business would have to pay to accept credit cards from their customers.
It’s a cost of doing business. Plain. And. Simple.
And since this is an MLM business, you’ll only be able to earn a commission for products that you’ve purchased yourself. Which makes sense to me since I don’t think I could ethically pitch products to folks when I haven’t even tried them myself.
There’s nothing new about this. It’s a standard way of doing business with most MLMs.
And if you didn’t already know Empower Network is an MLM company, don’t discount it so quickly.
For a LONG time, I avoided MLM companies like a New York City cabbie avoids a stick of deodorant.
I honestly thought every MLM out there was a total scam.
That was a narrow-minded view, and it took some convincing to change my mind.
Now, I know it all boils down to the skill and determination of the person… not just the company or its products.
…but to be fair, some MLM companies deserve the hate.
They promise the world… They hype up the positives and conveniently skim over the negatives.
It’s companies like this (I can’t mention names here) that give the business a black eye, scare people away from genuine opportunity, and make it tough for legitimate MLM businesses to succeed.
Beware the Empower Network Scam “Bait and Switch”
Let’s talk about these haters for a moment, shall we?
I give you props for researching Empower Network before forking over any cash.
I know I did my homework before I joined.
But… when you visit these “Empower Network Scam” sites, read the scathing reviews, and start doubting whether or not EN can deliver on its claims.
Take a closer look at the site or blog that’s dishing the dirt.
The odds are HIGH that whoever wrote that expose on the “evil” Empower Network didn’t just do it out of the goodness of their heart.
They say they’re just spreading the word to “protect” the public.
Do me a favor, the next time you visit one of these sites…
…take note of the ads and links on that page.
Are they selling their own “affiliate wealth” product?
Do they have their own list of “legit” money-making programs?
Are they selling their own e-book or video series?
Don’t. Get. Played.
These guys know what they’re doing.
They write a blog post on how much Empower Network sucks….
Get it to rank high in Google for “empower network review” or “empower network scam” or “empower network ripoff.”
They know EN’s popularity is gonna pretty much guarantee a ton of people will be searching for those phrases.
Then they get traffic to their site via those search results (YOU).
They BASH Empower Network…
They convince you that Empower Network’s a scam…
and then, after they’ve skillfully gained your trust with their “pure and noble” intentions.
It’s one of the oldest Internet Marketing tricks in the book.
They know folks out there doing homework on EN are looking for an opportunity.
These folks are an easy sell…
…they’re already looking to buy, but they might just need a little bit more convincing before they whip out their credit cards.
So, be careful.
Don’t be one of the readers they pluck away when Empower Network might just be the ticket you’re looking for.
Do your own homework.
EN is the real deal. You just have to put in the effort to make it work!
Summary (I know… finally!)
So, to sum it all up. The Empower Network Scam is a myth.
EN offers tools and a platform for bloggers and small businesses to market their services and products.
They sell high quality training products that apply to all aspects of online marketing. And they offer a 100% optional business opportunity to resell the products you’ve purchased for yourself.
Be sure to check out what most folks in Empower Network are earning before you jump in, though.
Make it your goal to earn more than the average affiliate…
Don’t become a statistic…
Take Massive Action, and make it happen!
If you have any questions for ME or about Empower Network, drop a comment below and I’ll respond personally.
And if you’re interested in learning more about me, my team, or Empower Network, start here.
Your MLM Guide,
(Empower Network Scam Debunker)