The Empower Network review: 2015
Hey all, Andy here today.
I hope you enjoyed Em’s 5 Dollar Dinners review, we love sharing such positive sites that can really help you with your finances.
Today, we’re reviewing a product from the other side: this is one we want you to steer well clear of. Why are we sharing this with you? Because we believe getting involved with this company is going to create bad debt for you. We want to warn you about their scheme, which at surface value appears to be an attractive way to make money online.
I’m talking about an online money making company called The Empower Network, this is our review for 2015. I’ll say right now: any links we provide for you to click through to the Empower Network are there for your information only. These are not affiliate links, we don’t want to be associated with them in any way!
Name: The Empower Network
Price: from $25 per month (but many end up spending thousands)
It’s important you read the rest of the review before you go off and look at their website, their marketing is very powerful.
What is the Empower Network?
The Empower Network describes itself as a “technology, personal development, and direct sales company”. It was founded by Dave Wood in 2011. It has a large blogging community (they report having >150,000 members in June 2015) and it’s own blogging system.
With Empower Network, you will be taught how to set up a website, which you then use to sell their information products. At the moment, these products are:
- Kalatu blogging system (available as basic or premium)
- Inner circle mindset training (audio recordings from top entrepreneurs)
- Top producer formula (a video education course and instruction manual)
- Team building formula (another video course)
- Mass influence formula (yet another video course)
The video courses are all education packages that teach you how to run a business online. The Kalatu blogging system is the blogging platform you would use to set up your own Empower Network website.
Once you have your business set up and are selling products, you make money by recruiting other people to the network. If the people you recruit set up a business and sell the products too, you get a share of their commissions. And so on, down the line. Another word for this is pyramid selling: the further up the chain you are, the more money you make.
Who is the Empower Network for?
It’s for people that want to have a go at making money online. But they need to be people that have a substantial amount of cash they can part with up front to make that happen. I’d suggest that if you have debts, then it is probably not for you.
Best things about the Empower Network:
- very inspiring videos and great marketing
- interesting and engaging blog
- they are very upfront about how many of their affiliates actually make money, and what the income breakdown looks like. We think this transparency is great.
Worst things about the Empower Network
- very vague about what you will actually be doing: I’ve spent a good hour on their website this morning, and I’m still not really sure exactly what their members do or what their businesses look like
- it’s a pyramid scheme
- no try before you buy and the products are very expensive
- you have to pay a monthly “administration fee” if you want to get paid for the commissions you earn. I think that’s crazy!
- 10% of commissions earned are held back for 6-8 months, and no good reason is given. Why?!
Empower Network price
Kalatu blogging platform starts at $25 per month, and this is the minimum investment you can make. If you want to make money, you have to add on your $19.95 “admin fee”, so you’re at $45 per month for just the basic stuff.
Inner circle membership is $100 per month.
The three video products (Top producer formula, etc) have a one off cost of $500-3500. That sounds like a heck of a lot of money to watch some videos.
You can see that if you were to use all these products yourself, which you would probably need to if you wanted to have a good chance of selling them, you are looking at spending thousands. I just don’t think it will be worth it: check out their income report:
Em and Andy, would you guys use the Empower Network?
Nope, no way! We don’t have that kind of money to put into online marketing. Empower Network asks for a lot of cash up front, without much detail of how their system really works, which is just way too big a risk. You should think very carefully before joining them. We think pyramid schemes are dodgy, and Empower Network is basically a pyramid scheme.
If you’re going to try to make money online, we’d advise you steer clear of Empower Network too. The system we use, Wealthy Affiliate, is much better value for money, more transparent, and you can try it for free.
Empower Network may help you get ahead with making money online, but it will cost you a lot. The way you make money is by getting other people to join the network and sell the products, so they have to spend a lot of money too. I think that’s a bit shady.
Our verdict: not recommended. D for don’t do it, there are better options out there for you.
If you have any experiences with Empower Network, we’d love to hear some inside stories. Please leave us a comment.
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