The MLM Whole Truth, Network Marketing Super-Site

Some say that all MLMs (aka multilevel or network marketing companies) are nothing more than endless chain pyramid schemes.

They are wrong.

Others say that all MLMs are good, moral, and legitimate businesses that are the last best hope for the average person without huge capital to achieve the American Dream.

They are wrong too.

As in most areas of life, the whole truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Welcome.

I am Lou Abbott, founder of this site and a 15 year veteran of the network marketing profession.  Believe me when I say that I’ve seen the very best of multi-level marketing and I have seen the very worst of it.

I’ve been in the top 1 percent of distributors.

I have also experienced the train wrecks.

My mission here?

I want you to be well informed because ignorance in the MLM profession can cost you a lot more than money. It can also cost you your friends, family, hopes and dreams.

You need the whole truth about MLM, the companies, the industry, and what it really takes to make significant income with a network marketing business!  Our goal here is to bring it to you as effectively and objectively as is humanly possible.

Be Sociable, Share!

{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

gkumar August 22, 2014 at 7:27 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

I WANT TO KNOW , IN MLM WHICH EVER COMPENSATION PLAN WE FOLLOW . IS IT NOT GOING TO EXTINCT AT ANY POINT OF TIME . I MEAN TO SAY IF WE ASSUME THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD TO BE 7 BILLION AND FURTHER WE ASSUME THAT EVERY BODY ON EARTH HAS JOINED THE NETWORK AND NOBODY ELSE IS LEFT , THEN HOW WILL THE NETWORK GROW ? WHO WILL JOIN UNDER THE PEOPLE WHO JOIN ON THE LAST LEVEL OR IN THE LAST ? HOW WILL THEY GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO EARN AS MUCH AS THEIR TOP UPLINES HAVE EARNED ? I REQUEST YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER THIS HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE TRUE FOR A MOMENT AND KINDLY REPLY . ANY PLAN – BINARY , STAIR STEP OR MATRIX .

I JUST WANT TO KNOW WITH JUSTIFIED MATHEMATICAL EXPLANATION , HOW THE NETWORK MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES WHO JOIN IN THE END ARE GOING TO EARN EQUAL TO THE DISTRIBUTORS HIGHER IN THE HIRERCHY .

AND IF THE COMPENSATION PLAN IS BUILT AS APYRAMID WHICH GROWS EXPONENTIALLY DOWNWARD . THEN HOW ARE THE DISTRIBUTORS AT THE END WILL EXPAND THEIR NETWORK WHEN THERE IS NO BODY LEFT TO JOIN .

PLEASE REPLY .

Reply

Everyday is Saturday September 15, 2014 at 9:53 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

In theory your explanation is correct. Meaning if there are 10 people in the world who is person 10 going to enroll next? Logical flaw, but in practice this can not be achieved.

Why?:

1/. People go through different stages in life and network marketing might be for some people and not for others at a given time. Yet further on in time, the people that said no back then, might have a need or interest to join now. (timing is everything)

2/. People are being incarnated at a faster rate than than those dying. Our world is structured in a way that assumes tomorrow will be bigger than today and our fearless leaders (in their bent wisdom) stimulate growth with population in a hope that this will equate to prosperity. So in short new people will keep coming until we run out of food, water and other resources that enable survival.

3/. As with anything only 5% become pros, and 20 odd % have average success. The other 75% that start a home business, well they are either just too lazy to get up and do the work long term, or just lack the support, skill and / or attitude required to succeed and are unwilling to do what is takes to change that.

So therefore my suggestion is you can’t saturate 7 billion people with network marketing when you are dealing with humans, despite what the numbers in a simulated mlm genealogy might tell you.

Also – One word… AMWAY. been around since the ’50s i think and is a several billion dollar company. How many people in your street have an AMWAY business? Probably none right? Make sense?

Best Matt

Reply

louabbott September 15, 2014 at 10:32 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Allow me to make two points:

1. A company that relies solely on recruiting new distributors for its distributors to make money is NOT a legal MLM company. So toss those out to start with. There must be a way for each distributor to earn a profit by selling the products or services to customers who are outside of the pay plan. There will ALWAYS be lots of people who are potential customers in that category.

2. No MLM company – legal or not – has ever “saturated” the world – including Amway – that has been around now since 1959 and is still growing. Proctor & Gamble, one competitor of Amway has been around even longer, does about 10 times the Annual Sales, and is still growing world wide also.

There are definitely other challenges with making money in MLM, but saturation sure is not a problem worth spending a quick minute thinking about.

Reply

John Wood June 4, 2014 at 8:40 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Lou Abbot:

What options do I have with iWowWe? Watched your video on iWowWe and thought you might be able to give me a little guidance. I have a large scale technical systems engineering background of 48 years Government & Fortune 500 consulting. I fell for the 3X7 plan that promised 100% if I had 27 in first level. Busted my butt with three family members who each had 9 premium in their downline—and we were all founders complete with diamond pins.

Shortly thereafter the pay planned changed to 2X2 matrix with each receiving 10% of the filled two below. While I have not figured out how many in my downline would give me the same as promised when I joined, the computer redistributed my teams down the left side. My entire team was royally pissed and they started dropping out like flies. I took over payments thinking I could get it straightened out with Bill Starkey-that did not work. I could not keep up the $800 a month for a team of 53. Eventually, I got down to 5 active and maybe 48 inactive.

I felt that this was a bait and switch operation that really would not be ethical from my perspective. Bill had no answer when I complained to him. So while I lost my butt and thousands of dollars, WowWe also lost about $957 per month for perhaps a year so far.

Right now I have been denied access to many of the account. iWowWe does not mail my personnel account and have failed to respond to 4 calls and 4 emails to Marcus (Support Mgr) on why my mailed is not being sent (I have five of my emails in each of 10 lists of 800+ and none of my addresses are received)—no response whatsoever.

Everything about iWowWe product is top notch technically and all that I can research is above reproach—beyond my calculation. I have not seen an mlm organization so far ahead of the curve before—and I have been around the block and have consulted with 113 fortune 500 groups.

You mentioned Steve Little. I have talked to him multiple times and if I were a betting man, I would say that your letter originated with Steve and he got booted as a result—after he build his own group from the comfort of his home of course.

If you have any options or know of others who have had similar experiences, would appreciate you comments.

John W. Wood
mimsinc1@gmail.com
561-272-4995

Reply

YHT December 23, 2013 at 7:24 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

HI Lou,

I’ve subscribed to your daily email about MLM secrets but until day 3 which is this link below:

http://www.mlm-thewholetruth.com/mlm-articles/7-days-7-insider-mlm-secrets-day3

It does not work but it redirects me to your main page.

Please can you help me out
Thanks

Reply

Kyani November 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Numerous Kyani distributors have their personal websites and they offer sales on the
internet. Stand up slowly and then switch legs and repeat the action.

You can again choose to reach back into that bag and grab another lesson that you couldn.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Thoughtful and constructive comments that benefit network marketing professionals and the industry will be accepted and published after review.
We will not publish rude or insulting comments, plugs for your company or product, or generally non-helpful or self-promoting content.