Empower Network Facts, News and Reviews

by louabbott on April 24, 2012

“Empower Network is a direct response company, that handles front and back end sales conversions – and teaches people how to narrow their focus down to one skill:  Getting Traffic.

“The fact?  Getting Traffic is easy to teach if you take out the technical and management complications that drive the rest of the marketing niche . . . we’ve now existed for 140 days, and have more than 20,109 customers who have bought our blogging system.” –Empower Network web site

EmpowerNetworkRefundpolicyProducts: A basic Word Press website for $25 per month, plus training on how to set it up and sell it to others.  Upsells from the basic plan include other info products: an “Inner Circle” subscription for $100 per month; $15K per month formula – $250; Costa Rica Mastermind Intensive Retreat- $500 (as of the date of this post)

Guarantee: None

Founded: November 2011

David Woods and David Sharpe

“The Daves”

Founders: David Wood and David Sharpe, co-founders, CEO and President, respectively

Empower Network Compensation Plan:  Coded bonus plan that “passes up” your 2nd, 4th, 6th, and then every fifth sale after the 6th to your upline.

Editor’s Note: the plan is marketed as a 100% commission plan.  And, it does pay 100% (less fees) if . . . you only count the sales you actually get paid on. But let’s be real here. Of your first 6 sales on every product, you only get paid on half of them.  Wouldn’t that be more like a 50% payout?

Location: “Somewhere in Costa Rica”

Mailing Address and Contact Information:

Empower Network, LLC
3530 1st Ave. N, Suite #221
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713

For our knowledge base and FAQ section, as well as our member technical support desk, please visit us at: http://support.empowernetwork.com

If you have any questions about our affiliate program,
please call 512-749-1493 and allow us 24-48 hours to respond.

 From FAQs: “Is Empower Network an illegal pyramid scheme?

“Lol.  This [question] is pretty rare, but still pops up from time to time.

“There’s a core, simple differentiation* between pyramid schemes and legitimate direct sales marketing companies – and that is:

“1) Are commissions being paid for recruiting affiliates?  Of course, the answer is no.  People in Empower Network only earn commissions when they sell a product to someone using it.  There is no ‘front loading‘ of any kind, and no required purchases” –Empower Network blog post

Editor’s comment:

*Ah, if only it were that simple to tell the difference between an illegal pyramid scheme and a legal network marketing or multilevel marketing business. The law is rarely so black and white, particularly when it comes to this issue.

Let me illustrate for you perhaps the most common deception that illegal pyramid schemes use to try to look like they are legal MLM or network marketing companies..

Look at this claim from the New Breakthrough, Completely Legal, Pencil MLM:

“Of course we do not pay people to recruit other people.  In fact we have no sign up fee at all. What we do is give you a website so you can sell our very special pencils. The cost of our pencils is only $25 per dozen. But every time you sell a dozen pencils, you earn commissions, and so do 7 people upline from you!  In fact we pay out a massive 82% in commissions!

Commissions in our hypothetical company described above are ONLY paid on the sale of products. Does that make this Pencil MLM legal?

Well guess what folks, regulatory agencies and district attorneys see through that kind of scheme all the time.  No reasonable person would argue that a dozen pencils are worth $25.  So the rest of the money is really just fueling the pyramid scheme.  It’s a money game. And many times the promoters and top distributors of such schemes go to jail if convicted.

Some have described the Empower Network $25 per month “blogging system” similarly . . . essentially as a very basic WordPress blogging site (that you can get for free elsewhere without required advertising for Empower Network) with some training and special set up so you can sell it easily to others for $25 per month.

Others will argue as the “Daves” do, that all of the special things they do to the blog add value to make it worth well more than $25 per month.  Value is a very subjective thing after all.

There is one test that settles the argument in my opinion (and the opinion of many regulators).  If a company can prove that they have a significant percentage of customers buying or subscribing to the product who have no interest in the business, the value of the product is established in the open market.

There is much more to consider than the “core, simple differentiation” mentioned above.

For more information on this topic, see Pyramid Scheme or Legal MLM: How to Tell the Difference and this particularly clear article from an MLM attorney that represents companies primarily to help they assure that they will not come under legal attack: Ramblings Of A Tired MLM Lawyer, or Where Have All The Products Gone?

Also see this (IMHO) well written Empower Network review.

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Ana Hoffman August 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

You certainly know what I think about it, Lou – thanks for the thumbs up to my review of EN!

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Rich Angelos July 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have been thinking about writing this since reading your post on the Empower Network.

Why I believe Empower will be shut down – And why Individuals will be Liable and required to Refund the total amount they have received from their recruits.

I’m not a lawyer – but I worked in a law office and learned a little about law.

I’m making a few assumptions here.

1) AGs HATE Network Marketing and NM Companies – and given an opportunity to “Hurt” the Industry – They Will
2) Being organized in Belize will make the average AG the company KNEW they were doing something “Shady” from the start
3) The Average AG will gladly pursue legal action against company reps if they think they have a good case and if they think that reps should have “Known Better” and just ignored common sense and legality and that reps only cared about making Money – at any cost

With these assumptions in mind, lets examine what legal doctrine could shut Empower down and cost average reps ALL their Earnings – and more.

FRAUD in the Inducement.

Is the Empower video used for recruiting FACTUALLY TRUE. NO – not at all.

Forget that the “Earn 100% Commissions” straw man isn’t the reason anyone anywhere, ever, was not a success. The video has statements in it that are not true. There are multiple reasons that the video LIES.
1) If you sponsor lots of people – You don’t earn any commision on several of them.
2) If you are only a $25 a month member, any $1000 sales or $ 100 monthly sales generate $0 for you.

Therefore if you as a rep send anyone to that video – and they join – to earn !00% commissions – You may be deemed to have committed Fraud.

You should have a lawyer review this concept.

Now once Empower is big enough or AGs get enough complaints someone will bring the the recruitment video and its lies to their attention.

If the AGs talk to the FTC I would expect the FTC to shut Empower down.
Once new reps who have spent a lot of time and money on their network business lose their income stram they may sue their sponsor and or the company directly or the AGs may initiate action.

If your recruit sues you and they are in another state that may become an action in Federal Court.

Imagine being a well meaning rep who believes the platform and training offered is a great deal being sued by their downline, their AG and potentially the FTC.

Imagine that in order to satisfy the Feds or your AG you sign a consent decree that requires a 100% refund to anyone who you recruited – even those who were passed up to your sponsor. Or downline that bought packages you didn’t receive a commission on. The costs involved couls be catastophic.

Now this may all be an interesting thought about what most would think of as an obscure legal technicality – but do you imagine for a minute that several AGs would pass up the opportunity to proclaim to the would that they have protected the citizens of their state from Economic Fraud committed by those pesky unethical Network Marketing people.

I think the only AGs that would pass up the opportunity are those that don’t have to run for election – uh oh – I’m not certain – however I think the AG is elected in all 50 states.

The worst part of this scenario is I imagine the guys who own Empower would simply repackage what they do now and just move on – leaving financial devastation in their wake. And they may even think they didn’t lie in that video at all.

I appreciate the hard work you do to keep us informed and help us make good decisions about what NM companies are ethical and honest.

Rich Angelos

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Arthur Klisiewicz February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

I’m step away from closing my EN account. Why?

Because If I could eventually agree to the fact that $20/mo for keeping my blog is fair, I have to say that paying $100/month for the Inner Circle is not. When I started Inner Circle level I was hoping that I get some information which will help me to start the business at least at the very basic level. I followed 10 core commitment list and then few weeks later realized I haven’t made one sale. This discouraged me. My Upline unfortunately did not help me at all.

While I wasn’t expecting a huge income, in my opinion Inner Circle level will not help the newbie to make any money. One benefit of using Inner Circle seminars and training is to charge ones batter (and this is good and necessary in a long run). Most of the training that I’ve seen so far was just about getting all in and joining the public meetings. If the level of training for the Inner Circle/Costa Ric0 Masters/15k formula was like 1-2-3 allowing to earn more money when some one upgrades to the next more advanced grade, that would be fair, but this isn’t the case. I’m glad I have not got into 15k formula. Why? Because if the Inner Circle is not working for me then 15k Formula will not, or at least will to meet my expectations.

In other words – why EN is not giving at least minimum training to start making money at the Inner Circle level. I haven’t seen one person saying “I made money when I joined Inner Circle”. All advertisements goes to 15k Formula. I do not feel comfortable investing $100 while I haven;t made a penny with the lower training/program. That is the reason I got more and more discouraged.

On top of that I’m really tired of listening stories about guys who made $20k or more first month. That’s because nobody mentioned in those stories that the person has been in marketing business for years. So far (with one exception) I haven’t seen anybody else like me who never been involved in internet marketing and made some money first 3 months.

I’m having technical issues with the blog as well, I’m not able to post comments, some of the the WP plugins which used to work are either gone or not working anymore, and Customer Support sucks. I’ve send several messages to EN Cust.Supp and received an answers completely irrelevant to the topic (like somebody just Pasted it from some other email). I was so pissed of – because it just showed me the level of ignorance. Perhaps if I would be making $10k/day the reply would look different.

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marino1969@yahoo.com January 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

Hi lou i am a member of express my cash freebies that i found on youtube, the video sais is 100% free to start making incomes once you get inside you must folow 2 steps, 1 step you must suscribe with companies that givesyou 1 credit to complite the step 1 but to get the credit is not free because i had to pay $9 dollars to complet the offers. they are no realy clear, to realy get the full power toolls and ways to make THE MONEY $$$$ AND MORE you have to complite step 2 and then you must get into the empowernetwork thing, it looks interesting but if you want that someboy by from you the key to open the door to enter the gold shunks’s room, you must give me the way that i can meke somme money to then save some in my pockets and by from you the welthy KEY ($1000) i will pay more than that to get in the room of the golden shunks. please, tell me i want to make that little investment i make with thos expres my cash freebies peoples to grow, so tell me wer exacly i put my ads and blogs, plese!! GOD BLESS EVERYBODY.

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John Rickey January 18, 2013 at 3:53 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3

First of all, I agree with Doug Jones and Tony Rush that Empower Network is a great opportunity and provides incredible training. They really know what works!

I see Empower Network as the most brilliant marketing plan ever put together on the planet. One of the main problems with almost all multi-level marketing plans: in a bad economy the folks that do not have the income drop autoships that must be maintained before you can receive a commission. I lost most of my USANA downline because people fell off of autoship, even though I love and still take my USANA vitamins. The other problem with most MLM companies is the secretive protective non advertising group sharing protocol that is so hard to market. You love the products, but who can sell their pitch when you cannot even post any ads!!!!

Now, here is what I love about Empower Network: They have an open advertising policy, and you can promote your other products on your Empower Blog. You are learning how to market products from the best minds in the industry. I have really learned a lot from the inner circle training program. Autoresponders, email marketing, adtracking, landing pages are all important aspects to any product promotions or companies marketing plan. So, I think that the training is helping me a lot in my business.

On our futurenewsnetwork.com website, we have struggled with every ad program out there that paid practically nothing and we could not get the cash flow to build out our broadcasting capabilities. I dropped commission junction, and signed up with network marketing! So, many of you out there with web based businesses may be in the same situation. In a bad economy it is very difficult getting financing for start ups. Network marketing might be the ticket to growing your other businesses.

When I decided to go all in with Empower Network, I placed ads on our website and set up a great program called Craigslistadtracker. I was so blown away by the sheer numbers of people clicking on our EN ads that it really made me think that there is no way I am switching back to Google Adsense which makes no-sense literally! We have had 20,000 adclicks in 3 weeks!

This program is helping us reach our goals to set up a broadcast tv network. I think the future is all about helping others, and I truly see how we can utilize the Empower Network in our Empower Your Life television programs for making a difference in peoples lives. However, even though I love Empower Network I will say this. It is important especially if you have a high volume website, to look at more than just one offering. I think you have to utilize a mix of products that you can put into your TOOL BOX for supporting your network and not just rely on one source for your income. Also, I think that network marketing is going to morph, change, and probably be the way business gets done in the future. At least that is how we see it over at FNNTV.

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Georgia Sawyer November 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I just joined an affiliate company. I’ve got my WordPress blog 10% done and I’m stuck. I am looking over EN but am a little confused. Do I pay $25 per month or $100 per month or more? Please be honest with me. Also, I like the company I represent a lot. I like having their name all over my blog, specially at the top. Would that have to change and say EN? Also, the product which is Gold, that my company deals with is a currency, not a juice, or anything else. They’re certain things I can and cannot say. For instance, I DO NOT sell Gold..because I am not licensed to. I merely help people set up a gold savings account where they can exchange their paper money (bad currency) into Gold (good currency) 1 gram at a time. 100% 999.9% LBMA certified gold. I am wondering how this product will do with EN? I do get 2 free sites but I think a blog would set me apart on the search engines. I welcome any and all information you can give me, please!

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Nick March 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Georgia,

Are you still evaluating Empower? I have joined recently. I dont mind telling you what you get for your money. Some I found valuable and some not at all.

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JodyG November 9, 2012 at 11:45 am Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

I would like to start out by saying that there is really a lot of good information and questions on both sides. Now let me fill you in from a potential consumers point of view as I believe that it would be helpful for all of you in your business’.

I am the person who spends 80% of my day online. Due to that I’ve also been involved in a few hundred MLM and Network Marketing programs, some from online…others not. This started around 1994 for me. I’m giving you that bit of background because I’m not the average customer that just see’s the $ signs, I’m the one that looks for the legitimate business opportunity and take the time to research the company before joining. That wasn’t always true and I wasted $1000′s of $.

While it is true that all business ventures require capital and start up…it is not true that if you are broke and living in a van and desperate for money…that when you pay your very much needed $25 because it makes the difference between feeding yourself or your children, that you want to do so and find that in order to make any real money you have to invest money that you don’t have in the first place as that was your last $25. I genuinely believe that if you tell me you are going to teach me for $25, then that’s what you do. And if one could do that…then the amount to reinvest into the business would be merited. It seems that most are only concerned with what they can get from you immediately…and either don’t offer the upgrades later…or for extremely high prices that obviously aren’t worthwhile in the first place…or they wouldn’t have reduced them to start with.

Again, this is simply from the broke average consumer point of view. If that consumer had $1000′s to spend…the ad may not seem as attractive. But everyone wants to find a way out of debt and not have to worry about money which is why this market in general is able to prey on those when the business is not legit. I’m not saying this company is not legit as a product doesn’t necessarily have to be physically tangible to be a product. I’m not saying it’s a scheme by any means either. I’m just giving you incite as to what your comments on all sides have induced me to think about while I was considering joining this company. I’ve read consumer reports on the $25 payout and say they still cannot find their individual blogs. I get that information itself can be valuable as well. What I see and realize is that if I only have $25 to spend…I will not make any money with this program. That in itself makes my decision. Would I reconsider that if I come into money and am able to go into a higher lvl…yes as at that point there would potentially be a significant value to do so.

@Lou…I thank you for writing this article. This is actually the first place I found that any EN representative spoke out in support of their company and it shows promise in that regard as no representative would speak out on something they do not genuinely believe in. But I am also glad that I didn’t spend the $25 to be disheartened and turned against something that could in the future be a rewarding opportunity even if not for myself…maybe for others. And thank you to all EN affiliates for being candid and speaking out, because you did, you have one less person out there that has a negative opinion of EN even if not a member. I wish you all well in your business :)

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You and I October 15, 2012 at 8:07 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

I would like to know more, if someone could reply to Maggie pimm April 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm.

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louabbott October 15, 2012 at 8:56 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Maggie – Looks like you are looking for something that works Internationally?

I am looking for a partner in the South Pacific for the only International business I endorse. Tell me what’s up.

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Dylan Sebel August 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm Thumb up 9 Thumb down 5

Empower network is illegal as per all state laws. There is no sale to end retail customers (3rd party customers) only affiliates are buying the products. The products are over priced marketing material and only at those prices to make people money. How many people actually read the P&P, here is one part from Empowers.

SECTION 3 – 27 – Product Sales and Commissions
The Empower Network Compensation Plan is based on the sale of the Empower Network platform to end consumers. Affiliates must fulfill personal sales requirements as specified in the Empower Network Compensation Plan (as well as meet other responsibilities set forth in the Agreement) to be eligible to earn commissions from the sale of the Empower Network platform. All commissions are paid directly to eligible Affiliates through the payment processing accounts that each Affiliate must activate.

What is the product being sold to these end customers?? None……This company when it gets big enough will be shut down just like Zeek was. The attorney generals office does not have the money to chase these programs until they get big enough.

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Brian Anderson October 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 4

@ Dylan, Entirely not true and obviously an uneducated opinion and I do not mean that as an attack, so please don’t take it that way.
For one thing, do you own any of the products? If not how can you make an assumption that they are overpriced? Then slander someone else’s company, that they worked so hard to build and provide an outlet for the average person to get into this wonderful field of internet marketing and provide them with a true education? You see their products tell you the truth about marketing, they teach you the stuff the gurus won’t. I assume that this may have a few people on edge.
Another thing, you have to be an active affiliate to be able to make commissions. The affiliate fee covers all of the business fees. Do you think that paying an office staff to process transactions, keep track of sales, process all of the tax forms, legal fees, etc… is free? When you pay 100% commissions on every sale, there is no money left to cover these costs. And Yes they do pay 100% commissions, yes there is a pass up compensation plan, but 100% commissions are still paid out on every sale.
If you didn’t have a pass up plan, but still paid 100% commissions, then your upline would have no incentive to help their downline succeed, think about it, it is a win win, especially for newbies coming into marketing. This provides mentoring that is built in to the system and that is much needed in this industry.
Not to mention, you get the same pass ups from your downline, so what would you consider that, percentage wise?
The products are education, I don’t see colleges going around giving away their education. I don’t see authors of resource books giving away their books. So why is it expected that the Dave’s give away their knowledge? As a matter of fact, they do give away quite a bit of knowledge, but they also sell quite a bit.

You do not have to become an affiliate to buy Empower Network Products, period. They sell products at good value, period. They are very valuable products, period. What is the problem? The top people usually do make more money in this system, but then again, they do in just about all corporations. But as Lou states in one of his videos about MLM’s that are not pyramids, the value passes back down to the customer.
Why do people buy a Ferrari when they could buy a Corvette? Both are sports cars. Isn’t it perceived value that makes the Ferrari more valuable? So far almost all of 60,000+ customers have a perceived value that the products are worth it.

Empower Network’s BBB rating is a C, with only 12 complaints, not bad for having over 60,000 sales in less than a year….below is taken straight from BBB.org
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Reason for Rating
BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that lowered Empower Network LLC’s rating include:

Length of time business has been operating.
12 complaints filed against business

Factors that raised Empower Network LLC’s rating include:

Response to 12 complaint(s) filed against business.
Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
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By the way, your primary,will not mention the name here…but I got it off of your link, has a D rating and 121 complaints in the past 12 months.

I noticed you left a link to your site. So maybe your negativity towards EN is both to get you a back link and also to try and get yourself more customers. Just a hunch. Oh, I tried to go to your primary website off of the links in your blog, you may want to check them. When I get to your website, it says” Inactive Site,This site does not exist or could not be found. Please contact the person who gave you access to this site for further information.” You may want to check that out.

I’m sure your company is fantastic and I haven’t done any research but I don’t make it a habit of going around slandering other companies. Especially without facts. But I wanted to see how they stacked up in comparison to Empower Network thru a neutral, nationally recognized site like the Better Business Bureau.

Empower Network is a fantastic opportunity, with fantastic products for those who are interested in either a blog with unlimited possibilities or a up to date, real world marketing education. This is my opinion, but I have been an Empower Network consumer and affiliate for over 6 months now. I do own and use the products and I have built a business with them. I also use the system to promote other products and it works very well for that also.

@ Lou, Thank you, you really do have a fantastic blog, I personally feel this post fell short a little but it did give some of us who use Empower Network a chance to chime in and for that, I appreciate you.

P.S. I am not even leaving a link.

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Brandon August 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 5

You want to know what the REAL problem is?
The real problem has nothing to do with “scams”, “schemes”, or anything else.

There once was a time when people made their own decisions and didn’t need the Government to come running with their pen and paper in the air yelling “scam SCAM!”

I don’t need the Attorney General to come and tell me what I can and can NOT invest my money in. If I get screwed over, that’s on me, I didn’t put two and two together.

But it’s a REAL problem when I choose to invest my money in something and then the Government runs in, shuts it down, and then I DEFINITELY don’t get a return on my investment.

So what’s my point? Stop whining and complaining about what is and isn’t a scam, and especially how the Attorney General is going to shut down this or that. Because let me tell you something, if you think the Attorney General is looking out for your best interest, you need a new pair of glasses.

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louabbott August 24, 2012 at 7:44 am Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2

“If I get screwed over, that’s on me…”

Question Brandon – you do you think it’s important to know whether it may be a doomed venture, scam, Ponzi, or illegal pyramid scheme before you put other people into it?

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Robbie August 20, 2012 at 4:48 am Thumb up 2 Thumb down 9

A few points to consider;

1. All EN affiliates/customers! sign a non disclosure as part of the terms and conditions, which states very clearly that all EN members are forbidden to express any negative comments or say anything that will harm the image of the business, by doing so those that do will bear the full force of EN
2. Costa Rica is renowned for attracting gaming, ponzi and dubious on line off line business due to the relaxed governing and licensing laws there of which the US attorney office if fully aware of but has not prevented the US from seizing assets in the US or arresting those responsible at there events in the US.
3. EN fast track growth has attracted the attention of two agencies
4. EN – David Wood’s background is not as transparent as he claims!

On line Investigative journalist

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louabbott August 20, 2012 at 8:59 am Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

Robbie – your comments would carry more weight if they included specifics and evidence.

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Greg August 11, 2012 at 10:42 am Thumb up 11 Thumb down 3

I joined and canceled very quickly. Basically you pay $25 just to watch videos to get you to spend more money. My supposed up-line coach never even bothered to contact me after I joined and only communicated with me after I contacted him. The blogging system is set only to the Empower Network theme and can’t be changed unless you pay more money.

Another trick I noticed was when I attended a webinar and 500 people showed up and that impressed me but I couldn’t stay for the whole video. So I watched the recording the next day and there were 125 people in the room and I noticed that the same names that were in the room were also in the room while watching the recording. Now, the names I noticed were the ones at the top of list which were maybe ten. It just seemed strange that at the exact same time I was watching the recording that these same people were watching the recording as well. I think the room was populated with fake names to make it seem like a lot of people were getting involved. Can’t prove it but thought it was strange.

Empower Network is just another waste of time and money and you should stay away.

And you’ll notice I am not offering another way to make money so I have nothing to gain with my comments against Empower Network.

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Steven Spangenberg August 7, 2012 at 4:29 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 5

I support the MLM industry. I think it is a great way for the average person to make money. I could go on about alot of things, however, I will only comment on what seems to be what counts, that is market value. Perception is not reality. Your perception is your reality and my perception is my reality. Perceived value (or market value) is in the eye of the beholder. If the $25 blogging platform had no value, it would have died an early death. I do not think anyone can say that that is “over valued”. I spend $4 per day on a coffee that just goes through me anyway!

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Jimmie Wilson April 29, 2012 at 9:41 am Thumb up 10 Thumb down 3

Bypass any MLM that has an upsell to its own people — that creates unfavorable descrimination among its own members. Why would you knowingly join something where certain beneficial information will be witheld from you? That is transparently a money grab, whether it be blogging or selling vitamins.

Yes, a good argument can be made that not all upsells in marketing are bad. But all upsells in multi-level marketing ARE shady. But you pay an MLM to become a second class customer and a second class earner? Why would you do it? Too many good fish in the sea to jump on something like this.

And last, passing sales up to your sponsor(s) is a greasy business. Too many schemes and private, secret deals among recruiters always adulterates the integrity of the ‘pass up’ concept.

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Bob McCrindle April 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

I also joined Empower Network. The information is top notch, but not at the $25 level where you learn how to blog. To get more information you must upgrade to the next levels. The “how to” is interesting, but there are a lot of places where I can get that for free, or for less than $1000.00

This what I know. Every major purchase that I ever made is because someone told be about how I would benefit, and how I could get it. Every thing I ever sold, was for the same reasons.

Now that may be a simple explaination, but basically that is how marketing works. Everything else is selling, and the Daves are great salespeople.

Of course, not everyone will agree with me, but that is okay.

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Maggie pimm April 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

Tony,

I think they are shooting themselves in the foot, when they advertise the business as if it is all about making lots of money by selling a blog, with little explanation about what benefits we have from being connected to the Empower Network, and how we make the money.

You spoke now about the benefits we get, in particular the SEO!! . .. great stuff. I am happy to hear that. Why is this not said in the webinar? I assume they are targeting people who would not want to know and who only want to make ‘money’. Is there a reason for that? If what you say is true, that the SEO is what gives value to the blog, then this benefit should be at the forefront of the ad, because ultimately this is the benefit that is worth more than $25 per month, as you say.

And yet, this is not entirely true. I am not there in Empower, however, I expect that I have to be in the Inner Circle and pay $100 per month in order to receive the information about SEO which makes up the value of the blog that is now sold for $25. Is this not true? If this is not true, please just say so and I will accept. I will be the first to join Empower Network.

And if it is true, then I guess it IS a money making machine. The whole SEO can be got otherwise for a one off payment at other companies – and not $1200 per annum, year after year, apart from the $300 per annum for the membership. and it is just like Lou says: it makes up $1500 per annum year after year. The benefit should be there for members to enjoy regardless whether they bring people in or not. This is $1500 per annum year after year in order for us to have the blog with the SEO

When the way we are making money is clear, then I want to see it in the ad. I want to hear it on the webinar. Yes, there are people who are making money, and I do not know how. The fact that people make money does not make it right and clear by all means.

The congregation of like minded people who link to each other and give value to their blogs or websites should be a tool to help sell whatever they need to sell. It is at the end a tool. So you are not selling a blog, you are selling an SEO tool to help people in their otherwise businesses.

I and many others need to hear this on the webinar and it needs to be clearly said, that this tool costs $1500 per annum year after year, and it will continue to cost them until they bring somebody, to the Network. Even when they bring somebody to the Network, how much of the $1500 will it pay back? the whole lot or just the $300 per annum?

It seems we will continue to go in circles, and I will never know exactly how much they would charge and how much I would earn unless first of all I join the Network and pay my valuable $25. I say that because I spoke at least to 4 people apart from the many members who sent me many newsletter; none of them was capable of explaining to me why I should join the Network; what benefits is there in it for me (apart from making money); and how I make my money. Any disguise of the matter brings shadow and nothing else on the Empower Network business and this is the result of their own doing.

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Fred Simmonds October 30, 2012 at 8:51 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’d like to see members of the Empower Network to publish how much a month they are spending and more importantly how much they are MAKING a month. That is the true test.

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Doug Jones April 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

I’m also in Empower Network. I completely agree with Tony’s observation above.
I have found ALL of the products offered by Empower to have value far greater than the price which is why this is the smartest thing I’ve seen in over 10 years of marketing online.

The value of the basic blogging system is not the Wordpress blog, which anyone can get for free, rather it is the ability to post on an “authority site”, and in my opinion, based on over 10 years of online marketing experience, that’s worth a LOT more than $25 per month.

The 15K Formula (which is now $1000 Lou) is worth many times that amount. It’s over 20 hours of in-depth training on different free and paid marketing strategies by individuals who are CURRENTLY earning at least $15K /month online. I just went back through the 3 hours module on banner ads, pay per click, and solo ads earlier this week and took extensive notes … that one module is worth many times the one time investment of $1000. In face several of these trainers regular charge more than that for their coaching programs and training products. To have access to ALL of them for just $1000 is a real value.

The other products offer similarly higher value than the investment cost.

And the fact that each product pays 100% commission means that everyone breaks even with just one customer.

Another serendipity that I’ve discovered in Empower is the robust community of like-minded folks who are not only encouraging, but also amazingly willing to share what’s working for them. Just yesterday someone on the company Facebook page posted the code so anyone could copy his entire autoresponder series in aweber, Another marketer build a very sophisticated Facebook app for promoting Empower and made it available to everyone for free, and just yesterday I found a great recruting funnel for Empower with a solid no cost business opportunity, capture page, sales video, autoresponder, and contact management system .. again for free. Amazing.

Empower Network is not just the smartest thing I’ve seen in 10 years of online marketing, it’s the only one I’ve seen that provides so much for so little.

I’m using it as a “front end” product to earn great additional income while building a “buyer’s list” so that I can build relationships and add value to anyone in the MLM or direct sales space with a goal of building the “Know, Like, & Trust” factor so that those who are looking for a new primary opportunity at some point in the future will at least give mine a good look. It’s working well so far ;-)

I am an enthusiastic evangelist for Empower and I’d be happy to share my experience personally with anyone who’d care to contact me.

DOUG JONES
http://www.AskDougJones.com
714-544-6357

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Horácio August 22, 2012 at 10:47 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi,

This company looks very interesting.

I really wanna know what the company sell that give 100 commission?
What exactly the product?

I really appreciate your reply.

Best Regars, from Portugal.

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louabbott August 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

Make sure you see my Editor’s Note above about “100% commissions” paid.

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Tony Rush April 26, 2012 at 9:40 am Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1

FAIR DISCLOSURE: I am a member of Empower Network.


I think the biggest clarification I can offer here — in an otherwise well-written article — is that the reviewer has overlooked the basic concept entirely.

The reviewer says that the product is “essentially as a WordPress blogging site (that you can get for free elsewhere) “. While that may seem technically true, it’s a gross oversimplification. At the risk of sounding grandiose, It’s a bit like saying that a diamond is “just some compressed carbon”.

Here’s the easiest way to explain the misconception:

1. Go start a Wordpress blog (for free) and write a keyword rich article about your company, product or opportunity. Then wait and see where (or if) it ranks in the search engines.

2. Then post the EXACT SAME article on your Empower Network blog and check the results.

To understand why the very same article will rank MUCH higher when posted on the Empower Network blogging system requires a basic understanding of SEO (which I won’t bother to go into here).

But suffice it to say: when you’ve got a blogging platform that is ranked in the top 1,000 websites WORLDWIDE (and top 300 in the United States)….that adds over 5,000-10,000 new pages daily…..that receives over a million visitors a day….

…..then the search engines are going to give your article more authority and weight on the Empower Network blog platform than if you hosted the article yourself.

For $25 per month.

Value is subjective. But, coupled with the training provided by two of the industry’s top earners, I’m hard pressed to see how this product is overpriced at less than a buck per day.

I hope that assists!

Tony Rush

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louabbott April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am Thumb up 6 Thumb down 3

Very useful comment, Tony! Thanks.

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blair February 13, 2013 at 8:02 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

there are no links going from EN to your EN blog, so there is no SEO, only if you do it

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