Overall Score: 1/10
Founders: David Wood & David Sharpe
Price: $20 (at first), up to $5000(!)
Hey there readers! It’s time for another review of, you guessed it, another “get-rich-quick” scam! Let’s see how this service cheats people!
What is Empower Network?
Did you ever hear about MLM marketing? It’s when you buy a product, then are taught how to make (mostly given) a website to promote that product to visitors of said website. Then that poor sap does the same.
And that’s basically Empower Network (EN). It’s made by David Wood and David Sharpe, who are known affiliate marketing “gurus” In other words, EN is another upsell-laden scam that treats customers as income streams rather than people.
You thought Affilorama’s upsells were bad? Well, they are indeed so. Great job.
Anyway, this scheme is almost unreal, even in this industry. You literally go from 25 greenbacks a month to a massive $3500 upsell! With many steps along the way, of course.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s take a closer look, first at the good news. This shouldn’t take too long!
What’s the Good News, Bub?
The good news, huh? The good news is, well…er, the good news is…
All right, there is no good news, as we’ll see below. Empower Network only benefits it’s owners, not the paying customer.
Hold on, there is one benefit. EN does let you join a community of other successful bloggers. That’s always valuable. But that simply doesn’t justify the avalanche of costs that community incurs.
Some people have mentioned that EN is at least a good source of information on affiliate marketing, but I’m not buyin’ it. No matter how good the information is, you could get it elsewhere for a far lower price (or even for free).
That was short and sweet. Make that “bitter.” Time for the bad news!
The Bad News
Where do I start? There’s so many things wrong with Empower Network.
How about the fact that it’ll cost you $5,000 in one-time fees and $150 in monthly payments to get the full service? These guys charge a fortune for the full experience, which isn’t even guaranteed to work.
Then there’s the nature of the program. MLM is not a customer-friendly business model. At all. You are income first and foremost, and nearly all MLM programs have low-quality support, meaning you’re unlikely to have a question answered fully.
The websites you make in EN are not fully yours, either. You own the content you create, but EN uses it freely. They literally co-own it. Anyone with any knowledge of online business, or common sense, would walk away at this point.
Why, their affiliate program is a paid service! I couldn’t believe it myself!
This is just the major stuff. I’ll walk you through EN and reveal the numerous flies in the ointment.
Empower Network at a Glance
The first thing you see when you visit the main page of EN is a another false promise and an unpauseable video.
Unpausable videos are used on many scammy websites. It’s a trick to get you to listen.
Anyway, mediocre first impressions aside, the main EN product is the Kalatu Blogging System, for $25/month:
This is apparently their ‘flagship.’ It’s a blog that’s done for you, which is a big red flag. It even says people spend thousands of dollars to design blogs, and while this is indeed possible, it’s nowhere near as common as EN would have you believe.
Here’s the list of features they advertise:
A trained eye will spot a plethora of potential problems pertaining to this pitch.
Are you done applauding that amazing alliteration? The first thing you’ll notice is, of course, “done for you.” Having content done for you is a bad thing. Google hates that.
It says you can re-blog other people’s content onto yours. Can it get more blatant than that? Content is supposed to be original.
Then there’s that last one. What a joke it is. WordPress gives everyone, even free users, thousands of themes! Why is ‘multiple themes’ such a big deal? And given that it is your blog, it’s a right to be able to blog about whatever you want, not a ‘bonus.’
The ‘Money Getting’ Formula isn’t even worth a mention. Other programs (like my #1 recommendation) can give you much more training for free.
Inner Circle, $100/month
Inner Circle calls itself ‘mindset training,’ whatever that is. It’s supposed to “put positivity into your life.”
These are basically pep talks designed to get you all pumped to spend more money, or worse, refer people you know to EN. Here’s the features list:
In the end, it’s nothing too special. There are hundreds of speakers and podcasts on the subject that you can listen to for free.
Listening can be a powerful factor in influencing you to change your opinion. Inner Circle encourages you to be okay with EN by validating the service repeatedly, right into your head.
Besides, can you really, and I mean really, justify $100 hard-earned bucks on this? I recently listened to an audiobook (Rich Dad Poor Dad) by Robert Kiyosaki, a way more reputable and honest source, that cost a quarter as much. And it was a one-time fee!
Top Producer Formula, $500
This is actually a one-time fee. It’s an eBook that shows you a step-by-step process to gain “3 new customers a day”.
The book is by David Wood, who promises to tell you how to be a million dollar success. If you’re at all familiar with guru behavior, you’ll know it’s not that simple. You’d have to be an established pro to make use of what he’s teaching.
You can also tell it’s not the full story because there’s another upsell!
Team Building Formula, $1000
We started from $25, now we’re here. 1000 smackers gives you the Team Building Formula. This basically… ugh, do you even care anymore? At this point, it’s just too hollow a sell.
Maybe I’m being too dismissive. There’s almost certainly something in this thing that’s useful. I’d bet my bottom dollar on that, if EN didn’t upsell me right after I lost said bet.
But there are 3 good reasons why that potential info isn’t worth it, and they coincidentally look like the last 3 digits of the pricetag.
Mass Influence Formula, $3,500
Hey headline, what does the scouter say about Mass Influence’s pricetag?!
It’s Over 3,000!!!
By now, this is a joke. This is a one of those ‘interaction’ books that teach you to socialize better, make friends, and influence people.
Sounds good, right? Too bad you can get a new copy of “How to Make Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie for $15 on Amazon. That will get you farther than the Mass Influence for only 0.4% of the price!
Carnegie’s book is only the most famous example. There are countless other books on the topic. If you bought as much as you could, you’d buy about 200 of them for $3500.
And that’s about it. We got up to $5,000 up-front. Add in the combined $150/month, and we’re looking at an atrocious $6,800 in your first year.
Oh yeah, and the affiliate program is $20/month. Wha..? Affiliate programs are supposed to be FREE.
Sad to say, that investment will probably lead to zilch. Want proof? Here the kicker!
Ironically, I’m kicking myself right now, because this chart says more about EN than I ever could. Just look at this chart, courtesy of Empower Network itself.
Yes, I found the link to this in the footer menu. It’s the income disclosure.
I was kinda wrong. People are making with EN. Look at those numbers! $681, 864… $456, 826… <1%…
Wait, what? <1%?!
Yeah, even EN admits that less than 1 percent of it’s users actually get rich. Maybe 2% altogether make more than $80,000 a year. Even if we stretch our metrics, only about 5% are actually making a living in the first place.
On the flip side, 92% of all affiliates make about $50 a year! As if I needed more reason not to buy into this.
Of course, EN doesn’t reference this when promoting the service. You can probably see why.
Money-Sucking Misery!! The Empower Network Verdict!!!
I know it sounds like I’m dissing the Empower Network. But trust me, I am.
While people are earning money with this, the vast majority (nearly all) don’t earn nearly enough to cover the cost of the investment.
I’m certain that those high earners are affiliate marketing professionals anyway. Nothing wrong with that, but it defeats the notion of EN being for newbies. The cold, hard truth is that the top earners are profiting from the bottom 92%.
I’m a young guy. I don’t have a mortgage to pay or a family to support or any of that. But a lot of people buying into EN do, and it’s disgusting that such a lame program is milking said people for all they’re worth.
Stay away from Empower Network. It’s not worth the trouble.
Are you interested in a program that actually will make you money? One that gives you way more for much less? Or even better, one that gives you a free trial and let’s you decide it’s worth a subscription?
I used to be vulnerable to these kinds of ‘too good to be true,’ thousand dollar cheats. But that all changed when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, my #1 recommendation. Read my review here!
What do you think of Empower Network? Got any questions? Am I justified in my hating? How high do you think the next upsell will be? Leave a comment below!
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