Is Digital Altitude a Scam? My Unaffiliated Opinion

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Digital Altitude
Overall Score: 1/10

Founder: Michael Force
Price: $1 Free Trial, $17 + $37/$67/$127 per month + upsells (up to $27,997)
Website: www.digitalaltitude.co

Hey there! It’s Makki here again with another review of an MLM program. Is this one legit, or is it a pyramid-shaped trap? Time to investigate!

What is Digital Altitude?


Not too long ago, I reviewed MOBE, an MLM scam. I was quite certain that it was the worst pyramid scheme I’d ever come across… until now.

A while back, I saw an ad for “Digital Altitude” on social media and upon further research I have come to the conclusion that DA is almost as bad as MOBE is.

Put simply, Digital Altitude is yet another “get rich quick” training course. You know the kind by now: overhyped and overpriced, with fancy names and focus on recruitment.

These types of schemes are nothing new, and DA promises the same kind of results as you’d expect at this point.

DA was founded by Michael Force, an retired Marine who used to be involved with the now-infamous Empower Network, and the aforementioned MOBE. With such a portfolio, it was only matter of time before he made a scam program of his own.

It looks like Mike Force was impressed by MOBE especially, because I can’t help but notice how they’re almost the same.

DA is a way to make money by convincing innocent people to sign up for the scam of a lifetime, and I’ll show you why in this review.

What’s the Good News, Bub?


I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it here. No matter how bad a program is, there’s always something positive about it.

Above all else, they give you a $1 trial. It’s a worthless preview, but the fact that it exists is a plus.

Also, DA offers a 3-day refund on its products. It’s not perfect, but compared to MOBE and other MLM scams, it’s a godsend.

da vision
For a company about growing a business, DA sure does like to push a vacation theme.

In DA’s case, it’s that the training is…alright. They can’t make you spend thousands of dollars to get nothing, so there has to be some value, if hyperinflated.

You’re bound to learn at least something from the training, which covers online business. You know, stuff like traffic, websites, motivation… all that jazz. Especially the motivation. You’ll find out why soon enough.

Of course, considering that the training’s endgame is promoting DA, you won’t learn all that you could be learning if you use literally anything else.

Sure, if you’re a marketing veteran, you could make some money off DA, assuming you started before the pyramid was set up.

That’s all the good news I can reach for.  Time for the bad news!

The Bad News


As with any high-ticket MLM programs, DA has no shortage of negatives. I’ve said it before, this is just MOBE’s little brother.

The number one thing I have to mention is of course the fact that you have to pay to be an affiliate ($17/month, and that’s the minimum). As we all know, having to pay for an affiliate program is a sign of a scam.

pyramid scam meme
This is how MLMs work.

It goes against all reason. Why should I have to pay anything to promote a product? Does the NHL pay Coca-Cola 5 million dollars to broadcast a Coke commercial during the Superbowl? No, they don’t. Coca-Cola does the paying.

Now, you know this by know, but DA’s products upsells are extremely expensive. Starting from $600 and reaching $28,000 is no small feat. Online businesses, and affiliate marketing in particular, do NOT need anywhere near that sort of cash.

There’s also the fact that you have to buy those overpriced products to promote them. I don’t have to say how unethical this practice is. It’s a blatant sign of a pyramid scheme.

When you join DA, you get assigned a coach, who’s supposed to help you run your business. He/She is really there to convince you to pay more. I’ve been on the receiving end of “coaches” like these, and while some might be nice people, their goal is to squeeze money out of you.

The coaches have another role, though, and that’s to close sales. Yes, DA prides itself on you not having to seal the deal. You just get a lead. But what DA ‘forgets’ to mention is that having a coach close a sale means you get less commission. Just dishonest marketing.

I could go on and on, but the rest will be covered in the memberships section. Let’s go!

The Digital Altitude Memberships


Oh boy… I always get woozy when looking at high-ticket MLM products. Seeing people pay the equivalent of a house (in some countries) on a phony marketing program is despicable.

Anyway, DA has an affiliate program (or Aspire), and the higher memberships. They’re named around a mountaineering theme, which I like. First up is the affiliate program.

Aspire (Affiliate Program)

aspire by digital altitude

Alright, as I told you up there, being an Aspire member costs $17 a month. That right there is pathetic, but you have to pay even more if you’re serious!

There are three additional tiers of membership, you see:

Aspire Walker: $37/month  (40% commission)
Aspire Hiker: $67/month (50% commission)
Aspire Climber: $127/month (60% commission)

Keep in mind those costs add to the $17, so Climber costs $144/month effectively. What a joke. This all so you have the honor of promoting it. Affiliate programs should be free. End of story.

If you want to make real money, you need Climber. There’s no way around it. I’m serious. If you’re a Walker (insert Walking Dead reference here), and you successfully recruit someone who decides to buy Hiker… well, you missed out. You can only get commissions from your tier and under.

I’d like to say this is the end, but it’s just the beginning. Here are the 5 higher memberships (all are one-time payments):

Base Membership: $595

digital altitude base membership

We’re starting the list off with a bang, as the Base membership sets you back 600 bucks. This is a motivational (see the Good News) video training course, made up of 12 modules across 3 sections.

The modules are lame. Even if they’re good, they’re lame, because you don’t buy a Big Mac for $200 and still say it tasted good. You get mad at being cheated.

Base covers  preparing, launching, and growing an online business, which is a giveaway that it’s just an upsell because you could never fit that much info in 12 videos.  Plus, the some topics are just-

module 11 da

…yeah. This MLM stuff can get pretty trippy.

Rise Membership: $1,997

digital altitude rise membership

I hope you enjoyed the Base format, because Rise is also a video course consisting of 19 modules across 5 sections (turn it up!):

  • Commit
  • Customer
  • Create
  • Words
  • Partners

You get to see modules like this gem:

module 5 from rise membership

Considering that you can watch thousands of videos on this topic for free on YouTube, it’s a mystery why DA chose to charge 2000 smackers for it. Besides being total ripoffs, of course.

I’m not gonna say the training is useless, but the price it makes it that way, regardless of quality. So I guess I am saying it. Hmm.

Ascend Membership: $9,997

ascend membership da
The city that never sleeps!… or in DA’s case, works!

Well, we’re starting to get into the big bucks (in case the previous two weren’t big enough), and it’s time to ditch the videos for… a vacation?

Yep, you’re supposed to spend $10K for a 3-day stay at a Las Vegas resort. It covers 2 people, not that it helps things in anyway.

I could fly to Vegas from Western Canada, right now, for about $500. If I splurged like a maniac in my hotel, I might get to the $2000 area, after 3 days. But $10,000? That means like, $5000 goes to DA. The hell with that, I’d just crash the retreat!

If you’re starting a business, why do you even need a retreat? Shouldn’t you have, I don’t know, earned a vacation first? 3 days of fine wine and decadence seems a little premature.

Anyway, they do teach you stuff over the 3 days. Big important stuff, as you see above. How to master video… that’s something you cover in one day, all right. Easily worth $10K… NOT!

You can type any of these topics into Google and come up with thousands of articles, videos, and blogs. For the grand price of $0.

Peak Membership: $16,997

digital altitude peak membership
That sure does seem relaxing. Yes sir, the best part about online business is the pointless premature vacation.

I hope you like traveling, because we’re going on another vacation. This is a 5(!) day retreat, again for 2 people, that covers 20 topics ranging from accounting to hiring.

Now, I hate university and it’s overpriced, slow-to-adapt courses, but they have a point when it takes a few years to cover a degree in accounting and hiring. Yet here comes DA saying you can learn all that in a few days?

Look at those topics. “6 Strategies for Awesome Accounting?” Is the vacation on Buzzfeed.com? Is this the sort of thing you pay 17 grand for?

Spoiler alert: it really isn’t. You simply can’t cover everything that DA say it can cover in 5 days, especially considering you’ll also be relaxing at the beach or being wined and dined.

Apex Membership: $27,997(!)

apex membership da
There’s a big difference between what the caption says and what the picture depicts.

Here we are, ladies and gents! The main event. The king of all upsells. The Apex membership.

Surprise! It’s another vacation! A 7-day retreat for two! At Las Vegas! And for only $28,000! How luxurious.

You’ll cover 28 topics over the week, ranging from investing to taxes. But at this point, you really have to ask yourself what the point is of all this, besides owning Apex.

Give me a break. This is sick. Why are vacations something to brag about? Shouldn’t you take a week-long retreat after making money with your business? It’s like buying yourself a chocolate cake to celebrate starting your diet… and then stopping your diet.

Personally, I don’t see how anyone could be happy relaxing before working, but the temptation of a dream is strong. That 28 grand could buy a house, or a car, or take you around the world multiple times.

Come to think of it, there was another MLM that I reviewed with super expensive, premature retreats. I wonder what it could be?

Now that we’ve gotten to the top of the pyramid mountain, we can determine that owning everything (’cause you need to own it to promote it) costs approximately $58,000!

And in the occasion that a member you refer goes higher than you are… you just missed a big payday. For instance, if I referred my friend Stefan into DA, and I’m “only” at Peak, I won’t get the $16,000 commission! Never change, MLMs.

Monetary Mountain! The Digital Altitude Verdict


I’ve said many things about Digital Altitude, but the one thing that I can’t argue about is its high commissions, which are probably why there are so many affiliates promoting it now. Image result for pyramid scheme meme

Rest assured, DA is a relatively new program. They haven’t released an income disclosure yet, and probably won’t, but it’s safe to say they’ll collapse and go the way of Empower Network, where over 90% of members make next to nothing.

Those bogus videos DA prices so highly are the only reason it’s a legal program. It’s a pyramid scheme in everything but name.

I also have to mention one more time how eerily comparable this is to MOBE. The unimaginable costs, the luxurious retreat, and the fact that Michael Force actually used MOBE.

Actually, I will say that DA is a better, cheaper alternative to MOBE. It’s like calling World War 1 a shorter, less deadly alternative to World War 2, but it’s the truth.

I’m sure a master marketer would be able to get some referrals, but since DA markets itself to total rookies, the whole program is a money pit.

You know the reason people buy into stuff like DA? They’re desperate. DA capitalizes on this desperation and promises way too much for a bank-breaking price.

I think I’ve more than made my case for DA being a waste of time.

A Better Alternative

You’re probably here because you were interested in Digital Altitude and wanted some info on it. Sorry to say, DA is a dead end if you want to own an online business. Not to worry though, I have a better suggestion.

If you listen to DA, you’d think all online business is prohibitively cheap. I’ve heard some affiliates say the prices are justified since university is more expensive!

No, running an online business can be done with less than $50 a month, at the right place. I’m talking about my #1 Super Program, Wealthy Affiliate!

I used to fall for scams like DA, and get my hopes up for the magic bullet. There’s no such thing, and throwing money like DA wants you to do is not a smart thing to do. That’s why WA, a program that outright tells you it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, was the choice for me.

This is a program where you start for free, and are given 2 websites and access to a community of other entrepreneurs in training.  No credit card needed. And no, it’s not an MLM or pyramid scheme. You can promote whatever you want in WA, and there’s only one free and one paid membership. No upsells.

I don’t blame you for thinking that though. The internet marketing industry has a bad reputation nowadays.

Check Out My Super Program Here!

What do you think of DA? Is it a pyramid scheme in your opinion? Got any questions? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Your mentor in MLMs,

-Makki

 

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25 thoughts on “Is Digital Altitude a Scam? My Unaffiliated Opinion

  1. I’m so glad I had a big shovel with me to get rid of all the BS after reading about the Apex membership package LOL. But it’s very sad that people fall for this stuff with all their glossy images and lovely prose.

    I think that you’ve done a great job of exposing this scam for what it is as it really does people a good service and they can save a lot of heartache if they read this, well done to you.

    1. I agree Adrian. If there’s one thing DA does right, it’s the presentation. In all honesty, it looks like a pretty slick program on the outside. It’s darn convincing in terms of looks, but looks don’t matter, especially in a business as scam-infested as internet marketing.

  2. Awesome review Makki, I always had question marks about Digital Altitude. I first came across this product through Instagram. ‘Millionaire mentor’ was heavily promoting this product to his 2 million followers and in my mind, i was thinking this has to be An MLM scheme.

    Well, this review simply just confirms this for me. Great looking out for a whole bunch of people who may be unaware.

    All the best!

    1. I’m familiar with Millionaire Mentor, and although he’s extremely influential, he’s also prone to promoting scams. Some big-name marketers use their influence to get numerous referrals to any high-paying program, and DA is making the rounds in recent months. Always do your research before buying into MLMs! Thanks for sharing, Vinnie!

  3. Another of those terrible “get rick quick schemes”. It seems like there’s way more scammy MLM’s than legit ones.

    What would you recommend for someone who wants to put time into MLM, or you wouldn’t recommend it at all?

    1. Hi Julius! You’re totally right. While it’s true that not all MLMs are scams, the legit ones are an extremely small percentage. You might as well call all of them scams. That’s how much the business has fallen. I (and many others) would go so far as to say MLMs are just legal pyramid schemes.

      Truth be told, I wouldn’t recommend any MLM. The only people who have success with them are the founders, and the very first members. A master marketer could make it work, but these programs are promoted to total rookies, who stand no chance.

  4. Good job exposing this guy Makki.
    Unfortunately, people get sucked into this sort of stuff and lose out big time, and an awful lot of them are those who can least afford it.
    It’s so callous to target vulnerable people with false promises just to rip them off for whatever can be squeezed out of them.
    I often wonder if there are cyber police who could track these guys down, inform the authorities in their jurisdiction, and have them charged with fraud?
    At least we have watchdogs like you!
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Hey there Eoin! You’re totally right! It’s not like DA targets millionaires. They target ordinary people looking for a way to get more money, like most scams. And there’s a reason they’re looking: they don’t have enough! So how frustrating is it to see DA charge prices that could ruin a household.

      Sadly, these scammers are very slippery. They know just what loopholes to exploit and know how to evade the law. For example, Matt Lloyd of MOBE based his website in Panama and his company in Malaysia, all because pyramid schemes are illegal in the USA. They know how to escape.

  5. I’m absolutely appalled! It’s hard to believe the amount of greed within that program! I agree with you that the vacation before you make money is crazy…It’s just hard for me to fathom that people would throw their money into it. I suppose it probably just starts and they don’t realize what they are getting into. Thanks for a great review; I’ll make sure to warn friends away from this one!

    1. That’s why the prices start relatively low. It’s to slowly get people spending more and more. Classic funnel strategy. Then, after they finish spending, it’s too late to get a refund and they’re stuck. After that, you can either write off the loss, or try to get some referrals to try to break even. That almost never works, though. Thanks for sharing Sam!

  6. I can’t believe my eyes as I scrolled down your post. 10K, 20K of us dollar? I’m sorry but when I saw those figures I didn’t really check the images for what it’s all about.

    I mean for a fraction of those money, we could get some really good program from legitimate internet marketing Gurus. People like John Chow, or Peng Joon (at least I believe they are legitimate) offer their program for much less than that.

    1. It really is unbelievable. I don’t blame you for only looking at the prices. When they’re that high, I don’t think you can focus on anything else. It’s just an outrageous “value.”

      I don’t think marketing gurus can be necessarily legit. “Guru” is used derogatorily these days. I’m sure Chow and Joon promote their share of unethical programs, but I’ve seen nothing from them that matches DA. Some gurus don’t go this far. Thanks for commenting, Kenny!

  7. A very very informative post sir. This certainly conveyed a clear message that Digital Altitude is a definite scam. This will definitely help and warn many people who are looking to know some more about it so well done to you for bringing it to the attention of others too.

  8. Wow. I tend to be a cheapskate and skeptic by nature, so I probably wouldn’t have fallen for this, but i have friends and business acquaintances who definitely would buy into something like this–sleek, well-put-together, looks good–but inside it’s just another money grab. I can’t believe you only get commission on your level and below, basically forcing you to buy a higher level to earn money. What a scam.

    1. You’d be surprised at how many people would fall for something like this. Dreams are a powerful thing. If you haven’t seen a scam before, this is one that you might believe.

      The tiered earning is the best way to squeeze as much money as possible out of a customer, while at the same time having that same customer promote the program. It really works out, for the owners. Not so much for the victims.

  9. Great review, too many scammers out there. We need people like you to review them for what they really are. It’s sad that the people that get caught up in these scams are the ones that need the money the most. Good job!

    1. That’s the thing that angers me the most. The people who looking for programs like DA are the same ones who don’t have much money in the first place, yet they’re so desperate they’ll believe it. This is how blatant scams like DA can be so successful. Thanks for your feedback Deanna!

  10. Wow, what a review! I’ve come across this program before, and only seeing the prices of the membership levels make me shiver – and suspect that something is not right here. Needless to say, I’m not getting caught into something like this.

    I really appreciate your profound analysis and explanations on why you this thing is a scam. Thanks!

    1. Hey there Heidi! The prices are certainly frightening, and the fact that it’s not the most expensive MLM I’ve ever encountered should say something about the business as a whole. Keep away from unbelievably costly programs!

  11. The problem with this scam is that it is so huge. I have been seeing some really huge Instagram accounts that are affiliates for it. MillionaireMentor has over 2 million followers. The link in his bio is to funnel people to aspire. I really hope people are not falling for this scam and getting ripped off.

    1. Hey Kurtis, thanks for commenting. Unfortunately, at this time I think this scam is established. Quick money will always lure in wannabe entrepreneurs. They’ll spend thousands, fail, and move on to the next scheme.

      It’s frustrating, but the best thing we can do is inform.

  12. How are these programs scams?
    If you go to college how much do you pay? What do you get out of it? Can you market your education?

    A pyramid scheme is not either of these programs by definition, and it is not an MLM program either because by definition the compensation structure is setup as affiliate marketing.

    They help you become a business owner from scratch. You also get a crash course education on how to build an online business, and market products. They also give you a product to market because that is the hardest part to any business is having a successful product. You also get an inside look at how all of this is done.

    So, after all of this is taught to you you can go ahead and create your own information products to market.

    Does this make sense to everyone else? I’m open for discussion.

    The future is on the internet for everyone in advanced economies. Everything is becoming automated!

    1. Hey Joseph, thanks for sharing your thoughts. You make some valuable points in defense of DA. They do technically teach you to do that. And heck, it probably is cheaper than college, but at least that gives you a certification.

      But if we’re comparing it to college, why stop at DA? Why not go to one of the many cheaper programs? Like WA, which I mentioned? Or even Empower Network, which only sets you back $5K? Actually, Empower Network is dead at this point. Another failed “learning opportunity.”

      Your comment reminds me a lot of what people who defended Empower Network said. A better alternative to college. Fortunately, there are even alternatives out there online, and most cost a fraction of what DA costs.

      And yes, the future is the internet. I don’t see why you would make that statement here.

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