There’s a whole lot of whoo-haa fluttering around the net concerning empower network and if it might be a scam.
What Exactly Is The Empower Network?
“Empower Network” is the name given to a recent launch of a new networking and affiliate marketing membership program fronted by Dave Wood.
When I first entered the words ‘Empower Network’ into my Google search box the most popular search term, after empower network, was “empower network scam”.
So here at Work From Home Watchdog we decided that it was a ‘must-do investigation’ for you guys looking for answers to the Empower scam question.
First thing I noticed when researching Empower Network was that a few of the sites promoting it had the same sales copy from the actual Empower Network website.
Product owners (such as Dave Wood) often send out promo articles during a product launch, however to see the same article appear on the front page of Google was just weird. Where are all the real reviews from people who have tried the product?
I read through a few of the reviews and most said basically the same thing: “Empower Network is great and you should try it”.
I decided to head over to the main Empower Network website to take a look at what was happening and I was met with a video of Dave, where his goal is to “connect” with his members.
The video on the Empower Network site is just over 49 mins long, so if you have never heard a pitch with a BIG sell, watch this video and you can tick it off your list.
You get to learn that Dave has been into network marketing for years, and he often refers to being at Amway meetings back in 2002.
He pushes the ‘poor homeless man does good’ message on his site and that immediately makes me think he’s certainly focused on the “new to online marketing market” customer.
The opening line to the Empower Network site today is:
Hey everyone, I wanted to get this message out about 4 hours earlier, and be sleeping right now…
Just so you know, I’m dedicated to your success – regardless of the random monkey that attacks my Internet in Costa Rica.
Have I told you that you’re awesome lately?
Anyways, enough said. Watch the video and just do what it says, and let’s make some money, ok?
Most certainly a message to motivate his members, and now I see why so many of the same articles were appearing in Google with the Empower Network daily swipe and – ‘copy, paste, and send’ approach they promote.
I got the impression listening and watching the video that top level support is only available for high performing members, yet I find that kind of back to front.
Surely the new members whom the program targets should be receiving the majority of the help?
Maybe I got this online marketing and training stuff all wrong?
The Empower Network…Scam or System?
So I want to put into a few paragraphs exactly what Empower Network is all about and answer the all important question about if it is a real scam or not.
The sales process has various up-sells that produce 2 main price points to the membership site:
- $25 per month (standard)
- $100 per month (inner circle)
To give you the raw details, the whole Empower Network system is based around a pre installed WordPress blog with graphics and banners chosen for you that promotes various related products.
On the back end of the products and optin forms is a sales funnel set up by Dave Wood.
Your job is to blog daily, which in turn will drive traffic to Dave’s sales pages, and that (apparently) will convert your leads into sales (for which you get a commission).
So…why is it being called a scam?
Maybe because Empower Network states that you get 100% of the sales profit, and promises like that always gets folks sniffing around and looking for the catch.
But here is the truth about how it actually how it pans out…
Refer others and get $25 or $100 per month, depending on which pricing level your referrals join on.
Some of the new referrals get passed up to your sponsor, yep everyone has a sponsor.
Your 2nd, 4th, 6th referrals get passed up, then every 5th referral.
So it goes 2, 4,6,11, 16, 21, 26, 31… and so on.
MLM business pyramid? It certainly seems that way.
It’s not ethically correct for me at this point to call Empower Network out as being scam-worthy.
However, it is a fair statement to say that Empower Network is a very aggressive affiliate membership program where everyone has the task of driving traffic through to Dave Woods offers.
Any readers that don’t buy are continually marketed to in an attempt to increase the chances of you making a sale or referral.
Is this a great and ethical way to work from home? Definitely not. And on so many levels.
But funnily enough… Empower Network does have its successes dotted about the net, even if they are disguised as Empower Network scam stories.
This is something that we are not doing with our review of the program here at Work From Home Watchdog.
Unfortunately I can’t show you the style and quality of the sites on the Empower Network system as they are “down for maintenance” at the time of writing this review, so that’s a few thousand folks who are not getting their content seen across the Internet.
In fact, the comments left on the website are proof already that there is evidence to suggest that maybe Dave Wood’s Empower Network is not the amazing opportunity that the website suggests.
Work From Home Watchdog suggests that you avoid this program unless you are happy with some fairly unethical forms of marketing.
If you have any experience with Empower Network, let us know by leaving your comments below.
Tony – WFHW