Some of my readers have asked me what I think of the new ENv2 Empower Network Viral Blogging System. I haven’t said much about the new blogging system because, frankly, there are major flaws in my opinion.
First, I will address the flaws. Here is what I see:
- System is not set up for the serious blogger
- Public commenting not allowed on blogs at this time.
This is a huge part of what makes a blog a blog. You must be able to interact with your readers. If you have to make them go elsewhere (facebook, twitter, email, etc…) to comment on what you are writing about, you cut your interaction rate drastically.
- HTML coding or WYSIWYG editor not allowed.
The only formatting allowed is bold, italics, underline and lists. You are not able to have headings in the posts. You are not able to add a form to a post. You are not able to align images (left, centered, right).
- There is NO “Save Draft” feature and the Empower Network website times out frequently.
This has caused MANY lost blog posts and LOTS of frustration among EN bloggers.
- Very limited customization is allowed.
Only one sidebar banner, header and footer are customizable…or rather…exchangeable. You can change out these banners with different banners, but are not allowed to add other “widgets” to the sidebar. I always teach to have your contact info right on the sidebar because many people will not click on a contact page. That is not allowed. I also teach to add a tracking code (separate from Google Analytics, which is allowed) to the sidebar of your blog. The sidebar should appear on every post and page, therefore, that tracking code will track where your visitor comes from, how long they stay on each page, what they click on, where they go, etc… That is not possible with this blogging system the way it is at this time. If you are promoting multiple things on your blog, you can’t add multiple banners (images) in the sidebar. This cuts down drastically on your income producing ability.
- The mobile app only works on Apple devices or the most recent version of Android.
Older Android versions are not supported on the app.
These are just the major (BASIC) things that I feel every blogging platform should have or allow. Until these things are fixed, I can not and WILL NOT promote the Empower Network (EN) Viral Blogging System (ENV2).
Now the good news:
If you are beginning blogging and want a blog that is optimized for the search engines, ENV2 is the way to go. The blog is there, no bells and whistles, all set up for you. You can either change out the 3 banners I referenced above (if you are promoting something other than EN) or leave the banners as they are (if you are going to be promoting EN) and begin blogging.
If you are using an iPhone, iPad, other Apple device or the latest version of Android, you can blog right from your phone. Shoot a video and with one touch you can upload it to your blog. This EN app truly gives new meaning to the terms “mobile blogging” and “mobile lifestyle”.
If you are wanting to learn internet marketing, the Empower Network Products are the best! What you will learn (even with just the basic Viral Blogging System bonuses) is outstanding, solid content.
So…bottom line…YES…I am still promoting Empower Network. Do I think you should join if you are a serious blogger? YES. Not for the blogging platform. I rarely use it myself. However, you should join for the PRODUCTS. The information you will get from the products alone is worth ten times what your investment will be.
If you are ready to get going and start making some serious money (either by promoting EN products or your own opportunity), join my Empower team here. (First see our income disclosure here)
If you decide to join my team, be sure you see this under step 4:
Let me know if you have any questions. As always, I’m happy to answer them.