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Empower Network…Scam? Ripoff? Find Out Here

I recently joined Empower Network after over 2 months of EXTENSIVE research on them. I had to weed through all of the trash and BS all over the internet to find the truth. Yesterday one of my facebook friends posted a link in response to a blog post I did about Empower. I am not going to give that blog backlinks, so I won’t link to it here, but I did screen shot part of that post and would like to address every point of it here. The reason I’m doing this on this blog and only linking to it on my Empower Network blog and not the other way around is because this blog is well established and posts from it get indexed in the search engines within minutes. I just began my EN blog a few days ago and it’s not yet indexed as well as this blog.

So…here goes. Here’s the screen shot, then I’ll address each point:

Let’s look at this one point at a time because, UNFORTUNATELY, anyone can say anything on the internet and there are gullible people who think if it’s on the internet, it must be true and they do no research.

  • Has all of the common attributes of a PYRAMID Scheme

This one is very interesting to me.  (BTW…CAPITALIZING a word emphasizes it but does not make it true.)  Let’s look at the definition of a pyramid scheme – This screen shot was taken from the FTC  (Federal Trade Commission) website:

FTCpyramidSchemeDefinition

I only earn a commission with Empower when I sell a product (a retail sale).  We will cover Empower Network’s PRODUCTS (see…I can use capitals too) in another bullet.  😉  the people I sell these products to do not have to become affiliates of Empower Network in order for me to make money.  If they WANT to, they certainly can, but they are not required to be affiliates.  They are, however, required to pay a monthly fee for maintaining and hosting the blog (just like any other company that sets up and hosts a blog for you).  There is no inventory loading because you can not buy more than one of each of Empower’s products (except the monthly blog fees and monthly training).

  • No clear description of what the business is about, what you will be doing or what kind of interests you need for success.

I’m not sure where they got this one.  On my PUBLIC (See…I did it again 😉 ) Empower affiliate blog (different from my personal Empower blog) there is a TON of info available to the public.  You just have to take some initiative and go through the posts.   😉

  • If you join, you have to become a ruthless sales person promoting Empower Network to others

This is a huge fallacy.  Many people DO promote EN and…just like in any other opportunity…there are always some who are over zealous and go out there screaming and hollering all over the internet.  EN actually encourages you to use their SYSTEM to promote YOUR opportunity and/or products.  They encourage you to NOT go screaming like a lunatic all over the place and simply use your blog to educate and entertain your readers based on what YOU are blogging about…whether that be EN or something else.

  • Riddled with “upsells”

Interesting…there are way less products than most affiliate or multi level opportunities.  Yes…these are products!  I’ve been making and selling courses for years.  Online universities sell courses.  Most of what I’ve learned and teach and what David Wood and David Sharpe teach is a culmination of our years of “failing forward”.  Instead of purchasing our knowledge, people are certainly welcome to spend years to learn it themselves.  No one is forced to purchase anything.  Every business needs to sell products and/or services in order to sustain itself.  Can you imagine McDonalds not asking “Do you want fries with that?”.  That is an UPSELL.  I get affiliate commissions when I sell HostGator products like hosting (see…that’s my AFFILIATE link) AND any upsells.  You can’t physically see or touch that product.  OMG…must be HostGator is a SCAM!!  Well…according to some anyway.

  • If you want to succeed, you have to invest minimum $140/mth
  • You have to PAY $20 per month just so you can get paid

I’ve been in MLM companies where you had to invest a minimum of over $200 up to $500 per month if you want to get paid.  So…??  The monthly amount is to help cover the cost of Empower hosting and maintaining your affiliate pages, back office, etc…  Again…I’ve been in MLM companies where you have to pay up to $50 per month for the company replicated websites. SO…??

  • One of the owners is located in Costa Rica (and in my opinion to avoid the FTC)

That is YOUR opinion and you are entitled to it.  MY opinion is that Costa Rica looks like a beautiful place and I just might move there some day myself.  Fortunately, people are able to do business all over the world with the internet connecting everyone.  PLUS…if they are “avoiding” the FTC, why would they put income disclaimers everywhere in writing and in video.

  • Widespread COMPLAINTS online about Empower Network

There are complaints about almost every company out there…even eBay and PayPal and Amazon and facebook, etc…  You can never please everyone.  Most of these “complaints” are from people who signed up, thought they could do nothing and expected to get paid.  That is NOT the way this works.  They obviously did not read what they signed or watch the videos that they agreed they watched.  Otherwise they would know that this is a BUSINESS and takes real effort to build.

  • No access to the owners

They are at every event just like any company owner.  Not sure how much more “access” you want…

  • No free trial

AAHHHGGGG…you got me on that one.  Darn!!  I have to give you that one.

 

 

 

Send a Heartfelt Card with Send Out Cards?

A little over a year ago my husband had a sub arachnoid brain hemorrhage.  At the time I was working a network marketing company called Send Out Cards (SOC).  SOC touts their philosophy of sending “heartfelt cards”.  When this happened with my husband, three of my upline team members knew of the brain hemorrhage.  My husband spent 15 days in the neuro ICU.   We didn’t know if he was going to make it or not.

One of my upline team members has a yahoo group where they post people’s names and addresses who need cards for one reason or another.  The group is run by one of my upline team members.  She called me to ask if there was anything she could do to help me with my business.  I explained what was going on  with my husband and she said “I’m sorry to hear that.  OK…let me know when you are ready to get back to start working again”.  WHAT?? And, to top it all off, because I did not SPECIFICALLY ask her to ask the group to send me cards, no one sent cards.  I got six cards and well wishes and they were all from people who were in a previous company with me and/or knew me prior to SOC.  NOT ONE PERSON from Send Out Cards sent a card or a note or anything.  It seems all this lady upline from me cared about is HER check and HER bottom line.  And her upline too.  He knew what happened with my husband.  Did he send a card?  NO.

Send Out Cards reps are only concerned with sending cards when it benefits them.  This is MY opinion and based on what I’ve experienced.  Needless to say, that is when I stopped working SOC.

Main Reason for Failure Online

I recently opened up some coaching slots. My intent was to offer this at a great discount to those who could FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.  If someone is unable to follow directions, it is a waste of my time and their money to hire me because they are NOT COACHABLE.

I sent an email to my list that clearly said

Many of you have asked me for one on one coaching.  I’ve decided to open up a few spots.  Unfortunately, I can not work one on one with everyone.  I can, however, fit a handful of you into my schedule.  If you want to apply for coaching with me, email roxanne at coachroxanne dot com and put “APPLICATION FOR COACHING” in the subject line.  Tell me what you are working on, where you are now and what you need help with.  Life or business…I can help.

Eight people replied.  Here are a few of the responses (the rest were similar);

  • I want to work with you.
  • Will you coach me for free please.
  • I love your trainings but have no money.  Can you work with me free?
  • Since I bought a course from you in the past can you teach me everything you know.

Now….I’m not in business for charity.  My prices are VERY reasonable compared to what others charge.  I have given away a LOT of free trainings in the past.

I am totally shocked at the online mentality of people.  Everyone wants something for NOTHING.  Life does not happen that way.  You spend time or you spend money.  Everything I’ve learned, I’ve paid for with time and/or money.  It makes me very sad when I see these people struggling.  Many of them I’ve been acquainted with for years.  And years later they are still wondering why they are not successful.

HELLOOOO???  Are you serious?

If just ONE of them had replied and actually followed the instructions in the email, I probably would have been so excited to find someone who is coachable that I would have given them a huge discount and given them way more value than they paid for.

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I recently told people about a program online that costs ONE MEASLY DOLLAR for the first 30 days.  They walk you through step by step how to make money online.  There are videos showing you EXACTLY what to do and EXACTLY what to say.   If people can simply FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, you can be successful making money online.  I am amazed (I SHOULDN’T BE) at the number of people who replied to say “I can’t afford $1” or “I don’t have the time to do this”.  OMG…really??  Are you kidding me?  Some of those people who have no time are playing facebook games for HOURS every day.

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A couple months ago, I had someone purchase a 6 WEEK self study course from me.  This course is clearly delivered in 6 WEEKLY lessons.  That was stated on the order page.  This particular woman had multiple failures to follow through.  First, she was directed by my payment processor to a page that clearly said

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PAYMENT

BUT WAIT!!  YOU’RE NOT DONE YET

Just one more step.  In order to receive the modules, you will need to fill out the form below. 

My payment processor verified that she was, indeed, directed to this page.  My stat counter verified that her IP address visited that page immediately after payment.  She emailed me to say that she did not get access to the course.  The reason was that she did not follow directions and did not fill out the form.  I did not tell her that, I simply apologized and gave her access to the form to fill out.  She then emailed me to tell me that the links in my email do not work.  I verified that the correct links were in my autoresponder series and send her the link to the first weekly lesson.  At that point I suspected her email was stripping the links so I said “If you can’t get the remaining weeks, just email me.”  I did not hear back from her.  Now, at this point, I know for a fact that this person received module ONE.  However, she did not send in homework from module ONE.  This was her SECOND failure to follow directions on her part.  Over the next few weeks, I checked with my autoresponder periodically to be sure the lessons were being sent to her.  They were.  I did not hear from her so I assumed she was getting the lessons.  She did not send in homework from lesson one, which I know she received so her failure to follow directions and send in homework was not an indication of anything.

WEEKS LATER…after the entire course was sent to her and I took the course down to redo it….she emailed me to say that she never received anything beyond week one and she wanted a refund.  ???????  I was very nice and let her know that my terms are 30 days on refunds and since it had been well beyond the 30 days, I could not do that.  I offered her a couple different options, one being a free one hour coaching session (worth well over $500) .  She wanted NOTHING but a refund.  We have multiple failures to follow through on her part.

In conclusion, failure to follow directions and failure to actually WANT to better your life are the main reasons that you are not successful at making money from home.