David Wood and David Sharpe
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Empower Network Review – What is Empower Network?
Founded in 2011, Empower Network is marketed as a blogging tool to help you create your own online business. It provides four different products you can buy to start a blogging business.
Here are the different programs they have available:
- Kalatu Basic – $25 per month
- Kalatu Premium – $72 per month
- Media Hosting – $25 per month
- Inner Circle – $100 per month
What is MLM (multi-level marketing) and why am I talking about this?
Multi level marketing is a marketing technique where marketers make commissions from the people they recruit into the system. While Empower Network does not pay commissions for people who are recruited into their network, they do pay commissions for every product those people purchase. I thought it was important to mention multi level marketing here because Empower Network is skirting around this area and has all the hallmarks of a MLM.
How do I make money with Empower Network?
In order to make money with Empower Network, you must first buy at least one of the 4 different programs (see above) available. Members are encouraged to recruit new members in order to make commissions. Members are also encouraged to buy the more expensive products which are “upsells.” You make commissions from every “active” product that is purchased through their recruitment efforts. An “active” product is a member who has completed their subscription application and made a payment. As long as that member is making payments, you will receive commissions.
Check out this video to see how the owner describes his business model and compensation plan. Notice how many times he says “100%.”
Keep in mind that Empower Network is not helping you create your own blog. Empower Network is teaching you how to make money by promoting Empower Network.
Affiliate Program: not a product but an optional program that costs $19.95 per month and is non-refundable. The affiliate program enables you to market the products that are available on the Empower Network website. You are supplied with marketing data and tools to help you.
Affiliates do not earn commissions from recruiting new members but they do earn commissions on products sold by those new members that signed up under you. The commissions are 70% of the total sale of the product that is sold as indicated on their website. This is in contrast to the information provided in the video which states that you will receive 100% commissions.
You can get a full refund within 14 days of your purchase. The clock starts ticking as soon as you buy a product.
Does Empower Network Work?
Empower Network MIGHT work if you are willing to spend up to $5,000 to buy all the programs in order to get the maximum commissions available. You also have to be willing to promote this company shamelessly in order to get new members to join.
So here’s the rub…
- Empower Network is pretty vague about what these “products” are and what exactly you are buying or doing.
- The products you are buying are not products necessarily. You are purchasing different levels of access to videos and training. And all those videos and training are tailored to help you make money for THEM by promoting and recruiting new members to their programs.
- You are only promoting Empower Network.
- You don’t own the blog you are creating. It is hosted by Empower Network therefore they own it. When you sign up with them, you agree to their Terms and Conditions which states that any content you create is owned by them. If you decide to leave, anything you created stays with Empower Network.
- You don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to build an online business. You can create your own blog with WordPress for free. You can buy a domain name for as little as $10 and a cheap hosting package for around $60 per year. Best of all, YOU OWN THE SITE AND ALL THE CONTENT! YOU HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER YOUR BUSINESS.
- Contradictory information regarding commissions. In one video, you hear 100% commissions but the Compensation page clearly states 70% commissions.
- You don’t get to “try before you buy” for free.
Here’s a HUGE red flag for me. Empower Network is on the alert list at the Better Business Bureau
According to the Better Business Bureau, there have been numerous complaints about Empower Network. So many in fact that the BBB felt it necessary to put an alert on them. I have never been a member of Empower Network but based on what I’ve learned, I really can’t recommend this program at all. The information is simply too vague and their business practices are called into question. Most importantly, in doing research for this piece, I ran across numerous complaints about Empower Network.
I hope you have found all the information you need to make an educated decision in this Empower Network Review.
Have you ever been a member of Empower Network? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.