So for the last year or two, I've been meaning to dig into this company because I've seen so many people promoting it. But alas it slipped my radar and the promotions seemed to have calm down. However I think it's about time I give my take on this company. I'm pretty sure many of you have read all the self-serving positive Empower Network Reviews but let's face it, none of them really paint a complete picture. Most Empower Network Reviews are clearly designed to do one thing which is to get you to “go all in”. Well I'm not a Empower Network member so my Empower Network Review is designed to actually help you make a decision for you and not to fatten the pocket of someone trying to promote this so-called opportunity. So let's get into it!
What Is The Empower Network?
The Empower Network was created in 2011. The owners of the site and program are David Wood and David Sharpe. The Empower Network basically sells a “blogging” platform and various high-priced marketing training that allegedly teach people how to make money on the internet.
The other aspect of the Empower Network which is where they make most of their money is via their business opportunity. Here you have the highly encouraged option to recruit other members into Empower Network and make commissions when these members purchase the products or recruit other members.
How Do I Sign Up?
There's an upfront $19.95 fee that is then billed monthly and there is also a $25 monthly membership fee. And you will be aggressively upsold many other “marketing” products inside the website that range from $100/month, $500, $1,000, $3500. So the fees really start to add up.
Empower Network Commission Plan
The Empower Network commission plan is strictly based on getting other members to join Empower Network and having them buy into the various products. The commissions can be very high because of the price points of the various Empower Network “products” can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Empower Network Complaints & Scam Reports
You should know my spiel by now. Every company has complaints because you can't please everyone. It's perfectly normal and it doesn't always mean the company is bad or a scam. Sometimes there are just things that rub people the wrong way. But in this case, the complaints against Empower Network are egregious and numerous. So unlike most of the Empower Network Kool Aid sipping reviews you've read, I'll actually dive into the many EmpowerNetwork.com Complaints here. By sharing the complaints they like to hide, you will be in a better place to make a decision for you and not the rep that is pressuring you to join because they want a fat commission check.
Start Up Costs
Any business opportunity will have start-up cost. But for some people that is a turn off right off the bat. Empower Network obviously has start-up costs as well. But they lure you in with some low fee but then you are basically bombarded and pressured into spending more money with their company so the start-up cost can actually end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. By the way, If you don't pay their monthly fees, you cannot promote their program.
High Pressure & High Priced UpSells
Once you become part of Empower Network at the lower startup cost, you are quickly pressured, (bullied) into upgrading and purchasing the full library of alleged “training” videos which can cost hundreds of dollars. This alleged training only teaches you how to get the members signed up under you to “go all in”. This basically means pressure anyone under you to purchase ALL the expensive Empower Network “training” materials so you can make higher commissions. Some of the tactics taught is things you might find in a school yard such as name calling and other unethical marketing methods. If you've read some of the comments on other reviews you'll see this tactic used numerous times.
Poor BBB Rating
Empower Network does not have accredited ratings with the BBB and they have over 100 complaints filed against them. BBB complaints aren't really uncommon but it's if they are numerous and unresolved, that becomes a major red flag. In fact the BBB literally has a red alert on this company. Apparently many of the BBB Empower Network complaints are unresolved. Many of the complaints deal with;
- Dishonest sales practices
- Consumers have found it near impossible to cancel their subscriptions
- Consumers have found it near impossible to cancel their accounts
- Empower Network have changed their compensation models and policies without consultations and agreements of the consumers
You can see the details Here.
Empower Network FTC Complaints
Oh if the BBB complaints weren't enough, they apparently have over 100 complaints filed with the FTC as well. You can read them here courtesy of Truthinadvertising.org. But of course the Empower Network folks will resort to bashing people who have filed complaints rather than actually addressing their concerns. I always see company reps as a great reflection of the company. They tend to follow what their leadership preaches. So it just validates these complaints when you see reps bashing people for bringing up valid complaints.
No Real Products & Outdated “Training” Material
Technically there are no real products to sell for the Empower Network. The training videos you see in the program are simply training materials to get others to join. Even their glorified blogging platform is something you can get for free on your own or provided by My Top Free Work At Home Recommendation. To make matters worse, the majority of the video trainings are outdated marketing techniques and information that actually hurt you. In addition, most of the tools and strategies taught are redundant and no longer exist; and most certainly NOT worth the crazy fees being charged. Ultimately the training is teaching you how to build a real business around a niche or passion you have. Instead it's just a way to get more people to join Empower Network and continue the pyramid-like cycle.
Want to see all the complaints?
It's a Pyramid Scheme
As discussed above, the “training” sold is nothing more than teaching you how to recruit more people. Last I checked if your business income primarily relies on just recruiting other people to make money it's pretty much a Ponzi scheme. Empower Network borders the line because of these alleged training videos being sold and their so-called blogging platform. So they are able to avoid being a full pyramid scheme on a mere technicality in my mind. But their practices seem very close to one. The money isn't really about their “products” it's all about getting people to “go all in”.
Google Doesn't Like Empower Network Blogs
Empower Network links are pretty much banned on social media because their members have spammed these sites. It happens to even some of the best companies because their members are too aggressive and lazy with their promotions. Given the training material provided, it's easy to see how it happens. But apparently Empower Network blogs rarely rank in Google anymore if at all. This is a direct result of numerous poor tactics that Empower network teaches or fails to teach their members. This includes members creating duplicate content and various other spammy methods which Google has come down on. So even if you use their alleged blogging platform, good luck trying to get traffic from one of the biggest sources on the internet and the other social media platforms.
Many more complaints
Honestly this is the first review where I could literally keep going on and on about the complaints. But I would be here forever and “ain't nobody got time for all that”. lol But if you need more complaints, you can read more about them in the few other websites I could actually find that keep it real about this company: Ethanvanderbuilt.com, Truthinadvertising.org [/wpsharely]
So Is Empower Network Legit?
Hell To The Nah! There is nothing redeeming about this company. They give affiliate marketing & blogging a horrible name! That's what really pisses me off about this company. They literally tarnish the image of legitimate ways to make money online with all their hype, poor products and crappy training. This will turn away people that should actually give this type of business a shot.
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So if you've been burned or considered Empower Network in the past, I encourage you to give
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Alright guys now it's your turn. What do you think of this company? Given all that I've researched, I don't think it's something I can even suggest that you try. But I would love to hear your point of view. I'm sure some of the faithful Empower Network flock will chime in and we'll get to experience the world famous high pressure tactics and name calling they have been taught to push on the web. So I look forward to those comments as well.
Either way, your feedback is always welcomed! So chime in down below. Be sure to share this Empower Network Real Review to anyone you see considering the Empower Network or any blogs you may run into promoting it. Spread the truth so more people don't lose their hard earned money on this.
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Until Next Time… 🙂
Eddy with a Y