I’ll Never be an Internet ‘Guru’ Because I Never Lived in a Van.

by Alex on April 15, 2013

Empower Network and MLM and why they are all ponzi douche bags

This is a post about Multi Level Marketing (MLM) systems, and why newbies to internet marketing are some of the most ignorant people to ever enter the workforce.
To be honest, this whole post is actually directed at Empower Network, and the fucking idiots I have to deal with on social media day in and day out.

**Edit – Any and all anger in this post is directed not at these new ignorant members but to those in the upper echelons of the organisation, especially those experienced marketers who leveraged their huge lists and following to sign up thousands of fools – Increasing their own income in the process and further bolstering the (supposed) credibility of Empower Network with their Testimonials and income disclaimers… They clearly do NOT care about their readers, have no morals or business ethics, and really – should have known better.

But before I begin this rant , based entirely on common sense and logic (oh sorry, it appears I have already begun) let’s start with a question…

Who’d happily fleece you for every penny you had, robbing you of your dignity and self worth in the process  just so they could make an extra buck?  David Wood :)

I’d also like to take this time to direct you to one of the most thorough and honest (not to mention well written and totally enjoyable) posts on Empower Network I have ever read. The post comes from Ana Hoffman, the woman behind TrafficGenerationCafe.com and a long time friend of mine. Her post really does summarise Empower Network beautifully and indirectly showcases her genuine interest in helping others succeed.*

*If Ana Hoffman was not genuinely interested in your success then she would have capitalised on her enormous following and sold you tickets to the front row of this circus – making a crapload of money off of your ignorance in the process.

Let’s start by applying some common logic – something that slowly ebbs away you when you go through the 6 thousand sales pages that Empower Network throw at you…

How Good Do You Think You Are?!?

Regardless of your answer, the harsh reality is that you are not THAT awesome. Let’s remove ourselves from the online world for a minute…

I assume you didn’t become a 7 figure real estate broker without first learning the ins and outs of the property market and everything related to it. right?
I can also assume that had you decided to become a sales rep (a job that requires no prerequisite skills) you would have had to work your way up the ranks, making connections with those that mattered and honing your sales and marketing techniques until you totally rocked.

Same goes for affiliate marketing and MLM…..and this is where I am against Empower Network  because like other ‘big opportunities’ they talk about earning potentials and get you all excited but at no stage do they remind you to look at the reality – that NO ONE can enter into a new area or job and suddenly become awesome. Nope, not even me (I know hey?!)

**Real estate, Banking, Sales, …Internet Marketing – it’s all the same, you need to learn, practice, develop a skillset and then hone a system before you see any success.**

Why MLM marketers think this rule does not apply to them is beyond me.

Old Spice Guy hates MLM too

Remember the Old Spice guy (who can forget, right ladies ;) “Look at me, I’m on a horse”
It was funny because it was so random and irrelevant.

BUT when you get some ‘Guru’ saying “Look at me, I’m on a beach… in Costa Rica” you go oooooooh, I’m so going to buy whatever he’s selling so I too can be on a horse, I mean a beach. WTF?!

How many of you watched the Old Spice ad and instantly thought, I’m there, totally getting on a horse so I too can be toned and smell awesome.? No one? Anyone? Bueller?
Why is the answer a resounding no? because logic and reasoning take over and you laugh for what it is and move on….

BUT not when you’ve heard 437.5 people talk about how they made $37,892.10 in their first 30 days your brain starts to release ‘stupidity juice’ until it slowly takes over any logic and reasoning you may have had.

Maybe after the first 5 ‘testimonials’ you might have started thinking logical things like “so what exactly is the product? – what is the service? Is there a system? Yes, 30k is nice, but please explain how… to a point of course.

Empower Network Douche Bag

I don’t have to explain shit, I mean look at me, I’m in a hammock!

And then, 432 and a half testimonials later and all you can think about is how the sand would feel between your toes, and how nice that mocktail thing he’s drinking would taste. I mean ask yourself – what ARE they selling you?

Air is Free! Why Would You Pay For It!?

Let’s be honest here – they are selling NOTHING!…Thin Air! That’s what. No wait, it’s the opportunity to sell thin air, sorry!
If I farted in a bottle would you buy it? Why not? It’s got about as much substance as the Empower Network offer has and it probably contains less fecal matter too! When it’s put like that it is easy to laugh it off, but when you’ve been bombarded with BS sales pitches and video after video of incessant crap your brain does a fart of its own.

Logic, like Elvis has left the building….

And now they have the green light to attack, sorry – I mean upsell (always get them confused)

CONCLUSION….
This post, like most Multi Level Marketing schemes has no real point to it, nor does it contain much value – but then isn’t that the point?!

 

{ 51 comments }

Norma Rickman April 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Can’t. Stop. Laughing! Classic Alex Whalley goodness. More post like this and I’ll need Depends.

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

You are officially the 10,000ths commenter on this blog Norma! Well done :) Glad you enjoyed the post – I certainly laughed the whole time I was writing it. (if I didnt laugh I would have cried!)

Kapil Jekishan April 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Ha-Ha Love your work mate – Classic post and every bit as true. These dodgy Enpower Network schemes still manage to work on soooooooo many people, especially the Costa Rica 15k formula! I never quite understood the premise behind their scheme – I’ve heard its a blogging platform, then something about an inner circle where you can listen to interviews with industry experts (right..so i’m going to pay to join just to get these) and then the infamous Costa Rica formula..
p.s I guess having no point to this post was truly the real point :)

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

But… but… he’s on a hammock! Surely that clinched the deal for you Kapil?! ;)
ps – you totally got the point :)

Clair Trebes April 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Oh Alex this is a typically Alex post – EVERYTHING and more in this post is right.

We know that it takes WORK and skills to make even $1 online – heck I spent 6 months of learning a whole new skillset before I’d made even a penny, and I didn’t spend half of what the Empower Network Cult Members Do (Yes I’ve called them a cult because they are) and i had MUCH more success, because I knew what I was learning, and ultimately selling to the network I was cultivating a relationship with.

Ana’s post is awesome – for anyone who reads this and her post and still thinks the likes of EN, SFM, Arbonne International and MANY other MLM companies all taking different forms are a “safe” bet then I wish you all the luck ….. Alternatively come and join a free source of learning and do it the better – long term business building way!

Clair

George April 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

I recently was going to join SFM. And I am so glad I didn’t join.

The reason I didn’t join I will put here.

Firstly, I paid the $20 they ask for, and you get to watch the videos and get to keep them, Laptop Lifestyle. Yeah, so I paid this money, got in and surprise surprise, the videos don’t work. Can not be watched at all, and even tried changing my browsers to Firefox, chrome and Internet explorer, and they still did not play.

Anyway, I thought, lets go to the support page to report the problem. So I went there and it was blocked off with a forbidden page. So I left a message for a call back. And I waited…

And waited…

And waited…

6 days later I get an email saying, ” we tried calling you…”. I had left them my mobile and house phone, and I never received a single call, and not one missed call. So I replied to the email saying what my problem is, and I never received a phone. The reply I got was not what I was expecting. It goes onto say that we can not phone you at those times due to the call volumes we have to make at those times, blah, blah, blah.

So you didn’t try to ring me? But you said you did? And you can not answer my concerns of videos not working? And not getting my phone back during the times I specified?

So basically, I paid $20 for getting nothing, and they are still sending me emails, requesting me to join. Is it me, or is it desperation?

I have given up Internet marketing, because I have tried for 5 years, and still have not made a single penny. And my wife is getting irate now, and I think rightly so. It is a industry which is in need of extreme regulations, and soon, or I can see things getting worse for the industry, and very soon.

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

George,
Thank you for providing a first hand example of the typical unethical behaviour that goes on behind the scenes here.
For the record, I have been doing this online thing for about 5 years and it took me 2 years of working my arse off for no reward before I finally started to see results. It takes focus and commitment and a dedication to track and test everything…. Oh sorry, not with MLM though – that’s a magical place where everyone wins and Costa Rica is only a stones throw away ;)

Matt Smith April 16, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Well said Alex!!!

Empower Network don’t appear to sell anything, yet they manage to get people to sign up and pay them an extortionate amount every month. It’s amazing how people will listen to anything certain individuals will say if they say it in some exotic setting. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

Part of me feels sorry for the regular people that eat up the Empower Network claims. It can be easy to understand why people fall for these exaggerated claims, but it’s important to remember that these are only claims. Like anything in life, you have to work hard for it, there is no short cut to success. Believing that there is will only end up hurting yourself.

The biggest problem I have about Empower Network is that it gives internet marketing a bad name. There are plenty of honest, hard working individuals that make their living online without deceiving customers. Unfortunately, many people view Empower Network as THE example of internet marketing (like George above) but that just isn’t the case.

Great post

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Well said Matt – your thoughts echo mine precisely!
I have a list of 15,000+ – I could have signed up and made a killing with this ‘system’ – luckily for them though I actually have a moral compass that works.

John Banks April 16, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Yes, they are usually trash. Its amazing how many people buy into these cults though….

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

It saddens me tbh. ‘They’ think I am angry but truth is I am sorry for them. The anger is directed toward those at the top who happily fleece them for all they have. Unethical beyond belief. Why don’t they just go and wipe out an endangered species in Botswana or something – they’ve obviously got the moral compass to go ahead with it.

Lorri April 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I got sucked into the Empower Network world last year … it didn’t take me long to realize, WTH?! This is NOT what they were promising/guaranteeing. The thing that GETS me the most … a $25 investment, until they guilt you into spending thousands (that MOST people don’t have to part with) … grrrrrr.
Anyway, I got outta there and FAST!!
Great writing! Thanks Alex!! First time visitor!

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Hi Lorri, I recognise your name and face from some familiar circles – great to have you here :)
Yes, that is one of the things that gets my goat the most! The upsell isn’t about adding value, it’s based on guilt (David Wood himself calls you a Wuzzie/woosie? if you do not upgrade to the full package.
Let’s leave the guilt marketing to the Catholic Church ;)

Darnell Jackson April 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Yeah if you go to Miami you’ll find dudes selling “real” Rolex watches for $50.

What’s more amazing is you’ll find even MORE people buying from these dudes.

It is what it is.

People like to be conned.

MLMs are more like Iceberg Slim than CPM.

Alex April 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

LOL, nice analogy there Darnell. But whats wrong with fake rolex?! LOL – I bought like 8 of them in Vietnam (they’re like $5 each there LMAO)
I call them my Faux-lex collection ;)
Good to see you again mate, but it’s rude to come in without taking your helmet off ;)

Willox Perez April 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Hey bro!

Thanks for the honesty I truly respect that because it seems everyone is clueless about the empower network misleading stuff. The thing I don’t like it’s the fact that they give MLM a bad name, advertise saying do you hate MLM then call themselves an MLM. Pretty sick stuff.

Their are some great companies out there with a real product and service to promote. The sad part is most people (the 70ers) simply go for the money and people showing up luxury. Real business minded people won’t fall for that crap and will focus on building a real business on a part time basis.

Thanks for the post though man, wish more people were aware and would not fall for that crap.

- Will

Alex April 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Hey Will – that is exactly right man – Im still choking on the irony because I genuinely care for these poor saps at the bottom and here they all are attacking me. Shows how powerful the psychological marketing is within their sales funnel.

Appreciate you stopping by my friend, and good luck in your online business endeavours

Sergio Felix April 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Talk about great timing Alex!

I was studying (well actually “wasting my time” is more accurate) about some dude that made a “killing” on the Empower Network Leaderboards.

I won’t mention the “system” that is being used to gain traction on EN since I don’t want to give them any publicity at all but to make a long story short, the guy is definitely a Mass Control user.

He’s great talking to the camera and even uses spanish words here and there (a lá Frank Kern) “mi casa”, “big ass whiteboard”, etc., then uses the super fancy cars, fancy house, fancy out takes, fancy everything.

The “system” you buy costs $5,000 a year (or $497 a month) and is just a bunch of videos where this dude speaks instead of you but this of course, can be waived if you join EN through them (isn’t that an amazing opportunity?)

So their system works in conjunction with the EN system (we all need systems after all, right? *this is sarcasm for anyone that doesn’t knows me*) and you of course, have bigger chances to get bigger commissions the highest you position yourself on the scheme.

These kind of systems are designed with one thing in mind: to sucker in as many desperate people as possible.

And the number of negative points about all this charade is so big, I wouldn’t be able to fit them all here.

One thing is true though, for someone completely new to Internet Marketing, there’s some value on EN to be found but I’d rather take personal coaching from people like Alex (that would be you Mr. Whalley), Norma Rickman or any other people that are already in profits with Internet Marketing and have had to go through the mistakes themselves.

Now don’t get me wrong, having a system in place is GOOD, being part of a compensation plan and/or scheme is SHADY stuff already.

Hilarious (but very serious) post man, congrats!

It’s great to see genuine people standing against this kind of crap.

Sergio

Important PS. In one of the videos I watched, the guy I mention above gets $30K from the bank and spreads all the bills on a desk.

I found it rather amusing that this same dude (not the EN people, the guy using his system within EN) was taken to trial for fraud not long ago (he used to sell insurance so he faked people applying for insurance that raked him about 30 thousand dollars in commissions he actually didn’t earn in the first place) and I’m not sure how he avoided going to jail but he was super close of doing time.

I have to give it to him, the guy clearly knows how to control the masses, the videos are greatly produced and he actually seems like a very smart person and cool dude to hang out with.

But (and it’s a big one) when you already made fraud once in your life and we’re talking about handing you up to almost six thousand dollars from my own pocket and even participating on advertising co-ops where YOU are the one that is going to manage MY money, then it’s a NO GO for me.

Alex April 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Great comment and value add Sergio…

These kind of systems are designed with one thing in mind: to sucker in as many desperate people as possible.

And THAT is all it comes down to – the whole reason for my anger and the post itself.

Jason Moffatt April 17, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Ah poor Alex sucks at selling. It’s soooo sad :(

5 Years and you still can’t make it work? And it’s Empower’s fault?

Heck, I would of given up internet marketing in 5 weeks if I didn’t make any money.

Probably time to fill out some job applications dude!

Alex April 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

LOL! Struck a chord did I Jason? ;) Or is that just the logical part of your brain fighting with the part that’s already suckered into this MLM scheme?

And regarding the comment (which is more an attack than a logical or valid point)… umm, what post did YOU read?
Thanks for stopping by and giving my blog that little extra SEO juice :)

PS: You would seriously give up after 5 weeks?! Wow – way to commit!

Jason Moffatt April 17, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Apologies. I was baked and read George’s comment and mistook it as part of the post. 5 years is an insane amount of commitment to something that isn’t working. I think you’d agree.

As for striking a chord, I’m all chill. But then again I’ve made about $80,000 from Empower and it’s required me to do very little. Obviously I’m in a better situation than most though, but hey, we all started somewhere. And I started in a shack without plumbing and a bathroom.

Empower is solid. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t plug it. The training in the 15K rivals any training I’ve seen in the IM space, and I’ve pretty much seen it all.

Alex April 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

LOL, all good man – the 15k formula rivals any training? I cant imagine it’s as good as a private mentoring from the likes of someone like Guy Kawasaki or Brian Clark – and for $15,000 you’d expect more success stories.
I’ve read countless testimonials from people who paid it and are still struggling. Its all about the money with EN – no value whatsoever. I mean the fact alone that Facebook wont let you advertise there speaks volumes for the sham it is
sorry mate – but I have no love for you and EN, you’ve made 80k thats great – but that has come at the expense of others! Pathetic

James May 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I agree with you Alex, it is PATHETIC and this guy bragging about promoting a horrible product like this (and making $80K doing it) should be ashamed of himself. He obviously has no standards and enjoys stealing ice cream from children. People will continue convincing themselves that it is “OK” to sell something as long as they are making money doing it.

Brian Couch April 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I am an MLM member and I don’t have regrets joining on it. Aside from getting a profit on it what I love most joining on it is that I meet more friends.

Donna Stewart April 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

BANG ON ALEX!!

Shelly Allen April 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Hahaha—> “If I farted in a bottle would you buy it? Why not? It’s got about as much substance as the Empower Network offer has and it probably contains less fecal matter too! ”

Great post and thanks for being another voice of reason out here!

Aron April 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Yea great post, befor join any MLM join the membership sites or buy the products from some broke marketers who live in a third world country. Just like one guy who sell a Kindle Wealth Formular without ever have a bestseller on kindle or sell Sozial Wealth Formular and can barely survive by him self.

You guys are right we all should better buy your Sh** and stay ini the line of the fools.

The last time I’ve read a post like this was from a woman who first was against the Empower Network and later begged for signups under her.

And yes all MLM are scams like Amw… and so on .

Eugene April 22, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Here’s where we disagree. Air is more valuable than the bullshit information they peddle

Alex April 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

LOL! nice point Eugene… Touche even

Himanshu Jadli April 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

woooo hoooo what a nice post …..

Okto April 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

The guys on the picture seems familiar … lol. What an honest and explicit post you have Alex. Nice one

Ana Hoffman April 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM

As my next mortgage payment is due (what’s up with that – didn’t I just pay it last month?…), I’m starting to rethink this whole “make a load of money” vs “keep your integrity” deal…

Then of course, you knock me back to my senses, Alex; such a sweet soul you are.

You said exactly what I wanted to say about EN; just in a lot fewer, but more precise and descriptive words. :)

By the way, have you heard about this one yet? Unbelievable… http://just-ask-kim.com/rippln-review-chrisvoss/

Alex April 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Then this whole post was double worth it!
Granted I wanted to ‘back you up’ as it were and try and tell as many people as possible to steer clear of this ponzi scheme but at the same time, as I said in the post – online marketers like yourself are honest, morally sound and ethically minded – traits that are few and far between these days and I just wanted to reaffirm that with the world.
Keep on doing what you do Ana – you inspire, motivate and touch more people than you could ever imagine, and you make the blogosphere that much more wholesome.

Summary: You Rock, Empower Network are Scamming douchebags.

Christine April 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

If you are looking to make good money blogging then you are about to join a whole new movement of people who are doing the same…The Empower Network is at the top of the list and you need to be a part of this. The Empower Network offers you a slew of tools and training that can help you launch you blog site become a profitable endeavor.In just one year’s time, tens of thousands of people have joined the Empower Network and many of them are making big money. The beauty of this program is you get out of it what you put into it. You can start out doing as little as a few hours a week and then ramp up to full hours as you watch you income rise!

Alex April 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – YOU ARE OFFICIALLY THE STUPIDEST PERSON TO EVER VISIT THIS SITE CHRISTINE. WELL DONE – DOUCHEBAG

Greg April 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

You’ve got balls Alex, I’ll give you that much. Like anything, there are pros and cons to every business opportunity be it a make money online tactic, program or membership, an mlm program or a hybrid model such as EN.

I’m not in EN, but I have EN people advertise on my website and have a very good understanding of a range of MLM opportunities through my site and being involved in the industry. I actually think EN has some pretty good attributes (for the basic monthly membership fee, you get access to some pretty solid training. IF you fall into a descent “team” you have an upline with knowledge to help and the idea of being able to build a blog from within a high authority domain has merit – though I prefer a stand-alone site myself – but it’s still got merit in terms of easier ranking for keywords by leveraging off the power of the EN domain). There are other benefits, but those are 3.

I have three friends who are in it, one only for a couple months who’s up to $250 per month residual. I would bet my house that she is making more that 99% of people that are are trying to make money online or are in a “normal” mlm company. I don’t like the sales tactics (sales pages, videos, “make money in your jeans” wank) of EN at all, but it clearly gets people onboard which is the point of any sales and marketing tactic…

Whether or not those people that join do anything with the business and actually make money really isn’t in ENs control… I am a shareholder in a health an fitness franchise, and we have franchisees pay 10s of thousands of dollars and not put in the work required to make it work. How is it that Franchisee A can make a killing and Franchisee B makes nothing? The model is the same, the opportunity is the same… the difference is people.

Not 100% sure what your intention was with this post. Obviously many people agree with what you have said, but if you peel back your emotions towards EN, what EN basically gives people is a low cost blog with some training and then IF people decide to pay an extra fee per month, they can recruit people and make some money in doing so.

I agree 100% with your sentiments about promoting all the massive income stories, but they also clearly disclose what active people in EN make on those same sales pages: empowernetwork.com/income.php No surprises to see a shit load of people not making money and a few people at the top making a killing… that’s business. That’s life.

Thanks for the post. Was great reading. I enjoyed your courage and look forward to more responses – one of the few blog posts worth ticking the “subscribe to comments” box!

VKool April 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Empower Network is generally a great offer for anyone trying to make some quick $ online. It offers 100% commission after you bought all of its products. I haven’t seen the authors of empower network actually show any proof of incomes or any such thing like that. I don’t know why people just believe in these products going to make them rich. The founder of this network actually had good ideas on creating a blogging platform, but sadly enough, I haven’t seen any true value from this network besides the blogging platform :(

Alex April 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

their blogging platform is a joke – any SEO value you try and give yourself just ends up with David Wood – and likewise, you get NO value from the pagerank his blog holds.
As for 100% commissions, that is true for every SECOND sale – last I calculated that equals 50% ;)

Marc Bell May 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Hey Alex!

I applaud you for going against the grain and really expressing how you feel about the EN. I do believe many newcomers are taken advantage of by the people who use EN.

My question is, if new comers are signing up new comers, who is helping who? The blind can’t lead the blind, ya know?

The crazy thing is that earning an income online is fairly simple. But people get the bright, shiny, and “Hey come look how you can make 50k a month after you spend $500+ on a system that you have no clue of how it works syndrome!

I can respect anyone who stands for something and doesn’t fall for anything.

But Alex, I can only imagine what you are going to write about Pure Leverage LOL!

I enjoyed reading!

Marc Bell

Alex May 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Usually I blockquote a good line from a comment but you have so many in there it would just look like a duplicate comment ;)

Thanks Marc – really appreciate your thoughts and definitely glad you stopped by

Alex May 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Pure leverage? Oh god – it’s reproducing???!
LOL, glad you enjoyed the post Marc – appreciate the comment :)

Jupiter Jim May 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Alex,

Love the article. In order to make your point clear, you should write it like this: “Who’d happily fleece you for every penny you had, robbing you of your dignity and self-worth in the process just so they could make an extra buck?” ANSWER: “David Wood” (also include hyphen in self-worth. Then feel free to delete this part of my comment)

The way it’s written, it looks like it a quote from David Wood, which is not the message you are trying to convey. I must say that I love your heartfelt rant. Glad you didn’t hold anything back.

Please don’t lump all MLM companies in with the likes of the Empower Network. I purchase three separate, unique, outstanding products every month from three different MLM companies. These products are NOT available anywhere else and I DO NOT SELL these products. I am not a distributor. I am thankful to these companies and to their distributors for taking the time and effort to get the message and the products to me. Just sayin’ .

Love your blog which is why I still have it listed on my List of Top 20 blog!

Have a great day!!!

Love it!

~ Jupiter Jim

Alex May 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

haha – good point Jim, maybe it does sound like a quote from David Wood … but I am sure that by the time anyone finishes reading the post they’ll realise I would never quote that Douchebag! LOL
Thanks for the kudos mate – and I’ll definitely keep your point about MLM in mind when I write the update to this post (which is coming soon)

Michael May 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Alex Whalley! You are too funny and honest mate! What a write up and spot on! I am not going to post my website here as I don’t want a back link. I am posting to just give you the recognition you deserve for telling the truth about all these (C U Next Tuesday’s!) (That’s an anagram of a very rude word! So sorry for the offence!) that go around f***ing peoples lives with S*** promises. What irritates me even further is it’s all the well known ‘Make Money In my Sleep’ GURUS that promote this s**t! Yes and its true they make money in their sleep because some poor unsuspecting bastard has paid for them to! Anything with or associated with or ending in the name Filsaime gets binned, blocked and generally spat on from a great height! Keep up the good work Alex! Going to follow you even more closely now. I left a comment on Ana’s site about the reverse engineering seo article you did that was cool and that company is on my doorstep in Essex! So stop stealing my clients you smooth talking bar steward! (Sorry another rude word back there!)

Alex May 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

LOL! mate – now there is a comment equal to the post ;)
love your play on words – ALL OF THEM.. and for the record I am not a bar steward, I am a socialmediabar-stud. We are talking EN after all ;)

Respect mate – now PM me your URL so I can return the love

Michael May 16, 2013 at 3:51 AM

Hey Alex,

Thanks mate! Glad you liked it because like I said I like your point of view on it! A socialmediabar-stud! Hahahaha! Man you gotta stop making up this sh** perhaps you should start a weekly ‘whalley rant’ exposing all those socialmediabar-studs and guru’s! Second thoughts forget that there isn’t time to out all those snakes in one life time!

Thanks for wanting to hook me up with a link but I am working on something new that I would like your input on so back links to existing sites are on a bit of a back burner at the mo. But much appreciated.

Is your Rankonomics site up and working as my start up my be a good fit for this service? Not sure though all of what the Rankonomics site entails and how involved you personally are in it.

I will use the contact us form on this page to get in touch. Is this the best way of contacting you directly?

Lastly and I apologise to you and you readers if this seems like it’s turning into a bromance with us. The link you sent with this video was absolutely hands down one of the best I have ever seen and I have watched a lot! Mate I kid you not I must have watched it everyday since and took notes and I am centering my new venture mentioned above USP around this! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome video!

I have to re-post the link in case anyone missed it:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qp0HIF3SfI4

Hope you don’t mind. Look out for my email if you can please mate and thanks for your kind words over on Ana’s blog.

Alex May 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I am with you on the video Michael, I must have watched it a thousand more times. In fact I have just finished putting together a marketing strategy plan/SEO proposal for a potentially HUGE job and the entire philosophy was centred around what I learnt in that video. Gold!

The Rankonomics site is a joint venture between me and a good friend but at the moment it is kinda sitting on the backburner as we are both insanely busy with work. Ironic that we set that site up to help generate leads and we have no time to work on it because we are getting too many leads.. what the? (not complaining though)

The contact form is the best place, or alternatively – I will email you with my gmail details and then you can simply reply :)

I will look out for your email all the same, although at this point I still have not seen one … keep me posted

Thanks for the awesome comment and feedback Michael. Legend! (awww, the bromance blossoms)

Michael May 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Thanks Alex,

Sending you a contact request now via contact form.

Robert Connor August 9, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Hi Alex,
Nice post and you are right seems like everyone on Empower Network lived on the street first!. Have a great day on purpose…

Robert Andrews August 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Do you feel like this about all networking and affiliate marketing opportunities or just Empower Network. I can definitely empathize with your sentiment but like any advertisement or testimonials, I would imagine most people nowadays would have sense enough to know that your money making potential is based on your skill and your work ethic. No matter how good an opportunity you have, a talented few are going to be better than the vast majority. I’ve been in Empower Network for eight months and haven’t made a dime. However, I love blogging. That’s what it should be all about. Doing what you love and the money will eventually come.

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