Company Name: Bring the Bacon Home
Costs: $5 membership
What Is It
A site that tries to get people to pay for relatively crude advertising and offers some semblance of a MLM plan.
Bring the Bacon Home looks low quality and this is one case where appearances certainly do match reality. There really is nothing good that I can say about this company and it really isn’t worth the effort even visiting the site
Bring the Bacon Home is an incredibly odd MLM that hardly even deserves to be called a MLM. The site itself claims to be a marketing and advertising platform. This basically lets members promote their own businesses or post links to other businesses. Those links are promoted to ‘targeted visitors’ to the site.
The theory is that doing that will give you the ability to get extra traffic and the like. So, the service from the company is really only relevant to people who already have their own online business or those who are promoting other businesses.
With the company, you buy subscription packs, which cost $40 a piece.
However, the company doesn’t provide a lot of information about exactly what you can do with the credits that you get, or how many credits you need to actually advertise anything.
Actually, the site is vague about a lot of things, but it seems that the ads you pay for end up looking something like this:
Likewise, the FAQ for the site talks about some things that most potential members won’t know anything about. Like this:
It seems like the site is referring to subscriptions here, which seems to be the same as ad credits. Why the company swapped names and why they are being vague is unclear, but it isn’t a reassuring sign.
One of the key reasons for paying for ads anywhere is to get traffic. Specifically, you want to attract people who are interested in what you are promoting and are likely to make purchases. That isn’t going to happen advertising on a site like Bring the Bacon Home.
No matter how targeted the site thinks it is, in reality, most of the traffic going there is looking for ways to make money – not ways to spend it. So, you aren’t going to have a lot of luck with any ads you get up there, which begs the question, why bother?
Additionally, there is the whole concept of cycling.
The ads that are promoted on the site cycle over time. According to the FAQs, the speed of that cycling is based on sales, although the site isn’t specific on what that means in practice.
This means that you might pay to join, but have to wait a considerable amount of time before your ads are up. Even once they are, you have no way of knowing whether the process will be worth your time and effort.
I suspect the only reason that anyone bothers with the company is the MLM part of it.
Most of the time MLMs operate by allowing members to earn money through multiple tiers of people that they recruit. This approach means that members are constantly focused on recruiting people into the company as well as selling the product.
Bring the Bacon Home isn’t like that, which is why it’s kind of like a mini-MLM. Don’t get me wrong though – that doesn’t mean the company is any good, far from it.
In this case, you can earn money from two levels of referrals. That means you earn from the people you refer to the company, and the people that they refer. However, the referral bonuses aren’t particularly impressive.
These bonuses are certainly on the low end and they mean that you would have to get a lot of people into the company to see a decent profit.
Some people might sign up for the site because they are trying to buy traffic (which isn’t likely to work well), but others may sign up for the potential of earning money. There certainly is the potential to earn money by referring others. However, one challenge in actually doing so is the extra costs.
When you earn money with this particular company, your money is split into three wallets. These wallets have different purposes. The cash wallet is money you can actually withdraw. The purchase wallet on the other hand is used to ‘purchase new positions’ and the money cannot be taken out. Finally, the repurchase wallet is money that you use to buy more packs. Here’s the big catch:
So, even if you were only interested in trying to earn money from the company, you still have put a certain amount of your earnings towards buying the packs from them. That means that they keep making money, regardless of whether you are or not.
There are also a number of fees associated with using the company.
The fees make it much harder to earn money and it means that you cannot withdraw as much as you earn.
The Site Itself
By far, my biggest issue with the company is that it looks and feels like a joke. There is nothing professional about the site and the graphics just look like they slapped a whole lot of different images together and tried to make it stick.
I’m sure there are some good companies out there with horrible sites, but this is not something you want from a company you are supposed to be referring people to.
Realistically, the website alone will scare away most people that you try to refer, especially if they do know anything about websites and making money online. Combined with the low commissions and the ongoing costs, this suggests that the potential to make money is almost non-existent.
You also find that every so often an ad can completely screw up the site, like this (and that’s at normal zoom):
I don’t particularly like MLMs to start off with, but Bring the Bacon Home is one of the worst examples I have seen. It is barely a MLM and it is selling a service that isn’t even worth investing in. Even though being a paid member is inexpensive, this is one site that isn’t even worth a second glance.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing
This might be a bottom-rung example of a MLM, but in general MLMs are a poor approach to earning money. They come with a whole lot of criteria and conditions that severely limit what you can earn. They also make themselves seem like such wonderful opportunities, but you don’t actually need an ‘opportunity’ to make money.
Instead, in the modern online environment, you have the chance to find and define your own approach to earning money, one where you have all of the control.
That right there is what affiliate marketing is about. You can earn money online, but you are the one in the driver’s seat. Ultimately, that’s what you need if you want to be successful online. But, perhaps the best thing about affiliate marketing is that there is so much good training available that can help you through every step of the way, even if you have never heard of the concept before.
Whatever type of product you decide to promote, it's important to own your own website to grow your business.
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