Empower Network Review
Product Name: Empower Network
Product Owner: David Wood & David Sharpe
Advertised Price: $25/month
Upsells: $19.99/month, $100/month, $500, $1,000, $3500
Update 2019: Dave Sharp, one of the founders of Empower Network, is now running a new product called Legendary Marketer. From other reviews, it seems to be a more “legit” venture, with actual training, but the cost is pretty freakin' sky high, and based on his previous affiliation with this garbage product Empower Network, it's not something I recommend you invest your money in.
Oh yeah, remember when Dave charged you ten grand then shut down the company? Yeah. That's the same guy. Now you want to give him more money because he “went legit”? No way man.
Update 2017: Empower Network has shut down officially, and now the ex owner is asking people to join his new program. It took 4 years to come to fruition, but don't say I didn't warn you!
UPDATE 2015: Notice that all “Ex” Top 1% Empower Network have now jumped ship. This is very common in MLMs where people ride the wave of euphoria while everyone signs up, then exits the room before the thing collapses.
What is EN?
Make money by blogging on their network and referring other people to join Empower Network.
Blogging is just a facade for their MLM/network marketing/pyramid scheme, and this program should be avoided at all costs.
Before You Buy:
There is a lot of hype around Empower Network because they give “100% commissions”, and you “make money by blogging”. This is not the whole truth.
The truth is that you make 100% of only some of the commissions, and much of what you earn goes to your upline, ie the people that referred you. After joining, you are then strongly encouraged to ‘go all in', and ‘upgrade', which are buzzwords for ‘pay more money'. Remember, in order to make big commissions, you need to actually own the packages.
In typical MLM fashion you pay a minimum fee to enter, and they slowly reveal higher levels of membership that supposedly unlock bigger commissions.
Remember! that to make money with Empower Network, you must refer more people to Empower Network. You are essentially a door to door salesman selling an “amazing” product.
It is an unsustainable business model where eventually, there are more sellers than there are buyers.
I'm sure it's great to be at the top of the pyramid. Too bad there are so many sitting at the bottom.
What You Need To Know:
Not only is MLM one of the worst types of programs to make money with because of the extremely low success rate, they are tarnishing the reputation of real internet marketers like myself. Many of their members spam forums and social media networks trying to refer more members to their downline, so I see this EN crap posted all over the place. EN does not provide sufficient training to actually teach you how to promote your blog, drive organic traffic to it via search engines, or sell real products and services.
The #1 Goal of Empower Network Is To Get More People Into Empower Network
Even though their product is a ‘blogging platform', this is still a pyramid scheme at heart. Remember, you do not OWN the blog that you write for on Empower Network. EN owns it. They can block your access at any time, and have done it to many people (see video below). There are many free or cheap ways to start out online with a blog that you own 100% of.
The #1 thing you need to be looking for is training. Good training and a quality support community will help you get started online. The next thing you need to look at is sustainability. Will you still be doing this in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?
One more thing you need to know is that if you do not buy their upgrades for hundreds & thousands of dollars, you will never get those commissions from your downline. If you stay with the $25 monthly fee (plus monthly ewallet fee), you can only make that amount from your referrals.
If someone in your downline pays $500 for the Costa Rica Intensive or $3500 for The Master's Course, you make $0
Is This Program For You?
I get so many comments from people trying to “correct my mistakes” or “clear up confusion”. Whatever your opinion on MLM or EN is, you need to ask yourself, can I afford this? Remove yourself from all the amazing stories of rags to riches, and pictures of people holding big checks and bigger smiles.
Can you afford to risk $5000 or more on a business opportunity that's receiving so much criticism from legitimate online business owners? Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3 These are real people with real businesses, not just guys that blog about how cool EN is.
So, take a long, hard look at your wallet and think – would you take this money to Vegas? Would you give it to a friend to invest for you or would you put all of it down in the stock market today? Can you afford to hand it over to “viral blogging system” even though you are not 100% clear how it works?
Empower is still around, though it's unclear in what form. They ran a few promos with company names in the sales front but eventually led you to EN in the back end, but I don't see that so much any more. More recently, they launched their so-called “revolutionary” blogging platform Kalatu, but that hit the ground with a thud (as with their previous attempts outlined in that post).
So some folks are still promoting it, but the hype has clearly died off so I've renamed this post “Last Year's Hottest Scam”. I would just like to indulge a bit and take a moment to say “I told you so” to all the commenters below who spent hours and hours hating my opinion which turned out to be right.
It's become very clear from the comments that this review makes a lot of folks mad. Let's make a few things clear so I we can avoid some issues down the road.
- I don't like MLM and you cannot convince me to like it
- I review lots of products, not just EN
- I promote other, legitimate services on this blog
- It is not a secret that Wealthy Affiliate is my #1 rated product
- If you are rude, I will not approve your comments
What is One More Cup of Coffee about? Surprisingly, my goal in life is NOT to talk argue about my Empower Network review! I create websites about various topics like software, homebrewing, health & fitness, and traveling. Then I find companies to partner with, and promote their products on my blog. It's that simple. There is no secret system.
My online businesses are based on my own personal interests.
I do not have a degree in marketing or computer science. When I started, I couldn't even build a website. I learned everything I know from an online business training center that specializes in teaching newbies how to start their own online business. I'm still a member today, and continue to generate income from many other websites not related to ‘make money online', including websites about computer software, health & wellness, and others 🙂
What's up ladies and dudes! Great to finally meet you, and I hope you enjoyed this post. My name is Nathaniell and I'm the owner of One More Cup of Coffee. I started my first online business in 2010 promoting computer software and now I help newbies start their own businesses. Sign up for my #1 recommended training course and learn how to start your business for FREE!
I finally randomly come across Nathaniel’s blog! I agree its important to know the back story of some of the marketers out there even if some things they offer are of value now. Be wary!
It’s interesting to see how Empower Network was so hot in 2012 or whenever it launched, and now it’s completely caput. I left this post up so people can go through the past comments and see how *confident* they were it was legit, when it was so obviously a scam. Unfortunately, the creator of EN now has a new product and is repeating the cycle.
not going bother thinking so much into it but like I really did want help you guys out.. but you guys seems uninterested and just bitch about how empower network is bad.. thats true thats any MLM but guess some people are generally just lazy and expect free money… thats what it seems like, it seems like customers trying just scam the company… like I said only spent $25 on it cuz was curious how they made $ and yea… they taught me SEO and yea, I was just glad there was a legitimate way for it :), they didnt provide good support so I just left and canceled my subscription with support after I checked everything out, I didnt care what they said about me indirectly… but seriously if you doing what you like you shouldnt let it affect you so much… Im not scared of any company now, should you be? I mean just because they offer work/income opportunities doesnt mean I should be scared/threatened by them… Im thinking of rebranding the company and doing it my own way, hell I’ll show them how is really done :), Ill have my lawyers/sponsors ready support me legally & financially as well if needed :). I mean if they dont want correct their mistakes or make themselves better ill do it and just show them… I didnt like what they were selling so just learned programming myself in order to create value, Im sure with my programming skills I could easily take them down if needed as long as with my business management skills…. my university friends are involved in MLM though for health product and helped their parents pay for house in full already so it does help some people.. It seems like you have such bias on MLM and dont know why… please dont use the excuse that your “doing it for your subscribers”, I mean if you dont have your own reasons for fighting than is not worth it.. I just feel like your words are fake thats all… keep doubting me if you want, I just feel annoyed how you said those things about the company and generalizing everyone in it.. thats no different from racism really.. I know exactly what you meant, if you had different goals from the start you would of organized your post differently but doubting everyone in the empower network even ex-members really.. I have no plans of starting my own empower network site just yet that probably 1000+ years from now so you dont have worry so much about me yet :p. I mean your blog isnt bad just talks about making $ so much.. no promotion or other… I mean is so different between you and them… I read your complaints online marketing products though but will say this if you seriously know how market you wont give a damn about what other noob startups do really… since you can get their customers first anyway… I gave my reasons why your wrong but dont want to discuss it due to my business schedule I dont need tell you my whole life story but im sure everyone or you reading this will know/understand anyways… I dont care to much on fake reviews but when they bias and dont give others a chance than gets me very upset.. It seemed like you tried shame everyone even ex-members of empower network really.. I no empower network doesnt exist anymore but yea.. I dont get why people fight so much.. if you going fight that hard make sure your successful in it at least.. your still looking for ways make money though or writing about it.. if I were you I would try help my current customers further rather than expand for no real reason and maybe ignore your current subscibers needs if they need the extra help… I dont care if you steal traffic really because I know how to get it myself I guess… advertising a competing product just see it as spam if your saying the exact same thing word for word as everyone else is saying… thats bad for seo and bad example to your readers to begin with anyways.. the problems you have with internet marketing products I kind of sort of dont care for sorry.. I mainly just sell ingame items/services and make good money off it really well decent, it may not be much money but I like doing it for the most part, of course I have other plans to… I mean I usually wouldnt say that but people are so noisy nowadays… want to make money but dont respect your privacy or companies privacy at all.. makes me not even want start business online or make work opportunities available from my business… I mean all you would have do is write for me and you can maybe make $20-$60 per article but im paying every 4 months due to my hosting company paying me every 2 months for customer verification… I could make it shorter payment length but for now think best stick with reputable company even if they pay low or take their time paying you back… least they offer good support and let me focus on myself and what need to unlike companies like hostgator… anyways just thought would leave my input there, also search for ‘make six figures’
‘make money online’
on youtube youll see alot better results from there, some local methods as well as new online methods because not everyone wants to be an affiliate like you…. I mean I feel like your not giving your subscribers the very best is all… and shaming a person/company to much just looks bad on you… honestly I wouldnt care to much about it… if you let others affect you so much not really good, if you were successful you wouldnt care much what people do or how they think because you already have power change things using your own power but guess you have none and still have depend on companies for income?? I mean just annoyed how you still have make money topics on your page, I mean it should have resources/tutorials… figured at this point you would include other things in it like maybe more of your real life? encourage people want join you or something.. having a loyal fanbase would be good as well, not just customers/subscribers from your blog only… well hopefully you take my input into consideration… your probably marketing to desperate people though and I dont want deal with it to much… I mean those type of people want a quick/fast solution and I cant offer that not now or in the future… just dont want get involved with these type of people.. there beyond my help is all.. I wont respond to this comment though due to my busy schedule… good luck with everything, just your blog seems little boring to me is all… is no different from all the MLM reviews out there, well your posts I guess…
Empower Network is a Ponzi for sure
DA is also a Ponzi scheme…
It seems all the old promoters have jumped to the latest craze Bitcoin and especially the company USI Tech…
Even though a scheme makes money for the few it doesn’t mean it’s not a Scam. I was in EN and one of my Up line promotes 4 % Group, DA and now promotes the biggest Scam ever online USI Tech.
Love this post! I to was asked to join EN back in 2013 by a friend whos opinion I trusted. I tried it for about a week, the basic program, can not remember much other than it really sucked. At the same time I came across Wealthy Affiliate. I read a review about EN by one of the founders of Wealthy Affiliate. It wasn’t a trash review, it was his honest opinion. But my friend insisted that EN was the place to be. After one week of it I canceled my commitment with EN. I had been blogging for years already and selling stuff on other selling platforms. Having a degree in computer science, I wanted to learn more. EN DID NOT TEACH me anything. Yeah I know, one week, how could I know. Well first off, the word press site was a EN template that you could add and subtract widgets, but only ones they allowed you to have. That’s not how word press works just incase you didn’t know. In fact word press is free. However, you want to add the right plugins to get notice on Google….. Did I loose you, yep, that’s because at WA they TEACH you to build your own business, your own website, build your own life. Training for days. Help for days. And they are still in business. Will you get rich with WA, well that would depend on you. Get rich schemes are a lie. Most people are just too lazy to work hard for something, they want it easy, well nothing is easy, but it can be simple. You can spew hate about me not liking EN that’s fine a dandy. I love what I’m doing and what I have learned trough WA. And former EN members are always welcome!