I received a phone call today from JDE Network asking if I wanted to make money from home. Sure, why not. I wasn't sure what I was going to post today anyway.
Very quickly I was unpleasantly surprised to find out that these guys are associated with Empower Network. To save you the time of reading that whole article, basically, this is a pyramid scheme disguised as a blogging network.
I was informed by their representative that I could make $1000 to $2000 per week working just three hours. Wow. That sounds sweet. Why am I working so much?
But once the details started rolling, in, it was clear that no one over at JDE Network knew what the hell they were selling.
First off, I was told a straight up lie, that they've been around for 15 years. Well, searching for JDE group turns up zero results. Apparently, the company doesn't exist. Also, EN has only been around since 2011.
I was then informed that Empower has been featured on CNN, Fox News, and other “legit” sources. This is also a lie. I could find no records of being mentioned by CNN at all, and a search for Fox News turned up this hilariously accurate account from a real reporter (not just a blogger like me).
After their “qualification rep” couldn't handle any more of my questions, I was transferred to a more confident, more forcefully spoken supervisor.
I was told to Google four words: Gray Googlers Strike Gold.
I was then taken to USA today to read an article about a man that makes money blogging and putting Google Adsense on his blog
This is a totally legit way to make money on the internet, but there are numerous problems you need to understand.
One, is that this article is from 2007. There have been many changes to the internet since then, so although it's still possible to make money in this way, linking me to an article from 7 years ago is kind of lame. This is a minor complaint, but worth mentioning.
The biggest issue you need to know about is that the way this guy is making money is not possible with EN.
When you sign up for Empower Network, you are give a “free blog”. This blog, instead of being “website.com”, looks like “yourwebsite.empowernetwork.com“. This is called a subdomain.
Google Adsense, the ads that are making the guy from the USA Today article, are not allowed on subdomains (with a few exceptions). So you can't actually make money in the same way as him.
There are also restrictions on what types of ads you can actually do on your “free blog” provided by this company, and the training inside the members area is certainly not enough to actually teach you what you need to know. Their training is very much designed to turn you into a reseller of their blogging platform.
The guys who called me have no idea what they are selling. They probably don't even have their own websites. They are telemarketers sitting in a call center reading off of a script, just trying to make a sale.
Have you been called by these guys or a similar company? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.