Product Name: Secret Success Machine
Product Owner: Unknown
Price: $697, $2,197, $3,697, $6,697, $12,197 or $20,197
What is it?
An MLM site (even though it claims not to be) with very expensive products and a strong focus on recruiting others.
Secret Success Machine promotes a fantastic lifestyle and level of income that it simply cannot deliver. Instead, the site offers highly expensive training and an emphasis on getting other people to buy the same training (costing up to $20,000). The site doesn’t even acknowledge how challenging it can be and most users would lose the money they put into it.
Before You Buy This Product!
Be very careful with this site. You have no real idea what you get for your money until you pay it, and it is a lot of money to put down.
My Issues With Secret Success Machine
The idea of an amazing secret to success sounds more like a fairy tale than anything you could practically buy. In reality, there are so many different ways to be successful, with different approaches working for different people. No single product or approach could ever encompass that.
The Secret Success Machine doesn’t really try to either. Instead it is promoting a system that can apparently make its members up to $41,000 in a month.
That outcome is extremely unlikely. Realistically, the claim is just a way of playing on everyone’s want for easy money. This is no better than junk mail that claims “You're a winner!”, even though we all know that you really aren't.
So, what is it?
First of all, Secret Success Machine is a ‘training’ site. The site offers tiers of products that are supposed to teach you how to make money. The first major red flag about this is that there is barely any emphasis on the products.
When a company sells a good product, they’re proud of it and they emphasize it. That’s not the case here. Instead, most of the video and the written copy is rhetoric about making money easily and the ‘fantastic’ outcomes of the approaches.
Yet the marketing really gives users no indication about what they are actually buying and most of the marketing is based on emotion. This is never a good sign – and it’s an indication of manipulation.
A key part of Secret Success Machine is recruiting other people. Theoretically, you earn money directly from these people and the products that they purchase and that the people they recruit purchase.
As is often the case with this type of company, the compensation plan is complicated and many users would struggle to understand it the first time around.
It often seems that the approach is complicated on purpose, so that people don’t really know how the system works or how expensive it can be before you even see any money.
Secret Success Machine claims that its approach isn’t MLM and doesn’t involve you pestering people that you know to get sales. Once or twice, the site uses the term franchise instead, but mostly, the site completely avoids saying how it isn’t a MLM (even though it really is)
Franchises are businesses in their own right. If you were to buy a franchise, you would be selling the company’s products to customers directly. This model is very common in physical businesses, but relatively unusual online.
With a franchise, you tend to be promoting products that already have a reputation and a demand. That’s why people sometimes choose a franchise rather than starting their own brand-new company.
This can be the case with some MLMs (such as Avon), but it often isn’t. In this case, Secret Success Machine barely focuses on its products at all, and there certainly isn’t much in the way of demand for them.
One of the key differences between a MLM and a franchise is that in a franchise you aren’t trying to get other people to join – and you certainly don’t get rewarded for getting people to join the franchise. If you buy a McDonald's franchise, your job is to run the McDonald's and sell hamburgers, NOT recruit other franchise owners.
This difference makes it pretty clear that Secret Success Machine isn’t a franchise at all because it has such a strong emphasis on recruitment. Your job with this product is to bring other members into the system so that they can in turn, bring other members into the system.
In fact, Secret Success Machine falls squarely within the bounds of a MLM and just a glance at the structure of its compensation plan from above makes that pretty clear. You can compare it to other MLM reviews I've done in the past.
When it comes to making money, MLMs are a rarely ever effective. They have a large focus on recruitment and tend to ignore just how challenging it is to actually recruit people into the program. Yes, this type of business can make millionaires, but the ratio of success to failure is astronomical, and they always downplay this fact.
For Secret Success Machine, the prices start high and go even higher. The lowest price package on offer costs $500, plus an admin fee of $197 (which is needlessly high). The packages just go up in cost from there, with the most expensive costing $20,000 (plus the $197 admin fee).
For most people wanting to make money online, those are insanely expensive prices. I offer training at $47/month with a free trial, and even then I get complaints about how people can't afford it.
To make matters worse, there is very little indication of what the products even offer!
For example, the Bronze Package is promoted as a ‘complete business in a box’, but there's little information about what this actually gets us. It suggests that you get a website, pre-written marketing letters, an eight video course, some audio lessons and possibly some other things.
Without looking inside, how are we to know if this is a scam or not? Just pay money and find out? I don't think so!
More Money Out of Pocket
Did you realize that you only get credit for selling packages that you own? For example, if you only bought the Bronze package, but you sell a Total Elite Package – you make $0!
It's hard to predict who will buy what, and prepare for what every potential lead will buy. This is why emphasis is placed on buying as much as possible right from the beginning. Their angle is that they want you to get credit for all sales, but realistically , most people who buy those packages won’t go on to actually make any sales, and it just means you're $20k into the red.
Poor Site Quality
The quality of the website offers a major indication of how much work the company put into its product and whether the product is actually worth the time involved. In the case of Secret Success Machine, it’s pretty clear that the quality is low.
The video is one example of this, as it is low quality and it looks like it is nothing more than someone speaking to a PowerPoint presentation with a few testimonials thrown in. In fact, it’s not even a very well designed PowerPoint:
Despite the header to the site, Secret Success Machine didn’t actually come out this year. The video has a different header, indicating that it was made last year.
If you were going to pay upwards of $100 for anything online – it should be from a site that is high quality, which looks and sounds legitimate. That’s particularly true if you plan on spending the kind of money that Secret Success Machine is asking for.
This website expects you to pay THOUSANDS of dollars for a mystery product, bought from a website that looks like it was designed 10 years ago. No thanks!
Challenges of Actually Making Money
With Secret Success Machine, the lowest price product package is the Bronze Package, at $500 (plus $197), with costs just going up from there.
Secret Success Machine emphasizes just how much money you can earn by promoting these packages, but completely ignores the challenges involved in actually making a sale.
Selling big ticket items is always a challenge, especially online. You have to get people to trust that what you are promoting is actually worth the money and you have to convince them to part with that money.
That process is made even more difficult by the fact that you are promoting this company, based on what I've mentioned in this review so far. All of these complaints I've mentioned? Other people will notice too.
Additionally, the 1-UP Qualifier of the site means that you don’t even earn money for the first person you get to buy anything (that money goes to the person who recruited you). So, you have to make two big ticket sales to make any money at all.
Math: The $197 admin fee means that you won't be profitable even after two sales.
That brings me back to one very important question: How in the world could you consider this system to be any type of ‘secret to success’?
The site is nothing more than a gimmick to get you to promote its overpriced products. They make money regardless of whether you are successful or not, so don’t expect much help from them.
Just breaking even with Secret Success Machine would be highly challenging, which is a far cry from the easy system that the site promoted. If you were to join you would probably never see any profit.
If you plan to make money online at all, the very first thing to do is to make wise decisions and investments. Spending $500 or more on a product that you know very little about simply isn’t a good decision and it is a highly risky approach.
There are better ways of learning what you need to know to be successful online – ones that don’t involve such a high level of risk.
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They charge $47/month for training and support, which is a far cry from $20,000.
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