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Empower Network Review from a Former Member

empower-network-reviewsI wanted to talk to you today about a company called Empower Network, which you may or may not be familiar with.  The Empower Network Review will give you a detailed glimpse of whether it is worth purchasing their products or if their is an Empower Network Scam.

My blog has been taking a shift towards exposing my audience to the good and bad of the internet marketing and/or network marketing industry.   Sadly I bought into the hype from notorious bloggers and MLM companies and got a little lost over the past few years.

Done properly you can avoid the NFLB Club (No Friends Left Behind), but often times the MLM industry can destroy financial futures, and relationships if you don’t keep boundaries on the difference between a friend and a “Prospect”.

I used to be in Empower Network, and there is also a reason that I am now out of the Empower Network.  I will get to that later, but I wanted to open with the fact that I’m tired of the hype that companies promote.  I’ve had enough,  and want to help enlighten people to black and white numbers on the cold reality of what really happens in the “make money online” industry.  It starts right here, right now…

Empower Network Review – Empower Network in the Beginning

When I started with Empower Network it was literally brand new, as was I as a marketer, no one had heard of it, and I saw someempower-network-digital-products opportunity there.  What I saw early on is a way for the brand new marketer to get started blogging with no experience, and that seemed pretty cool to me.  They had 4 products at launch I believe, the $25 Blog, The “Inner Circle” for $100 a month, and the Costa Rica Intensive training for $500 one time.  It may have been there at launch, but not shortly after they added the 15K Formula for $1000 one time.

A lot has changed for Empower Network and for myself personally since then, and I want to share my insight with you in this Empower Network review.  I’m sorry to say that I got caught in the whole MLM/Internet Marketing dream and I too believed that I could benefit from the Empower Network opportunity when I initially joined.

I still believe in building an internet business, and being successful with some direct selling opportunities, but I’ve learned a lot in the past few years that have my eyes wide open to scams online.   I’ve lost some friends, some serious income over the years chasing “the dream”, but there is a lesson to be learned from all of this and I’d like to share it with you.

I will explain why I can’t recommend Empower Network, and why I believe they are seriously hurting individuals and the training industry as a whole.    First though,  I want to talk to you about what’s good in Empower Network.

So What’s Good about the Empower Network? Anything?

empower network scamNot much actually if we’re going to talk about true “value”.  On the $25 package all you’re really going to get for training are some 2-3 hour audio rants from Dave and Dave, and some top EN Leaders about how to build the Empower Network, not a real business so to speak.  It’s complete fluff, and no value to that mess unless you have all day to listen to useless, rambling audios much to do about nothing.  Maybe the only benefit to being part of this, depending on your viewpoint, is that Dave & Dave really are amazing marketers and I respect what they have accomplished (financially, and with a massive presence) in their past.   They do teach you to blog every day and their message actually helped me early on to be more consistent.

The culture there is almost cult-like and in a weird way, maybe they are giving people “Hope” (albeit a dangerous pipe dream of the reality of what they are involved in.)  Make no mistake, these guys love themselves and their “kind” don’t think twice about taking money from people that don’t have it to lose.

What is the Empower Network Business Model?  Teach Marketing or Spam Empower Network?

Ask yourself, have you ever seen a business model to where two people get together and say “Let’s build a business that sells overpriced training, a self-replicated blog that our clients don’t own, (EN Does)  teach other people how to spam the internet & sell these “mystical, weird training tips” to other people, and charge a $19.95 “Merchant Fee” to further line our pockets.  Cool dude…that’s a great idea!”

So even the $25 blog is in actuality $45 (First Red Flag) because you have to pay for the $19.95 merchant fee to be part of Empower Network.    To Compare it’s value let me give you 3 better options than blogging on Empower Network:

  1. Pure Leverage gives you your own blog like Empower Network as a sub-domain, and a lot of nice marketing tools for $24.95 a month with less spamming going on from new marketers.  The problem here though, is like Empower Network, it’s not really your brand.  You can be de-indexed from Google as a result of other members spammy marketing.
  2. Bluehost, which I think is the best hosting service out there, gives you hosting on your own domain for $6 a month.  I have a free training course, and so do many other marketers, that teach you exactly how to build your own blog, get traffic etc.
  3. Wealthy Affiliate has a completely free Blogging Boot Camp course and a free blog similar to Empower Network and Purebest-internet-marketing-training Leverage.  They also have a premium membership for $47, that is a great value that includes hosting, but more importantly, a community of other affiliate marketers/bloggers that are available 24/7 to help you when you have problems.  They too have an affiliate program, though it will never be as lucrative as EN, you can sleep well at night telling people about it as it is pure value.

Empower Network Blog Platform – Who Owns the Blog?  Banned on Facebook and Youtube?

empower network banned on facebookEmpower Network will tell you that you are blogging on an authority blog with an Alexa rating near 300, and that is true to an extent.   What they won’t tell you is their domain is banned from Facebook and Youtube!!

Let me repeat, Empower Network links are banned from Facebook and Youtube!  (2nd Red Flag)

Empower Network being banned on the two largest Social Networks on the planet should be a red flag to you.  A huge one but if that’s not enough…

Empower Network Deindexed On Google?

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I had heard this happened, but I had to find out for myself.  Google “Empower Network” (3rd Red Flag…Pattern Forming) and you

will see that the Empowernetwork.com site is nowhere to be found.  So all that hard work people put in blogging everyday to get rankings, black hat back links and other spammy SEO techniques they’ve used…It seems to be all for naught.

Introducing ENV2 or Empower Network version 2.   Empower Network changed blogging platforms to avoid the dreaded Google slap, but it’s kind of like a fly in a frogs mouth…is this the beginning of the end?  Here’s a complete review of Empower Network Version 2 which agrees with my findings as well.

Empower Network Review – 100% Commissions or 50%?

The Empower Network NEVER had 100% commissions (4th Flag…You’re Getting the Point by Now) and at first I thought it was kind of a cute play on words.  The statement empower-network-100-commissions100% commissions alone is factually 100% inaccurate.  It’s actually eeny, meeny, miney, moe.  You get commissions on the first sale, whoever has the qualifying product gets the next one and so on.  If the EN members built the authority of the Empower Network blog, guess who is number benefits the most from branding the domain Empower Network?  I can’t confirm this, but I’m pretty sure the founders are getting their fair share of sales direct hits and pass ups from the downline.

If your radar isn’t up yet, it should be.   In fairness, there are some decent training programs as you move up into the more expensive products, but again the value just isn’t there for what they charge.  The $1000 15K Formula, is their best product, and also their $3500 product, called the Masters Retreat is supposedly pretty decent. (I admit I haven’t seen it, but from other reviews from people that have it say it is way overpriced for what is actually delivered)

What is in the Empower Network “Inner Circle” $100/month product and is it worth buying?

2 Words…Ummm…NO!!  I did buy the $100, the Inner Circle membership as it’s called and it is absolutely worthless as well.  Here again it is merely some of the top producers talking about how much money they are making, everyone else that isn’t is a wussy, and network marketing tiny, weenie checks are for losers.  They are 1 to 3 hours long,  but there is not a whole lot of content in there as far as lessons and learning go.  Zero value whatsoever for this.  Zero…

Is the Empower Network Costa Rica Intensive Training Worth $500?

Again…NO Way!  This training is really, really lame, and dated as can be.   So if you’re following me so far, people have to pay $1000 or $3500 to get any decent content from Empower Network.  This is precisely why I have a problem with these guys.

Is the 15K Formula or Masters Retreat Worth $1000 and $3500 Respectively?

Ok, here is a reality check for us all.  Nothing in life is free.  Investing in yourself and personal development is always a good idea.  It takes time and some money too if you expect to become successful online.   You NEED to find good training to make money online I agree.  However, the problem is who can you trust to help you with the right information that you can apply in your business?  I’m not here telling you it’s me, but there is certainly a better way to spend your money on training.

Empower Networks’s training programs are extremely overpriced in my opinion, lack much value in actually teaching you “life beyond building and Empower Network business.”

The Lesson Here is Build YOUR BRAND and Sell Highly Marketable Products, Not theirs…

Empower Network and  the Parallels of Self-Absorption?

empower network review, david woodEver spent much time around someone with NPD?  Well I have…and there are some things that remind me of it going on here at EN.  Some things are better left unsaid, and I’m choosing to do that here.

If you’ve been watching this whole Empower Network thing evolve, I want you to look really closely at what’s happened over time.  Look at the leaders there and I’m not trying to single anyone out in particular, but to me at least, some of their leaders have gotten lost in their own persona since this thing started.   My viewpoint is not based on any individual with Empower Network as much as it is the culture that has developed there as time has gone on.  You either agree with them and their business model,  or you are ostracized as a non-believer or loser.

If someone feels comfortable taking $5K from people (that don’t have it to lose)  to go “All-In” or they are a “Wussy”, not serious, a weenie, etc then you maybe you should start connecting the dots to the real underlying problem with Empower Network.  

The training either has value or it doesn’t.  The return policy should protect you as a consumer, but the reality is there is a consistent pattern of Empower Network Complaints with the same consistent message.    Empathetic Much? Morally Sound?

The end always justifies the means.

The old saying goes “Fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me.”  Though it’s true that a sucker is born everyday, and will buy into the Empower Network hype (David Wood proudly boasts that Hype sells better than sales techniques), it still doesn’t make it right to take advantage of people with masterful NLP language that appeals to their vulnerability.  These guys aren’t stupid.  No doubt about it.  There is a science to “mystically and magically” getting people to buy from you. :)

Empower Network Review – Income Disclosure & Income Claims

The income claims they boast of from the mountain tops don’t hold water in reality. (I got flags all over the place)  One thing that I can prove in the fallacy of their program is the reality of real incomes being made versus what is being hyped by the top leaders.  The facts are clear based on Empower Network’s own income disclosure statement that is a problem with what is being “sold” as truth to the dire reality of what is happening to the victims of the Empower Network scam.

If you look at the income disclosure statement you will see that 95% of all the reps in Empower Network make an average of less than $316 per month, and 83% make less than $126 per month (Remember they have paid more than this usually)!  Less than 2% make more than $28K a year, and that number is highly highly skewed by a high of $1,379,241 monthly (wonder who that is?).  Is this Financial Freedom?  Ugh…is this starting to make sense?

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My Biggest Issue with Empower Network and Other Online Scams

The most glaring, tangible problem you can put your finger on here is that Empower Network is teaching you to build Empower Network in cult-like atmosphere.  The affiliates there live in a bubble.  I know this post may bring controversy, and I really don’t care.  The leaders don’t teach affiliate marketing, SEO, design, value-based marketing, or anything that would work outside of promoting Empower Network.  While it’s true you have to be consistent to build a business online with value-added content, when someone lands on an Empower Network blog, you just lost all credibility.  That’s just my opinion.

empower-network-commission-pyramid-explanationIf you have to spend over $5000 to get all of the lessons and be all-in, and you have a 95% chance of making $316 or less per month with a program banned from Youtube and Facebook (They don’t do this for no valid reason), would you take those odds in Vegas?  

Empower Network uses one of the oldest tricks in the MLM book based on sheer hype.  They pick a couple of people, “Joe” or “Suzie” who were broke, rode a bicycle 50 miles in the snow to work, with one shoe,  had nothing, and now they are making $40K a month.  Thousands upon thousands of people cling to the sheer blind luck chance that those success stories could be them.   It’s really sad to see, and what’s even sadder is the victims hiding in the shadows of those same “successful” people placed on the hype pedestal.

Empower Network Review – Final Conclusion

build your own brandWhile some of you may agree with my Empower Network Review, I realize that some of you won’t.  This is merely my opinion, and my goal in the future is to try to help people make good decisions on joining legitimate companies, starting their own business or purchasing products that won’t cause them financial harm.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life in the past that I’m not proud of.  A lot of the financial ones have been centered around making money online when my personal situation changed a few years ago.  I fell prey to the hype too, joined programs that were more hype than substance, and lost some life long friendships focusing on my own agenda.  I’m committed to helping people avoid the same mistakes I made,  while staying in balance in their personal and professional lives.

People’s lives can be ruined left in the wrong hands of someone that only has personal gain in mind for their future.  There is a way to make a legitimate income online.  It’s just not going to be with Empower Network in my opinion.  I ran across a company wealthy affiliate vs empower networkrecently and fell in love with these guys.  Whether you want to take a look on my behalf or not is up to you, but I encourage you to check out their free boot camp training either way.  No credit card needed for a full access trial.  It’s the best value, by far, I’ve ever seen for someone looking to make money online.

I encourage you to build your own brand online with a legitimate company or affiliate programs, or market your own products/services.  Get some reasonable training from a support group that can help you along your journey.   Making a living online is hard work, and takes a lot of effort.  If you’re willing to learn, and put in that effort, I have no doubt whatsoever that you can make it.

Please leave your comments down below whether it be a success story or your own personal dealings with Empower Network.

Wishing you nothing but the best!


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About Dean Ethridge

I am a small business marketing consultant and local SEO services expert. I teach small business marketing tips, video marketing, search engine optimization tips and much more on multiple websites and on Youtube. Married, 6 Children...Busy! :)

  • http://moringabucks.com Chip Buck

    I’m beginning to get the same sense about MLSP….ugh….. thanks for your thorough insight, brother!

    • http://www.deanethridge.com Dean Ethridge

      Hey Chip and I agree totally. I’ve watched the same pattern develop over the years that build up trainers (their core of groupies if you will) and have them do webinars and sell product over and over. It’s getting tired brother. Thanks for the comment. I put a link about Zija to http://www.moringabucks.com just a couple of days ago on here :) I need to interview you for Zija and post a review here. Let’s do it on video soon. Thanks buddy

    • http://www.deanethridge.com Dean Ethridge

      One more thing Chip. If you want to plug people into the best training available today, as well as a way to get a lot more traffic by being part of a group, then go check out WealthyAffiliate.com It blew me away and that’s saying something. Unbelievable what all is in there for everyone including advanced marketers. You’ll be impressed I think but see what is possible for a new person to learn

  • http://mlmmastermindonline.com/ Bill Garner


    Great article my friend. I’ve always been skeptical of Empower Network. My biggest concern is that EN teaches that anyone can blog. That’s just not true! You should read what people write on these blogs. As a 20 year educator, it’s sad to see what people write and display. Compelling research shows that a reader dismisses any piece of writing that contains three or more grammatical errors. Empower Network is attracting a lot of bloggers who sadly don’t have the writing skills to pull it off. In my opinion, EN doesn’t duplicate well. It takes years to teach someone how to write effectively. I would rather spend my time focusing on a business that duplicates more easily. Obviously not everyone succeeds in the home-based business arena because the world is full of people who have a microwave mentality. But this industry does work, and there are a lot of great companies. As professional network marketers, we have to do whatever we can to convey a culture of trust and transparency.

    Love what you are doing with this blog. Let’s catch up soon.

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    • http://www.deanethridge.com Dean Ethridge

      Thank you Bill and I agree with you on all your points. EN is setting people up for colossal failure and stealing their money in the process. Not everyone has it, and it’s not as simple as a 3 step system as they like to talk about. I’m really going to try to make a difference on here, and help people in general build solid foundations for their business or help them choose wisely when starting one. Thanks for stopping by brother!

  • Darren

    If empower network is a scam, doesn’t work, has useless products and people are making no money, how come it has helped thousands(yep thousands ) of people earn thousands of dollars per month. It’s documented and verified btw. There are more success stories coming out of this company every month than anything in the history of online marketing.

    One other thing…I appreciate that you did stress that this was your opinion of EN, but I’m a bit curious as to why you bash a company that you are still an active affiliate with!

    It looks as though you started with EN during their beginnings(ground floor), couldn’t make it work for whatever reason and decided that since you failed with it, you decided to use the old tired”it’s a scam” routine. I wonder, will you do the same for this other company you are praising now if it doesn’t make you money?

    It’s a common thing with those who are not really doing as well as they want everyone to think, they write blog posts that trash other marketers trying to look like the “hero”

    Here’s a tip for newbies out there who want the real truth of online marketing.
    A real successful professional internet marketer who has your best intentions in mind, never will talk ill about other marketers in a public type forum, published blog, whatever. Pro’s never do that.
    Amateur, angry failures do this type of trash talking and ALWAYS will try to point you in the direction of what their true intentions are. They want you to buy from them. 😉

    Being a hypocrite is not cool….not at all.

    • http://www.deanethridge.com Dean Ethridge

      Darren, First and foremost EN is a complete rip off and they brainwash people like you to buy all their products hoping to cash in from other gullible people to buy them. It’s a sad endless cycle and it’s rampant in the entire internet marketing space.

      I’d really like to challenge you to see how much you’re really making online selling real products or if you’ve ever been a true entrepreneur at anything other than taking advantage of people online. I sell real products and services in the real world and though it’s true I WAS an affiliate for Empower Network, I learned quickly what a joke their blogging platform is.

      The whole premise of the company isn’t allowed on Facebook or Youtube, and has been delisted from Google. Help me understand that oh ye of infinite internet marketing wisdom. Your blog by the way has an Alexa of 4.4 Million and you have 232 subscribers on Youtube. I have multiple pages and sites that generate sales everyday and dealers for, again, competitive goods and services in the technology space.

      They are priced BELOW the marketplace in general, and my entire goal is to help people with value added content. Your content, I’ve seen it, is based on hype and following other leaders of Empower Network and what they have taught you.

      Give some value to the marketplace, teach some true USABLE principles, show us your stats and how much traffic you’re getting instead of hyping inflated numbers. It’s ridiculous when people like you try to validate EN when you yourself haven’t built much of a presence online.

      I do appreciate the comment however, and it makes my point crystal clear for anyone that reads it. EN is not a valuable product offering, and the majority of people are losing money while paying a scant few over $300 a month. Is that financial freedom for over 98% of the affiliates?

      I think not. EN, just like most MLM companies, is a broken hyped up model based on breakage, and the absolute certainty that most have to lose money for a few to make it. It’s pathetic brother. Have a great week

  • http://nonerightnow Shirley Hoke

    Hello Dean,
    I did a search this evening for websites and blogs, because I’m having someone do a website for me and I’m looking for ideas.
    Your website for the Wealthy Affiliate came up; and I am so impressed with what I read on your website. It was so refreshing to find someone that is in the business and is not out to take advantage of someone just for the money.
    I was with Empower Network and I’m with MLSP now. I was also with Light Year and my cell phone is with Tempo Wireless.
    Would you please send me an e-mail to set up a time that we can talk.
    Shirley Hoke

    • http://www.deanethridge.com Dean Ethridge

      Shirley, I was weeding through my comments tonight of about 1000 spam comments and just noticed this. So sorry. Hope all is well and if you’d still like to talk let me know. Thanks so much!