It seems like they’ve lost a lot of momentum from 2012-2013, but in this Empower Network review I’m going to share my experiences with the product, the people in the network, and the company overall after spending $5,000+ going “all-in” to buy all of their products.
I am not an Empower Network affiliate. Nowhere on this page or any website that I own do I promote or recommend Empower Network. This is a 100% honest, non-sponsored review.
If you’re too busy to read the entire review below, here’s the Reader’s Digest condensed version: I can’t caution you enough against joining Empower Network. David Wood is one of the most incredible salespeople I’ve ever seen, but this system is designed in a way that highly experienced internet marketers and network marketers are making a KILLING off of significantly less experienced, well-intentioned prospects while setting them up for failure.
The training within Empower Network is a facade to make you THINK you can make money, but the real purpose of this system is helping immoral, cash-hungry experienced marketers exploit innocent people, getting them to charge up their credit cards and clean out their bank accounts just so they can gain a little more fame and fortune within Empower Network.
These are not biased, unfounded assumptions. Everything I speak of in this review is from my firsthand experiences. Want more details? Here’s the full review:
If you are an experienced internet marketer, whether it’s experience with SEO, PPC, managed placements, etc… you can make a great deal of money with Empower Network. Established MLMers and network marketing professionals have a huge advantage too, and can also make a massive amount of money.
If you’re experienced and have a network or email list already, Empower Network can be extremely lucrative. My problem with Empower Network has never been how viable the money-making system is if you know what you’re doing, it’s been the marketing angles David Wood, David Sharpe, and company take when selling the product.
If you’re reading this review, you’re probably pretty familiar with Empower Network’s products. I won’t spend a whole lot of time talking about this, but this is the flow of the Empower Network sales funnel:
Early Stages: Buy the $25/month Basic Membership to start changing your life today >> Thanks for buying the $25 product, now you should pay $20/month affiliate fee to qualify to promote EN to others and make some commissions >> Great job. Now you should sign up for the $100/month Inner Circle so that you can receive incredible training weekly and have access to all of these incredible lessons.
— once they feel you’re hooked —
Later Stages: Great job buying the $25/month Basic Membership, $20/month affiliate fee, and the $100/month Inner Circle membership. You’re doing everything correctly to change your life, but is that really going to change your life? Are you some kind of wussy that takes things one step at a time, or are you the man/husband/wife/
sucker (no offense, I was a “sucker” for them too) that will give us $500 for the Costa Rica Intensive, $1,000 for the $15k Formula, and $3,500 for the Master’s Retreat? This will allow you to make $4,625+ per person within Empower Network and get really, really rich even if you don’t have any experience (insert easily to ignore disclaimer). Don’t forget to buy tickets and t-shirts for all of the events too!
Inexperienced marketers crash and burn in Empower Network. It doesn’t matter if you only spend $25, or if you spend the full $5,125 to go “all in” – if you don’t have experience, Empower Network isn’t going to teach you anything that will make you a lot of money.
Cult members Staunch defenders of Empower Network (all of which are promoting EN and earning commissions from Dave & Dave) claim that people aren’t working hard enough and want a meal ticket, and that’s why they’re failing with Empower Network.
If you’re considering buying Empower Network – read this next part very closely. I did a test promotion of Empower Network with part of my list, and it converted like crazy. Far better than any other product I had ever promoted. I was on track to make incredible amounts of money (as someone that’s been in internet marketing for 10 years), and I was really excited for my sign-ups too because I thought what David Wood and David Sharpe said about their training and system was true. About a month in, I started to notice a different pattern.
All of my referrals were working their butts off and seeing nothing in return. My sponsor (very high up in Empower Network – speaks at conferences and stuff) instructed me that this was the time to convince them that they needed to buy more products so that I could make more commissions. THIS was the opportunity we’d been waiting for, apparently.
These people were working full-time jobs, following all of the instructions, blogging every day, and attending at least 2-4 hours of telephone conferences per week. They were doing everything “right” by Empower Network’s standards and getting nothing in return. EN’s training is pitched as a “product”, but it’s just a facade to make you think you’re not getting ripped off.
Buying another product wasn’t going to make these people more successful. They just weren’t experienced enough and there was nothing in the Empower Network training (not Costa Rica, not $15k Formula, and definitely not the Master’s Retreat) that was going to fix this. They were taking on water, hiding this from their spouses, and failing miserably.
Andrew lived in rural New York and was considering selling the giant snow plow he needed to survive in the winter (literally, he couldn’t leave his house without it). Becky was talking about selling her car and taking public transportation instead. Eugeno was talking about charging it all to his credit cards with close t0 30% APR. Mark was selling a lot of his furniture. Kalu had a brand new, two-day-old baby but failing miserably in EN.
These are real stories from the 30+ referrals I had recruited into Empower Network within 30 days. These people were under incredible amounts of stress, they knew the system wasn’t working, and they were doing everything they could to buy all of the products. If they had paused and really evaluated the situation (like other signups were) they would have realized it was the Empower Network “system” that was broken, not them.
This is the brutal truth of Empower Network. There are people that are getting rich, but they are piling up stories like what I’ve mentioned above to get there. If you’re willing to compromise your morals, you can make a lot of money with Empower Network, but you’re going to break a lot of people and potentially destroy their lives in your wake.
The training is outdated, the system is broken, and unless you’re an experienced internet or network marketer, you’re over 95% more likely to fail than you are too succeed. Anyone that paints a different picture for you is lying so that they can turn you into a commission – there is no other way around it. This is why they have such a poor rating on legitimate sites like BBB and Ripoff Report.
This was too much for me. I don’t care how much money I was on track to make, I would be piling up bodies underneath me to get there.
I stopped promoting EN within a month, but I still keep in touch with many of my recruits to this day and do everything I can to help them outside of Empower Network. If you’re interested in making money online, there are far superior ways than Empower Network, many of which I teach in my free advanced training courses.
There’s no other way to cut it – Empower Network is a way for experienced internet or network marketers to make a great deal of money if they’re willing to compromise on their morals. The compensation plan rewards people for exploiting prospects’ financial situations and ruins lives.
If you’re not experienced, the training within Empower Network will not make you any more likely to succeed than you would be taking one of my free training courses. EN is a money pit that, if you’re reading this review, someone is trying to suck you into for their financial gain. Avoid it at all costs.
One thing I’ve learned about Empower Network’s
cult members affiliates is that they DO NOT like to be called out on their deceptive program. If you’re in Empower Network and would like to accuse me of promoting better, lower-priced products, giving up without “putting in the work”, or anything else along the lines – feel free to leave it in the comments below! I’d love to receive a dose of your crazy.
If you were thinking about buying Empower Network and this review made you change your mind or you have questions after reading something above, please leave a comment below! I’m absolutely happy to help any way that I can. You being safe and not getting scammed is my #1 concern.
I’ve been in internet marketing for over 10 years, and I’ve purchased dozens of illegitimate products for the sole purpose of evaluating them and exposing the truth about these products to anyone who’s thinking about purchasing it. I never let money influence my rating of a product and your success/safety is my absolute highest priority.
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