We Put DesktopLightning To The Test... What Rubbish is this?

We Put Desktop Lightning To The Test

By Luke T. | Negative Reviews


We’ve seen this product gaining a lot of popularity recently in a few of the scams we’ve reviewed. We quickly became extremely curious. So we decided to check out DesktopLightning, a traffic generation software. We all know that traffic generation software are complete crap but what’s wrong with being thorough?

I am not an affiliate for DesktopLightning. I would never, ever, recommend traffic generation software and I’ll explain why shortly.

I want you to make a promise to me now. Promise me you’ll never purchase anything like DesktopLightning. Can you do that? If you can we’ll be friends forever.

Perfect! Now let’s get into this crappy software.

DesktopLightning: Quick Summary


DesktopLightning is a software that promises to drive 100,000’s of hungry buyers to your website. Now that’s a pretty bold claim to make. I’d be happy to get 100 “hungry buyers” to my websites let alone 100,000’s.

But I’m afraid that’s never going to happen. Not with DesktopLightning or any other traffic generation software.

These types of software lack in one area. Quality traffic.

You can get millions of people visiting your website but if they’re not good quality then you’re not going to make any money. All you’re going to get is a high bounce rate. Is that some you’d be happy to pay for?

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The Empty Promises

DesktopLightning makes a few of them.

Desktop Lightning Home page

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As you can see here, they claim you can promote your websites in front of thousands of hungry buyers. Plus they say you can do it with a free account.

You certainly won’t be getting messages out to thousands of people with their free account. You won’t be able to message anyone with the free account. We purchased their platinum account which is $14.99 per month and we can message 2,185 people.

Desktop Lightning messages

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As you can see above, without purchasing the platinum membership we would only be able to message on person because we only have 1 person in our network. Which is us by the way.

So How Does It Work?

This works very similar to a MLM, Multi Level Marketing system. This is how DesktopLightning works:

  1. You sign up… Obvious!
  2. You get other people to sign up with your special link. They are then added to your network.
  3. The people you sign up can then get other people to sign up. They also join your network.
  4. This keeps on going. Everyone who signs up, up to 15 levels deep, will be added to your network.
  5. You can message all these people in the future.

Is this a problem? Well, yes.

Say you manage to get people you actually want to message into your network. Will the people they sign up, who will also be added to your network, be the people you also want to message? Probably not.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you sign up 100 people who are interested in your car blog. One of those 100 people likes the idea of Desktop Lightning and wants to use it to promote their florist blog. They sign up 100 people who want to learn more about flowers. Now you have 200 people in your network, but only 100 of them are interested in your car blog.

That’s just one of the 100 people who signed up for DesktopLightning underneath you. What if all 100 people you signed up managed to get 20 people to sign up to DesktopLightning as well? You have a network of 2,000 people, but only 100 of them are interested in your car blog.

Rather pointless to have 2,000 people in your network. You’re going to end up just spamming these people.


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Desktop Lightning does help you promote themselves though. How nice of them.

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This Is Why Email Services Block These Messages

Software like this exist because email service providers block spam. This is how they get around this problem.

You’re basically paying for a low quality email list. Aweber wrote an excellent article about why you shouldn’t buy email lists. Traffic software like DesktopLightning is just a more expensive version of buying an email list.

Just take a look at the inbox on DesktopLightning:

DesktopLightning Inbox

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Just a lot of crap in there.

Plus if you want to send messages you need to read 60% of your inbox first. You need to spend at least 10 seconds looking at each message for it to count as a view as well. This is how they get people to view your message.

So even if you do get someone to view your message the chances are it’s only so they can send their messages to people in their networks.

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What You’re Spending Your Money on If You Don’t Want The Free Option

You can sign up for free and anyone who signs up under your special link you can message for free. Including the people they then sign up too.

The platinum membership which allows you to message 2,185 extra people will cost you $15 per month.

For the additional 150,000+ people, it will cost you $197 per month.

That’s an insane amount of money to spend on what is essentially a low quality email list that gets spammed constantly. Such low quality that the only reason your messages are being “read” is so they can turn around and then message other people.

Completely useless.

Final Rating: F

If I could I wouldn’t even give this a rating because it’s completely pointless.

Traffic generating software just doesn’t bring you the quality traffic needed to make a difference in your business. Yes your analytics will look great (if you ignore the bounce rate) because it says you’ve had thousands of visits but that’s all you’re going to get. Pretty analytics and no conversions. Is that worth your investment?

And even that’s not guaranteed! You need to get enough people to sign up to DesktopLightning so you can message them or pay to message a large group of people.

I’d recommend focusing on building quality traffic to your website. People that are actually interested in what you have to say. This’ll be much more beneficial to you.


Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

Desktop Lightning

Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

My Training

Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

Forget traffic software. They’re crap.

Focus all your energy on building the traffic sources that will provide the quality you REALLY want. Then you’ll see awesome things happen in your business.

This is why the scam artists out there promote this product. They can claim you’ll get thousands of people to your website, which I hope you now understand will only be of super low quality.

What Do You Think?

Have you tried using traffic software before or even purchased an email list? Both will provide you the same results. I want to know your thoughts and opinions on traffic software. Use the comments area below to express yourself.


About the Author

Luke is the founder of "That Marketing Dude", has been in internet marketing since 2005, and has been a writer for StoppingScams.com since 2014. He considers himself a nomadic entrepreneur, an adrenaline junkie, a fitness freak and a professional amateur photographer.

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(11) comments

David Mahoney July 6, 2015

Hi there Luke!

Glad I read your report as I was about to sign-up for “Desktop Lightning” myself!

I would like your thoughts on something ELSE I signed up for that I found TOTALLY USELESS:

“Million Leads For Free”…have you seen it Luke…any thoughts on it?

Regards: DAVID MAHONEY (Melbourne, Australia).

    Ian July 7, 2015

    Hey David! This is Ian, another writer and the owner of StoppingScams.com. We’ve never seen “Million Leads for Free”, but it certainly sends up a ton of red flags in my mind just from the name alone! Thanks for sharing your experiences with this low-quality product!

Pamela July 27, 2015

I was just curious as to h ow long you used desktop lightening?

If for less than a month or 1 to 2 months I would like to know if you took screen shots and if ypu could show us your daily with desktop lightening.

I have kearney you need to give a product a good 5 to 6 month period to see any real profits.

Thank you g or your input. I am doing dome research on it and have seen some good reviews from a few other people.

    Ian July 29, 2015

    Hey Pamela – anyone you see giving this product a positive review is doing so in hopes that you’ll buy through their link. They’ll get paid if they can convince you to purchase the software. It’s an old, outdated software that won’t produce anything remotely close to the results promised on the sales page. Anyone with integrity that was being honest about their experiences with the product would step up and say that.

Eddie Phillips September 18, 2015

I tried Desktop Lightning & actually made a few dollars from people signing up for my Shoemoney offer. (See my website, [obscured] for info on Shoemoney.)

I agree with most of what Luke has written on this program. I got tried of clicking their daily ads & requested a full refund which I received.

I made the mistake of giving them my phone number and a rep called me day after day…

Mike December 1, 2015

Thanks so much for making this review! I purchased a course that promoted this as a free option that you should get. Now, I know not to get it as it’s apparently a huge waste of time and money. Thanks for saving me some cash!


    Ian December 2, 2015

    No problem at all, Mike! We’re very happy to have helped. Let me know if we can help you with anything else down the road.

Tina February 3, 2016

I gave fake info above and its because I want to say something negative about Desktop Lightning and I don’t want to be given grief about it.

I got this little program and was INUNDATED with SPAM from MARKETERS. I had like 60 messages the day after I signed up. I turned on my computer and BAM… SPAM CITY. I had to look at each one for 10 seconds .. as you stated above. After the 5th message, I uninstalled. This is in no way going to help anyone. Its just a marketing-fest of offers from everyone under the sun.


Norm B. March 18, 2016

Thanks Luke! Almost got sucked in lol

Amy September 5, 2018

THANK YOU for posting this! I was in the middle of watching a video from Desktoplightning.com via a link someone posted in a Facebook Group I’m in, and I stopped and thought, there’s absolutely no way that this can be true. So, as I do with just about everything, I Googled it. And your article popped up. Praise the Lord it did! If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
Thank you for saving me time, money, and bring that annoying person who spams people 😁🙏🏼

Charles December 20, 2018

Hi Luke,
I signed up for DesktopLightning and knew immediately that I have made a mistake. I even signed up to the platinum level, they have a 60 day money back guarantee. So I signed up on 11/30 and immediately started requesting my money back on 12/11. Today is 12/20 and I have still not received my money back. What can I do to get my money back? Can you help me?



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