I am always skeptical when I read about the various make money online systems that appear in my inbox every day. But one program that caught my eye is called the Empower Network, by David Wood and David Sharpe. This is because it was recommended to me by someone I trust, so I decided to sign up and check it out it for myself.
On a basic level, the Empower Network is a viral blogging platform. But if you dig down deeper, it is actually more than that. And if you have the ability to promote it properly, it really has the potential to make you a lot of money. Of course you are still pretty skeptical about what I am talking about, so let me explain how it all works in my Empower Network review.
What Is The Empower Network
The Empower Network launched on October 31, 2011 and in the 53 days since it launched it has attracted over 13,000 paying members and paid out over $2 million in commissions. According to Alexa, Empowernetwork.com is already the 324th largest site in the US. Pretty impressive, right? You will see why after I explain the setup.
A basic membership to the Empower Network gets you access to the viral blogging platform and it will cost you $25 a month. Essentially, it is a hosted platform for you to blog on, similar to WordPress.com or Hubpages.com. It fact it uses WordPress on the backend, so it should be familiar to most of you already.
To see it in action, you can take a look at my own Empower Network blog here:
How Will Empower Network Make You Money?
To see why it is considered a viral blogging platform, check out my Empower Network blog more closely. Notice the ad in the header, the sidebar ad, and the banner ad on the bottom of the page. It utilizes the Facebook comments system (which is viral in nature) and it has social sharing button everywhere. So if anyone clicks through any of the ads on the page, they get sent through the sales funnel and your affiliate id is cookie’d.
Ok, that’s great. But why should you care?
Because if anyone signs up via your link, you get 100% commissions, sent instantly and directly to your bank account. So if someone you refer purchases a basic membership you will get $25 a month recurring commissions.
Not only that, but the Empower Network uses a tiered commission structure.
You see, the first sale you make goes to you, but the 2nd, 4th, 6th and every 5th sale after that goes to your Empower Network sponsor (the person who referred you). As you recruit more people to join under you, and these people recruit their own people, you will continually be taking a cut from all the people under you. Over time, this means a lot of money for you.
And it actually gets better…
There are also a couple of upsell products that people can buy. First, there is the Empower Network Inner Circle, which is a set of audio interviews from members who are already making 6 figures a year. This is a $100 a month. Then there is the Costa Rica intensive training program which is a $3000 seminar that David Wood presented this year. This is an additional $500 one time fee.
If someone you refer purchases all these upsells, then you can potentially earn $625 up front, and $125 a month recurring commissions. And that’s just the products they offer now. There are other products in the pipeline as well which will only increase your commissions.
Now here’s the ingenious part of the system.
You can only get those upsell commissions if you purchase those products yourself. If you haven’t bought the product yet and someone buys it through your link then that commission goes up to your sponsor. So essentially you are heavily incentivised to buy all the upsells yourself for maximum commissions.
Empower Network Blogging Platform
That’s all well and good, but if the blogging platform doesn’t work, then everything else don’t matter.
What really made me interested in joining the Empower Network was the possibility of using it as a powerful Web 2.0 link building property ala Hubpages.com.
Not too long ago, Hubpages was my favorite Web 2.0 property because I could write articles on it with a link back to my site. Google loved these hubs, and I had several hubs ranking #1 for several keywords.
Now post Google Panda, Hubpages.com is no longer very affiliate friendly. They discourage the use of affiliate links and some of my hubs were taken down because they talked about topics they didn’t like anymore (like article spinning for example).
With my EmpowerNetwork blog, I think I have found my replacement. It is completely affiliate friendly and you can pretty much post whatever you like on your blog. You can promote other products or just use the link juice it provides to help your other sites rank better as well.
I mentioned earlier that Empowernetwork.com already ranks as the 324th most visited site according to Alexa. By the same measure, Hubpages.com is ranked #207. In less than 2 months, EmpowerNetwork.com has quickly climbed up to become one of the most powerful sites on the internet.
Empower Network Blogging Results
I’ve only been a member for a short period of time now, but I am already encouraged by the results I have seen so far.
Here is an example of one post I have written:
Almost immediately after posting, it ranks #1 in Google for the keywords:
ArticleRanks vs TrafficKaboom
TrafficKaboom vs ArticleRanks
Sure, it’s not the most competitive keyword, but they are targeted, buying keywords that will help me earn some additional commissions. But more importantly it tells me that Google already sees EmpowerNetwork.com as an authority site. And it’s easy to see why.
Need some additional proof? I also put together an Empower Network bonus package and posted it as a blog post here:
Shortly after publishing this post, I’ve started ranking #1 for the Empower Network bonus keyword as well.
In the Empower Network training, they tell you, you have write a post to your blog every day. So in theory, every member is doing this and building links to their content and trying to get their posts ranked higher. And as more and more links are being built, the EmpowerNetwork.com becomes more and more of an authority site.
As I continue to write more posts on my blog, I will be sure to keep this Empower Network review updated with my latest results.
One big question I get all the time about the EmpowerNetwork is with receiving payments. Previously, the Empower Network relied on the premise that it could get all of its members Merchant accounts. What happened is a long story, but needless to say things didn’t work out so well.
And while EmpowerNetwork did support receiving payments from Paypal (which I had been using) and AlertPay, they really wren’t reliable options either.
So the two Dave’s went back to the drawing board and came up with an in-house eWallet system for accepting payments. It costs an extra $19.95 per month, but now every member is instantly approved for the EmpowerNetwork eWallet and they can start receiving commissions instantly. Oh and it works internationally too!
At first glance, new members may be put off by this extra $19.95 fee. First of all, keep in mind that this is much cheaper than a regular Merchant account which can cost upwards of $30-40/mo.
But what about Paypal which is free?
Actually, Paypal isn’t free. You see Paypal makes money by taking a cut out of each transaction, as much as 4% from looking at my own account.
So lets say you sold an Empower Network Basic Membership + the Inner Circle and Costa Rica upsells for $625. Paypal would then take $25 of that commission off the top, which is already more than what the eWallet would cost you.
So the more memberships you sell, the more money you will be losing via Paypal. That is definitely not a good business model for you.
Empower Network Final Thoughts
With all the hype you see written about it, you may think that the Empower Network is a scam. But from what I’ve seen so far, I think it seems legit to me. The blogging platform is good, the training is useful and the system as I understand it appears viable.
While I am still a new member of the Empower Network, I am pretty excited about the possibilities. If you already are an influential person, with a loyal following already then I can see you making a ton of money with it right away. Just show people how you make money with it, and you can easily get your followers excited to sign up under you.
If you are just a regular guy like myself, then seeing results might take a little more time. But I think with a little bit of work, the Empower Network has the potential to make you some serious money if you can promote it right.
I’ve also put together a nice Empower Network bonus package for anyone who joins our team. Not only will I personally help you to learn my link building system, you will get a bunch of other exclusive goodies as well.
Ready to get started with the Empower Network?
- Watch the sales video and pay close attention to how well their sales funnel works.
- Check out my Empower Network Bonus.
- Join my team and start your blog.
- Receive your bonuses and let me help you start making money.
If you have any questions about the Empower Network, please leave your comments below.