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Killer SEO Tips to Get 500k+ Page Views a Month w/ Debbie Gartner

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of those topics that most bloggers cringe at. 

It can oftentimes feel like this huge burden with algorithm changes to keep up with and such a complicated sounding traffic strategy. 

However, it doesn't need to be like this. 

There are things that anybody with a website can do to see quick results from SEO that can help them get free monthly long term traffic. 

And this helps to create that mysterious passive income that online business owners seem to crave!

Debbie Gartner from The Flooring Girl joins the Make Time Online podcast to explain exactly what you can do to quickly up your SEO game. 

Killer SEO Tips to get Over 500k Page Views a Month

DEBBIE GARTNER

From The Flooring Girl

Debbie Gartner podcast- From The Flooring Girl

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We chat about:

  • How she went from no income and $238k in debt to making over $20k a month from her website
  • How she gets more than 500,000 pageviews a month to her website
  • The top tips for any blogger to improve their "off-page" (backlinks) and "on-page" (on your site) SEO
  • The importance of diversifying traffic sources (eventually)

Listen to the full Debbie Gartner podcast episode

Useful tips and tools mentioned in the podcast 

There really was so much to take in from this podcast. 

To get ALL of the wisdom and value you will have to listen to the chat. But here are some of the key tools & tricks mentioned by Debbie in the podcast...

On page SEO tips:

  • Improve your website SPEED! The best way to do that is to improve your hosting - Debbie recommends BigScoots for bigger blogs. But she also recommends Siteground or Namehero as better alternatives to Bluehost. 
  • Learn more about how to improve your site speed on Debbie's new website Healthy Savvy and Wise
  • Focus on 1 or maybe 2 areas and write a lot of content for that (as in 50+ posts) i.e. Debbie focuses on writing about flooring
  • Check your old content. Does it help Google understand your main topic? Consider "de-indexing" it using the Yoast plugin. Check out this post to help with that.

Off page SEO tips:

  • Use Help a Reporter to get good backlinks. You may need to respond to a lot to get any good backlinks but it's an easy way for anyone to get links with a bit of "elbow grease".
  • Guest post on other bloggers sites to get backlinks. Join great blogging FB groups like Tracey Fobes one here to connect with other bloggers.

Other tips or tools:

As you can see Debbie has a lot of wisdom when it comes to SEO.

She even has 2 books to help beginners or anyone looking to up their SEO game:

  • Easy on page SEO ($37)
  • Easy backlinks for SEO ($67)

If you want to learn more about SEO I would highly recommend taking her free SEO course and checking out this wealth of knowledge here

*Note these are not affiliate links, just helpful tips from someone who clearly knows what she's talking about!*

Full Debbie Gartner Podcast Transcript

Debbie Gartner Podcast Summary

So if you want to get in touch with Debbie I would recommend taking her free SEO course here (and then you'll be able to email her).

These are my 5 key takeaways from this chat:

  1. Keep learning
  2. Improve your site speed... now 
  3. Focus on ONLY 1 or maybe 2 topics to write about
  4. Get backlinks from Help a Reporter
  5. Guest post and connect with other bloggers to get backlinks

But I'd love to know what were yours?

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Is Plexus Worldwide a Scam or a Lucrative Weight Loss MLM?

So someone has approached you to tell you that Plexus Worldwide is an "amazing work from home opportunity". 

Chances are they told you about how you could earn passive income and lose weight at the same time.

Plexus worldwide review- is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

It maybe sounded too good to be true so you're still wondering... "is Plexus Worldwide a scam?"

This unbiased Plexus Worldwide review, with videos, will expose the truth about this company. I will show you the pros and cons of joining this opportunity so that you can make an informed decision if it's right for you or not.

Plexus Worldwide Review

The overview and rankings

Name: Plexus Worldwide

Founder: Tarl Robinson in 2006

Website URL: plexusworldwide.com

Type: Health and Wellness MLM 

Products (Including Pricing): 25 out of 100

Success Stories: 5 out of 100

Price To Join MLM: $39.95 annual fee

+ $100 a month to remain active (you can offset this with sales)

+ $99-$199 welcome pack (30 out of 100)

Maketimeonline.com Rating: (20 out of 100 check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

What To Look For In An MLM:

  • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost
  • High-quality affordable products
  • You don’t have to carry inventory
  • An affiliate-like system 
  • Generous compensation plan
  • Company is in the early momentum phase

PRODUCT Pros

  • Established company
  • Money back guarantee
  • Free replicated website

PRODUCT Cons

  • Expensive products
  • Pyramid scheme in disguise?
  • Only 1% make money
  • Monthly expenses
  • Downward trend

What is Plexus Worldwide?

Plexus Worldwide is a health and wellness Multi-Level-Marketing company founded in 2006.

Plexus specialises in weight loss products such as Plexus Slim. 

They also provide an opportunity for everyday people to make money by promoting their products and recruiting others into the company. 

This 3-minute promotional video explains a bit more...

Alright, you got me! It really doesn't explain anything does it? I mean, what was that airy fairy mumbo jumbo?

I just thought it was good for you to see what you're dealing with here. The 3 sentences above that fluffy video does explain the basics though.

So you're probably wondering...

Is Plexus Worldwide a pyramid scheme?

Technically, no.

Plexus Worldwide is not a pyramid scheme because people can earn money by promoting and selling Plexus's products. 

However, as you continue to read this Plexus review, you will see why it is actually a "pyramid scheme in disguise".

What is a pyramid scheme?

A pyramid scheme is when a company promises payment for people to recruit more people into the company. Technically, there are no products or services sold in a pyramid scheme. 

These are illegal in most countries because it's impossible for everyone to make money from them. Just see the diagram below...

Not all MLM companies are pyramid schemes as they can offer legit products and even provide their "ambassadors" with an income for selling these products. 

However, some MLM programs are set up in a way that they are really just a pyramid scheme in disguise. We will look into why Plexus Worldwide is a pyramid scheme in disguise later. 

For now you can learn what to look out for in the 5-minute video below...

Success is rare with Plexus Worldwide

Success is actually rare for most "ambassadors" in any MLM company.

Different studies prove that between 73% and 99% of all MLM representatives lose money. 

MLM FTC Fact Stat

When you take into consideration that the product prices are inflated (this is the case with Plexus Worldwide) and the requirement to sell a certain amount of products each month (or buy it themselves) you can see why so many people lose money in MLM programs. 

Not all MLM's are equal, but unfortunately Plexus falls under one of the worst types as you will learn later in this review.

How does Plexus Worldwide Work?

It's pretty simple really. 

Plexus Worldwide provides a range of health and wellness products mainly focused around losing weight.

But they also save costs on advertising and marketing by paying "ambassadors" a commission to sell the products and recruit more people themselves. 

It should be like a win-win...

Plexus saves money. 

Everyday people can work from home.

Plexus Worldwide products

If you are at all serious about joining any MLM company then it's vital that you understand the products if you want to achieve any success.

Their flagship product is the "Slim" product which is an appetite suppressant.

The main ingredients are:

  • Chronium (reduces blood sugar): 200mcg
  • Plexus Slim Blend (green coffee bean extract, garcinia cambogia extract and alpha lipoic acid): 530 mg.

There are some clear short term hunger suppressant benefits of these ingredients. However, long term weight loss benefits in humans has not been proven for any of these ingredients. 

You can see the studies explaining this for:

Healthline claims that Plexus Slim is safe but also suggests there are some potential side effects of these ingredients such as:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache
  • Constipation

Plexus Product Rage

There are a whole range of product categories on offer at Plexus including:

  • Weight loss (as above)
  • Nutrition (vitamins, probiotics etc.)
  • Skincare (anti ageing cream, serum etc.)
  • Personal care (body cream, breast check kit etc.)
  • Combos

You can learn more about the products on offer in the 3-minute video below, or see the full range here.

How to make money with Plexus Worldwide

Ah the moment you've been waiting for!

So let's dive in.

There are 2 ways you can make money from Plexus (like most MLM companies):

  1. Sell products and make a commission
  2. Recruit people into the company and get bonuses

We'll uncover more about the compensation plan in a minute but first...

How much does it cost to join Plexus Worldwide?

It costs $39.95 per year to become a Plexus Worldwide "ambassador". 

You can also get a discounted "welcome pack" when you join ranging from $99 or $199 (see below).

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

But it doesn't end there as many ambassadors may suggest...

Plexus Worldwide hidden monthly costs

To stay "active" as an ambassador and be able to receive your commission for any sales you make you need to maintain 100PV per month. 

Nobody cares what Personal Volume means so I'll explain in words anyone can understand...

That means you need to sell $100 of Plexus products every month to stay active. 

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

If you don't sell this, have a guess who will need to stump up the costs...

BINGO!

You will. 

If you don't sell that amount you will become suspended and any sales you make won't count towards your commissions. 

So Plexus is "very nice" and helps you to set up a standing order for over $100 every month. 

On a side note here- if you do not use Plexus products yourself then you are probably not looking at the right opportunity for you. The best "ambassadors" are those who use the products every day and truly "believe" in them.

Total costs for 1 year:

  • $39.95
  • $99-$199
  • $100 x 12

1st year total outgoings = $1,338.95- $1,438.95

Plexus Worldwide compensation plan

For some reason MLM companies like making their compensation plans harder to understand than doing a backflip on a tightrope. 

Plexus is no different.

So I will do my best to explain the plan simply.

There are 11 ways you can make money as an ambassador:

  1. Preferred Customer Bonus- $4-$22 per "autoship" product your customer purchases
  2. Retail Rewards Commissions - earn between 0-25% commission for any products you sell
  3. Retail Rewards Override Commissions - get 5% commission from your "downline" sales (minus the first 100PV per person)
  4. Business Building Bonus (BBB) - earn $5-$25 bonus for and welcome packs bought in your downline + plexus points for the $199 welcome pack
  5. Achievement Bonus - $100-$750 one time bonus when you "rank up"
  6. Fast Start Achievement - earn $100-$250 plus bonuses for recruiting 3 ambassadors within your first 30 days and getting them to do the same (*cough... pyramid scheme in disguise... cough*)
  7. Plexus Points - gives you bonuses for any welcome packs purchased in your downline 
  8. Emerald Pool Bonus - 3% of the total companies commissionable volume is allocated for Emerald ranks
  9. Sapphire Pool Bonus - an additional 1% of the companies volume is allocated for Sapphire ranks.
  10. Diamond Pool Bonus - an additional 1% of the companies volume is allocated for Diamond ranks.
  11. Diamond Re-Entry - re-enter the company with a "second position" in your own downline.

What did I say... confusing right?

All you need to know to get started is that you can make money in 2 ways:

  1. Sell Plexus products
  2. Recruit ambassadors into the company

And you get bonuses for up to "7 levels deep" depending on your rank.

Much easier!

is Plexus Worldwide a scam? Compensation plan

The above screenshot shows you part of the inside of the compensation plan. 

And if you want to get your head around it a bit more then check out this 10 minute walkthrough...

And if you still want to read the 20-page compensation plan for yourself, click here

Is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

So the question you've been asking...

Is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

In one word...

No.

Plexus offers legit products and pays ambassadors like it says it will. Therefore it's not a scam.

However, just because a work from home opportunity is legit, it doesn't mean it's the right one for you. 

The rest of this Plexus Worldwide review will help you make an informed decision about whether this is suited to you and what to be aware of before joining. 

Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not an ambassador myself and I do not endorse Plexus in any way.

I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn how to “Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

Related content:

Ready to make passive income online?

In 2018 I had no idea how to make money online. I was a full time PE teacher with no marketing skills or online experience.

I fell for scams along the way but I've managed to create a growing passive income online. 

If I can do it, anyone can.

Mike Beatty

What I like about Plexus Worldwide

There are genuinely some good things about the Plexus Worldwide MLM opportunity. 

This section will go over some of the pros about joining the Plexus MLM program as an ambassador...

Key Terms:

  • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
  • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
  • Red Flag - A warning sign

#1 Established company

The company started in 2006 and it has a HUGE team of "executives" managing it. 

This is another great sign that Plexus Worldwide is not a scam.

is Plexus Worldwide a scam? executive team

MLM companies are created all the time and a lot don't make it past 5 years.

Plexus clearly has some solid foundations to make sure it will be around for the foreseeable future.

#2 Money back guarantee

Another excellent signal that Plexus Worldwide is not a scam. 

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

Some companies offer very poor products but don't provide a money-back guarantee so that they can earn a quick buck.

Plexus puts faith in their products and offer all the customers money back (minus the shipping costs) if they are not happy with them. 

#3 Free replicated website

If you want to have any chance of success in an MLM company then you need to have an online presence. 

The free website can be a great place to send potential customers to, to make sales and potentially recruit new ambassadors. 

The screenshot below is an example of what your website would look like...

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

After all, if you want to have a thriving and scalable business today, you need to be on the internet.

If you can find a way to get customers to this website every month then you could be in for success.

What I don't like about Plexus Worldwide

Everyone should be aware of these hidden truths about the company before joining as an ambassador. 

At least it will help you to be prepared to deal with these problems if they arise when you are an ambassador...

#1 Expensive products

This is the first thing I look at when I'm checking out MLM companies.

It's a tell tale sign that an MLM company such as Plexus Worldwide could be a pyramid scheme in disguise.

Why?

Well, ask yourself this...

Who would choose to spend 100%+ on very similar products by choice?

The answer is...

Nobody!

But Plexus ambassadors don't have a choice do they? (Remember they need 100PV each month to stay active... either they sell it or they buy it... every month)

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?
  • Plexus = $2.99 per serving
  • Amazon = $0.34-$1.19 per serving

As you can see Plexus' flagship product is over 150% more expensive than highly rated comparables on Amazon.

This means that ambassadors main chance of selling these products is by recruiting people... not selling products.

#2 Pyramid scheme in disguise? Plexus Worldwide focus on recruiting

The chances get worse for Plexus Worldwide being a pyramid scheme in disguise here...

9 out of 11 ways that you can get paid require you to recruit others (seriously check out the compensation plan section above if you don't believe me).

On top of that, your first 100PV doesn't even earn you any commission.

is Plexus Worldwide a scam? PV commission

So if you sell $499.99 of Plexus products you will only make $60 commission!

That is hardly worth the effort now is it?

Combine this with the previous con and you can see that Plexus Worldwide is really a pyramid scheme in disguise.

The only way ambassadors make decent money is by recruiting more people into the company.

#3 Only 0.75% make over $20k/ year

If you want to read Plexus' income disclosure, click here

If you'd rather save the time this sums it up...

82.41% make less than $301 a year!

Take into account the 100PV to stay active and that means that around 90% of active ambassadors are losing money hand over fist.

I guess the good news is that 1 in 400 ambassadors make over $50k per year (that was a bad joke because that certainly is not funny).

#4 Monthly expenses

This is the main reason that so many MLM ambassadors lose money. It's not made clear upfront that you basically need to spend $100 a month just to remain active.

is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

If you are aware of this cost before you join then you could argue it's not a very high business expense. 

But a "business" typically involves making money. That's going to be hard at Plexus!

#5 Downward trend

My other top tip when looking for MLM companies to join is to see if the company is still in the "early momentum phase". 

Typically when a company is relatively new it gets more exposure and there are less people likely to be enrolled in the company already. 

Plexus is showing a downward trend for the number of people that search for it in Google every month.

Just compare this to other MLM opportunities out there such as Farmasi and you can see the trend going in the opposite direction.

Ready to make passive income online?

In 2018 I had no idea how to make money online. I was a full time PE teacher with no marketing skills or online experience.

I fell for scams along the way but I've managed to create a growing passive income online. 

If I can do it, anyone can.

Mike Beatty

My opinion - Plexus Worldwide Review

So is Plexus Worldwide a scam?

No.

Is it a pyramid in disguise?

Almost definitely. 

There are far too many red flags and typical signs of a pyramid scheme.

It's simply going to be too hard to make any money in this company to consider this as a good work from home opportunity.

How I make passive income online

Not all MLMs are pyramid schemes and some people do make good money from them. 

However, I much prefer the affiliate marketing business model for a number of reasons:

  • You don't have to sell to your friends and family
  • It's possible to scale the business to any income level (and you own it 100%)
  • It's free to start and the costs to maintain it are very low

In 2018 I had no idea what affiliate marketing was. I had no sales experience and no idea of how to build a website. 

But today my income online keeps going up. You can learn more about how I started here.

Ready to make passive income online?

In 2018 I had no idea how to make money online. I was a full time PE teacher with no marketing skills or online experience.

I fell for scams along the way but I've managed to create a growing passive income online. 

If I can do it, anyone can.

Mike Beatty

Is Anovite A Scam? Milk Pyramid Scheme or Easy Money Opportunity?

Chances are a friend recently approached you about this "amazing opportunity" called Anovite. 

So it sounds like a great way to make money working from home whilst promoting some health products. 

Is Anovite a scam Anovite review

But in the back of your mind you're still probably wondering "is Anovite a scam?"

This honest Anovite review, with videos, will help you make an informed decision about whether this opportunity is right for you. It includes all the pros and cons of joining with the information about how much it will cost to start and maintain the "business". 

Oh and in case you're in a hurry... no Anovite is not a scam. But is it right for you?

Anovite review

The overview and rankings

Name: Anovite

Founder: Dr. Anthony Kleinsmith in 2014

Website URL: anovite.com

Type: Health and wellness MLM

Products (Including Pricing): 70 out of 100

Success Stories: 10 out of 100

Price To Join MLM: $39.95 per year & up to $499.95 for products + $50+ per month to remain active (70 out of 100)

Maketimeonline.com Rating: 50 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

What To Look For In An MLM:

  • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost
  • High-quality affordable products
  • You don’t have to carry inventory
  • An affiliate-like system 
  • Generous compensation plan
  • Company is in the early momentum phase

Anovite Pros

  • Affordable to join
  • Money back guarantee
  • Long history
  • Affordable products

Anovite Cons

  • No BBB or DSA accreditation
  • Sell to friends and family
  • Lawsuits & lead in products
  • No income disclosure
  • Competitive industry 

What is Anovite?

Anovite is a health and wellness Multi-Level-Marketing company that was founded in 2014 by Dr. Anthony Kleinsmith.

They sell a range of supplements that are supposedly needed for daily life.  

You can learn more about the company and the MLM opportunity in the 3-minute video below...

So it seems like a pretty legit opportunity, right?

But you're probably smart enough to know that's just a sales promotional video. So you're likely still wondering...

Is Anovite a pyramid scheme?

Technically, no Anovite is not a pyramid scheme.

They promote and sell legit products. This means it's possible for their MLM distributors to make money without having to recruit anyone into the business. 

What is a pyramid scheme?

A pyramid scheme is when a company pays its members for recruiting more people into the company. Typically pyramid schemes do not sell any services or products.

Pyramid schemes are illegal in most countries because they are unsustainable and it's impossible for every distributor to earn money. 

Just see the diagram below...

MLM companies are not all pyramid schemes as many of them sell a product or service that genuinely helps people. 

But some MLM's are just a "pyramid scheme in disguise" that are hiding the fact that distributors only make good money from recruiting. 

One big factor in this is how expensive the products are in comparison to other similar products as you will learn later in this Anovite review. 

For now, you can find out more about what to look out for in a pyramid scheme in the short video below...

Success is rare with Anovite

Did you know that it's been found that between 73% and 99% of all MLM representatives lose money. 

It's nothing against Anovite as such, it's really just the nature of the MLM business model. 

MLM FTC Fact Stat

The most successful MLM distributors are those that recruit a lot of people and typically have a large "downline" below them that help to sell products and recruit more people. 

This is how some MLM distributors create "passive income" as their team helps them to do the work. 

In reality, the majority of MLM distributors find it hard to recruit anyone and this means they pay money each month for the products to "stay active". 

Anovite requires the distributors to accumulate 50GV points every month. If you don't sell this, you will need to spend around $50 every month so that your membership doesn't "expire".

Hence, they end up losing money and give up before they recruit anyone! 

How does Anovite Work?

Anovite doesn't actually make or create their products themselves. They are just a distribution channel for Immune Tree

Their main products are supplements to help people sleep, lose weight and have a healthy body. 

You can learn more about this in the 4-minute video below...

I know what you're thinking "eurgh... more sales videos!"

But, the company doesn't need to spend a huge amount on advertising and promotion as their "distributors" do it for them. 

In return the distributors get paid a commission for any products they sell and get bonuses for sales their "downline" make.

It's kind of like a win-win.

Anovite saves advertising costs and everyday people have the opportunity to make money from home.

Anovite products

If you are considering joining any MLM company, it's vital that you understand the products they offer. 

The flagship product is the Colostrum6 which contains the "superfood colostrum". Colostrum is the breast fluid produced by humans, cows and other mammals before breast milk is released.  

Some of the benefits of this "superfood" include (but apparently more research is still needed to prove this):

  • Improving the immune system
  • Improve gut health
  • Prevent and treat diarrhoea

It's important to note that Anovite's products contain "bovine colostrum", which is actually form cows. 

Here are some potential downsides to consider from Healthline:

  • Not suitable for anyone allergic to milk or soy
  • Unknown if safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Concerns of the ethics of taking from calves that need it
  • Food safety concerns (traces of salmonella found in some)

So the products have still not had enough research to conclusively prove the benefits yet.

But this is the main product and selling point for Anovite.

Is Anovite a scam- products

The other products on offer at Anovite are:

  • Colostrum6 - (tablets and powder) - $25 for 90 capsules
  • LimuZ - Colostrum in sachets - $70 for 30 doses
  • LeptiTrim6 -  Colostrum for weight loss - $62.50 for 180 capsules
  • Canine6/ Feline6 - Colostrum for cats and dogs - $22.50-$72.50
  • Flex6 - Colostrum for muscle growth - $67.50 for 180 capsules
  • OxyQuest - cleanser - $37.50 for 2 ounces

You can learn more about the Flex6 in the 40 second below...

And you can check out the full range of Anovite's products here.

How to make money with Anovite

Ah, the part you have probably been waiting for!

So let's not beat around the bush. 

You can make money from Anovite in 2 ways (like most MLM companies):

  1. Earn commission by selling their products
  2. Recruit more people and earn bonuses from sales they make

Before we dig into this, let's figure out...

How much does it cost to join Anovite?

It costs $39.95 to become a distributor for Anovite. 

However, you will also need 100 PQV to start so you are recommended to get a Fast Start package.

This ranges in value with a range of products from $149.95- $499.95.

But the costs do not stop there amigo...

Monthly costs to remain active at Anovite

If you want to qualify for commission (surely the only reason you become a "business distributor" is to do that?!) then you need to accumulate 50 BV every month.

Realistically, this means setting up a "Smartship" (standing order) for $50+ every month.

If you sell $50 worth of products every month you wouldn't need this. But if you don't sell this much your account will be suspended.

On another note, if you're not even going to use the products yourself then you clearly don't even believe in them and this probably isn't the right opportunity for you.

Total costs for 1 year = 

  • $39.95
  • $150-$500
  • $50 x 12 

Total 1 year cost = $790-$1140 (and you'll likely spend more than $50 a month as many products are more than this).

Anovite compensation plan

So MLM compensation plans are often harder to understand than learning how to speak Mandarin. 

Anovite is no different. 

So I will keep it as simple as I can.

There are 13 ways to earn money:

  1. Retail commission - 25% commission on products you sell
  2. First order bonus- 25% bonus on the first order your customers make
  3. Customer advantage bonus- helps to earn team bonuses
  4. Smartship Advantage program- accumulate Smartship credits
  5. Fast-start bonus - $75 or $150 for recruiting someone
  6. Fast-start mentor bonus - $25 for recruiting
  7. Team bonuses - $25 for first 2 "cycles" + $10 after that
  8. Matching team bonus - 10% of downline when you are a director or above
  9. Rank advancement bonus - grow your team and advance in ranks
  10. Car/ lifestyle bonus - $100-$375 per week if "Bronze Director" or above
  11. Ruby executive pool - 1% of your teams BV
  12. Emerald executive pool - 1% of your teams BV
  13. Diamond exuctive pool - 1% of your teams BV

What did I tell you... confusing right?

All you need to know to start is that you get paid for doing 2 things:

  1. Sell Anovite's products
  2. Recruit people into Anovite's business

If you really want to get your head around the compensation plan then this 20 minute video will help.

Alternatively you can find the full 20 page compensation plan here.

Is Anovite a scam- compensation plan

Is Anovite a scam?

No Anovite is not a scam. 

It sells legit products and it pays the distributors commission and bonuses like they say they will. 

However, just because an opportunity is legit it doesn't mean it's right for you. 

The rest of this Anovite review will help you to make an informed decision about the opportunity.

Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse Anovite in any way.

I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn how to “Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

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In 2018 I had no idea how to make money online. I was a full time PE teacher with no marketing skills or online experience.

I fell for scams along the way but I've managed to create a growing passive income online. 

If I can do it, anyone can.

Mike Beatty

What I like about Anovite

So there are a few things I like about Anovite compared to other opportunities.

There are some good signs about the company.

Key Terms:

  • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
  • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
  • Red Flag - A warning sign

#1 Affordable to start

This is always a crucial part of any "make money from home opportunity". If it's really expensive to join and you haven't tried it out then it's likely to not live up to their claims. 

anovite business builder

Also, it's impossible to really know if something suits you and your lifestyle until you try it out. 

#2 Long history

Immune Tree has been selling these Colostrum products for 30 years now.

This is another sign that Anovite is not a scam.

Anovite start date

This just shows that people must like them and they have yet to be shut down so chances are the products are legit.

#3 Money-back guarantee

You can see Anovite’s Return Policy right here.

Is Anovite a scam

Any product you purchase can be returned within 90 days to get your money back. This is a great sign for any company as it shows they believe in their products and are not just trying to make a quick buck with poor quality items.

#4 Affordable products

This is the main thing I like about Anovite. 

When a MLM company has expensive products in comparison to alternatives out there it suggests the company is acting like a pyramid scheme. 

  • Anovite = $0.27 per capsule
  • Amazon = $0.18-$0.27 per capsule

This is because nobody in their right mind would choose a similar product that is 100%+ more expensive.

However, MLM distributors often have to buy a certain amount to "remain active" (as Anovite does), meaning the focus on the company is to recruit distributors... not sell products.

But as you can see, Anovite's products are in line with even Amazon's prices. This suggests Anovite is not a pyramid scheme as it encourages distributors to sell the products rather than just recruit. 

What I don't like about Anovite

Now, there are some things I really don't like about Anovite.

It's important you are aware of these before getting started as it will help you be on the front foot in case anyone questions you about any of them.

#1 Not accredited by BBB or DSA

This is a bad sign as it shows the company isn't being regulated or monitored (yet!)

It's hard to know if Anovite is a scam without having some regulation from business regulators.

Is Anovite a scam

As it is relatively new (2014) it does open up the company for complaints or to be regulated and even shut down once companies like the Direct Selling Association become aware of them. 

The good news is that their products do seem reasonably priced so I'm sure it ill be OK with any interrogation.  

#2 Selling & recruiting to friends and family

This is the number 1 reason why I'm not a fan of MLM companies.

Many people join MLM's without really knowing this hidden truth. 

To be successful with Anovite you will HAVE to sell and recruit people into the business. 

Who are you going to try and recruit?

Well, you could go to networking events and speak to any Tom, Dick or Harry. But the people you currently know, and who trust you are realistically going to be the most obvious "targets".

Is Anovite a scam

If you're OK with that and you think you may know some people that want to get involved then by all means. 

Just beware of this BEFORE you join!

#3 Anovite lawsuits- too much lead found in products

There have been some complaints and even lawsuits into Anovite's products. 

The main one was in March 2018, when the Environmental Research Center sent Anovite a Notice of Violations of Health & Safety.

Is Anovite a scam- lawsuit

The concern was that there was lead in some of their products, which has been shown to cause certain diseases including cancer. 

This is a huge red flag and from my research I cannot find any resolution to this notice. So this doesn't help to say Anovite is not a scam.

#4 No income disclosure

Most MLM companies publish an income disclosure for anyone to see. It shows what their MLM distributors earn on average. 

Normally a simple Google search pulls it up straight away...

Is Anovite a scam- income disclosure

However, Anovite doesn't provide this anywhere online. 

It's a pretty shady move from a company that you could potentially be  associated with.

#5 Competitive industry

The health and wellness MLM industry is sooo competitive. 

Here are some other similar MLM companies I have reviewed before:

Health Products

That's honestly just a small drop in the ocean. 

It's always hard to stand out in this industry and Anovite doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out.

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Mike Beatty

My opinion - Anovite

Is Anovite a scam?

No.

Is Anovite a pyramid scheme?

No.

But do you want my honest opinion?

Sure it's possible to make some money as you can see in this Anovite review. 

And it's great that there are companies out there that claim to be trying to improve peoples health. 

If you try the products yourself and you like them, then sure being a distributor could help you earn some pocket money.

But in reality, you will need to recruit a lot of people into Anovite to make it worth your time. Selling a couple of sachets of Colostrum is not going to make you the kind of money to quit your job and work from home. 

How I make passive income online

In 2018 I genuinely had no idea how people made money online.

But I started to become really interested in these people that seemed to make passive income and lived a life that they wanted. 

Affiliate marketing stood out as a great business model to be able to do this because:

  • You don't need to sell to friends and family
  • It's free to start & very low cost to maintain
  • You can use any passion or interest to make money

If you want to learn how I do it then click here.

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I fell for scams along the way but I've managed to create a growing passive income online. 

If I can do it, anyone can.

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Is Credit Star Funding A Scam? Massive Ponzi Scheme!

Credit Star Funding Scam

So you’ve probably found out about this way to get a loan a potentially make a lot of money from it. Now you’re probably wondering “is Credit Star Funding a scam?”

I’m not going to drag this one out for you… it’s a scam and not a great way to go about getting out of debt or making money.

The rest of this honest Credit Star Funding review, with videos, will explain exactly what the company actually does. This will help you to make an informed decision about whether it’s a good idea to get involved with them.

Credit Star Funding review- The overview and rankings


Name: Credit Star Funding

Owners: Riccardo Ferrari

Website URL: creditstarfunding.com

Type: Loan and Investment MLM

Products (Including Pricing): 0 out of 100

Success Stories: 0 out of 100

Price To Join MLM: Free to start but additional fees and hefty interest fees (1 out of 100)… oh and it costs $5,000-$6,000 to fix your credit score!

Maketimeonline.com Rating: 1 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

What To Look For In An MLM:

  • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost– ❌
  • High-quality affordable products – ❌
  • You don’t have to carry inventory – ✅
  • Generous compensation plan – ❌
  • An affiliate-like system – ❌
  • Company is in the early momentum phase – ❌

Credit Star Funding pros and cons


Pros

  • Helps people improve their credit score (for an insanely high price)

Cons

  • Unrealistic returns
  • Fishy owner reputation
  • It’s a pyramid scheme
  • It doesn’t provide professional financial advice
  • Ponzi schemes are illegal
  • Puts people into more debt

What is Credit Star Funding?


Credit Star Funding is a company that fixes credit scores and provides loans and investment opportunities.

They claim not to be a Multi-Level-Marketing company, but they are very similar to one…

Here’s the Wikipedia definition:

A marketing strategy where the revenue of the MLM company is derived from a non-salaried workforce selling the company’s products/services, while the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shaped or binary compensation commission system.

But no no… Credit Star Funding is a “Two-tiered agency”…

Credit Star Funding Scam

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but does this look like a pyramid-shaped commission structure to you?

Now you’re probably wondering…

Is Credit Star Funding a pyramid scheme?


In my opinion… yes Credit Star Funding is a pyramid scheme.

The only legit way you can make money from this “opportunity” is by recruiting more people into the company.

They claim to have other ways you can make money, such as “getting a hefty loan” (aka more debt) and using unproven ways to make more money such as trading in cryptocurrencies or Forex.

We’ll cover this in more detail later in this Credit Star Funding review but for now…

What is a pyramid scheme?


A pyramid scheme is when a company recruits members by promising them payment for recruiting more members.

Technically there is no service or product being sold other and the only way you can make money is by recruiting more people into the scheme.

They are illegal in most countries because they are completely unsustainable as the diagram below shows…

Diagram from Wikipedia

Credit Star Funding does have a service for improving your credit score. But if you want to become “an agent” of the company the ONLY way you can get paid commission is if you recruit more people to take on these loans.

There is no product or service that you are selling.

The only way you can get a commission is to “sell these loans” and recruit more people into the system.

This simple 5-minute video explains more about what to look for to spot a pyramid scheme…

Watch it on x2 speed if you are in a hurry!

How does Credit Star Funding work?


Here’s the funny thing…

Even though you’ve probably checked out their website and maybe seen a video or two about it, it’s still really hard to work out exactly what’s going on right?

Well here’s an overly simplified overview of how it works:

  1. Pay $5,000-$6,000 to improve your credit score quickly (21-60 days)
  2. Now you can get a huge loan $20k-$250k (there is a $199 commitment fee + 22% generation fee + 9-18% interest rate)
  3. Now you can invest in some extremely dodgy investments that Credit Star Funding doesn’t even provide but suggest you should be able to easily make 10-60% returns each month.

Supposedly you can reach financial freedom in 10 steps…

The most up to date video for Credit Star Funding is below.

It’s a 45-minute viewing of Riccardo (the shady owner) explaining how amazing the system is without sharing the fees of taking these wild “no collateral, no recourse loans.

He also spends the last 10 minutes explaining why Credit Star Funding isn’t a scam. This is without ever actually explaining the true costs of the loans or any real details about the fraudulent investments you can make 10-60% return each month!

Credit Star Funding products


There really isn’t a product or service as such being offered by Credit Star Funding. Especially not for “agents” to sell.

The only thing agents can get paid a commission for is selling these expensive interest rate loans.

The fraudulent investments they suggest you should use your deceptive loans for are not even a service Credit Star Funding provides.

How to make money with Credit Star Funding


There’s only one way:

Recruit more people to take on one of these high-interest rate loans.

And how will you convince people to give this a try?

Oh yeah, that’s right!

They can always sell these high-interest loans to other people too!

AKA… pyramid scheme!

How much does it cost to join Credit Star Funding?


Now here’s the good thing…

It’s completely free to join as Riccardo mentions in the video (many times!)

He’ll even let you become an “agent” so that you can sell these loans and earn a commission for free!

For some reason, he seems to forget that they charge $5,000-$6,000 to repair credit scores (apparently they do not take a penny from that… it’s all to pay for the lawyers and experts to help you!)

He also seems to forget that your loan comes with a set-up fee of $199 and costs you somewhere between 9-22% interest.

Where I come from… that is not FREE to join!

Credit Star Funding compensation plan


Do you remember Riccardo saying it’s not an MLM company?

No, remember it just looks like one and has a two-tiered commission structure.

Credit Star Funding Scam

Basically, if you sell a loan to someone you get a 2.5% commission. If they sell a loan to someone else you get a 1% commission.

That is the only way you get paid.

There are no bonuses that you can get paid for your downlines past two levels so it is slightly different to many MLM companies.

But the pyramid shape commission structure is very similar. MLM companies are not scams anyway as long as they offer legit products or services.

Is Credit Star Funding a scam?


It offers a really expensive way to improve your credit score.

It offers a weird way to get a huge loan with a very high-interest rate.

And Credit Star Funding suggests you invest your money in fraudulent investment Ponzi schemes.

They then tell you that you can make an extra income by selling these expensive loans to other people.

All of these signs point to the fact that Credit Star Funding is a scam.

Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse it in any way.

I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn more “Ways to Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

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Credit Star Funding: What I Like Liked


Here is was one thing I liked about Credit Star Funding…

#1 Improve your credit score


Originally I thought it seemed like a legitimate way to help you improve your credit score quickly.

To be honest, I genuinely believe this company may be able to do it.

But is it legit and ethical?

Almost certainly not.

Especially when you consider how much it costs to do this…

Spending $5,000-$6,000 to improve your credit score so that you can then get into a load more debt is just plain bonkers!

There’s normally a reason if you are in bad credit and unfortunately, the best way to improve this score is to pay off your debt over time.

There really is no quick fix for this and I genuinely believe that Credit Star Funding understands peoples emotional state if they have a poor credit score.

Oftentimes these people are desperately looking for a quick fix to get things back on track. Unfortunately, that quick fix will cause a lot more long term pain if you use Credit Star Funding.

Key Terms:

  • Black Hat Methods – Using lies and unethical methods to make someone buy something
  • White Hat Methods – Being honest and genuine to help people make informed decisions about purchases
  • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
  • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
  • Red Flag – A warning sign

Credit Star Funding: Hidden Truths


Here are some of the ugly bad parts of Credit Star Funding that you should be aware of before getting involved…

The sales pages and videos should really explain this (but of course they won’t as they want anyone’s money)

#1 Unrealistic claims & returns


Some of the claims are so absurd.

When I first saw them I presumed they at least owned or offered some of these fraudulent investment Ponzi schemes that can earn you 10-25% (or even 60% returns each month)

Credit Star Funding Scam

However, all they actually do is tell you… do you know that some people make these really high returns?

It’s like me saying take this $100k loan… because you can become the richest man in the world by investing in the stock market.

I can’t tell you exactly how or train you how to do it but Warren Buffet did it.

Then this claim is absolutely bananas…

“From broke to 6 figure passive income”

HOW?!

They don’t even explain how to do this at any point.

Remember, here’s their theory:

  1. Pay us $5k to improve your credit score
  2. Now take a really risky high-interest loan for $200k (ooo… this can pay off your $5k you paid us already!)
  3. Now invest it to make a 25% return every month… but we won’t show you how to do this, just know that you can!

It’s ludicrous!

#2 Owners bad reputation and history


The owner, Ferrari, was promoting the BitClub Network Ponzi scheme before this.

Richard Brooke cited Ferrari as an example of “outright lying, stupid illegal claims and cheeseball videos about how cool it is to be rich”…

Post about BitClucb Network in 2017

I mean a guy that boasts this kind of obscene stuff doesn’t just change his spots overnight.

He’s an outright fraudster.

#3 It’s a pyramid scheme


There’s no real product or service.

The only way to make money is to recruit more people to take on these loans.

These are clear signs of a pyramid scheme.

See if you can spot any signs of a pyramid scheme in the infographic below…

Pyramid Scheme

But it doesn’t end there.

#4 No professional financial advice provided


In the FTC disclaimer small print, there are a lot of truths.

Including…

Credit Star Funding Scam

There is no financial advice that you can take from this company.

You’re expected to hand over thousands to improve your credit score and accumulate hundreds of thousands of debt from them, but you shouldn’t take this as financial advice?

So what should you see it as?

Financial entertainment?

#5 This Ponzi scheme is illegal


They don’t actually offer investment vehicles.

But they do suggest you invest in numerous other Ponzi schemes (much like Ferrari’s old BitClub Network).

Credit Star Funding Scam

Any investment that offers returns of 60% a month is doing so by paying existing investors their returns by the funds received from new investors.

Eventually, these Ponzi schemes always come crashing down.

#6 Kicks the can down the road- more debt!


This whole system is just a way for people to “kick the can down the road”.

It’s not helping to educate or improve people’s financial situation.

It’s actually doing the opposite.

The way this whole “theory” works is by taking on more debt.

More debt means more monthly interest.

When you come to the end of the term you will owe much more money than you borrowed and be in a much worse situation.

They claim that you can earn 10%+ returns on your money every month, but doesn’t show you or educate you on how to do this.

This is one of the worst scams I’ve come across and I imagine (and hope) it won’t last much longer.

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My opinion – Credit Star Funding


It’s an outright scam that should be avoided at all costs.

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The only thing that can happen from taking on a loan is to get into more debt and owe more money than when you started out.

Quick fixes like this are never a good idea.

But there are legit ways that people make money from home…

How I make money from home


In 2018 I had no idea how people make money online.

All I knew is that I wasn’t a huge fan of MLM programs even though they can be legit and I know some people that do very well from them.

That’s when I discovered affiliate marketing.

The best things about this is that:

  • You don’t need to sell anything to friends and family
  • You can promote anything you like and you don’t need to make the products
  • It’s free to start

I found Wealthy Affiliate in September 2018. By the end of 2019, I had quit my full-time job.

If you’d like to learn how I did it, then click the link below…

Credit Star Funding review: The “MakeTimeOnline” final word


Is Credit Star Funding a scam?

Absolutely.

It’s an unethical way of doing business, trying to pull on peoples emotions that are already in bad credit.

If you were to use Credit Star Funding you would simply kick the can down the road and find yourself in a much worse position in 1 years time.

Keep changing for the better,

Mike

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    What this Million Dollar Blogger would do Differently if she Started Again in 2020 w/ Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

    Imagine if you could fast forward 5 years from now…

    You’ve created this blog that makes over $1 million a year and you’re travelling the world on a sailboat.  

    You have systems in place so that you can step back from your blog when you want to. And your work is helping millions of people. 

    Now imagine you could travel back in time to today. You could give yourself the advice that you needed to make this happen and sidestep a load of silly mistakes you made on the way.

    Well, time travel isn’t possible (yet!)

    But speaking to Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is. She started her award-winning blog Making Sense of Cents in 2011 and has gone on to earn over a million dollars per year for the last few years in a row.

    And she is about to walk you through some of the things she would do differently if she had to start over today. 

    In this chat we talk about:

    • Why Michelle and her husband lived in an RV and now are on a sailboat.
    • The 4 things Michelle would do if she had a new blog.
    • How anyone can use affiliate marketing to boost their income.
    • The importance of networking and how you can do it right.

    Listen on Apple Podcasts/ Google Podcasts

    Useful tools and tips mentioned in the podcast


    There are so many amazing takeaways and useful tips from this chat with Michelle.

    To take everything in you really have to listen to the full podcast above.

    But there were a few things that she mentioned that had really helped her or what she would do sooner if she started again.

    Here are some of the tips and tools that Michelle recommends:

    Note- these are recommendations from Michelle (the blogger who makes over 1 million dollars a year) none of these are affiliate links as I have not personally taken these courses (yet!)

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    Michelle Schroeder-Gardner Podcast Summary


    If you want to get in contact with Michelle then check out Making Sense of Cents and you can find her social media accounts in the top right corner.

    So here are the 5 key takeaways that I took from this chat with Michelle:

    1. She would spend more time building her email list earlier if she started again today
    2. Find what serves your audience and offer it to them using affiliate marketing
    3. Find your top 10 performing posts & optimise with solutions that can help i.e. affiliate links
    4. Learn more about SEO and implement this sooner
    5. Network with other bloggers and online entrepreneurs

    But I’d love to hear from you…

    Did you pick up on anything different or did Michelle say something that really hit home for you?

    What were your main takeaways from this chat? Drop a comment below and feel free to share your own blog too!

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    Usborne Books MLM Review: Scam or Legit Money Opportunity

    Usborne Books MLM review

    Has someone approached you with the Usborne Books MLM opportunity and you’re wondering if it’s a scam?

    I’ll let you know right now that it’s not a scam. But with the changing world is this the best opportunity for you to work from home?

    This honest Usborne Books MLM review, with videos, will let you know exactly what the pros and cons of joining are.

    By the time you’re finished reading it, you’ll know if it’s right for you or not.

    Usborne Books MLM review- The overview and rankings


    Name: Usborne Books

    Founder: Peter Osborne in 1973

    Website URL: usborne.com

    Type: Children’s books MLM

    Products (Including Pricing): 60 out of 100

    Success Stories: 10 out of 100

    Price To Join MLM: £48/ $65 & $25 a month (60 out of 100)

    Maketimeonline.com Rating: 43 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

    What To Look For In An MLM:

    • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost– ✅
    • High-quality affordable products – ✅
    • You don’t have to carry inventory – ❌
    • Generous compensation plan – ✅
    • An affiliate-like system – ✅
    • Company is in the early momentum phase – ❌

    Usborne Books MLM pros and cons


    Pros

    • Free personalised website
    • Affordable books
    • Established company
    • Focus on direct sales

    Cons

    • Low-income potential
    • 99% of MLM recruits lose money
    • Low BBB rating
    • Hidden monthly costs
    • Outdated business due to Amazon
    • Not in the early momentum phase- a downward trend

    What is Usborne Books?


    Usborne Books is a Multi-Level-Marketing company that sells children’s books.

    There are some really cool books that they have put together with interesting puzzles and games to suit all ages of children and young adults.

    You can learn more about the work from home opportunity at the company from other distributors in the 3-minute video below…

    You probably know that anyone could say this on a promotional video. So you’re probably wondering…

    Is Usborne Books a pyramid scheme?


    No Usborne Books is not a pyramid scheme.

    It’s possible for distributors to earn money from selling the books and receiving a commission.

    In fact, Usborne Books is an MLM who puts an emphasis on selling rather than just recruiting.

    What is a pyramid scheme?


    A pyramid scheme is when a company recruits members by promising them payment for recruiting more members.

    Technically they do not offer any products or services and these are illegal in almost every country.

    It’s because pyramid schemes are unsustainable as you can see below…

    Diagram from Wikipedia

    Some MLM companies use their products or service to disguise the fact that really they are just a pyramid scheme, where people make their money from recruiting more people.

    You can learn how to avoid a pyramid scheme in this easy to follow 5-minute video…

    Watch it on x2 speed if you are in a hurry!

    How does Usborne Books MLM work?


    They produce some cool kids books and everyday people help them sell books.

    It’s kind of like a win-win.

    The company saves money on advertising and normal people can earn money from home. Something that a lot of Mums are looking for!

    What countries can join Usborne Books MLM?


    The Usborne Books MLM opportunity is currently available in the UK, many countries in Europe, USA and Canada.

    You can see the full list below:

    Usborne Books MLM

    So if you’re interested in becoming a distributor it’s important to be aware of what products are on offer…

    Usborne Books MLM products


    There are almost 3,000 books on offer and new books are coming out all the time.

    There are 6 main categories these books fall under:

    • 0-2 years
    • 3-5 years
    • 5-7 years
    • 7-11 years
    • 11-13 years
    • Young adult
    Usborne Books MLM products

    These books include:

    • Playful baby books
    • Thought-provoking young adult fiction
    • Activity books
    • Gift books
    • Levelled reading books
    • Lift-the-flap information books
    • and more!

    I stumbled across this book when I was searching YouTube… how cool is this!…

    How to make money with Usborne Books MLM


    Ah, the bit you’ve been waiting for!

    There are 2 main ways you can make money as an Usborne Books distributor:

    1. Sell the books and get a commission
    2. Recruit more people into the company and earn bonuses from their sales

    Here’s Sue to explain more about this in a 2-minute video…

    Did you notice the emphasis on starting to think about who else you could recruit here? Hmmm… maybe it’s not as focussed on selling books as I first thought!

    How much does it cost to join Usborne Books MLM?


    There’s a one-time payment of £48 if you’re from the UK or $75 if you’re from the USA.

    This gives you the starter kit and you’re on your way.

    However, there are some sneaky monthly fees that you’ll find out later in this Usborne Books review…

    Usborne Books MLM compensation plan


    This one’s a bit weird. I couldn’t find an up to date compensation plan anywhere. Normally this is really easy for MLM companies as you can just Google it.

    So I did some digging.

    I found reviews from other distributors who shared some of the compensation plan, which used to be attached to that link (maybe it will come back?)

     The first way to get paid: Commission (I found out this is 24% if you’re in the UK on the actual website)…

    Usborne Books MLM compensation

    The second way is to recruit and get bonuses like this:

    Usborne Books MLM compensation

    You can also get “promotions” up the company to earn more bonuses and incentives:

    Usborne Books MLM compensation

    That tends to be pretty similar to most MLM companies and at least will give you the idea of how you can earn money.

    Now, I can almost hear your mind thinking…

    Is Usborne Books MLM a scam?


    No, as already mentioned Usborne Books is not a scam.

    There are legit books being made and sold and distributors are paid for every sale and bonus they make.

    However, just because it’s a legitimate company it doesn’t mean this is the best opportunity for you to work from home.

    The rest of this Usborne Books review will help you make an informed decision if it suits you or not…

    Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse it in any way.

    I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn more “Ways to Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

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    Usborne Books MLM: The good


    Here are some of the things I like about Usborne Books…

    Key Terms:

    • Black Hat Methods – Using lies and unethical methods to make someone buy something
    • White Hat Methods – Being honest and genuine to help people make informed decisions about purchases
    • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
    • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
    • Red Flag – A warning sign

    #1 Free personalised website


    Using internet marketing is without doubt the best way to do very well from MLM companies or most businesses these days.

    The company provides you with your own website similar to the one below that people can access and buy books from. This means you get the commission for these sales without having to sell them in person all the time.

    Usborne Books MLM website

    The bad thing about these websites is that you will never be able to get free traffic from ranking on Google to it as it will be duplicated content.

    The only way you can get people to look on it is if you personally send them the website or pay for traffic from social media ads.

    Not good unless you’re willing to take some social media adverts training!

    #2 Affordable books


    This is a great sign for MLM companies!

    If the products are reasonably priced it generally means the focus is on selling products rather than recruiting.

    It’s a good sign that Usborne Books is not a pyramid scheme.

    #3 Established company (1973)


    It was founded in 1973, which is another sign that the Usborne Books MLM is not a scam.

    There are certain organisations that check up on companies to make sure they are running legally and any business that’s been running for over 40 years must be doing something right!

    You can see it’s a real business from the 90-second video above. Real people are running it and putting their heart and soul into it!

    #4 Focus on sales rather than recruiting


    I really liked seeing this on their website…

    Usborne Books MLM pro

    It just shows this is an ethically sound business who are trying to make a living and provide other people in opportunity in a legitimate way.

    Usborne Books MLM: The not so good


    Here are some of the bad parts of Usborne Books that you should be aware of…

    #1 Low-income potential


    It still recommends that you do “home parties”.

    If you’re a Mum with a lot of Mum friends then this may still make you a few quid.

    But realistically this is not a scalable business model.

    Usborne Books MLM income

    The income potential from these “parties” are so low that you will be lucky to make £100 for each one.

    How many parties can you realistiically hold in a month?

    8? Every weekend day?

    That’s £800 a month if you’re lucky/ know a lot of Mums!

    #2 MLM’S success rate (1%)


    The FTC released a study on over 350 MLM companies.

    They found that less than 1% of distributors of MLM’s make any money!

    MLM FTC Fact Stat

    That is a crazy low stat but when you understand how MLM’s typically work and the usual monthly fees you can understand how this happens.

    #3 Low BBB rating


    The Better Business Bureau is an organisation that helps customers dispute problems and rank businesses accordingly.

    The low ratings are a bit concerning considering how long this company has been running.

    Usborne Books MLM BBB

    However, you need to take this with a pinch of salt as the BBB is mainly for USA companies.

    #4 Hidden monthly costs & no income disclosure or up to date compensation plan


    From some extra digging on the internet I found a previous distributor who claimed there were extra monthly costs for running the “business”:

    • eCommerce website – $12/3 months
    • I Make News Newsletter – $15/3 months
    • School and Library I Make News Newsletter (intended for Educational Consultants) – $15/3 months
    • OrderPro Basic – $1.30/month
    • InTouch (automated email system) – $5/month
    • OrderPro Point of Sale – $1.60/month

    That adds up to around $25 a month!

    If you sell a $9.99 book and get 24% commission that means you will need to sell 10 books a month just to break even!

    I also couldn’t find any income disclosures or up to date compensation plans and I don’t seem to be the only one as this review on reddit shows…

    Usborne Books MLM review

    Oh yeah, and a lot of the reviews and opinions on review sites are very similar to the ones you can see above!

    #5 Outdated business model- the books can be found cheaper!


    If you only take anythingone thing away from this Usborne Books review then let it be this one.

    This business model won’t work in 2020 and beyond!

    Why?

    One word…

    Amazon.

    You can buy the same book for 50% cheaper than what it would cost if you went through the Usborne Books website.

    I’m not saying if this is fair or right, it’s just the truth about businesses moving forwards!

    #6 Not in the early momentum phase


    I like to check out Google trends to see how many people search for a business each month.

    It helps to get an idea of how much the business is growing or declining.

    The truth is you can see Usborne Books seems to be declining each year.

    The cyclical spike is in November (I’m not sure if that’s to do with a sales weekend or Black Friday or Book week).

    But the truth is that the most successful distributors are ones that “get in early” and help the company grow. This is not possible at Usborne Books as you can see.

    Related content:

    My opinion – Usborne Books MLM


    Here’s what I really think about this MLM opportunity…

    via GIPHY

    If you are a Mum that know a lot of Mums that like to buy books, then it may be a nice bit of pocket money if you can convince them all to join under you.

    But realistically this is not a way to make enough money to live from each month.

    It doesn’t mean those opportunities don’t exist though…

    Is there another way to make money from home?


    In 2018 I had no idea how people make money online.

    All I knew is that I didn’t want to join an MLM because I like my friends and family (I don’t want to sell to them), and you are pretty restricted by the company. MLMs can be legit and I know people that do well from them.

    However, when I heard about affiliate marketing I realised this was a better opportunity because:

    • You don’t need to recruit anyone
    • You can control what you sell and you don’t need to create anything yourself
    • It’s free to start

    In September 2018 I found Wealthy Affiliate. By the end of 2019, I quit my full-time job, and I had no experience working online or marketing (I was a PE teacher).

    If you’d like to learn how I did this click the button below…

    Usborne Books MLM: The “MakeTimeOnline” final word


    Is the Usborne Books MLM a scam?

    No.

    Will you be able to quit your day job or make enough money to support your family from this opportunity?

    You be the judge. Everything you need to know to decide is in this review.

    Keep changing for the better,

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      Is Immunotec a Scam? Unbiased Health MLM Review

      Immunotec review- is Immunotec a scam

      You’re probably here because you’ve seen this opportunity to work from home and you’re wondering… is Immunotec a scam?

      I’ll put you out of your misery… no Immunotec is not a scam.

      But is it this a great opportunity to work from home and quit your full-time job?

      The rest of this Immunotec MLM review, with videos, will lay out the pros and cons of the opportunity so that you can make an informed decision.

      Immunotec review- The overview and rankings


      Name: Immunotec

      Founder: Dr. Gustavo Bounous in 1996 (70 out of 100)

      Website URL: www.immunotec.com

      Type: Health and wellness MLM

      Products (Including Pricing): 30 out of 100

      Success Stories: 10 out of 100

      Price To Join MLM: £24 ~ $32 membership cost + starter pack (£175 ~ $230) (50 out of 100) + £63 ($83) a month to stay “active”

      Maketimeonline.com Rating: 40 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

      What To Look For In An MLM:

      • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost– ✅
      • High-quality affordable products – ❌
      • You don’t have to carry inventory – ✅
      • Generous compensation plan – ✅
      • An affiliate-like system – ✅
      • Company is in the early momentum phase – ❌

      Immunotec pros and cons


      Pros

      • Been around for 20+ years
      • BBB accredited
      • Free website provided

      Cons

      • Expensive products
      • 99% of MLM distributors lose money
      • Less than 1% earn more than $2,500 a month
      • No real training on internet marketing
      • Not in the early momentum phase

      What is Immunotec?


      Immunotec is a health and wellness Multi-Level-Marketing company.

      Their main product is Immunocal, which helps to increase an antioxidant called “glutathione” in the body and provide a full functioning immune system.

      The company also offers every day people the opportunity to make money from home by promoting the products and recruiting more people into the company.

      You can learn more about Immunotec in the 3-minute video below…

      So it’s starting to sound like a pretty interesting opportunity right?

      But you probably know the video above is just a “promotional video”. So if you’re like me you’re probably asking yourself…

      Is Immunotec a pyramid scheme?


      Technically speaking… no Immunotec is not a pyramid scheme.

      It’s possible for consultants to earn an income from selling the products, they do not have to recruit more people into the company to earn money.

      However, to earn a full-time income these consultants will really need to recruit more consultants into their “downline”.

      What is a pyramid scheme?


      A pyramid scheme is when a company recruits members by promising them payment for recruiting more members.

      An outright pyramid scheme doesn’t sell any products or services, they just help you to recruit more people into the company.

      They are illegal in almost every country as the system is unsustainable and impossible for everyone to earn money as you can see in the diagram below…

      Diagram from Wikipedia

      Despite these schemes becoming less common, you can still find some MLM companies that really operate as a “pyramid scheme in disguise”.

      Some MLM’s use a product or service to disguise the fact that it’s really just a company that rewards people to recruit more people into the company.

      We’ll look into this later in this Immunotec review, but for now, you can educate yourself a bit more on this with the 5-minute video below…

      Watch it on x2 speed if you are in a hurry!

      How does Immunotec work?


      Immunotec provides “Immunocal” health packs that help people to increase their glutathione levels and immune system.

      They save thousands of marketing dollars every month by offering “consultants” commission for selling these products.

      It’s kind of like a “win-win” in theory…

      Immunotec saves money…

      Everyday people have the chance to work from home and be their own boss.

      So what are the products on offer at Immunotec?

      Immunotec products


      Immunotec appears to have significantly reduced the number of products they offer as a company.

      It seems like at one stage they offered skin care products such as moisturiser with Immunocal in plus toothpaste, shakes and eye cream.

      However now, the only products on offer on their website is :

      • Immunocal (or Immunocal platinum)
      • Plastic shaker cups

      Immunocal is a 10-gram sachet of whey protein isolate, which can help the immune system.

      Watch the 5-minute video below to learn more about Immunocal and the research behind it…

      How to make money with Immunotec


      Just like most MLM companies, there are 2 main ways to earn money with Immunotec:

      1. Make a commission from sales of the products
      2. Recruit more people into the company to earn bonuses and commission from their sales

      Before we dig into the confusing compensation plan…

      How much does it cost to join Immunotec?


      Again the price to join seems to have changed a bit from research I have done compared to the past (I guess the amount of products on offer changes things).

      It costs £24 ($32) to get the consultant welcome kit.

      That comes with the following items:

      But to be successful in any MLM company you really need to try the products. So you can get a reduced starter pack for £175 ($230), which comes with:

      • 2 boxes of Immonocal
      • 1 box of Immunocal Platinum
      • 3 shaker cups

      But it doesn’t end there…

      Monthly hidden costs

      To earn the residual income and the bonuses from your downline (the main way to make a good monthly income in Immunotec) you need to “stay active”.

      An active consultant needs to personally purchase something every month…

      The cheapest item on offer is the shaker cups. So unless you want a load of plastic shakers you are going to need to purchase Immunocal each month.

      This means spending £90 (with 30% off is £63 aka $83) each month.

      For your first year that’s a total spend of:

      • $32
      • $230
      • $83 x 12

      Minimum total cost for year 1 = $1,290

      Immunotec compensation plan


      For some reason, MLM companies like to make their compensation plans harder to understand than running a marathon without any legs.

      But just remember all you need to know is there are 2 ways to make money:

      • Sell Immunocal
      • Recruit people

      The compensation plan claims there are 7 ways to earn money:

      1. Customer Retail Profit (30%)
      2. Customer AutoShip Profit (your consultant price minus their discounted autoship price… you make around 5% commission)
      3. Business Builder Bonus (5-20% bonus of CV for recruits sales in the same month you recruit them)
      4. Customer Volume Bonus (5-20% bonus of CV of your first level customers)
      5. Residual Commissions (see chart below)
      6. Moving Up and Accelerated Bonuses ($200-$10,000 bonus for “promotions”)
      7. Sponsor Moving Up and Accelerated Bonuses ($200-$10,000 bonus for your downline’s promotions)

      But do you notice these 7 ways fall under the 2 ways I said?

      If you want to see this more visually you can watch the last 3-minutes of this video…

      Or you can see the full 8-page compensation plan here.

      Now I can almost hear your mind thinking…

      Is Immunotec a scam?


      No, Immunotec is not a scam.

      They offer some legit products and pay consultants for selling and recruiting people.

      There’s nothing illegal about this company.

      However, just because an opportunity to make money from home is legitimate it doesn’t mean it will suit you.

      The rest of this Immunotec review will help you make an informed decision if it’s right for you or not.

      Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse it in any way.

      I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn more “Ways to Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

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      Immunotec: The good


      Here are some of the things I like about Immunotec…

      Key Terms:

      • Black Hat Methods – Using lies and unethical methods to make someone buy something
      • White Hat Methods – Being honest and genuine to help people make informed decisions about purchases
      • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
      • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
      • Red Flag – A warning sign

      #1 Running for over 20 years


      It’s very unlikely Immunotec is an outright scam or pyramid scheme if it’s lasted for over 20 years in business.

      Immunotec scam 1996

      There are organisations such as the Federal Trade Commission who check up on these types of companies.

      So it’s possible for an organisation to slip under the radar for a few years, but 20+ years shows it must be legitimate.

      #2 BBB accredited


      Another great sign that Immunotec is not a scam.

      The Better Business Bureau has accredited the company since 2015 and doesn’t have any customer complaints, which suggests the customers are pretty happy with the products and customer service.

      Immunotec scam BBB

      Another good sign for the company!

      #3 Free website provided


      The consultants are provided with a free website to promote the products (similar to the screenshot below…)

      Immunotec scam website

      Using internet marketing is so important to run any business today but it’s especially important for MLM companies.

      The good news is that if you can “drive traffic” to this website you could make sales when you sleep.

      The bad news is this is a duplicated website for every consultant so you won’t be able to have control of the website and get “free traffic” from sources such as Google (this is called SEO aka search engine optimisation)

      Immunotec: The not so good


      Here are some of the bad parts of Immunotec that you should be aware of before diving in…

      #1 Expensive products- “pyramid scheme in disguise” warning


      This is always the first thing I check with any MLM company.

      Did you know that expensive products in comparison to other items on the market is a sign the company may be a “pyramid scheme in disguise”?

      The reason is simple…

      Nobody in their right mind would buy these expensive products compared to cheaper options.

      Immunotec products scam

      Immunocal platinum costs $5.47 per sachet.

      Amazon’s Glutathione tablets cost between $0.32- $0.88 per tablet.

      Very highly rated Whey Protein Isolate costs $1 per serving.

      That is between a 450%-1,700% mark up for similar products!

      However, when MLM companies have a requirement for consultants to buy products to stay active (like Immunotec does) then they have created repeat customers…

      And there are more incentives for these consultants to recruit more consultants rather than sell the products!

      Just check out the compensation plan again.

      #2 MLM’S success rate (1%)


      The FTC released a study on over 350 MLM companies.

      They found that 99% of MLM recruits lose money!

      MLM FTC Fact Stat

      Once you understand the monthly requirements to stay active and the expensive costs of many MLM’s you can start to understand how this is possible.

      But I know what you’re thinking… maybe Immunotec is different…

      #3 Less than 1% earn over $2,500 a month


       Here is the Immunotec Income Disclosure Statement they published in 2016…

      Immunotec income disclaimer scam

      Only 2.5% of consultants made more than $1,000 a month on average. And this is not taking into consideration any of their expenses to run the business such as paying for advertising or additional training or the hidden monthly fees.

      It just shows that the income potential is not really a “work from home and quit your job” income.

      #4 No real training on internet marketing


      The most successful MLM consultants learn how to use the internet to sell for them 24/7/365.

      However, Immunotec doesn’t provide any real marketing training other than the generic… “be active on social media about the great sachets”.

      In 2018 I had no idea how to create an online business. But the skills I have learnt over the past year has helped me to learn how to use the internet to get visitors for FREE to this website that you are reading right now…

      Make Time Online Stats

      That screenshot above is how many people find my website on Google each month without me spending any time or money advertising my website.

      Talk about passive!

      Do you notice the rate of growth too?

      #5 Not in the early momentum phase


      Something else I look for in MLM companies is if they are in the “early momentum” phase.

      It’s no secret that the most successful consultants in MLM companies “got in early” and helped the company grow.

      As you can see from Google trends, Immunotec is not in this stage anymore.

      There are certain MLM’s such as Farmasi, that are growing and offer a better alternative if you really do want to take part in an MLM company.

      Related content:

      My opinion – Immunotec


      If you like the Immunocal products and want to use them every month personally then it may be worth becoming a consultant to get the 30% discount.

      Plus you could make a bit of pocket money if you have some friends that want to look after their immune system.

      But, my overall opinion of Immunotec could be summed up in 2 words…

      via GIPHY

      If you’re looking for an opportunity to work from home and quit your full-time job, this really isn’t one for you.

      But is there another way?

      Is there a different opportunity?


      I’m not a massive fan of MLM companies. It’s not because they are illegal or not profitable, I know some people that do great from them.

      It’s because of the restrictions and the expensive costs involved and the simple fact that you need to sell to family and friends.

      I stumbled across the affiliate marketing business model in 2018 and it immediately made more sense to me because:

      • You don’t need to recruit anyone
      • You have complete control to promote any products you like and build a scalable business
      • It’s free to get started

      In fact, with affiliate marketing…

      I actually quit my full-time job by the end of 2019 and my income only goes up every month.

      It also means I can work on my business from anywhere in the world…

      Mike and Sarah in the Philippines

      If you’d like to find out exactly how I’ve done this then click the link below…

      Immunotec review: The “MakeTimeOnline” final word


      So is Immunotec a scam?

      No!

      But is it a great opportunity to work from home and quit your day job?

      You be the judge. All the information you need to decide is in this Immunotec review.

      Keep changing for the better,

      Mike

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        Is Arbonne A Pyramid Scheme? Over 90% Fail But Insider’s Reveal Truth…

        Arbonne MLM Review- Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        Chances are someone (probably a friend or family member) has just introduced this amazing “work from home” opportunity to you and now you’re wondering “is Arbonne a pyramid scheme?”

        How do I know?

        I’ve been in your shoes before and I seriously considered giving it a go.

        But there was this niggling feeling in the back of my brain that made me do a lot of research, just like you are doing right now!

        This honest Arbonne review, with videos, will expose the truth about the MLM company with the pros and cons laid out in one place so that you can make an informed decision.

        I’ll also show you exactly how I now make 4 figures a month from home.

        Arbonne Review- The overview and rankings


        Name: Arbonne International

        Founder: Petter Mørck in 1975 – started in the USA in 1980 (90 out of 100)

        Website URL: arbonne.com

        Type: Health and Beauty MLM

        Products (Including Pricing): 50 out of 100

        Success Stories: 20 out of 100

        Price To Join MLM: $79 registration fee + ~$150 “monthly auto-ship” + $30 annual membership (40 out of 100)

        Maketimeonline.com Rating: 50 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

        What To Look For In An MLM:

        • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost– ❌
        • High-quality products – ✅ (but expensive)
        • You don’t have to carry inventory – ❌ (you will if you set up the auto-ship)
        • Generous compensation plan – ✅
        • An affiliate-like system – ✅
        • Company is in the early momentum phase – ❌

        Arbonne pros and cons


        Pros

        • Long company history (over 40 years!)
        • Possible to use the internet to help you sell & market the products (you can scale this)
        • Member of the Direct Selling Association
        • Accredited by the Better Business Bureau
        • Focus on personal development

        Cons

        • Expensive products
        • Expensive monthly costs- sell around $150 worth of products (you’re encouraged to buy this amount) every month to stay active
        • 90% of active consultants earn less than $3,500 a year
        • 99% of MLM distributors lose money
        • You’ll be encouraged to sell to your friends and family
        • Standing orders means you will need to stock up on products
        • Not in any momentum phase
        • Rewarding people that recruit instead of people selling products
        • Their ex-holding company went bankrupt in 2010

        What is Arbonne?


        Arbonne is a health and beauty Multi-Level-Marketing company that started in 1975.

        They sell a wide range of products including makeup, nutritional supplements and shampoos in a range of countries.

        Arbonne’s mission is to transform lives through pure botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested products.

        It’s a movement for healthy living inside and out.

        It sounds like a great mission really doesn’t it?

        You can find out more in the 2-minute promotional video below…

        If you’re like me you’re probably still a bit sceptical after this fancy salesy video.

        So you’re probably wondering…

        Is Arbonne a pyramid scheme?


        No, Arbonne is not a pyramid scheme.

        It’s possible for consultants to sell Arbonne’s products and make money from doing so.

        But here’s the hidden truth…

        You can only make good money if you recruit more people into the company.

        What is a pyramid scheme?


        A pyramid scheme is when a company recruits members by promising them payment for recruiting more members.

        Technically speaking pyramid schemes do not sell any products or services.

        They are illegal in most countries because they are unsustainable and impossible for everyone to make money. Just see the diagram below…

        Diagram from Wikipedia

        So even though Arbonne is not a pyramid scheme, it is possible for MLM companies to be a “pyramid scheme in disguise”.

        This Arbonne review will dig into this a bit more later on, but for now, you can educate yourself on what to look out for in this short video below…

        Watch it on x2 speed if you are in a hurry!

        How does Arbonne work?


        When I was on a skype call with a friend who was encouraging me to join the MLM program, he did a great job of explaining this.

        Basically, Arbonne creates awesome natural products and sells them.

        But rather than having to spend thousands of dollars every month on advertising they have “independent consultants” who market the products for them.

        These consultants get paid a commission for every product they sell.

        It’s a win-win!

        Who owns Arbonne?


        Yves Rocher, a worldwide cosmetics and beauty brand, owns Arbonne today (acquired Arbonne in 2018).

        But it was founded by Petter Mørck in 1975 and moved to the United States in 1980, with the headquarters now located in Irvine, California.

        They both have a love for natural products and a pretty clean history (from what I could find online).

        What countries does Arbonne operate in?


        Arbonne is still expanding into new countries. But as of today, they operate in 7 countries:

        1. United States
        2. United Kingdom
        3. Canada
        4. Poland
        5. Australia
        6. New Zealand
        7. Taiwan

        It opened in Poland in 2014 and Taiwan in 2016 so you can see they are still growing.

        So let’s find out more about the…

        Arbonne products


        There are a lot of products sold at Arbonne!

        They typically only fall into one of 5 categories though:

        • Skincare – Facial cleanser, sunscreen, eye cream, toner, etc.
        • Bath & Body – Essential oil, hand wash, lotion, lip balm, mask, etc. 
        • Makeup – Eyeliner, makeup primer, mascara, lipstick etc.
        • Nutrition – Protein shake, energy sticks (fizz sticks seem to be the signature product), snack bars, immunity booster, etc.
        • Hair – Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, hair serum, etc.

        These types of products are actually very common amongst MLM companies.

        Arbonne products

        Here is just a small sample of similar MLM companies that I’ve already reviewed:

        They all claim to have some special reason they stand out such as natural products or scientifically proven products.

        But in reality, they are all offering a very similar opportunity.

        How to make money with Arbonne


        So the moment you’ve probably been waiting for!

        Like most MLM companies there are really only 2 ways you can make money from Arbonne:

        1. Sell products and make a commission
        2. Recruit more people into the MLM program and earn commissions for the sales they make

        Technically you don’t earn money directly from recruiting people.

        You actually just receive bonuses from the sales these recruits make either for themself or to other people.

        This is another way MLM companies avoid being caught out for being a pyramid scheme.

        But real people like Cynthia and Michael Dagnall actually sued Arbonne for being a pyramid scheme in 2017. This case was settled in 2018 out of court to sweep the accusation under the carpet.

        How much does it cost to join Arbonne?


        On paper, it looks like it’s quite affordable to start.

        To be honest when you compare this to most bricks and mortar businesses such as opening a restaurant it is very reasonable!

        It costs $79 for the registration fee to get a basic starter kit with some training materials to start.

        There is also a $30 annual recurring fee.

        But you won’t have any products yet, and this is a business that is pretty much impossible to start without products.

        So you can get a discounted value packs from between $270-$500 with a whole range of goodies for you to try out and use to market!

        However, the costs do not stop there, which you may be led to believe from the person that introduced this opportunity to you…

        Arbonne monthly quota- real costs & Arbonne Autoship


        This is where I had to do some serious digging.

        I even outright asked the person who tried to recruit me into the company what the monthly sales quota or monthly costs would be and this got totally sidestepped!

        This honestly is not answered anywhere online either… so I got creative!

        The first step by “detective Mike” (I’m not a real detective by the way!) was to find out what the monthly sales quota was to reach “qualified status”.

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        It’s 150 PQV (personal qualifying volume) as you can see in the compensation plan.

        But what does that mean in English aka real money terms?!

        This is where it got really tricky!

        Arbonne does not make it easy to find out how many dollars of products equals PQV.

        So I went super creative… and watched YouTube!

        By watching some YouTube videos of an Arbonne consultant setting up an auto-ship order you can see that her order of $463.20 gets her 502 QV.

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        Monthly Arbonne PQV to stay active:

        Simply put, you need 150 PQV = ~ $150

        This means you will need to spend around $150 every month to stay “active” as a consultant.

        Now we’re getting to the truth right?!

        You can check out the YouTube video yourself if you like (but be warned, it’s pretty long and boring! I have put it to the right place to see the QV if you want though)

        Just to put this in perspective you’re looking at a total cost of:

        • $79
        • $30
        • $270
        • $150 x 12 = $1,800

        Total cost for year 1 = $2,179

        Obviously, if you sell products you won’t NEED to spend this much. But the auto-ship certainly is recommended for EVERY consultant to make sure you “stay active”.

        I also bet my bottom dollar the person trying to recruit you didn’t lay it out like this. And who needs $1,800 worth of makeup and shampoo each year?

        Silly question… my wife obviously!

        Arbonne compensation plan


        So for some reason, MLM companies tend to make compensation plans more complicated than solving a rubrics cube blindfolded.

        First of all, it’s important to get your head around some key terms if you truly want to understand what’s going on…

        Key terms- Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        Once you understand that you only need to know that there are 4 ways you can earn an income from Arbonne:

        • Client commissions (15% for preferred clients or 35% for regular clients on SRP)
        • Overrides (commissions of the sales volume of your team, greatly increases as you get “promoted”)
        • Mercedes-Benz cash bonus (hire a white Merc if you reach Vice Presidents status)
        • Cash bonuses (for the team and personal sales)
        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        I could go into detail about all the bonuses and incentives you get at each “rank” (qualified status, consultant, district manager, area manager, regional vice president, national vice president). But this gets super confusing and you really don’t need to know this when you are starting.

        You can find the full Arbonne compensation plan here.

        Or if you’d like to have a visual overview you can watch this 15-minute video (it’s actually pretty good compared to other MLM compensation videos I’ve seen)…

        Is Arbonne a scam?


        No Arbonne is not a scam.

        It sells legitimate products that people want to buy.

        It also pays consultants commission for any products they sell and bonuses for more consultants they recruit into the MLM company.

        Just because a “work from home” opportunity is legit it doesn’t always mean it’s right for you. The rest of this Arbonne review will help you decide if you think this opportunity is right for you or not.

        Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse it in any way.

        I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn more “Ways to Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

        Related content:

        Arbonne: What I like


        Here are some of the things I like about Arbonne…

        Key Terms:

        • Black Hat Methods – Using lies and unethical methods to make someone buy something
        • White Hat Methods – Being honest and genuine to help people make informed decisions about purchases
        • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
        • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
        • Red Flag – A warning sign

        #1 Long company history


        It started in America in 1980. Any company that has been running for 40 years must have some credibility to it!

        And if Arbonne was a pyramid scheme then the FTC would likely have shut it down years ago.

        Arbonne 1975

        I really dug into the history and there are hardly any lawsuits against the company.

        The only slight concern was when their ex-holding company, Natural Prodcust Group LLC went bankrupt is 2010.

        Apart from that Arbonne has a pretty clean record!

        #2 Use internet marketing


        Every Arbonne consultant gets their own “ready-made website” when they join.

        There is certainly some information about how to use social media as I know more about some of my Arbonne consultant friends lives than I do about my wife!

        That’s a joke sweetie (in case you’re reading this!)

        The above screenshot is an example of what the website looks like for each consultant (you can see this one belongs to Catherine Wilkinson).

        This is another reason that suggests Arbonne is not a pyramid scheme.

        #3 Member of DSA


        The Direct Selling Association (DSA) ensures that direct selling companies (MLM’s often fall under this term as do network marketing companies) are being run legitimately.

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        Arbonne is a member of the DSA.

        That is good in case you were wondering! It’s another form of proof that Arbonne is not a pyramid scheme or a scam.

        #4 Accredited by BBB


        The Better Bussines Bureau has accredited Arbonne since 1989.

        There are only 13 complaints against the company, which is actually a very good sign. Some poorly managed companies can have hundreds of complaints every year against them.

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        This suggests the company is well organised, the products are easy to access (yes some MLM companies actually run out of stock!) and the customer service must be good.

        These are all great signs for an MLM!

        #5 Focus on personal development


        This is my favourite thing about MLM companies.

        They generally are quite good at encouraging people to better themselves and work on improving their business skills.

        Arbonne actually has an annual event in Las Vegas to provide training (and entertainment) to its consultants.

        You can learn more in the 3-minute video below…

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        It just looks like one big party doesn’t it!

        The great thing is that you can actually earn a “paid for” trip there if you hit a certain sales quota for the year.

        As far as I’m concerned, any personal development is a good thing and anyone that wants to work from home needs to improve themselves continually.

        Arbonne: What I don’t like


        There are a few areas of Arbonne that I’m not a fan of.

        Some of these areas are hidden in plain sight and some I’ve had to do some serious digging to get to the bottom of it.

        But in reality, I think everyone should be aware of these things before diving in…

        #1 Expensive products


        This is my number 1 red flag for any MLM company.

        When there is a big mark up in prices compared to alternatives that exist in the real world this makes my “spidey senses” tingle.

        Why?

        Because it means that the company typically rewards recruiting rather than selling the products.

        And that means the company is more like a pyramid scheme in disguise.

        I personally use protein shakes so I’m using this as an example (because I know what to compare it to) but the product’s pricing is similar across the board…

        $2.13 per serving at Arbonne
        $0.95 per serving from myprotein.com (Arbonne has a 125% markup)

        When a similar product (arguably worse in this case as Arbonne has less protein and more sugar per serving) costs over 100% more through an MLM company it becomes worrying.

        No one in their right mind would choose these expensive products.

        So how does Arbonne continue to make sales each month?

        The answer lies in hidden truth #2…

        #2 Expensive monthly running costs & stocking up


        To stay active as a consultant you need to sell 150 PQV every month.

        If you don’t do this you are removed from the commission structure and you won’t be able to make any money whilst you are suspended.

        But don’t worry Arbonne will help you out…

        You can make a monthly “auto-ship” order.

        Basically you can set up a standing order of $150 worth of products every month so that you remain active.

        STOP

        Re-read that last sentence.

        That’s your answer to the question above. Arbonne continues to make money every month because of their biggest customer/ consumer… their own consultants!

        The people recruited are the people that continue to spend obscene amounts of money on average products that you can pick up for a fraction of the price.

        #3 90% of active consultants earn less than $3.9k a year


        I mean the income disclosure statement says it all really.

        90% of active consultants (not including the ones that lose money by quitting before they end up with an Arbonne store in their house and up to their eyeballs in credit card debt) earn less than $4k a year on average.

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        You may be thinking, I could probably make it to the 6% that earn $18k a year and be able to live.

        But that’s not profit!

        This doesn’t even include their expenses to run the company (start-up and monthly costs).

        Remember it will cost you a minimum of $2k a year to maintain this “business”.

        #4 MLM’S success rate (1%)


        The FTC studied over 350 MLM companies.

        They found that 99% of recruits lose money.

        FTC MLM Fact

        Let me repeat that…

        99% of MLM recruits LOSE money.

        Do you see how that’s possible with the recurring monthly costs to remain “active”?

        #5 Encouraged to sell to friends and family


        This was the big reason why I didn’t join Arbonne.

        Believe it or not, I like my friends and family.

        But you will be encouraged from the word go to create a list of 100 people you know that could suit the Arbonne business model.

        Read all of that paragraph and you can see you will actually be advised to contact:

        • Your address book
        • Facebook friends
        • Twitter friends
        • School friends
        • Sports clubs friends
        • School parents
        • Charities (seriously?!)

        I don’t know about you but this doesn’t sound like my idea of an enjoyable, scalable or thriving business.

        What will you do when you run out of friends and family?

        #6 Not in the early momentum phase


        Another thing I tend to look out for in MLM companies is whether they are in the “early momentum” phase.

        It’s no secret that the most successful MLM recruits are the ones who “got in early” and helped to grow the company.

        However, Arbonne is not one of these companies. It’s existed for dozens of years and you can see on Google trends that it’s plateaued in the number of people that search for it every month.

        There are other newer MLM companies such as Farmasi which is a beauty company that offers reasonably priced products and is still growing in the USA.

        #7 Rewarding people to recruit rather than sell products- insiders truth


        With some of my digging on the internet, I came across this pretty honest review from an Arbonne consultant…

        Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme

        She clearly is doing well at selling the products by using internet marketing (this is, without doubt, the best way to be one of the best MLM consultants).

        However, her issue is that she isn’t moving up the “ranks” because she isn’t focussed on recruiting people. She simply loves the products and wants to sell them.

        Lynne is one of the suckers to the system, which clearly only rewards those who actually recruit people into the program.

        AKA Arbonne sounds like a pyramid scheme in disguise.

        Related content:

        My opinion – Arbonne


        If you love makeup, shampoo and nutrition stuff and you’re ready to jump all into a business and dedicate your life to social media then this may be for you.

        I usually like to leave something witty and funny like a gif to sum up my feeling about a “make money from home” opportunity.

        But I stumbled across this amazing 5-minute spoof video, which pretty much does the witty part for me…

        But seriously… do you notice how many of my concerns are covered in this video?

        • Not in the early momentum phase
        • You need to recruit more competition
        • Saturated market (there’s loads of other health and beauty MLM’s)
        • Recruit friends and family
        • Low incomes, and it’s not even all profit

        But it’s not all doom and gloom amigo…

        Is there another way to work from home?


        Around the time when my friend introduced me to the Arbonne opportunity, I was looking for a legit side business to start.

        I’d read a few books around online marketing and an online business just seemed to make sense.

        But I had no idea where to start!

        In September 2018 I found a step-by-step training program that claimed to have all the tools and support you need to start an online business in affiliate marketing.

        I had no idea what affiliate marketing was.

        Since September 2019, my income keeps growing every month and I’m actually taught real skills like how to build and scale an online business ethically to get free visitors from Google…

        Make Time Online Stats

        The best thing is that it’s completely free to start (genuinely no credit card required) so you can see for yourself if it’s something that may suit you.

        Arbonne Review: The “MakeTimeOnline” final word


        So is Arbonne a pyramid scheme?

        Technically no.

        But with the special benefits and bonuses only available to those that recruit more members and move up the ranks, it certainly has signs of being a pyramid scheme in disguise.

        All the information you need to know about Arbonne is inside this review.

        It’s now over to you to make an informed decision about if it’s right for you or not.

        Keep changing for the better,

        Mike

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          How This Policeman Quit His Job to Work Less and Make More: The Savvy Couple Podcast

          Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have all the time in the world and accomplish so much?

          It can often feel like you’re just working harder and harder but not seeing the rewards. If anything you’re putting more time in and receiving the same money in return.

          But it’s possible to completely change this by shifting your mindset to focus on one thing…

          What is your effective hourly rate (EHR)?

          How the Savvy Couple Work Less and Make More- The Savvy Couple podcast with Kelan Kline

          Kelan from The Savvy Couple has completely changed his life through blogging since 2016. His wife, Brittany, and himself have created a 6 figure business with no prior experience in blogging, marketing or selling.

          Another completely normal couple who have done extraordinary things to help others manage their money and time way better.

          In this podcast with Kelan Kline from The Savvy Couple, we chat about:

          • How Kelan’s EHR has moved from $26 to over $300 in 3 years
          • Why Kelan gave up his dream job- and was OK about it
          • How the first year blogging is a real grind that people often overlook
          • The best thing about being a full-time blogger

          Listen on Apple Podcasts/ Google Podcasts

          Handy tools and resources mentioned in the Podcast


          There was a lot mentioned in the podcast but here are some of the key ones…

          • Work Less Make More (non-aff link)- I’ve since read the book (audio & kindle) and ended up taking so many notes and doing the tasks. The EHR is a game-changer and James Schramko has so many tips on how to increase this that is perfect for bloggers/ online business owners.
          • Pinterest scheduler- Tailwind (this is an affiliate link- you can try scheduling 100 pins for free and if you upgrade you get a $15 discount)
          • Keyword finder– a keyword research tool
          • Ad espresso– Facebook ads (I never heard of them but they sound really cool. You can plug in 5 different headlines, descriptions, images and it works out the best combination for you… Kelan is smashing FB ads!)
          • FB Side Hustle– Bobby Hoyts FB ads course

          None of the others are affiliate links as I have not personally tried them. But Kelan certainly knows what he’s talking about!

          Find out all of Kelan’s best blogging resources here to see what else The Savvy Couple recommends.

          The Savvy Couple Podcast Transcript


          Related popular content:

          Get in contact with Kelan


          You can check out Brittany and Kelan’s work on their website The Savvy Couple.

          Also, connect in their super active and helpful Facebook groups: Blogging with purpose or their personal finance group The Savvy Couple (Family. Finance. Freedom). They really do go above and beyond in here!

          Kelan and Brittany also share exactly what they have done to become 6 figure bloggers. If you have a blog then check out their course, Blogger’s Secrets:

          There is a lot of detail in this course with exact tips on how to help your blog make money. I particularly liked the information and advice on email marketing and sponsorships!

          What did you take from this podcast? Have you already started a blog? Drop a comment below & feel free to share your blog

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          The Savvy Couple Podcast- How They went from $0 to $100k blogging

          Is Pet Protector a Scam? Legit MLM Opportunity or Expensive Discs That Don’t Work?

          Is Pet Protector a scam? Pet Protector review

          So someone has introduced you to Pet Protector and you’re wondering “is Pet Protector a scam?”

          Many people would love a chemical-free way of protecting their loved furry friends from fleas and dangerous ticks. And wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to work from home by promoting these great products?

          Pet Protector promises to provide you with exactly this opportunity.

          This honest Pet Protector review, with videos, will show you the real pros and cons of the company so that you can make an informed decision.

          Pet Protector Review- The overview and rankings


          Name: Pet Protector/ Goldstar

          Owners: Teresa Lopez

          Website URL: petprotector.org

          Type: Pet Flea Repellant Discs MLM

          Products (Including Pricing): 30 out of 100

          Success Stories: 10 out of 100

          Price To Join MLM: $73.40- $1,987 + at least $19.95 a month (60 out of 100)

          Maketimeonline.com Rating: 33 out of 100 (check out my #1 recommendation, 97 out of 100)

          What To Look For In An MLM:

          • Low start-up fee & maintenance cost– ✅
          • High-quality affordable products – ❌
          • You don’t have to carry inventory – ✅
          • Generous compensation plan – ✅
          • An affiliate-like system – ✅
          • Company is in the early momentum phase – ❌

          Pet Protector pros and cons


          Pros

          • If the discs work then it could be an amazing product
          • Start a 7-day free trial
          • Free website provided

          Cons

          • A lot of controversy around the product (does it really work?)
          • The truth about MLM success rates
          • Amazon sells the products for about the same price as a distributor can
          • Poor customer support- You never get your money back
          • High cost to generate leads
          • The website will never bring you free traffic or help you build an online business
          • The company is not growing

          What is Pet Protector?


          Pet Protector is a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) company that sells “discs” that your pets can wear around their collar to protect them from external parasites.

          It claims to have a one-of-a-kind product that can provide everyday people with a business opportunity to be able to work from home.

          You can learn more about the company in the 3-minute video below…

          Simply put, it’s possible to make money by promoting these discs and recruiting more people into the MLM company.

          Now I can almost hear your mind asking…

          Is Pet Protector a pyramid scheme?


          Technically no.

          Pet Protector is not a pyramid scheme because it’s possible for distributors to earn money by selling the discs without recruiting anyone else into the company.

          However, in reality, if you’re interested in working from home full time, you will need to recruit more distributors into the company.

          What is a pyramid scheme?


          A pyramid scheme is when a company recruits members by promising them payment for recruiting more members.

          Technically speaking they do not sell any products or services.

          This is illegal in most countries because it is completely unsustainable. Just see the diagram below…

          Diagram from Wikipedia

          Outright pyramid schemes are disappearing but it is still very common to find pyramid schemes in disguise.

          This is where a company has a product that they claim to sell but in reality, the most successful distributors are just recruits for the company.

          The short video below explains how to spot a pyramid scheme and a scam…

          Watch it on x2 speed if you are in a hurry!

          More importantly than this, let’s work out…

          How does Pet Protector work?


          Pet Protector offers its signature product “the disc”.

          But the company doesn’t have to spend thousands of dollars every month on marketing like many traditional businesses.

          They rely on their “distributors” to market the discs for them.

          In return, they offer a commission to any products these distributors sell.

          Pet Protector products


          There’s really only 1 product:

          • The Pet Protector disc- $73.40

          The science behind it is that it uses scalar and electromagnetic waves to create a “protective field” around the pets that wear the discs on a collar.

          Pet Protector claims to:

          • Repel fleas and ticks
          • Improve blood circulation
          • Raise energy levels
          • Boost immune system

          You can see more about this in the 4-minute video below.

          Now, you’re probably wondering…

          But does Pet Protector work?

          This is a hard one to say for certain.

          After some digging, it became clear that this is a very similar product to CatanDogs.

          And as you will find out later in this Pet Protector review, there is a lot of speculation around the legitimacy of these discs and particularly CatanDogs.

          Personally, I found the end of this video pretty useful…

          As you can see there is definitely some magnetic field around the pet protector disc and you can test this on your phone yourself.

          In reality, you won’t know if these discs work for your pets until you try them yourself. There are so many different opinions (just see Amazon reviews) about them and the science seems debatable.

          I have not personally tried the discs so I cannot say for sure either way.

          How to make money with Pet Protector


          Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for!

          There are 2 main ways that any MLM company can help you to make money and Pet Protectors is no different:

          1. Earn a commission from sales of the products
          2. Get bonuses from the sales of the people you recruit make

          Before we look into the compensation plan in more detail you’re probably wondering…

          How much does it cost to join Pet Protector?


          There are 4 different pricing options for you to become a Pet Protector distributor…

          1. Free- 7-day trial

          This free trial gives you access to your unique webpage and the advertising system. You will get to see what the “back office” is like to test the system.

          2. $73.40- Affiliate Distributor

          This comes with the benefits you can see below and allows you to earn a maximum of $2,000 commission.

          3. $544.70- Manager

          Not only do you get 10 discs included but also 100 targeted website visitors to your website.

          4. $1,987- Senior Manager

          This package allows you to earn unlimited monthly commission and sends you 500 website visitors as well as 41 pet protectors.

          Staying active costs

          There are also some monthly costs you will need to account for if you want to “stay active’ as a distributor.

          You can do this in 3 ways:

          1. Purchase one or more disc each month ($51.38-$62.39 depending on your discount level)
          2. Buy a leads pack- $48 for 50 clicks
          3. Subscribe to the monthly back-office tools- $19.95 per month

          Here is why you need to make sure you stay active each month…

          • If you become inactive for one month you are suspended and lose your commissions you make.
          • If you are inactive for 2 months your membership is terminated and you will need to start all over again.

          This is a bit of a red flag for me as this is forcing distributors to stay active every month and suggests the company actually makes most of its money from the distributors rather than sales of products to legit customers.

          Pet Protector compensation plan


          Remember there are actually only 2 ways you can earn money as a Pet Protector distributor:

          1. Earn commissions on sales of products
          2. Recruit more members to get bonuses and commissions of their sales

          However, according to the Pet Protector compensation plan, there are 4 ways to make money:

          1. Retail bonus (15%-30% commission)
          2. Welcome bonus ($50 if you recruit 2 other people in your first 10 days)
          3. Commission on startup packages (between $10-$100 on any start-up package you sell)
          4. Volume bonus (5%, 7% or 10% commission from your “weaker downline branch”)
          Start-Up PackageRetail Bonus
          Representative15%
          Manager25%
          Senior Manager30%

          Do you notice that all 4 methods fall under the main 2 ways to make money?

          This video seems to be a bit outdated but it explains the general overview of the compensation plan visually…

          You can find the full 25-page slide show of the compensation plan here.

          Is Pet Protector a scam?


          No Pet Protector is not a scam.

          It sells a product that some people are happy with and offers people the opportunity to make money.

          However, it doesn’t mean that this opportunity is right for you.

          The rest of this Pet Protector review will help you make an informed decision about the company and whether it is right for you.

          Just to be fully transparent with you, I am not a distributor myself and I do not endorse it in any way.

          I have researched the website, testimonials and information on the Internet to get to the bottom of what this program genuinely does. This is because I have been burnt from programs just like this in the past and I want to prevent others from making the same mistakes. If you’d like to learn more “Ways to Spot an Online Marketing Scam” then click the highlighted text.

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          Pet Protector: The good


          Here are some of the things I like about Pet Protector

          Key Terms:

          • Black Hat Methods – Using lies and unethical methods to make someone buy something
          • White Hat Methods – Being honest and genuine to help people make informed decisions about purchases
          • Pyramid Scheme – recruits members via a promise for payment from referring others to the service rather than providing a product
          • Affiliate Marketing- Connecting a customer to a product they are looking for and receiving a commission for doing so
          • Red Flag – A warning sign

          #1 If the discs work then it could be an amazing product


          I did quite a bit of research into the disc.

          Remember, the science behind it is that it uses electromagnetic waves to create a “protective field” around the pets that wear the discs on a collar.

          I found this Facebook page to be quite helpful and at first glance pretty honest…

          Pet Protector review

          This person had realised that a lot of negative reviews were from customers who hadn’t followed the instructions and removed the existing ticks and fleas before applying the disc.

          However, it’s important to take this with a pinch of salt as it ends up going on to say this person has joined the Pet Protector MLM program.

          In case you were wondering… it’s almost impossible to find positive reviews from someone that is not a distributor! I tried!

          #2 Start a 7-day free trial


          This is always a great sign for any opportunity to make money from home.

          If you can try it out for free then it shows that Pet Protector believes in their product and is much less likely to be a scam.

          Pet Protector free trial

          The free trial doesn’t really mean you’ll be able to effectively start promoting the disc as you won’t receive one.

          It does mean you get to play around with the back office though.

          This may be able to show you whether you think this is something you will be interested in or not so it’s worth joining for free if you are considering it.

          #3 Website provided


          The most successful MLM distributors will use the power of the internet to sell for them 24/7/365.

          Pet Protector provides you with a website that you can use to help market the discs online.

          Is Pet Protector a scam? Website

          The great thing about these types of pre-made websites is that you can start using them instantly and you don’t need to know any technical things to get going.

          The bad thing about them is that you don’t really control it and you’ll never be able to “rank on Google” for certain “keywords” (what someone types into Google).

          We’ll cover that later in this Pet Protector review.

          Pet Protector: The not so good


          Here are some of the bad parts of Pet Protector that you should be aware of before jumping into the MLM opportunity…

          #1 Do the products even work?


          There has even been a study in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health claiming that these types of tags are ineffective.

          Pet Protector review

          Obviously there is some sort of difference between these tags and the CatanDogs tags but there are also a lot of people that have left negative reviews about the Pet Protectors tags.

          At the end of the day, you will have an uphill battle selling these discs as there is clearly uncertainty over whether these tags are legitimate or not.

          #2 MLM’S success rate (1%)


          This is the most brutal truth of all.

          The FTC released a study a while ago that showed that 99% of MLM distributors lose money.

          FTC MLM Fact

          You can see why when there are these monthly fees to pay to “stay active” and very little training offered as to how to actually sell the products.

          #3 Poor customer service & misleading tactics


          Another common type of negative review found online was about poor customer support.

          Product review shows that Pet Protector could be seen as a scam because they use “technicalities” to not provide a refund.

          Is Pet Protector a scam? Review

          As it’s only “95% effective” your dog may still pick up 5% of fleas… silly billy for thinking it should stop all fleas!

          #4 Amazon sells discs for cheaper- how will you sell any?


          Well, actually Amazon sells them for cheaper!

          The Pet Protector website does claim that you can only be sure to get the correct product if you buy from a distributor.

          But facts are facts…

          Pet Protector price
          Is Pet Protector a scam? Price

          There’s not much reason why anyone would choose to buy the same disc for $73.40 instead of $72 on Amazon, especially considering they don’t seem to offer refunds anyway!

          *Top tip- if you are looking to buy them then you can get a “10% discount” code on the Pet Protector website when you attempt to click off the page…*

          #5 High cost to generate leads


          So this is a novelty that I haven’t seen much from many MLM companies (and I’ve reviewed dozens!)

          They actually help you “generate leads” to your website.

          This just means they send people to your website either that may be interested in buying a disc or to become a distributor (you choose which one).

          Is Pet Protector back office
          Is Pet Protector a scam?

          However, there is no guarantee these leads will come to anything. You have no control over who these leads are (they claim they have an interest in pets, but you’re just taking their word for that).

          You are then just relying on their “ready-made” website to sell for you.

          And 50 leads for $48 is very pricey as you’re about to find out!

          #6 It will never be an online business


          Here’s the hidden truth…

          The ready-made website will never help you be to set up an online business.

          You will be solely reliant on the company and if it disappears so will your whole business.

          It is possible to create websites that bring you thousands of visitors (or “leads”) every month for free.

          In mid-2018 I had absolutely no idea how to do this.

          But by following a step by step training program and using the community and tools provided I’ve managed to create a quickly growing online business as you can see below…

          Make Time Online Stats

          This is the number of visitors I get to my website every month FOR FREE (not $48 for 50 clicks!)

          And this is how real people genuinely create a passive income online.

          #7 The company is not growing


          One of the most worrying things for me about Pet Protectors is that it is not a growing MLM company.

          You can see my full reviews for:

          Youngevity also offers some pet products but has a much larger range of products on offer as well. Farmasi is a personal care and beauty MLM company that shows how quickly some MLM companies are growing.

          I would only recommend joining an MLM company that is showing signs of growth otherwise it will be an uphill battle to recruit more people (and in case you haven’t realised yet… you will need to recruit more people to be successful with MLM’s)

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          My opinion – Pet Protector MLM


          I really want to believe that the discs work.

          Just by taking in the information I have about the discs I personally believe the CatanDogs discs are not legit but there is some science & proof behind the Pet Protectors discs.

          Do I think this is a genuine opportunity for people to work from home full time?

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          No.

          If you have a cat or dog and you want a safe way to try and protect it from fleas then, by all means, try the disc!

          If it works for you then it won’t be “selling” or recruiting others into the company. You will just be sharing your own experience and you could certainly make a bit of money in that way.

          However, if you have any intention in making good money from home (even through an MLM) then you will need to learn more about internet marketing.

          Is there another way to make money from home?


          Yes, and many “normal” people are making a living from it.

          On the podcast alone I have spoken to dozens of completely normal people that make money from affiliate marketing including:

          • Jeff and Ben (used affiliate marketing to make $240k in one month from a personal finance blog… and it’s still growing)
          • Alex Nerney (makes $20k+ each month from a health and fitness website)
          • Elna Cain (has numerous websites that use affiliate marketing including a Mommy blog)

          I personally make hundreds of dollars each month from work I’ve put in the past and my websites are growing pretty quickly (see chart in #6 above).

          And I am no “techie”!

          Everything I have learnt has been with step-by-step training from one platform and community that I joined in September 2018.

          The best thing is that it’s completely free to start.

          Pet Protector MLM Review: The “MakeTimeOnline” final word


          So is Pet Protector a scam?

          Absolutely not.

          But it may not be the best opportunity to quit your day job and work from home. If you try the disc and it works then you can recommend it to friends and make a side income from it.

          Although the chances of making a full-time business from this are pretty slim!

          Keep changing for the better,

          Mike

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